Emma’s book signing @LowellArts, tips on how to write about love

Writings of a love stifled by years of monotony

Stop by at the Lowell Arts gallery in downtown Lowell on March 10 for my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories from 1 pm to 4 pm.

I will be sharing author’s insights from the publishing industry, and answering questions such as:

How many hours a week do you think I spend on marketing my new book and my writing business Emma Blogs, LLC?

What are the most effective channels of marketing?

Should you pay and how much for advertising of your book?

How do you stand out? What makes you unique?

How do you reach the right reader?

Feel free to shoot me an email with your questions at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

Bring a copy of my new book for an autograph. You can buy it locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Lansing Okemos or on Amazon. I will have a few copies on hand.

As we approach Valentine’s Day and beyond, I would like to touch on the subject of love or the lack of it in Shifting Sands Short Stories as well as in my upcoming Book 2: Shifting Sands: Secrets (c) 2018 Emma Palova

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Corintihians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind.

Most of my characters struggle with love in different forms: Love solid or fluid between partners, parental love, love between siblings or friends, and the destructive transformation of love into hate. The stories may or may not have a happy ending.

For example in the “Death Song,” the love between Vadim and Maria wanes like the moon disc due to the monotony of years gone by. Neither Maria nor Vadim can refresh this dying flower called old love. Instead of bringing into the existing love new momentum, they both turn to destruction.

“Even now inside the cold cathedral, Vadim could still remember her smell that summer evening inside the little chapel in the fields. Maria had a light summer dress on, and everything was blooming.

Thou shalt not kill, he thought.

But, what if though has to? Vadim questioned himself as he looked at the shuffling pair of feet across the aisle in the cathedral. They belonged to a woman who did not care about his beloved lachrymatory lead tune of Mozart’s Requiem. Following a natural instinct, he looked at his side, below the padded church pew and he saw the mismatch in their pair of feet ;Maria’s right foot and his left foot were almost touching each other.

He was fascinated by the difference; as if one was longing for a different match.

Maria was wearing Paris style white high heels, while his restless feet were confined to the black Bostonian kitties tassel wingtips. Vadim had those shoes for years, refusing to change anything. He also wore a black suit and a black tie, although he hated black. It was the last favor he did for Maria. He hated white too- and he wore a white shirt.

Vadim was reliving the scene before they headed out for the concert in the large walk in closet. They fought over each detail until the very last minute.”

See page 55 or location 1001 in Kindle

The excerpt shows how love is Stifled by years of daily routine and knowing each other’s thoughts. Eventually what once was love turns into hate, and takes on the shape of an ugly monster.

The award-winning LowellArts, now transformed into new location on Main Street, is presenting the show Grand Valley Artists-In View through Feb. 10.

“Yes, it is a big deal for Lowell, “said executive director Lorain Smalligan. “There are not many communities the size of Lowell with an arts center like Lowell Arts.”

The impact of Lowell Arts on the community is apparent in more arts programs and services in downtown Lowell.

Don’t miss the Playwright Festival from Feb. 16 through Feb. 25.

Amazon.com: Emma Palova: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Mark your calendars for Emma’s next book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10. The gallery will have an exhibit-the West Michigan Regional Art Competition.

For more info on Lowell Arts go to: https;// http://www.lowellartsmi.org

For more info on Schuler Books go to :  https://schulerbooks.com

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Inspiring Women

Inspiring women set examples

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- They inspire us. We look up to them. We admire them. We grow stronger by emulating them.

In the “Inspiring Women” series, the EW team will be talking to some of the influential women in the area.

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Enigmatic orchids are the symbols for the IW Inspiring Women series.

How do they handle stress, illness, fame, hardship or multi-tasking in light of daily activities?

What makes them strong and resilient?

They keep reinventing themselves, they assimilate or stand out. They’re comedic and serious. They range from trail coordinators, founders of women’s organizations, chamber directors to local authors, actresses and artists.

What keeps them going in face adversity, controversy and lack of funding? How do they overcome everyday obstacles that bind or deter us?

They never give up until they reach their goal. Call it determination, passion and love for what they do.

But, most of all they are wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends.

They have families and never-ending domestic responsibilities. The husband is waiting for dinner; somebody needs to wash the dishes and do the laundry.

