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  • Writer's pictureMark Meier

Peering Into the Crystal Ball

As of right now, the future looks busy and exciting. Here are a few things I can share. I have signed a contract with Oghma Creative Media for a children’s picture book. Of course, it will bear my pen name, JesPiddlin, which I use when writing for children. I’m planning to submit a few more, including one story which has won third place in two different writing contests. I hope the publisher likes them as much as the first.

There are a few reasons I use the name JesPiddlin for my children’s stories. It is much easier to read and remember, more fun to say, and it has that uniqueness kids like. I’ve used the name since the 1990s. Most of my websites, email addresses, and everything else have JesPiddlin stamped on them somewhere. For stories that are middle grade and up, I use my real name. Follow my children’s book progress at

Keep your eyes open for upcoming ads about the Blood Pressure Diary, and let me know if you see them. Also, if you have a loved one who keeps track of their blood pressure, this very affordable journal makes a great gift. It’s a full size log book at 8.5” x 11”, so it has more room to record blood pressure readings and write helpful notes.

I am currently working on another helpful journal, and I plan to make more of my short stories into ebooks, soon. Some will be slightly edited updates from those already published in anthologies. I will not change them much, though. I want to retain the footprints of my growth as a writer.

If you are interested in attending a great writers’ conference, you should check out the White County Creative Writers event on September 1st in Searcy, Arkansas. Some very talented authors will be there, and I will have the great honor of speaking to them about writing dialogue and emotions. My new publisher will be there, also. For more information, check out the conference website at

As a final note, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Mark W. Meier for letting me share my thoughts, experiences, and plans on this beautiful blog site. It has been a great pleasure.

NOTE from Mark:

Thank you, Renee', for taking on so much extra work in addition to everything else you have going on.

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