Good morning all.
Today, author Meredith Burton shares with us the trials and triumphs of her life as a public speaker and writer. She shows us that while there are at times struggles to be faced, with determination success can be found.
She reminds us we’re all different and that we should embrace this rather than discourage it.
Here she is with her story.
The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity. I am dealing with the loss of a very close friend; a man whose influence in my church congregation and community has challenged me to examine my own life. I have learned the importance of listening for ways to help in my community. I have been blessed to help in our Sunday School program and have enjoyed contributing in other ways. We are going to try making cookies for the elderly in our community over the holidays and get the children to help, so that will be a fun adventure. In addition, we go caroling, (my favorite holiday event), and do other benevolence projects. Over the past two months, I have learned that life is unpredictable. Finding ways to help others, no matter how small, is so important. My grandmother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and we have good days and bad ones. I have learned that a simple visit makes a big difference.
I am still writing. My new project is entitled Regret and Revelry, a story loosely based on the fairy tale entitled “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Needless to say, I am reducing the number of princesses as twelve seemed a bit daunting! The ideas are slowly coming together, and I am enjoying meeting the new characters. My favorite is Princess Tamora who, despite a traumatic event in her life, is seeking to find her true place in the world. She makes mistakes but is ultimately strong. I cannot guarantee the book will be published next year. While I admire authors who publishe two or more books a year, I have come to realize that it does no good to compare myself with other people. Most importantly, I am learning not to be ashamed if it takes longer to finish a project than I anticipated. We are all different, and embracing those differences and learning to appreciate our unique abilities is a reward in itself. Sometimes, you have to slow down and savor life’s adventures. Some stories take longer to germinate than others, and slow and steady writing produces more effective work than whirlwind projects.
My speaking engagements are continuing to go well. They are wonderful opportunities to illustrate how disabilities do not define a person. God created us with unique abilities and has created work for us to accomplish. I recently watched a feature on CBS Sunday Morning about an archer without arms. He taught himself how to shoot an arrow with his feet. No employer gave him a chance by hiring him, and in desperation, he taught himself archery. He wanted to shoot a deer so that he could provide food for his three children. From there, he has pursued competitive archery and won several prestigious events. He makes a living from archery. Only 1 percent of people can make a living through the sport of archery. Seeing such an inspiring story always reminds me that none of us have an excuse. We all can make a difference, even if the difference seems small. In the grand scheme of life, perhaps our difference is larger than we might realize.
My novella, Rebekah’s Refuge, is now available in both Kindle and paperback formats. I hope to have an audiobook produced in the future, but it will take some time. Audiobook production is expensive. On that note, however, I hope to contact the narrator who so beautifully brought the stories in Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption to life. Becky Doughty is a phenomenal narrator and kind individual. Any character is given vibrancy and vividness when she performs, and I was astounded at how beautifully she handled my own stories. I thoroughly recommend the audio version of Blind Beauty and other Tales of Redemption simply because of her incredible talent.
2019 has proven to be a year of ups and downs, but it has been a glorious adventure. I look forward to the adventures 2020 has in store, as I know they will be wondrous and fun.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
RELEASED AUGUST 8, 2019
FROM AUTHOR MEREDITH LEIGH BURTON
I am thrilled to announce that I have a new novella which released on August 8, 2019. The book is entitled Rebekah’s Refuge, and is a loose retelling of the fairy tale Rapunzel. Writing this novella meant so much to me, because it addresses the difficult theme of knowing when to acknowledge your desperation and turn over your problems to a higher power. I am dealing with the sickness of a family member and have come to understand the difficult stress placed upon caregivers. This novella explores, in a fantastical setting, the difficulties placed upon those who seek to save others even when circumstances are beyond their control. Rebekah’s Refuge is about learning to listen for the calming song of peace even in the midst of turmoil.
In a plague-ravaged world, Rebekah is a blind norn, a being with the ability to create life-giving plants through her hair. Her people are often misunderstood, and Rebekah must flee from a desperate man who seeks to obtain her hair in order to save his ill wife. When Rebekah’s path crosses with that of Martha’s, a mother who has lost her daughter to the same man, the two women must find a way to band together to save human and nornkind alike. Will Rebekah’s pursuer capture her? Will the plague upon the land be eradicated, or is a more sinister plot at work? Things are not what they seem in this story of loss, danger and triumph. Rebekah’s Refuge is a story of finding the inner strength to fight even when you feel alone and powerless.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983. She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University. Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12. She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing. She also enjoys helping with church activities. She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy. Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways. Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil. All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight. Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.
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Find Blind Beauty on Audible at: https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Beauty-Other-Tales-Redemption/dp/B07KBC52JJ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_audd_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542207638&sr=8-1&keywords=blind+beauty+and+other+tales+of+redemption
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Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption is now also available on cartridge from the Tennessee branch of the National Library for Books and Accessible Media, (National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). Meredith is working to get it uploaded on BARD, but that will take a while. People may call and request the book on cartridge.
To get in touch with Meredith email: firstname.lastname@example.org