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And it’s only January

It may only be January, but my calendar is filling up quickly. One look at my Event Page will attest to this fact and that is only half of the excitement coming this year.

While I am currently scheduling dates to present programs at schools, libraries and civic clubs, I am also learning Russian. This summer I will be going on a mission trip to Ukraine to teach ESL. But before I can see how well I can speak русский (that’s “Russian” in Russian), I will also be applying my acting skills in a sci-fi film that will be filmed right here in southern Indiana and to which my wonderfully talented husband is assisting with the screenplay.

All of this is stirring my creativity more and more. I have recently finished the rough draft of my latest children’s book, which I hope to have available later this year. In addition, I started crafting diffuser bracelets, which contain lava beads. You drip essential oil onto the lava beads and carry the scent with you throughout the day. Today I have immune defense on my bracelet. You have to be healthy to do all the things on my schedule! I add either signature beads, charms, or affirmations to the bracelet, sometimes adding all three. Like I said, the creativity is bursting out all over.

This is certainly not all of my adventures for 2019. Life is exciting with its roller coaster ride of ups and downs. But no matter what may come this year, let’s make it a good one. I know I am going to live it to the fullest.

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Richards Elementary School Visit

After postponing my visit due to bronchitis, I was able to visit Richards Elementary in Columbus, Indiana last Friday. The visit was a huge success and I was able to maintain my voice throughout, though it was quite scratchy by the time I left. This was the first time I have spoken to an entire school and I must say they were very attentive and respectful. The first group heard me speak on “How to Write a Story” and the second group, “Overcoming Obstacles”.

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One young man asked if I could sign his bookmark, which I did and thus started a long line of eager students who wanted my autograph. The young man remarked that he would keep the bookmark always and never wash it! It seems I am a celebrity in my hometown.

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When I finished here, I made my way to the kindergarten classroom and read both of my books to the students there. They were the first to hear me read “Sigmund Stanley Spider Squared” and they loved it!

Ready for my next adventure! Contact me if you would like me to speak at your school, library, etc. I’m always excited to meet new people and share with them about my passions.

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Husband/Wife -What a Pair!

I have been truly honored and blessed to share this life with my husband, Paul Hoffman. Paul has been writing almost his entire life. He is an outstanding researcher and it shows in his writing. I don’t know if I would have become an author if it had not been for him pursuing his dream. As he wrote his first novel, I followed along to assist with research and interviews. Then when he began promoting his book, I followed again; this time to be supportive, learn more about this man I married, and to enjoy his talks.

However, on the journey, I learned much about writing. So when the seed of a story dropped into my head, the time I had spent with him at his talks, author events, etc. gave me the additional knowledge I needed, along with my original skills, to pen my own book. He encourages me on my path and helps me to hone my skills.

Sharing our writing adventure together just makes everything that much more special. We still have several events on our own, but it has been amazing to begin sharing events together, as well. ❤

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