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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Celebrate the Small things..

Hi everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Stop by to see what she and her partners are celebrating this week. Here's what we're celebrating:

  • The colds we had last week are leaving.
  • Chats with family members
  • Our Mom had a scary event,but she's back to her cheerful self, thankfully.
  • Warm sunny weather all week long. :)
  •  A new experience yesterday. I don't think I did very well with it, but at least I tried.
What are you celebrating this week?

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What if your child has a disability?

What if your child has a disability? You're probably thinking you feel like the world came crashing in on you. But if you look outside the sun might be shining and the sky is right where it belongs. How do I know about this?  The reason is simple. My parents were told I'd never walk when I was nearly four years old. But he didn't handle it in the average way. He refused to accept that as fact. My dad told me,"Don't pay any attention to what the doctor said. It doesn't make him right. I'm going to teach you to ride and you'll be fine." I totally trusted him so he and I started on our journey together.
I loved riding and my first pony, Little Man. He was a little devil though and much smarter than I. He played a trick on me every chance he got. If you read my true story, Tails of Sweetbrier, you'll find out exactly what Little Man did when he got bored.
I think when you face any type of adversity, the outcome depends on the action you take. What if my dad had taken the doctor's word as the truth? Maybe he'd have babied and coddled me. Worse than that, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to set goals and work toward them. I'd have missed the experience of a lifetime. If you battle any type of adversity, you choose the course of action. In many ways, you may determine the outcome by persevering until you succeed.
I fell of my horse or pony so many times. It seemed I became an expert at falling off and getting up. In our family none of us were allowed to quit. It's a blessing because quitting only assures defeat.
In closing, I'll leave you with the last sentence in my book, "You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don't accept anything less!"

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

What if?

Let's imagine you have a big dream. You want to become a published author. But how could you find the time between your job, your children, etc. Remember, we all have obstacles that can derail us if we allow it to happen. Instead, remind yourself there is always a way. I've told myself that my whole life. For example, I wanted to become a champion horseback rider, even after doctors told my parents I'd never walk. But my dad wouldn't accept that. He told me not to listen to what the doctor said. Together, we found a way to persevere. What if you're afraid of failure? So am I. Example:When I learned to ride, most days I learned how to fall off and get up again. Did I like that? Not at all. I asked my dad," Daddy why do I always fall off?" He responded,"That's how you learn to stay on." Boy, was a wishing for another way. But eventually, I managed to stay on the horse more and more often. What if I had given up? Then fears and doubts would have won. But instead, perseverance brought me many victories, both small and large. Failures can stiffen your resolve and that's a good thing.
What if you feel like you''re the only person on the planet who has issues like no time to write, or you're tired after a hard day at work?  Maybe you need to take your children to a soccer game. You can jot down a few notes for your blog or your book while you're at the game. Again, there is always a solution.
I loved competing in horse shows, but it was difficult to find the time because I was busy teaching riding to our students every day. My dad coached me so we had to work out a schedule to practice. sometimes I'd give up my lunch hour so we could practice for an upcoming show. Remember, there's always a solution.
Finally, I'd say whatever you dream about, go after it. Set priorities. My parents always said, "You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it." Don't you think that's excellent advice? Find your passion and develop it. It's worth the effort, in my view.

copyright: 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Celebrate the small things...

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a great week. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her co-hosts have to say this week. Isn't it great we can cheer about things every week? What are you celebrating? Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A lovely visit with our sons. They brought pizza and appetizers for us. We had a great time.
  • My friend and gifted author, Janice Spina, has just released a new book. I haven't read it yet, but no doubt it's a great story. Isn't the cover cute?

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Grayson the Bully Frog by Rhonda Patton

on April 7, 2015
Ted and Raymond were friends their whole lives. Every morning they walked to school together. One day their friendship was tested, when the two frogs were approached by Grayson, the bully. Raymond made the wrong choice and Ted was very sad. But Ted's Mom helped Raymond realize his
mistake. This is a beautifully told story with an important message that children, parents and teachers will value a great deal. Congratulations to author, Rhonda Patton for her lovely book. I highly recommend it. Children will also love the bright illustrations shared in the book.

Above is my review of Rhonda Patton's wonderful book. I hope you check it out and write your own review for it.
Rhonda works tirelessly to create books that educate children. She is especially passionate regarding combating 
bullying. Many of Rhonda's books feature best frog friends Ted and Raymond.  Be sure to check them out.
Do you need book covers, banners, or videos? Rhonda is very gifted at all types of Art. She's done both videos 

and banners to promote my books. I highly recommend her work.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Celebrate the small things...

Hi everyone. As most of you may know, Fridays we celebrate anything we like. Special thanks to Lexa Cain and her blogging partners who host this blog.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • I reviewed Barbara Ann Mojica's wonderful book, Little Miss History Travels to Mount Vernon. It's a really good, educational book about George Washington's life at his estate, Mount Vernon. The illustrations are spectacular, too. Children will adore it.

  • My sister, Holly, sent the first rough draft of an illustration for our children's book. Everyone in our family loved it. We can't wait till the book is done.
What are you celebrating this week?

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group...

Hi everyone, as you probably know the first Wednesday of the month we share our insecurities or offer suggestions that might be helpful to authors. Please be sure to stop by to see what everyone is worried about this month.
Fortunately, I don't have new worries this month so I'll share something that might be helpful to authors.

I belong to Deb Hockenberry's children's book critique group. Deb is an editor and her first picture book will be released very soon. She reminded her group members recently about not using "to be" verbs; am, is, are, was, were, been. Of course, we can't always avoid them, but we can replace them in most cases.  Here are some examples:
Mary wanted to be a great dancer.  (passive voice with to-be verb)
 Instead: Mary's dreamed of becoming a great dancer. or Mary wanted to become a great dancer.
My friend was the driver of the truck. 
Instead try:My friend drove the truck.
He struggled to write the paper that was assigned by the famous professor.
Instead try: He struggled with the assignment from the famous professor.
Her eyes were blue and sparkling.
Her blue eyes sparkled with excitement or Her blue eyes sparkled.

It takes some practice to create better sentences with more action, but I think you'll find it's worth the effort. It's something I'm always trying to remember  and improve on.
I hope this helps you write amazing stories.

My answer to this month's question: How do you know your story is ready?
You don't, but if you've revised and revised it might be ready. Have your beta reader's looked at it? Have you taken a few days off and not looked at it and then gone back to reread it?
If you've done all those things, I'd say you're as prepared as possible.
What do you think?

copyright: 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne