Everyone’s Hero

Happy Tuesday. Ginger here. Today I’m talking about a hero that God has put into all of our lives, but first a few hero quotes I found.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. –Christopher Reeve

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. –Joseph Campbell

I think everyone’s hero should be…their MOM!

Like it or not, everyone has a mom. Some are better than others. Some are not worthy of the title of hero past the point of giving birth. And some should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Almost any woman can be a MOTHER, but it takes someone special to be a MOM.Mom hands

As a mother, I hope that my children think I’m the greatest at least once after they realize I’m not perfect, which comes sometime after the age of six or seven. It may take years.

Take me for example…my mom and I didn’t get along. She made plenty of mistakes, as do we all. However, the older I get the more I understand how difficult her job really was. As a single mother throughout my teenage years, she had to shoulder all of the responsibility for the bills, meals, laundry, etc. Most of the stress I’m sure she felt, she kept from me. Either that or I was truly oblivious. I knew we didn’t have money for much, but I NEVER went hungry or without decent clothes–even if they were homemade. But I realized too late how hard she worked and I never verbalized my appreciation.

The number of things moms do for us is endless, but here’s a short-list:

  • comforter
  • nurse
  • teacher
  • nurturer
  • taxi-driver
  • cook
  • laundress
  • housekeeper
  • counselor
  • advisor
  • beautician

In lieu of a writing prompt today, tell us why your mom is your hero. Then, if your mom is still alive, call her and tell her. Don’t assume you’ll have time tomorrow–you might not. I ran out of tomorrows. Don’t make the same mistake.

Blessings,

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The Naming Process

Hey ya’ll. Happy August. Ginger here, and today I’m going to reveal how I name my pets. You’ll be amazed. LOL

Actually, I’m rather boring when it comes to naming pets. A white cat named Snowball, and a black dog named Blackie are some of the names I chose as a child. So absolutely original, don’t you think?  LOL It hasn’t gotten much better now that I’m an adult.

Our family has a number of pets at the moment. Three dogs. One bunny. One cat. One hamster. 

Zorro

Zorro

Zorro is my baby. He’s a miniature Australian Shepherd. You can’t tell in this picture, but he has one blue eye, and the other is half blue and half brown. I named him Zorro because his belly and the front of his legs are white, and his back and the back of his hind legs are black–like he has on a cape. He also has the mask around his eyes. Looked like Zorro to me, though I should have named him Shadow, since wherever I am, he is too.

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight belongs to my oldest daughter. Midnight is a mutt–some type of short dog mixed with a black lab–and likes to catch and kill various species of wildlife, including small birds, chickens, and a wild bunny. I’ve also found her with a number of mice. Part cat?

Shaggy

Shaggy

Shaggy belongs to my second son. His name came from the Scooby-Doo cartoons, but he didn’t fit the Scooby size requirements, so he became Shaggy. LOL He is also a mutt–probably a German shepherd and pit bull mix, with maybe a little greyhound thrown in–and is afraid of thunderstorms, and fireworks. He digs to alleviate his anxiety. He is well-fed, despite his skinny appearance.

Sam

Sam

Sam, the bunny, belongs to my other daughter. We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, so we chose a name that could go either way–Samantha (my daughter’s preference) or Samuel. Sam has recently moved into a new cage and apparently likes to dig. Good thing there’s wire four or so inches underneath her. She also likes tomatoes–another recent discovery.

Peeta

Peeta

Peeta is our cat. Can you guess how he got his name? He belongs to my third son. We adopted him from a local animal shelter. He is a grey tabby. He thinks he’s a dog though. In the picture he’s eating a bone. He also follows my son around, and comes when my son calls him.

Finally, there’s Teddy. He’s a teddy-bear hamster.  Teddy belongs to my fourth son. I don’t have any pictures of Teddy, not any that I could find anyway. He’s a cutie though. He’s also an escape artist. We have to rubber-band his cage closed so he doesn’t undo the door and run away, which he has done twice so far – once for almost a week.

So those are our pets, and their “original” names. How do you find the PERFECT name for your pet?

Blessings,

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Traditional Publishing – Questions Answered

small me2Hello, lovely readers.  Ginger here.

Today I’m going to reveal to you what I’ve learned over the last couple of weeks as I prepared for my post on traditional publishing.

Aren’t you excited?

Since I’m not published, traditionally or otherwise, I couldn’t speak from experience on this one, so I went to my fellow authors for some feedback. I asked them six questions about their experiences with traditional publishing. I’ve compiled their answers below.

Question 1: With whom are you traditionally published?

Some of these were duplicated among the authors who responded to my poll. This is by no means a complete list of traditional publishers.

Avalon(now out of business), Barbour, Summerside Press, Guideposts, B&H(no longer doing fiction), Abingdon, Bethany House, Baker/Revell, Zondervan/Harper Collins, Harlequin, Waterbrook Press, Harvest House, River North(Moody Publishers), Whitaker House, Leafwood Publishers, and Tyndale House

Question 2: How many books do you have published traditionally?

The number of books published varied from one to forty-nine. What a plethora of experience.

Question 3: Do you also publish with a small press or self-publish? Why or why not?

Most answered that they did not have a book published by a small press or self-pubbed because they liked the power of the traditional publisher name, and the book advance. 🙂

A few of the authors have done both or are considering doing so in the future.

Question 4: What do you feel is the best thing about being published with a traditional publisher?

