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Book Update | Submitted My Emerging Voices Fellowship Application

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I did it! I submitted my PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship application last Monday. It was an exciting feeling putting everything together and sending it off. The post office employee actually asked me if I was sending a book and I sort of was. It was only the first 20 pages of my memoir, but I had to put together 5 copies of the entire application which included the 20 pages, short answer questions, professional CV, 2014 tax summary, (2) letters of recommendation, and a $10 application fee. It was a thick piece of mail that’s for sure.

My husband has been my sounding board for all my nervous energy. He listens to me talk about how difficult it is writing this personal story and tells me not to get discouraged if I don’t get the Fellowship (he’s completely right and completely amazing). This is the first time I’ve ever submitted my work to be judged. Whoever looks at my submission will be the first to read a large portion of my memoir. It’s actually quite scary when I think about it. A person I don’t know will be judging what I’ve written. Their opinions will determine if I get to participate in this Fellowship.

If I don’t get it this year, there’s always next year or the year after. Now that I know about this great program I’m going to keep applying until I get it.

Now I just have to wait until October when they inform the finalists. I really hope I get this Fellowship because I think it will help me develop a clearer picture of my memoir and help me finish a first draft.

Book Update | Excerpt From My Memoir

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Today I’m going to share with you a few small paragraphs from my memoir. Keep in mind this is very rough and you are the first to see this and no editors have tweaked it. Who knows if this will end up in the book if and when it gets published (I hope it eventually gets published).

I feel certain that the story and journey I had with my mom needs to be told because it might bring comfort to those who may have gone through the same things or something similar.

Excerpt From My Memoir (Title TBD)

I had a mother once and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. The smallest things remind me of her. The angel teddy bear I keep in my car.  A woman at the grocery store with curly brown hair.  A television show. For a long time, these little reminders were big stabs in my heart and it would feel like something was pressing down on my lungs. That’s when I couldn’t hold the floodgates and was certain she could feel my sobs from wherever she may have gone.  She may have been able to feel the pain I felt. The sorrow I felt. The loneliness I felt.  As the years rolled by, these little reminders became less and less heart wrenching.  In time they would only make my eyes tear up and I’d wipe it away before they had a chance to roll down my cheek. Sometimes I would even smile when something reminded me of her, but it’s been a long and trying road to get to that point.  

Now they are mere acknowledgements that I had a mother.  I had a mother who kept an angel teddy bear in her car.  I had a mother with curly brown hair and soft blue eyes. I had a mother who’d sit and watch TV with us. I want everyone to know I had a mother who wasn’t perfect, but she was still my mother.

Book Update | Wish Me Luck!

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In a mere 26 days, I will be submitting the first 20 pages of my memoir for a chance to be chosen for the 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship.

The Fellowship includes the following:

  • Professional Mentorship
  • Enrollment in classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program (one 12-week course & a one-day workshop)
  • Attending Author Evenings
  • Enrollment in one genre-specific Masters Class
  • Completion of a 25-hour volunteer project
  • Voice Instruction Class to read work in recording studio & receive instruction on reading publicly
  • Participation in (3) public readings
  • Stipend

This is (by far) one of the scariest, most thrilling things I will do to get my book finished and get it published. I’m sure all you published (and even non-published) authors understand me when I say the part that scares me the most is having other people judge my work, but with a memoir they will also be judging my life and my experiences.

Even though I’m scared and nervous and anxious, I’m also very excited to see if I get this Fellowship. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn more about the craft of writing and gain valuable experience, all while working on my memoir.

So over the next 26 days I may be MIA from my blog, but know that I’ll be back in full force after I’ve had the chance to make my 20 pages good enough to submit.

If you want more information on this Fellowship please follow this link: Emerging Voices Fellowship

Stories Unfolded | 3 Year Blogiversary Celebration & Giveaways!

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I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this blog!  It’s gone through a few changes over the years and it took some time to decide on what it’s focus should be, but I’ve finally gotten it to a place that I’m very proud of.

I want to thank my followers for all the support you’ve given me over the years and I look forward to what this next year will bring.

To celebrate, this month I will be featuring a variety of authors from several different genres.  Each author will have various posts including interviews, excerpts, and giveaways!

