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Gifts of the Spirit – SEEDS

Post #247

24 October 2020

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Gifts of the Spirit – SEED

Pennsylvania author

Lynda McKinney Lambert

insight into her next full-length book –

Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems

 You can watch a new book developing over the next FOURTEEN MONTHS on this BLOG.

 

Right now,  I am participating in a

50-Day challenge

from

October  18 to December 7, 2020.

Fifty Days of Blessings –

Join the Challenge

TODAY

I planted a seed in the ground and I am going to WATCH

my SEED GROW  and MULTIPLY – over the next 50 days.

Do you understand that if you don’t PLAN  and PLANT YOUR SEED  for a harvest, you will never have one?

For an abundant harvest you must first SOW your SEEDS into the GROUND.  Faith is a Person

What does the Bible tell us about PLANTING seeds and expecting a HARVEST?

Keep reading and you will find out.

Last Sunday (October 18)  I began the FIRST DAY of the  “50 day of blessings challenge ” along with others who are participating through Cornerstone Television.

I expect to see miraculous blessings  in my home, my community, and my country.  Supernatural Blessings – from our Supernatural God.

I read the first chapter of Joshua.  In this chapter  we can see the importance of staying close to God’s word if we want to have success and prosperity. Read it for yourself, and see what you find.

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Joshua 1: 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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This podcast was a high-point of my week.

We were made to live a Supernatural Life –

What is the invisible world? Click here.

We, in America, have so much to celebrate right now.

Let’s get our priorities in order, and lets  move into a new worldview.

Join the Celebration

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When you think of me please stop for a moment to whisper my name in a prayer to our lord, Jesus.

Thank you for your interest in my writings.

Please contact me at any time if you need to speak with me or need to ask me to pray for you.  I am a Prayer Warrior.

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Who is?   Lynda McKinney Lambert

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My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I write spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
  • I create art with brilliant colors &  precious materials – one stitch at a time.

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Gifts of the Spirit – WAR

Post #246

18 October 2020

Gifts of the Spirit – WAR

Pennsylvania author

Lynda McKinney Lambert

insight into her next full-length book –

Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems

 You can watch a new book developing.

 

 

Yesterday, I wrote  my article “Gifts of the Spirit – HOPE .”

Read it here

I discussed my  current writing project.

I am working on my next full-length book,  Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems from now till the end of 2021.

The new book is a companion of my book Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, published in 2017. See it here.

~ My Writing Process ~

I began writing  stories and poems for the new book a couple of years ago.

I always like to start with a plan that gives an order in which to work out the process. I laid out a skeleton or structure for it several times over the past couple of years. I gathered lots of ideas, writings. I divided the book into categories or topics – several times. I try to put everything into a cohesive whole, bring order to the myriad of concepts.

 

Each new version of my draft eventually is altered.

But, not all of it is erased, discarded or moved. No, it is more like a palimpsest manuscript. Layers of words remain as other coatings vanish. Spaces appear, created, holes filled. When one works in layers, some fragments remain, some punctuation altered or deleted, meanings changed, paragraphs removed, and some words, sentences or paragraphs are shifted to new locations. I use the Socratic method as I continually ask questions in the working process. I search under, around, and through the rugged terrain of my verbal landscape.

 

Over my years of writing, I’ve come to an understanding of how I work. I have a process, and it’s messy!

It’s war.

I am going to war, and I know it before I write that first sentence.

 

I step into chaos. I always begin with the disorder in just about everything I do in my creative life.

Nothing magically happens when I am creating – no magic bullets and no writings that plop down on my pages. Writing, for me, is more like an excavation site. I have to dig through layers upon layers to sort, sift, discard, build, destroy, explore, and patch.

 

My process is physical, a painful boxing match. I am a warrior woman going into battle.

 

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Lynda McKinney Lambert – Author/Artist

Your comments and questions are most welcome.

Most of all, I need your prayers  over the next year.

When you think of me please stop for a moment to whisper my name in a prayer to our lord, Jesus.

Thank you for your interest in what I do.

Please contact me at any time if you need to speak with me or need to ask me to pray for you.  I am a Prayer Warrior.

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Who is?   Lynda McKinney Lambert

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My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I write spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
  • I create art with brilliant colors &  precious materials – one stitch at a time.

