I love looking out windows. Not only to see what is happening outside, but also to let my brain relax and reflect. After running a free ebook promotion of The Hard Way this weekend, I took some time to think about where I am in my writing journey.
It took many years to achieve the dream I had since I was a teenager, the dream of publishing a book. Two years ago, I published my first, The Hard Way. Now, book two, Shawn’s Way is due to publish this summer.
I built a writer’s platform and I am active on multiple social media sites. It has become the main way I engage with my readers. I have also connected with other authors, who have supported and helped me achieve my dreams to reach the point I am at in my writing journey.
I have a website where my readers can come and find me, my books and news about what is happening with me Selma’s Website.
With my busy lifestyle, I am still finding time to work on things to promote my passion. Whether it is a discount book sale or a free promotion. Thank you for your downloads and purchases of my book. It makes me happy to see it getting into the hands of readers.
My message for the week is to never stop dreaming. Working towards a dream can be a lot of work with challenges to overcome. It is frustrating, it is hard and it is a journey, but it can be achieveable. Sometimes I can’t believe I have published one book and will soon publish a second.
I have had my share of challenges and have had to make time in my life to make my dream come true. The journey hasn’t been easy, but it is so worth it when I see another copy of my book bought or downloaded.
I am a naturally curious person who is interested in learning more about things. So, I decided to find out more about Martin Luther King Jr. to better appreciate why a federal holiday was declared in his honor.
When I started my online search, the first things that came up were what is open or closed today and what date it was going to fall on in the year 2019.
So, I dug a little deeper.
The observed holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January, even though it may not fall on his actual birthday. Do you know when his birthday is? I looked it up. It is January 15, 1929 and he was born in Atlanta, GA.
It was declared a federal holday by Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983 to honor King’s birthday, his legacy and to shine a light on civil rights. King played a very important role in the history of our country. He was involved in the civil rights and peace movements in the 1960s. Do you know what speech he is famous for delivering? I Have a Dream. He gave it during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
The march was organized to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. About 250,000 people gathered in Washington, DC in front of the Lincoln Memorial and listened to Dr. King.
I have always wondered why was he referred to as Dr. King. A little searching online provided an explanation. He received a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. I then asked, what is systematic theology?
According to Wikipedia, systemtic theology is
a discipline of Christian theology that formulates an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the doctrines of the Christian faith. It addresses issues such as what the Bible teaches about certain topics or what is true about God and his universe.
On March 28, a workers’ protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration.
On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”
The day after that sermon, he was assassinated in front of room 306. This plaque was placed at the hotel after a local group saved it from foreclosure and turned it into a civil rights museum.
School aged kids, federal and government workers get a day off in honor of King. Just like Memorial Day and Columbus Day, do we even know or recognize what the significance of the day is? I am glad I took the time to learn a little more about Martin Luther King, Jr. He played a very important role in the history of our country. I hope you learned a little something about him from this post.
Be sure to take a little time on the holiday to learn more about who or what we are honoring. You will not only learn a little something, but you will also gain a better appreciation for why you are enjoying a day off.
Have a great week!
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Last week I started a business building class called From Author to Authorpreneuer. I’m looking to revamp things with my business to get the name out there and sell more books. As part of the class, we are creating a morning routine to get into a writing groove for the day. It includes 15 minutes of journalling.
One morning while doing my journal, a couple of books came to mind which discribe my writing journey. One is Oh the Places You Will Go and Harold and the Purple Crayon.
According to Wikipedia, Oh the Places You will Go, was published in 1990 and was the last book Seuss ever published. It is a story where an unnamed character (could be you) leaves town and gets to the “waiting place”, where people go to wait for the next thing to happen. Dr. Seuss leaves us there to go on our own adventure to see all of the places we will go. This book is a favorite to give when someone in your life is embarking on a new adventure like graduation or a new job. I have been to many places, fictional and real, in my writing. Just never know where the next place I will go will be.
Harold and the Purple Crayon was published in 1955 by Crockett Johnson, a pen name for
a popular cartoonist and children’s book illustrator David Johnson Leisk. Crockett was childhood nickname for Leisk.
Harold is a four year old who creates his world by drawing it, with his purple crayon. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that? The book is about going on an amazing adventure of imagination which authors and artists do when they create their works.
