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Original Poetry: SeaSide Spirit Song

A voice from the depths of the sea

Speaks to me through poetry,

Filling my soul to teach

Lessons far beyond my reach,

Using His words to create imagery.

author interviews, indie author promotions, podcasting, poetry, Uncategorized

Inspirational Journeys Presents The Spirit Of Creativity Audiobook Launch Party with Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson

This is the logo for my Inspirational Journeys Podcast

Please join me in celebrating my audiobook launch party with my special guests. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for an opportunity to receive a free Audible code. Click the links below to view and hear the interview and launch party. You’re in for a special treat!


Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson together in a performance



I’m proud to announce the following guests for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.


Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson


Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Narrator interview video

Book launch party video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST NARRATORS Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson…

LEEANNE ROWE/ LILLIAN YVES  Originally from Oklahoma, and a graduate of AMDA in NYC, LeeAnne eventually made her way to SoCal. She likes to say she is from the East, West, and somewhere in the middle. She is a #1 best selling narrator on Amazon, an after school Drama teacher for the LAUSD and has been performing around California for over 15 years. She is a published author, co-writing novels under the name LeeAnne Hansen and a children’s book, All Things I can do under Lilly Rowe.  

GRAYDON SCHLICHTER/VINCENT LEE GRAYSON  Graydon boldly declared at the age of five that he would “make Books on Tape” someday.  Five year old Graydon would be very pleased to see that grown up(ish) Graydon has made good on the vow.  Partnering with Lilly might be a bit more distressing to the lad since the younger version knew for a fact that “girls have cooties!” Still, a sacrifice worth making in the name of art! Although a stage actor and sound designer, for now those passions are on hold, all the better to focus on audiobooks.  

Connect with Lillian and Vincent online at the following links:



Promotional book cover for my poetry book

Today’s featured book is entitled:

The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart

Written by Ann Harrison


Ann Harrison’s first book of poems delve into her creative journey, given to her by the Holy Spirit. The first section, entitled A Writers Life, covers her journey from writer to creative dreamer, until she blooms into a published author.

The second section, entitled Seaside Poems, will take you on a walk along the seashore, where the Holy Spirit and your muse awaits to fill your heart and mind with inspiration, pulling you out of your creative slump. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you fill page after page with words, pictures or fill your hands with whatever creative task you strive to undertake, as you read these verses, which come straight from the author’s heart.

The third and final section entitled Poems from the Heart, describes the journey of a lost soul as he gives his heart to Jesus and finds a new beginning. Others describe a narrator’s sorrowful tears melting into joyful music and singing. Some of these verses touch on the author’s spiritual walk with the Lord and the music God has placed within her soul. Open your heart and let your mind wander as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through each verse within these pages.

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Writing about Writing

Ali Likes to Write

I don’t know this for sure, but I believe that no one really knows how to be a writer. For sure there is the age old sentiment that you must write a lot, then a lot more, and you must read a lot. Just write, that’s how you’re a writer. These things are for sure true, but I’m finding there’s so much more to being a writer than merely putting your thoughts down on the page. There’s blogging, networking, social media, meetings, conferences, stretching that comfort zone. There’s finding your voice, where you fit, you niche.  Also there’s breaking that ideal that you must craft a perfect piece, kneed it, mould it, sculpt it, sand it, then present it. How, though, can you ever just get those words out when you’re so concerned about perfection? The answer, I’ve found, is simply, don’t think so hard, just pour out the words…

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Dear Coronavirus: guest post by Leonard Tuchyner

The following is a guest post, written by a writing friend and fellow Behind Our Eyes organization for writers with disabilities To learn more about Leonard Tuchyner you can read his bio below his post.

Dear Corona Virus

Dear Mr. Virus,

It took me a long time to find your address. At first I thought it might be China. Mr. Trump has often stated that you were Chinese. But then I realized you were making your rounds and could end up any place on Earth. Then I recognized that I was trying to locate a collective, not just one entity, so I’m addressing this to Mr. Corona, and sending this letter to wherever you are spending most of your time. That happens to be New York right now.

Well anyway, I’m writing to let you know that I understand why you are doing what you are doing. You are getting rid of all the excess population. I understand that. It’s not a purpose that I disagree with. But there is one problem with it. Some of those excess people happen to be old. Did I mention to you that I was old? I know that you are getting rid of many of those people who are sick and already ready to go. Again, I happen to be in that category as well. I have heart related problems; I can’t see well, my hearing is not that good, anyway. So I know I would be easy pickings.

So I’m writing to see if you could make an exception in my case. After all, I do still have a good brain and enough money to be self sufficient.

And if you can grant me that dispensation, I wonder if you could grant just one more favor. Most of my friends are elderly. You see, we need them to give the Senior Center a reason for existing. We just built a new Center. It would be a shame to let it go to waste. I don’t think any of them would go willingly.

Oh yes, my kids aren’t that young anymore. One family wouldn’t make that much difference. Surely you could extend your good favor on them.

In short, I guess I’m saying, please spare the people I love. If you don’t, you’re nothing but a bag of plague. And I wish you would choke.

Mr. Leonard Tuchyner

Leonard Tuchyner is a retired counselor, living in Central Virginia with his wife of forty years and two dogs. He maintains an active involvement in the writing community, which includes participation in Behind Our Eyes, a national writers group of blind writers. He is also a member of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Although challenged by legal blindness, he continues to pursue Tai Chi and related forms of martial arts. Gardening is another passion that has captivated him for most of his seventy-nine years life. One of his most fulfilling endeavors is the facilitation of the Senior Center’s Writing for Healing and Growth writing group.
He has been in the winners’ circle of the Blue Ridge Writer Club’s yearly writing contest several times. His winning entries have included poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He has also been a regular contributor to The Blue Ridge Anthology. Mr. Tuchyner has published essays, poetry, and short stories in Dialogue Magazine (for which he was a columnist), Magnets and Ladders, Nomad’s Choir, Westward Quarterly, and Skyline. A poetry book, Journey to Elsewhere, was published in 2014.


Sunday Spotlight Author, Ann Harrison

Stage lights on. Curtain rolls back. Stool on a stage. A mic. A bookshelf illuminated. Crowd hushes. All eyes fall center stage. It’s spotlight time.

I would like to introduce a dear author friend who has wonderful news just in time for National Poetry Month! Join me in celebrating bestselling poet, Ann Harrison, as the Sunday Spotlight Author of the week!

Ann Harrison: Author, Poet, Freelance Writer, and Podcast Host of Inspirational Journeys

Ann Harrison is the author of four books, including: The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, Inner Vision, and A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, which is currently under revision. She has also been published in several anthologies and she contributed to a devotional entitled God Things: Hope for the Hurting, alongside Jen Lowry and fifteen other authors. Aside from her work as a Christian…

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