#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Darlene Foster

I hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as I am, because I don’t foresee it going away any time soon, especially with all the great guests we’ve had so far. And today is another list from a really super blogger and writer, Darlene Foster. I know you’ll enjoy it, so let’s get started. Take it away, Darlene!

(NOTE: Just heard from Darlene, who is traveling and can’t respond right now. She said she’s enjoyed reading all your comments and will be responding herself as soon as she’s home. That gal DOES do some serious traveling, as mentioned in her Ten Things List. 😁)

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Darlene Foster

  1. I’m very short, barely graze 5 feet. What I lack in height, I make up for in enthusiasm and determination.
  2. I have worn glasses since I was in grade three. I feel naked without them.
  3. I can’t swim, play the piano, milk a cow, or type. (perhaps all these things require the same chromosome) I have taken lessons to no avail, and drove my dad crazy when he tried to teach me to milk a cow.
  4. My favourite movie is Doctor Zhivago.
  5. My favourite book is Lucy Maude Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.
  6. I love shoes, books, animals, books, most people, books and chocolate.
  7. I enjoy cooking and baking and love trying different recipes.
  8. My middle name is Dale, after Dale Evans.
  9. I have ridden on the back of a motorcycle over much of Canada, The United States, England and Wales.
  10. I have explored the west coast of British Columbia and Washington State by boat, visiting most of the San Juan and Gulf Islands and venturing as far north as Desolation Sound.

Darlene at the Tower of London Some 40 years ago. (She claims! 😀 )

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Author Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster grew up on a ranch outside of Alberta. She dreamt of writing, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. She also believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true. It’s no surprise that she’s now the award-winning author of a children’s adventure series about a travelling twelve-year-old-girl. A world-traveler herself, Darlene spends her time in Vancouver, Canada and Costa Blanca in Spain with her husband and amusing dog, Dot.

Find Darlene’s Wonderful Amanda Books  HERE

You can reach Darlene on Social Media Here:

Website  |  Goodreads | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Lynda Lambert

Good Morning, Everybody! It’s time for another special guest here on The Write Stuff, for our newest feature. Please help me welcome Lynda Lambert today, with her Ten Things List. I think you’ll really enjoy this one, especially if you haven’t met Lynda before. And on that note, Lynda–take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Lynda Lambert

  1. Lynda is not my birth name. I changed my first name, from Linda to Lynda, when I was a teenager. Editing and tweaking language has always been fascinating to me.
  2. This year, I received *Special Mention for a Body of Work” by Proverse (Hong Kong). 
  3. The editors chose six of my most recent poems for for this award in the new Mingled Voices5 Anthology published April 26, 2021. Proverse Jurors selected my poetry for four of the five anthologies published annually. I read one of my poems for the spring opening reception to launch the new anthology in Hong Kong. I chose to read “Preparations for a Virtual Spring Salad.”  https://www.amazon.com/Mingled-Voices-International-Proverse-Anthology/dp/988849225X
  4. When I was sixty years old, I got my Pennsylvania motorcycle driver’s license.
  5. However, at age sixty-four, I lost most of my sight and had to give up riding my motorcycle, The Blue Dragon. The license plate on my bike was “Blau” – which is “blue” in German.
  6. We have six cats that are all rescued as feral cats. And we have two dogs, also rescued after they were abandoned by thoughtless owners.
  7. Recently I found a letter that confirmed my first published story. The date on that letter is June 8, 1981, from the American Cage-Bird Society, Chicago, IL. The letter states, “Enclosed is a small token of thanks for your intriguing article in the April 1981 issue of ACBS.” I wrote a story about how I tamed my rare and wild red-bellied macaw, Beaver. A photo features Beaver and me. I used to have fifty birds in my home. 
  8. I create mixed-media fiber art – talismans and wall works. My art is in exhibitions and in collections internationally. Below this list are  two First Place Winners at In Sights art exhibitions in Louisville, KY.
  9.  My husband and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in April 2021.
  10. We have 5 children – 3 daughters are biological; 1 son is adopted from Vietnam; 1 daughter is adopted from Korea.

