Sunday, July 31, 2011

Writing, tips and resources


 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today we've lined up a very special World of Writing episode for you on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show, offering tips and resources and quotes from many different writers who offer their thoughts on the industry. 

The show will air live (as always) at 10-11 AM Pacific - and will have the chat room open for our live listeners. Of course, the show will be archived so anyone who can't make the live broadcast can still access the show:



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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Of Gardens & Volunteering



-- Quote of the Day --


“…So there is no perfect choice… take peat for instance - a natural product harvested in Canada and Europe (and a few other places)… and when starting seeds it prevents damp off disease ( a fungus) …it is technically renewable – yet we consider it as a non-renewable product since it takes about a thousand years for a peat bog to grow a single yard of peat. …so we’ve come up with other things like coir – made from the outside of coconut shells, and rice hulls – But then you get people talking about the fact there is machinery used to harvest and convert these. …The better thing would be to not take things out of nature and hope that it gets replenished. Coir and rice hulls are things that we would have thrown away, so they are good alternatives to look at. ” 

~ Chris McLaughlin


Today's quote was excerpted from a Sunday Gardening episode that featured Chris as a guest - She offered some fantastic advice about composting and greening the garden activities. 

*Check out the archived Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episode at your convenience  via the hyper-linked show title (above).


-- Referral Corner --

Here are some recommended resources that you might want to check out:

World Vision India: A humanitarian organization working to create lasting change for communities living in poverty and injustice. They have 174 locations around India ushering in a brighter future with their focus on disaster response, and their grass root efforts to support women and children (who are particularly affected in these poverty stricken areas). 

Community Composting Network: A UK-wide organization that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities.

Global Volunteers: A private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide.




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Friday, July 29, 2011

Extremists



 -- Quote of the Day --

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." 

~ Robert Kennedy


-- Conscious Living Events --

Here are a couple of conscious living events happening this weekend to watch out for in California (USA):

Zero Waste San Diego will be hosting a Reuse and Repair Fair for the San Diego Community in conjunction with the California Resource Recovery Association Annual Conference.
Location: Loews Coronado Bay Resort 
When: July 31st, 10am -4pm

GRRN 2011 National Zero Waste Activist Conference
Location: San Diego Urban Corps in San Diego, California (USA)
When: July 30
Info: I have no info on this event other than it being a one-day of environmental training and networking opportunities



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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Greener Vehicles



 -- Quote of the Day --


"Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear - but around you in awareness."

~ Ross Hersey


-- Positive Eco-News --

We hear a lot of bad news about the vehicle industry - but there are a lot of in-house changes going on in vehicle manufacture operations to celebrate. 


While there are likely many other vehicle manufacturers offering green options and green in-house activities, I'd like to highlight one that I read recently about in the Recycling Product Newsletter that a Volvo Truck can have as much as 1/3 of it’s weight in recycled metals. Some of the best and usable parts are sold, others are separated in bins for iron, aluminum, plastics, copper, brass and the like. They say that not one bolt or piece of wire, not one scrap of a used truck goes to the landfill when it hits their recycling centers. In doing so they’ve been able to refine the manufacturing of new trucks to eliminate time or labor issues involved in the recycling of the machine once it has reached it’s end of life.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Education & Lighting



-- Quote of the Day --


“…I started tutoring kids when I was in college and I found that I just enjoyed being involved with them. …My first teaching job involved working with a class of 5 year olds and I got in trouble for being too creative with the kids. – And my attitude was ‘Why cant we teach them organically as things of interest comes up?’ I had to do the exact same thing with them every day and they were bored out of their minds. …For me, the one-size-fits all in education just doesn’t work, because nobody is the same. …[Teaching them] how to learn, instead of what to learn – and they will know how to learn for the rest of their lives. …Honoring who the kids are as people. ” 

~ Kristen Johnson
Today's quote originates from the May 10th interview titled Arts & Youth

*Access the archived Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show at your convenience by clicking on the hyperlinked show title.


-- Positive Eco-News --
Now here is something interesting: 

Incandescent bulbs will be banned in Canada and no longer for sale by 2012 – similar plans are already in place in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, the US and in the EU

As you know CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights) use up to 75% less energy and there is a recycling program in place for them. Retailers like Home depot, rona, London drugs, Ikea… and others have take back programs in place.

