Ron Vitale's Blog
December 8, 2013
Found: Cinderella's Secret Diaries (Book 3 Draft)
You might ask yourself: How am I going to make time? Where do I begin? Why would I do this to myself? These are the questions I asked myself when I decided to start writing Lost: Cinderella's Secret Diaries back in 2009. I had two young kids, worked full time and actively ran several times a week.
For many years, I dreamed of being a writer and publishing my books, but I did not know where to begin or what to do. Over the last three years, I'v...
December 2, 2013
I wrote a rather innocent post on my Facebook wall the other night: "Dear Facebook, Sorry but Twitter's more fun. Nite all!" A few minutes later I received an email from one of my Facebook friends, asking why I was leaving Facebook. Minutes later another friend wrote me an upset posting wondering the same thing. Being misunderstood, I explained to them that I was only shutting down Facebook for the night and jumping on Twitter. Then the comments started coming in as many of my friends aren't...
November 23, 2013
I mentioned this in yesterday's blog, but I'll talk about it again: I had listened to the Podshock Doctor Who podcast and I started thinking about all the Doctor Who memorabilia I've collected over the years. I decided to go through my books, pictures, and autographs, posting some of the materials here. What really started me down this path is a picture of Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) that I saw. I couldn't believe that the picture was from a Creation convention in Philadelph...
November 19, 2013
I ran the Philadelphia marathon on Sunday, November 17, 2013 and had a blast. My goal was to finish in under 5 hours. When I last ran the Philly marathon, I came in at 5 hours and 6 minutes so I thought that I would be good. But it was not to be. The temperature for the race was around 66 degrees when I finished and the heat did me in. Not enough to drink and fatigue zapped my strength.
At mile 18, I saw the 5 hour pace group catch up to me and then pass me by. For a while, I struggled to kee...
October 28, 2013
On November 17 I'm running the 2013 Philadelphia marathon and have decided
to help raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation whose mission
is to fund research to promote new treatments for childhood cancers.
What has always inspired me with ALSF is that one little girl who was
dying of cancer put so much effort into helping others. If Alex could
work so hard before she died to help others, why couldn't I help as
This will be my second time running the Philadelphia marathon. For
August 19, 2013
Photo by h.koppdelaney.
I remember a time in which I would receive actual letters in the mail. Now I get junk mail and some bills. The only time I receive anything of interest through the US postal service is around Christmas or my birthday and when I receive a package from Amazon for something I purchased. Long gone are the days of well-thought out and purposeful letters in which you could build a friendship over words. Time has passed and I have adapted to the modern era as well using texts,...
August 14, 2013
I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm a romantic. I decided a long, long time ago to embrace life and to live it to the fullest. But on seeing Richard Linklater's most recent film, Before Midnight, I have come face to face with the delusional yearnings of my youth and the hard, cold reality of the present. Bills, arguments, lack of sleep, screaming kids, work upon work, and a whole list of stresses, make me ask: Am I still a romantic and would I recommend others to be the same?
August 5, 2013
Today please welcome guest blogger
Susan Lohrer. Susan is a
contemporary romance author and in today's blog post she tackles the interesting (and sometimes controversial) subject of traditional versus self-publishing paths for fiction authors. Her latest novel i s a romantic comedy entitled Over the Edge . Be sure to check it out and leave comments for Susan after the article below. Thanks!
With that all said, here is her article:
For a novel to succeed in today’s market (whethe...
July 29, 2013
Sleeping beauty, Snow White and Cinderella are all characters who are saved by men and then find true happiness. That makes me sick. As a father of two children, I do not wish for my kids to grow up thinking that someone else can save you and that if you only find the right person you'll then find happiness.
The good news is that I not only have some personal experience to share with them as they get older, but I'm hoping that my Cinderella's Secret Diaries series will be examples...
July 14, 2013
My kids' artwork and interpretation of characters in my book on my bedroom wall.
When I started writing the second book in my Cinderella's Secret Diaries series, an idea popped into my mind and I ran with it: How could I share with my two children the creative process I journeyed on in writing a book? What if I asked them to draw pictures for me? The process was extremely simple and went like this: I had some old business cards lying around that I wrote the names of characters and locations on...