Happy New Year 2017!


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Each year when the New Year comes in. It’s fun to remember the great things that happened during the prior year and be thankful for all the people and things that made it prosperous. Let go of worrying about the things that happened over which you had no control. Forgive grievances. Make plans for the new year and set reasonable goals.

Here’s to forgiving grievances. It’s healthy for you not to carry anger into the new year.

Here’s to remembering the great things that happened during 2016.

Here’s to thanking the great people you helped you along your life’s journey.

Here’s to thanking God for all that He gave you during the past year. Thank him for filling your heart with ways to keep you on the path to meet your goals.

Make plans for 2017:

Health – Diet, Exercise of the mind and body

Financial Health – Put money in savings, be frugal and wise with spending; research before you buy

Vacation – Take time off from work

Work – Give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

Daily Relaxation – Meditation – Prayer

Fun – Do something fun for you every day that costs nothing. Do something fun once a week that costs a little. Do something fun every 6 months that you’ve saved up for. This means you really want to do it.  So it’ll be worth every penny. Never spend money earmarked for a bill you owe that’s due today.

Help someone do something they can’t do for themselves.

I’ve given you a few ideas. Take time to contemplate these ideas and those that pop into your sweet head. When something you want to accomplish comes to mind, write it down, and set a reward for you when you accomplish your goal.

Rewards can be whatever will spur you onto achieving those goals.

Whenever I do something that needs to be done, but I don’t want to do it, I buy myself a pecan roll from Panera Bread.

After I taught school for 30 years, I got tired of checking papers. I had Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, and Handwriting papers that needed to be graded every day. I decided that I should hire someone to check some of these papers. I could pay them $3.00 an hour. I should choose someone who really needed the money to check the papers. Who did I know who really needed money? Me. So I paid myself $3.00 an hour to check the papers and bought myself a new dress, a pair of shoes, or went to the movies with that money from checking papers. It helped me laugh. Being able to laugh about a problem shows that it no longer has control over you. That you’ve let it go.

Happy New Year! Good luck in making any New Year resolutions, plans, and goals. I’m so proud that God had our paths to cross. You are an inspiration to me. Whatever you can see in your mind, you can achieve. Never Give Up on you. Your dreams await your footsteps.

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Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead” by Joan Y. Edwards

Why Not? This series of blog posts is here to encourage you to take the first step towards something you want to do but have been afraid to do it or not sure you’ve got what it takes to do it.

Why Not Write?

Reasons for writing

Writing is exhilarating, hard work, fun, challenging, meaningful, tough, and helpful to yourself and others.

Writing informs, entertains, teaches, instructs, elaborates, describes, challenges, gives meaning to events, assists, persuades, and gives power to emotions.

Writing comes in many forms: notes, lists, letters, cards, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, books, e-books, emails, websites, blogs, and ads.

Books come in many different genres:

Children: Fiction and Non-Fiction: board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult novels.

Adult: Fiction: short stories, novellas, and novels

Non-Fiction – Biographies, Memoirs, Research from specific areas, for instance, cookbooks, how to fix your car, how to repair things around the house, how to write a book, etc.

Children and Adults: Skits, Stage Plays and Screenplays (Movies and Television)

Thank you for reading my blog.

Happy New Year! Enjoy living. Fill each day with something fun for you! You are important to our world. If you don’t write or want to write, that’s okay. Replace write with what you want to do and do it. You have the power. You have what it takes. Just do it.

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Merry Christmas to All!


 

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Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, Photo by Clarita at Morguefile.com

“Merry Christmas to All” by Joan Y. Edwards

Merry Christmas to each of you. May God bless you and fill you with joy, peace, good health, and prosperity!

One day when I went to recycle boxes at a friend’s UPS store, he asked me how my Mother was doing. I told him that she wasn’t doing well. He said, “I will ask my God to bless her.”

That made me feel so special. So if you don’t believe in the same God, or believe the same religious beliefs as me, I want you to know that I wish good things for you. If there’s a good wish, you would like to hear, I hope you will interpret that I’m saying it in my words, “I wish all good things for you. Merry Christmas!

