A generous act and what happened next

I’ve just dusted off a scene and added the recipe as a comment submission to Ella’s Blog 

Click on the image to get to a great article about strawberries.


‘Gasparilla’s Treasure’ Book review and Givaway

‘Gasparilla’s Treasure’ has all the key ingredients for a rollicking adventure: a hidden trunk, family stories of a Pirate’s treasure, a determined grandfather, a more determined grandson with loyal friends and the journey of a lifetime. All this and more will engage young readers.

Reading as an adult I was, at first unsure if I could handle a young character named Trip, but as events unfolded it seemed to suit ‘Pappy’s grandson’ rather well.

The writing is so effective that I found myself seeing what I was reading.

I’m not sure how I feel about Trip’s mom only being know as ‘Mom’ however since she is never cast in more than the parental role, that may well be a discussion for another time.

Filled with adventure, drama and suspenseful anticipation the book is a fast paced read.

As we neared the climax I half expected Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones or Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow to arrive. They did not.

Trip and his two friends, plus the bully Eli – who gets what all bullies deserve – manage quite well on their own.

Mom arrives after the fact but in time to…well perhaps I ought not say.

Get the book, grab your kids and share in this wonderful adventure. Sure, they might think reading is a bit old-fashioned, but Scott Clements has written such a visual tale they will likely not even notice the lack of a screen.

All of which begs the question: will there be an App game of Gasparilla’s Treasure?  I can almost see it….

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Scott Clements is a two-time Emmy nominated sound mixer in the movie and television industry. After writing various movie scripts and the popular textbook “Production Sound, A Beginner’s Guide to Equipment and Techniques”, Scott turned his attention to writing his favorite type of book, children’s fiction. His first book, “Gasparilla’s Treasure” is an adaptation of one of his movie scripts.

Born in 1972, Scott grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and currently lives in Orlando with his wife, son, dog, and three cats. Writing mostly late at night when there are fewer distractions, he enjoys using his laptop computer so he can have his four-legged family members by his side.

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Writing Beautifully

It used to be, in days of yesteryear, that writing had to look beautiful regardless of what it was saying. It was a lovely art form, largely lost now. Generally books are pictures or text. Just occasionally there is the mix of both worlds.This is something I have been thinking about of late.

Image via Google search 'handwriting'


Writing Regency style

I recently, and unexpectedly turned my hand to writing in the Regency genre. It was to be a short story for a friend, for a special occasion. However as these things do, it evolved and grew…currently on it’s way to becoming a Novella…

This is how it begins…

(Emma, is of course from Jane Austen’s book ‘Emma‘ as are other characters however a whole cast of new people are part of the larger story….)

Emma and Harriet on a happier occasion

Emma – this version

Whilst it was true that Emma Knightly had now lived almost twenty-three years with little to distress or vex her; we find her late on this Wednesday afternoon very vexed indeed. Had her beloved father been present he would have been concerned to see his youngest daughter frowning over her carpet stitching.

It was not just the task at hand, but also,that she felt she really must pursue the stitching as her friend Harriet Martin had decreed this work to be the most fashionable task for married ladies. Emma, of course, could not quite come-to-terms with the former Harriet Smith influencing the activities and style of the ladies of the local county….

These thoughts as much as the twisted threads were most vexatious to Emma. She sighed heavily.
Mr knightly opened the library door just in time to hear his wife mutter

‘Oh really Harriet’.

He therefor was surprised to find The latest Mrs Knightly completely alone. He was not happy to see the frown creasing her forehead.
‘Dearest Emma’ he stepped to her side and kissed her cheek. ‘What has Harriet done now?’
‘Oh it is nothing,  I suppose’ Emma happily cast the carpet stitching aside. ‘How was your day?’

Mr Knightly stood warming himself before the fire.
‘Most pleasing. Yes a successful day’ He noticed Emma looked less than interested. He had become aware that his bride was generally not interested in the running of the estates, both Donwell Abbey, and his father in law’s property Hartfield, where they all resided. However he knew what did interest her.

‘My dear I have news, and I know how you love news’
‘Oh yes’ Emma clapped her hands in delight. News is my most favorite thing. After you of course’. She peeped through her lashes and marveled again that her Mr Knightly had truly become hers.

Emma and her Mr Knightly.

Day 15. Serve

Jeff Goins suggests that Service to the reader is the final step in this challenge.

He writes ‘You need to reach out, be a resource, offer to use your words to help someone in need.’

I believe I am doing that….

He then suggests service to to and between writers:

The challenge

Are you ready to be generous and start serving your audience? Here are a few ideas to get you started (pick at least one):

  1. Do a giveaway of a product or service. Find authors or organizations wanting to partner with people like you, and ask them for donations. Do this to build trust with readers, and make sure whatever you give away adds value.
  2. Conduct a survey. Find out what readers (or perfect strangers) want, what they struggle with, and create something just for them. This can be a blog series or an eBook or a whatever. Just make sure there’s a need for it before you make it.
  3. Write something important and give it away. Publish an eBook to Amazon and distribute it through the KDP Select Program. Or offer a free PDF in exchange for people subscribing to your blog.
  4. Answer all correspondence. Respond to every single email, phone call, tweet, etc. Do this until you can’t possibly keep up anymore.

I am in thinking mode now as I consider how to proceed with this excellent idea.

Thanks for the challenge Jeff, and the inspiration. And thanks to my new readers and social media followers for finding me….

Day 14: Brand

Creating a Brand….
This involves the total Mis en scene. Link
Everything that can be seen and heard in relation to your name. Your writer’s name. your book title, images etc.
I created this Blog for the book The Avalon Journals. I also created a Board on Pinterest to share images in harmony with my writing. I took the POV of being a potential movie producer of this book of mine.

And over the years I developed a signature. The other day I was signing a prescription and the staff member commented that she loved my signature. I told her that I hoped to be signing it all over my published books. This led to a great conversation where I learned about her unwell daughter who it now appears to be an inspirational song writer.
What works for you? Would Joanne Rowling have been as  successful as JK Rowling?
Who will you be?

Day 13: Publish

Publish. Is this the verb that moves you from being a writer into being an Author?

These days we can self publish. I have a few friends who have done these. Successfully.
One even thanked me effusively in her acknowledgements.
I have ebooks ready to go to the technical stage.
I have moved closer to publication through this site, through this challenge.