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I Missed You. Now I Have a New VPS Server!

“I Missed You. Now I Have a New VPS Server!” by Joan Y. Edwards

Dear Subscribers and Visitors to my site:

It seems I had too many bots, sites, and people hitting on my site. So many hits that it caused my site and the other websites that were on the same server to crash. So they suspended it on September 12, 2022.

So to solve that problem: I paid for a (VPS) Virtual Private Server so that If I get a bunch of hits on my site, it will not make another person’s website crash. The pages and images load faster.

Bluehost installed the SSL – Security Certificate to guard visitors for free.  When a site is secure, it has https in front of it. It also shows the little lock symbol to the left of my website name, joanyedwards.

Many sites send robots to spy on other sites. In the early days, Captcha phrases worked well at stopping robots. I hate captcha. I get flustered after 15 minutes trying to find an elephant in a series of pictures. I can hardly ever figure out the pictures and I evidently don’t do the hearing thing well, either. Now, they say Captcha phrases may not catch all the bots. So I am looking for a way to seamlessly get you to my posts without a captcha thing.

two girls walking in field of wildflowers having fun
Thank you, Pixabay and Adelkazaika!

Celebrate the hard work that agents with Bluehost and I did to make this happen. Here are the steps we took.

1. Pay for the VPS  server.
2. Buy new FTP software. Mine was 12 years old. Funny, old software couldn’t move the gz files generated now.
3. Check to make sure all files copied and moved. At first I was missing the theme. Then I was missing all the images. So I had to go back to old shared site files and download the missing files and upload them to new server.
4.Today Bluehost representative moved the domain to the new VPS server and added the lock SSL security certificate for it. Voila.

We were in business. Back to a new normal. Sounds like a movie, doesn’t it. I had all these crises  and dilemmas. I didn’t realize this was going to happen. I had to invent a few new ways to inspire myself to keep going to get the site live again. I didn’t want to close down my site.

Please tell me if you can tell that the site loads faster and pictures load faster. Let me know if you have problems getting to the site. If you notice a page or picture is missing, let me know that, too.

When I reach 2 million visitors to my site, I am going to add another gift for subscribers. I have over 1,733,690 visitors now. I will also make it available to those who have already subscribed.

Are there any subjects you would like for me to write about for you? What inspires you? Poetry, songs, quotes, steps to goals?

Be thankful for what you have.
Ask for what you want.
Believe you’ll get everything you need.
Enjoy being you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2009-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

Flip Flap Floodle
Firebird Book Award Winner Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?

Joan’s Elder Care Guide
Practical ways to help you and your elder survive.

Gospel-Based Crossword and Wordsearch Puzzle E-Books (pdf)

Fun for Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, Sunday School, Homeschool, Home Bible Study, Senior Centers, and Nursing Homes.


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Which Social Media Meets Your Needs?

Thank you, Pixabay, for this image.

Which Social Media Meets Your Needs? by Joan Y. Edwards

There are many social media brands. It is difficult for one person to use all of them successfully. I use Facebook and Twitter most, followed by Alignable, Linked-In, Instagram, and GoodReads.

Choose the one that’s comfortable for you. Choose the one that meets your social needs and your business advertising needs.

Alignable – You can connect with people who live in your community or far away. Message people to set up a coffee meeting and learn more about sharing your services and find out more about others services in your neighborhood. People in your network may share your messages about your business.

“How to Use Alignable for Your Small Business:”

How Can Small Businesses Use Alignable to Get More Customers

Facebook – Set up a page on Facebook and advertise your books and blogs. You can also pay for Facebook ads.
7 Ways to Use Facebook for Marketing

GoodReadsGet your books reviewed and review books. Build a network. 
Tck Publishing. “Three Ways to Creatively Market Your Books on GoodReads”

Instagram Pictures and posts only last 24 hours.
52 Tips How to Market on Instagram

Linked-In – Connect with professionals you know. Linked-In gives you a chance to post your blog links right in your account so that others will see it.

How to Use Linked-In Beginners Guide

Ten Reasons to Use Linked-In

Pinterest – Post images.
12 Strategic Ways to Use Pinterest for Marketing

Collect Images for Fun and Research – Use Pinterest

Twitter –  Set up a Twitter account to spread the word about your books and blogs. You can set up to do automatic posts on Facebook and Twitter from your blog.
What Exactly Is Twitter?

25 Ways to Use Twitter for Marketing


The 21 most popular social media sites in 2019

Social Media Quiz Which Social Site Is Right for YOU?

