“By the time the Heathrow airport scanner rejected my carry-on, I was on the verge more of hysteria than laughter.” Chapter 6 ‘A Teachable Moment’ is my essay in the newly published E-book, ‘The Stress to Success Factor’, edited by Linda LeBlanc
This book is a wealth of information and secrets to help you live a less stressful life and to achieve personal success. According to Linda LeBlanc “the truth is you’re more successful than over 90% of the people on the planet, but I bet you don’t feel that way sometimes. Though we have experienced the toughest economic times since the Great Depression, never before has there been more opportunity than there is today. The challenge for most people is knowing how to recognize these opportunities in their lives. That’s where ‘The Stress to Success Factor’ will step in to teach you the secrets of a successful life that others have practiced for centuries.” For more information please go to www.capecodwriters. If you buy the book, which I hope you will consider, please use this code:

February 6, 2013
THE STRESS TO SUCCESS FACTOR My friends, through my longtime friendship with Linda LeBlanc, Joiner Center, Cape Cod Writers Center, National League of American Pen Women, I was offered an opportunity to participate in an E-book called The Stress to Success Factor. I’ve written a short story about my experience in 2012 at Heathrow airport in London on my way to Galway to accept the 2012 Doire Price for my new poetry book The History of Bearing Children.
The whole idea of submitting work to an on-line book has interested me for several years but it wasn’t until Linda asked if I would like to add a chapter that I took this type of publishing project seriously.
I’m sending this email to you
1. To announce this interesting book &
2. To offer my writer friends who know as little as I do about the publication and financial opportunities of this amazing tool the chance to learn along with me.

Disclosure? Yes, I am promoting the sale of the book as well as an opportunity to follow my blog as The Stress to Success Factor process unfolds and I learn the potential for all of us and our writing. Welcome to the new world to all of us!

What is The Stress to Success Factor?
As I mentioned before, a writer I first met as the director of the Cape Cod Writers Center’s summer conference, Linda LeBlanc, called me from Hawaii and asked me if I would be interested in writing a short article about how I deal with stress.
At conference, she’d see me juggle hundreds of writers, dozens of faculty and moment to moment changing events, the weather and small and huge catastrophes each summer at the Craigville conference.
When she called I was just back from Ireland and in the middle of my move to Albuquerque and stressing at finding the time to write about my newest adventures.

Linda offered me an opportunity to participate in an E-book called The Stress to Success Factor. Perfect timing. My chapter describes my experience in July 2012 at Heathrow airport on my way to Galway to accept the 2012 Doire Price for my new poetry book. ‘The History of Bearing Children’. London was gathering athletes for the summer Olympic which made the airport disaster more chaotic and more frightening.

The whole idea of submitting work to an on-line book has interested me for several years and in my discussions with many of my friends E-books publishing frequently comes up. It wasn’t until Linda asked if I would like to add a chapter in one that I took this type of publishing project seriously.

In The Stress to Success Factor writers and business experts have come together to share their thoughts on how to live successfully in a stressful world. Several writers have opened up to us their personal success secrets.

Of course I’m writing to let you know that the book is for sale for $47.00 and each writer will earn a commission. The fee depends upon the person buying the book using their friends personal code. Mine is Linda will also donate 10% of all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity for its work with the homeless on Oahu.

Also, most of the authors in this first book have made available bonuses to readers who purchase books. These are only available for the first few days. I am offering a broadside (an enlarged copy of one poem of your choosing from ‘The History of Bearing Children’ as my gift to you if you buy a preview copy of The Stress to Success Factor. Please be sure to use my personal promotion code to buy the book and I’ll be notified. You can then email me at with the name of the poem you would me to copy and send to you.

So, The Stress to Success Factor offers you several things.
First, a great book to read. Second, some free stuff. Lastly, submitting work to an on-line E-book is a totally new idea for me and maybe to you. In this day and age where most of us are trying to find a way to get our art out to the largest number of people and at the same time to make money doing it, Linda may have hit upon and allowed me to participate in the next most important writing and publishing idea. It will certainly reduce the stress in my life.
As an additional gift for buying the book I promise to share with you on my web site at how this process goes forward and how it is benefitting me. It may turn out to be a major event for all of us.

So, if this interests you, go to And thanks.

Best of Success,
Jacqueline M. Loring

January 16, 2013

A month ago Irish poet and short story writer Geraldine Mills Skyped to say she had ‘tagged’ me. I’m just learning what some of these newly-revised-words means to my life. Since my move from Cape Cod, MA to Albuquerque, NM my daughter Kendra has taken over my used-to-be-only-professional-information-Facebook-page by tagging it with her beautifully detailed photographs of MY new home. So when Geraldine asked me if I would consider participating in an on-line chain letter I tried to keep my parochial school girl reaction hidden so she could explain what an opportunity awaited me.
I’m not sure where “The Next Best Thing” began. I know Susan Rich sent Geraldine the invitation. Susan and I have never met. I have heard fabulous things about her and her work from Geraldine because Geraldine’s latest USA book tour began with an invitation to read and teach for Susan in Seattle, WA. From there Geraldine was hosted to readings across America. After several events with poet Lisa C. Taylor in CT. Geraldine’s next stop was Cape Cod where she read for Lauren Wolk at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, for me with the Cape Cod Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and at Alice Kociemba’s Calliope Poetry Readings Series in Falmouth, MA. I’ve tagged some of these folks to be my contributory links in this creative chain.

