My Other Life

IMGP6487By S. J. Brown

All of my online friends know I am a wildlife photographer and Author. Hubby and I travel quite a lot and visit out of the way places to get close to critters.

SJBrown FoxWhat few people realize is I have a day job. For years hubby has asked me to quit my day job and write and photograph full time. I may just do that one day, but not yet. Wildlife photography is expensive. Yes when we travel I skimp on accommodations and meals, but I still have to put gas in the car and film in the cameras and replace equipment from time to time.

SJBrown FrogWhen we are on the road I promise hubby one decent meal a day and a bed to sleep in. That means Knights Inn instead of Marriot. Our breakfast id generally served through a drive thru window and lunch might be peanut butter and crackers. However dinner is generally a nice meal.

SJBrown JayThe income from wildlife photography and writing are sporadic at best. Yes I have sold a single image for $500 dollars. I have also sold an image for $25 which doesn’t cover the cost of getting the image. The latter is much more common and that is why I work part time.

SJBrown PelicanSo what does a wildlife photographer do when she is not out in the field? This wildlife photographer is a cosmetic merchandiser. Yep I play with makeup. That means I go into grocery stores and stock their makeup departments. Then I tell the computer what I want it to send to the store and what to stop sending because it isn’t selling.
This job allows me to be done work for the week at noon on Thursdays. This leaves me over 3 days a week, every afternoon and every evening to write, photograph and submit. On our longer trips my boss covers my territory and is very glad to see me when I return.

SJBrown with PoniesIt’s actually not a bad job, I have had worse. How about you what was your worst job? What was the best job you ever had? I will be back on the road again soon, but I look forward to reading your comments when I return.

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My work has been published internationally in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and newspapers. Sharing my photographs and written words are a way to share my wildlife encounters with others and possibly inspire them to explore their creative side.
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The Best Books You Never Read

IMGP6507By S J Brown

The world is filled with unfinished manuscripts. They are stuffed in drawers, stored in a computer file, or sitting on a desktop waiting to be completed. Many years ago I joined a writers group. I admit some members were working on works that apparently weren’t that memorable since I don’t remember all of them.

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Then there are those few that stuck with me. One I know was a very well written manuscript. The text introduced me to another way of life among the pine trees of New Jersey. The author did a fabulous job setting the scene with few words.

Every word had a purpose and as a reader I felt I had been there with the little girls as they ran through the trees giggling. I could feel the fabric of their worn homemade cotton dresses. Their fear of the booming voice of their mother brought back memories from my childhood.
The author wasn’t sure she would ever publish it, but she was enjoying working on it. Sadly, “Ode to a Pine Tree” was never published, the author passed away before completing it.

SJ Brown 1Another member of our little group was working on a murder mystery set in 1965. As a retired lawyer he wanted input on the legal aspects of the manuscript. His attention to detail was astounding. Nothing and I mean nothing was included in book unless it was around in 1965. He researched everything from food, to cars, to hairstyles, to furniture and more.

SJ Brown 3One of the main characters was Native American and his beliefs played into the story. His lawyer was a down on his luck lawyer that believed his client was innocent. Proving that would be one of the biggest challenges of his career.
Within the story the author scattered tiny details. These details would come together in a surprise ending. Since the author moved out of the area before this book was published. I may never know if it was published. I do know it isn’t available on Amazon under the working title “The Crooked Knife”.

SJ Brown 4Unless you are a member of my family I am sure you have never read “Alice.” This is a book my mother worked on for years. Her chapters were hand written on a series of yellow legal pads. Mom passed away before her book was completed.
She wanted her manuscript to be a trip down memory lane for family. Although I did take on the task of placing Moms works on a typewritten page, and getting it printed, it has never been made public. My sisters and I decided to honor Moms wishes and print a limited number of copies for each of Moms siblings and of course a copy for each of her girls.

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Like many authors I have more than one manuscript in the works. Hopefully I will be releasing one of them in the near future. Meanwhile I am putting the finishing touches on another.

Do you have a project or two that has been percolating for a while? Maybe it is time to pull those pages out of the drawer, or open the file and make sure your book isn’t one that no one will ever read.

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The Princess is here – what’s next?

