Monday, August 29, 2011

The World of Ink Network: August 29: Stories for Children show

The World of Ink Network: August 29: Stories for Children show: Come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children as the hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and I...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Interview Firday with 6-Year-Old LaNiyah Bailey: Author of NOT FAT Because I Wanna Be

LaNiyah Bailey is a 6‐year‐old author with a message for children like her – just because you are bigger than other kid, that doesn’t mean that people have the right to bully you.

In her debut book, Not FAT Because I Wanna Be, LaNiyah details the struggle of Jessica, a fictional girl who has an underlying medical issue that causes her to gain weight. Bullied by her peers, Jessica learns to accept her body and eventually opens up about her condition to her classmates.

LaNiyah is not only speaking to other children through her book, but has become an advocate for anti‐bullying organizations.

With a message that words can hurt and that not all weight gain is due to an unhealthy lifestyle, LaNiyah hopes her book will enlighten and entertain her young readers.

I just wish this book can help other kids like me...and I wish it can help people see that [even though] you might be big that you are not unhealthy or… a monster like people may make you feel.”

VS: I want to thank you LaNiyah for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. It's wonderful to see such a young author and one who has a very important message to share, too. So get to things started, how long have you been writing? 

LaNiyah: This is the first book I have written. It’s almost been one year since my mom and I created it.

VS: It's a wonderful book, too. I wish it was around when my son was younger as he went through the same things as your character, Jessica. What inspired you to write?   

LaNiyah:Me being bullied and teased about my weight inspired the story. But, my mom helped inspire me to write as a way to talk about what happened and to get it out to help others.

VS: Writing is truly a great way to deal with the ups and downs in our lives. I'm glad your mom inspired you to share your story with others. What is a typical writing day like for you? 

LaNiyah:Well, when we first started writing “Not fat because I wanna be”. I came home from school and my mom and I sat down in our living room, she told me to tell her everything that I went through and she wrote it down. The next day she asked me how I wanted the story to go and she wrote that down. For one week, we talked every day about what I wanted in the book, the characters, and their names. My mom typed it up and found a person called an editor (Margot Finke) and she helped her make it better.

VS: What I love about this is how open your communication is with your mom. I'm guessing your family supportive of your writing then? 

LaNiyah:My family is awesome. They are so supportive and they love me no matter what. My grandparents, aunts, uncles and my cousins show me a lot of support. I wish my grandfather “paw-paw” was still here so he could know that I wrote a book, I think he would be so proud.

VS: I think he would be too. What was the first thing you ever had published? 

LaNiyah:This is my first book that was published.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book? 

LaNiyah:Yes, this book is called “Not fat because I wanna be” and it is about a girl named Jessica who was getting teased and bullied because of her weight. The kids in her school didn’t know she was a healthy person so; they always teased her and made her really sad. One day Jessica decided that it was time to stand-up to a mean girl named Brittany, and when she did all the other kids wanted to be her friend.

VS: What do you enjoy most about writing? 

LaNiyah:I enjoy that I was able to tell people what really happened to me in a fun way.

What is the most difficult part of writing? The hardest part at first was I didn’t know how to say it without being sad about it. And I was afraid that people would not like it and say it wasn’t good.

VS: I'm here today to say you're a very talented writer and also you're not alone with this medical problem. As I told your mom over the phone, my son also suffered the same thing when he was younger. He has out grown it and you will to over time.What tips can you give writing children at home to help them see publication? 

LaNiyah:If you have a story want to tell don’t be afraid to tell your mom or dad about it. Tell them if you really want to do it and they will help you get your book out there like my parents did.

VS: Yes, I believe that to the bottom of my heart and there are many authors like myself who also support young authors such as you. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “writing child”? 

LaNiyah:It seems like people are really surprised that I wrote a book. They always say “did you really write this story” and I tell them “yes, this is my story. But, my mom helped me make it better and made it into a real book.”

I would like to say thank you, for having me today. I hope your readers will share my message and help us spread the word about my new book “Not Fat Because I Wanna Be.”  I just want kids to know that I am doing this for them and not me. Please visit my website at: www.NotfatbecauseIwannabe.com

Not Fat Because I Wanna Be
Written by: LaNiyah Bailey 
Publisher: Createspace/Bright Girl Publishing, Inc
ISBN Number: 978-1461006763
Publication Date: March 2011
Genre of Book: Children’s Picture Book

Book Blurb:
Six year old LaNiyah Bailey has a message for bullies and teasers alike: "Just because I look different doesn't mean that I'm not human or I am a monster like people make me feel. I'm just like you, a beautiful human being."

