The Magic Happens Now .com

As writers, we all know we need to promote ourselves. Promoting brings followers to our blogs and sales of our books. The more you promote yourself, the more rewards we receive for our work. Yet, we cannot do it alone.

I like to say I belong to a literary community by following the many writers and bloggers utilizing WordPress. This community has welcomed me even when I’m a novice writer. So many have supported and encouraged my work as I learned and honed my skills. I absorbed every post that included instructions and advice to enhance my writing.

A common gratuity I see through out our community is guest hosting other writer’s work. I have been fortunate to be the guest twice and I thank both hosts. Another benefit is the reblog practice that most participate in. What a nice complement it is to have your post rebloged. I have benefited with several reblogs.

Two weeks ago, Annette Rochelle Aben of The Magic Happens Now Magazine  asked me to be her guest on her podcast,Tell Me a Story”. When I saw the talent she had interviewed previously, I couldn’t believe she selected me. Two days later, I called Annette where we talked first for an hour and then recorded a half-hour podcast. The taped interview is posting today, June 21, 2017. Annette is such a pro doing interviews. She had me relaxed and I enjoyed the experience. I hope you will  listen and maybe do your own podcast.   Scroll down to find my name in alphabetical order.

With each step I have made over the last year, it has been a journey of learning. What made it easier, are the literary community individuals that support each other. They accepted me as one of their own and I am grateful to each.

When I reflect back to a year ago, I had self-published my first book. I then built my own blog Website. I’ve worked hard to expand my knowledge and learn from those individuals who supported my transformation. My renewed goal is to continue expanding my writing skills and give back to the literary community with my support.

Thank you Annette for the opportunity you gave me to promote my writing and myself. I thank each of my followers that supported and contributed to my growth. With each of you, you helped make it happen.

Enticement—Second Book

For those who have been following my post over the last few months, you will recall I’ve been posting about my second book. I’m getting excited because we are getting closer to the reality. I hope with this post I can entice you a little more.

I decided I would take a risk and publish it as a memoir. It does not exactly meet the strict guidelines as a memoir. I felt the book would lose realism and validity if presented as fiction based on a true story. Making my decision, I considered the advice many of my followers provided and I can’t thank them enough. I found many authors of memoirs often include a note explaining any idiosyncrasies. Below is my author’s note and I hope after reading it, you will agree it bridges any doubts.

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The Power of Love


Whether you’re a Blog writer or follow one, some posts affect you more than others. Katie Riegel’s piece entitled: Why I Can’t Just Turn Off the News captured my attention and inspired this post. Her piece is one that hits home and you can’t ignore.

“It is hard, being in this hate-filled world. It is hard to act, and hard to educate ourselves, and hard to know when and how to disconnect so we can renew and be ready to act and learn again. But it is not hard to love. Say the names of the Portland MAX heroes: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, killed; Rick Best, killed; and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, living. Love them. Love what they did. Love the people who supported them, educated them, influenced them. Love the thousands who now know and honor their names. And don’t forget to tell your love, to say it, while you can.”

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SA Writes: Memoir Writing Workshop

I am following up on the discussion of my previous post entitled “Memoir versus Fiction”. Many of you gave me great advice or sources where I could continue my research. Sheri Mathews at: suggested I read Mary Karr’s book “The Art of the Memoir” I completed the book several weeks ago and I want to share some important parts that helped me.

In chapter 2 – The Truth Contract Twixt Writer and Reader, she states, “…So here I stand with my little stick, attempting to draw a line in the dirt for the sake of memoir’s authenticity. Truth may have become a foggy, fuzzy neither area. But untruth is simple: making up events with the intention to deceive…You know the difference between a vague memory and a clear one, and the vague ones either get left out or labeled dubious. It’s the clear ones that matter most anyway, because they’re the ones you’ve nursed and worried over and talked through and wondered about your whole life. And you’re seeking the truth of memory—your memory and character—not of unbiased history.” Continue reading “MEMOIR VS. FICTION – Revisited”

Guest Post – Introducing Bernadette Inclan

It should not be a surprise that my first guest author, Bernadette Inclan is my best friend, outside my husband. I have known Bernadette since 1982 when we met in San Antonio. Bernadette and my husband are the two individuals that encouraged me to write my life story.