Saying Farewell to Blau

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Author Lynda Lambert

Pennsylvania author/artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert (b.1943) writes award-winning books, thoughtful personal essays, and spare poems.

Lambert lives and works in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg. Lynda authored 5 books and her work appears in a number of prestigious anthologies in the US, UK, and Hong Kong.

Lynda  creates art and writings from the inspirations of her life-experiences of teaching, travels, and her home life in a century-old home located in the historic Germanic village where her ancestors lived for generations. Her home is situated on a ridge overlooking the 50-mile long, Connoquenessing Creek where she lives with her husband, Bob, and their rescued dogs and cats. They tend their traditional Zen Meditation Garden year-round. They walk their dogs in the woods and observe the life-cycle and passing seasons of natural elements in their world.

Lynda is a retired Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. With her extensive background in Fine Arts, English Literature, and Humanities, she creates mixed-media fiber art for exhibitions and her writings that are published internationally. Lynda has been called “A Renaissance Woman” by a number of editors.

Lynda’s First Place Winners at In Sights exhibitions in Louisville, Kentucky:

You Can Buy Linda’s Books HERE 

And HERE

And you can read a Smashwords Interview with Lynda HERE

Visit Lynda on Facebook HERE

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sharon Marchisello

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff.  Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.
  3. I earned my Master Gardener certification in Fayette County, Georgia, but please don’t look at my yard as an example of my work.
  4. Thanks to a Rotary scholarship, I lived and studied in Tours, France, for a year when I was in my twenties. I keep in touch with many friends I made over there and still speak passable French.
  5. Despite a fear of public speaking, I earned my Distinguished Toastmaster award from Toastmasters International. (I’m still not crazy about public speaking, but I can do it.)
  6. I love animals. If I’m honest, I probably like them better than most people.
  7. I love to travel. My husband and I have taken over 60 cruises and visited over 100 countries. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so I can visit more places on my bucket list.
  8. Although I love to read, I’m very slow. I learned to read aloud, and I still stumble over words I can’t pronounce. But reading slowly helps me be a good editor/proofreader.
  9. Even before I could put pencil to paper, I told stories. I wrote my first novel when I was still in high school. It wasn’t very good.
  10. Math was my least favorite subject in school, but I enjoy playing the stock market, belonged to an investment club for five years, and I manage all our household finances.

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Author Sharon Marchisello

Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press. Going Home (2014) was inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Secrets of the Galapagos (2019) deals with mayhem on a Galapagos cruise.

Besides novels, Sharon has written short stories, travel articles, corporate training manuals, screenplays, and book reviews. Her blog, Countdown to Financial Fitness, and nonfiction book, Live Well, Grow Wealth, deal with personal finance. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is an active member of Sisters in Crime.

Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she now lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, and does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society.

Buy Sharon’s Books HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Links:
https://amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
https://www.sunburypress.com/collections/sharon-marchisello
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Sharon%20Marchisello%22

Find Sharon on Social Media HERE:
Website: sharonmarchisello.com
https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SLMarchisello/
https://twitter.com/SLMarchisello
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4297807.Sharon_Marchisello
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmarchisello/
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sharon-marchisello
http://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/  (Personal Finance blog, Countdown to Financial Fitness)

Contact Info:

https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/contact-me/

Email: smarchisello@hotmail.com

 

 

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Janet Gogerty

It’s time for another Ten Things list here on The Write Stuff, this time featuring author Janet Gogerty. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about some of the fun and interesting things Janet has done, so I’ll turn it over to her! Take it away, Janet!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Janet Gogerty

