Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Editor's Corner January 2010

by Yvonne Perry

Typing, writing, or saying 2010 may take some getting used to! But, the new year is here and I'm expecting it to be the best one yet—both personally and for Writers in the Sky. The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is a time when most of us reflect upon our lives—or at least the past 365 days—and see what we have accomplished and then decide what changes need to be made in order to live a more fulfilling life. That's where Allison Maslan's new book, Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality, can help. It will not only inspire you at your soul level, Allison also shares her insight, strategies and techniques to break through your limiting fears and beliefs, then guides you step-by-step to launch a completely new personal and professional path filled with astounding passion and meaning.

As I think over the past year, I can't help but smile because I have four beautiful grandsons who were born in 2009. Another highlight of the year is when my oldest biological grandson, Sidney, and I published The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children (ISBN: 9780982572207), a book containing the stories I wrote for him that teach a lesson based on adventures he and I had together. There are stories about overcoming fear, being environmentally conscious, helping others, being true to one’s self, following inner guidance, caring for the body, appreciating diversity, facing fears, dealing with change, and experiencing the death of a pet. From seeing ghosts in his closet at night to healing with herbs infused with the magic of the full moon, Sid and Von-Von explore some of the many ways children express their unique and powerful views.
Spending time with my grandchildren has provided me with an opportunity to talk about some pretty adult topics—some that many parents and teachers are hesitant to discuss with children. Reading The Sid Series may initiate some sophisticated conversations with your child or grandchild, so I've created a talent showcase that any child may enter. All they need to do is share a story by drawing, painting, sketching, singing, reading, or writing about how they learned or experienced a life lesson.

The showcase is not a contest; I don't believe children should be judged or rejected for their heart-felt creativity. Instead, every effort will be recognized and everyone's work will be included on my new blog: http://thesidseries.blogspot.com/ and in an e-book that can be shared with family and friends. Please review the guidelines and help your child participate in The Sid Series Children’s Talent Showcase.

To participate, you must be familiar with the lessons taught in The Sid Series. The full-color print book is only $15.95 and I am sure you and your child will enjoy reading it. There are e-books of the individual stories ($3 each), but if your family is financially unable to purchase a copy of the book, let me know which lesson your child wants to illustrate, speak, or write about, and I will send you a PDF of that story.

If someone forwarded this e-zine to you or if you happened to have stumbled upon this Web page, you may get your own subscription for free!

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