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A Personal Note

There are thousands of people who follow me through this blog and other forms of social media.

THANK YOU.

Some of you have followed me since the publication of my very first book, A Good Home. You and newer friends rejoiced with me when both it, and the sequel, An Honest House, were positively reviewed by critics and well received by book lovers. 

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 Then, when my first children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published, you helped make it an immediate bestseller through your purchases, posts, and reviews.

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THANK YOU.

You haven’t only celebrated with me; you’ve also “accompanied” me to hospitals, commiserated when I pushed myself too hard and relapsed yet again, prayed for my husband when he was critically ill, and encouraged us on some of our worst days.

THANK YOU.

So you may be wondering what on earth has happened to the Cynthia Reyes you know. 

What happened to the woman who proudly wears her sister’s second-hand clothes, fails spectacularly at the domestic arts of cooking, baking and making Christmas arrangements, then writes ridiculous poems or other funny posts to make you laugh at her?

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And why the heck has she seemingly returned to somewhat-serious journalism in the last week or so? Writing about — of all things — a royal couple?

No, I haven’t gone off the deep end. Nor have I gone back to journalism, which some would say is the same thing. But about every two years or so, I find a story that fascinates me so much, I go through the pain and anxiety of researching and writing a whole blog series about it.

Such is the case with the story of the large and interesting international group which has been waging a fierce online defense of Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) against their detractors. That same group surprised onlookers recently by holding a very successful online event to aid charities associated with the couple.

Like Harry and Meghan, this group has the potential to do much good in the world — if they play their cards right. I have enjoyed watching them in action.

Now the series is almost complete, with only one final part to add.  I hope, whether you are a longtime follower or a new one, you will find it interesting.

If you don’t, bear with me, please. 

The Cynthia Reyes you know is still here — she has not “left the building”.  I’ll have personal and author news to share soon, and I look forward to reading your updates too.

My best wishes,

Cynthia.

 

 

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Bloggers Helping Bloggers

It’s one of the big surprises of my writing life.

Discovering that becoming a blogger meant I was joining a worldwide community.  A community that cares, and helps.

I became a blogger because my daughters thought I needed to “get myself out there”. I was struggling with the effects of a head injury and damage to my body; I’d become ashamed of myself and extremely reclusive.

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Blogging helped pull me out of hiding by giving me pen-pals all over the world.  As I read their stories — or their comments on mine — we started getting to know and care about each other’s projects and well-being.  They inspired and uplifted me.

Bloggers also help each other in practical ways:

Tweeting: Some bloggers often/routinely retweet my (and others’) posts. Take a bow, Wendy MacDonald, Sally Cronin, Sarah Vernon, Tina Frisco, Annika Perry, D.G. Kaye and all of you who do this!

Reblogging: It’s a great compliment when followers reblog a post. Props to Sally Cronin; Chris (The StoryReadingApe); Marcia Meara;  Bernadette; and many others who do this routinely.

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Sally Cronin

Helpful insights: Bloggers such as Gallivanta, Clare Pooley and Lavinia are likely to share a helpful insight, fact or contact in their comments. I always take note!

Writing Tips: Bloggers share tips to improve our writing — blogs or books. Props to Michael Dellert, Sue Uttendorfsky, and many others.

Connections: The best story I know is my own. Chris Graham connected me with Jo Robinson to illustrate Myrtle the Purple Turtle. A great partnership was born. I’ve been recommending Jo as an illustrator and editor ever since.

Author Services:  Jo, Kev Cooper,  Jeanne Balsam and others offer one or a range of services at affordable rates:  editing, design, illustration, publishing, promotions and promotional materials such as bookmarks and posters.

Recognition:  Blogger-reviewer-author Kev Cooper reads many books and started the Diamond Book Awards. Other bloggers give book/blog awards too.

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Promotions: Sally and Chris are the best I know, generously promoting what seems like hundreds of authors each year. How they find the time, I don’t know, but  — take a bow, you two!

Featuring other Bloggers: I do this on my blog, as do many others.

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Yvonne Blackwood

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Diane Taylor

Deliberately Buying each other’s Books:   All my purchases/requested Christmas gifts from family are books from small presses and especially by indie authors who blog.  I borrow books by the big-name authors from the library.

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Giving feedback on Manuscripts: When the draft is done but you’re still not sure and a blogger gives feedback, that’s a major gift.

Reading and Reviewing each other’s books: When a blogger reads my book then reviews it on Goodreads, Amazon or even better – their own blog — that’s a gift! Take a bow, everyone who does this! Thanks to bloggers who’ve done this for me.

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Spreading the Word:  We spread the word about each other’s books in circles beyond blogging. Lavinia Ross and Gallivanta: Thank you for spreading the word about Myrtle in your own circles and beyond.

Praying/holding faith for each other: We celebrate other bloggers’ “wins”. Invariably, we also learn about their life struggles. When my husband was critically ill, bloggers around the world expressed concern. Many were praying. And when my blogger friends or loved ones face troubles, I do the same.

Been helped by bloggers or helped? Please share!

 

A Good Home, Blogging Community, Flowers, Valerie Rowley

FLOWERS FOR VAL

There are times when words just aren’t enough.

So I send flowers on my blog to individuals going through happy times, sad times — or just because.

This time, the flowers are for someone whom many of you may remember: my friend Valerie. With husband Chris, pet dogs, chickens, their beautiful gardens, home and farm — Val graced these pages about 4 times in the last two years, and many more times through her kind comments here.

Val is very ill right now. These flowers are sent to her from bloggers who read about her and from my own family too.

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From Gallivanta in New Zealand
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From Cindy Knoke, USA
Blog Flowers For Val from Wendy MacDonald
From Wendy MacDonald, Canada
Blog Flower from Natalie Scarberry
From Natalie Scarberry, USA
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From Jeni Rankin, Scotland
Blog Flowers for Val From Amy and Alan the Greyhound
From Amy Grant (and her greyhound Alan), USA
Blog flower from Laurie Graves
From Laurie Graves, USA
Blog Flowers for Val from Diane Taylor
From Diane Taylor, Canada
Blog flowers for Val from Chris
From Chris, Canada
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From Katherine, Gibraltar
Blog Flowers for Val from Lavinia
From Lavinia and Rick, USA
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From Ann Moser, Canada
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From Derrick Knight, UK
Blog Flowers for Val from Jason
From Jason, USA
Blog flowers for Val from Margaret
From Margaret Mair, Canada
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From MT McGuire, UK
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From Cynthia, Hamlin and Family

Love and prayers, dear Val and Chris.

I thank you for welcoming my blog community into your home, and above all, thank you for being you.

**Blogger friends: You are welcome to send a flower for Val. I will add it here.

Cynthia.