#WeekendCoffeeShare, I’ll Keep Dancing ‘cuz I Love Dancing!

 

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com and soon to be hosted again by parttimemonsterblog.com.  As you can see in the photo, there are many days lately where my coffee of choice is ICED!  The heat here in Florida is amazing lately.  This coffee drink was iced mocha.  Yum!  I actually met with some friends and fellow writers Thursday for a fellow writers’ chat.  Hence, the above photo, which is perfect for summer!  If we were having coffee today, on the 9th of July, I would tell you:

*Book News:  Most days this week, I have sold one or two of the Detours in Time books at Amazon.  Some days, I think it’s because of the book postcard I gave to the cashier or customer service manager at the grocery store or the coffee shop.  This is one way I’m getting the word out.  I got a graphic designer to make this design, and then I ordered the postcards to be printed.  I hand them out in many places, and Wow!  They look very professional, and they make me look legitimate, so they make me talk to people about my writing!  Imagine that!  People don’t know I’m an author.  I need to tell them!  I should be proud!  I worked hard on this book.  I paid for editing, cover design, graphics, postcard, formatting, and there’s something I missed, but you get the drift.  I should be proud.  Plus, I really enjoyed the writing of this book.  I do this because I enjoy it, so I should be proud.  I’m working on this poem in my mind about it.  It’s like, I’m displaying my talent and hard work, so I don’t want people to ignore or to look away, even if I am only earning a few dollars on it.  Well, there are some days it seems no one sees my Facebook posts, and sometimes you’ll have some days without a sale.  Come on, you indie authors know what I’m talking about! Anyway, I’ll likely order more postcards.  It has been fun talking about my writing with strangers.  (It’s helping me develop my elevator pitch). 🙂  This is what it looks like, designed by Kat Mellon:

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Also in book news, a big thanks to Jackie O. who, starting Monday, gave me a book/author feature on her blog this week!  See it at https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2017/07/03/bring-your-books-5-author-zone/

Another round of thanks to Katrina Robinson, who hosted my “Interview with a Character” from Detours in Time this Weds., 7/05.  Please visit and give it a read at https://calliopewriting.com/2017/07/05/guest-blog-post-interview-with-a-character-from-pamela-schloesser-canepas-detours-in-time/   It is a different sort of post on the blog tour for my new sci-fi novel, Detours in Time.

This week I have also have a book spotlight at princessofthelight.wordpress.com.  They are pleasant to work with, and have a lot of Twitter followers who have retweeted my book spotlight!

*A big topic of discussion with my fellow writers at coffee was recent movies.  I had been bad about attending movies, but I have finally seen The Guardians of the Galaxy 2, (and then rented part 1 on Netflix) and more recently, Wonder Woman.  I loved both!  There has been a lot of talk about theology in Wonder Woman, and then, I saw another article that cited Buddhists principles in Wonder Woman!  The point is, people are seeing a moral or spiritual element in the movie, and I noticed a similarity of the god Ares’ fall to that of Lucifer.  I did not love it for the fight scenes, but for many of the other elements present.  Many people are seeing different things.  Go see it!  GOTG: it’s just awesome, full of action, great music, and characters you can easily fall for.  Enough said.  See them both, especially if you love sci-fi and superheroes.  Next up, War for the Planet of the Apes.  I am there!  I’ve seen people guffaw at it as racist.  Huh?  You can see it in many different ways.  What I see is that the apes are closer to nature than mankind, and therefore they would save it (and fight for it) as opposed to our destruction of the planet.  I know the original condemns mankind for blowing up the planet, and it made quite an impression on the young me.  I am curious and will certainly see this one too.  My next on Netflix is The Man From UNCLE.  Yes, I’ve seen it before, but it’s worth a revisit!  Spy intrigue, handsome lead, 60’s fashion, 60’s classic cars, exciting love story, and HENRY CAVILL.  I am a fan.  🙂  Worth revisiting!

*Writing?  Yes, I wrote a story this week!  Well, two, but one of them is still secret.  The other is a flash fiction that I wrote here on WordPress for the Flash fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge.  It is in reaction to a photo prompt.  I love these and will likely try them with my English Language Arts students.  Someone should love writing like I do!  Here is my response:                                                        https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/flashfictionforaspiringwriters-i-took-the-fall/

*So, beyond that, I got the dog groomed, spent some time with my son, went to Artwalk with my significant other, and read at least one book this week, and there were two yoga classes.  I also went to a fundraiser yoga class this morning that was different than my usual practice.  It was great, even though I modified a lot.  Yes, it is a common thread in my posts.  Yoga-dogs-books.  If I spend my time doing those things, it means I am loving my life!

