The Queen's Proclamation




October 2011
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....

Used with the permission of Wayne Misner.
Wayne and I have been "cyber-friends" since around 2000/2001.
 Thanks, Wayne!

Your Love for Me Has Wilted Away and Died

by Wayne L. Misner

My favorite flower is the rose.
Just looking at its beauty takes my breath away.
You have been my rose through all these years.
As often as possible I would bring you a rose
 to share your exceptional beauty with.

Soon we will part and the tradition will end.

In its place I offer you this gift,
an enchanting glass rose, which will never die,
as my love for you shall never die.
Your gentleness and kindness have improved on nature.
I thank you for your sweet tender touches
 and compassionate human patience.

I will never forget this harsh lesson.

Women must be treated with the same tender loving care as the rose:
I should have sprinkled you with love;
I should have fertilized you with caresses;
I should have sprayed you with affection;
Kept you in the sunlight, which reflects your natural colors,
 more awesome than a rainbow.

The fragrance of your skin makes me feel dizzy.
Your eyes remind me of the delicate colors of soft petals;
Your smile, the sunlight required for growth;
Your legs, the long stems;
Your face is that of a breathtaking flower
 with all its lovely dramatic features.

This arrangement captures what romance with someone special is all about.

You are precious, an exceptional woman,
and will remain in my heart for all eternity.

Wayne L Misner

Hi everyone!

While most of my friends are saddened by the end of summer and the approach of winter, I feel my adrenalin pumping more quickly as I enjoy one of my favorite months of the year —October.

There is a stillness about October, as if all of nature is preparing for the oncoming season. Most of the songbirds are quiet. Some have left for warmer climates, and those that stayed are resting up for the winter battle of staying warm, dry and full.

There are a few new sounds. The crickets have begun to sing, but their chirps are calming and reassuring. "Shush, it's time to rest now."

I love the trees when all the leaves have fallen. Have you ever really looked at the sculptured limbs of a tree after the leaves are gone? They are a work of art that has been hidden all summer.

Just thinking about fall brings a smile of contentment to my face.

Little KoKo and I have totally bonded now. He's a very quick learner—when he wants to be. But just like a child (or adult), he will "forget" the rules if the temptation is great enough.

In fact, while I'm writing this I heard a bang in the dining room and found that he had dragged a decorative mug off one of my shelves. It didn't break, but he got one of his many scoldings of the day.

This newsletter is dreadfully late, but Outlook Express managed to lose/destroy ALL of my 2010 and 2011 emails, so I've been consumed with trying to find my "stuff." No luck so far.

If any of you know how to recapture deleted email, please email me at  patballard @

In the meantime, everyone have a wonderful October!



Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

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Dangerous Love
by Pat Ballard

Now available in PDF, Mobipocket & Kindle ebook format as well as original trade paperback!

Ava Manning has allowed her heart to be broken once. Once is enough. She never intends to let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. She just wants to do her job as a lab technician at Cloneall Drugs, Inc, without any complications in her life.

But after Ava saw some research she wasn't supposed to, someone wants her dead. And now she has to deal with the Southern talking, g-dropping, charming LAPD detective Ricky Don McKinzie.

Her life is just beginning to get complicated.

More info at the Pearlsong Press website. (All copies of Dangerous Love purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)

You can also browse and share Bookbuzzr excerpts from Dangerous Love10 Steps to Loving Your Body, and Pat's other books online at

Weighty Matters

These days it seems that all we hear about is the "obesity epidemic," and how all of us fat folks are just dropping dead like flies.

But when I look around me, in any given situation I see many older fat folks who are happily (and healthily) going about their sweet business.

Then I remember to ask myself, who is the last person I heard about who had a heart attack or open heart surgery? And it's usually a thin-to-average person who has been through this bad experience.

I keep wondering, where are all these fat folks who are dying?

In the meantime, let us revisit a time in our not-so-distant past when fat was considered beautiful. In fact, down through history, fat has been considered beautiful more often than the painfully thin that is pushed in our present misguided, diet-infested time.

I recently ran across this website that I have enjoyed browsing: Timeless Beauty.

I didn't realize that some of Rubens' paintings were of his wife. Found on the above website:

"Late in his life, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) fell helplessly in love with sixteen-year-old Hélène Fourment, and eventually married her. His new wife became his love and inspiration, serving as the model for most of the paintings that he executed in the last, most fertile phase of his career."  

And let's not forget Lillian Russell. Here is an extensive photo gallery:  

On Wikipedia, we find "Lillian Russell (December 4, 1861 – June 6, 1922) was an American actress and singer. She became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th century and early 20th century, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence." 

But Lillian wasn't just a sex symbol; she was an activist, writer, and more. "In later years, Russell wrote a newspaper column, advocated women's suffrage (as her mother had), and was a popular lecturer, advocating an optimistic philosophy of self-help and drawing large crowds. During World War I, she recruited for the U.S. Marine Corps and raised money for the war effort. Russell became a wealthy woman, and during the Actors' Equity strike of 1919, she made a major donation of money to sponsor the formation of the Chorus Equity Association by the chorus girls at the Ziegfeld Follies. According to the March 17, 1922 edition of The New York Times, Russell traveled aboard the R.M.S. Aquitania from Southampton, England, to the Port of New York on the March 11 to March 17 crossing. "[She] established a precedent by acting as Chairman of the ship's concert, the first woman, so far as the records show, to preside at an entertainment on shipboard." 

I think it's time we get back to our roots!

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: Post a review of one of Pat's books
at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website, email us at proclamation @ to let us know, and we'll consider your review for inclusion in The QP

"I read your Something to Think About.
Just like all your other writings, it is not only beautifully written
 but profound.

Wayne L Misner
Author of Men Don't Listen


Browse and share excerpts from Pat Ballard's books online.

Listen to the mp3 recording of Pat, her fearless publisher, and several other Pearlsong Press authors in a Pearlsong Conversation about
creating fat friendly fiction and fat positive characters

Listen to a Feb. 11, 2009 Conversation with Pat Ballard
(blog post with link to 50-min mp3 recording of Pat talking about her journey to
self- and body-acceptance and -love, her writing process,
and why a truly Happy Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life
starts with loving your body,

no matter what it looks like.

Calendar of Events

Now available from Pearlsong Press in original trade paperback & ebook—Pat's newest book, Dangerous Love.

Effective last week, Pat & her publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. have stopped co-hosting Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, but you can still listen to or download recordings of the shows at or

You can also listen to or download recordings of many of the shows at

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