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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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Angels In The Snow!

Woman’s World Magazine, December 14, 2015

I am honored and humbled to have my article appear in this wonderful weekly magazine.

WhooHoo!

Whoo Hoo! Over 1.6 million readers…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out page 38 in this weeks edition of Woman’s World,  My Guardian Angel section. On the cover is an all time favorite, the famous Valerie Bertinelli and on the back is an advertisement featuring the sizzling hot Minions. Gotta love those guys!

Ho ho ho!

Ho ho ho!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within these sixty pages is a whole bunch of great stuff. There is absolutely something for everyone; a weekly mystery, a romance,  a ton of healthy life changing tips, recipes, fun crafts, puzzles, a few jokes, and my favorite part is the price, $1.89 at most grocery store check outs.

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Woman’s World Article Dec 14 2015

 

 

 

 

In June 2015

I submitted the “Angels in the Snow” article to Woman’s World Magazine. To be honest, I’ve been so busy with the book that I had forgotten about sending it in.

I have always enjoyed reading the weekly feature My Guardian Angel, in Woman’s World and thought my snow angel experience might be a good fit. An email informed me that they had received my submission the next day. I hadn’t heard anything else until a few weeks ago. I came home to find a message on my answering machine stating that they were using  my story in their #50 December issue. Wow! This year! Most of the time the publication dates are in the far distant future.

When a writer mails their submissions, they never know when or even if they’ll hear back from the editors. If there is no word within six months, its assumed they couldn’t use your article, for whatever reason.

I had considered the inclusion of “Angels in the Snow” as a chapter in the book, This Sign Was Mine, under my pen name of Patti Rae Fletcher, but there wasn’t quite enough content.

Not everyone sees what I see, but more than the visual it’s the sensation(s) that consume me when or while I see things. The signs always come while I’m contemplating  or confused with certain life questions. The messages I receive never fail to bring me a consuming warmth, a feeling of love, and usually joyful tears. (And no it’s not hormonal…I promise!)

The magazine couldn’t use my photographs, probably due to space or quality of my photos, so you can be the first to see the originals here.

I’m so grateful for all of you who read my blog(s) regularly and have kept me writing. I truly feel blessed.

All the shares and your comments are encouraging, and appreciated more than you know. Thank You!

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My angel

 

 

 

 

 

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Choir of Angels

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re interested in learning more about my book, please sign up on the links above…one is for the Patti Rae Website and the other is for the books Facebook page.

Wishing all of you the very brightest of seasons!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy 2016.

Mel

 

 

 

 

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Words Springing Forth

Having Fun With Words This Morning 

(I couldn’t help myself, I put the lines in alphabetical order, there’s probably a word for that kind of behavior.)

Thinking About Spring © 

A holiday resort with a tennis court

Barbecues and panoramic views

Birds with twigs and new fishing rigs

Garage sales or maybe fish to scale

Longer days, catching some rays

Morel mushrooming, trees blooming,

Petunia plants and please go away house ants

Pontoons afloat, the perfect antidote

Shows with crafts or floating on rafts

Soil to plow, grab your seeds now

Sprouts begin to grow fresh lawns to mow

Take a hike or catch a pike

Tree buds and slushy muds

Waterfall trunk, some wine being drunk

New Driftwood Fountain

New Driftwood Fountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Things I Don’t Like About Spring

Fertilizer, pollen and Cottonwood Trees

They make me sneeze!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Dragonfly

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Beware!

Beware!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Weekend Visit & Writing Retreat

My aunt and uncle

My aunt and uncle

On my way to a writing retreat I stopped in Battle Creek and enjoyed a wonderful visit with my aunt and uncle who I don’t see often enough. We had a lovely lunch and caught up on our families and upcoming events.

 

After our meal, I picked up two fun fabulous ladies that were headed to the same writing retreat that I was. We introduced ourselves and were on our way to new friendships and adventures that involved unique and complicated characters, lyrical scenes, twisted plots, diverse lifestyles, some rootin tootin fun language, and lots of belly laughs.

We met up with the other four writers already at the lodge. They welcomed us with open arms and a delicious dinner of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, rolls, and roasted fresh vegetables.

The Place

Eagles Wings Lodge in Ludington, MI. is spacious, fully furnished to every detail, and decorated to magazine perfection. The walls and cabinetry were a bright knotty pine, log-like railings led to the many bedrooms upstairs. There was a large fireplace for heat and ambiance along with attractive light fixtures throughout. It had the feel and warmth of a loving home, not of a rental place. The scenery created a calm, whether viewed from the large windows overlooking the hillside or through the heated mist that rose from the hot tub on the back deck.

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One of four bathrooms

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The Take Away!

I can’t speak for everyone, but for me retreats are about . . .

1.) Meeting people who have the same passion(s) as I do.

2.) It excites me to interact and learn from those who have more experience and knowledge regarding the process and technique.

3.) Flip-flop #2, It makes me proud of how far I’ve come when I’m able to share what I’ve learned with those who have less or different experience(s).

4.) Every writing event I’ve ever been to (with the exception of one) boosted my enthusiasm, motivation & creativity.

