(Editor’s Note…If you’re like me, adjusting to a new, COVID-19 world is a bit stressful. Everywhere you look…radio, TV, newspapers, and even the internet…are stories of the latest stats from around the world. Hospitalizations. Unemployment. Social distancing. How do we keep our sanity in the middle of all the craziness? 


For the next several weeks, many of my writerly friends will be virtually dropping by to inspire, uplift, and make us laugh as we look for reminders that even the scariest of times do not last forever. I hope you enjoy this FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS series. If you want to know more about me, Donna L Martin, or my books, check out my Story Catcher Publishing website at www.storycatcherpublishing.com)


How I Get by – In Good Times and Bad

by Rinda Beach


When Donna L. Martin put out the call for this post, she asked for something “humorous, uplifting, inspirational, or in some way helpful to parents and children struggling to deal with being at home.” I thought about what I do in hard times, and that’s when I came up with this list. They’re my guiding principles, in good times, but especially in hard ones.

  1. Listen to your body. I’ve learned over time to listen to my body talk, whether it’s tired or hungry. I used to make myself push past those things. Sometimes I could, but sometimes things just got worse. I learned to listen.

Now if I’m tired, I take a quick nap. If I’m hungry, I eat something. If I’m craving chocolate, I eat it, in moderation. Too much of anything is a bad thing!

What do you need? Try letting yourself have it. This is a trying time. It takes a toll on our bodies, and they demand things from us. Listen, and let them have it, in moderation.

  1. Make time for the things you love. This feels a little like my first principle. I love to read. When I’m going through a tough time, I feel better when I read. I escape problems and live someone else’s life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Make time for the people you love. This is hard for me, personally. I’m a work-horse, but I’m grateful I wrote less over Christmas, and later when I saw my grandgirl baptized. My family was all together. I held out till early evening. I tried not to feel guilty, to enjoy the gift of my family. I’m glad I did, especially now when we’re all locked into social distancing.

What do you love? Try doing it. You’ll feel better if you feed your soul. Maybe you’ll have to find another way to do it, like playing soccer. You won’t have your team, but find something for a goal, and practice your skills. Game on! You need to have fun!

  1. If something bugs you, flip it. Is there another way to do it, like soccer? One of my favorite things is to look at something bad as an opportunity, flipping bad to good.

Sometimes I have trouble sleeping. I hate it! I think how tired I’m going to be the next day, and it only makes it worse. I love laying in bed in the morning and taking time to get up. What if I flipped it? What if I thought about night time as time to curl up in my bed and enjoy being curled up there? I bet if I did, sleep would come easier to me.

How about you? What is bugging you? I’ll bet there’s a way to flip it and find the opportunity in it. It’s worth a try! If you can’t think of it, ask a parent, a friend, even email me. Good luck looking for opportunities!

  1. Talk! I love to talk! When I was in school, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was quiet and shy. I learned to be more social, probably because I became a teacher.

Now when I’m upset, excited, sad, whatever, I talk. It helps to get those emotions out. Before I think I bottled it up, and then you either explode or grow bitter like vinegar. Talking gives you ideas, possible solutions. Sometimes it just gets you empathy. Having someone understand you always feels better.

So, reach out and talk to someone! You are lucky. Back in dinosaur days, I only had a telephone. Now you can talk via the internet on places like Facebook or Snapchat. You can even see people half a country away thanks to things like Skype and Facetime. You can even play games with people a world away. Who do you want to talk to?

  1. Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. I started doing this when I started teaching. Thinking ahead for the worst gives you time to prepare for it, to come up with a plan for how you want to handle it. Hope is always a good thing. It pushes away depression and helps you stay positive, which helps you make better choices.

If I look at the Coronavirus and think worst, for me that’s death. I’m old and a diabetic. That’s 2 strikes – YUCK! Hope for the best, I love that! I hope to see my family soon, especially my mother and my grandgirl.

