Are You Critical of Others? @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @4WillsPub @4WP11 #RRBC #RWISA

I woke up this morning with a question in my head.  Nonnie, are you critical of others?  Now, don’t confuse this with being honest in a book review, please. (You all knew I would clarify that, right?)  What I was asking myself was, do I find that I sit (or stand) in judgment of others? Because I posed this question to myself in my mirror, it was on my spirit that I share it with you and ask you the same question…

Do you find that you sit (or stand) in judgment of others?  Do you find that you do it often?

Do you find yourself in a restaurant looking at someone who might have a few extra pounds on them, wondering why they are returning to the buffet table for a third time?  Or, do you wonder why they are at a buffet in the first place?

Do you see a young, beautiful woman walk by, and wonder why she’s wearing the tight little outfit that she has on?  (This question is for women only, because men, I doubt that this would bother you at all).

Do you see a mother in the store, with five little ones running behind her, and wonder why she has more than two kids?  (The number YOU feel should be the limit for everyone.)

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then yes, you do sit (or stand) in judgment of others.  But, you’re not alone.  I have found myself in the seat of a couple of these scenarios, and although that was long ago, in my old age, I find my mind sometimes wandering back to thoughts of others that are none of my business.  And in case I didn’t share it, I began 2022, minding my own business!  I am loving it, by the way!

Because we’re human, and even when we try really hard, we can slip back into old, bad habits at times.  But, what makes us soar above the rest who remain stuck in those bad habits, is our recognition of the offense, and our sincere, daily desire to change.

So, here’s my personal prayer that I am led to share with you…

Dear Lord, Today I ask that you take away my critical spirit and replace it with the spirit of the unwavering grace you show me each and every day.  Though I am not worthy of your grace, you continue to flood my life with it.  I ask that as you model and shower me with that spirit, I, in turn, will eagerly extend it to others and show them just how easy it is for them to pass it along, as well.  Amen.

RRBC & RWISA Author, PTL Perrin has penned an amazing book entitled:  REFLECTIONS OF A MISFIT.  The blurb of that story goes:  The Bible is full of misfits, from Abraham to the prophets. Jesus was the ultimate misfit. The religious leaders of the day considered him a dangerous radical because he didn’t follow or preach their religious dogma. Fun, serious, heartwarming, surprising, and always honest, Patty invites you along on her very personal life as a misfit and believer. If you’re human, if you aren’t perfect, then you may be a misfit too.

Reflections of a Misfit by PTL Perrin

If you haven’t read this, I suggest you do.

There’s not one perfect person among us.  We’re all beautiful, flawed human beings.  So, the next time you find your thoughts focused on judging someone else, or you find yourself childishly poking fun at another for whatever reason, bring your thoughts back to your center and first ask yourself, “Who am I to judge?”  Then, your very next thought should be, “I am minding my own business.”

Use my prayer daily.  Stand in your mirror and repeat it over and over again, until it sticks.  I believe your prayer will be answered.

Instead of judging someone, take a moment to say “Hello!” to them with a smile, instead.  You have my word that you will feel so much better at having chosen that path, instead of the judgment road you were almost on.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Have you ever found yourself in the judgment seat?  How did you get yourself out?  Or, did you find that it was easier to just stay there?  You can be honest here.  This is a judgment-free zone 🙂

#Bullying Kills. Let’s Put A Stop To It Before It Does Again. @AveryDixonOnSax @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org

My youngest (adult) daughter and I love our TV time together, so, last night she was pushing me to watch something we’ve never watched (together) before;  a show many of you are probably in love with – something called America’s Got Talent.

As we sat down with a bag of our recently purchased popcorn (you know where we got it from), I began to fall asleep because my work day had been long.  She reached over and shoved me, “Mommy, you have to see this.  Wake up.” So, I got out of my fetal position on the sofa, and lightly slapped my face a couple of times, because I could tell that she really wanted me alert for what I was about to see.

