The Book Arrives…….

May 18, 2013

With great anticipation, I have been awaiting my prized first book. I had chosen a style from a book which has really beautiful photography and different colored backgrounds on all the pages. It is absolutely gorgeous and I carefully chose my colors and images to display in a similar style. Interestingly, this example book was […]

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At the Printer Now!

May 13, 2013

The book is at the printer now….all 210 pages of it! I should have it back by the end of this week. Can’t wait to see what it looks like in print. There wasn’t time to complete all the detail I wanted in the time allotted, so I will probably consider this a proof copy, […]

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Countdown

May 6, 2013

With the looming deadline for getting my book to the printer, I realized that I haven’t done a page count lately. My 120 page book has morphed into a 210 page book. This is after I cut four chapters from my original plan. Don’t ask me how this happened. I don’t even know except that […]

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To the Printer in 14 Days!

April 27, 2013

14 days til the book has to be sent to the printer. I am very disappointed that we have not been given the promised time without homework assignments to write the book. I still have two big assignments to do in addition to completing the book in fourteen days. Fitting this in with the assignments […]

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Honor Earth Day Today!

April 22, 2013

April 22 (today) marks the 43rd annual Earth Day celebration. With regard to book publication, self-published authors have a print-on-demand option which can help with environmental preservation, but it is not really a viable option in other regards. Print-on-demand requires you to list your book with a self-publishing agency which takes a percentage. Also, print-on-demand […]

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This Too Shall Pass.

April 13, 2013

Three 16-year-old boys were arrested Thursday in the sexual battery of an intoxicated and unconscious 15-year-old Saratoga CA High School student, who killed herself last fall after photos of the assault went viral. She was beautiful, talented and loved…just embarking on her life’s journey. She became so depressed, she posted on Facebook, calling it the […]

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A Walk in the Park

April 7, 2013

Today is a great day for a walk or bike ride through the park. Annadel State Park is near my house and the trails are really great! After the recent downpour, there was a little mud, but oh, what a wonderful thing to touch nature! The birds are singing, the sun is shining.

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You Have to See This!

April 5, 2013

One of the most amazing marketing videos I have ever seen:

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DWAI????

April 5, 2013

Just in case you thought writing and publishing a book is just to write the book to an “end”, lay it out and send it to the printer…….think again! Dedication, Epigraph, Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface, ISBN, Copyright, Disclaimers, Warranties, Prologue, Acknowledgements, Introduction….….BOOK…….Epilogue, Afterword, Postscript, Extro, Appendix, Glossary, Index, Bibliography, Colophon……THE END. We are now […]

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Thoughts Live. They Travel Far.

March 31, 2013

Getting down to the heart of the book now. There is a hierarchy that feels important to me. The broad and overarching message is that our choice of thoughts control our lives and our destinies. Our thoughts collectively become our “command center” and our “intuition” controlling every action and emotion. Under the “command center” umbrella […]

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If You Knew You Could Light Up Someone’s Life, Would You Do It?

March 22, 2013

Hey, I think I see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel. We are now making templates for those pages which will have similar layouts. Hopefully, this should streamline and speed up work on the book. The serious business of making a first “real” chapter with actual text and graphics is now due. […]

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Daydreaming of Hawaii

March 21, 2013

Spring break rocks! I love beaches and all islands…especially the Hawaiian islands. Just posted two videos on YouTube while dreaming of Hawaii where I lived for 20 years. Surfing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, beaching it, collecting shells, windsurfing and tandem surfing at Waikiki in warm, warm water is fantastic! California has a spectacularly beautiful coastline, […]

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Spring Break is Here!

March 20, 2013

Woohoo! Spring break is here and there is a whole week without classes! Time to catch up on things and then grab a snooze in the hammock!

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Visual Heaven

March 11, 2013

I’m in visual heaven now! The last few days have been spent on the book layout with colors and photos, etc. Of course, the dreaded text still has to be dealt with, but it is so much easier when offset by the fun involved in layout. I’m using lots of coordinating colors in cool pale […]

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eBook Enchantment

March 8, 2013

eBooks and iBooks are waaaaaaaay cool! An ebook can actually “read” to you as you follow along by putting markers in the code around every word in the book. It displays cool effects such as the audio file highlighting or changing the font color of the word for the reader as the audio plays. iBooks […]

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Aspire to Inspire before you Expire

March 3, 2013

What follows is a shortened, reprised version of one of the most amazing talks ever. Randy Pausch, a smart, funny and fit Carnegie Mellon Professor, gave this moving presentation in September 2007. It is timeless. At the time of the video, Randy was in the prime of his life with a young family. He had […]

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The Magic Bullet

March 3, 2013

As I work on the book and surround myself with a variety of inspiring topics, the magic bullet becomes clear. Forget all the Rx prescriptions, the grass, the meth, the coke. Forget it all. If you want to fly high, gratitude wins, hands down. I recently had a visitor to this blog make a comment […]

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I Can Do This!

February 25, 2013

  Now setting up my road map for creating the book and realizing I can do this!  First, I have to let go of my Perfectionista tendencies and realize there will be mistakes along the way.  The idea is to do the work, not to worry about doing it perfectly.  It was really terrific to […]

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