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Friday Fragments… Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month I attend a Press Club Luncheon. I enjoy most of the guest speakers we have but this past week our speakers were interesting and actually fun. They brought puppets; they actually design/build and operate puppets. They were cute too, the guys and the puppets!

Monkey Boys Productions  is a unique multi-medium production company that creates puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage.

Co-founders Michael Latini and Marc Petrosino blend their experience in the entertainment field, their unique sense of fun, and their clients’ needs, along with old and new techniques, to create stunning work.

These guys built the props, including the moving podium for the Melissa McCarthy/ Sean Spicer skit on Saturday Night Live. Have you seen the skit?

https://youtu.be/UWuc18xISwI?list=PLDjYoYKR-vOK8FhOuGitDXPg5sRQZFNKH

How cool is that?

Could politics be more interesting? I know some are so upset but I am definitely not in the camp that thinks it’s the end of the world. I think it’s all so fascinating to watch and I’m confident when all the dust settles we will all be better off for it all. As far as the health care bill being trashed, I couldn’t be happier. This is exactly what I hoped would happen. That new health care bill was just a mirror image of Obama Care. They need to put together something that works for everyone and it needs to be 100 pages or less. Honestly I wish they would just repeal Obama Care and not replace it at all. When the Government gets involved it creates too much paperwork, too much bureaucracy and it always cost more! I would prefer they allow health insurance to be purchased over state lines and then let the markets scramble to pick up the pieces. The best companies will win the consumers and the prices will drop dramatically. For those low income seniors and families, Medicaid needs to cover them and it needs to be fixed so good doctors will accept it. For those that voted for President Trump, they are not upset with him at all. I think most if not all are disappointed, even furious with Paul Ryan for trying to sell BS.

Are you following the April the giraffe saga? I have said all along her name is April and that baby giraffe will be born in April. I’m hoping for April Fool’s Day. She has been pregnant for 18-months now and her baby will be six-feet-tall at birth.

 

Who is participating in the A-Z April Blogging Challenge? This is my 5th year. My theme this year is going to be writing, because I wrote a book on writing. News on and the cover reveal for Realize Your Writing Dreams is coming soon! For more information on the Challenge:

 

I am looking forward to a busy Spring season. For SCORE I’m presenting 4-seminars on marketing. The NJ SCBWI is the first week of June. Registration opens Sunday! / I’m presenting a workshop there on book marketing. The second week of June is The Philadelphia Writers Conference  and I am presenting a three day workshop on The Truth about Memoir. Registration opens April 1st!

The 3rd week of June is our family beach week and I cannot wait!

I haven’t had much TV time this past week. My DVR is pretty full. I did catch up with the drama on the Beverly Hills Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. Tom and Katie get married this Monday! I was sad to hear Nick and Sonja from Married at First Sight filed for divorce

I didn’t have a lot of time for cooking this week but I did put together something so good together in the slow cooker. I’m calling it Chicken Comfort. It was like thick and creamy chicken soup. Delicious!

 

4 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 onion

1 family size can of Cream of Chicken Soup

1 package of egg noodles

1 can of peas

2 tablespoons of 21 Seasoning Salute

2 teaspoons of sea salt

2 teaspoons of black pepper

1 tablespoon of basil

3 large boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

Turn slow cooker on high. Add cream of chicken soup and a full can of water. Stir.

In a large skillet melt the butter then add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes then add the chicken strips. Flip the chicken several times until it is browned (or whitend.) Sprinkle the chicken with the basil, salt, seasoning and pepper. Cook another 2 minutes and add to slow cooker and stir. Turn temperature down to low and cook for 4-hours.

Cook and drain noodles. Add to slow cooker. Stir in the peas. Heat for another half hour and serve.

What are your weekend plans? I will be doing some writing and revising; creating a slide show for Monday’s Resisting Happiness Series and attending a Neumann University Baseball Game with my granddaughter Allyson. Her boyfriend, Danny is playing.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Doreen

Are You Ready for the A-Z Challenge?

WRITING WEDNESDAY

It is almost time for the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge and you will definitely need to go to the website to catch up! There are a few major changes this year.

So what exactly is the A-Z Blogging Challenge?

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from

A toZ?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.

        Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

There you have it. My theme this year is Writing, Publishing and Marketing because my next book, Realize Your Writing Dreams will be releasing this summer! I hope you will accept the challenge.

For more info on the challenge visit the official web site:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

Happy writing,

Doreen

 

It’s #MusicMonday featuring Philly Cuzz…

MUSIC MONDAY

My father was in the airline business so as a child our vacations always involved first-class air travel, exotic locations and 5-star hotels. Looking back now I am so grateful for the opportunities I had and the wonderful memories. I remember waiting on our front porch in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia for my parents to gather my younger siblings and our luggage. Dressed in my best Sunday dress and those darn pinching Mary Jane shoes I watched several of our neighbors getting ready to leave on their vacations. They all had station wagons and were all headed ‘down the shore.’ The kids were dressed in their Ked’s and shorts and looked so happy as they packed picnic baskets, beach toys and towels into the back of their cars. I thought they were so lucky. That is probably why I love Doo Wop music and the Jersey Shore so much today!

Once my aunt and uncle purchased a home in Ocean City I was lucky enough to visit. My grandmother was the one that usually took us and what fun that drive was. My cousins and I would beg her to keep pushing the buttons on the radio until our favorite songs would come on. We would wind down the windows and sing as loud as we could.

Whenever I hear Doo Wop music my mind immediately floods with memories of the Jersey Shore. We are now sharing our shore memories and making new ones with our grandchildren and introducing them to our favorite summertime music.

Today I would like to introduce you to (if you don’t already know him) Philly ‘Cuzz’ Battaglia. Philadelphia has launched many talented performers and Cuzz is definitely on that list. He is a songwriter, pianist, singer and producer. He is introducing Doo Wop to a national audience and when my grandkids love it I know it’s cool again!

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Why Are Wigs So Popular…

 

 

Wigs are so popular and it’s because the quality these days is amazing! Who knew you could sleep, swim and even style human hair wigs? It has never been easier to reinvent your look over and over and to accentuate your natural beauty affordably.

Divatress has a huge selection of sassy and chic wigs, weaves and braids in all price points, many are on sale!

For a natural and seamless look you can’t go wrong with a lace front human hair wig. The company offers many styles, sexy, curly, straight, natural, tousled and shiny.

How cute is this?

 

 And it comes in all these colors and more!

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Leave me a link so I can read your fragments!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The Nor-Easter/blizzard was sort of a bust but it was still 6 or 7 inches of snow with an inch of ice on top of that. It was pretty until I had to go out to present a workshop an hour and 15 minutes away.

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It’s #Writing Wednesday Lets talk Publishing…

I am excited to be presenting a workshop on publishing at the Doylestown Bookshop Wednesday March 15!

Doreen McGettigan and The Doylestown Bookshop are hosting a workshop on publishing on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm! Doreen is a consultant and coach on all things writing and the author of The Stranger in My Recliner and Bristol Boyz Stomp.

GET PUBLISHED!

So you want to write a book and have no idea how the business of publishing works? Have you written a book and need to make a decision about publishing? Have you tried everything and haven’t received a publishing offer? The business of books has changed drastically over the last few years and it continues to evolve. In this workshop you will learn:

  • The four publishing choices available and how they each operate
  • Learn the pros and cons of each of the choices
  • How to figure out which publishing path is best for you and your book
  • How to write a professional and winning proposal, query and a log line
  • How to find your agent
  • What is a tribe, what is a platform and do you need them
  • Join us for a productive workshop and a little fun.

Doreen McGettigan is the author of two books with a third releasing summer 2017. She teaches publishing at Delaware County Community College, is a Press Club board member and facilitates their Professional Development Workshop Series. Doreen also volunteers with SCORE, presenting seminars on marketing. She speaks at conferences around the country and will be presenting the memoir workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference in June and a workshop on Marketing at the SCBWI Conference also in June. About Doreen

As the president of Intrepid Marketing, Inc. Doreen consults with and coaches writers/authors on all things writing, publishing and marketing. She is an award winning blogger, content writer, ghostwriter, speaker and an author.

The workshop is Free but you must register:

http://www.doylestownbookshop.com/event/workshop-get-published-doreen-mcgettigan

I hope to see you there,

Doreen

 

It’s #MusicMonday w/#LilEdd

MUSIC MONDAY

I’d like to introduce you to a talented young Independent Rapper from North Carolina, Edd Rosa or ‘Lil Edd as he is known by his family and his fans.

After a failed relationship in middle school resulted in a broken heart, Edd began expressing his feelings by writing lyrics. He wrote verse after verse.

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post in the comments…

We’ve been having the most unusually warm winter and deep in my gut I knew…it was coming.

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#WritingWednesday/Press Releases…

WritingWednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

Public Relations/ Press Releases

Just when you thought writing the book was the hard part you were told you had to write a synopsis, then an outline, a proposal and the hardest of all a query letter. You finish all of those and breathe a big sigh of release only to find out you need to write marketing, advertising and PR plans and those include writing press releases and media pitches.

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FOODIE FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post in the comments…

I hate being the person that says, “Wow this week went really fast,” because time really doesn’t move faster or slower, right? Whatever, this week and the short month of February seemed to go by really fast.

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