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couple-common-cents-book-coverUpdate: A third award came in after I published this post. The 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards gave me Honorable Mention in the Home category as well.

Two organizations have awarded prizes this month for my fiction book, A Couple with Common Cents. One award is for book design, and another award is for the story.

The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest named A Couple with Common Cents as a finalist in the Best Overall Design Fiction category. This award includes a medal and recognition at a ceremony in New York City on May 31 in conjunction with Book Expo America.

In addition, the 2017 Missouri Writers Guild President’s Contest awarded this book Second Place Fiction Short Story. The award was announced at the Guild’s annual conference on May 6 in Columbia, Missouri. This award includes a cash prize.

I was excited when I found out I received these awards! The team at Morgan James Publishing did a great job with the cover and interior layout.

Built around themes of perseverance, faith, and mentoring, A Couple With Common Cents: A Short Story About Abundant Hope in Your Family Finances provides practical advice to couples. This inspirational story will guide readers to rebuild the bridges of communication with their spouses about money.

The book is available in fine bookstores everywhere and online:

Amazon Paperback | Kindle | iTunes/Apple iBooks | Books-a-Million | Barnes & Noble Paperback | Nook | Indigo.ca | IndieBound | Powell’s Books

A Cold, Windy Christmas

Ryan Eidson  —  December 9, 2014
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Places are set for Christmas dinner

On Christmas Day in 2010 Lori (my wife) and I gathered with other expats in the city where we lived in China. We took her famous oatmeal rolls and two other dishes with us and ate with the group at 12:45. It was nice to have a break from our work as managers of a farm company and enjoy time together celebrating a cherished holiday.

Sometime in the early afternoon, our driver (his English name is Philip) received a call from our farm workers outside the city that very high winds had broken part of the barn roof. The previous night was very windy in the city. We didn’t know that the wind caused damage to any buildings until this phone call. We thought that just a few pieces of tin were gone; however, the workers called back and said the entire north addition to the barn was gone!

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What Happens When a Child Confronts His Parents about the Way They Handle Their Money?

The July 2014 issue of The Best You, a magazine from London, featured an article that I wrote: “Don’t Lose Financial Autonomy”.

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My article begins with this story:

One husband started a small engine business after his wife got fired from her job. Even though the household income was less than before, this did not change their spending habits.

The wife’s lavish spending patterns soon put them tens of thousands of dollars into the hole. She asked for money from others and borrowed money from her children on many occasions to pay the bills. The wife hid these bills from her husband. She would always sneak out to get the mail every day.

One of their sons began to be suspect that something was not quite right. One day, he went out to get the mail and found some credit card bills. He confronted his mom about it, but she swore him—a 13-year-old boy—to secrecy!

Click here to continue reading my article on The Best You website.

 

When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

Last night I went to town and stopped at a grocery store. There was a chill in the air as I walked from the car to the entrance. A few other people were in the first aisle with me. Most people were shopping alone — I was, too.

I took my list out of my wallet. My goal: to buy all the food on the list without going to another store.

Overwhelming grocery store

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Crackers, chips. Oops, I deviated from my list. Must be hungry.

Back to the list: Two gallons of milk. Yogurt.

I turned the corner with my cart.

Beans, beans, beans. Three kinds of canned beans.

I said “Hi” to one person as I passed. Nodded my head at another shopper.

Bag of potatoes. That slows my driving down a bit. Lettuce, check. Loaf of bread and bananas, check.

Go over there for frozen juice concentrate. Done.

Now where’s the cream of mushroom soup and the non-stick spray?

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This past March my wife and I attended a wedding in Colorado. She was a beautiful bridesmaid. The ceremony was in the Rockies where we had sun, rain, and snow all on the same day. A great place it was for our friends to promise their entire lives to each other.

Earlier in the day I had several hours of free time, so I wondered what to do. I wanted some time in solitude, just for myself, before the busy wedding activities of the evening. I talked about hiking, but when I hiked 100 feet from the dining are to our room at the resort, I was winded! There’s no way I would survive a trail that day. (We were nearly 8,000 feet in elevation. Those heights will take it out of you fast when you’re used to much less than that.)

Finding Solitude in Another State

On the road toward the Collegiate Peaks, central Colorado. Photo taken by and © 2013 Ryan Eidson.

I decided to go to the closest town to relax and have lunch. A fine mist drifted over the mountains during mid-morning. As I drove down the mountain, then north to town, the mist turned to light rain. I did not want to walk around in the rain or sit inside all day. Continue Reading…