Blogging, Challenges, Connecting



That’s how I feel. I’ve read, re-read, and read again. Updating my website to be GDPR complaint has been an experience.

A little over a week ago, I sent out a message to those on my newsletter list asking them to confirm they would like to continue to receive my newsletter in their e-mail boxes. In that message, there was a marketing permissions section that you “MUST” confirm you would like to receive a message from me before I could send you a newsletter through my messaging service. This new policy is now enforced as of May 31, 2018. Without your permission, if I am to communicate with you via e-mail, I must send a private message to you.

Sorry folks. As much as I love ya, I don’t have time to do that little ditty. Well, maybe sometimes. {Smiles!}

During the next week or so, I’ll send a “repeat” message to each of you that did not click “email” in the marketing permissions section of my message to verify it wasn’t an oversight. The reason is that you volunteered to receive my newsletter in the begin. If you choose to unsubscribe, then do that instead of clicking the e-mail. I’ll understand and know how sometimes e-mail can be too much to deal with on occasions.

Please be sure to follow the steps in the message or otherwise you’ll miss unique news, fun promotions, and special savings. Not to mention early announcements about up coming books and other events.

That’s the update for now. My plan is to send out a newsletter by the middle of June. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, consider doing so. Use the pop-up that comes around.

Until we talk again I’ll be writing Book Two of The Chronicles of Eldershire.

Write on!
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Blessings, Challenges, Life

I Voted Today…I Hope YOU Do Too!


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I voted…have you?

Today, across the United States, citizens are exercising their right to vote. It is a beautiful day here in the mountains of Virginia. A brisk, cold 35 degrees greeted me as I walked up to our polling place when the doors opened at 6:00 a.m.  In my hands, I held a container of sausage pinwheels to give to our hard-working poll workers. Something I’ve done for them every year for the last twenty years. Hard to imagine it’s been that long. It is hoped each of you have either already voted early, or you plan to vote sometime today!


It is appropriate we have a voting day this week with Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11. My parents — both my father and my mother — served our country. My mother during WWII as a WAC, and my father in both WWII and Korea. And, my husband served as well during Vietnam.

Many times when I took Dad to the Veteran’s Hospital in Salem for his monthly visits during the last two years of his life, he would maneuver his wheel chair over to a fellow veteran, offer his hand, and say, “Thank you for your service.”

He never waited for Veteran’s Day to thank a veteran. He gave thanks for our veterans’ service each day through his morning prayer and when he read his bible. To me, watching him make an effort to shake each veteran’s hand he saw added to his heartfelt desire to let him or her know that he was glad he saw them, even on the street. To this day, I try very hard to emulate his actions. It is my challenge to me to be mindful of fellow veterans every where. May this election day, after voting, you take up that challenge as well.

Let our Veterans know that you appreciate them, their sacrifice, and that because of that dedication to love of our country, we have this privilege above all else – the Right to Vote!

Happiness to each of you, Always…

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Challenges, Creative Writing, Writing

Calling all Creative Writers!

If you’ve always wanted to write, here’s your chance to join with other creative writers!


Chautauqua Festival Holds Creative Writing Contest

Wytheville, VA/USA – April 20, 2016 – Sharpen those pencils and dust off the keyboards. The Chautauqua Festival’s Creative Writing Contest is underway. Short story, Poem and Essay categories are available in three divisions: students, grades 6-9; students, grades 10-12; and adults.

Contest guidelines are posted on the Wytheville Chautauqua Festival website at Please thoroughly review all contest rules before submitting entries. Send entries to Rosa Lee Jude, Co-Chair, Chautauqua Creative Writing Contest, Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 333 Community Boulevard, Wytheville, VA, 24382. Checks for entry fees should be made payable to the Wythe Arts Council. The postmark deadline for entries is May 23, 2016.

Approximately $600 in prizes will be awarded at the creative writing awards ceremony that will be held on June 24, 2016, during the annual eight-day Chautauqua Festival.

In its 30th year, the Chautauqua Festival is an eight-day family oriented arts and music festival presented annually starting on the third Saturday of June in Wytheville, Virginia. The majority of the festival’s events are held in and around Elizabeth Brown Park in Downtown Wytheville. For more information, visit the festival’s website listed above.

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Creative Writers create stories and essays on a variety of topics.

Many people of all ages love to read short stories, essays, and poetry. The contest is designed to encourage new writers to begin to share their stories, essays, and poem. It is here for you. If you have always wanted to try your hand at writing! Here’s your chance! Give creative writing a try! Visit the 2016 Wytheville Chautauqua website today to learn how to enter the 2016 contest and become a Creative Writer!

Cheers with Writing Love,


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This post first published on Pam’s Blog on April 20, 2016.

Blogging, Challenges, Procrastination, Writing

Five Reasons I Haven’t Blogged

This blog about the five reasons I’ve not been blogging really has six reasons, but who’s counting…


One of the possible reasons that the Little girl (Pam) dreaming her story as she reads isn't blogging...
One of the possible reasons that the Little girl (Pam) dreaming her story as she reads isn’t blogging… (Image courtesy of J. K. Brooks Publishing)

Reason One:

I haven’t blogged since November (of 2015 that is). Why? The first reason, I got horribly busy with the holidays. I kept thinking I’d get back to it. I didn’t because of Reason Number Two!


Reason Two:

I caught the dreaded Bronchitis. Yep! Even though I had received my annual flu shot, downed all of the vitamin C – naturally and in pill form – I could find; I still caught it. You guessed it, my husband shared the love! Hahaha…yes, more ways than one! Then came Reason Number Three…


Reason Three:

I was busy with the new year, doing taxes, working on how I wanted to improve my book sales, and all the while fighting the Bronchitis that just wouldn’t go away. That makes me think of that classic Canadian cat carton. You know the one. The Cat Came Back; He wouldn’t go away. Well, I’ve modified it to–The Bronch came back, it wouldn’t go away… (If you’ve not seen that wonderful cartoon, click the video and enjoy! It’s a hoot!)

This is the classic Canadian cartoon! Awesomely funny!


And then…there is Reason Four!


Reason Four:

By the time January had come to a close, I was now out of the habit of blogging. So, I struggled with getting my act together. Alas, I had also received a gym membership as a Christmas gift from my dear husband to help me stay active. As a writer, I tend to sit a lot during the day. Yep! You guessed it again. I had not even taken the membership out of the envelope, yet alone use it. Then, a dear friend and his wife began reminding me how I should get out and exercise. So, more delay in getting back to blogging. And, finally, Reason Five!


Reason Five:

I don’t have a reason five. I know, I said five reasons, but I couldn’t think of a fifth reason not to blog. Thus, I’m now writing. I did try getting my Happy V. I. P. Reader newsletter ready. I’m so close. I’ve chosen my winners for the first quarter of 2016 — one for each month — so, if you’re a Happy V. I. P. Reader (or you think you might want to be – sign up by clicking here quickly!). Then, be on the look out for an e-mail from me!

Well. I did it! I got my first blog written for 2016!! Whoopppieeeeeee!

Write On!

Reason Six:

Not really a reason, but thought you’d like to know… I’m working on writing a new series. Stay tuned for more updates on that real soon!



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