Dragon Gilby is Here!

Dragon Gilby has arrived!

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Dragon Gilby’s mama told him that dragons were made to protect man, but most dragons he knew were mean and made fun of people. He wanted to be a different dragon yet was not sure how to go about doing the right thing. Gilby asks his friend, the preacher Max what he can do to be a good dragon and the preacher decides to give it some thought.

On Dragon Gilby’s trip to the store, he comes across people in need and helps them the best he can. When he comes back to visit with Max, Max tells him his new friends have visited and told of Gilby’s good deeds. Dragon Gilby learns that just one dragon can make a difference after all.

Anxiety As I Know It

First, I’d like to mention that I’m not a physician, I am a writer and this is my blog post. To find help for anxiety please see your doctor. In addition, do not stop any medication without talking to your doctor.

Looking back, I was an anxious child, sometimes shy and quiet but afraid to step out and take a chance. I thought I was unique in this, but I’ve recently read that I wasn’t. Perhaps my problem only had to do with needing encouragement, but I have learned to sometimes live without it and still prosper.

Eleven years ago, my husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and our world fell apart. We were shaken and turned upside down, it seemed. Of course, my husband had the hardest part and still does, but I’ve been right there with him.

My own health started to wane, so I asked my then doctor for something for anxiety. Contrary to what some may say, the anxiety medicine did help me – a lot. My well-being moved back to healthy; I helped make financial and physical decisions with steady reactions that continue to help us to this day. The medicine helped keep me steady at work and home.

Now, things have changed, my husband is feeling better than he did eleven years ago, and I am retired from my day job. My children are stable, and my current worries have to do with book sales and public speaking. I’m not that worried about book sales, as much as some authors are, because I have a pension. Even Martin Luther King, Jr. got a C for a speech in college but went on to give a highly regarded, well-known speech. Practice helps everyone, even me.

Recently, I went to see my doctor for my yearly checkup. I talked to her about changing my anxiety pill to one that had less side effects for seniors. She had me fill out a long check list involving depression and anxiety. After an additional conversation she helped me see that my anxiety was within normal limits and concluded that I didn’t need the medicine anymore. She cancelled the medication in my presence, saying that my medicine wasn’t meant to be used lifelong.

The weaning off the medicine can be the hard part, I understand. As directed, I went to a half dose immediately and then lesser amounts as time passed. I went to the pharmacy and bought some seasick pills to steady my stomach and the checker said, “Looks like you’re going on a cruise.” Hardly, but the seasick pills do help my stomach on occasion. A nap helps, too, and telling those that live with you what you’re doing.

At the same time, I came across an article in last April’s Family Circle magazine by Lisa Damour, PhD, titled Talking About. The psychologist said that most of the anxiety our kids experience is the healthy and normal kind. Anxiety can help kids be safe; it can help them sense if something is wrong. She says to try on worst case scenarios with your child (and yourself, I say). Also, anxiety in daughters is different than in sons. Boys may act out while girls have been known to share some of their concerns, yet I was silent and somehow survived.

The bottom line is, that over time I have learned to judge a scenario and step out and take chances. Yet, I think my belief in God and seeing the good that comes with the bad in life has helped me be more proficient at that.

I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes. “If you fixate on the worst-case scenario, and it actually happens, you’ve lived it twice – Michael J. Fox

Want to Write?

Fifth Annual Treasure Valley Writers’ Fest
Writing for any genre!!
This writing conference is an amazing opportunity for those new on the writing journey as well as seasoned authors to come together and add valuable information to your writing toolboxes. Our amazing speakers organize detailed workshops for you. There are door prizes and giveaways as well as a catered meal. There is a writing contest associated with this event, as well, and an awards ceremony completes our evening.  Visit http://bit.ly/TVWF2019​ to get details on the writing contest and register.

DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2019
TIME:  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Sand Hollow Baptist Church
29627 Old Hwy 30, Caldwell, ID  

BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA!

August 24, 2019
10 am – 4:30 pm
Caldwell Public Library
1010 Dearborn Street
Caldwell, ID
Featuring all genres from local authors
Sponsored by: ICAN
IdahoCreativeAuthorsNetwork.com
Authors:
Roberta Kautz; Bonnie Kloster; Elaine Sturm; Merri Halma; Gary Novo; Merri Grammage; Jonathan Hangstefer; Danney Clark; William Justus; JoEllen Claypool; Carol Kjar; Mary Vine and Carol Peterson.

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!

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