Pat Rullo’s Interview of Joan Y. Edwards on Speak Up Talk Radio


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Pat Rullo, Speak Up Talk Radio

Oh my goodness. Pat Rullo emailed and asked me if she could interview me for Speak Up Talk Radio! I am very honored that she singled me out to ask for an interview. She’s taking care of her mother, so my book, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, was of special interest to her. I hope you’ll listen. Please listen to it and tell me what you think in the comment area for this post.

Here’s a link to Pat’s interview with me on Speak Up Radio: http://www.speakuptalkradio.com/joan-edwards/

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I hope you enjoy it. Pat asked me very good questions. She fell in love with my book, Flip Flap Floodle, too. After talking with Pat, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.

In case you’d like to have Pat Rullo interview you, here’s information to help you.

Each person who has an interview gives a donation which to fund the Sewport pillowcase project. They send handmade one-of-a-kind pillowcases to veteran shelters, women and children’s domestic abuse homes and animal shelters with each participant name as the donor. I think this is a great project. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do the interview.

If you would like Pat Rullo to interview you to highlight your product, service, talent, book or simply have something to say – Speak Up Talk radio will feature you on the Network for a full 52 weeks for $1.00 per week. You can also air your interview on iTunes, Stitcher (available in over 4 million cars) as well as on mobile apps iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire. Extra promotions on iHeart Radio available, too. What are you waiting for? SPEAK UP! Enjoy one of those few opportunities you have to talk about yourself to a very interested audience! contact pr@speakuptalkradio.com

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Sarah Maury Swan’s “An Interview of the Amazing Joan Y. Edwards”


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Sarah Maury Swan, Author of “Terror’s Identity,” honored me and I bow humbly because she did a blog interview of me. She said I was very encouraging. I’m glad because I do like to encourage people to Never Give Up. She even tackled this with a new computer and included pictures, too. Hurray for Sarah and her new computer. I hope you’ll drop by and read it and share your thoughts and similar experiences with us on her blog. Thanks.

Sarah has followed my blog for a long time and was one of the first people to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. Thanks again, Sarah.

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Interview and Top Ten Social Media Tips with Holly Jahangiri


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Holly Jahangiri, Author and Social Media Guru

“Interview and Top Ten Social Media Tips with Holly Jahangiri” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I am very excited to share Holly Jahangiri’s Top Ten Social Media Tips. I met her at the Oklahoma Writers  Federation Incorporated conference in May, 2016 where I celebrated the release of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. She is also a published author with 4RV Publishing. She presented a workshop on Social Media. I was amazed at her clever ways of using Social Media and asked if she would be a guest on my blog.

Thank you, Holly for being a guest on my blog. My readers are going to be amazed!

You’re welcome, Joan. It’s wonderful to be here. I’m ready for your questions. Let’s get started.

By the way, Holly is giving away an autographed copy of A New Leaf for Lyle for one lucky person. GIVEAWAY CONTEST Details on how to win at the end.

About Holly Jahangiri

  1. Where were you born?

I was born across the street from the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. You see? I come by my “lead foot” naturally!

  1. Where was your favorite place to live as a child? Why?

Silver Lake, Ohio. It was the town my mom grew up in, and she knew it was a great place to raise a child. Many of her friends had stayed or moved back, and had children my age. We lived right around the corner – or two back yards and a couple of hedges – away from the elementary school. There was a little lake with a tiny island where we could swim in summer and ice skate in winter. There were no fences; good manners were the only fences we needed as we played in the neighbors’ yards, careful not to trample their flower beds or break their hedges or peer into their windows. Only one or two older people in the whole neighborhood were the “Get off my lawn!” types. The rest looked out for us and called our parents if we got into trouble or did something they considered dangerous.