Here’s the featured author schedule:

Jacqueline Smith: March 2nd – March 7th

March 2nd  – Jacqueline Smith Bio & Giveaway
March 3rd – Book #1 Excerpt
March 4th – Book #2 Excerpt
March 5th – Interview with Jacqueline Smith
March 6th – Guest Post by Jacqueline Smith
March 7th – Book Review of Book #1 & Giveaway Winner Announcement

Alva Sachs: March 8th

March 8th – Alva Sachs Bio & Book Blurbs

Carrie Cross: March 9th – March 14th

March 9th – Carrie Cross Bio & Giveaway
March 10th – Book #1 Excerpt
March 11th – Book #2 Excerpt
March 12th – Interview with Carrie Cross
March 13th – Guest Post by Carrie Cross
March 14th – Giveaway Winner Announcement

Farzana Marie: March 15th

March 15th – Farzana Marie Bio & Book Blurb

Edward Mooney: March 16th – March 21st

March 16th – Edward Mooney Bio & Giveaway
March 17th – Book #1 Excerpt
March 18th – Book #2 Excerpt
March 19th – Interview with Edward Mooney
March 20th – Guest Post by Edward Mooney
March 21st – Giveaway Winner Announcement

Amanda Gale: March 22nd – 29th

March 22nd – Amanda Gale Bio & Giveaway
March 23rd – Book #1 Excerpt
March 24th – Book #2 Excerpt
March 25th – Book #3 Excerpt
March 26th – Book #4 Guest Post by Amanda Gale
March 27th – Interview with Amanda Gale
March 28th – Guest Post by Amanda Gale
March 29th – Book Review of Book #1 & Giveaway Winner Announcement

STORIES UNFOLDED BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY PACKAGE

In addition to the various author giveaways, I will be holding an amazing Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway!  You’re not going to want to miss out on this giveaway. I can’t thank the authors who donated enough.  They have made this giveaway amazing! Links to their websites and my book reviews are below.

You can enter from March 1st-31st.  Winners will be announced the evening of March 31st PST. Please note that winners must reside within the United States.

The Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway Package includes the following:

(1) Grand Prize Winner

  • $25 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) Signed physical copy of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Audiobook of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Signed physical copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Physical copy of Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris
  • (1) E-Book copy of the Off The Map Series by Lia Riley (Upside Down, Sideswiped, & Inside Out)
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book
  • (1) E-Book copies of three children’s books by Alva Sachs (Circus Fever, I’m 5, & On Your Mark, Get Set,Go!)

(1) Prize Winner

  • $10 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book
  • (1) E-Pub copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) E-Pub copy of From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) E-Pub copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich

(1) Prize Winner

  • $5 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) E-Book copy of The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book

(1) Prize Winner

  • $5 Amazon Kindle Gift Card

Enter here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Celebration & Giveaway Starts March 1st

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To celebrate my 3 Year Blogiverary I’m holding a month long celebration.  I will be featuring a variety of authors from several different genres.  Each author will have various posts including interviews, excerpts, and giveaways!  The festivities begin Sunday March 1, 2015!

STORIES UNFOLDED BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY PACKAGE

In addition to the various author giveaways, I will be holding an amazing Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway!  You’re not going to want to miss out on this giveaway. I can’t thank the authors who donated enough.  They have made this giveaway amazing! Links to their websites and my book reviews are below.

You can enter starting March 1st-31st.  Winners will be announced the evening of March 31st PST. Please note that winners must reside within the United States.

The Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway Package includes the following:

(1) Grand Prize Winner

  • $25 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) Signed physical copy of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Audiobook of The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett
  • (1) Signed physical copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Signed physical copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) Physical copy of Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris
  • (1) E-Book copy of the Off The Map Series by Lia Riley (Upside Down, Sideswiped, & Inside Out)
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book
  • (1) E-Book copies of three children’s books by Alva Sachs (Circus Fever, I’m 5, & On Your Mark, Get Set,Go!)

(1) Prize Winner

  • $10 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book
  • (1) E-Pub copy of Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) E-Pub copy of From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich
  • (1) E-Pub copy of For a Grieving Heart by Terri Ann Leidich

(1) Prize Winner

  • $5 Amazon Kindle Gift Card
  • (1) E-Book copy of The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett
  • (1) E-Book copy of any Ginger Scott book

(1) Prize Winner

  • $5 Amazon Kindle Gift Card

Enter here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to all of the following authors who donated to the Stories Unfolded Blogiversary Giveaway:

WNBA-LA 2015 LA Writer’s Conference | March 14th

Hello My Wonderful Followers,

As you know, I’m currently the Social Media Chair for the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter.  That means I’m working hard to promote the organization’s news and events through various social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.  So I wanted to take this time to tell you about the biggest event that the organization puts on every year.

The 2015 LA Writer’s Conference will be held at the Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus on March 14th. This all day event will include valuable workshops for authors and those aspiring to be. There are workshops on topics like Creating a Dream Team, the State of the Fiction Market, and Query Letters. There’s going to be great speakers, book signings, and a wine and cheese mixer as well.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss out on this great event. You can visit http://www.lawritersconference.org for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets. Tickets will be 20% off until February 13th.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

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