Which Social Media Is Right for You?

21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors

Hashtags Bring Traffic (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

I hope these resources help you find a great way to market your books, blogs, or other items.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright 2019 Joan Y. Edwards

Hashtags Bring Traffic

Thanks to GraphicsSC from Pixabay.

“Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags.

Hashtag is the symbol #. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”
The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator


Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.

  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)

  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.

Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?

  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs

  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example:

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.

  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.

  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.

  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake

  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:”

  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:”

  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook:

  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:”

  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:”

  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?

  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post:

  8. Hashtagify.

  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:”

  10. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:”

  11. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:”

  12. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” 


  14. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:”

  15. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:”

  16. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:”

  17. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:”

  18. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:”

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2018 Joan Y. Edwards
Flip Flap Floodle Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to help caregivers and elders find solutions.
Gospel-Based Crossword  and Wordsearch Puzzle Books for Year A, B, and C Fun for Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, Sunday School, and Home Bible Study

10 Great Websites for Illustrators

10 Websites for Illustrators, Thank you, Pixabay.

“10 Great Websites for Illustrators” by Joan Y. Edwards

1.Creative Blog, Illustration. Art. Graphic Design..
2.Vectips. “Illustrator and Vector Resources:”

3. Illustration Age. “The Ultimage Resource for Illustrators:”
4. Design Tuts Plus. Articles. “30 Amazing Websites for free stock and design resources:”–cms-24256
5. My personal favorite sites for free images for personal and commercial use.Many sites have ads for images you have to pay for at the top. Make sure what you download isn’t one you for which you need to pay.

a. FreePik. Free Vectors, human.
b. Pixabay free images for personal or commercial..
c. Morguefile free images for personal and commercial use.

6. Online Drawing Classes Free Online Drawing Classes

7. Make Use Of “Learning to Draw YouTube Videos:”

8. Other YouTube artists I enjoy using.

a. Aaron Rutten.
b. Mark Crilley.
c. Art for Kids Hub.
d. The Virtual Instructor:
e. Circle Line School: “Circle Line Art School””>

9. Art apps and software that are worthwhile your experimentation:

a. “Best Drawing and Sketching Apps:”
b. “18 Apps Every Creative and Artist Type Should Download Right Now.”
c. “Best Drawing Apps:”
d. I use software a lot on my Windows computer. It’s free. It helps me change images from png to jpg easily. I can also change the size of images.

I hope you enjoy browsing and reading about these resources. I hope they inspire you and help you move forward to your illustrating goal.
Tell me your favorite apps, software, and inspiration. Thanks for visiting. I’d love to hear from you.

Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Please check out my books:
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2017-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

20 Resources for Illustrators

20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“20 Resources for Illustrators” by Joan Y. Edwards

I found a few blogs, websites, and YouTube links that might help inspire you as an illustrator and help you improve your skills. 

  1. Caldecott Award –
  2. Creative Blog. “9 Top Illustrator Resources.”
  3. Diane Cricket Phillips. “The Difference Between Illustration and Art – Cricket Diane C Phillips – Cricket House Studios – 2008:”
  4. Harold Underdown. “Picture Book Manuscripts and Illustrations:”
  5. Jodie Rodriguez. “Exploring Illustrating Techniques in Picture Books:”
  6. Lynne Chapman. “An Illustrator’s Life for Me:”
  7. Nate Williams. “How to Start Your Illustrator Career
  8. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. “Frequently Asked Questions:”
  9. “Illustration Tools:”
  10. 11 Stunning Illustrator Websites That Will Inspire You (

YouTube videos to help illustrators

  1. Jazza. “How to Create Characters (the Design Process):”
  2. Leonardo Pereznieto. “5 Tips to Be a Successful Artist!
  3. Lynne Chapman. “How to Illustrate a Picture Book: Creating the Drawings:”
  4. Mark Crilley. “Creating Characters – 6 Tips to Help You:”
  5. Michael. How to Draw and Paint Channel on YouTube. “Drawing Lesson: River Bed Exercise:”
  6. Virtual Instructor: “Drawing Exercises:”
  7. Patti Stewart”How to Illustrate a Book:”
  8. Will Terry. “Drawing Characters: – One of 7 videos.
  9. Will Terry. “How to Illustrate a Children’s Book:”
  10. Will Terry. “How to Improve Your Drawing Skills Quicker”

Please share links of resources that in the comments area  links that help you in your illustrating journey.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards
Flip Flap Floodle Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to help caregivers and elders find solutions.
80 Gospel-Based Crossword Puzzles for Year B Fun for Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, Sunday School, and Home Bible Study.

