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🍰Virtual Pie with a Think Different Word King

🍰Virtual Pie with a Think Different Word King

I’m here chatting with Edward Selender.

-Pull up a chair, relax and join us for some virtual pie a la mode!

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Jennifer: ¡Hola Eduardo, come join me! There’s a piece of your favorite, Tres Leches ~a la mode waiting for you here! 

We’ve got a kettle of tea close by. Ahhh!

It’s so fun to finally be sitting for a chat with you… our ‘Official Collaborative!’  I know the toiling you felt over actually having to reflect and write about yourself, Mr. Humble Ed.  But, today you can finally show others why you enjoy REAL pie so much!  Unlike many, who NEED a bite of Humble Pie… you exude humility and a genuine nature.

Eduardo: Thanks Jennaay! You know I always have to joke with you about your name! You also know, it is not always easy for me to hear compliments.

Jennifer: I Do! Sometimes when someone is quite so authentic, it’s not easy for them to be complimented. They don’t want to feel flattery because it actually seems to go against their sense of humility…that focus on them. Am I right?

Eduardo: Yes, like with the Top 10 lists I create.  The whole point is to bring smiles to people’s faces and brighten their days, but I was having a hard time getting myself to share them.  It was great how you encouraged me to make my Top Ten Lists a more frequent part of my creative writing process as well.  Now I share them with Twitter via my website. We even gave them a name and made some design changes to my site. But I know you remember when you first tweeted a few of them with new images, I got a bit uncomfortable…

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Jennifer:  Of course, I felt so badly.

I understand your humility makes it difficult to share your awesomeness. Sometimes others find it challenging to believe that such unique, authentic, humble people are even for REAL!  Seems backwards, right? There’s so much superficiality out there.

But Eduardo, you are one of a kind, uniquely YOU. Making your acquaintance may help others reach deeper into themselves to find their own quirky qualities too! Combine that with the fact that you’re an amazing wordsmith with this crazy-fun sense of humor that can bring a person’s emotion right to the surface. That’s a RECIPE for the THINK DIFFERENT CROWD! The cherry on top: your diverse array of hobbies and interests! 

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Eduardo: Aw thanks Jen! When you asked me what makes me unique and special, that was, perhaps one of the most difficult questions for me to reflect upon and answer because I actually consider myself to be quite ordinary.

Jennifer:  You are anything BUT ordinary! Anyone of your “Twitter Tribe” who have grown to know you and see you for who you are would say the same! So???

Eduardo: Well, if I had to say what I feel distinguishes me from others, it would be my compassion, enthusiasm, love of learning, sense of humor, and particularly my desire to help and educate others. 

Jennifer:  Yes! Your empathy and willingness to express your heart-felt, inner-most feelings are also super noteworthy. I have some life-long friends that find it impossible to do that with even the people closest people to them. You share your thoughts freely and even when it scares you. That is actually serious strength, in my eyes!

J.K. Rowling said it beautifully, “The power of human empathy saves lives and releases prisoners.” 

This is what makes you such an ideal person for the Think Different Crowd. Others can learn so much from your innate way of simply being youYou exude the qualities that many are actually afraid to express as adults. Now I just know what you’re about to say…here it comes~ I can tell!

Eduardo: Hahaha! Yes, my twin Word-Girl…do we mean innate or inherent~ Jen?  (lol) And here, I would describe myself as shy, but maybe gregarious at the same time!

(I know-sounds contradictory, because I do love being around people, just have to get to know them before I can open up and be myself around them- you know, “let my hair down!”)

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Jennifer:  I get it! You have that “Impossible Combination,” some might say. Funny, how Contradictions can sometimes make the MOST SENSE. 

Eduardo: Maybe…(smiles)…I LOVE to write, always have! My work as a Human Services professional keeps me so busy though. I created my own website like you did, as an outlet; allowing me the opportunity to express myself with my diverse, eclectic interests~ it’s been good for me in that way.

Jennifer: It makes me think of one of my personal favorites: your Top Ten Lists! Remember how we ‘chattered-on’ about a catchy, stand-out name for them?

Eduardo: Yes, that was fun!

Jennifer:  Well, the secret’s out and people WILL LOVE the smiles your “Top 10 by Ed” bring!  

Eduardo: Ahh, right!  Well they’ll have to see for themselves!  I made a Top 10 about you!  That was so fun!  

I was worried if you’d be ok with it, too! Top 10 Reasons I follow Jennifer C. Lopez

Jennifer: Me? Oh my gosh, Ditto, Ed! You about blew me away with that list, had me smiling from ear to ear. And… what a treasure to feel that someone would take the time to care that much!  I mean- what a way to show a girl your Top 10 lists, huh?

