Chakra balancing course for writers & other creatives

Following from Mia Silverton:

Where energy flows creation grows!

Next Course Starts October 2017

 Silver Pen Creation supports you to move back into creative flow by teaching you how to work within the 7 Chakra levels of your body, mind and spirit. These are derived from ancient thought, referenced in many different cultures around the world, and said to house the energetic (creative) centers of our bodies.

One of the true shifts in moving forward toward realizing my life’s purpose happened when I learned how to connect with my  “I Am” Presence.  I did this through deepening a spiritual awareness with the energetic flow of the 7 Chakras.

Each of us are absolutely unique in our own way, therefore it is essential for us to learn what only works for us NOT someone else.

By learning how to focus in on these 7 areas, you will experience exactly that. Huge shifts will happen to expand not only your writing life but also your physical, mental and spiritual life in general.

What this 7-month course includes, on top of learning the 7 Chakras:

  • Journaling prompts to help you deepen each Chakra area and move this into your writing lives
  • Meditations for each Chakra
  • Intentional ways you can use to boost your home environment and areas of your life to allow each Chakra to expand.
  • New ways to recognize and trust yourself  — listening to that core intuition we sometimes move too far away from when our logical selves take over.
  • Creating your own personalized Grounding Practice so that when you are ready to write, you are ready to dig down and WRITE
  • A monthly scheduled  50 minute personalized coaching session (Optional times for day or evening provided)
  • Online community to connect with others in the same journey
  • Optional Question and Answer Call (recorded) twice each month (Times will vary)
  • Email support available for any questions in between coaching and group calls


Join The Silver Pen Creation Course Now

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Catalog your personal library using your smartphone!

Following is from Library Thing:

UPDATE: LT staffer Loranne did some speed cataloging to put the app through its paces. Check out the video!

Meet the official LibraryThing Android App!

What does it do? The LibraryThing Android app mirrors our iPhone/iOS app. Among other things, you can:

  • Browse and search your library overall and by collection.
  • Add books, CDs, and DVDs by scanning barcodes. The barcode scanning is SUPER FAST!
  • Add items by searching by title, author, ISBN, etc.
  • Browse and upload covers, using your Android’s camera.
  • Do minor editing, such as adding books to collections and rating them. Major editing is done by a link to

Free accounts. We’re giving away lifetime memberships to anyone who uses the app. Register for a new account using the LibraryThing App, or sign into the app with an existing account, and you’ll be automatically upgraded.

Check out the app at

Come tell us what you think, and join the discussion on Talk. Need help? Check out our App Help Page.

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Come see me Sept. 29-30 at Penned Con!

Ready to meet your favorite authors and stock up on gifts for the holiday season? I’ll be one of more than 150 authors at Penned Con on Sept. 29-30 at the St. Louis Downtown Hotel at 14th and Spruce Streets. For the fourth year, Penned Con brings “authors and readers together for the chance to mingle, have fun and raise money for Autism.”

Don’t miss my presentation with George Sirois on how to “launch your audiobooks into the world” from noon-1 p.m., Saturday. From 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, check out the St. Louis Writers Guild’s presentation.

I’m excited to attend for my first time, sharing table #4 in the Colonnade Ballroom with Candace Carrabus! In the same ballroom, look for:

Don’t miss Lynn Cahoon #6 and Eric Asher #37 in the Breckenridge Ballroom.

Click here to see the complete author lineup!





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Deb’s fund-raising party Sept. 23: Henna for Houston

Hurricane Harvey Henna Party/Fund-Raiser
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
6714 Bonnie Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63123

Deborah Weltman will be painting temporary Henna “Tattoos”!!!!!

This is a do-it-yourself fund-raiser: you decide on your henna design…
you get henna-ed… you send in your donation to the organization of your choice.
Deb will NOT be collecting donation monies!

Henna tattoos cost from $5.00 to $25.00 depending on the intricacy of the design. There will be a design book available for you to choose your design. Henna “tattoos” look great on both women and men!

