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Memories are for Christmas

23 Dec

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I was rummaging through the garage the other day looking for some Christmas decorations when I stumbled upon a long forgotten box of story notes, scripts and sketch books, primarily belonging to my husband, who is also a writer, Bob Rector. You might have read some of his WordPress blogs ~ he’s RectorWriter. Anyway, I picked up a sketch book and a priceless piece of paper fell out. It was written by Bob in 1993 and stars the indomitable Zack, our dachshund from years ago, who I’ve often written about.

Reading Bob’s brief account of our household twenty-one years ago was like time-traveling for me. He gave a crystal-clear description of each person caught in an instant of time and I was moved to happy tears by the memory. I would like to share it with you here, just as I read it, in Bob’s handwriting, in Bob’s words and complete with an hysterical sketch of Zack’s face.

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The thing that caught me off guard was the date, June 5, 1993, because as I read it I could have sworn this took place at Christmas. There was no mention of Christmas, but it just felt like it: warm, joyful, loving and deeply personal. I could almost hear wood crackling in the fireplace and see the reflections of lights and decorations in the window. And I wondered why this brief chronicle of our lives would automatically make me think of Christmas. And I decided it’s because every good, beautiful memory is like a gift, a Christmas gift that can be opened over and over again.

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Now there are many writers, philosophers and psychologists who say that we should leave our past behind us. Some great thinkers tell us that if we hold on to our past, we are doomed to have old baggage drag us down, and negative triggers continue to plague us with repeating unhealthy habits. According to them, we should practice present moment awareness.

I beg to differ. I believe that who I am is a conglomeration of a bunch of present moment awareness events: memories, good and bad. Yes, we all have things we’d like to forget, painful recollections that make us wince when we’re reminded of them. Wince or worse. But for me, those are a part of who I am too, I just don’t want to dwell on those. I want to focus on what went right in my life, those moments that stay with me forever because they are so vibrant that they have imprinted me in every way that’s lovely. SnowMatt-IMP

I can still see, smell, taste and feel those precious bits of time as if they were literally yesterday. I’m sure you have those too.

As for me, I’ll go with a pretty solid thinker by the name of Dostoevsky. You see, next to the page with Bob’s story of our household was another piece of paper with this quote printed on it:

“You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.”

“The instrument of our salvation.” A powerful statement.

What a wonderful gift I received when I opened that box from the past. When Bob wrote it so long ago, he had no idea it would mean so much to me to find it decades later. It made me wonder what I am doing today that will set up good memories for those I love in the days and years to come. For me, that’s where the importance of living in the moment comes in, the significance of every single day. We never know when we might do some kind gesture for someone that might be their “instrument of salvation” at a dark moment.

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So Merry Christmas to you. May you find the gift of cherished memories tucked under your own little Christmas tree inside yourself. It is my hope that the coming days bring you opportunities for more exceptional memories to be created. But if for some reason this Christmas isn’t full of all that’s positive and encouraging for you, don’t forget the treasures that are with you still, inside your heart and mind. After all, Christmas is for memories.

Until next time.

Marsha

Marsha Roberts, Author:  Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

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New Release! The Mutinous Boomer Audiobook!

27 May

ImageNEW Audiobook Release! I’m thrilled to report that my Mutinous Boomer book can now be downloaded and listened to! The grand and glorious actress, Della Cole, who starred in our production of “Letters from the Front” for many years, is the narrator. My book has been graciously described as “5* Soul Candy!” Della makes each morsel delightful! In the coming days I’ll be blogging about our long association and how this audiobook came about. But, for now, I just wanted to share the excitement of having my book sound so very beautiful and would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Marsha

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ASMSG Blog Hop ~ Interview with Author Dianne Harman

19 Mar

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I’m taking a brief intermission from my “Angels, Miracles and Dogs” blog to welcome you to the ASMSG Electorate Blog Hop and RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

ASMSG is a dynamic group of authors from all genres who have come together to help get the word out about their books: new releases, bestsellers, books in a series and individual gems – they’re all here! Over the next few weeks, a selection of authors are swapping interviews in their blogs and I’m very happy to be part of this team of dedicated writers.

Check out the dates and blogs at the end of this interview. You wouldn’t want to miss any of the insights shared by these fascinating writers. Please take a moment to share and tweet and comment and whatever else you are inclined to do to pass along the news of this unique Blog Hop!

