Episode 24 - Sheila Dobbie, Author of Peach Cobbler for Breakfast

February 23, 2016
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Peach Cobbler for Breakfast 

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Sheila Dobbie has been writing most of her life beginning with her first published piece in the fourth grade for her elementary school newspaper. She has contributed countless articles over the years to area newspapers about the arts, edited a professional environmental publication, has been a lobbyist for the arts in the schools, and a PR director and founding member of a community arts association.

Ms. Dobbie is also a former English and journalism teacher, construction reporter, entrepreneur, and certified paralegal. As a free-lance writer, she assisted with the research of a book about the Scots at the Alamo and many other projects. Regarding her nom de plume, she says, “I write under my full name to honor those who were an important part of my life when I carried that name and who helped shape who I am.”

She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, John, a dog and a cat. She maintains a blog, Notes from the Pond—in the spirit of Walden, where she records her observations on everything from politics to nature to movie reviews. Visit her at

www.notesfromthepond.com or

www.sheiladobbie.com or

www.peachcobblerforbreakfast.com.



THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE

 

There is no right way to write. There are probably as many different ways of writing as there are authors—published and unpublished. However, I will share my writing process or what works for me.

I have broken down the procedure into six steps. They are:

1.     Topic--The first step begins with an idea or topic. Many times I let the idea roll around in my head for weeks before I sit down to write. Is it an original idea? If not, what can I do to make it different? As an example I am currently working on a book about the Civil War. This is a topic so vast that if I read every book ever written about the war and viewed every movie and TV show I doubt I would finish in this life time.

 

2.     Research--The next step is research—tons and tons of research. My general rule is I begin reading as much as I can about a topic and, when I begin finding the same information in several publications, I then feel I have covered the subject adequately. Along with this research it is important to take accurate notes including where the information came from and, if it is taken from a periodical or the internet, it should include the date as data changes rapidly in today’s world.

 

3.     Organize-- Now, what do I do with this research? The next step is organization. A rough outline is helpful. It will probably change a lot by the time you reach the finished product but this is a good beginning step. From this outline you may want to start naming and organizing your chapters. Now, consolidate your notes according to your outline.

 

4.     Write--The hard part is the actual writing. Most authors and artists will tell you that facing a blank page or canvas is somewhat intimidating. By this time there are usually so many ideas in your head that knowing where and how to start is difficult. That is why I have developed what I call my “Shot Gun” style of writing. I put every idea on paper as fast as I can without worrying about spelling or grammar. I want to get the ideas and wording down before I forget it.

 

5.     Review--Reviewing for any mistakes is the next step. Once I finish the essay, news article, or book chapter I then go back to read for spelling, grammar, and continuity. Merriam-Webster defines continuity as: con·ti·nu·i·ty : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union. Does the subject matter flow or do ideas jump around? Is each paragraph a complete unit or is another subject introduced? Are there any vague or unintelligible sentences? Do I need to elaborate on a topic? Have I been too wordy or repeated myself and need to delete? Do I need to move sentences or paragraphs around for a better understanding of the topic? Does the writing flow? Is it easy to read? Does it communicate?

 

6.     Edit--Once the writing is finished the most crucial step is edit, edit, edit!  Nothing turns off a discerning reader faster than misspelled words, poor grammar, and sloppy work. The author instantly loses credibility if he/she cannot express himself properly. Anyone who turns in a piece to a publisher without first editing it is a fool. Even the pros review and revise their work before turning it into their publisher. Many times it will then be turned over to a professional editor for more polishing. Think of it not as someone critiquing and criticizing your work but someone polishing it so all your prose and ideas will shine. This is the icing on the cake for all your hard work.

My attitude is if my name is on it I want it to be right!

 

 

Sheila Dobbie, Author

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast;

Surviving a Life Altering Event

 

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Episode 22 - Justice Scalia and predictions through 2018

February 15, 2016

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Episode 21 - Lynette M. Smith - Copyeditor, Author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure

February 15, 2016

Lynette M. Smith owns and operates All My Best and Good Ways to Write, a business and nonfiction copyediting service founded in 2004. She holds memberships in Publishers & Writers of San Diego, as well as San Diego Professional Editors Network. Personally and professionally, Lynette abides by The Four Agreements:* 

  • Be impeccable with your word.

