Monthly Archives: February 2016

Episode 24 - Sheila Dobbie, Author of Peach Cobbler for Breakfast

By ricklakin

Sheila Dobbie has been writing most of her life beginning with her first published piece in the fourth grade for her elementary school newspaper. She has contributed countless articles over the years to area newspapers about the arts, edited a professional environmental publication, has been a lobbyist for the arts in the schools, and a PR director and founding member of a community arts association.

Ms. Dobbie is also a former English and journalism teacher, construction reporter, entrepreneur, and certified paralegal. As a free-lance writer, she assisted with the research of a book about the Scots at the Alamo and many other projects. Regarding her nom de plume, she says, “I write under my full name to honor those who were an important part of my life when I carried that name and who helped shape who I am.”

She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, John, a dog and a cat. She maintains a blog, Notes from the Pond—in the spirit of Walden, where she records her observations on everything from politics to nature to movie reviews. Visit her at

www.notesfromthepond.com or

www.sheiladobbie.com or

www.peachcobblerforbreakfast.com.



THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE

There is no right way to write. There are probably as many
different ways of writing as there are authors—published and unpublished.
However, I will share my writing process or what works for me.

I have broken down the procedure into six steps. They are:

1.
Topic–The
first step begins with an idea or topic. Many times I let the idea roll around
in my head for weeks before I sit down to write. Is it an original idea? If
not, what can I do to make it different? As an example I am currently working
on a book about the Civil War. This is a topic so vast that if I read every
book ever written about the war and viewed every movie and TV show I doubt I
would finish in this life time.

2.
Research–The
next step is research—tons and tons of research. My general rule is I begin
reading as much as I can about a topic and, when I begin finding the same
information in several publications, I then feel I have covered the subject
adequately. Along with this research it is important to take accurate notes including
where the information came from and, if it is taken from a periodical or the
internet, it should include the date as data changes rapidly in today’s world.

3.
Organize
Now, what do I do with this research? The next step is organization. A rough
outline is helpful. It will probably change a lot by the time you reach the
finished product but this is a good beginning step. From this outline you may
want to start naming and organizing your chapters. Now, consolidate your notes
according to your outline.

4.
Write–The
hard part is the actual writing. Most authors and artists will tell you that
facing a blank page or canvas is somewhat intimidating. By this time there are
usually so many ideas in your head that knowing where and how to start is
difficult. That is why I have developed what I call my “Shot Gun” style of
writing. I put every idea on paper as fast as I can without worrying about
spelling or grammar. I want to get the ideas and wording down before I forget it.

5.
Review–Reviewing
for any mistakes is the next step. Once I finish the essay, news article, or
book chapter I then go back to read for spelling, grammar, and continuity.
Merriam-Webster defines continuity as:
con·ti·nu·i·ty : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union.
Does the
subject matter flow or do ideas jump around? Is each paragraph a complete unit
or is another subject introduced? Are there any vague or unintelligible
sentences? Do I need to elaborate on a topic? Have I been too wordy or repeated
myself and need to delete? Do I need to move sentences or paragraphs around for
a better understanding of the topic? Does the writing flow? Is it easy to read?
Does it communicate?

6.
Edit–Once
the writing is finished the most crucial step is edit, edit, edit! Nothing turns off a discerning reader faster
than misspelled words, poor grammar, and sloppy work. The author instantly
loses credibility if he/she cannot express himself properly. Anyone who turns
in a piece to a publisher without first editing it is a fool. Even the pros
review and revise their work before turning it into their publisher. Many times
it will then be turned over to a professional editor for more polishing. Think
of it not as someone critiquing and criticizing your work but someone polishing
it so all your prose and ideas will shine. This is the icing on the cake for
all your hard work.

My attitude is if my name is on it I want it to be right!

Sheila Dobbie, Author

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast;

Surviving a Life Altering Event

      

Episode 24 – Sheila Dobbie, Author of Peach Cobbler for Breakfast

Sheila Dobbie has been writing most of her life beginning with her first published piece in the fourth grade for her elementary school newspaper. She has contributed countless articles over the years to area newspapers about the arts, edited a professional environmental publication, has been a lobbyist for the arts in the schools, and a PR director and founding member of a community arts association.

Ms. Dobbie is also a former English and journalism teacher, construction reporter, entrepreneur, and certified paralegal. As a free-lance writer, she assisted with the research of a book about the Scots at the Alamo and many other projects. Regarding her nom de plume, she says, “I write under my full name to honor those who were an important part of my life when I carried that name and who helped shape who I am.”

She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, John, a dog and a cat. She maintains a blog, Notes from the Pond—in the spirit of Walden, where she records her observations on everything from politics to nature to movie reviews. Visit her at

www.notesfromthepond.com or

www.sheiladobbie.com or

www.peachcobblerforbreakfast.com.



THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE

 

There is no right way to write. There are probably as many
different ways of writing as there are authors—published and unpublished.
However, I will share my writing process or what works for me.

