Best Quote You Ever Wrote

Best Quote You Ever WroteSome of you may have seen me the last three days doing videos, and you know that this is unusual for me. I’ve actually had 3-4 different folks, in my different groups, challenge me to do more video, as well as other things (you folks may be named :)).  I took the challenge, and now I’m making my attempt to put myself out there on a more consistent basis.

Yesterday, I thought I had come up with an idea of what to talk about, but this didn’t benefit you as much because it was me telling you what I liked.  It was something I called “Persuasive Passages,” where I talked about the quotes I liked in books that I’ve read.  The only thing was, you didn’t have an opportunity to tell me what you liked, so I changed it to “Best Quote You Ever Wrote,” to get others to chime in.  I asked my friend, and fellow writer, Monna Ellithorpe to participate.

Here is Monna’s quote from above:

Don’t Excuse Yourself Out of the Success You Deserve.

-Monna Ellithorpe

This is really a great quote, because a lot of times we do talk ourselves out of doing what needs to be done on a consistent basis which prevents, or delays, us from reaching our dreams.  Monna has a lot of great insight, so feel free to check out her site:  Monna Ellithorpe, or search for her on Facebook as Blue Jean Writer.

I will be doing these quotes for at least 30 days.  If you would like to participate, send the Best Quote You Ever Wrote to

Thanks again to Monna for being such a good sport!


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BG Jenkins

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How To Self Publish

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How To Self Publish


For those of you who know Monna Ellithorpe, did you know she has just released her newest video series on How to Self Publish on Amazon

Monna has been coaching and training students for a number of years using skype, screenshares, blogging and other marketing venues with regards to publishing.  She has now created her own video tutorials for you to refer back to.  These 8 tutorials take you step by step through the formatting process, image creation, book cover design, and editing, along with setting up your book on Amazon’s Createspace.  Everything you need is included in these videos to help you set up and publish your first book on Amazon.  

And this is only the beginning…

Future projects include series on How to Publish on Barnes and Noble, and Kindle Direct Publishing.  Her guided video series is offered at a very affordable price for those interested in self publishing.  You can become a published author within a matter of a very short time.

Self publishing has taken a huge leap in the marketplace and Amazon has given that opportunity to all of us.  Of course, there are other self publishing companies out there, but Amazon provides you with the lowest cost for the beginning author.

I have to express my own thanks to Monna, she is one of the two who guided me in publishing my own book.  Thank you, Monna!

I believe there is a lower price on this course for the Black Friday Weekend, so you better hurry if you want to learn How to Self Publish with Monna and save!

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My Hometown is: Dayton, OH

Several Months ago my friend, and author, Monna Ellithorpe, permitted me to be a guest author on her blog I was very grateful that Monna allowed me to do so. I loved her idea for this site and felt that she would give us all the opportunity to get to know each other better. I am reposting the article here to bring attention to, and support for Monna’s site.

I also wanted to share this post in honor of a childhood friend we lost a week ago. He was one, among many, who made the neighborhood a bright place to be. Here’s to Benny and all of our childhood friends. Thank you for making life better.

My Hometown is: Dayton, OH

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They say,

“Home is where the heart is,”

and to me, a hometown is that place that you resonate with, and have fond memories of.

Many of us have our “birth cities” and move off and make a new home. For me, no matter where I go… I still call the “Gem City” home. Dayton, Ohio is where I was born, and where we lived until I was 46. Little did we know that when we left we would miss “the green, green grass of home.”

Dayton’s name comes from Jonathan Dayton, a revolutionary war captain, who owned the land at the time of the city’s incorporation (1805). However, it is suspected that Dayton received its nickname, “Gem City” from one of a couple of sources.

One thought is that it came from a well-known racehorse named “Gem,” (early 1800’s) who was from Dayton. The other possibility is the nickname came from an editorial in the Cincinnati Chronicle, where the author of the editorial, cited that Dayton was a “gem” among the region’s cities (1845).

The Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) were among the most famous, thus causing Dayton to be dubbed “The birthplace of aviation.” The Wrights owned a bicycle shop on W. Third Street, and tested their flying experiments on the east side of town, in the Huffman Prairie (Kitty Hawk, North Carolina being the place as to where their actual first “powered flight” occurred).

As a child, we were blessed to live in the South Park area of Dayton, which is now a historical district. My friends, and I, were able to roam the Woodland Cemetery and discover the graves of such notables as Orville and Wilbur Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar (famous African-American poet, 1840′s), John Henry Patterson (founder of the National Cash Register) and Charles F. Kettering (inventor and co-founder of DELCO).

Woodland Cemetery, itself became a sanctuary for those of us living in this poor section of town. The cemetery was an enticing playground boasting of rolling hills, a duck pond and vast expanse of land to walk, explore, and discover the treasures of the history of our city. Backing up to the south side of the cemetery was the University of Dayton with its woods, fields and forever expanding campus. Our grade school, Patterson Elementary (now gone) sat on the corner of Alberta and Wyoming, just north of U.D. and the cemetery, and a long block East of Miami Valley Hospital. We lived along the boulevard on Park Drive and spent many afternoons after school playing football, baseball and kickball with all the neighborhood friends. Our trips to the corner of Wayne and Wyoming for our occasional Sunday pizza at Cassano’s, would top off the week.

Little did I know that those friends, and places, would to this day hold my heart captive. Fortunately for me, I still have some of those same friends.
I feel blessed to have had the life I had in my paradise playground of Dayton, my hometown.

Thanks, Monna for letting me share!

BG Jenkins

No matter where I go-
No matter where I’ve been
There lives a place
Inside my heart
That shines upon my gem.

You can also find Monna@ MonnaEllithorpe.comMonnaEllithorpe-10b1

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