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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

June 2018 in This Awful Awesome Life


Welcome to This Awful Awesome Life! We hope you enjoyed our May issue. Many thanks to our talented writers and sponsors who help make this magazine possible each month.

Justify is a Triple Crown Winner and the Washington Capitals have won their first ever Stanley Cup.

We’re celebrating June - school’s out, beautiful brides and handsome grooms are saying “I do” and Pittsburgh cookie tables have never looked more delicious.

Spring is turning into summer and vacations/staycations are on our minds. Orlando Bartro looks at Rome through the eyes of some famous literary figures and shares some amazing photos of his trip. Courtesy of Orlando, these photos are free use and you are invited to download them for your dream vacation planner.

Ann K. Howley loves the outdoors, but what is it about her that seems to attract a certain reptile? Find out in her humorous article, My Snakes of Summer.

This month we are asking the question, “Are you a free spirit or a planner/plotter?” To help you decide, we’ve included some quotes from amazing authors, celebrities and public figures. I’m also taking a look at the writing habits of famous authors and how their styles can help you become more productive. Joy Bufalini shares some tips for staying focused from her blog.

Corey Flynn reminds us to stay hydrated this summer and Linda Cahill, our Independent Consultant from the Pampered Chef  is back to help answer, “What’s for dinner?” You are going to love what Linda can do with a salad.

Jim O’Brien has a special remembrance of his father in honor of Father’s Day, Terry Kish shares her anniversary celebration at a local restaurant and Gail Neustadt takes a look at a local Flag Day celebration.

June is my birthday month, so in honor of June birthdays, I created a quiz about famous and not so famous authors with June birthdays.

We have an interesting Q&A with New Zealand author Carol Roberts. Be sure to check out my review of her book, Atlantis.

Share the magic of June in pictures in this issue and as always we have book recommendations, our Author Page and information about becoming a sponsor or a contributor.


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Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life (August 2018)

Man Plans and God Laughs by Fran Joyce