 

 

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Who is? Lynda McKinney Lambert

Who Is?

Lynda McKinney Lambert

AUTHOR  – ARTIST

LATEST PUBLICATION…

BookCover_firstsnow_lambert-lynda-mckinney-web

Who Is?

Lynda McKinney Lambert

AUTHOR – ARTIST

LATEST PUBLICATION…

Here’s the latest news on my publications.

My first chapbook is published by Finishing Line Press.

I’ve put together a collection of 30 wintry-theme poems.

It is available in paperback, or Hard Back copies directly from the publisher at Finishing Line Press. I am so thrilled to have my chapbook available as a hardbound book and a print edition.

I am working on writing a chapbook for each season.

I love chapbooks and have a little collection of special ones in my personal library. They are like a work of art, to me. They have a feeling of preciousness, which I like so much.

A chapbook is shorter than a full-length book, and it has a focus on one theme.

Since I’ve always found winter to be a beautiful time of year in my area of Western Pennsylvania, this is my way of celebrating the season.

With this new publication, I am thinking about creating a chapbook for each of the 4 seasons. I like to work in a series, and I think this would be an excellent way to do that in the future.

My poems are spare – uncluttered by unnecessary words or punctuation. I like to keep them pure and without distractions. Readers tell me how enjoyable it is to read my seasonal poems. Here is a quote by a reader,

The crisp quality of the words and vision… is made poignant by the author’s personal history and victory with physical sight. Her heart comes through her hands and pen. Her words are fresh, yet rooted and ancient. The Natural realms intersecting with the Spiritual realms plus the Human daily-realm creates a deeply pleasing flavor of poetry. Accessible. Thoughtful. Power

_Elizabeth Enright Phillips, owner of Running Creek Co Limited, ardent minimalist, author

Get YOUR COPY OF THIS LIMITED EDITION chapbook.

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/first-snow-by-lynda-mckinney-lambert/ #poetry, #book #booklovers #readers #flp #poetrylovers #chapbook

Contact me for more information or for personally signed copies at riverwoman@zoominternet.net Phone: 724 738 4979

Also from Lynda…

 

ANNOUNCING

Photo: Front and Back Cover of Star Signs: New and Selected Poems.STAR SIGNS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (2019)

 

Now in the paperback ($9.50) and e-book ($2.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

Details, cover image, buying links, and free text preview: https://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

About the book:

Lynda Lambert covers a vast terrain of subjects and topics in this new book, from lights to legends to seasons, treating us to images and metaphors about plants, people, and weather. She opens this extensive collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet. It digs through thoughts, emotions, and observations, “Using star signs to map out new terrain.”

Throughout this book of poems, these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brushstrokes of color on her paintings, and reflect light like the gemstones on her prize-winning piece of mixed–media fiber artwork. It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted mural.

Her attentiveness to nature and strong reflections from memory have woven from a collage of remnants a beautiful tapestry for us. It offers a beautiful feast for the eyes and the mind.

—Wesley D. Sims, Author of Taste of Change

This is the author’s third book of poetry. Cover photo by James Wheeler from Pexels Cover design, editing, layout, and e-book conversion by DLD Books

Description of the cover image of Star Signs:

The late evening photo shows several delicate, bare trees in silhouette, leaning slightly to the right, against a violet-colored sky. There is a faint streak of pinkish light to the right of the trees, low on the horizon. Thousands of stars are visible in the sky. The solid black landscape below the trees appears to be the shore of a darkened lake, which is in the foreground. A few stars are reflected in the water. The overall impression is one of stillness and beauty. The predominant colors are black and violet, along with white pinpoints of starlight. The title and subtitle are in white at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is in white at the bottom.

Photo description by Leonore Dvorkin, Editor

OTHER WORK BY LYNDA…

Photo: cover of Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems (2019)Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems  (2017)

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

 

NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE

Read by Lillian Yves, actor.

Listen to a FREE SAMPLE from the “Prologue” – Read it now!

NEWS:  This book is now available to the National Library Services BARD program.  You can order the book, read by Polly Slavet by asking BARD for DBC 11608. You will LOVE Polly’s elegant presentation of Lynda’s book!

