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Dilsa is a hybrid introvert and extrovert who loves to write as much as she loves to talk. She enjoys the solitude of writing and spending time with her characters. But, she also relishes the time spent with others listening to their fascinating real life stories. Maybe it’s because she makes up stories to entertain you that she believes that truth will always be stranger than fiction, but imagination will always be stranger than truth.

Join Me in Contacting Your Senators – Vote No to the Senate’s Healthcare Bill

For the good of all, and not for the good of a segmented portion of this country, please vote NO on the health care bill being presented to the Senate for a vote. When a bill affects over 65 million people covered by the largest insurer in the country, one must consider its domino effects of increased healthcare costs, reduced access, no access, and lost potential to earn income by the inability to maintain one’s health on the general population. You can’t uplift others by making it harder for them to reach higher. You can’t make a country greater by standing on the backs of others. It’s time to stop splitting hairs over partisan issues, and time to put your country first. A segment may have elected you, but your job is to represent ALL the people. Let go of the fraternity mentality and embrace what’s best for the nation as a whole. Vote NO!

Here is how to contact your Senator.

 

Too Easy to Imagine This

Parable of the Sower by [Butler, Octavia E.]It took a friend of mind’s book to introduce me to Octavia E. Butler. Don’t get me wrong, I had heard of the author, but had yet to pick up a copy of her book. As a beta reader for my friend’s soon to be published book, I asked who was his greatest influence and he proudly responded that Octavia was. Now I know why! I just finished Parable of the Sower, the first in the Parable series. This work was both captivating and frightening. Her writing and descriptions were so crisp, so alive that you could feel our country sinking into the chaotic world that existed in this book. It was an intense, yet perfect mirror of the dark side of humanity. I know it’s a book that’s been out there for a while, but I think everyone should read it. Maybe it will scare us all into a more harmonious world.

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

My Own Game of Thrones (GOT)

I am addicted to The Game of Thrones television series. So, of course, I wanted to eventually read the books. The other day, I finished A Song of Fire and Ice. It’s a long tome so beautifully written, I don’t think I skipped a word. Yeah, I know the books and the television series have been out for ages, but I am consistently juggling projects, reading, too. Maybe not whole books at a time, but doing my best to keep well informed and well read. But, why was I so interested in reading the GOT series? My goal is to transition The Sperling Chronicles into a television series. So just say I am studying and learning by picking the best to imitate.

First, I was curious to see how well-adapted the screenplay was to the book. This first book was spot on for the first season of GOT with a few minor tweaks needed to keep the screenplay moving. Secondly, I wanted to see how did the author manage so many characters. My books have lots of characters, but not quite as many as George RR Martin’s series. One of the things I noticed in GOT was that some of the characters had similar names as do mine without any confusion of who is who. And last, I wanted to know if his characters were as vivid on the page as they were on my television screen. Now it may be that I have these real live faces, voices, and mannerisms etched in my mind, but I believe his words jumped off the page in their descriptions as well. It was as if I was eavesdropping while standing in my living room window witnessing the treachery, the acts of kindness and madness, as well as the startling evidence of old magic and myths. I am sure by now it’s not a surprise, I gave this book five stars in my review.

So, what is next for me? One of these days, I am going to read the second in the series and most likely all of them. But, for now, I want to write a screenplay to warrant a five-star review from George RR Martin.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

Writers Love GoodReads Too

If you haven’t heard of Goodreads, stop reading this article and join. Then come back. Goodreads is a community of readers who share what they are reading and their thoughts, in the form of reviews. Some reviews are written and some are just scored by a number of stars. As a reader interested in keeping abreast of what’s hot and what’s good, Goodreads is the community for you. It doesn’t matter the genre nor the author, chances are you will find recommendations that will help keep your bookshelves and reading lists filled.

In the Goodreads community, you can follow like-minded readers, follow lists, join groups, or discussions. Keep track of the books you have read, let your friends know what you are reading, and make a list of books you want to read. You can do all these things on Goodreads.

