Taurus on edge before Easter

As my horoscope states, I am quite on the edge today.

I am trying to sort through tons of information; everything from Bell’s Oberon summer release, Facebook mess, First & Second amendment demonstrations, “Stormy” interview with Anderson Cooper, stormy weather in Michigan, Kim’s message about China, and Easter Triduum preparations.

Amidst all of that, I am getting ready for the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing from April 12 through April 14 in Grand Rapids.

I am waffling back and forth between two manuscripts to submit to the Festival. Only one is allowed via the Submittable app. It’s a good thing that I have manuscripts to choose from for publication.

Most of the workshops and festival circles have filled up already. The roster of speakers is so huge that I just don’t know who to pick.

“It can be an overwhelming conference,” wrote my fellow writer and friend Tamela. “I heard Anne Lamont a few years ago…she was awesome.”

The iPad calendar is showing me that I have a webinar in one minute, and a meeting at noon.

I already missed the “blessing of the oils” @St.Andrews Cathedral yesterday.

My facebook friend warned me that he is shutting down his account, because he doesn’t believe FB provides a net-positive contribution to the world.

“We all have a finite amount of time to invest,” he wrote. “The return on investment of my time on Fb, other than the connection with my immediate family, is not worth it.”

Oh, yes; Facebook and fear. I have yet to write about that. I promised that to my fellow writer Sheryl.

“What’s up with that fear?” she asked.

We’re picking up my brother Vas on Good Friday in Paris, MI. That is, if he decides to come and spend the Easter with us.

My parents Ella & Vaclav Konecny are staying in Venice, Fl for Easter.

Stay tuned for full post about Czech & Slovak Easter traditions right here on EW Emma’s Writings.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, the great Russian playwright and short-story writer, said that you must first incubate your story idea for at least two days, so it comes out right.

I must Incubate all this.

 

http://www.tarot.com/daily-horoscope/taurus

 

 

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Inside Lowell Expo

Things are good in Lowell

By Emma Palova

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Lowell, MI – Since the winter doesn’t want to go away under the deceiving spring sun, people from far and near flocked to the 22nd annual Lowell Expo today.

The theme “Expo Olympics” was fitting since the temperature this morning was 30 degrees Fahrenheit. But, that’s exactly what the Lowell Chamber of Commerce Liz Baker always hopes for this major chamber event.

“It’s the only event I wish for bad weather,” she laughed.

It was the place to be whether you wanted to network, show off what you got, gossip or just plain have fun.

The Lowell High School was packed to the rafters with vendors, community organizations and visitors.

At each booth or in the hallways, you were sure to bump into someone you knew.

A bluegrass musician, your local weatherman or your dentist; they were all right there.

From your city council member, Vergennes zoning administrator to the radio station.

And of course, the Lowell High School Band was playing on the center stage.

The kids gathered at the Oak Meadow Tree Service Inc. booth. And I recognized harnessed to the rope, local photographer Bruce Doll struggling to get down.

‘Bruce, you gotta stick to your programs and photography,” I thought to myself.

Local businessman and city councilman Greg Canfield was standing by the Lowell Area Trailways display.

“What are you doing here?” I asked. “How’s your hotel doing?”

“I am here for the city, the trailways,” he answered.

As I turned around to leave, Canfield said:

“Things are good in Lowell,” he quickly added.

The Fallasburg Historical Society booth no. 129 was the real reason why I came to the Expo. I wanted to deliver the sign-up sheet for the FHS E-newsletter.

There was changing of the guard at the FHS booth. And the new guardians of history were all in black to commemorate the recent passing of late Mr. Edwin Roth lovingly called Ed. At 98, Ed was the oldest member of the FHS, and one of the founding members.

Last year, he still manned the FHS booth accompanied by daughter Jeanne Roth Vandersloot. Just like he had for many decades.

“Mr. Edwin Roth with his passion for history remains an inspiration for all of us,” FHS spokesperson said.

“Isn’t that amazing that there are still newspapers,” said FHS president Ken Tamke.

Tamke found a clipping of Ed staking the Fallasburg historic district register marker in 1999.