The video clip below ripped at my soul so deeply… I cried.  I asked my baby to rewind it twice more so that I could watch it again, and with each replay, my anger grew (although my heart swelled in the end).

I didn’t sleep well last night after watching that video.  I tossed and turned at the horrible childhood memories this video stirred in me.  I woke up this morning rushing to Google to locate an old junior high classmate of mine who had been horribly bullied when we were kids.  This was several decades ago, and although I can’t say that we were friends, I always went out of my way to show her that she mattered in my eyes, because of the way everyone else treated her.  I always smiled when I saw her, and I always said “hello” – greeting her by name, as there had been so many other ugly names and labels thrown at her.  “Ugly monkey” was the worst of them all.

When I was growing up, the school district that I attended held graduations in 6th, 9th, and 12th grade.  I recall after exiting the stage of my 9th-grade graduation where I had served as a speaker, she was waiting outside the auditorium door for me.  She first said “Hello,” with a smile that she always wore (no matter how badly they treated her), and then she asked if she could hug me.  Tears rushed to my eyes.  She felt that I was so much more important than she was, that she just wanted to touch me.  During that embrace and as my mom looked on, she whispered, “Thank you for always being so nice to me.”  Although she had whispered it, my mom heard what she said.  On the way home, she cried, too.

We were in 9th grade – just kids.

I never forgot that moment and I’ve never forgotten her.  Years later, a friend of mine who lived close to this classmate when we were younger, told me that she was a prostitute.  They would see her walking the streets dressed in a certain manner, and getting in and out of cars late at night in their old neighborhood.  All I could think was that she was what she was, because of how badly she had been bullied as a child.  I knew that “they” had done this to her. “They” being our classmates.  “They” had broken her spirit and made her feel that this was all she was worth.

Her story is one of the reasons I have raised my daughters to be as amazingly kind and compassionate as they are.  Her story is why I am such a fierce defender of others, especially when I feel they are being bullied and aren’t strong enough to stand up for themselves.  Her story, is partially why I don’t take crap from anyone, and I don’t entertain nonsense of any kind.

If you have young kids and grandkids, please teach them to always be better.  Teach them that it is not OK to tease, make fun of, or call others by anything but their name. If your kids are older now and you feel that you may have slacked or failed horribly in this department, remember, as parents, we should never stop teaching and modeling behaviors we want our children to embody.  Have conversations with your older (adult) kids.  Watch how they treat people and speak to people, and step in when you feel they can do and be better.

The kid in this video below, Avery Dixon, changed my life.  His story will change yours, too.

PLEASE WATCH THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH WITH YOUR SPEAKERS UP SO THAT YOU CAN HEAR EVERY WORD.  Be sure to share the post!  Let’s show him how much we know that he matters!

“I Don’t See Color,” @NonnieJules @SuttonBStracke @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @4WillsPub #racism

Well, I’m at it again. Let’s see how many of you are going to fall into a tizzy when you hear me say, “I don’t see color!”

Ask The Good Mommy

Every time I decide to pen a blog post, it is always my intention to make it short, but laced with a heavy punch. One that you will feel, and one that will also tug at your heart-strings and leave you reeling from what I’ve said.  My intention for this post will be no different – let’s just hope my emotions and my passion for this topic don’t take me in a different direction.

You all know I only blog when I have something of substance to share, so, here goes.

I am a huge fan of the Housewives franchise.  Doesn’t matter where they are… the OC, New Jersey, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Dallas, and even Dubai, I am deep, deep, deep into the stories.  At the start of last year’s RHOBH season, Sutton (a Caucasian woman), and Crystal (an Asian-American woman) were having a discussion, where Sutton was sharing…

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May I Have Your Attention, Please? @NonnieJules @AskTheGoodMommy @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA

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My silence is most often my fury stirring…

I took the weekend to stew in the ridiculousness of these pompous asses…

The ridiculousness of your rulings…

The callousness of your attitudes toward the suffering of others…

Did you think about the girls who might become impregnated against their own wills?

