How to Participate in a Join.Me Web Conference

There are a number of web conferencing / webinar services such as GoToWebinar, Instant Teleseminar, and Join.Me.

I observe that the moment someone meets a new platform, they go into freeze mode, followed by whining and flailing of arms (perhaps metaphorically) "I don't know what to DO-OO-OO-OO!"

This very thing happened when I tried getting an author friend into a Join.Me webinar. Just because she hadn't seen it, all of a sudden, the perfectly normal activities of dialing a phone and clicking a link became foreign to her.

Yep, that's all it is.

If you can dial a phone and click a linbk, you can join a Join.Me web conference.

I use Join.Me because its affordable and it has a few tools, like being able to circle things onscreen.

Here's what to do.  Watch the video tutorial.

If you decide to use join.me, feel free to share this tutorial with your attendees.

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44 Ways to Reach Your Audience: Content Formats for Authors

As an author, sure you're going to write, but why not shake things up from the usual string of paragraphs? Here are 44 ways you can share "content" - share the good stuf your readers crave.

Some examples of content formats are:

  • Vlog - video blog
  • lists
  • "Day in the Life" posts
  • Giveaways
  • Reviews

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Book Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Since every author needs social media and since I'm always reading articles and books to keep on top of things, I thought I'd share one of the excellent books about social media.

And it won't overwhelm you with hundreds of services you don't understand, either. Please take a close look at this book review and grab your copy of...

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

One thing I love about this book is that it won't overwhelm you. It gets right to the questions you probably have including:

  • How to optimize your profile
  • How to get more followers
  • How to respond to comments

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How Can Fiction Writing Techniques Amp Up Your Nonfiction? Video Tutorial

PoIf you're only or primarily a nonfiction writer, you may not have thought about blending good fiction writing skills into the mix.

Just like a good novel, your nonfiction, how-to or self help book will capture your reader's attention much better when you see the world through the eyes of a storyteller.

Watch this video tutorial to see how.

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Authors: 21 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

As an author, you know you need to be in social media. That's NOT a news flash, is it?

You can't just barf out links to buy your book and expect people to fall all over themselves rushing to buy your book. That's obvious, right? Yet, you'd be surprised how often I see link-barfers wondering why their sales are lagging.

Book marketing isn't about being pushy. It's about building relationships and getting people excited about your book.

Here are 21 rules for an effective social media marketing strategy. The golden nugget is to be a person of value and share other people's good stuff too. Here are the rules... Continue reading

Indie Publishers: Make the Most of Kindle Unlimited Video Tutorial

Kindle Unlimited is like Netflix for books. It's Amazon's $10/month unlimited lending library. Some indie publishers complain all their book sales dried up since enrolling their books. Others are doing great.

Kindle Unlimited

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to make the most of it.

Some ideas to Keep Kindle Unlimited from Robbing You of Royalties:

  • Put only the first book in a series into KDP Select.
  • OR enroll a book for 3 months then take it out.
  • OR rotate boks in and out of the program, perhaps once a year.
  • Remember you can exclude a KDP Select title from KU by following the procedure

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Writing Tips: Writing British Characters? Use These Britishisms

If you're British, you might be offended if someone says , "Please hand me my fanny pack." That particular "f word" means  something less tasteful on that side of the "pond."

I've read books by American authors that include a British character Few make the dialogue sound real. There's a different cadence, and the idioms  are nowhere near th same.

If someone calls you a tosser, they're saying you're an idiot.

A dodgy person is suspicious.

Here's an infographic that might help you!

British Expressions

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Amazon Censorship: Interact with an Author and Your Book Review Goes Down!

If I have ever connected with you on the social web and I've reviewed your book - grab a screen capture, because Amazon might tear it down any second.

If I have ever reviewed your book on this site, the Amazon review I also do could be pulled down. Why? Simply because I interact with authors whose books I review, whether I know you or not. And the way Amazon is behaving, that means reviews from people like me, including your friends, fans, and anyone who tweets or FB's you, could be censored by Big Brother Amazon.