  1. Where is your favorite place to live now? Why?

Right now, I call Houston, Texas, home. And it’s a very good place to live and work and raise a family. It’s cosmopolitan and diverse, with top-notch schools and universities, parks, theaters, a symphony, a ballet, an opera house – and it’s very near the Johnson Space Center and Galveston Beach. The most surprising thing to people who visit Houston for the first time is that it isn’t dry, brown, and full of tumbleweeds. Houston is in the tropics – we have seven-story-tall pine trees next to magnolias and palm trees and hibiscus. It’s hot, but it’s also quite humid. You may have heard we had some flooding, a while back? I now understand what my grandmother meant when she’d say things like, “See you next year, God willin’ an’ the creek don’t rise.”

  1. Did you ever want to hide when you were a child?

From what? Seriously, my favorite game was “Hide and Seek.” I was a master at it. My favorite places were the closets under the stairs, the top of my grandparents’ “Climbing Tree” (who ever thinks to look UP during a game of “Hide and Seek”?), and the third attic in my grandparents’ house. You got to it through a walk-in closet. Along one wall of the closet, there was a bookshelf, and behind that, a hidden door. Enter the door, then turn around – to the left of that door, there was another door. Their house was just made for hiding!

  1. What are your 3 favorite places to read a book?

In a tree. On a window seat. In bed. But really, a book transports me to so many places – by the time I’m immersed in reading one, I can imagine that I am anywhere I want to be.

  1. What is your favorite ride at an amusement park? Why?

The roller-coaster! Why? Like life, it has its ups and downs. There’s the delicious anticipation – that sense of adventure mixed with excitement and dread in almost equal measure – that moment as the car crests the first incline, when you think to yourself, “Oh, dear God, what have I done?” followed by that sense of joyful flying as it races downhill and turns sideways or rises for a loop-de-loop. It’s over too fast, but you can always do it again!

  1. What ride do you avoid at all costs?

The Viking Ship. Nothing is more guaranteed to make me toss my cookies than The Viking Ship or its variations, especially if it’s a hot day. I used to love rides like The Octopus, but there came a point where that was more nausea- and headache-inducing than it was fun. When I was a kid, I loved all rides – the wilder, the better. I may have been the only child disappointed in Disney World, because it was more “theme” than ride. Cedar Point rules! I haven’t been there since I was a tween, but I can still remember being turned loose with the all-you-can-ride wristband, a watch, and a list of times and places to “check in” with the grown-ups. Those were the days!

  1. What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

Gosh, I don’t remember – so many funny things have happened to me, but no big one stands out!

  1. How did you do in English in high school?

Wonderfully well! English was my favorite class – an easy A.

  1. When and why did you decide to become an author?

I think it was in 5th or 6th grade. We were learning to write essays. I got mine back – I think the grade was an A, but what I remember was all the comments in red pen up the margins. Reactions to something I wrote, plus suggestions for improvement.And that started my love of the red pen. Others see it as criticism; I see it as, “Oh! Someone really read what I wrote and thought about it!” It was the start of a conversation. I wrote more essays – unassigned, and looking back, probably dreaded by the teacher. But she read them all, and she filled them all with red ink and thoughtful suggestions for improvement. Mrs. T. created a monster.

  1. What got you interested in social media?

Boredom and curiosity. Isn’t that something all writers have in common? We all write to entertain ourselves, eventually, when we run out of books we want to read. But I’ve never written “just for me.” It was that conversation – started with my English teacher, back in middle school – that had me hooked on writing. Writing is a meeting of the minds, but blogging and social media makes it a two-way street. I’m more comfortable communicating through my writing than I am in speaking – though I did enjoy speaking at the 2016 OWFI Conference! Social media gives me a chance to read what others are thinking and to have those two-way exchanges of ideas that so hooked me on writing in the first place.

  1. Do you do “work for hire?”

I don’t. I have a full-time job and too little time for my own writing, these days, as it is! But thanks!