Apparently CFL’s can actually reduce the amount of mercury in the atmosphere even though they contain mercury themselves. Huge amounts of atmospheric mercury is released when fossil fuels are used to produce energy (think coal), so simply by way of reducing energy consumption we can have a big impact on the amount of mercury released irresponsibly. 

LED (Light-emitting Diodes) lights are even better, though costlier, in that they are even more efficient and last even longer than CFL's. 
* Rcbc.ca offers information more information on lighting related recycling programs within the province of BC, Canada.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Conscious Living


-- Quote of the Day --

"Happiness grows at our own firesides,
and is not to be picked in stranger's gardens."

~ Douglas Jerrod


-- Brummets in the Media --

Check out the prerecorded interview (recorded back in June) published yesterday: about starting a business for less than $1,000. The Brian and Lee show helps listeners think smarter, minimize risk, and learn the basics of business start-up.  Via: http://BrianandLeeShow.com  - check out the prerecorded interview published on July 25th, with Lillian Brummet: 
http://brianandleeshow.com/the-brian-and-lee-show-episode-14/



 -- Listener Feedback --

A member of our audience wrote to share some more tips for green business and green transportation in particular - they suggested the possibility of a business using an electric or hybrid car fleet, or the possibility of using old oil from local fast food outlets, cafes and restaurants for vehicle fleet fuel. Great ideas ! Thanks for sharing, Anonymous :)



-- Conscious Discussions --

We had a cancellation by one of our scheduled guests and so I've lined up something special for today... this will be a show focusing on Conscious Living With Your Pet…. And while we will be focusing on dogs and cats today – we do realize that there are numerous other animals that people willingly care for and welcome into their lives. The ideas and thoughts presented here today could easily be transferred to other pet ownership. Today's show airs live at 10-11 AM Pacific and will have a live chat room open... it will also be archived indefinitely so check it out later on if you can't make the live airing. (use the link above)



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Monday, July 25, 2011

World of Writing

 
-- World of Writing --

As many of our readers are aware we like to have occasional interviews with other writers, who can offer interesting insight into the career. Today we have Susan Ross - a former elementary teacher. She has self-published four books: The Great Bellybutton Cover-up. Say Please to the Honeybees, The Kit Kat Caper, and The Rose and the Lily. Susan writes with a sense of adventure, with a humorous edge – but also with a legacy in mind; her passion is to leave special life messages within each book. For instance in the latest release, The Rose and the Lily, Susan shows that character is more important that physical beauty. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, Nathan, and a menagerie of animals. Visit her anytime at: www.susanross.ca
 
Q: Tell us something about yourself. 

I have a great sense of humor (slightly dark). I am an animal lover. I presently live with a teeny, tiny dog, a bunny (which was dumped at the side of the road) and two formerly stray cats. I love gardening and am launching The Rose and the Lily in conjunction with the up-coming Garden Gates Open gardening tour. (It will take weeks to get my garden ready.) 

Q: Did you choose writing as a profession, or did it choose you? 

It chose me. I was a storyteller at different venues. One day a woman came up to me and suggested I write my stories down for future grandchildren. Then I saw The Bucket List and knew I needed to get serious. You never know how much time you have left. (Now, that’s a cheery thought.) 

Q: What are common mistakes authors make? 

My biggest mistake was ordering too many books in an attempt to keep the unit cost down. It left me with lots of books and no money. Initially I did runs of 500, which was fine. I strongly suggest that you not order more than 1,000 books at a time. In general, however, I think the biggest mistake is to publish your book before having people from your target audience (not friends or family) read the book and give you feedback. I read all my manuscripts to 100’s of children to get their input and reactions before publishing. I scrapped one book because of it. 

Q: What are your greatest obstacles and motivators when it comes to writing?

My greatest obstacle is my terrible spelling and errors that manage to sneak past spell-check. Grammar and punctuation are killers too. My motivators are ideas. Ideas can come from articles in the paper, events, or just the meandering of my own thoughts.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory in your career as a writer? 

My favourite memory is holding my first published book, The Great Bellybutton Cover-up, in my hands. It was wonderful! There is nothing to compare to the pride of accomplishment (although making a little profit is a close second).  

Q: What do you think about self-publishing? 

I think self-publishing is a wonderful way to fulfill your dream of having your book published, keeping in mind that it is a lot of hard work, expensive and time-consuming venture. However, I like the fact that I have control of the illustrations and the ultimate decisions regarding editing. Of course, if the book is a flop, I have no one to blame but myself. 