I have broken down the procedure into six steps. They are:

1.    
Topic–The
first step begins with an idea or topic. Many times I let the idea roll around
in my head for weeks before I sit down to write. Is it an original idea? If
not, what can I do to make it different? As an example I am currently working
on a book about the Civil War. This is a topic so vast that if I read every
book ever written about the war and viewed every movie and TV show I doubt I
would finish in this life time.

 

2.    
Research–The
next step is research—tons and tons of research. My general rule is I begin
reading as much as I can about a topic and, when I begin finding the same
information in several publications, I then feel I have covered the subject
adequately. Along with this research it is important to take accurate notes including
where the information came from and, if it is taken from a periodical or the
internet, it should include the date as data changes rapidly in today’s world.

 

3.    
Organize
Now, what do I do with this research? The next step is organization. A rough
outline is helpful. It will probably change a lot by the time you reach the
finished product but this is a good beginning step. From this outline you may
want to start naming and organizing your chapters. Now, consolidate your notes
according to your outline.

 

4.    
Write–The
hard part is the actual writing. Most authors and artists will tell you that
facing a blank page or canvas is somewhat intimidating. By this time there are
usually so many ideas in your head that knowing where and how to start is
difficult. That is why I have developed what I call my “Shot Gun” style of
writing. I put every idea on paper as fast as I can without worrying about
spelling or grammar. I want to get the ideas and wording down before I forget it.

 

5.    
Review–Reviewing
for any mistakes is the next step. Once I finish the essay, news article, or
book chapter I then go back to read for spelling, grammar, and continuity.
Merriam-Webster defines continuity as:
con·ti·nu·i·ty : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union.
Does the
subject matter flow or do ideas jump around? Is each paragraph a complete unit
or is another subject introduced? Are there any vague or unintelligible
sentences? Do I need to elaborate on a topic? Have I been too wordy or repeated
myself and need to delete? Do I need to move sentences or paragraphs around for
a better understanding of the topic? Does the writing flow? Is it easy to read?
Does it communicate?

 

6.    
Edit–Once
the writing is finished the most crucial step is edit, edit, edit!  Nothing turns off a discerning reader faster
than misspelled words, poor grammar, and sloppy work. The author instantly
loses credibility if he/she cannot express himself properly. Anyone who turns
in a piece to a publisher without first editing it is a fool. Even the pros
review and revise their work before turning it into their publisher. Many times
it will then be turned over to a professional editor for more polishing. Think
of it not as someone critiquing and criticizing your work but someone polishing
it so all your prose and ideas will shine. This is the icing on the cake for
all your hard work.

My attitude is if my name is on it I want it to be right!

 

 

Sheila Dobbie, Author

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast;

Surviving a Life Altering Event

 

Episode 23 - William Barrons - The Homeless Homicides - Chapter 2 - Read by Rick Lakin

By ricklakin

Homeless1000

February 1, 2016 was Bill Barrons 90th Birthday and iCrew Digital Publishing is proud to release his newest book in the series, San Diego Police Homicide Detail, featuring Detective Matt Morgan.

Homeless Homicides

By William Barrons

This is Chapter 2 of the Homeless Homicides

Bill Barrons’ Website: http://williambarrons.com

Visit iCrewDigitalPublishing.com


Other Books by William Barrons


Read Chapter One of The Homeless Homicides

      

Episode 23 – William Barrons – The Homeless Homicides – Chapter 2 – Read by Rick Lakin

February 1, 2016 was Bill Barrons 90th Birthday and iCrew Digital Publishing is proud to release his newest book in the series, San Diego Police Homicide Detail, featuring Detective Matt Morgan.

Homeless Homicides

By William Barrons

This is Chapter 2 of the Homeless Homicides

Bill Barrons’ Website:  http://williambarrons.com

Visit iCrewDigitalPublishing.com


Other Books by William Barrons


Read Chapter One of The Homeless Homicides

Episode 22 - Justice Scalia and predictions through 2018

By ricklakin

I look forward to hearing your comments.


Theme Music is Energy: http://www.bensound.com

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast

      

Episode 21 - Lynette M. Smith - Copyeditor, Author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure

By ricklakin

Lynette-Smith-Heartfelt-Letters-Expert

Lynette M. Smith owns and operates All My Best and Good Ways to Write, a business and nonfiction copyediting service founded in 2004. She holds memberships in Publishers & Writers of San Diego, as well as San Diego Professional Editors Network. Personally and professionally, Lynette abides by The Four Agreements:*

  • Be impeccable with your word.

  • Don’t take anything personally.

  • Don’t make assumptions.

  • Always do your best.

Whenever Lynette is asked why she was moved to establish Good Ways to Write, she tells this story:

When our son Byron married Rachael in 2008, they created lasting memories that touched our hearts: They each wrote a loving letter to their own parents, describing not only their fondest childhood memories but also the values, life lessons, and ideals they would bring to their marriage. At the wedding rehearsal, one at a time, they presented their letters to their parents. Both sets of parents, as well as all others present, were deeply moved. We will always treasure our loving memento.

Byron's_Letter,_Facing_L-72dpi-144pxW-caInspired by Byron and Rachael’s original idea, Lynette has created this website and its tools and products to help you write your own treasured personal letters and business communications, in furtherance of her life’s purpose:

The Big, Achievable Goal

To get millions of people worldwide to write heartfelt letters of appreciation so they can establish, enhance, and even rebuild their relationships and thus change their world.

