Monday, August 28, 2017

Books I’m Reading 34

Living Wealth: Discover How to Get 12 Parts of Your Life into Balance and Harmony by Roz Townsend. The author delves into different facets of your life that affect your emotional being and how to change your thinking about them.

A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll. The book is accompanied by a cd in which the poetry inside is read aloud. An example of different forms of poetry are included. The author also provides short biographies of select poets and writers with a sample of their work. This is a great resource for teachers and aspiring poets.

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the story of Acheron’s twin brother in the Dark-Hunter series. A prince who was never treated as one, yet, seen as spoiled and pompous. It is the story of a man who defies all odds and still be humble and just and caring. Quite an interesting character.


National Geographic’s Rarely Seen Photograph’s of the Extraordinary by Susan Tyler Hitchcock. This collection of rare images of nature really opens up your eyes to the variety on earth. Beautiful pictures you can escape to.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Writing Endeavors 14: Breathing PART I

Someone once said writing was like breathing. At times, writers stop breathing, but they can’t hold their breaths too long. I’ve been writing stories for the past five years (more if you count the poetry I started in High School). It had always been a dream to have something published. So far, I have two short stories, one non-fiction piece, and am querying agents for two novels I’ve written. Presently, I am working on a fantasy novel and continue to write poetry.

Since the novels have yet to be published (and I’m told it takes writers years before they do), I compiled a list of links to some of the poems that were published online. Thanks to all the editors and publishers who accepted my work. Enjoy!

“Witness 2011’s Massacre” 


“Just like the tree…” (scroll down- note that contact information has changed) http://lsspoetry.blogspot.com/2011_11_01_archive.html

“I carry a crutch…” (scroll down) 

“A Place for Me” and “Stolen Love” (scroll down) http://theshelteredpoet.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

“California” (scroll down) 

“Veils on my Eyes” (scroll down- no photo) 

“Earthquakes 2012” (scroll down) 

“Earthquakes 2012” also won the 12/12/12 Contest and some comments are written here: http://2012poetrycontest.blogspot.com/2012/12/entrant-5.html

“To the People of Earth”


Monday, August 14, 2017

Pet News 26: Book Sharing Tips on Dog Training

If you’re always looking for tips and strategies for dog training, here’s another book you might consider reading: 21 Days to the Perfect Dog by Karen Wild.

Wild has a nice introduction and evaluation section before you begin any training. The second section, Wild provides a 21 window for training your puppy/dog to sit, stay, roll over, ring the bell, getting off the sofa/bed, and other useful activities to stimulate your dog.

Of course, not all dogs learn the same or will manage to do the tricks presented in the book. I suggest to take your time and repeat, repeat, repeat! Practice will help your dog retain the information of what’s expected in a respectful, positive, fair, and fun atmosphere. The goal is mastery and not accomplishing each task in a short time.


Wild also adds a third section I find very helpful. Here, she provides some solutions to help your dog avoid behaviors such as excessive barking and digging. For example, if your puppy is chewing you out of home, then, provide alternative items or toys the dog can chew on. If your dog is easily distracted, make sure you ask them to sit and stay and watch you before giving another command. 

Teach your puppy to greet used to grooming and trimming of nails by touching those areas every day, then, moving on to trimming one nail a day until you can do all in one day.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quote 27

“The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.”
Jerry Gillies

Recent rejections really brought this quote to life. Though, most of the rejections were nice, I stared at the e-mails as if hoping I was reading something different. Then, I realized, I can’t sit and stare at the screen, I had to keep writing, keep sending queries and researching agents (many switch agencies), and keep reading.

Writing is important to me. The rejections are part of what this world is about. Nothing is for free and I shouldn’t think one query would get me in the door. I love creating characters and writing their stories too much to stop. The more I do what I do, the closer I get to the success I want.


Luckily, I have had some poetry published and a few short stories. Most of my drafts I share with you. So, if you haven’t already, take a look at them and feel free to tweet me about them @m_a_Arana. Thanks!