Holly’s Top Ten Tips for Social Media

  1. Always be aware that the Internet is forever. What you say now will still be there – to haunt you or to do you proud – in twenty years. Assume that nothing you post is truly private; it could be shared by the original recipient or it could be one server admin’s “oops!” away from being public.
  2. Claim your social media space before someone else does, and tell your story better than anyone else can. Make sure that you are the online authority on you. If you have a blog, cross-link it to and from all your social media profiles.
  3. If it’s not fun, and it’s not absolutely necessary, don’t do it. I think this applies to more than social media, doesn’t it? We tend to do well what we enjoy doing. When we try to do things we think are a chore, others can tell we’re just “phoning it in.” What’s the point? Someone says, “You have to have a Facebook Page!” and your first reaction is “Why?” then ask. Make them convince you of its value and worth to you. Set a limit for how much time you spend on social media – don’t let it keep you from living, work, and your own writing.
  4. If you try out a social media site and decide it’s not for you, close your account. Don’t leave abandoned sites all over the Internet. Someone’s likely to find them, some day, and conclude that you died five years ago when you stopped updating them.
  5. People generally prefer sincerity over whatever façade we think we have to show the world. This, of course, assumes that you are not a malicious, hateful troll.
  6. If there are two ways to interpret how something is said, assume the other person meant it the nicer way. Not everyone is a masterful communicator. Some people aren’t very good at recognizing sarcasm in writing. Sometimes, people are dealing with difficult things offline, and they take out their own hurt and frustration on the nameless, faceless “Internet.” Respond with compassion, and you may make a friend instead of an enemy.
  7. If someone harasses you, stalks you, threatens or cyberbullies you – don’t engage. You’ll often hear the advice, “Don’t feed the trolls.” We all have a little troll inside us, just itching to come out and play, some days. But there are a few – blessedly, very few – real trolls, and they can be quite malicious. Keep a careful record of it (use screenshots, document times and dates), and call the police. The motive is almost always to unsettle, intimidate, and upset you emotionally. Why give anyone that satisfaction?
  8. Record your username and password for each site in a safe place (offline, preferably in a password-protected OneNote file on your PC, or in a hardcopy notebook). Use different passwords for each site. For any accounts that link to banking, domain ownership, or that have the ability to request password resets, use very strong passwords and dual-authentication. If you write these things down, lock up the notebook or encode the information in a way that only you can read it. It’s a pain, when you forget your own password, but it makes it much harder for thieves to access your important accounts or for scam artists and identity thieves to impersonate you. Phrases like this are easier for you to remember, and are also quite “strong” passwords: I<3turnips+COFFEE!
  9. Look at your own profile the way others see it. Log out of the social media site completely, then visit your link. If you were a stranger to you, what would your first impression be?
  10. Don’t be afraid to jump in and try new things. Experiment. Have fun. The world will not explode if you press the wrong key, I promise.

 

Social Media Tips

for Those with Published Books!

  • Blog. Your blog should be the hub of all your social media activities. Link from your blog, outward, to all your active social media profiles. Link inward, from all your active social media profiles, to your blog.
  • Follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of what you post should be for others – entertaining, informative, fun, and engaging. 10-20% can be “shamelessly self-promotional.” After all, people appreciate your making it easy for them to find and buy your books, once you’ve given them a reason to be interested. But 100 tweets of your book cover with the words “buy my book!” won’t accomplish anything good! See #9, above – look at your own profiles, all of them, the way a stranger would.
  • Read this post for more: http://jahangiri.us/2013/author-blog-holodeck-for-the-authors-brain/

 

Social Media Tips

for Those Hoping to Get a Book Contract!

Your blog and your social media profiles serve two important purposes:

  • They are an online portfolio – a sample of your writing.
  • They serve as “social proof” and give a publisher an idea of whether you will be an active and engaging participant in any marketing activities for your books.

Keeping that in mind, you want to carefully proofread your posts and build a solid network of followers – not 10,000 followers for just $14.97, but real people. Readers, librarians, indie bookstore owners, friends, fellow authors, experts in the field you’re writing about (if you’re writing non-fiction), and interesting people who are actively engaging with other interesting people in social media. That takes a bit of time and effort, so it’s never too early to start. I’d suggest building the blog and the social media profiles first – make sure there’s some interesting content there that makes clear who you are and why anyone might want to follow you – then start finding followers.

