Quote of the Day

Quote of the Week:
"The greatest lessons I learned from my father didn't come from lectures or discipline or even time spent together. What has stuck with me is his example. From watching, I chose whether to be or not to be like him."
~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 7

Today is the last day of "Slaying Dragons Week."  I have been celebrating the release of my book, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year  by sharing a daily quote from the book as well as a bit of trivia regarding the making of it. Here is the quote for today:

             "I once dreamt that the man in the moon took an interest in me and reflected the sun’s light directly in my path, lighting the way for my footsteps to sink themselves into the ground.  It was wonderful to have my course illuminated by one with a grander perspective than my own.  But when I awoke, realizing I could not call on the moon for guidance, my spirit sank until it occurred to me I could talk to the one who had created the moon.  And He has lit my path ever since.

Did you know that you have a chance to win a signed copy of Slaying Dragons? Well, you do if you enter to win at Goodreads.com.  Starting May 5th, you can enter to win a paperback copy signed by the author!  (That would be me.)  I hope you take the time to enter, and if you missed any portion of "Slaying Dragons Week," just scroll through previous posts to read quotes from the book and learn a few fun trivia facts about the book.  Don't forget to leave ratings and reviews anytime you finish reading a good book.  It helps an author tremendously!




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 6

We are nearing the end of "Slaying Dragons Week" in which I am celebrating the release of my book, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year. Every day this past week I have shared a quote from the book as well as a bit of trivia regarding the making of it. Here is the quote for today:

             "Love by the sweat of thy brow.
Not through whispered words of hollow sound or lofty dreams ne’er substance bound that more than oft do run aground.  Nay, love with mighty, blistered hands that turn the soil and carve the land.  A bearer of toil and golden band.
Be strong!  A founder of the feast!
Protective knight who slays the beast!
For promises and vows aloud are naught but wispy veneer shroud like cobwebs, frail, the airy words and wooing fail.  So work, my darling.  Toil as proof.  Thy loyal heart be drained of youth and yet beat on, incessant sound.  Both feet take root within the ground, and service be thy kingly crown.
Love by the sweat of thy brow.”



Did you know that I included more short stories in Slaying Dragons than in its predecessor, Making Wishes?  Both books have something to read and ponder for every day of the year, mostly original quotes and poetry; however, I thought it a fun idea to also include the occasional short story.  For your reading pleasure today, visit the following link and read one short story from Slaying Dragons:
I hope you enjoy Raccoon's Story!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 5

It is "Slaying Dragons Week" in which I am celebrating my newly-released book, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year. Day five already, and I am continuing to share a daily quote from the book, as well as a bit of trivia regarding the making of it. Here is the quote for today:

"When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon. Breathe fire.”

Did you know that the dragon on the cover of Slaying Dragons has the same red gems in his eyes as the dragon on the back cover of my first ever book, Eena, The Dawn and Rescue? Take a good look in the dragons' eyes and you can see the shape of ruby gems. Why is this? It is a fact discovered by Queen Eena that every dragon mirrors in his eyes the same color of gemstones that line the egg from which he was hatched. The red-eyed dragon I call Ascultone. He was never a pleasant beast.  


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 4




    Welcome to day four of "Slaying Dragons Week" in which I am celebrating my newly-released book, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year.  I am sharing daily quotes from the book this week, as well as a bit of trivia regarding the making of it. Here is the quote for today:
        “ Everything in the world that happens to you may be someone else's doing; I'll grant you that.  But what you do with it, how you react to it, what you make of yourself in the midst of it all—that's totally you.
Did you know that this book is the third I have written of its kind? Two collections of my original quotes and poetry precede it; the first, Smile Anyway, dedicated to my sister and the second, Making Wishes, dedicated to my eldest son.  In total, all three amount to over 1,000 daily inspirations!  A fairly decent accomplishment, if I do say so myself!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 3



This is day three of "Slaying Dragons Week" in which I am celebrating a big accomplishment―my newly-released book. It is a wonderful collection of original quotes, poetry, and short stories for every day of the year. In honor of “Slaying Dragons Week” I am sharing a daily quote from the book as well as a bit of trivia relating to the making of it. Here is the quote for today:

“There are tomorrows on their way worth the struggles of today. Never give up.”

Did you know that I wrote this book almost entirely on sticky notes? Yes, it's true! Authors are constantly writing in their heads, and I am no exception. While at my day job, I frequently reached for a sticky note to jot down poetic lines and insightful human truths as well as story ideas that formed in my mind, often at inopportune times. But to fail to record a "muse moment" usually results in losing it forever. I can tell you I now have a collection of scribbled quotes and poems on sticky notes that altogether form the raw, unedited makings of the book, 'Slaying Dragons.' I think I shall keep the collection.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 2


I'm celebrating this week in honor of my newly-released collection of original quotes, poetry, and short stories.  Part of "Slaying Dragons Week" includes sharing a daily quote from the book as well as a bit of trivia relating to the making of it. Here is the quote for today:  

"My soul, I’ve found, has puppet strings
to make me droop or give me wings.
And music is the puppeteer
that turns my ear to hear.
"  


Did you know that every quote, poem, and story in this book was based on events and experiences in my own life? I suppose you could call it a journal of sorts, filled with personal insights as well as lessons learned.  Most of the motivational quotes were written for me as encouragement to keep climbing towards my goals.  Every entry has a personal story that inspired it. 