Ten Reasons to Use LinkedIn

“Ten Reasons to Use LinkedIn” by Joan Y. Edwards

Wikipedia says that by March 2011, LinkedIn had 100 million users worldwide. As of October 2011, LinkedIn had over 14 million students and recent college graduates as members. Now, they have over 225 million users. LinkedIn is a place for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and professionals to network online.

USA TODAY College says joining LinkedIn before graduation can benefit students during their college and professional careers.

Trade publication TechRepublic says LinkedIn has “become the de facto tool for professional networking.

Here are 10 reasons to use LinkedIn:

1. Connect with someone you already know who is on LinkedIn. Don’t ask to join the network of a person you do not know.  I have accepted from people whose names and work I am acquainted with, although I have not met them face-to-face. For instance, people I have interacted with by email or who have subscribed to my blog.

2. Endorse your connections for skills and expertise. You can also add other skills for them. Sometimes others endorse you for skills you hadn’t put on your list.  This is quite an honor.  By seeing the skills listed for you, an employer can check his needs with your skills and request an interview for a job with his company.

3. Design your own profile with a photo for Identification purposes.

4. Upload a resume listing all of your qualifications for a potential job. This will showcase your education, honors and awards, publications, work and community experiences. This can help you find jobs, people and more business opportunities.

5. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates within LinkedIn.

6. Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.

7. Send private messages to people in your network through LinkedIn.

8. Post links to websites, blogs, and other social media connections.

9. Join different focus groups for organizations, industries or products; for instance, SCBWI, social media, writers, illustrators, kitchen and bath designers, lawyers, plumbers, architects, etc.

10. See events that relate to your job and/or skills and who is going; for instance, conventions,  conferences, seminars, workshops.

11. Regular LinkedIn is free: You can join premium services for a fee.

I hope this article has shown you good reasons to use LinkedIn. Always remember it’s a choice.

Celebrate you today.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards


  1. Christina Wodtke: Announcing LinkedIn Events:”
  2. Guy Kawasaki. “How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn:”
  3. Kevin O’Keefe. “LinkedIn Is 10 Years Old Now a Personal CRM System for Lawyers:”
  4. Kenna Griffin. “Why You Should Use LinkedIn More Than Facebook or Twitter:”
  5. LinkedIn. Video. “The Value of LinkedIn:”
  6. Neal Shaffer. “What is LinkedIn and Why Should You Join?”
  7. Neal Schaffer. “Why Use LinkedIn? 7 Reasons for Every Professional to Join:”
  8. OutSmarts. “Why You Should Use LinkedIn for Business:”
  9. Ruth A. Harper. “Why You Should Use LinkedIn before Graduation:”
  10. Tess C. Taylor. “Why Use LinkedIn?”

Facebook: The Pros, Cons, and How to’s

“Facebook: The Pros, Cons, and How to’s” by Joan Y. Edwards

Author, Sandra Warren, asked me if I would write an article about Facebook and tell her what it means to “Poke” someone. I told her that I would be glad to do that.

In this article, I hope to give you information and resources to decide the pros, cons, and how to’s of Facebook.

Here are my thoughts on Facebook Personal Pages:

  • On July 10, 2008 I joined Facebook to connect with my family and friends. It’s fun to interact with them here. I share pictures and tell things that I’ve done. I comment on their posts.

I don’t usually post when I’m going away. I post when I return. You can make your posts public or visible only to your friends. I advise you not to tell when you’re going to be away or at home alone.

If information is visible to your friends, it’s visible to their friends, too.

If you don’t know someone, don’t accept a friend request from them.

Keep away from sharing about a personal problem with another person. I believe it is best to talk out problems with them in person. Many people voiced problems they had with a boss or company. The boss fired them. Things you write on Facebook can be used for or against you in a court of law. Don’t write anything you don’t want plastered across the news on television.