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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Plastic Bottles & Storm Runoff


-- Quote of the Day --


“…I like to water in the morning, because the water has a chance to soak in the soil, and if the leaves or stems get wet – they will have a chance to dry off before the cool of evening sets in. …Succession crops involves planting the same crop a week or two apart to allow for succession harvest – it allows you to extend the garden, grow more. …and you have more ability to go with the seasons. …It is just a great way for gardeners to harvest what they can eat that week, without being overwhelmed. ..and it is really good if you are doing open-pollinated plants and  you want to save the seed because you can stagger the crops so that they flower at different times – keeping the seed pure.” 

~ Sheri Ann Richerson

Today's quote originates from the May 8th Sunday Gardening episode featuring Sheri Ann Richerson as our special guest.



-- Reusing Plastics --

An assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University, Naji Khoury, has used a mixture of recyclable plastic bottles and soil to create ‘Plastisoil’, a trademarked product he describes as an impervious cementing agent.  

When mixed with course aggregate and heated, it produces what Khoury calls ‘porous Plastisoil’, which functions like pervious concrete and porous asphalt.   Khoury said that Plastisoil could help alleviate environmental problems created by storm water run-off because the water can filter through it into the ground below.  

What is really cool about this product is the fact that the product is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, and  so contributes to the reduction of the 200 billion plastic bottles that are sent to landfills each year.  


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Why the Dove? (lol)


 -- Quote of the Day --

"How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow?
It has more feathers than the dove,
And it doesn't have that dangerous beak!"

~ Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts)


-- Green Upgrades Pay Off --

Kudos to Trail’s Aquatic and Leisure center (BC, Canada) who’s upgrades - including the heat pump for the pool, the lighting, and also in the ventilation and air conditioning system - is expected to provide $52,000 in energy savings per year. ...enough to pay for the upgrades.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Greening and Encouraging the Arts


-- Quote of the Day --

“…We just want to encourage everybody in all types of situations – youth with one or two parents, those who are on their own, people who have finished college, people who don’t have a job… Some of these people have been told that their dreams will not make them successful, but by telling them [this] …it makes them think that pursuing these things, they won’t be happy – and that is just not true. …We don’t want anybody to quit pursuing their education, but we do want to give them the extra experience [of working in the arts as a professional]. ” 

~ Quiana Green

Today's quote originates from the interview titled: Inner City Youth - which aired back on May 3 via the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show – with Quiana Green



-- Green Arts --

Yesterday we talked about green transportation, green business and different shades of green involved in future energy sources... Today I'd like to focus on how green the arts can be. Crafters, seamstress, quilting, woodworkers, doll makers, and artists of all shapes and sizes are notorious re-users. 



I read of a fantastic inspiring story about  the artist Christina Nick – who’s steel sculptures are actually welded exclusively from recycled materials. According to the article I read in the West Kootenay Advertiser, she literally visits scrap yards, backyards, and farmers fields to find metal that appeals to her. As an artist she is inspired by the shapes that she sees in the scraps of metal. She has a strong passion for nature and this is shown in her artwork as well. The article quotes her as saying “taking discarded and used metal and making something beautiful from it is special to me”.  View her work and contact her via: ChristinaNick.com


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peak Oil Energy Dilema & Green Resources



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --



Today's guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show is Chip Haynes - an artist, writer, cyclist, juggler and devoted husband. His non-fiction writing projects tend to focus on exploring bicycling, green living, and our future with less oil. Chip’s fiction allows him to explore novel, short story and stage play writing… and some songwriting mixed in there too. I’ve personally had the honor of reading his book – Peak of the Devil: 100 Q-and-A’s about Peak Oil... and we'll learn a little about this project as well.

The interview goes live at 10-11 AM Pacific and a live chat room will be available for live listeners. *Every episode is also archived indefinitely so you can access today's show later on at your convenience via the same link below:


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions/2011/07/21/the-energy-dilema





-- Referral Corner --


One of the more recent discussions on the radio show with a featured guest offered a Volunteer related resource for our listeners to check out - she (Anne Jones) recommended that we do an Internet search on the organization's name to find the URL, which I did during one of the breaks. While I was able to list the URL in the chat room for our live listeners, I neglected to reserve the air time to share it during the live show.... so here it is now:



General Federation of Women Club (a volunteer organization): www.gfwc.org



Also, during one of the Positive Eco-News segments that aired recently I offered a few resources there for greening the business that I had not yet offered our readers on this blog... so they are:


Business Green: "News, comments and analysis for the low carbon economy"
Info: www.businessgreen.com


Eco Style USA: "The green transportation solution for your business."

