The Queen's Proclamation

 July 2005

News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard, the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,
to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

John Wesley

When my sister Jerri and I were leaving Mississippi a few weeks ago, we drove past a man who was obviously having car problems. Although we weren't on the interstate yet, the road was a big four-lane, with a good bit of traffic, and I knew the man wasn't that far from a gas station. But Jerri said, "Aw, look at his face. We need to call someone to help him."

I made some casual remark like, "Someone will stop and help him." And we drove on, although both of us were carrying cell phones.

But my conscience really nagged at me for several miles before I forgot about the man, and never thought about him again until a few days ago.

Eric, my son, called from his job and said I'd never guess what had happened to him. His truck had broken down on the interstate on his way to work. He knew he was at least three miles from the closest exit—it turned out to be five and a half miles—so he knew he had a long, hot walk.

So he locked the truck up and headed out. He'd gotten only about 50 feet from the truck when a van pulled over and started backing up toward him. He thought, 'Oh, no, I'm going to be robbed."

It was a middle-aged couple in the van. "This is worse," he thought. 'I'm going to be robbed by old people!"

But they gave him a ride and let him use their cell phone to call his wife.

I sat with cold chills, thankful tears running down my face, as he told his story. Thank God for that wonderful couple who were brave enough and thoughtful enough to stop and help my son.

And I'm also thankful that, hopefully, I learned a lesson. From now on when I see someone in need, like the man in Mississippi, I'll be more careful to do good, when I have a chance and a means to do so.

 

 A Word From Pat

What a busy, fun-filled month was June! On the 8th, Jerri, my sister from California, flew in to Nashville, and on the 10th she and I drove to see our sister Ellen in Mississippi. After getting to Mississippi we visited with aunts, uncles and cousins, then went to Alabama and visited with more aunts, uncles and cousins! It was one of those times when I felt that my "love-tank" was full and running over.

Jerri went back home on the 15th, and I had a weekend to rest. Then the following weekend I kept my grandkids, Shaun and Kayla, from mid-Friday afternoon until late Sunday afternoon. Joe and I took them to the Nashville Zoo Saturday morning, then to McDonald's, then home for a nap, then to the movies to see Madagascar Saturday night. It was their first time in a "real" theater. They loved it, and were perfect during the entire movie. Not one trip to the bathroom!

Wow! Now there's an experience. It was the first time I'd ever kept them for that long. I won't have to exercise for another month after that!

The 30th was Shaun's 5th birthday, so we celebrated that this Saturday, the 2nd.

Joe and I had a quiet 4th except for all the fireworks going on around us last night. Now let's see what July holds!

Everyone have a wonderful month. I hope it's fun-filled and safe for all.

                                                 Love,

                                                                    Pat


Visit Pat's Place at www.patballard.com │ Write me at patballard@bellsouth.net

Blog me at http://pearlsong.typepad.com/the_queens_proclamation
 

Books Existing and Upcoming

A couple of months ago I signed a contract with Pearlsong Press for Abigail's Revenge, my fifth novel. The publisher, Peggy Elam, Ph.D., hopes to have the Abigail's Revenge ready for sale in the Pearlsong Press booth at the Southern Festival of Books October 7-9, 2005.

Abigail's Revenge is a romantic suspense, and is different than any other novel I've written. It's also a good bit longer.

Abigail Avery was framed for the murder of her father and sent to prison when she was only eighteen years old. A bunch of crooked "good ole boys" from her hometown of Leaky Springs, Mississippi want her land and house. Abigail doesn't have any idea why they would want her property. But they were willing to kill for it and send her to prison, hoping to get her out of the way long enough to convince her to sell or to acquire it in some other manner. But now, ten years later, Abigail's out of prison and heading back to Leaky Springs to get revenge on the people, especially the judge, who stole ten years of her life.

I'm continuing to work on my first nonfiction book, The 10 Commandments of Self-Love, a motivational book on accepting ourselves as we are instead of obsessing over trying to look like some unrealistic actress or image we see in an magazine.

Meanwhile, my new book Dangerous Curves Ahead—a compilation of 10 short stories—is available through Pearlsong Press (www.pearlsong.com). After its May 2004 publication, Dangerous Curves Ahead received a glowing review from Cindi Appel on the Fearless Books review website. Appel wrote:

Ballard doesn’t pull punches. She shows her heroines exhibiting ample will and tenacity to tell off those who would shame them into becoming something they aren’t just to blend in with society's narrow-minded notions of beauty.

To read the entire review, go to www.pearlsong.com/dangerouscurvesahead.htm. You can also read an excerpt from Dangerous Curves Ahead's title story, Dangerous Curves, by clicking on the title link in this sentence.

