In the Moment

Pileated Woodpecker

For many us, our worlds have turned upside down in a matter of weeks. COVID-19 has put us in situations we are not used to. Last week, I took a moment to write a poem that came to me, inspired by a pileated woodpecker.

“In the Moment”

Out the window I spy,

a pileated woodpecker sitting in the tree,

Peck, peck, peck

“But what about the time?”

I think, “No time to see.”

Tick, tock, tick

I stop and realize,

this is where I should be.

Knock, knock, knock

Opportunities, living life,

in the moment, feeling free.

~Valerie Ormond

Wishing you, your family, friends, and animals the best in these times, and when possible, enjoy the small moments.

Your Amazon Author Central Page

I’m surprised by the number of authors who do NOT have or do not know about Amazon Author Central Pages. And as a reader, I enjoy these pages finding out more about the people who have penned the books I’m about to invest hours of my life in.

Authors benefit from an Amazon Author Central Page in many ways:
1. It’s free
2. You reach your target audience because Amazon is a place readers shop
3. The page allows you to showcase all your published work across genres in one place, including books to which you have been a contributing author
4. You have an opportunity to promote your blog
5. It is very easy to set up and update

Here is an example of my Amazon Author Page – not that it’s the best, but an idea: amazon.com/author/valerieormond

Since Nate Hoffeneider at The Digital Reader did such a great job explaining the process, I recommend you see his post, How to Set Up Your Amazon Author Profile.

In case that wasn’t enough, see these tips from Written Word Media: The Complete Guide to Making a Great Author Page with Amazon Author Central.

And now that you’ve developed your amazing Amazon Author Central Page, here are some ideas to help you make it sing. And yes, I do know some points overlap, but this is free advice!
https://www.amarketingexpert.com/five-quick-ways-to-ramp-up-your-amazon-author-central-page/

Good luck!

~Valerie Ormond

Benefits of Horseback Riding


Please welcome guest blogger Mike Shortridge –  all the way from Australia!

Horseback riding is an enjoyable pastime for all ages and can be a fun hobby. But it also comes with amazing benefits including offering good exercise and helping to strengthen your muscles.

A ride provides significant exercise, but also offers benefits including improved balance, coordination, and even a meditative effect, helping riders forget about everyday stresses for the duration of the ride.

We caught up with Russ from horseseller.com.au and asked for his top ten ways in which horseback riding can benefit your overall health. Here they are. [Read more…]

Creating and Managing Successful Internships

Maryland Horse Council Intern Holden Rafey interviewing Olympian Joe Fargis (photo courtesy of Holden Rafey)

I landed my first professional job at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md., after serving as an intern while a student at Towson University. At 21-years-old, I became the station’s assistant Public Relations Officer with real duties and responsibilities and had the opportunity to work with industry icons like Oprah Winfrey. I owe that job and experience to my supervisor during my internship, Joyce Kashima. [Read more…]

Writing.com Anniversary

I received the following email today:

Dear Valerie,

You opened your Writing.Com account 7 years ago, on January 10th, 2011… which makes today your very own Writing.Com Account Anniversary.

So, from everyone at Writing.Com… Happy Account Anniversary! 

We wish you a very inspired day, filled with creativity, fun and, of course, lots and lots of writing. Please take a moment to stop in and visit Writing.Com. Write, read, review or just have some fun! Write On, Support @ Writing.Com http://www.Writing.Com/ [Read more…]

One Thing I Know for Sure About Writing Is…

               Image courtesy of Kaboompics

One thing I know for sure about writing is it offers us a snapshot of our life at a certain time that can never be taken away from us once we have committed our thoughts in writing.
I look back at my writing over the years, and it is such a window into who I was or what I was thinking at the time. From poems as a child, through papers in college, to current-day blog posts, they all provide a glimpse into where I was at that particular moment. Our memories serve us well about events, but never as well as how we convey our feelings through the written word. [Read more…]