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Blogging 101: Be Inspired By the Community

First off let us say this, I already feel blessed to be a part of a spectacular community that is quickly growing, as the orples and I keep stumbling on new blogs, and wonderful people. As we travel through cyberspace, we find ourselves exploring the world, tromping through the wilderness, visiting our neighbor’s domains.  Sometimes, I find it hard to squeeze in my own adventures. Believe me, Inspiration is not a problem for us—by any means. The world is at our ‘twigtips’.

One of Sonel's lovely friends meets the orples.
One of Sonel’s lovely friends meets the orples.

The above conversation came about as the result of a delightfully surprising ping-back my friend, Sophia (in Africa), created on a thread I began, involving a fly. Mr. Fly looked so cool sitting on that beautiful flower in ‘Sonel’s blog‘.

Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.
Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.

and then, this happened ….. After Sophia invited us to come and stroll through her blog, the orples met Mr. Fly (above), only to be told to go away.  Sophia stepped right up to the plate in the orple’s defense. She and her friends told Mr. Fly a thing or two, as you can tell by the conversation in the first picture with Ms. Barbet. I’m suspect this story isn’t over yet. No matter, while we waiting for that tale to unfold, if you would like to visit the neighbors, to see what our friends are up to, you’ll find the orples have been globe trotting, enjoying a variety of adventures, worldwide.

Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he'd relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.
Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he’d relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.

Anyway, back to our original story; Sophia told the story of Mr. Fly and his bad manners to the fine folks at Michelle’s Pet Challenge, and wha-lah! Sophia not only honored me with mega-links—I might add—she fulfilled her weekly critter challenge—two birds, one stone. Sophia really outdid herself, too.  I am still awestruck, and grateful for the effort she put into her beautiful post. I suspect she had fun doing it on her end. I know I’ve enjoyed the conversations on our end. If you would like to join the orples as they explore our world, prey tell through a comment on my of my blog posts. Leave me a link to your blog. Introduce yourselves. Check out what we’re doing, already. Read my other posts to follow the conversations, through post content, and comments to find out what we’re up to. Be nosy. All are welcome. Grab a badge and be an orple-keeper, too. As Olivia and Oscar always say, “The more, the merrier.”

[New Post] The Daily Post . Bad Signal

Those nice people at the Daily Post have really done it now with their Bad Signal’ Assignment. “Oh man, I hope Olivia hasn’t checked my voice mail. My friend, Sally, called and left a message about my newest book, she just bought.  I’ve been writing an adult trilogy about the Sanderson family, and some other people.  My newest series is a family saga, stretching over about twenty-three years, so, of course, the peopling varies. Olivia was upset, thinking we were still in the prototype stage of that series, and we probably should be, since I’m sure I didn’t catch all of my errors, prior to self-printing. Olivia is still going to be bent out of shape, and she even likes the story. But she’s a perfectionist. She said I should pay an editor, instead of doing everything myself. I told her, I’m broke, and am playing catch 22 with fate. One day, when I’m back on my feet, I’ll reprint, then I hope the first printing will be valuable to anyone lucky enough to own a copy of this version.I keep hoping I’ll run into a big wig, publisher who thinks my Brides trilogy is the bees knees, and will want to reprint the story under their banner. Right now, the first printing is available for sale for both books 1 & 2, warts and all, on Amazon.com. Olivia is too busy being mad due to her competition to care why I self-published behind her back. I might have to spank her if she doesn’t straighten up and act like an adult. I wonder how old orples have to be, to be considered an adult? Who would I ask?

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.
Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Back to my dilemma. What on earth am I going to tell Olivia to appease her? She and Oscar are my sidekicks. Besides, Olivia can be difficult when I hurt her feelings, which happens anytime she not in the spotlight. I think I’ve created a monster. For anyone unfamiliar with what an orple-keeper (me) has to put up with, you should check out ‘How Orples Came To Be.’.

[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 1… Brides

As an author, I have penned two categories of books to date. Both genres are introduced, sometimes, together, on this blog as my regular followers already know. My point being; two genres, two audiences, two parts to satisfy for yesterday’s blogging assignment. Keep in mind, I am a day behind. Continue reading [New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 1… Brides

[New Post] Blogging 101 . Your Dream Reader . Part 2 … Orples

Olivia is loving yesterday’s Blogging 101, writing assignment, which is why we’ve circled back to it, in spite of being a day late. If you read Part 1 of this post set, you’ll understand why this post was divided into two parts, this one being Part 2. Olivia is getting ready to garner some attention, and she can’t wait.

Olivia and Oscar discussing the  purpose of today's posting.
Olivia and Oscar discussing the purpose of today’s posting.

My ‘Dream Audience’? Hmmm, let me see, now… An orple audience would be fun loving people with open minds, opened to the playful side of life. Strategic Publishing has pegged How Orples Came To Be‘ as a children’s book, but I disagree. I think all of my ‘kiddie’ books, and especially my first book, explaining how orples evolved from oranges, are appropriate for any kid, of any age, right up through, and including one-hundred and two! My dream audience would appreciate the lessons to be learned though Olivia’s wisdom and loyalty. The orples help, Jack, their human friend indirectly rekindle his relationship with his father, after his mother’s passing away.  This book starts out sad, but ends on a happy note, with the door having been left opened for sequels. My dream audience would be writing to me, again, begging for more. They would appreciate the encouragement book 2 — ‘The Orples Make A Tree Home‘ gives children to think outside of the box in coming up for solutions as the orples turn their orange tree into an orple environment. And after my dream audience has read books 1 & 2, they would be eager to find out all about Olivia’s schooling in the book, ‘The Orples Learn To Read‘,—book 3 in the series, encouraging children to want to read and learn, in general.Olivia has a lot of spunk, while Oscar is laid back and lazy. I dream that my dream audience will, one day, wake up and realize—orples rule—especially Olivia!  And then they’ll rush out, buy orple books, and start telling their friends, and movie producers, and they will make me as popular as J.K. Rowling. Geeze, I think I need to go take a Valium. Olivia really is beginning to rub off on me, you know. Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, I wanted to mention that all of my books are self-published through CreateSspace  at Amazon, with the exception of my first book, which is printed by Strategic Printing, for the time being. Maybe you cared, maybe you didn’t, but now you know. Blessings to all who have stuck with me and read to the end. .) Olivia, Oscar, and I truly thank you.