Rape? Incest? Trafficking?

Did you factor those into your decision?

Did you think about how hard it would be for them to have to look into the face of that child for the rest of their lives, and see their abuser staring back at them?

Torture!

And now I hear you want to do away with birth control…

What’s next?

A woman’s right to vote?

Same-sex marriages?

Interracial marriages?  Clarence Thomas, did you consider that when you voted?  When you married a white woman?  Watch out!  You’re probably next on their agenda, and you sit on the same bench as they do.

We can’t say Gay?  Are you going to start rounding up all the gay people, because, as Beyonce’ put it, “I Woke Up Like This?”  No one decides to take on that kind of pain!  But, even if it was a decision, who and what gives you the right to even comment on it?

LET PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES AS THEY SEE FIT! MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!

Slavery?  You know, Black and brown people were counted as 3/5 of a person way back when, AND, it was a crime to teach them to read.  Are we back-peddling to that place, too?  Some of you continue to push the envelope here, but, for those stupid enough to think that you can get rid of black and brown people… I’ve got one word for ya… IDIOT.  Whether some want to recognize it or not, black and brown people aren’t going anywhere, and black and brown people bleed red just like everyone else, which makes them EQUAL!

And I’m not afraid to say…

BLACK

LIVES

MATTER!

And I said it loud!

And if I offended you…

GREAT!

If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have an abortion!

If you don’t believe in same-sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex as you!

The audacity of your faith intruding on my rights!

Separation of church and state?

Ha!  A joke!

I don’t need you forcing your religion on me!

Because I’m never going to force mine upon you.

How dare you attempt to tell me what I can and cannot do

with my child…

with my body…

with my life…

in my house!

HOW

DARE

YOU!

My silence is most often my fury stirring…

before my rage pushes to stand at the front of the line.

My rage is in my written word

and if you think that can’t touch you…

YOU’RE

NOT

PAYING

ATTENTION.

You’re #TraditionallyPublished? But Why Do I Need To Know That? @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

You all are begging me to write this post, aren’t you?  Yes, you really are!  If I see one more bio or tweet that says #TraditionallyPublishedAuthor, I am literally going to scream!

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What exactly does that mean anyway?  What are you trying to tell us?  Does that mean that your books are better than #IndiePublished books?

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Seriously?  Is that what you fell for?  Ha!  Well, they fooled you, honey, so please wipe that silly look off your face; and close your mouth.

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Here are the facts…

*They say that being traditionally published brings prestige.  Well, maybe 15-20 years ago it did. Listen, saying to me that you’re traditionally published, is going to get you the same reaction as one of those Sunday-only Christians telling me they live in church all week.  (FYI, I watch my purse closer in church than I would if I frequented a smoke-filled bar 5 days a week.)  In either scenario, I am equally unimpressed.  I’m pretty sure there was a time when most of us believed that to be traditionally published you had to be a really good writer!  I know it’s what I believed.  That is, until I became an author myself and started reading some of those awesome Indie published books and wondering, “Hey, why aren’t they traditionally published?” – then comparing them to some of the traditionally published books I’d read, and wondering, “Hey, why are they traditionally published?”  Well, I got real clear, real fast on this falsehood.

In 2010, I read an article about a self-published author in my hometown who became a NY Times Bestselling author almost overnight.  I reached out to her, we had a phone conversation, and she basically told me how she did it.  “My mom told her friends, my friends told their moms, my sister told the people on her job, the people on her job told their cousins, their cousins told friends and family, friends and family threw a block party barbecue…. and the rest is history!”  She said that so many people were buying her book that she was soon picked up by a traditional publisher. 