Please call: 314-544-2555 or email: to schedule your preferred time.

We will try not to keep folks waiting, but we will “Party” the whole time, so… waiting could be fun!

Vetted Organizations

Here’s a list of vetted organizations (via the New York Times) where you can give (immediately or after your henna) and know your money will get to those who need it.

The Front Lines:

  • Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross
  • United Way of Greater Houston


  • Texas Diaper Bank
  • Houston & Corpus Christi Foodbanks
  • LGBT Disaster Relief Fund
  • Houston Humane Society
Henna Information

The henna Deb uses is an all natural product made up of ground henna leaves (used in this fashion in India and the Middle East for centuries!) and essential oils, water, and lemon juice. She does NOT use BLACK HENNA, which is a chemical product known to cause skin reactions which can lead to scarring.

You should NOT get a henna “tattoo” if:

  • If you are allergic to aspirin, mothballs, fava or other beans.
  • if you have G6PD… (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency).
  • If you have compromised liver function.
  • If you have had shingles.

Don’t let your child get a henna “tattoo” if:

  • If they are under six years of age, some folks say under eight.
  • If they have hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice).
  • If they have a condition known as G6PD (see above).

If you are concerned to see if you might have a bad reaction to henna, feel free to drop by and we’ll put a spot of henna on you to test for an adverse reaction. Then you’ll know for future.

Happy Henna to you all!!!


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Readers: Meet me at Penned Con…and help kids with autism!

Readers — don’t miss this chance to get a FREE general admission ticket ($18 value) to the gigantic PENNED CON book fair Sept. 28-29 in St. Louis! Just leave your email address in the comment box for this post between now and Aug. 31. To make things interesting, I’ll select some winners at the end of July and others at the end of August. The earlier you enter, the better chance you have to win. 🙂

PENNED CON brings readers and authors together while raising money for charity — 100% of the profits goes to Action for Autism in St. Louis to provide therapies and schooling needs to local autistic children.

This year, I’ll be selling my books at PENNED CON, along with my friends Candace Carrabus, George Sirois, Jennifer Lynn, and about 180 other authors. Fun times!

At noon Saturday, Sept. 29, George and I will share our insights with authors on how to launch their audiobooks into the world.

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Free panels offer readers chance to meet authors

Don’t miss the FREE! Reader Panels at the Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention June 16-18 at the Renaissance Hotel near the airport in St. Louis!

All Reader Panels are in Concourse B


5pm – Basic Storytelling, Internet Promotion, and Publishing Options

Ellen Parker, LaShaunda Hoffman, and Phyllis Wheeler


10am – Why We Love Romance? (MORWA – Missouri Romance Writers of America)

11am – How did Harry Potter Influence You? Meredith Tate, 

Emily Hall, Jennifer Stolzer

12pm Collaborative Writing, Authors of Swaying

1pm The World of Jules Verne – Reginald R Van Stockum Jr. and Brad R. Cook

2pm From Tolkien to Star Wars, Fantasy and Sci-fi Authors – James L Young, Jennifer Stolzer, Ryan Freeman, George Sirois

3pm Best Women in Fiction (MORWA)

4pm Best Place to Bury a Body? Ask these Mystery Authors (SIC- Sisters in Crime)

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Master Classes “for everyone” June 16-18

If you’ve attending the Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention June 16-18 in St. Louis, you already know about the master classes with four literary agents and a writing coach. However, even if you aren’t able to attend the full conference, you can still sign up for the master classes–each $50!

And you can attend the FREE Reader’s Fair, including presentations by many of the 20 authors in the Author’s Hall.

Here are the Master Classes:

  • Friday from 2 PM to 4 PM: Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Writing Workshop with Kathleen Kayembe
  • Saturday from 2 PM to 4 PM: Query Letter Critique with literary agent Kathleen Ortiz
  • Sunday from 10 AM to Noon:
    • Writing 3-D Characters with literary agent Margaret Bail
    • Query Letter Critique with literary Agent Justin Wells
    • How to Format and Publish Your E-Book with Jennifer Geist

To learn more about the presenters, click HERE.