Eduardo: Although I’ve had a lot of fun creating my “Top10 by Ed” lists and some unexpectedly enthusiastic responses to them, it did take some convincing to get me to start sharing them on Twitter. As you already alluded, I have a blog (website), on which I started posting my Top10’s, but it was only recently that I had the courage to start tweeting out a few of the links to my “Top10 by Ed” lists.

Although I cannot say, for certain, how well-received my Top10’s are, I have gotten favorable feedback on them from at least three or four other Twitter Tribe members, whom I both like and respect. Additionally, I am starting to see increasing numbers of views of my “lists,” on my blog.

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Jennifer: Also, anyone going through your Twitter page would not be able to stop smiling. You go back and forth with others on Twitter as if we were all kids playing and laughing in the sandbox! 

 

So, tell me, who do you give credit for your wittiness, clever words, ability to banter and intellectual depth? 

Eduardo: I am most definitely blushing~ big time!

You really make me push the boundaries Jen! Ok well, my most automatic response would be MOM: Although our interests aren’t exactly aligned (e.g. sports), my mom has perhaps been my greatest inspiration and exerted the greatest influence on my life. Some of the many ways that she has positively influenced me include: 1) her devotion to and love of family 2) her appreciation for the arts, culture, history and particularly literature 3) her career in nursing, devoting herself to helping others ~and 4) her love of animals, especially neglected or abused ones.

Jennifer:  There is no grander gift in life for any mother to hear, Eddy~Eduardo!

You also have quite the ecumenical background. A native New Yorker and a couple of moves…Maryland and Connecticut, right? 

Eduardo: I was raised in a traditional Jewish household; however, my mom fostered a serious respect and appreciation in me for other cultures.

Jennifer:  I bet that’s where you got your sweet tooth?

Eduardo: I know, I know…the pies, cakes, sweets! I get my some of my best inspiration when enjoying them.

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Jennifer:  So then please tell the readers about your deep APPRECIATION FOR CULTURE, really an intrinsic love of other’s differences, now that’s RARE!!

Eduardo: So, Native American culture is what really moved me from the start. This appreciation was strengthened in grade school, during which time we had units of study on various Native American tribes like the Woodland, Navajo, Pueblo, Plains Indians, and Nez Perce and Chief Joseph for example.  I remember my mom taking me to a talk by a Native American, at a local library and even a pow-wow (where I got some cool Native American beadwork, including a fav ring). Being exposed to other cultures encouraged me to honor people and their differences in a profound way. I also love the South American cultures…

Jennifer:  The word refreshing… really doesn’t slice it- hajaja!

Ok let me refill our tea while you tell the readers about what makes your particular form of writing unique and how it helps others too.

Eduardo: Sure, what you’ve called my three “super-awesome” forms of writing.

First, are my opinion pieces (interviews and letters to the editor) have been a great outlet for improving my writing since I was 35 and encouraged that it might lead to journalistic opportunities. 

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Jennifer:  Didn’t something pretty cool happen to you related to landing an interview?

Eduardo: Yes, when I was 27, I amazingly landed an interview with country star Tanya Tucker, who remains one of my all-time favorite country music singers and overall artists. I conducted the interview and wrote the article.  It was an amazing learning experience for me. 

Jennifer:  I bet it was! Wow, how exciting!

Eduardo: Then, there are the Top10’s. They were actually something that a good buddy of mine suggested doing to honor David Letterman, after it was announced that he would be retiring. My first Top10 lists were actually done in collaboration with my buddy, but I enjoyed doing these so much that I started writing my own Top10 lists (now: Top10 by Ed says smiling coyly).

Finally, I write Customer Service Reviews, which grew out of a desire to educate and inform others about both good and bad experiences. I’ve focused primarily on the positive with these. Doing them seemed like a great way to combine my love of writing with my close to 18 years of ‘customer-facing’ experience.

Jennifer:  That’s what I mean, my eclectic writer friend! …Ok a quick wrap up of some of this pie for you to take home and enjoy while you ‘wrap up’ our collaborative with your writing goals/plans for the near future?

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Eduardo: My “day job” keeps me quite busy, but I have plans to write and the first book will be historical fiction. I’ve already started research. Also, on my blog, I plan to add templates/examples of customer advocacy letters, which others can use when they have customer complaints, or would like to write reviews.

Jennifer:  Well, this was the trifecta of sweetness! Eduardo, drinking tea and eating pie over an amazing chat with an ideal candidate for the THINK DIFFERENT CROWD…and yes….Eduardo still loves to write things out by hand…as you might have seen!

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So be sure to ask him about his favorite pen when you VISIT Ed!    

Twitter: @edwardselender 😊Ed’s Website: www.writeaboutnowct.wordpress.com 

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Are you ART GLASS?

Are you ART GLASS?

