5th Anniversary Announcement of New Feature: Community Forum

Anniversary Announcement: New Community Forum Feature!

May 5, 2019

 

Dear friends,

Five years ago this month – on May 10th, I think – I started this little blog for writers and creative people of all types.  It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already!  In some ways it feels like yesterday, and that is good because apparently visitors find something here that ‘fits’ or speaks to them in some way.  Some folks even stay and follow Magic Lamp here and/or on my Magic Lamp Edits Facebook page.  In fact, as of April 30th, we’re up to 160 followers here.  Thank you to everyone, longtime followers and brand new, and welcome!

For those who are new here, here’s a little background.  When I first started the Prompter Room feature, two to three years ago now, I found inspirational quotes to share every day, words that I hoped prompted some creative energy for your work.  Many of you are writers and poets, and there are photographers, fashion designers, crafters, builders, visual artists, graphic designers, and so many other unique artists among us. 

I used to add my own thoughts every day as well.  After a little over a year, the daily posts became too much – I was dealing with major health issues, it was getting difficult to find new thought-provoking quotes, but mostly I found my own reflections were losing their freshness.  I didn’t want to start repeating myself.  So I switched to twice a week for the Prompter Room, Tuesdays and Fridays, with no reflection.  That’s been much more manageable. 

It’s also been more enjoyable for me.  I spend quite a lot of time looking for passages that might speak to our collective creativity, whatever our genres.  Maybe you need a boost to start a new project, or finish one.  Maybe you’re stuck on a character’s development and progress.  Maybe you read or heard something that threw down a barrier and you need a hand up and over to start painting again.  Wherever you are in your creative process, in whatever genre, I hope the Prompter Room posts have helped, or made you think, or given you more confidence in your work.

For some time now, I’ve been thinking of ways to make Magic Lamp and the Prompter Room more interactive, more of a community, where we can talk with each other.  Now that we’re at the fifth anniversary, I thought this would be a good time to try to form a group for folks who are interested.  I don’t know how to do that on WordPress, other than the occasional comments readers post for me, but I think it can be done via Facebook.

So I have created a Community Forum group on the Magic Lamp Editing Services page on Facebook.  I can invite Facebook followers in a group message; as far as I know, though, I can’t do that through Word Press.  If you’re interested, then, there are two ways to join.

If you’re on Facebook already, please go to the Facebook group (look for Magic Lamp Editing Services).  Go to the page’s menu on the left, scroll all the way down to ‘Community,’ and ask to be included.  Be sure to tell me you’re following my WordPress blog.  I’ve made the Community Forum a closed group.  That way potential members or casual visitors can see only the name of the group, its purpose, and my name as administrator (Genie Rayner).  The public cannot see any of the content of our conversations or members’ comments.

This isn’t quite what I had in mind – I’d hoped to set up a group on WordPress – but I do hope you’ll visit the Facebook Community Forum, and perhaps even join up! 

If you’re not already on Facebook, here’s the link to check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/425809148153066/?ref=bookmarks .  This takes you straight to the Community Forum.

Staying true to the original intent of the Magic Lamp blog, I invite you to post short editing questions or concerns – Is the syntax in this paragraph correct?  Did I get the tenses right?  How much dialogue is too much?  Where does the apostrophe go? etc. – but also general questions or thoughts or ideas about creativity and the creative process.  Or maybe one of the Prompter Room posts got you thinking in a new way.  Of course, you can always write to me on my WordPress blog page, too.  (And if you want to talk about a longer project with editing needs, please send me a private message and/or go to the ‘About’ page on my blog.)

We’re all creating together and I hope we can help, encourage, and support each other.  (Maybe someone can give me a nudge, please, to get past my major blocks with my novel-in-progress and my poetry.  I haven’t written a poem in a couple of years, and I really miss my muse …)

So Happy 5th Anniversary, everyone!  Thank you again for sharing this space with me, and I hope to get to know some of you better in the Community Forum on Facebook.

 

As always, blessings on your work!