It feels like it took forever to get The Princess Prophecy out into the world. From the idea to it finally being live was almost three years. And it’s not a long book. Procrastination isn’t my middle name for no reason. Of course it was the fear that made me do other things instead of the writing I should have been doing. Anything else was so much easier than getting words on the page and revising those words. No matter how many times I told myself the books can’t make money if they’re just sitting on my hard, I still put the writing off. Oh, I did some here and there. Wrote short stories for anthologies. Made notes on other stories. Plotted stories. Printed and reprinted manuscripts so I could go back and revise. But I still wasn’t doing the work I should have been doing to release works under my own name. Releasing under a pen name, that only a select four know, is so much easier.

But I did it! The Princess is finally out there on major retailers. The audio book is underway and hopefully will be up by April. I can’t wait to hear what my narrator does with the story. Luckily, she loves the story and her characterizations are great. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. She’s very talented.

Now that I have one project off my plate, there are a whole lot more on there that need work. So next up is Almost Normal, book one in one of my urban fantasy series. That one has been done for ages too but it’s a lot messier than The Princess Prophecy was. This new one was written out order, before I started doing outlines. I don’t know what’s missing, what makes no sense, what scenes need to be added. But I’m slowly getting through it, making notes, revising sections, fixing the time line. It feels good to be doing actual work again and I know revising is work. However, I’m looking forward to writing new words, on a new book so that one can be finished too. Before that can happen I need to get Almost Normal off my plate.

Forgot what The Princess Prophecy was about? Here’s the blurb again and finally a buy link! It takes you to a page that lists everywhere the book is so you can pick your preferred store.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Countdown to a prophecy

My first step to starting the year right was to send my book to my editor. After a nail-biting week I received the file back and to my relief she liked it. There weren’t major changes and the story was pretty solid. I accepted the grammar changes and fleshed out scenes she thought needed a little bit more. The file is back with her and my wait started again.

In the meantime I created a Facebook cover photo featuring the book. Also updated Twitter with a cover photo. Once it goes live I’ll post everywhere I can think of. I will be so happy once it’s out in the world, finally. It’s been a long time coming.

I first conceived the story in July 2015. Yes, almost three years ago. Why did it take so long to actually write it and get to a point where I can release the story? Fear. I’m releasing it under my name. If the story is horrible, if people hate it, they’ll know I wrote it. For my other stories it didn’t matter because they’re under pen names. No one will know it’s me if they don’t like them. I have twenty of those out there. But I vowed to stop hiding behind those names and release stories under my name. Start advertising them, tell family and friends, and hopefully at some point be able to do this writing thing full time.

The cover I posted before is now the old cover. I’ll keep it for something else perhaps. Maybe something that is more romance than science fiction. Or maybe I’ll add a spaceship to the cover and use it for a different scifi romance. I have a new cover! It’s below with the blurb again!

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Mission accomplished – Sort of

The key to having a successful year in 2018 meant I had to start the year off right. I hung out with my husband and our cat. It was low key. Partiers we are not. We watched TV, had a drink, and totally missed that it was the New Year until six minutes after the hour. For me it was perfect.

In the morning I got down to business. My first goal of the New Year was to get my science fiction romance, The Princess Prophecy, to my editor. Releasing it on target (January 18) hinges on me getting it to her on time. I still had revisions to key before sending it to her. I found some errors I missed during the first two passes. But, I finally got it sent! Now I wait nervously to get her edits back and hope she didn’t hate the story or find huge problems that will take me more than a week to fix.

I thought that would be the last thing I needed to do. After all, I had the cover done ages ago. Or did I? I love the cover I have for it but I think it screams romance and only whispers science fiction. I’ve been thinking about redoing the cover. Given the short description below and the current cover, what do you think? Go with this cover or get a new one? Keeping in mind future books in the series will still feature the same couple.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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A Supernatural Follow up

Back in October 2016 I posted about a Supernatural Dream Come True. I was finally going to meet the stars of the show I’d watched for over a decade. When I initially purchased the ticket I went gold because I figured it would be the only chance I had to go to one. At the time of posting the website said they weren’t coming back to Toronto again. With gold came a few perks like autographs from the two major stars which you couldn’t purchase separately.