“Sometimes, I would not tell mom and dad how bad it really was. I’d go home and cry, cry, cry.” From Not FAT Because I Wanna Be

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring youth author LaNiyah Bailey and her book, NOT FAT Because I Wanna Be all month long in August 2011.

You can find out more about LaNiyah Bailey, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/LaNiyahBailey.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with LaNiyah and her mother, and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. LaNiyah will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with LaNiyah and her mother about NOT FAT Because I Wanne Be, being a youth writer, publishing a book and her experiences along with tips on how to deal with bullies.

The show will be live August 29, 2011 at 6pm EST. You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradion.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)


 Book Giveaway!
     1. Join the Book Lovers Blog Hop. (One entry)
     2. Follow the World of Ink Tours and leave a comment per tour blog stop. (must leave a real comment about the author, tour or book. Saying “this is cool” or “I love your book” will not count.) Make sure to include your safe email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Example: vsgrenier AT storiesforchildrenpublishing DOT com. (One bonus entry per blog stop)
     3. Ask a question per World of Ink Tour blog stop. (One bonus entry per tour blog stop)


To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit Stories for Children Publishing at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Multiplied Benefits of Journaling


Do you keep or have you kept a journal or diary? If so, you probably already know some of the benefits of journaling because you've experienced them. You know that your journal helps you make sense of the senseless side of your life. A journal can be an emotional lifesaver when you go through a hard time. But did you know that scientists believe journaling can even keep you physically healthy?

The release of pent-up emotions you pour into your journal every day actually helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and asthma, and strengthens your immune system. This really makes sense if you consider that much illness is exacerbated by stress, and a journal is one of the best stress reducers out there.

Journaling gives you a record of your emotional growth like no other. While it can be useful at times to be able to look back and see just when your neighbor moved in or when you started suffering from headaches, the intangible changes in you can be even more fascinating to look back over.

When you take the time to face your feelings, you can make clearer, more well-informed choices. Take the time to list what you want and don't want in a career or a mate, and the choice will be easier to make when the time comes. Don't think that journaling is just about narrative prose, either. Lists, poems, jokes, things that strike you funny, and even sketches, all have a place in a journal.

A journal can help you work out problems in relationships. How? By constructively writing your feelings instead of tearing into that other person you can see the situation more clearly. You can see where perhaps you were somewhat in the wrong so that you can honestly offer an apology. You can also clarify just what the other person did that upset you. Sometimes in the heat of an argument, it is difficult to put your finger on the specific problem.

There is no better way to know your own values than writing honestly from the heart in your journal. It is really important that your journal is private and safe, that no one else will be seeing what you write. Get a locking diary if you have people around you who might pry. When you feel safe, you can honestly look at yourself and your feelings.

Journaling can be used in any way you need for your own particular situation. As stated above, if you are looking for a mate or trying to choose a career, you can record your honest feelings about those decisions in lists and free prose. If you wish to start a business of your own, a journal is a wonderful place to dream on paper. Don't worry if you look back over old writings and your ideas looked a little juvenile or unrealistic. The goal is growth, after all. You are simply growing.

Perhaps you are in a phase of life in which you have health goals. Your journal can be your greatest asset! Keep track of healthy meals you enjoy, or of types of exercise you master. By recording your goals, you will know when you have met them and are ready to move on to new ones. Do remember to make your goals bite-sized and objective. For instance, say, "I will do my Pilates video three times a week for a month" instead of "I will exercise more this month." At the end of the month, if you have kept a written record, you will know if you did the Pilates according to your goal.

This article is just scratching the surface when it comes to the benefits of keeping a journal. For stress reduction, goal setting, and understanding yourself, there is nothing like regular journaling.

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
About Shery: Shery is the creator of WriteSparks!™- a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks!™ Lite for free at http://writesparks.com

If you want 3 writing *sparks* delivered to you every day for 31 days, check out WriteSparks!™ Daily HERE for info on how to get started -- it's free :o)
Thank you for reading. Keep writing!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Debut Author Tal Yanai on Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children –August 15, 2011



For Immediate Release

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: Stories for Children with hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Christopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with debut Tal Yanai about his book, Life Is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store on August 15, 2011.

Tal Yanai was not happy with his reality as a child and teen. What he was creating in his life was not in alignment with what he wanted in his heart or what he knew and deeply felt was possible. In tenth grade, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained his learning difficulties but it did little to ease his frustration with himself and his everyday struggles.

Today, Tal teaches Hebrew and Judaic Studies in Temple Beth Hillel in the San Fernando Valley as he continues his quest to explore the meaning of soul and achieve his full potential as a spiritual teacher.

