God, I Need You Now


God, I need you now image Copyright  © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

God, I need you now image Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“God, I Need You Now” by Joan Y. Edwards

I searched the internet for songs to uplift you and me to never give up, to keep on going, knowing that God is there with us. In this post, the blue is what you might say to God. The purple is what God would definitely say to you. I put links to seven of the songs and their lyrics to give inspiration, encouragement, and peace to you. Because of copyright, I only put a few of the words to the lyrics so that you’d get the main emphasis of the song. But there is a link to the complete lyrics for each song. You might want to click on the lyrics link first, and then click on the song. That way you can sing along.

If you don’t have time to listen to each of the songs now. Please come back and listen another time.

God, I Need You Now

“The Bible says in Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

I’ve started out searching for you, Lord. But, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

Song: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for (U2)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Wt3dhF4fU
Lyrics http://www.atu2.com/lyrics/songinfo.src?SID=56
U2 Music and Lyrics published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd (for the UK)/Mother Music Ltd (For the Republic Of Ireland)/PolyGram International Music. Publishing BV (For The Rest Of The World) U2 Recordings owned by Universal International Music B.V. exclusively licensed to Island Records (ROW) and Interscope Records (USA)

I have climbed the highest mountain.
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I offer thee, God my prayer and supplication. I praise you. Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul.

Song: Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul (Matt Redman)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
Lyrics: http://myktis.com/songs/10000-reasons/
All copyrights go to to Matt Redman with the EMI records

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O my soul.
Worship His Holy name.

There are many things I am thankful for. I am thankful for you, Lord, God, king of our universe. I thank you, Lord for my family and those I meet on my life’s journey. When I am thankful and focus on the things I am thankful for, you give me more of these things. I am thankful for the abundance of all I need.

Song: I’m Thankful for (Hap Palmer)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKl8BuVWnUA
Lyrics: http://www.songlyrics.com/hap-palmer/things-i-m-thankful-for-lyrics/
This version leaves blanks for you to say the things for which you are thankful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=160VWPsM_og
All songs published by Hap-Pal Music. ©Hap-Pal Music all rights reserved.

There are many things I am thankful for.
Let me tell you what they are.

I give you my requests. But most of all, God, I need you now.

Song: God, I Need You Now (Plumb)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGIumjD6I3M
Lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/plumb/need_you_now.html
Writers: Arbuckle-Lee, Sheets & Christa Wells
Need You Now Album Copyright: 2012 Curb Records, Inc.

How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this?”
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh, I need you.
God, I need you now.

God says to you and me: “HOLD ON.”

Song: Hold On by Alabama Shakes
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-3MIBxQTw
Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alabamashakes/holdon.html

Writer(s): Steven William Johnson, Zachary Riley Cockrell, Brittany Amber Howard, Heath Allen Fogg
Copyright: Alabama Shakes Publishing

You got to hold on…
Hey, you got to hold on…

God says, “You’re an OVERCOMER.”

Song: You’re an Overcomer (Mandisa)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/overcomer-lyrics-mandisa.html
Writer(s): David Arthur Garcia
Copyright: D Soul Music, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publ.

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you
You’re an Overcomer.

In the Bible at 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I know now. When I keep saying: All is well with my body, my mind, and my soul, it becomes that way. God, your peace is  with my body, mind, and spirit. Thank you. It is especially comforting to know that all is well with my soul.

It Is Well with My Soul (Wintley Phipps)

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXbM8rgiIM4
Lyrics: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul/ Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 Copyright: Public Domain

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Please leave a comment. Let me know your favorite song or scripture or quotation that gives you peace, hope, and comfort. I’d love to hear from you.

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Oh, No! I’m human. How can that be?


Oh, No. I'm human. How can that be? Copyright  © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Oh, No. I’m human. How can that be?
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Oh, No! I’m human. How can that be?” by Joan Y. Edwards

I don’t like to be reminded that I’m human. That I make mistakes. That I make big mistakes. That I make such huge mistakes that I have trouble forgiving myself. Many times I am sure that other people have trouble forgiving me, too. One of the best things about being human is when other people forgive you and love you in spite of the fact that you are indeed human.