I was so excited for her, especially since she was local, that I hurried out to Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of her book that very day.  I typically flip through books before I purchase them, but when I sat down with my coffee and began looking through hers, unfortunately, it ended up back on the bookshelf instead of being purchased. To my chagrin, the book was riddled with so many typos, that when I walked out of the Barnes and Noble, my mouth was left behind on the floor of the Starbucks inside.  Not only that, the beginning of the story was so muddled with confusion, I couldn’t imagine subjecting my mind to the rest of the read.  To say that I was shocked by what I found between the covers of that NY Times bestselling book, is an understatement.  Yet, it/she was traditionally published.  

This is when I knew, without a shadow of any doubt, that I’d been fed a bunch of baloney.  This is also when I stopped trusting the #NewYorkTimes Bestselling Author label unless it was a book I’d read myself.  And because of this very incident, this was the reason that when I joined Twitter my bio read:  “GOAL:  To become a bestselling author based on the writing, not the numbers.”  I didn’t (and still don’t) want to become a bestseller because ALL my family and friends are buying up my books.  Absolutely NO! I want to become a bestseller because the general public (not all my mom’s friends and my cousins) think that the writing is phenomenal, and they are telling their friends, and those friends are telling their friends, and they’re all reading my books and feeling the very same way.  (As a matter of habit, I don’t even share with my friends and family what I’m writing.  I also don’t want them leaving reviews on my books because I know they’ll be extremely biased.  Not one review left on any of my books is from anyone who knows me personally. Not one!)

*Traditionally published authors have extremely limited creative control over their work. Please tell me why someone would toil with the weight of carrying a baby for 9 months, only to give birth to it, then give it away for someone else to raise and enjoy?  Now, we’re not talking adoption here, so let’s stay focused.  Why would you pour your heart, your blood, sweat and tears into a project, only to have someone else dictate what you could and could not do with it?

  • You like this title for your book – nope, they like that one.
  • You like the cover you imagined – nope, you can’t use it.
  • You like the way you wrote that paragraph in your manuscript – nope, they don’t like it that way, so they’re going to edit it to their liking.
  • You want to run a promotion and reduce the cost of your book on Amazon – no can do… well, unless you “ask” someone else first; and even then, they still might say NO.

So, I ask again, why would anyone give away THEIR rights to THEIR work?  Is it just so that they can say, “I have a publisher,” or, “I’m traditionally published?”

It leaves me scratching my head, asking “What… Does… The… Nanny… Do?”  (I’m sorry, if you’re not a fan of #SisterWives you won’t get that last part, so let’s move on).  My point is, YOU created and birthed that baby, so YOU should be the one to control and have the final say over what happens to it.  Stop believing the hype that it’s better to be traditionally published than Indie published.  Long gone are the days when people frowned upon self-publishing.  Some of the absolute best, and most well-written stories I have ever read, were written and published by Indie authors.  

*Traditionally published books are always edited better.  Now this always, always, always, almost makes me pee my pants!  Have you read any traditionally published books – I mean like, EVER?  Don’t you, as long as you’re human, ever let anyone know that you’ve bought into that crap. And crap it is!  Honestly, I’ve found more typos and other editing issues in more traditionally published books than I have in all the many Indie books I’ve read; and I read a LOT of books.  But why do you think that is?  It’s because Indie authors have heard all the jokes; they know what some of those in the traditionally published world think and are sometimes bold enough to say.  So, while some of those in the traditionally published arena are mocking all things Indie, and sitting back allowing others (their publishers) to control their work, Indie authors are personally overseeing and ensuring that what is published with their names on the cover, is ONLY the very best… they’re ensuring that every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted.  

*Publishing contracts are a bit intimidating…  and they include a ton of jargon you might not even understand; and, they will most often favor the publisher, not you.  If you don’t have a good legal beagle working with you to go through your contract with a fine toothed comb, stay away from these contracts.  In the end, that document will control you and your work.

*Indie authors have to work hard to promote their own work, and so do you, if you are traditionally published.  This is the part that really fries my chicken.  If I… well, no, we won’t even use me as an example here, because I’d never give anyone control of my work, so, let’s use Jane in this example.  If traditionally published Jane has to work just as hard as proud, Indie published, Nonnie, why would Jane want to give someone else control of her work?  Make it make sense, people.  Please!

