#WATWB – We Are The World Blogfest -Human #Kindness Projects

We Are The World Blogfest

We are the World Blogfest

 

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s #WATWB time to share something inspirational about good deeds going on around the world to focus on positive happenings, deflecting some of the negativity in the world.

 

Sometimes the smallest of gestures can mean the world to someone. Today I’m sharing The Human Kindness Project, a Toronto based community kindness program for students where participating in various projects by kids in schools focus on various random acts of kindness which don’t require a lot of time or planning, but have the ability to make someone’s day.

These acts of kindness are performed by students, and there are different acts of kindness performed for different groupings of tasks for elementary, middle and high school students.

 

Elementary School Students

  • Wave hello to a crossing guard
  • Sit next to someone at lunch who you don’t usually talk to
  • Start a conversation with a new student or with a classmate who seems lonely etc.
  • Smile at 7 people
  • Pick up a piece of garbage and throw it away
  • Say “Thank you” to a crossing guard
  • Think of something good you did today and pat yourself on the back

Middle School Students

  • Ask students to perform an act of kindness for someone who helps them (e.g. cafeteria worker, teacher, crossing guard) and then write an essay describing their experience. They should include how it made them feel and the reaction of the person who received the kindness
  • Choose a story with a kindness theme and read it aloud or individually. Discuss or write about how the characters felt when they did something nice or had something nice done for them
  • Ask students to pick someone who has done something nice for them and write a thank you note (example: a tutor for helping them learn math facts, a nurse for bandaging an injury, etc.)
  • Slip a gratitude note in your friend’s backpack
  • Write a gratitude card and give it to someone who works at the school
  • Swap one of your unhealthy snacks for a healthy snack
  • Draw a picture and give it to someone you don’t know
  • Carry your friend’s books or bag to class
  • Learn to say “Hello” and “Thank you” in a new language (that someone speaks at your school)

Read more . . .

Wherever there is a human being; there is an opportunity for kindness

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

If you’d like to join into the #WATWB you can add your link to your post HERE. Your cohosts for this month are: Simon FalkAndrea MichaelsShilpa GargSylvia SteinBelinda Witzenhausen

 

 

Source: Human Kindness Projects — The Human Kindness Project

Interview with Author D.G. Kaye! at Jemsbooks with Janice Spina

 

D.G. Kaye's books reviewed

 

I was recently invited to Janice Spina’s blog and had a blast visiting and answering her questions. Come on over and visit!

 

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR D.G. KAYE!

 

Please help me welcome author D.G. Kaye to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author. Debby is a wonderful online friend of mine whose friendship I cherish.

Thank you so much for inviting me over here today Janice, what a treat!

It’s wonderful to have you here, Debby. It’s been a long time in coming.

Please tell us something about yourself.

 

I’m a Canadian nonfiction/ memoir writer with 6 books under my belt and hoping to finish my 7th before this year runs away on me. All my books offer life lessons from my perspective and my own experiences. I liken myself to the Phoenix who rose above adversity from a dysfunctional childhood, a narcissistic mother, zero self-esteem and once upon a time, an extremely abusive relationship. I like to think by sharing my stories I can empower others.

I live in Toronto, born and bred. I also run my blog, which is an eclectic mash of memoir stories, articles about writing and self-publishing, book reviews, author interviews, and my occasional rant on injustices I come across. I’m also part of the Sisters of the Fey blog with 7 other authors where we share our views and knowledge about the spirituaI realm. I’m an empath and believe in angels. I also write a travel column for Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation.

probably should have been an investigative journalist because I’m a great sleuth when it comes to research. But I’m afraid I missed the boat on that one. I loveeeee to travel and socialize. And you’ll always find me fighting for the underdog.

 

Jjspina: You are an amazing woman, Debby. Out of the ashes you rose triumphant and better than ever.

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

 

Now that’s a good question. I’m not sure I ever really aspired to be an author. A writer yes, as I’ve been writing since childhood, but an author was a far away dream for me. In my twenties, I began devouring books and only wondered if I’d ever gain the courage to write a book. But the years and decades passed. I wrote in journals to document the craziness in my life and later submitted a few articles to some local magazines. As my journals grew through the years and my emotional battle with my mother escalated, I began to feel theneed to compile some of my stories and so I wrote my first book. Conflicted Hearts – a memoir about how growing up with a narcissistic mother affected my childhood right through to adulthood.

 

Jjspina: It was a good thing that you did document your life. It made a fantastic book and must have been cathartic for you to release all that angst.

 

What advice would you give prospective authors? 