Each time I make a big mistake, I look in the mirror and say, “Oh, no. I’m human. How can that be?”

Sometimes I have a hard time forgiving myself, like the day I got a speeding ticket after I’d promised myself I would never get another one, I grounded myself for 3 days.

When I let go and forgive myself and others forgive me and accept me as I am, then I’m usually able to laugh about it. When I’m able to laugh about my frailties and flaws, it makes me feel good.

There are some things that I’ve done that even though others have forgiven me, I still can’t laugh about them. Like the day I tried to get stickers off the windows of my daughter, Lorrie’s new hutch with fingernail polish remover and it spilled on her new dining room table and took the finish off of it. I thought she was going to kill me but she said, “It’s all right, Mom. You are more important to me than the table.” I paid to have the table refinished.

And the day I forgot to put the brake on Mother’s wheelchair and she rolled off the sidewalk and it turned over. When I said, “I’m so sorry, Mother.” She said, “It’s all right. I will heal.”

Here are other times I looked in the mirror and said, “Oh, no. I’m human. How can that be?” I’ve been able to laugh about most of these.

  1. The day I gathered a big huge buggy full of groceries and realized my wallet was on the kitchen counter at home.
  2. The day I forgot to set our clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time. When my second husband, Carl, and I got to church, the parking lot was empty. We had missed the entire church service.
  3. The day I was so sure I could make it through my day of teaching if it was a Friday that I pretended it was Friday. An hour later, the cafeteria manager came and told me that I had given the children the lunch choices for Friday, would I please tell them the real menu for Thursday and send it to the cafeteria.
  4. The day a couple of years after I married to my first husband when I added the amount I paid for our mortgage in my checkbook, instead of subtracting it and bounced a check at the grocery store/drugstore where he worked.
  5. The day all the noodles for spaghetti fell in the garbage disposal  when I strained them.
  6. One day I woke up and realized it was 7:30 a.m. and my first husband, Alvin and I had to be at work at 8:00 a.m. I woke my husband and told him the time and that we had to hurry. I threw my clothes on, brushed my teeth, and my husband was still in bed. I asked him, “Why are you still in bed? Why aren’t you getting dressed?” He answered, “It’s Sunday.”
  7. The day I hit the publish instead of the draft button for a blog post and the blog automatically notified subscribers of a new post, but it wasn’t finished. And after I changed the title and clicked on the link,  it said, “What you’re looking for is not there?”

Thank you to all who have forgiven me during my life and loved me in spite of the fact that I’m human and make mistakes.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope my stories about my mistakes made you cringe, made you glad it wasn’t you, and made you laugh. But whatever you feel. It’s okay. Please share your thoughts about  mistakes and being human. How do you use human frailties in your writing?

Celebrate you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

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Sounds of Words Bring Characters to Life


Bring Characters to Life Copyright  © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Bring Characters to Life
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Sounds of Words Bring Characters to Life” by Joan Y. Edwards

Choose great words with sounds that explain your character’s traits for the dialogue in your story. Use your dialogue to tell readers almost every thing you want them to know about your characters. The words he speaks tells us if he’s educated, funny, sarcastic, sad, etc. The words you use to describe the characters actions, situations, and problems helps your readers create an image of your character in their minds. It makes your character come alive.

  • What he looks like
  • What he sounds like
  • What he fears
  • What he’s brave enough to do
  • What he’s passionate about
  • What he’s willing to die for.
  • What makes him so angry he can’t sleep at night?

Descriptions tell a lot about a character.

  • Where he lives?
  • What kind of work he does?
  • What emotion is strongest in him at this very moment?
  • What he wants more than anything else?
  • What he needs more than anything else? This could be different from what he wants. He might not know what he needs, but he’ll probably know what he wants.

Writers use the sounds of words in dialogue and the description in between to bring characters to life. The length and rhythm of words used create the mood that is in synch with the characters or a contrast to his environment.