  • Don't take anything personally.

  • Don't make assumptions.

  • Always do your best.

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Whenever Lynette is asked why she was moved to establish Good Ways to Write, she tells this story:

 
When our son Byron married Rachael in 2008, they created lasting memories that touched our hearts: They each wrote a loving letter to their own parents, describing not only their fondest childhood memories but also the values, life lessons, and ideals they would bring to their marriage. At the wedding rehearsal, one at a time, they presented their letters to their parents. Both sets of parents, as well as all others present, were deeply moved. We will always treasure our loving memento.
 

Byron's_Letter,_Facing_L-72dpi-144pxW-caInspired by Byron and Rachael's original idea, Lynette has created this website and its tools and products to help you write your own treasured personal letters and business communications, in furtherance of her life's purpose:
  

  

The Big, Achievable Goal

To get millions of people worldwide to write heartfelt letters of appreciation so they can establish, enhance, and even rebuild their relationships and thus change their world. 

   

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Episode 20 - Marine Corps Daze by William Barrons - Chapter One as read by Rick Lakin

February 14, 2016

Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook or on Kindle Unlimited

Available on Createspace as a paperback

Marine Corps Daze by William Barrons is a hilarious account of a young man who enlisted in the USMC on the day after his 17th Birthday of 1943 because his birthday was on a Sunday.  He faced the hardships and glory of the War in the Pacific armed only with a manual typewriter and an incredible eye for details.  His memoire of World War Two and the days after will jog your memory of locations such as San Diego, Pearl Harbor, the Marshall Islands and Chicago.

 

In October of 2015 at the age of 89, Bill Barrons deployed with 80 veterans one last time to Washington, DC with Honor Flight, a national organization that flies World War II and Korean veterans back to our nation’s capital to visit the memorials that they fought so hard for.  In honor of that experience Bill and his publisher, iCrewDigitalPublishing.com are donating all of the proceeds of Marine Corps Daze to the San Diego and Columbus Honor Flight Organizations.  In addition, ICrewDigitalPublishing.com will provide copies of Bill’s book to any Veteran’s organization for the cost of printing and shipping for the purpose of fund-raising.

 

 

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen kids.  Survived the Great Depression and joined the Marines the day after I turned 17.  Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japanese.  Served 2½ war years in the Marines.  Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined the Marines in 1949, in time for the Korean War.  I became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had to resign to care for my family.  Became a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago.  Then was a kitchen and home remodeling designer for 22 years.  Retired at age 69 and began to research and write novels.  At age 90, I’m still at it!

 

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Episode 19 - Flint, Michigan, the Repubilcan Vision for America. Politics and the 2016 Election

February 5, 2016

Today's subject is Politics and the 2016 Election

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Episode 18 - Emerging Technologies

February 3, 2016
Emerging Technologies - News and comment from my RSS Geeky feed.
About Typography:

90 top-quality typography tutorials

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  Audiobook excerpt of Chapters 1-3. http://goo.gl/XqpZPd

  Erin’s Website. http://erinlarene.com 

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Free! The Power Stones is free on Amazon.com

February 2, 2016

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Free!  The Power Stones, Book 1 of the Secrets of Artasia by Erin Larene Wheeler. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015NBRZ3K 

Also on Kindle Unlimited

  Podcast Interview with Chula Vista Author Erin Wheeler. 

  Audiobook excerpt of Chapters 1-3.  

  Erin’s Website. http://erinlarene.com 

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Episode 17 - The Power Stones, Book 1 of the Secrets of Artasia by Erin Larene Wheeler, Chapters 1-3

February 1, 2016

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The Power Stones, Book 1 of the Secrets of Artasia by Erin Larene Wheeler, Chapters 1-3 read by Rick Lakin

The Power Stones will be Free starting Tuesday, February 2 until Saturday.

Rick Lakin is the publisher of The Power Stones, Book 1 of the Secrets of Artasia by Erin Larene Wheeler.  When he taught high school, Erin was a student at the school.  One year and one week ago, Brion Kennett, a member or iCrew Digital Productions, got Rick in touch with Erin and that she was writing a fantasy novel.  Erin agreed to allow me to publish the book and she and her publisher have worked hard to bring the book out last October.   

Visit Erin at erinlarene.com

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