Big Brother Amazon: "We removed your customer review because you know the author."

Here is a snippet from an article in The Guardian.

Amazon accused of 'Big Brother' tactics over customer reviews

Author Jas Ward has launched change.org petition after it emerged that the retail giant is monitoring social networks to screen would-be reviewers
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Friends not welcome ... the Amazon logo pictured at a press conference. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

If you interact with an author in any way online, beware: Amazon might decide that you’re “friends” and ban you from leaving a review of their latest book. The online retailer appears to have tightened up its review policy to weed out people boosting their mates’ books with glowing notices, but whatever algorithms they’re using to work this out seem also to be catching anyone who engages with their favourite writers on social media. The policy has prompted allegations of “Big Brother” activity and sparked a petition calling on Amazon to reverse the decision, organised by US romance author Jas Ward, which is heading towards 11,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Ward has penned an open letter to Amazon on the change.org petition site, writing: Read More

This is CENSORSHIP plain and simple.

Social media and email mean that even the loftiest star authors ae no longer out of reach. Most authors have a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, Instagram, and the like.

  • If you know an author, you may not be able to review their book.
  • If you tweet your favorite author, you're out as a reviewer too.
  • If you read a great book and review it and tag the author in social, watch out!

This is bad for authors and avid readers alike! Reviews are highly valuable and should not be stopped.

Amazon Customer Review Guidelines

friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.

So...Tweeting someone now makes them a close friend or family member? When did that happen?

What can you do

1. Sign the petition.

2. Tell your author and reader friends.

3. Make a lot of noise all over the web to bring this censorship to light!

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Amazon’s Indie Author Smackdown: Changes to KDP Select Payouts

Amazon has changed the way it pays authors who participate in the KDP Select program. Here is the email from Amazon:

In mid-June, we announced a change to the way we will pay for authors’ participation in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) (https://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=786). Starting today, the payout of the KDP Select Global Fund will be based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read.

 

In mid-July, we will post results for the fund in June, expected to be at least $11M, making June the largest monthly payout so far. As previously announced, the KDP Select fund for July and August will also be at least $11M.

KDP authors can now see the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0) for each of their KDP Select titles on the "Promote and Advertise" page in their Bookshelf (https://kdp.amazon.com/bookshelf). Please keep in mind that, because it is based on settings specific to this program and intended to normalize the count across all KDP Select titles, KENPC may well vary from page counts listed on a book’s Amazon detail page or page counts for a print book. As measured using KENPC, during the month of June, KU and KOLL customers read nearly 1.9 billion Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENPs) of KDP Select books.

For information about how we determine a book’s Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0), you can read more here:  https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN.

 

We welcome your continued feedback and ideas about how we can further improve Kindle Direct Publishing and Kindle Unlimited.

 

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Some questions Authors have:

What's a Kindle page?

There are no page numbers in Kindle, and anyone can adjust the font. Thus, it is unclear what they're calling a page. They're normalizing, but will it really be in our favor?

How will this affect payouts for the average indie publisher?

The program is new enough that it's hard to tell.

Screwdriver

It feels to me like a way to apply a screwdriver to a place where sun doesn't shine!

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Book Marketing Skills Book Review: Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

I encountered author and social media Frances Caballo through her podcast of the same name. It's short, useful, and straight to the point. Based on that, I hadhigh expectations of her book. I'm happy to report that she did not disappoint. I'd recommend listening to it. Here's the link.

Cover of Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

Review -  Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

Warning - this book COULD overwhelm you. It's not one of those how-to books  you'll want to read cover to cover. There is a LOT of info. It's like the writer's social media desk reference, teaching the networks, tools and helpful hints and tricks to master them.

With a table of contents several pages long, this will no doubt be clear to you right away. But fear not, because each chapter is broken down into nice "bite-sized" pieces.

The only thing I worry about with this book is that you'll be so inundated with the various tools, planners etc that you throw your hands up in the air and stick your head in the sand.

