Breaking the Ice at Toastmasters

toastmastersTonight I am finally delivering my “Ice Breaker” speech to my local Toastmasters Girl Talk Chapter. This particular presentation is intended to do just what you’d expect — break the ice by introducing yourself to the membership and guests. Sounds simple enough, right?

Given the fact that this is just one of several speeches in the course curriculum, my mentors advised me to keep it simple, with the understanding that there will be countless opportunities to mention other subjects in future talks.

Excellent advice. And hard to follow.

I’ve had the basic overview of my Ice Breaker in mind for over a month — complete with props to emphasize my points about my life and my writing career. These include my first “novels” — handwritten stories I’d composed within the pages of beautiful hardbound journals I’d received from my cousins Maris and Al at the age of eight. I’d work my way through my compelling presentation (complete with stories and anecdotes), until I reach my grand finale during which I’d hold up my first independently published novel in addition to those I’d written and/or edited for clients.

MLJournal2Thanks to an old song popping into my head unexpectedly the other morning, I’d even come up with a theme: Quiet Heroism. I wrote out a long-form speech first, edited for clarity, and practiced repeatedly, both alone and in front of a few different friends. While their feedback was very positive, the problem is I keep running way over the 6-minute time limit — by about five minutes!

Saving certain topics for future speeches is the right course of action but it is not as easy as I thought. With so many relevant, real-life incidents combining to bring my speech full-circle, it’s incredibly difficult to eliminate any of them. But rules are rules and the last thing I want to see is a glaring red stoplight in the audience, indicating I’m out of time. Looks like I have my work cut out for me today, before and after my Writestream interview with Leila Lacey!


Author of The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One joins Writestream on February 17

UPDATE: Please note the special time of 9 p.m. Eastern. Thanks!

As I posted last Tuesday, author Roy M. Griffis‘ new novel, The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One has been garnering rave reviews since its release on January 20. Prominent conservative journalists and authors Rich Lowry and Ben Shapiro respectively described The Big Bang as “A wild romp through a post-Apocalyptic America unimaginably awful but also highly contemporary,” and “Clever, witty, tense, and a thoroughly enjoyable read!”

Griffis__Cover-640x1024On Tuesday, February 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern, the multi-talented Griffis joins me to discuss The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One — as well as anything else he’d like to promote, including his acclaimed comic strip Truesbury (a joint effort with Ms. Always Right and Scary Smart), the Right Wing Riot, Liberty Island Media, and the importance of culture to the American way of life.

During the live show, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the chat room. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday – The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One. Or if you prefer to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246 (be sure to press “1” if you want to ask Griff a question and I’ll put you on the air asap).

Don’t miss Writestream Tuesday with author Roy M. Griffis on Tuesday, February 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern!



Fantasy Dating Radio debuts on Writestream on January 28

FD Radio LogoLisa Tarves and I have been working hard over the past several months to reach our goal of broadcasting seven unique shows per week on the Writestream Radio Network. After countless hours spent on social media and on the airwaves trying to attract at least two new hosts and shows, we’re thrilled to announce that Suzanne Casamento, author, writer, and founder of the Fantasy Dating Game; and Rob Thelusma, writer, actor, and voice over artist will co-host Fantasy Dating Radio with Suzanne and Rob on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Suzanne Casamento.

Suzanne Casamento.

Debuting on January 28, the first episode of Fantasy Dating Radio welcomes Marina Sbrochi, author of the book Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life:

Marina’s hilarious and straightforward book shows us that smart women only find real love when they get the objective of marriage out of their heads. Suzanne, Rob, and Marina will remind you that dating isn’t about searching for that perfect someone who meets 872 qualifications on a checklist – it’s about learning what you want and you don’t want and having fun along the way.

Join us to make a fundamental mind shift around dating. We dare you.

For more information on how you can dare to date, check out Fantasy Dating. Will YOU Share the Dare?

If Suzanne’s name sounds familiar, Lisa and I interviewed her back on November 13 on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss to talk about her innovative website, Fantasy Dating Game. During that interview, I discovered that Suzanne was also a gifted writer and the author of two Young Adult novels, Fingerprints and Choosing Tally. So of course, I booked her for Writestream Tuesday! If you missed

Rob Thelusma.

Rob Thelusma.

that interview, click here to listen.

Somewhere in-between (and very serendipitously), Suzanne contacted Lisa and me for advice on starting her own radio show as a companion to the Fantasy Dating Game. Seems some very good friends had been encouraging her to get into the internet broadcasting game and she thought she’d reach out to us.