Two weeks before the convention, auctions went up for meet and greets with the stars. And a VIP pass. Since I probably wouldn’t be going to anymore I figured I should go all out. I wanted to meet the starts but the meet and greets bought separately (if you won the auction) could add up to a lot of money. The VIP pass included meet and greets with all the stars, though only ten minute meetings with each as opposed to the thirty minute ones if you bought a meet and greet. Still, with the VIP pass I wouldn’t have to pick and choose who I wanted to meet. I could meet them all. IF I was one of the winners of the VIP pass. There were ten up for auction. Happily, I did win. A few days later they announced they would be coming back to Toronto in 2019. So if I liked the convention it wouldn’t be my last one after all.

I LOVED it. I don’t know if any others I attend will live up to this one though. It seemed like everything was perfect for this convention. VIP was awesome. I never had to wait in line for my photo ops. One of the perks of VIP was going to the front of the line for everything. One of the other perks of course was the meet and greets. The stars of the show are all so nice. I loved having a chance to chat with them in a more intimate setting than the full length meet and greets.

I will be going back in 2019. And I want to do VIP again. Now that I’ve done it once I don’t think I could do the convention any other way. I loved not waiting in lines. I loved the VIP lounge. I loved hanging out with the other VIPs. They were a great group and I can’t wait to see them again at future conventions. I’m starting to save already because I want to do more photo ops. And maybe even some of the full length meet and greets.

Do you have a favourite show you would attend a convention for?

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Southbond

IMGP6507By S. J. Brown

I borrowed the name for this month’s blog from a band. They are a country music band and although I am not a fan of country music I somehow ended up with one of their shirts. I have had it long enough it might be considered a vintage t-shirt. The shirt features a hillbilly with a guitar along with the name of the band.
There were no hillbillies or guitars on my latest photo trip. Jay and I headed south before the sun came up. We packed the car with drinks and snacks, hiking boots and water shoes tucked in with our duffle bags and of course camera equipment.

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Our destination was North Carolina. North Carolina offers sandy beaches, warmer temps, woodlands, and wild critters. I had visited this part of the state in the past and found black bears, otters, birds big and small, turtles, rabbits, and deer. The area also has a small population of Red Wolves. However they are very illusive.

Over the years I have learned that some animals don’t mind having their picture taken and will let me get close,

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Then closer,

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and even closer yet.

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On these occasions I generally get my shots, thank the critter for being so co operative and leave them the way I found them. Every photo trip I strive for that special moment, the encounter that stays with me long after I leave the area.
However on this trip I had two of those moments. A very fat, very co operative Black Bear gave me my second encounter. She was hard to find, but it was so worth it.

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Then she decided I was less of a threat than the other photographers that had made their way close to us.

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Yes I was using a telephoto lens, but I have never been within 5 feet of a black bear before. At one point she was too close to get a photograph. So I just stood still and let her pass by me on her way back into the woods.

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Encounters like this just encourage me to go out and do it again. I hope all your critter encounters are good ones. Thanks for stopping by.

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Next Stop Home

IMGP6489By S. J. Brown

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer as much as I did. I was on the road a lot, but by choice not necessity. In early June I attended the WV Writers conference. As always it was an energizing three days. I attended a number of workshops, conversed with friends on the porch and ate a bit too much.

S J Brown 1 Conference

One event I did stay home for was to renew my wedding vows. We did this a little different than most people. We had a brief ceremony at home followed by a trip down river in canoes and kayaks. Then it was back to the house to celebrate with our guest that didn’t follow us down river. Several of our guests spent the night so we were up until the wee hours of the morning.

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Next I was off to Garrett County Maryland with family. This trip was filled with laughter, plenty of food, salamander hunts, and a visit from a skunk.

S J Brown 3 Salamander

Then it was time to unpack, repack and head to New Jersey. This trip wasn’t a photo trip it was a reunion trip. I was a bit nervous about my high school reunion, I wasn’t exactly an outgoing teen. Our reunion was at a place called the Funny Farm. Yes there were farm animals hanging out with us. I was delighted to spend time with my former classmates and the owner of the funny farm, also a photographer. The reunion turned out to be lots of fun and I am looking forward to meeting up with several people in the future.

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My next stop was the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area. There is a wildlife refuge close to the airport that I wanted to visit for a while. So Hubby and I packed up the car and drove north. We had a wonderful day at the refuge. There were a lot of birds to photograph and a loveable puppy that just wanted to give me kisses.

