Slice of Life/Travel Blog                                                      
by – Sheri de Grom

In my blog of June 2, 2014, I introduced you to eight bloggers I admire and follow. I hope you’ve had the opportunity to check out each one of the fascinating individuals I’ve listed below. They are indeed the real deal in the blogging world.

Huntie @ http://chasingrabbitholes.com/

Tess @ http://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com

Marie @ http://writingwingsforyou.com

Gallivanta @ http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com

Regan @ http://bluestockinghack.wordpress.com

Inesse @ http://inesemjphotography.com

Emily @ http://beefandsweettea.com

Andrea @ http://harvestinghecate.wordpress.com

I took the liberty of splitting the travel blog suggestions into two parts and I’m now returning to answer the questions set forth about my writing journey.

  1. What are you working on now? A fiction novel based on fact.

Working Title: Not The Man I Married

Working premise: Government contractor Ava Bishop’s brain is on overload. Her daily calendar is exploding with sticky notes. Elliot, her husband, is a world-renowned artist and when they met, it was love at first sight. Within two years of their wedding, Elliot is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ava second guesses herself at every turn; she’ll not lose him, not on her watch. Life crumbles around her: her work forces her to move to DC. Her deputy embezzles millions and the general in charge of her contract is assassinated. Ava will do anything to love and protect Elliot and is convinced someday he’ll be back to his old self. In the meantime, Elliot has a medical procedure that erases his memory. Ava’s world is upside down and she’s alone. Her husband’s memory is missing and so is he. Ava won’t wait and watch for Elliot to be found. That’s not her game.

  1. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It’s presented as pure fiction. All mental health related-matters are written with complete honesty and are events that have happened to my husband and me.

  1. Why do I write what I do?

Far too many people are misinformed about the disease of bipolar disorder. I wish to present it in an entertainment format without violence or embarrassing outbursts of behavior.

  1. How does my writing process work?

I develop complex profiles for my primary characters. This usually includes four to six characters. They have a story to tell and it’s up to me to allow them to tell it in the most entertaining way possible while still educating readers. I also develop complete descriptions of locations I believe will present themselves as a part of the narrative.

Thanks again for reading with me. I always appreciate your friendship.

Please note I’m unable to leave comments on your blogs at present and am frustrated by this development. I’m further frustrated that WordPress will not help me with my problem because I don’t have a premium membership.  I hope to have this issue resolved soon. I can still receive and reply to your comments about my blog.

About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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57 Responses to WRITING TRAVEL BLOG – PART 2

  1. You said, “Please note I’m unable to leave comments on your blogs at present and am frustrated by this development. I’m further frustrated that WordPress will not help me with my problem because I don’t have a premium membership. I hope to have this issue resolved soon. I can still receive and reply to your comments about my blog.”

    I had that exact same problem from January 1, 2014, to March 27, 2014. It had nothing to do with WordPress. Instead, it had to do with me using Internet Explorer 10. See my post here: http://russelrayphotos2.com/2014/03/29/wordpress-problems-resolved/

    So check your internet browser first.

  2. Really looking forward to your book come the day. In the meantime, always look forward to your posts.

  3. Pingback: Finishing what I started | silkannthreades

  4. huntmode says:

    Sheri, a true compliment to be on your list. So good to see others I know as well. I love your answers to the questions posed. Along with everybody, I, too, am looking forward to reading your book. You have a light touch, heart rendering way of writing the difficult. Huntie

  5. Sheri, I am glad that you can at least see our comments. Don’t worry about not being able to leave comments, just keep doing the wonderful job you are doing here. I love the premise of your WIP … you have an important message, one that people need to hear. You and Tom have had a arduous journey in your marriage and I am sure there are more challenges coming your way.

    Keep on, keeping on, my dear friend … we need your voice and your story 🙂

  6. It sounds like it’s going to be a good book. A lot of twist and turns but as you say it’s based on you and your husband’s life. Like the saying goes true life is strager than fiction. I’m sure you will bring awareness to mental illness. I wish you the best of luck.

  7. Sheri, your novel in progress sounds great. It’s just what I would expect from you that you would weave in the themes you’re passionate about to try to set the record straight. And thanks for the link 🙂

  8. inesephoto says:

    Sheri – I am unable to comment from Google Chrome too, but when I use Mozilla everything works out just fine!
    Thank you for mentioning my blog. Just a minute ago I posted a link to your blog in a comment telling the story about you supporting me when I started out this spring. You are an angel.

    Try Mozilla server and I hope it works for you.

  9. Mae Clair says:

    Glad to hear, with all that you have going on, you’re still working on the book. I look forward to reading your novel when it’s released, as I know the heart and soul you’ve poured into it.

  10. willowdot21 says:

    This was a real eye opener Sheri and I am so impressed and always have been by how you cope with whatever life throws at you ! Keep it up Sheri I am looking forward to reading your book! Take care Sheri sending you good vibes!! xxxxxx

  11. This is going to be a great read. I can tell already
    About your comment problem, have your contacted http://mark.wordpress.com

  12. Gallivanta says:

    Your WIP sounds most intriguing. Well done. Sorry you can’t comment on posts. How frustrating.

  13. Marie Abanga says:

    Wow Sherri,

    I can’t wait for that book. Courage to you both

  14. ksbeth says:

    and we always appreciate you sheri, and i look forward to the development of your book, it sounds fascinating.

  15. Elaine says:

    havent had a chance to check out those other blogs. having the dickens of a time trying to get caught up on reading and commenting on the blogs and in writing my own. Your book sounds intriguing!

  16. kanzensakura says:

    Well, Sheri, my like button is finally working, but for who knows how many more posts? having a dickens of a time getting caught up reading. nice to know my like is working for this one and so glad you have our dear Huntie on the list. She is indeed the real deal.

    • Hey Kanzen – Funny, who would have thought grown women could get so upset over a button we are used to pushing no longer working. Then there’s me with the no reply issue. Hopefully we have those problems solved for a while. Yes, Huntie is on my list as well as our dear Tess. It was Tess that brought me to Huntie and you with her travel blog. Who would have thought?
      I’m with you on trying to catch up with my reading. I always love seeing you here. It’s like having a touchstone of belonging in the universe. Thank you. Sheri

  17. I look forward to reading your novel. Sounds wonderful. Thank you for writing it.

  18. Sheri, it sounds like your WIP is moving right along. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the terrific blogs you have listed above. I’ve only had time to check a few so far and they are outstanding. I will definitely get to the others. Stay well and write on!

  19. Terry says:

    Thanks for the info on the new blogs. I follow a few of them. Just wanted to say hello and let you know I am moved and now back to blogging world

  20. Lignum Draco says:

    Interesting to read about your latest work “Ava”. I wish you every success with it.

  21. cindy knoke says:

    Congrats to you Sheri and to the bloggers you are showcasing! I it is impossible for me to pick favorites~

  22. Sheri, I am so intrigued by your latest developments on your book. You have so much to offer us in this area; and more than anything, I appreciate your honesty on the matter as I know someone with bipoloar disorder, but don’t really understand it. I KNOW that the world will embrace you as well. Thanks for being brave and for being you. Take care. And thanks for traveling with me on this journey. Namaste, Marie

  23. I’m going to check out those blogs and your book sounds right up my alley. I love books with some substance and issues. I know you’ll be a success.

  24. mihrank says:

    wow – yes I have checked them all Sherie – Congrats to those who were introduced by you. They deserve compliments. And Good Luck for those who missed to be in your list!!

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