 

Write for the love of writing. Write because it’s your passion. Don’t go into publishing thinking your book is going to be a bestseller and you’re going to get rich because it probably won’t and you probably won’t. Write and build a platform of followers and readers by opening a blog and engaging with readers. Post engaging articles on your blogs and on social media. Build your tribe and have them waiting and wanting to read that first book you publish, and then continue writing and engaging. If we have any aspirations of fame or fortune, with a little luck and a lot of social interaction, we can establish a presence for both – ourselves and our books.

 

jjspina: Wonderful advice, Debby. 

 

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

 

I think I’ve been lucky in that department because I’ve never really sat down and said, “Okay, I want to write a book, what should I write about?” Often, I’ll be doing something unrelated to writing when I get an inspiration to write on a topic. My first bookConflicted Hearts, I knew was going to be written from the journals I kept. My 5th book I published – P.S. I Forgive You, I knew I had to write that somewhat of a sequel to an unfinished story of Conflicted Heartsbut I also knew I couldn’t write that book until my mother died. I began writing it only a few months before she died as I struggled with breaking ‘no contact’ after 7 years of finally breaking free from her hold on me. . . Continue reading

 

Source: Interview with Author D.G. Kaye! | Jemsbooks

Sunday Book Review – Over My Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision by Christoph Fischer

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s book review is for Christoph Fischer’s – Over My Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision. Christoph is another of my favorite authors who took the plunge into writing cozy mysteries with Book 1 in this series, The Body in the Snow. Christoph is also a prolific historical fiction writer, one of my favorite genres to read, and he never disappoints, not matter what genre he writes in.  What a gift to be able to write as a multi-genre author. If you’re looking for a fun, easy read with colorful characters and a whodunit that will keep you guessing til the end, you will enjoy this book.

 

 

Visit Christoph’s Amazon author page to check out all of his books!

 

Blurb:

On her return from a cruise ship gig Bebe Bollinger learns that fellow Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has decided to enter a European Song comptition for the UK. While Bebe jealously watches the pre-publicity trail for ‘Eurovision’ in Malmö, a string of ‘odd accidents’ endangers several participants of the competition. This stirs her desire for playing detective again but also a curiosity to check out the suitability of Eurovision for her own career.
Follow Bebe’s continued search for fame and a comeback before it’s too late, step into the weird world that is Eurovision fandom and see how Bebe gets on with her naughty daughter and deals with those evil TV presenters.

 

My 5 Star Review:

Another fun read in this cozy mystery series, Book 2 of the Bebe Bollinger series. Although this book is part of a series, both books could definitely be read as standalones. Each of the books takes us into the life of flamboyant almost ‘has been’ singer Bebe Bollinger, looking to make her musical comeback after the peak of her fame began to fade.

In Over my Dead Body, that’s exactly what Bebe plans to avoid when she decides to kill two birds with one stone by going to visit the annual Eurovision music contest being held in Sweden. When Bebe’s friend Tom the blogger, convinces her to join him in Malmo for the event to put herself back in the limelight and gossips to her that mysterious accidents have been occurring on the set, Bebe decided it would be a great idea to get herself some publicity while getting another chance to put her amateur detective skills to work.

Fischer has a fun writing style in this book and brings us some wonderfully painted colorful characters and descriptions of the goings on, enlightening us to what Eurovision represents. As well as being introduced to some of the characters taking part in the competition, Fischer brings back Beth, ex-cop and friend who she invites into her private investigation, as well as her troublesome daughter Helena who seems to know where to find her mother no matter what country she is in.

This book is a quick-paced. fun read and I do hope Mr. Fischer will be coming out with a new story about Bebe again. Bebe could probably have her own TV series with the no shortage of pickles she gets herself into.

 

Writer’s Tips – Friday #Blogshare – #SelfPublishing #WordPress Changes Coming

Tips for Writers

This Friday blogshare has some interesting and informative links from the big change coming soon with your WordPress Editor, Joanna Penn talks about writing with dictation, David Gaughran talks about the differences between publishing paperbacks on KDP and Createspace, and an interesting post on memoir writing.

Gutenberg is coming, supposedly at the end of August! Your WordPress editor is about to change!

Diving Deep Into the Latest Gutenberg WordPress Editor (2021)

The Ultimate Overview of the WordPress Block Editor for Developers in 2021

 

Gutenberg for Self Hosted sites – or the option to add a plugin to keep Gutenberg from taking over our blog editor. Of course I added the plugin!

https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

 

 

Gmail has new features every writer can use. Guest writer at the blog of Anne R. Allen. Nate Hoffelder offers 12 helpful hacks. Ever wanted to unsend an email? Now you can do it!

