Thanks Parajunkee.com for this Book Review Checklist! Now can we, Authors, get some reviews? Pretty please?

Book Review InfographicLearn the story behind: Publish “Crimes and Impunity in New Orleans.” and help us meet our goal. @indiegogo
https://igg.me/at/CrimesImpunityNOLAnovel/88562
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español very soon! It is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

I don’t usually post links but there is so much cool stuff here, I had to share it! It’s about Children’s books & the art in them. I have never seen so much beautiful art in one place! And yes, I have been to many, many museums in my lifetime! ENJOY!

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/13/picture-book-biographies/

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc
San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5*s:
http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/secrets-and-lies-in-el-salvador/
An article about Sherrie Miranda and her debut novel:
http://www.thestarnews.com/entertainment/war-torn-el-salvador-is-setting-for-cv-novelist/
An article about the writer’s group Sherrie Miranda started:
http://southbaycompass.com/the-scribes-south-bay-writers-have-their-own-group/         Here’s a great interview by Fabricio Correa:
Meet Author Sherri Miranda
An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog:
https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/here-is-my-interview-with-sherrie-miranda/comment-page-1/#comment-5917
The San Diego Public Library’s 50th Annual Local Authors Exhibit featured Sherrie’s novel:
http://online.flipbuilder.com/tyny/sair/#p=64
GoodReads Author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13490857.Sherrie_Miranda

Holstee Manifesto, plus an article about Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” – found on Brain Pickings

I wrote to Maria Popova, writer & editor of Brain Pickings. I explained that allowing us to repost her articles would give us great copy to share, as well as expose her work to a wider audience. I hope that she decides to allow this!                                                                              Here’s a great article about Joseph Campbells’ book “The Power of Myth.” He talks about “Finding Your Bliss.” Enjoy!  😉  ❤                                               https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/09/find-your-bliss-joseph-campbell-power-of-myth/.                                                                                                                                                     Holstee’s Manifesto is below:

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Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times ~ From Brain Pickings

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No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times
“Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom.”
BY MARIA POPOVA

“Only an artist can tell … what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it,” James Baldwin asserted in contemplating how the artist’s struggle illuminates the common human struggle. “War and chaos have plagued the world for quite a long time,” wrote a forgotten defender of E.E. Cummings and the artist’s duty to challenge the status quo, “but each epoch creates its own special pulse-beat for the artists to interpret.” Often, the pulse-beats of chaos that feel most unsurvivable are those which artists must most urgently interpret in order for us to indeed survive.

That task of the artist as a grounding and elevating force in turbulent times is what Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931) explores in a stunning essay titled “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” included in the 150th anniversary issue of The Nation.

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Morrison writes:

Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush.

I am staring out of the window in an extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine — and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work — not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

I felt foolish the rest of the morning, especially when I recalled the artists who had done their work in gulags, prison cells, hospital beds; who did their work while hounded, exiled, reviled, pilloried. And those who were executed.

With an eye to the various brokennesses of the world, past and present, Morrison writes:

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.

Complement with Morrison on how to be your own story and George Saunders on the artist’s task, then revisit JFK’s spectacular speech on the artist’s role in society.

Thank you, Maria Popova, for this timely and helpful reminder that we must never quit, never give up & never give in!

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉 ❤ 😉

I got back from the La Jolla Writer’s Conference last night. Already getting caught up with politics. I must stop! My current & next book have the messages that need to be told.

I understand people’s frustrations with the election, but we must do whatever it is we do to make a difference in the world. The writers, both published & unpublished, at the writer’s conference seem to get it. One woman said most of us only heard the negative statements that Trump made. This is likely true, but on the other hand, why did he make those negative statements?

My roommate (at the conference) is upset because the people she knew who voted for Trump would not admit it & therefor would not say why they voted for him. They did not want to explain their rational.

Other than that, we stayed away from politics. We have important work to do! We have to get our work out where it can be read or viewed by the public (in the case of screenwriting). That’s the way writers make a difference in the world.

And the authors and writers who presented at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference definitely ARE making a difference! Jonathan Maberry has published 29 books, as well as hundreds of articles. Laura Taylor is an expert at helping other writers get published. Andrew Peterson’s “Nathan McBride” series is allowing readers to understand the complexity of our nation’s involvement in other countries. Peterson also gives books to vets & their families.

There was not a second during that conference that I wasn’t connecting, learning or feeling the importance of getting our work out to a reading audience. Thank you to the Kuritz family for organizing this amazing event AND for making it affordable! You can register for next year’s conference (Oct. 27, 28 & 29) for $295 before Dec. 15th. http://lajollawritersconference.com/registration/ As of today, the registration for 2017 isn’t up yet, but it should be there any day now. If you don’t live in San Diego & feel the hotel is too pricey, you can always do an AirB&B for Friday & Saturday nights.

IF YOU ARE A WRITER, AUTHOR OR HOPE TO GET THAT BOOK OUT OF YOU ONE DAY, YOU WILL NOT REGRET ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE. IT IS THE BEST INVESTMENT I EVER MADE. In fact, I likely would not have finished & published my debut novel if I hadn’t gone to LJWC. I look forward to meeting you next year!51UX4f00CBL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

Jet Black Heart

If you haven’t started following Tosha Michelle’s blog, do it now! I get my art fix everytime I click on her links! Thanks, Tosha, for all you do for the world of Art! 😜😝😛😳
Peace, love & passion to all,

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can watch it on her Home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel!

Everything I Never Told You

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By the time you awake,
I’ll be gone.
I cleaned the fireplace,
but left ash everywhere.
I used your latest copy
of the newspaper
to mop the floor.
I threw away the stale bread,
and lukewarm coffee.
If you stumble across
what we had, or what we lost,
give the past my regards.
I’m still searching for my
book on letting go. If you
find it, mail it to my new
address. For now I’m
casting what could have
been in the recycling bin,
and leaving muddy footprints
on my way out.
The door is now closed
but not locked.

-Tosha Michelle

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More greatness from Tosha Michelle! Make sure you watch (& listen to) the video. This is one of the fews songs by Paul that I really love! 😉😘😊😃 (I am a Lennon fan.)

Peace, love & music for all,

Sherrie

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can watch it on her Home page: https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com  Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel!  😉  ❤

 

 

Everything I Never Told You

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There’s no hiding place left
for my soul.
The dark spaces have all been
lit, filled with a warm glow.
My flesh radiates heat, my skin
alive. My eyes giving me away.

Should I run? Try and find a dark alley
somewhere? The street lights shaped
like hearts seem to say “be still”.
But I’m afraid. I want to close my eyes.
But I know I’ll just end up peeping.
Finally believing in the voice I hear counting.
Knowing I don’t want to be invisible anymore.
I’m ready to be found.

-Tosha Michelle

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