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Thursday, 26 February 2015
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Many people are feeling a bit anxious about the state of the world and their own personal lives these days. I’m working on the “surrendering” technique I blogged about last week. Others have their own ways to find that “peace that passes all understanding.”

It really helps to have a creative outlet at times like these. Something that brings you pleasure. It can be anything—cooking, needlework, physical activity, etc. For artists, it is drawing. For writers . . . .

It also helps to be around others who enjoy the same thing. For example, this Saturday, there is a California Writers Club meeting at the Ontario Library http://ow.ly/JE2S0 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a roomful of people who love to write. Our speaker’s presentation will cover nonfiction, and I’m sure he’ll give us valuable information. In addition, writers will enjoy the camaraderie of other writers. Afterwards, some of us will go to the café in the library and continue our conversations.

For a few hours, none of us will be focusing on the world scene or personal problems.

Hope some of you can join us.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

  

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:12 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:20 PM EST
Thursday, 19 February 2015
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Sometimes life is overwhelming, for both good and bad reasons. The daily news provides most of the bad reasons for me, as well as my concerns about the future for those I know and love. Most of the people I talk to are feeling the same way these days.

Somehow we need to let go of all the disturbing thoughts in our computer brains and focus on what is good in our life—our family, friends, the kindness of strangers. Sometimes just stroking the soft fur of our dear dog, Missy, does that for me.

I just finished a book that addresses this subject and have found it helpful. It is Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins. We often associate the word “surrender” with “giving up.”  Hawkins makes it clear that is not true. That once we surrender the need to control the outcome, the action taken to reach our dreams and goals becomes much clearer, easier and more effective. Although it is a complicated subject, it is not a difficult technique. For me, it is simply saying the words, “I surrender this.” When I do, the outcome is usually even better.

Why? Because I don’t know everything.

“Really, Libby?” you say. “You don’t know everything?”

No, I don’t, and what a relief it is to just let things go and get back to what’s important—loving our dog, Missy.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 2:13 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 19 February 2015 2:21 PM EST
Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Most of my blogs recently have been about writing and marketing. This week, however, I don’t really have anything to say about those subjects. Well, okay, there is one thing. “What a surprise,” I can hear you thinking.

One of the perks of publishing a book is that I connect with people from the past. For example, I called the son of one of the women I dedicated my novel to (my mentors, role models, and polestars). We reminisced about his wonderful mother and shared childhood memories. I’m sending his family a copy of the book. The main character, Lydia, is a compilation of several women, but he will recognize aspects of his mother in her personality. The locale will also be familiar. (See cover of book: http://ow.ly/HXHE3 ) There was a time when there were only open fields around our childhood homes. I remember looking out of my bedroom window in the spring and seeing only apple blossoms for as far as the eye could see. No houses. No subdivision.

Those memories put me in a philosophical mood this week. I’m feeling very grateful for my loving childhood. Hope you all have similar memories.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

Posted by libbygrandy at 12:18 PM EST
Saturday, 7 February 2015
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   Back in the day (as our six-year-old Jesse says), when the Redskins were winning (way back in the day), I loved the Super Bowl! It was often the Cowboys and the Redskins playing, and it is one of my favorite memories of the time we lived in Virginia.

   We either had stew or chili, so that everyone could help themselves and eat in front of the TV. The best memories are those of the snowy days—cold and crisp outside, warm and toasty inside, a fire in the fireplace, with everyone rooting for the Redskins. However, there was one unhappy Super Bowl when we thought we had won right up until Roger Staubach threw a Hail Mary pass in the last two minutes and, well…. I’m still not over it.

   What I remember most is good food, family and love.

   In my world, that’s what life is all about.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:27 PM EST
Thursday, 29 January 2015
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   Life can get complicated. Good things and difficult things often come at the same time. That is what happened in our family this past week, at least to me. Our granddaughter’s father died. He had a heart attack. He was only fifty years old. My daughter and he have been divorced for many years, but the family remained close and loving. So I spent most of the week attempting to console grieving family members. Nothing is more difficult than that.

