Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bad Grammar

Bad grammar makes me shudder. A person doesn't have to know the rules, but can't they hear how terrible it sounds?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pinterest

Pinterest is a photo-sharing website that is enjoyable and informative. Type almost anything in the "search" window and you will be directed to pictures of it. I enjoyed the experience so much I created boards representing my two novels--Brute Heart and Never Done.

In my writing I try to describe people, places, and things well enough for readers to visualize them, but  now they can go to my Pinterest boards and see actual pictures in some cases, close approximations in others. They will never see pictures of the characters, though. The people in my stories need to be assembled in each reader's imagination.

Below are a few pictures from my Pinterest boards. To see more go to https://www.pinterest.com/gdehlinger/ 








Friday, October 6, 2017

Five-Star Reviews

Reviews for Never Done have been good so far. Below are a few of them.

This historical book about a very strong woman in Colorado was one of the most moving books I have read. I was impressed with G. Dehlinger's research on cattle drives, the trees and flora of Colorado as well as the dress of the times and how they dealt with the lack of amenities. The relationships this woman, Clara, had with family members and others is quite intriguing and kept me engrossed throughout. L.S. Raleigh, NC

Dehlinger has done it again with another well-written and thoroughly researched novel. The characters are flawed, and the relationships are not perfect. Geneva and Clara never reach the easy friendship you're rooting for, yet there'a feeling of peace in the end. When Clara triumphs over a hardship, you root for her. My emotions ran the gamut as I read this book, and I look forward to sharing it with others. Loved the descriptions Dehlinger uses for the towns, mountains, dangerous roads, and animals. It was an enjoyable novel, and I hope she writes another one! S.R. Bend, OR

I love stories that are based on historic truth and Ms. Dehlinger had a clear window to history, when she acknowledged the extraordinary life of her great grandmother who lived to age 98, leaving behind a hand-written memoir. The result is a well-written fact-based fictional view of one family’s survival in Colorado in the latter part of the 19th century. Survival was always tenuous in changing times, and particularly hard on women with agendas that were “Never Done.” Heroines Clara and Geneva are teenage cousins whose friendship is shattered when one becomes stepmother to the other. Both grow up fast in times that most of us can hardly imagine. Ms. Dehlinger paints a realistic picture—with prose to match—about their troubled relationship and double coin of survival over thirty plus years. I was brought to tears when the drama climaxes in the 1918 flu pandemic that killed more people than WWI. “Never Done” is a vivid testimonial to the indomitable spirit of all ancestors who struggled to survive while holding family together. I look forward to reading more from this talented author who seamlessly blends fact with fiction in a well-told relateable and thoroughly entertaining story. C.F. Rochester, MN

Ginger Dehlinger has written a novel based on her great grandmother's life in the early west. The girls are very young to have faced the hardships of living in primitive surroundings with which most adults would not be able to cope today.The author's research into the details of life in the period make her writing authentic and the story rings true. Well done! K.B. Bethesda, MD



Friday, September 8, 2017

Opportunity to Promote My Writing

I'm excited to be the guest speaker at this month's Bend Genealogical Society meeting. I was invited after one of their members, a friend of mine, read Never Done. Since Never Done is based on information gleaned from my great-grandmother's memoir, she thought her club members would find it interesting to learn how the story came about. I took her idea and expanded it, creating a PowerPoint presentation that covers not only my great-grandmother's memoir, but many types of documents with story potential.

Title: "Family-Inspired Fiction: How to Use Family History & Documents to Create Stories"

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Williamson Hall (Williamson Hall is part of the Rock Arbor Villa Mobile Home Park at 2220 N.E. Hwy 20, Bend OR


Monday, August 7, 2017

Less Is Less These Days

I usually don't share Facebook posts in my blog, but this one caught my attention. I rearranged the original version and added several lines. The resulting "poem" captures my thoughts, using one simple suffix.

Feeling Hopeless

Over heat that's fireless
we cook food that is fatless
while cars that are keyless
ride on tires tubeless.

Today's work week is sweatless,
and hospitals are germless.
Highways may be bumpless
but all progress isn't harmless.

Wearing tank-tops sleeveless
using cell phones wireless
complain youth who are clueless
as to why they are jobless.

In a country godless,
relationships are meaningless
leading to babies fatherless
who become children mannerless.

Attitudes careless and
feelings heartless
produce education valueless
and leaders who are shameless.

We've forgotten fearless,
selfless, and guileless,
and with a government that's worthless
I'm left feeling hopeless.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wild Gold

Below is a poem I wrote in the form called pantoum. With its repeating lines, it's a challenging word and rhyming puzzle.

Wild Gold   
  
She lives but for an hour,
a lioness resolute,
this gold that is a weed that is a flower
with healing in her roots.

A lioness resolute,
she grows in impossible places;
with healing in her roots
produces hardy, gilded faces.

