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Keep Calm and Buy More Books

My publisher, Pen It! Publications is teaming up with Riley Cheer Guild to sponsor a book sale. Pen It! Publication authors are participating by reading to the children as well as selling their books and donating 20% of their sales to Riley Hospital.

On the 19th, we will be traveling to the hospital to read to the children and set up tables to sell our books. However, if you would like to donate and are unable to attend, you may send a check or money order to Pen It! Publications, LLC, 5110 West County Road, 400 North, Scipio, IN 47273. Make the check out to “Riley Cheer Guild” or pay via PayPal using DEBICL40@yahoo.com. All cash donations will go directly to Riley.

I will be dressing up as a lovely ballerina and reading “Emma’s Dancing Day” to the children. If you can join us, please do. If not, be sure to purchase a book or two or three, and help out Riley Children’s Hospital.

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Works in Progress

One of the first questions an author receives after finishing a book is “What will you write next?” or “What are you working on now?” After writing Emma’s Dancing Day, I took some time to visit schools, libraries, etc. and present programs, taking a short break from writing. As soon as the school year was over and my programs slowed down, I began to pick up my pad of paper again to write.

I am working on two new children’s books and, yes, both are about bugs. They seem to intrigue me and children are enthralled with them as well. One idea came from an encounter I had with a bug during a trip to downtown Columbus and the other from a simple doodle I drew during a meeting. My meetings can become intense at times and doodles are a great way to relieve stress and still be able to pay attention. However, my doodle let to my imagination taking over and several lines of the story being put to paper.

My other work in progress is a novel. I have never tried my hand at this before, but I had never tried writing a children’s book before either. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. I have almost written 10,000 words thus far. The first few chapters were on paper, but then I turned to my Dell as my hands began to cramp. The novel is fantasy, but the exact nature of the story will not be revealed until later.

If you are interested in following my progress, follow me on Facebook.  I post word counts quite often and how things are going with all of my endeavors. I appreciate your support.  ~ Kimberly

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Literary Greats

Our summer has been an adventure. My husband and I set off for Scotland and Ireland, my first trip ever abroad. And it did not disappoint. And if you struggle with finding time to write, arriving extra early for international flights and then the length of those flights affords you with plenty of time to put pen to paper.

I now have great admiration and respect for those who wrote with pencil and paper long ago. Three of the five chapters I have written for my current work in progress were by hand. It is indeed a daunting task. Remembering that you need to add three or four lines to explain your character is much easier with my Dell than it is with my pen and paper.

Our trip was a literary themed tour, well suited for us author-geek types. We visited Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. We stood in the dining room where he dined with Jane Austen, engaging in heated debates. We traveled on the Jacobite Express, the train used as Hogwart’s Express, making our way over the viaduct, just as they did in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We visited the home of Robert Burns, The Writer’s Museum, the battlefields of Culloden and the split stone of fame from Outlander.  I stood on the banks of Loch Ness with the water lapping at my feet just as Maddie did in At The Water’s Edge. I saw Spoon Cafe, where J.K. Rowling penned her first Harry Potter book. I made my way carefully along the Cliffs of Moher or, perhaps as you know them, “The Cliffs of Insanity” from Princess Bride. We strolled along the Literary Parade at St. Patrick’s Park acknowledging many Irish literary greats such as Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett.

And as my husband and I visited these sites and walked where these authors had walked, we were inspired. Inspired to write and not just write, but to dig down deep and write from our hearts and soul, writing to inspire others.

This trip will be one of the treasures I keep that reminds me how words affect our lives, of how books can live on in others, inspiring them to do more, be more, laugh, cry, sigh, and feel, yes, feel the words deep in their soul. I pray my writing does just that.

May you be inspired as you pick up the next book to read or perhaps as you pick up your pen to write the next word. K

 

Book Launch

Book Launch!

I know what you are saying. Why did she wait this long to launch her book? It is true my book came out shortly after Christmas. However, due to public demand for my awesome book programs, I have been booked solid from mid January through this week. May 20th was the first available date for an official book launch.

The launch will be at Yo Mama’s in Columbus, Indiana on May 20th from 3-5 p.m. Three additional authors from my publisher, Pen It! Publications, will be on hand to read either their children’s books or excerpts from their books. There will be giveaways as well as books available for purchase. You will need to purchase your own frozen yogurt if  you come, but that is a small price to pay for such a wonderful event.

Paul Hoffman, my husband and author of two awesome books, will be my master of ceremonies. My guest authors will be Jen Selinsky, Betty Kelley and Blake Chambers.

So come to Yo Mama’s, purchase a yummy bowl of froyo, top it with all the fantastic toppings you desire, sit back and listen to some great children’s stories, perhaps win a prize, and maybe even purchase a book or two or three to take home with you. Hope to see you there!

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My Heart is Blessed

I did not set out to be an author, but God gave me a story to write. I did not dream where this little story would take me. I have been a guest at preschools, elementary schools, a retirement village, libraries and retail stores since early January. At each and every event, I have encountered people who need encouragement to persevere. Life can throw a lot at you sometimes and you may need a little encouragement to push you up and over the fence. Emma’s Dancing Day has provided that push for many.

I have encountered children who needed the encouragement to continue writing their stories. One young lady talked to my husband and I about her home life. She needed someone to listen and hear her. I have received hugs from children and smiles & sighs from adults who were touched by the story. I was able to share my talk on overcoming obstacles with so many children and adults who need to know they can still reach for their dreams. I have danced with so many children who needed to smile, laugh and enjoy the moment.

I never ceased to be amazed at how God opened up a huge door for me to reach so many people through one little story. My prayer through this adventure has been “God expand my borders and let me bless others through my book.” He has done just that. He has allowed me to talk to so many people and be an encouragement to them.

It is tiring at times as I still continue to work 40 hours a week besides my author events, but it is worth it. My brother always encouraged me to store up my treasure in heaven and that is what I am doing. I may not become rich from my books, but I am rich in so many other ways. ~ Kimberly