Ella and I love Art Glass. We have one sphere hanging in several different windows of our home.  You really can’t help but appreciate the artists who create these vibrant, delicate spheres of light & color.

The beauty and uniqueness of each piece reminded us of a poem we think you’ll love.

We’ve shared it here at the end.

Talking about the quality of these hand blown spheres of reflective light led to a conversation about the word QUALITIES itself and how the word also relates to individuals & people.

“Word chats” are something we spontaneously do sometimes when a word comes up that seems to relate to more than one thing.

It’s a time for us as parents– and a family-to delve further into the meaning of life!

Is there a DIFFERENCE between:

♦️an individual’s Personality (what they express outwardly) &

♦️the QUALITIES they possess? 

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We’ve all heard people say things like:

❣️“So & so has such a great personality, it’s what makes people admire him!”

❣️“I can tell this person is real b/c they have such a “kind personality.”

These two quotes are actually contradictions.

WHY?

Simple: What the one individual is seeing about the other is based on something that can be PORTRAYED or expressed externally and not necessarily a quality possessed inherently or owned from within.

Any individual can PORTRAY a disposition, persona, temperament or presence of charm, loyalty, kindness, and patience, even honesty AND YET NOT FULLY POSSESS & OWN THOSE QUALITIES WITHIN THEMSELVES…  THAT’S CALLED: PERSONALITY

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So, what would all this have to do with Art Glass?

Well, when both words are examined in the context of inner-beauty, transparency and an exposed genuine nature–it becomes more clear.

Those are a person’s REAL QUALITIES- like ART GLASS.

Okay, we are all creators or artists of some sort here…

So Ella & I are going to use a POEM analogy to conclude:

Think of ART GLASS for a moment…

Multi-Hued /vs./ Clear-Paned

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You will “SEE right-through” to the REAL here in this POEM:

     Others may be art glass

         of rainbow hue;

I choose to be a windowpane

         for the sun to shine through.

   ~

A clear pane, a clean pane

        Is what I would be,

     Unconcerned with temperament

         and personality.

    ~

       I would have love

         Shine through me,

         So that true loved ones would say,

         not “What a lovely pane of glass,”

but “What a lovely day.”

                                                                                         -Anonymous

 

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Why THAT TITLE for your NEW BOOK?

Why THAT TITLE for your NEW BOOK?

Jennifer:   M LeMont, people have been curious about the title of our NEW BOOK & why it’s called: Write Like YOU’RE ALREADY FAMOUS.

M LeMont: I know.  Well, we most certainly don’t want to ruin the surprise- but it wouldn’t hurt to shed a LITTLE LIGHT on it. What do you think?

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Jennifer: A little light…you’re right!  The title definitely seems like a CONTRADICTION to what we’ve been saying about “GETTING YOUR SHADOW OUT OF THE WAY” when writing & marketing.

Or: being part of a “THINK DIFFERENT CROWD”… These represent standing apart–being Unconventional, Free of Ego, Pride or Vanity.  

Then our Title seems to express the opposite….. OR DOES IT??

M LeMont: Ha! Well, that’s the whole point, right! Our contradictions actually BRING CLARITY to the Keys of Writing Success! But they’ve got to read the book to understand how!  

Jennifer: Ok, you’re right, but let’s just put some “Wordsmithing” skills to the test as a tiny hint. 

M LeMont: Okaayyy, Jennnaayyy! (laughing)

Jennifer: (smiling) The word FAMOUS:

Can you come up with any other way of looking at the word that doesn’t EXCLUSIVELY involve fame and popularity?  GO DEEPER w the WORD!

Here’s a few:

  • of Distinction
  • of Dreams
  • Esteemed 
  • Respected 
  • Expertise 
  • Prominent

M LeMont: The wordsmith over here! Jen, you are showing them- there is even more to OUR TITLE & OUR BOOK than one would gather, if they THINK DIFFERENTLY! 

Jennifer: Yep, thinking differently, will set you apart and get you where you want to be  MORE EFFICIENTLY & EFFECTIVELY! …Unconventional Inspiration!

M LeMont: Good Advice. Now for the Practicality of WHAT that kind of INSPIRATION brings… Get:

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💛WILLIAM KENOWER, Author of ➡️ WRITE WITHIN YOURSELF, AN AUTHOR’s COMPANION shared these Inspirational words recently for the Huffington Post in a blog entitled: The Real Reason Books aren’t Finished: 

Whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction, writing is like slipping into a kind of dream. I must forget about the world in which I am actually living and enter the world of the story I would like to tell. The more completely I forget, the more pleasurable the writing becomes. Within this dream, ideas come to me that I had not planned, ideas that change the course of the story. The surprises the dream provides are interesting to me in much the same way I enjoy being surprised by stories someone else has written.