  1. I once worked on a chicken farm; it was up the road in our new Australian suburb and the cockerels used to wake us up. It was my school holiday job when I was fifteen, they paid me $13 out of the petty cash and on the first day the supervisor asked me to clean the toilet! I didn’t actually get to see any chickens, we sorted out the eggs.
  2. I had over forty white mice by the time I was elven.
  3. Family legend has it that HG Wells was a cousin of a great grandfather.
  4. Continuing the egg theme, I once worked on the easter egg run at a run down sweet factory – this time I was 21 and on my ‘working holiday’ – see further down.
  5. I do not have a clue what I am doing on the internet; anything you see from me is there more by luck than judgement.
  6. I am on the longest working holiday ever, it started on Christmas morning 1973 when I arrived back in England from Australia with a ticket to return in six months…
  7. I went to school in a manor house – mid way through my time at St. Peter’s junior school we moved from the Victorian school building into the manor house opposite St. Peter’s church.
  8. I had my first camera when I was eight.
  9. I got my first Lego set this year.
  10. I got my first Beatles record in CD form.

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Author Janet Gogerty

I have been writing furiously since I joined a tutored writing group fourteen years ago. I am an Indie Author, self publishing on Amazon Kindle and was delighted when publishing paperbacks on Amazon also became possible; at last my mother was able to hold my books and read them ‘properly’ and I had handy Christmas and birthday presents.

For nearly seventeen years I have lived on the south coast of England, before that we lived and brought up the children in a series of homes very near Heathrow Airport, where my late husband worked for thirty years. My teenage years were spent in Perth, Western Australia, our Ten Pound Pommie experiences inspired my novel Quarter Acre Block. I have had all sorts of jobs which provide great material for writing.

 As a reader, Kindle really expanded my horizons, with instant access to Indie Authors and other writers all around the world.

I don’t conform to a genre, but one of my favourite themes is ordinary folk facing extraordinary events. I have published five novels and four collections of short fiction. At my website Tidalscribe.com you can read my regular blogs about anything and everything; I also post flash fiction and you can read about my books and visit my photo gallery, where I indulge my love of point and shoot phone photography.

Life has been bizarre and difficult for many of us in the past year or more and for the first time in ages I haven’t got a novel in progress, but I have written a lot of short fiction for my blog, often the humorous side of people coping with lockdown and all the other Covid changes. Some of my characters ended up becoming regulars; perhaps they might end up in a novel, but will any of us want to read about Covid life by the time it is published?

Writing was a great distraction during all our various lockdowns and my other main interests, blogging, Zoom quizzes, gardening, walking and my beach hut also kept me sane.

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YOU CAN BUY JANET’S BOOKS HERE

 

 

 

YOU CAN REACH JANET ON SOCIAL MEDIA HERE:

BLOG

FACEBOOK

 

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sally Cronin

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means–time for another special guest! Today, please help me welcome one of the most amazing people I’ve met online, everybody’s friend and supporter, Sally Cronin. You’re gonna love this! Sally, take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sally Cronin

Thanks very much Marcia for the opportunity to reveal some possible secrets about myself, in the hopes that none of them come back to bite me….

  1. I had measles when I was two years old and I was left with a pattern of leaves on my forehead which slowly faded away by the time I was a teenager.
  2. I had lived in four countries by the time I was twelve years old.
  3. in 2001 I had my mitochondrial DNA tested. My results showed that my DNA came from Helena whose bones dated back around 20,000 years ago and were found in a cave in the Dordogne in South Central France .
  4. I appeared on the Weakest Link in 2010 and was eliminated in the 6th
  5. I worked three jobs at the age of 14 years old – in a souvenir kiosk on the seafront weekends and school holidays, washer up in the local pub every Friday night and a thriving baby-sitting service for Saturday nights. At 16 I got a social life but still worked on the seafront and babysat when I was not out dancing
  6. In my 20s I crocheted midi-skirts in my spare time and I had a steady stream of orders. Eventually gave it up when my dog unravelled all the stitching of an almost finished skirt and I had to spend 24 hours over two days to redo and lost my mojo.
  7. I like driving and I have done the 4,400 kilometres round trip from Madrid to Dublin and the 3,600 kilometres round trip from UK to Madrid.
  8. I have had five sports cars since my 40th birthday and would love another and a hoist to get in and out of it!
  9. I have played online solitaire since 1997 and my all-time record is 18,172 points in 40 seconds which I achieved in January 2020 after 23 years. I play every day for 30 minutes in the morning to get ready for the day.
  10. Despite a few bumps along the way, and some unfulfilled ambitions, I would not change a thing about my life. I is who I is..