Here are songs I believe you will enjoy!

“Our Father” sung to comfort and bring healing to the people of Galacia, Spain after the train wreck in 2012.

The First Noel by Celtic Woman 

“Mary, Did You Know” sung by Clay Aiken

“Child of Peace” sung by Sandy Patty, lyrics by Lyn Hopkins

Thank you for reading my blog and leaving comments. You lift my spirits and give me joy.

If you have writing, illustrating, or never giving up topics that you would like for me to research and write about, please let me know in the comment area or email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com!

In January, I plan to do a post every other day on “Why Not?” I may change the title but the meaning will be the same –  to encourage each of us to take that first step towards something we want to do or have been afraid to do.

 

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Contest to Win a Mentorship from Author or Agent of Picture Books – Sponsored by Tara Cattie Lubbe


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Contest to Win a Mentorship from Author or Agent of Picture Books – Sponsored by Tara Cattie Luebbe

Tara Cattie Luebbe’s announced a Writing with the Stars Mentor Contest January 13-midnight January 16 EDT, 2017. It is for authors and illustrators of picture books. To find out more about it, visit the following links:

  1. Jonell DeWitt’s Blog: Interview with New Author Tara Cattie Luebbe and Mentor Contest Announced
  2. Becky Shillington’s blog about Tara’s contest: Poetry Friday: Holiday Math Poetry and a New Contest for PB Writers
  3. Check out Tara’s website: Contest Details on Tara’s website 

Good luck to all who enter the contest.

Thanks Tara for paying it forward after Stacy McAnulty gave you a mentorship! Congratulations on landing an agent and a three-book contract!

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17 Tips for a Successful Book Signing


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“17 Tips for a Successful Book Signing” by Joan Y. Edwards

First of all congratulations on having a book signing! What an honor! What an accomplishment! Congratulations to you, your publisher, and the book store or other place at which you are having a book signing. I had a very successful book signing at Park Road Books on November 12, 2016. Thank you to Megan, the event coordinator and the owner of Park Road books for accepting my books on consignment and then letting me have a book signing at the store.

I was afraid I would feel awkward or be alone. That didn’t happen. I felt right at home. Many customers who came in the store stopped to talk with me. Some stopped and signed “Thinking of You” cards for residents of Elmcroft’s Alzheimer/Dementia Unit. Both of my daughters came.  A couple of friends came to get the copy autographed that they’d bought online. It was like a big party. My older daughter came at 2:15 p.m. and stayed until I left at 4:00 p.m. My younger daughter and her family came, too. The family and friends who came stayed at least 40 minutes and visited with me and/or with each other. Everyone browsed the books. Six people bought Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Thirty-one people signed cards for the elderly. Thank you to all of you who came and visited with me. A special thanks to all who have purchased a book.

Here are 17 tips for a successful book signing:

  1. Contact your family and see if the date you’ve chosen is a good date for them to come.
  2. Email your family, writing groups and professional organizations and let them know about it.
  3. Post on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter about your book signing – If it’s a drop in, usually it’s for 2 hours from 2:00-4:00 PM or 7:00-9:00 PM. If you’re doing a presentation, you will want to put a special time: 2:00 pm. or 7:00 p.m.
  4. Call and/or email media about your book signing and ask them if they would like a copy for review. Ask the book store if they are contacting the media. Ask them if they have a media contact list that they would be willing to share with you.
    Newspapers from your county and each surrounding county
    Television stations
    Radio stations
  5. Get business cards printed – Name, website, email address, titles of books and ISBN numbers.
  6. Get postcards designed and printed – book cover, sentence quotes and name of reviewer.
  7. Print a poster with your picture and book cover announcing book signing and put in a plastic holder that will sit on a table.
  8. Have chocolate mints or after dinner mints.
  9. Bring your favorite pen that’s archival safe to use for writing an autograph. This means the pen won’t bleed through the page and will last a long time. Think of a good saying that will fit for most autographs. Perhaps a short but memorable saying. You want to focus on the person who bought your book and listen to his/her story.
  10. Wear comfortable shoes.
  11. Wear your favorite outfit that’s comfortable and distinctive looking.
  12. Wear a name tag around your neck with your name and the title or titles of your books (with your name large enough to read well at a glance).
  13. Call a day ahead and make sure everything is “Okay” for the book signing.
  14. Bring a bottle of water for you to keep yourself properly hydrated.
  15. Arrive 15 minutes early so that you can set things up and go to the bathroom to check your appearance before the book signing officially begins.
  16. Thank the people who buy your books. Thank those who come to hang out with you or stop by to say “hello,” even if they don’t buy a book.
  17. Before you leave, make sure you thank the event coordinator and the cashiers who were working during your book signing. See how many more copies of your book, they’d like for you to leave on consignment.

