2011 August Newsletter–Vicki Hinze, Author

On Facebook and Twitter:  On the personal page on FB, we’ve been discussing a little bit of everything, which is pretty normal.  If you want to avoid politics and current events, you might want to stick with the vicki.hinze.author FB page.  Twitter is largely politics and writing, and the Facebook personal page is all over everything–whatever friends want to discuss.  If you’d like to talk current events/politics, you’re surely welcome to do so.  You’ll hear a wide variety of opinions expressed, and all are welcome, provided there is no foul language and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  Minors I mentor and some I don’t visit my page.  It’s good for them to see people with different opinions express them and others receive them, conducting themselves as constructive adults and behaving with dignity and grace.  We don’t see enough of that, in my humble opinion.  And if we don’t, they don’t.  We need to try to be role models worthy of them.

One note.  Facebook limits friends to 5000 on the personal page, and there are over 700 waiting to get on it.  But the author page–http://www.facebook.com/vicki.hinze.author has no limit and so you can get onto it right away.

ON THE BLOG FRONT: 

Because of everything going on here, I’ve been blogging less.  You know I do multiple blogs:  My Kitchen Table (my writing chat blog), Thinking Aloud (a short something to think about), Random Thoughts on Love and Marriage, and My Faith Zone (about my spiritual journey).  Readers asked for one blog where they’d receive all posts, so I created MY MAIN BLOG and tag the type of post by an icon.

Response to that has been very positive, but it’s awfully time-consuming to post all these different ones and then blog in the MAIN blog, too.  Since the type of post can been seen at a glance, I’d like to eliminate the individual blogs and just post the various types to the Main blog.

But before I combine them all and stop posting to the individual blogs, I wanted to check with you to see if you’re okay with that.  Some of you have been reading my blog for a decade–before they were called blogs–and your preferences count with me.  So I’m doing a poll to see what you think.  Please visit http://web.mac.com/vickihinze/Vicki_Hinze_Author/BLOGPOLL.html and let me know your opinion.

 

A “cross your fingers” request.  Sony is looking at four of my books for film.  These things are always a long-shot, but what in writing and life isn’t?  I think we’re at a time where many are hurting and we need (crave) healing stories.  Affirmation that we can heal in tough times.  So if you have a second, please spare a kind thought.  I’d really appreciate it!

 

LIBRARIES.  We know all about the budget crunches and it seems everyone needs money right now, which makes it hard to help because so many of us are without jobs and we need money, too.   This is a critical time for many, but don’t underestimate the value of helping your public library.

Budget slashes have hit us all, and libraries are picking up a lot of slack that individuals and groups once provided and now don’t.  From after-school programs to providing help on resumes and job-hunting, our libraries are doing all they can for the rest of us.  We need to do what we can to help them, too.  That might be in the form of a donation–books or money–or time.  An hour here and there can make a huge difference.

Speaking of wise investments of time…  School is back in session, and as always, there are kids who haven’t gotten the foundation they need to do well coming out of the gate, and so they struggle.  But they don’t have to struggle.  Not if someone will invest some time to work with them one-on-one to help them catch up and get off to a strong start.  This helps the kids on many levels.  Doing well sets the tone for a great attitude about school.  Conversely, struggling… well, how much do you look forward to or like things in which you must constantly struggle?

It doesn’t matter if you have a child there as a student.  Contact the school and volunteer.  Listen to a child read.  Help them recognize letters or numerals or do flash cards–whatever the kids need.  Have fun and make it fun for them.  Tutoring or mentoring kids costs you nothing but a little time and it is an investment in them and their future.  In many households, we have single parents who can’t volunteer.  They’re working, putting food on their tables.  Remember, many teachers’ aides who would have worked with these kids have been laid off due to funding shortages.  Everyone’s feeling the economic squeeze.  So it’s all the more important that those of us who can offer a hand.  No one can do everything for everyone.  But everyone can make a difference to someone.  Set off a ripple!

Until next time, know that I’m grateful for you and your interest in my work and all I’m up to.  I hope summer’s been good to you and that you and yours are safe, well and happy.

Wishing you and yours much joy and many…

Blessings!

Vicki

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About Vicki Hinze
USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of 40+ books, short stories/novellas and hundreds of articles. Published in as many as 63 countries. Featured Columnist for Social-IN Worldwide Network and Book Fun Magazine. Sponsor/Founder of ChristiansRead.com & CleanReadBooks.com. FMI visit www.vickihinze.com.

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