As to exactly where the chain began I’m still at a loss to discover. As I backed tracked from yesterday I found the newly posted blog of Lisa Taylor at then Geraldine’s at . I found ‘The Next Best Thing’ written by Susan Rich at then more ‘thank you for including me’ by Joann Hart and at and I followed half a dozen more links and read each and every page. Stopped at some web pages to read past blogs or book reviews. When I wound my way to Susan Barr-Toman at I stopped for the day. What I discovered was at the heart of ‘The Next Best Thing’ process was an unknown creative engineer capable of allowing me, an Albuquerque/Cape Cod writer, to discover not only the dream or newest reality of a dozen writers from all over the world but it gave me a window into the creative mind of writers, most of them women, who I’d never have known. I now have their blog or web pages in my “Writers I want to know more about” favorite’s file.
What is The Next Best Thing? Simply, it is a series of nine questions. What it offers the participant is an opportunity for an introspective look at why we writers write, what inspires us, and in some cases an overview of the process each of us uses to bring our art, our stories to the page. What it provides to the reader is a glimpse into magic.
Thank you to Geraldine, Lisa and to the originator of this movement. I’m thrilled to be included.

What is the working title of your book?
I am currently working on a screenplay whose working title is Illusion.

Where did the idea come from for the book/screenplay?
In mid-summer 2012 I had a dream which, astonishingly, I remembered in detail when I woke up. First thing in the morning, I jotted down all the details, trying not to add my ‘awake’ thoughts. After a couple of hours I had to stop writing because nothing from the night before was available to me. I spent several more hours thinking about the gift I had been given and trying to decide whether it was real or just a great adventure or the spine of an evolving story. The details were so specific and three dimensional that I decided it was meant to be a movie.

What genre does your book/screenplay fall under?
Presently I am crafting the story as a thriller. (Thriller: Stories whose central struggle pits an innocent hero against a lethal enemy who is out to kill him or her), possible an international thriller.
Because the plot involves engineering, chemistry, inventors, a Fortune 500 company and technology not yet imagined, as I write the story I am inclined to think of it as science fiction. (Science Fiction: Stories whose central struggle is generated from the technology and tools of a scientifically imaginable world.)
But the adventure the characters go on is pure imagination. It is, of course, my assumption that what comes to us in dreams is made of fluff and not patent(able) theory, so the genre might follow along the guidelines of fantasy. (Fantasy: Stories whose central struggle plays out in two worlds – the “real” world and an imaginary world.)
Since movies work best with only one or two genres, I’m sure the story will tell me soon what it wants to be.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Charlize Theron is gritty enough to play a brilliant engineer driven to madness. Jason Statham is a must as her boss, adversary and love interest.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Log line:
As her revolutionary photographic discovery is about to be unveiled an eccentric engineer’s Fortune 500 Company declares bankruptcy so she uses her talent to manipulate reality to punish the owners but becomes lost in the illusion she creates.
An engineer who invents illusions ceases to understand reality except as she creates it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
In January 2013 I am just conceptualizing the story for Illusion.
Before I allow myself to transfer a story into script format I completely grid the story and all of its characters according to the Hero’s Journey on newsprint that covers my writing room walls. That process should take me three to four months of daily work. After that, rewriting the story as a screenplay is pretty quick, maybe a matter of weeks.
I just moved to New Mexico and I leave in seven days on a book tour in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine so I won’t get to working on this until March. My goal is to have an unedited first draft before the end of the year.

What other books/screenplays would you compare this story to within your genre?
From Russia with Love meets Inception on Wall Street.

What or who or what inspired you to write this book/screenplay?
I attended took a course in August 2012 at the Cape Cod Writers Center the week after I had the Illusion’s dream and the instructor, Jule Selbo, wanted each participant to discuss a new work. I found myself telling the class about the dream. In November, here in Albuquerque, I attended an intensive three day workshop taught by Barri Evins. She required students to present a story that was not yet on the page. Illusion went from a great dream to the developing concept of a story that intrigues me and forces me to ask, “What trouble do all these people get into when I’m not dreaming about them?”

What else about your book/screenplay might pique the reader’s interest?
Guess I’ll know that when “it” presents itself. Wait! What amazed me when the sun’s rays first interrupted my dreaming that Cape Cod morning was the wonder at how easy it was for that woman to hypnotize an entire cruise liner and…