Take a journey through the seasons of a year from January through December. With award-winning Pennsylvania Author and Artist Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

In 2019 Lynda received the prestigious

Albert Nelson Marquis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the fields of Artist & Author

This award is given by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, to honor Biographees who have achieved career longevity.

Lynda is a retired Professor of Fine Arts & Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA

Book cover: Art by Lynda McKinney Lambert
Lynda’s first published book was created over a period of her years of travels each summer when she taught a course in Austria.

Her first book is-

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

Kota Press, 2002

 

 

 

 

She wrote the book from her travel journal entries, as she taught a course in Europe each summer. From this first published book, the theme of “life as a sacred pilgrimage,” This theme endures in all of her subsequent writings.

In her 2nd book, Lynda continues to take readers on the road with her as she travels through a life pilgrimage from her earliest memories to her present septuagenarian years as a well-known artist, author, educator.

Lynda retired in 2008, after sudden sight loss due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. During her recovery and rehabilitation process, she began to write stories & poems for her new blog, Walking by Inner Vision.

In the beginning, her blog was her way of communicating with the world again after sight loss.

Lynda became aware that she was now living in a world of inner vision.

She did not realize at the time that this blog was the beginning step towards the book now available on Audible.

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

A personal, private, and spiritual walk through the seasons

27 non-fiction stories and memoirs.

16 poems

Lynda’s Website:  http://www.lyndalambert.com

 

 

 

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SHINE: Get Your SHINE ON!

 

 

 

Post 235

6 August 2020

Gifts of the Spirit

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Photo shows a Stack of 3 gift boxes.
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

 Get your life back and

SHINE Like a Diamond

 

 

GET YOUR SHINE ON

It’s August!

Let’s Get our Life BACK so we can

SHINE  LIKE A DIAMOND this month.

 

I like August. 

My birthday will be coming along on the 27th.

I’ll celebrate my 77th birthday this year.  Birthday months seem to be a time of reflection.  It is kind of like New Years Day when you look ack on the past year, and at the same time, you are looking forward to stepping into the next year of your journey in life.

Officially, August is still “summertime,” but we get a sense of the shifting that is happening this month, too.

 I realize that daylight comes a little later as I move through the month.  I’m  aware of how the mornings are getting cooler because  I walk my dogs outside in the early morning.  

 

It  feels good and I begin to think about the queen Anne’s Lace and Chicory that we will see along the rural roads and in the meadows.  I love this time of year when gardens are flourishing with delicate blossoms and colors.

 

As a contrast, I have to say that our personal gardens may not be flourishing by the end of August.  I’ve been feeling like I am in a bit of a slump lately.  I spent so much time in June and July, working outside for hours at a time in my gardens. 

 In August, I am feeling tired of those chores and I’m thinking of adjusting to other things on my agenda such as completing work on writing projects and beginning a new series of artworks that have been brewing in my mind for months.

Lately, I’ve really slipped in my exercise and dietary goals, too.  Yesterday, I signed up -AGAIN – for a weight loss program on-line. 

I really need to shed 20-30 pounds – extra weight slows down our body and our brain.  Extra pounds on our  body  makes us sluggish.  This is not acceptable to me and I’m going to begin changing that today.  Our body reflects our mindset.  Our body is a visual  image that tells the world many things about us without saying a word. I’ve always embraced a healthy vegetarian  lifestyle, exercise regularly, and believe in mindfulness of the gift  of each day. 

I will  re-set my thinking and my actions.

August will be the first month in my intention of making improvements in my personal life.  I need to make changes and I am gong to do it.

This morning, I read a fantastic blog post that has turned me around.

Maybe you will also get some insight into how you can turn around yourself this month. 

You can visit this post today, and then think about what you can do differently  in August. 

I’m game. I  WILL GET  BACK ON TRACK,  beginning TODAY.

How about you?  Lets do this together.

What do you think?

Check it out here!

How to get back on track

Just click on the bloggers name, above, and I’ll meet you there. 

 

 

 

 

Let’s SHINE in August.  This is my GIFT of the SPIRIT today.

 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND

This post is written for Gifts of the Spirit Blog, and published by Lynda McKinney Lambert, Copyright, August 6, 2020..

Please be kind and leave a comment for me.