   On the weekend, I attended the California Writers Club meeting. I was grateful for the distraction of a few hours of camaraderie with my fellow writers. I was on a panel with five other published writers. The audience asked great questions, and I believe we shared valuable information. The journey from writing a novel to publishing it is not easy. It takes hard work and determination, particularly in this new technical world. We were able to address many complicated issues regarding this subject.

   I was happy to be able to tell everyone that my latest book, Lydia, Book Two of the Haverford Trilogy, is now available in both print and as an ebook. http://ow.ly/HXHE3           

   So, life happens, and life goes on.

   See you next week.

 

Link to Promises to Keep, Lydia and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/HXHE3 

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 12:22 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:32 PM EST
Thursday, 15 January 2015
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I suddenly found time for myself this past week: Christmas decorations put away, house cleaned, bills paid, a copy of my soon-to-be published novel, Lydia, proofed. Time to myself—what a concept.

The first thing I did was pick up my new cross-stitch pattern. I’m making a picture for Jesse of a fireman spraying water. He plans to be a fireman when he grows up. I have to admit that I wondered what I had gotten myself into, as it is huge with over forty different shades of color. Moreover, within an inch of tiny spaces, there are often ten different colors.

As I diligently worked on the pattern, I remembered an article on my website, “Cross-Stitching My Way Through Life.” I’m big on analogies, and this is one of my favorites. Anyway, I was working on a section that was supposed to show a number 13 on the fireman’s hat. The more I pulled different colors in and out, the more I just couldn’t see anything resembling a number. I recounted several times (my fellow cross-stitchers will know what I mean), and I seemed to be doing it right. Finally, a curve for the number 3 began to appear. I was tempted to not follow instructions and make it more visible. I resisted the temptation and did what I’m doing in my life these days. I trusted that if I just kept doing what I was supposed to do, the picture would turn out alright, even though I couldn’t see how. And guess what? 

If none of this makes sense, you might want to go into my website and read the article. I go into more detail. It’s under “Inspirational Stories.” It also has a few pictures on it. http://ow.ly/mngEn

Or, you can sigh and say—enough with the analogies, Libby.

I wouldn’t blame you a bit.

 

Link to Promises to Keep and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/sd9vJ

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 4:03 PM EST
Friday, 9 January 2015
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Hopefully, within the next two weeks, I will be able to blog about my novel, Lydia, being available on Amazon. I thought it would be published before the holidays, but, for one reason or the other, it was postponed, and I’m glad. Why? Timing.

I believe there is a time for everything. I could give you multiple examples in my own life as proof, but I’m sure you have had your own experiences. Sometimes, in our world of fast-moving events, we become impatient, and make things happen on our own timetable. It seldom works as well. I know writers who, in their excitement to become published, didn’t even bother to carefully proof their work. The result: good writing, good story, distracting mistakes and excitement turns into regret.

Which brings me to why Lydia isn’t on Amazon yet. I and other writer friends caught the more glaring errors and fixed them. But when I got the print copy from CreateSpace, I found the small stuff. Example: commas, etc. While visiting from back east, my daughter read through the novel and caught a missing apostrophe and suggested I should add the “F” to Scott Fitzgerald’s name.

Anyway, I made the corrections and another print copy was sent to me. Guess what? I found two more things. There was a missing space between two sentences, and I realized that I had placed a comma between the word “Oh” and “no,” as in “Oh no.” Then I was shocked to find out how many times my characters said, “Oh no.” So I made those corrections. If any of you find a comma I missed, please don’t tell me! (Just kidding.)

This week another print copy arrived for me to check and make sure the corrections went through the computer program. One didn’t. I called CreateSpace, and a nice young woman apologized and said she would fix it. Their mistake, no charge.

I should get the final print copy next week. I’ll approve it and, within a few days, it will be available on Amazon.

And I know, without a doubt, that the timing will be perfect.

 

Link to Promises to Keep and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/sd9vJ

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

  


Posted by libbygrandy at 1:35 PM EST
Friday, 2 January 2015
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Hope your New Year’s Day was happy. More importantly, I hope the new year of 2015 is a positive one for you. There are always challenges in life, but some are more challenging than others. The past two years have fallen into that category. Things are looking up, however, at least in our personal lives. Thank heavens! 

I honestly don’t know what the future will bring. I have a general idea of what I want to happen, but, in truth, I’m even a bit ambivalent about that. However, I’ve learned that most of what I worry about doesn’t happen and positive situations that I haven’t expected often do.

Our six-year-old Jesse (who I tend to quote most often these days) told me that he had a question for me. I waited patiently as he stood, quietly. Finally, I said, “What is it, darling?” He held out his hand and said, “Wait, I have to reveal it in my mind.”

Who says that?

Anyway, that pretty much sums up my thoughts these days. Questions that I have like “What’s going on in the world these days?” surface daily. Few answers do. I guess I’ll trust the answers will come.

And, like Jesse, patiently wait until I reveal them in my mind.

Happy New Year!

 

Link to Promises to Keep and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/sd9vJ

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 3:04 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 2 January 2015 3:11 PM EST
Saturday, 27 December 2014
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I hope everyone had as lovely a Christmas as we did. The past few years have been difficult for many people, but there is a new feeling of hope for many of us. And I am very grateful.

Our six-year-old Jesse gave the blessing at our Christmas dinner. It was short but profound. He said, “Dear God, thank you for this good food and our wonderful family.” When I told him I was impressed with his prayer, he said, “Thank you. I’ve been practicing my prayers every day this week. While I was playing with my trucks today, I was whispering my prayer.”

Maybe that’s where our feeling of hope springs from—this new generation of compassionate, loving children.

Happy New Year!

 

Link to Promises to Keep and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/sd9vJ

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 1:16 PM EST
Thursday, 18 December 2014
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This past week a print copy of my novel, Lydia, arrived for me to proof. There’s nothing quite like holding your book in your hands for the first time.

While waiting for its arrival, I finished the computer program with CreateSpace. Chose the price for my book, etc. When I’m finished proofing and approve the publication of Lydia, it will go up on Amazon. I’ll pay Amazon $79 and choose the option for CreateSpace to format it for them (part of my contract with them, no extra charge). That will take a few days to process, but then everything will be available.

I’m going to give away free ebooks of  Promises to Keep, Book One of the Haverford Trilogy on December 19, 20, 21 for those who have not already read it. This is a good marketing idea (those who like Book One hopefully will want to buy Book Two). Also, although Lydia can “stand alone,” readers will enjoy it more if they have already met most of the characters from the previous book. This is why people like to read sequels and series, to find out what happens next in the lives of the characters. At least, that’s how I feel.

Now that I’m almost finished working with CreateSpace, I want to address one more thing for those who are reading this blog. Someone recently said to me, “You make it sound so easy to self-publish.” That bothered me a bit, because I don’t want to mislead anyone.

If you are computer literate, it is easy. And, if you are like me, relatively computer-literate, it’s not that hard. Maybe a little nerve-wracking off and on, because you want to make sure you did everything right, but not really hard. However, if you aren’t computer literate at all, I recommend you ask someone who is to go through the process with you.

I also recommend patience. Computers are computers and sometimes do strange things. Don’t yell at the nice people at CreateSpace when you make a change or correction, and it may not show up when you proof it a second time. Just give them a call, and they will do what is necessary. If it’s their problem, there’s no charge.

Don’t rush the process and miss mistakes you might have made in the original manuscript. If I find something I missed when I proof my final proof copy, I’ll pay for the correction and fix it before approving it for publication.

So there you have it. Hope this had helped writers who are contemplating self-publishing. I’m going to add copies of these blogs on my website after the first of the year. There may be writers who want to refresh their memory about what I wrote when they are ready to consider self-publishing.

I hope sharing my publishing journey has been helpful. One of my goals in life is for people to say, “If Libby can do it, I can do it!”


Link to Promises to Keep and Desert Soliloquy on Amazon:  http://ow.ly/sd9vJ

If you would like to read the articles on my website, go to http://www.libbygrandy.com.

 

 


Posted by libbygrandy at 1:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 18 December 2014 1:31 PM EST

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