How do I make that happen? I stay home a much as possible. I wash my hands way more. When I go out to get groceries, I use hand sanitizer when I’m in the store. I use a towelette in the car when done. When I get home, I wipe off/wash most of my groceries. With things that can sit out, I leave them out for 3 days. I hope it all works! At least it keeps me busy!

How about you? What are you most worried about? Look it straight in the eye, and think what is the worst thing that could happen to you. Just looking should make you feel better. Next, think of the best thing that could happen to you. Don’t you feel even better? And the last step, remember that worst thing? What can you do to keep it from happening? Remember, you’re not alone. If you need help, talk! You’ll get ideas and feel even better.

Now, get out there, or stay home, and get by! You’ve got this! You can do it! If you don’t think you can, remember, you can always talk to parents, friends, even me. I’m only an email away!




This is Norris Lake, Tennessee. My family has been going here for years. It inspired my newest book, coming out in late May, LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME. It’s part picture book, part souvenir. A digitized version of this photo will soon become my book’s cover. On one side of the page you can read a story about Norris Lake. On the other side you can write/illustrate about your own lake.




Rinda was a second-grade teacher who read and told stories, until she met a bat in Germany. She learned to edit, thanks to SCBWI classes and critique partners. Rinda substitutes to stay connected to the kids she wants to write for. She established Beach Girl Press to publish her first book, NEIL ARMSTRONG’S WIND TUNNEL DREAM. Her second will arrive in late May, LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME.

Visit her blog and book review at www.rindabeach.com

FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS: Eileen Moynihan




(Editor’s Note…If you’re like me, adjusting to a new, COVID-19 world is a bit stressful. Everywhere you look…radio, TV, newspapers, and even the internet…are stories of the latest stats from around the world. Hospitalizations. Unemployment. Social distancing. How do we keep our sanity in the middle of all the craziness? 


For the next several weeks, many of my writerly friends will be virtually dropping by to inspire, uplift, and make us laugh as we look for reminders that even the scariest of times do not last forever. I hope you enjoy this FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS series and if you want to know more about me, Donna L Martin, or my books, check out my Story Catcher Publishing website at www.storycatcherpublishing.com )



by Eileen Moynihan


Since the Covid 19 lockdown started, people have been worried about being bored, but I seem to be busier than ever. I have been writing a children’s story for an educational magazine, promoting a book to be published in the near future, doing critiques with my local writers group, and doing poems or stories for the same group. The writers group usually meet fortnightly in the local library, but since we can’t meet face to face now, some of us have met up on Google hangouts.

The lockdown has also coincided with the coming of spring. So it was time to get out to the garden, and fortunately the weather has been good enough to do so. I love weeding as I like being outside, and it is therapeutic to just concentrate on clearing an area in front of you; it is like a form of ‘mindfulness’.

I seem to have plenty to do every day and even went out for a couple of walks this week inside the 2k limit. Besides the beauties of nature in the spring, it was strange to see hardly any traffic, or only an occasional walker, or children playing in front of their houses. It was peaceful and somehow surreal.

I live on the edge of a village by the River Shannon in Ireland. I yearn to go to the sea in this fine weather, because up until about ten years ago I had always lived near the sea. But where I live now is in the heart of the Irish Midlands; so to see water of any kind is a bonus for me. I can just walk down by the Shannon and feel at peace.

I have been shopping in the local town once a week and it is like doing a marathon. I don plastic gloves before I go and make sure there is sanitizer in the car. There are long queues outside the shops with people standing two metres behind each other. This weekend, being a holiday weekend was busier than usual. Eventually, you see your goal, the finger of the shop assistant beckoning you to come in to shop. I take out my long list and my glasses and go up and down the aisles trying to keep my distance from the other shoppers. I stand impatiently at times, while someone dithers in front of the very shelves where I just want to grab my purchase. But I either have to wait, go around another way or come back later. Then when the trolley is full, you realize you have to go to another shop for some goods because the shop you are in doesn’t have them. You wait again for your turn at the check-out, then go to your car and load up all the stuff you have bought. Then onto the next shop to get the other items on your list, and start all over again. Of course, you keep sanitizing your hands or your gloves regularly in the process. As I drive home, I breathe a sigh of relief that I can go back to ‘cocooning’, for another week.