From Sally’s School Days

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Author Sally Cronin

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another thirteen books since then on health and also fiction, including five collections of short stories. My latest book is a collection of verse and speculative short stories titled Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

Buy Sally’s Books HERE

Find Sally on Social Media HERE:

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sue Rovens

Happy Wodin’s Day, everyone! Please join me in giving Sue Rovens a big welcome to The Write Stuff today. Sue is another brave soul who is sharing ten things about herself that we may not know, so without further ado, let’s get started. Take it away, Sue!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sue Rovens

  1. After 30 years in Milner Library (at Illinois State University), I’ve finally retired!
  2. The Graduate is my favorite movie of all time.
  3. I love all animals…except spiders. They are headless monsters with too many legs.
  4. I collect old radios, clocks, and advertising signs (love retro stuff)
  5. I have a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Recreation.
  6. I don’t eat meat…except White Castle once a year. (mmm, sliders)
  7. I’m learning how to play French Horn.
  8. I love all things TEA!
  9. I don’t drink pop or coffee, ever.
  10. I’m “that person” who will point out cows, goats, sheep, and hawks on road trips.

Sue in 2015

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Author Sue Rovens

Sue Rovens is an indie suspense/horror author who hails from Normal, Illinois. She has written three novels and two books of short horror stories, with her latest book, Rage, due out sometime in late summer 2021.

Track 9, her second novel, snagged a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly (May 2018), her short story, “Coming Over”, from her book, In a Corner, Darkly (Volume 1) was turned into a screenplay and short student indie film by the theater department of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and another short story, “When the Earth Bled”, won 2nd place in the Support Indie Authors short story contest earlier this year. Her two most recent books (Buried and Rage) are under Plump Toad Press.

Sue owns a blog (suerovens.com) which includes interviews with authors, musicians, podcasters, and artists. She is an Executive Producer for an indie (short) horror film which is currently in production called “Let’s Do Things that Make Us Happy”. Sue is also a co-host and story writer for the new horror podcast, Ye Olde Terror Inn, which is currently in pre-production.

Sue is a member of The Chicago Writers Association and the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi). 

BUY BURIED HERE

Sue’s Social Media Links:

Buy Links (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Rovens/e/B009PCPQUS
Blog – https://suerovens.com
Contact Info: srovens@yahoo.com (email)

 

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Harmony Kent

Moving right along with our new series, today’s guest is my good friend, Harmony Kent. I know you are going to enjoy (and be impressed by) her Ten Things list, so let’s make her welcome! Take it away, Harmony!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Harmony Kent

  1. I’m legless, all the time (oh, the fun of being an amputee and getting to make the jokes)
  2. My name gives me something to live up to … but then I’d tell you I’m always harmonious … honest!
  3. We have a presence in our house that likes to ‘borrow’ things, frequently 
  4. I talk to myself, a lot
  5. I also answer back!
  6. I was born in 2013 … well, um, the writer in me was. My errant grey hairs might tell you otherwise 
  7. If I’m not writing, I’m reading. If I’m not reading, I’m doing cross stitch. And failing all of that, I’m usually getting myself into all sorts of mischief 
  8. I’m quite short, at 5’ 2”. Luckily, at age 18, I had a growth spurt of about 4 inches, or I’d be a pixie and getting into even more mischief 
  9. Probably, I’m more famous for my laugh than for my writing 
  10. I have a habit of searching for my glasses, which are generally found perched on the end of my nose. If I admitted to my other shenanigans, I’d end up writing a book!


