When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Ever Felt Very Discouraged?

Have you ever felt very discouraged?  Right now I do.

As you may already know, my writing has a purpose: to spread my Grandma’s message. Determined to make my promise good, every day I get up and write and share my writing with the world.  But right now I am feeling like there must be a less frustrating way to spread Grandma’s message.

My frustration results from two things.

First, the website is frustrating.

Search engine optimization (SEO) must be continually dealt with because Google constantly changes the rules for good SEO.  This takes a great deal of time.  Also, it takes much time to write each day.  I have traumatic brain injury and this means that I sometimes struggle for words and must rewrite multiple times.

Then, after I spend all that time writing and working on the SEO for www.nearariver.com, there are not nearly enough page views to make my time worthwhile.

Second, the Ken Dunn refund problem is very discouraging!

On August 8, 2016, I signed a publishing contract with Ken Dunn’s publishing company Next Century Publishing (NCP).  I paid them $8,200 to do the work to publish my book.  My first contact at NCP, Prentice Tenney, promised me that my book would be published by November of 2015.  But in March of 2015 when it still was not published, Simon Presland (simon@nextcenturypublishing.com) from NCP sent me an email containing the very offensive “f word” that blamed me for the delay in publishing my book.  However, the truth was that NCP had not finished the tasks required to publish my book in a timely manner and that fact caused the delay in the publication date, not me!

So I had to change publishers.  And Ken Dunn (Ken@goread.com) still owes me $8,200.

This money I took from savings and I need it back, but Ken will not refund it to me even after I paid a lawyer to communicate with him about this issue.  Writer friends have tried to communicate with him about this as I have also, but all to no avail.  And I really need this money back.

If you want to help me get this money back, please click here and sign the petition. Please help me get as many signatures as possible on this petition!


So I am very frustrated. Maybe I can spread Grandma’s message another way, by volunteering or helping others.

I might eventually soar like an eagle over this storm, but for now I am very discouraged.

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

Spending time relaxing in your pajamas can be good for you!

I will find a way to keep my promise somehow, someway!

Just remember that “can’t never could!

What offends you?

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s  Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!




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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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