Looking Forward In Life Rather Than Back at Memoir

My husband and I in Washington DC one spring day.

My husband and I in Washington DC one spring day.

Hi Friends,

My memoir classmate, Ann Jewett, has unwittingly spoken something Eleanor Roosevelt said as well. Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t want to linger in the past. She was impatient with it. Eleanor Roosevelt said she just wanted to look forward and that there was so much to do.

Ann Jewett has cancer. And I was shocked to hear this. My prayers go out to her.  Another thing about her shocked me.

She deleted her memoir because she doesn’t want to look back any more. This announcement greatly affected me because I know how hard she worked on it. Also because I am still hard at work with mine. My memoir, “Spiraling, My Battle With Bipolar Disorder, still has three more chapters to go. I still need to look back to finish it.

Here is Ann Jewett’s blog post on where she says Cancer doesn’t define her.  And again it gave me pause. Because even though her disease doesn’t define her, mine does define me. Bipolar Disorder does define me in many ways. I have to struggle daily in keeping a schedule and be religious in taking my medicine. But Ann made me think in other ways as well.

She is influencing me to work harder on my memoir. Yes, I have to look back to finish it but meanwhile I can begin to help people. I am really happiest when I am helping people. I guess that is partly why I chose nursing as my profession. I would have stayed in it longer if not for my back pain and consequent back surgeries. See how I conquered it here.

 

So my goals have changed somewhat. I am going to work harder than ever on finishing my memoir. Yes, and look back while I’m doing this. And also I can start looking forward at the same time.

 

To begin with, I reupped my commitment to my ESOL, English as a Second Language, volunteering I was doing before summer came. And in the department of mental illness I am going to sign up to walk for it in our neighborhood in October. I saw the announcement in our Parks and Rec Center where I take Pilates. Then I am going to pay better attention to the NAMI, National Association for the Mentally  newsletters I get in my inbox.  In them I hope to see some other ways I can help locally. And I will seek out my local members and ask if there is anything I can do.

 

I am not going to do this all at once because I still want to focus on my writing. I still need time to finish that darn memoir. But maybe   I don’t need to spend all my time on it. I can be more structured. I can make a schedule.  So now you know my hopes and goals. Look forward.  Thanks, Ann.

 

Have any of you had that time where you realized looking back was not working for you? And maybe you just had to start looking forward? Maybe you were depressed and needed a new attitude? Let me know in the comments, okay?

 

And here is a link for my writer friends.

Here is a link for us memoir or middle grade authors: What to do to write a Gut Wrenching Scene from K. M. Weiland

 

And for a look at a logo my friend Margot Finke made me? Here it is about my two picture books.  We are still waiting for the print version of Edmund Pickle Chin. It is in e -version on the publisher’s web site though. Susan and I got a proof of Edmund Pickle Chin last Wednesday and corrected the errors for our publisher. Now to get the final one in the mail. We are more than eager to see it in print… It has gone on much too long.

 

http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/edmund-pickle-chin-by-clara-bowman-jahn-and-susan-april-elwood/

Thanks for reading friends!

XOXO

See you Friday!

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

Posted in Clara Bowman-Jahn, Clarike Bowman-Jahn, http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/, life story, marketing, memoir, personal growth, social networking | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments

The Librarian of Basra, The True story From Iraq

Hi Friends!

I am delighted in showing another book for Perfect Picture Book Friday. One that is dear to my heart. For all you interested in midatlantic SCBWI? Here is the link to go to register for the conference on October 25, 2014 with intensives on Oct. 24. The manuscript evals have gone in the mail previously.

And the links for my writer friends:

For those of us trying, yes, trying to use Scrivener, here is one for using it to write picture books.

and another that my mentor and friend Julie Hedlund gave one Monday and I had to almost try it right then is this here:

 

Book cover of THe Librarian of Basra, a True Story of Iraq.

Book cover of THe Librarian of Basra, a True Story of Iraq.

So let’s get on with the show,

 

PPBF/ The Librarian of Basra

title: The Librarian of Basra, The True story From Iraq

Author/Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

Published by Harcourt, Inc, nonfiction, 2005

 

Summary: Alia Muhammad Baker is the librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until Now. Now war has come, and Alicia fears that the library — along with the thirty thousand books within it — will be destroyed forever.