We are all inspired by different things, whether it is an event, person speaking, or something we read. Whether it is achieving a goal or helping us get by a challenge, what inspires us ultimately helps us make things happen.
One of the reasons I write for the teen and young adult audience is I want to mentor them through my writing. I hope someday someone will read one of my books and be inspired to do something that may be hard for them to do without some support. Like saying no to peer pressure or reporting the bully to a teacher.
I have been inspired by many others in my life and on my writing journey. That inspiration has helped me work through some challenges get to where I am today. Have you been inspired by someone or something to meet a challenge or achieve a goal in your life? Let me know in the comments below.
I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, but Kari Holloway put together this author interview and published it on her site. What fun it was to see it in the feed today. I wanted to share it! Here is the link to it.
Author Q&A by Kari Holloway
Hope you all have a good week. I am reading a young adult book for a review. It is The King, by Lorilyn Roberts. Be sure to check it out on next week’s blog post.
I am finally stepping back into the writing house. It has been a crazy five and a half months with our transition at my day job. I see there are many things waiting to be worked on in here. Hopefully I will have some time to market The Hard Way and edit The Bully’s Way, the two main projects in the house.
Here is some inspiration from Ray Bradbury for this week.
It is a true statement. I was getting really bummed out that my day job was taking so much time away from my writing. Looking back on it though, I was still writing a blog post for every Monday Morning, I just wasn’t getting time work on my book projects. I need to get better at focusing on what is getting done in my writing life. The rest of it will fall into place.
When we are battling through the bushes to get back to the path we want to be on, it is hard to stay positive. I look at all of the things I did get done over the weekend for work, I was able to finish a big project so our department can leave it behind in the last fiscal year. I am feeling pretty good about being able to cross it off of the list of things to do. Now, to reallocate that time back to my personal goals. Writing being the main one.
Good luck to everyone on their goals this week. What things are you trying to get done in your life that seems to be taking longer than they should?
This has been a fun prompt! It has turned itself into a short story. I have found in many of my writing experiences you just never know what adventure a story line can take you on. During the week, I did some thinking about where I thought the story should go and decided I would just start writing and see where it actually goes.
Bud didn’t know what to say to his wife. He was ashamed to tell his friends what he did to the time capsule. Not only did he take their chosen items out, but he put a gag gift back in. At the time, he thought they would never see it again and if someone did find it, they would get a good laugh out of the joke.
“They will be really mad. Annie put a couple of her prized possessions at the time in there. She is probably looking forward to seeing them again.”
“You are going to have to tell them. Otherwise, you will have to live with the guilt of what you have done. Just come clean with it honey. You will feel better about it.”
“I don’t know. I’ll have to sleep on it. I’m heading up to bed. Are you coming?”
“I just want to watch my show. I’ll be up after.”
“Ok,” Bud replied, and walked toward the stairs to their second floor. He turned back towards Helena and started to say something. He stopped and turned towards the stairs to bed.
After a night of tossing and turning, he woke up an hour before the alarm was scheduled to go off. He looked over at Helena still asleep and decided to head downstairs and make some coffee.
While he waited for the coffee maker to finish, he figured he would have to tell the guys what he did. Maybe Stan could help him talk Annie through it if she was upset. He nodded. He would meet up with the guys on Saturday at Stan’s house.
It was hard to get through the rest of the week. He was afraid that his friends would get angry and that Annie would be disappointed in him. In a small town like Stanley, having friends mad at you could eventually have the whole town mad at you. News spread really quickly here. Waiting was making him feel worse. He didn’t know if he was going to be able to do it.
He continued to have problems sleeping throughout the entire week. When his daughter and her family came on Friday to stay the weekend with them, he was having a hard time staying awake. He was happy to see them, but distracted by what he had to do. He needed to get this over with and was glad he would tomorrow.
Be sure to stop by the Monday Morning Blog next week for the final installment of Stan’s story. Adding my little book promos at the end of the post feels like a commercial after the show is over for the night.
And now for the book promo…
Looking for a good middle grade early teen read? Be sure to pick up a copy of The Hard Way! It is available in e-book format on Amazon.com and in paperback on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.