Visit   Emily at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-i-pass-the-reigns-back/  for her week’s insights and for the coffee shares of some fellow bloggers.  You may add yours by clicking on the InLinks button.

Thank you for reading this far, especially if you haven’t tired of me “spitting out the butt-ends of my days and ways,” (From a T.S. Eliot poem) which amounts to:  Yoga, books, dogs.  Add Family.  Friends.  Coffee!  I shall have to add food next time.  🙂 Have a great week!

 

Today’s Book Promo Graphic for Detours in Time, a.k.a Fun with Canva

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The question is: Who would YOU bring to the future? Read the time-travel novel of two friends who take a fun journey that becomes an intense and challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. Detours in Time, in Kindle and paperback, or free on Kindle Unlimited! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Let my latest sci-fi release take you on a journey!

I’m loving this latest graphic, because it looks like an album cover, and to me, it looks like summer, and it screams, “Let’s go on a journey, you and me!”  Be sure to take someone you trust, someone you could stand getting lost with, and someone who can think quickly in urgent situations.

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Teaser:  

“He (Milt) let it down slowly and hesitantly, as if having been forced to choose between the bug and Pinky.  He was like a teenage boy when it came to bugs, worms, caterpillars.  Pinky hated bugs, but still found his excitement amusing.   He was truly a young soul in that fifty-year-old body, that honestly didn’t look fifty, anyhow.”

Author’s note– (I actually had to answer this in one of my blog interviews)

By the way, if I got stuck with a character on a deserted island, I’d totally choose Milt. How fun that would be with his childlike wonder and curiosity!  He’d chart the stars for us at night and tell me stories about the constellations.  He’d know the best way to build shelter.  He wouldn’t mind getting dirty either, nor would he care if my hair got frizzy. Awkward scientist trying for the part of book-boyfriend.  Works for me!

#FlashFictionforAspiringWriters. I Took the Fall.

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Photo credit, Kecia Sparlin.

I headed back to the yard with my garden hoe.  I hate killing living things, but this bugger looked poisonous.  He was further back in the brush.

“Sure, you keep your distance now.”  I sat on the ground, sweating.

“You would too, Missssssssss.” His tongue darted out.

I jumped.  “What?”

“Yesssss.  It’ssss me.  Come on, I am alwaysss judged by my outer cover, my ssscales sssso to sssspeak.  It’sss not fair.  All because of Hisssstory, mythology, the Bible, whatever.”

“I’m sorry.”  I looked at him through new eyes.  It had to be a he, though who could tell?

“Yessss.  Imagine what it’sss like.   Way back when, Armadillo sslipped up.  You know he’s a good candidate to stand for evil.  But no, I defended him.  I took the fall for him.”

He actually looked sad.

It seemed he’d started to trust me.  He’d slithered out from the bush.  The garden hoe was resting next to me, forgotten.

Suddenly, he sprang at me, and I was overcome, knocked down.

“S-ssssucker!”

I took the fall.

~The end~

(c) Pamela Schloesser Canepa

 

 

****Approx. 170 words.

From Fffaw:  This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

A  prompt photo is presented every Monday, and the challenge runs to the next Monday.  Add your story to the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button). Please let me know if you need link-up instructions.  See other instructions at https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/fffaw-challenge-week-of-july-4-2017/  

 

Mixed Tape Monday!

In my search today for teacher/writer ideas for writing prompts, I came across this idea:  Mixed Tape Monday.  It goes like this:  If you had to choose three songs that represent your life, what would they be, and why?  Sounds fun!  Hopefully the videos come through for you!  I submit for my first entry, Chumbawamba’s Tub-Thumping.  Why?  Well, the band title and song title made me laugh the first time I heard them!

Not only that, this song is AWESOME!  (Probably why I mentioned it in my recent novel). It also came out in 1997, a very memorable time for me.  I was twenty-nine years old and a new mom.  I was back to working full-time, and my job was stressful.  So was my marriage.  I felt like I was always cheating some other part of me by being anywhere that I was in any given moment.  Who was I?  Wife, mom, sales manager.  I didn’t really have time to be anyone else’s friend.  Well, eventually I made a friend at work, and we’d go to lunch and scream to the chorus of this song with its catchy beat and winning attitude.  Yes, in my business blouse and skirt, after picking up an Arby’s sandwich, I’d scream to this song on the way back to work.  It made me laugh, it made me forget that I wished I was somewhere else, and it made any given day better.  “I get knocked down, but I get up again.”  These were pivotal years for me.  Indeed, I did get back up.  Now, that is something to celebrate.  I’m no longer married to him, I no longer work there, and I have a good relationship with my grown son who doesn’t give me guilt if I’m doing my own thing.  On to #2…

