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The year is just about done. Time to tuck 2004 into the archives. But
not so fast. It is also time to open your journal and review. What were
the highlights? Lowlights? The in-betweens?
that? You aren't keeping a journal? Well, a new year is a good time to
start. There is information about journaling and some good options to
choose from here.
Yesterday was another marker in my life - my birthday. I haven't hit the
big "five-oh"...yet. 49 and holding! A friend of mine remarked
that forty-nine is actually a more significant number if you consider
the importance of seven (considered the whole or perfect number in the
Bible). Seven times seven is something worth pondering.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of a person I never met, but felt
like I had. A fellow inspirational writer, Glenn White, died on
November 27 in Hawaii from a heart attack while paddling off Oahu's shore.
Glenn wrote and maintained a website, Write to Inspire, that encourages writers, especially Christian
ones. He wrote a great piece about his father, "A Matter of Honor", not long before his sudden death and you
should read it.
season is in full swing and many of you may be capturing the special moments
on video. As the camera operator and "director" don't be afraid
to encourage your participants to take some simple and fun direction.
Sure, they aren't professional actors, but if you let them know your ideas
you'd be surprised how you might get some really good "performances".
On the other hand, watch for those sublime moments when the magic happens.
It could be grandmother reading to the grandchildren or reactions from
somebody's funny story or just catching someone in thought.
Steve Pender of Family Legacy Video™ has plenty of good tips and puts out a very
good free email newsletter. You can find out more about his Producer's
Guide and his newsletter at his web
site. I enjoy visiting. I also thank Steve for recently featuring
Your Life is Your Story in his newsletter.
My wife, Annette, and I attended a wonderful concert on Sunday night.
The show was a benefit for Good Radio Shows, Inc, a non-profit group that does important public radio
shows like their Peace Talks programs, and featured Mary Gauthier,
Bill Miller and Tish Hinojosa. It was a quality night of diverse music.
Kudos to veteran broadcaster Paul Ingles and his crew for the fine work.
Music is one of those "ties that binds" and can bring people
togther. I might be biased with my radio background, but I'm sure many
of you can nod your head in agreement.
The best selling book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven,
has been made into a Television movie starring Jon Voigt. This book by
Mitch Albom makes you think about life and relationships. That certainly
fits nicely with the theme of Your Life is Your Story!
The movie airs this Sunday (12/5/04) on ABC - more here.
From time to time I get inquiries from people trying to figure out how
to get a book published. Aside from the numerous complicated challenges
to traditional publishing it is well worth knowing that there are many
options that are more affordable and quicker. Basically, the "do
it yourself" route of publishing that is available through print
on demand (POD).
This subject could be discussed at great length and I do plan on sharing
more in the future on this site. But, to get started here are some places
Tim Harper and BooksByBookends
can print as few as ten copies and it is affordable and relatively quick
(depending on their current work demands). They have a machine right in
their store. - more here
On Demand Publishing. - more here
Berryville Press, a POD operation, in Westminster, MD. - more
I've seen good recommendations from others about the above. Of course,
I suggest you do your won research. You can "google" print on
demand or self publishing and get lots of results. By all means check
out the "Daddy" of self-publishing guidance: Dan Poynter at
- more here
Everybody has a story to tell!
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