Pearlsong Press has also re-released my existing books, Wanted: One Groom, Nobody’s Perfect, His Brother’s Child and A Worthy Heir.

The Pearlsong Press edition of Nobody's Perfect was called "a charming, witty love story with a twist" in the July 2004 Small Press Bookwatch section of Midwest Book Review. Read the whole review at www.pearlsong.com/nobodysperfect.htm, or an excerpt at
www.pearlsong.com/nobodys_excerpt.htm.

I’m extremely happy that my books are now available in both print and eBook format. Please visit Pearlsong Press and check out all the options that are available.
 

Ask your local  library to stock my books, allowing many others to enjoy them
while spreading the size acceptance message.

 

Weighty Matters

A few weeks ago I was thinking about the millions of unhappy people, mostly women, who are starving themselves, trying to fit the mold that our present day society dictates, and the thought occurred to me, as it has in the past, that I should be trying to reach people other than those of us who're already making an attempt to accept ourselves.

"I'm preaching to the choir," I told myself. "I need to try to reach people who haven't heard this 'accept yourself' message."

So I bravely went online to the Weight Watchers website and set up a message board account so I could post. Then I posted my "10 Commandments," but rewrote them in present-day English and put a new title, "10 Steps To Loving The Body You're In." (These steps are posted at the bottom of this section, if you want to read them.) I posted the steps in a message and wrote a little introductory paragraph about "while we're dieting, we still need to love ourselves, until we reach our intended goal."

Well, I immediately started getting postings. People thanking me for posting those steps. Several people said they'd just done # such-and-such that very day. But eventually, one of the noted troublemakers came on and accused me of spamming. Well, we went back and forth on that one, and I told her if she thought I was spamming to turn me in to Weight Watchers. She didn't, of course. There were 51 posts on my subject within just a few hours. I've never gotten that many posts to anything before.

After the first day my message was pushed off of the front page by new messages being posted, so people lost interest. But I kept checking for a few days just to see if anyone else posted. I think it was the third day that I checked and was surprised—well, not really—to find that the 10 Steps had been removed! The rest of the posts were still there, and are still there, as of today, but the steps were gone.

So I guess all that talk these diet companies do about "just wanting us to be healthy and feel better about ourselves" doesn't really mean they want us to feel better about ourselves. Otherwise, WW would have left my 10 Steps up there so others could read them.


Now, aren't we all surprised at that?

I don't think so.

10 Steps To Loving The Body You're In
© Pat Ballard

  1. Never stand in front of a mirror and think negative thoughts about yourself.
     

  2. Never stand anywhere and think negative thoughts about yourself.
     
  3. Search carefully for your good points, and when you have found them, nourish them and build on them and cause them to grow daily.
     
  4. Close your mind to any negative words, thoughts or actions that someone might send your way. Don’t allow negative thoughts into your subconscious.
     
  5. Always conduct yourself in an honorable fashion, and don’t allow your mouth to appear larger than your body.
     
  6. Always do your best to look like you care about yourself, as no one respects a slob, no matter what size that slob might be.
     
  7. Learn what your best colors are, what your best hairstyle is, and what your best clothes style is, and never leave your house without being dressed accordingly.
     
  8. Always, and without fail, smile and simply say “Thank you” when you receive a compliment. Never think or say that the compliment isn’t true.
     
  9. Stop apologizing about your size, and expect everyone to accept you, respect you, and be happy with you just the way you are.
     
  10. But most of all, you have to love yourself. When you love yourself, others will love
    you and respond to you in the exact manner as you feel about yourself.

     

Calendar Of Events

Hear Pat Monday, July 11 on the Health At Every Size radio show with Dr. Peggy Elam. The show airs on Radio Free Nashville (WRFN Pasquo, TN, lpfm 98.9) Monday morning from 10:00 to 11 a.m. CST. The show is streamed live over the Internet at
http://www.radiofreenashville.org/

You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.

Show #1 discusses Pat's romance novels
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE051.mp3

Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE052.mp3

And check out the photos from the Nov. 6 Mississippi Authors Festival that are online at The Queen's Proclamation blog and The Pearlsong Letter blog. (Click on the Mississippi Authors Festival link under the "Photo Albums" heading in the lefthand column of either blog to view the photos. While you're visiting, post a comment on the blogs!)

Pat will also be appearing at the Pearlsong Press booth at the Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville October 7-9, 2005.
 

Book Contest

Register to win a free copy of the Pat Ballard book of your choice at Top 100 Women Sites: http://www.top100womensites.com/contest.htm.
 

Newsletter Archives

Read previous issues of The Queen's Proclamation at http://www.pearlsong.com/newsletterarchives.htm.

 

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