Monday, August 26, 2013

Bye Bye Mr. Fear

Max Lucado is one of the best communicators alive today. In his book, Fear Not For I Am With You Always,  he writes and I quote, "Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.
           FEAR NEVER SAVED A MARRIAGE OR A BUSINESS. COURAGE DID THAT!
           FAITH DID THAT!
People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
            WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO WALK OUT?

Now you have heard what Max had to say, this is what I'm telling you right now, "Listen up Mr. Fear, Perfect Love lives within me now. You don't have a place to dwell within in me anymore! It's time for you to go away."

Monday, August 5, 2013

PERSISTENCE

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with tatent. Genius will not; unrecorded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;  the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge
This is now my new favorite quote. I'm a collector, you know. I also just returned from another trip to LA, California to participate in a book to screen pitchfest. What an honor to be asked to attend and present Catcoon to seven Hollywood Executives to arouse their interest in making this text into a cartoon. It was a positive experience.  Even though they concluded that my theme has saturated the current market, they thought the idea should be developed further into children's picture books. Throughout the entire event the word persistence kept popping up in conversations. Another line I collected is, "Hollywood execs are as patient as a two year old in need of a nap." But for those of us that claim to be writers, we just have to put on our big girl panties and keep on writing and submitting and writing and writing. This is an important life lesson. Do what you love and love what you do, forever. That is the reward.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Home Again Home Again, Jiggity Joe

I was away from Alaska for almost a month. Logan Bowers, my grandson, and I were invited to the LA Times Book Festival at the University of Southern California campus. It was fun and we signed seventy books in less than an hour. He and I attended a book signing at Russo's Bookstore, the most fun bookstore in Bakersfield, CA, and I might add, the entire world. While in Southern California we were asked to present the book at three different school assemblies. During this time we told how and why the book was written. I also explained how I came up with the various pictures for the illustrations. Many questions pertained to the aliens coming up through the cracks in the sidewalks. What took me by surprise was how many students came up to me after the program and gave me a hug. Oh YES! I can get used to that.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I flew over to Oklahoma and visited my grandchildren in Bartlesville. Come to find out my grandson, Hayden, is an author also. I was so happy that I was there to attend his book signing of the eight books he has written and illustrated in his Kindergarten class. Drew participated in a musical program titled, Weathering the Weather. I was impressed with the cleverness of the songs they sang about all sorts of weather conditions. My favorite was the tornado song. As if on cue, a huge thunderstorm occurred that night following the school program.
Speaking of weather, while I was driving from Oklahoma up to Nebraska to visit my sister, I drove through a snow storm on May 3rd in Topeka, Kansas. There were 45 mile an hour winds and the snow was blowing horizontally. I felt like the US Postal Service: Through the rain, sleet and snow, I arrived to my sister's home tired but in good spirits.
Now that I am home, I have many more manuscripts to complete and on to the publisher. In June, some of my art work will be featured at Jitter's, a coffee shop and community meeting place in Eagle River, Alaska. Soon, I will be able to display my art and illustrations on this blog.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Why Am I So Astonished?

This is my new poem that has won the honor of being added to the anthology for Best Poets of America.
                                  WHY AM I SO ASTONISHED?

Why am I so astonished? What was I thinking
When violence came to call?
It was invited, after all.
Our culture flirted with it in our movies and our art,
And now it comes eagerly to tear us apart.
Though powerful, its nasty deeds are done;
It strikes the weak and unexpected, our children.
To this news we cry out loud and beat our breasts...
Still, at the theaters, we watch the violence we like best.
But in real life, we are perplexed, as if we didn't know
That the behavior planted in our brain would surely grow.
How could this happen to a nation as smart as thee?
Remember: Be careful little eyes what you see.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Catcoon

CATCOON SYNOPSIS:
    Catcoon is the imaginary Super-Hero Logan dreams of being. He works hard at playing the role of destroying aliens and saving endangered species.  He comes to realize that what really makes him Super is he is loved for being just who he is.

PLATFORM STATEMENT:  Positive self esteem comes from knowing in your heart that you have worth. Loving your children gives them that knowledge and empowers them to be loving to others and propels them into positive behavior. The simple story of Catcoon shows that what really makes him Super is not all the super deeds he performs but that he has personal worth for being loved just as he is.

CATCOON MOTTO:
     Keep dreaming and making those dreams come true because the whole world needs YOU!

BIOGRAPHY:
     Catcoon, imaginary Super-Hero, became a story after Logan and his classmates went on a field trip to a place that rescues injured wildlife.  He was laate to the lecture given by one of the animal handlers about raccoons. She was holding the animal and it was playing with her clip-on microphone. All Logan heard was, "Playful as a cat.......coon".  He ran to his mother and announced he now knew everything about catcoons.  Later, at home, he was jumping off the stairs and doing incredibly brave things when his mother said, "Logan, stop that".  He turned to her and stated, "I'm not LOGAN,  I AM CATCOON!"  From this declaration began the adventures of Catcoon, The Super-Hero.
      Logan and his grandma wrote this story together. She illustrated the story using Logan as the model. This is the first story for Logan Henry Bowers, but not his last.  LORAC, also known as Carol Welty Roper, is a published author and poet.  This is her first illustration project.  She started drawing while accompanying her son and family on a trip to China to adopt their daughter Esther. Being surrounded by baby girls, she began drawing portraits of the babies and from there became fascinated with childen's faces and antics.  Logan and Esther are two of her thirteen grandchildren. You can learn more about her art and writing on this blog.

