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Today’s word:  Do it!

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write.  I loved books and reading as a child and felt the compulsion to write my own stories.  So I did.  I wrote short tales of fantastic proportions that almost always ended with “..and they lived happily ever after.”  I wrote diaries that contrasted sharply with my own reality and became my comfort zone.

I also read everything I could get in my eager little hands.  And from those stories. I morphed the plot into an exposition of my own fantasy life.  Diaries, notebooks, scraps of paper, almost anything that could serve to hold the tales I held in my mind was put to use and became my very own library.

Then I grew up and marriage, children, an adult career, and life itself crowded out the time for writing.

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Now here I am at the other side of life with the time to do whatever I desire. And I desired to learning to write again.  What an amazing transformation that has been for me. I’m feeling emotions I haven’t felt in decades: the pure joy of indulging my love of writing.

Quality doesn’t come into it at this late stage, just as it didn’t matter when I was a child.  The pure joy of creating people, situations, events, joy, sorrow, awakenings, failures and so many, many possibilities is just that:  pure joy!

How often do we deny ourselves the great pleasure of doing something we’ve always wanted to do because we think it’s too late?

It truly is never too late!  If you have something you’ve always wanted to do?  Do it!  You’ll be so glad you did.

Writer and Author, Ellie Pulikonda

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About The Author:

Author, Ellie Pulikonda’s shocking debut novel, “Split Second” had readers and Amazon reviewers asking for more novels by this prolific writer of psychological thriller mystery. She listened and has now released her second novel titled; “Finding Faith.”

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ellie attended several colleges after high school to obtain her BA in Education, MA in Library Science, and her MS in Adult Education. She is or has been a daughter, wife, mother, widow, partner, single mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She has worked various jobs and in different fields such as a law office, a librarian, newspaper article writing, a welfare office, and finally as the director of a public library in Tipton, IN.

“I write for the pure joy of writing” . . .

“At first, it was diaries, journals, and musings; then I graduated to short newspaper articles, some unpublished but staged mystery/comedy plays, scripts for amateur musical productions and now books. My hope is that my readers will enjoy my books and also be prodded to think about the actions and motives of my characters, to question their choices and why they made them, and to see the characters with greater insight.”

You can see all her published books including her new release; “Finding Faith” on Amazon  and she is a blogger @ Grants Pass Writers.com …..

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TODAYS WORD:  TECHNOLOGY 

I think I hate technology.  I just get comfortable with the status quo and wham: someone sets about to change it.  They don’t even have the patience to give us the time to finish reading the directions on the current iteration before they’re declaring it obsolete, out of date,  old school, yesterday’s news.  They just push us on to new apps and back to square one.

Now I realize that all these agents of change are decades younger than I am. But I’m convinced they are just youngsters whose brain cells haven’t even had a chance to settle in firmly, let alone coalesce to some kind of seasoned reasoning.

You see, while they were attending nursery school and learning to tie their shoes, we were doing quite well coping with life as we knew it. We adjusted to telephones, then television, and finally portable radios. We were doing all right. Now the applecart has been firmly upset and I feel as if I’m under the rubble.

They’ve suddenly mastered shoe strings and have  taken over everything from that on , making life difficult for those of us who can’t seem to work our way through computers, I-phones, E Tablets, and various other technical gadgets, and we’re not even talking about drones and computers that can build bridges.

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When I was young I couldn’t understand how my grandparents could be such old fogies.  I certainly understand that now. Now I long for the days when the latest technology was a phone you could dial the number you wanted on your own.

Until Next Time Writers!

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer/Blogger

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Words on Words. I’m Back ~ So Write On Writers!

Words on Words  ~  Today’s word:  Challenge

When I finish writing a book, I question myself. Do I really want to start working on the next plot that I have in mind?  Writing is such hard work. Finding just the right word at any given sentence is nearly impossible. Carrying the thread of the story carefully through each paragraph, page and chapter is so frustrating. Shepherding the process through editing, publishing, and promoting produces so much anxiety and takes way too much time ….  Why would anyone willingly subject themselves to this misery?