 

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

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AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

E-mail: riverwoman@zoominternet.net

 Lynda’s Official Author Website

Visit my Authors Page

My Books

 

 

 

 

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams – awake.
Henry David Thoreau

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NEW: Star Signs:

New & Selected Poems

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Gifts of the Spirit – Home Page

 

 

WELCOME…

to Gifts of the Spirit Blog

Photo of a gift wrapped in blue paper with a blue satin ribbon.
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Fine Art and Literature

Lynda Lambert stands beside her book display on the table at a book siging event. She is wearing a red wool jacket made in Austria. She is smiling and her books are arrayed on a round table covered with a yellow cloth.
Lynda Lambert is smiling as visitors come to see her books on display at a book signing event.  Lynda stands at her table, and is wearing a black top with a red scarf  she knitted. Lynda loves to knit, read, and work in her summer gardens.

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Saturday is for Sharing – Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

  Post #230

18 July 2020

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

 Gifts of the Spirit

Saturday is for Sharing

Today’s Feature

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Read it Here!

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors –

#Thriller Daniel Kemp

#Poetry Lynda McKinney Lambert

#YAFantasy Jean Lee

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Miss Opal and Lynda  are glad to share Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and Sally’s Café and Bookstore with you today.  

 

 

 

 

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More…

Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 Lynda is the author of 4 books:

* Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Lynda’s first collection of stories, poems, and journal reflections. Kota Press, January 1, 2003.

* Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

Lynda’s 2nd book.  Publication DLD Books, 2017.

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

Thank you for visiting today.

Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

Contact Miss Opal and Lynda at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTIONS are always welcome.  I love to hear what you think.  Send me a note and please leave a comment.

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Poetry – Stories – Music – Art

Post #227

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

FEATURE – Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Pennsylvania author and artist,

Lynda McKinney Lambert

POETRY – STORIES –  MUSIC – NATURE

Listen to Lillian Yves reading a story from this book – NOW.

 

$3.99 on SMASHWORDS today!

E-Book on Smashwords

 

Take a LOOK SMASHWORDS – See it here!

Listen to this SAMPLE  – Click here!

Read 20% SAMPLE for FREE at –  DLD Books

SMASHWORDS ASKED  LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.

READ her RESPONSE to the QUESTION!

Lynda’s Authors Page- Amazon: Click here!
Listen to Free Sample on Audible: : Listen now!

Lynda’s Authors Page at DLD Books: See it here!
On BARD and NLS: Ask for – DBC11608

$3.99 on SMASHWORDS today!

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Book Review

for

VISIONAWARE

by Beckie Ann Horter

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Celebrating our successes as visually-impaired people is an essential step on the journey to healing. Peer advisor Lynda McKinney Lambert knows this firsthand.

After profound vision loss in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Lynda did not use a computer for almost two years. When she finally did re-learn her way around the computer, with the help of adaptive technology, she decided to celebrate in a memorable way. She started a blog.

 

Lynda’s blog, Walking by Inner Vision, grew and grew over a seven-year period. Last year, she decided to collect her stories and poems in a delightful book by the same name.

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems is Lynda’s second book. The first, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was published in 2003 by Kota Press.

 

Lynda is an artist and a retired professor of Fine Arts and Humanities from Geneva College. Her artistic background permeates her writing in an unmistakeable style, painting word pictures and setting vivid scenes. Her black and white photography accompanies several stories and adds to the visual appeal.

 

“This book takes readers into the mind of an artist, how we work in layers, seeing connections between history, philosophy, psychology, and nature. It’s the artist’s job to tell the things others don’t notice. We see nuances and fragments—these things spark the mind,” Lynda says.

 

Walking by Inner Vision is arranged as a year-long pilgrimage from January through December. Each month begins with a poem and reflects the happenings unique to its time and place. For example, in “March Arrived Like a Capricious Cat,” she speaks of the changeable nature of late winter in her native Western Pennsylvania.

 

“Glass wind chimes

hang

immovable

stiff

shrouded in new snow

March arrived like a capricious cat

crouched—

hunkered down, bent over

spring-loaded, squat

Changeable!”

 

Throughout the 16 poems and 27 essays, Lynda views her world through the lens of beauty, even in the midst of vision loss.

 

“I want to give people a strand of hope to hold on to,” says Lynda. Her personal Christian faith provides the anchor for her own hope and optimism.

 

“I believe we were created to be image bearers, as the Bible teaches, and that we are called for a purpose,” she says.

 

Lynda draws on her wealth of experiences to offer the reader a treasure chest of reading variety. While some stories are light and humorous (“A Wintry Tale”), others are poignant, like the story of her mother’s last family gathering and ensuing struggle with Alzheimer’s (“The Living Room”).

 

Regardless of the form—free verse or creative non-fiction—one thing remains consistent: lingering images stay with you long after the book is finished. You have been taken into the world of Lynda’s inner vision. And all is well.

 

The artist has done her job.

Note: Read MORE from Beckie Ann Horter

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Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems – GET A free 30 page sample  by going to Lynda’s author page:

http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

 

The book comes in e-book, Kindle, and print formats. Cost is $3.99 for e-book and Kindle; $14.95 for print copies. It is also available online through Barnes & Noble, Amazon or anywhere books are sold.

ALSO AVAILABLE as AUDIBLE – read by Lillian Yves.

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Lynda’s comment on her book:

I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.

I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me,  is a dance with materials – senses – images.

I order chaos and find balance.

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords,  March 9, 2019.

 

$3.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

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My Books

Amazon Authors Page

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

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Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

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Morning Hour

Post #215

November 19 2019

“Morning Hour”

a poem by

Lynda McKinney Lambert

from her new chapbook

first snow

 

Listen to Lynda McKinney Lambert reading her poem, “Morning Hour.”

 

Morning Hour

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

A nippy breeze

wrapped around my bare feet

like soft gray cashmere clouds.

In the early morning hour

My own reflection

slowly materialized-

I was exposed, naked,

on a clear icy glass

surface.

Outside the frozen windowpane,

an icicle boundary

surrounded my view

of the aging Douglas Fir.

I turned for a closer look

through the silent porthole

Quick movements

in the shadow

revealed

one tiny ruffled bird,

a solo performer

hunkered down, deep,

on snow-clogged branches.

Inside, this room

a blizzard-

a scattering of words still lingered-

Waited to be gathered,

In a winter bouquet-written on a page,

in spite of the bitter cold.

We have been here

for a thousand years

In the early morning hour.

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Published:

Lambert, Lynda McKinney, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017.

Lambert, Lynda McKinney. first snow, chapbook, 22 Poems. Finishing Line Press, January 3, 2020.

Courtesy of PA Author and Poet –

Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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first snow is a beautiful collection of 30 poems

 Order Your Copy Here!

Order NOW. Your chapbook will be shipped on January 3, 2020.

Just in time for a Beginning-of-the-New-Year gift for loved ones.

Think about gifting first snow for a Valentine’s Day gift, too.  Perfect gift of LOVE.  Only 13.99 plus shipping – available ONLY through Finishing Line Press –

After January 3, this chapbook will be available through Amazon – but don’t wait.

 Order Your Copy Here!

 

 

 

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Road Map to Create Your Book

Post # 202

August 2, 2019

 

 

A Road Map to Create Your Book

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

Published July 15, 2019

 

Let’s take a tour of my newest book.

I think of a book as a landscape that we can walk through.

Let’s begin with the beautiful image on the book’s cover.

 

The book  is a creation by many different people.

 

Yes, as the author, I wrote the book and selected everything that is in it.

But once I did the writing, the book was sent off to DLD books, and that is where David and Leonore Dvorkin began to do their magic on it, too.

Leonore is the editor, and David is the technical director – he’s the one who puts everything it its proper place. But decisions are made by all of us as we go through the process of creating a book.

We have a shared vision for how the book should look and how it should be designed. When I say “we” I am usually referring to the Dvorkins and me, as we worked together on the book.

 

~Book Cover ~

Our book cover has to have an image that attracts the eye of a potential reader.

The first thing you are aware of when you see a book, is the cover. Immediately, you know if you like it or if you don’t. If the cover is appealing, then you will pick up the book and open the first page to have a look at the inside.

As we created the book, the cover was the last thing that was selected.

I had the idea that I wanted a rural landscape with trees, a stream and a star strewn sky.

When Leonore Dvorkin found this photo, we instantly knew it was perfect.

