Here’s a great post from Anne which reminds us that no matter what our struggle there are others struggling too but if we try we can help each other and make it through.

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IN THE NEWS: From The Writer’s Grapevine A Publication of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist)

Hello, and Happy Friday to you all.

I hope everyone is doing well this day.

Here, Friend and publishing Assistant Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House and I are working diligently on getting The Writer’s Grapevine ready for publication.

We’ve hit a screen reader snag, and I’ve had to put the magazine production on pause while awaiting an answer from Casey Mathews of Web Friendly Help, who I wrote to for help.

Now, I know that some of you are now panicking, because you know that you sent me some pretty important announcements this month, some of which are in fact time sensitive.

Not to worry. I’ve got you covered.

In an effort to make certain that things are shared in a timely manner, I’m putting out the ‘In the News’ column.

To Writer’s Grapevine readers and contributors, we apologize for the delay in the release of the magazine in it’s completion, but as author Abbie Johnson Taylor reminded me yesterday, “Good things come to those who wait.”

And now, The News…




The following was prepared before the new submission guidelines for The Writer’s Grapevine were put in place so what you’re about to read does not necessarily go with what will be in the future.






[Mosen Consulting Announcement] My audiobook about Zoom Cloud Meetings is now free


Kia ora everyone, from a beautiful Wellington New Zealand.

As many of you know, I’m now CEO of a national organisation here in New Zealand. I’m no longer developing Mosen Consulting projects, but I keep titles available as long as they remain relevant. Occasionally, I check in to see what we have sold through our automated system.

Having just done this, I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of people buying my audiobook on Zoom Cloud Meetings, “Meet Me Accessibly”, which is a three-hour description of how to use Zoom on a range of platforms with a screen reader. There has been a very sharp spike in sales in just the last few days.

Clearly, this is because more people are already working from home or are preparing to do so.

I do not feel comfortable profiting from a need people have during a crisis that is unprecedented in living memory. If people need access to the material at a time like this, I can afford to give it away especially since Mosen Consulting is no longer my primary means of making a living.

I have therefore refunded in full everyone who has purchased “Meet Me Accessibly” during March, and made it free on the website. You are welcome to download it free and distribute it anywhere you want. The only thing I ask is that you please not change any of the files and that it be distributed in full.

Download it free from http://mosen.org/zoom


I hope this helps in some small way during a very tough time for many.

There is no sugar coating the fact that we are living through a very difficult period in history. But if we follow quality advice including regular handwashing and levels of isolation appropriate for the degree of outbreak in our country, we’ll get through it.

Let’s all do our best to stay safe, be mindful of the safety of others, and be kind.

Take care.





Dear Readers.

My name is Jo Elizabeth Pinto, and I’m writing on behalf of a friend.

Angela Latessa, of Euclid, Ohio, is raising money for a very specific type of ‘Service Dog.’

She is supposed to make another payment of $3875 to Sit Service Dogs Inc. of Illinois, Inc., for the dog who is being trained to assist her with guidework, seizure alert, balance help, and object retrieval tasks. The school has been very gracious due to circumstances the likes of which none of us have ever seen before.


But we figure since we can’t hold a real Italian dinner fundraiser at a live location like a church, the way Angela had been talking about doing, we’ll hold a virtual dinner online instead. On Monday, March 30, we’ll get together for the best plate of imaginary Italian food you ever had. Lasagna, garlic bread, tiramisu, how about it? The illustrious chef Amy Baxter will assemble the food in pictures and words; a treat for all the senses. Her husband Mark, a real rock-and-roll street musician, will tune up his guitar and play a few songs for us. Kaiti Shelton, a music therapist and songwriter, has written a ditty called “Coronavirus Blues” she’ll roll out for the occasion, along with some other numbers. I’ll upload a YouTube video of an excerpt from my novel, “The Bright Side of Darkness,” and offer active Audible members from the United States or the United Kingdom who donate at least $5 to the fundraiser a free promotion code for a download of the book. Other entertainment is yet to be determined, but it’s guaranteed to be fun and family friendly.


For a suggested donation of at least $5, you’ll get an evening of virtual food and live entertainment, and you’ll be moving Angela toward her goal of obtaining a service dog who will help her regain independent travel. Are you in?


Link to event:





Hi Readers.

