Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Dorothy's TimeWarp

Saw an interesting blog post over on Cheryl's blog that I thought would be fun to carry over in here being as there hasn't been many blog posts lately. It's called TimeWarp. What you do is take this and do your own time warp, making a new blog post and putting your name on it. Sound like fun? Here it goes:

TEN YEARS AGO - Ten years ago, I moved into this house I'm living now. I had just started working at a pizza joint (miraculously I'm still there part-time) and also the same year, I met my current BF. I say current because he's on my shit list right now * see post *. I didn't own a computer and actually did things like enjoy life, shoot the breeze, watched TV, played with my then cocker, Chelsea. Son was still living here, along with my Daughter's BF (why I did that was beyond me).
FIVE YEARS AGO - Five years ago, I learned how to use the computer and made my first website, The Writer's Life. I also became a published author for the first time in the ebook format. It was a children's book called NO MORE GOOSEBERRY PIE.
ONE YEAR AGO - One year ago, my second book is published. ROMANCING THE SOUL became my book available in both print and ebook format. Cool thing that was. I also became a syndicated relationship columnist and SOUL MATE EXPERT. Tres cool.
YESTERDAY - Yesterday was the day from hell. I had off and all I did was sulk because BF (why I'm still mad at him) and Daughter can't go to a booksigning with me that's five hours away and I'm going to have to cancel it.
5 SNACKS I ENJOY - Hm...definitely cheez whiz sandwiches, steamed shrimp (yeah, I do snack on this!), Caramel Popcorn, Cake-Like Cookies (forget the name of them) and rice (I know, I'm weird).
5 THINGS I'D DO WITH 100 MILLION DOLLARS - Buy a house in California and another in Tennessee (oops, that's two), stand on the street and hand out dollars to those who need it, buy a laptop, and put the rest away so my kids will never have to work another day in their lives.
5 PLACES I'D RUN AWAY TO - Pigeon Hole, Tennessee (I told you I'm weird), Bahamas, Burbank, California, Paris, France and anywhere in the mountains as long as it was a little cabin in the woods away from everything!
5 THINGS I'D NEVER WEAR - tongue rings, thongs (ouch!), granny drawers, see-through blouses, and bridal dresses (a little inside humor there with everything going on).
5 FAVORITE TV SHOWS - I love Lucy, The Golden Girls, America's Funniest Videos, Blind Date, Cheater.
5 BIGGEST JOYS - to see my son get better, to see my daughter graduate nursing school, a publishing contract from a NY house, fan mail and to get BF to put the cover up when he uses the bathroom.
5 FAVORITE TOYS - my computer, my porcelain Shirley Temple Doll, Fart Machine (okay, it's not mine, it's BF's, but it's real cool to play with at work and watch the customer's expressions. Come on, you know you want to do it, too), Trivial Pursuit and my digital camera.
5 FINE FOLKS WHO CAN NOW CONSIDER THEMSELVES TAGGED! - The Writersville Gang and anyone else who would like to play!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Dorothy Thompson to Appear on Single Talk Radio Show Today!

I will be on the Single Talk Radio Show today which you can hear live on the web at http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=191. If you are the first to email Eliza at SingleTalk@adelphia.net with a soul mate question, you will receive a free autographed copy of my book,Romancing the Soul!

If you do miss the show, it will be archived. I believe I'm the last segment at 4:40 EST (adjust to your geographical location), but you might want to tune in earlier to catch the other guests who are talking about soul mates, also. So, join me as we explore the secrets of why you need soul mates in order to find your higher self!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Are You a Reader or a Collector?

I love books.

I love buying them, admiring them, and then...they sit. On shelves. In bookcases. In boxes.

I've even put a couple beside the bed hoping I'd take one and read one before I went to sleep. No such luck. By the time I got to bed, I was exhausted and would go to sleep right away. I've even taken them to the bathroom, hoping I'd pick one up. No such luck there either because I'm a fast bathroom user, if you knowwhattamean. I only get through three sentences before I'm flying outta there and back on the computer or running off to work. Always running somewhere.

And then it dawned on me that I'm a collector and not a reader and there's a big difference.

I believe people buy books because they plan to read them but that's when the readers/collectors are suddenly identified. The readers can't wait to read them and will dive right in. The collectors admire the cover, open to the first page and go "Wow. I can't wait to read this." And that's as far as it goes.

Oh, the collectors try. They'll throw one in the car if they go on vacation, but does it get read? Hardly. There's too many new things to do besides do something they could do at home.

They'll take them to work, hoping to catch in a few words during break/lunchtime, but does it get read? Hardly. They don't want to mess up the pretty cover with stains from their double cheeseburger and fries.

The collector feels guilty, but proud. "Look at my library," they'll boast.

"Ah...this is fantastic," people say. "Have you read all these?"

"Hell no. Don't have time."

Now that I've classified the two, which one are you?

Monday, July 18, 2005

Dorothy Thompson to Appear on Cuzin Eddie Show Tomorrow!

Hi everyone!

Just a note to let you know that if you're going to be in the Illinois area, I will be appearing on the Cuzin Eddie Radio Show with co-host Penny Sansevieri tomorrow morning at 9:30 Central Time. I will be discussing my book, Romancing the Soul, and how you can find the soul mates in your life. Hope to see you there!