 

Vanity Surfing – Google Alerts and TalkWalker Alerts

You should search for your own name – and all its variants – periodically, to see what the first three to five pages of search results contain. Most people never really look past the first three pages of results, but you want to be sure those three are a good reflection of you and what you’re all about. It’s also a good idea to set up alerts on Google and on Talkwalker – think of this as the lazy man’s way of vanity surfing.

First, go to www.google.com/alerts.

In the box where it says “Create an alert about” type your name in quotation marks. You can also type something like this:

“ann smith” OR “anne smith” OR “anne w. smith” OR “anne wilson smith” OR “annie the cat whisperer” – listing all common permutations of your name and pseudonyms.

Click Show options.

Choose how often you want to receive alerts; from which sources (hold CTRL while clicking to select multiple sources, or choose Automatic for all); language; region; all or “only the best”; and enter the email address to send them to.

Click Create Alert.

Next, go to http://www.talkwalker.com/alerts. Fill in the blanks as described above (they are essentially the same as Google Alerts). Preview and Create Alert.

The results are similar, but there are some differences between the two and it may be worth monitoring both. Create alerts for your book titles, as well.

Social media should be fun. It can also be an excellent marketing tool for writers. If you follow my tips, you can avoid headaches, heartaches, and undue stress. You’ll find more tips on my blog: It’s All a Matter of Perspective. I also wrote a number of posts specifically on social media strategy for writers. Come on over and don’t be shy – I love comments!

For more, read: http://jahangiri.us/2013/category/no-niche/social-media/social-strategy-for-writers/

 

Biography

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; and A New Leaf for Lyle. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young at heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.

More about Holly: http://jahangiri.us/2013/holly-jahangiri/

Where to Connect with her online: http://jahangiri.us/2013/holly-jahangiri/where-to-find-me/

Buy Trockle: https://www.amazon.com/Trockle-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0979751322/ref

Buy A Puppy, Not a Guppy: https://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Not-Guppy-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0984070850/ref

 

Buy A New Leaf for Lyle: https://www.amazon.com/New-Leaf-Lyle-Holly-Jahangiri-ebook/dp/B00K1TW6DY/ref

Where to buy her books

  1. Amazon Smile where a portion of sales goes to charity: http://jahangiri.us/amazon
  2. Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Jahangiri/e/B002BMEYUC/

Thank you for sharing your tips about social media and about your life, Holly. 

If you’d like to ask Holly a question or leave a message for her, please click comment below and scroll to the bottom of the page.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: Everyone who leaves a comment between now and midnight on Monday, August 15, 2016 will have his/her name put in a hat. Random.org will choose the winner. I will announce the winner in a new post that day.

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What Is the Secure Link for Your WordPress Blog?


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“What Is the Secure Link for Your WordPress Blog?” by Joan Y. Edwards

When I signed up for WordPress in 2009, I let people know my blog by calling it: http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com. Perhaps you did, too. Don’t do that any more. It’s not secure. You and your readers might see this message:

“The owner of www.nnnname.wordpress.com has configured their website improperly.

To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.”

Now it is essential that you list your WordPress blog using the https:// on your business cards, websites, and emails:

Good Way: https://  No www:

Good way: https://name.wordpress.com

The “S” stands for secure.

When you use this with your WordPress blog title, you should be fine and dandy.

https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com

Make sure that all post links have the https in them and no www.

WordPress.com support helped me figure out how to stop receiving these messages. Thank you, WordPress support! https://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/support

To share your experiences or leave me a comment, click comment below and scroll down to the bottom of the page. I’d love to hear from you.

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Do You Have the Latest and Greatest B.S. Meter?


 

“Do You Have the Latest and Greatest B.S. Meter?” by Joan Y. Edwards

One day a friend said this to me, ” I met a man who said he was a movie producer. My B.S. Meter didn’t go off. So I think he’s legit.”

I laughed and laughed. I had never heard of a B.S. Meter. It sounded like a great gadget to have. That got me thinking. I searched online and discovered that B.S. Meters have been written about on the internet for many years.

After I pondered this device more, here’s what I think about B.S. Meters.

