Tuesday, November 30, 2010

feeling grateful

For all those warm, wonderful reviews that are coming my way. They are posted on Amazon.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yeah! I am now on Kindle!!

It hasn't been easy. I had phantom images on my manuscript that didn't show up when I printed the book, but did when I tried to upload it. The images were nowhere to be seen on the document going up but there on the document coming back. After tomorrow hopefully, I will be going to Smashwords.com and there I can upload it to all the rest of the ebook readers. The folks at Authorlink.com were able to help me get rid of the phantom images and format the manuscript for e books. Nobody said it would be easy....

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

FUN! MMD Newswire: Press Release News Wire

Journeys: A Grand Adventure by Judy Edwards describes trip around the world by painter and her 13-year-old daughter
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (MMD Newswire) November 15, 2010 -- Journeys: A Grand Adventure by Judy Edwards is the true story of Edwards' yearlong, globe-spanning artistic journey with her teenage daughter, Jill.

Like many people, Edwards had always dreamed of international travel but the typical responsibilities of everyday life had kept her from doing anything more than stepping over the border at Niagara Falls. She had a successful husband, loving children, pets and a big house, but she still fantasized about world travel. After flipping through a book of travel stories, she was inspired by a vision one evening while driving the family home from the Christmas holidays, in which her whole trip was laid out in front of her. A few months later, Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter embarked on a trip around the globe to paint in beautiful locations like Chile, Easter Island, Moorea, Bali, Thailand, Greece and Egypt. As she and her daughter faced their fears and experienced unforgettable adventures, the trip turned from a painting trip with the bonus of having Jill around, to an extraordinary adventure for the two of them.

"My story is about the empowering results of following your dreams," says Edwards. "Once I had that vision, I knew I had to go in spite of my fears. I wondered what would happen to me if I didn't go."

With no foreign language skills and only a limited budget, Edwards runs into some challenging situations in far-off corners of the globe. However, her unflagging spirit of adventure and sense of humor allowed her to overcome each challenge and return home strong, confident and with a clearer understanding of her purpose in life. Upon their return home, her daughter pursued her own passion discovered while traveling and learned to fly airplanes, having her first solo flight at age 16. Edwards' life-changing story can serve as an inspiration to all who long to follow their dreams but are held back by fear.

Journeys: A Grand Adventure is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author
Judy Edwards was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and received her degree in communication disorders from SUNY Brockport. She worked as a Montessori teacher, special education teacher and speech therapist while always dreaming of life as an artist. Edwards studied painting at the Honolulu Art Academy and with various teachers across the U.S., including Don Stone, an internationally known impressionist painter who has won two Greenshields Foundation grants. She and her husband of 34 years have two grown daughters and currently reside in Rockledge.

Judy Edwards
E-mail: judyedwards05@gmail.com
Phone: (321) 213-6930
Web: www.judyedwards.com



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Sunday, November 14, 2010

My first book signing

Well that was fun! It was at Aquarian Dreams and we had the large room. In about an hour we transformed it to the place to be. In the end, there was SRO and I think it went well, from sharing the story not of me, look what we did, to look what we did, and you can do it to. I am depending heavily on my sage Lao Tzu to guide me through this. He gave me the nudge to do it at this time, and whenever I stay out of the doubt and fear, it is all well. Being vulnerable was OK. No one shot me or anything. My goal was to be honest and to discuss how when faced with fear, it is best to consider the odds and do something. It was fun to hear me say, that when faced with no money it was better to spend the last baht we had on a wonderful dinner rather than nothing as we didn't have enough money to go on, and when in that situation it is better to eat then not, while we search for the solution. Same thing about going to the trip. Being afraid to go and afraid to not go. Well seeing as their was fear surrounding each decision, I made the choice that had a trip with it.

Many of the lessons learned when lived through they didn't register. But upon review they are apparent. It was gratifying to hear the women come up who just like the last time, thanked me for telling my story as they were so inspired to do whatever. I guess that is what it is all about.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It finally happened

A couple of things. I saw my book on Amazon! I have an Amazon page. The title has been shortened to but I guess that is ok. And there is a place for video. and there is no comments but one has to start somewhere. It seems an awesome project to get it out there. So we will see how the publicity works and we do have books. The only problem that I see right now is that it is hard to find if you don't have the link. I am waiting for a response from Daniel on that. It was fun to see Juliet today at the gallery. I love what she sees in my paintings.