  • Shows if characters talk rapidly and think fast on their feet.
  • Shows if a character talks slow and easy and never get in a hurry to get to the end of their sentences.
  • Shows if they have a speech impediment
  • Shows if they are physically impaired

Learn how other authors use the sound, length, and mood of words to enhance their writing. Read 10 best-selling picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. As you read them, notice how important the sound of the words are to the understanding the mood and qualities of the characters and their actions. The choice of words is what keeps us glued to the pages to find out what’s going to happen to the characters we care about.

Make a pdf file of a chapter of one of your work-in-progress manuscripts. Click on the pdf file and click on view. Activate reading aloud. Click on read to the end of the document. The computer will read your manuscript to you. Listening to it will help you realize which words fit well and which words you might want to change to add more oomph to your story. You want your words to show the mood and behavioral patterns of your characters.

Good luck with all of your writing adventures. Have fun reading and writing. Enjoy being you. You are fabulous, creative, and fun.

Here are more of my blog posts to help you bring your characters to life.

Plot

  1. What Is Your Story’s Premise? Editors Want to Know
  2. I’m at the Bottom of the Pit and the Bottom Drops Out
  3. What? I Need a Plot?
  4. Story Essential: Plot
  5. Where Should You Begin Your Story?
  6. Universal Plots and a Story that Illustrates Each
  7. Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story
  8. 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences

Dialogue

  1. Who’s Talking? Can You Tell by the Dialogue?
  2. What Is the Purpose of Dialogue in Your Story?
  3. Backstory: In Description, Dialogue, and Flashback
  4. Watch How People Talk
  5. Watch the Hands of People When They Talk

Sentences

  1. How to Write a Good Sentence
  2. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  3. What Is a First Page?
  4. First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers
  5. Show the Inner and Outer Conflicts of Your Characters
  6. Use an Emotion Orchestra in Your Story
  7. Pull Readers in – Show Believable Emotions in Your Writing
  8. Make Your Character’s Actions Show Emotions
  9. Captivate Readers by Adding Words to Images
  10. Five Ways to Cut the Number of Words in Your Manuscript
  11. Stop Boredom: Vary the Beginnings of Your Sentences
  12. Vary Your sentences: Begin with a Different Part of Speech
  13. Put Your Readers in an Emotional Tug-of-War

Character

  1. Eight Character Archetypes to Emphasize the Conflict in Your Story
  2. Does Your Main Character Fall into the Bottom of a Deep Pit of Trouble?
  3. 7 Ways to Add Surprise to Create a Best Seller That Readers Crave
  4. Show the Inner and Outer Conflicts of Your Characters
  5. Know Your Main Character
  6. What’s a Sidekick? What’s His Job?
  7. Make Your Character’s Actions Show Emotions
  8. 6 Ways to Make Your Characters Memorable and Enticing
  9. 12 Mistakes for Your Characters to Make
  10. Desire That Clashes with Values Equals Conflict
  11. Put Dilemmas in Your Stories for a Compelling Punch
  12. Inner Motives Lead to Conflicts of Characters
  13. Negative Behaviors Are Clues to Your Personal Needs and Those of Your Characters
  14. Do You and Your Characters Follow the Crowd’s Emotions?
  15. Make Character Pay an Arm, a Leg, and His First Child!
  16. Put Your Main Character into a Pit and Watch Him Devise Ways to Get Out
  17. Is Your Main Character’s Head Filled with Lies?
  18. 10 Shortcuts to Make Your Main Character Vulnerable and Lovable