Info: www.ecostyleusa.com


Green Transport: A UK-based organization that offers lots of low cost ways to reduce your CO2 footprint

Info: www.greentransport.co.uk



Green Office: This Scotland-based Friends of the Earth sponsored site offers an online auditing service to help people green the office.
Info: www.green-office.org.uk






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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

World of Writing


--  World of Writing --


I’d like to start with a shout out to Kat Sanborn, Editorial Associate with Cleis Press and Viva Editions (VivaEditions.com) for sending a query our way for today’s featured guest.

Judy Ford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Kirkland, Washington. She is also a best selling author, mother, friend, and inspirational role model. She has been studying love and relationships for over three decades specializing in love, loss and the things that matter most. With compassion and candor, her work speaks to the heart, inspiring us to love life, to persevere through its challenges and to share our gifts with others. Her books include: Every Day Love: The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other - Wonderful Ways to Love a Child - Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen - Single: The Art of Being Satisfied - Fulfilled and Independent - Between Mother and Daughter.

Q: Who inspired you to pursue a career in writing?

Writing is complimentary to my career as a psychotherapist. My first book developed out of handout that I disturbed at a parenting seminar where I was the speaker. Someone said to me, “Your handout should be a poster.” That led to a contract for the poster Wonderful Ways to Love a Child which sold all over the country. Then my partner said, “Your poster should be a book." ...Thirteen books later, I am still writing.

Q: How does writing help you make a difference in the world?

I get letters from readers weekly who tell me that one sentence or one page or the gentle spirit of my books has inspired them to love more fully. Words have the power to heal. The letters I receive have convinced me of that.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

Draw cartoons, ride my electric bike, see clients, paint canvases, sit and stare, create papier-mâché bowls and bracelets. And by the way, I write something every day, even if it is only one sentence.

Q: What gave you the idea (inspiration) for this book?

My newest book - Every Day Love: The Delicate Art of Caring for Each Other - grew out of the work I do with couples. Couples want to love but often don’t have clear examples of what day-to-day love looks like. Every Day Love gives readers snapshots of the loving nuances that transform our differences into common bonds, the small yet noteworthy actions that keep love fresh, every day.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced in writing your non-fiction books?

Putting my thoughts into coherent, lively, comforting sentences. As my first editor once said: “Now that you are going to be a published author, Judy, it would be good if you learned something about sentence structure.” I am still working on that

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Talking: Time, Volunteering, Youth & Writing



-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show --

Today, July 19th, we'll be focusing on Volunteering, in the genre of Youth and Writing - Our featured guest, Anne Jones, is the author of at least 7 books that I know of and has a sincere passion for inspiring others. One of the tools that she uses is writing, which she says helps her clients to reach their dreams and heal their lives. She specialized in working with at-risk students for thirty-one years, teaching in a variety of school settings, and has been a volunteer mediator, a rape crisis counselor, victim-witness assistant, volunteer probation officer, public relations writer, and more. 
Join us live at 10-11 AM -pacific- and drop in the live chat room as well if you can, or access the archived episode at your convenience later on via the link below:
  

-- Brummet's in the Media --



Join me live with hosts on the Time Tamer Radio show which airs this morning at - 9 AM Tues (today) Pacific time. Jerry Kennedy and Kristine Giri are the hosts of the 1/2 hour long talk radio show. I look forward to speaking with them about the practicalities behind running an efficient office. Access the show live, or the archived show later on, via the link below:
I've had a chance to listen to about a half-dozen of their archived episodes and learned several new tips to use in my own office and career. Check them out when you have time...



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Monday, July 18, 2011

Green Gardens & Homes



-- Quote of the Day --

“…You can see all different kinds of bees with every flush of flowers (throughout the year). Bees see in UV – so red is not the most popular color, blue, orange, yellow, and white are the hot colors if you are a bee. …What we can do …in our own little small lots… like people with an apartment with only one flowering basket… you can make ensure that you have a range of different plants that flower at different times, having hummingbird feeders… there are many different things we can do. …Bees will pollinate on rooftop gardens, which are more than 20 feet in the air, and are becoming more popular. (Gardeners can) ensure there is adequate pollen from February to early November, plan for pollinators by giving them a strip of undisturbed south-facing sandy-silty soil… or leave a snag (old log) in the landscaping for them to nest in, and stop using pesticides.”

