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Writing Prompt Wednesday

November 21, 2018
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As many people have fast forward to Christmas, today’s prompt is a snow globe.

I’m immersed in National Novel Writing Month so I have not written a response.

Have fun with it!

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Life After Death – Books for You to Discover..

October 12, 2016
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In my many years of interest and research into this phenomenon, I have found many books that give enlightening information on life after death and reincarnation. Some are pure statistical lists, others belief based and others scientific. No matter the avenue of knowledge, you can find some exceptional stories in them all.

I have attached a link to Goodreads list of near death books for your perusal. Enjoy.https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/near-death-experience

Have you researched this topic before?

Did my blog posts entice you to know more?

One book I found many years ago, detailed a professor who agreed with several colleagues that the first one of them to pass would contact the others by any means possible. It was a year or so later after his death, that each colleague experienced ‘channeled writing’. They discovered that they had all written a paragraph detailing this professors experience on the other side. Once the narrative was collected and pieced together, it told of his death, details of his funeral and other details he could only know if he ‘saw’ them.

Unfortunately I misplaced this book years ago and have never been able to find it again. However, the story has never left me.

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Life Changes Roll with It or Stagnate…

October 27, 2014
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Man Sitting In ValleyWe all have different coping mechanisms when it comes to changes in our lives. Some changes are welcome, some raising curiosity while others are certainly not wanted or wished for. I experienced two smaller occurrences in the last couple of days and it began a line of thought I wanted to share. Do I resist change or embrace it?

As some of you will know I attended Words in the Park over the weekend. The hall was full of forty nine authors and nine vendors – all displaying books and accessories for the discerning book lover. In past years, I have been positioned close to my publisher, Dream Write Publishing and my writing group, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. This has led to an enjoyable time overseeing these tables in rotation with others and conversing and chatting with friends and visitors alike. This year as I had booked a whole table instead of half, I was placed on the other side of the venue, away from my usual comrades. It may seem childish (especially considering my age!) but I felt excluded at first. I could see them talking and laughing but unable to join in. Then I realized that I should take advantage of the opportunity and be more proactive in my promotion rather than await passers-by. I surveyed my display and knew it was eye-catching so stood behind my table and greeted everyone, stating the age groups for each book and a short description of the stories. It was a successful day for sales and I also received lots of compliments on my table arrangement and each individual book’s themed items. Several friends did stop by for a chat and one looked after my table while I went to participate in an author reading. All in all I feel I made more sales because I was more engaged and not distracted to my goal.

Today was a day of change as well at my workplace. After nearly two years, my manager and I have a new work colleague. We have been comfortable in how we arrange our work days and the day to day routine is pretty much set. The new employee will bring her own ideas of regime and structure and it is probably not a bad thing. We can all get stuck in a rut so easily. We will embrace this change and see what it brings in the months to come.

What changes have you experienced lately that made you leave your comfort zone?

Was the outcome successful?

What did you learn from the experience?

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Allegations Can Tear Us Apart …

September 19, 2013
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Allegation – definition: a statement or assertion made with little or no proof

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My collaboration with two other Writers Foundation of Strathcona County members has come to an end. The workbook has been sent off to press and we anxiously await the first printed copies. Once they are available the link will be up on http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/   Your Lifetime of Stories – Ideas for Writing Memoirs 

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This workbook is in conjunction with the WFSC presentation for memoir writing and gives tips and memory exercises to enable people to organize their memories into a working format. In other words a How To book for memoir writing.

In one section we have covered the question of motives for writing a memoir. It should not be a method for revenge or to reveal hurtful information or secrets held in trust. If the writer’s experience can educate and create awareness that is a very different thing from memoirs to accuse or expose another person. We also made it plain that everyone ‘remembers’ events differently due to their own perspective so when the writer shares the draft, they should keep in mind differing opinions. It is best to ensure family members that the memory is one person’s truth.

Unfortunately, many memories do not follow these rules and become the center for allegations tearing apart families and in some cases communities.

Have you experienced false allegations or know someone who has? 

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What is your Vocation..?

September 12, 2013
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Vocation – definition : a particular occupation, business, or profession : calling

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Have you remained on the path you envisaged as a youth? Do you still walk the planned route you wanted for your life or did life take you down new and unexpected roads?

When we are embroiled in the mundane day to day stuff of life, we loose sight of the bigger picture so easily. All of a sudden a month, a year have passed and we look back asking where did the time go. As we grow older time’s passing seems to speed up – children are born, in school, graduated, moved out and have families of their own.

As many of you think on this, I’m sure you will remember the endless possibilities of youth. Don’t lose that – it’s never too late to take a leap. I envisaged a life as an interior designer but went into nursing! Never wanted to work in an office but ran my own company for over two decades.

My emigration to Canada was unthinkable to me a mere eight years ago but here I am. I have found a new passion in life, which would never have even occurred to me in England. We cannot take life or the people we love for granted – cherish your moments.

Take advantage of all and any opportunities given to you. They may be the ‘thing’ you have waited all your life to achieve or experience. Grab life by the horns and tussle with it.

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