There is no denying my favorite feature of Goodreads is the author page, where all of your Goodreads reviews can be tied neatly together for all of your books. So remind your fans and your reviewers to post their reviews on Goodreads. It’s the place to be. Then don’t forget to keep your author page updated.

Owned by Amazon, Goodreads offers goodies like widgets and advertising to authors and publishers, as well as a venue for book giveaways and a supportive atmosphere for book launches. Use it! Why not? Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and recommendations with 55 million readers. This author hopes to see your reviews there soon.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

Out of the Fog of 2016 and into the Clear Light of 2017

 

DON’T GET ME  wrong, I have much to celebrate and to which to be grateful in the year of 2016. But, for most of it, I experienced a feeling of being stuck. I wasn’t moving forward, at least not in the physical sense. As I look back, I realize that the feeling of standing still was merely a time of reflection and a time to put myself on the right track or should I say WRITE track. So here I come 2017, word by word, manuscript by manuscript, blog by blog, and more. Each word I write means I am on the WRITE journey. Where it takes me no longer matters. What matters is WRITE now and what I am going to do with NOW. What are you going to do with 2017?

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S only a few days from a new year. This one went by like a strike of lightning. So many things happened, good and bad. So many are no longer with us and so many have joined us here on our pale blue marble. As usual, I am looking forward to the new year. I believe 2017 holds a lot of new promises that will reveal themselves. One of them is the third installment of The Sperling Chronicles. It’s in the editor’s hands finally. I am so excited about that. Hope you are, too!

 

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

The Law of Potentiality and Writing

qtq80-gP92utI don’t know about you, but I am a Deepak Chopra fan. Every once in a while, I return to the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success to realign my personal being with the universe. This morning as I listened to a shortened version on YouTube, I asked myself this question. Am I fulfilling my personal potentiality with writing? Or am I pursuing it as an object of external power? If I am, I am powerless. I love to write, but so often find excuses for not writing due to a busy schedule or other obligations to time. Then, when I go to bed at night and realize I haven’t written anything, I feel disappointed in myself. Who else is like that?

The other day I posted an article on my simplydilsa FB page from Brian Klem’s blog, The Writer’s Dig. The guest blogger, Noelle Sterne, had posted why keeping a time log was so important. Keeping track of our time, she stated would keep us from feeling as though we have wasted away our days without accomplishing anything.  I was immediately on board with the suggestion. I keep logs when I am consulting to make sure that I charge my clients appropriately. Why not keep a log just for me, especially when I am writing? And then, it hit me. Most days when I have a lot to handle, I already do. I usually use an app called TeamViz. The TeamViz app is based on the Pomodoro effect which encourages me to stay focused for 25 minutes and take a break for 5, every 25. I have to admit I cheat. The advantage of the app is that I can list all of the things I need to work on and give myself a time limit for each task. In that way, whether I am adhering to only 25 or just clicking the button for another 25, I know how much time I have allotted myself to spend on that task.

So what does that have to do with the Law of Potentiality and Writing? If you are like me and believe that your innate spirit is meant to share your thoughts in written word format, but life is pushing you in other directions, you have to stop and get aligned with your true self. And, I mean STOP!

I have dedicated years of my life to earning money to care for family and to buy things. Though I will never turn away the money, because that’s almost like needing air in today’s society, I intend to stop stressing over it. I believe it’s time to stop stressing over everything and become one with my pure potentiality and enjoy the feel of the smooth keys beneath my fingers as I share my inner thoughts with the world.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

So You Want to Write a Book? But, Can You Read?

qtq80-nQNw2wSo You Want to Write a Book is the title of my online self-publishing workshop and the soon to be released book. I am on a mission to help anyone and everyone interested in writing a book achieve that goal. But, after last night’s election, I think I am going to add another piece to my mission. What’s that? Getting people to read. No matter how many books we self-publish or are traditionally publish, if we as a country are not reading them, we are not growing, we are languishing. According to a studies published in 2015 and 2016 by the Pew Research Center, 27% of American adults do not read books. That is a strong indicator that over 1 out of 4 adults in the United States are dependent on sound bites from television, unsubstantiated tidbits on social media, television shows, and movies as a mean to help formulate an opinion. As human nature would have it, many may gravitate toward one trusted source which may be biased and one-sided in its delivery of news and information to help formulate opinions.

