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Monday, January 25, 2010

New Columns for The Wilkes Gazette

I am delighted to mention that I have now been asked by my editor to add two new columns to The Wilkes Gazette. In addition to my first three columns: Living On a Budget, Jeanne's Travels and the Weekly Restaurant Review, I will now be writing both the Book Review and the Movie Review.

I had written the Movie Review back in May 2009 and then I had relocated to Catawba County. Now, I will once again be reviewing some of the movies that will be featured at the Liberty Twin Theatre located in North Wilkesboro, NC.

I reviewed the book Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. last week. This book was well worth rereading due to some new changes in my life. I identified with Haw who hesitated and then finally went forth to find new cheese. In life, we can definitely get ourselves caught up in a routine and then find we need to adapt to new directions. This can be extremely difficult for many of us who are set in our ways. I must say the last few years have been instrumental in my change of attitude to become more like Sniff and Scurry. Often, we don't get advance notice of changes and then sometimes we miss subtle indications of change in the wind. The book does not take too long to read and is recommended by me and many others.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

At this time of year, many people make so-called New Year's Resolutions. It is a time when people are resolved to quit habits, lose weight, exercise more frequently, change their diet, etc. For myself, I also am making several resolutions for 2010. I want to put more energy and time in my long desired hope of completing a novel I have been working on for many months now.

One resolution for Jeanne Armonk this new year, is to get my novel ready for publication. I want to develop over my next few blog posts, the sequence of steps necessary to bring one's book from the idea stage on to publication. Various options are available to a budding author as to where to look for assistance in getting their writing into print. The internet has a plethora of sites where an author may receive encouragement and direction and constructive criticism.

So, please stay with me as we discuss these steps over the next few weeks. You will be learning right along with me as I endeavor to get my own work printed this year. Of course, I will continue to be available through my freelance writing service to assist others with writing needs.

I am also a contributing freelance writer for The Wilkes Gazette. This newspaper is published in North Wilkesboro, NC and is currently available both on the web and in print. Please read at http://www.wilkesgazette.net/ where I write the Weekly Restaurant Review, Jeanne's Travels and more recently, Living On A Budget.

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My interest with writing began by composing poems about nature in my childhood. I also co-wrote a play in my 4th grade class when I lived in New Rochelle, NY. It generated enough positive feedback that my class put on the play in the school auditorium. I was fortunate to have a lead part. After my high school graduation, I entered the working world. For over 30 years I have been steadily gaining writing, editing and digital publishing skills. I began by composing letters and emails to company clients. I contributed to articles written for The Commuters Register based in Windsor, CT. Since 2009, I have added social media, digital publishing and blogging here in Wilkesboro, NC. Since 2010, I write ad copy for the listing descriptions for each of my 3 Internet shops open at Etsy.com. In 2012, I entered a poem about my dog Red in the World Poetry Contest. The poem was chosen for publication. I have written articles for the Winston-Salem Frugal Living Examiner and Hub Pages. In 2012, I acquired The Wilkes Gazette digital newspaper that was renamed the Wilkes County Gazette in 2014. I write under both my own name and my pen name, Jeanne Armonk.

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