Friday, March 30, 2012

Blogger Won't Allow Comments!

I'm sure many of you have tried to leave a comment on your favorite blogs. If you haven't, give it a try and please e-mail me if yours won't work, either!! I haven't had this problem in a LONG time! Argggg...
Why, yes.....this is my crazy look. How did you know??

* Well, it appears that shortly after I posted this, comments were working again...BUT, I'm still leaving it here, for now....just in case! *
"If there is something you must do and you cannot do it, you cannot do anything else." ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

* We Have SEVERAL Winners! *

The Winner of Lynn Goodwin's You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers is.....Patricia Preston! Congratulations, Patricia! Since I already have your mailing address, (snail-mail notes!) is that where you'd like the book to be sent? Thanks again to everyone who left comments and/or questions for Lynn. And, of course, another big Thank You to Lynn!

I would have to say that I'M the winner concerning these three pictures. I took them recently when Vern and I were outside enjoying our glorious weather.Vern is keeping a lookout for the bunnies that live and/or hide under our deck! I took my tablet, pen, and cup of coffee out there and did quite a bit of writing. The warmth and beauty brought forth inspiration!


And who is the other winner?? It's Jessie Humphries because she is my 300th Follower!

Jessie left the cutest comment here: I sent my 100th and 200th follower a gift of some kind. (Sorry, nothing from Van Cleef & Arpels!  ~~ Speaking of that....see the quote below!

But, Jessie if you will send me your mailing address, I'll send a small token of my appreciation! * Thank you very much and I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. *

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." -- Emma Goldman

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

* Lynn Goodwin - Part 2 *

Welcome back to Part 2 of Lynn Goodwin's questions and answers blog post! Yesterday, we had questions 1 through 4. Today we'll finish with questions 5 through 9. Don't forget to leave a comment or ask Lynn a question, either on this post or yesterday's, to be eligible for the book give-away. *And if you leave a comment on both blog posts, you'll be entered twice.*

* I forgot to mention when the drawing will be. I'll take comments until midnight CDT, today, 3/27/12. Winner will be announced tomorrow. *

5)     5) I noticed your Brag Board and Announcements. I’m sure many of my readers would love to have some of their accomplishments listed there.

I agree. Send them to me. The address is on the website, and accomplishments are posted for 90 days. Send your friends in to see them.

6-A) Do you still need some volunteers for your site?

      Absolutely. We need volunteers to write both book and website reviews, to clean up and expand the Resources page, and always, always, we need people to help us publicize the e-zine. Send me a letter of interest that includes a bit about your writing and publicity background and a resume.
6-    6-B) Any paid positions available?

There are no paid positions at this time, but sometimes good volunteers work their way into paid positions, if they are reliable, meet deadlines, and have a unique voice that does not require much editing.

7)     7) You offer manuscript consultation. Do you prefer reading/editing a certain genre?

I'm happy to read and respond to almost anything including long and short fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, articles, blog posts, academic papers, college application essays, and even poetry unless it's obscure. To determine whether the writer and I are a match, I read a short sample at no charge. Find out what we offer at: Questions? Please ask. My address is in the middle of the page. 
8)    8) It looks like you also accept book reviews. Tell us about that.

I'm always looking for good reviewers. I have lots of books sent from Random House and its subsidiaries. A Random House Book Rep, who gave presentations for Project Second Chance, the Contra Costa County Library's Adult Literacy Program, recommended me as a reviewer and years later I'm still getting and using books, but they send me more than I can ever read, so I'm happy to pass some on to others who want to review for Writer Advice. If a reviewer has recently read a book she likes, and it's not more than three years old, I'm happy to look at that as well.

Reviews run approximately 250 words, are balanced but lean towards positive comments, and should give us a sense of why the reviewer recommends a particular book. Read some samples by clicking on Hooked on Books. Query before submitting.

My address is not in the book reviews themselves, but you can find it in the ads column on the left. If you'd like to advertise your own book or writing service, we offer very reasonable rates. Please ask.


9)    9) You were a judge for Tiny Lights – what year, and which contest?
  Lynn: I think I judged for Tiny Lights in 2007. I remember reading some wonderful pieces.

  Becky: I'm curious because I’m one of Susan Bono’s regular Searchlights & Signal Flares contributors.
   Lynn: I've probably read something you've written there, though I haven't received anything from Susan for a while. If you think we might like to rerun one of your pieces on the Writing Advice page, please let me know.

Thanks so much for asking these questions, Becky.
If you're reading this, I hope you'll check us out at Enter the contest if it appeals. Consider reviewing either a book or a writing-related website for us. Consider using your public relations skills to bring us a wider audience. You never know where volunteer opportunities will lead, so let's find out if we want to work together.