One day Frances Darwin finds a bit of torn paper on the ground. This excites Frances as she would love to be a detective. This bit of paper sends Frances on a ‘wild goose chase’ that leads her to find a stray dog called Bouncer. Finding out about Bouncer leads her onto to find his owner, who becomes a big part of Frances’s life. Before Frances knows it she has become involved in an investigation to find out who is dog-napping dogs in the local area. During her inquiries she meets and makes friends with the Randall children Tom and Cindy, who help her capture the dog-nappers. As well as this, Frances’s formidable Gran becomes friendly with Bouncer’s owner, and Mrs Marsh next door makes friends with Hannah Mortimer, a retired teacher. They both had dogs taken, and help with planning to foil the dog-nappers.

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Eileen Moynihan was born in Essex England, and grew up on the Isle of Wight from the age of three. At the age of 22 she moved permanently to Ireland, where she lived in West Cork, and more recently on the border of Counties Roscommon and Longford in Termonbarry. For most of that time she was teaching children with Special Needs, and raising her three children with her husband. After taking early retirement, Eileen loves to write books for children. 

After discovering Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing, she decided to start self-publishing her own books. Then she created her own brand for her books, and so Childhood Books was born.

?Eileen also enjoys writing poetry and short stories and is the chairperson of Longford Writers Group. In 2018, Eileen was involved in a collaborative novella called ‘Let him Lie’ with nine other members of Longford Writers Group.

She has also had short stories published in four anthologies – ‘Ring around the Moon’, ‘Midir and Etain’, ‘The King at the Back of the Hill’, and ‘Home Made’.

Most recently Eileen published her first collection of poetry entitled, ‘Dipping Into The Font’. This was published with KDP under her new brand for adults, ‘Landscape Books’.

Eileen is hoping to publish a new children’s book of poetry soon. It is called, ‘A Posy of Wild Flowers’, and contains poems about wild flowers and trees, alongside beautiful illustrations by her sister, Angela Corkery.


WHERE DID AMELIA GO? Homeward Bound…

Spring, At Home, Summer


It seems almost surreal that less than two weeks ago I woke up in a world which seemed very “normal” to me where I could walk into an indie bookstore or go out to eat or even just hug my Taekwondo students.

Now my world consists of temperature checks, face masks, and latex gloves. New words like “social distancing” and “COVID-19” are now added to my daily vocabulary and I’ve shed more tears in the past few weeks than I have in the past two decades. 

Amelia, on the other hand, has been quite the traveler these past few weeks…flitting around like a butterfly from flower to flower…until she heard the call to “stay at home”. Imagine my surprise to step inside my house this week to the sound of Aerosmith rocking out from my study and finding a certain someone in my favorite rocker. Apparently she plans on staying awhile…








While we all, including Amelia, hunker down at home to wait out this pandemic, Story Catcher Publishing and a wonderful number of amazing authors from all around the world, are coming together to shine a little light into the gloomy corners of the world.

Starting next Friday, April 17th, check out the FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS series on the Story Catcher Publishing blog. Authors will help us laugh, feel inspired, and maybe even learn a new skill or two while we all find ourselves stuck at home. 

Tell your friends, share the good news, and be sure to come back next Friday for a little fun, a little laughter, and a whole lot of positivity!





HM Hunting Gris-Gris Epub cover



Eleven-year-old Emma misses her father who’s serving in Europe during World War II. He left behind a treasure box with six secret compartments to be opened during her birthday week. He also told her to watch out for the gris-gris while he was gone. Looking out for swamp creatures and dealing with wartime rationing was hard enough, but now there’s a British refugee coming to stay at the house! How will Emma enjoy her birthday and keep her decision to hunt for the gris-gris a secret with a stranger hanging around?





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Best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest chapter book series is called HISTORY’S MYSTERIES. Book three, Hunting Gris-Gris, is now available in ebook, paperbook & hardback everywhere!