My Mentor, My Writing Coach, My Friend by Cher’ley

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

I was not always a writer. I really had no desire to write beyond a diary, a few love letters to my husband, and poems. I always liked poetry. My husband went back to Image result for Free to us Poetry imagescollege at an older age and in one of his courses he had to write short stories, so I helped him. His teachers would share his stories with other teachers, and tell him, “You should be a writer.” He’d come home and say to me, “You should be a writer.” I’d laugh it off.

A few years later, a book came out—Harry Potter, there was much controversy over this book, and I thought hmm—wizard, I could write a Christian Alternative Book for tweens. So I did. I poured over this manuscript day and night, I finished it at around 100,000 words. My husband read it and my daughter read it. Their conclusion, I should take a course in writing. I did. I spent eight years learning to write but still didn’t feel like a writer. I needed something else. I NEEDED A WRITING COACH.

I was starting a new novel and was having trouble getting it moving in the right No automatic alt text available.direction. I was in a writing group and one man stood out. He was constantly giving advice and helping others. I approached him with a job opportunity to be my writing coach. He accepted. He later became my friend and my mentor.

Dennis Newman was his name, the last I heard from him was an email telling me he had Alzheimer’s.

We started working on this novel and he’d stop me at almost every paragraph and ask me questions, and give me little assignments. He opened my eyes in ways the schooling had not done. I continually paid him extra money for little bits of advice, and we’d work on projects. He was very much a stickler for details, and he was a perfectionist.

Related imageFor example: Describe a flower in a way that a blind person could visualize it. Then describe how the flower makes you feel. Describe it in a field filled with weeds. This exercise would go on and on.

We worked on writing tight and finding the exact word to describe a situation.

The novel never got written past the first chapter and we worked on it for three years. I would gladly do this all over again. He enriched my writing. He truly was my friend first, then my coach, and then my mentor.

There was a negative, my writing had beautiful descriptions, but it lacked my personal flair. I had become too much like him, and that didn’t work for me. It took a long time to shake off this veil I had surrounded myself with. So don’t stay with the same coach for too long, even though I’m glad I did.

Do get a coach if you can afford one. if you can’t join a writing group. More about writing groups in another blog. A mentor is better and a friend is the best.

 

 

 In Stamp Out Murder James learns many things, he comes from Washington DC to the backwoods of West Virginia and experiences a culture shock.  He learns what it means to have real friends, he also has mentors who help him along.

 

Where to look for a writing coach:

 

***Do you have any suggestions on where to find a writing coach? Do you think you would benefit from a Writing Coach? What would you expect from one? If you have ever had one, share a little about that experience.***

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Image may contain: 2 people    Please join me on my Facebook Fanpage  that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

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Fast Paced and Crazy with a hint of Antigues by Cher’ley

 This blog by Cher’ley  Grogg

How do people read online?  Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious #8. Do you remember number 1? It was a favorite in my family.

What not to to in a blog:

Image result for Free to use illustration about boring or self centered “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.”

What are some things we want from a blog?

  1. What’s it about?
  2. Who wrote it?
  3. How much time will you spend reading it?
  4. Is it interesting?
  5. Is it relevant?
  6. Can you glance at it and get an idea of what it’s about?
  7. Are there links if you want to read more?
  8. Does the blogger make you feel comfortable?
  9. The blog is not about selling anything?
  10. Can you share this blog?

 

  1. Limit each paragraph to less than 5 sentences
  2. Make sentences shorter
  3. Strive for quality

So if you are promoting, go in the back door. Something like this:

Image result for antique brooch free to use images In Stamp Out Murder Carolyn, James’ new-found love interest lives and works in a bed and breakfast with her Aunt Linda. The first antique he noticed (on page 10) was a Louis XV sofa that set in a large sitting room. James loves antiques. He got this love of antiques from his mother. There are many unusual originals scattered throughout the house and the town. In fact, much of the story centers around a beautiful antique brooch.

I promised Kathy Waller some links to free images. Make sure your images are totally free to use so as to not infringe on copy-writen material.

1. Pixabay

2. New Old Stock

3. Unsplash

4. Foodie’s Feed

5. Death to the Stock Photo

6. Magdeleine

7. Public Domain Archive

8. Good Free Photos 

9. Free Range Stock

10. Pickup Image

11. Photogen

12. Gratisography

13. Skitterphoto

14. Life of Pix

15. Pexels

16. Morgue File

17. SplitShire

18. 1 Million Free Pictures

19. pdpics

20. Flickr: Creative Commons

Please add any other thoughts or links in the comments. Hope this was beneficial and fun. What do you think about blog writing?

