Good News, Dear Margaux

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May 27, 2015

Dear Margaux,

What a pleasant surprise when I opened my mailbox last week and found that the U.S. Postal Service had delivered this notecard from you!

Girl Scout Margaux letter without last name

I am so glad you enjoyed my presentation “One Day in the Life of a Writer.” I was happy to learn that I am not the only one who wakes up in the middle of the night wanting to jump out of bed to write down ideas. It makes me feel better that you said the same thing happens to you. 

GS scribe badge I was not aware that my visit helped your troop earn your Scribe badges until I read the Girl Scout blog.

Tomorrow I am attending the  Girl Scout Fundraiser for adults at the Catamount Ranch and Club.  I am excited! I have my ticket! What a cool fundraising idea to have some of the best chefs around creating savory appetizers from sweet Girl Scout Cookies.  It will be interesting to see what the chefs will be serving up. I’d better take my camera! If your mom is coming, tell her I have saved a book for her and will bring it along incase she hasn’t yet ordered a copy.

Enjoy your outings, meetings and the friendships you have made through the Girl Scouts. I think I mentioned to your troop that I made life-long friends through scouting.

Keep on Writing! And remember the good news we shared about life “There are always flowers for those who want to see them!”


Mrs. Sue Leonard (aka author Sue Batton Leonard)

Award-winning author of Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected 

and short stories – Lessons of Heart & Soul.

Livin’ in the Moment

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It’s Friday, let’s end the week with something else fun and entertaining.  If you are a baby boomer, you’ll remember this little ditty. .

When we hear songs like these, it reminds us of another era.As someone who has just penned a memoir, I can tell you looking back and reminiscing can be bittersweet depending on your own life events.

Some people have a hard time letting go of old memories. When memories are difficult it’s unhealthy not to let them go. But, if they are beautiful, hold on tight to them because those memories can help get you through the rough patches that come with being human.

When we  do the “hokey pokey” and shake things up, we find fulfilling things in our midst and get opportunities to experience some of life’s unexpected pleasures. As Louis Tomlinson once said, “Live life for the moment, for everything else is uncertain.

Hokey Pokey 3   Hokey Pokey 2From time to time we must ask ourselves “What am I doing to put a little zip in my everyday routines? ” Doing something totally out of character gives us all something to write home about, don’t you think? As Will Self once said “Live life and write about life!”

As a memoirist, I’m all for that!

This blog is brought to you by Sue Batton Leonard, author of Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.


Relationships and the Journey

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Work is holy, sacred, and uplifting when it springs from who we are, when it bears a relationship to our unfolding journey.” — Wayne Teasdale

Teasdale’s concept of work is interesting. I suppose he would say I have been doing some “holy work” since what I write about “springs from who I am” and what interests me as I have journeyed along with this industry of independent publishing. And I find my work extremely fulfilling – every day is an uplifting opportunity to share what I am doing through my writing.

Fortunately, there are others who are on the same path as I am, writing their own stories for film, books or through music in hopes of publishing it.  We share commonalities. I like the synchronicity of energy.

Marketing a publication (or product or service) successfully through the web takes skill in knowing how to identify your audience and how to reach out to prospective buyers. Have you been building the right relationships along your journey to independent publishing?


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