And that’s when the light bulb went off in my head. I immediately extended an invitation to Suzanne to join the network, which ultimately resulted in the Fantasy Dating Game with Suzanne and Rob. Even better? We added a great new show, not one but two new wonderful hosts AND we maintain a good male/female balance on the network!

So, are YOU ready to Share the Dare? Tune in to Writestream on January 28 at 9 p.m. Eastern for the debut of Fantasy Dating with Suzanne and Rob!


The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One by Roy M. Griffis

Griffis__Cover-640x1024If you’re a Writestream listener, chances are you have heard the wonderfully talented author and humorist Roy M. Griffis on the program, discussing his work with Liberty Island Media and his book, By The Hands of Men: The Old World. Roy is also a co-creator of the website, Right Wing Riot, the comic strip Truesbury, and the Right Wing Riot (now on hiatus until April) Public Service Satire segment, which airs in the second hour on Writestream Tuesday.

Roy just released his new novel, The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Book One:

In this page-turning post-apocalyptic thriller, Roy M. Griffis explores an alternate timeline in which America falls victim to a coordinated attack by Islamic jihadists and Chinese Communists. It’s 2008 and George W. Bush is still president. Three years later, the man called “Lonesome George” is in hiding, leading the resistance from a secret location.

Multiple plot lines skillfully braid the tales of resistance fighters in various parts of the country. Whistler is the hard-bitten commander of a military unit in Texas. Karen, a former congressional aide, stumbles through the radioactive rubble of Washington DC. Molly, a leftwing columnist in San Francisco, finally puts her talents to good use on the underground radio as the voice of the resistance. Alec, a famous Hollywood actor, loses his wife and daughter in the nuclear attack on Los Angeles and becomes a legendary fighter, inventing the gun that bears his name.

A vivid imagining of an America gone horribly wrong, written in gripping detail.

The book has received high praise from such prominent conservatives as Rich Lowry and Ben Shapiro, who respectively refer to The Big Bang as “A wild romp through a post-Apocalyptic America unimaginably awful but also highly contemporary,” and “Clever, witty, tense, and a thoroughly enjoyable read!”

Ready to experience the literary talents of Roy M. Griffis in his latest release? Purchase The Big Bang: The Lonesome George Chronicles, Part One, available in Kindle and paperback. And tune in to Writestream on February 17 when Roy M. Griffis will be my guest. I’ll have a promo link posted very soon.

Congratulations Griff, on a job well done – wishing you much success!



Love Liberty & Lip Gloss: Get Glowing with Ava Aston!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, are you ready to look and feel your radiant best in 2015? Get Glowing - Ava Aston SkincareThen tune into Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on Thursday, January 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern when Lisa Tarves and I welcome my good friend, the multi-talented Ava Aston to talk about her new skincare line, Get Glowing. As many of you already know from previous interviews, Ava is an incredibly talented musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. Back in 2009, when we first became acquainted, she used some of my footage and photos in her video, We The People. But did you know that Ava is also a skincare expert who has recently launched her own line of products called Get Glowing?:

Growing up the daughter of a cosmetologist, she was always around beauty products. As a teenager she learned the importance of proper skincare, and its effects on aging. The rest as they say is history. She has been a skin care fanatic ever since. A confessed skincare junkie, Ava has tried every product the market has to offer. From drugstore brands, to pharmaceutical grade products, Ava has broken the code and found what really works. People joke and ask how she is “Aging in reverse.” Often stopped in public by strangers, some actually whip out a pen and paper to write down what she tells them. Ava’s Secret? It’s just five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night combined with no nonsense, high quality, medical grade skincare that delivers results, not broken promises. The opportunity arose for Ava to brand her own line and offer people the same revolutionary skincare she has been using on her own skin for the last fourteen years. Since healthy glowing skin is something Ava is Get Glowing Ad2passionate about, she decided to take the leap and “Get Glowing” was born. Most people don’t have access to products with this level of ingredients without a prescription or a hefty price tag directly from a dermatologist. Get Glowing will offer everyone access. We are proud to debut Ava Aston’s Get Glowing Skincare: No gimmicks, no gotcha’s, just cutting edge skincare formulations for men and women of all skin types that deliver revolutionary results. So what are you waiting for? Try it for yourself, and learn to love your skin again.

During the live show, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat room. For more information about Ava, visit her website We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, January 22 for Love Liberty & Lip Gloss: Get Glowing with Ava Aston!

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