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Tracey Barnes Priestley replied to the discussion 'How Do I Write Again?' in the group Mother Writer!
"I appreciate your circumstances and am very sorry for the losses you have encountered. (And no,they don't sound like excuses to me!) The reality is that sometimes life grabs us and forces us into different and challenging directions.…"
Jul 23
Tracey Barnes Priestley posted a blog post

"Listen To Your Mother" Portland

I continue to be fascinated by how many different directions my writing takes me. It's especially gratifying when the same piece of writing benefits a worthwhile cause. Here's the scoop: (Via my blog at www.thesecondhalfonline.com) One of the many things I am grateful for at this point in life is that I haven’t lost my capacity to still get reeeeeeeally excited about different things … like participating in a show that features live readings by…See More
Mar 11
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Mar 3
A blog post by Tracey Barnes Priestley was featured

An Excerpt from DUCK POND EPIPHANY

How many times have you found yourself reading a book’s synopsis or thumbing through the pages, trying to decide if that book was for you? What if, instead, you could read the first few chapters for free? Well, you can! Just click on over to JukePop! A few She Writes Press authors, myself included, have been posting our…See More
Feb 28
Tracey Barnes Priestley posted a blog post

An Excerpt from DUCK POND EPIPHANY

How many times have you found yourself reading a book’s synopsis or thumbing through the pages, trying to decide if that book was for you? What if, instead, you could read the first few chapters for free? Well, you can! Just click on over to JukePop! A few She Writes Press authors, myself included, have been posting our…See More
Feb 27
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'Baby Boomers'
"Here's a post by a Boomer and for all Boomer women. My thanks to the creative energy behind this interview, Peggy Malloy! http://www.MeeMeeTheArts.blogspot.com/"
Dec 13, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the blog post 'Rally Around She Writes Press! (We Need Your Help!!)'
"Thanks to you both for your efforts. I'm fully on board with the 11/19 tweeting deluge!"
Nov 14, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'Baby Boomers'
"One Boomer to another ... I'm happy to be doing a free teleseminar w/ the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 8 PM EST. The topic:" Baby Boomer Women -  Making Changes in…"
Nov 6, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the blog post 'Thanks but No Thanks, Big Five. I'd Rather Be At SWP.'
"Kamy - congratulations on both your offer and your abiility to listen to, and trust, your inner voice! I'll wager that your experience at SWP is as positive as mine has been ;-) Welcome to this madcap gang of delightful women authors! "
Oct 21, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Congrats to SWP and Kamy! (Posting the good news all over the place!)"
Oct 21, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"A heartfelt "welcome' to all of the SWP newbies! I believe you have landed among a remarkably suppportive  group of women ... if I do say so. Now,hang on and enjoy the process."
Oct 16, 2013
Cindy Eastman left a comment for Tracey Barnes Priestley
"Hi, I will take some time on your blog/website, too! Besides looking at your trailer for inspiration, I also thought it sounded like a good read! I'll put it on my reading list! You have a great weekend, too. Nice to "meet" you! Cindy"
Sep 20, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley left a comment for Cindy Eastman
"Hi Cindy, I LOVE OLLI! Yes, I teach for them and have also done my two women show for them a couple of times as a fundriser. (It's on my blog.) Great bunch. I need to check out your website and blog - sounds like we are kindred spirits! Have a…"
Sep 20, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Hi Nan, Yes, book clubs are quite enjoyable. The ones I have done have been either the result of friendships, personal/professional connections, and contacts established via book signings, presentations, and teaching. I always make a point of…"
Sep 20, 2013
Cindy Eastman left a comment for Tracey Barnes Priestley
"Hi Tracey, Thanks for the welcome! I am enjoying this process in the company of so many learned and wise women! I noticed one of your reviewers is associated with an OLLI program - are you as well? I am an instructor with our local branch of OLLI…"
Sep 20, 2013
Tracey Barnes Priestley commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Ah ... book trailers! I read everything I could find only to discover there are two definite camps on this subject! Those who say they are a waste of money and those who say they are the wave of the future of publishing. (The one thing everyone…"
Sep 20, 2013

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Who I am:
Who knew life at sixty could be so great? I am a Life Coach, writer, educator, columnist, non-fiction writer, and soon-to-be published novelist.(My M.A.in Counseling Psychology has been the foundation for a rich and satisfying career.) On the home front? I met my husband in 1975. Fast forward 37 years - three kids, four cats, one pony, three dogs, and a guinea pig with a skin condition - and we are now empty nesters.I continue to explore, expand, learn, and laugh at this fascinating business of life in the second half!
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.thesecondhalfonline.com
TraceyAfter50 (Twitter)
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Nationally syndicated print column, "Juggling Jobs and Kids."
(It ran for 14 years,in another life!)