  • We have learned of a glitch in the registration for them. It will be fixed for next year, but we can’t fix it in the short time left for this year conference. The glitch is that the registration lets you pay for the class, but it doesn’t say which class it is you are paying for.
  • How do we know which one you want?
    • If you purchase it online, we will email you and ask
    • If you want, you can email me right away and say “Hey, I just paid for a Master Class. I want to attend [insert instructor’s name]
    • Or you can purchase it at the conference.
  • Each class is $50. How do you purchase it online? Please visit this link:
  • Can you attend more than one Master Class? If they are not on the same day, then yes. You would just need to pay for each class and let us know.

Find out more about the master classes and the Reader’s Fair at



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See you at Gateway Con June 16-18!

Readers, don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some of your favorite local and regional writers talk about their books at the FREE Reader’s Fair during the first annual Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention at the Renaissance Hotel near the airport. Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Ann Leckie and New York Times bestselling authors Angie Fox and Eileen Dreyer are among those you will have the chance to meet. Others include award-winning authors Cynthia Graham and Nicole Evelina, Peter H. Green, James L. Young, Reggie Van Stockum, and ME! We’ll be in the Author’s Hall 

My book signing is Friday at 4 p.m.!

In addition, at the paid Writer’s Conference, I will speak:

Saturday, 10 a.m. — Lauren Miller and I will talk about the St. Louis Writers Guild’s literary magazine, The Scribe, and answer questions about the Guild.




NEW TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. — ACX to DIY: Audiobooks — George Sirois and I will give pointers on how to get your books into audio, whether you want to narrate it yourself or not. It’s easier than you think!

Writers — if you haven’t already signed up for the conference, it’s not too late. And there’s a special retreat package for those who stay two nights at the hotel.

Register now!


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June has ‘micromoon’ & ‘supermoon’

Reprinted from

Click HERE to learn what “micromoon” and “supermoon” mean.

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Get Away with Gateway Con’s Book Fair/Writing Retreat Package June 16-18 in St. Louis

Looking for a place to write, but don’t want to spend all weekend in a writer’s conference? Escape to the Renaissance Hotel for a writing retreat and book fair! Find a quiet place in your room to write, with scenic views and more luxury than home. Afterward, let your brain relax while your muse is energized at the exciting book fair events going on all weekend. Author and Writing Workshop Coordinator, Kathleen Kayembe, will host a series of write-ins and writing times throughout the weekend. Plus, don’t miss her AWA Master Class on Sunday.

To register for the conference:
Want to sell your books at the book fair? Click here:

Register for your hotel room before the $109 per night special rate goes away (just able to get an extension on the rates until June 5): The conference rate includes free parking and free wi-fi.

Book at least TWO nights at the Renaissance Hotel during Gateway Con, June 16-18, and receive…

  •  Exclusive Access to the Gateway Con Write-In events – Special writing times and gatherings with Kathleen Kayembe. Plus, a discount on her Master Class.
  • Full Access to the Book Fair, book signings, and reader panels. Plus, an invitation to the Documentary Film Premiere and Genre Talk Cocktail Party on Friday night
  •  Invitation to Lunch with the speakers and volunteers Saturday afternoon
  •  The Scribe 2015 – A print copy of the end of the year collection for St. Louis Writer’s Guild’s Literary Magazine
  •  Entered into the Grand Prize Raffle – One entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a free registration to Gateway Con 2018’s writers conference or Author Hall. Plus, one free raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win one of the other prizes
  •  Free Wifi and Free Parking
  •  A Reserved Seat at the Gala Dinner (Conference goers have it included in their registration. Book Sellers in the Author Hall, this will be available soon for separate purchase).Night owls will enjoy writing on Friday and Saturday Night, while the early birds can meet on Saturday and Sunday Morning.
NOTE: Those who have already registered for two nights’ stay at the hotel will automatically receive these benefits

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