Here are a few hints about Facebook personal pages:

  • A Personal Page is not for selling your books, other items for selling, promoting yourself as an author, illustrator, etc. Set up what they call a Fan page for that. It is used for businesses, authors, illustrators, musicians, etc.
  • Someone can just send me a message or put a remark on my status input (space to tell what’s going on with you).
  • There is a section that notifies you when someone wants to befriend you.
  • There is a section where you can send private messages to your friends.
  • There is a section that lets you know when someone leaves a comment on your post or posts you’ve commented on.
  • You can edit what you post. You can delete it, but if it’s already out there, you can’t retrieve it.
  • You can change what you add as a comment to another person’s post. Click on the pencil. It’ll ask if you want to edit or delete your comment.
  • People on Facebook can see your info and take it with them when they use apps. Facebook lets you choose which information you wish to share when you use apps, games, and websites. Choose carefully.
  1. Bio
  2. Birthday (Recommended to leave off date, put month not year because of possible identity theft)
  3. Family and Relationships
  4. Interested in
  5. Religious and political views
  6. My website
  7. If I’m online
  8. My status updates
  9. My photos
  10. My videos
  11. My links
  12. My notes
  13. Hometown
  14. Current City (You might want to leave this one blank.)
  15. Education and work
  16. Activities, interests, things I like
  17. My app activity

Here are a few apps you might like:

  1. Goodreads Lists your published books and reviews, lists books you read.
  2. Rotten Tomatoes This site reviews movies. Fixes their page to show what you like. Your Friends can see what you like. You can see what movies your friends like. Here’s an article by Jennifer Van Grove about it: “Rotten Tomatoes Makes Your Facebook Friends Movie Critics:”
  3. Cloud Flood If you’re going to giveaway something, use this. Create a link where people can get the free item. After they tweet or post on Facebook, they can download free item.
  4. Stumbleupon – video explaining it’s a search engine that only displays relevant information based on your web surfing habits and likes.
  5. Sound Cloud You can record different sounds, sing a song, recite a poem, or read a story and others can listen to them on Sound Cloud.
  6. YouTube 
  7. Game Apps: I don’t do any of the games. However, they have oodles and caboodles of game apps for you to try. If a friend keeps inviting you to a game, you can block all invites for different apps: On your Facebook page, click on the gear symbol on the far right. Then click on account settings. Now on the left click on blocking. Scroll way down to Block apps and check the names of all apps you wish blocked.

Here is information about a Facebook Fan Page (Author, Book, Business, Illustrator, Musician, et cetera):

  • On February 1, 2010, I created a Facebook Author Page: I wanted to lead more people to my blog. I put links to my blog posts. I tell information about my book(s), workshops, etc. There’s a great article written by Sven Hamberg. “Why Should People Follow Me on Facebook:” Sven gave an awesome perspective that people should reap a benefit from liking your Facebook Fan Page (Author, Book, Business, Illustrator, Musician, et cetera).
  • I discovered great resources to help you get started on your own Fan page. They are listed below in the section: How to Set Up a Fan Page, Author Page, Book Page, Business Page. Selling books and other items is frowned upon on Personal Pages. Set up you Fan Page for that.


How to Get Your Facebook Account Set Up

  1. Facebook Help:
  2. Sign Up for Facebook
  3. Facebook
  4. Kathy  Colaiacovo. “How to Open a Facebook Account:”

 Reasons to Use Facebook and Apps

  1. Andrea Vahl. “Top 10 Facebook Apps for Fan Engagement and Building Community:”
  2. Eric Griffith. “The 30 Best Facebook Apps:”,2817,2389079,00.asp
  3. Francis Bea. “Best Facebook Apps:”

 Reasons to Be Careful

  1. Andy O’Donnell. “Five Things You Should Never Post on Facebook:”
  2. Katie Heaney. “11 Things You Should Never Ever Do on Facebook:”
  3. Singyin Lee. “5 Things That Shouldn’t Be on Your Facebook:”

How to Set Up a Fan Page, Author Page, Book Page, Business Page

  1. Brad Cusworth and Sean Bridger. “How to Create a Custom Facebook Fan Page
  2. Dana Lynn Smith. “Six Ways Authors Can Promote on Facebook:”
  3. Deb Rice. “How Can Authors Use Facebook:”
  4. Pat Flynn (Pat on Business Page
  5. Pat Flynn Facebook Landing Page (on TIMELINE)
  6. Phyllis Zimbler Miller. “How Authors Can Use Facebook Pages for their Book Marketing:”
  7. Robyn Bradley. “9 Reasons Why Authors Should Use Facebook Pages:”
  8. Vanessa Van Edwards. “How Authors Can Use Facebook to Sell Their Books

Thank you to all of you for reading my blog. You light up my life. Please leave a comment. Tell me something you like about Facebook. Ask a question. I’ll try to answer it. Celebrate you.

Thank you, Sandra Warren for giving me a good reason to research and tell you what I think about Facebook.