(It is second in the playlist)

“King and Lionheart,” by Monsters and Men. This is a recent song; of course, answering this prompt in 1985 would have yielded a much different result, but you would tire of my teen Madonna obsession.  🙂  I love Of Monsters and Men, their lyrics, their sound, their videos.  This song certainly showcases the female singer’s voice, her understated strength and melody.  I like to think that understated strength represents me.   “We won’t run, we won’t run….We’re here to stay, we’re here to stay.”  I hope I exhibit that inner strength in my teaching life and in my motherhood decisions, which, by the way, I still have to make at times.

The third and final song, because this prompt only allowed me three, is “Dream Weaver,” by Gary Wright.  I’m sure it was meant to be romantic, but when I first heard it, I had no idea what romance was.  I had a pre-teen girl’s unrealistic notions, and hence, a dreamer was born.  Do you see why I loved this song so much?  I am such a dreamer.  I recall saying that to someone who asked about my writing, that I’ve been a dreamer for a long time, and until I wrote my thoughts and ideas down, a dreamer is all I was, yet, I had to start out dreaming to believe I could do it.  This song speaks of fantasy and helping me to “forget today’s pain.”  If I close my eyes, the sound effects make me feel like I’m flying.  “Fly me away to the bright side of the moon, and meet me on the other side….”  Is it any coincidence that I prefer to write science fiction?  I wonder whatever happened to Gary Wright…..

That brings me to this ambivalent thought:  These songs span about forty years.  *Gulp*  To be fair, Gary Wright’s song came out when I was four.  Okay, I won’t dwell on this part.  🙂

I hope you enjoyed this musical journey! Perhaps I’ll try it again in a year and see if it has changed!  I’d love to hear yours as well, and hey, I plan to use this idea to get a class of middle-schoolers to write.  Do you think it’ll work?

*All videos are shared from Youtube, and I have no claim and take no credit for them.

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Feels Like Summer!

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com. If we were having coffee today on July 1st, I’d tell you that:

*I still drink hot coffee, despite how warm it is outside, and that warmth seems to glide through the windows.  Heaven help me though, I cannot thrive in a blacked-out room.  There are some days I’ll put an ice cube or two in my coffee, though.  How about you?

*It’s been another week of book promotion and finding people who will review my book, which means contact numerous book bloggers.  You know, I did a LibraryThing giveaway, and I keep wondering when those reviews will trickle in?  I should not be so hasty, though.  This book is at least twice the length of the books I have published in the Made for Me series.  I just don’t know what to expect, and I felt like I started ahead of time as needed.  Oh well, start sooner next time!  Got it.

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I’ve been doing more visual promo graphics for Detours in Time with Canva, and I posted a few here:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/detours-in-time-visual-book-promo-fun-with-canva/  I plan to make a visual book post once a week here.

Here is one that sets some character background:

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Find a few more here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/detours-in-time-visual-book-promo-fun-with-canva/

*I have not been writing much because of all the promo attempts and writing author interviews.  Okay, that is writing.  I haven’t been doing the fiction writing that I love. I did, however, write a short story for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt.  Check it out:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/fffaw-the-search-ends-at-daylight/

I also wrote an eerie short story last night.  I am not sure when I will drop it on the world, but I had to get the thoughts in writing, and I feel better for doing so.

*Other than that, there has been a lot of family time.  My mother and my son currently don’t drive, but I think things are coming together.  At any rate, I get to spend a lot of time with them and our dog this summer.  I also had a little getaway with my boyfriend for his birthday weekend.  I wrote a short post on these happy glimpses of summer as well:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/summer-glimpses-beyond-book-stuff/  This includes my goal of yoga two times or more a week, which I’m proud to say I am doing!

*I spent an hour yesterday visiting an elderly lady from my church.  I volunteered to do this; I do a few volunteer things through my church.  I was nervous when I first started visiting two years ago, but she is so kind.  She has memory problems, but she is in a really nice Assisted Living community.  When I got there yesterday, one of the directors had been urging a few of the wheelchair bound patients to move down the halls in their chairs.  She had been doing that too, so I continued to wheel her around.  She loved it.  Movement is so good for anyone’s mind.  Then, we sat out back in the shade, just a short while.  She seemed so much happier than usual.  I am glad she has some good days, but I can even tell on not-so-good days that she is so appreciative of my visit, and she offers help to any others there; though I don’t think she could get up and fetch a glass of water, by gosh, she would try.  That’s part of memory, forgetting  certain things you can no longer do.  I learn so much about attitude from her.  I learn a lot about the mind, as I have learned from the nervous breakdown of one of my family members.  I am not an expert on the brain, but I am learning that some things can spark a healthier brain, and I am learning to listen, even when things don’t make sense.