James WHEELER, a photographer, created the photo that Leonore found on Pexels.

WHEELER’S original  photo was too large for the cover size, so David and Leonore selected a detail from the photo and it fit perfectly. That was an exciting day when we finalized the cover image! Every time I hold this new book in my hands, I whisper a “thank you” to the wonderful photographer who captured this breathless night scene.

 

~Pre-Publication Endorsements ~

Once you get your draft to the place where you have your poems in place where you want them, you can begin to ask some other people who are respected in the writing field to write a blurb – or an endorsement – for your book and for your promotion of the book once it is published.

I asked 2 authors  to write an endorsement that would be inside the book. The 2 blurbs are by Tennessee poet, Wesley D. Sims, and New York author, Annie Chiappetta. The 2 writings are featured on a page just inside the front cover.

An excerpt from Wesley D Sims is a special highlight on the BACK COVER.

In addition, several others wrote  pre-publication endorsements that I will use in promoting the book after publication. All writers are my personal friends.

 

~Table of Contents~

The Table of Contents is a  ROAD MAP  to help a  reader  find the items in  the book.

Every aspect of the book is listed in this section, in chronological order from beginning to end of the book.

Be prepared to spend so much time on this part of the book! It may seem endless once you begin creating it – because you will move different pieces of the book around once you begin and that will change the order of the listings in the Table of Contents every time you make a tiny change. I made  an enormous amount of changes right up to the `last day of preparation before the book was published.

 

~The Dedication Page~

Choose someone you want to honor by writing a Dedication Page for them.

I chose a high school English teacher and his wife for this Dedication. Both are deceased, but both were an important part of my academic life as a young girl, and they were life-long friends through the years.

 

~Foreword~

I wanted the Foreword to be written by an editor who has published my poems in his literary magazine and immediately, I thought of Michael Northen, editor of Wordgathering. To my delight, he agreed to do it and I was thrilled that he did.

You will find that you have so much respect for the editors you work with in the different publications, that you feel so honored when they agree to help you in this way.

 

~Divide your book into parts~

Since this is my 3rd book, I realized that I have a pattern for putting together a collection of work. I was not too aware of that fact until after I completed the 3rd book. What I will describe next, is really the skeleton on which I build the book. Other writers may do it completely different than me. That is ok, because we all have a vision of how we want our book to look. What I will describe next, is my personal vision for all 3 of my books.

~Select a Photo to Begin Each Part~

 

I am a visual artist and even though I have profound sight loss, I still highly value photographs and other art forms. I want strong visuals in all of my books. After all, my entire life-long career has been in the Fine Arts. I am still the same person I’ve always been. Because I lost my sight does not mean I have lost my VISION.

I am a visionary – one who dreams

awake or asleep

I select a photo or art work that will be the opening visual statement for each part in the book. I chose an image that would reflect an idea or theme in the first poem for that section.  People really enjoy the photos  and I get compliments on my choices. In most instances, they are my own photos. I list the source of the photos to give credit for each of them and I give each photo a title which is printed below that photo.

 

~How I create different parts~

First, I select a theme for my entire book.

My theme is always discovered in one of my poems!

There is a particular poem that just stands out, for me, and I keep thinking of that poem so much that it seems to rise to the surface of my thoughts. Eventually, I realize that poem will be my opening poem, and the theme for my book is there in that poem.

For Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, I began with the poem, “Star Signs.”

This poem is the entry way into my collection.

It was FIRST PUBLISHED  in  2016,  by Wordgathering Literary Magazine. In addition to the print version of the poem, there is also a voice recording of Melissa Cotter,  who is reading my poem. I love to listen to Melissa read my poems, for she brings them to life with her interpretations.

Listen to Melissa Cotter read;  Listen to this poem now.

READ the POEM HERE:  Read it now!

When I heard her reading my poem, it was as though I never heard it before. Her reading was so beautiful that I listened to it so many times. She gave it a magic that thrilled me when I heard her voice.

From the poem, “Star Signs,” I selected an image for the opening of  Part 1 of the book.

