Competition

Being new to the ranks of “authors,” I’m learning all the time. Sometimes this strikes me as funny, since one of the reasons I retired from the military was because I was tired of learning a new job every year or so.  But one of my recent lessons in writing has been the cooperation I’ve witnessed among writers versus the competition so prevalent among competitors in other professions and venues.

Writers truly seem to want to help each other. My foray into writing came to fruition due to just such encouragement. A stranger I met in Las Barrilles, Mexico, gave me the advice one of his writing mentors provided him: “Just write.”

I was fortunate to have come across a website which provided many of the tools, and positive support, to get started – www.write4kids.com. And I’ve since been lucky enough to join groups of other writers in forums such as www.jacketflap.com and to follow many writing blogs of interest. Maybe the formula is simple in that writers like to write, so it reasons there would be much out there in the written word…but there’s probably more to it than that. [Read more…]

Kids Are Heroes

It’s Kids Are Heroes Week, and October 23rd is Kids Are Heroes Day. When I found out about this, it reminded me of one of the reasons I wrote Believing In Horses. Sometimes it seems people are so focused on the negative, they fail to see the positive. So many of our youth are actively involved in trying to help today; at Freedom Hills Horse Rescue’s last fundraiser, young girls were selling food rather than riding horses – talk about commitment! A colleague recently told me about her daughter’s efforts to try and save a local park. If you take a moment and click on the Kids Are Heroes web site, you’ll be overwhelmed by just a few of the incredible projects kids take on these days — all positive.

A nine-year-old girl started Kids Are Heroes –talk about a hero. One of the stories on the we site is about another young girl, Maria, who started “Read Indeed,” a literary organization in which Maria wishes to collect and distribute ONE MILLION books to needy kids by the time she is eighteen. So far she has collected and distributed over 400,000 since early last year! She’s helped kids locally and as far away as Africa, Costa Rica, and the Philippines. You go, Maria!  [Read more…]

A New Adventure

Greetings, all! As some of you may be aware, I recently wrote my first novel, Believing In Horses, a story about a young girl committed to saving unwanted horses. I’m fortunate to be working with a publisher, and anticipate publication in the next few months. As a new author, and a new blogger, I look forward to finding out how much we all have in common. Looking forward to the future and this new adventure….Sincerely, Valerie Ormond