Author 101 University – Los Angeles

I attended Author 101 University last weekend in Los Angeles, California. It was a nice event and I had a lot of fun. My publishers at Morgan James Publishing were there, and it was nice to see them and watch them speak at the event. Rick Frishman puts on and hosts the conference two times a year. He is one of my publishers at Morgan James, and he is also the founder of Media Connect.

A few presenters that I really liked were John Assaraf, Wendy Lipton-Dibner, and Barbara De Angelis. They had some interesting things to say about life and writing. I also got to see my nieces, Megan and Fayth. Both of them live in California, and they came to the hotel to visit. I stayed at The Westin Los Angeles Airport, which was where the event took place.

I enjoyed it. Fayth goes to school in Santa Barbara, and she had a two-hour drive to the hotel. It was nice of her to pick me up from the airport on Friday, and drop me off on Monday morning. I really appreciated that and the time I got to spend with hePic14Sunsetblvdr and Megan.

The event ended at 2pm on Sunday, and then my nieces and I went to Hollywood in the evening. I wanted to do some sight-seeing, since I’d traveled all the way to California from Michigan. I had never been to Hollywood so we went to Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Boulevard for dinner. Then we took a nice drive through West Hollywood at night. I was able to see Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Hills. It was really pretty with the palm trees and lights.

Of course the weather was just perfect there all weekend!

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A Holiday Letter

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” –Oren Arnold

Dear friends,

I have some exciting news to share with all of you. I’m happy to announce that my first book, “Not Without God: A Story of Survival” will be released in the spring/summer of 2014 by Morgan James Publishing, http://publishing.morgan-james.com/.

It chronicles how I dealt with and overcame debilitating injuries that left me paralyzed after my accident. It’s about how I walked again through my faith, hard work, and determination.

How I was able to get through college and earn two degrees. How I became a successful teacher. How I’m independent and able to take care of myself.

It offers hope, insight, and ways to heal not just for people with disabilities but for anyone facing adversity in their life. My prayer is that it inspires anyone dealing with any kind of challenge.

I couldn’t ask for a greater Christmas present!

I would like to thank you, my readers who have supported me on my writing journey since I started this blog in June of 2012. It feels surreal. I can’t wait to hold my published book in my hands!

My life has changed so much these last two years. I’ve been active in writer’s groups both off-line and on-line. The blogging and writing courses I’ve taken have helped me strengthen and develop my craft.

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and I have been an educator for over ten years. I have taught multiple subjects to hundreds of students of all ages, from many different backgrounds and cultures.

But the reason I majored in English was not primarily to teach, it was to write. I feel so blessed now that I’m doing what I’ve always dreamed.

Merry Christmas to all!