The Gift of Rejection

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The Gift of Rejection

“You’re too tall, you’re too short, you’re too pretty, you’re too ugly, you’re too young, you’re too old, your hair is too blonde, your hair isn’t blonde enough, your eyes are too blue, your eyes need to be brown, you have too much experience, you’re not experienced enough.”  No matter who you are, you will face rejection in life so it’s time to embrace it and move forward. Asya Gonzalex hosts the program beginning with chapter, The Gift of Rejection” by Cynthia Brian from the book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens followed by a lively conversation with The New Yorker copy editor, Mary Norris.  Norris expertly guides readers through the most common and confusing grammatical issues in her book, Between You and Me, Confessions of a Comma Queen. She reveals her rejections throughout her career and why it’s important to keep on keeping on. An informative and fun interaction with two women who love words and repel rejection.

Bio Mary Norris

Mary Norris began her professional career as a foot checker—dutifully checking patrons’ toes for athlete’s foot as they entered a Cleveland city pool—before working at a costume company and driving a milk truck. Humble beginnings for a woman who would come to spend more than three decades as a copy editor (or “prose goddess”) at The New Yorker, where she’s worked with such celebrated writers as Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, and George Saunders. Norris’s love of language, and her wish to help “all of you who want to feel better about your grammar,” led her to write BETWEEN YOU & ME: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

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Risks of herbal supplements, driving saf

Risks of herbal supplements, driving safety , what “cage free” really means, 4-5pm PT with Cynthia Brian & Heather.

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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Get Published for Any Writer


Having coached aspiring writers for years and being an author of several books, I thought I knew most everything in the ever-changing world of publication.  When I read Roland Allnach’s The Writer’s Primer, A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication, I realized that no matter how much one knows, there is always more information.

Roland is a multi-award winning author of the strange and surreal. Writing this non fiction book is a detour from his usual novels. I’ve long admired him as an astute novelist, now I salute him as a master educator.

The Writer’s Primer is a no-nonsense, hands-on, road map detailing what any writer needs to know and do to break into this literary business. He has outlined the chapters in a way that provide the reader the basic understanding not only of the craft and the mechanics, but a route to navigate the marketplace. The book is carefully researched offering concrete tools for making the big and little decisions that every aspiring author faces. Readers will find information on design, layout, word count, query letters, submission packages, award contests, character development, and even plot design. When it comes to marketing the finished book, he correctly advises that no matter who the publisher is, the author will always be responsible for marketing. Becoming an author is a business and must be approached as such. Promotion, press releases, and publicity are key to success.

Many people erroneously assume that becoming an author is an instant golden ticket to riches. Roland is quick to inform the aspiring author to write for writing’s sake.  No matter how excellent the story, if the book doesn’t find a niche, it may actually cost the author. There is no sugar coating of the industry in this how-to paperback. Getting published is not presented as glamorous or easy.  Allnach imparts the honest facts, interspersing his personal experiences, both challenges and triumphs, to illustrate a point.

The title of the book is indicative of what the reader will find inside. The Writer’s Primer is truly a guide for anyone at any level who wants to get published.  If you are considering writing for publication, The Writer’s Primer is an invaluable resource with answers to literally any and every question you could pose. When I finished the last page, all I could mumble to myself was “Wow! I learned so much!”

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Besides death & taxes, rejection in life

Besides death & taxes, rejection in life is a certainty. The New Yorker Copy Editor, Mary Norris joins Asya NOON PT.

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Lucy Goosey, the abandoned goose I adopt

Lucy Goosey, the abandoned goose I adopted, happily lays an egg a day that serves 4. Check out the difference in size between a goose egg & chicken egg. Fantastic frittata!

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Do you know how to care for your trees?

Do you know how to care for your trees? Trees are our lifeblood and must be protected or we will suffer the results.

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Expired Meds, Dead Wood, Frenemies


with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

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When was the last time you went through your medicine cabinet to check expiration dates on your medications? Dangerous consequences may result from consuming prescriptions that have expired. Learn what to toss and what to keep in Health Matters with Heather Brittany.

Trees are the life source of our world but do you know the signs of a tree in stress? Before tragedy strikes, find out how to identify problems, who to call for help, and what you can do to protect trees with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian.

Do you have a so-called “friend” who is abusive and dismissive to you? Frenemies are negative forces that need to be purged. Find out how to protect yourself and distance yourself.  True friends are supportive and loving.

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, ( each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

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