He proudly showed off the best kept secret of the FHS; and that is the scrapbook with newspaper clippings going back to 1926.

I encouraged the lady standing next to me to sign up for our E-newsletter.

“I ve already signed up,” said Judy Miller smiling, as she examined the arrowhead artifacts.

Yes, the FHS encourages the preservation of history, both in print and digital.

Because today’s news are tomorrow’s history.

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Remembering Mr. Edwin Roth, 98

Fallasburg Historical Society president Ken Tamke shares memories of the oldest and one of the founding members of the FHS.

According to the obituary, Edwin Roth still cut his own wood at 95. He was second generation Swiss, and proud of his ancestry. He never missed an FHS event, and attended the Tri-River Historical Museum network monthly meetings.

Frank Brechbiel gave him rides to meetings.

“It’s the least I can do,” he said last summer in Clarksville.

Mr. Roth’s secret to long life

“To say Ed lived life to the fullest would be a vast understatement. His spirit will of course live on, his legacy, one of many, Fallasburg village today.

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Mr. Edwin Roth at  the Fallasburg Christmas party inside the one-room schoolhouse in 2016 with Frank Brechbiel.

“I believe we all marveled at his longevity in our individual quests to find the fountain of youth.  Ed’s answer was simple, eat right, live clean, and another nugget he shared with me last Christmas with a large smile, “Don’t go to Doctors”!  That was Ed.”
Ken Tamke

Excerpt from FHS President’s message on the passing of Mr. Edwin Christian Roth on March 8,2018.

via FHS President’s spring message

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Writers group network

From idea to paper, bit, print & market

LowellArts to form a writers group

Lowell, MI- Are you a writer or an author interested in networking to gain insights into the publishing industry?

Have you encountered endless obstacles on your writing journey that seem to lead nowhere? Are your manuscripts collecting dust? Do you have a stack of rejections from agents?

Have you ever doubted yourself on your writing journey from the original idea to seeing your book on the bookshelf  at the local Schuler  Books store or at your hometown library?

Are you still wishing you could see your screenplay on the big screen?

A writers group will bring confidence and synergy to your writing, screenwriting & publishing efforts. It will help streamline them into a flow of great content for publishing: print, digital, audible and/or all of the above.

It will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights with fellow  wordsmiths.

You can start by joining the Facebook group: Writers Loop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/880655965317296/

Contact Emma at 1-616-550-3885 or email me at emmapalova@yahoo.com

Also follow my publishing blog Edition Emma Publishing

http://editionemma.wordpress.com

For more info on LowellArts go to:

http://www.lowellartsmi.org

About the feature photo & logo:

The path shows the poet’s Meandering  journey through the woods of the publishing maze. The lights of insight are shining on it.

The poem is by an unknown poet

I see a pleasant path, and I begin to ramble

On either side are thorns and rocks

The ground is full of brambles……..

Fallen trees to trip me, the woods are very dark…..

But around the corner, and down the path,

I think I can see a park,

I think I’ll walk on the path today, the woods are too scary..

The path is my way,

It has a few hills as I walk toward the park,

But the sun is shining, and I am not in the dark……

It is simple to do….

Just stay on the path,

And we’ll walk with you!

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Writing tips for every day

This is the mainstay of my author events discussions: How to start and finish your book in 2018

1-Write every day at a set time that works the best for you.

2- Keep a diary for notes, take the diary with you wherever you go. It can be a paper diary or on a device. I use OneNote & a paper diary. Bookmark content that inspires you on the computer.

3- Set a certain quota of pages per day you want to write.

4- From the get go, have an end in mind as far as finish date, and a visual picture of the final product.

5- What do you want to accomplish with your project? In other words why are you writing your book or screenplay?

6- Go with the evolution of your plot and/or character. It will surprise you, but go with it.

What do you do when you get a writer’s block?

You continue to write. It’s the only way to fight it. Maybe you write about something else, and then come back to the first writing project, but you write.

Picture yourself as a long haul truck driver, who’s taking a load of avocados from Mexico to Michigan. It has to make that distance to the store before the produce rots. You can stop along the way, but eventually you have to deliver the avocados to the store.

So, you start out with really hard not ripened avocados, and on the way they ripen, just like your plot and/or character. Maybe along the route you add-on asparagus, and pineapple.

But, you really can’t stop that truck, right?

7- On that long lonely route, you will doubt yourself and so will others. But, in the end it’s the deliverance of the produce that really matters.

8-Deliver yours.

via How to finish a book or a screenplay

Stop by this afternoon at LowellArts from 1 to 4 p.m. for Emma’s book signing event. Ask me questions live during that time on Facebook or on Twitter.

Emma on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/emma.palova.9

Emma on Twitter

My next event is the Calvin College Festival of Faith & Writing from April 12 through April 14.

http://www.ccfw.calvin.edu/festival

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Ready-Taurus Daily Horoscope

I am ready and excited for tomorrow’s book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories at the @LowellArts gallery at 223 W. Main Street.

If you are in the area, stop by. The gallery has on display the magnificent West Michigan Regional Art Competition show.

I will talk about book marketing strategies including growing your blog audience.

The mainstay flagship discussion is; How to start and finish your book in 2018.

You can ask me questions also on the Goodreads platform, Facebook and Twitter.

My next event is the writer’s conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids from April 12 through April 14.

You can still register and submit your manuscript to Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing at:

https://festival.calvin.edu/festival-2018/registration/

I love the Mahatma Gandhi quote, that’s why I included my Taurus horoscope link.

http://www.tarot.com/daily-horoscope/taurus

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Happy International Women’s Day

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) campaign theme is #PressforProgress which calls for action to press forward and progress gender parity.

Now, more than ever it takes on a new meaning in light of the recent events not just exclusive to Hollywood and the politicians.

The campaign gives us five options of positive behaviours toward gender equality starting with maintaining a gender parity mindset all the way to celebrating women’s achievements.

I have chosen all five. But long before this campaign I had the positive influence of celebrating womanhood in the old country.  The socialist government encouraged the celebration of IWD.

One of my favorite memories from the former socialist Czechoslovakia is the celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD), both at work and at home.

The country very much valued its female population to the point that women could stay on a maternity leave for up to three years without losing their job. They received 60 percent of their salary for the first two years of their maternity leave with full salary for the first six months.

The nurseries were free as well as other preschool child-care establishments. While capitalism swiped all that away, the country did manage to keep all its old holidays along with the new ones. The country doubled up on fun when they picked back up Mother’s Day with the advance of the free market economy, and retained International Women’s Day from the past.

I still see well wishes to women from my Czech friends on Facebook on this day. Now, that warms my heart; the fact that both systems acknowledge a woman’s place in the society and in the workplace.

We used to get flowers or pantyhose at work, or the other way around at home. Even though now I don’t get either for this day, I still dedicate a memory, a post, or a wish to all the women in the world.

Inspired by the IWD tradition, I started my most popular story series, “Inspiring Women” in the winter of 2014. The series features women that are making a difference in their communities.

Since then, I have featured women from all walks of life: small town politicians, businesswomen, sportswomen, nuns, artists, doctors, herbalists, bloggers and many more. Each woman told her own story, and they were all inspiring. They are the
Fabric of their families and communities.

Just to name a few: Gail Lowe, Liz Baker, Betty Dickinson, Sharon Ellison, Betty Morlock, Mary Dailey Brown, Kathleen Mooney and most recently Betsy Davidson.

If you run into them, say thank you. Nominate a woman who has inspired you for a story.

Link to IWD is: https://internationalwomensday.com

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Shifting Sands Short Stories giveaway on Kindle

Don’t miss out on my free kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories starting March 8 through March 9.

You will save $7.99, and gain a great reading and writing tool. All you need is an Amazon Kindle app for iOS or for windows, and you can read and write on anything and anywhere.

The Fact remains that the kindle app is very convenient for both readers and authors for all its capabilities.

The short story format is very conducive to devices on the go. The content is linked to the dictionary, and you can take notes and share.

via Kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories with excerpts

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