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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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Have You Read........

In the last two years, I have written and self-published three children's books. I am very proud of my accomplishments, as it's something I have wanted to do since I was able to read and write. Writing is one of my passions and I'm happy to be able to share it with others.

My first book is called Hammy's New Home. This book is about a young pig named Hammy, who gets into some mischief on the farm where he lives. This idea came from the real Hammy who belonged to my friends, Donny and Hope. We were visiting one day, sitting on their porch drinking coffee, and I could hear Hammy snorting in his pen. I made a joke about him wanting to be on the porch with us and their two dogs. Well......a book idea came to mind!!! Hammy is an adorable pig thanks to my very talented illustrator, Christopher Strange. Everyone loves Hammy and perhaps one day Hammy will reappear in a sequel.

My second book is called If I Were A Duck. What child doesn't dream of being some sort of animal? Well this idea came from watching the ducks outside of one of my favorite eating establishments and I was thinking about how much fun it would be to be a duck for one day. And there you have it! Another very talented artist, Samuel Wittman, drew the pics for this fun rhyming book.
And last but not least, my third book is Annie to the Rescue. This story is about a little girl who wants to have a pet to take care of and love, but her parents think she is too young. One day, while exploring, Annie finds......well, I'm not going to tell!! You'll have to read the book to find out! This book is dedicated to an animal rescue group called Pause 4 All Paws (find them on Facebook, Pause 4 All Paws!!) and a little girl named Anecia who sometimes attends P4AP events, helping her mom. A percentage of all proceeds for this book will be donated to this group. Much thanks to my talented illustrator, Elaine Schmidt, who is also my grandmother's cousin, on taking the time to draw the pics for this book.

You can find my books on Amazon to download as an eBook or purchase a printed copy, and also on Barnes and Noble (online).   Check out my Facebook page Melanie Lopata Author/Editor for updates on books, book signing events and more!