Examples of Writing

The following examples will provide a preview of the writings of Deb Dooley taken as excerpts from various assignments.  Larger examples are available upon request.

Love of Land and Animals

      We all have a dream.  We all have that idealistic image in our minds capturing all that we consider being the picture of life in its most perfect state - for us.  Allow me to offer you a glimpse into my interpretation of utopia.   


      Imagine if you will, standing out on a knoll in the light of early morning, surveying your surroundings. From atop this knoll you see pastures rolling out all around you, stretching to the horizon and beyond. Your ears capture the quiet of an awakening day, as dawn begins to fade into the full light of a life dreamed for decades. The sound of baying cattle breaks through past the chirps of birds out for their morning meal, and your spirit calls to the need to sit astride a horse to take a closer look at what is spread before you.


     As you turn to leave your spot, the familiar smell of leather and horse captures the senses, and your trusted companion moves toward you to offer up the reins for mounting. As you place your foot in the stirrup and hoist yourself up into the saddle, the sound and smell of leather assaults every sense, and you feel the comfort of being one with the animal beneath you. You reach down and place a few loving pets on the neck of the sturdy equine, uttering some shared feelings, then straighten in the saddle and give the command to move on.


     Reins in hand, you ride back toward the homestead as you pause to think of the chores ahead of you for the day. There are stalls to muck in the large barn, and new hay to load in the haymow in the rafters of the big red structure. At the side of the barn, the chickens have left the roost and begun scratching away at the seed and bugs who've dared to enter the coop for their breakfast. You already cleaned out the chicken house and gathered eggs from the nests for your morning meal, since life on the ranch starts before dawn. You even beat the rooster’s crow at dawn for rising!


     There are ranch hands already in the arenas exercising horses and taking them through their workouts or training. They, too, have been at it a few hours and already have moved a small bunch of cattle to a new pasture in the early morning light. The Foreman has had his morning meeting to set tasks and goals for the day, and he’s headed on horseback to take a look at some fencing that one of the hands told him likely needed replacing. The Ranch Manager is getting ready to head out in his truck to talk to the local Agri Expert to talk about which grasses we need to plant for our next feed pastures.

Horses are the first love around here, and they get lots of attention. Their cousins, the wild broncos, are allowed to free-range on acres you can’t plant or sustain with cattle. You found them at a wild horse auction, and bring them in for veterinary care every quarter, and check on them several times during the week to ensure not one of them needs medical or nutritional help.


     The wounded veterans who come to stay now and then for just R&R, are trained to tend to these beautiful, magnificent creatures who are left to roam as they did in earlier centuries. Like their counterparts, the vets are allowed access to the total ranch, and to be as involved as they like or need. A local counselor donates time for them if they want it, and we all do what we can to give the time and space they need to heal and recuperate or to transition back into American culture.


     As everyone is in their element and focused on their chores, they all seem happy to be where they are and what they’re doing at the moment. You pause for a minute to just take it all in -- the house is a replica of the western ranch house with its wrap-around porch and rocking chairs, hitching posts on either side of the entrance. Inside are wide plank wood floors with a wide fireplace sitting between the kitchen and living room, and it's big enough to cook meals for the hands who help you work this land and these animals.


     This is the life you always wanted. The life of a ranch-owner. A place you could put down roots for you and the family who became yours through marriage.


     This is the legacy you wanted to leave with them, their children, and their children’s children. A piece of earth that would provide peace for the spirit, a comfort for the soul, and a love so deep it survives generations. All of this is the DREAM!

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"Writings can be categorized as either fiction or non-fiction.


Fiction is works created from the writer's creative mind such as romantic mysteries, crime thrillers, or fairy tales, and is a market difficult to enter. Though a story may be crafted around a true event, the story itself is an imaginative creation. It requires the use of an agent to pursue projects for the writer and is typically not a lucrative choice.


By contrast, non-fiction writing, which includes business writings and biographies, relates factual events and reports the truth."

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"As a freelance writer just beginning a writing career, you should be prepared to quote your going rate. Here are a few suggestions to help:


     1. Determine your hourly rate of pay by deciding what your goal is for the year, how many hours you want to work each week, then calculate an hourly rate for your works.

     2. Another method would be to simply utilize the industry standard of $50 per hour, and negotiate from there. This rate isn't set in stone so you will have the flexibility to start up or decrease it from there.

     3. Establish a per-project rate by determining the estimated or known time to complete the project. Using your goal rate per hour you can easily calculate the cost of a completed project for a client.


Again, you may have to negotiate this cost with your prospect, but now you have a starting point."

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"One of the challenges a freelance writer encounters when embarking on their new career is where to find work. Once you've decided which writing niche(s) to follow, your next target is to locate markets to sell your talents.


Numerous freelancers turn to guideline directories, i.e., Writers Market, to give them quick resources. Be careful not to rely solely on these directories, as they're limited in what they offer, and other avenues are out there.


Take for instance online research. Put your creative skills to good use by using various search engines for publications, jobs, etc. in your genre. Surprisingly, there'll be hundreds of results from which to choose.


Last, but certainly not least, is the old-fashioned cold call. Send postcards announcing your services or create a marketing letter promoting your services.


Good research and hard work will yield a multitude of markets open to you; they're just waiting for you to make the first move!"

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"In order to find a buyer for your written works, a writer must approach literary agents, publishers or editors with either a proposal or a query letter.


If the work you want to sell is an article for a magazine, newspaper, or similar publications, then the route to take is a query. This is the writer's opportunity to present their idea for an article to an editor, and why they're the best writer for the subject. It should always include a brief bio of the writer's background supporting their experience and/or expertise in the topic suggested, and why this article will be different from the many others of its kind.


On the other hand, if you're writing a non-fiction work, you'll want to submit a proposal to the buyer. These works typically are business-related topics and work much like a sales letter to the business. Unlike the unsolicited sales letter, the proposal is usually a response to a request for a proposal from a business. The proposal should always include your rate or project cost, what services you'll include, and anticipated time until delivery or a target date.


Both the query and proposal give the literary agent or businessperson an overview of your proposed project, and what services you include. The difference, though, is that a query will not address the pricing of the project."

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Contact: Frank Turner

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TSS and Rutland Place Senior Living Names Karen Tucker as New Executive Director

TSS promoted Karen Tucker to the vacated position of Executive Director at their managed property, Rutland Place Senior Living.


Ms. Tucker will be responsible for the leadership and management of Rutland Place Senior Living in Mount Juliet, TN, and will be responsible for ensuring high quality, effective and efficient services which are relevant and responsive to residents’ needs. She will plan and direct all aspects of the community’s operational and financial policies, objectives, and initiatives.


Karen Tucker was instrumental as the Life Enrichment Director at Rutland Place for the past eleven (11) years. As a member of the Leadership staff, she brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the residents and operations, as well as creative insight to enhance the current programs and initiate new projects to add to the quality of life of the residents at Rutland Place.


Turner Senior Solutions, LLC specializes in management & consulting services for senior living communities. For more information, contact Frank Turner, President at 561.906.2368.