This post is for my best friend and buddy, Bailey. He’s full of heart and fur. He’s got a big head and beautiful brown eyes. People say his face is puppy like and his big brown nose and ears make him look both regal and goofy depending on the situation. He is a 75 lb. yellow lab from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. His first family and puppy raiser are from Maine. He loves to swim and play.
He loves my hubby and daughter and shares our home with another dog, two cats and two guinea pigs. Last night the cat curled up beside him, it’s paw on his back. 🐾
He’s kept me safe and guided me through so much in life and has been there during some of the darkest moments of it.
The unconditional regard of a dog for it’s partner is felt and expressed through the ebb and flow of life and I will do my best not to take this for granted because it is a gift to be honored, cherished and earned.
Here’s to 6 years together, Bailey.
picture of yellow lab Bailey in our livingroom
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Hello all –
It’s a winter wonderland in beautiful Westchester county, New York. It’s been snowing since yesterday, the polar vortex pumping out the little white flakes up to two feet in places. Brrrr!
🌨❄The cold months make for great writing time and I’ve been keeping busy with a few projects. First, stay tuned on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta/ for an audio teaser for A String of Stories: from the Heart to the Future C 2020. The audio book will be released on www.audible.com and will feature the dual narration team, Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson www.lillianyves.com .
For folks who access books via Bookshare, www.bookshare.com all my titles are now listed in the catalog. Reaching readers who access printed material in alternative formats has been an ever-present goal for me since establishing myself as an independent author and knowing Bookshare subscribers can read my books is a big win. 📔
The big reveal in this issue is my new logo designed by Mara Reitsma https://coveredbytherose.wixsite.com/coveredbytherose and curated with assistance from Clair Plaisted https://plaistedpublishinghouse.com /. The Book Dragon avatar will make appearances and be my brand moving forward. I might even run a contest to name her. 😉
Picture description: a smiling green dragon with red wings floats amid a few books and winged musical notes. Words printed to the right say Ann Chiappetta Making meaningful connections with others through writing.
Hi all –
My third book, Words of Life: Poems and Essays C 2019 has been added to Bookshare:
Thanks to fellow editor and writer, Ernest Dempsey, I am sharing my first book review. I am so excited to be one of the many talented writers who benefits from and contributes to the Recovering the Self blog and content. Check it out:
Years ago, before I lost most of my vision, our family often visited our favorite nearby zoo. I recall one time in particular, the interaction with a cheetah made a lasting impression.
By Ann Chiappetta
Horizontal Travel nestled in breaths
Deep and restorative. A place of relaxation, attracts
Energy, the curtain billows, the visitor
Inserts herself, uses the most familiar place, the bathroom – why
are most of these encounters located in the dream bathroom? By now I know there is a message born from the veil, the thinness beyond
Air, beyond anything we know here in our soft beds of reality.
She shows me a hand with a ring, conveys it is significant, her face seems to say, it will soon be yours. Then she is gone. I awaken.
Today, before the horizontal travel I write with the ring upon my hand. She spoiled the surprise.
I’ve been a member of NFAA for two years. Having benefitted from being part of a supportive community that includes great publishing info, I thought I’ share. Take a read at how they’ve helped me with a book even though it’s not nonfiction.
Author Interview: Ann Chiappetta, Author of A String of Stories From the Heart to the Future
Readers, one of the best things about writing is making connections. Getting to know other writers and follow them through the creative process is fascinating, too.
One writer I admire is Joan Miles. Visit Joan’s blog and after reading the post, click over to Amazon.com to buy her new book.
Grateful for Annie
Earlier this year, prior to Covid 19, I asked Julia to review my book. I’d been disappointed by the lack of responses to review my third book, Words of Life: Poems and Essays. I needed an infusion as well as some insight as to why this book, in particular did not sell like I thought it should. I felt that Julia could deliver and she did, 😊
Julia came through for me. She provided honest and understandable statements. Below is a note I sent to her, sharing it symbolizes that not all an author’s work is dipped in gold. It takes years of practice, stacks of rejections in your inbox, and the strength to plow through the self-doubt and barriers to reach one’s creative goals. What I learned from Julia is to be open to the feedback of other writers, what may seem like criticism could be a diamond in the ruff.
Read on and after reading, take a look at Julia’s own publications. 😊
I wanted to thank you again for reviewing my book. You gave me some important points to ponder and I appreciate them very much… Since publishing my books I felt the hardest part of it was organizing the content in a manner that made sense. I wanted to let you know that mentioning it in your review got to me, but then it made me more aware of what I can improve for my next book. Your review provided insight into what I can work on as a writer and this is much appreciated.