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Mondays with Melitas – October 13, 2014

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VICKIE’S BOOK SIGNING

 

So here we are all gathered to give a big send-off to Vickie and her book. Once I talked her into joining the writing group, there was no stopping her. And she was trying to tell me, “Oh, I don’t think I can write stuff down, I don’t think it’s for me. You know how I do stand-up, and that’s it. But then again there may come a time when I can no longer stand up. So go ahead, Melitas, take me to this Tammy person.”

 

I got into this scene similarly when my friend Diane Gill said the two of us should go see what this writing school was about – she had family stuff she wanted to put down, and she told me I had all these stories I go around telling incessantly. We went. We liked. It’s either 5 or 6 years for me. My brain says Oct 2009, but maybe it was 2010.

 

I didn’t stop trying to coerce friends, and even strangers to come write their little hearts out. It would do them good. One day in Shelley Cooper’s Physical Therapy place, I was sitting there minding my own business. Sitting next to me, this lady asked a few questions about the therapy, and before you know it, I have her all gung ho on writing her memoirs. Pam Cooke from Oregon.

 

Now then, there’s a friend here today, Georgia Sobiech, whom I have been leaning on for quite some time to get her buns into class. She has 2 dumb brothers that could keep her busy just writing about them. She lives over in Sun City- Banning, so might be a little far for her.

 

So, I have tried to do my part to find more women who would get so much satisfaction out of pouring their hearts out on a piece of paper. It’s a real thrill. When I had spotted Vickie across the room at a golf luncheon, I said to myself. “She needs to be going to Tammy’s classes. She has one or two funny stories to tall. I’ll try to reel her in.” I grabbed her and gave her the old pep talk, telling her that she should come join the group, and she could write her 2 stories. She hemmed and hawed, and saying she didn’t think she could do that.

 

She showed up for classes, then before you knew it, she had her stories on a production line and here she is today, standing there with loads of books which she is going to sucker us into buying.

 

MELITAS FORSTER                                               OCTOBER 13, 2014

 

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7 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – October 13, 2014”

  1. sorry I missed the fun…..Go Vicky

    Ms. Melitas, you can sell a bridge where they don’t even need one.
    Luv your writing.

  2. Melitas

    Are you on a commission? You ought to be!

    Were in Maui with my sister and her husband – played golf yesterday and playing today. Somehow all my physical problems go Away whEn I’m here!

    BESOS,
    Jamie

  3. I would definately be interested in Tammy’s workshops but, as you said, it would be a rough drive to repeat time after time…..from Sun LAKES in Banning. But ya never know!!

  4. THAT IS GREAT THAT YOU ARE HAVING YOUR FRIENDS WRITE . TO ME IT’S GOOD THERAPY . I DON’T WRITE ABOUT MYSELF BUT I AM GOOD AT ANSWERING LETTERS . WITH COMPUTER AND ALL THE TEXTING PEOPLE DON’T WRITE LETTERS . I STILL DO TO FRIENDS THAT DON’T HAVE COMPUTERS .
    TAKE CARE MELITAS AND HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR WARDEN .

  5. So when do I get to go to your book signing?????

  6. Melitas, you are my mentor, you are my friend. The day of the book signing was a dream come true and I own it all to you.I really didn’t think I could write because I don’t spell very well but she handed me a little pad with a pen and told me to keep it with me at all times and just write whatever comes into my mind.I said O.K. just to keep her quite,which is hard to do.It was then when I attended Melitas graduation one afternoon, she stood up and told her stories and that’s when she had me. She is like a fisherman throwing out her line to see if she can catch any big ones and I took the bate 3 years ago and here I am signing my books.I believe everyone who puts there mind to it can write. We all have some kind of stories to write so just sit down and start writing.I have learned a lot from just listing to Melitas and is always amazes me how much that little mind holds. She has a memory that does not stop and I only wish I could even come that close to the things she remembers. I love you my friend.
    Vickie (The Author) boy does that sound strange, but good….

  7. GLAD THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ARE SO GOOD AT WRITING.
    GOOD THING I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO DO THIS STUFF.

    G;LAD THAT YOU DO IT THOUGH.
    HAVE A GREAT WEEK.
    JOAN

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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