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I “quipped” the quote “A REAL writer knows when to hit the delete key.” when I started my blog years ago, and now I have merchandise that helps spread the word!

As a blogger, I can WRITE and WRITE and WRITE…but not everyone wants to READ and READ and READ! So, I learned (the hard way) to write down all my thoughts THEN hit the delete key to get my point down to the fewest words possible.

The same goes with video! I might film an hour our footage then CUT it down to less than 30 minutes. Editing is a challenge, but well worth the final results.

So, check out my merchandise and help spread the word!

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The Break by Katherena Vermette AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

I listened to the audiobook on #hoopla available from my local library #lincolnparishlibrary but you can find it on #audible.

This book was “suggested” by Hoopla based on the other books I have read and I always like to take a look at what it recommended. The description was intriguing so I checked it out.

Unfortunately, I only got to listen to a couple of chapters at first and I had to go back because I fell asleep…not because of the book, but because I enjoy listening to books to help me fall asleep because I have severe tinnitus and fibromyalgia listening to distracts me from the pain and annoying ringing in my ears!

But this is a GREAT book and I wanted to listen to it when I was AWAKE!

WOW! This is truly a gripping story. The book is written in a style that really worked for the characters and it is well deserving of the awards it received and more!

The topic was extremely rough but “hearing” it through the voices of the characters really pulled me into the story.
I was hooked!

This is one of those BINGE listening audiobooks that I enjoyed over a weekend. I am one of those (apparently few) people who can listen to audiobooks while doing something else and still be capable of doing both. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while traveling and I have even listened during my 15 minute commute to work. I especially like listening to audiobooks when walking, relaxing with my iPad games of solitaire, puzzles, mahjong, or dominoes.

BUT…I feel that listening to THE BREAK on audiobook benefitted me personally over reading it because the narrator, Michaela Washburn, and her amazing talent gave voice inflections and intonations to the character that I might not have “read” and I was more absorbed by the realism she brought to this incredible story. She (Katerena Vermette with her writing) created characters distinctive enough with their voices that it was easy to follow along.

After reading this book, I checked out another book review (something I rarely do) on YouTube and found NATIVE BOOK WARRIOR ‘s book discussion (spoilers) and book review (non-spoiler) and I encourage my readers to check out her channel! She describes the story so eloquently that I pale by comparison! So please check out Kim’s videos and give them a like!

I am only 1/32 Cherokee Indian and it is sad how quickly Indigenous blood is diluted through the generations and the features more prominent in my Grandmother have softened into almost nonexistence in my sons.

I recommend this book to book clubs because it is definitely one you will want to discuss with others!

COMING SOON! My NEW YouTube Channel!

I am excited to announce that I have just started my YouTube channel: The Delete Key!

I call it “The Delete Key” like my blog, because “A real writer knows when to hit the delete key.”

I have had so much fun this past year growing my channel, A Happy Hoarder, that I thought I’d add a new channel to show share my joy of writing, reading, and watching movies with GREAT stories!

In 2013, I went through the challenging publishing process of my first book, The Kitchen Dance.

I thought I knew what I was doing then. I mean I read books on writing, but more important…I READ BOOKS period!

You see, I am a reader!

Or I should say, “Listener” because I have always preferred to listen to audiobooks over page turning because I’m like a Raccoon and love to keep my hands busy doing something else besides turning pages…like playing solitaire, mahjong, or games on my iPad but mostly because I am an artist and I enjoy listening to a good book while creating my art.

Now, I have written a LOT of books, screenplays, plays, and stories and I have many more ideas jotted down for future projects…but I have only published one book. And it wasn’t a great experience…at all.

How does this make ME a writer you ask?

Because I know when to hit the delete key!

In other words, I know how important editing is to the process and if YOU are a writer, then you know what I mean.

Because pouring all your thoughts out on paper is one thing. But creating something someone else would want to read is another.

Since publishing The Kitchen Dance, I have read SOOOOO many books on writing and attended enough group meetings, seminars, workshops, and conventions that HAD I been taking college courses instead…I would have at least a master’s degree. AND THEN…you’d believe I knew what I was talking about!

I just know that at first, writing was very organic for me.

I knew what I liked to read so I wrote what I liked. Then I once started studying “How to Write” that pretty much killed my will to publish. BUT I STILL LOVE TO WRITE!

SO, what I really feel that I need is a mentor. Not some fancy pants published author who charges a nominal fee for their advice.

I wanted someone who not only knew about the process of writing, the challenges of publishing, and MOST important…WHAT do people really want to read?

Since I couldn’t find that someone (or afford that someone), I thought I’d just create a new channel where liked minded people can communicate about what MAKES a good story.

Therefore, I will be covering BOOKS I’ve read or am reading, MOVIES, PLAYS, and what I have learned or am still learning about writing.

And I’d really love for you to be a part of it!

So please join me, and leave a comment, even if you don’t agree with everything I say, AFTER ALL that is how a writer creates “friction” in a story.

AND remember “A real writer knows when to hit the delete key.”