My name is Paul White, and I’ve got the perfect Writer’s Contest for you.

Are you an aspiring writer or an indie author looking for a publishing contract? If so, the Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is ‘right up your street’.

Simply write, a 20K to 30K word story, in any genre and about anything you want, and enter the Novella Fiction Prize.

Entry is just £10.00 GBP, (via official entry form) and the winning authors will have their manuscripts published as Novellas.

The top prize is a full paperback publishing package, with second and third places having their work published as eBooks.

There are also associated prizes, such as cover designs, marketing packages and author assist support.

The Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is an international literary competition for emerging writers and indie authors.

Submissions are encouraged from all literary fictional genres with no restrictions on theme or subject.

The emphasis of the judging will be on ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches which explore and expand creative writing.

Details of ‘How to Enter’ are on the Electric Eclectic website http://bit.ly/NovFicPrize




by Jena Fellers, C 2020

In e-book only from Amazon and Smashwords / $0.99

Cover, longer synopsis, author bio, and buying links:  https://www.dldbooks.com/jenafellers/


Have circumstances in your life overwhelmed you to the point you feel you’ve been knocked off a horse mid–stride and can’t breathe? Life’s storms can hit hard and fast. They can blow out quickly, hammer long and hard, or strike in multiples, leaving you in a state of despair. Regardless of the type, size, or duration of the storm, hope remains. There are steps you can take to keep calmer, prevent damage, and keep your sanity during the storm. I call these steps “keys.” First identify the type of storm, then implement the keys.


Jena Fellers is the author of the 2019 book From Mishaps to Mission. Details are on her website, linked to above. E-book: $0.99 / Paperback: $6.50. Jena plans more such short, inspirational works for the near future.




A String of Stories: From the Heart to the Future

by Ann Chiappetta, C 2020

In e-book ($3.50) and print ($9.50, 182 pages) from Amazon and other online sellers.

Cover image, author bio, buying links, free text preview, and information on Ann’s three previous books: https://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/


About A String of Stories

A demon deer and a ghost cat. Sibling rivalry and sexual awakening. Self-image and self-confidence. The chance for an offworlder to breathe free at last on a new planet. Those are just some of the diverse themes of these remarkable stories. Some endings are happy, some are sad, and some are intriguingly open-ended. But once you step inside the author’s world, you cannot emerge unmoved.




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Tips for working at home aka how to survive being a shut-in #WriterWednesday #QuarantineLife #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Thanks to author Abbie Johnson Taylor for turning me onto this post.
I agree especially with getting out of your PJS, Making a Schedule, and going for Walks.

D.E. Haggerty

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Work from home. No boss breathing down your neck. No need to get dressed in business clothes. Hell, no need to shower or get out of your pj’s if you don’t want to. But as I’ve learned over the years as a work-at-home writer, it’s not as easy as it seems. And now many of you are forced to work at home, too.

Do not panic! I’m here to help with some tips and tricks for working at home. Because – despite initially missing colleagues and some gossip by the water cooler – I can’t even imagine ever having to go into an office. Blech!

Anyway, there are things you can do to make working at home not feel like you’re a prisoner in your own home. Here they are:

  1. Have a schedule. I know. I know. Isn’t not having a schedule the best part…

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Chicken Cacciatore With Gnocchi


I imagine that just about everyone is experiencing “shelter in place” right now, limiting going outside unless absolutely necessary and maybe getting a bit antsy being cooped up in your homes. Trying to turn this into a positive for me means spending a lot of time cooking. I recently made chicken cacciatore and it brought back some really wonderful memories, it has been a long time since I made this dish and after the first bite I understood why I liked it so much and wondered what took me so long to make it. I wish you all good health, stay inside as much as possible, wash your hands, a lot! We will get through this and things will be back to normal (maybe a new normal) Much love, be safe and be well.

What have you been cooking? Let me know.

Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 4-6

4-6 chicken thighs bone…

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LOCKDOWN: Acting and Reacting

*The following will appear in the Writer’s Grapevine*


I thought I’d best pop in and see how everyone is fairing during lockdown.

I understand that some cities, states, and even countries are going on total lockdown. To those experiencing such a thing, what does that mean? What does that look like for you? How is everyone coping during the changes taking place?

Despite the constant upheaval to our daily lives, what positives are you able to take from this?

