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How To Free Yourself From The Cycle Of Pain

Did you know that having an injury, having surgery, being female, or being overweight can make you more susceptible to developing chronic pain, and this kind of pain is more common in mid-life and older adults?

My colleague, Barbara J. Semple understands the feelings of betrayal by your body when pain is on your mind all the time. You don’t have to be a statistic any longer.

She says you can enjoy living a pain-free and joyful life. You become completely confident in your natural abilities to self-heal and support your health – anywhere, anytime.

Begin now with some straight talk “How to” wisdom by downloading Barbara’s free eBook in which she busts 3 myths that help shift you out of pain, “3 Myths That Keep You in Chronic Pain.”


Grab your free copy here >>

This eBook will only be free for a few days, so I encourage you to get the download now.

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Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans Paperback Arrives

I’ve received emails from people whose copy of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans paperback has arrived already.

Judy Lussie included the #1 photo above. Her essay “The Branch of Life” is published in the book. Since the eBook became a #1 Amazon Bestseller, Lussie’s photo brings an extra big smile on my face.

If you missed the details about the paperback launch day, see the post on my other blog: click here.

The paperback is still at the launch day discounted price but will change soon. If you want to order Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans, click here.

While you’re there, check out Judy Lussie’s recently published novella, Lake Biwa Wishes.

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Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans Will Launch On May 31st

FINAL FRONT WEB USEMy new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans will launch on May 31st as an eBook. It will be a print book next month. On May 31st, it will be $.99. I’d love to get to bestseller ranking so if you want to order, it would help me if you did on May 31st.

You can read about several of the 20 writers featured in the book on my other blog: click here.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans




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Elizabeth Strout’s Amy and Isabelle and Ann Winfred’s Replica

amy and isabelle book cover

Elizabeth Strout is one of my favorite authors. Olive Kitteridge and Abide with Me have memorable characters and settings that feel as if I’ve been there. Her debut novel published in 1998, Amy and Isabelle, is my favorite. The back cover describes the story: “In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged in their every glance. That they eat, sleep, and work side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls only increases the tension. And just when it appears things can’t get any worse, Amy’s sexuality begins to unfold, causing a vast and icy rift between mother and daughter that will remain unbridgeable unless Isabelle examines her own secretive and shameful past.”

Alice Munro said of Amy and Isabelle, “A novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life.”

I met Strout at a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Olive Kitteridge at Pleasanton’s Towne Center Books. But, I wanted to talk about Amy and Isabelle. I admired her ability to make the mill where the mother and daughter worked so real that when I think about it, I’m there. The heat, the chatter from the female workers, the quality of light, etc. She asked  me what I like to write, and I told her about Eva in the Haight but I said I didn’t know who my audience was and I thought my novel wasn’t saleable. She told me not to worry about who would read it or like it. We need to write the story we want to write. I believed her in spite of advice from several writing books that stressed knowing one’s audience.

Another mother and daughter story that ends with a surprise twist was recently written by Ann Winfred on her site, Coming of Age Croneicles. It’s called “Replica” and can be read at

Ann's Replica

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Elle Luna’s Book and Creative Mornings Talk

Elle Luna book coverI am a fan of TED talks and this evening I found Creative Morning Talks featuring Elle Luna. Here is the link. It’s 30 minutes and worth every second.

Elle Luna with dog

If you’d rather read the concept of “the crossroads” the above amazon link will take you to her book.

Let me know what you think.

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Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Book About Sentences

Verlyn Klinkenborg's Book

Verlyn Klinkenborg’s book, Several Short Sentences About Writing, has an unusual format. There is no Table of Contents and the sentences are arranged like a poem. The first page starts with a paragraph with no title.

“Here, in short, is what I want to tell you.
Know what each sentences says,
What it doesn’t say,
And what it implies.
Of these, the hardest is knowing what each sentence actually says.”

“Short sentences aren’t hard to make.
The difficulty is forcing yourself to keep them short.”
“You’ll make long sentences again, but they’ll be short
Sentences at heart.”

“Sentences listening for the silence around them.
Listening for their own pulse.”

Verlyn KlinkenborgKlinkenborg was born in Meeker Colorado in 1952. He is an American non-fiction author and is a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University.


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Website and Blog

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Time to Write Now will be down for a few days while my website master works on my site. I’m not sure when that will happen, but sometime between late next week and August 12th. A new look replaces the row of books and the green background. The blog’s name and link will be the same and all you wonderful followers will continue to receive notices as usual.

I will add a new For Sale page. I’ve researched how to make packets and modules to sell at an inexpensive price. The teacher in me can’t resist an opportunity to offer what I’ve learned in order to help people in different situations. For instance, one packet is my experience as a Special Education teacher and will include stories and resources for parents of severely medically challenged children. Another packet will be information for writers in lesson formats for beginners and experienced. And, I might take Nina Amir’s advice and have another page to blog a book–probably Lilli, my YA novel. 