For example, the poem above was written after I had gone for weeks without listening to music.  Having much to think about, I had made my drives in silence and carried out my chores without what I felt was noise distraction.  And then one day in the car, I turned on my music.  I had such an intense emotional reaction to the music, it changed my mood entirely.  I felt lighter, less burdened with cares.  I felt happier than I had for weeks.  It hit me how powerful music is in swaying our moods, even effecting us physically.  I began again to listen to the kind of music that put a smile on my face and a hop in my step.  From this experience, the above poem developed.


So remember, when you read Slaying Dragons there is more behind the words than you know.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Slaying Dragons Week―Day 1



     I dub this week "Slaying Dragons Week" in honor of my newly-released book.  I will be sharing a quote a day from the book all week long, as well as a bit of trivia relating to the making of this book. Here is the quote for today:  
"There are trials in life that feel as tremendous as a quest to slay dragons.  These trials are daunting.  They require hard work, determination, and courage.  But when the dragon is finally slain, the relief is immense."  

     Did you know that this book was two years in the making?  It was written as a graduation present for my second son who graduated from both high school and a local two-year college. He loves dragons and has painted one every year for entry in the summer fair. 


     I'm very proud of my son's accomplishments; it's quite a feat to earn a high school diploma and a college AA degree at the same time! Along with dedicating this book to him, I have promised him 50% of the royalties to go towards furthering his college education.  So remember, a purchase of Slaying Dragons (e-book or paperback) helps support a struggling college student!  




Monday, April 17, 2017

Slaying Dragons

An inspirational and entertaining book designed to be used on a day-to-day basis.  Curious?
by 
Richelle E. Goodrich


Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year is the next in a collection of inspirational books by American author and novelist, Richelle E. Goodrich. In the same style as Smile Anyway and Making WishesSlaying Dragons offers readers original daily quotes, poems, and an occasional story. Ponder meaningful quotes like the popular following:
"There are tomorrows on their way worth the struggles of today. Never give up." 
“I can overlook the lie; what's harder to ignore is the grotesque way it has marred your character.”  
“Too often we let others stamp a price tag on us and we accept their appraisal of our worth, forgetting we are in fact priceless." 
“When you love someone, you don’t care that she ate your sandwich. You only hope she found it delicious.”  
“Habits grow like dragons if you feed them.” 

This book was written to entertain, inspire, and motivate individuals on a daily basis.
 


Slaying Dragons is available in 




And your thought for the day.....

"When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon.  Breathe fire."
~ Richelle E. Goodrich


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Book of Blessings

I am super excited to share this with you: a cantata composed by Steven Griffin titled A Book of Blessings. This was the first performance of the whole cantata which took place on March 29th at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. If you click on the YouTube link below and scroll forward to the portion between 23:42 to 31:56, listen carefully. Those are my lyrics from a poem I wrote titled Give. Yes, those are my lyrics! *beaming from ear to ear* How sweet is that? Read the poem below, and follow along with the music. I hope you enjoy this beautiful arrangement.





The sun rose and said to me, "Be a ray of sunshine for someone today."
The wind nudged at my back and said to me, "Blow a kiss to someone today."
The rain wet my cheek and said to me, "Dry a tear on a somber face today."
The soil fed grass at my feet and said to me, "Add pleasure to a life today."
The ocean washed ashore and said to me, "Calm the tempest of a troubled soul today."
The mountain trembled and said to me, "Soften a heart of stone today."
The moon lit the night and said to me, "Show the way with your simple giving."
So I went and did as they bid me do.
And the sun shone brightly on me.
And the wind caressed my face.
And the rain washed away my stains.
And the soil made a rose garden along my path.
And the ocean carried me from shore to shore.
And the mountain sheltered me from storms.
And the moon smiled down on me.
I've come to realize I can never give enough to recompense what I get in return.







Monday, April 10, 2017

Slaying Dragons Cover Art Reveal

Do you hear the anticipating drum roll?  
Are you holding your breath with expectation?  
Has curiosity grabbed your attention?
Good!  Because it's time for another COVER ART REVEAL!


After weeks of pencil drawing,















inking,




color and shading,




tweaking and editing....




I present to you the final cover art for



Slaying Dragons:
Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year is the next in a collection of inspirational books by American author and novelist, Richelle E. Goodrich. In the same style as Smile Anyway and Making WishesSlaying Dragons offers readers original daily quotes, poems, and an occasional story. Ponder meaningful quotes like the popular following:

"There are tomorrows on their way worth the struggles of today. Never give up."

“When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon. Breathe fire.” 

“I can overlook the lie; what's harder to ignore is the grotesque way it has marred your character.” 

“Too often we let others stamp a price tag on us and we accept their appraisal of our worth, forgetting we are in fact priceless.”

“When you love someone, you don’t care that she ate your sandwich. You only hope she found it delicious.” 

“Habits grow like dragons if you feed them.” 





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