Things to Celebrate!

9:40 AM Elizabeth Seckman 23 Comments

Join the Celebration HERE!
I'm not going small this week. I'm going big.  
1. Oorah! 
2. Hooah!
3. Hooyah!

The respective battle cries for American Marines, Army, and Navy Seals...and I'll add an affirmative to the Air Force and an Aye, Aye for regular sailors, who don't seem to have a battle cry (or none that I could find, so if you know one...let me know!)

Best explanation (in my mind) for the oorah, hooah, hooyah..1800's British military acronym HUA...heard, understood, agreed. 

In commemoration of our fallen soldiers, I sent a donation to America's Mightiest Warriors. It's not a big organization. It was created to honor Navy Seal, Marc Lee. Marc was the first Seal to die in Iraq. In Marc's last letter home to his mother, he wrote about how...we could change our world by doing more random acts of kindness. He ended that letter with “to my family and friends, do me a favor, pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life.”

Marc's mother accepted his challenge and uses the platform to pass on small kindnesses to servicemen and women and their families. 

John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”
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I'm packing and getting ready to go camping for the holiday weekend. I'm not a camping fan, but we're cabin camping with AC, so it's more like staying in a hotel with your own yard. That's pretty sweet. 

But, anytime you any-kinda-camp there is a lot to pack and get ready, so I am so happy to have Mac here today helping me out. Mac is my very most favorite hermit writer. Not only is he an awesome friend to know. He's sweet, generous, and about as honest as a dude can get. And I really enjoy his books. I can always count on Mac to deliver a great story with a bit of humor and a lot of heart. 

Welcome Mac!!


As a reader I remained locked in complementary genres and rarely tried anything new. As a writer I experimented. It's great to learn your writer's voice by experimenting in different worlds. Placing products in multiple niches can be a great idea…I mean, diffract your marketing message. Fracturing your genre niche will make your audience go, "Huh? Is she a SF or a paranormal writer?" Then click, Next. Reading something you'd never think would interest you can change your world.

Writing in multiple genres explodes your marketing options. You can touch various audiences with a single campaign. Uh…spread your marketing budget thinner and thinner to reach various audiences. How exactly do I market myself? SF/F is a lot different from suspense. But I wrote a barn-burner of a bounty hunter tale. I am so glad I tried reading paranormal. I have found so many intriguing stories.

But marketing is cheap. Ads are ubiquitous in the search engines and social networks. So common the human eye completely ignores them. Hum…I need to write a zombie novel. That is really hot now. A business person must follow the trends. Uh…I mean…follow her heart.

I started out assuming I would write only SF and other-world fantasy because that was what I read. The number one rule according to the experts, "Read, read, read, across the genres to learn your craft." I learned I loved the written word. It depended upon the author's style a whole lot more than the world the characters traipsed around in. So expanding my breadth of genres I wrote in grew with my reading interests. Uh…the common reader sticks with what they like. They don't cross over. Never. Ever.

Oh…my head hurts.

R. Mac Wheeler is an author of suspense, paranormal, SF and fantasy. A former IT professional who broke Rule #1…keep the day job, he loves to write, hates to market. Doesn't sell much, but that will one day change*.

*I added that for Mac. He's a talented guy...it will happen. Buy Mac's Books HERE!


23 comments:

  1. This was awesome! I am applauding you for writing this post, and applauding our veterans and fallen soldiers.

    Oorah! Hooah! Hooyah!

    Hi, Mac! It was nice learning more about you and your writing. :)

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  2. Awesome thing to do indeed. Business people go with the trends for sure, but they are so uptight. haha

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    1. Got to keep it loose and roll with it...or it rolls you!

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  3. Have an awesome camping weekend! And as a military wife, I thank you for remembering those who gave their lives for us.

    Hi, Mac!

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    1. My pleasure Carol. Thanks to you and your husband. It's a sacrifice we too often take for granted.

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  4. Thank you for the link to the charity.
    Okay I get it. What does a cabin in the woods and a hermit writer, have in common? Great tales, waiting to be written, and read.

    Have fun, Liz.
    Thank you, Mac. I'll check out your books!

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    1. ahhh...thanks Dixie. Timmie needs new crutches. ;)

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    2. You put that together better than I did, Dixie! Most impressive.

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  5. So tragic Marc Lee died, but so lovely for the charity inspired by him. Thanks for the info about HUA. Cool! Thanks also for introducing Mac and his interesting take on writing in all genres and marketing. He sounds very adventurous! Have a great camping weekend, Elizabeth! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lexa! I thought that little tidbit was cool. There are other suggestions, but that was my favorite.

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  6. So happy you're remembering those serving in the military, Good on the charity link. Have a great weekend.

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  7. A lovely charity-thanks for the heads-up! And have fun camping. Yes, AC in cabins still counts :) And thanks for introducing Mac!

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  8. How inspirational, pass on the kindness. What wise words.
    Enjoy your camping trip.

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  9. Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for letting me stop in again. Love saying hi to new people. Enjoy your camping...Have a safe Memorial Day.

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  10. What a touching story. Hope your weekend goes well.

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  11. Hi Mac and Elizabeth. Didn't have a lot of time today will come back and read more. Have a great weekend Liz.

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  12. this is such an amazing story...wow, just wow. Always so important to remember the reason behind Memorial Day!

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  13. That's so awesome of you. What a special way to commemorate Memorial Day weekend... the camping trip is just the icing on the cake. So enjoy it! And don't get eaten by any bears. That would be such a waste of good writer.

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  14. Wow! That sounds like an amazing organization! Thank you for letting people know about it.

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  15. You are right about Mac, fun post to read, and, I've always thought marketing was made harder if writing in more than one genre. Never thought of it from this slant, and I like it a WHOLE lot more!!! Thanks E, for not only having Mac here today, but letting us know about Marc Lee and his Mom Debbie. What a great heart she has... Lisa @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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