Results: Writing for Publication Workshop

The workshop I led at the North Palm Beach Library was a great success. On the first day, we had six people, which was nice because everyone got a chance to share their work. Over eleven people showed up on the second day, and we all learned a lot. In the future, I’ll be planning workshops that focus on various stages of writing and publishing, such as penning your own blurb and synopsis, as well as working to market your work after its been published. Stay tuned.

Writers gather for the first day of the workshop.

Writers gather for the first day of the workshop.

Workshop: Writing for publication

writing for publication flier


I am so excited about this workshop! I look forward to sharing what I know with fellow writers. We all have a lot to learn, including me. It’ll be a great experience. Be there or be square!

My books at New Earth Gifts and Beads

I went to my favorite little shop in Palm Beach Gardens the other day, and was happy to learn they’d sold two more copies of Taking 1960. They also mentioned a number of people had picked up my business card. Always good news!

Soon, they’ll have Check Out Time available for purchase as well. Unfortunately, not in time for Christmas. If you live in the area, check it out. New Earth Gifts and Beads is located in the Legacy Place plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, across from Barnes & Noble, and next to Vitamin Shoppe.

new earth gifts

The little editor that could

I’m happy to say that I’ve taken a leap and submitted some poems to a magazine. I’ve also made a spreadsheet to keep track of my submissions, and I intend to fill it. The blank page gives me incentive. While I absolutely adore helping others with their writing, I must also give myself a swift kick in the butt now and then, and try to get more of my own work out there.

After my day job at the library, I tied up a couple things, and worked on a rather involved editing project for a while. I’m finishing up for the day, and looking forward to a nice, restful sleep.

For now, click here to check out the Backwords Writer, my personal blog about poetry, writing, and life. I’d appreciate if you follow me there as well. I’ve been creatively inspired lately, and it’s making every day brighter!

I hope everyone had a lovely day. Enjoy your night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

The Backwords Writer without my name

Feeling rejuvenated

Last week, I had a dream about someone I’d never met. The very next day, I met the person in real life. My dreams have been very powerful, prophetic, and telling lately, providing insight, ideas for stories, and even brief escapes from reality. The nightmares haven’t ended, of course, but I’m grateful for even a short reprieve from those.

I’m filled with creative energy, bursting at the seams, and when I was able to change my perspective about the novel I’m currently working on, a few pieces fell into place, and I realized where I’d gone wrong. I ended up deleting at least three chapters, and removing the entire first section.

As I drove home in the pouring rain, I felt as if my father was sitting in the seat behind me, guiding me.

And I began a steady mantra to myself, a soft whisper in the back of my mind:

I will get an agent. I will sell a book to a big publisher. I will do it.

Because half the battle is the mindset. I’ve known this for many years, but it’s taken all that time to break out of the mold created for me when I was little, to shed the negative thinking I was brought up with.

I see where I made my mistake. I made my mistake when I believed the Voices I heard as a child, the ones that said I would never succeed. I made my mistake when I believed the people who scoffed at my dreams, crushing them like smoldering cigarette butts under their shoes. I see where I made my mistake.

Now I’m going to correct it.

New York Times Best Seller list, here I come.

Two Oceans

Two Oceans

Loxahatchee Battlefield Park, a magical place

As I was handing out brochures at the welcoming tent during today’s Fall Muster with the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, I heard the distinct sound of someone walking up the drive behind me. I turned to hand them a flyer and started to open my mouth to speak, but then I realized no one was there.

Battlefield reenactment at Loxahatchee Battlefield Park, Fall Muster, November 16,  2013

Battlefield reenactment at Loxahatchee Battlefield Park, Fall Muster, November 16, 2013

Loxahatchee Battlefield Park is a truly magical place. When I’m there alone, I feel as if I’m being watched, especially when I visit the Tree of Tears, where injured and dying soldiers laid to rest under the shade during the Second Seminole War.

I’m proud to be a member of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, a group that has worked tirelessly to preserve the battlefield in Jupiter, protecting it from developers and others who would destroy it for their own monetary gain.

If you find yourself in south Florida, remember to check out local history. Despite what you’ve been taught in school, there’s so much going on here. There’s a rich history hidden behind Florida’s tourism, and it’s important to spread awareness of this.

Share this post, get the word out, and come see for yourself!

Rosa Sophia on the far right, working with the ladies at the welcoming tent at the Fall Muster, November 16, 2013.

Rosa Sophia on the far right, working with the ladies at the welcoming tent at the Fall Muster, November 16, 2013.