That said, it's an essential reference. You'll get not merely an overview of the various social networks and the tools to manage them, but  guidance on how to make the most of all of it. Nobody can predict which tools YOU will prefer, but with the listing and descriptions, you can check things out and make your best decisions.

Don't try to be in all networks. Pick one and get used to it, then branch out from there.

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Frances Caballo's website - SocialMediaJustForWriters.com

Frances Caballo on Twitter - @CaballoFrances

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How Can Kindle Countdown Deals Help You Sell More Books? Video Tutorial

Have you tried Kindle Countdown Deals yet?

This is 1 of the 2 book promotion opportunities within the KDP Select program for Kindle Direct Publishing authors.

This allows you to run a special limited time promotion of your book. THe prie could go down to 99 cents, then go to $1.99, and so forth over the span of a week before returning to full price.

Watch this video tutorial and see how to use it.

Try out Kindle Countdown Deals and let me know how it goes!

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What Does Your Character Fear?

What does your character fear? It's an important question, because fear is perhaps the biggest motivator of action.

Here are some ideas for what fears might motivate your point of view characters and minor ones too.

Fears your characters may have

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Book Excerpt of Depraved by Woody P. Snow

It's fun to try a book before you buy. Here's a sample of the chilling book I reviewed earlier this week, Depraved.

Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

Excerpt: of Depraved

"Would you like to talk about it?"
"Talk about it?" Finley flared. "Talk about it?"
Holy crap, something awful had just happened, something horrible. He couldn't remember what. A car accident maybe? No. No, it was something about his wife. Weren't they just talking about his wife? He had just said something about her to this guy, but what was it? Why was everything so jumbled? His head felt like it was splitting. And who was this guy anyway? Whatever. Whatever. Here he was. He was here now, in this place, this . . . where was he again? The lights in the room started to flicker. Wherever it was, they seemed to be having electrical issues.
"Stay with me," the old man said.
Finley stared.
"Are you a movie star?"
"Do I look like a movie star?"
Finley smacked his forehead.
"What is this, hell for boring people? Is that where I am?"
"Stop it," the man commanded. "Don't get all stormy on me." He steepled his fingertips together. "Please," he coaxed. "Easy. Easy."
Finley was anything but easy. He was outraged.
"So I'm boring; so shoot me." The abundance of impulses now discharging from the nerve cells in his brain generated a power surge. The circuit breaker was tripped, and those flickering lights went out.
James Earl Jones shook his head, started another game of solitaire, and waited.
There was no time clock in this arena, no measurement of time to speak of at all, so the question of how long Finley's brain remained offline was moot. Eventually, his head jerked.
"Oh, crap. Whoa. What is going on with me?"
The elderly black man watched as Finley struggled to refamiliarize himself with his surroundings.
Below him somewhere he heard air-filled balls bouncing on hardwood and saw ghostly people-shaped forms doing . . . something. Shooting hoops, that was it. His dad used to ask him to go out into the drive and shoot hoops before dinner. I'm in a basketball gym. He started to look around.
"Don't be looking 'round now," a voice from behind said. "You've got to watch something here."
Finley could not help but turn to see who had spoken.
The man smiled.
"You look like you're surprised to see me."
What a strange way to start a conversation.
"Why wouldn't I be?" he asked.
"We've been talking for twenty minutes."
Finley struggled for context, but had to settle for déjà vu.
"Twenty minutes? You and I?"
"Maybe twenty hours," the man said.
Déjà vu, big time.
"You need to watch something here," the man said.
Finley wondered now if he had stumbled into some insane person's LSD trip or maybe onto the set of a bad Hollywood movie. Yes! A movie! That would explain the guy sitting just above him. Morgan Freeman? No, that wasn't right. Well, hey, this might be fun.
No, it wouldn't be. For one thing, his head ached like a train wreck, and, for another, he had no script. Had he lost it? He didn't know his lines. He didn't know his part. He was probably just an extra, but where was the director? None of this made sense, any sense at all, and, yet, somehow it all seemed familiar.
At the far end of the room, a blinding light poured through a door and a voice called out names: "Brinley, Brywell, Deffenderfer, Lewis, Reed, Taylor, and Vanaman."
Finley watched seven figures drop their basketballs, hustle into the luminescent tube, and start for the door.
"Head for the light, right?"
"Only if you're called," the man admonished. "That's what I've been trying to explain to you."
Finley stood up. "I'm going."
"No, you're not," the old man said. "Sit back down."
He didn't care if his name had been called or not. Finley wanted out. He hopped down the bleachers and headed for the river of light.
The man rose with alarm.
"Don't be a fool!"
That nagging voice that Finley had argued with all his life, the one in a back room somewhere in his brain, shouted, "You should have listened to that guy. You know who that was?"
The eighth and uninvited soul, Finley A. Bliss, trudged up the light-stream, followed the others through the door, and then tripped into oblivion. Total darkness. No light, no people. No floor. Just suddenly falling through emptiness like a grain of sand somewhere in space beyond the Milky Way.
Finley Alan Bliss ceased to exist. Almost.

