The Liberty Writer

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You want to tell stories and write art, but sometimes you don't know where to go with it. Or sometimes you know where you want to go, but you don't know how to get there. That's okay. Because I will help you. 

Join me to conquer your dreams and let your ideas become tangible words on paper. Find freedom in writing as you find freedom to write. Come with me to find where the world of story fits in the story of our world. 

Write well. Write bold. Write the stories you want to tell.

The Military Editor™

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Service(s) offered: Editing, Writing help/guidance, Research help and/or guidance

Description of service provided: The Military Editor™ is a boutique editing agency that provides editing and publishing services to authors of military-related manuscripts. From developmental editing and copy editing to books proposal and a customized list of literary agents currently looking to represent books within your genre, The Military Editor™ is your one-stop editing and publishing agency.

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Veterans Radio (Dale Throneberry)

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Veterans Radio is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) dedicated to all the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. Our mission since 2003 has been to illuminate the extraordinary actions of ordinary people who have gained and preserved the freedom all Americans enjoy—and the ultimate price that is often paid.

Veterans Radio will include our listener’s stories and experiences, not only while in the service, but afterwards as well. Interviews with guest speakers and authors are a weekly feature. The content of the programs on Veterans Radio is ultimately determined by our listeners.

Veterans Radio feels it is time for people to know who among their neighbors was willing to pay the ultimate price to preserve and protect their basic freedoms. Veterans Radio will act as an advocate for veteran’s issues. Politics has no place in determining what is fair for America’s veterans. Veterans Radio just wants our politicians to keep their promises. We encourage our listeners to get involved in the political process and to make your voices heard.

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From their website: LibraryThing ( is an interactive, Web-based service that helps individuals and organizations easily catalog their books. By cataloguing books on LibraryThing, members have the opportunity to connect with other LibraryThing libraries. This is done through the use of keywords (called “tags”), comments, and reviews. Members can view other libraries that share the same book(s), read members’ reviews of books, generate book recommendations, and even arrange to share or swap books.

Healing through Writing

Article from VA New Mexico Facebook Page

Article from VA New Mexico Facebook Page

By Paula Aragon, VA Public Affairs

Albuquerque, N.M. - Here at the VA, there are areas that offer innovative ways to help out Vets work through varying issues that range from PTSD, anxiety to panic attacks, just to name a few.

The Recreation Therapy Program offers a wide variety of programs, but one, in particular, is the creative writing class, which is offered on Thursdays at 8:15 in the morning and runs about an hour and 45 minutes.

The class assignment for the week of 25 November 2018, was to write a piece that compared the differences in how men and women view a particular topic or experience. One gentleman, Jim, wrote about his fondness for his blue Hawaiian shirt with white flowers and how is wife asked him repeatedly, “You’re not going to wear that, are you?” Overall, everyone at the table could relate, and it evoked conversation and laughter.

Another individual, Chuck, wrote a poem as an ode to a fellow participant, named Earl. This poem was deep and some parts were dark. The writer wanted to have a better understanding of the emotional pain Earl experiences on any given day. The ebbs and flow of the poem were cathartic. It conjured up memories for those at the table. Certain parts of the poem were just singular words such as pain, mud and alone.

Given that this poem was long, those single words created a poem. A poem within a poem.

The poem caused a stir of conversations. Earl, for one was very appreciative, yet apologetic. He felt his own works many have triggered something in Chuck, which he didn’t quite understand. Although that was not the case. What it did do was show Earl that his fellow writer cared and wanted to help Earl in his healing process. A willingness to understand what someone saw, felt and went through is powerful.

Another gentleman, Mark, wrote a story similar to Jim’s, which concerned an article of clothing. The overall piece was how a day like any other work day should have been, but this one specific day started off bad and progressively got worse. His piece was not only funny, it placed different visuals on the minds of those around the table.

Like Jim’s piece, laughter was key. One member stated that despite all of the bad memories they carry, this particular exercise brought about some funny memories. Knowing that the good stuff is still within them and learning to refocus on that, while acknowledging some of the bad is a way to help in the healing process.

This class not only showcases the exceptional talent they have, it also is a form of therapy that goes beyond measure. They sharing of thoughts, feelings and the basic need to get whatever is bothering them off their chests is very therapeutic.

Writing, comradery and a common ground are what can make the healing process more attainable. For this group of people they type of therapy not only works within themselves, it also helps those who are there to listen have a better understanding and that they are not alone.

If you are interested in the class, you can contact Recreation Therapy Program @ 505-265-1711 ext. 4160.

Essential Editing by Elisabeth

  • Manuscript Assessment
  • Structural/Content Editing
  • Copy/Line Editing
  • Style Sheet Creation

In our family, words mattered and details mattered. My mom was a teacher, school principal, and magazine editor. My brother was also a magazine editor. I followed in their footsteps, working with military families to share their stories of hope in the face of tragedy and loss. So it’s no surprise I find myself continuing the tradition and caring deeply about how authors present themselves and their stories to their readers. 

Although I have done my fair share of writing, I get the most joy from helping other authors polish and refine their work for consistency, clarity, and impact. And of course we’ll deal with the PUGS on the way (Punctuation, Usage, Spelling, and Grammar).

Whether you are planning to self publish or find a traditional publisher for your work, you owe it to yourself (and your words) to put your best work forward.

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Elisabeth Beard (aka Betsy) has written articles for newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and professional publications, including Hospice Foundation of America’s Living with Grief series. She authored the award-winning children’s book, Klinger, A Story of Honor and Hope, and numerous Quick Series publications for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, retaining no royalties.

Betsy served as editor in chief for the national quarterly, TAPS Magazine, from 2008 to 2015. Under her leadership the magazine earned the Award of Excellence from Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.

She continues to edit freelance, having completed fiction books, nonfiction books, military books, children’s books, and anthologies. She offers manuscript assessments, content/structural editing, and copy editing.