Military Writers – Julia Maki

As I head off to the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Conference, it seems a good time to recognize military writers.
On September 7, I have the privilege of joining award-winning authors Jack Woodville London and Don Helin to conduct the “Writing Your Story” one-day workshop at the Audie Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center in San Antonio, Texas.
And then, we get to gather with 40+ MWSA members attending a packed agenda conference including discussions on topics of interest from marketing to the centennial commemoration of our country’s entrance into World War One.

We have many great military writers out there in the world, and we need more of those writers to tell their stories before they are lost. Julia Maki is one of those greats…and this is my review of one of her stories.

Julia Maki’s What They Don’t Teach You in Deer River entertains, informs, and touches readers in memorable ways. Written from the heart, Maki relays stories from her childhood through adulthood with a good blend of humor and serious attention. She brings readers on a rollicking ride through her Navy experiences and discusses realities of being homesick, feeling overwhelmed at times, navigating work and personal relationships, and enjoying victories as a team. Maki tells her story in ways that non-military people can understand and learn something about through reading about one sailor’s adventures. As a Navy Veteran myself, I highly recommend this book. Julia Maki created a wonderful read and recorded a unique piece of history from the perspective of one proud female aircrewman.

About Julia A. Maki
Julia A. Maki served in the United States Navy for five years. She now resides in Maryland with her husband and three children while working for the Department of Defense as a civilian- when she’s not busy wiping little noses and carpooling to football practice.

 

If you are in the military, a Veteran, avfamily member, or have an interest in military affairs, please help tell our Veterans’ stories. And don’t let the writing process get in the way – just write.

 

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How do I save a Facebook post?

Did you know that you can save a post on Facebook so that you could return to it afterwards without having to search for it? Here’s how to save a post in Facebook (with thanks to Greg Robson for pointing this out and Dave Johnson for a note on the mobile app).

Why would I want to save a post on Facebook?

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Tracking Your Time

OfficeTimeAs a small business owner, I look for ways to be more efficient. I tried several time tracking applications until I found the right fit: OfficeTime. I wanted to share this gem, since it’s been eye opening and has assisted me in getting a good picture of where I really spend my time. It provides an accurate, unbiased view, includes great features, and best of all, it is easy to use.

I use my app on my PC because that is where I do most of my business, but OfficeTime is available for use on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The company offers a free trial, and the app takes about a minute to download. A quick two minute tutorial gets you started. [Read more…]

Taking Chances

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“Entrepreneur? Doesn’t that mean someone who wants to get rich?”

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Psychological Benefits of Writing

(Source: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3143/2911715015_752a3a47fc_b.jpg)Today’s guest post is brought to you by Lucy Adams of BuzzEssay.com.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “writer?” Many of us are used to thinking of a strange hermit with randomly scattered sheets of paper bent over a table selflessly working on the next great novel.

But “writer” and “writing” have different meanings. To write means to express thoughts on paper, and that makes almost all of us writers – even if we do not have the gift of writing. [Read more…]

Tips for Writing a Book

I hope you enjoy this video and interview as much as I did. Carrie Green, Founder and Director of the Female Entrepreneur Association International, generously allowed me to share this with my readers because so many people tell me they are overwhelmed with the prospect of writing a book.

Please watch this short video if you’d like to see the process broken down into four easy steps – no strings attached! Morgan Gist MacDonald makes it seem so easy and manageable that I may just write another book. 

Here is the full blog post with additional details and a giveaway, too.

I hope these talented entrepreneurs inspire at least one person out there to start writing a book – now go do it!