     CATCOON IS AVAILABLE IN SOFT COVER AND E-BOOK. BOTH MAY BE PURCHASED FROM AMAZON.COM AND FROM CAROL WELTY ROPER , timelessinktales@gci.net, OR TRAFFORD PUBLISHING at www.trafford.com FOR THE PRICE OF $10.00 per copy AND $3.99 for e-book


Monday, January 28, 2013

New Children's Book-Catcoon

I am excited and pleased to announce that the book that Logan Bowers, my grandson, and I wrote together is now published and will be available on e-books and in book form. Catcoon, the name of the book is $10.00 and the e-book sales for $3.99. The author is L.H. Bowers for Logan Henry Bowers and it is illustrated by LORAC, aka Carol Welty Roper. Trafford Publishing Co. is handling the book and as soon as I get the author's copy to approve then you may order it. We are pleased to be invited on April 21 at 1:30 to 2:30 for a book signing at the University of Southern California campus for the LA Times Book Fair. I shall travel to Bakerfield where my daughter and her family live and Logan and I will attend the event along with everyone else who would like to come with us! So it is official.  The news is out and we hope that you, our readers, will enjoy the adventures of this little boy's fantasies in Catcoon.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Today I finished and submitted to the publisher my manuscript of the Children's Picture Book, CATCOON.  This is the story that my grandson, Logan, co-authored with me and I illustrated. My name is Lorac. It is the name I use as an illustrator or ghost writer. Christina, my youngest daughter, provided the technical assistance I needed to scan the pictures and do the layout for the picture book. So you see this is a family endevour.  I hope that Logan will be pleased with the outcome and that if at all possible it can be promoted for sales and my readers can see first hand why I have named my blog: timeless ink tales for both written and picture text.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7,2013 Now is the Time

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Do you remember learning that sentence in typing class? Well it was etched into my brain forever and now I know it is more than just something to type fast. This is a time that we must stand firm to all that is good and live it within our country so our family, friends and neighbors may live in liberty and away from fear. The news media bombards us with all kinds of fears thoughts and the threat of our personal liberties being removed. No one can take our kindnesses away from us, but they can try to scare them away. Scare us into thinking everyone is out to get us, like a boogy man is inside of every stranger. If there was ever a time for us to be guided by the Holy Spirit, Now is the Time.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mind Games

I am working on exercising my body, mind and spirit and feeding my whole self with things that make it stronger, more attractive and indeed more useful. One of the things I am doing is a mind building program called Lumosity. It is a series of games that train your mind to look and react to stimuli to increase speed, accuracy, problem solving and memory. I almost forgot the last one. Ha!  I have been doing it all week and my scores are rapidly improving, which just goes to show that this old puppy can learn some new tricks. I encourage each of you, my dear friends, to turn off the TV and play more, love more, cook lovely meals and dine with your family in the comfort of your own home--more-- and see if this doesn't lower your stress levels and increase the quality of you life. I double dog dare you!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Every Thursday evening a group of us get together and share a meal and then talk about topics of interest, the Sunday's sermon, pray for one another and our community and nation. It is a safe environment where we can risk being vulnerable and really bare our souls to what is going on in our personal lives as well as our spiritual growth. Henri Nouwen happens to be a favorite author of mine and he speaks about the need to have a community in which to grow up in God. My prayer for this community and for me personally and for Phil and my marriage is that we will grow this year in all ways so we may be more pleasing the God and man.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013 'Tis the Season to Start Anew:
Today was a very productive day getting things sorted for Income Tax time, PFD registration, Renewal of Automobile registration, thank you notes for Christmas presents, cleaning up and putting away Holiday decorations. Whoa! That and the distraction of our heat source going off, not getting a good night sleep and my husband having to go out of town when he just got home last night!! It seems this is the rule rather than the exception to the rule. Whenever a new habit is being birthed, old habits just don't want to die to make room for the new healthy ones. What do I do??? Well, first of all this has happened too many times for me not to recognize a pattern forming here. Part of change is to resist the temptation to bellyache about the distractions that seem to be sent to impede progress. It is just part of the change process. Today's victory was I dressed warmer, lite the fireplace, called the plummer, crawled back into bed and took a 2 hour nap. When I awoke I was rested, warmer and able to accomplish all the things on my TO DO List. I don't know what tomorrow will bring but TODAY I consider a good day and for that I give God the Glory.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013

I am resolved to blog more. I am resolved to finish the old unfinished projects before I start on another crusade of other projects! Does this sound familiar? It is January 1, 2013 and I am filled with hope for the future. My prayer is my enthusiasm continues and I am not going to allow distractions to keep me from doing the things I desire to do. Prayer support would be appreciated. Thank you all. May you  live long and prosper. Talk to you tomorrow.