Dorothy ThompsonEditor/Co-Author of "Romancing the Soul"
Don't forget to check out my new advice column blog at:

Friday, July 15, 2005

Another Member of the Gang - Intro

Greetings from Fort Worth Texas. I have been a part of this group for a while and can tell you they have all helped me in my quest for the best in publishing and promoting my works. I have two books in print: Sabbath's Room, a supernatural mystery, and Once a Brat, the story of my world travels with my army officer father from my birth in 1938 (yes, you read that correctly -- I'm really old!) until his (our) retirement in 1958. I will soon have another book out, this one about my three-year, five doctor struggle to find a diagnosis and treatment for my painful and baffling symptoms. I have other projects in the works and hope to have another novel out soon. I also do copy editing at reasonable rates and quick turn-around. I intend to be an active part of this blog, sharing my experiences in the wacky world of writing and publishing, with an occasional detour to a rant about world events. Supposed to keep this kind of brief, so if you would like more information about me or read excerpts from my books:
go to: http://www.freewebs.com/graceworksproductions/
Marilyn Celeste Morris

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

virtual book tour

Today is my first book tour via the web. I visited quite a few places which was sad. I bookmarked the blogs I like. I already had a reply.

I appreciate your comments. You are correct, no one, who has not experienced death, can understand it. Death of loved ones has been a trademark of my life. My mother passed away unexpectedly when I was 11. My father passed away after a ten-month battle with cancer in 2001. I've had two high school classmates pass away, a friend commit suicide, and lost all my aunts and uncles through the course of my 38 years. Each one of these people represented an eternal soul. The prevalence of death in my life has made me realize the importance of living a life of reconciliation and rescue.

Thanks for you comments, and your support by posting on the site. You will be in my prayers today.


Sunday, July 10, 2005

Growing Pains

I have discovered some parallels between one of my hobbies (beading) and writing.

They are actually quite humorous to me. Right now, in regards to this hobby and being involved in Bead Artist Trading Cards, I feel ... paranoid/full of self-doubt and convinced I'm doing it wrong.

I feel the same way when I write (and then read at the writers' group) something racy or very different from anything else I've written. Especially when said writing is a pending novel.

Since this is just a sort of growing pains, if I'm going to get over it, I have to work through it. I know this, but it doesn't make it any easier. I don't know why/how the parallels between the two occurred to me today, but seeing as it is (at least) marginally writing-related, I thought I would share it.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

I'm one of the Writersville Gang

Hi, Dorothy! Yup, I made it--on the first try, even! For those of you who don't know me, I am the author of 14 published books and writer for a dozen magazines (some ezines and some print). I take my writing very seriously, but I never write anything too serious. My books cover a wide range of genres. You can find them all at the "My Books" page at www.janetelainesmith.com . I'd love to have you stop by for a visit. To say that I am living my dream is a vast understatement. My latest book review just went up at www.armchairinterviews.com. Just go to the Great Reviews then down to the Young Adults and find My Dear Phebe. They have asked me for an interview too! Yeehaw! Oh, and I live in North Dakota; I'm not really a redneck!

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Well I really like this idea. It is fun to think that as a first post everyone would introduce self and share some dreams.

My name is Myriam Maytorena. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with my husband and fur family. I consider myself to be blessed by living in a world that is so inspiring and peaceful. I have been writing since way back when and I sold my first column in the early 70s to Dell Horoscope. I limped along for years doing this writing stuff and I actually wrote and published 4 books in the 70s about magic. My husband then, who is deceased now, and I owned a desktop publishing company. (http://www.leejacobsproductions.com/) I have written a lot of different stuff including the accreditation for the College of Business of the Ohio University to a weekly astrological column. I have been kicked into gear lately and have a new book coming out in September called Life with Mother (http://lifewithmother.com) which is a book in the inspiration/support for end-of-life caregivers genre (if there is such a genre - if not I just invented it).

My blogs are http://manifestreality.blogspot.com http://myriamsmuse.blogspot.com http://possibilitypeople.blogspot.com and my oldest one is http://manifest.pitas.com

I look forward to learning more about all our new members in this journey to becoming more successful as writers and as people.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

All About....

No, not all about. We don't have room for that.

I'm Jen (Jenifer Nipps, truth to tell, but I prefer Jen). I'm a former Vice-President for the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. I'm also current president for the McAlester McSherry Writers.

I can't (yet) claim any publication credits. I'm working on a series of articles/possible book tentatively titled "Blue Jeans & Tennis Shoes: Working from Home." I'm also working on a couple short stories and thinking about starting up one of the novels-in-progress I have languishing on the hard drive.

I have started my own rejection collection. *s*

Introduction - Dorothy Thompson

Hi, I'm Dorothy Thompson, one of the team members of The Writersville Gang blog. I'm the compiler/editor/contributing author of ROMANCING THE SOUL and a syndicated relationship columnist. I write almost anything but mainly on the subject of soul mates. I also offer a free service on my website where you can ask me anything about the soul mate experience and I will try to help you understand it. I'm also the author of the ebook, HOW TO FIND AND KEEP YOUR SOUL MATE, which is a primer on soul mates and is THE book to read before reading the true soul mate stories in my other book, ROMANCING THE SOUL.

I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and you can find me 24/7 right here on this dang computer. Shoot me an email whenever...I love receiving mail!

You can visit my website at www.dorothythompson.net or my writing site at www.thewriterslife.net.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Welcome to The Writersville Gang Blog!

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