The title of this blog came about after thinking,
“if my life were a magazine what would be my title?”
I came up with Actuate which, per M-W.com means:
(1) To move into mechanical action or motion –
(2) to move to action
This describes my life to a “T”. Some people act, some react, some create but growing up, I was that kid in the group who came up with the wild ideas, put them into motion and moved others to action.
I learned early on, as an only child, (my only brother was born more than a decade later) that I was responsible for my own fun – and if I wanted to have some, it was up to me to make it happen.
Fortunately, or unfortunately for those, friends and foes alike, who were sucked up in my vortex would soon come to realize that sometimes those “great ideas” would result in disasters. Not often, though. And no one lost a life, an eye or anything; just a bit of singed hair, hurt feelings or maybe or a broken leg or two.
But being in my orbit isn’t all bad; I tend to see the possibilities and potential in others and spur them into action too. Helping others, including my three daughters, see their individual greatness has been the joy in my life. Here in Actuate, (the blog) I’ll do my best to communicate some of those leadership stories and successes. That is, if I can figure out how to do it without breaching anyone’s confidence. ~Mel
My maternal great aunt told me when I was about two-years-old; I would visit her with pencil and paper in tow. I thought that odd for a two-year-old but two score later, I find that the only difference is I’ve traded the pencil and paper for a notebook computer and I’m still writing away the time. Story telling is my passion. For me, telling stories is the best form of expression.
I began my publishing career early, having worked for two major publishing houses in the marketing department but it wasn’t until the late 90s did I really get a chance to hone my writing skills in broadcast journalism. I am a 8-year veteran of broadcast journalism, having worked as a News Anchor, Reporter, and Newscast Executive Producer for a CBS Network Affiliate and a Clear Channel Communications Radio Station in the Ohio Valley. I’ve written and produced several documentaries for Radio and TV; including several news segments for CBS’ “48 Hours” Newsmagazine.
I’m telling stories without pictures, now. For example, in my debut novel “Sleeping with A D-Man”, I offer a vivid account of a redeeming but tumultuous love story that begs the question “What wouldn’t you do for love?” Read an excerpt in Paranormal Romance.