Plus – don’t forget to enter the RAFFLECOPTER with free e-books available to the lucky winner! Lot’s of great books are in the prize package!

It is my pleasure to interview a very special author: Dianne Harman:

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First off, I have to say that Dianne is one of the few people I’ve met online that I consider to be a friend. We initially virtually “met” through the Goodreads Boomer Lit Group and then I began to notice that everywhere I went online, there was Dianne! Active in all areas of social media, a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and a prolific blogger – all the while continuing to turn out novel after novel – I HAD to meet this woman! And I’m so very glad I did. She’s a delight!

Dianne’s personal and professional background includes a wide range of experience, which gives her a great deal to draw from as she formulates her stories and characters. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers, where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors.  Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach and Sacramento, California, with her husband, a former Senator.

Dianne has published two best selling novels in her Coyote Series: the award winning Blue Coyote Motel, a psychological thriller, and Coyote in Provence, a cozy mystery with lots of food, wine, and fine art! Her political novels, Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy, feature a multicultural romance set (very convincingly!) in the California political scene. I’ll get Dianne to share some thoughts on her terrific novels, the writing process and more! Now, for the interview:

MR:  Dianne, you’ve had such a diverse professional background, how did you end up being a writer?

DH:  It’s something I’d always wanted to do, but I never thought I had the necessary “credentials” to do it. Someone gave me a copy of Stephen King’s book, On Writing, and he more or less says, Just Do It, and I did!

MR:  At what point did you go from writing to thinking of yourself as an author? And was this a significant transition for you?

DH:  It was probably after I’d published two books. I realized that writing had become extremely important to me. You know the old question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Well, one day I decided that’s what I wanted to do!

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MR:  The first book I read of yours, was your first, I believe: Blue Coyote Motel. Where did you get the idea for the feel-good-anti-aging formula, coupled with travelers who found themselves in such a dilemma in a motel in the middle of nowhere?

DH:  It was a very strange thing. My husband and I were guests at a boutique motel in Palm Springs, California, for a wedding. Our son was the best man. The bride was the daughter of an international children’s surgeon and guests had come from all over the world. It was in October and 106 degrees out. We welcomed the air-conditioning. I remember turning to my husband and saying, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone put a ‘feel-good’ drug in the air-conditioning and everyone felt good all the time?” I started writing the book on my iPad that afternoon. That night I sat next to a priest who wore a huge cross. He went in the book. At the wedding dinner, I was seated next to a couple who had gold mines in Brazil. They went in the book. And I kept meeting the rest of the characters!

MR:  Great story, and it does make it seem like it was “meant” to happen! Continuing with the Coyote Series, I’m a big fan of Coyote in Provence. 

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MR:  You captured the beauty of that area of France while giving the reader an extremely enjoyable mystery. I was particularly fascinated by how you brought us into the world of fine art, especially since you owned an art appraisal business for years. How much of your past experiences have you interwoven into your books?

DH:  I own the Alfred Mitchell painting that’s in the book and I’ve spent time in Provence in the small village. So certainly, some of my experiences – like how the wine is put in jugs (fascinated me) – are in there, but it is a work of fiction. And I love to cook so food is a big part of that book.

MR:  Oh, I love knowing that you actually have that Alfred Mitchell painting! Lovely piece of trivia! Speaking of writing about what you’ve experienced personally, I recall that your first political novel, Tea Party Teddy, stirred up a bit of controversy, especially in California. Could you tell us a little about that?  

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DH:  I knew when I wrote it was going to be controversial and it was. I got a couple of bad reviews from “staffers” in Sacramento who worked for people similar to the ones portrayed in the book. While it is a work of fiction, almost everything that took place has happened or is happening (currently one Senator has been indicted and another one just found guilty – and I’m talking about the last couple of weeks).

MR:  What impact did all of the hullabaloo have on your second “Teddy” book?

DH:  There are some very fine, honorable, honest politicians. I wanted to portray that side of politics as well.

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MR:  You’ve published four novels so far and in the process have created dozens of characters. Who is your favorite and why?

DH:  My favorite character is a private investigator, Slade Kelly, and judging from the comments I receive, I’m not the only one who has fallen in love with the incorrigible investigator. I probably like him so much because he is just so very human, not unlike each of us!

MR:  What has been the most rewarding experience to come out of your writing?

DH:  It happened last week. We were at a reception and several people had read my books and commented favorably on them. The man the reception was being given for introduced me as the “distinguished writer of best sellers!” Wow!