If all else fails, use your own photos, if you have Google you proba20180209_075732bly have your own phone photos backed up in Google Drive,  and you can even blog about the mounds of things you need to get done, like sorting clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

 

 

 

Hoarding or Collecting by Cher’ley

 

 This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

You might be a PackRat if:

You think if you hold onto that polyester huge-lapeled suit, that it might actually come back in style some day.

You save flat tires for years because you think they can someday they can be repaired.

You don’t throw things away because every time you do, you need them a year later.

You keep your kids’ clothes so your grandkids and great grandkids can wear them.

You think those Mork & Mindy trading cards will be worth something one day.

You can have a community yard sale by yourself.

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There is a fine line between hoarding and collecting. Sometimes it depends on who’s looking at the items.

“All of us can have more possessions than we really need and wrestle to keep our stuff organized, yet for those with a hoarding issue, it’s to an extreme, where it interferes with their life and ability to use their space effectively,” says Dr. Annette Perot, a licensed psychologist who specializes in anxiety issues and hoarding.

Neva has been blogging a lot about her big adventure of sorting and disposing of items that have been long loved, and items that are just there. I don’t envy her that job.

 

Image result for packrat images I’m what they used to call a packrat. I don’t know if that sounds better than hoarder or not. What do you think? I think of myself as a collector. I collect art, old knick-knacks, books, and stamps. I am active in making art and in writing, plus I am exploring my roots with the DNA programs. I also need to mention the 1000’s of photos, VHS tapes, musical instruments, and music books that I have. All of it is useful to me. I don’t want to mention the 50 or 60 pairs of shoes that I have or the two closets, three dressers, and a few containers of clothes (you know some of these are Del’s). I also enjoy all the new-fangled things, like the “As Seen on TV” items. I have all of the NuWave products and I love each of them, but I don’t use them as often as I thought, but they keep all the blenders company. In my defense, I am constantly purging and ridding of stuff.

 

In Stamp Out Murder, James’ mother collected antique furniture. I know she went to a lot of auctions, and antique stores, so I wonder what else she picked up, perhaps an old vase, a lamp, or an old jewelry box. Maybe she collected or hoarded many more things, maybe too many to mention, more about this will surface in book two Cancel Out Murder.

 

 

 

 

***How about you, are you a collector or a hoarder? If you are one of those really neat people, do you know anyone who is a collector or a hoarder, and what do they have the most of?***

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. Her newest book is an Advanced Coloring Book and she has one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Four Moons and Fair Ladies Four Moons and Fair Maidens

Memories from Maple Street U.S.A: Pawprints on My Heartlink coming soon

Wonders of Water      Advanced Coloring Book

And please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

The Best Days, Months, Years and Events by Cher’ley

This post by Cher’ley Grogg

Off the top of your head, do you know which days these events fall on?

  1. Ides of March
  2. St David’s Day
  3. St Patrick’s Day
  4. Inauguration Day

I just recently found out that I am 49% Scott-Irish so some of the March holidays have taken on more meaning to me. I can actually wear a T-shirt that says: Kiss Me I’m Irish.

Following is a list of National Day Of:

Find the rest at Bizarre and Unique Holidays of March

Since this is March, you will have plenty of time to work on your joke for International Joke Day, July 1st.

A song of weather

Answers to the Date of

  1. Ides of March – 15th March
  2. St David’s Day – 1st March
  3. St Patrick’s Day – 17th March
  4. Inauguration Day – 4th March
I think it’s fun to add special days or events to my books. In Stamp out Murder, I used the events of October to emphasize the uniqueness of Wanton, WV. Who doesn’t want to go on a ghost walk in October? James that’s who. He doesn’t like crowds, and his mind is too logical to accept the gimmicks that go along with the Ghosts in the Ghost Walk. Find out more in Stamp Out Murder. Some exciting and suspenseful events happened during the walk.
Stamp Out Murder”.

***What’s your favorite month of the year and why? What day is most eventful?*** 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

 

Old Stuff Day and a Cliche by Cher’ley

This post by Cher’ley Grogg

When asking someone “What’s new?” or “What’s happening?”, how often do you hear “Nothing really, same old stuff”.