I can only speak for myself, of course, but the simple answer is that I can’t stop myself.  The ideas, sentences, even paragraphs just pop into my brain and until I set them down on paper, they will not let me be. When I’m reading someone else’s book, so engrossed in the story line and eager to see how the situation is resolved, suddenly there is a burst of inspiration on the book I’m currently writing and it will not let me go.

Sometimes when I’m talking with someone about a book they’re reading and they say something that triggers a direct zing to the sentence I got hung up on in my own novel, I ignore that at my peril.  Often when I’m watching a beautiful sunset or a particularly enchanting scene, I suddenly am overwhelmed with descriptive phrases that I must write down to be used in a future novel.

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Add to that the ever-present idea that maybe this isn’t the great American novel, after all, and maybe not many copies will sell or be read, and maybe I’m only a leaf falling in the forest that makes no  impression anyone. How in the world does anyone ever sit in front of a computer and write?  It makes no sense whatsoever.

So, of course, I’m working on my next book, even as I pass through all this angst.  I sleep, wake, eat, dream, pace, contemplate, write, re-write, delete words, delete phrases and sentences and  paragraphs and even whole chapters,  It will not let me go.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that writing is cheaper than psychiatric appointments, more fulfilling that  banging my head against the wall, easier on my health than binge drinking or eating, and relatively harmless for those around me. I am a writer and nothing, not even frustration, mediocre sales, and a critic panning my work can NOT change that.

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And every now and then I get a favorable response to my book.  One reader told me she couldn’t put it down, another that she was moved to tears over the plight of the characters, another that she looked forward to getting back to the story each time.
Aaah!!

Just Write on Writers!

 

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer

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Ellie’s WORDS on WORDS. My Guest Today is Lori Rogers ~ My Daughter.

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TODAY’S WORD:  READING

(Note: This week’s blog was written by my daughter, Lori Rogers, who shares my love of books and reading.)

Books have always been a part of my life. I almost always have at least one book with me everywhere I go and now, thanks to the e-readers, I can take a whole library with me. I may be alone but I never feel lonely when I am reading. I love stories, being caught up within them, wondering if I can guess how they will end or even what happens next, and even rewriting my favorite parts in my head to see if that changes the experience.

If I am somewhere that I can’t read (for safety or PC reasons) I ‘write’ my own stories or revisit in memory books I’ve already read. Books make up some of my earliest and longest friendships. I don’t mind reading a favorite book two, three, or even four times. Perhaps the friendship is actually with the author; I eagerly jump into a new book by a favorite author.

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The book is new but the author’s thoughts and take on life are familiar. Like my mother’s new book titled; Finding Faith”  In this sense reading is actually sharing someone else’s thoughts and ideas, traveling with them to a new dimension and a deeper friendship. I don’t mind traveling back from that dimension because I can always slip back into it just by picking up the book again. Really!

Now excuse me, I hear her book calling ME.

Thanks All!  ~ Lori Rogers

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About Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer


Author, Ellie Pulikonda’s shocking debut novel, “Split Second” had readers and Amazon reviewers asking for more novels by this prolific writer of psychological thriller mystery. She listened and has now released her second novel titled; “Finding Faith.”

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ellie attended several colleges after high school to obtain her BA in Education, MA in Library Science, and her MS in Adult Education. She is or has been a daughter, wife, mother, widow, partner, single mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She has worked various jobs and in different fields such as a law office, a librarian, newspaper article writing, a welfare office, and finally as the director of a public library in Tipton, IN.

“I write for the pure joy of writing” 

WORDS ON WORDS ~ By Ellie

 

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TODAYS WORD?   WORDS!

My novel, Willa, is written. All two hundred and twelve pages of my manuscript are covered in words. Now comes the hard part: re-writing to tighten phrases, eliminate redundancy, facilitate the flow, check spelling, grammar, and syntax, and make it a good read.

