Sharon’s Monthly News for January 2024

Good Morning and Happy Monday! Did you notice the name change on this post? It is now Sharon’s Monthly News.

One of my goals is to bring my two brands, Selma P. Verde, Author of Young Adult Fiction and Mentoring A Dream (MAD), Helping the adults reach the teens in their lives together and become a cohesive unit. Why? I believe that both brands provide tools for parents and caring adults to understand the issues teens are facing and then create a safe place to talk to their teens about those issues. As we move through 2024, you will see the brands working together more.

Interesting fact for this month – Coming-of-Age

As I prepare to write these updates each month, there is always some little tidbit that may catch my eye that I would like to share with you. You know how your wall calendar has some special days noted on it? Well, as I was standing in our kitchen looking at our new wall calendar (this year Jim got to make the choice) which is tractor themed.

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I saw that today, January 8th, was noted as Coming of age day in Japan.

Coming-of-Age Day

According to Wikipedia, becoming an adult is an important milestone in most cultures, and in Japan it is celebrated on Seijin-no Hi, or Coming-of-Age Day, the second Monday of January (Jan. 8 in 2024). This holiday celebrates those who are turning 20 between April 2nd of the previous year and April 1st of the current year. The age of 20 is seen as being an adult in Japan. But, in 2022, they changed that age to 18. It means that being 18, they can get into buying an apartment or get into binding contracts, but are still unable to participate in the coming of age day. And, when they turn 20, they can now bet at the horse tracks and consume alcohol legally.

As I read many historical fiction novels, the coming-of-age ceremonies that we used to have in the 18th and 19th centuries are mentioned. When did they come of age? When they reached an age of maturity and education and were seen as eligible for marriage and ready to be introduced to society. A lot of the traditions our current proms are based on came from these coming-of-age ceremonies. Many cultures have similar celebrations.

What do we do to celebrate our teens coming-of-age now?

Coming-of-Age and Coming Out

The coming-of-age ceremonies are not to be confused with coming out. In present day, coming out means to come out of the closet and be open to their family and friends about their sexuality. The National Coming Out Day is in October.

MAD and Selma Brand updates

So, for our monthly news posts going forward, I will provide you with some updates on each brand and some thoughts that I have about the monthly theme we are presenting on Mentoring A Dream. MAD is the abbreviation that I use for Mentoring A Dream.

Monthly News for Mentoring A Dream

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For 1Q2024, our theme is Teen Homelessness and Addiction. So, in January, we will talk about Teen Homelessness. The following list is the topics we are talking about on the blog this month

  • 1/15/2024 – Why are young people homeless? Understanding the reasons will help us find solutions.
  • 1/22/2024 – Stories from Homeless Teens . To get some first hand accounts from teens who are experiencing it and why
  • 1/29/2024 – Our featured resource for the quarter is Covenant House. They are a provider of services and help for Homeless Teens. Be sure to check out the quarterly theme page on the website to learn more about Covenant House

Gives me my forum to put my thoughts out there and create engagement with the people I am trying to help.

Are you looking for any resources to gain a better understanding of the challenges your teen is facing? Be sure to check out the resources page on the MAD website.

Monthly News for Selma P. Verde

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On the writing side of the brand, Selma is working with her editor to get The Street’s Way ready to publish. She is currently working on the second round of edits that she just received from her editor last week.

One things I have learned through the writing and editing process of this book is patience and flexibility. Being a self-published author gives me a great amount of flexibility on deadlines. Sometimes, things don’t go as you think they are going to. Things happen that push you to rethink how fast something gets done. And sometimes you need to be flexible at how your journey will go. Sometimes the editing takes longer because it is what is needed to make the book the best it can be. Always remember, things will get done, it just may not happen the way you image it or want it to go.

Selma’s big push this month is to get The Street’s Way ready to create an advanced reader’s copy the beginning of February. Stay tuned for an announcement of the new release date!

Novels with the coming-of-age theme – The Way Series

Are you looking for a couple of coming-of-age reads for you or your teen about challenges they face? One great series which fits the bill in The Way Series. It is the series I have written under my pen name, Selma P. Verde.

The Way Series

Book #1The Hard Way – is the story of Paul Jones and his starting his freshman year of high school and how he must navigate dealing with pressure from his peers to do things to fit in.

Book #2Shawn’s Way – although it is a continuation of Paul’s journey from The Hard Way, we meet freshman, Shawn Townson. He becomes the target of a bully when an upperclassman decides to take out his frustration on him.

Book #3The Street’s Way – is a continuation of The Way Series which introduces Mikala Kalani to the storyline as a runaway and homeless teen. Coming your way in early 2024.

So, click on link below to my books page to learn more about the series! And, pick up your copies before the release of The Street’s Way.

Selma’s Books

Have a good week!

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