The Over 50 Writer

THE WAITING GAME by BECKY VAN VLEET
10/20/2020 8:40:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Harvey, the Traveling Harmonica

AUTHOR:  Becky Van Vleet

PUBLISHER:  Elk Lake Publication, Inc.

GENRE:  Children’s Picture Books

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  children, ages 3-8 (adults enjoy as a read-aloud)

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR BECKY VAN VLEET TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. BECKY TALKS ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE THE WAITING GAME.

 

 

 

BECKY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF HARVEY THE TRAVELING HARMONICA.

 

 

 

THE WAITING GAME

 

 

by

 

 

Becky Van Vleet

 

 

 

I really can’t say that patience and waiting are my strong points. Maybe (and “maybe” is the key word here) in my later years, I’ve matured a little in this area, just simply from my age and having lots of practice.

 

 

 

But playing the Waiting Game is sometimes just so…well, just so hard. To name a few waiting periods, I waited to get my driver’s license. I waited a year to get married (after a 12-month engagement). I waited to conceive children. And once I did, I waited nine months to hold them. I waited to become a grandmother. I waited 55 years to get my Kohl’s senior discount. I waited 65 years to receive Medicare benefits. I waited 66 years to get my first book published.

 

 

 

As a very new writer in my sixties, I am for sure playing the Waiting Game. I wait for ideas to come to my mind. I wait until my proposal is edited and checked 37 times before submitting. I wait to hear back for an acceptance. I wait for reviews with fingers crossed that I’ll even get any. And just recently I submitted my third children’s picture book proposal to my literary agent with hopes for an acceptance and publication for 2021, only to find out the publisher I’m already contracted with is booked up for 2021 with children’s books. Please submit next year. Maybe 2022 for publication. I am thinking, Oh, dear, let’s see, how old will I be then? I will be almost…gulp!

 

 

 

I am getting a little weary of playing the Waiting Game with my writing. I don’t mind waiting in other areas of my life, especially now that I’m in my second half. I have slowed down, dare I say it, in my older years. But for some reason, I want to speed things up with my writing endeavors. What is the remedy?

 

 

 

Settle down, Becky! Remember, patience is a fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB)

 

 

 

Becky, also remember that Christ waited 30 years to activate His ministry for mankind. Surely, you can play the Waiting Game in your writing world with patience and self-control.

 

 

 

Readers and writers, let us keep our courage and patience and perseverance in our writing endeavors, especially when the Waiting Game gets tough. “Wait on the Lord. Be courageous, and He will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (CSB)

*CSB=Christian Standard Bible

 

 

 

Book Blurb for Harvey, the Traveling Harmonica:

Meet Harvey, a little harmonica that likes to travel. From Grandpa to Dad to Walter, Harvey sings tunes sweeter than candy. But Harvey has competition with Buddy, the family dog, whose howling is so annoying that even the birds fly away. When Harvey accidentally falls into the rushing creek waters, losing sight of Walter, can Buddy save him? Young children will delight in this fun tale filled with colorful illustrations about a little harmonica’s adventures.

 

Amazon Purchase Link

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF HARVEY THE TRAVELING HARMONICA BETWEEN NOW AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and award-winning author. She and her husband make their home in Colorado Springs where she enjoys spending time with her family, especially reading books to her grandchildren. Becky has devoted her website to creating and preserving family memories and sharing family stories for the next generations.

Connect with Becky

 

Website           https://beckyvanvleet.com

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/authorbeckyvanvleet/

Instagram        https://www.instagram.com/becky_van_vleet_author/

Bookbub         https://www.bookbub.com/profile/becky-van-vleet

Goodreads      https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard?ref=nav_profile_authordash

 

 

 

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Comments

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 10/30/2020 9:32:32 PM

Hi Gwen--thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad your little great-grandson enjoys books, especially read-alouds. And twins? That's wonderful! Congratulations for this newest addition to your family.

Gwen richardson From CO At 10/30/2020 3:55:25 PM

what fun to share childerns book with the world that has been so challenged. I have a three year old great grandson that is crazy over listening to his books over and over He will soon have a new adventure with a new set of twins to share each book adventure. It would sure be fun to share yours.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gwen. Thank you for stopping by and sharing about your family.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 10/26/2020 8:09:32 PM

Jean, thank you for your VERY KIND words about my age!!! I think we probably all struggle with patience from time to time in various ways. I've had dogs in both of my children's books--they add a lot to the stories.

Jean Alfieri From CO At 10/23/2020 9:46:22 AM

Becky - First, I would NEVER have guessed your age! (I thought you and I were about the same age - early 50's.) Next, thank you for the reminder of patience. Not a strong suit of mine either. Lastly, I love the premise of your story. Of course, any tale involving a dog delights me! Love&Pugs, Jean

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a message for Becky.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 10/21/2020 5:41:45 PM

Thank you, Cleo, for purchasing my children's book and sharing your treasures of grandmother reading time. I love it! And yes, adding a harmonica to the book would seem to complete the reading time. I can just hear the little ones trying to blow a tune!

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 10/21/2020 5:39:25 PM

Thank you, Kathy, for stopping by Patti's blog. You are right, the waiting does get long!

Kathy From Colorado At 10/21/2020 4:57:22 PM

Hey, Becky, I hear you! The waiting game gets sooo long, doesn't it? but your examples and Scriptures are good reminders to be patient! Thanks!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy. Thank you so much for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.