Props, Symbols, and Such for Characters

  1. Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? And Other Questions to Put in Your Reader’s Mind
  2. Choose a Prop to Symbolize What Your Character Is Willing to Die For (Image Prop #8)
  3. Props for Characters: Toys, Games, and Other Items
  4. Image Props for Stories #7 Pay Phone, Blue Wildflowers, and Fast-Moving River
  5. Image Props for Stories #6: Coffee Maker, Earphones, and a Lamp
  6. Image Props for Stories #5 – Love Bug, Dog/Cat, and Love letter
  7. Image Props for Stories #4: A Remote Control, a Basket of Flowers, and a Bandage
  8. Image Props for Stories #3: A Basketball, a Pillow, and a Pair of Boots
  9. Image Props for Stories #2: Bananas, Scissors, a Vacuum Cleaner, and a Ferris Wheel
  10. Does a Holiday Signify a Deep Emotion for Your Main Character?
  11. Can a World Disaster Be an Omen of Bad Things for Your Main Character?
  12. What Will Your Main Character Eat?
  13. Which Pet Would Your Main Character Love, Fear, Hate, Abuse, or Kill?
  14. Where Will Your Main Character Hide?
  15. What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?
  16. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  17. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  18. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  19. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  20. Put a Hat on Your Main Character or His Sidekick

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Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

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Write Your Pitch, First


Write Your Pitch, First Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

Write Your Pitch, First Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Write Your Pitch, First” by Joan Y. Edwards

For many years I didn’t know what a pitch was except by a person throwing a baseball. Then after I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, they had sessions to explain a pitch to me. I was as clueless at the end of the session as I was at the beginning.

When I went to a writer’s workshop in Oceanside, Oregon in 2010, I learned how to write a pitch for a story: I had many stories written with no pitch – no logline – no plot.

The reason why it’s a good idea to write the pitch first is to make sure your plot works. To make sure that it is logical and would probably happen as a natural consequence.

  1. When discussing your pitch with an editor or agent tell your name, genre, and number of words in your manuscript.
  2. Write your pitch on a 3×5″ card. If you can’t get it all written on the front side of the card, it’s too long.

The pitch is the structure of a story in a nutshell. If you can’t figure out a pitch for your story, it’s entirely possible that the action your main character takes is not related to the real problem that keeps him from achieving his goal. Let me explain.

WHO? A pitch tells you an adjective and the main character to answer the question who? a sixteen year old girl; a five-year-old boy; an anxious daughter; an obnoxious son, an honest clerk, or a feeble man.

WHERE? A pitch tells or hints at the location (the setting): beach, high school, desert, bedroom, top of skyscraper, city, small town

WHEN? (Especially, if it’s historical fiction)

Main Character WANTS WHAT? A pitch tells you what the main character wants more than anything else in the world. He is  willing to take death-defying action and change to get it. He will not stop until he gets it. Getting it is an obsession with him. He wants a skill, a prize, a friend. He wants to defeat an enemy. He wants to stop someone from doing something. He wants to get someone to do something.

WHY? Why does this matter so much to the character? Why should we care?

WHAT STOPS HIM? A pitch tells the lowest point of the story from which readers doubt that anyone, especially this character with these flaws, can succeed.

WHAT’S HE WILLING TO DO? HOW IS HE WILLING TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO GET IT? WHAT IS HIS INNER AND OUTER STRUGGLE?

  1. WHAT ACTION DOES HE TAKE THAT HE FIRMLY BELIEVES IS GOING TO HELP HIM, but alas and alack, it puts him farther from his goal.
  2. Again he believes the second action will help him and it puts him even more at a disadvantage.
  3. He tries even a third time and gets to the point that he almost gives up.

UNTIL HE HAS AN AHA MOMENT AND FIGURES OUT THE IDEA AND ACTION THAT TAKES HIM ACROSS THE GOAL LINE OF SUCCESS

Here are three loglines:

  • Can clumsy Jill win beauty queen of her high school in spite of the fact that she dyes her hair purple, tripped their football team’s quarterback, and  spills red punch on the principal’s white suit?
  • Jason wants more than anything to be a pilot for Avery Aviation but his father won’t hire anyone in the family as a pilot.
  • Title: Tasteless Writer -Adam Conway- Genre: Comedy
    Logline: A world renowned taste tester/food critic loses his sense of taste and struggles to discover who he is once his one defining characteristic is gone. http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2009/11/top-100-loglines-for-scriptshadow.html

I hope that this blog helps you have a better idea of how and why you should write a pitch before you write the story. It will help you make sure everything is inter-related and all points lead to the main character getting what he wants or being defeated.