~ Nathalie Chambers

Today's quote originates from the May 1st Sunday Garden episode of the Conscious Discussions Talk radio show about Pollination, with a focus on bees. 

Find the full interview here:



-- Referral Corner --

Here are a couple green resources that we recommend for our readers to check out when time allows: 

Resource Futures - This is a UK based network managed by employee-owners, but operates as a non-profit environmental consultancy. They offer a lot of programs and opportunities for youth, families, schools, businesses and lots of projects -  including the Community Re-Paint project - that might interest you. 

And here is another UK-based organization you  might want to visit:

Community Recycling Network - this organization focuses on offering support and advice on setting up community recycling systems and has been in operation for more than 20 years.


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Green Youth


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much - and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

-- Green Youth --

What a cool life today’s kids must have with all the programs and information at their fingertips – we sure didn’t have fossil finding, days in nature or extra adventures – although Dave did, he remembers going on ski trips and going on an archeological trip once. You know, I was really jazzed up after reading about thea program going on with Brent Kennedy Elementary school where students and instructors from the local college met with more than 40 grade 2 & 3 students to learn about rocks and bones. How cool is that?!

In several local papers I've seen announcements about wild kid programs, wildlife programs, gardening programs... lots of extra curricular activities to get involved in this Summer - most of them are free or have very small entry fees. These nature related programs take youth out of the sterile and mundane public school mentality, where they are inspired by the life around them. Volunteer experiences await us this Summer, too, through wildlife centers, community gardens and more.

These early life experiences instill a respect and sense of awe for nature... so please do look for programs being put on in your area - or start your own through the church group or just in your group of friends and neighbors. 


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bio-Energy


-- Quote of the Day -- 


"A man is measured by the size of the things that anger him"

~ Geof Greenleaf


-- Positive Eco-News --

Tokyo Gas Co., a major gas supplier in Japan, and Bio Energy Corp., a food recycling plant operator, announced on January 26, 2011, that they started feeding biogas refined and processed from food waste into the city pipeline system, ahead of all other companies in Japan. Approximately 800,000 cubic meters of gas (under standard conditions)--enough to accommodate about 2,000 ordinary households--will be fed into the pipeline system annually. This is expected to reduce about 1,360 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

  *Source: Japanfs.org
 

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Referral Corner


-- Quote of the Day --

"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

~ Albert Einstein



-- Referral Corner --

Many of you are familiar with this section of our blog... this is where you can find interesting and informative recommended resources for living a positive, proactive life.

Wind Simplicity: According to their site - “Most wind turbines are based on 30-year-old technology and it was time for a change,” says Dr Mathieu, Wind Simplicity President and Inventor. “There was definitely a niche for wind turbines no greater than 100 kW that would be more adaptable to different locations. The Windancer is different to Megawatt wind turbines. Although the Windancer is smaller, it’s much more efficient than those models.” 


The Heroes Project: This organization works very hard to change public perception and provide support for victims of HIV and AIDS using advocacy and media to communicate within India. They actively campaign societal leaders and the media about the stigma and discrimination, and provide technical support when they can.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Seeking Happiness


-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
"When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued." 

~ Julia Cameron
 
 
-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Erika Oliver is joining us today on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show – she is the award-winning author of at least 4 books, and she hosts workshops within this genre of seeking happiness in life as well. Today we are going to learn about counteracting negative thinking and negative conversations. We are also going to learn some tips for people on the front line of illness such as nurses and caregivers. As a Positive Approach Coach - and recovering pessimist - Erika tells me she is all about saving personal energy and that through speaking, training, and coaching she is able to help people choose a positive approach to family, co-worker relationships, personal health. Call in or join us in the live chat room to share your thoughts, questions, stories, or resources while listening to the live show... Alternative you can access the archive anytime after the show airs - Live @ 10-11 AM Pacific:

 




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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

World of Writing


 -- Chatter --

Well, this time of the month is a bit of a crunch in that I'll spend the next 3 days buried in the office doing the behind the scenes preparations for the upcoming Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show episodes airing in August. The Brummet's Muse newsletter is also due to go out on the 15th, so the office work will be heavy for a few days, and I beg the patience of all the people emailing, etc - we'll be back to normal after the 15th :) 

Towards the end of next month we'll have some changes both to our website and the newsletter will also undergo some changes, so watch for those announcements. We'll also have another contest coming up on this blog in August... Lots of informative guests coming on the blog... So much, really, is going on this Summer and into Fall - which is pretty exciting for us since we've been planning and working on this for so long - and of course we'll let you know about each of these as they come about.

