Jemi Fraser Blog Tour! plus IWSG, ROW80, and Research

Jemi Fraser is here today!

Today is also Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

The awesome co-hosts for the April 1 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

April 1 question: The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the Covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

Things are good. I've been sharing thoughts with friends and family through various social media; I should really collate some of those in one place, for the longer record. The days are packed with schooling for the kids, telecommuting for work, my own courses (I've submitted my final assignment!), and our ongoing other stuff -- writing novels and short stories (news on this front coming soon!), knitting, recording music, and more. Luckily we live in a beautiful place, and the kids let us sleep through the night, otherwise things would be a lot more stressful (and everything is hectic enough!). I think it's difficult, in terms of processing feelings and anxiety, to not know what the endpoint is. All of this is a new experiment for the world, and we're all doing the best we can. Some of the memes are hilarious, too!

The first round of A Round of Words in 80 Days for this year has ended, and I've actually accomplished something! I've completed another round of edits on Captive of the Sea, the story of Magdalena and Santiago, set in 1471. I have an endless list of square brackets to clean up, and I've slowly started going through them. Sometime soon I'll put together another research needs post.
So far I've looked up:
  • Sir Gawain
  • medieval greetings and honorifics
  • medieval ships
  • ideas for names of ships and captain
  • maps of London
All of this would make a great theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I simply don't have time for it. I really must get on a schedule of blog commenting as well, since I'm so far behind. Good luck to everyone doing the challenge!

And now, here's Jemi!

It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Jemi Fraser’s DANCING WITH DEMENTIA, Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia Blog Tour through MC Book Tours today.

The author is offering a tour-wide international giveaway of an Amazon Gift Card. More information on the giveaway is listed below.

Recognizing and Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia
by Jemi Fraser
◊ Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
◊ Publisher: Just Jemi Books
◊ eBooks
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1-9991258-1-3

Dementia and Alzheimer’s touch the lives of millions around the world, but so much is still unknown.

As first-generation Canadians, we didn’t recognize the early warning signs. We didn’t know the differences between regular aging and the early stages of dementia. We’ve made mistakes but we’ve learned a lot.

•Identify those early warning signs
•Use visuals to improve communication
•Choose your words wisely
•Redirect and reassure
•Stay calm and cope with your own emotions
•Consider nursing home options
•Improve caregiver self-care

We’ve learned to dance the early steps of the disease with our love and laughter intact. If you are looking for help recognizing early signposts along with practical ways to cope with early Dementia and Alzheimer’s, this book is for you.

DANCING WITH DEMENTIA buy links:              Apple Books       Barnes & Noble          Kobo

Add DANCING WITH DEMENTIA to your Goodreads shelf

For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Jemi Fraser writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction work focuses on the ways that dementia has impacted her family. Her fiction work varies from contemporary romance to suspense and flash fiction. Years as a teacher have taught Jemi that life is short and that happy endings are a must.

Jemi lives in Northern Ontario, Canada where snow is always a topic of conversation and the autumn leaves make everything better.

For more on Jemi and her writing, visit her following sites:

Amazon Page        BookBub      Goodreads       Facebook       Twitter       Quick Tips Videos


This tour-wide giveaway is for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. The giveaway is open internationally.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Jemi on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. I hope dementia hasn’t touch your family or friends, but in case it has do you have any tips to share on dealing with this terrible disease?

More from Jemi!:

Smiles From The Dementia Files

Dancing With Dementia features Lizzie, our Mom who is dealing with dementia. Along with the book, I’ve created some videos filled with tips and a blog focused on dementia. On the blog, I’ll be posting a regular feature entitled Smiles From The Dementia Files.

Dementia is NOT funny. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing funny about the disease at all. So, why Smiles?

Because Lizzie is often hilarious. Both intentionally and otherwise, but mostly intentionally.

We’re very lucky that dementia hasn’t taken away her sparkle and her joie de vivre. Lizzie has always been quick-witted. She loves making people laugh. She especially loves shocking people into laughter with inappropriate comments. The disease appears to have weakened that filter most of us have.

For Lizzie, there is nothing better than making some kind of inappropriate comment that will send her  grandchildren into fits of laughter. Don’t worry - they’re not little kids anymore!

Dementia is a horrible disease. It does so much damage to the  person affected by dementia and to the people caring for and loving that person.

We’ll take every chance to smile and laugh that we can.

So we’ll share those moments - even when they tippy-toe over that line a little bit.

Lizzie would love to know she’s made someone else smile, so we’ll keep sharing her sparkle!

How about you?
Do you know anyone who likes to shock the younger generations with their sense of humour?
Does humour help you through the tough times as well?


Pat Garcia said…

It is good to hear that you are handling things well in this crisis. It is also a good idea about saving some of the thoughts that you're receiving on social media. I hadn't thought about saving mine but maybe I will.

To Jemi:

Without giving too much away because I have already read the book, I will say here that Dancing with Dementia is worth the investment of time and money to read it. I like the positive, persevering ending of the book.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
Mason Canyon said…
Deniz, glad to hear all is well with you and your family. Stay safe. Thank you for being a part of Jemi's tour and sharing her very insightful book.
Hi Deniz - so pleased you've got your final assignment in - and how lucky you are with two sleeping through the night kids. You've always got lots going on ...

I think Jemi's book will be so helpful to so many ... I learnt from those and would talk about it to my mother - she was always interested even in her last days: I was lucky.

All the best to Jemi with her book and to you and the family - take care ... Hilary
Jemi Fraser said…
Deniz - thanks so much for hosting Dancing With Dementia today! I appreciate your support!! So glad you and the family are staying safe. This is a scary time for the world. We're hanging in there as well.

Pat - thanks so much, Pat! For us a sense of humour has helped us see that there is always hope!

Mason - thanks again!!
Deniz, stay safe.
Jemi, let her continue to amuse you. That's how we get through hard times.
J E Oneil said…
Shocking people seems to be my mom's sense of humor in a nutshell, lol.
Chrys Fey said…
Best of luck to Jemi on her new release. It's an important subject.

Hi, Deniz! Stay safe and healthy!
Jemi Fraser said…
Alex - so very true, and Mom loves to entertain!!
JE - sounds like our moms have a bit in common!
Chrys - thanks so much!!
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi Deniz,

Happy to see that you and your family are safe~ continue to be so!

Congrats, Jemi!

Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I was a difficult one for sure, but at least you are helping so many others with your knowledge...

Take care!
Jemi Fraser said…
Thanks so much, Michael! I hope the book does some good out in the world!
You have been so much more productive than I have, and my children are all grown so can’t serve as my excuse. I hope you, R, E, and D remain safe thru this crisis. It is indeed a trying experiment on our personal freedom, not to mention the global impact to humanity as a whole. Sending much love and extra patience (and words, either new or newly wrangled) for the coming quarantined weeks.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thank you, Taylor! <3 Hoping you and your loved ones stay safe too!
Yolanda Renée said…
It sounds a lot like my husband. He's always been like that! I think he's always done it just to embarrass me! :)
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for dropping by, Yolanda!
Diane Burton said…
Thanks for letting us know you're safe. Best wishes to Jemi.
Jemi Fraser said…
Thanks Diane! :)