*Traditionally published authors get their books into bookstores.  So do Indie published authors.  I’m speaking from a place of fact.  One of my first books, an Indie published title, of course, sat on the (physical) shelves of several B&N stores.  A publisher didn’t make that happen for me – Indie-author-me, made that happen for me – and if you work hard enough, Indie-author-you can make it happen for you, too.  Also keep in mind, Barnes and Noble is not the only bookstore in the world.

*Traditionally published royalties are less than Indie published royalties.  Some may counter this is so because Indie published authors need to account for all that they must pay for on their own.  But listen, if you don’t mind putting your learning cap back on, you can handle some of your own publishing tasks.  If you don’t want to bother with it all, there are also reputable and cost effective literary services out there, as well.  But isn’t the hard work worth it to not have to be told what you can and cannot do with your own creations? It is to me.   

I said all this to say to those who are traditionally published and are walking around with “the big head,” let out some of that air, because your struggles are the same as ours, although when everything is laid out the way it is above, it looks as if Indie authors are getting the better deal anyway.

Unless you can snag a $500,000 advance on a deal, then Indie publishing is the way to go.  And from what I hear, that’s only happening if you’re an athlete, actor, well-known/well-established author, or some other person with a modicum of fame.  Let’s face it, without a huge advance from a “major” publisher, the advantages of being an Indie published author greatly outweigh any so-called disadvantages.  And if you’re viewing this through my lenses, there are no disadvantages. When you self-publish, YOU get to make all the decisions regarding YOUR books, and only YOU will own the rights to YOUR work – not someone who didn’t even contribute one bead of sweat to it.  

Isn’t that the way it should be anyway?

It’s time some of you stop touting that you’re traditionally published.  For those of us who know better, that label doesn’t carry any more weight than the Indie published label does.  I’m glad that I now know better.  It’s time some of you accept the reality of it, too.

Seriously, all we need to know is that you’re a good writer. Telling us how you’re published, gives us absolutely no indication of that at all.

By the way, I’m Author, Nonnie Jules, and I don’t need to preface my introduction with a label.  I’ll let my writing tell you all you need to know. 

In Honor of #RRBC’s Random Acts of Kindness Day, Meet Author, Robbie Cheadle and all her #books! #RAOK @RRBC_Org @BakeandWrite @RobertaEaton17

I’m sure Robbie Cheadle has been at my place before, but today, I’d like to shine a light on her and her written works, in honor of RRBC’S RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY!

Friends, meet my dear friend, Robbie…

Robbie Cheadle

Robbie is such a generous, loving and caring person, there was no way I was going to let this day go by, without sharing her (again) with all of you!

Robbie has so many books, that I can’t list them all here for you, but click…

HERE to visit her Amazon Author Central Page!

HERE to visit her RRBC Author Page

Robbie recently submitted a piece for our MEMORIES OF MOM Rave Soup For The Writer’s Soul Anthology, 2022 at RRBC, and here is just a snippet of her piece called THE NEW BABY…

When I was a little girl of nearly four years old, my sister, Catherine, was born. She arrived eight weeks early, which meant that when my mother came home from the hospital, she didn’t bring my new baby sister with her.

Catherine was admitted into the neonatal ward with all the other premature babies. The hospital was strict about visitors and little girls of four years old carried germs, so I was not allowed to visit my new sister. My mother and father visited her every day and when they came home, they told me all about her.

“Catherine is tiny,” said Dad. He held out his large hand. “She fits into the palm of my hand.”

“Your little sister weighs less than a bag of sugar,” said Mom. She lifted a 2.5-kilogram bag of white sugar out of the cupboard and laid it in my arms so I could experience how little Catherine weighed.

The bag felt heavy to me, but if Mom and Dad said the baby was small then it must be true.

