Saturday, January 27, 2018

My New Venture

I am excited because I have officially started my freelance editing business, Get it Write Editing Co. Some call me “Grammar Nazi” or “Grammar Queen”. I can't help it...I love proofreading and reading books and finding errors. I am also a children's book writer. Writing and editing are my passions!

Last year I was hired to edit two novels (not yet published).  I also do editing at my full-time job when needed.  I'm looking to take on some editing jobs this year and I appreciate any referrals.

Please visit my editing website Get it Write Editing Co

You can also view my author website Melanie Lopata - Author/Editor

Thank you for your support!!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Fearless Boy Inventor

Meet Jermiko Thomas. Jermiko is an author who wrote a children's book called The Fearless Boy Inventor.  The boy, Walter, decides to face his fears to find out exactly what thunder and lightening are, so he invents a machine to take him all the way to the clouds. What does Walter find?'ll have to read the book to find out! You can purchase the book on Amazon here... The Fearless Boy Inventor and be sure to leave a review (authors love reviews!).
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Jermiko has a great story which you can read here...Jermiko Thomas.  Because of where he came from (not speaking before he was 6 years old and having to face multiple challenges), he is motivated to break down walls...and he loves challenging people to chase their dreams – hence, his story about Walter.

And if you think Walter is cool, wait until Jermiko's second book comes out, Adventures with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)...coming 2018.
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For more information on Jermiko's books, you can follow his FB page Cornhill Entertainment.

I am proud to have recently met Jermiko and talk to him about his book and his story.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Silly Day

So today was fun. That's not sarcastic, it really was!! Silly things and laughter...made my day.

First was this...I was eating a cookie at work and half of it broke off and fell on the floor. I backed my chair up to look for it and CRUNCH! Oops...nice dark cookie ground into the rug. For some reason that made me laugh hysterically until I was near tears.

Later, I took my glasses off and set them on my desk for a minute and when I reached to pick them up, I grabbed my pen instead. Needless to say, pen in the eye!! {I'm ok}

This evening I went to the grocery store, and before going inside I stopped at the mailbox to throw an envelope in but my grocery list was in the same hand so down they both went!

And last but not least, at home I closed the back gate and since there's a lot of snow I had to slam it and as soon as it slammed, snow from the top fell onto my head. YAY!!!! I laughed; it's all good.

So those were the fun/funny things in my day. If you can't laugh at yourself...well, I don't know the rest of the saying but I sure as heck laugh at myself!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birthdays Should Be Special

As my 40th birthday draws near (yes, the big one), I've been thinking about past birthdays.  Growing up, my mom always made birthdays fun for my sister and I.  Since my birthday is February 8th and falls two weeks before Valentine's Day, my mom would make my birthday cake with pink frosting (and sometimes sprinkles). At some point, the cake ended up being heart-shaped after she bought the heart-shaped moldings.  For my birthday parties as a child, she would include the pink and white Valentine's M&M's along with pink and white decorations.  I love that she always went out of her way to make my birthday special.

I remember one year I wanted a toy stove for my birthday (God only knows why...I hate to cook as an adult and am an "epic fail" at it) and I did get that stove for a gift!!
 me with grandpa with my new stove (and my sister in a box)

For those of you who have children, I hope you go out of your way to make your child's birthday extra special because those are memories that will stay with them forever.  If you don't have children, make a special birthday celebration for loved ones or friends.