So, there’s my week in a nutshell!  That kind of fits, whith my hazelnut coffee!  How was your week?  Leave me a comment, and go and check out other coffee shares at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-with-a-big-ol-announcement/

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Have a great week!

Summer Glimpses, Beyond Book Talk

I am getting a little time for rest, relaxation, fun, and self-improvement this summer. That’s what summer is for! And while I’m working like mad to promote my book and have decided I’ll teach a Creative Writing class in addition to 6th grade English this year, I’m working on my sanity, as I should!

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I’m spending time with my son and our dog at the park, before noon. Note the wonderful trees! (I promised my son relative web anonymity). Family time is good for the soul.

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Speaking of family time, I’ve already mentioned the mom time, since she is on the mend. We’ve enjoyed a lot of Rom/Com.s together. My favorite: Kate and Leopold. (A time travel rom.com. Of course I love it)!

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There’s nothing like a beach getaway. My significant other had a birthday, and we’re starting to make the birthday beach getaway a tradition. This is the guy who sings Bohemian Rhapsody with me.  Not in public (not yet). 🙂 Getting away is great for my sanity. We had great food, relaxation on the beach, pool and Jacuzzi time, and we’re pictured here after some sunning, enjoying lunch in an open air restaurant called Oasis.

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Bringing new meaning to “down dog.” I’m hitting the yoga studio 2-3 times weekly, and trying trying to work the yoga and program in between. I won’t get it done if I let my dog in the room though!

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My brother’s wife is visiting, and we had dinner on the Riverside of town last night. It’s kind of an artsy area but seems to be getting gentrified. Still, the Wall Street lounge has been there for ages. We didn’t go in, but I was quite taken by this mural. It’s a slice of our town’s history.

I hope you all are having a great summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Detours in Time, Visual Book Promo. (Fun with Canva)

Yes, this post is about book promo graphics and a little bit about my new book.  I’ve had fun making them with Canva for my new sci-fi release, Detours in Time, a tale of two steadfast friends who take a life-changing journey to the future that becomes a challenge course in difficult decisions.  This post is also about the characters from my book.  I think each post says something about them that is important to the story.

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The above says the characters are human.  They make mistakes.  They know there are  rules to follow and that time travel can be very sticky.  Yet, each individual has their own standard for abiding by rules.   For instance, would you break a rule to save a life? Where would you draw the line?  If you change something in the future, is it actually changed at all?  What if you found out too much about the future?

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This graphic above screams romance.  Yet, my book is not classified as romance, since I think romance is my man joining me in goofy song when I sing Bohemian Rhapsody.  Is there even a genre for that?  However, let me say this, the best time traveler* usually has a steadfast companion.  This graphic gives some insight into what Pinky thinks of Milt.  While the guy pictured does not look as Milt is described in the book, he has a youthful smile, and so does Milt.  In my opinion, an awkward scientist with youthful curiosity is definitely appealing.  Milt was fun to write.  🙂  So was Pinky, which brings me to the next photo…..

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This photo perfectly wraps up Pinky’s attitude and tells a little about the dynamics between Pinky and Milt at the start of the story.  Unfortunately,  I had to use a photo with a girl who looks like a teenager to convey the right sentiment.  Pinky is 30 years old.  Well, she dresses like a teen.  So, the sentiment expressed here is perfect.  I could not explain all of this on Twitter, but I figured my bloggers’ community would understand.

DetoursPaperback_5211604616564778768_n  Detours in Time is my latest sci-fi novel, released on 6/16.  It is available on Kindle, in paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited.  https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

(Of course, I would love for a lot of people to read it, no matter what format you choose, and feedback is a wonderful thing).

Brief Blurb:  Pinky and Milt have been steadfast friends for years, but their journey to the future becomes a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life and destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?

 

*Please note:  Evidently I can’t spell traveler wrong.  In the U.S., it’s spelled with one L.  In Britain, it is spelled with two.  Since I read books from both places equally, neither looks right to me, therefore, neither one can be wrong either.  I’m sticking to that story.  🙂

Peace,

Pamela