Sheila is a fiction writer, essayist, and author of the Cow Pasture Chronicles, a blog dedicated to the art of writing. For more information on her publications, visit her website.
I know, I know. Tooting one’s own horn is not fun, at least for this gal. However, word of mouth has proven to be the best marketing tool out there. Don’t believe me? Here are few surprising stats from the Ambassador Marketing Website.
According to research by Nielsen:
92 % of people trust recommendations from friends and family more than all other forms of marketing.
43 % of consumers are more likely to buy a product if they learn about it from family or friend.
83% purchase decisions made b...
As you may have read, I recently took a trip to Washington D.C. I typically visit D.C. twice a year to see my youngest daughter who has been there almost six years. This time, however, it was a treat to take my oldest daughter and my two lovely granddaughters with me. It was the first time flying for the young ones, and I was interested in how they might react to the security checkpoint. Their mother and I gave them a brief summary of what to expect, and we got in line.
I have a pacemaker. I ...
Such a range of emotions and events are associated with this word. Children and some adults are already anticipating Halloween and Christmas. Lists are being formulated even as I type (including mine).
So many life events create that tingling, stomach churning, nail-biting, or
desire to squeal an...
Happy Labor Day! I don’t know where the time has gone. I’m already seeing, besides the obvious, Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor lining the shelves of area stores. Too much! Nevertheless, it is September and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye.
For our family, and...
I ‘ve been asked, by a friend, to speak to her literary group about my newly released short story collection, Maybe Next Time.
I’ll admit I felt a bit of trepidation upon receiving the invite. I was excited about sharing my work, but a little nervous, but then decided, why not?
I will be speaking...
As a fan and user of the software Grammarly, I look forward to receiving my weekly progress report. It's like being in high school again. I'm not graded, thank God, but the report does provide insight and includes my longest writing streak, productivity, accuracy, vocabulary, and top three writing mistakes. Can you guess the mistake
Aw, such an old-fashioned word. Homage – a noun; defined as – respect, honor, reverence, worship, admiration, esteem, adulation, tribute, acknowledgment, recognition, and accolade; memorial services are an example. It’s a word we rarely if ever hear in our daily conversation and certainly rarely see exercised, at least the way I remember.
Commas are the bane of my writing existence. It’s amazing how one tiny, squiggly, thingamajig (okay, punctuation mark) can create such havoc. If you don’t believe me consider the following:
Aw, the elusive, perfect opening line. It’s the most important line of your book. If you can’t grab the reader’s interest from the beginning, all the gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and hard work will have been time wasted; much like watching the news.
Spicy Language | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES
My name is Sheila, and I am a perfectionist.
The experts say this personality trait comes from one’s childhood. For me, that’s probably true. My mom, God rest her soul, taught me, from an early age, to do things right the first time. Or, do it over until I could do it right the first time.
Daily Post Prompt: Foggy
Crystal pulled her glasses off for the third time and cleaned them. She tried lens wipes, spray, Windex, and soap and water; which left the worst film ever.
DAILY PROMPT: Toothbrush
I can remember as a child, my mother quizzing me, “Did you brush your teeth?” Twice a day and nothing less was the rule in our house.