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Before heading home Jay and I stopped for a Philadelphia cheese steak. But did we want a world famous cheese steak or did we want to get one from the king of cheese steaks? We just picked one and got our food from Genos. They were good, but not as good as the cheese steak subs I remember as a kid. We headed home with a cheese steak sub tucked in the cooler for a friend. Hey, it was on her bucket list.

After repacking my duffle bag, and checking my camera equipment I headed back to New Jersey. This trip was all about family. My sister Betty and I spent some time discussing “Sisters” our memoir.
Then we headed to our favorite sub shop from our childhood. Walking in the door the smell engulfs you and we were transported back in time. Yes, they are still as good as we remembered.

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Then it was over to see my uncle I hadn’t seen in decades. We laughed and talked and got reacquainted. My next stop was dinner then off to my little sister’s house in the Pine Barons for the night.

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I somehow found time to go to a baby shower before heading back home. My plan for September is to stay home. Okay I might fit in a day trip or two, but I am not packing my duffle bag until October when I head to North Carolina.
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Six Nights, Six Beds

Earlier this month my husband and I went to WorldCon75. The World Science Fiction convention happens every year, in a different city. This year it was in Helsinki. We’d planned it a year ahead of time because we were super excited to be finally going to Finland. Since my brother-in-law lives in England we decided to stop there first and stay for a few nights. We got married in Woodstock (the real one in England) in 2014 so our plan was to wake up there on our anniversary. When we finished the planning we realized we would be sleeping in six different beds over six nights.

Of course, I had to document them all with pictures! This post will be picture heavy, and mostly of beds.

Night One

Bed for night one!*

Our plane was leaving Friday, August 4th so our last night in our own bed for two weeks was Thursday. Nothing exciting about the night before the trip. We hadn’t even finished packing because we spent the evening visiting with family. Our flight the next day wasn’t leaving until almost 10 PM. Plenty of time to get everything sorted.

This picture is our bed*. It would feel like ages before we slept in it again.

Night Two

Bed for night two.

Due to circumstances, airline points, and lots of saving on our part we flew business class to England. I was excited about many of the perks including the use of the lounge at the airport. But the thing I was looking forward to the most was being able to sleep on the plane in an almost proper bed.

And here we have bed two! Using the controls on the side the seat reclines all the way down and the foot stool at the other end completes the “bed”. It wasn’t the most comfortable but it was better than having to sit up for six hours. Even though I thought I slept, my FitBit did not agree. It did not register sleep at all for me that night.

 

Night Three

Bed for night three.

Saturday morning we arrived at Heathrow relatively on time. My brother-in-law was there to pick us up. Instead of going to his place, we drove 3.5 hours to Bradford to take in a football match with a friend who attended our wedding. My husband’s team is Bradford City and it was their home opener. We got there half an hour late but there had been a delay in the game due to an injury. The seats were high up. It felt like we literally had a bird’s eye view of the football pitch. We won the game!

After the game we headed to our friend’s studio. He’s a musician. The long day was getting longer but there was an end in sight. After a quick tour of the studio we drove to our hotel in Bradford. Here is a picture of bed number three!

 

Night Four

Bed for night four.

Sunday was a whirlwind. We woke up and went to our friends’ place for breakfast. A full English that was delicious (and vegetarian). After we ate, we headed in the general direction of my brother-in-law’s but we stopped in Haworth, at the Oxenhope station so we could take a ride on a steam train. It was a chance to see a few stops, have a drink, see the scenery in a relaxing atmosphere.

On the platform before you leave there are musicians playing. There’s a stationary train car that serves up light meals. There’s a schedule of course and it’s mostly adhered to. The trip to the last stop and back didn’t take us very long. I want to say two hours but I could be remembering wrong. It feels like it was ages ago now.

After the train we hit the road again. Stopped at services to use the facilities but also pick up donuts! Then we continued onto my brother-in-law’s place. And there we had bed four!

Night Five

Bed for night five.

