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#1 Sweet

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 04:34 AM

I love books. Take me to a mall and I'll ditch the biggest name brand department store to head for the bookstore ( Carrie you can probably relate). I can spend hours and hours in there and then come out with several hundred dollars worth of books and I won't be able to put down until I've read them all. I have one HUGE room - the library, that is wall to wall bookshelves that are overflowing. It's my favorite room of my house. It has lots of sun and many comfy places to sit/lay/relax and read. Oh and if you get a whim to play the piano, it has one of those too. :)

My passion for books has lead to a dream, and that's writing. Carrie I may need to pick your brain on this over time! I love poetry and have written many over the years. Mostly for family etc, but maybe one day I'll publish.

Now I am starting a children's book series that are based on my grandchildren and the situation where one of the cousins moves to NZ (which is really happening). It's a bit harder than I thought on some days and other days it just flows. I can't draw worth beans, so someone else will have to do that.

So many dreams..........so little time.........
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 07:29 AM

Wow Pamela that sounds like a fantastic room, I would love to be in a room like that. I read lots but after quite a number of moves have had to get rid of some of my collection.
I like reading Fantasy novels to relax with but also love books about my hobbies - sewing, embroidary, knitting, photography & recipe books.

What books do you like to read?

My dream is to see the Northern Lights - but not sure I'll cope with the cold, I would also like to go back to Egypt to visit the Pyramids. The last time we visited we did a Nile Cruise which was wonderful the highlight being the temples at Abu Simbal. Yes I do like to travel as well.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:04 AM

Good topic, Pam. I also love to read, but I have had a lot of trouble concentrating over the past couple of years. I have only recently been able to read again. I think keeping mentally active with the forum is helping my brain a bit. Writing is very satisfying, though it tends to take over and preempt other responsibilities.

When I was young I thought I wanted to travel, but I am not very tolerant of temperature changes. As long as it's not too hot or too cold, I'm OK.
Warm wishes,
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:14 AM

Great Topic. I just finished watercoloring and designing a children's alphabet book. I'm not sure where to go with it now? Send it to a publisher or publish it myself. I learned how to bind books in college so I can make a few and see if they sell. It's called Wild Beasties an alphabet book. It matches cards and framed art I've made. I'm loosing strength in my hands so drawing gets harder but I've found watercolor to be accommodating.

I love reading too.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:57 PM

Oh Peanut that is wonderful. Carrie may be able to help you with publishing ideas. I'm not even close to that yet.

Would love to hear how it all goes!
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 03:54 PM

It has always been my dream to publish a children's book too. I have written 3 short ones so far, geared towards preschoolers. I have 3 more in my head.

I've done very minimal research on how to publish. It's scary to put yourself out there! You open yourself up to all kinds of criticism and I have a fragile self-esteem. Hope I get the courage someday to go for it.

Good topic!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:12 AM

I have this amazing visual of Sweet's room! I want to take a vacation there. I also love books and love to read. I go to the library and get five books at a time because it also takes a lot to keep my interest so I have to have a variety. Right now I have two that I am reading, and an inspirational one that I read from everyday.

We have a lot of creative people on this forum. Maybe it's a symptom of Scleroderma?

I love to hike. I love to be "at one with nature" in the mountains, where you cannot see anything but mountains, streams, trees and the sky.

I also love to travel. I enjoy going to the Caribbean Islands. I like getting to know the locals and learning about their culture.

My dream...my dream would be to live on an island and wake up every day on the beach.

Lastly, I would love to win the lottery, so I guess I need to start playing.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:26 AM

Barefut, I know what you mean about publishing, scares me to death! I am also toying with the idea of not using my real name if and when I do publish. Maybe that will help our self-esteem issue. We can read the book and say "Wow, that Jane Doe just can't write worth beans" LOL

Jen, boy I am with you on the traveling and waking up on the beach with a book would be pure heaven for me!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:33 AM

Sweet,

I have my pen name already picked out! :lol:

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:34 AM

Me too, but it's also a name a lot of my friends call me, so they would know!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:45 AM

Many reputable authors use pen names. I use one, too. Aside from the anonymity it can provide, having a good sounding name is part of the whole marketing package. What makes you pick up a book from the table - the title, the cover and the author's name, even if it is subliminal. There are many, many writers' sites which will help you with workshops and advice. Google is your friend. Stay away for ones which are looking for money up front. Self-publishing is a lot easier than it used to be with print on demand publishing, in which you can get small quantities printed up at reasonable prices. Of course you have to do all the work getting into a professional format. Again, there are hundreds of people out there with advice on the subject. Google is your friend. As with anything, it is a case of caveat emptor - let the buyer beware!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:13 AM

Thanks Carrie for the advice.

Did you self publish?
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 06:03 AM

My own work has not been published yet, Pamela. I ran a small independent literary publishing concern for many years, but I had to give it up about two years ago because of illness. We published short stories, poetry and art in two quarterly print journals and for several years before that in various online journals. Before that I ran a forum for peer to peer poetry critique. In fact, that was how I met my husband and eventually came to be living in Scotland!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:00 AM

Jensue, Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are amazing. Standing in a dark small beach and watching them dancing over the forests and lake with your darling is one of my favourite things in the whole world.

My passion is dancing. I love to dance and I teach dancing too. I just picked the song for my "masterpiece" which will not be done till next fall, but I have too great koreografies coming before that. I love the peoples who I dance with. We just started a new group with my little sister and a friend of ours, which is performing kind of "spiritual" dances: we are all very religious persons.

My dream is to travel a lot, to see new countries, to meet people from new cultures.. I'm going to visit Germany next February, which is my first trip to some other country for a few years. And next summer I'll pack my bags and take a train and travel around the Europe for a few weeks. Anyone here who wants to join? ;D

I allso had this one HUGE dream to become a pilot, but because of my medical situation and health that's not possible. Now I have found new interesting professions like a police officer. My other passion is to deal with computers, and especially with websites. We have this project going on with my boyfriend, who's allso a huge computer freak. So something to do with computers or media would be nice too. But in the other hand I'd love to be physiotherapist too, or to do something good with other people.

Well, that's about me so far. :)

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 05:06 AM

i dream of having a wonderful, brilliant, well-educated, scientific mind. I'd work as a research scientist and find cures for all kinds of things.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:05 AM

OOOOO, yogabear, I like that dream of yours. Guess I'll have to find something else of my own to to dream about.

hhhmmmm, well I guess that I dream of living near the beach, somewhere with a view of rolling hills covered with wildflowers that spill into the ocean. I would like to have my art studio with panoramic windows so that I could be inspired by the scenery when I go in to paint. I would like to live in a large open house with a houskeeper to keep it clean. I would like to walk down to the beach to have a cup of coffee with friends and then cuddle up on a bench overlooking the ocean with a good book. My kids would be happy, my hubby would be happy, the animals would be happy and I would be healthy....in my dreams. :)
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:05 AM

Oh Erin, that sounds wonderful!
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