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Friday, December 31, 2021
The Narrowing Road by Kevin Slimmer
by Kevin Slimmer
Detective “Park" Parkerson struggles to find balance after a gruesome murder, the case he couldn’t solve. When another body of a young woman is found crucified in an eerily similar manner, Park, desperate, enlists the help of a quirky FBI agent before any more bodies can be found.
With a possible serial killer in their midst, Park gets thrown into a dark and dangerous side of religion. Can he finally solve the case, or will he die trying?
Available in Paperback & eBook HERE!
About the Author
Kevin lives in Central New York with his wife, his son, and his dog. He has two adult children that live nearby.
Before he started writing, Kevin worked in Human Services for over 25 years. He is currently working as a Quality Improvement Director.
Kevin remains involved in the community serving on boards, volunteering, and coaching. He loves golf, poker, playing his guitar and taking pictures.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Cheers! To Your Health! Art and Story by Sandra Russell
Cheers! To Your Health!
I was wondering about how we toast one another during the holidays and especially it seems on New Year’s Eve. We often say "Cheers!" and of course that is a pleasant greeting but where did it start and what does it mean?
Well many opinions are out there about why we offer a 'toast'. Some say it was ancient Greek and the pouring of the first sip of a beverage was offered to the gods and that now the sip is symbolically offered to a friend, to the guest of honor, or to the overall assembly- to your health and happiness, to a successful venture etc. Even though we take the sip ourselves, the toast is the offering. The word Cheers! then has a history in France before the 18th C of meaning 'face'. I like that because when toasting or saying the word "cheers" your eyes meet, all heads up and focused on each face in turn, sometimes the glasses are clinked to show present in the moment. It is a moment of real recognition to each individual in that moment. Interestingly, the television show "Cheers" features a song lyric- 'where everybody knows your name'. That fits with seeing fully someone's identity, what a great respect that is.
I still have an old Valentine (very fancy, Victorian cut outs with flowers and honey sweet sentiments) that my grandfather had given his young spinster sister back in the 20's. Remembering how much time it took him to get ready to go to town and the thrifty (poor) fellow he was, such an elaborate card would have represented great thought, feeling and effort on his part to get something so beautiful. In general, he came across as a rough and tough sort of guy, but he had a sentimental side that revealed itself in gestures often ignored by others.
It is a lazy habit to clump people into types or categories because the opportunity to cultivate a fuller understanding is lost. Not only is it unfair to the other person, but it is also really unfair when you do it to yourself- when you allow a nickname or an aspect of yourself to become your 'face'. You have a bigger face...so let people see it. Hold your head up, look them in the eye; and to your health and progress- "Cheers!"
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
An Interview with Ohio Author Crissie Ann Leonard
Crissie Leonard is one of Ohio’s premier authors. Her book, Letters to My Father is Christian fiction, a novel that “tells the story of a woman led by God to a collection of letters written by strangers and the journey she takes with a friend to find the authors.”
Crissie writes “Christian fiction to show people God's presence in their lives and all around them.” Besides being an author, Crissie is the proprietor of her own line of jewelry YMP Creations.
1. Life lessons learned from the minor characters in the Bible
2. Graphic novel detailing the spiritual warfare battle between the unsaved and saved you
3. A Navy Seal’s journey with grief from a tremendous loss
GM: How do you maintain thoughts and ideas?
CL: A lot of Post-it-Notes and notebooks. I use separate notebooks for each book idea. This keeps me from being distracted while working on a specific storyline.
GM: Where do you like to write?
CL: Anywhere that I can wear my headphones. When I’m on a tight deadline, I prefer the library quiet rooms.
GM: Do you have a muse or other inspiration that sparks creative ideas?
CL: I don’t have a muse. My inspiration is always finding a way to show people God in their everyday lives regardless of whether they believe in Him.
GM: What are you currently reading?
CL: Don’t Drop the Mic by TD Jakes, Faith Like Flamingos by Katie Hornor, and Changes that Heal by Henry Cloud.
GM: What are you currently writing?
CL: Life lessons learned from the minor characters in the Bible. They are often overlooked and yet can teach us a lot about life.
GM: Do you have advice for novice writers?
· Have your own editors and a writing mentor. The editors will help you polish the story, and the mentor will help you with writing blocks and guide you through the process.
· Be sure there are people in your life that believe in you more than you believe in yourself! They are the rays of light that will shine during times of self-doubt.
· Just keep writing even if you lose sight of your story or get poor reviews. Don’t put the pen/pencil down!
· Find writing groups, clubs, etc. Creativity is contagious when you are in the same room with other writers.
· Dream so big that you leave room for God to work! Stay humble.
· For a Christian writer, you write to witness, you type to testify, and you publish to preach! When you enter the room, be sure His kingdom walks through the doors first!
· Don’t read or listen to anything that is close to the story you are writing. You can subconsciously bring that material into your writing or be influenced by it. Then you run into plagiarism issues. Write YOUR version of the story, not anyone else’s.
· Making money should not be your main reason for writing but bringing people back to falling in love with books and reading should be.
· Most importantly, remember that your story needs told! No one can write it better than you.
GM: Please share your book marketing secrets.
· Think outside the box! Don’t confine yourself to one area or avenue to market yourself. Have a trailer made for your book and add it to your website.
· Understand how important branding is and make sure YOU are in your branding.
