Sunday, September 30, 2012

Writing: What is it to you?

Hi all,

Writing means a lot of different things to me. 

1.  It's what I love to do.

2.  It's my passion.

3.  It's one of the things that makes me feel good about myself.

4.  It helps me deal with my illness.

5.  It makes me think, which is a good thing.

6.  It helps me bring my feelings to the surface.

7.  Mostly, it allows me to 'give back' for all the blessings from God.

I started writing later in life.  I don't believe it really matters at what time in your life you engage in your passion, but rather, that you do!  Whether its for the purpose of earning money or just because you enjoy it, really doesn't matter.  Just do it!

I am a creative person and I love doing anything creative in nature.  I love to sketch and paint as well as write and I very much enjoy creating hand made greeting cards.  I don't spend as much time doing these things as I'd like, because I have Chronic Congestive Heart Failure.  I try very hard not to entirely let my medical problems stop me from doing what I love to do. 

I hope, that if you haven't figured out what your passions is, you will soon take the time to find out.  Whether or not you are being paid for your talents, really doesn't matter.  What matters, is that you can do what you love and feel confident doing it.  Good luck!

Comments are welcome.

Friday, September 28, 2012

What's Important to You? Writing?

Hi all,

I was just sitting here wondering what accomplishments you'd like to complete before you die.  Being ill, I now have a better handle on what is and what isn't important to me. 

First of all, my husband, family and extended family are of utmost concern to me.  Then would come the relationships I have with my friends.  I strive very hard to be a good wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend.  I try to be a good and generous woman and to honor God at all times.

Then, I'd have to say comes "giving back".  By this, I mean what I can do to thank God for all the blessings He's bestowed on me, including:  writing, drawing and painting.

I get so much satisfaction from writing, especially nonfiction.  I find I have so many memories filling up my head.  I can't tell you how much I've learned over the years.  As a young person you think that once you get through high school and college, you basically know everything.  How funny is that! 

Every day that I live I learn something new.  I believe that's a wonderful blessing.  Can you even begin to perceive how enormous that part of one's brain must be, to continue loading more and more information, year after year.  It's just amazing, isn't it?

Writing is just as an important part of my life as my illness.  I think I'd be lost if I couldn't do something creative anymore.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Writer and Author

Hi all,

     How's everyone doing today?  I hope you're all up and at it, doing whatever you need to do for today.  As for me, I'm in my second week of an on-line marketing course.  I'm hoping I will learn some good ways to help promote my abilities as a writer and author, as well as, my other creative hobbies.  I think I'm doing okay for now.  I do have some reading I need to do for the week.

     Now, I'd like to speak with you about living with disease.  I am very interested in starting a support group, geared to women 50 and older, who suffer from an incurable disease.  Especially in regards to living each day with that malady and interacting with a husband and/or family members. 

     This subject is always uppermost in my mind, as I do live with Chronic Congestive Heart Failure (CCHF) every day of my life.  I'm quite sure that there are women out there who have a life changing disease, who would love to have someone else to talk with about it.  Are you one of them?  If so, let me know.

     Now, on to a different subject.  From Sept. 8th to the 22nd, I was on vacation for two weeks in Ocean City, MD.  I took so many stunning pictures of the sky out over the ocean.  I just couldn't get over how magnificent it was.  My plan is to paint a picture of it, although I haven't done any painting for some time now.  I assume it's like riding a bike, though, it will come back to me.  I've done a bit of sketching in the past year, but that's not quite the same.  It was the colors of the sky that took my breath away.  You just can't see that in a sketch, even when using a scale of grays to black.

     I suppose I better soon get back to writing my script for the sequel book to my "Sassy" With A Capital "S".  My goal, as an author, is to have it completed by the end of the year, but I may have to change that date until the beginning of next year.  Before long, I will need to be starting my Christmas cards.  That will take some time, as I create many different kinds in a variety of styles.  I guess it would be easier to just make them all one style, but I get bored with that.  Beside, I have so many great ideas and types to work with, that I do a few of each. 

     I need to close for now.  I wish all of you a good day.  If you'd like to comment, please do.  Thanks for listening.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Hello everyone,
Mondays seems to have a way of coming around all too fast.  Of course, for me, it's a busy Monday, as my husband and I have been on vacation for the past two weeks.  This week will be a busy one because I started a taking a marketing class last week.  Since I was on vacation, I didn't get too much done last week.  So, it's make-up time this week, plus my new assignment. 

As an author and writer, I have made writing a very important part of my life.  If I had to choose between fiction and nonfiction, I'd have to say that I prefer writing nonfiction.  I feel I have lived through so much in my life, that's those stories are just clamoring to get put on paper.  When I was in the process of writing my memoirs, the thoughts and memories just kept coming to me so fast.  Of course, many of those thoughts brought the tears flowing.  Life is filled with so many good and bad remembrances, lessons we've lived through and learned from, hopefully. 

The same was true last year when I was writing my Ethical Will.  I wanted to bestow a copy of it to every member of my immediate family.  It was certainly a hard piece to write, but I did it because it was so very important to me.  All the ethics, morals, values and lessons I've learned, I wanted to pass on, both to my children, their husbands, but most importantly to my grandsons.  I knew, of course, that my grandsons  wouldn't really be impressed with this type of will, but my hope is that some day, years from now, they will pick it up and want to share it with their children. 

As time progresses, I look back at my relationship with my parents and grandparents.  I lost both of my grandparents at a very early age (I only ever had two:  one grandma and one grandpa).  Also, I lost my Mom when I was 48 and my Dad, at 51, which I think was fairly young for me.  I often sit and ponder on what phenomenal people they all were.  I can't tell you how very much I miss the four of them, especially my Mom and Dad.  I'm sure they would be proud of my abilities as an author and writere.

Well, I'd love hearing from you.  Thanks for listening.

Saturday, September 22, 2012



Hi to everyone.  My name is Susan and I am an author and writer, who was blessed with a large supply of creative abilities.  I have been using my creative whims all through out my lifetime, which has been a long time now.  I used to have my own crafting business and I attended craft shows and the such for a period of years.  There are very few things I haven't tried over my sixty four years. 

I started writing back in the 1990's, although I've always loved writing, I never took it seriously.  I suppose because I never had the time.  I had three children to raise and a full time job, as well as, participating in various organizations.

I was divorced in 1987, after 21 years, and it left me in a bit of confusion.  I always assumed that your "passion" was what you did for a living, otherwise why would you do it?  I signed up for a class called "Finding Your Passion".  It was quite a changing point in my life.  I realized that what I did for a living, was not my passion.  I worked in Accounting for all my life, but I really didn't like it, even though I was very good at my job. 

After taking this course, I realized that my passion is, and always has been, creating something.  Either by crafting, sewing, painting or drawing. Also, as an Author and Writer.  Those are the things that made me who I was and still am today.  I am very proud and thankful for all those abilities God instilled in me.

I became very ill in 2006 and my life changed in every aspect.  For a time, I was too weak to accomplish anything, but with God's help, I've continued with some of my creative abilities.  Mostly I write, sketch and make home made greeting cards.  I can't work for very long periods of time, as I tire out very easily, but I feel I need to keep marching forward.

Thanks for checking me out.

 As an author, I have two of my books on for Kindle.  One is an adult non-fiction called, "Sassy" With A Capital "S".  It is a story about the close relationships that women make and keep for many years.  It's a fun story about seven older ladies who go on a vacation to the beach together.  They find themselves trying to solve a mystery, but it doesn't spoil their fun.


Hi, everyone.  I thought I'd give you a bit of background about myself.  I'm sixty-four years old, married to a very supportive husband of nineteen years, have three beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law and one more coming soon, six magnificent grandsons.  I was born with a heart defect, which caused me problems all through my childhood, which got worse as I got older.  Over six years ago, I was close to death, but God wasn't done with me yet.  I have chronic congestive heart failure and am pacer dependent.  I have had defibrillators for the last six and one half years, but I've had pacemakers for twenty years now.  Even with all this, I feel so blessed to still be alive.  I've learned to live each day of my life with gratitude and acceptance to God.  It's because of this faith, that I've become an author and a writer.

Well, enough of that.  I have been truly blessed with an over abundance of creative abilities.  I love being creative, in any shape or form.  I've tried many craft projects over the years.  Now, I basically am a writer and author.  I also sketch, paint and make hand created greeting cards.

I took two courses with the Children's Institute of Literature back in the 1990's and I completed several art courses over the years.  I am the author of  five books and am on my sixth.  My first book was a picture book for young children.  I wrote, illustrated and published it myself.  The second book I wrote was a hardbound fiction Children's novel (ages 7 - 12).  This book I published entirely myself, with the help of a very generous gentleman, who owned the Publishing Co. where I was working.  With the generous help of my daughters, we produced all the hard-bound covers.  I then finished the 100 copies and sold them. 

My third book was my memoirs, which I wrote and had soft cover bound.  I used a printer for this production.  This book was only presented to my daughters and my husband.  My fourth book is a collection of short stories, which I wrote over a period of fifteen  years.  It contained a selection of both fiction and non-fiction stories.  I choose to give these out as gifts to my family and friends. 

My last book, which was published in April of this year, is my first attempt at adult fiction in book form.  The illustrations were done by myself and my daughter, Angela.  It is called, "Sassy" With A Capital "S".  It is a 6x9, soft covered novel.  I am very proud of it.  It is available to purchase for Kindle through  You can either purchase an electronic copy or from Kindle Select, which is like a lending process or library.  I hope you will check it out!

I have started a sequel to the "Sassy" book.  Hopefully it will be available for Kindle by the end of the year.  Writing takes time and it seems that's one thing I have a lot of these days! 

I'd love to hear from you, if you want to talk.
Writer and Author