Everyday my mother expressed milk into a bottle and took it to the hospital for the tiny baby.

“Catherine is too weak to breast feed.” Mom showed me the bottle containing a small amount of milk. “She is being fed through a needle into a vein in her head.” One afternoon when my mother came home from the hospital, she told me the needle feeding Catherine had slipped and the baby’s face had swollen up with fluid.

That night I woke up sweating and shivering. I lay in the dark thinking about my nightmare. In my dream, a miniature baby with a swollen head was chasing me. “I want to kiss you, Robbie,” the baby cried, holding out her thin arms.

I prayed: “Thank you, God, for sending me a sister. I don’t mind being an only child though, so would you please take her away and give her to another girl who really wants a baby sister?”

To read the rest of Robbie’s story, do pick up your copy of MEMORIES OF MOM, Rave Soup For The Writer’s Soul Anthology, 2022!

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Please share this post about Robbie all over your social media forums!  I think she’s amazing, and this is my little way of showing you just how amazing she is!

SUPPORT HER!

In #Writing, You Should Never…! @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @4WillsPub

“Whenever someone gives you a never in regards to writing, your inner warning klaxon should go off.  Writing is an art, and cannot be governed by rules involving always or never.”  -Author Unknown

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I don’t know who said that, but someone once shared the quote above with me via email.  

Like some of you, I have had it up to here with other people’s opinions (OPO) about what we should never do in writing.  Who are these so-called writing gurus who feel that they can dictate our every stroke in our quest to create the most perfect pieces of art in written form?  

We are bombarded daily with rules for our writing.  Notice my emphasis on the word our because I want everyone to understand that my writing belongs to me, your writing belongs to you, their writing belongs to them, so everyone should tend to their own beeswax!

Writing is subjective, but, just as long as…

  • your writing is free of misspelled words and other typos
  • your periods and commas are in the proper places so that readers are guided seamlessly through the read
  • there is clarity of thought and no rambling
  • your dialogue is realistic
  • your characters are well-developed and believable… 

…then, in my humble (but valued) opinion, YOU. ARE. DOING. JUST. FINE!

Writing is an art form, but unfortunately, it’s not one that everyone masters spectacularly.  I repeat – if your writing is clean (error-free), captivating (you can hold readers’ attention), and realistic (it makes us feel as if it is actually happening right before our eyes so we can believe in it), then block out the naysayers.  Stop feeding into their frenzy and write what you want to write, and write it the way you want to!  Stop giving a crap about what these wanna-be experts say that you should be doing in your writing. Some of them don’t even know what good writing looks like anyway.  They’ve fallen into the deep end of the spiked-Koolaid and have swallowed way too much of it; and now they’re spewing it up and out into the air, hoping that you’ll be foolish enough to swallow some of it, too.  Close your mouths!  Don’t you dare take in any of their nonsense!

I can’t tell you the number of writers who are being made to feel the pressure that they must “show and not tell,” and sadly, all throughout their stories, they are failing in their attempts.  So much so, that they are going overboard attempting the technique, trying to please that category of folk who “think” they are expert at it.  Here’s another

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Stop allowing others to pressure you into something you don’t fully understand, and until you do, merely focus on writing using the formula that I’ve highlighted above and here in it’s shortened form… clean – captivating – realistic.  The little words to remember.  That’s all the reading public wants from us anyway – writing that’s free of typos, that holds their attention, and is believable;  clean – captivating -realistic.

NEVER let anyone tell you what you should be writing.

NEVER let anyone tell you how to write.

NEVER let anyone try to sell you on what they probably don’t understand themselves.

The only NEVERS I want you to allow to seep into your soul are…

NEVER QUIT BELIEVING IN YOURSELF

NEVER GIVE UP

NEVER QUIT

NEVER SAY NEVER

Throughout this piece, I have repeatedly shared the formula that you cannot fail with.  Apply it to to your writing and you will NEVER risk being pulled into the spiked-Koolaid again.