Thank you to all who have bought Joan’s Elder Care Guide and Flip Flap Floodle. In case you’d like to buy a copy or share with others, here are links to buy them. Joan’s Elder Care Guide is a great gift for a friend or relative who is caring for an elder. Flip Flap Floodle , a happy little duck, delights children of all ages and gives them courage to continue life playing their song so they don’t give up.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive
Park Road Books(Charlotte, NC)
4RV Publishing
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Flip Flap Floodle
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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God, Thank You for …


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“God, Thank You for…” by Joan Y. Edwards

God – thank you for my parents! Thank you for my grandparents. Thank you for my siblings. Thank you for giving me a sense of humor. Thank you for the food you give me and my family. Thank you for the courage you give me to face each day with renewed vigor and wisdom. Thank you for the inner voice you give me to know the path you chose for me. Thank you for all the people I’ve met in my lifetime. They taught me how to improve myself and how to find you, God. You are in everyone I’ve met.

Thank you for those who read my blog.
Thank you for those who write comments for my blog.

Thank you to words that form on my lips and in my heart and find my way into my website, blogs, and books.
Thank you for pictures that form in my mind and with my brush, pen, and computer.
Thank you for tears that wash away my sadness.
Thank you for the hugs that gives love and energy.
Thank you for life that gives and receives.
Thank you for those who talk.
Thank you for those who listen.
Thank you to those who write.
Thank you to those who read.
Thank you to those who publish.
Thank you to those who print.
Thank you to those who sell.
Thank you to those who buy.
Thank you to those who dance.
Thank you to those who sing.
Thank you to those who play a musical instrument.
Thank you to those who teach.
Thank you to those who minister to other’s needs.
Thank you for those who heal.
Thank you for those who mend.
Thank you for those who sew.
Thank you for those who create.
Thank you for the water to drink.
Thank you for the plants that grow.
Thank you for the problem solvers.
Thank you for the people who clean up dwellings and offices.
Thank you for the garbage and recycle collectors.
Thank you for the firemen, policemen, and paramedics.
Thank you for the military.
Thank you for the doctors, nurses, and hospital employees.
Thank you for everyone.

 

This list could go on and on. You finish it for me. Add things or people that fill you with gratitude.

Enjoy a moment of silence to soak in the peace of your day, Thanksgiving Day. You are one of the reasons the world twirls around each day! I thank God for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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References to check out for Thanksgiving Poems

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/holiday/thanksgiving/

http://www.teachingfirst.net/Poems/Thanksgiving.html

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Don’t Worry about Tomorrow, Focus on Today!


 Don't Worry about Tomorrow Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow, Focus on Today!

You can learn a lot from stories in the Bible. In Exodus, the people were afraid they wouldn’t have food for tomorrow. Moses told them that God would provide for them. The manna they lasted only last a day. It spoiled, if they didn’t eat it that day. God sent more manna for the next day for his people.

What I’m telling you is that God’s graces are sufficient for today. But you say, “What about tomorrow. I’m not sure how to handle what comes tomorrow. I’m afraid of what might happen tomorrow.”

God says to you, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, I will give you the graces you need to survive.”

This means he will give you the knowledge, skills, wisdom, food, water, protection that you need. I don’t think God means not to prepare. Once you’ve done the planning, activate faith in you and in God, that it’s going to work out fine.

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