Reading Self-Isolating The Blues Writing

January 15 . Issue #73

Country of Freedom

Country of freedom, be free in thy heart:
Free from the shackles of prisoning pride,
Free from the liar’s contemptible art,
Free from allurements that tempt thee aside,
Free from the crafty and treacherous guide,
Free from the ravening greed of the mart,
Free from the snares that in opulence hide,—
Country of freedom be free in thy heart!

Amos Russel Wells (1862 – 1933)

Hello all and welcome to this weeks journal, where I share with you 5 things that I found to be of interest and I hope you will enjoy it too.

1.  This week I worked on my new book trailer for Samba in Brazil.

I also started to plan for the virtual book release party, set for February 14th, the release date of Samba in Brazil and you’re all invited. We’re going to be touring Salvador, Bahia; join us.

This is the start of my new book promotion, timed perfectly for lockdown. Searching for something new to read this year? Look no further! My author friends have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. Available for a limited time. “New Year’s Book Giveaway

2.  Our mini – NaNoWriMo of the WCYR writers group that I belong to features some of what was written during the November session.

The featured photo, courtesy of Pixabay was chosen by author M.J. Moores who requested some of our creativity so that she could put together some of her own cool memes.

3. Eye candy for this week; there was plenty, the best one to enjoy with the young ones or even the young at heart, Being Elmo. Do you remember the characters from Sesame Street? Elmo is one of my favourites.

Another interesting and entertaining movie The Trial of the Chicago Seven, very reminiscent of last weeks events in Washington D.C.

4. Audio delights this week were all about the blues, from Howlin’ Wolf to  John Lee Hooker and taking in Buddy Guy and Luther Allison too. Joyous blues, “Smokestack Lightning.”

Ontario has declared a state of emergency and it looks like I’ll be working from home instead of a nice video/recording studio.

Back to playing and listening to the blues with one of my favourite harmonica players, Indiara Sfair.

5. My reading interests; The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart, Kahlil Gibran. This is a wonderful book that is designed to open the heart.

And for what I am writing and rewriting; which is my newest Sci-Fi, comedy-thriller, The Snowaxe Café.

A story about an alien running a coffee shop that caters to the top musicians and artists in the world and provides the best coffee in the universe.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Book Publishing Reading Writing

November 6 . Issue #63

In this weeks newsletter, birthdays, elections, holiday books and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. I have joined a book promotion and it starts this week. E-Books on sale. “The Children’s Books Holiday Sale”  a group of award-winning authors offering our books on sale for a limited time.

Holiday Sale


2.  Our friends south of the border have an exciting election happening this week. Thoughts and Prayers that a winner will eventually be declared.

And all I can do is listen to the blues, especially: Sugar Blue.

3. My granddaughter Leila turned 2 years old, we celebrated her birthday on November 2, 2020. What a party!

Innocence, that is what you find with a 2-year-old. I got to hang out with this incredible human being for a wee bit.

We raked up piles of leaves – then I taught her an important lesson. How to roll in the leaves and throw them at each other.

Her excitement at this newly found joyful experience had her laughing uproariously. Literally rolling in the leaves.

4. A couple of firsts for me, not including my adventure with Leila. This week I was up at the crack of dawn; on a Sunday; when I should have gained an hour; back to standard time; hopefully for the last time; so that I could attend a virtual write-in for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). A fun, pen to the paper approach to creative writing. My goal 50,000 words (this month). I am looking forward to hanging with my writing crew, every Sunday through November.

The second, first for me, sending a manuscript to a publisher. I completed a fun story about an injured bumblebee and the squirrel who nurses her back to health. I am looking for a publisher to give the story that little extra exposure that I believe this story of love, compassion, empathy and friendship deserves.

5. My creative writing course is happening and it’s a hit. As of this week, it will be halfway completed. The attendees will have their short stories well underway. The inspiration – A Celebration.

The young authors are encouraged to write about a celebration, 800 to 1,000 words of creative writing. Upon completion, they may enter the Celebration Creative Writing Contest. The winners receive a fantastic prize and a chance to be published.

If you want me to entertain your group, please get in touch. I am booked November 19th at East Gwillimbury Public Library, Storytelling for Children. A little twist on my Kindle Creativity children’s workshop.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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