Words have been a lifelong love of mine. Even as a small child I loved hanging around words to see what they had to say. I was the brat who aced every vocabulary test, won every spelling bee and cheered when essays were assigned.

The tendency for a lover of words is to see every word of their own writing as perfect, precise, apt, and immovable. Removing words I have written down is almost as painful as having a splinter removed (and just as necessary).

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So here I am, faced with the editing of two hundred plus pages of manuscript. I can procrastinate by sharpening pencils, (even though I’m using a computer), checking pagination, straightening the stack of papers on my desk again (and yet again). I then remember that I need to take something out of the freezer for dinner and straighten my closet and, yes, it’s time to walk the dog again. Even writing this blog is evasion.

So! Enough of this procrastination. I will give myself a good talking-to and get going on the re-write. Right after I put in a load of laundry and straighten up the living room. Oh, and clean the kitchen counters.

Writing is fun. Re-writing: not so much.

Ellie Pulikonda, Author & Writer,  (My new novel “Finding Faith” below)

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WORDS ON WORDS By Ellie

Today’s Word: Mindset 

“I believe we all by some point in our lives have a certain mindset that has been developed over the years by our experiences and our interpretation of those experiences.”

 
Our mindsets are useful tools, helping us to sort our current experiences quickly and without having to think too long and hard to make conclusions about them. In a way, they’re like a filing cabinet with tabs for our experiential knowledge. We can quickly determine where a current idea or thought process belongs and sort it into the proper “bin” in our minds. Or toss it into our virtual waste basket.

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It’s one reason us folk “of a certain age” (I would never say “old fogies”) are prone to sort through current happenings, pass judgment on them, and relegate them to the proper bin in our minds. We don’t have to spend too much time thinking through any given situation or set of facts to test them. We just recognize the keywords from our past experiences with them and quickly determine which folder this given bit of information goes into.

This works efficiently whether our judgment is pro or con. We’ve already worked through our beliefs on that particular idea and don’t need to dwell on it now. The problem I find in handling information always in this way is that it doesn’t allow for new understanding.

Change is constant and things that were true ten, twenty, fifty years ago are often found to be untrue or irrelevant today. So our file drawers may not always be the best way to handle all the incoming information we receive. Our mindset may no longer be the best sieve to filter current events through.

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To be sure, past experience is a factor in sizing up current situations and making helpful decisions about them. And it is a time-saver. Yet if we are too quick to pigeon-hole current information based only on past experience, we may miss some of the richness of living in the present.

I wonder what would happen if we approached each new experience or bit of information as though it was the first time we were feeling or hearing it. We just might discover a richness of knowledge that we could never have dreamed existed.

Until Next Time Writers!


Ellie Pulikonda, Writer/Author  of  “Split Second and now released, Finding Faith”

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Today’s word: Blogging

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I feel very inept at blogging. It seems to me it’s a little like standing on a corner on a soapbox, proclaiming my views to indifferent passers-by. Although I’ve always been inclined to ‘climb on soapboxes’ in conversations where there is give and take, I find it much more intimidating to do when I’m up there on that box throwing out words. And never knowing where they land.

The conventional wisdom is that if you’re going to be a writer (or even if you’re just trying to be a writer – big difference, there) you need to keep in touch with your potential readers. The current best way to do that seems to be by blogging. And so I blog. I get it that my publicist would like me to blog more frequently and more regularly and I do try to do that.

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But I always feel that it’s a little like the old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If a blog is posted and no reads it, does it matter? Actually, I know I have a few readers: family members, good friends (at least I think they’re still good friends), some folks who have read my two books, Split Second and Finding Faith. And occasionally I hear back from some of them; it’s always a highlight of my day when that happens. Makes me feel a little less like I’m standing on a soapbox on a deserted corner.

But I’m hard at work on my third novel, Willa, and so I’ll continue to blog even though I’m unsure if the words cause even the slightest ripple in the ether waves. It is, if nothing else, a good exercise in putting down one word after another. Which is what writing is all about.

Cheers to Blogging!

Ellie Pulikonda, Writer, Author, and Blogger

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