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Introducing ByCharliMills

Meet ByCharliMills, a busy freelance writer who still manages to carve out time for writing here on Squidoo. She’s penned some terrific reviews already (with one Review Lens of the Day honor) and a yummy recipe lens that you should check out just as soon as you finish reading our interview.

What brought you to Squidoo? Through blogging, I met a group of writers, poets and artists who also happened to be Squidoo Lensmasters. In fact, I’ve known the “Books for Kids” contributor (Ruthi) for many years. She once supplied one of her poems over a beautiful photo of oranges for display in a natural foods retailer where I was the marketing communications manager. I’m a huge fan of hers, and love her as a friend. She began nagging me, as friends do, about getting me to write lenses. I had retired from marketing, moved to rural northern Idaho and was writing my first novels (yet-unpublished). So, I resisted. Then the other Lensmasters I met also encouraged me. And I resisted. But I enjoyed reading lenses and I signed in to Squidoo so I could comment. One day, I selected a “review” somehow thinking it was part of the commenting process. Unwittingly I wrote my first lens and I’ve been hooked (or tentacled) ever since!

So far I see a few reviews and a delicious-sounding recipe on your lens list. Anything new coming up in the near future? Before I get too distracted with possibilities, I’m working on an “About Me” lens and one for my blog. I printed off the Squidoo article, “20 Recipes for Lenses to Make” and listed ideas all over it. I’m especially excited by the story-telling element of lenses and no matter what I write, you can expect stories. As a former marketer and a career freelance writer, I’m interested in crafting some helpful lenses for other writers, as well as tips for navigating the publishing industry as I learn all about that new venue of writing. Review lenses (especially on books by new authors) are one area that I’ll focus. Having worked in the natural food industry for 13 years, you can expect lots of food-related reviews and recipes from me, too. And don’t rule out birds, trout-fishing, gardening, historical sites, genealogy and rock collecting as I’m a bit of a naturalist and history nerd. Did I mention, that I’m easily distracted? So much to write about and read!

What can Squidoo do for you? Before ever landing on the site, I knew the quality and friendliness of Squidoo Lensmasters. It is absolutely the most welcoming writer’s forum I’ve ever encountered. I expect to to learn from and connect to other people who write; not people who talk about writing one day, but people actually putting fingers to the keyboard. I find that being around other engaged writers is energizing. I hope to include Squidoo in what is called a “writer’s platform” and have a ready outlet for announcing my books when I do publish in the future. Squidoo understands the authentic human element that really moves effective marketing. And I want to be a part of that and the greater community.

Susan52 didn't know she wanted to be a Giant Squid when she grew up, but here she is and she couldn't be happier about it! When she isn't doing one thing or another here at Squidoo, you'll probably find her spending time with her family or otherwise appreciating life one precious moment at a time.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tonyleather tonyleather

    Good to see you here CharliMills! Welcome!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thanks! Good to here!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    My friend, you could be the poster child for up and coming authors and for Squidoo! I’ve been reading your writing for years and there’s no doubt in my mind I will one day be creating and publishing lenses to review your books. It is such a pleasure to see you feeling at home here within the Squidoo community!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      I follow the sunshine and turns out that all is good! Thank you for your patience in getting me here and now you get to be one of my mentors!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/getmoreinfo getmoreinfo

    Nice to meet you, welcome to squidoo.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Nice to meet you, too!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SaatManch SaatManch

    Please visit this lens for stories inspired from real life paranormal incidences.
    http://www.squidoo.com/scary-stories-2

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/OliveaX OliveaX

    wow, this can be my inspiration! keep up the good work <3

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thank you! I know I will find much inspiration from all you great Lensmasters!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

    CharliMills.. I love the way you describe what Squidoo can do for you. I agree. And I love that you are here.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Once I got wet, the water was fine! So good to be here in your company!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sylvestermouse Sylvestermouse

    Charli, you are such a welcome addition to Squidoo! I have often enjoyed reading your blog and I know we are going to love every lens you write. I know I already love that movie review you published a few days ago on the Romero and Juliet movie. Deep sigh now even as I recall reading it for the first time! I just love it!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thank you for the warm welcome…and for getting me to dive in. Good to be among other Hopeful Romantics!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SherwinG SherwinG

    Pleasure to meet you and welcome

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Pleasure to meet you, too!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    Nice to meet you CharliMills! Hope you have a blast here!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      So far, it’s a blast and being in Rocket Squids…well, that’s a rocket blast! Nice to meet you, too.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/d-artist d-artist

    Welcome to Squidoo! Enjoyed reading your thoughts and interests…will make for interesting reading.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thank you! That’s what I have discovered so far–lots of thought-provoking and interesting reads that make me excited to be a part of.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/happynutritionist happynutritionist

    Hi Cheri! I like how you came up with ideas, printing the Squidoo ideas page and writing your ideas on it. Great tip!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/happynutritionist happynutritionist

      oops I mean Charli

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

        Cheri is “Charli” n French!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      That article was the catalyst for me…light bulbs went off and the pen went to scribbling!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Wednesday_Elf Wednesday_Elf

    Ah, Charli — having already met you in a couple other ‘online’ areas, I’m delighted to know you are now also a fellow ‘Squid’. I look forward to more lenses from you, as I deeply enjoy your wonderful writing style.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Your tentacles had some involvement in getting me here! I look forward to being a Squid with you! thank you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    Wonderful to see you spotlighted, my friend. Can’t wait to see the kinds of lenses you have outlined here. You have so much to offer the Squidoo community. We see your talent shining brightly.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thanks, Kindred Spirit! Your writing and reflection spark my creativity, leaving us all shining brightly!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/partybuzz partybuzz

    Welcome to Squidoo! :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thanks for the buzzing welcome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jdub79104 jdub79104

    i think its awesome how you have moved up in the squidoo world. Any tips for someone just starting

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Start by writing a review…lots of opportunities to match up your interests to one of the Contributors. Read a few articles that HQ puts out, each day. And read other lenses. Pretty soon you’ll be remembering all kinds of stories you’ll want to share. Put them into lenses. And “meet and greet” folks, because, truly, this is one friendly place, like the “Cheers” of writing forums.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DaisyDixon DaisyDixon

    So exciting to see you featured, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with you a few times and you seem like such a lovely person. Can’t wait to see more from you! ~Daisy

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thank you! I’m staying on top of your writing, too and love bumping into you out here!

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DaisyDixon DaisyDixon

        Thanks! I always am looking back to see what your working on as well :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Glad you finally bit the bullet and joined in, sounds like we are in for some really good stuff!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Yep! I’m in for a some great fun, too!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

    Susan, thank you so much for the interview! What an honor among so many incredible Lensmasters. So happy to meet more of the community!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/trevorjb1406 trevorjb1406

    Hi Charli, It looks and sounds as if you have your hands full with writing, family and horses! I look forward to reading more of your articles as they appear!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Thanks!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/LynnKK LynnKK

    Welcome, CharliMills! We already have some amazingly random connections. Looking forward to learning more!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      Hockey/ballet moms…cold winters…cooking! I look forward to connecting with you more!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/susan-zutautas susan-zutautas

    So glad that Ruthi recruited you Charli! Welcome!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ByCharliMills ByCharliMills

      And so glad to meet all of you great Lensmasters!

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