Juggling Jobs and Kids - A Practical Guide for Today's Parents

The Second Half - A Lively Look at Life After Fifty (Wrote,co-produced,and co-starred in this one act musical)
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Plays, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
www.thesecondhalfonline.com
Services I offer to other writers:
"Pitching" to agents at writer's conferences is a critically important piece of a writer's life. It can also make your palms sweat and your head ache! Based on my training as a Life Coach, and my experience as an author who has has successfully pitched to agents, I teach writers practical tools that make this process a much easier experience!
I found out about She Writes from:
April Eberhardt

Tracey Barnes Priestley's Blog

"Listen To Your Mother" Portland

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 8:43am 0 Comments

I continue to be fascinated by how many different directions my writing takes me. It's especially gratifying when the same piece of writing benefits a worthwhile cause. 

Here's the scoop: (Via my blog at www.thesecondhalfonline.com

One of the many things I am grateful for at this point in life is that I haven’t lost my capacity to still get reeeeeeeally excited about different things … like participating in a show that…

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An Excerpt from DUCK POND EPIPHANY

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

How many times have you found yourself reading a book’s synopsis or thumbing through the pages, trying to decide if that book was for you? What if, instead, you could read the first few chapters…

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[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Writer to Writer: Understanding Yourself, to Better Understand Your Publishing Options

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:30am 5 Comments

The publishing world has exploded, making it a truly exciting time for today's authors.

The challenge? Deciding on exactly which publishing option will work best for you.

I faced this conundrum when it was time to publish my novel, Duck Pond Epiphany. Though I had experience with traditional…

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At 11:53am on September 20, 2013, Cindy Eastman said…

Hi, I will take some time on your blog/website, too! Besides looking at your trailer for inspiration, I also thought it sounded like a good read! I'll put it on my reading list!

You have a great weekend, too. Nice to "meet" you!

Cindy

At 11:03am on September 20, 2013, Cindy Eastman said…

Hi Tracey,

Thanks for the welcome! I am enjoying this process in the company of so many learned and wise women! I noticed one of your reviewers is associated with an OLLI program - are you as well? I am an instructor with our local branch of OLLI (UConn Waterbury, CT) I love it...I have a writing class there. Thanks again! Cindy

At 4:19pm on July 1, 2013, Susan Bearman said…

Hi Tracey,

So sorry for the delayed response. I don't know how I missed your message. Yes, April and I do plan to bring our Pathways to Publication Workshop to the SF area. It was very successful here in Chicago, so we are definitely looking to bring it to other cities. We have not yet set a date, but I will definitely keep you in the loop. Again, so sorry for missing your well wishes earlier. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Susan Bearman

Marketing Communications Consultant

At 4:57pm on June 5, 2013, Deborah Armstrong said…

Thanks for the invitation. Networking is so important and finding the time to do it is difficult. 

Deb

At 1:51pm on June 5, 2013, Yolanda Renee said…

Thanks for the friendship Tracey.

At 11:45am on June 5, 2013, Vanessa B. Bernard said…

Wow...what a great approach Tracy!  We just have to keep trying to figure things out till we get it right.  I'm going to check your site soon!  Thanks for the response!

-V

At 11:37am on June 5, 2013, Elizabeth Hein said…

Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. 

At 9:20pm on May 8, 2013, Katayoon Zandvakili said…

Oops, Tracey, I signed off before I could ask you where I can possibly see or read your play. And your other art? Do you have a website for those too? So looking forward to it all ~ 

In Joy,

Kat

At 9:17pm on May 8, 2013, Katayoon Zandvakili said…

Hi Tracey!

Thank you for your great message and for connecting. I smile every time I open your wonderful Duck Pond Epiphany! It was such a pleasure meeting you in Berkeley at the SWP gathering. Your graciousness, generosity and kind-heartedness during our "adventure" (ahem :)) stay with me. Thank you for being you and all the gifts you bring to the world. I look forward to connecting with you on twitter and beyond ... 

Wonderful congratulations again on your beautiful book!

Kat

At 7:08pm on May 1, 2013, Rossandra White said…

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!

 
 
 

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