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How to Tell a Great Story: The 3 Cs of Storytelling

Nonfiction writers need good storytelling skills and techniques as much as do fiction writers. Watch this video tutorial with the 3 Cs of Storytelling

Learn more in Story Power! Available from Amazon

storytelling techniques - storytelling ideas - Story Power DVD + BONUSES

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Writing Skills: How Can You Boost Creativity?

Everyone gets a moment or two of scribal constipation from time to time. You know, those times when you know something's wrong with a scene but can't figure out what it is or how to fix it...or times when you want to make a scene more interesting but aren't sure how.

At times like those, you may want ideas to boost creativity. Often that means getting away from the desk! Here are some ideas for you:

21 Ways to Boost Creativity

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Book Review of Psychological Medical Thriller Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This time it's a chilling psychological thriller called Depraved by Woody P. Snow. And I have to warn you this book is not for the faint of heart or the seuqamish.

 Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death while a murderer lurks, only thoughts of revenge keep him alive.

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

Now, did I find Depraved to be a worthy read? Continue reading

Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

Some writer friends and I had a rousing discussion about whether our work in progress books were cozy mysteries or not.

A cozy mystery has a dead body or two, but not a lot of gore. The reader can cozy up with a good book by the fire, under a blanket, and have a good story without being terrified or having a lesson in forensics. An amateur sleuth gets involved trying to solve the riddle of "whodunit."

I go into more detail about it in this article.

Hannah Swensen (Murder She Baked) series and the Cat Who series are examples of cozies. I like them, because I'm not a big fan of true crime.

So I was thrilled to find this book,

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.

Writing the Cozy Mystery, front cover

I've read cozies of all sorts, from paranormal to historical, shopaholic to inept bounty hunter, and I may end up writing a series of my own.

This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. I'd rather have 49 pages that get right to the point than wade through 250 looking for useful hints. Have a look at the table of contents: Continue reading

Nonfiction Writing and Storytelling Skills: How Much of My Story Do I Tell? Video Tutorial

If you've ever struggled with how much of a personal story to include in an article or nonfiction book chapter, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest issues about which people ask me with regard to storytelling.

Watch this video tutorial to gain insight into how much of your story to tell and how to focus on relevance and emotion in order to connect with your reader.

For more help with storytelling skills, you can get the streaming or DVD format of Story Power, a 90 minute in-depth storytelling class I did in Atlanta.

Story Power Hero's ourney Storyelling training streaming video

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How Do You Make Readers Care about Your Characters?

Have you ever read a book or story  and put it down because you simply didn't care what happens next to the main characters? That is a HUGE flaw in writing! You don't want to do that, and neither do I.

This article by Natasha Lester is great, because she shares the 4 emotional elements she considers when writing a scene.

I believe that fear is at the heart of all good drama: what we are afraid of doing, or of not doing, what we are afraid of feeling, what we are afraid of learning, what we are afraid of losing, what we are afraid of loving.

-- Natasha Lester

I happen to love this useful emotions quadrant Lester uses when writing each scene. I'm going to whip I out and give it a try myself. Thanks, Ms. Lester! Read original article source here.

Creating Emotion in a Story

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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Book Review of Romance Suspense Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

elcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I happen to love suspenseful books, both reading and writing them. I don't mind a bit of romance, so long as the story is focused on the suspense. I read and decided to review it for you.

Vanished (Callahan and McLane, Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

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When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

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Just When I Decided It Was Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

My first Leader Dog Chronicle was a tale of tears and longing. This is not. This is a tale of synchronicity, which means fortuitous timing, in case that's a new $100 word for you!

Tired of being dogless back in March of this year, I was just considering maybe I didn't have to train my own this time and could go get a new, fully trained dog, but I wasn't "there" yet.  I woke up early one morning and mulled over it in bed. Perhaps it was time to get a dog. Maybe not.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Synchronicity

My friend Seana came to visit me. She has a hearing/mobility service dog whom she trained. We were in the grocery store when an older couple talked to us. They asked about her dog. At first they assumed it was a guide dog, which most people do unless they've seen a variety of service dogs.

I shared that I used to have a guide dog named Molly. The man, Terry, said, "We're with the Lions Club. We've been wanting to help place a Leader Dog with a blind person in this area for years."

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Cat Helps Me Give an AudioAcrobat Testimonial

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Book Review of Memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princes bride by Cary Elwes

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

This week I depart from fiction book reviews to cover a memoir. Perhaps this is a bit selfish on my part, as I am starting to write a memoir of my own, but I haven't yet reviewed a memoir, so why not, right?

Memoir VS Autobiography

Perhaps you, like many people, have some confusion about the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. They're really not synonyms.

An autobiography covers the span of a person's life. I tell my mentoring students that unless you're a gigantic name like Oprah or Donald Trump, or unless you've had a life that is off-the-bell-curve remarkable, people probably don't want to read your entire life story.

A memoir, on the other hand, doesn't require you to be a superstar in order for people to want to read it, because it's a slice of your life, covering a particular theme or experience.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshKeep in mind that book genres can be as much a blend of diverse elements as the population of the USA. Many books combine several genres. My first boo, I'll Push You Steer, with which Bonnie K. Tesh and I co-authored, is a compilation of short pieces by each of us about living with our "disabilities" in a positive way. This book can be considered a memoir. We didn't cover our lives birth to present.

so now on to the review of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, AKA Wesley in the movie The Princess Bride.

As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride is the little movie that could. Now an iconic movie and a cult classic, at the time it was a huge gamble.

Iocaine powder, "Mostly dead," the Dread Pirate Roberts, "I am not left handed," "As you wish," "Inconceivable," and so many more classic quotable lines and memorable characters are part of our culture now.

I feel so incredibly OLD when I realize how long ago this movie came out, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it.

Those of us who love the movie can practically speak the lines with the actors, but at the time, it could have been a flop.

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Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

When my amazing guide dog Molly made her transition across the Rainbow Bridge, I could barely breathe. A bright shining light extinguished. Still, almost 21 months later, I am crying as I write this. That should tell you how much she still means to me.

Early Retirement

Molly Flagtail on an adventure with Mom!

The photo above of Molly in her harness sitting in the airplane seat, looking quite pleased with herself, is my favorite picture of her. Oh, my heart still aches after all this time! I am so very grateful she was part of my life! She touched so many lives!

I had to retire her a couple years before that last awful trip to the vet, because her joints were failing. She hurt herself umping out of an SUV because she wouldn't wait for me to help her. Thattrip was our last. I got along with a white cane.

The interesting thing was that even though she only went with me down to her Grammy's house (my mom), I could still rely on her senses through that tight psychic bond we shared.

Car rides and active guide duty were a thing of the past, but as a home owner, I could keep her and continue to shower her with love.

Grief Beyond All Comprehension

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