You were born with a natural, 100% biodegradable B.S. Meter. It’s your gut instinct. I admit that sometimes you can be intimidated, conned, and charmed into believing a number of untruths. However, when you believe that your B.S. Meter will ring a loud alarm when someone’s trying to pull the wool over your eyes, you’ll do much better.

You have to be trained to realize when someone is pulling your leg. When I was a child, I asked my grandfather, PaPa Bruffey, “How do those cows stand on the hillside? He said, “That’s easy. Their top legs are shorter than their bottom legs.”

That was what I call a slow smiling situation. It took me years to figure out that PaPa Bruffey was teasing me and making a joke. That’s when I smiled and smiled.

Experience plays a significant role in the use of your B.S. Meter. Believe in you and your ability to make good decisions. Study conversations. People who’ve been conned out of their money by charming B.S. flaunters don’t take time to study what they are hearing. Beware of how others want you to use your money.

Here are three times you need a B.S. Meter:

  1. When a contractor tells you it’ll only take $1,000.00 to build a screened in porch with a roof.
  2. When a salesman says, “It has a lifetime guarantee.”
  3. When a skydiver says: “It’s so easy, anyone can do it.

Here are five times when a B.S. Meter comes in handy for writers and illustrators:

  1. When you receive a critique that says, “There’s no way you can improve your manuscript/illustrations. It’s perfect.”
  2. When you receive a contract with legal lingo you can’t understand
  3. When you receive a request for a manuscript that says, “We guarantee you publication of your book in 24 hours!”
  4. When you go to a conference and hear a speaker say, “It’s easy to get published by a traditional publisher.”
  5. When someone says, “It’s so easy to write a children’s book, anyone can do it in 24 hours or less.”

If your B.S. Meter needs to be updated, I suggest you choose an image from the resources below or draw one to help you out. If you have drawings of your perfect B.S. Meter, please email it to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com or share it with me on Facebook Joan Y. Edwards or Twitter @joanyedwards. Prayer helps your B.S.Meter become fully compliant with the high standards you want out of life.

Resources:

  1. “Images of BS Meters:” http://photobucket.com/images/bullshit%20meter
  2. “Bla Bla Meter :” http://www.blablameter.com/index.php 
  3. Urban Dictionary. “BS Meter:” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bs%20Meter
  4. Dana Theus. “Three Ways the Millennial Generation Can Be Your Company’s BS Meter:” http://switchandshift.com/3-ways-the-millennial-generation-can-be-your-companys-bs-meter

Please share your lines of times when you’re grateful you have a good B.S. Meter by clicking the comment link below and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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11 Ways to Get Good Reviews for Your Books


How to Get Good Reviews for Your Books Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“11 Ways to Get Good Reviews for Your Books” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the third in a series of blog posts about reviews and reviewers. I hope you find it useful.

Due to technical difficulties, my interview with Stephanie Barko will be delayed for a while. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Many times the publisher will get reviews for your books. They may pay someone to do a review of your book. Many resources say authors shouldn’t pay for reviews. It’s up to you. Study and decide for yourself.

Authors will help themselves sell books if they set out to get at least 25 reviews. The more favorable reviews you get, the better your book looks to those who are studying your book’s reviews to help them decide to put down their money to buy online. Even if they plan to buy it in a bookstore, they will probably check the online reviews. Many people who are avid readers belong to Goodreads. Amazon bought Goodreads. Goodreads members are noted for creating a large buzz for books they love. You’ll want reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Amazon Prime members don’t pay for shipping. Barnes & Noble club members don’t pay for shipping. If people order a book from a Barnes and Noble bookstore in person, usually they don’t charge for shipping.

How can authors find people to do a review for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads? Here are my thoughts after reading the articles in the resources area plus others.

