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It’s Been Quite a Ride!

I know you haven’t heard from me in a while. There has been a bunch of life happenings – happening – if you know what I mean.

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Catching Up – It’s Almost Here!

My newest creation, a children’s picture book will be out soon. (This summer) Its title is, Whoa Nilly, a Nymph Grows Up! Written by, Patti Rae Fletcher. (My pen name)

This is a story about an insect nymph that survives harsh surroundings beneath the water by using her instincts. She questions who she is, and why others look different, and change, and grow, and she doesn’t seem to. The mystery is solved at the end when she completes her (incomplete) metamorphosis and realizes she has always been who she is, and had to go through all that she did to grow into the lovely insect she was meant to be all along. See how to win free autographed hardcover copy below.

It Must be Another Sign! Feeling the Nudge!

Since my first book, This Sign Was Mine, Message Received! (TSWM) I’ve been journaling about more unexpected signs in my life, more crazy synchronicities, and most of all, more miracles. The signs I have received once again, I feel have impacted my life in an out-of-this-world kind of way. People show up exactly when they need to, and say the right things or demand certain promises as you will see in my next book. It was a specific promise made that more than likely saved my life, or at least prolonged it. I am so grateful to so many that I’m still here in this world.

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When I think of all the times my life could have or should have ended, (all those close calls) and didn’t, it makes me even more aware of our exterior and interior guidance. I’m still here for a reason and doing the best I can to figure it all out. My purpose is to contribute my share to this world by using the gifts I have been given.

There are a few more signs from the past – in my new book, and several more recent, and one amazing continuation connected with the roof snow heart chapter in, TSWM. I didn’t plan on a book two, but when the Universe speaks, I now know to listen.

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I have no doubt I am being nudged once again to share these deeply personal, soul touching phenomenal experiences with all of you. The signs I am fortunate enough to have received and to recognize in my life are miracles. I have no doubt when you read my book, you will also see that you are, and have been given some of the same signs, or at least your own unique ones. I feel the key is to take the time to ponder or reflect on even the tiniest synchronous occurrences, recognize these instances as your own life’s miracles and be grateful for each and every one, for I truly believe they have all happened or are happening for a higher reason. Those things from the past have brought you to where you are today, and whom you’re meant to be, strong, growing, and beautiful inside and out, kind of like my beloved Nilly.

Book two of TSWM will be out sometime this year. My working title is, Signs of Love, Recognize the Miracles! (That could change, depending on my publisher.) My goal is to get it out and in your hands before Christmas. Stay tuned!

I’m so grateful for all of you who have read my books, written reviews, are sharing my blogs, Facebook posts, and pages, and most of all continue to support my passion of writing in this life’s journey. Thank you from my whole heart!

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Writing – What’s up?

Here’s the scoop.

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Recently several people have inquired about my writing. Are you working on another book? Are you writing at all? Any present projects?

“Yes, yes, and yes. I’m busier than ever with several WIP’s, (writing language for – Works In Progress), editing, and doing magazine interviews.”

Just out, is the spring edition of the Downriver Dprofile magazine. It’s available in most businesses in the downriver area. I’ve ricocheted around town doing interviews and writing articles for this outstanding advertising publication. My submissions include a feature for Mans Lumber, Gentle Dental, and two profiles for Applewood Nursing Center. I hope you get the chance to read them and the many other articles that focus on Downriver’s finest businesses and their employees. I have several publications in the upcoming summer issue of Dprofile and one in the Profile Grosse Ile edition regarding  Islandfest information.

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The flip cover, spring edition

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Dprofile has a double cover

 

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I have submitted my metamorphosis picture book to several publishers once again. Still waiting on news of acceptance or rejection. It takes many weeks and sometimes months, and sometimes they don’t respond if they are not interested. But, hey, I’m a patient person and truly believe the best is yet to come. Another WIP is a picture book I’ve titled My Lucky Day. The Irish in me had to come out sometime. I can’t wait to share that with you.

I’ve been putting together a sequel to This Sign Was Mine, Message Received! by Patti Rae Fletcher. It will continue on the subject of divine timing, life’s journey, spiritual signs, and their interpretations. They keep coming and as long as they do, I will continue to share them with you. I sense strongly that this is at least one of the reasons I am here on this earth at this time.

Over the winter I mentored several people in writing and also did some copy editing on two manuscripts requested by other writers.

