Friday, December 24, 2010

The UNIQUE/ARISE Exhibit which includes my short story, "The Rose", and is located at the Health Sciences Library, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York, and begun on, 01 December 2010 will remain in place through 31 December 2010. If you live in the area, please make an effort to visit the display; it really is incredible!

I am still experiencing difficulties with my laptop. I have obtained a new one, but have not been able to set it up yet. My plan is to start the New Year off by using my new laptop in the first of a no less than bi-weekly (and preferably weekly) posting to my blog. That way it won't be so overwhelming for me, and you won't feel like I have disappeared from the face of the earth.

Tomorrow is Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a blessed, safe and Merry Christmas with their family and friends. Furthermore, may you all have the Happiest of New Years as well.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good "write"!

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


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Friday, September 10, 2010

"Update On What's Been Happening!"

Hello, everybody! It's been quite a while since I've been able to post on my blog and to some of you, my story may seem quite hilarious, but at the time, it was not funny to me at all.

I had just signed on to my laptop, and I had only been on it for about ten minutes when it decided on its own to log off and do its own thing. It proceeded to do some strange number entries, then it went blank for a little while, and then (this is what scared me!) it said, "preparing desktop..."

After another ten minutes, it opened up to my laptop's desktop, and do you know what I discovered? That blinking computer had wiped out everything that I had on my desktop! Plus, I did not recognize anything--the font looked weird and the setup looked like it did from my very first computer, back ten years ago.

In addition to that, I went to see if it had done anything to my manuscripts or any of my short stories, etc. and it told me that I did not have access to any of those files. In fact, I went through everything, and I no longer had access to any files! It was like I was living in "The Twilight Zone". I didn't have access to my emails, it wouldn't let me log-in anywhere, and it wouldn't even send tweets to anyone. All I could do was get on the Internet and lurk. It was awful. And it's still like that. I can't do a thing with it.

"Do any of you have any idea how I can fix this?"

My husband is getting my a new laptop (Praise the Lord!), but I still won't have access to my manuscripts until I fix the other laptop, so I need to get that fixed right away. In the meantime, I will keep on writing.

Speaking of writing...

I am now an official "published author"!

A short story that I wrote entitled "The Rose" has been accepted for publication in an eMagazine called "UNIQUE/Arise2010". It will not be available until sometime in October, following The Unveiling Celebration and kick off of a two-week art show/exhibit at the Szozda-McGowan Gallery in the Delavan Center in Syracuse, NY, from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, 20 October 2010, at which time I will post a story with photos and the short story. (I have been asked not to post my short story, "The Rose", until after it has already been published in the "UNIQUE/Arise2010" eMagazine.)


You may remember that I had a couple of workshops lined up to take at the "Savvy" website. Well, because of the "snafu" with my laptop, I missed quite a bit of the "Tickets to Ride: Basic Historical Research Workshop", Dates: 30 Aug-05 Sept 2010, with instructor: Beth Daniels; however, she supplied a pdf of her entire workshop, and I made a pdf of the notes because there is so much good information in there. The little bit I did get to interact with her, I learned a lot! She is a wonderful teacher.

And currently, I am borrowing a laptop so that I won't miss out on the other workshop, which is: "Creating Your Own Book Trailer", Dates: 06 Sept-17 Sept 2010, with instructor: Kris Tualla.

This workshop has been absolutely amazing so far. I have learned so much, and it's been a lot of fun, too.

The instructor, Kris Tualla, is not only an instructor, but she's an incredible author. Without even knowing who she was, back in July, I had already bought one of her books called "A PRIMER FOR BEGINNING AUTHORS" (it's great, by the way) and the other one that she has available, which I'm definitely going to buy is: "A WOMAN OF CHOICE (The Hansen Series)". Be sure to check out: "Kris Tualla's Amazon & Kindle Books" for any new releases because a new book will be released in November 2010.

Well, I guess I've kept you long enough, huh? That's about all the writing-related news I have for you at this time. Stay tuned and keep checking back in, OK? I'll try not to be gone for so long next time. And I should be on my new computer for my next report, unless I sneak a quick one in before if arrives.

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


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Cynde's Daybook ~and~ Usurper Exposed. Thank you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

"My Quick Review Of: The "Write On Con" Writing Conference"

I don't know about the rest of you, but I thought the free writing conference for kidlit writers was absolutely awesome! Also, since the conference was free, any interested writer was encouraged to attend, plus the curriculum focused on picture book, middle grade, and young adult writers. did have a few temporary glitches due to the overwhelming response that they had. I'm not exactly sure, but I think that maybe Google wasn't prepared for all of the creatively talented people that would be converging on one tiny little spot at the same time, and it blew their "little minds". Can you imagine what would have happened if had have offered the conference to more than just kidlit writers? Why, it probably would have closed down the entire Internet!

Then on top of that, after Google finally got everything squared away, some of the participants (namely me!) still had trouble getting on to the site because now their own individual Internet Service Providers (ISP's) were having problems with either Google or the site itself. It was a little bit frustrating...

But as far as I'm concerned, none of this should reflect negatively upon the founders/presenters of the event itself. Each one of the people involved in organizing, presenting and the actual nuts-n-bolts working at this fantastic conference are to be congratulated for the excellent jobs that they did!

NOTE: The following are the people in the "gang" that are to be recognized for their outstanding work throughout this event:


  1. Jamie Harrington

  2. Elana Johnson

  3. Casey McCormick

  4. Shannon Messenger

  5. Lisa and Laura Roecker

  6. Jennifer Stayrook


  1. Michelle Andelman with Regal Literary.

  2. Regina Brooks with Serendipity Literary Agency, LLC.

  3. Catherine Drayton with InkWell Management.

  4. Natalie M. Fischer with The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

  5. Mandy Hubbard with D4EO Literary Agency.

  6. Weronika Janczuk with D4EO Literary Agency.

  7. Mary Kole with The Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc..

  8. Jennifer Laughran with The Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc..

  9. Kendra Levin with Viking Children's Books.

  10. Steven Malk with Writer's House Literary Agency.

  11. Mark McVeigh with The McVeigh Agency.

  12. Martha Mihalick with Greenwillow Books.

  13. Molly O'Neill with Katherine Tegen Books.

  14. Kathleen Ortiz with Lowenstein Assoiciates, Inc..

  15. Paul Samuelson with Sourcebooks, Inc..

  16. Anica Rissi with Simon & Schuster.

  17. Holly Root with Waxman Literary Agency.

  18. Elana Roth with The Caren Johnson Literary Agency.

  19. Joanna Stampfel-Volpe with Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation.

  20. Kate Schafer Testerman with KT Literary.

  21. Suzie Townsend with FinePrint Literary Management.

  22. Michelle Wolfson with Wolfson Literary Agency.


  1. Josh Berk

  2. Tera Lynn Childs

  3. Rosemary Clement-Moore

  4. Kimberly Derting

  5. Lindsay Eland

  6. Jennifer Fosberry

  7. Risa Green

  8. Rachel Hawkins

  9. P. J. Hoover

  10. Shelli Johannes-Wells

  11. Julia Karr

  12. Kody Keplinger

  13. Lindsey Leavitt

  14. Tom Leveen

  15. J. S. Lewis

  16. Cynthea Liu

  17. Jodi Meadows

  18. Shelley Moore Thomas

  19. Aprilynne Pike

  20. Janette Rallison

  21. Lisa Schroeder

  22. Crystal Stranaghan

  23. Tiffany Strelitz Haber

  24. Stasia Ward Kehoe

  25. Daisy Whitney

  26. Suzanne Young

  27. Michelle Zink

The Illustrators from "Studio Five" are:

  1. J. H. Everett

  2. Bob Singer

  3. Alice and Martin Provensen

  4. Andrew Mitchell

  5. JR Johnson

  6. Marilyn Scott-Waters

I just wanted to publicly acknowledge all of the people that went to so much work bringing us such a fabulous writer's conference...and all for FREE, too, I might add! In addition to that, I wanted to give them a great big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, because I don't know that I would be able to attend a conference any other way. ~If I have missed anyone in error, please accept my apology, then let me know so I can edit this posting right away! Thanks.~'s a special thanks to all of you:

I guess that's all for now, folks. Be sure to use the links above and visit the people that you're interested in checking out. Every one of them is super talented & creative and you'll be glad that you've gotten to know them in one way or another. Trust me!

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


Please visit my other blogs:
Cynde's Daybook ~and~ Usurper Exposed. Thank you!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Update On My Latest News!"

Hello, everybody!

I just completed the "Summer Symposium Workshops" hosted by "Savvy".

While I was a "lurker" in several of the workshops, the workshops that I actually participated in are as follows:

  1. "Great Characters--Great Hooks: How to Put 'Em Together" with Shannon Donnelly.

  2. ""Muse. Breathe. Focus. Achieve." with Stacia Kelly.

  3. "Series Pitfalls" with Dyanne Davis.

Furthermore, Dyanne Davis has asked me to be a guest on her website; she will be interviewing me in the very near future. I am so honored! It will be my very first interview on a website ever!

And guess what! I was one of the blessed individuals that won a "raffle prize" from the "Summer Symposium Workshops". My prize was a book entitled "WRITING ROMANCE" that was donated by Beth Barany.
"Thanks a lot, Beth!"

The first thing on my agenda is the fabulous, FREE online writer's conference called: "" which will be held from 10 through 12 August 2010, inclusive.

Next in line for my events at the "Savvy" site are the following workshops:

  1. "Tickets to Ride: Basic Historical Research"; Instructor: Beth Daniels; Dates: 30 Aug-05 Sept 2010.

  2. "Creating Your Own Book Trailer"; Instructor: Kris Tualla; Dates: 05 Sept-19 Sept 2010.

I guess that's all for now, folks. I'll check in as soon as I have any more news. I let you know when my interview with Dyanne Davis will be posted so you can check it out, OK?

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


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Cynde's Daybook ~and~ Usurper Exposed. Thank you!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Check Out the: "Anniversary BLOG TOUR" on: ''!"



I just wanted to give you a quick heads up on the final half of the Anniversary Blog Tour that's being celebrated over at:


(NOTE: "click" link (above) to visit contest site!)

"They are


They have lined up some of the hottest bloggers for a "BLOG TOUR" and they have offered dozens of fantastic prizes just to show up and comment on their blogs!

One LUCKY reader will win the grand prize:

"a Sony


Lots of the blogs along the way are also offering prizes, too, so you had better hurry so you don't miss out on the fun!

The first thing you have to do is visit and get a "PARTICIPANT NUMBER" from them, because you need to use it each time you comment on the blogs that you visit. For the rest of your instructions and the details on what blogs to visit, just visit

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


Please visit my other blogs:
Cynde's Daybook ~and~ Usurper Exposed. Thank you!

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Announcing: the WINNER of the Followers' CONTEST with Prizes!"

"Announcing the


Contest Winner"


Copy of:


True Lady"


Diane L. Wood











(Note: Here's a picture of the winning ticket that I picked out of the winning fish bowl this afternoon!)