· Build relationships and partnerships because word of mouth is still the best form of advertising. Don’t lose sight of the importance of relationships. You are only one person away from being elevated to the next level God has prepared for you.
· A no is a not right now. Give it some time and revisit them.
· Look into local stores that offer consignment opportunities. These are great ways to test the market and develop relationships locally. Revisit these stores after your consignment period is over and ask how to join their author panels, speaking opportunities, or book clubs.
· Create your author media kit. This is a must have when you are seeking book related opportunities.
GM: What are 10 things your fans don’t know about you…
1. A kangaroo hugged my leg at the zoo. The whole time I was praying he didn’t punch me.
2. I name my cars.
3. I don’t like anything pumpkin.
4. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I ride with a skeleton named “Bones” in my car.
5. I build my characters based on the meaning of their names.
6. I don’t like my food to touch on my plate.
7. I once held a python snake, but I’m afraid of spiders.
8. I only drink hot tea. I don’t like coffee.
9. I love opera and Italian music in addition to Christian music.
10. Growing up I wanted to be either an Air Force pilot or Supreme Court Justice.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Christmas is done and Spring is in the air? Art and Story by Sandra Russell
Christmas is done and Spring is in the air?
by Sandra Russell
I am feeling a bit confused. Just the morning after Christmas, I drove to a couple different malls. I took advantage of the marked down prices on the holiday decorations. I made a wise but cautious purchase of a really nice garland in a local store, went back the next day to see if I could get one or two more of them because I had to sort of see it in my home to appreciate it. Well, not this year boys and girls...The people have spoken with their wallets. They came like a swarm and wiped out everything I would want.
Well-good for them. I think the Covid threats and the non-gathering, the social isolation and fear for the future has run its course. People want to take back the feeling of celebration and merrymaking...and in a very big way. Crowded parking lots, stores and lines at the registers, was madness. Of course, the last-minute tradition of eve shopping was in evidence; the iconic lost man on his own like Robinson Crusoe washed up on the shores of the women's wear dept. These men are the endearing reminders that everybody cares sometimes. They are scratching their heads at handbags, perfumes and jackets looking as glum and concerned as an 8th grader facing Algebra I. But I was surprised the day after Xmas, I saw men stocking up on such things as barware, and serving dishes, shopping with women and pointing out good designs?! Wow! Some were even picking up wreaths and figurines and looking at porch ornaments. These men were holiday fete veterans now; they were smiling and chatting with their mates and companions!
Well now, 2022 may just be a friendlier year than we've had for a while? Now, back to Spring, already spring stuff moving into the shops, and how will our gardens grow? I'm predicting that the gardens will bloom as never before. I think we are heading for a great self-healing a 'herd immunity' of attitude at least. Wishing that this season and the next will bring us out of pandemic doubts and dangers so that we can live our kindest, healthiest and truest selves.
Monday, December 27, 2021
Milliron Monday: The Year in Review
|Milliron Clinic. 2021.|
Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
May the prayers they sing bring blessings upon you and your family.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
KP Poetry: Inner Struggles, Peace & Blessings by Kaprina Parham
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OnlineBookClub.org Poetry and Art Contest, Free Entry, Over $10,000 in Prizes
Poetry and Art Contest, Free Entry, Over $10,000 in Prizes
All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.
We will be giving away over $10,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 prize for each top winner in each of following categories:
- ✔️ Short Stories
- ✔️ Poems
- ✔️ Visual Art (Paintings, Drawings, etc.)
- ✔️ Songs
Multiple winners will be selected in each category. Top winners will get $1,000 each, and other winners will receive $100 or more each.
Additionally, all winners will have their work published in a major highly publicized anthology.
Submissions will accepted until at least February 1st. Only one entry per person.
Theme: Show Me Your Naked Pain (Poem by Scott Hughes)
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
This Week @ Monday Creek: Winter Solstice
|Original Art by Croatia Artist Iva Dukic @ zmamorije_by_iva_dukic|
The Earth is tilting, and I can’t feel it. I am not standing askew or leaning more this way or that way. It seems like a normal day. This morning at 10:59 am EST, the poles will be the farthest away from the sun than at any other time of the year – the winter solstice. The tilt is real, they say. Today will be short, then the days will begin to get longer as we tread into winter.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to live near the poles. Parkas, furs, thermals – makes my hands cold to think about it. But I love winter. To someone who has never seen ice or snow, it must look alien and weird. Snowflakes (no two are alike, fascinating thought) and icicles create magical patterns and visual joy. Living in Ohio, I rarely think about polar bears, artic hares, or kittiwakes. I wonder if they notice the solstice.
The deer passing by my picture window don’t seem to notice the tilt. They are looking for something to eat and are headed to the pond to see if the ducks left any cracked corn. I usually put extra feed out in the winter for the birds and deer. They are all friends, you know, just like in the Disney movies. They all dance and play while we’re not looking. The elegant tracks of deer, sparrows, and ducks create intentional pirouettes in the mud. Looks like they waltzed last night, or maybe a solstice dance with percussion ostinatos and rhyming verse.
Maybe I am askew today. Oh, but it’s all about treading. Pressing forward. I have several loose ends to tie up before December 31. Today, as the Earth tilts, seems like a good day to tackle procrastination and the few things I don’t want to do. Maybe you don’t procrastinate. Lucky you. I would rather write this post and dream about tilting, snowflakes, and snow bunnies than adult. Maybe I will bridle a doe and head to the woods and try again tomorrow.
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