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. 


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.


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.

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19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted


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…

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WriteOnCon 2014


Don’t miss this event. A free   conference for kidlit writers with pitches and live events on Tuesday August 26 and Wednesday August 27. I’ve attended for three years now and though I haven’t sold a picture book this way I have learned a lot about what makes a good pitch.  Elana Johnson’s blog about it is here.

Here is the registration page!

I’m out of hiding for this awesome event. Truly valuable.

See you all soon!




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Book Trailer Premiere: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla


Love is where it’s at. The love in this post made me reblog it. It will send shivers down your back.

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:

I read Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan on January 4, 2012. I can still see the tears that soaked the pages of my advanced reader’s copy. I can still hear the reverberating refrain that ran through my head on that cold winter’s day: “I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I must get this book into as many hands as possible” Nine hundred twenty-three days later, those words are still bouncing around inside my head. It is safe to say I have become a relentless and self-proclaimed ambassador for Katherine’s masterpiece.

the one and only ivan

If you read my blog, follow me on Twitter, or have ever visited my school library, you have heard me talk at length about the time I spent an hour with the real Ivan and his caretaker, Jodi. From…

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The Winners of #EdmundPickleChin blog tour!

The Winners of #EdmundPickleChin blog tour!

Hi Friends!!

Yes! This is the post I announce the winners of the blog tour. It’s been a fantastic blog tour. And wow! Do I ever have awesome amazing super wonderful terrific news for you? Are you ready?

What about a smile?

My Neice smiling for YOU!

My Neice smiling for YOU!







For the first place winners of winning both a copy for the print books of Edmund Pickle Chin and Annie’s Special Day! There are






Four people will each get a copy of my books. These people followed the blogs and commented on five or more of the blog tour posts. They traveled with us to five or more places.

Here are the winners! TA DA!

Sticker tape!

Drum roll, Please.

Reading with Rhythm

Patricia Tilton

Margot Finke and

Darlene Foster

And now for second place winners! These FOUR people traveled with us for FOUR blog tour stops!

These people won a print book each of Edmund Pickle Chin!

Drum roll, Please.

Penny Parker Klostermann

Vivian Kirkfield

Teresa Robeson

Erik this kid reviews books

And third place? People who stopped in TWO or more places?

Yes! Applause please!

She won an e-book of Annie’s Special Day!

Beth Stilborn!

All winners must send me an email at Cbowmanjahn at Yahoo dot com with subject line saying “Winner of Blog tour” to get my attention and you will recieve your gift. Congratulations! To All.  It has been a“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Blog Tour!

MY BOOK!! *Yay!* All FIRST place winners.

MY BOOK!! *Yay!*
All FIRST place winners.

FIRST and SECOND place winners!

FIRST and SECOND place winners!

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Edmund Pickle Chin Blog Tour — A Donkey Interview


This is too good to miss! I laughed my head off! ANd I thought I knew Edmund!

Originally posted on Children's Books Heal:

edmund-cover-600x900Edmund Pickle Chin: A Donkey Rescue Story

Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood, Authors

Lynne Bendoly, Illustrator

eTreasures Publishing, April 26, 2014

Suitable for ages: 4-10

Theme: Animal Rescue

Today you are in for a special treat. I am the fifth stop or the tail end of the donkey blog tour!  I have the pleasure of interviewing the star of the book, Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood. He is 10 years old and lives at Everymay Farm, a non-profit rescue for farm animals in rural Georgia. It was founded by Susan and Tom Elwood in 2007. According to Susan,  Edmund stands watch over the smaller critters and has become their protectors. He even tolerates goat head blows to the chest and waits to eat until the other animals have finished. Susan says, he can also be quite comical when people are around. Although he is still very shy, he will  “curl his…

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#Edmund Pickle Chin Blog Tour Post #2

Hi Everyone!



This is to give you more information about Susan and mine blog tour of   Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story. If you want to read this and still go to tour stops, try opening the stops in different tabs on your browser. I hope that works.

Then before I go I will tell you about what I am going to be doing this summer while on blogging break. Yes! you heard right.. I am going on blog break right after this blog tour. But first!

Here are the stops:

May 26, 2014: Joanna Marple on what we hope to accomplish and animal mistreatment

May 27, 2014: Stacy Jensen on how we collaborated

May 30: Vivian on her PPBF and review —

June 2:  Author interview  — Erik –


June 4: Edmund interview — Patricia –


June 9: Teacher info and guide — Susanna –


The ones that are over have received good comments and there is still time to comment and win a copy of Edmund Pickle Chin as well as my first picture book “Annie’s Special Day.” All you need do is follow the blog and comment!  It’s as easy as that. The one with the most comments wins. So if you comment on each post, you will be a winner!  Ta da!

I’ll announce who wins the Wednesday after Susanna’s blog post so that one won’t have as much time but there will always be a winner of sorts if you find you like this enough to purchase a copy.  And that can be done here on the eTreasures publishing website.

And if you’d like an autographed copy just email me at cbowmanjahn at yahoo dot com and you will get a print copy of Edmund Pickle Chin along with my signature and blessing.

Take care now! I’m taking a blogging break for the summer, and my post announcing the winner will be my last post before my break. I will come back September ninth, (9/9/14). And just in case you will be wondering what I’m going to be doing this summer, I am going to finish my first rough draft of my memoir “Spiraling, My Journey With a Brain Disorder.” I   plan on reading all those books that have piled up while I   wrote the over 60,000 words since January when I started. I have written over 10,000 words a month since then and it didn’t leave much time for reading. I have won three books since then, too. Good ones. And I can’t wait to dig in.

Also for the month of August we will be taking care of my grandson and going to the beach. I can’t wait! It will be FUN!

See you on Tour!

© Clarbojahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn aka Clara Bowman-Jahn

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