Sunday, November 29, 2009

Author Carole Gerber has a new book coming in 2010

The writing life is exciting especially when you are successful like author Carole Gerber. Carole has published numerous children's books, educational material, and poems.

  • She is also the winner of the 2008 John Burroghs Young Reader list award for her book WINTER TREES.

Please check out her website at for more information on this wonderful children's writer. You will be both inspired and encouraged to keep working towards your own writing dreams. Visit her site today and happy browsing. It is a treat.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Let us be thankful for free speech, freedom of the press, and our God given talent to write and share with others.

  • May you all have a successful end of the year with your writing dreams.

Blessings to all of you as you follow your hearts into the world of words. See you on the page.



Friday, November 6, 2009

JEAN REAGAN...Always My Brother

Welcome Jean Reagan
Welcome to Jean Reagan, author of Always My Brother. Here is a post directly from her about grief and how writing became an important part of the healing. Please feel free to comment or share your own experiences with grief and writing.
  • When my 19-year old son John died of a drug overdose, I was emotionally paralyzed. All the layers of hope for his recovery instantly vanished, yet still lingered in my mind and heart. I knew I should journal, but the task seemed overwhelming. At the same time I worried I would forget critical thoughts and memories if I didn’t write them down.

I’m a list-maker by nature, so I came up with a strategy that worked for me. Initially, all I required of myself was to list headings on the top of journal pages. Then, when I had the emotional strength to write, I tackled the heading that seemed most manageable. I could dabble or dig deep. And, with these topics, I could always trigger memories I feared I would forget.

Here’re some of my topic headings:
Words and advice that haunt me.

The first time I held John.

Telling our daughter about John’s death.

Specific memories of his laughter, his gentleness.

Relief from worry—really?

Scanning crowds for his face.

Eventually many of these emotional truths made it into of my children’s book about sibling loss, ALWAYS MY BROTHER. (Tilbury House Publishers, June 2009)

One unexpected joy I experienced in writing this story was that I could “rewind” John’s life to a younger and healthy period before he was tortured by drug addiction. For more information about the story behind the book, visit

Thanks Jean for this valuable inspiration. The book is beautiful and your words will touch many._

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