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  1. Write a good book.
  2. Tim Grahl says that when you make meaningful relationships with people showing you care about them and they care about you, then they will want to want to buy your book and share it with their family and friends.
  3. Almost all the resources I read tell authors to make online connections: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. (Choose three for your focus. Ask the followers of your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Plus, or other Social Media, “Are you willing to do a review of my book for me? Would you do one for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads?”
  4. Ask bloggers that you follow if they’ll do a review on their blog. Many times they’ll also post their review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.
  5. Tell potential buyers: If you’re willing to do a review for me, I’ll be glad to give you a paperback copy or Ebook copy. I know sometimes life may interfere. When you give someone a review copy, you can’t control whether they actually do the review or not. Be ready to accept that they may do a book review for you, but they may not do a book review for you.
  6. If someone buys a copy, tell them you’ll give them another copy if they write a review for you.
  7. Check Amazon’s top reviewers list. Many reviewers list their email address or website  which may have their contact information. This is tedious to find out which ones do books like yours.
  8. Ask for reviews on the Amazon Forum for Authors http://www.amazon.com/forum/
  9. Ask people in your critique group.
  10. Both Amazon and Goodreads offer ways for you to do Giveaways. With Amazon’s giveaways, you can designate how many people have to respond before Amazon selects a winner or you can designate that the first 5 people to sign up win a copy of your book.  You can make a condition that they do a review or they follow you on Twitter. With Goodreads, you send the autographed copy of the book to the winner. So you can personalize it. With Amazon Giveaways, you pay for the book and the shipping. So the winners do not receive an autographed copy of your book.
  11. When you are giving presentations, ask anyone in the audience who might be interested in doing a review to stop by and see you afterwards.

I’m sure there are many more ways. These are enough to get your started. Brainstorm others. I listed eight resources to help you do a more in-depth study. I put five asterisks by number 8, as I believe it’s the most outstanding of all the ones I listed. I believe you’d enjoy most.

Resources:

  1. Book Promotion Hub “Three Simple Ways to Get More Book Sales from Goodreads:” http://www.bookpromotionhub.com/6199/3-simple-ways-to-get-more-book-sales-from-goodreads-marketing
  2. Empty Mirror Books, “Ten Ways to Find Reviewers for Your Self-Published Book:” http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/publishing/10-ways-to-find-reviewers-for-your-self-published-book.html
  3. Goodreads. “Author Program-use Goodreads to Promote Yourself and Your Books:” https://www.goodreads.com/author/program
  4. Jodie Renner “Using New Amazon Giveaway to Promote http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2015/03/using-new-amazon-giveaway-to-promote.html
  5. Megan Marrs. “Amazon Reviews:” www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/04/10/amazon-reviews
  6. The Washington Post. “Why Amazon bought GoodReads:” http://www.bookpromotionhub.com/6199/3-simple-ways-to-get-more-book-sales-from-goodreads-marketing/
  7. Tim Grahl. “How to launch your book with at least 25+ Amazon reviews:”  http://timgrahl.com/amazon-reviews/ 
  8. *****Your Writer Platform, “Get Reviews for Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/get-reviews-for-your-book/

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Let me know your ideas for getting good reviewers for your books. Click below and scroll down to the bottom to tell me your ideas for how an author can get someone to write a review for a book.

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Do Something New! Tube down the Tuckasegee River!


Tuckasegee Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Tuckasegee Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“Do Something New! Tube down the Tuckasegee River!” by Joan Y. Edwards

I went to the mountains of North Carolina with my daughter, Lorrie to take her daughter, Kylie for orientation at Western Carolina University. I went there, Lorrie went there, and now Kylie is the third generation to attend Western Carolina University. I went to hang out with Kirstyn, Lorrie’s younger daughter and high school Sophomore, while Kylie was busy with college stuff.

Kirstyn asked me, “Maw Maw Joan, do you want to go tubing with Mom and me?”

My thoughts went to when I went to Western Carolina College, students tubed down the Tuckasegee River using the inner tubes from tires. Other students thought it was dangerous at that time. Now it’s a sporting event worldwide.

I told them that I wanted to be with them, but I wasn’t sure about tubing. So I called to get  more information and find out whether the dam was releasing water. If it released water today, the river would be too high and dangerous for tubing. The number was busy so the lady called me back and stated, “Tubing down the Tuckasegee River…is like a lazy river.”

I said to myself, “I’ve been on the lazy river at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach. If it’s like that, I’ll be able to do it just fine.”