Source: The New Gmail: Twelve Gmail Hacks Every Writer Can Use

 

Joanna Penn on the benefits of writing through dictation

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2018/01/10/healthy-writer-dictation-tips/

 

David Gaughran informing us on the differences between publishing paperbacks on KDP vs. Createspace

http://davidgaughran.com/2018/08/16/switch-createspace-kdp-print-paperback/

 

 

https://www.writermag.com/2018/08/06/memoir-market/

Your job is simply to be ready – Kate Johnston – #Writing #Inspiration

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Today’s Blog share is a post from author/editor Kate Johnston. We are not alone when it comes to being overwhelmed by the never ending hours we spend working and struggling to keep up on every front. Kate has some words of inspiration for us, reminding us to take a breath and how to keep the joy in what we do. We must shift our mind thoughts to ‘when we are ready’ instead of constantly self-imposing too many deadlines.

 

Your job is simply to be ready

 

You are on the path you’re supposed to take today.

Enjoy today, enjoy the moments for what they are and allow them to bring forth what you need—whether you know what you need or not.

Breathe and on your exhale let go of whatever worry is on your mind. Maybe you’re behind on your word count goal. Maybe the lit agent hasn’t gotten back to you. Perhaps your characters have gone AWOL.

It’s okay. Believe that what is happening right now is what is meant to happen because you have proven yourself worthy of this challenge.

Your job is not to worry about when. Your job is not to worry about how. Your job, simply, is to be ready, whatever that might mean for you. Maybe you’re a spiritual person or not, and maybe you have a hard time giving over to an unseeable force. That’s okay. All you really need to know is that the power and intention is within you anyway.

You’re really only going to see this when you’re living and experiencing as many moments as you can in joy. If you’re constantly getting down on yourself for your bad luck or bad timing then there is no room for joy.

Things will happen for you when it’s the right time for you—not when you think it’s the right time. This is hard to swallow. We’re all on insane deadlines, aren’t we? Propped ticking clocks on the bedside of our dreams. We want things to happen in a certain time and space so that we can check that off on our Great List of Things To Do and move on to the next thing. . . continue reading

 

 

Source: Your job is simply to be ready – Kate Johnston

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Synonyms Only – Write and Sad

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

 

For this week’s Tanka Challenge, Colleen has given us the words ‘Sad’ and ‘Write’ to include in our poetry using synonyms for those words only. To join in see the rules below.

 

Tanka Tuesday Challenge

 

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

 

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

 

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

 

Visit Colleen’s blog to  read more submissions or to add a pingback to a link of your own poem to join in.

 

Source: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 98, “Sad & Write,” #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Traveling to #Mexico | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Travel Talk with D.G. Kaye

 

Today I’m sharing my latest edition of my travel column over at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation. And today, we’re off to Mexico!

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Traveling to #Mexico

 

This edition of my travel column is all about Mexico and what you need to know about traveling there.

 

I love Mexico and have been there many times over the years, visiting several different parts of Mexico in the past. My favorite Mexico destination is Puerto Vallarta, located on the Pacific  west coast of Mexico. I recently spent one month there last winter and looking forward to two glorious months there next winter.

 

About Mexico

 

Mexico’s official name is The United States of Mexico – Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Mexico is comprised of 32 States. It is also the 11th most populated country in the world with a population of over 118 million people, and the 14th largest country by land. The climate in Mexico is hot and humid – less humid in the interior states. Mexico has the 9th largest economy in the world. Their main industries are: food, beverage, Tequila, Corona beer, tobacco, cotton, iron, steel, and last but certainly not least – tourism. Their rich natural resources are silver, petroleum and natural gas.

Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821. Mexico City is the capital, originally built on the ruins of the Aztec capital, which was destroyed when the Spanish conquered the Aztecs. Although the language predominantly spoken in Mexico is Spanish, there are in fact 68 languages spoken there by the natives and approximately 350 indigenous dialects!

In the year 2000, Mexico finally became a democratic country after 7 decades of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the ‘PRI’. Like many other countries in the world, there are parts of Mexico that are safer than others.

 

Popular Places to Visit in Mexico and Places to Avoid

 

Currently, there are 7 northern names states and 3 western named states that are on travel advisory lists, mostly due to cartel violence. If you click on the link supplied above with the named states, you will see that specific cities are named on the advisory in the named states. Sadly, some of my fond memories of yesteryear vacations were in the once beautiful Acapulco (in the state of Guerrero) where the cartel has finished off that resort town for travelers. And although the beautiful and serene city of Manzanillo located in the state of Colima, is said to not be part of the advisory of that state, there’s not a shot you’d catch me going back there either.

 

So where are the safest and most popular tourist locales?

 

Many people love to visit the rich culture in the heart of Mexico, Mexico City. Another popular place people like to visit, and incidentally, many ex-patriots make their home in is San Miguel Allende, which is a beautiful city located in the interior of Mexico, not far from Mexico City. But the most popular vacation destinations in Mexico are Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific west coast and Cancun/Playa Del Carmen on the eastern gulf coast.

Have a look at the map of Mexico HERE to get a broader scope of where the different cities are located geographically.

I always loved Puerto Vallarta and had spent quite a few vacations there through the years but hadn’t been back there for almost 10 years until last winter because my husband and I got hooked on cruising and exploring the Caribbean. We always said that we must go back to Puerto Vallarta and with the advent of the current administration in the U.S. and the devaluation of our Canadian dollar, we took the plunge last winter and we had the time of our lives.

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful coastal town, and my, has it grown. I love that it hasn’t lost its native charm, yet, has grown with the availability of many North American amenities. We rented a beautiful condo right on the beach.

We shopped our groceries at Walmart and Costco, a short walking distance, and ate out at some spectacular restaurants. One block away I could get my daily dose of a Starbuck’s Soy Vanilla, Sugar-free latte. A five-minute cab ride north is the beautiful Marina area where the cruise ships dock nearby and many restaurants, yachts, shopping and weekly markets can be enjoyed. A ten-minute cab ride takes me downtown to what’s known as the ‘Malecon’ which is Mexican for the boardwalk where hundreds of people stroll, eat, shop and watch artists at work and displaying their crafts for sale. The people are friendly and the value for our dollar was fabulous. The sunshine is also virtually guaranteed daily, save for their short rainy season from mid-June til October, boasting approximately 300 sunny days per year. Honestly, I don’t recall ever seeing rain in Puerto Vallarta.

The weather in PV is hot and humid by day – usual temps in winter (November thru April) can range anywhere from the high 70s to the mid-90s. We spent last March there, and I found the days became exceptionally hotter once mid-March hit. The nights often offer a cool ocean breeze where I have been known to actually have to throw on a sweater when walking through town.

Cancun, being on the gulf side, is known to have sporadic rainfall and has become quite Americanized through the years. I personally have never gone to that side because I prefer knowing I’m waking up to guaranteed sunshine, and besides the weather, I also prefer the unspoiled feeling of being in Mexico when I’m in Mexico, not feeling I’m in a more commercialized locale, and according to the many I know who have been there, a lot more expensive in Cancun. I don’t need American dollars in Puerto Vallarta, and my Canadian dollars get me great value with Pesos. U.S. dollars are used a lot in Cancun and food and beverage are also more expensive there.

 

So, let’s get into what you need to know when visiting Mexico.

 

Facts, Dos, and Don’ts, and Safety

 

First and foremost, you need a Mexican Tourist Card to both, enter Mexico and to leave. . . Continue reading

 

 

Source: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – Traveling to #Mexico | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Sunday Book Review – Essential Manners for the Modern Author

Sunday Book Review

 

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

I read a good recommend for this book from an author friend – The Little Blue Book for Authors – Essential Manners for the Modern Author by Gisela Hausmann. It’s a short read with some good information about how to garner reviews and share our work and books with readers to garner interest without turning off readers with pushy sales. This author has a few books out in the Little Blue Book series for authors in case you’d like to check them out.

 

 

Blurb:

Hundreds of thousands of authors try to wow readers, reviewers, and book bloggers. No reader can handle the volume of books they are offered.
Etiquette matters.

Learn from one of Amazon’s top reviewers what to do and what to avoid.
This book includes three different examples how to turn a “maybe” into a “yes.”

Content:
Be Kind to Yourself
Ban the Word “Automatization” from Your Book Marketing Vocabulary
Put Yourself in Others’ Shoes
Don’t Brag or Lie
Facebook
Blogging
Don’t Just Mention Your Book, Create a “Dating Profile”
It Takes Creativity to Open Doors (Practical Examples)
Lastly – Listen! Listen to Your Friends

 

My 5 Star Review:

This author is known for her short no nonsense ‘Naked Books’. She gets to the meat of her advice without any fancy fluff and filler. Hausmann offers simple helpful steps with good guidelines for promoting our books with etiquette and kindness and demonstrates how this can be done without coming off as a pushy author. She also includes how to write proper email requests when requesting book reviews with tips about keywords that will both, turn off a reader or pique their interest. We’ll also learn how to market our books properly on social media, and she shares where not to waste our marketing time and efforts.

This short read packs a punch with sound advice and attainable promise and how to gain more social interaction with readers. Great little resource guide.