Thursday ~ July 3, 2014 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
I met so many great people and heard their stories of how God worked or was working in their lives. I saw past students and friends we haven't seen in months, if not years. Prior to the release of Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey, the idea of going to a speaking engagement, book signing, or event like the fair induced stress. It wasn't the visiting or interacting with others because this is one of my favorite aspects of being an author. It was the subject matter, would be people want to talk about the case?
I know my sister's kidnapping is one of the first missing children cases in the county and one of the bigger unsolved cases in the area but my goal is writing and speaking is to introduce others to Heidi, my sister, and person...not the missing person's poster. I'm so thankful, for the majority, no one asks about the case. Instead, they want to know about Heidi and the things they can't read in a newspaper. God is using one eighteen year old's kidnapping to ways I was unable to see over twenty years ago.
How is your vision feeling? Blurry or clear...
Last night, my writers' group gathered for a dinner and time of fellowship. We only met a couple times in the past year, with the last time we were all together being over a year ago. Eight women trying to coordinate one night a month to gather is a challenge yet one we tried to conquer. Instead of a typical writers' critique group, we met at Teddy's Restaurant in Rome, New York. Why no work and all play? Well, it is time for our friend, author, and group leader to move on to the adventure in her life.
Diane Estrella, to my right in the photo, is our technology and Internet guru. She keeps up on the newest social media and ways to better market our writing, speaking, and books. Diane is also an amazing writer, one we continue to encourage to share and take the next step. She has many writings but my favorite is a children's series, I pray and hope she finishes it soon. Mags volunteered to be her BETA reader. I'll do it to, I love what I've read already and want more. Hint, hint, Diane.
In addition to her Internet savvy and writing, Diane is blogger extraordinaire. Her blog, "That's What I'm Here For", is a wealth of fun, information, give-aways, and so much more. I marvel at all she accomplishes and maintains, in addition to homeschooling and all she's involved in. She is our go-to-gal when we're in need of guidance for the marketing aspect of our lives. Her joy and knowledge always encourage us. Be sure to check out and subscribe to her blog, you never know, you might win a book or some cool product while enjoying a laugh at the same time. Diane is keeping it real, we love this!
A special thanks and shout of love and appreciation
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323