For me, the rough spots are a lot less than for others. Although I am suffering problems such as…

Not having someone to help with reading snail mail handling time sensitive paperwork, and not being able to go to the library or women’s center for socialization and internet use, overall for me not a whole lot has changed.

Oh sure, it’s inconvenient as heck that when I go out to the store some things are gone from the shelves, I have to wait longer than usual to get assistance in the store, and when I ride the bus home seating has changed due to the distancing between persons to keep the busses compliant with regulations, but those things are annoyances, and they aren’t going to matter in 10 years, especially if they keep me alive. So, though I may grumble about them, I’m not going to get all bent out of shape.

Now, should I go to the store and find the shelves are completely void of coffee, we might experience a total nuclear meltdown, but seriously, everyone has a breaking point don’t they?

And that leads my muse off in a new direction…

“Hey! Muse! Get back here!”

Well… There she goes… Look! Out!

I’ve seen a lot of frustration and upset boiling over on social media. Though for the most part I’ve been able to keep myself in check concerning these things, and think before replying there have been a couple times when that has bordered on a pop off valve breaking loose and spilling out all over everyone, and I must admit back at the first of the month I did have a mini-meltdown but it wasn’t virus related.

I am however, trying to understand that there are some who have a lot less tolerance for major change in their lifestyle, and that some might not have the ability to look at a situation with the type of positivity as I do and so my goal over the last few days has been to try and share things which will take people away from the situation a little, change their train of thought to something else if only for a little while in the hopes that by doing so it will help them get a better perspective on things.

Someone on Facebook suggested that it is those who have deeply rooted inner resources who can withstand hardship better than others, and I believe this is so.

So, I suggest…

Draw on your strengths. Identify those and bring them to the forefront.

Find things to enjoy. I mean really take a moment and think about where you are, what abilities you have and how you can use that to make not only your day better but someone else’s too.

I don’t know about you, but I always feel so much better when I know I’ve done something good for someone else, even if I only made them laugh for a moment. After all, what’s better than a smile? Take this time to reflect on what is truly important and before going totally off the rails about something ask yourselves, “Will this matter in 10 years?”

Then, before giving a kneejerk answer, give that some real thought.

I’m having to put this into practice. I had to rewrite an email to someone I was working with yesterday 6 times before I was able to bring the tone of my words out of an aggressive place. I had to delete and redo a comment to someone’s reaction to something I posted, and I had to take a big, deep, breath before speaking to someone on the phone who was on my very last nerve with their ridiculous questions.

My point, I’m trying to practice what I preach and realize that I may not be able to control what is happening around me, but I can if I make an effort control how I act and react to it.

I’m not perfect, and sooner or later I may have another meltdown. We all do, but I hope if I do that it’s worthy of the fallout that will come from it.

And with that, my Muse is off again… Dang… she’s manic today…

Who decides what is worthy of a meltdown?

Since all of us have different breaking points that will be different for each person.

So, not only do we have to ask if it will matter in 10 years, we should also ask ourselves if what we’re about to say is worth possibly damaging a friendship, hurting the feelings of a dear family member, or causing a 3-day argument.

Let’s have a conversation. If you’re comfortable doing so, send your thoughts on the subject to me at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com. I’ll post them in next month’s magazine, and you may request to remain anonymous if you wish.

Just try and remember, this too shall pass.

I know that’s the oldest cliché on planet, but it is true.

May harmony find you, and blessid be.









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We Are the World

All in a Day's Breath

Strength art quilt by Anne Copeland

There comes a time (Song by Michael Jackson)

When we hear a certain call

When the world

Must come together as One.

There are people dying

And its time

to lend a hand to life

The greatest gift of all.

We can’t go on

Pretending day by day

That someone, somewhere

Will make a change.

We are all a part of

God’s (change to whatever works for you) great big family

And the truth, you know

Love is all we need.

We are the world

We are the children

We are the ones

Who make a brighter day

So let’s start giving (change to living or keep both).

There’s a choice we are making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just you and me.

Send them your heart

So they’ll know that someone cares

And their lives


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WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY-AUTHOR’S CORNER: a Special Announcement from Thought Wheel

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victor just published a new post named Reader Views Kids on Amanda’s Fall. You can view the full article here:


Reader Views Kids on Amanda’s Fall



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