Thank you again, Lynn, for being such a wonderful guest! I've learned a lot from you and also plan on submitting to your contest and brag boards, etc.

"Keep reading, writing, revising, and sharing. No one has your voice but you." - Lynn Goodwin

Monday, March 26, 2012

* Lynn Goodwin - Writers Advice *

I'm delighted to introduce Lynn Goodwin, author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. Lynn also runs Writer Advice which is just bursting with information!

Today, I'm posting the first half of my interview with Lynn, and the second will follow tomorrow. I'm sure you'll enjoy everything she has to share with us.

1) Welcome Lynn! First and foremost, because of the April 18th deadline, please tell us about your current Flash Prose Contest.
Thanks for asking, Becky. This is the seventh year Writer Advice is running a Flash Prose Contest. I decided to call it Flash Prose after realizing that there are many compelling memoirs that read like fiction, and their authors have as much chance of winning as those who send compelling prose. 

We're searching for flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that grabs, surprises, and mesmerizes readers in 750 words or less. If you have a story or memoir with a strong theme, sharp images, a solid structure, and an unexpected discovery, please submit it to the WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest. Complete details are at The judges will be former winners, and you can read their winning stories by clicking on Archives. 

If you have any questions before submitting, please e-mail me. My address is in the last paragraph of the announcement about the contest at Can't find it? Write directly at

       2) What are some of your favorite “writerly” websites, besides your own, of course! (I noticed you have some listed on your website.)

As you noted, we have lots of resources listed on the website. It's been a couple of years since I've checked all the sites to make sure they work. In addition, I've reviewed many I like on Website Reviews,

Truthfully, my favorites vary depending on my needs. I like the interaction available at Story Circle Network,, and WOW! Women on Writing, Both cater to women telling their stories, and so does The National Association of Memoir Writers, 

Obviously I'm interested in memoir, personal writing, and life stories. I like the outreach at Red Room,

I wrote about Book Slut,, quite a while ago, and I'm delighted to see they're still in operation. I used to be a huge fan of Goodreads, , but lately I haven't had time to visit much even though I greatly respect all the reviewing they encourage. I also like IndieBound,, though we have not reviewed it yet. 

More faves, for varying reasons: HARO,, Media Bistro,, and The Writer's Almanac, So many websites, so little time. No wonder I don't get more writing done.

3) What are some of your favorite books on craft? Favorite memoirs?

I love Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, because she helps writers find their voice. Pat Schneider also helps both writers and writing teachers find and enhance their voices in Writing Alone and With Others. Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird is a classic that crosses the lines between writing and memoir. Ditto for Natalie Goldberg's Wild Mind. There are more, of course, but I'm sticking to "some."

Caroline Kraus's Borderlines is a memoir that I can't forget along with Kelly Corrigan's The Middle Place. For a treat read Rachel Sarah's Single Mom Seeking, Veronica Chater's Waiting for the Apocalypse, Sybil Lockhart's Mother in the Middle, and Kathy Briccetti's Blood Strangers. Whenever I interview an author, I feel like I get inside information and I care more about the book because of it.

      4-A) How long have you been writing?

I've written intermittently since Mr. Stewart had us write a story a week in sixth grade. I became obsessed with journaling when my mother was in the last years of her life and needed my help. Journaling saved my sanity then. I decided to share the process with others in a book called You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. It's a valuable resource. Copies available on Amazon.  


      4-B) Did you grow up loving books?

I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Mickey Mouse Club magazines, Stranger than Science, Nancy Drew (a forbidden pleasure), and anything in our 19-volume 1957 World Book Encyclopedia.


Thank you so much, Lynn! You've provided so many wonderful sites and other important information. We'll all look forward to Part 2 of the Q&A tomorrow, which will be questions 5 through 9.  

* There's also a book give-away! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment about this interview, or ask Lynn a question. You can do that here, or in tomorrow's Part 2 comments, or both. Two Comments DO give you Two chances. No other rules! * So, please come back tomorrow. *

A quote from Lynn, regarding her manuscript consultations:

"I tell you WHAT I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT. This often opens doors for writers. I plant seeds, you nurture them, and your writing blossoms." - Lynn Goodwin

Sunday, March 25, 2012

* Writerly News *

The past seven days have been crazy busy. I keep telling myself I am NOT going to schedule any more than TWO things a week.....meetings, lunches, even errands. I obviously need to stay home to do my writing and those pesky housewifey-type duties, but the biggest reason is I have such a Low Energy Level. I've always been like this and even took naps when I was in high school.

