On My Own – Inaugural Post

Welcome to the inaugural post of On My Own, a once-or-twice monthly update sharing bits of my life flying solo as an author/indie publisher and a person.

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My First Solo Appearance

For my first author outing on my own, I’m honored to be invited to the VIP Reception preceding a screening of the World War II film, MIDWAY. The event will honor WWII Veterans in the Napa Valley. I will represent Bill, WWII veteran of the Pacific theater and award-winning author of The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943. I’m prepping with new business cards and reading tips on schmoozing for introverts.

Poster for movie "Midway"RESERVE TICKETS
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2:00 PM
Lincoln Theater, Yountville, CA
VIP Reception at 12:30 PM (Invitation only)
Screening at 2:00 PM
Q&A after the film:
Screenwriter: Wes Tooke
Production Designer: Kirk Petruccelli
Navy Film Advisor: Chuck Myers (Docent at USS Hornet)
Moderated by: Admiral James “Jaws” Winnefeld, (Ret) Ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former Top Gun Instructor.

About the Film:
MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, the clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic moment, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds.

The Last Roundup, Remembering Bill McGee

William "Bill" L. McGeeAs many of you know, Bill went to his last roundup on October 30, 2019. He would be proud and touched – as am I – by the outpouring of condolences via cards, handwritten notes, emails, and contributions made in his memory. So many of you saw beyond the often gruff nature to the creative and independent man he was.

During the past three months, I’ve been asked, “Will you keep your writing and publishing business going without Bill?” My answer: yes. I’m grateful to be the literary heir of nine titles on Amazon. Marketing, rewriting content, keeping up with social media, plus a few new works in the chute will keep me very busy.

If you missed my tribute to Bill, here is the link: The Last Roundup – Remembering Bill McGee

Signing off…  As always, please feel free to leave me a comment.
Best, Sandra



(Illus: Screenwriter Therese Lewis working on a teleplay for the new medium of television. She was staying on the Flying M.E. dude-divorce ranch in the summer of 1948 for a quickie divorce from Hubbell Robinson, vice president/program director for CBS, New York. A month after the divorce, he married songstress Margaret Whiting. From The Divorce Seekers, Ch. 24, “Hollywood Types Get Reno-Vated”. Caricature by Joan Allison)


4 thoughts on “On My Own – Inaugural Post

  1. Sandra, I love the title of your newsletter. It is concise, to the point, and beautifully illustrates where you are right now. I predict, it also beautifully forecasts great success in your future endeavors. Deb B

  2. Sandra, this is indeed an honor that you be acknowledged as well! Although it is Bill’s experience & story … you helped to document it! As friend, Linda acknolwdged .. Bill would be very proud!

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