Before I left the motel, I put sunscreen on. I had my bathing suit on. I put on sunscreen. Now mind you, I had on my socks and shoes. Later I took off my socks and donned a pair of boating shoes.

When we went for our safety tour before getting our tubes, I asked,   “How can I keep from going in circles like I did in a boat on a lake one time?”

They laughed and said, “Don’t use one paddle. Use your hands.” I kept that in mind.

I got on a strong very wide yellow tube with a back rest and two handles. Now feature this. I’m five foot four inches tall, but my arms are short. This floating tube was wider than my arms could stretch. My hands couldn’t reach over the edges of the float. If one reached over, the other was nowhere near the edge of the float.

The idea according to what I’ve watched is for you to flutter your hands behind you. Do you push the water forward with your hands? Do you push the water backwards with your hands? Do you do one hand and then the other? Do you do both hands at one time? Do you flutter kick your feet while you’re doing your hands? These are all skills you should know before you go tubing. After my tubing trip, I looked online to find tips to move your tube on the river. I didn’t find any. If outfitting companies did that, it would be enormously helpful.

The gentleman pushed me out towards the middle of the Tuckasegee. My hand paddling took me from the center of the river to the edge of the water near logs and fallen trees.

My plan was to be out in the middle and float gently down the river for three miles to the Get Out area before the next concrete bridge with cars crossing over on it. However, my plan didn’t work.

Three men shouted from the top of the ridge near the store like the people in Mr. Mom, “You’re doing it wrong.”

Did they think that I thought I was doing it right? They could have motioned how to move my hands, but they didn’t. So I was stuck with my trial by error detection strokes.

My daughter, Lorrie and my granddaughter, Kirstyn enjoyed the luxury of floating in mild waters in the center of the Tuckasegee, while I studied the pickup stick antics of the fallen logs, trees with branches that grabbed me as I floated along the edge of the waterway. I pushed myself off with my feet against the rocks and found myself happily in the middle of the water! I flutter kicked along nicely for about three minutes.

It was peaceful in the center waters of the Tuckasegee River. The sun’s beams touched me. My sunscreen worked great. My arms and upper legs were good. I didn’t notice my feet and lower legs getting pink where I forgot to put sunscreen.

A magnetic attraction on the left shore pulled me toward it. I pushed myself off with my feet against a huge rock this time. It was slippery but still afforded me the pleasure of scooting me back to the center lane of the river again. I flutter kicked merrily, merrily down the stream for three more minutes.

Lorrie and Kirstyn floated way ahead of me in the center lane of the river. They had no trouble guiding their tubes. They were tubing professionals. They stopped in one area and waited for me.

“What’s been taking you so long? We’ve waited a long time for you. It seemed liked hours?”

I laughed and said, “I’ve been touring.”

We floated with each other for a while.

Afterwards I did a little left bank sightseeing, a little center lane floating, and a little right bank sightseeing in that order for a long time.

This time Kirstyn waited for me. We didn’t float together for long. The wind and current had a different plan of their own. They put random.org in charge of choosing sides for me.

One time I got locked in an area on a rocky area. I did a little rockin’ and rollin’ back and forth to get me back into the moving water. I was thankful that this was a sturdy tube.

I said to myself. “I hope when I get to the Get Out area on the left near the concrete bridge that I’ll be on that side.”

When I finally neared the Get Out area on the left, guess where I was? You’re right. I was clearly on the right side investigating that area. I said to myself, “What can I do? If the water’s not too deep, I’ll climb the bank and walk across the bridge dragging my tube behind me.”

But, alas and alack, the water on the right was deep, way over my head deep, and the rocks were too slippery to get out. So I did the best hand and feet movements to get to the center where Lorrie stood on a sandbar waiting to catch my hand. Hip Hip Hooray!

Lorrie reached toward me and I reached toward her. She grabbed my hand. Alas, one of her shoes came off and she said, “Reach out farther with your arm, Mom.”

When I reached our farther with my arm, my hat hit the back rest of the tube and flew off.