5.) The feed back, critiques, and brainstorming on my work is so valuable to me during the revision process. Sometimes I use the suggestions and sometimes not, but either way it takes me to that place outside of my own thought box. I’m so appreciative to all of the amazing ladies I spent this past weekend with and their inspiring  input and presence.

6.)  I always consider it an honor when other writers allow me to read their work. I know and understand how difficult it is to share our vulnerable, intimate thoughts and words with others, especially strangers. Every story and every genre has a piece of its author within, and that makes it personal . . . personal to the extreme.

I can’t fail to thank all of you for the lip-licking, terrific homemade meals, snacks, and beverages that I devoured. But I have to admit my all time favorite was learning how to give myself permission to drink from the warm bubbly butter cup (if there’s any left) after a lobster meal.  Lobster flavored butter! What could be better? Have they marketed that yet?

My greatest gratitude goes to Monica for organizing this special event and inviting me along. I so enjoyed the camaraderie and the extraordinary talents of every attendee.

This writing retreat is on my five-star all time favorite list.

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Don’t Forget About Your Accomplishments

Acknowledging Your Own Accomplishments is as important as setting new goals. I hope if you haven’t done this that you’ll give it a try. You may have accomplished more than you thought.

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Ten years ago I discovered how important it was for me to recognize my accomplishments from the previous year before moving on.

My first writing group had a rule that with our January submissions, each of us had to include our previous years accomplishment list and add writing goals for the present year.

Embarrassment was my first thought. I hadn’t published any books and had only received rejects on the articles I had submitted at that time. I knew most of the people in my group were published authors and I was the newbie.  My list would look awful next to all of theirs.

My mind was as blank as the page in front of me. Heck, sometimes I can’t remember what I ate yesterday.

I typed the year that had just passed at the top and then the number one followed by my proudest accomplishment, diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature Course. I stopped and thought for a long while. I wrote down the titles of every short story and poem I’d written in that year. I listed the titles of several articles I’d submitted to magazines, (It didn’t matter if they were accepted or not). I had entered three writing contests, attended two writing conferences, and joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I had forgotten about all those accomplishments until I’d checked my writing log and calendar.

I submitted my list with pride and promised myself I’d do even better the coming year.

Yes I did!

Yes I did!

 

 

 

 

 

Even though this group no longer exists, this annual January journal entry has become my tradition and it has never failed to give me that . . . “I Can Do It,” attitude. This keeps me motivated and working towards all of the goals I’ve set for myself in the new year.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

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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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A NEW FRIEND AND HER DEBUT NOVEL

A NEW FRIEND AND HER DEBUT NOVEL.

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It Flies!

Is it a grasshopper, a bird, a plane, a dragonfly?

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No, none of the above. It’s flies even faster and is invisible . . . It’s called, the passage of time! Holy Moley!

I can’t believe it has been twelve months since I set my mind to write a weekly post instead of a monthly one. I’ve learned how to do many things on this site and still feel like I have a lot to learn concerning blogging.

The first of the weekly posts appeared on 09/20/13. I remember the panic, and wondered what on Earth would I write about for fifty-two weeks? And how I hoped someone would actually read them.

In the first few posts I spoke about being and orphan, sending my middle grade novel to publishers, finding a summer place on the lake, and my goal for raw juicing.

ONE QUICK YEAR LATER

Middle Grad Novel-“Holler’s Pond” – Over the year, I have collected two rejects and have one under-consideration through Milkweek Press. I’m in the process of revamping the cover letter and plan on sending it out to the next three publishers on my list.

Lake HouseWriting Retreat– Over the summer I finished a rough draft of my second book, (an adult-non-fiction). It is presently going through my critique group. I will do a second revision after the critiques and put it away for a few weeks and then re-read it,work on a final draft, and send it out into the world.

Raw Vegetable Juicing-I began juicing on October 2, 2013 and can proudly say it has worked. I drink ten to sixteen ounces of raw veggie juice everyday for lunch. My reason, to help lower my out-of-control cholesterol. My numbers are at a satisfactory level. Still not perfect, but over a hundred points lower than before I was juicing daily.  I feel healthy. I’ve lost a few pounds, and  I’ve only had one cold in twelve months. My skin is smoother and brighter. I know without a doubt my body craves and needs raw veggies in high doses. I can’t live without the juicing now. But the best thing is, I don’t have to take any prescriptions.

One more plus to raw veggie juicing, I discovered today . . . I had my six month teeth cleaning appointment and I was told by my hygienist that my gum pocket numbers were all up to fours on my previous chart. The optimum number is three. She said my gums were pink, I had no heavy tartar or stains (like usual) and my pocket numbers were much improved at all threes. She was impressed and asked for my recipe! Here’s the recipe if anyone else is interested. everyday-juice-recipe I have created this one using veggies that are known to be heart healthy and to lower cholesterol.

I’ve enjoyed writing this blog and sharing these parts of myself with you.

It means the world to me that you, family, friends, and guests have read my words and still have the courage to pop in weekly to see what’s up next in my life or in my random thoughts.  I AM GRATEFUL and YOU TRULY ARE BRAVE!

In Gratitude,

Meline

 

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More Than A Tidbit, From One of the Greats!

More Than A Tidbit, From One of the Greats!.

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