Cleo Lampos From Oak Lawn, IL At 10/21/2020 8:53:44 AM

I have a copy of this book and have read it to grandchildren. They are delighted and love the repeating phrase in it. The scents of the pockets intrigues them. Need to buy some harmonicas to close out the reading of this book. Great gift idea!!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cleo. Thank you for stopping by and sharing that with us! So glad your grandchildren enjoyed the book.

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1/6/2017 1:40:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE IS BABY JESUS by BETH STEURY
12/21/2016 11:40:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHERYN MADDOX HADDAD
12/14/2016 8:55:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY
12/8/2016 10:09:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LAURA V. HILTON
12/1/2016 11:25:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
11/26/2016 9:15:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KIMBERLI RENEE CAMPBELL
11/16/2016 9:30:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
11/3/2016 9:10:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JEAN ANN WILLIAMS
10/20/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DAWN V. CAHILL
10/6/2016 3:14:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
9/29/2016 10:28:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ROSE ALLEN MCcAULEY
9/22/2016 10:58:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICK E. CRAIG
9/15/2016 1:14:06 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ALICE K. ARENZ
8/31/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS
8/18/2016 12:52:12 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
8/4/2016 1:14:19 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELLIE GUSTAFSON
7/28/2016 11:30:20 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
6/2/2016 12:23:24 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
5/19/2016 3:12:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
5/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Tenacity of an Arachnid by Sandy Kirby Quandt
4/21/2016 12:49:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BONNIE ENGSTROM
4/7/2016 1:07:13 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF SAINT'S ROOST by TERRY BURNS
3/30/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANNETTE O'HARE
3/17/2016 12:45:02 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
3/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF HANNAH'S CHOICE BY JAN DREXLER
2/27/2016 7:48:49 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR WADE WEBSTER
2/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PAT JEANNE DAVIS
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DEBRA E. MARVIN
1/20/2016 11:44:44 PM  by: Patti Shene

HAPPY 2016 FROM WRITER SANDY KIRBY QUANDT
1/7/2016 12:44:03 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
12/18/2015 11:43:46 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
12/3/2015 10:21:32 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
11/19/2015 3:51:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR NIKE CHILLEMI
10/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KELLY IRVIN
10/1/2015 10:53:45 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PATTY SMITH HALL
9/17/2015 5:15:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR HOLLY MICHAEL
9/4/2015 8:45:59 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE MILLER PEASE
8/19/2015 11:58:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
8/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
7/16/2015 1:54:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL SATTLER
7/9/2015 11:11:36 AM  by: Patti Shene

WEIGHT LOSS DEVOTIONAL FREE ON KNDLE
6/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR YVONNE ADERSON
6/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SHERRI STONE
5/21/2015 1:14:50 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIANNE JONES
5/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF INDEBTED BY BRAXTON DeGARMO
4/29/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DEANNA K. KLINGEL
4/17/2015 9:32:59 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
4/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
3/19/2015 9:59:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DARLENE FRANKLIN
3/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MICHELLE GRIEP
2/20/2015 9:45:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

NEGOTIATING THE LEARNING CURVE
2/6/2015 11:43:27 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN ENCOURAGEMENT COMES YOUR WAY
1/30/2015 10:49:02 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SANDY NADEAU
1/14/2015 10:13:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

I AM A WRITER--OR AM I REALLY?
1/1/2015 8:17:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GEORGE DUNCAN
12/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARTHA ROGERS
11/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR EDITH EDWARDS
11/6/2014 11:15:50 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
10/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
10/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR FRANCES SUSANNE BROWN
9/18/2014 10:48:13 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
9/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
8/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CYNTHIA TONEY
8/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CARRIE STUART PARKS
7/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR & PUBLISHER TRACY RUCKMAN
7/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET SKETCHLEY
6/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
6/4/2014 11:36:05 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA CAREY LYLES
5/15/2014 1:04:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

DARK BIOLOGY BY BONNIE DORAN
5/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE WATERS OF KADESH BY CAROLE TOWRISS
4/17/2014 12:50:51 PM  by: P

WHERE HOPE STARTS BY ANGELA D. MEYER
4/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE CHARM BRACELET BY SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
3/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin
3/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
2/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME WRITER DELORES LIESNER
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
1/15/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
1/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lilliann Duncan
5/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
5/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LENA NELSON DOOLEY
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHI MACIAS
4/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle
4/18/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'm back
4/11/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author JoAnn Durgin
2/14/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Award-Winning Author Susan Page Davis
2/7/2013 12:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing Jeanette Windle and Congo Dawn
1/23/2013 10:22:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
1/17/2013 12:24:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Value of Social Media
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Glimpse Into the Future
1/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Jo Huddleston
12/20/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Give Some Holiday Hope for Just $3.99
12/14/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Great Christmas books from Lena Nelson Dooley
12/7/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome to Author Jude Urbanski
11/13/2012 12:59:21 PM  by: Patti Shene

A Writers Journey Part IV
11/13/2012 12:55:36 PM  by: Patti Shene

Interview with Author Kelly Irvin
11/13/2012 12:50:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

Whose prophecy do you believe?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Author Sharon Shrock and the Women of Valley
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Lillian Duncan
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene