Archive for February, 2012

JUST TO ANNOUNCE…

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

     I joined Twitter a couple of days ago, and I have enjoyed writing short but hopefully helpful observations of life.  I think that it is a good thing to share one’s positive thoughts with others.  It is also  a wonderful way of expressing one’s thoughts succinctly while helping to inform and share with readers.

     I am on Facebook with a few of my friends and relatives, but I don’t post often.  I basically like to see how my relatives, out of state or out of my locality, are doing.  I guess, this being the technological age, the ways of communicating with others are far beyond writing letters.

     I am so glad that my blogging has been of help to so many people.  It will always be non-profit, and I shall look for ways to continue to be of assistance to others through the Bible,  my personal experiences in life and in any other positive, constructive way. 

     Even though there is still plenty to do when one is retired, at least there is ample time left to go out of one’s way, much moreso than when one is still working, to help others and be a positive and constructive contributor to society. 

     I am sorry that this is a short post, but, yes, like all of you, I have things that I must do this morning.  Until the next blog,

Cheryl

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEARCH FOR “SHANGRI’LA”?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

     If you would,  just read  my novel, “A Time For Peace, which can be  purchased online at www.redleadbooks.com or by calling 1-800-834-1803, the customer book order number at Red Lead Books.  In just ten days, www.amazon.com and/or www.barnes&nobles.com.  will have copies of my novel available, too, as well as a sampling option. 

     I  researched models for James Hilton’s Shangri’La for months before I even started to write this novel, and I must say that I got more and more excited about it as I did the research.  I learned so much about Far Eastern societies that I was truly inspired to start writing, and I must say that the learning experience was an invaluable one.

     However, the novel is far more than just a compilation of material about the invaluable history of Far Eastern society.  It is also the story of seven women who searched  for confirmation of their lives after the horror of September 11, 2001.  Whether they find such assurance that there is a purpose to all of our lives, and whether their own lives are enriched by their journey to countries, such as Bhutan, China, Pakistan and Tibet, can be discovered through reading the novel.

     There will be more about this novel and others that I have written in future posts.  Until the next blog, enjoy each day!

Cheryl

Hello again!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

     I can’t believe that it has been an entire month since I posted last.  Time has a way of moving at incredible speed when you’re busy with a number of different things, and, my friends, that is my excuse.  But what kinds of things, you might ask, and since the answer is not too personal, I will provide the answer.

     Aside from the mundane necessities of life for all of us like maintaining our homes, shopping and occasional doctors’ visits,  I have spent some enjoyable moments with extended family, friends at congregation meetings, writing e-mails and actual letters(believe it or not!), watching some great movies and doing a great deal of reading.  Also, interestingly enough, I have begun to buy a number of plants and to take care of them dutifully.  I have also started two new plants from scratch with seeds.  What a thrill it is to see them grow already into seedlings!

     However, I must say that I also utilized a good deal of my time in completing my latest novel, “Escape From the Maelstrom’, which is now entering the publishing process and will probably come out around August of 2012.  I can’t wait!

     “Escape From the Maelstrom” is very special to me for a number of reasons.  First of all, it is a historical novel that takes place between the years of 1912-1918, thus encompassing such significant world events as World War One (1914-1918) and the Russian Revolution(February, 1917).  It takes place in Moscow, Odessa, St. Petersburg and the lower east side of New York City. 

     It is an exciting story of a woman who married a distant cousin of the Romanovs and is pursued by them even after her husband’s murder.  Her harrowing lifestyle as she must escape from the Czar’s security forces and later the Communists still leaves time for her to assume a new identity with the help of friends who  believe, against all odds, that  a government based upon freedom is still possible in Russia.  The protagonist’s ability to bond with others and start a new life is refreshing and , I hope, will prove inspiring to those who read the novel. 

     I took a great deal of time to research what means of entertainment (movies, films, places of interest, etc.) were available at that time in the United States so that my characters, when emigrating here, could pursue enjoyable activities that were authentic for that time.  The time apent on the research was well worth it, however.   I learned so much myself, and through the novel can convey that knowledge to the reader.

     I am also looking forward to receiving my first author’s copy of “A Time For Peace,” the novel that I completed several months ago and is at the end of the publishing process.  It is the last in a series of five books, including the main character, who, through her second marriage, is now Winona Scharf O’Donnell.

     The theme of “A Time For Peace” is searching for a perfect society in this very imperfect world in which we live.  The protagonist and her loyal women friends, as well as  three family members, attempt to find the model for James Hilton’s Shangri’La, the utopian society found in “Lost Horizon,” written back in 1933. 

     While searching for Shangri’La, the characters reexamine their own personal lives and attempt to find a real focus in a world that often seems as though it is crumbling before them.  After a while, finding that perfect society takes second place to discovering what is viable in their own lives and trying to build a better life from that central core of hope.

     I am proud of both novels, but I feel that now, after having written fifteen books, I am ready to start finding more effective ways of marketing them so that I can share my writing with more people.  Since I am not the most out-going of people, it will not be easy to be my own publicist, but I will try my hardest.

     I also plan to post more blogs on a variety of subjects now that I will have more time, and I want to go back to another of my favorite hobbies, painting in water colors.  I look forward to pursuing these fun-filled activities.  What would we do without constructive hobbies and recreational activities?

     When I sign off tonight, you can be sure that I will be thinking of some really interesting themes for future blogs.  Thank you for visiting my website, and to all of those who send webmail, thank you, thank you, thank you!

     Until the next blog,

                                                                    Cheryl