Yes, there have been some changes since the last time I blogged. (That’s still a funny word to me!) I have changed my principle Smashwords identity to a “publisher” status. I am now “Write On! publishing”. I am publishing books both by myself and by my mother, Jewel Tilden. She wrote nearly all her life. I compiled most of her manuscripts into a booklet for my family shortly after her death in 2001. Now I am publishing them under her name through Smashwords. The first is Meditations and Devotionals.

The other one of her stories I am working on is Jessica’s Way. See the page tab, above. It’s still in very rough form, but I’m working on it.

Today I have been working on my SciFi-Romance Erin and the Guitar. The title will be changing, but that, too, is still to come. I will keep you all up to date.

Also, please notice my Twitter “button” to the right. You can follow me from there. Additionally, my new status as Write On! publishing has urged me to create an additional e-mail alias. You can contact me at I can add you to my new “Contacts” list from there.

Until next time, I’ll be reading and writing, like I keep urging each of you.

Keep reading! Keep Writing!

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Change, reading, Writing


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How We Correct Our Children

I just now finished writing a response to a comment by Charles Weinblatt. You may want to read it, below.


I believe that we are all struggling with how we present our “blood, sweat, and tears” – our children –  to our public. That is, if we feel we have a “public” in the first place. Some of us do not feel that way. Take heart!

No matter how we feel about the reception of our work – our children, we always have a story that is just wanting to touch someone where nothing else can. The great “general public” may never see what we’ve written, but if we touch one person’s life we become successful authors, poets, or journalists.

I just recently edited Caught Up by C. Swonk *. Her ending was weak and I told her so. A very brave thing to say about someone’s hard work – someone’s child. But she took my comments to heart, changed the ending, and it is now a much better story for the change. It touched me. I felt I had some right to tell her how and how much better it could do that. And she appreciated the criticism. As authors – and editors – we can do that! And, hopefully, create collegial friendships thereby. (If you’ll excuse the rhetoric!)

My advice, then is: “Regardless of how dear our work is to us sometimes, like any child it needs to be corrected.”

Keep reading,
Keep writing!

* Caught Up is available at Free

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Blog, Writing


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New Pages

I have just added three new pages. Each of these is an excerpt from one of the projects I am currently working on. I would appreciate your reading and commenting on one or more of these.

Thank you.

Until then,
Keep writing!


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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Book, Writing


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On Getting Published

(I’ve been trying to publish this post all afternoon. It is now 4:30 PDT and I’m going to try again. Wish me luck, and pray for me!)

While reading comments, questions, and other blog posts, I realize that more and more authors/writers and discouraged about getting published. One author even stated that a publisher told her that her book was very well-written and they hoped she would be able to get it published by someone else. She stated that it was the most positive rejection letter she’d ever received.

Most of us have not been that fortunate. Most of us have had our work – the blood, sweat, and tears of our life – rejected at one time or another. It’s not easy, but it’s supposed to build us up. Usually, though, it affects our self-esteem.

I want to share my experiences with you.

I have had two of my books published as “traditional” – paper and ink – books. I sold the publisher my rights to the manuscripts for $70 each. They created nice covers for them, had me write some “front” material, and then published them. They got about $3.50 for them. I got nothing. (Be careful about losing your rights to your materials.) I have seen them selling on the internet as collectibles priced as high as $14! (Ha, ha, Mr. Publisher!)

I had also been submitting a manuscript of a faith-based Christmas “pageant” titled Waiting for Santa. All the publishers rejected it as being too similar to “something else” in their catalog. Disappointing to me. However, at the same time I was offering these plays through the internet at a website I was running at the time. It turned out to be my most popular script for Christmas. (Ha, ha, Mr. Publisher, again!)

So, for many years I never tried to publish anything and my writing began to “taper off”. Actually, I pretty much quit writing altogether. Once I retired, though, I began to write seriously again. This is where we catch up with my current project(s).

I had sworn that the only “good” book was a “real” book; one made with ink on paper and a nice fresh feel to the cover and the binding. I still wasn’t getting too excited about what I was writing. I stumbled on I discovered the e-publishing could be a good thing. I “published”/”posted” a number of books there and had a good response. I was encouraged and continued to write.

Now I have decided that e-publishing is the way of the future; or even of the present. I discovered Smashwords. I have published one books there already; The Adventures of Chris Mouse. It is a children’s Christmas book. Sales have been very slow because it was published in November this year, but it will still be there next year.

The best thing about Smashwords is it’s FREE! They help in all areas of the process. They have submission standards and instructions which, if followed to the letter, make the whole publication process almost fool-proof. I found it quite easy although it looked difficult, at first. (The only costs you might have are for proofreading/editing * or cover design.)

Smashwords also formats each book to be read on most major publishers and most major formats. I have been researching on Google, and I have found that my Christmas book is now for sale on Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Sony (Our Reader TM),, and many others. I now have one or two new projects in progress and I am looking forward to publishing them the same way as well.

Come and read, comment, and purchase!

Keep writing,

* I can proof and edit your book, if necessary, for a small fee. See my web page, TildenEditingServices.

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Book, ebook


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The Good Quality Family Oriented TV Show’s Of the Past

The Good Quality Family Oriented TV Show’s Of the Past.

via The Good Quality Family Oriented TV Show’s Of the Past.


Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Blog, television


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I always look forward to being the first to write the New Year date. Now I’ve done so and have gotten over that! Whew!

I’m looking forward to much progress through the next in my writing, and, hopefully, in my publishing, as well. We shall see. Of course you’re all welcome to come to my profile on Smashwords, check out my book, The Adventures of Chris Mouse. You can also go to my profile on and see my free books posted there. Go ahead and comment on any that you read. I can always use any constructive criticism you might have; no matter how harsh.

Enough of that!

Let me know your latest achievements, as well. I’m sure that all of us are interested in what the rest of us are doing to hone their skills at whatever they are putting their hands to. I have always insisted that writing is just one of the many arts, regardless of what others may say. Creation is an Art.

With that being said, let’s make 2012 an opportunity to encourage one another in each others’ endeavors and artistic trials and achievements. We can never get too much encouragement.

I wish each and everyone of you a joyous and prosperous New Year 2012.



Posted by on December 27, 2011 in 2012, Book


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Winter is Upon Us

Actually, Winter doesn’t start until December 22nd or 23rd, but here in the “foothills” of the Sierras the temps are getting quite low. Low 30’s overnight. Days are pleasant, and there is the sound of dry leaves crackling underfoot. There is also the sound of limbs being blown off the pines trees because of the weight of the pine cones.

Still the shoppers come … and come … and come. Day after day we have another sale at Macy’s: pre-sale, one-day sale, frequent shopper sale, first-time shopper sale, seniors over 80 sale, post-sale sale, and on, and on, and on. I’m scheduled to be working there until January 15th – probably just after inventory. And I’m hoping to get on there regularly. What am I thinking of?!

Well, Christmas is hard upon us, and I need to be doing Christmas things. Until then, since this is probably the last chance I’ll have to write until then, Have a great Holiday Season.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012. (I love to be the first to write the New Year date!)


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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Blog, Holiday


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