According to Holiday Insights, today, is Old Stuff Day, in recognition of this all too common response. It is suggestive of a boring time period, or a boring life style. ….how sad.

Old Stuff Day is not a day to do the same old stuff. Rather, it’s a time to recognize the boring nature of your daily routine, and make some exciting changes. Find new and different activities, projects, and hobbies. Attend an event. Do something, anything, different. You will be glad that you did!

I didn’t know there was a Flower of the Day or a Recipe of the day, but here they are.

Flower of the Day: Lilacs

Recipe of the Day: Pumpkin Cheesecake

More Information if March is making you feel Springy, here are some projects:

Raised Garden Bed Frames – For serious gardeners.

GardenHobbies.com – where you can learn all about your favorite plant

Birthstones for the month of March are Aquamarine,

and Bloodstone. And people born in March are known for their Courage.

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Pest Netting – protect your trees from deer

 

 

 

I personally love Old Stuff, since I never seem to have a nothing day, where the same Old Stuff happens, I have to think about getting rid of more of my Old Stuff.

I guess we can apply this to our writing, especially in the form of Clichés, but don’t you just love an old cliché once in a while?

Who knows what each of these mean?

  1. “More troubles than Carter has pills.”
  2. “I’m tired of being a broken record.”
  3. “The cat’s pajamas.”
  4. “All is fair in love and war.”
  5. “What goes around, comes around.” (My favorite from my Mom)

***What’s your thoughts on special days or clichés?***
Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

Thoughtfull Valentine Gifts and Expressions of Love by Cher’ley

ATThis post by Cher’ley Grogg

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift

  Jim asked his friend, Tony, whether he had bought his wife anything for Valentine’s Day.

‘Yes,’ came the answer from Tony who was a bit of a chauvinist, ‘I’ve bought her a belt and a bag.’

‘That was very kind of you,’ Jim added, ‘I hope she appreciated the thought.’

Tony smiled as he replied, ‘So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will work better now.’

                                                    ***

     I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day and looking forward to exchanging cards and gifts with my Valentine.

            I wonder what my characters in Wanton, WV are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. James is still learning to be romantic, with the help of George his partner at work. He turns to George for advice.

            “Get her something nice for Valentine’s Day. It’s the most romantic day of the year.”

            James went to the department store and it had Valentine decorations and gifts everywhere. What should he get? When he passed the candy, he grabbed a box. He saw a big stuff bear that had a banner across his chest that read, ‘Be my Valentine.’ He put the bear in his buggy. He needed a card, and he had to pass the jewelry counter.  He looked at all of the jewelry and with the help of the sales clerk, he chose a delicate necklace, with a small diamond embedded in a heart. He looked through every card until he found one that expressed his feelings for her. He grabbed a Valentine Balloon, a mechanical dog whose ears and tail moved as it played a love song, and then he grabbed a bouquet of a dozen red roses. Carolyn would be so happy. He thought of her beautiful grey eyes twinkling with moisture, because she always had a few tears ready for a happy occasion.  

            When he got to the McKeels’ Bed and Breakfast, He collected his bags of gifts. He put the necklace in his coat pocket, and the rest he juggled back and forth until he could hold onto everything and close the door at the same time.

            Inside, Carolyn waited at the door. She had a card and some cupcakes she’d decorated with red and white sprinkles. She steered him towards the dining room. He smiled as he saw the cupcakes and he noticed there was an envelope with his name on it.

            “Have a seat, and let me go first.” He started with the flowers because he was having a hard time holding them. He went through each gift, and finally came to the necklace and the card. She oohed and awed over each item. His chest swelled as he thought of her being so happy.

            She fingered the necklace and then opened the card. As she read the card, the tears came. “James, this is perfect, thanks for everything, but the card I will always treasure.”

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Go figure, right! That’s the way it goes. Just remember to give your significant other something special for Valentine’s Day, and do expect her to love the card, no matter what else you get her. I’m not for sure how a man feels—card or gift?

What do you think is the best Valentine’s gift? Which does a man like the best—card or gift? If you don’t have a Valentine, give your pet something special. Our hearts love to share.

***How thoughtful do you think a gift or card should be? ***

 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

 

 

 

SAD–Seasonal Affective Disorder is a Real Problem by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

The Indians asked their Chief in the Autumn if the Winter was going to be cold or not.

Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the Winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to prepare.

Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is this winter to be cold?” The man on the phone responded, “This Winter is going to be quite cold indeed.” So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a very cold winter?” “Yes”, the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold Winter.” So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find.

Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: “Are you absolutely sure that the Winter is going to be very cold?” “Absolutely,” the man replies, “the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

I’ve written about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD several times. I used to write for a lot of different sites, and this was always a hot topic. I found out something new each time I wrote about SAD. I have a medium to a severe case of it. Some days, I can barely function. I often go to bed at 5:03 and stay there until 7:34 the next day. Then I get up, do as much as I can, as fast as I can, before I get too worn down.

This website, 6 ways to fight Seasonal Affective disorder  says to indulge in a Walk, a Talk, more Light, and a Pill

1. Know the signs and symptoms of SAD.

Seasonal affective disorder is cyclical—usually causing depressive periods during fall and winter seasons and non-depressed periods during spring and summer. Other symptoms of SAD include sleeping more than usual, having less energy, losing interest in activities, an inability to focus and think clearly, and increased appetite.

2. Engage in activities that you enjoy.

Take some time off in the winter, instead of using all of your vacation time during the summer. Volunteer or participate in activities that make you happy. Spend time with friends and family members who are caring, supportive, and positive.

Those are 2 of the 7 facts you’ll find on this Health Community Web site.

SAD is not the Winter Blues. Most people don’t like cold weather or shorter days for very long, but with SAD—a person gets very depressed, sometimes to the point of needing hospitalization. I soak in as much light as I can, go to the hot tub while it’s dark out (which lifts my spirits), do something fun as a break, and exercise. I also love to walk outside, and I love to do snow things– like build snowmen, sled, make snow angels, and throw snowballs at Del, my husband. Do the short days affect you? How do you fight SAD or even the Winter Blues, which are different, but still somewhat depressing?

Do you think you may have SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder? Many people are affected by this and sometimes it’s just out of their hands.

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

 

Broke-Beaten Down-But Still Blessed-That’s Bad-No That’s Good by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

I’m so broke I can’t even afford to *pay attention*. I’m so broke I go into KFC and lick other people’s fingers.

When everything is coming my way—I’m in the wrong lane.

I’m so broke, I went to McDonald’s and put a milkshake on lay-a-way.

That’s how I’m feeling. I drive an 18 Wheeler, and when it breaks down, it’s major money.

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Like a bad joke:

So far in the last two months we have spent almost twice as much as we’ve made. (That’s Bad) (No that’s Good) Praise God for Credit Cards, we would never survive without them (That’s Good) (No that’s Bad) With our health not being so good it will take us a long time to pay them off.(That’s Bad) (No that’s Good) At least we have a job. Ups and downs just like everyone else.

 

No matter how many books I write “Stamp Out Murder” will always be my baby. For the first time ever. I got a bad review. I didn’t argue with the person, but I did try to find him, there doesn’t seem to be such a person.

 On a warm autumn morning James arrives in West Virginia (That’s Good) (No that’s Bad). There’s a dead body in the Cheat River and he’s going to be accused of murder. (That’s Bad) (No that’s Good). He meets some old geezers, who are very funny. (That’s Good) (No that’s Bad) They tell him the mayor, who he’s about to do business with is not on the up and up. (That’s bad) (No that’s Good) It gives him a reason to hang around Wanton, WV and he meets Carolyn. (That’s Good) (Yes, that is Good). That’s very good.

Stamp Out Murder”.

This fast-paced novel is an adventure, a mystery, and a love story all rolled into one. There’s a bit of paranormal activity (or is there?), some lovable characters, and some disgusting villains. Come join the fun. Stamp Out Murder is only $2.99 right now on Amazon. Let me know what you think. The sequel will be coming out next year. Cancel Out Murder. Get to know the characters now, so you’ll be ready to spend more time with them next year.