Social pressures require they look good and fit, and up to speed with changing times. Sometimes they have to put on a mask of happiness, while deep inside they’re burning like a candle. They don’t give into gossip and lies, deceit or danger.

A strange engine inside keeps them humming.

Read about them over the next weeks and celebrate with them the International Women’s Day worldwide on March 8.

For more stories go to: EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com

Copyright © 2015 Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

10 good writing habits

Acquire the 10 traits of all successful bloggers & writers

1-Discipline.

Even Earnest Hemingway was a disciplined writer in the morning.

2-Regularity. Not just in the digestive tract.

Post on regular basis otherwise you will lose your following.

3-Inspiration.

Inspire yourself, don’t wait for inspiration to walk into your room. Go beyond the cyberspace.

Deer crossing by Bruce Doll
Deer crossing by Bruce Doll

4- Curiosity.

Don’t wait to write until something occurs. Seek it out on your own. Ask yourself questions.

5- Innovation. Reinvention.

Keep reinventing yourself. After all, books, articles and stories are all just rehashed words from the past. Put them in the right order.

6- Perseverance. Determination.

Don’t give up in face of adversity.

7-Organization.

Organize and reorganize again. Shuffle and reshuffle words.

8-Outlines.

Outline complex subjects.

9-Be choosy. Be specific.

Choose the right subject for you. No generic meandering or beating around the bush here.

10-Be knowledgeable.

Know what you are writing about.

Copyright (c)2014 story by Emma Palova

 

Happy Independence Day America

Lowell Showboat decked out for Fourth of July
Lowell Showboat decked out for Fourth of July

 

Fourth of July on the Big Muddy

By skgroen

EW Emma’s Writings

EW writer Sheryl Groen with Ruby
EW writer Sheryl Groen with Ruby

I like simple things: a cheap glass of wine, a good book, a new picture of my grandchildren and a sturdy lawn chair. I also LOVE the 4th of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I love the heat, humidity, picnics, parades, fireworks and time with family.

Each July fourth we load up Sara (my trusty SUV) and head north to the big muddy, the Mississippi river. We have our annual fish fry waterside. My husband, son, nephew and brothers-in-law are all sport-fishing enthusiasts, who do their best to accumulate a sizeable catch. If the catch is small (something a fisherman does not like to discuss) we hit the Piggly Wiggly for fried chicken. The day revolves around good food and conversation.

On the morning of the fourth, we start out with homemade mini donuts deep fat fried on the patio. There is nothing better than a warm donut with your morning coffee!

Midday we heat up the fish fryer and begin breading and cooking the fish. Once it is ready we bring out the corn on the cob, watermelon and a crazy good mixture of midwestern potluck fare.  After the fish fry, the kids are busy with squirt guns, swimming, boat rides, jumping off the dock and fishing.

A few years ago we started a new tradition, at dusk we launch Chinese paper lanterns: one for each of the grandchildren. The kids line up by height and the parents help with the launch. Last year, long after the last lantern had flown over the western bluffs, my grandson pointed to the eastern sky and said, look grandma that one made it around the world already!

Meanwhile, a campfire is lit and the adults pull up their lawn chairs. The kids bring out the sparklers, sizzling snakes and their renewed enthusiasm. Sometimes I wonder where they store all that energy. And since we have not eaten enough, the marshmallow forks and pie makers magically appear. We make s’mores, campfire pies and roasted marshmallows before the fireworks begin.

There are several small communities on the big muddy who have fireworks and from our vantage point we can usually see three to four different displays. Sonic booms go on into the wee hours of the night and if the mosquitoes cooperate you can watch the fireworks until almost three in the morning!

I think my favorite part of the holiday is spending time with family. The campfire brings out the stories and the more embarrassing  – the better. One of the uncles, who liked his beer, cut down a light pole with his chainsaw because he ran out of firewood for the campfire.  On another occasion, he sunk his boat and motor while it was tied to the dock.

We are also very fond of corny jokes.  My father in law was a master; he could entertain a crowd for hours. His standard comeback has now become a one liner for his great grandkids. When he was asked, where did you catch that fish? He would reply, I caught him in the lip. It’s really funny when a three year old delivers the punch line.

Hopefully, one of my great- grandchildren will be sitting by a campfire on the banks of the big muddy retelling stories and corny jokes for years to come.

Copyright (c) 2014 story by Sheryl Groen, photo by Emma Palova

 

 

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