 

In a war-stricken country where civilians – especially women – have little power, this true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

 

Resources: This resource is about talking to students about the war in Iraq and why it has been in the news and showing the cover and back. Asking what they think the book is about. A good resource. At the bottom it says

  • If your students want to help Alia rebuild her book collection, they can contribute to a fund administered by the American Library Association. Make checks payable to ALA with “Basra Book Fund” on the memo line, and send them to International Relations Office, ALA, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. (For more information, contact the ALA’s International Relations Department at 1-800-545-2433 x 3201.)

Why I love it: I found this book among the banned books in a shelf with a yellow band around it saying it was banned. When I asked why, the librarian did not know but told me a committee had decided it so. I imagine it was because if was about Iraq, a country we were at war with. And that America might have been the reason the library was burned down.  And then I found this on banned books,

 However the bravery of this librarian to save her loved books is one of courage and showed me how truly lucky we were.  I have a gigantic library in my community that holds over this amount of books easily and the hours it is available is friendly to all kinds of people. There is a teen center where teens can go and get drinks while playing games on the computers. There is kid section with a room just for telling stories. The stacks are short and kid friendly. There is a computer section. All along the walls are rooms one can go in and study with computer hook ups. Not to say about the conference rooms and tables where one can sit or the easy chairs one can go and read in while visiting or waiting. Needless to say, I love my library!! :) and I go at least twice a week.

So when I read this children’s picture book I was in love sight unseen. And I marveled at Alia who has her books in her home for the future.When there is a better place for her books. I Dearly hope the time is now. That now she can look forward to having a building to house her books and her community can meet and read again.

 

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site  where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

 

And my books?

We got a pdf of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story, proof and emailed off the corrections for a print proof copy, We are really eager to get this done!!

 Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets.
My Picture Books

My Picture Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

See you on Tuesday with another post about my journey in my memoir “Spiraling: My Battle With Bipolar Disorder” :)

Posted in blogging, Clara Bowman-Jahn, Clarike Bowman-Jahn, Course or Book Review, http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/, marketing, Perfect Picture Book Friday, social networking | Tagged , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Four Steps I Follow to Deal With Chronic Back Pain

Hi Friends!

Image from flickr credit goes to Jasmine Kalouds, thank you!

Image from flickr credit goes to Jasmine Kalouds, thank you!

When I saw Jane Friedman’s blog post on her back pain  I immediately looked for mine on back pain in previous years that I was sure I wrote. And you know what? I could NOT find it. I was sure I’d written about taking Pilates twice a week way back in 2011 when I had started. Nope Nada, none, nothing. I thought I Should remedy that at once. See that capital S in Should? :)

My constant sitting on my butt writing is not good for my back. And I”ll bet it isn’t good for you either. Here is what I do for mine.  My family and friends know I use a healthy back chair to sit in while writing on my laptop but it is not the only answer.

Here is what I wrote my family right after seeing that post and also forwarding Jane Friedman’s post  to them.

TAKING PILATES And CHIROPRACTOR

Right now my husband and I take Pilates  once or sometimes two times a week with me feeling sore the next day and needing to continue working the moves for two days afterwards often till the next class. IF I have serious pain I’ll go to the Chiropractor who specializes in Johnson’s Technique with using the roller table before hand. His technique is very gentle and often he also uses his table to magnify and emphasize some pull or push to my S. I.  joint or sacroiliac joint. The one on the left is usually off,  kicking my whole right side in spasm. I also have a prescription muscle rub my husband can put on my back which I’ll use the night before getting into the Chiropractor  or if I can’t get in that day.

USING THE FOAM ROLLER

There is also the foam roller  I can use. This has greatly increased my pain free days. At present I  only see the Chiro once every fourteen days or longer but mostly it is ten days on average.

MASSAGE

Sciatica which was just terrible last year has fortunately left me. And if it ever recurs I will use foam roller right away and massage. We both get deep muscle massages about once a month and that seems to be the ticket for health. Although I would love to say I don’t use medicine, I do. My back is so bad that I go to the pain clinic every three months and get a prescription for a tough medication that is also used for cancer patients called Duragesic patches.

DURAGESIC PATCHES

How I wish I did not need to tell you this. However if your pain is not as far into the goner stages as mine the holistic steps I’ve outlined here should be fine for you. I have also had two back surgeries that failed to cure me and that is why I need to use the patches.