A popular trend today is having your DNA tested with one of the many services available (i.e. AncestryDNA, 23and MeDNA, etc.). For a small fee, they analyze it and run the results through a huge database. They provide you the results of your genetic ancestry. Most people take the report after reading it, file it away somewhere.

Bernadette took it a step further. She made a study of her results and solved the puzzle of how the traces of DNA from several areas of the world became her heritage. With her interest in her family’s genealogy, she was able to confirm what she had previously researched.

I invite you to read her piece, “My Excursion into DNA”.

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Spring Storm by Urmo Parks

I began working on a website in September 2016. Once my website was up, I spent hours updating and promoting it. I did not realize the complexity of creating a website. The site has matured since its’ launch, yet it’s still is a work in progress.

I learned if you want your website followed by the public and other writers, especially those belonging to the WordPress community, you need to visit their sites. You need to follow and comment on their work. I have worked hard and as a novice writer, I feel I have done well. As-to-date, I have 36 followers from WordPress, 8 email followers (this needs to be much higher), and 137 social media followers. I in turn, follow 59 WordPress authors and bloggers. I didn’t take the time to count all the writers and bloggers I follow on social media. I have published 24 post and re-blogged several of my followers’ post on my site.

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Genre Revealed

My previous post, “Sneak Peak – Book Two” I reveled the genre of my second book. Child abuse has been around ever since the birth of humans. It is not anything new. As hard as we wish, it is not going away anytime soon. It is unimaginable that parents can be so malicious to their children. Nothing in nature comes close to the cruelty humanity inflicts on their offspring.

My book focuses on my youth were I endured years of both physical and mental abuse. Yet, I want readers to comprehend there is more to the story. I want the reader to understand the long-term effect abuse has on the recipient. I want the reader to grasp the mental state of the child during the abuse. How is it they tolerate it? How do they deflect it to minimize the pain? How do they survive? Continue reading “Genre Revealed”

Sneak Peek – Book Two

Even today, the veil of secrecy into the inner world of family life is still alive. Child abuse still runs rampant. Yet, we are now more aware of the repercussions to children and adults.

Why is child abuse and neglect not open to discussion? If you were a survivor of child abuse, could you talk about it? Would it be too horrible to reveal and discuss? How about write about it? There are those who hide due to the stigma attached to its effect. Many have braved the shame, guilt, anger, and depressions to tell their story.

I announced in a earlier post, I was working on my second book. I am here to admit and to disclose that I am a survivor of child abuse. To discuss my weakness and humiliation the effects of abuse had on me was challenging. Now you know the genre of my second book. Below are bits and pieces I pulled from the book to give you a sneak peek.

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Memoir versus Fiction

Some of you may or may not know I am in the process of writing my second book. I have a draft manuscript completed and I am going through the difficult task of editing my work. I realize I should follow the experts’ advice and have a professional do a copy-edit. I would, if I can find someone in an affordable price range. However, that is not what this post is about.

I am struggling with the issue to whether publish this book as a memoir or a fiction based on my life events. I am not sure if either genre has more impact over the other in the book market. I know both have their advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps if I lay out some detail of my dilemma, you will help me in the decision process.

By definition, a memoir needs to be truthful. Yet, we know many authors of memoirs embellish the story to make it more impactful and captivating to the reader. So, to what degree can the author embellish and meet the definition of a memoir? Continue reading “Memoir versus Fiction”

Depression – A must read.

This is on older piece that was written a week after learning that a lovely woman that I went to college with had lost her the 13 year old son to suicide. It was heart- breaking news then and still haunts me. My thoughts turned to Depression on my commute into work today. It has been weighing […]

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