Theme Music is Energy: http://www.bensound.com

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast

      

Episode 22 – Justice Scalia and predictions through 2018

I look forward to hearing your comments.


Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

 

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast

 

Episode 21 – Lynette M. Smith – Copyeditor, Author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure

Lynette M. Smith owns and operates All My Best and Good Ways to Write, a business and nonfiction copyediting service founded in 2004. She holds memberships in Publishers & Writers of San Diego, as well as San Diego Professional Editors Network. Personally and professionally, Lynette abides by The Four Agreements:* 

  • Be impeccable with your word.

  • Don’t take anything personally.

  • Don’t make assumptions.

  • Always do your best.

Lynette-Smith-Heartfelt-Letters-Expert

Whenever Lynette is asked why she was moved to establish Good Ways to Write, she tells this story:

 
When our son Byron married Rachael in 2008, they created lasting memories that touched our hearts: They each wrote a loving letter to their own parents, describing not only their fondest childhood memories but also the values, life lessons, and ideals they would bring to their marriage. At the wedding rehearsal, one at a time, they presented their letters to their parents. Both sets of parents, as well as all others present, were deeply moved. We will always treasure our loving memento.
 

Byron's_Letter,_Facing_L-72dpi-144pxW-caInspired by Byron and Rachael’s original idea, Lynette has created this website and its tools and products to help you write your own treasured personal letters and business communications, in furtherance of her life’s purpose:
  

  

The Big, Achievable Goal

To get millions of people worldwide to write heartfelt letters of appreciation so they can establish, enhance, and even rebuild their relationships and thus change their world. 

   

Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

 

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast

 

Episode 20 - Marine Corps Daze by William Barrons - Chapter One as read by Rick Lakin

By ricklakin

Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook or on Kindle Unlimited

Available on Createspace as a paperback

Marine
Corps Daze
by William Barrons is a hilarious account of a young man who
enlisted in the USMC on the day after his 17th Birthday of 1943
because his birthday was on a Sunday. He
faced the hardships and glory of the War in the Pacific armed only with a
manual typewriter and an incredible eye for details. His memoire of World War Two and the days
after will jog your memory of locations such as San Diego, Pearl Harbor, the
Marshall Islands and Chicago.

In October of 2015 at the age of 89, Bill Barrons deployed with 80
veterans one last time to Washington, DC with Honor Flight, a national
organization that flies World War II and Korean veterans back to our nation’s
capital to visit the memorials that they fought so hard for. In honor of that experience Bill and his
publisher, iCrewDigitalPublishing.com are donating all of the proceeds of Marine Corps Daze to the San Diego and
Columbus Honor Flight Organizations. In
addition, ICrewDigitalPublishing.com will provide copies of Bill’s book to any
Veteran’s organization for the cost of printing and shipping for the purpose of
fund-raising.

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen
kids. Survived the Great Depression and
joined the Marines the day after I turned 17.
Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japanese. Served 2½ war years in the Marines. Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined
the Marines in 1949, in time for the Korean War. I became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a
Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had
to resign to care for my family. Became
a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago. Then was a kitchen and home remodeling
designer for 22 years. Retired at age 69
and began to research and write novels.
At age 90, I’m still at it!

Theme Music is Energy: http://www.bensound.com

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast

      

Episode 20 – Marine Corps Daze by William Barrons – Chapter One as read by Rick Lakin

Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook or on Kindle Unlimited

Available on Createspace as a paperback

Marine
Corps Daze
by William Barrons is a hilarious account of a young man who
enlisted in the USMC on the day after his 17th Birthday of 1943
because his birthday was on a Sunday.  He
faced the hardships and glory of the War in the Pacific armed only with a
manual typewriter and an incredible eye for details.  His memoire of World War Two and the days
after will jog your memory of locations such as San Diego, Pearl Harbor, the
Marshall Islands and Chicago.

 

In October of 2015 at the age of 89, Bill Barrons deployed with 80
veterans one last time to Washington, DC with Honor Flight, a national
organization that flies World War II and Korean veterans back to our nation’s
capital to visit the memorials that they fought so hard for.  In honor of that experience Bill and his
publisher, iCrewDigitalPublishing.com are donating all of the proceeds of Marine Corps Daze to the San Diego and
Columbus Honor Flight Organizations.  In
addition, ICrewDigitalPublishing.com will provide copies of Bill’s book to any
Veteran’s organization for the cost of printing and shipping for the purpose of
fund-raising.

 

 

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen
kids.  Survived the Great Depression and
joined the Marines the day after I turned 17. 
Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japanese.  Served 2½ war years in the Marines.  Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined
the Marines in 1949, in time for the Korean War.  I became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a
Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had
to resign to care for my family.  Became
a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago.  Then was a kitchen and home remodeling
designer for 22 years.  Retired at age 69
and began to research and write novels. 
At age 90, I’m still at it!

 

Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    

VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

 

Follow me on Twitter @rickspodcast