~~ Genie

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled blog reading for …

 

On behalf of my dear friend Brian Baker, I am excited to announce that his book Mitigating Circumstances: A Detective’s Stories of Forgiveness & the Fruit of God’s Love is now available for early sales!  (If you order before copies reach bookstores in June, you can save up to 33%.)

Click here to order from Amazon.com.  You can visit Brian at his Website at http://www.detectivebaker.com, and on Facebook at his Detective Brian Baker, Author page.  He’s also on Twitter.

I was privileged to serve as the primary editor for this manuscript as it was in process, so I am beyond delighted to see and share the finished and finely-polished product!  Mitigating Circumstances: A Detective’s Story is a remarkable, memorable, and moving account of how Brian grew from a gritty PI into a more loving, compassionate, and God-centered advocate for criminal offenders and their families, and for victims and their families.  Whatever the circumstances, lives were, and still are, changed for the better.

Brian has a Master’s degree in criminology from Vermont College.  In addition to his work as a private investigator and security consultant, Brian is an adjunct professor at Penn State in criminology and intro to criminal justice.

Please do yourself a favor and read this book!  The people and their stories – and Brian’s story – will stay with you for a long, long time.

 

Blessings!

~~ Genie

 

Review of A Proud Little Town!

Friends, I don’t want to fawn too much in public, but I can’t tell you how thrilled, gratified, and humbled I am to receive this unsolicited review of my recently-released novella A Proud Little Town.  A prolific writer and creative studies pioneer, Margaret was one of my advisors in the MA program I was in several years ago, and I am honored to call her friend still.  Thank you so much for your generous words and for the opportunity to share them!

 

Hi, Genie.  Just wanted to let you know that I just finished reading your Arlington novel and really enjoyed it.  I couldn’t believe it when I read at the end that it’s almost all fiction.  Having driven through Arlington several times … I was totally convinced you were practically a native.  I was impressed how redemptive the outcome was for everybody (no villains) and how cooperative the townsfolk were.  I particularly enjoyed Bud’s point of view, the discovery of the ancient bones, and the ritual at the end.  I could imagine other books in the series presented from the viewpoints of other characters.  Your writing certainly captures the spirit and life-detail of living in Vermont.  And the nature descriptions with the focus on the effectiveness of collaboration to protect our environment are really wonderful.

Brava!

 

As I wrote back to Margaret, I am currently working on the next book in the series – I’ve actually made decent progress in the last couple of days – but if you want to check out A Proud Little Town now, you can click here.  It’s also available on Kindle here.

Thank you, Margaret, and bless you!

~~ Genie

A Proud Little Town

Greetings, friends!  I’m popping in for a few minutes to announce that my novella, A Proud Little Town, is now available in paperback and on Kindle!

Thank you for sharing some of my 15-month journey as I crafted this, my second work of long fiction.  Book Two of this new occasional series is in process, so I expect you’ll see more as the year goes by.

The following is the back cover blurb.  If this interests you, the links to order are below.

Early praise for A Proud Little Town

“ … This is the kind of book I would buy, the kind many people want to read.  Everybody right now is so bombarded with horrible news, this comes as a fresh, uplifting, joyful mystery where people change and heal …”

– Christine Greenspan, MA in poetry therapy, author, and founder of Flowers and Flutes at www.feelbetterphotos.com.

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Welcome to Arlington, Vermont – a small town with a famous history, a lot of stories to tell, and a bit of a problem.   The idyllic Lye Brook Wilderness Area and its small rookery of great grey herons are under threat from development, which Dr. Abby Phillips’ group actively opposes.  While the developers and the townspeople are at loggerheads, voices from beneath the earth start to speak.  Only one person hears them, but even he doesn’t know what they are at first, or what they’re saying.  Will he understand in time to make a difference?

A Proud Little Town, the first in the occasional Arlington Town series, introduces the reader to the unique history and landscape of Vermont and its people through the characters of Abby, Will Putnam of the Putnam Academy, resident shaman Bud Belanger, the widow Elnora Rushlow, recent transplant Flora MacDonald, and all the good folks who gather at Gina Frost’s diner on behalf of their beloved little town and the herons. 

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