Celebrate you three times today. Once for what you were, once for what you are, and once for what you hope to become. Celebrate as if you’ve already achieved it.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

Nicole Thompson-Andrews Loves Pub Subbing

“Nicole Thompson-Andrews Loves Pub Subbing”

What is Pub Subbing? Pub Subbing is when you submit one or more of your quality works on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. Pub Subbers believe that submitting work often leads to publication.

I am delighted to have Nicole Thompson-Andrews with me as my guest today. She is a budding novelist and an emerging poet. She’s been a Pub Subber since 2011. She was the second person to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. She is our official welcomer. She is very friendly and upbeat. She has a great sense of humor. I asked her if she would do a guest blog to help entice you to Pub Sub and to join Pub Subbers to help you get closer to your publication goals.

Welcome, Nicole.

I love Pub-Subbing. It keeps me submitting, even it’s just critiques. I also like having a group with which to announce accomplishments. I love the slogan, “Never Give Up,” since it keeps me from giving up on the publishing dream.

I also like turning in critiques faster, before they’re due, and hope to start sending through original submissions.

What are your writing goals?
My writing dreams are to become a well-known author, not necessarily best-selling, but recognized.

Have you had any thing published?
I’ve had some things published in my local library, Detroit Library for the Blind’s newsletter, all published under my actual name. One of them was called, “Kudos to AMC.”

I also have book reviews on Mysterical-E Magazine,“And Never Let Her Go,” “Heart Full Of Lies,” and “Every Breath You Take” under my pen name, Mellissa Green (Budding novelist, Emerging poet.)

What are you writing about today?
I’m currently writing about my universe known as Yemora. I don’t mind writing non-Yemoran science fiction pieces. I write fantasy mystery, but set in a science fiction universe. I also have poetry in the works.   

Why do you like writing science fiction?

I’m drawn to other planets.

Why do you enjoy writing?
I enjoy the creativity of it all.   

What are books you’ve found helpful in your writing?

I just read a book on writing poetry. It’s a book written for children. The book is called, Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky. I also have other poetry books I need to read. I found Holly Lisle’s Create a Language Clinic helpful.

Do you have a full-time job?
I don’t have a nine-to-five job, but I’m taking correspondence courses from a school in Illinois. 

I think it’s incredible all that you do when you are blind. What are resources you use to help you get around and with your writing?

I use a text vocalizer on my computer. I do read Braille, but not enough.
I use a long white cane.
I have light perception.

Libraries are a good resource, and audio resources like podcasts, and webinars. I love writing webinars. I use JAWS for Windows software. It reads information on the computer screen using synthesized speech. Webinars that do not depend upon participants reading what’s on the screen work best for me.

Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am not married and I have no children. Going on thirty.

Name something you’ve done that most people don’t know.

I’ve got a Twitter friend with cancer, and am checking on her. My hairdresser just cut off some of my sister locks, they’re like dread locks, and I’m planning to donate them, if possible. I want to help find missing people.

What things about life intrigues you?
Writers are a fascinating bunch, so are talk show hosts.

What are your writing goals?

My goals as a writer are to complete projects on time, whether I set the deadline or someone else. I also want to start a manuscript-critiquing business. I think that’s why I’m drawn to workshops, webinars, workbooks, and instructional books.

What are your fears about writing and/or about life?

I’m afraid of not making a break-through, that I’ll slide back into the familiar role of “I don’t think I’ll meet this deadline. I’ll tweet, watch Dr. Phil or Jeremy Kyle, or do non-research web-surfing. Dr. Phil does have a research episode I plan to tape coming up, but…

What are three things you’re glad you learned early in life?

Three things I’m glad I learned early in life were:

1. how to do research, especially, about fictional detectives, Matlock and Jessica Fletch (Murder She Wrote)
2. how to write a mystery, and
3. how to write plays, even though it was only one.

Tell me 3 places you wish you’d been.

I wish I’d been to Australia, London, and Italy. I plan to go to all of these places at some point for a celebratory trip.

Submit Your Manuscript Today!Thank you, Nicole for sharing your life with me for this interview. Thanks for inspiring writers to believe in their work and Pub Sub their way to publication. I appreciate it very much. You are an inspiration to all of us.

Thanks for reading my blog. It’s fun having you here. Please leave a comment below. You can connect with Nicole personally on Twitter @greenNovelist. I know she’d love to hear from you.

Join the Pub Subbers group by sending an email to:
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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards