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Toni’s Extrovert Diaries Day 9:) My Book Will Be Published! YAY!!!!

2 Apr

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”

― Douglas Pagels

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It’s been a long time in the making. I’ve kept a daily journal for almost forty years now, and I’ve always dreamed that someday I’d be a famous author. It wasn’t until I became good friends with my neighbor Alicia last year, that I realized that I had an important story to share with the world.

Alicia has written over thirty best-selling novels, has been on countless talk shows and interviews, and has lectured to and hosted many writing workshops. When she heard my story, she said, “Girl, you need to share this with the world. I’ll get you in touch with my publisher when it’s ready. It’s really good!”

Well, it’s ready and the publisher loved it. I received my contract in the mail today! The printed books and e-version will be available in May. Yay!

This all seems like a waking dream. I knew my story was good when I shared it with my retreat sisters at St. Gabriel two years ago. Everyone cried and laughed and gathered round to hug me when I finished reading the final excerpt. Because, through all the heartbreak, pain, lies, and betrayal, God turned my darkest days into beautiful blessings. “Only God could do that!”

This is a “tell-all” account and journal of what really goes on behind the scenes at an exclusive Texas country club. I like to call it “The good ol’ boy network.” Anything goes, and it’s always going on. I’ll walk you through all the lies, e-mails, texts, cover-ups, call girls, sex, and slutty waitresses waiting to pounce on wealthy men. It was all a big game to them, and they tried to get all their buddies to join in on the action.

Because this is a true story, I changed the names and places “to protect the guilty.” You noticed, I said the “guilty,” not to protect the innocent. There was nothing innocent going on there.

CHAPTER ONE

I know I’m not the first woman in the world who was lied to, cheated on, and thrown away like a piece of trash. But, I thought he was the last person on earth capable of such atrocities.

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This all seems like a waking dream because it is. And, because it’s APRIL FOOL’S DAY, I thought I’d try to fool you with yet another story that really never happened. Well, all the details are true except for the fact that I don’t have a publisher or a book deal. YET…. But, who knows? Maybe someday, I’ll have that book published after all.

Sentimental Saturday:) Stories, Stories, and More Stories

14 Mar

“Nothing stirs up old memories like a big box of old photographs, letters, magazine clippings, and handwritten stories.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I was inspired by a good friend to dig out some of my old stories that I used to write when I was part of a weekly writing group. My old dusty Dell laptop that hasn’t been used since the Kennedy administration, (just kidding, not quite that old) has dozens of my old stories on there in Word documents. But, for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to forward or print them or get them out of that antiquated machine.

So, this morning, I rummaged through my cluttered jam packed closet and found an old box that housed many of the afore mentioned stories, along with magazine stories that I had written for McKinney Living Magazine, and newspaper clippings from the time I was a guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News NeighborsGo.

Wow! Talk about nostalgia.

Now, I will meander down memory lane and read some of these old stories. I’m hoping some might be worth revising and sharing. But, I have a feeling some will be a bit boring. Wait! I take that back… I almost forgot. I AM AMAZING! I’m sure all my stories are AMAZING!

Happy Saturday!

100,000 Views and Counting…WOW!!!

1 Feb

“Small goals and small dreams often turn into fabulous feats of magic.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’m sitting here with a cup of tea and my iPad, basking in the glow of my recent achievement. I knew I was getting close yesterday, but this morning, I turned over in bed, grabbed my phone and checked the time, then my WordPress stats. YES! 100,022 views. Amazing! Yes, I am.

Now granted, that’s the total number of views from when I first started my blog way back in 2013, but I never thought I’d keep writing and sharing. When I started my Blog about nothing. It’s just about my daily life, and I related it to the Seinfeld TV episode where Jerry tried to pitch a sitcom to NBC and based it on nothing.

When I started writing January 1, 2013, I was just the everyday average happily married suburban housewife living in the quaint city of McKinney, Texas, writing about happenings on the square, my family and friends, and my lovely life in Texas. My goal was to see if I could write a blog and post every single day for entire year. Little did I know that just a few months later, My heart and my world would plummet down from the sky, get dragged through the flaming mud of hell, and id be forced to survive an excruciatingly painful and devastating divorce after 39 years of marriage.

But guess what? I survived and I flourished with the help of family and friends. And, I never stopped writing or sharing. Through the tears and the laughter, this blog and this writing helped me get through the worst of times and open my eyes to the wonderful world I had been missing. I have written 2,235 consecutive posts, with 53,594 visitors, and have more than surpassed my goal of trying to write for just one year. I’ve made a zillion new friends along the way, and I’ve been inspired by each one. Writing about my “nothing life” just might inspire someone else. Who knows? How great is that?

I currently have 844 WordPress followers, 347 Facebook followers, 133 friends on Twitter and 42 friends on Tumblr. That’s a lot of friends. How blessed am I? Bless YOU all for being a part of it. Sending virtual hugs.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From Facebook

27 Dec

“All my wisdom, knowledge, and vital information was ascertained on my Facebook page.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Thought I would share some words of wisdom that I found on my Facebook page just today. Some very great quotes shared by some very dear friends.

Words to live by. Hope you are having a great Wednesday and day after Christmas.

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Tuesday:) Toni’s Terrific Blogging Adventure

12 Jun

“Life is short. Live it, taste it. Never waste it.”

“My daily blogging has become an intimate personal diary of my life. I have shared my joys, laughter, tears and sorrows. And, because of you, there is never a day that I can’t find something wonderful to write about.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been anxiously awaiting this benchmark number. You may recall, my original challenge to myself was to write a daily blog for one entire year. That would be 365 consecutive days. Today, I have written and passed the 2,000 mark of consecutive posts, with over 92,000 views, and 49,000 visitors. I have 774 WordPress followers, 347 Facebook followers, 135 on Twitter, and 38 on Tumblr. I think that’s pretty awesome!

THANK YOU!

It’s been over 5 years of blogging, telling stories, taking pictures, and sharing my little world with the rest of you. If I have influenced, inspired, or brought joy to just one person, I have accomplished my goal. This has made my life so joyful and rewarding. Every day, I wake up wondering what I’ll write about. I see beauty that I’d never seen before. Writing helps me focus on what’s important. And that is… “Life is short. Live it, taste it. Never waste it.”

Montage Monday:) Week in a Peek

16 Jan

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”

Amit Kalantri

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It was a good week and a bad week. Good part-I had a birthday. Bad part-I’m getting old. More good about that…I received a lot of calls, gifts, texts, and well wishes, flowers from my son, calls and FaceTime with my grand-baby. Good part- I baked several batches of brownies for different occasions this week. Bad part- I had to taste test a lot of brownies to make sure they were just right. Good part-I’m now a Medicare card carrying senior citizen. Bad part-again, I’m getting old. But, I’m just kidding. I don’t feel old, so you’re only as old as you feel. I feel pretty young, silly, and loved. I can get away with wearing the sock monkey hat, too.

I hope you had a good week, and have a great one coming up.

Monday:) My Five Year Mission~ Mission Accomplished

2 Jan

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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It’s a new year, and every January 1st, I’m reminded that it’s a chance to start a new page for the new chapter of a new story.

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

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The following is my very first post on January 1,2012. A lot has happened since that first story five years ago. My plan was to see if I could write something every day for one entire year. Like the Star Ship Enterprise, it turned into my five year mission…to boldly go… well, I’ve explored strange new worlds. I’ve shared happy news and sad news, and I have met wonderful new people and made great new friends, and I’ve been hurt and betrayed by someone I loved for over four decades, I’ve complained about politics, and solicitors, but I no longer have to complain about my dogs or husband. They’re now EX’s and gone. Yep, a lot has changed. What didn’t changed was my resolve to write every day, and I didn’t miss a day in five years

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My mission now complete, I can relax and now write only when the mood strikes. But, the one thing I’ve learned these past five years is, when you look for something to write about each and every day, it teaches you to focus on the beauty and importance of life.

My New Year’s resolution… I don’t have one. I haven’t changed in nearly 65 years, I’m not going to change now. I LIKE ME, JUST THE WAY I AM.

This was my first blog post five years ago,

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions

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JAN

SALUTATIONS AND FULMINATIONS

It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It’s a new blog. As I get ready to toss out the old, well-worn 2012 calendar, I’m reminded of two things. One: I always make New Year’s resolutions that I seldom keep for very long. Two: I don’t have a new 2013 calendar. Now what? But, with all the fancy-dancy digital and techno-gadgets at my disposal, who really needs a paper calendar? Let’s face it, I don’t need one, but I still like the old fashioned ways. I prefer turning the real pages of a book as opposed to swiping my index finger across an illuminated tablet, and I enjoy the tactile custom of flipping over a calendar page filled with scribbled appointments and birthday reminders. Don’t get me wrong, my iPad is jammed with info, pictures, contacts, stories and reminders. I just need both.

This year, my resolution is not just to do more writing, but to share my writing with more people. So, here I am, and if you are reading this, I’m off to a good start. Thank you!

It was difficult to come up with a title for my new blog. It seemed like every idea I had was already out there when I Googled it. I wanted to use words like ruminations, contemplations, or rantings, but they were taken. Therefore, I did what every perplexed writer does in time of need. I looked up some words in my red Webster dictionary. In this case, I used the on-line version, but many times, I actually use the old fashioned hard cover copy on the book shelf.

The word fulminate popped up during my exhaustive search. Whoa! That’s a good one, and low and behold, my Google search didn’t bring up much with that word. Perfect! If you aren’t familiar with the word, as it was a new one to me, the synonyms are rant, rave or spout. Yes, perfect.

My plan is to share happy news, discoveries, stories about new places and fun people, thus the salutations. But, once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet, and I start ranting or complaining about politics, phone solicitors, or the ever popular things my husband does to aggravate me, therefore, the fulminations.

Today is New Year’s Day, a great day to start a new project. I think I’m getting off to a good start with my inaugural post. Wish me luck!

 

After five years, I’ve had 82,919 views on my site, nearly 20,000 just this year. I have made hundreds of new friends. I’ve written 1,839 consecutive days, and have read thousands of posts from the many interesting people I follow. It’s a NEW YEAR, blessings and joy to you and yours.