Harmony & Her Husband on Their 2019 Wedding Day
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Author Harmony Kent

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors. 

Buy Harmony’s latest book HERE

Find Harmony on Socieal Media Here:

Website: https://harmonykent.co.uk/
Story Empire (co-authored): https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks
Twitter: @harmony_kent
LinkedIn: Harmony
Goodreads: Author Page

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Jeanne Owens

Please welcome today’s guest, Jeanne Owens, the first brave soul to share ten things about herself that you might not already know. Jeanne, I commend you for emailing me right away, and I’m happy to share your list with everyone. 

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Jeanne Owens

1. I was born and raised in Virginia, and still live there.

2. My first time flying was when I went to Ireland in 2004 as part of a study abroad trip with a group from a local community college. I’d love to go back again someday.

3. I am interested in the paranormal, and have had a couple of odd experiences but I’m not sure if they were really paranormal or not.

4. I’m an amature photographer and love taking photos of nature and the moon.

5. I’m a bit of a geek, enjoying among other things: Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, anime, etc.

6. I dabble in reading tarot cards and have at least a dozen different decks.

7. I wrote my first “book” in high school. It was a Fantasy inspired by a Terry Brooks book. I’d written a little before then, but I think this was my first more serious attempt.

8. I am short of stature, coming in at mere 5’0” tall.

9. My mother named me after Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc).

10. My taste in music is rather eclectic. For example, I like Classical, Big Band, “Oldies”,
Country, Rock, Metal, Jazz, J-Pop and J-Rock.

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Author Jeanne Owens

Jeanne Owens, a native of Virginia, is an avid reader and a fan of sci-fi/fantasy and anime. She is also an animal lover and supporter of animal charities. She has been writing for many years and has written numerous short stories. Kismet and Tell, the first in the Adventures in Sorcery series, is her first novel. Visit her website at http://jeanneowens.weebly.com to follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Tumblr, on Twitter @risscobalt, and to also follow her blog.

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Jeanne’s Books: (Click cover to see on Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can reach Jeanne on Social Media Here:

Twitter: @risscobalt

Author website: http://jeanneowens.weebly.com

 

 

 

#Special Guest – #SpecialSale – #SubjectA36 by Teri Polen

Teri Polen has some great news for you folks today! Be sure
to take advantage of this one!
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Thanks so much, Marcia, for allowing me to do some book promotion on your blog! My most recent release, Subject A36, will be on sale for $0.99 TOMORROW ONLY! I’m currently hard at work on the sequel, which will be released in 2021. Below are the blurb and Amazon link – but remember, don’t click on it until tomorrow!

If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

Amazon Purchase Link


Author Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Visit her online at www.teripolen.com

Contact Links:
Website:  https://teripolen.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TeriPolenAuthor/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TPolen6
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tpolen6/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/teripolen/
BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/teri-polen

 

Special Guest Lynda McKinney Lambert – Visual Artist – InSights 20

 

It is my great pleasure to introduce a very Special Guest today. Please help me welcome visual artist Lynda McKinney Lambert back to The Write Stuff. Lynda is going to tell us in her own words (and poetry) about her amazing and beautiful work as a visual artist, and how she accomplishes this with seriously compromised vision. I think you’ll be inspired by what determination and a positive attitude can accomplish, so without further ado, please tell us your latest news, Lynda!

UPDATE: Lynda’s beautiful beadwork tied for first place in the Crafts Division of the Insights 20 international art website found HERE. Please check out her finished work after you read her post. It’s absolutely marvelous! Congratulations, Lynda!! 

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Hi, Marcia! Thanks for having me here today. The InSights 20 is an international art exhibition held each year in Louisville, KY, by the American Printing House for the Blind. The show opens on October 7 – online this year due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.

