WINDTREE PRESS

I have been invited to join an author cooperative and I am excited to be part of it.

WINDTREE PRESS IS:

Good people, of like minds and career goals, help each other to grow in their writing craft to improve discoverability, to keep on top of the changing publishing landscape, and in cooperating to rise together.

We are an author publishing cooperative. This means that we are independent authors who have agreed to publish under a single press name and to support each other in our careers.

Windtree Press was formed in 2011 to offer a solution for the indie author by providing a place where authors share their knowledge, help each other create better books, and pool resources to take advantage of new technologies and new marketing opportunities. We began with three members and are now at 20 members with over 200 titles among them.

We are open to increasing membership, but we are also selective in that we want to make sure that members:

  • Continue to produce quality titles
  • Have  a real desire to continue to learn and share knowledge
  • Support each other’s efforts and share new opportunities

As Windtree members live across time zones and in other countries, we use a closed Facebook Group for our discussions, sharing of knowledge and opportunities, and any decision-making we need to do regarding how the press is operating. If you have an interest in joining this type of cooperative, please contact us and provide information about why you want to join, a link to your author website, and any questions you may have.

Check out the authors and their books at:

http://WindtreePress.com

The Helpers

We had a tragedy yesterday. Our big dog, Jack, got out of the fence and was hit by a car and is at the Vet waiting to get a back leg removed. What I was reminded of was the quote from Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood):

When I was a boy (he said) and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.

It was a disaster to us and when Jack was hit a man followed him home in his truck and took my husband and Jack to two emergency vet locations.Then when we were in the process of taking our dog to our regular vet, the cashier/clerk said that someone else, a woman, paid for our emergency visit, which was $250 some dollars. It was said that she knew that the bill at our vet would be high enough without this.

The clinic didn’t know if they could operate until Thursday, but a vet came in and did the surgery the same day as the accident. All went well, and she said that he is fortunate that he lost a back leg and not one in the front. He’ll be fine.

So, look for the helpers.

Time Travel, Book 3

Summer Solstice, Gold Club Book 3

I’d like to introduce my new book, the third book in the Gold Club Series (however, this book can stand alone without the other books).

It’s a time travel from the present back to 1870. I love the old mining ghost towns and the history that goes with them.  My husband and I own two lots and a cabin in the ghost town, Bourne, OR, so the history is as accurate as it can be.

To find out more about this book, click on the cover above.

A New Children’s Book!

Little Biju Mouse wants to help his friend Church Mouse by sweeping the church sidewalk and steps. While working, Biju is concerned about the changes in the weather. Church Mouse takes the time to teach Biju about how what we see in the sky can relate to our lives in the form of metaphors on sunshine, dark clouds, rain and silver linings. While change can be hard, Biju discovers hope in silver linings and finds something to be thankful for.

Thanks to illustrator Kaylynne Dowling for the awesome art!

KEEP MOVING

It’s funny how we don’t consider housework, or chores around the house as exercise. I know I say my chosen manner of exercise is time on a stationary bike.  Hey, I can even read a book while I’m peddling. Perhaps housework isn’t fun enough to be considered an excellent form of exercise. I’ve never heard anyone say that they’d washed all the floors in their house for one hour, in place of a workout at their neighborhood fitness club. Perhaps, it’s because we can’t measure the work the same as a device that measures how far we’ve gone or how many calories we’ve burned. Who knows? Maybe there is something electronic out there that can count the mop swings.

I have to really be psyched up to make myself vigorously wash all of the floors in my home, let alone dust. I will procrastinate until company’s coming or I just have to clean them. It is so much easier for me to jump on the stationary bike and read a book.

The man in the picture is my husband Greg. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. Here he is with our youngest grandson, Johnny.

Over the years my husband has stopped drinking and smoking, two very hard things to do and which I admire him for. Still, at this writing, I am the most proud of all he can do in a little block of time each day. I’m sure there are a lot of people who have disabilities of some sort and sit on the couch and brood for months to years, and frankly who can blame them? Yet with Greg, he knows that his body will function better in the mornings, and he gets up and gets busy at the store, house, garage, or outside and gets a lot done. He doesn’t do much procrastinating because he knows that if it is going to get done it will have to be done in the morning hours. Basically, there will not be any energy left; he cannot move very well the rest of the day. Mind over MS, he says. This attitude propels him forward. What he does is exercise, but he has something to show for it by helping to keep our family going, or to enjoy something he does outside. Gym or exercise equipment will not do it for him.

I can procrastinate when it comes to writing as well, and that is during the time not filled with family, cooking, job, shopping, etc. Well, writing is work, a brain workout if nothing else. If we keep moving we will have something to show for our work. If writers work hard enough they will have a finished manuscript and one day a published book.

We all must keep moving forward, with our bodies, our minds, and our dreams in the allotted time we have. One day, not a one of us will have any time left. So, let’s keep moving and have something to show for our labors.

Can The Dead Influence Us?

Can The Dead Influence Us?

In the early part of 2018 I had the pleasure of working with Gary Novo on publishing his novella, MURDER AT #23 PUMP HOUSE.

A couple of spirits showed up in this book so I asked him his opinion on the hereafter. He said, “I think the spirits of our family members who have passed on before us have a way of influencing our lives – maybe our thoughts if not our actions. I think this is especially true for parents and grandparents or those with whom we’ve had close relationships while they were living. Even if we were not particularly close, I think they still reach out to us.

I thought about his words more than once, because I did a search on Ancestry.com to find names and information on my husband’s mother’s side of the family, since nothing much was ever said about them.

My husband and I have enjoyed Northeast Oregon, and have gone back time and again. Over the years we have acquired some land and use vacation time in the area. It turns out that his great-great grandfather and some of his brothers came to the area as well, and most were buried there. It’s been a pleasure to find his grave and lay a flower or two next to the headstone.

Other time, there were five or six occurrences of hearing my grandmother’s first name. While not a common name, I heard it over TV, people I met, and on the internet, all in a short period of time. Perhaps it was just a coincidence or not, but I took a moment by myself to say hello to her.

I would like to recommend Gary’ Novo’s book and you can find it at this link: Murder at No. 23 Pump House

What kind of experiences have you had?

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