And then the day’s writing is done, and I emerge from the dream back into the world I know as reality. I have occasionally asked, “What just happened? Where did those surprising ideas come from? Will more surprising ideas come tomorrow?” Because if I’m honest, I must admit that what happened within the dream felt like collaboration. I did not make those ideas, they came to me, and to understand that difference is to understand the source of what is called inspiration.

I have known no better feeling in my life, nothing easier, nothing more effortless or interesting or comforting than when I have acted on inspiration. And yet I cannot command that inspiration any more than I can really command another person. I can only invite it, and wait, and listen, and trust that it will arrive. Which it always does – if I wait, and listen, and trust. Those are the rules.

He sure represents what the THINK DIFFERENT CROWD #TDC is all about!

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Glass Man Keeps it Real

Glass Man Keeps it Real

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When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day;

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother or wife,

Whose judgment upon you must pass;

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,

Is the one staring back from the glass.

                                 ~

Some people may think you a straight shooting chum,

And call you a wonderful guy

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear to the end.

So, you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,

If the man in the glass is your friend.

                                   ~

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass;

But your final reward~ will be heartache and tears,

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

                                                                        ~Anonymous    

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My daughter Ella and I refer to this poem because it gets us thinking more deeply about what’s important in life. Striving to be transparent and honest with others, the most authentic person, remaining genuine to your moral compass, being of high integrity, & a contributor–These strivings keep you comfortable in your own skin. 

The world throws things at us from every direction: the good & bad, beautiful & ugly, truthful & disingenuous, pure & artificial.  A man of mirrors would reflect whatever he’s around.  It may not be what he wants– but he has no choice UNLESS he changes his surroundings.

We can decide what we want to reflect in life and our choices will inevitably lead to our successes or our struggles.   THE ONE THING ELLA & I CAN’T FORGET is written above, by someone we’ll never know–but “he” has now helped both my daughter and me!

GRACIAS…

~Man in the Glass~

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CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

“Flying Solo…but now you’ve CO-AUTHORED a BOOK 

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Can you please explain how you really feel about COLLABORATIONS?”    

“REALLY- please explain how you feel about Collaborations?”

“I’LL ANSWER THE QUESTION!”

“You want ANSWERS?”

“I think I’m entitled to them!”

“You want ANSWERS?”

“I want the Truth!”

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

That was a quote from the movie: A FEW GOOD MEN.

That’s the way I feel…Flying Solo to Co-Authoring our New Book

The Best Damn thing I ever did!

You want the truth about Collaborations, then here you go.

I’ll give it to you:

Collaborating is a LANDMINE that can lead to a GOLDMINE!

  • If you can fight through your own PRIDE, EGO & SELF-WILL…
  • If you can understand another person’s point of view & writing style 
  • If you can set aside the b/s that keeps you shackled inside your own opinions

It will lead to a FLOODGATE of IDEAS that ASTOUND you!

It took us two weeks to find that GOLDMINE.

Now WE have created something truly remarkable…

DIFFERENT than any Non-Fiction How-To Book ever written!

The contrasting styles will TANTILIZE YOU like SALT & SUGAR and have you begging for more!

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⭐️TURNING THE LITERARY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN⭐️

⭐️TURNING THE LITERARY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN⭐️

⭐️ANNOUNCING our NEW BOOK⭐️

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Write Like You’re Already Famous.

By M LeMont & Jennifer C. Lopez

IF YOU WANT a DEEP DIVE into WRITING, SELF-PUBLISHING and MARKETING SECRETS, THIS BOOK WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD  

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It will teach you:

🔵How to Write Like You’re Already Famous

🔵Gut-wrenching lessons on How to Stand-Out from the crowd & leave the competition standing in the dust

 🔵 How Authors with Contrasting Styles can Collaborate and make it work

🔵 With 300+ pages of Jam-Packed Information you’ll want to pick up, read & refer to again & again

🔵 That what you’ve learned from your best English teachers has been holding you back

🔵 How to Break the Rules for an Unfair Advantage

THE FIRST THING YOU MUST LEARN IS HOW TO THINK

THIS IS A  BOOK FOR THE “THINK DIFFERENT CROWD©️”

  • That’s the biggest problem~ PEOPLE don’t know how to think. They think like everybody else, they write books like everybody else and they market their books like everybody else.
  • Everything they do is like everybody else because they don’t know how to think.  They play it too darn safe like everybody else.

OUR BOOK:

FOR a NEW GENERATION of FEARLESS THINKERS & LEARNERS

      -THE THINK DIFFERENT CROWD-

                WRITE LIKE YOU’RE ALREADY FAMOUS.

            It will turn the Literary World upside down!

  Not to mention a SWEET REVEAL.

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