When You Blog, You Touch the World

 

Today I wandered around my blog and checked the stats page. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what countries were represented by my readership since I launched this blog several years ago.

I was taken aback when I discovered the above image.

This is a visual representation of the scope of my reach.

It took me a moment to wrap my head around the fact that at least one person in each of the shaded nations has read at least one of my blog posts over the years.

That’s a whole lot of countries represented. A whole lot of diverse readers who took the time to check out my blog.

Talk about humbling.

Thank you to everyone who has stumbled upon this little place on the web. It is my hope that you enjoy what you find and are able to take something away from here to benefit your lives.

You have benefited me by being here, and I thank you for that.

Photo screenshot from echolaveaux.com

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Hard to Believe it’s Been a Year

Exactly one year ago, I gave Velvet a hug, kissed her on the cheek and sent her out into the universe to be found and embraced by others. That is a bit hard for me to believe. Wow, time does fly fast.

One full year ago, I published my first novel, a project that took three full years to create, write and edit. It is a book of fiction based on my past and a labor of love. My goal in writing is to offer light entertainment for the reader and am grateful for those who choose to read it. I hope that in some way it gives the reader a refreshing break from reality.

Back in April of 2013, I sat on the deck with Mr. LaVeaux and contemplated writing a novel. I asked him what he thought a good setting would be, and immediately he suggested Savannah, Georgia. Of course, I thought. What better place than the city we consider to be our second home.

In Velvet, a lonely divorcee moves from Atlanta to Savannah to start her life anew. She rediscovers old friends, falls into a dark and exciting underground culture, and meets an unlikely mate…all within the historic district of Georgia’s oldest and most haunted city. It is a bit of a love story woven with magical elements, and it is loosely based on my personal life.

The story wrote itself, and over the course of three years it evolved into something that I felt proud to share with the world.

Of course, fiction is just that…fiction…and some people may not enjoy a tale created in the imagination of another. However, for those who do enjoy reading a story, I did my best to create a book worthy of one’s time.

For those who have read Velvet, thank you. For those who haven’t and may be interested, it is free for KindleUnlimited customers at this link here.

If you have written and self-published a novel, please share your link. I would love to see what you have been working on and where your imagination has taken you.

Photo by Echo LaVeaux

Imagine an Open Mind

Yoko Ono is important.

Photo credit: Downtown Music Publishing

Echo LaVeaux at Kindle

Hello friends and fellow readers! Check out my author page where you can find my novel “Velvet” as well as my little “Book of the Moon.” Pick up a book or two while you̵…

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Echo LaVeaux at Kindle

Hello friends and fellow readers! Check out my author page where you can find my novel “Velvet” as well as my little “Book of the Moon.” Pick up a book or two while you’re at it.

KindleUnlimited customers will find both books are available online for FREE!

Autographed copies of the paperback versions are available as well. Contact me at echo.laveaux@yahoo.com for more information.

Thank you for your support!

Third Quarter Moon, A Poem

Half Moon at midnight, a sentinel shines

In deepest night, watching those who sleep

Enchanting dreamers with beams of light

Sprinkled like dew upon slumbering eyes

And filling dreams with magical things

 

(From “Echo LaVeaux’s Book of the Moon,” available here at Amazon.)

Photo Credit: Skyscrapers, Inc.

Super Moon, November 14, 2016

Mr. LaVeaux and I went outside last night to find the Moon as she was rising from the pine trees behind the house. This photo was taken from my driveway. Please enjoy this photo of the Moon. I snapped this photo with the intention of sharing it with the world and was very pleased at the result. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Photo credit: Echo LaVeaux

New Moon, A Poem

Sister Moon, your infant light

Shimmers on the horizon

You are newly born, a waif

Catching wishes and dreams, filling

Hearts with hope, hearts with love

Opening your arms to the universe

Sending our desires into the Cosmos

Working magic on our behalf

(As published in Echo LaVeaux’s Book of the Moon, available now at Amazon.)

Photo credit: The Cosmic Path

Stephenie, At Last

Dixie's Land: Robin Rayne Nelson's Photojournal

Happiness is difficult to define for a person who doesn’t fit neatly into society’s conventional concept of gender. Transitioning to the preferred gender is sometimes the only solution to resolving dissonance between one’s internal identity and how society perceives them. It is especially challenging for older individuals who have lived with the discord for most of their lives — but ultimately decide they must be true to who they are, often at great personal cost.

Stephenie Viewweigh was able to live her last years in the gender she always knew she was. She died Friday, June 13th, 2014.

Stephenie at Last: Transition is an 'Inside Job'

  Story and Photographs © 2014 Robin Rayne Nelson/ZUMA Press

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East Point, Georgia –Stephenie Vieweigh would never forget the bitter, metallic taste of the rifle barrel in her mouth. Her finger was on the trigger — and she was pulling it.

“I couldn’t go on living a lie, unable…

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The Proof is In.

The proof for the print copy of my new book, Echo LaVeaux’s Book of the Moon, arrived in today’s mail. It turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would.

Once I proofread this copy, I’ll have it set to publish by Monday. My goal was to have this available on or by Halloween. Grateful to think I may be able to accomplish this by that day.

As the moon is entering her Dark phase, may you find solace in the deep night and joy in  Samhain celebrations.

Thank you for your support of my work.