She grows in impossible places.
Her wind-borne mane takes hold,
produces hardy, gilded faces
that turn white when they grow old.

Her wind-borne mane takes hold,
making summer rife with riches
that turn white when they grow old,
then soar on children’s wishes.

Making summer rife with riches,
she lives but for an hour,
then soars on children’s wishes,
this gold that is a weed that is a flower.
                             Ginger Dehlinger
                             May 2017



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Press Release for Never Done

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

Contact: Ginger Dehlinger
               
Address: 20725 Blacksmith Cir.; Bend OR 97702                        Phone number: (541)771-3213
               Email address: gdehlinger@live.com
               digital photos available by request


DESCENDANT OF COLORADO SETTLER WRITES NOVEL INSPIRED BY HER GREAT-GRANDMOTHER’S LIFE IN SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO

(April 21, 2017)—Bend, Oregon) In Never Done, a novel, Ginger Dehlinger writes with insight and compassion about the life of a girl named Clara who, at the age of twelve, leaves a pampered life in Philadelphia for a world of work in southwestern Colorado. A family drama, the story follows Clara as she matures, marries, and moves from the grasslands of LaJara and Naturita to Norwood when it was called Wright’s Mesa, then to Durango, Gunnison, Ophir Loop, and finally Montrose. Clara and her story were inspired by the author’s great-grandmother who followed a similar path from wood stoves to electricity and from herding cattle to running a hotel where she took care of guests stricken by the flu epidemic of 1918.

ABOUT THE BOOK
     When Ginger’s great-grandmother was eighty-two, her children convinced her to write her life story. Like most women of her generation, the great-grandmother didn’t openly discuss personal matters. For example, all she wrote about her widowed father’s marriage to a sixteen-year-old girl was: “Our life was not so pleasant with the new young wife.”
     “Unpleasant?” Not only was “the new young wife” considerably younger than her widowed father, she was her only friend in the sparsely settled San Luis Valley. So Ginger expanded her great-grandmother’s understated expression of annoyance into a highly fictionalized stormy relationship that takes place between two women from their teens (roughly 1885) until 1919 when one of them dies during the Spanish flu epidemic.
     Published by The Wild Rose Press, the genre for Never Done is historical fiction/women’s fiction. Of special historic interest is the author’s treatment of the Spanish flu—how it affected the novel’s characters as well as the people of Colorado in general. The hundredth anniversary of this pandemic takes place in 2018, and the final chapters of Never Done are a good source of information for people wishing to know more about it.

AVAILABILITY
     Never Done is available in both print and digital formats through Amazon, Goodreads, and The Wild Rose Press. It is also carried in digital format through Barnes and Noble. This novel is well-suited for book club discussions. Signed copies are available from the author at a reduced price.     

FIVE-STAR REVIEWS
Never Done has received many five-star reviews such as the one below.

ByReading ELFon May 4, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
     I love stories that are based on historic truth and Ms. Dehlinger had a clear window to history, when she acknowledged the extraordinary life of her great grandmother who lived to age 98, leaving behind a hand-written memoir. The result is a well-written fact-based fictional view of one family’s survival in Colorado in the latter part of the 19th century.
     Survival was always tenuous in changing times, and particularly hard on women with agendas that were “Never Done.” Heroines Clara and Geneva are teenage cousins whose friendship is shattered when one becomes stepmother to the other. Both grow up fast in times that most of us can hardly imagine. Ms. Dehlinger paints a realistic picture—with prose to match—about their troubled relationship and double coin of survival over thirty plus years. 
     I was brought to tears when the drama climaxes in the 1918 flu pandemic that killed more people than WWI. “Never Done” is a vivid testimonial to the indomitable spirit of all ancestors who struggled to survive while holding family together. I look forward to reading more from this talented author who seamlessly blends fact with fiction in a well-told relatable and thoroughly entertaining story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

     Never Done
is Ginger's second novel. Her first, Brute Heart, is set in Oregon. Also a family drama, Brute Heart reflects her experience as the child of an alcoholic father. It also deals with assisted dying, a subject that required research and gentle handling.    
     The author writes in multiple disciplines. Her feature articles have appeared in the Small Farmer’s Journal and Horsefly. A nature essay “Last Ride” won first place in a Pacific Northwest writing competition. She also received an honorable mention from Writer’s Digest for her poem, “A Bar Stool’s Lament."     
     Ginger was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. A University of Oregon graduate with a BA in history, she lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, Richard, and a cat named Kiki.

Never Done by Ginger Dehlinger
-The Wild Rose Press                                    
-Print ISBN: 978-1-5092-1372-6        
-Price: $17.99
-Pages 381
-Digital ISBN: 978-1-5092-1373-3
-Price: $5.99
-Pages 290                                          
                                                                        
Address all inquiries to:
Ginger Dehlinger
gdehlinger@live.com