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What is the summit of success to a writer? When a reader not only reads what they write but likes, comments, shares, engages with what they write. We get a fresh mountain air high when we find out something we wrote inspired someone or positively affected their lives. I don’t know if my writing will ever change the world, but who knows what happens when you share your gifts. I believe when we pursue our passion, the universe conspires on our behalf. …

The perks of being a writer on Medium just keep getting better. Thank you. Looking forward to learning and writing with my fellow indie authors!

Pity Party with Puddles, ICP, and Your Favorite Clown Songs

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This story was inspired by S.W. Lauden’s post about clown-themed rock songs.

Clowns have always fascinated me. I thought they were real until one day when I was about six years old. I was at a small festival with my family. Clowns were everywhere doing magic tricks and handing out balloons in whatever shape the kids requested — poodle, turtle, rabbit, giraffe, bear.

I had to use the restroom. My parents told me it was at the back of the nearby building. It was a different time then. …

#1 — Never stop learning!

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What are the tools to help us communicate and reach our tribe online? I’m sure the list is exhaustive, but I’m happy to share 12 that have helped me in my writing career in the blogosphere.

I have been blogging since the 90s. Back when I had to ask my teenage kids to get off the cordless phone, so I could sign on to AOL. We’ve come a long way! The tools have changed, but our goals for blogging remain the same — connect with our audience, share our art, and provide information to inspire, entertain, or help others. …

Filling the space between summer and fall with music, poetry, love

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Summer is fading. Fall is on the horizon. I escape the daily drama with the serenity of September songs.

What is the first song that comes to mind when you hear September? For me, it is September by Earth, Wind & Fire. I’m happy to let the dog days of summer melt into this smooth groove of funk and soul.

I never realized how many songs have the name September in the title. I love discovering ‘new’ songs like The September Of My Years by Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes knew how to make us swoon. …

Learn how to create an instant bestseller from Gary Vee

Twelve and a Half by Gary Vaynerchuk

Quick, go check your favorite book-buying platform and see what book is number one. If you read this before 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, August 28, 2021, you still have time to get in on Gary Vaynerchuk’s book launch promotion!

I have followed Gary Vaynerchuck, aka Gary Vee, since 2009 when I discovered his book Crush It! He has been on the cutting edge of marketing and technology since helping his parents grow their small mom and pop wine shop to a multi-million dollar business!

I am inspired by his energy, drive, and passion for making a positive…

The price of dreaming big

Aerial view of our home and business

Flood and fire — one of our worst nightmares happened in August 2014.

When my husband and I purchased the sprawling property in Montpelier, Indiana, it was a dream come true. We both grew up poor — him due to an alcoholic father who gambled his money away and me from an abusive stepfather who couldn’t keep a job. As a child, I remember living in many run-down places, including a modified school bus and a U-Haul-style box truck.

Earl and I married young — eighteen. …

A Medium writing challenge and life-affirming action

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Safe Space

I didn’t grow up in a safe space. I often felt alone and afraid. I went within to create a safe space in my mind. I spent most of my free time coloring, doodling, reading, pretending.

I pretended I was a princess captured by an evil warlord. I had to make my escape — which I tried in the real world a few times. Like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, I waited to be rescued by prince charming. Perhaps it would be one of the stars hanging on my wall from the poster centerfold of Teen Beat Magazine. David Cassidy, Sean…

You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living

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My mother stopped by for a visit today. It used to be stressful to rearrange my schedule when anyone visited unexpectedly or made unplanned requests of my time. I attributed it to my OCD tendencies of planning my day, which left little room for spontaneity. If it was on my calendar or to-do list for the day, then I was okay. Weird, I know.

The pandemic, along with so much death, and apocalyptic-type events, changed my outlook. I have a new appreciation for how limited our time together on earth is. How fragile life is. I now embrace spontaneous moments…

Civil wars between two star-crossed muses

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Today I discovered John Paul White as I was searching for a photo to go with a success story I am working on. The image I happened upon was of a book written by Paul White.

Kathy Gerstorff

Indie author, poet, creative soul who loves art and life in all its various forms.

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