So, now that I’ve stepped down from my ‘guru’ high-horse, have you ever found yourself feeling pressured by the millions of so-called gurus of writing around you?  If so, how does the process I suggest above sound to you?  Does it sound reasonable enough for you to give it a try?

Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 7 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER

NJ:  Hi, Linnea!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Linnea:  February 14

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Linnea:  4th

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Linnea:  2010

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Linnea:  Since childhood, I’ve had characters live in my head, in part to help me through my own challenges in life. When I semi-retired, I wrote my first novel in three months to tell their stories, but soon discovered that I needed to learn the craftsmanship of writing to make my stories resonate.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Linnea:  Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty, Faith

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger? 

Linnea:  A visionary who can jump into a new situation and adapt readily.

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Linnea:  A universal rule for which we should all strive is the Golden Rule: treat others like you would want to be treated. This is the essential basis for human rights, in which every individual has a right to just treatment and reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others. Although major religions embrace this concept, the history of humankind has been plagued with political corruption, warfare, intolerance, and injustice.   

NJ:  Describe yourself in ONE word

Linnea:  Determined

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Linnea:  A wiser woman with wrinkles that etch my life journey.

NJ:  Three women that you admire – famous or otherwise. What do you admire most about them?

Linnea:  My mother who was widowed with five children, ranging in age from newborn to seventeen years of age. During the 1950s when “Father Knew Best,” she worked to support her children and found the time to support and guide each of them.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Susan B. Anthony

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Linnea:  I would like to leave a legacy that I help others to achieve their dreams like other people  supported me.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Linnea:  As a regulatory professional in biotech companies, I’ve helped manage the process of developing and obtaining approval of therapeutics for life-threatening diseases such as cancer and pulmonary arterial hypertension. As a strong supporter of educational opportunities for women, I’m a member of PEO and am on the board of the Denver Women’s Press Club which provide scholarship opportunities for women.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Linnea:  RRBC and RWISA has provided me an opportunity to interact and to support other authors. As a member, I’ve had the opportunity to explore other forms of writing such as the short story, essay, and short story. 

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA brought to your life?

Linnea:  I’ve met a family of supportive, diverse authors who inspire me to be a better writer and to view life through a different lens.

NJ:  Linnea, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Linnea’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of one of her books.

Thank you all for joining me along this journey as I closed out WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, my way!  There were other women who I wanted to profile who did not get their responses back to me in time to put their profile up, but I am so thrilled to have been able to profile the ones who did.  Join me next time, because you never know what you’re going to find here when you take a moment to WATCH NONNIE WRITE!

Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 6 @HealthMN1 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, HARRIET HODGSON

NJ:  Hi, Harriet!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Harriet:  September 27th

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Harriet:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Harriet:  8 years old

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Harriet:  Seemed like a good thing to do

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Harriet:  1. Family 2. Faith 3. Honesty 4. Loyalty

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Harriet:  Talented

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Harriet:  If I could change the world, I would make the US energy independent, support NATO as much as we can, share more advances in medical research, get religious communities involved (many already are), provide drinking water, share advances in farming/farming equipment, educate women.

NJ:  Describe yourself in ONE word

Harriet:  Persistent

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Harriet:  Talented, funny, kind

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Harriet:  An elderly woman

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Harriet:  Resilience

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Harriet:  I served as president of local, state and international organizations, served on countless committees, organized conferences, spoken for free, given free workshops, given money to worthy organizations, written letters to the editor, and supported legislation that improves community health.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Harriet:  Membership has made me strive to be better.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA brought to your life?

Harriet:  I am among people who understand a writer’s life and have my back.

NJ:  Harriet, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Harriet’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of one of her books.

Please click HERE to join me at, or after 12 midnight CT for Day 7 of my Women of Excellence Salute!

Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 5 @YvetteMCalleiro @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, YVETTE M. CALLEIRO

NJ:  Hi, Yvette!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Yvette:  March 7.

