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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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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” 

A Special Weekend WORDS on WORDS

Ellie Pulikonda

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“I write for the pure joy of writing” . . .
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Today’s Word: WORDS

Words are the most powerful tool mankind has ever invented, more powerful than any other single invention. Words have enabled us to create civilization as we know it, to discover and name new experiences, and to share their merit and usefulness with others. And words have given us the ability to direct our lives toward our own goals.

Nowhere is this more evident than in writing and publishing our words for others to read. Being a novelist is exciting and rewarding, enabling me to share my thoughts and discoveries about the human condition with others. After all, being an author is simply choosing, writing, and publishing words that communicate to others what the authors has found to be true in her own experience.

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So it is with the novel I’m currently writing, which carries the brief title of “Willa.”
Willa was not a name to be worn lightly. The question that informs her story is: did the name (the word) create the person or was the naming a kind of foresight of the person that she was born to be.

Notice that I did not say “the generous woman she was”. She gave grudgingly to those who found her favor but not many who walked with her through some part of her life gained even that slight reward. Nor did I say she was a beloved woman or one who loved well. She had her favorites, oh, yes she did, and they warmed themselves, sometimes briefly, in her regard for them. But there were also those who served her wearily with no real expectation of any kind word or warm regard, although surely they hoped that at some time they would be rewarded for their steadfast service.

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She was, nonetheless, a remarkable woman, her coming of age occurring during the heady days of the suffragist movement. Determined to live on her own terms when most women didn’t dare dream of such freedom, she seems to have ignored the proposition that others should have shared equally in that privilege. It was a life she claimed only for herself.

“Willa” is the tale of this remarkable woman’s journey through life. It raises more questions than it answers but questions have a way of changing our understanding even as, or because, they provoke us.

More on the novel as it progresses.

Author/Writer,  Ellie Pulikonda ~ New Novel now released on Amazon!


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New WORDS On WORDS By Writer Ellie Pulikonda …

 

TODAY’S WORD  –  BEST

 

 

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I think it was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Palmer, who first recited this little poem to our class:

Good, better, best

Never let it rest

Until good is better

And better is best.

It has remained with me for about seventy years. What I took from that was that ‘good’ and ‘better’ were obviously inferior and that best was the only part of that trio worth having. I became my own harshest critic. Everything I did I could see was less than ‘best’ and there were many teachers, mentors, friends, loved ones, and enemies along the way who reinforced that perception for me.

Now I’m coming to believe that no one ever achieves ‘best’. We can improve and improve but we have no way of objectively determining what “best” is. We can achieve a “best so far” which is another way of defining “better”. But best is always a temporary condition: someone else (or we ourselves) will likely outdo that just by striving to do better. Aiming for best is aiming for a moving target. And somehow we feel like utter failures when we fall short.

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There is no definitive way of measuring ‘best’. We all carry our own yardsticks to measure our own efforts and those of others. And we all fall short of some standard that someone somewhere imposes on our efforts. And we are tempted to give up.

So, what to do? I think we should forget that little poem and get on with doing the things that give us satisfaction. Simply by continuing to ‘do’, we will improve, become better than we were at what we do. Neither we nor the world is apt to judge what we do as Best; if it is judged as ‘Good’, or perhaps ‘Better’ than our last effort, then we have succeeded.

By all means, keep striving to improve. Nothing is wrong with this admonition except the way we react to it. If we give up, knowing that we will never be ‘best’, we miss out on much of the joy of living. Creating is a joyful, fulfilling act, however the creation is judged.

Until Next Time Writer’s!

 

 

Ellie Pulikonda, Writer/Author
My Book “Finding Faith” has Now Released!

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WORDS on WORDS By Ellie

TODAY’S WORD:  CRAFT

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The definition of ‘craft’ is to make something by hand. Usage, however, broadens that definition to include most anything that is made through careful application of one’s skill. So it is that the word ‘craft’ is often applied to the writing of a book. Novels, manuals, biographies and self-help books are ‘crafted’ by writers of varying skills to entertain and teach readers about something that is true in life.

Last week I wrote about perfection. We are a people who believe the ideal is to be perfect and anything short of that is criticized, at best, and scorned, at worst. So it is that new authors are sometimes dismissed by critics because their works aren’t ‘perfect’. Or aren’t as good as the established authors’ efforts. The persistent writer will work through that criticism and continue perfecting their craft. Stephen King wrote that he had a nail in the wall where he hung all the rejection letters as they were received.. But he continued to write.

 

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Not everyone is as hardy as Mr. King. Some would-be authors are so discouraged by the scornful rejection of their early works that they give up. Who knows how many potentially good, possibly even great, works are lost to us because the author didn’t have the courage to keep writing even though the work in hand was not yet up to the standard.

So, I would encourage any of my readers who are working on their writing skills to persevere. It’s through continuing to write that we perfect our craft. This is truly a ‘learn by doing’ effort. There are many excellent avenues of help to the would-be author; by all means take advantage of those that you can. But all the classes in the world won’t make you a better writer. The process of writing itself, using all the lessons learned, is the best method for honing your skills and perfecting your craft.

WRITE ON!

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer
My New Book is now Released!

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About “Finding Faith” Now Available on Amazon & Amazon Kindle


Three women, each caught in circumstances which limit her freedom to be, to act, to live as she chooses. Each reaches out tentatively, only to fall back in anger and fear. Despair is their constant companion. Helping each other may be the only hope for each of them but their tentative bond is threatened by their fear. Trust is an elusive and alien concept to each. Moments when they are in accord are rare but they do happen, perhaps giving them a glimmer of the hope and the will they need, to keep trying. Join Mae, Mira, and Carla as they navigate the tricky path of finding faith .   .   .  .

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TODAY’S WORD? RETIREMENT

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Retirement is something we look forward to for almost all of our working years.  Yet when the time comes, some of us are reluctant to give up what has filled most of our waking hours for much of our adult lives. So it was for me.

I had the most wonderful career in the whole world; I was a librarian.   During the latter years of my career, I was the director of a medium-sized library in central Indiana.  It was my dream job. I had fallen in love with libraries as a small child, when on my first visit to my home town’s small library, I was amazed that all those books were there for anybody who wanted to read them. I vowed to read every single book that was there.  I never accomplished that goal, of course, but even the attempt gave me an appreciation for the wonders and joy libraries provide.

Retirement, for me, was bitter-sweet.  More time to read all those books I had made lists of over the years but less time in the environment that I loved.

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In our small town here in Southern Oregon, we have an amazingly good public library.  To add to that advantage, several homes have ‘tiny libraries’ at the edge of their lawns.  Once again I have fallen in love with libraries—tiny ones.  And thanks to the local Rotary Club, I am soon to have my own tiny library in my own front yard.

I’ll put in the books I have been saving to give away, books I’ve enjoyed and want to share, and allow children and adults to help themselves to anything that looks interesting.  These books may be returned but there’s no obligation to do so. And if anyone has books at home that they want to share, they’re welcome to bring them to my tiny library.

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No check out. No overdue notices. No library fines. No obligation. Just a way to encourage reading and the love of good books.

So! Once again I will be the director of a library: my very own dream-come-true tiny library.  Retirement? Who needs it right?

Until Next Time Writer’s and Friends!

Ellie Pulikonda, Author & Writer of “Split Second”

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