Help Water Signs Go Hollywood!

Help Water Signs Go Hollywood!

I just created an IndieGoGo Campaign to help fund my dream of bringing Madeline and Ken’s story to the screen:

It’s every writer’s dream to have their book turned into a movie. And now that dream is coming to fruition and I need your help.

Water Signs, my first novel, which is a loosely autobiographical tale of first love and second chances has the opportunity to GO HOLLYWOOD! My book has been called “A Truly Great American Romantic Novel,” but how it came into existence is a story unto itself…

In 1994, after relocating to Florida I discovered that the man I was deeply and wildly in love with was engaged to another woman. Too painful for my heart and soul to bare, I forced myself into having amnesia about him. Summoning all my strength, I accepted the experience as a catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. I embraced the Sunshine State as my new home.

Or so I thought.

Fourteen years later, on a Sunday afternoon, a psychic blew the floodgates of memories wide open by speaking his name and describing the relationship. Everything I thought I’d forgotten about him and about “us”, came rising back up to my consciousness.

I didn’t have a choice. I had to write about it. With the help of detailed, handwritten journals I had kept, I began the story; within four months, I’d written the first draft and a few months after that, I published Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.

I had no idea the impact my autobiographical tale of first love and second chances would have on others. One reviewer says, “Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end.”

I want to get this story out to the world in a huge way! It’s my dream!

Making my book an Amazon Bestseller and building a platform of engaged readers could mean the difference between a producer green-lighting the project or tossing it into the garbage.

Please consider contributing to my fund to help bring this beautiful story to a larger audience through the magic of movie-making. I am grateful for any amount you can donate and have created some perks as my way of saying “Thank You.” Check them out on my page.

Blessings,

Daria

I’ve created some perks on the site, beginning with donations as little as $5, since every dollar counts. Click here to see my IndieGoGo Campaign.

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The Writestream Welcomes Entrepreneur Jefferson Keith Langley, ‘The Human Architect’

The Writestream Welcomes Entrepreneur Jefferson Keith Langley, ‘The Human Architect’

I’m excited to welcome my friend, accomplished athlete, entrepreneur and Writestream Radio host Jefferson Keith Langley to The Writestream on Wednesday, July 26 at 11 AM Eastern, just ahead of his one-year Writestream Radio anniversary. Late last summer, Donna Lyons told me Jefferson had an interest in hosting his own show, which became The Formula: What Is It? I’m grateful for his contributions to the network, which include highlighting entrepreneurs in various phases of their respective journeys to inform and inspire others. It’s an excellent broadcast for anyone seeking motivation from real people who have shared similar struggles and triumphs in the business world.

Jefferson has an impressive (and long!) bio, which we will discuss in full during our time together on Wednesday. Here’s a bit about his background:

Jefferson Keith Langley, of Latin, Native American Indian, and Anglo heritage, had the winning mindset from a young age when he excelled in sports. He captained numerous sports teams to championships at top club levels and high school. This gave him an essential foundation for success and achievement while following his passions. After leaving college early, he moved Los Angeles from Texas at 19, where he got a contract to go pro for an L.A.-based team called L.A. Italia, which pays tribute to his elite training at a high level. Jefferson began his twenty-year career in entertainment, TV and media working as an assistant for numerous top people and companies. He co-founded a boutique production and finance company with an investor from Silicon Valley where he was President of Development and Production for over two years, handling day-to-day operations, business affairs strategies to diversify the company portfolio, optioning material, negotiating deals, leading writer meetings, while managing, developing and raising funds for the slate of projects. He has been hired by film financiers to consult and write materials for fantasy thrillers and comedies as well.

Jefferson expanded his spectrum and became a top adviser/consultant across all industries. His unique, cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind techniques and innovative applications continue to garner rave reviews from his colleagues and clients through their referrals and recommendations. Jefferson’s knack for seeing to the core of things, coming up with innovative solutions, and providing guidance and execution all the way through to reaching the finish line garnered him the personal title, THE HUMAN ARCHITECT.

Discover more about Jefferson on his LinkedIn profile and on the Writestream Radio Guest Hosts Page. To stream the interview on Wednesday, July 26 at 11 AM Eastern, click on The Writestream Welcomes Jefferson Keith Langley, The Human Architect. If you prefer to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

UPDATE: Missed the live episode? Click to listen to an insightful interview.

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Kudos to Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester PA

Kudos to Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester PA

While I’m visiting up north, I’ve been spending time with my brother Ralph, doing things he enjoys. Last night, we went to Tee It Up Golf to play a round of mini golf, one of his favorite summer activities. We arrived around 8 PM to find that there was a large group ahead of us, comprised of about 20 people, broken out into smaller groups, working their way around the course.

Judging by the way they talked, laughed, drank beer, and otherwise interacted with each other, we figured they were probably celebrating some sort of milestone. Instead of being annoyed by having to wait at various holes, Ralph and I would just repeat the hole we were on for practice. In my mind, I was utilizing the Law of Non-Resistance, as described by Florence Scovel Shinn in her books. I told Ralph it was nice to be out enjoying a warm summer evening; there was no reason to rush through anything.