 -- World of Writing --

I often do World of Writing Q&A's here on this blog, which can be found by scrolling through the blog archives. Today's interview is with Lisa Sidwell:

Lisa Sidwell tells me that she wrote her first book – Drops of Rosie - when she was 9-years-old, which was discovered by her children who then encouraged her to have it published.  Her second book will be out very soon, and is titled: Drops of Copper. Interestingly enough, Lisa is also a member of the Missouri Association of School Librarians. She is here today to talk about her passion for the world of writing. Lisa can be found at: www.pagesofwonder.com

Q: What is your idea of happiness?

I'm 35 and have been married to my wonderful husband for 15 years. I have a 13 yr old daughter and a 9 yr old son. I am a very devoted mother and wife and love spending time with my family and friends. I love writing, working with scrapbooks, gardening and nature. I love watching my plants and garden grow. Loving our animals is fun; we have a family dog, genie pig and bird. We had 13 chickens but gave them to our neighbor when we moved last summer. We miss them so much we are going to get some more next spring. I really love all history and I believe everything has a story to tell. All these items contribute to my everyday happiness!

Q: Are you doing what you really want to do in life? 

I started writing when I was eight and finished my first book when I was almost 10. Last summer I made a scrapbook of elementary pics for my daughter graduating from 6th grade and enclosed my first book. I thought she would love it since she loves to read. I wrote stories till I was in high school then journaled and when I had kids I started scrapbooking. I never told anyone that I wrote, not even my parents. They read my first book at my daughter’s graduation party. My parents, grandparents and even my husband cried because they loved it so much.

My kids asked me why I didn't fulfill my dream as a writer and the only thing I could say was that "Life" happened way too fast for me. Not wanting to let my kids down, I have now brought my childhood dreams to life. I think I'm doing what I was truly born to do!

Q: In your career as a writer - what do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? 

My main goal was to keep books in children's hands and to keep their minds rolling with the drops of notes section in the back of each of my books. I started contacting libraries and schools wanting to speak about reading and writing. I choose to do all of this on my own, without an agent because I love a good challenge. So getting into schools to speak is hard do to all the safety measures schools have to take now days for our kids to be safe. Getting them to believe in what I had to say was difficult, but once I started speaking the rest was history. I admire all the kids I've talked to, boy do they ask some awesome questions. Many have made me laugh and some have brought tears to my eyes. I've always been able to connect with kids very easily.

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?  

I never new writer's block was for real until it happened to me! I tend to just step away from it all for a couple of days and just enjoy what the world has to offer. I find myself catching up on family functions, school projects and deep cleaning my house… I may even just take a nap. I suppose having writer's block is great from time to time. (She laughs)

Q: What are some of the tools you use for marketing?

I have my email address and Face Book page listed in the back of all my books. I never want any kid to feel like they have no one to talk too and all of my signings and events are posted as well. Being an only child was difficult at times and having two working parents. I hope to inspire teachers to add my book lessons in their teaching plans, it is a good school reading project. I sponsor a lot of events, volunteer for various functions of need in my area, and I speak to a lot of kids in their school. 

Q: How have your books gotten published? 

I spent a couple hours rewriting Drops of Rosie and sent out my manuscript via mail and email to more than 50 publishers. The response was overwhelming but awesome. Just to get feedback rather good or bad was very rewarding. I had narrowed my options down to about 10 publishers and I made a list of my goals and what I wanted to achieve. I turned down plenty of great contracts and deals, and mind you they were not from self-publishers. I really enjoyed the whole process. I choose a small publisher (Mirror Publishing) who was willing to stand by my work. 

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

How well I speak in front of people, especially kids. I love it and can never sleep the night before because I'm so excited. It is the same with any signing event or function. I just love promoting my book and meeting all the people and kids!

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? 

Never give up and always believe in yourself!  As a child I never thought know one would ever love what I had to say, boy was I wrong. I have had twice as many doors close on me than open. But I'm thankful and appreciate the ones that open and I never give up on the ones that have locked their doors. I know once they see what I have to offer to the world the will kindly open them up once more to my smiling face. So many kids and adults just give up. The reward you get when you keep moving forward is priceless and know one can ever take the inspiration and glory away from you.

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