Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Little About My Books

I have written and published three children's books (which can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble). I love to write, and writing children's books is especially fun since I ran a daycare for many, many years. I would love to finish a novel that I've been working on for a few years, but for now I'll stick with children's books.

Let me tell you a little about my books.

The idea for first children's book, Hammy's New Home, was derived from a real life “Hammy”. My friends, Donny and Hope, had a little pig named Sir Hamalot (aka, “Hammy”) and one day when my husband and I were visiting, I met Hammy. He was an adorable pig, tucked away in his large muddy pen, and super lovable. After talking to him and doting on him, we (the humans) sat on the back porch having coffee while visiting, and our friends' dogs lay at our feet. During this visit, I kept hearing Hammy snort and make all sorts of cute pig noises in his pen. I felt bad and at one point said “he wants to be on the porch with us, not all alone in his muddy pen!”.

My friend, Hope, actually mentioned that I should write a story about Hammy and we joked about it. I didn't write the story until about a year later!

This book took a lot of time, not only to write and have illustrated, but to finalize for Create Space submission. Writing and self-publishing is a lot of work, but it can be fun and rewarding.

Illustrations were done by my friend, Chris Strange, from Little Falls, NY.  Chris did a wonderful job of capturing the expressions I needed from the people and animals in this book and I am happy about how Hammy looks.  Just a cutie!

My next book, If I Were A Duck was a fun one. Those who know me know that I am a silly person (I get that from my mother!) and I love to have fun. One evening, my husband and stepdaughter, Amber, and I were at a restaurant called Ninety-Nine and we had a bit of a wait until we got a table. We stood outside and watched the ducks swim in the pond and roam on the grass around it. At one point I said “wouldn't it be neat to be a duck for a day?” and proceeded to tell my husband and Amber what I would do if I could be a duck....for one day. That turned into a silly rhyme and BAM! An idea for a book.

Haven't we all, at one point in our lives, wished we could be some sort of animal?

Illustrations for this book were done by my friend, Sam Wittman, who did a wonderful job of capturing the idea of how fun it would be to be a duck!

And last but not least, Annie to the Rescue. I am a volunteer for a local animal rescue organization called Pause 4 All Paws. My husband and I have fostered (and adopted) from this group and I have been to a few of their events, volunteering and showing my support. One day, while talking to their founder, Johanna, the idea clicked and I sat right down that evening to write it! Of course it took longer than an evening.......I had to tweak it and re-write, proof and edit (thanks to my friend Tina Sanders who proofs/edits all of my work and is my #1 supporter!!) but finally, the story was finished.

15% of proceeds for Annie to the Rescue is donated to Pause 4 All Pause!  You can also find them on Facebook Pause 4 All Paws and become a volunteer, foster, or just give a donation.

Illustrations were done by my grandmother's cousin, Elaine Schmidt, who did a wonderful job of showing how dedicated Annie was to rescuing the dogs, as well as drawing the dogs (hey, I can't even draw a stick figure!).

Someone recently asked me if there was a specific reason I had for having a different illustrator for each book.  The reason is, I feel that each artist is unique in his/her own ability and why not use the right one for the job?  What I wanted from each one was exactly what I got.  I highly recommend all three of them!!

Stay tuned for my newest to be released in the new year!!

Thank you for your support! Please like and share my Facebook page Melanie Lopata - Author/Editor and visit my web page

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Web Page

I have a wonderful new web page to promote my children's books, blog and freelance editing career!  Please check it out......

Melanie Lopata - Author and Freelance Editor

My wonderful friend, Paige, created this site for me and she gave me a wonderful testimony (scroll to the bottom of the main web page).  I was hired to edit her first book (not yet published) and she is a wonderful writer. I look forward to promoting her book once it's published.  It's a wonderful story and will be a series.  I'm anxiously waiting for the next one!!!

Thank you all for your support!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Coffee Woes

I had a bad coffee day on Friday. Those who know me know that I LOVE coffee and am an avid coffee drinker. Can I survive without coffee? Sure. But I really don't want to test that one.

Friday, though, was not my coffee day.

Woke up too late to enjoy more than half cup of coffee. Realized I left my travel mug at work so I couldn't take any with me. Decided to try to stop at Dunkin and get a pumpkin spice coffee...nope, every Dunkin from here to there was packed. Tried to use the keurig at work and ended up breaking the top off of the little plastic insert you put your coffee grounds in (of course I didn't have a k-cup). Snagged a cup from the other offices and it was completely watered down.


I did finally get ONE good cup that day but the struggle was real.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Did You Know Part XI

Concerning Ice Cream

~ I hate sherbet ice cream, especially ORANGE

~  I love strawberry ice cream but not the chunks (do they make SOFT strawberry??)

~ I have never tasted pistachio ice cream (what the heck??) 

~ There are over 1,000 flavors of ice cream!!

What's YOUR favorite??

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good Times

My Facebook account was recently hacked. Good times. NOT.

Normally, if you get a friend request from someone you're already friends with, THAT is the “virus” or “hack”. Nope, not in my case because this is my life. 

My normal account was hacked and then it locked me out and I have no way of getting back into it. So I had to create a new account, same name. Of course everyone was confused!

And of course I couldn't just be hacked and that be the end. The night I found out about the account, my youngest dog (and smallest and fastest) sneaked out the back gate when the garbage was being taken out, and he ran. And he is fast.

I ran after him and when I was just about close enough to grab him, I took a leap.

Bad idea.

It all happened so fast. I landed on my knees and arms, skidding along, scraping my hands, and the grand finale was the face plant. Yep, face on pavement.

Thankfully, I didn't break anything. My glasses are a little scratched but not broken. A small scratch near my nose and slightly tender, but no break.  Some scratches and bruises on my arm.

My left knee was torn to shreds and I'll spare you by not showing you a pic. It's grotesque.

So all is fairly well now. I have a new FB account; still answering questions people have about the accounts and confusion; and I'm pretty sore from landing on the pavement. BUT! I did catch my dog and I'm not broken so hoo-rah.

This has been a fun two days {again....sarcasm}

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Did You Know Part X

I have some fears/phobias and one or two may be irrational........

~ Sinkholes

~ The earth losing all oxygen and us slowly dying

~ A train from the nearby track (2 blocks from my house) derailing and rolling into my house (while I'm in the shower)

~ Being on an elevator and the cables breaking and the car crashing down and I die

~ Being at a stop light and the truck that is turning onto the street that I'm on tips over and crushes me
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What fears/phobias do YOU have??

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Coffee Preference....Don't Judge

I'm going to say something that is going to make some of you GASP or shake your head but here goes.....I'm not a fan of coffee in the keurig. There, I said it. I don't like k-cup coffee!! I think it has the watered-down taste. And frankly, I'd rather brew a pot and grab a cup throughout the morning or afternoon than making a cup then another then another.

My favorite coffee is any kind brewed in a percolator. Ah, the good old days. I have one, I just can't make it properly. But my grandma still makes coffee in her percolator and it's awesome. I grew up on perked coffee until my grandma finally broke down and bought a Mr. Coffee {eyes rolling}. We had so much company we needed the Mr. Coffee. Now she uses both.

So I'll take perked or brewed coffee any day. Keurig? Eh. If I have no other choice.

What's YOUR favorite type of coffee?

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