Yesterday, the end of an already busy week, I attended our monthly Saturday Writers meeting, which was awesome. Immediately after that, many of us went to Pasta House for a late lunch. Mmmm...good. By the time we left all I wanted to do was head home and take one of my 3-Hour Naps!  Yes, that is the typical nap I take/need. (I don't want any comments about how "lucky" I am that I can do that, because I don't work full time....blah, blah, blah. Believe me, I rather have tons of energy, than feel the way I do.)

So, why am I telling you all this? I passed up the opportunity last night, to see Anne Lamott at the St. Louis County Library. I LOVE Anne Lamott! She is a fabulous writer, but I could not get up in time to see her. It kills me that I wasn't able to attend, but I know in my heart, that I'll see her some other time.

Tomorrow and Tuesday, I'll be blog hosting Lynn Goodwin, author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. Lynn also runs Writer Advice which is a fabulous website for....writers!
It's filled with all kinds of information; Resources, Markets, Bragboards, Manuscript Consultation, and a current CONTEST, just to name a few. Lynn is a powerful writer and a delight to work with. Please stop back by tomorrow and Tuesday!

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Parks College Journal Mystery Continues.....

Yesterday, after much talking (in person with people at Parks) and reading and searching (both at Parks and online last night)...The short version is this:  It doesn't appear as if the young man ever attended Parks, but I did find a book for sale, online, written by someone with the same name, and it was mechanics!

♪♫ Hit the Twilight Zone music, please! ♪♫

I'll post more information as soon as I get some. I am so captivated with this, I can't get it out of my mind. Maybe I should be a mystery writer. Not!
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Oh, and I even wrote over 400 words last night for a new Call for Submissions at Chicken Soup for the Soul. I have many other Writing Opportunities to promote, and I'll do that soon.

*And welcome to my newest follower, inluvwithwords, I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!*

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." ~ Isaac Asimov

Sunday, March 18, 2012

* Nostalgic Sundays *

Time for another Nostalgic Sunday
In my last *Nostalgic Sunday* post, on March 4th, I mentioned buying something on Ebay that pertained to Parks College. (My dad was a student and then a professor at Parks in the late 1940s to the early 1960s.) I also said I couldn't get the pictures from Ebay to copy well onto my blog and that you'd just have to wait until I received it to see pictures.....Well....Ta Dahhhh......
It's a hardcover journal, approximately 8" x 11", made by a young man who was interested in going to Parks College......around 1931!

 When I look through this book, I know I'm touching something special. Something that meant a great deal to a young man who was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life.

I'm fairly certain this was a class assignment, most likely for a high school senior. He wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing aviation as his "life's work." There is a total of 39 pages, the last sentence in his Preface is this: The success of this book is due to Miss ______ who is our teacher and guide.

I'm keeping both the student's and teacher's names anonymous. I feel as if I need to guard their identity, as if they were part of my own family.

 He glued newspaper clippings in it.

There's a booklet of tuition prices which includes "Parks Flying School" and "Airplane and Engine Mechanics' Course."
There are quite a few pages of hand printed information about the history of aviation, including the Wright Brothers and Charles Lindbergh.

(you can click on the photos to enlarge them)

I'll definitely ask a friend who works in the Parks' archives department if he can find out anything about this man. I truly hope he was able to fulfill his dream!

*And welcome to my newest follower, Belleu80, I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!*

"The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul." -- Unknown

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Writer and a Cartoonist Walk Into a Bar....

No, not really! I just wanted to get everyone's attention! The real story is that an idea came to me the other day about my life with The Ronald and I thought it would make a cute comic strip/cartoon. Since I can only draw stick people I asked my friend, Stephanie Piro, Cartoonist Extraordinaire, if she would draw a two-panel cartoon for me, and she said "Yes!" Below is our Piro & Povich collaboration. (You can click on the drawings to make them larger, too.)

Becky & The Ronald 1983

Becky & The Ronald 2012

I can't begin to tell you how much I admire Stephanie, or how talented she is, or what a great person she is, so please check out these different sites and you'll begin to see for yourself.


*And welcome to my newest follower, Encourage One Another, I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!*

“Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” ~Mark Twain

Friday, March 9, 2012


A funny thing happened on the way to this blog post today. I first stopped at Peggy Eddleman Will Write for Cookies and saw a similar theme to my planned post. In my comment, I said I'd wait a few more days for mine, because I didn't want to look like a "copy cat!" And Peggy, sweet thing that she is, wrote back and said, "Post it! It can be like the theme for the day. :) Seriously. I love when I find repeating themes as I read blogs!" So, there you have it. Thank you, Peggy! *Oh, please hop over to Peggy's fabulous blog, read her post, and drool over the cookies! I told her we need "Scratch 'n Sniff" blogs!

Time for Another I Wonder !

Lately I've been thinking and wondering about Leaps of Faith. Don't you just love that phrase? Such thoughts and images come to my mind. But there is a group of images that is unsurpassed ~~~~


(all images courtesy Google)
I'll never forget the first time I watched Indiana Jones take that "Leap of Faith." I held my breath, and then when I saw the "bridge" he walked across, my stomach got weak and I almost passed out because of my fear of heights! And no matter how many times I watch that scene, it effects me the same way -- -- emotionally and physically. My heart palpitates, I don't breath, my stomach does flips, and then BOOM...Indy accomplished the impossible. He believed. He HAD TO believe....and I cheer, usually out loud!

Anyone trying to achieve something of importance in their life has opportunities to take that "leap of faith," but how many of us actually do it?? Looking back, I know I've made a few of them, but they were more like "small steps." (Every step in the right direction counts, though, right?)

I'm writing my memoir. Do I have faith in myself as a writer? Yes, I do. But something is holding me back somewhat, making it difficult to make much progress.Obviously if I knew what it was, I'd fix it. maybe now it's time for MY "leap of faith," but where? In what direction? Where do I leap?

Please feel free to give me advice and directions, etc!

 “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” -Margaret Shepherd

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Speaking of Writers.....

Yesterday I posted about an event celebrating the life and writing of Kate Chopin. Today I'd like to welcome and introduce another friend, T.K. Richardson, author of Shield the Heart. I'm happy and honored to be one of the stops on this special blog tour.

T.K. ......Take it away!

Hi Becky, thanks for hosting this stop on the blog tour for Shield the Heart!

The theme for this blog tour is a little different and I hope all of you will enjoy it. It’s titled ‘A Russian Tour’ because each day during the blog tour we’ll explore the Russian cities and historical sites that are the backdrop for my new YA novel Shield the Heart.
Sometimes the setting of a novel is so interesting and unique that it deserves a closer look, and that’s why I thought this blog tour would be so much fun. ‘A Russian Tour’ will give my readers a chance to get a better view of where everything in Shield the Heart takes place.
After all, these are the places that have inspired me, and I hope they inspire all of you, too.

Today on our itinerary we’re visiting Moskovsky Train Station!
To follow along each day and visit some of the places found in Shield the Heart, be sure to follow the blog tour.
Okay, onto our destination! 

Московский вокзал
Sometimes the thought of traveling by train brings to mind unique and beautiful images. But traveling by rail can also present the opportunity for danger and mystery, as well. In Shield the Heart it added a bit of mystery, intrigue, and a healthy dose of danger. Because, after all, some of the best scenes seem to happen on a train, and that’s how I viewed Moskovsky Train Station in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Although there isn’t a ton of description about this railway station in Shield the Heart, there is enough to see what the main character, Lilly, sees and give the reader a view they may never witness in real life. Busy and packed with people, Moskovsky Train Station was the perfect setting, and provided me a great opportunity to learn more about it.
[note: all images are fromgoogle images]
A little history:
“While serving as the terminus of many different lines, it is most recognized as the rail terminal for trains running to and from its twin station (Leningradsky Station) in Moscow.

 Also called: Moscow Rail Terminal, Moskovsky Railway Station, Московский вокзал, Moskovsky Vokzal, Moscow Station. Moskovsky Railway Station is the "main" line terminal station in Saint Petersburg and as such, sometimes appears in Russian as Главный вокзал (Main Station). Constructed in 1851, Moskovsky Station is the oldest preserved railway station in Saint Petersburg.” (

As you can see this railway station is beautiful and unique, but you may be wondering how it fits into a young adult novel that centers around a girl with a special gift, an old Russian prophecy, and one life changing choice…
Well, I hope you’ll read the story to find out!

Character quote~
It wasn’t until the train left the station that I put the paper down and stared out the window. They couldn’t stop me, now. ~ Lilly Paige, Shield the Heart

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of Moskovsky Train Station. Be sure to follow us to our next destination. Tomorrow on the blog tour we’ll visit Freedom Square in Georgia!

Becky, thanks again for hosting me on the blog tour. I hope you and your blog followers enjoy my new release!
One Gift, One Prophecy, One Choice

Shield the Heart
 (Note: This book is part of a series. Book #1 Return the Heart. Book #2 Shield the Heart.)

What if the battle was in your heart?
Lilly’s gift of reading the heart seemed like a curse, but when she discovered her gift was linked to an old, Russian prophecy it changed everything. What she never questioned, though, was her own heart.