This answer sparked a variety of answers. Here’s the list:

  • Power of the name
  • Notice by big-name bookstores
  • Advertising
  • Marketing support
  • Overseas sales
  • Editing
  • Cover art
  • Team effort
  • Monetary advance
  • They take all the risk

Question 5: What is the worst?

Again this list varied according to the author. Here are some of their answers:

  • Disagreeing with editor over story content, especially faith issues
  • Bad cover art
  • Not guaranteed a next contract *side note by Ginger – this also applies to small presses
  • Waiting for the book to release
  • Limitations in what’s acceptable, which varies according to publisher

Question 6: Approximately how long does it take from the signing of your contract to release date?

One author had her novel released in e-book format in four months, but the average time from contract to release date varied from nine to eighteen months, with the longest being three years.

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Before I close, I did a little more research on the submission guidelines for the above mentioned publishers. Here’s the list(correct as of this posting date, but subject to change):

Tyndale House, Whitaker House, Moody Publishers, Harvest House, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, Abingdon Press, Baker Books, Bethany House, and Revell do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. To submit to them, you must have an agent or have met with a representative at a conference.

Summerside Press is to be discontinued, announced this past week. You can read more here.

Guideposts also accepts submissions through their website. Visit here to learn more. Also see above link for Summerside Press as Guideposts non-fiction trade has also been discontinued.

Zondervan accepts unsolicited manuscripts in a few non-fiction categories. If you write non-fiction, click here for more information.

HarperCollins does not accept unsolicited manuscripts except for their Avon romance line. Click here for that information.

Harlequin has an extensive system set up to accept submissions. You can find it here.

Leafwood Press accepts submissions. Here are their guidelines.

If you are published with a traditional publishing house other than the ones I’ve listed, please feel free to post their name, and whether they accept unsolicited submissions (please no links, we can google).

Writing Prompt: Leisa clicked the cursor over her e-mail program. Would today be the day? Scrolling through, she squealed when the editor’s name appeared in her inbox….

Blessings,
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A Soccer Mom’s Perspective

I’m a bit like Betty. I don’t have much knowledge of soccer and its rules. I only know what my husband taught me as he was teaching our older sons to play. What I see is a bunch of people, according to John’s last post it’s 18 athletic players (plus the goalies), running from one end of a green field with white lines to the other end all while kicking a ball toward a large net.

Yep, that about sums up my knowledge. Oh, and of course, don’t touch the ball with your hands unless you’re the goalie or doing a throw in. I read John’s post with interest because I didn’t know a lot of that stuff. Now I do, but I can’t promise how long I will retain the knowledge. 🙂

kyle soccer

Kyle’s official soccer picture 🙂

Soccer is, however, one of the few sports I enjoy watching on occasion. It’s exciting watching grown men or women race each other from one end to the other, throwing themselves on the ground to keep a ball from rolling past two posts. LOL

It’s equally fun to watch 6-10 year-olds crowd around the ball to see who can kick it away from another player. It doesn’t really matter if the player is on his/her team or not, just so long as he/she has the ball.

A couple of my children played while their dad coached and I cheered (from a chair). One of my sons, not the one pictured, was quite good at throwing himself on the ground, so he played the goalie position more often than not. According to John’s description, he’d probably make a good goalie now (he stands about 6’5″) if he were more athletic, and so inclined to play.

I miss those days a little–watching the joy on the kids faces as they scored a goal, or prevented one. I don’t miss the sunburns, the bugs, or the hours spent practicing, though.

Ah, the joys of soccer.

Writing Prompt: Melissa checked the trunk once more. Balls, orange cones, cooler, and little Jimmy’s t-shirt, which needed to be returned to his mom. Had Bob said he needed something else for practice tonight? He had…what was it?

Blessings,
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The Dissenter – Classic Literature

Good day, y’all.

I’d love to truly write about a classic novel, but I don’t read them–don’t like them actually. I took out The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne to read for this post, but it sits exactly where I set it weeks ago–on my dresser–untouched. Now it’s time to post a blog about some wonderful (said tongue-in-cheek) classic novel, and I’m clueless as to what to write.

I tried to take a poll on facebook. I truly wondered how many people LIKE classic novels. I had a few responses. One hundred percent are avid readers. Sixty-six percent of them like the classics. Of those who responded, sixty-six percent were writers, but twenty-five percent of the writers didn’t care for classic novels. Yes, validation! Big grin.

I don’t HAVE to like the classics to be a writer. (Betty posted a great link from her blog last week about what’s considered a classic.)

A few other thoughts I had about classic literature:

  • Are they useful to read? I think some of them are.
  • Should students in school (high school and college) be required to read certain ones? I had to, why shouldn’t they? LOL
  • Are they well-written? Mostly. I’m sure there are a few that are less than deserving, but since I haven’t read them all, or even most of them, I couldn’t say for sure.
  • Who decides what book is called a classic? This one I don’t have an answer to–the masses I guess, but that would mean certain books written in our time would be considered classics and that’s flat out WRONG!

Okay, so by now you realize that I’m the dissenter this month when it comes to posting  about classic novels. *Sigh* I do hate to disappoint, but alas…it is what it is. 🙂

Writing Prompt: Patty huffed as she sat beside Marsha. “I can’t believe Mrs. Hargrove assigned us to read a novel over our summer vacation. Doesn’t she know we have better things to do? Which one are you going to choose?”

Blessings,
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