Here are 9 more of my blog posts about a pitch. They might help you get a grip on writing a better pitch.

  1. How to Write a Pitch, Summary, and Synopsis That Sells
  2. A Selling Pitch Is Short with a Strong Emotional Tug
  3. Which of These Best-Selling Romance Pitches Is the Best? Why?
  4. Pitch Exercise #2 Romance – Would You Accept or Reject These Pitches?
  5. Results of Pitch Exercise #1 – Which Pitches Did 12 Responders Accept?
  6. How to Write an Effective Selling Pitch for a Romance Novel
  7. How to Deliver a Short Gutsy Pitch to Entice Editors, Agents, and Readers
  8. Week Two: Writing the Pitch, Query Letter, Proposal, Resume (Pub Subbers)
  9. How to Entice an Editor/Agent with a Pitch (Logline)

Here are my blog posts about plot:

  1. 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
  2. 7 Ways to Add Surprise to Create a Best Seller That Readers Crave
  3. Does Your Main Character Fall into the Bottom of a Deep Pit of Trouble?
  4. Eight Character Archetypes to Emphasize the Conflict in Your Story
  5. Joan’s Manuscript Quality Control Test
  6. Put Dilemmas in Your Stories for a Compelling Punch
  7. Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story
  8. Show the Inner and Outer Conflicts of Your Characters
  9. What? I Need a Plot?

6 Other Writers’ Posts about Pitch

  1. 7 Reasons to Create a One-Page Pitch Before You Plan …
  2. Eight Steps to a Powerful Pitch
  3. How to Write a Pitch and Get Noticed | Successful Blogging
  4. How Writing Concept First Will Help Your Script & Pitch
  5. Plotting Your Picture Book by Writing Your Pitch First…
  6. Write a Novel Pitch

Please let me know what techniques and guides you use to write your pitch.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015

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Today Is Linda Andersen’s Birthday


Linda Andersen Copyright © 2013 Linda Andersen

Linda Andersen
Copyright © 2013 Linda Andersen

Today is Linda Andersen’s birthday.

She is fun, creative and a pure delight.

She is supportive of her husband, family, and friends.

She is a joy to know.

Happy Birthday, Linda Martin Andersen.

 

Please read one of her blog posts and leave a comment to wish her a Happy Birthday!

 

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015

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20 Resources for Illustrators


20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“20 Resources for Illustrators” by Joan Y. Edwards

I’ve been working on my illustrations for Larry, the Terrifying Turkey under contract with Ravenswood Publishing. I found a few blogs, websites, and YouTube links that might help inspire you as an illustrator and help you improve your skills. Please share with me in the comments area  links that help you in your illustrating journey.

  1. Caldecott Award – http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
  2. Creative Blog. “9 Top Illustrator Resources.” http://www.creativebloq.com/illustrator/resources-113968
  3. Diane Cricket Phillips. “The Difference Between Illustration and Art – Cricket Diane C Phillips – Cricket House Studios – 2008:” https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/the-difference-between-illustration-and-art-cricket-diane-c-phillips-cricket-house-studios-2008/
  4. Harold Underdown. “Picture Book Manuscripts and Illustrations:” http://www.underdown.org/picture-books-illustrations.htm
  5. Jodie Rodriguez. “Exploring Illustrating Techniques in Picture Books:” http://growingbookbybook.com/2013/08/10/exploring-illustrating-techniques-in-picture-books-10-for-10/
  6. Julie Danielson. “10 Children’s Illustrators to Watch:” http://bookpage.com/the-book-case/17011-10-childrens-illustrators-to-watch#.VUbdCPlVhBc
  7. Lynne Chapman. “An Illustrator’s Life for Me:” http://lynnechapman.blogspot.com/
  8. Nate Williams. “How to Start Your Illustrator Career http://www.n8w.com/wp/552
  9. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. “Frequently Asked Questions:” http://www.scbwi.org/frequently-asked-questions/
  10. Society of Illustrators – Awards and Contests http://www.societyillustrators.org/Awards.aspx?id=112

YouTube videos to help illustrators

  1. Jazza. “How to Create Characters (the Design Process):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpj2J4tn4YI
  2. Leonardo Pereznieto. “5 Tips to Be a Successful Artist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fefYsWHHc0I
  3. Lynne Chapman. “How to Illustrate a Picture Book: Creating the Drawings:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5DQXg86luA
  4. Mark Crilley. “Creating Characters – 6 Tips to Help You:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph7-q9GOMR0
  5. Michael. How to Draw and Paint Channel on YouTube. “Drawing Lesson: River Bed Exercise:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohcSwOKumGE
  6. Virtual Instructor: “Drawing Exercises:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1sW99idvak
  7. Patti Stewart”How to Illustrate a Book:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MScZchvX97E
  8. Will Terry. “Drawing Characters: – One of 7 videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWxdLNLKJvk
  9. Will Terry. “How to Illustrate a Children’s Book:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpVZF7FbQww
  10. Will Terry. “How to Improve Your Drawing Skills Quicker” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbb_ctVMTeA

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Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015

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11 Blogs Received the Liebster Award from Me


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“11 Blogs Received the Liebster Award from Me” by Joan Y. Edwards

Kathleen Burkinshaw gave me the Liebster award! Then, I gave the Liebster Award to 11 other blogs that might have fewer than 200 followers. Even though I have more than 200 followers, Kathleen wanted to let me know how much my blog helped her. Thank you, Kathleen. What a great compliment you give me by not only being my friend but reading my blog and sharing it with others. I am honored.

Here are the 11 blogs that received the Liebster Award from me in no certain order:

  1. Linda Martin Andersen http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/
  2. Kristina Stanley http://kristinastanley.com/blog/
  3. Joy Acey  http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/
  4. Becky Shillington http://beckyshillington.blogspot.com/
  5. Julia Marie Shea https://juliamarieshea.wordpress.com
  6. Melodie Nelson http://300pagesordays.com/
  7. Ann Eisenstein http://anneisenstein.com/category/blog/
  8. Dr. Bob Rich https://bobrich18.wordpress.com
  9. Sabrina Colvin https://mamabeanablog.wordpress.com/
  10. Karen Tomas https://karenanntomas.wordpress.com/
  11. Fiona McVie https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com

Here is my list of 11 questions for the bloggers above to answer.

  1. Favorite color
  2. Three favorite books
  3. Favorite place in the world
  4. Any pets?
  5. Can you play a musical instrument?
  6. Any hobbies?
  7. 3 favorite foods?
  8. Coffee, tea, water, or soda?
  9. What is one thing you would never part with?
  10. Where is your favorite place to write, draw, or create things? Why?
  11. What is your favorite movie or TV program?

The Rules:

Please know you do NOT have to participate.  On a new blog post, announce that you were given the Liebster award, Thank the person who gave it to you and post a link to his/her blog. Answer the 11 questions sent by them.  Give the Liebster Award to 11 blogs you believe your readers would enjoy who, as far as you know, have fewer than 200 signed up followers. Write 11 questions for them.  Then let them know you gave them this award. That’s it.

Here are my answers to Kathleen’s questions:

  1. Favorite color Blue
  2. Favorite book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  3. Favorite place in the world Home
  4. Any pets? No
  5. Can you play a musical instrument? Piano and recorder, a little, a tiny bit (Not for others)
  6. Any hobbies? Writing, illustrating, sewing, visiting with family and friends
  7. Favorite food? Fried Flounder
  8. Tea or coffee? Decaffeinated tea
  9. What is one thing you would never part with? My computer
  10. If you write, where is your favorite place to write? In my office
  11. Favorite movie/TV program? “My Cousin, Vinny”/Columbo

Thank you again, Kathleen Burkinshaw. You are a jewel. I know people enjoy reading your blog, Creating Through the Pain. It reaches from heart to heart.

Thank you for reading my blog. What is your favorite blog? Why? I look forward to reading your comments. If I have ten different blogs named in the comment area, I’ll make a blog post with the links and a quote from you telling why you liked them.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015

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