I am not sure how we change the world as it is, other than to try to raise our own standards higher hoping to bring others with us. However, we must make sure that our children and anyone who is interested, learn to read a variety of works to promote compassion, promote tolerance, and promote love. One of the benefits of reading is the creation of a society that is inclusive and growth-oriented. So whether you are a child or an adult, pick up a book. Learn something new. Don’t be afraid.

Reading is Fundamental. There’s no use being an author or a writer if no one reads. Promote Reading! The Reading is Fundamental program issued a study in 2015 that states over 93 million adults – nearly half of the adult population – read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society. This lack of literacy contributes to poverty and injustices. As a society who has always led the way, we will never reach our potential if our masses cannot read. So fellow authors, please, don’t just write, teach someone to read.

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

Short Shorts

thehuntedjamespattersonNovellas and short stories aren’t new, neither are serialized shorts published in the eBook formats. But, the dime store novel, the little print copy, is being resurrected by the trendsetting bestselling writer, James Patterson. He has released a new line of books called Bookshots under Hatchette Book Group’s imprint Little, Brown.

What’s exciting about this endeavor? Patterson wants to recapture the audience of American adults who have abandoned reading books. A 2015 Pew Research Study reported that the number of American adults who do not read books is a whopping 27%. That’s over one out of four of us that depends on visual media for entertainment, news, education, and opinion development.

Why is that an issue? It’s because reading books improve our lives in a variety of ways including stress reduction, knowledge attainment, memory improvement, improved focus, and many, many other benefits. Books are also known to help you develop compassion for others. Reading opens our lives and our imaginations to that which is outside of our immediate reach and embeds those images and feelings into our minds. We need that more than a visual clip.

What is a Bookshot? It is a small story about 150 pages long or less. These stories are so action-packed that James Patterson describes them as movies in a book. He expects most of them will take you a couple of hours to read. The objective is that you get the story and the resolution in one sitting without all the extra stuff. Of course, his line is suspense, but he has also released a line called Bookshot Flames that consist of romance story lines.

Keep in mind, this concept isn’t new. However, this concept may now interest more bookstores, convenience stores, and retail stores when it comes to stocking the little book on their shelves. Hey keep writing. Maybe your little book can be the next big thing!

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."

It’s National Bologna Day

I maby-diderots-dreamsy be telling my age, but I remember the taste of a good bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread slathered with mayonnaise after playing hard all morning. Later, I was introduced to fried bologna and cheese when I could reach the stove and cook my own. It always hit the right spot. As I grew up, I became too sophisticated for a ‘bolognie’ sandwich. It’s funny, just thinking of that old staple made me think of hot summers days, sweat pouring down my little face, sometimes covered in mud from making mud pies, and open scars on my knees and legs because I was always falling because I would not stop running. I’d be skinny as I was then if I could move at the rate I moved then.

My grandmother’s voice is still in ears saying, “Sit down. Be quiet. Stop being so fast.” I could have easily driven her to drink, but she didn’t. She eventually taught me to be still long enough, just long enough, to grow up pretty well and not too fast. Even though I miss those days, I wouldn’t exchange anything for my now, especially for a bologna sandwich. I find myself eating one of those every five to ten years and each time I do, I wonder what used to make them taste so good when I was a child. Then I realize my taste buds were definitely undeveloped and my exposure to other foods were limited. But, for those of you who still eat bologna or have fond memories of eating it, Happy National Bologna Day! Oh, and if you have never experienced. Do try to eat it at least once!

Dilsa Saunders Bailey, aka "simplydilsa" is a writer and speaker sharing stories to help others embrace life living one story at a time. She is the author of a romantic, suspense series called "The Sperling Chronicles" and a self-help book called "A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Doctor."