Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Simplicity

I am going to shut down this blog because I want to be a writer but I need simplicity. I want to write books, not a blog. So, please stay in touch through facebook and check out my new author website melissalemon.com. This website has a blog where I will share events and news (I will also share those on facebook), but I am done blogging so I can write more books. Yay!!

It's been fun.

I hope you're living simply.

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Glass Castle Book Review and Thoughts on Family

Guys, kids need their parents.

This book reminded me of a paragraph from The Family: A Proclamation to the World:

"HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations."


I'm not really going to review the book. I think that anyone willing to write down their tragic experiences and be so vulnerable deserves five stars. I will, however, give it a rating. For information on my rating scale, please see my post about book ratings.

I give this book a rating of PWTYAA (probably wait 'til you're an adult) for thematic issues, attempted rape, child sexual abuse, and parental abuse and neglect. Honestly, I don't think my life is any better for having read it, or that it opened my eyes any (they're about as wide as they can get already), or that I enjoyed it at all. It was a struggle for me to get through. I don't like reading about the suffering of children. I admire the author and her siblings for their courage.

The book simply reinforced to me the truth that parents are vastly important and irreplaceable in a child's life. Parenting should be taken seriously.

Read it if you want. Or don't if you can't afford the therapy you'll need after. ;)




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Water Come Down

I took a poetry workshop in college and recently found one of the poems I wrote in that class. It was inspired by a song that my sister's voice teacher sang at a recital. I loved the song and wanted to express the feelings it had evoked. So here you go.

Water Come Down

Drunk with summer,
The heart song filled my mind
With memories of dandelions
And carelessly running barefoot.

I ran with the children of the pasture
Where the water flows
I knew their names,
I was their guardian.

They ran to me
With sunlit hair and beaming smiles
And held my hand
While climbing rocks.

They beckoned the water:
Come down
Water come
Water come down.

I kissed their cheeks,
And hugged their necks,
Then sent them home
Before night came.

And alone in the moonlight
I waited until morning
When the children would return
And the water would come down.

I recently found a video of this song and it was the first time I've been able to find it in twenty years. Here is a link to the youtube video if you'd like to hear the song.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Writer Wednesday-Developing a Marketing Plan

The business of being an author is roughly one half writing and one half marketing. Marketing is what helps our books sale and what connects us to readers. Writing time is our production time, but marketing can be just as productive when it comes to getting our books out there. Recently I came up with a marketing pledge and schedule. I thought I'd share them and encourage writers to come up with their own. What will help you get your books out there little by little?

Marketing Pledge:

I pledge to WORK HARD, Be Creative, and NEVER GET DISCOURAGED!


Marketing Schedule:

Weekly:
Mondays: Blog (Comment on someone else’s blog)
Tuesdays:  Tweet writer tips & encouragement (Follow 10-20 new people)/ Facebook or Instagram love for ½ hour (this means participating with others and commenting with kindness on the posts of others).
Wednesdays: Blog about writing or poetry (Comment on someone else’s blog)
Thursdays: Weekly post about my life on Instagram & Facebook (Comment on someone else’s post)
Fridays: Special projects

Monthly:
Events: Ideally, an event once a month is a good goal. During release time, an event once or twice a week would be better.

By Specific Outlets:
Goodreads: Mark books I’m reading and give reviews when finished. When I have a new release, do a giveaway or something else to promote my book or engage readers.
Youtube: Produce quality videos that promote my books/characters and provide wholesome entertainment.
Website Blog: For posting upcoming events
Facebook page & Instagram author page: Events, news, Funnies, etc. 

The goal is to: Uplift, Inform, Share, Inspire!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Waiting

This is a little poem I wrote last year. Sometimes life seems frozen. One thing is ending, but a new thing hasn't begun yet. This poem expresses what that can be like for me.

Waiting

Hope thrills
Fear looms in the distance
Peace drips like a leaky faucet
The ticking clock holds my hand
As I try to accomplish something.
The seasons halt
Mid-autumn
Dead leaves cling
To winter's branches
With no intention of falling.
The air is a statue
Silent phones deafen
And the mail carrier
Passes without a word.
Writer's block
Stillness
Lagging
Nerves simmer.
Nothingness suspended in the air
Waiting.