Once I decided on that first part, then I moved on and selected 3 other poems that would open the section of Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

I used a line from the opening poem, for each section –

~I’ve listed the  4 Parts of the Book and the PHOTO INTRODUCTION to each part~

~Part 1 – Lights Across the Sky~

~Part 2 – Distant Legends and Metaphors~

~Part 3 – Transmutation of Earthy Elements~

~Part 4 – For Seasons, Days, and Years~

~Acknowledgments~

For poetry, you will cite only the “first publisher” of that particular poem or essay.

Here is where good record keeping is important. If I did not keep good archives of my publications, I could never do this important piece of the book.

I keep detailed records of every individual piece of writing in a file that I update monthly.

In another file I keep the publication history of every published work.

In a third file, I keep the publication history by year.

You will need to know all of this to create your Acknowledgments Page.

Believe me – this page will change so much during the editing of the book that your head might begin to spin. Leonore and I labored over this page and the Table of Contents Page for many days throughout the entire process of creating the book.

~Meet the Author~

Here is where you will have a photo of yourself as the author of the book.

In addition, this is where you will write a biography of your professional life.

For this book, since it is a collection of new and selected poems, I wanted to share the roots of my publication life – I put my first professionally published poem in this section so my readers could enjoy seeing that first poem that motivated me to continue on the writing path back in 1990.

That poem also gives the reader the information about what is important to me as a person who loves art and poetry that spans the centuries. It establishes me as an author who loves history, mythology, the Classics,  and setting work in the historical context.

 

~Additional Highlights~

This is something I never did before, but I had some additional professional recognitions that I wanted to share with my readers. I cited some international anthologies my work appeared in; a book that was published in recognition of fiber artists who have disabilities; and listed some honours I was awarded in the past year. I did this as a way of showing my appreciation for these opportunities.

 

~The Back Cover~

The back cover is just as important as the Front Cover.

It has to look appealing and it should carry information about the book.

 

For Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, we decided to put a quote from the endorsement that Wesley D. Sims wrote.

Below that quote, we wanted to put a poem that was appealing.

We chose “Painting in Mid-October” for the back cover.

It fit perfectly.

 

Below the text is a small head shot of me – the Author of the book.

It is a detail view of the black and white photo of me which we used for the “About the Author” section. I really like this photo because it shows me wearing a hand-knit jacket that I created and I am seated in my Zen Meditation Garden, in front of the Tamukeyama Tree which is as it’s peak in brilliant hot pink/red blazing colour.

I created this road map for a book of poetry.

This works for me – and I am pleased to share it today.

I hope you find it helpful when you are beginning to design your own book.

Copyright 2019.  Lynda McKinney Lambert. All Rights Reserved.

Created for the Sizzling Summer Super Book Release Party Event,

August 3, 2019.

I will present this information and speak with our guests from 1 to 2 pm that day.

YOU can WIN a PRINT COPY of my book:

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

1_Read this article.

2_Write a comment about the picture of the girl holding something in her hands.

What do you think this girl  is doing in the photo?

What do you think this photo says about the girl and the book of poetry?

3_After you LIKE this page, and Comment – Please SHARE on your Social Media site.

This will QUALIFY you to be in my drawing.

I’ll draw the LUCKY WINNER of the BOOK on August 10th.

Please share the happiness.

I love you for that!

 

 

 

 

 

The Cat’s Eye Point of View on Sunday Morning

The CAT’S EYE Point of View

on Sunday Morning

 

Miss Opal and Miss Bessie reported for WORK this morning at 4:30 a.m. 

Our work day begins before dawn when we open the office window and invite the morning breeze to come in.

 

Bessie_Opal_1_2018

 

 

Miss Opal and Lynda have a lot of reading to do because submissions from authors are arriving. they want to be our GUEST on SCAN for our “Saturday is for Sharing,” feature.  

 

Our FIRST GUEST will be FEATURED next SATURDAY – JULY 7th. OUR GUEST AUTHOR’S STORY will go LIVE on www.llambert363.blog.

 

 

We promise it will be a GOOD BEGINNING of our NEW FEATURE on SCAN – a blog!  The Sister Cats are working now to bring you the BEST in every CAT-A-GORY of BOOKS.

If YOU are a published AUTHOR, OPAL and Lynda  WANT YOUR STORY…
contact us at
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

 

Authors:  We look forward to featuring YOU on “Saturday is for Sharing” soon.