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Sunday, February 21, 2021

If you'd like to read more of a favorite author's work, here a few are ways to help out.

 cj Sez: An archived post updated to 2021’s still relevant.

   What follows is a stream of consciousness post about a few free and easy ways to Support Your Local Writers, whether you’re a writer or a reader.

If you’re a writer  

  Invite guest bloggers. When you have a guest, send out “Coming Attractions” promotions on Facebook, Twitter, et al. Be sure to give your guest space to say something about their own books.

   Join a (virtual) critique group and be willing to give your fellow authors’ work a fair critique. Be kind but be honest. Start with kind. 

   If a writer-friend wants to just sit and talk, adjust your mask, grab a 
chair across the table, and listen. Writing is a lonely occupation, and most other people don't understand. 

   Encourage each other. Writing is not a competition; everyone can be successful.

If you’re a reader (and since writers are also readers, this applies to everyone) 

   If you’ve read one of their books, post a review…please. Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, Twitter, Instagram … wherever you can. The briefest of words can be helpful.

   Like and comment on authors' posts on their Facebook pages. Facebook's algorithms only show posts that FB decides other members would like to see. That means the more likes and comments a post gets, the more people will see it.


Celebrating Black History Month

Katherine johnson

   From  On February 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn successfully completed his mission to be the first American to orbit the earth, but did you know it was really a group of Black female engineers and programmers that got him safely into orbit and home again?

   During World War II, NASA recruited a group of women to act as “computers.” These women became the first Black managers at Langley, and when Glenn was ready to be thrust into space, he trusted one of those women’s calculations more than he trusted the NASA computers. 

   “Despite Glenn's trajectory being planned by computers, Glenn reportedly wanted (mathematician and “human computer” Katherine) Johnson herself to run through the equations to make sure they were safe.”

 Read more about three of these extraordinary human computers here: 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou


cj Sez: That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on
keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

P.S.  Signed copies of my stand-alone novels (suspense with a touch of romance) are available at The Haunted Bookshop. TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from an indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here:

   The store has re-opened to limited hours, so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too. 

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