In a world driven by instant gratification comes a gem of a book full of wisdom, couched in simple language and written from the heart. Life Is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store by Tal Yanai invites teens to engage in both the critical process of self-reflection and the experience of connecting with the larger world.

Yanai encourages teens to become more aware of how their actions affects themselves and others. By exposing them to the simple truths of spirituality, and the beauty and love of a higher power. Yanai hopes readers will find new direction and purpose in a world filled with instant everything.

Come listen live to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork on August 15, 2011 when author Tal Yanai chats with the hosts about his book, writing, his life experiences and more.  

The show will air live at 2pm EST on August 15, 2011. You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradion.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

You can find out more about Tal Yanai, his book Life Is Not a Candy Store and his World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/TalYanai.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Tal Yanai and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Yanai will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.


To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit Stories for Children Publishing at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Blog Jog Day Winner!


Blog Jog Day was this past Sunday, August 7th. And I don't know about everyone else, but I enjoyed reading the comments left at my blogs and visiting many of the interesting blogs on the jog.

For those visitors who left a comment at either this blog or my other two blog sites had their name entered into a drawing for two books.

Today the winning names were drawn from all the entries. Here is the winner from The Writing Mama blog job giveaway. 






Patricia Shirra

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who visited The Writing Mama on Blog Jog Day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In a Rut or Blocked: 9 Tips to Help You Get Back to the Business of Writing



You're sitting at your desk, staring at a blank sheet of paper or a blank word document on the computer screen. You actually want to write, but just can't bring yourself to it. You have no clue what to do with your characters next, and they don't seem eager to tell you.

Or perhaps you have a deadline, but you're aimlessly typing random letters on the page, none of which seems to make sense, and you're getting more and more frustrated as every minute passes. That deadline that you have in two weeks seems to be coming round very quickly and, at this rate there is no way you are going to make it!

Whether you are experiencing this for the first time or for the hundredth time and you're at a loss as to what you should do, don't despair. You can consider yourself as having a case of writer's block or being stuck in a rut; it can and does happen even if you haven't been neglecting your work. Other writers experience this too.
Your muse needs to be fed, her energy recharged! So how do you do it? Staring at the screen is not going to help. In fact, it will make your situation far worse because the day will have passed before you know it! Here are some tips:

1. If you're going through a rough period, take a vacation. Taking a few days off from writing is sometimes necessary. At the end of this period, you are most likely to feel much better and more inspired. For many writers, this is the perfect time when a story idea pops into their mind and they begin percolating.

2. If taking a few days off isn't an option for you, take a short break. Get out of the house or your office for a few hours. Take your mind off your work by doing something different - watch a movie, go to a café, meet up with a friend...just do anything that will take your mind off your writing for a while. This will give you a new perspective that you can take back to your computer later.

3. Write ten positive things about your writing skills on a piece of paper and put it on the wall above your computer. This will remind you just how good you are at what you do so it will give your confidence a boost.

4. Go on despite your mood. Don't let your feelings get in your way, but use them instead to help you in your work. If you are angry, perhaps it's time to write the fight scene you had in mind. Sad? It's probably a good idea to develop the break-up scene between your two main characters. You may never use this work, but at least you'll be writing.

5. Reread what you have already done. You may be stuck because you have lost your place in your writing so read what you've written and find your place again.

6. Accept the current difficulty as normal and necessary. You may not be able to feed your muse properly simply because you haven't accepted that stress is a normal part of your life, too. As a matter of fact, very often stress catalyzes our energies and pushes us towards the deadline.

7. Trust yourself. For many of us, the greatest enemy is the lack of confidence. You will not keep the momentum going unless you identify the negative source that causes your insecurity. You will feel much more inspired when you write without thinking of your insecurities.

8. Use your fear. Your fear will become your ally if you dare to face it. Endow your main character with the same fear you experience, and then let him or her deal with it. Only you can decide where fear is taking you. Just let go and write!

9. Celebrate yourself. You deserve all the self-respect you can take for your courage to commit to writing. There may be times when you may not feel like this at all, but remember that while you cannot control the respect you receive from others, you can influence the respect you feel for yourself.

Even the most seasoned and famous writers get stuck in a rut or get a bad case of writer's block at some point in their lives. If none of the suggestions work for you, just sleep on it. Getting a good night's sleep can rejuvenate your mind and give you a clean bill of mental productivity in the morning, as well as give you the ability to look for inspiration! That will soon cure your writer's block or get you out of the rut!

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

About Shery: Shery is the creator of WriteSparks!™- a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks!™ Lite for free at http://writesparks.com


If you want 3 writing *sparks* delivered to you every day for 31 days, check out WriteSparks!™ Daily HERE for info on how to get started -- it's free :o)
Thank you for reading. Keep writing!