The artwork will be on the separate InSights Art website,  located HERE.  This website will be open at 8:00am, October 7, which is the first day of APH’s Annual Meeting, of which the InSights Art exhibit and Awards are part.

All artists in this annual exhibition have sight loss. I have “profound sight loss,” but I can do my intricate work by using technologies for the blind. In my case, I use an Acrobat Closed Circuit TV.  I will attach a photo of how this looks as I am working. 

Using this CC T V, I am able to see colors and objects, which I cannot see without such magnification.  My husband, Bob, helps me initially by pulling the colors of beads I want to use for the project.  This is my palette that I work from.

I can only work with one tiny bead at a time and use only one colour at a time on my desk.  This keeps me organized so that I don’t get the beads confused since I cannot see them without the equipment.

Marcia, I wrote a poem that describes how I create a talisman and the thought process that takes place as I work.

“A Talisman”
by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Visualize a talisman-
precious stones and crystals
woven in bold patterns
plenty of Japanese glass seed beads
tiny drops of perfect symmetry.

I select flawless beads
stab them onto steel needles
hundreds of stitches
thrust them one at a time
upwards into the heavens
endlessly.

I plunge my thin needle
deep through layers of stiff cloth
make my stitches sure
hold tight.

I’m a warrior woman
thumping my spirit-drum
made of dappled starlight.

I measure timeless days
counting beads in
a mystical circle
held together
with a bronze toggle clasp.

A Talisman brings
protection from evil
healing for weary spirits
nourishment for aching bodies
courage for new directions
on a pilgrimage
over treacherous pathways
guides my dimmed eyes
and nervous steps.

Black onyx ovals
are like a vintage fan
unfurled with a flourish
or a sacred victory flag
prepared to cast an invocation.

my fingers stroke cold stones
glossy-smooth, polished, faceted.
gifts for a King.

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A Talisman – August 2, 2020
Written by Lynda McKinney Lambert
Copyright August 2, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Visual Artist and  Author Lynda McKinney Lambert

I am a visual artist and hold the BFA and MFA degrees in painting. I also write and have 4 books on Amazon at this time – I have the MA degree in English. I’m a retired university professor of fine arts and humanities (Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA)  and I retired in 2008 after sudden and permanent sight loss.

My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distill and share them  through  art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I write  spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
  • I create art with  brilliant colors &  precious materials, one stitch at a time.

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“I can see why this (talisman)  captured first place. It captures the exact discipline of  the oriental master. Every stitch exact. Every stitch with a meaning. Every stitch with history behind it.  Bravo.”  ~  Leonard Tuchyner,  A Journey to Elsewhere: Poetry Through the Seasons of Life. 

“Throughout this book (Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019) of poems , these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brush strokes on her prize-winning piece of mixed-media  fiber artwork,  It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted  mural.”   ~  Wesley D. Sims, Taste of Change

“Lambert notices the colors and sounds that surround us., those odes that barely register through our buds and pads, and windshields , and she names them for us and she remembers them for us.” ~  Russell Streur, Editor, Plum Tree Tavern Literary Magazine

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My thanks to you, Lynda, for sharing your story and your art with us today. I know others have found this as interesting and inspiring as I have. Folks, I encourage you to click on the link to InSights Art and check out Lynda’s work and that of other visually compromised artists. And if you’ve enjoyed learning about Lynda and her process for creating her beautiful beadwork, please let her know at one of the links below. Also be sure to check out her books of poetry, as well. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂


You can reach Lynda online here:
E-mail: riverwoman@zoominternet.net 
My website: http://www.lyndalambert.com
My Authors Page at DLD Books:  http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Lynda’s  Books Are Also Available on Amazon.com

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems by [Lynda Lambert]

Star Signs Available on Amazon HERE

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems by [Lynda McKinney Lambert]

Walking By Inner Vision Available on Amazon HERE