MR:  In the process of writing and publishing your books, what’s the smartest thing you did?

DH:  Hire someone to do the art work and the formatting.

MR:  And what mistake did you make along the way that you would advise any writer to avoid at all costs?

DH:  Thinking I could format a book!

MR:  You often blog about the entire process of publishing a book, from writing to marketing and obviously keep up to date on the indie-pub world. How do you feel about where things currently stand for independent authors?

DH:  I think this is just the beginning. Our children and grandchildren have grown up with tablets and twitter. Everything is electronic for these generations. I see eBooks continue to rise. My granddaughter comes over and wants to know what books I have on my iPad for her. She’s never asked what books I have in the bookcases!

MR:  Where do you see the industry going? And perhaps I should also ask, where would you like to see it go?

DH:  There will always be people who like the feel of a print book between their hands. My son and daughter-in-law are voracious readers, but they prefer print to eBooks. There’s room for both. So saying, I sell 8 to 10 times more eBooks than print, so I do think that’s the future of the industry.

I haven’t talked about genres, and yes, we did meet on a Boomer group, there’s not that many of them. I have maintained for some time that the boomer lit genre is ripe for the picking. There are 75 to 78 million boomers in the US alone and from what I’ve researched, very little literature that deals with that group. One day a couple of years ago I was searching on the internet for books for boomers. A handful. That’s still on my bucket list – to write books in that genre. I have one that needs some editing, but after my next book is published, the third in the Coyote series, I intend to polish the boomer book and publish it!

MR:  Is writing your career path from here on out? Do you see yourself always being an author?

DH:  Yes.

MR:  Any closing thoughts?

DH:  Thanks so much for having me. And for those of you who have not read Marsha’s wonderful book, Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant, order it now!

MR: How typically kind of you, Dianne. It has been a delightful experience to get to know you a little better and to share you and your books with the readers here.

Further information about Dianne and her books can be found at:

Amazon: http://ow.ly/s6pN5 

Smashwords: http://ow.ly/u4Fb2 

Web Site http://http://www.DianneHarman.com

Blog: http://dianneharman.com/blog/

Now in the days to come, hop on over to the other author blogs and get to know some of the most dynamic new writers of our time. Here’s the schedule:

March 18, 2014

Kirstin Stein Pulioff http://www.kirstinpulioff.com

Ceri London http://cerilondon.wordpress.com/

March 19

Stefania Mattana http://dailypinner.eraniapinnera.com

March 20

Maer Wilson http://maerwilson.com/

March 21

Sandra Robinson http://missscarlettflame.blogspot.co.uk/

Luca Rossi http://www.lucarossi369.com/search/label/EN

March 22

Melodie Ramone http://revenge-of-the-ginger.blogspot.com/

Anna George Othitis http://annaothitis.tateauthor.com

 March 23

Khalid Muhammad http://agencyrules.com

Su Williams   http://dreamweavernovels.blogspot.com/

March 24

Christoph Fischer http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Welcome to Christoph Fischer Books

 March 25

Hunter S Jones http://www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.com

Lillian Roberts http://lilianroberts.blogspot.com

March 26

Murielle Cyr http://www.muriellerites.wordpress.com

March 27

Ian Hutson http://www.dieselelectricelephant.co.uk/

Jinx Schwartz http://bit.ly/PSAAxI

March 28

Dianne Harman http://dianneharman.com/blog/

Shane KP O’Neill    http://www.draculachronicles.co.uk/

March 29

Tina Power Traverse http://writersonthewharf.wordpress.com/

Ann Rothchild http://christinamandara.wordpress.com/

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Thank you so much for joining us on our ASMSG Author Blog Hop! We hope you enjoy each and every one of the interviews. And I, your favorite Mutinous Boomer, WILL be blogging soon about Angels, Miracles and (of course!) Dogs! Because there’s a good reason that DOG is GOD spelled backwards!

Marsha

Marsha Roberts, Author

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and her Parable of the Tomato Plant

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

Smokey McDoggerson & Shadow The Clown!

29 Mar

Here we are once again with Boomer Lit Friday! This week a reviewer said she especially liked the chapter “The Parable of Smokey in the Storm,” so I thought I would share with you a bit of a dog story from

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I hope you will Blog Hop over to other Boomer Lit authors from here. You’ll find the link below and it will take you to excerpts of some wonderful writers!