Last May I joined a writing group called the Shiawassee Area Writers (SAW), and since have become the Vice President. This involves spending time in mentoring and lots of editing as well. I love it all. The group of over twenty plus and growing is enthusiastic to learn and to better their writing skills. They are kind, fun, and dedicated. They have thrown their shoulders back and accepted some heavy criticism and have worked hard not to become discouraged. They will see the results of these challenges soon.

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Our Big News! SAW is scheduled to publish an anthology in the fall, the theme is Winter/Christmas. This book will include stories from some of the groups published authors, including myself and a few debut writers that will proudly announce their first publications. I couldn’t be more impressed with their revisions, rewrites, and stubbornness to make their entries the best they can be.

Being one of the editors, I can say with all honesty, there is a fabulous array of short stories, memoirs, poetry, and some fiction all coming together for you to enjoy over this coming winter. I will, with pride, let you know when this special book becomes available for purchase.

On this day, and every day, I wish you light, love, and peace within.

As always, I’m grateful for you reading and sharing my blog posts.

 

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WORLD PEACE PRAYER SERVICE

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On this frigid day of January 7th, 2018, many people gathered to pray for World Peace at Unity Chapel of Southgate. By the presence that enveloped me and the facial expressions I observed, I have no doubt that many hearts were moved in a unique and special way, both in the chapel and all over the entire world. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet, greet, and share refreshments with all our loving sisters and brothers from different cultures and religions. We are all connected and we are one.

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Peace Prayers were asked  or chanted in several languages, Lakota, English, Polish, Hebrew, Baha’i, (Farsi) Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Islamic, (Arabic) Hungarian and Hawaiian. I felt humbled and also felt it to be a privilege to be invited to share an original peace prayer that I had written for last year’s service among the resplendent ethnic prayers presented.

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I have faith that there were people on the other side of the globe shaking their heads in wonder, maybe with an onset of unexpected tears, openness, a comfort or loving warmth, as they felt God’s peace wash over them today. The sentiments were well articulated and focused and I believe all of our souls felt the intensity of the prayers being asked and answered.

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Well, you know about best laid plans, sometimes our plans don’t match God’s. I had intended to read last year’s peace prayer titled, “We Can,” until Friday evening. I sat alone snuggled in my cozy blanket, listening to the fire crackle, and soft music while watching the flames flicker in our woodstove when suddenly I realized there was such peace in my heart, that it overwhelmed me to tears. I wished everyone in the whole world could feel what I was feeling in that moment, such love, such gratitude, and such peace. I noticed my notebook and pen that sat on the table and began to write. When I read what I had written the next morning I knew I was meant to share this peace prayer poem at church on Sunday.

I’ve copied the prayer below if you have a desire to read it, pray it, or share it.

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Wishing You Peace Within and A Happy New Year to All

Unity Chapel of Southgate, World Peace Prayer Service 1-6-18

Prayer by M. M. Scheidel

 

WE ARE ONE 

We are one – Humankind

Connected through life force, prana, and our Mind

We are one

One world, we are all diverse

Yet connected throughout the universe

We are one

Our eye and skin color may differ

But all our veins carry that almighty red river

We are one

We share in our God’s love and creation

Peace among us is our visualization

We are one

Let’s place our hands over our hearts

This is where it truly all starts

We are one

Close your eyes, take a deep inhale, now let it go

Envision the peace within that you know, feel it, let it flow.

We are one

Let this sensation caress every part of your being,

Enjoy it . . .  now send it to your hands for freeing

We are one

Inhale, let it go, open your eyes, as you raise your hands

We ask  that these precious moments of peace fill all God’s lands.

We are one

And so it is – Amen

 

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Inspiration & Surprises

Inspiration

Yesterday someone asked where I find the inspiration for all the writing I do. After a few minutes of thought the answer came easy. I’m inspired to write about the things I see, feel, and experience. If I feel the need to write it down, then to me, that is my inspiration.

When I began my writing courses and going to conferences, they said write what you know and what excites you. I found the first part discouraged me because I thought, what do I know? My mom would often say, “I know a little about a lot of things but I don’t  know much about anything.” The solution – research.

The Big Surprise

It seemed I liked to write about insects and crawly things. Really! Me writing about bugs seemed about as far-fetched as it could get. Regardless, these squirmy inspirations kept coming.