When the prophecy pulls Lilly back to Russia and demands to be fulfilled she is torn between love and loyalty. She must make the most difficult decision of her life and choose between the two. But Lilly’s decision is farther reaching than even she is willing to acknowledge. It stretches from East to West - from the past to the future.

Lilly discovers there’s more to the old prophecy than she realized and enemy forces are bent on stopping it from unfolding.

One thing is certain - there will be casualties. And sparing those closest to her may be impossible. While Seth attempts to shield Lilly from the truth, Nikolai reveals secrets that could change everything.
As Lilly falls into the arms of Russia she must decide: will love or loyalty reign? And can she live with the consequences? Two sides compete for Lilly’s heart and she must find the answers she needs before her enemies find her.

Shield the Heart, by T.K. Richardson, is the riveting second book in the series and takes Lilly deeper into Russia’s mysterious past… and her future.

About the author~
T.K. Richardson is the author of YA books Return the Heart, Shield the Heart, Simmer: Recipes for the Teen Palate, and Love, Me: Anthology of Short Stories. She is the founder of Partners In, a program that donates books to children in the foster care system. She also hosts  Compass eBooks and runs The Writers Resource Directory, a great site for writers filled with publishing and writing links, tips and advice. Her next books are due out later this year.  Find out more at

*One last note: Welcome to my newest follower, Mona I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!*

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Louis Honors Writer

What do Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, and Kate Chopin all have in common? They are three of the area's most noteworthy authors. There are already bronze busts of the two men, and Kate will join them at what is known as Writers' Corner, an homage to the icons of American literature with roots in the *Central West End (CWE) *in St. Louis
(Google image: 

When: Sunday, March 11, 2012 2:00 pm
Where: Writer's Corner
Northeast corner Euclid and McPherson Avenues
Admission: FREE

Chopin's likeness will grace the northwest corner of the intersection. The Central West End Association, the organization behind the unique Writers' Corner, is planning a public dedication of the bust on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.

For Susie Chopin of University City, great-granddaughter of Kate Chopin, the idea of a bust celebrating her ancestor is humbling.

"It's quite an honor to have this in her old neighborhood," said Chopin.

(A few sentences above are borrowed from article on website. Click on both links to learn more about the life of Kate Chopin, and the CWE Association)

How exciting it is to have such talented writers begin and/or live their lives here in St. Louis!

"And moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul…the brave soul. The soul that dares and defies." – Kate Chopin

Sunday, March 4, 2012

* Nostalgic Sundays *

Time for Another Nostalgic Sunday

I took a break this past week from everything that was stressing me out and it truly did me a world of good. I even stayed away from my laptop most of the time, so I wouldn't be tempted to start my sometimes-addictive-blog-hopping. When I took a good look at myself and my life, I finally saw what was mentally paralyzing me, and I said, "No more!"

I'm not going to quit blogging, but I'll be sticking to a strict schedule, as with a few other things. Okay, enough of that..... It's time for another Nostalgic Sunday!
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I just keep having those Cosmic Connections, those Twilight Zoney Moments.....
On February 18, I posted a poem I'd written which mentioned prop planes
On February 19, I wrote about prop planes again, and my dad, and Parks College.
I haven't been consciously thinking about that lately, but yesterday in one of those round-about ways, I somehow landed (Ha! Get it?!) on Ebay and in an aeronautical memorabilia section. I bought what I think is an amazing item, for an amazingly low price! I tried posting a couple of pictures of it, copyed from the Seller's page, but they didn't work. You'll just have to wait until I receive it to see photos. (And no, it's nothing with my dad's name on it, etc. Wouldn't THAT be awesome?!)

So, until then.....I leave you with two airplane photos I found on Google.

Well, would you look at that?? It's my Nostalgic an airplane!

I wonder if they were looking at the Flying Nun, too!?

Have a fabulous, blissful week! I intend to!

Welcome to my newest followers, Rae and Shirley. I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you! 

"Never stop being a kid. Never stop feeling and seeing and being excited with great things like air and engines and sounds of sunlight within you." — Richard Bach author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Although I'm actually still on my blog-a-vacation, I just had to post something short, but very important and exciting!!

One of my friends, who is also a Blogger, Writer, and Critique friend.....Donna, OF DONNA'S BOOK PUB...WON.........


Can you say WOOOO-HOOOOO?!  I am THRILLED for Donna. She's a great writer (obviously) and a great person and I'm proud to call her my friend. AND, I'm extra excited because I am part of the critique group who first heard Donna's winning story!! Go to her blog and read all about it!

"A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend - and he's a priest." -- Erma Bombeck