By the time we got to the 17th hole, a nice guy with a beard approached us to thank us for our patience and to tell us he had gone into the club house to pay for our round. He wanted us to stop in there to retrieve the money we’d paid when we arrived. Pleasantly surprised, we thanked him sincerely and assured him that their presence had not bothered us in the least — in fact, we got a kick out of watching them. My mother asked where they were from and he said Kildare’s Irish Pub in West Chester, which was sponsoring an employee appreciation night.

Once we finished, I walked into the club house expecting to receive $12 back, but the clerk handed me $30 and informed me it was from the Kildare’s group as a thank you for our patience. Wow, what a welcome surprise! It’s also evidence that when you practice non-resistance and remain undisturbed by a situation, good things result.

Before I head back to Florida, I plan to visit Kildare’s Irish Pub with my family. Thank you to the owner and the employees for your consideration and thoughtfulness!

Visit their website at www.kildarespubwc.com

 

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Thank you Don Prince and The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat

In early 2016, I agreed to ghostwrite a book for a retired fire lieutenant, which became a Writestream Publishing LLC release on May 31, 2016. Entitled, To Guard My Every Neighbor: Inside the Fire by Lieutenant Keith Schneider, part of the book’s purpose was to call attention to the problem of PTSD in first responders. Working closely with Keith and gaining a full understanding of the life of a firefighter (along with police, paramedics and 911 call center employees) opened my eyes. Although I knew about PTSD in military veterans, I had no idea that those who serve their local communities in uniform also suffered from it.

Through my efforts to promote the book, I made a contact with a man named Don Prince, via the HOW Foundation of South Florida, with whom one of my best friends, Theresa Bonnie, had a close contact: Executive Director Sarah Crane. Sarah connected me with Don, whose information I passed along to Keith as a resource and possible partner in book promotion.

As much as I love what I do, which offers me the convenience of working from home, at times it feels as if I’m in a vacuum — social media, Skype and other methods of communication aside. I know I am on purpose and never doubt that I’m on the right path, but it’s always nice to receive what we call in Tasha Chen’s community, “evidence.”

Yesterday, I received the best possible evidence when Don Prince contacted me “out of the blue” with this welcome message:

I wanted to share with you that because of your introduction to Keith he referred my name and number to a firefighter who was struggling and needed help up in his area. We were able to get him into a trauma retreat a few weeks ago and he had an amazing transformation and experience in those five days… You never know how you are able to someone just by a simple introduction.

I replied:

Don, thank you for letting me know! I believe seemingly small gestures can lead to amazing outcomes, and this is another wonderful example of that. I am so happy for the firefighter and grateful to you for your dedication in assisting him and others who need it!

To which he responded with an answer that made my day:

It is an amazing feeling… to be honest because of all this you probably saved his life in the big picture. I don’t think he was going to hold on much longer.

We never know what a seemingly small action can lead to. In this case, I followed a lead with the intention to promote a book and raise awareness about a critical issue for first responders…and received the best possible feedback on my work.

The man in question who needed help is now creating magnificent photos like this one to help with his healing.

Here’s a bit about Don Prince from his bio on the 11th Hour Retreat website:

Don is a person in long term recovery from many years of an alcohol addiction. He is an International Master of Addiction Coaching (IMAC) and a Nationally Certified Advanced Clinical Intervention Professional (NCACIP). He is the father of two amazing children, a husband and has an unparalleled passion for helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in order to excel in life and prosper.

He has been instrumental in opening a select few recovery related businesses and organizations, most recently co-founding the 11th Hour Retreat, in addition to co-founding a first responder specific addiction treatment facility that was exclusive to public safety professionals, opened a hair salon in Delray Beach, Florida which hired stylists in recovery and gave them a new start in a safe working environment and started a recovery coaching and intervention practice that has grown to reach those in need from coast to coast.

And the mission of The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat:

The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat is an intensive PTSD/Trauma resolution therapy program specifically designed to help first responders, veterans and their families who have been affected by trauma.

The 11th Hour program was developed to jumpstart the healing process so that those suffering from trauma can reclaim their lives, continue in their careers, and most importantly, reconnect with families and loved ones without feeling isolation or shame. Feel free to browse around the site and explore the therapy services that the 11th hour offers.

For more information, visit their website: www.11thHourRetreat.org. Contact them here.

Thank you, first to Keith, for his courage in sharing his own personal journey via his book, To Guard My Every Neighbor: Inside the Fire, and to Don, for all of his work on behalf of first responders, veterans and their families dealing with the effects of PTSD. I’m also grateful to Don for letting me know about this man’s successful treatment. I don’t know who he is, and most likely never will, but I’m grateful he is now on the path to recovery and that one simple gesture led to an “amazing transformation.” It’s the best evidence of all.

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