Remember the Days of Driving around and Enjoying Christmas Lights? @MaryMarvella

As a single adult, I don’t head out with the purpose of seeing Christmas lights. HOWEVER, I will stop and take photos when there is legal parking near the lights I really like.

These lights are in Suwanee, GA. Downtown Suwanee is now more than a stop sign on a highway. Our neck of the woods is quickly losing its rural or country look. City Hall is now in a collection of stores, apartments, and condos. I love the convenience of having shops and restaurants, but I don’t love the traffic and less homey look!

I spotted these lights and made a u-turn and pulled into a parking lot to grab this shot! Duluth, Georgia has also lost much of it’s small town look. This parking lot is behind the building that once housed Joan Glancy, Duluth’s only hospital. It’s still there but has been replaced by a huge, mega medical center.

These lights are in a person’s yard! My inner child insisted we stop and take a photo! It was old, but… Down the street are lovely old homes that make up an historical area! I really need to find some places I can safely pull over to take photos!

This is in the old town square which is now a park. I really need to go back and look for more lights. A shopping area across the street replaced the old stores. It’s pretty but sooo commercial!

It’s on sale now!

This collection contains four stories about Christmas and giving. “Christmas’ Best Bet” is about three lawyers who learn about giving. “Matt’s Christmas Angel” tells about friends who find their relationship changing at Christmas time as they follow their version of the twelve days of good deeds. “The Christmas Promise” shows how a woman and her children deal with domestic violence at Christmas. “A Very Bella Thanksgiving” starts at Thanksgiving when a mother takes her small daughter to see her grandparents. The small daughter gets the best Christmas gift ever. Each story is different and each has a positive message.

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I am in a magazine! Pretty cool!

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Do You Dread Editing Your Work?

Consider this. Artists often fine-tune their work. Yep, most artists I know let their work set or rest and then go back to view the project with a critical eye. Some have shown paintings in stages or sculptures evolving as the artist adds or chips away. Grabbing a polishing cloth or adding a few strokes makes a lot of difference.

Writing is best done in drafts! I repeat. WRITING IS BEST DONE IN DRAFTS!

Editing is best done in stages. Yes, EDITING IS BEST DONE IN STAGES!!!

Plotters MIGHT NOT need to work on story or characterization in drafts. Thorough plotters probably don’t edit or add needed details. On the other hand, characters can evolve as a story unfolds. One part of the editing process is about changing details or adding them.

There is always the grammar part. Grammar and punctuation can change a reader’s perception. The second or third draft gives a writer chances to involve readers by adding sensory details and replacing lackluster words with stronger ones. With these drafts, writers can delete or move material readers don’t need to know.

Polishing a manuscript is as important as polishing the jewel in a ring or other piece of jewelry. A diamond in the rough might be overlooked, but that same diamond polished will spark desire! Most women think nothing about adding lipstick and fluffing or curling their hair. I absolutely want my grey hidden and my red lipstick for photos!

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What is a Media Kit?

Linda Nightingale has posted a must read blog for authors with books to promote. This western romance is a book you will read more than once! She knows British aristocracy and horses.

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If you’re appearing with your book on someone’s blog, likely they will ask you for a media kit. Here’s an example of my Media Kit for The Texas Cowboy. The high points are a blurb, excerpt, author information and Social Media Links. Be sure to include the BUY LINK!.

MEDIA KIT

THE TEXAS COWBOY

Title: The Texas Cowboy

Book One, Return to Folly Series

Author: Linda Nightingale

Publisher: Magnolia Blossom Publishing

Length: 247 pages

Release Date: January 19, 2022

Tag Line: A British raised Texan returns to take over the ranch he inherited. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe a pretty, sassy cowgirl with her own agenda?

Keywords: Cowboys, cowgirls, Texas, ranching, contemporary western romance, horses, Quarter horses, horse breeding, Quarter horse racing, AQHA

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QP4C5NZ

BLURB:

When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England…

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I’LL MAKE THIS SHORT AND SWEET! HAPPY FEBRUARY AND HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

I’m working on lessons for a course on using sensory details to connect with our readers in a lasting way.

 This is a VERY NEW rough draft. Some details might change as I know where the story is going.

Alana awoke to silence and pitch darkness. What the …?  Has the power gone out?  Anger that someone had forgotten to pay the power bill tightened her jaw until the thought that someone had cut her power sent burning bile into her throat.  She couldn’t stay where she was, but what could she do?
She reached out with her right hand to feel around her side. The barely rough fabric under her palm couldn’t be her smooth satin coverlet, could it? At least there was something on that side instead of nothingness. With her left hand, she swept as far as her arm would permit and smiled.

Though her eyes should have adjusted to the dark, she made out no shapes or even a pinpoint of light or dark that hid even a speck of light. Nothing.

Straining, she distinguished a sound, actually more than one sound. Her uneven breathing reminded her she needed to slow it down and calm down. One tremulous breath followed another one and then an even louder one. Since when was breathing so loud?

What do you think has happened? Share your reactions and thoughts!

For sensory overload, listen to this! “The Sound of Silence!”   https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=The+Sound+http://“The Sound of Silence!” https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=The+Sound+of+Silence

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Author/Standup Comedienne?

I can’t believe I’m going to do a comedy routine! Saturday will be my first attempt to wow an audience with my humor. I can’t decide which jokes to do.

Short jokes? Shall I tell about being the angel on top of a singing Christmas tree? What about me as the person every other kid had to pick up to show strength? NOT MY FAVE GAME UNTIL GRADE 6. REALLY?!

Writer jokes? Jokes about girdles, panty hose, control top panty hose and men who think they are still in shape if they can old their breath for seconds and claim they can still wear the same size they wore 20 years ago?

I’m still working on my routine!

I did manage to edit almost 300 words in 4 days so now I can be free to rehearse my routine, once I decide which one to use!

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Conflict, Conflict, Conflict! Reposting 12/30/22

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

We make decisions every day. Some decisions are easy. We know what we need to do and why, and we do what we must. Other decisions are not easy to make. Those cause internal conflict.

What if your pet is jealous of your baby? Do you get rid of the pet immediately, or do you search for solutions to help the beloved pet accept your baby, or do you give the pet away?

What if your child is dangerously jealous of your new baby? You can’t favor one child over another one, but babies can’t defend themselves, and parents can’t be with either child all the time.  How much internal conflict can build with the external conflict of jealousy?

Maybe your story characters don’t have this kind of conflict, but they need some small conflicts to keep them interesting and keep readers involved.

Check my workshop schedule and join us!

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A Class about Using Small Conflicts on the Way in January, 2022 !

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Exodus

This song has been on my mind since last night! I mentioned Farante and Teicher to a younger friend. When I googled their names, I found that “Exodus” was one of their songs. Since I LOVED the book, the movie, and the song, my mind went into binge listen mode!
It’s a sign one of my clients who is from Israel and fought with the Israeli army needs to finish his book with me!

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by Leon Uris

A book I read in high school and have not forgotten it! The characters live in my heart. The music makes me teary as only music can. I graduated in 1961!

This #1 New York Times international bestseller tells the epic history of Israel’s birth through the eyes of two generations of Jews as they fight to reclaim their homeland. Leon Uris tactfully meshes together the story of two 19th century Jewish brothers who seek refuge in Palestine with the 20th century story of how Israel gained its independence after World War II. Rich in historical accuracy and compelling characters, this literary classic sheds light on the long history of the Jewish diaspora, their struggles for liberation, and the costs of war. One of Uris’s best works, Exodus is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1958. The 1960 film adaptation…

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Two workshops coming up August 28: Let’s get that book started. #writingworkshops #MaryMarvella

The first is about how to corral the ideas that fight each other for our attention.

This One-and-a-Half Hour Workshop benefits Beginners who have dreamed of becoming a Writer, as well as Beginners who have started writing and stalled out on their Story.Learn Tips to Organize your thoughts and get your message across! Mary will teach you how to ‘Stay On Course’ to make that Book happen!This is an interactive, learning Workshop with Worksheets and Attendee Participation. Come prepared with your Pen, Pencil, Writing Pad, iPad or Personal Computer, and a Hunger to Learn! Light Refreshments Provided.$35.00 Registration includes All Workshop Materials, Access to Mary Marvella’s Intellectual Property, Personal Consult Time, and Light Refreshments.Please feel free to contact MMARVELLAB@aol.com or Event Host & Coordinator, Barbara Reynolds with any questions via email: barbara.reynolds@bfabulous-eats.com.

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This Two-Hour Workshop benefits Active Writers who have stalled out on their Stories or new writers who started their books but have no clue where to go from there.Learn Tips on Creating that First Draft! Organize your thoughts and get your message across! Mary will teach you how to ‘Stay on Course’ to make that Book happen!This is an interactive, learning Workshop with Worksheets and Attendee Participation. Come prepared with your Pen, Pencil, Writing Pad, iPad or Personal Computer, and a Hunger to Learn! Light Refreshments Provided.$55.00 Registration includes All Workshop Materials, Access to Mary Marvella’s Intellectual Property, Personal Consult Time, and Light Refreshments.Please feel free to contact Mary Marvella @aol.com or Event Host & Coordinator, Barbara Reynolds with any questions via email: barbara.reynolds@bfabulous-eats.com.

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