Friday, August 8, 2014

BE Society August Challenge - Day 8

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Today's Question:  

What inspired you to create your blog, what continues to inspire you?

I started Back Porchervations as an outlet, a way to express myself.  I was, at the time, working at a residential/teaching facility for adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.  It was an extremely stressful and rewarding job and my choices of stress-relief was:

  1. blogging
  2. taking up smoking
  3. putting my fist through a wall.
Now, I am not a physically violent person, so the 3rd option never happened.  Both the others did, however.  Of the two, I would say blogging has been the most beneficial.


  1. LuAnn, I found this post to be quite interesting. Very rarely, do people really put out their, the weakness they experience. I am so glad that you didn't put your fist through a wall. Ouch.

    I am so glad blogging is healing for you!

  2. Thanks for visiting, Lisa! I figure, this is how I am (for better or worse). I can't control what other people think. I'm just trying to do my best, like most others.

  3. Hi LuAnn,

    I came across your blog and thought you were really lovely and exactly the sort of person that I would love to hear the opinion of.

    I am a new author and have just finished writing my first children’s adventure story which is going through its final editorial stages with my copyeditor and will be available in approximately two weeks.
    It is about an eleven year old boy, Jake Summers, who finds himself on an adventure in a long-forgotten magical world where together with his class-mate Arianna and a strange creature called Noggin, he has to race against time through five deadly challenges to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.
    It is along the lines of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and like that story, I have attempted to weave good strong family values and the importance of forgiveness. It would appeal most to those who enjoy the likes of Fablehaven, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

    It is the first in an intended series, although I’m not sure at this point, how many there will be.

    I would be extremely grateful if you would consider reading it for me, it is called Guardian of the Underworld and you can find it on Goodreads, the synopsis is below this message and it will be available in paperback, PDF and ebook format.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards

    Rachel Tetley


    Two worlds

    Neither can exist without the other

    And one guardian to ensure their survival

    But a family with a score to settle

    Forces one boy, into a dangerous adventure

    Jake Summers is an ordinary boy with an ordinary family- so he thinks. He has just spent another summer holidays building dens in the woods with his best friend Paul. But when someone special unexpectedly dies, Jake is determined to find out the truth, unaware that it will change his life forever.

    He discovers a key to Grandpa’s forbidden room, and is plunged into a long-forgotten magical world, together with class mate Arianna Brown and a strange creature called Noggin. Stormy seas, underground carts pulled by Golden Eagles and a dragon all stand in his way. He must race against time to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.

  4. Am glad you chose blogging! I started Blogging as a creative vent too. It is cathartic too :)