Monday, April 21, 2008

Inside the 15

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website, www.gregoryelang.com, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, please email it to greg.lang@mindspring.com.

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Today’s photo is one I took last year of my beautiful neighbors, Mary and Lily. One of the benefits of being my neighbor is you get your picture taken all the time. One of the hazards of being my neighbor is you get your picture taken all the time. Anyway, the pollen season here has almost passed and the trees are more green than not, so I should begin scheduling models for the new book soon. I’m eager to get the camera gear out and be able to post new photos on this blog for you to enjoy.

Inside the 15, as in only 14 days until the release of Daddy’s Little Girl! I’ve gotten great feedback from reviewers and folks in the media who have received advance copies, even two tearful phone calls. It feels like I’m counting down the last few days before Christmas.

This blog is receiving over 100 visits a day. Thanks to you all who are telling your friends about my writing efforts. Just as Daddy’s Little Girl would never have come to be without dads and daughters sharing their stories, Mom’s Little Angel can’t either. As you know, I’m neither a daughter nor a mom, so I am relying on your help. Thanks to all of you who send stories each day or make time to be interviewed (I have two per day this week!).

I got this question the other day:

Can a submission be anonymous? I see that you require my name and email. Is it possible to submit the story another way without punching these things in or being interviewed?

I’m sorry but your story cannot be submitted to me anonymously. Not only do I need to follow-up with each story teller to gather additional information (and I do; some woman have already graciously put up with me sending a new email every time another questions pops into my head. Just ask Shelly.), but I need reasonable reassurance the story is true and not defamatory. I don’t get that reassurance if I were to permit you to submit stories anonymously. I hope you understand.

Tess Jannery, a toddler wise beyond her years, said this to her mother who pondered the question, What is nothing?: “There is no such thing as nothing because everything is everywhere."

And here’s another touching quote I pulled from a recent email:

“She wanted all her children to know how much she enjoyed being our mother, but we knew it without her having to tell us. How could we not, with all bike rides by the river, picnics with homemade brownies and tree climbing she did with us.”

And a reader who received an advance copy of the new book sent this email to me:

“I've only read 31 pages and had to stop as my eyes were brimming with tears. I believe you have succeeded in what you wanted to accomplish when you decided to write this book. I will continue to read it later, probably take a few days to finish it. I know that I will shed more tears but I probably will also laugh and giggle at some of the stories that you have so artfully applied to the pages of this book. I thanked you for writing Why a Daughter Needs a Dad and now I want to thank you for writing Daddy's little Girl.”

That's what I like to hear.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

1 comment:

ann fairlie said...

I read the blog about someone reading it and putting it down partway through because their eyes were brimming with tears-my thoughts exactly, I wanted to wait to read more and can't wait now! I love the way the book made me remember things, and hearing other's stories is just wonderful. I can't wait to read your other books Greg. I am telling everyone about them. Very heartwarming. Thanks for all you do! Ann Fairlie