Lorrie said, “Oh no. I’m sorry, Mom. I’ll buy you a new one.”

I told her, “Don’t worry about it. A fisherman can use it as a net to catch fish or a fish can use it to lay eggs. And it’s biodegradable.”

A young man from the tubing outfitters named Jerrard came out to help Lorrie retrieve me. He grabbed my tube. I asked, “Would you hold onto my daughter, too? She lost one of her shoes and it’s slippery.”

He did. He pulled me in the tube closer to the shore and stopped. He announced, “It’s shallow here.”

I tried to get out and announced, “These rocks are very slippery. I can’t get out.”

Jerrard said, “I can take you up to the shore.”

I said, “That would be great. Thank you.”

When I finally got to shore, I climbed out. I was a little dizzy and wobbly. (two and a half hours of zig-zagging back and forth across the Tuckaseegee River can do that to you). There were no steps or staggered layers to climb at the Get Out area. I put my denim jacket on the ground and used it as leverage to climb. The denim wasn’t slippery. When I got to the top of the hill, I stood up and was no longer wobbly. I checked my feet. They were bright red from the tops of my feet up to the sock line. Uh Oh! I’d forgotten to sunscreen that area after I took my socks off.

Jerrard drove us back to the main store.

I was glad that I went. I just wished I had more control of where I traveled on the river.

My story had a heroine and a hero, Lorrie and Jerrard. They not only helped me but didn’t make fun of me either. “Thank you, Lorrie and Jerrard.”

I asked Lorrie what she was going to tell Carl if she wasn’t able to keep me from passing the bridge Get Out area. She said, “Last we heard, Mother was floating down the Mississippi River.”

If you’re fishing on the Tuckasegee and you find a pretty cloche straw hat with a black ribbon or a black boat shoe, let me know.

I contacted Tuckasegee Outfitters. I told him that it would really help those who’ve never gone tubing to see a video to learn how to move their hands to move them where they want to go. I told him that it would let his customers know that he truly cared about them and their safety. He said, “I think that’s a great idea. I’ll do that. It won’t be right away, but I’ll plan a video to help.”

After this experience, I created a list of things to help you and others have a good tubing experience.

Joan’s Safety Checklist for Tubing

  1. Find out from the outfitting company if the dam is releasing water the day you’re planning to go. High water makes it too dangerous for tubing.
  2. Never go alone.
  3. Ask for written directions or a video showing how to move hands to keep your tube in the center flow of the water before signing the papers agreeing to go. If the place offers guided tubing, I recommend first time tubers might want to do that.
  4. Wear water or boat shoes that stay on your feet.
  5. Wear a bathing suit.
  6. Put sunscreen on after you put on your bathing suit and boat shoes.
  7. Wear a short sleeve white-color shirt to repel the sun and give you easy maneuverability.
  8. Wear a hat (one with a tie to go around your neck would be good)
  9. Bring a bottle of water (one that can attach to you) to drink.
  10. Go to bathroom right before you leave.
  11. Wear a life-preserver jacket. Make sure all buckles are secure.
  12. Make sure the tube is a strong vinyl plastic that will withstand branches, rocks, and logs.
  13. Leave valuables locked in your car.
  14. Leave the keys to your car with the outfitter in his safe (usually, they have a safe).
  15. Tell a friend or family member where you are, the phone number of the outfitter, and the estimated time you should arrive at the Get Out area. Call them when you’re out.

Please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright  © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Resources:

  1. “Tube Haus/Guadalupe River – Tubing Checklist:”http://www.tubehaus.com/guadalupe_river_tubing_checklist.htm
  2. Kayaking on the Tuckaseegee River looks simple enough!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lAEJilw4bc
  3. Wikipedia. “Tuckasegee River:”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckasegee_River
  4.  “Smoky Mountain River Rat:” http://smokymtnriverrat.com/
  5.  “How to Row a Boat:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHn94aJPSeo
  6.  “John Hazlett Loses His Drift Boat:”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m6mSYNoagQ
  7. “Tuckasegee Outfitters:” http://www.raftnc.com

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