Sorry dear readers that it has it been way too long since I last wrote in this journal! But as you may or may not know, since my last entry, where I mention my stepdad was sick in the hospital, he passed away on August 2nd, 2005 and, then, two months later my own daddy passed away on October 13th, 2005... to say I am still grieving is an understatement. Oh! Almost forgot that a month after my dad passed away my husband had a heart attack; thank God it was mild and the surgeons were able to put a stent in one of his arteries that caused the heart attack! He is now back at work and eating much healthier than he had been. The year 2005 was not a good year for my family and me... but, so far, 2006 seems to be a better year for us.
Would also like to inform you all that I started Blogging!!! The blog is an extension of this Journal, my online magazine titled "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine (A Progressive Online Magazine)" and my own writing. Do check it out when you get the time... http://thecatsmeowforwritersreaders.blogspot.com! My first blog entry was written the day before Easter Sunday, April 15, 2006.
More good news -- I'm having a short story I wrote published in a new anthology book titled "Midici Fiction, Potpourri #1," which is set for a publication date of October 31st, 2006. So far, "Midici Books" is definitely publishing 250 authors (I'm one of them) in their new anthology venture! The publishing industry is a tough business, and having either your poetry or short stories published in an Anthology seems to be the only break authors get...unless you decide to pay to have your own book published, which costs $1,000.00 or more to self-publish.Way out of the financial league of a lot of struggling authors! Once "Midici Books" is done with the final story submissions and production of their Book #1, it should be available for all my readers and subscribers to order copies online at http://www.midicibooks.net! But, of course, I will keep everyone informed from now until after October 31st as to the progress and status of my anthology book. CJ, the founder of "Midici Books," had a vision and mission, and that was to give all new and established writers a break by having their stories published in his book...so CJ started his bookpublishing firm and named it "Midici Books" after the Meduci Italian family in Florence, Italy. Stay tuned for more news on how the book is coming along...
I'm pretty excited about the book and, now, this new endeavor with my 'blog'... my hubby told me that everyone at his job is talking about 'blogging' now! I started blogging because I figured my blog can be an extension of my publishing "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine (A Progressive Online Magazine)" and this AOL Journal. I'm happy to report that I have lots of ideas as to what I can write in my Blog that will be helpful to you... so please stay tuned for more posting I'll be doing on my new blog! Once again, my blog's address is http://thecatsmeowforwritersreaders.blogspot.com.
That's it for now everyone ... will write more here when I'm not so darn BUSY. Thanks for reading my Journal, Blog, Online Magazine and My Writing!
Rosanne (a.k.a. R.C.Kayla),
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and Writer/Author
Publisher: "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine" (A Progressive Online Magazine); Author: "Touch of Tomorrow - In Loving Memory" (book of poetry) and numerous short stories, poetry and articles published online and in print.
Author Website & the Home of "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine" (A Progressive Online Magazine): http://www.rosannecatalano.net
P.S. If anyone ever tells you grieving for a loved one is easy, they don't know of what they speak... grieving for my daddy and stepdad is sooo much harder than I ever thought possible... the memories of my childhood keep flooding into the recesses of my mind; happy times with my dad (and stepdad) and even some fights I had with both as I got older... both my dads' were forever telling me I didn't listen to them! I'm glad I didn't, if I had I wouldn't be a published author and the publisher & editor-in-chief of the online magazine I created to complement my official author website! Btw, my ezine has gained a loyal following of readers and subscribers, and continues to gain more subscribers every day. So I'm glad I fought listening to my two dads'... Though I dearly love them both, in different ways, I do realize their fighting with me when I was younger was because they were only looking out for me, and did not want me to get hurt or brokenhearted with this writing profession. What they didn't realize is that writing is my passion, and there is no way I will ever give up on writing! Thanks Dad, for loving and caring about me, and thanks Clint, for loving and caring about me too; I was only your 'step'child, not your biological child and you didn't have to love and care about me, but you did. For that I will always love you like a second father! My daddy I loved unconditionally, and always will love him...when he passed away I felt as if someone had cut a part of me off. In other words, when my daddy died I felt as if a part of me also died with him... though I know both my dad and Clint are now in God's loving arms, I want them back to make up for not spending enough 'time' with them while they were alive and when I got older.