Seventy years young, retired teacher and journalist, Theresa Clavin, jumps at the opportunity to help two high school girls struggling with a journalism writing assignment. She surprises her unsuspecting interviewers with stories of a broken childhood after the devastating death of her mother, and challenges with a resentful, unloving stepmother and uninvolved father.
Theresa longs for a “normal life” and believes she’s finally found it as she becomes absorbed in college. But her choices carry consequences, one of which is an unwanted pregnancy. In the late 1950s, options are different for unwed, expectant mothers. Tales of love, loss, and strength provide not only fodder for Theresa’s journalistic students, but also prepares herself for one of the most impactful introductions yet to come.
Room For Another is a fictionalized account based on true life events of author Diane M. Dresback’s biological mother.
For those that know me, they know I am also an independent filmmaker. When asked how I got into film, I share that I had a personal experience that inspired me to write my very first feature length screenplay. This adoption story was it, albeit modified and much shortened. On my birth mother’s deathbed, she enthusiastically embraced my writing this story into a book.
One thing that I learned about my biological mother was that it didn’t matter if you were blood, step, half, ex, in-law, adopted, or anything else. Everyone was family and she always had room in her heart for another.
Advances in cryogenic research and a Supreme Court decision has provided parents the option to cryonically preserve their newborns until they decide it is the right time to bring their infants home. This technology provides women and couples needed time to prepare their own lives for the raising of a child, perhaps due to parental maturity, career or schooling obligations, or even financial goals. The Postponement Center is one of many for-profit, privately held and operated postponement facilities across the nation.
As a client liaison at The Postponement Center, Nora Collins helps parents plan for the legal and safe cryonic postponing of their infants, sometimes for health reasons but mostly for convenience. Single, and past child-bearing years herself, work is Nora's life as demonstrated by her unusual relationship with the babies kept preserved. Drawn to one neonate in particular, her ultimate desire is to see him able to live a normal and healthy life. To ensure him that possibility requires extreme measures and pushes Nora to take actions she never would imagine doing.
In 2008, a group of us participated in our second 48 hour film challenge. This is how the competition worked. All teams were given a genre and we were assigned science fiction. Within 48 hours, we had to write, prepare, shoot and edit a 7 minute short film. It was great fun despite only two hours of sleep and a “touch” of stress at the end when we broke several speed limits zooming across town to meet the deadline by just 5 minutes! On and off over the years, I've spent time developing and re-developing the story, the characters, and the world in which everything takes place. Currently, the screenplay is close to being finished and the film is actively on my mind for development.
Estranged from his wife and working a dead end job, Nick Devlyn is introduced to a pleasurable coping mechanism that allows him to re-live past memories from the confines of the Parlor. The man responsible for this world of potent drugs and fringe technology is Sid Johar, a self-proclaimed healer of wounded souls. What begins as a harmless recollection exercise, Nick soon must make sense of disturbing discoveries.
This story actually started as a feature film idea. We shot a teaser (which is now the Book Trailer) a few years ago. The inspiring moment came while sitting at a film festival with a couple of friends in the local independent filmmaking community. They were reminiscing about some past events and as I was listening, it struck me how cool it would be to go back and relive certain experiences...but not all. There most definitely would be a cost for living in the past.
To see a complete listing of cast and crew for the book trailer, please visit mindclover.com.
After 25 years of estrangement from his father, Joe Tenning is unexpectedly summoned to the bedside of Charles Tenning. Suddenly, he is pulled into unraveling the disturbingly bizarre and ethically questionable scientific work in which his father has been covertly engaged. Despite the desire to return to his quiet life running his winery, he now must wrestle with the effects of his father’s work on himself, his loved ones and the lives of many unsuspecting children.
Promise of Protection began several years ago on a drive from Phoenix to San Diego. I was by myself with only my voice recorder and I told myself I had to have an idea before I arrived. It worked! I was inspired driving through the dry dessert and past big rural farms. Making the protagonist a winemaker came after a visit to Kief Manning's Vineyard in Sonoita, Arizona. The fictional small town in Texas came from actually living in a real small town in South Texas.
Many of us want to accomplish more. Perhaps it is to start and finish a project, develop a new skill, begin a new hobby or career, or improve in our work. But we have roadblocks and lack of know-how that prevent us from making headway. Your Action, Your Success addresses many of our challenges and offers solutions for getting ourselves moving. How to find the time, set priorities, face your fears and roadblocks, determine motivation, define success, and how to take those first steps.
Begin with Your Action, Your Success today and soon you will be on your way to getting more things done!
I've been called a "doer" more than once because when I like to get things done. But, I have struggles just as other people do. This book comes from my desire to address the typical roadblocks many of us face and offer my two cents on how to get more accomplished.
A few words from the author of Your Action, Your Success: Motivating Yourself to Get Things Done
Elected Leader, Now What? Online Course
Strategies to Find and Lead Volunteer Groups More Effectively
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I originally created this course a few years back, but recently discovered a wonderful internet site that hosts online courses. So I revamped the original program adding lots of new content and made it into a self-paced online course.
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Treaz wakes up in another person’s body. Is she losing her mind or might there be another reason for her predicament?
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Treaz wakes up in a body that is not her own, the old adage, “walking in another person’s shoes,” becomes all too real as she faces each new assignment. With an over-protective mother who spent her last three years in a psychiatric facility and a grandmother with worsening dementia, Treaz questions her own sanity. Thrust into a world where things seem normal to most, she must discover how to survive with Pearl Man following her every move. She struggles to make sense of her new reality, seeks out the reasons for her predicament and searches for a way back to her own life.
On cold nights, I like to take hot baths. One night before I climbed into the bubbly water, I mentally prepared myself to come up with just a nugget of a story that could be developed into a future book. There were a few ideas, and one stuck.
A while back, I started developing the story, the characters, and the world in which everything takes place. The writing process that works best for me includes creating a very detailed outline to begin with then as I start to write, needed changes and improvements happen along the way. My oldest son decided to participate in the 2016 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I wanted to participate along with him. So, this is the story I chose to work on and wrote 51,733 words towards a first draft during November 2016. Fun way to get started! In the 2018 NaNoWriMo challenge, I added another over 53,000 words.