From Chapter 28: The Parable of Smokey in the Storm

This excerpt begins after our 18 year old beloved dachshund, Zack, had passed away, leaving not only us devastated, but also the great big two year old, short-legged-German-Shepherd-and-something-else named Smokey McDoggerson. To him, little Zack had been his father, and he went into a deep doggie depression…

We knew there was only one thing we could do.  We needed to get Smokey a puppy. And that’s how Shadow came into our lives.

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Shadow looked like a small version of a black lab, only with shaggy fur, which came from his mother, who we knew was a Border Collie. Shadow was curious about anything and everything and would often go running off to explore something new and exciting. After all, it might play with him!

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Smokey took to the big brother role earnestly and taught Shadow everything he knew. But no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t teach Shadow to Protect And Defend.  It was simply not in Shadow’s DNA.

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Smokey was The Best Friend Dog and Shadow was The Comic Relief. Smokey would listen to your problems, turn his handsome head to the side like he was taking in every word. 

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Shadow, with his tongue hanging to the side and a silly grin, just wanted to have fun!

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Until a storm was coming…

Find out what happened with Smokey in the storm! My book is available as an ebook or in print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and others. Direct links are on the Mutinous Baby Boomer website:

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

Now, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to hop over to another Boomer Lit Author at:

http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.com/

CHEERS!

No! Not Barbie!

21 Mar

Thank God it’s Boomer Lit Friday! Here’s another snippet from

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I hope you take the opportunity to Blog Hop over to other Boomer Lit authors. On the link below you’ll find excerpts from some wonderful writers!

From Chapter 5: Barbie and the In-Crowd

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Not to forget the seminal moment of my young girlhood, the Christmas when Barbie was all the rage, ’59 or ’60 I think, and I had asked Santa for a race car set.  When I opened my main present and it was a Barbie, I burst out crying!  How could Santa do this to me?  I was very clear on the subject of what I wanted for Christmas when I sat on his lap and when I wrote him a letter.  How could he possibly mess it up this badly?  And here I was on the best day of the whole year and I couldn’t stop crying. Dad was in a panic, he thought every little girl wanted a Barbie. 

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He called his friend who owned a toy store (this is on Christmas Day, mind you) and begged him to open up just long enough for him to get a race car set for his daughter or her heart would be permanently broken! He returned with the present Santa had “accidentally left outside.” 

I was ecstatic!  There it was — the race car set of my dreams!  Deep down I had known that somehow Santa would come through in the end!  I joyfully set it up and promptly tied Barbie to the track.  It was a beautiful sight to see the cars crash over Barbie — the perfectly skinny plastic girl I would never in a lifetime resemble.  Die Barbie!

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Clearly this little girl who saw herself as the conquering hero, fantasized that she would travel to the ends of the earth and delighted in destroying Barbie was not destined to be anyone’s version of Suzie Homemaker.

 

O.K. Let me hear it! Surely someone else had a defining moment with Barbie – now’s the time to fess up! Find out what happens to this boomer who killed her Barbie in “Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer.” My book is available as an ebook or in print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and others. Direct links are on my website:

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

And to celebrate the fact that my book is currently the Goodreads Boomer Lit Group’s Monthly Read, the Kindle version is specially priced at $.99 through Sunday, March 24th. That link is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H0RS60

Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to hop over to another Boomer Lit Author:

http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.com/

CHEERS!

Stepping Stones in the Fog

15 Mar

Once again, I’m very happy to be a part of Boomer Lit Friday! I hope you enjoy my next excerpt from

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From Chapter 32:

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I’m sitting in the fog.  Literally.  I’m on top of a mountain, completely socked-in with fog, writing at a picnic table.  And it’s raining.  Fortunately it’s a covered picnic table.

I don’t know when the rain will stop.  But I know it will.

I don’t know when the fog will lift.  But I know it will.

I don’t know when the sun will come out and the skies will be blue again.  But I know it will happen.

I can’t do a thing about any of these things.  The rain, the fog, the sunshine and the blue skies are all in God’s hands.  And so am I.

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Have you ever felt like that? I would love to hear your thoughts. My book is available as an ebook or in print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and others. Direct links are on the Mutinous Baby Boomer website:

http://www.mutinousbabyboomer.com/

Take a few minutes and hop on over to another Boomer Lit Author at:

http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.com/

 CHEERS!

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