During my  first course I wrote an article about dragonflies. It was inspired by a camping trip shared with a friend and her children along with mine. There was a phenomenal dragonfly hatch. I mean hundreds zigzagged everywhere at different heights, flashing their lovely colors. The air hummed with their vibrations. It was an extremely entertaining and inspiring event, one that none of us will ever forget.  I’ve loved dragonflies ever since this incident and have so far written a picture book and several poems about them.

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The next bug I was inspired to write about was the Saddleback Caterpillar, the largest slug caterpillar in the nation. I titled the original article, Cowboy Caterpillar, because it  looks like it has a lovely lime green  tattoo of a saddle on its back. This seems so cute, but beware, it also has needle-sharp spines that carry a venom that is quite painful to humans and can cause swelling, rash, and vomiting. My son was stung by one at work while clearing away some brush  by the tracks. This turned into an article because I wanted to share the information with others as a warning.

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Bedbugs, believe it not was my next article. Yuck and eww! The interest in these little buggers was brought on by chaperoning a sixth grade camp and as we found out later, one of the cabins was infested. Several children complained of bites, itching, and had red swollen dots in a pattern of three. All five boys that complained were bunked in the same cabin. This once again turned into a non-fiction article about what to do if this happens to you.

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My latest project has gotten away from insects but still connects with nature and all the beauty that it shares with us. When we open our eyes, minds, and hearts, and pay attention, I believe it’s possible to find the path to our destiny’s.

My present book is inspired by mere coincidence. Oh, that’s right, there’s no such thing as coincidence and that was something that surprised me and I hope it does you too. (More on this soon)

 

 

 

 

 

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My Writing Works In Progress

For those of you who have inquired about what I’ve been working on…here’s my book writing update.

Holler’s Pond, A Camping Story (middle grade-ages 11-15)

(Four young teens, one girl, three boys, some adventures, self acceptance issues, each teen believes their problems are worse than their peers)

A family camping trip gets screwed up for Alexandria(Alex) when she finds out her best friend can’t make it. Now she is stuck all weekend with three teenage boys who don’t want her there or she could always hang with the adults. With those choices, she will find a way to deal with the boys. She has no doubt she can out camp and out fish any boy, anytime. Bring it on!

It’s a weekend packed full of pranks, some bullying, throw in a few laughs and an encounter or two with wild animals and an outhouse and you never know what will happen. In the end the teens are forced to make a life or death decision and begin to understand what’s truly important in their lives.

This manuscript has been sent to several publishing houses. It’s been rejected twice, one has it under consideration. Still waiting to hear something. I’m thinking positive. 2015 feels like a great year for publishing books.

This Sign Is Mine is a working title. (non-fiction, young adult-adult inspirational) 

I wrote this memoir over the summer with a strong desire to share my strange phenomena experiences and to inspire others.

The story is about as deep down personal as one can get. There have been several strong, slap-me-in-the-face, signs/messages along my journey. I’ve received answers to questions that could not be reversed once implemented and felt more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life.

During those occurrences, there was always one question that ran through my mind, who was the messenger? I’ve shared bits and pieces on my blogs, but decided it was time to write the story behind the pictures.

Were my signs all coincidence? Were they from God, the Universe, deceased loved ones, or someplace else? Was I the only one who saw or felt them? Not always. Did others receive the same message I did? After discussion I found the answer to be yes, on occasion.

With all my questions, the one thing I have figured out for sure is, these crazy signs have led me to a gratefulness and an inner peace I didn’t think possible during and after those specific circumstances.

This book is written in a way where you, the reader can decide for yourself if these signs were only coincidence. If you don’t think so, where do you think they came from? Have you recognized any signs along your journey?

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Will I Ever Grow Up (picture book)

This book is about a minuscule insect nymph that lives beneath the water. She eats anything that doesn’t eat her and is still hungry. She grows a tiny bit and pops out of her skin. There’s always a new skin beneath the old one. This process continues to make her hungry so she eats some more and the process repeats and repeats. She’s discouraged when she doesn’t notice any change in herself. But, her neighbors the tadpole family have changed by leaps and bounds. Will she ever grow up? What will she be? I’ll reveal the answer next week.

I’m ready to do the final draft on this too.

If only there were more hours in a day.

My goals are high for 2015

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the shares.

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