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Yvette:  I’m first for my parents but third for my dad (he has two children from a previous marriage).

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Yvette:  I started writing stories and poems at 12 years old. I began writing with the intent to publish in 2010, I believe.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Yvette:  As a tween, I began writing to express my thoughts and emotions. My middle school Language Arts teacher constantly encouraged us to explore our imagination, and I loved every minute of it. As an author, I began writing to share the lives of the characters living in my head. I wanted to create stories that my students, who were struggling readers, would enjoy.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Yvette:  Family, Honesty, Friends, Loyalty, Faith.

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Yvette:  I always want the best for others.

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Yvette:  I would create free, yearly, mandatory parenting classes that focus on what a parent can expect for his/her child’s development at each year of the child’s life. Classes would be in person or online and would provide resources and support for struggling parents. Parents would then get a tax break for attending the classes and participating in quarterly discussions. This system would cover health care, developmental issues, education tools, mental and emotional support systems, etc. Organizations would be encouraged to provide supportive materials such as early childhood books, clothes, blankets, formula, etc. Investing in the care and education of our children would make the biggest difference in our society. The more we care about the mental, emotional, and physical well-beings of people, the better our world would be.

I would also change the value system of our societies. Careers that better society as a whole (teachers, law enforcement, fire fighters, social and health care workers) would be highly paid to encourage a focus on education, community, and well-being. Societies would focus on wellness more proactively so that illness is reduced. Healthcare systems would focus on educating society on how to prevent and cure illnesses instead of masking the symptoms.

These are the ways I would change our world if I had the power to do so. A girl can dream, right? 😉

NJ:  Yes, a girl can dream 🙂 Describe yourself in ONE word

Yvette:  Ever-evolving

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Yvette:  Strong, successful, selfless.

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Yvette:  I see a perfectly imperfect woman who strives to empower herself to be a better version of herself every day.

NJ:  Three women who you admire – famous or otherwise. What do you admire most about them?

My best friend – Even though she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, she focused on embracing positive energy and finding the beauty and wonder in life. She reminds me every day to find the silver linings in life.

My sister – She has an inner strength that has kept her grounded and in control of her destiny. She is overflowing with perseverance and is constantly in pursuit of new knowledge to help better her life and the lives of her loved ones. She is my rock.

My mother – Her childhood was not easy, but she found the courage to leave her situation. She supported my father in his career and traveled often, finding odd jobs to make life easier for us all. She worked hard to break the cycle of her past and raised my sister and me with love and encouragement. She pushes me to always be better.

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Yvette:  I would want my legacy to be one that encourages others to live a life full of mindfulness, compassion, empathy, and love for others as well as one’s self.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Yvette:  As a teacher, I believe I have contributed to the learning of thousands of students. I have empowered them and educated them to be the best versions of themselves. When I sponsored Key Club, a community service and leadership organization, I contributed to cleaning up our environment, instilling a love of community and service in students, and building future leaders. As a creative writing club sponsor, I have provided a safe space for students to speak their truths and to embrace their authentic selves. As a human being, I participate in recycling and cleaning up the oceans as well as spreading awareness on issues close to my heart. As an author, I’m hoping my newest novel, HYPE, provides sexually abused survivors with the courage and strength to get the help they need.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Yvette:  Belonging to RRBC and RWISA have improved my writing by sharpening my skills. Through the RRBC workshops and conferences, I have learned how to eliminate filler words and repetition. With my RWISA critique group, I’ve become better at descriptive writing and showing instead telling. I’ve also become better at blogging and sharing my works with others.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA  brought to your life?

Yvette:  RRBC and RWISA have allowed me to feel part of a family of writers and supporters. I don’t know that I would have continued my journey in becoming a writer had it not been for their guidance and encouragement.

NJ:  Yvette, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Yvette’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “HYPE.”

Hype by Yvette M. Calleiro

Please click HERE to join me at, or after 12 midnight CT for Day 6 of my Women of Excellence Salute!

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