Friday, August 27, 2010

Who She Became

Micro Flash Friday Fiction

She wanted to be known as the person she was and not who she had become. Until she was okay with who she had become. Then she wanted to be known as who she was and not who she had been.

The tagline to by novel yet to be published Stephanie

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspired and compelled .. I cannot be apathetic.

“The most marginalised and wounded people in Africa are women. Left abandoned or widowed, many of them HIV+, they are destitute fearing that their children will soon join the ranks of Africa’s countless orphans.”

Women maimed and mutilated. Scarred and wounded for life.

Can I change the world? Not the way in which I’d love to change things.

Can I make a difference in one person’s life? Yes, I hope so.

Auctions for Dignity and Hope.

Inspired by Project 18 I have a vision for a bi-monthly online auction, set up on facebox. The proceeds from the auction will go to the Watoto Living Hope program.

My hope is to see a least one woman’s face reconstructed and her dignity restored. To understand more about why reconstruction is required - please watch this video

You can help too. Because I need loads and loads of help to make this work.

Please go to the Auctions for Dignity and Hope page and ‘like’ it. Promote it to your facebook friends. Watch out for the auction dates and go on a bidding frenzy. I don’t want to start the first auction until I have 500 ‘likers’. So I’ll be needing lots of help to find that many people.

If you have a product or service that you would like to donate for this cause, please email me.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I write = I'm absent

Last year I attempted to write a novel in 30 days. Some of you may be aware of NaNoWriMo. It’s when thousands of crazy writers all over the world, write 50000 words in the month of November. I did it. And I was happy with the story I wrote.

I have been very absent from bloggyland over the past few weeks. I miss reading blogs ever-so-much. But my dream is to have books published. To achieve that, I need to let go of some enjoyable yet time consuming things.

I have been re-writing and editing my NaNo novel. My hope is to have it in the final proofing stages before November, because I want to do NaNoWriMo again this year.

I will return bloggyland, and I know many of my favourite bloggers will still be here when I pop in and out. I miss you all so much.

But I write, because I must write.

Cradle Fables recently put this on facebook… "You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft - then you can add all the genius you like." - Phyllis A. Whitney, former Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Review : Everyone Communicates Few Connect

‘Everyone Communicates Few Connect’     by John C. Maxwell.
I chose to read this book because I would love to learn how to not only communicate, but to really connect with people on a deeper level. I was hoping to find some new skills in this book.

John C. Maxwell used social media to enhance this book. He would post a chapter at a time on a blog and advertise through Twitter, asking for feedback. The faces of the people who did give feedback or suggestions have been included on the cover of the book.

At the end of each chapter Maxwell includes how you can connect – one on one, in a group and to an audience, using the skills just leant in that chapter. The book is split into two parts: Connecting Principles and Connecting Practices. I really didn’t read anything new or innovative, just re-hashed ideas presented in John C. Maxwell’s style.

This is the second Maxwell book I have read. I find he uses a lot of American political and sporting stories which would appeal to the average person but I had to push myself to get to the end. To me the book isn’t great, although I’m sure many would get a lot out of it.

I recieved this book for free to review from the Book Sneeze; Thomas Nelson

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Play! Construction

We have had some great times constructing cars with 'Build Your Own'.

I purchased it years ago through Learning Ladder, so I'm not even sure if it's still available.
It's simple to put together, the wheels spin well and my children have had hours of fun playing together.