So there you have it. My holistic approach to my chronic back pain.(with one minor glitch of using the patches.) :)   Yes, the four steps I use are Pilates, Chiropractic, Foam Roller and Massage. Those four steps have been the most important although I also use Duragesic Patches daily, the four steps I think are key in controlling it, managing it. For without those four I would have had to increase my dependence on narcotics and pain medicine long ago.

here is Jane’s blog post again for those that didn’t see it in the beginning of this post. (Like I usually do) :)

How I Recovered From 3 Years of Chronic Back Pain
See you on Friday with another edition of PPBF for Susanna Hill’s site of Perfect Picture Books. 

I hope you have a  great day!

xoxo

And below is a logo of my books available on Amazon and at eTp

My Picture Books

My Picture Books

Posted in blogging, Clara Bowman-Jahn, Clarike Bowman-Jahn, http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/, life story, personal growth, social networking | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

PPBF/ The Three Golden Oranges

PPBF/ The Three Golden Oranges

Hi Friends!  I’m so glad to reviewing another perfect picture book for Friday for you. You’ll have to go to Susanna’s site to get your chocolate though as I am on a diet. Yes, even a virtual one. :) So, if you don’t want to sneak below and see why I loved this, go ahead and read the stats. They inspire the rest.

Book Cover for the Three Golden Oranges

Book Cover for the Three Golden Oranges

Title: Three Golden Oranges

Author: Alma Flor Ada

Illustrator: Reg Cartwright

Publishing info: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,,1999, Fairy Tale

Summary:  from inside copyright page :“Acting on the advice of the old woman on the cliff by the sea, three brothers who wish to find brides go in search of three golden oranges.”

Themes: Fairy tales, Spain, Folklore

Why I loved this book:: As more and more people write about the need for diversity in literature I see this book, a fairy tale from Spain maybe filling some of the gap. We also need to save endangered culture’s fairy tales. And retelling of old legends and fairy tales is one good way to go. My husband works day and night to save endangered languages on his computer. Can I do no less in saving literature?

 

Just as this book was an entertaining story about brothers trying to work together and only the youngest having a clue on what was needed and how this might be translated into a nice bedtime story for preschoolers or the other younger set, I saw it’s further implications. It is diversity in literature. Speaking to the Spanish population of old.

 

What do you think? Do you think you would read it for it’s hidden agenda or for the bedtime story reason? Tell me of other books with diversity that might not be so obvious?

 

Again: Thanks for reading. IF you would like to read more stories from Susanna Leonard HIll’s site go here: To Perfect Picture Books Friday, where you will find a treasure drove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. See below for the jackets. LOGO gift of Margot Finke.

My Picture Books

My Picture Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can go here to buy a copy : http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/edmund-pickle-chin-by-clara-bowman-jahn-and-susan-april-elwood/

And if you find the info here in this blog post of value to you go to the sidebar and follow me. You can either do it by email or in your reader. no cost to you, free! I can’t wait to see you every Tuesday as   I post something of my memoir and picture book publishing journey or on Friday as I continue this series of adding to Perfect Picture Books Friday.

XOXO See You Tuesday!

 

Posted in blogging, Clara Bowman-Jahn, Clarike Bowman-Jahn, Course or Book Review, http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/, marketing, Perfect Picture Book Friday, social networking, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 27 Comments

The Big Title Reveal

Hello friends,

Link’s for my writer friends,

Because I’m thinking about it and just found two great links, I can’t wait to share them. Who knows about Kidlit411? It is the one link to go to for kid lit lovers like me. Here it is:

And if you ever want to start a  website? On your own? here is the site to go to for that.

 

Thanks to Flickr creative commons by Len Mathews. :) Smiley refusing to label or throw anybody into a box of stigma.

Thanks to Flickr creative commons by Len Mathews. :) Smiley refusing to label or throw anybody into a box of stigma.

The reason for the post:

YOU are my friends, right? And because you are, you are not going to judge me or go running in the opposite direction when I tell you the title of my memoir, right? I know there is stigma and I might lose some of you. But I’ve got to come out of the closet so to speak; so I can go  on and finish this thing. 

I mean, I only have two or three chapters to go on the first rough draft but the thought of  having people judge me because of my title is holding me back. So here goes. My working title is this:
“Spiraling, My Journey With Bipolar Disorder” 

This memoir deals with my late husbands death in 1991, my decreasing a medication I had been taking since a debilitating depression in 1984 and how these factored in creating a manic episode in 1994. Then the next six years through 2001 of remarrying and becoming stable after a brief hospitalization and finding the right medication cocktail.  So, you see? Scary stuff to show and reveal about myself. Stigma. People scared for and of me.

