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I thought it might be time to give you an update on what I have been reading. As a Library Director the was the most asked question of the day. Now that I am a full-time writer people seem to ask it all the more. Ironically, when I was Director I spent so much time around books I didn’t have time to read them nevermind write them. Now, though I make time to read as it is essential to see different writing styles, techniques, how characters are developed, research for a project, and yes, just for fun as well!

As my 40 after 40 list contains a few items related to getting in better shape, etc. I try to keep a large, really interesting book upstairs by my exercise bike. 1. it makes the pedaling time go by faster and 2. It helps me multi-task! I just finished re-reading “Breaking Dawn” by Stepehenie Meyers which is a HUGE book! Actually I re-read the whole “Twilight” series on the bike these past couple of months save for “Eclipse,”( it has gone missing in the wedding household combining move.) As for regular reading before bed, when I don’t fall asleep first, I just finished the entire “Cape Light” series by Thomas Kinkade, the “painter of light.” He wrote this series with Katherine Spencer and they are just a nice escape into a quaint New England town and they are reminiscent of Jan Karon’s “Mitford” Series and Philip Gulley’s “Harmony” series. Many are set around Christmastime and he is as good with evoking images with his words as he is with his paintings.

I also just finished, “The Swan Thieves” by Elizabeth Kostova. She is the author of the book I absolutely LOVED, “The Historian.” I was not as wowed by her newest release, however I learned a lot about artists and painting and it was a good story but it was the same formidable size as “The Historian” and I had trouble staying interested.

For non-fiction I just read “One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity” By Debbie Macomber. This is a nice little book which coincides with a lot of what I have mentioned about my “Kindness Challenge.” She’s trying to drive the point home to be more generous. Not necessarily with money, but with your time, your patience, and sometimes just by being a good listener. She talks a lot about her religion and for those of you that may not wish to wade through that, you could still read it and you will get the basic and most important message that if you’re a giver with a good heart it will come back to you and to pay attention to those little opportunities when your heart and your gut are leading you in a certain direction it could make a difference in not only  your life but someone else’s as well!

The exercise book du jour at the moment is “The story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski I am just a few chapters in but so far it is not a bad book but not one necessarily to keep me distracted enough to keep pedaling. I may have to resort to the iPod or a couple of Susan Wiggs and Sherryl Woods books I have as back-ups! I will give it a few more days, but the point for me is not to read it is to exercise so if the book isn’t working at this time it is time to move on!

As for writing, I shall venture out to the bookstore for some research, information, and to view some different surroundings. Actually, the last few weeks have been very productive from a submission standpoint. Since my “Story Times Good Enough to Eat!” has come out I have been busy marketing and lining up speaking engagements to promote it. All the excitement surrounding the release is good for keeping your confidence up and it is also a critical time to capitalize on the momentum. As such I re-worked a previously rejected short story and submitted it to a different magazine and while I was researching their submission guidelines I stumble upon a website that listed  other magazines and what they were looking for. It had a few bad links, but it did give me titles and basic information from which I could go to their site specifically and find out what I needed. As a result I submitted two poems as well and of course I need to forget about those for two months while they make a decision. You never know where an innocent internet search is going to lead you so keep your eyes and mind open to following a link or a lead it could be just the thing you didn’t know you were looking for!

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“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, & President’s Day!  February is always chock-a-block full of events.  It is always gave me fits when trying to plan programming at the Library. January was pretty scarce except for New Year’s, which we were always closed for. Then along comes February with all these festive days and a few family birthday’s to boot. I constantly implored of the calendar to spread the love out a bit but no such luck. 🙂 Even though I am no longer at the Library I still enjoy planning events. I make sure we celebrate all the big and little holidays here as it gives us something to look forward too and is a good excuse to make some cool food and decorate!

Since my book “Story Times Good Enough to Eat!” has just been published I get to continue party planning! I will be presenting the Valentine Story Time program from the book on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 10:00am at Well Read Books in Plaistow, NH. This will be followed by a book signing! I am excited at the chance to create for little ones again!

I also gave my talk at the local women’s writing group last week and it was a really fun evening. The group was a mix of writing genre’s and there were a few familiar faces in the crowd which made it nice. I received a lot of compliments from the members and the head of the group. They asked a lot of great writing questions and they were a really good audience.  It was fun to talk about the craft of writing and publishing. When you are passionate about what you do it makes it fun to tell other people and it gives you confidence and takes away any nerves about the presentation as this is you! It is what you do and I spoke in a conversational tone, rather than a lecture, and there was laughter where there was supposed to be, so my mission was accomplished!

You may think that if you do or are good at one thing, then that’s all you do, over and over again. WHich for some people may be fine, but for the majority, could get boring, even if you love it. This is when you need to think outside the box and see what you can do that either enhances or broadens your passion. For me, I love writing and creating but I also love being able to talk to others about it and not only that but about achieving their own dreams as well. Retiring from a well-paying job to take a leap of faith toward your goals is a BIG deal and my Goal was to become a full-time writer. So, I now talk about that as well as the writing process.  My husband Mike loves weight and powerlifting.  He spends several hours a week at the gym, BUT he has branched out to do competitions in his sport and he became certified to teach others about his sport and help them achieve their exercise goals in general. This keeps things hopping and keeps him from getting stagnant at doing the same old workout week after week. He has taken what he loves and found other ways to  be involved in it and be a benefit to others.

A big part of success is giving back. When you have done well, it makes you feel good to help others that haven’t quite gotten there yet. Most times it costs nothing for you to give a hand or some encouragement to someone who is struggling with their situation. This goes hand in hand with the Kindness Challenge. Enjoy your success and your life, but remember to give a little piece of it away to make someone as happy as you are. Little gestures of kindness, thoughtfulness, and encouragement can really make someone’s day. The feeling you get from helping will make your day too!

So, if your feeling stagnant in what you do, see how you can expand on it to keep it fresh and interesting and fun. If you have a hobby you’re good at, try teaching it to others.  It’s a win-win situation! Don’t forget the little gestures of kindness as well. Try and practice one a day. Make someones favorite dish, fold the laundry for them, offer to take a group picture of tourists you see so they can ALL have a Kodak moment. Kindness doesn’t have to cost a dime, but it can be worth millions to the recipient!

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If you’re having trouble reaching or defining your goals visit my services page. Put my creativity to work for you!

“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

Get your copy today! Makes a great gift for teachers, day-care workers, Librarians, etc.

http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/A2235P.aspx

www.abc-clio.com

http://www.amazon.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-Eat/dp/1591588987/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263853494&sr=8-2

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Story-Times-Good-Enough-to-Eat/Melissa-Rossetti-Folini/e/9781591588986/?itm=1

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