Those of you who know I am blind might be curious about the assistive technology and software I rely upon to operate my pc and mobile devices. This recording will demonstrate what I hear when writing and editing stories and other written correspondence. Since this story is a mini-space drama — I thought why not record it being read by a synthesized voice? Enjoy!
Here’s to palindromes, 2.2.2022! There are ten palindrome dates during 2022 and in 2021 there were twenty-two. Hm. 💭
I wasn’t going to do it, wasn’t going to give into the year-in-review, fan the rolodex of personal and literary accomplishments and ego-boosting feats and phantasms claiming it is imperative for others to read it and feign being impressed. What can I say? I gave in like a cheap pair of dollar store flip-flops.
Here’s a year in review. I’ll attempt to complete it in quarters and leave the unmentionables unmentioned.
Two of my books on Audible.com.
Narrating part of the book, Words of Life: Poems and Essays. Gads of winks to Lilly and Graydon for encouraging me to even do it.
Completing my YA novel, Hope for the Tarnished and getting it to my editor, Leonore.
Submitting to more journals and article writing opportunities in paying markets to benefit my craft and visibility in the writing community.
Collaborating and developing two podcasts.
Being a guest on two international podcasts to promote my books.
Posting a monthly newsletter and making it a routine.
Stepping back from stressful volunteer responsibilities and healing my overstressed mind, body and spirit.
Joining a private weekly poetry writing and critique group that I adore.
Embracing my talents in both the physical, creative, and metaphysical places and forms.
Accepting the aging process and working with what I’ve been given.
I am sure I could go on to number over twenty items but won’t belabor it, folks. I am good and find the place where I am now one of wonder, learning, and balanced with stubbornness necessary to push through the challenges.
Peace and health for you, friends. I value the connections and the free exchange of support and care we’ve shared over the past year and hope we continue the connections into the future.
Dreya the book dragon wants to wish you all well and continued flights of creativity to come your way.
1Red and green dragon floating amid books and musical notes. She is smiling and Ann’s name and the words “Making meaningful connections with others through writing” is to the right of the dragon.
Where is my underwear? Folded neat and clean only a moment ago, gone like the unmatched socks lost in the great beyond. The brassiere and shirt and even the socks are present, along with the pants but the bloomers have disappeared. I decide not to call for bloomer back-up, instead I find a spare to wear, dress and reach for my shoes. fingers brush against familiar lace and Lycra and I smile, feeling less like a doddering fool. Now, I wonder, how did the darn undies get over there?
I read my daily horoscope. It waits in my inbox until the right time. Sometimes it is a day late, providing insights into things that already happened, other days it’s right on the money. Today is an accurate horoscope day.
Since semi-retiring at age fifty-something, I’ve picked up a few contract jobs but none in the field where my true passion lay: writing and creating content for blogging and podcasts. I am hoping my horoscope and a new opportunity will assist me in shifting focus and a new adventure will include my passion with a salary, too.
I left you all in limbo with a post stating I was moving my blog over to my website www.annchiappetta.com and I am happy to announce it is now completed. This is what I refer to as a tweak. As an informal verb definition, among other terms, it means to make an improvement to a system. Thank-you Siri, for the information. 😊 You all will still receive the blog updates, too.
Stay tuned for more now that thought-wheel has settled into it’s new home on the interwebs. 💻
And, as the announcer once said on the old-fashioned TV broadcasts, “and now back to the show.” 📺
I am a beautiful nerd. I love my technology, drool over new gadgets and would have two computers if I could afford it. Well, I do own an iPad, that counts at least a little bit, right? I call my laptop Skywalker because it’s powerful and insightful, thanks to Windows 10. Yes, it does outthink me sometimes, too, maybe I should have named it R2D2 instead.
In late 2018 I upgraded to a new iPhone XR and admittedly grieved for the lost home button and fingerprint lock. The face I.D security features and gestures at first made me want to crunch the darned thing under the heel of my slipper but working from home softened my attitude and feet.
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.
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.
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.
Hi readers and Listeners,
If you are reading this, it’s not too late to be sent the link joining me for an evening of poetry on Zoom. Just email me at email@example.com to receive the link for Thursday
‘s presentation at 7 p.m.
The link will be sent soon, so don’t delay. Until then, enjoy a special treat from me in both email and audio.
Dill and Brine
By Ann Chiappetta
Green and curved, bumps
diminutive gherkin cornichons
Aromas bewitch salivatory glands
Jarred in glass
Brine Of herbs and salt vinegar.
Infused Tantalizing tartness
Wicked on the tongue
Olfactory humming with anticipation, the crunch
The layered satisfaction