Why  I’m scared of stigma and yes, it is prevalent:

Around here there’s been a news story of a schizophrenic mom, or rather a mom who has schizophrenia, missing along with her two toddlers. And her family want her arrested for neglect when they catch her.  Now, I’d like to know how this announcement is supposed to make her want to turn herself in. And where did that strike of neglect come from? Because she didn’t want to stay with her husband? Who said, “I just want my f……g kids back?” I mean who is to say she isn’t running away from an abusive husband who is himself violent and neglectful?

Make me smile and comment: 

Anyway, Please comment. Tell me if you like my title, “Spiraling, My  Journey With Bipolar Disorder,” or if you don’t and why. Or tell me if you have a better title. I’m all ears and open for suggestions.

 My Books:

And for a look at a logo my friend Margot Finke  made me? Here it is about my two picture books.  We are still waiting for the print version of Edmund Pickle Chin. It is in e-version on the publisher’s web site though. 

http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/edmund-pickle-chin-by-clara-bowman-jahn-and-susan-april-elwood/

My Picture Books

My Picture Books

Posted in blogging, Clara Bowman-Jahn, Clarike Bowman-Jahn, http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/, life story, memoir, personal growth, social networking, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Question: Do You Like Reading or Writing Better?

writing memoirHi Friends!

Welcome back! I am glad to see you after the summer from hell which I had. You are a sight for sore eyes. But first, before I explain that,

I came across a post recently here,

“Adventures in Children’s Publishing” asks what do I like more. Reading or writing?

Like the author of that post I have found it hard to answer. And after thinking about it I found it harder to like reading as much since I became a writer because of analyzing what I read. While reading I ask things like “does it grab me”? Are the characters realistic with flaws? Do they seem real? Or like talking heads? What about the dialogue?

And the author of the post asks; if I like the book, why? If I don’t like the book, why? It takes me a long time to lose myself in a book because of that.

But writing? I lose myself easily. I especially lose myself in the rough first draft. I start a picture book or piece of memoir and POW! I am gone. Lost in my writing.

I wrote the above last June thinking I’d have a head start writing the first post of fall after blog break. I thought that would do it. How ever, I Feel compelled to share some of my summer with you. Some of you know I’ve been writing my memoir. We had a death in the family first thing in June and have been dealing with repercussions all summer. Even this Friday spending all day in a foreign county courthouse dealing with probate. And I mean ALL day. From seven AM when we woke up to finally coming home at four thirty exhausted and burned out. Then running to the bank first thing Saturday morning and standing in a line ten patrons long. So now you know why you are sight for sore eyes. It is wonderful to write for you. 

I must confess I haven’t done much writing this summer.

But I eagerly turn away from this hell summer and turn towards fall. Look towards September for writing more. I promised my sister I would not even take classes. I told her I would take the break I sorely needed and didn’t get this summer. That promise didn’t take long though, to break. I’m taking Katie Davis’s course Crank it UP starting in Sept 17. Here is what she said:

And in honor of trying to keep a short first post, I’ll stop it here. Except of course my gifts for my friends.

 Here you go. This is why I keep journaling, too.It is on how you can find truth through journaling. 

Ssooo…?

What about you? Do like reading or writing better? Why? Was this a hard question to answer or easy?

See you on Friday! I’ll have a brand new PPBF to tell you about.

XXXOOO

Kisses and hugs!

©Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

MY BOOK!! *Yay!*

MY BOOK!! *Yay!*

One of these days this will be a print book! Now one can get an e version from eTp.

One of these days this will be a print book! Now one can get an e version from eTp.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted

clarbojahn:

Like so many others who reblogged this. I would only do so if I thought it awesome. My little sister alerted me to this post and said this said this post said it best.

Originally posted on Introversion Effect:

Like many categorizing systems, the separatist thinking behind them attempts to firmly place us in one container or another.  The flaw in these types of systems is that they don’t always take into account the middle areas of the spectrum.  And any system is just that: a spectrum.  I’ve long stated with unequivocal certainty that I’m introverted.  My friends, however, look at me askance, because I’m actually very fun-loving and outgoing when I need to be.  So on that introvert/extravert spectrum, I fall somewhere to the introverted side, but exhibit limited extroverted tendencies.  Here is an article found online that I have updated to reflect this spectrumized system.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.

2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.

3. Social gatherings…

View original 454 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments