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Dare to SOAR: October – November

 Set * Overcome * Achieve * Receive

October – November
All Hallows Eve. Thanksgiving. The Holiday Season. How will you find time to write? Complete balance in all aspects of life appears to be ever elusive, so enjoy your journey. Find time for family, for yourself, for your passion, but be present always. Be in the moment. Live it, breathe it, experience it. You won’t regret it!

Our October Dare to SOAR participants!

Cindy Maday
Livia Grant
Katrina Bauer
Paula White
Raven Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Sherry Weddle
Stephanie Scott
Kelly Williams
Jenna Depaul
Patricia Ruocco
J.Leigh Bailey
Robin Kuss
Jan Moretti
Chris Foutris

And our SOARING member of the month is:

Cindy Maday

scan0005Hi. I’m Cindy Maday and I’m an aspiring author. My writing career began in 2003, while reading the Da Vinci Code. When researching items in the book got my curiosity up, a story flashed through my mind like a movie. I mentioned the story to one of my friends while out one night and she shocked me and said she wanted to read the book. I’ve always loved to write to the point that I spent my summers when I was a child doing research papers to my son’s disgust. While writing that first book I bought books on writing and discovered RWA and joined the Windy City Chapter. Through the years I’ve taken numerous courses and have written about ten novels now.  I am a total panster and I delight when my characters surprise me with a unexpected turn. I’m thrilled to be recognized on the Dare to Soar and soar I did over the past few weeks. Thank you and good luck to everyone in in their own pursuit of writing. Hope you have as much fun as I do.


Keep dreaming and doing and remember:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

Dare to SOAR: June – July

Set * Overcome * Achieve * Receive

June – July

Now that we’re entering the second half of 2014, it’s time to take a look at your yearly goals and assess. Are you on the right track? Do you need to re-evaluate your time management? Do you need to re-think your capabilities? Be tenacious toward your goals yet flexible enough to know when you have to change things up.

Our June Dare to SOAR participants!

Barb Valentin
Cici Edward
Cindy Maday
Chris Foutris
Denise Swanson
Ann Macela
j. leigh bailey
Olivia Grant
Katrina Bauer
Paula White
Raven Q. Bell
Robin Kuss
Savannah Reynard
Sherry Weddle
Stephanie Scott

And our SOARING member of the month is:

j. leigh bailey

officially me2j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. 

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance. 

Keep dreaming and doing and remember:

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
~ E. O. Wilson

Blowing Kisses To: Allie Pleiter

100_3099Our own Allie Pleiter presented “The Chunky Method” of Time Management for writers. She gave a simple and concise formula to help you discover your own “Chunk.”

                                                                                                                                            She further explained, knowing your writing style i.e. Big Chunk, Little Chunk, Mixed Chunk and how many words you can crank out in one Chunk, can help you calculate how long it will take you to complete a first draft, help you to be more productive, and help you to be the kind of professional writer that editors and agents are begging for.

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                                                                                                                                                A big thank you to Allie for sharing this with Windy City. And we will all remember to “Respect The Chunk!”

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