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 
Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

23 and Me-Genealogy and Memoirs by Cher’ley

This post by Cher’ley Grogg

An 80-year-old couple was having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor, to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them. When they arrived at the doctors, they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having with their memory. After checking the couple out, the doctor tells them that they were physically okay but might want to start writing things down and make notes to help them remember things. The couple thanked the doctor and left. Later that night while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair, and his wife asks, “Where are you going?” He replies, “To the kitchen.” She asks, “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” He replies, “Sure.” She then asks him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” He says, “No, I can remember that.” She then says, “Well, I also would like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down cause I know you’ll forget that.” He says, “I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.” She replies, “Well, I also would like whip cream on top. I know you will forget that so you better write it down.” With irritation in his voice, he says, “I don’t need to write that down, I can remember that.” He then fumes into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “You forgot my toast.”

As we age, we contemplate more and more about our ancestors, and maybe even writing a Memoir. I love doing family history that maybe will make its way to a memoir someday.

How far back can you trace your family tree? I started doing genealogy about 20 years ago I worked hard at it for about six years and accumulated loads of information about my ancestors. Not long ago, I kept seeing these advertisements on TV about 23 and Me. My ears always perk up when I hear the words family tree or genealogy. So they were showing people who had connected to long lost relatives, and also people who would find out exactly where their ancestors came from and what percentage of each nationality you are. Ancestry really interested me. All I had to do was pay $108.00 and send in a DNA sample. So I did.

I am:

99.1 % European Mostly British & Irish, some Scandinavian (Viking)—A little French & German,

             And bit of Iberian (Spain, Portugal)

     9 % American Indian

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100%

 Viking female using the drop spindle

Growing up I was told I was mostly English and Indian, I guess I’m a little more English than Indian. I know I am a sub-tribe of the Shawnee. With names in my family like Dicken and Baker (English), Baker is also an Ohio Indian Surname (many English sounding names are also American Indian), Swan is Indian, Kibble is Scottish, Thress is German, Jakobson is Norwegian, Founds is Cornish from the “lost” medieval villages and hamlets and they spoke the Celtic language. I found a few tidbits here and there that were interesting. I love doing the research, but I don’t have much time to devote to it.

.two weathered stones standing at an angle on a grassy hill, with a third doughnut-shaped stone between themMên-an-Tol is an ancient lith site in Cornwall

 

 

She looks like my Great-grandma, except my Grandma didn’t like to wear glasses.

Miniature portrait of Charles Dickens (aged 18) by Mrs Janet BarrowCharles Dickens at 18.

This page has links to Memoir Books to read: Types of Memoirs and Examples

Here are some types of Memoirs: 

  • Family legacy
  • Intersection with history or politics
  • Nostalgia
  • War
  • Public or Celebrity Life
  • Charity or Service
  • Personal Struggle or Witness
  • Social or Cultural Struggle or Witness
  • Advice Based on Experience
  • Coming of Age
  • Rags to Riches
  • Spiritual Journey
  • Travel
  • A Second Coming of Age
  • Romance

I don’t believe we have any Memoirs Writers, but if you were going to write a Memoir, which one would it be? I think mine would be Nostalgia.

 

If anyone is going to do 23 and me, please let me know. If you use my name and number, I get credit. Thanks. And yes, I thought it was worth the money.

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 
Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

What Enriches Your Life? by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

So tired.

I know from reading everyone’s blogs, this is the case with many of you. We go and go and go until we drop. So much to do and so little time.

I have arrived in Florida, with all its glory and heat. This is a retirement community, but I’m not retired. If I ever get time to spend in my new home, I’ll be happy. At least I think I will. I am hoping to do all the things I love, like writing, reading, painting, photography, riding my bike, yoga, swimming, walking on the beach and miscellaneous crafts. I try to take care of myself, and to take a little time to relax. I love long, long baths. Calgon take me away is my moto. I had to leave my hot tub in Wes Virginia, but they have one here at the Community area, 2 hot tubs, 3 pools, and a big gym. I will eventually get me another hot tub. I like getting up at 1 am or 4 am and spending a little time relaxing and easing my aching bones.

What enriches your life? Do you have time to do all the activities you enjoy? How important is exercise and eating well? I ask myself these questions. I also wonder why I can’t just relax and enjoy sitting around, but I can’t.

 Stamp Out Murder

 

My characters in Stamp Out Murder have activities, and hobbies, but they don’t stay nearly as busy as I do.

James is a collector, he collects stamps and Civil War Memorabilia. He also enjoys photography.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn is a musician, and enjoys looking at antiques.

Does your characters have more activities than you? What do they do for fun? What do you do? If you make your way to Florida, give me a shout—it’ll give me a great reason to go to the beach and to attend some of the local events.

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 
Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE