3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Medlock Adams

Good morning! It is our pleasure to welcome  award-winning journalist and best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams  to the Inspired Prompt.  Michelle has written over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold.

Wow.

Good morning, Michelle.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Michelle:  Energetic. Driven. Loyal.  (and if we added a fourth, a little crazy, lol! But, in a good way! I love to have fun and I’m a risk taker so that makes me a little crazy.)

Aren’t we all a little unique? 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Michelle:  I’d LOVE to go to Ireland because I learned through my Ancestry DNA that I am about half Irish. I’d love to see “my homeland” so to speak. Plus, I hear it’s simply gorgeous. 😊 And, I am pretty sure with that lush land and gorgeous scenery, I would be able to hole up in some castle and write amazing stories.

It would be a beautiful place to visit. Last question…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Michelle:   “You’re an Overcomer” by Mandisa.  I taught Zumba to that song, and I love it! It speaks of staying in the fight ‘til the final round. And about not going under because God is holding you right now! That’s pretty much the story of my personal and professional life as a writer.

I’m a cancer survivor. I have been caregiver to my parents who are both in heaven now. I’ve stood by my youngest daughter as she fought through anorexia. I could pretty much wallpaper my entire office with past rejection letters but I just kept pressing on because I knew I was called…more than 80 books and thousands of articles later, I can say to others, “Stay the course! Stand your ground! Keep trying. If God has called you, He will equip you!” God has been faithful, and my greatest tests are my greatest testimonies. Yep, let’s go with “You’re An Overcomer.”

Great choice. And you are certainly an encourager. Thanks so much, Michelle, for dropping by!

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 Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, My First Da of School (Worthy Kids) won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.

In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards.

Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and she serves as Chairman of the Serious Writer Board of Directors.

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor three different years at Taylor University, teaching “Writing for Children.”

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.

All Things Irish

by Robin E. Mason

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Dia daoibh agus Fáilte.   Hallo and welcome to me bit on world travel. Of course, when the topic came up my first thought was Éireann (Ireland) don’t’cha know?  I’m part Irish, see, and I do love all things Irish.  It’s in me blood.

Sad little note: I so wanted to do audio on this post, with some good Irish music in the background. Irish is one of two accents I do quite well, but alas, I have no sound to the video. Which rather defeats the purpose! I’m so sad.

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The first thing, of course, once we’ve left the aerfort is to get settled at the inn. A lovely little bed and breakfast. Don’t ye love the thatch roof? I do.

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First stop, then, is a real Irish pub! (I’ve a little secret to tell ye, but ye mustn’t tell anyone. I might have a go at a pint of Guinness! It’ll be our little secret, aye?) I’ll give the cottage pie a try for supper. What do ye think?

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Isn’t this a spectacular view? It’s the O2, now called 3Arena, in Dublin. U2 was the first band to play there in 2008.   Wouldn’t you love to see Riverdance perform here?

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After a good night’s sleep and a hearty bricfeasta (breakfast) of bagún (bacon) and ubh (eggs) and arán (bread), and a nice hot cuppa, we’re ready to see the town.

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An historic landmark, as are so many in Ireland, is Trinity College. Me breath catches just walking through the gates…

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… and then there’s THIS! Have a look at that library!

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We could spend days in the city, stopping at every little café and nook and cranny. And a mall’s a mall’s a mall, and not so different to the U.S. But take a gander at that clock, will ye?

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One place I’ve longed to see since I studied geology a few years ago (yes, me, shocking I know) is The Giant’s Causeway. It’s to the north, and it’s magnificent. Don’t you agree?

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Would ye like to see how Irish pottery is made?  I’d go just to see inside that gorgeous building! They’ve lovely porcelain china, and a ton of other pretty baubles. Which is your favorite? Mine’s the Celtic mugs. And the Shamrock dishes.  All things Irish….

http://www.belleek.com/

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I’d visit every castle in the county if I could. And probably write a story for every one of them!

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But this. This is what I love the most. The mountains. The green.  The misty sky.

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Breathtaking, isn’t it?

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There’s a story is this cottage….  Can ye hear them speaking to ye?

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Ruins.

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Villages and towns.

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Ballyedmond House.

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We’ll take a day here, at this little shop, Molly Gallivan’s. They’re in County Kerry, and they’ve quite a bit going on behind those stone walls. There’s a craft shop and a tea room, dinner theatre and the farm to tour. It’ll be a fine day, don’tcha think?

http://mollygallivans.com/

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No trip to Éireann would be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle. Will you kiss the stone? I will.

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One last lovely view before we fly across the pond. Slán, fare thee well, for now, me lovely Éireann (Ireland), I’ll come back again one day.  Will you?

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WRITING PROMPT:  You’re only here for an interminable business trip. Your business associate insists on showing you ‘round town, but you can’t wait to get back to the hotel and put your feet up. You’re ready to pack and head home. Until…..

ME - 041115“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina. She has three novels published, the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2017.

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National Irish American Heritage Month and the Loch Ness Monster

Limerick, Ireland

Limerick, Ireland

This week’s Irish thought…It’s Irish-American Heritage Month! A special proclamation is issued yearly by the United States President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. The heritage month is in March to coincide with the Irish national holiday on March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day.

Hats off to the Irish! Now on to Scotland…

When we first made our yearly calendar of blog subjects and Irish/Scottish was chosen for March, I knew I would have to talk about Nessie, or the Loch Ness Monster. Yes, I’m one of those people who watch scientific documentaries about the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Yeti. No, I don’t watch reality shows about people hunting for them.Loch_Ness_Mist

The earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, written in the 7th century. According to Adomnán, the Irish monk Saint Columba was staying in the land of the Picts with his companions when he came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness. They explained that the man had been swimming the river when he was attacked by a “water beast” that had mauled him and dragged him under. They tried to rescue him in a boat, but were able only to drag up his corpse. Hearing this, Columba stunned the Picts by sending his follower Luigne moccu Min to swim across the river. The beast came after him, but Columba made the sign of the cross and commanded: “Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once.” The beast immediately halted as if it had been “pulled back with ropes” and fled in terror, and both Columba’s men and the pagan Picts praised God for the miracle.

The term “monster” was reportedly applied for the first time to the creature on 2 May 1933 by Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist. On 4 August 1933, the Courier published as a full news item the assertion of a London man, George Spicer, that a few weeks earlier while motoring around the Loch, he and his wife had seen “the nearest approach to a dragon or pre-historic animal that I have ever seen in my life”, trundling across the road toward the Loch carrying “an animal” in its mouth. Other letters began appearing in the Courier, often anonymously, with claims of land or water sightings, either on the writer’s part or on the parts of family, acquaintances or stories they remembered being told. These stories soon reached the national (and later the international) press, which described a “monster fish”, “sea serpent”, or “dragon”, eventually settling on “Loch Ness Monster”.

One of the most famous sightings belonged to Robert Kenneth Wilson, who had the infamous “surgeon photograph.” This later was proven to be a hoax. Read more here…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster#.22Surgeon.27s_Photograph.22_.281934.29

Here is one of the latest sightings of the Loch Ness monster, as described by Simon and Jan Hargreaves on June 15th, 2011…Foyers shop and cafe owner Jan Hargreaves and her husband Simon believe they caught a glimpse of “Nessie”, while taking a break on the store’s front decking, looking out to the loch. Mrs Hargreaves and kitchen worker, Graham Baine, spotted an unusual figure cutting a strange shape on the loch. “We were standing looking out and saw something that looked bizarre,” said Mrs Hargreaves. “I said to my husband to come and have a look.” We stand here all the time and look out and see boats and kayaks but it didn’t look like anything we have seen here before.” Despite the unidentified creature being quite a distance from their vantage point, Mrs Hargreaves said it had a long neck which was too long to be that of a seal and it was black in appearance. “It went under the water and disappeared for probably 30 to 40 seconds and then came back up again,” said Mrs Hargreaves. “It was around for a good four to five minutes. It was just so strange.” Keen to stress she is not seeking publicity, Mrs Hargreaves does firmly believe what she saw was the Loch Ness Monster. “It was so exciting,” she said.

So what do you think? Is one of Scotland’s most memorable monsters fact or fiction?

Today’s writing prompt: Aiden stood at the edge of Loch Ness, and zipped his faded blue jacket. A ripple broke the surface…

http://www.nessie.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21603269