Taurus daily info overload

Fuse a plethora of ideas into a coherent writing project.

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How to fuse ideas into writing projects

By Emma Palova

My Taurus horoscope is 99 percent on target. I truly am on informational overload from all sides: Work, family, nature and summer.

I overwhelm myself and others with infinite ideas, feelings and emotions.

According to my horoscope, I should organize a flow chart. It would be more like the river Mississippi with its sandy bluffs.

Heck, I don’t even use a calendar unless I have to. I’ve never used a watch in my entire life; yet I am always on time.

The fact of the matter is that I am afraid of time; not of aging. I am afraid of time as a physical quantity.

Our Lowell Area Chamber director Liz uses a linear calendar for the entire year.

It drives me nuts to see all those days in a row.

However, I do use outlines for complex writing projects…

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Guardians of History script

Stay tuned for the release of the video “Guardians of History” set in the pioneer village of Fallasburg.

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I have just finished scripting the video “Guardians of History ” for the Fallasburg Historical Society.

We’re shooting tomorrow on location at the Fallasburg pioneer village.

I am very excited about this.

Stay tuned for the release.

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87th Annual Writing Competition

You can still enter today Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.

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Writer’s Digest Writing Competition deadline is today

By Emma Palova

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Lowell, MI – My latest news is that I submitted a short story for the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition right on the deadline today, June 1st.

It has many advantages. That’s how I accumulated short stories for my first book “Shifting Sands: Short Stories.” Sure, you have to pay the $35 entry fee, but you have content enough for a book.

There are nine entry categories including: script, stage play or television/movie script.

The poetry fee is $20. I’ve been a subscriber to the Writer’s Digest for at least 20 years. It’s essential for writers.

What I do like about the magazine that it is entertaining and full of advice.

I’ll keep you posted on the results. You still have time to enter.

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Born on May 9th with excerpts

Watch for more excerpts from Greenwich Meridian.

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Birthday and freeing of Prague

Excerpts from  memoir Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West

As I continue to write the memoir in May, I will start with its festivities. when I lived in former Czechoslovakia under the socialist regime. The month of May was very poetic and romantic. With the entire country in blossom, the major holidays included Mayday and Freedom Day on May 9 when the Russians freed Prague from the Nazi occupation. in 1945. The new regime moved the national holiday to May 8, when the American army reached the famous beer town of Pilsner in Western Bohemia.

May also serves as athe stage for the biggest music event of the year, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, started by president Edward Benes in 1946.  The festival is a tribute to the famouse Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. He is best known for his symphony Vltava inspired by the major…

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Book dedication to my mother

Mom Ella celebrated 80 years last year in August. She is currently winterizing in Venice, Florida with my dad Vaclav Konecny.
We talked on Sunday, as we always do. Sunday conversations are not always easy. I don’t know what it depends on.
This last one endures in my mind.

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Author dedicates book to mother

Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida. Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida.

I embarked on this journey through my memories called “Greenwich Meridian where East meets West” on December 12, 2012 after being asked by many colleagues, friends and acquaintances to write  our story.
I have attempted several times to pen our immigration saga now spanning three generations. I saved evidence of such attempts like the personal essay, “Fire on Water.” I used the same title for my novel based on the communist experience from former Czechoslovakia. Some trace elements of the story can be found in a newspaper article about my naturalization as a U.S. citizen in 1999, “Lowell woman gets naturalized.” It was syndicated by the Associated Press and well received by the audience. I got phone calls from all over Michigan.
Finally, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for the pleasure of others. Until…

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9 reasons why you should self-publish

The journey of self-publishing.

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Many of you will know that I am considering self-publishing my novels. It’s not something that I’ve considered lightly as I know going it alone is not easy and there’s still a fair bit of stigma attached to self-publishing. However, I really do believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

I compiled the list below mainly as a way to convince myself that self-publishing is a wonderful idea. While most authors (like me) secretly want to be published by one of the big, well-known publishing houses, there are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to self-publish – nine to be exact (but that’s only because I was restricted by the cats.)

1. Social media is freaking awesome

Social media can be a gold mine for authors, especially those who are planning to self-publish. There are plenty of opportunities to reach out and develop friendships with other writers…

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Kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories with excerpts

Take advantage of my kindle format giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories starting on March 8 at 12 am PST through March 9 at 12 pm PST.

You will save $7.99.

I love the kindle format for it’s versatility and interactiveness. It’s a great learning tool for both readers and writers.

The link is:

https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY

The book is a collection of 13 stories divided into three circles: Immigration, journalism and retail.

Inspired by Earnest Hemingway and his Paris memoir, I like to call the stories “a moveable feast” because of their cinematic qualities. According to agents, my stories and writing are very visual.

I will also be working on creating the audio version of the book.

Here is an excerpt from “Orange Nights.”

The most interesting thing in the store were the changing seasons and the colors reflecting them. The summer colors were still vibrant, and hanging in the air or it could have been the nostalgia after a summer passing by.

“Why did you stay in the store all these years, Irma?”asked Rachel doubtful and wondering about her own future.

“You come in young like most, because you don’t know what to do with yourself,” said Big Irma. “And after a while you just get used to it, and you’re afraid of change. Just look around you. What do you see?”

However, it was all in what you didn’t see. Those were the underlying currents of being stuck in any situation in life, and not being able to move forward. It had different names, that all came under one label. That label was fear.

And fear had many faces. It was hiding under different coats of comfort and security, assurances or the lack of them.

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Shifting Sands Short Stories marketing & book signing

Come to my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm. I will be offering tips on marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience.

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Local author Emma Palova at the gallery on Main Street in downtown Lowell with her new book.

I am very excited about my upcoming book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm.

It will take place on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Regional Art Competition on display at the downtown gallery.

I will be talking about the marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience, as well as other platforms.

Below is an example of marketing on the Goodreads platform for authors. The goal is to get as many people as possible to shelve your book.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Shifting Sands Short Stories https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35192820-shifting-sands-short-stories

You can also buy my book locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and in Lansing.

I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.

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March means spring book signing

Winter is over. Come to my spring book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 p.m. on the backdrop of the magnificent West Michigan Art Competition.

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I cannot begin to express how glad I am that this winter is over; both in my mind and in my next book.

I finally crawled out of my hibernation this morning to see the ice on Murray Lake had melted. I know many fine ice fishermen were disappointed by this, as well as the constructors of the ice rinks in the area including “Bill Gates of Honey Creek.”

I also understand that the “snow toys ” are very expensive as they go unused. But, when I heard that swan flap her wings and land on water, and the first birds singing,I knew we had survived another winter.

I registered for Calvin College Conference on Faith & Writing this morning to connect with the publishing industry in my own hometown of Grand Rapids. Conferences out of town can be expensive.

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