If anyone wants to make suggestions for other topics that would be helpful, let me know.

Here is the link to Nina Amir’s book:  Blog a book

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Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction by Kaplan

Kaplan on RevisionA dear writer friend of mine sent me David Michael Kaplan’s book called Revision; A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction. On page 5, he compares writers to musicians. A cellist or bel canto singer might have talent and craft, but without endless hours of practice. . . he’ll never get to Carnegie Hall.” Writers need to practice, “which is the revision of his story or essay or novel until it is, in Goldilocks’ words, “just right.”

If we writers are “content with the first draft, the world will know it; if content with one better than the first but still not the best it could be, our fellow writers will know it; if content with one almost perfect excerpt for a few little glitches, perhaps, with luck, only we will know it.”

Kaplan reminds us that Tolstoy wrote War and Peace eight times. Raymond Carver had done twenty or thirty drafts of a story and never fewer than ten or twelve.


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Author Sue Monk Kidd Quotes

sue monk kidd book signing

Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings has won the 2015 SIBA Book Award for Fiction. Nominated by Southern indie booksellers and readers and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, SIBA Book Award winners “represent the best of Southern literature.”

sue monk kidd invention of wings coverSue Monk Kidd attended the Sarah and Angelina Grimke Day on May 5, 2015 at the College of Charleston. The day honored the Grimke sisters renowned for their feminist and abolitionist activism. Kidd’s The invention of Wings is a fictionalized account of Sara Grimke’s life. Here are some quotes from the book.

“I looked away from him toward the pond blotched with pollen and silt, the water bronzing in the shrinking light.” -The Invention of Wings

“There’s a frightful muteness that dwells at the center of all unspeakable things, and I had found my way into it.”- The Invention of Wings

sue monk kidd's secret life of beesSue Monk Kidd’s first book, The secret Life of Bees won the Siba Book Award in 2003. The story was made into a movie of the same title and released on October 17, 2008. Quotes from the book:
“That night, in my bed, when I closed my eyes, bee hum ran through my body. Ran through the whole earth. It was the oldest sound there was. Souls flying away.” -The Secret Life of Bees

“I didn’t like pancakes that much, but I didn’t say so. I was just thankful it wasn’t grits. After kneeling on them half your life, you don’t care to eat them.” -The Secret Life of Bees

sue monk kidd's The Dance of the dissident daughterThe subtitle to this book is A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus) It was published in 2006. Quotes follow:

“We go to the core many times, in many ways. I had my first taste of the labyrinth’s core when I found the circle of trees in the woods and felt myself reclaiming and celebrating feminine ground, discovering for the first time the woman I was (and would be) at soul level.” -The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

“Writing is not only my career, it’s my compulsion.” -The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

Sue Monk Kidd's Traveling with PomegranatesThe subtitle to this book is A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey and France published in 2010. Quotes:

“The growing recognition of my mortality seems part of the threshold I’m crossing, and I know my soul is asking me to come to terms with it, to develop the ability to look at death, to find my way into its secrecy and wisdom, its stunning ordinariness.” -Traveling with Pomegranates
“The water along the bow churns the same slate color as the sky, and I think fleetingly of the River Styx, the mythological river between life and death over which souls are ferried to the other side.” -Traveling With Pomegranates
“We write to taste life twice,” Anais Nin wrote, “in the moment and in retrospection.” -Traveling With Pomegranates
“Images well up in me more spontaneously, trailing along a stream of ideas, memories, feelings, and symbols, and I feel connected to a source-like place in myself.” -Traveling With Pomegranates

sue monk kidd The Mermaid ChairPublished in 2006, I enjoyed all the metaphors and visuals. Quotes:

“I promise you, no one judges me more harshly than I do myself; I caused a brilliant wreckage. Some say I fell from grace; they’re being kind. I didn’t fall – I dove.” The Mermaid Chair

“They say you can bear anything if you can tell a story about it.”The Mermaid Chair

“I have come here not to find answers, but to find a way to live in a world without any.”The Mermaid Chair

How many of Sue Monk Kidd’s books have you read?  Do you have a favorite?


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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Smiley's Some LuckOur reading group met today to discuss The Aegean Dream  by Dario Ciriello, which was the book picked for last month. Linda and Dario Ciriello moved to Greece in 2006. Through their experiences, we learned about the beauty and the challenges of living on the island of Skopelos. After reading the book, I feel as if I’ve gone there with them.

This month’s pick is Some Luck by Jane Smiley who is the 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner for A Thousand Acres. I’ve been to a book signing where she talked and I’ve heard her speak at a couple of conferences. I enjoyed three of Smiley’s books: Barn Blind, At Paradise Gate, and Duplicate Keys. She develops outstanding characters. I’m looking forward to meeting new ones in Some Luck.

Have you read any of Jane Smiley’s books?


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