Monday started off as a lazy-ish day. We didn’t get up too early. Had coffee and leftover donuts for breakfast. August 7th was our trip back to the scene of the crime (wedding). Before going there we stopped at a mall to pick up a few things. I went overboard with the purchasing of Wonder Woman merchandise. There was a cute kiosk on the third floor where you could customize bottles of alcohol. We intended to go back there before coming home but didn’t get around to it.

When we were shopped out my brother-in-law left us his keys for the car and took a train home. My husband and I piled into the car and pointed it in the direction of Woodstock. I would not attempt to drive in England. Thankfully my husband is from there, learned how to drive there, so it was second nature for him to whisk us across the countryside.

Woodstock is a beautiful town. Small, with friendly people. Lots of pubs. And a hotel that has been around since the middle ages. That’s where we stayed. It was home base for the wedding and we wanted to wake up there on our anniversary.

This was the third time I’d stayed at the hotel, and the fourth room I’d been in. Here is bed number five!

Night Six

The adventure of getting to bed six is still fresh in my mind. England is famous for having a lot of rain. What they don’t talk about is the pressure that precipitation causes in people with sinus problems. My troubles probably started Monday night but I didn’t notice them. By Tuesday morning after breakfast my sinuses hated me. Due to circumstances I rescheduled our flight from Heathrow to Helsinki to be later in the day August 8th. That gave us time to find something to eat for lunch and hopefully some relief for me.

Bed for night six!

The pharmacy in Woodstock is small. And they actually care about the people they serve so when I was truthful about being on blood pressure medication they wouldn’t sell me sinus medication (it tends to raise the blood pressure). Instead they gave me allergy pills. They didn’t work.

 

It was a long and arduous day/evening. All I wanted to do was curl up in a ball on a bed until the pressure and pain went away. We had to trek through the airport and endure a three hour flight.

We finally landed in Helsinki. It was so late, and we were so tired, we didn’t get to appreciate the city at night. The taxi whisked us to our apartment hotel. I am not an apartment kind of person. We live in a house. I’ve always lived in a house. But I fell in love with our apartment. And bed number six!

In the end

After all the different beds we finally had the same bed for a week. It was super comfortable. The apartment made me want to move in for good. Too bad we don’t have the money to move to another continent. Maybe one of these days. We took in some of the sights in Helsinki while also attending WorldCon. The panels were packed and I ended up not being able to attend most of the ones I wanted to hear.

I took way too many pictures to post them here but here are a few from some of our adventures.

Woodstock Town Hall – Where the magic happened three years ago.

 

 

View of London from The Shard.

Have you been on a vacation recently? Where did you go?

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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.
From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw

 

*Not really our bed because our room is a mess. This is a photo to represent our bed.

Team Work

IMGP6507By S. J. Brown

 Like many writers I am a bit of a loner.  I can easily spend large blocks of time alone and be quite content.  I also find that being part of a team can be very rewarding.

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I was recently part of a team of a few dozen people that gathered together on a gloomy Saturday morning.   Together we planted 200 trees.  I’m not talking little sprouts, but three or four foot tall trees.  I have had the privilege of working with this team for over a year now. It is a real thrill when I drive past one of the locations we have planted and see the trees thriving.

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When I am out in the field photographing wildlife I am also part of a team.  My husband Jay is the other team member.  He is an excellent spotter.  He can tell what kind of bird is flying over head by the shape of its wings, or the size of its tail.   He does all the driving and watches my back, so I don’t get surprised by an angry bear or any critter.

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I am also part of a team of volunteers that does littler clean up in the area.  It always amazes me how rude people can be.  They toss all kinds of things out their car windows without ever giving it a second thought.

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Recently I became part of yet another team, Team Sisters.  “Team Sisters” is the name we gave the launch team for my next book, “Sisters”.  This team is made up of writers, interested readers, friends, and a few family members.  Since this book is a memoir written by two sisters most of the team is female.  There are a few brave men that have volunteered to be part of the team.  Since my last blog the team  members have assembled and we are ready to get down to work.

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As part of a team I can accomplish so much more than I can on my own.  Alone I would not be able to plant hundreds of trees, pick up bags full of trash or photograph nearly as many critters.  Team Sisters will be helping to add a little insight into the finishing touches for the book my sister and I collaborated on.

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I have been part of teams that didn’t work out very well.  Sometime we need to try out a few teams before we find a good fit.  Have you joined a team and how did that work out for you?

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