Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

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  • Elaine Ambrose Mill Park Publishing Closes Final Chapter
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
     

    Mill Park Publishing Closes Final Chapter

    Released May 2, 2018 by Mill Park Publishing, Eagle, Idaho

    Mill Park Publishing of Eagle will sponsor the reception for the Idaho Writers Guild Conference on Friday, May 4. The event will be the final official event for the business. After 10 years, 16 books, 15 writing retreats, multiple national and local awards, and thousands of dollars donated to local charities, owner Elaine Ambrose says she’s ready for another chapter in her life.

    Ambrose created the publishing company as a way to survive the winter when she lived in the mountain town of McCall. She named the company after Mill Park, a community park in front of her home on the lake. She moved the company to Eagle in 2008.

    The Books

    A list of books issued by Mill Park Publishing and can be found online and on Ambrose’s author page. For information about books by other authors published by the company, click on the links. Gretchen AndersonAnne BardsleyPatti Murphy, and Judith McConnell Steele.

    Anthony Doerr and Alan Heathcock speak at the Write by the River retreat.

     

    Write by the River Retreats

    In 2008, Ambrose offered the first writing retreat at her cabin in Garden Valley. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Basye Sander spoke about the publishing world. Subsequent retreats included speakers Anthony Doerr, Whiting Award winner Alan HeathcockNew York Times bestselling author AK Turner, and acclaimed writer and filmmaker Ken Rodgers. Other speakers included social media expert Christy Hovey, wellness coach Emily Nielsen, and international marketing executive Stephanie Worrell.

    Ruth Knox and Christy Hovey discuss writing goals.   
    Emily Nielsen and Elaine Ambrose created the Wellness and Writing Retreats.
     
    Donna Beckman Tagliaferri and Anne Bardsley enjoy serious discussions before the writing retreat.
     

    Support for Local Authors and Artists

    Alan Heathcock and Elaine Ambrose were named two of the Top Ten Authors in Idaho.
     

    Mill Park Publishing maintains a strong advocate for local writers. Ambrose is a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild and is an annual sponsor of the conference. She hosted Alan Heathcock in her home for the official release of his award-winning book VOLT, and hosted Ken and Betty Rodgers when they premiered their documentary, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor.

    Ambrose also produced and funded a musical CD for student Andrew Coba and hired him to perform at several events at her home.

    Mill Park Publishing created a fun writing experience with cowboy poet and performer Ernie Sites. The company produced four live comedy shows titled “Life Sucks Laugh Hard” and included funny women AK TurnerJen Mann, Laurie Notaro, and Stacy Dymalski.

     

    Mill Park Publishing donated proceeds from book sales to various local charities and civic organizations, including $2,000 to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights so 200 area school students would see the documentary He Named Me Malala.

     

    Other donations were awarded to the Women’s & Children’s Alliance, the Cabin’s Writers in the School Program, and Dress for Success. Last New Year’s Eve, Mill Park Publishing created a writing challenge and gave cash awards for students in conjunction with the Idaho Potato Drop.

    Ambrose has been a keynote speaker at several national conferences and often shares her publishing knowledge. At the prestigious Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, she spoke about how writers can turn their blogs into books.

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    Though Mill Park Publishing is closing, Ambrose will continue to sell the remaining books through online and local sources. For future plans, Ambrose will focus on her new charity, Cycling Without Age, develop the Ambrose Storytelling Endowment at the University of Idaho, and prepare promotional events for her memoir, Frozen Dinners, to be released in the fall by Brown Books Publishing. She can be found playing with her delightful grandkids, traveling on creative adventures, and romping with her sweetheart Studley.

    Written on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 18:56 in Elaine's Blog Read 3007 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Winners announced for the Idaho® Potato Drop Children’s Writing Challenge
    Written by Elaine Ambrose

     

     

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    Mill Park Publishing of Eagle sponsored the Children’s Writing Challenge in conjunction with the 5th Annual Idaho® Potato Drop on December 31, 2017. The judges chose the top ten winners after reading more than 100 clever and creative entries from local children. The original essays included robot potatoes, spuds with glitter and unicorns, fighting bakers that shoot French fries from their eyes, and tubers from outer space.

    First Place - Megan B., age 10, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Potato Invasion" - Reads at 3:45 pm

    Second Place - Belle T., age 11, Crimson Point Elementary, Kuna, for "A Potato Named Jeff" - (Can't attend)

    Third Place - Alexis W., age 8, Riverside Elementary, Boise, for "The Magic Flying Potato" - Reads at 3:00 pm

    Fourth Place - Noah C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Cat and Bunny in the Potato Patch" - Reads at1:46 pm

    Fifth Place - Noah W., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Jerry and Barry" 

    Sixth Place - Josie R., age 10, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Potato Story"

    Seventh Place - Evelyn A., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Invasion of Potatoes"

    Eighth Place - Adelie C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Runaway Potatoes"

    Ninth Place - Jeremiah P., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "Me the Potato"

    Tenth Place - Paia C., age 9, Seven Oaks Elementary, Boise, for "The Long Journey"

     

    The top 10 entries each will receive a certificate, $25 from Mill Park Publishing, and a copy of the award-winning book Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories and The Magic Potato – La Papa Mágica. The top 10 winners will be introduced during a special program on the Main Stage at on December 31.

     

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    The top four winners will read their winning entries at a special ceremony on the Main Stage in front of the Capitol on December 31.

    The Idaho® Potato Drop is a free and charitable community event that supports local arts, business, and charities. Activities feature a fireworks show, a Family Tent, Rail Jam, and live music at the state capitol for New Year's Eve. The "drop" of the gigantic, lighted potato at midnight is now a worldwide attraction.

    Mill  Park Publishing is an official vendor for the event. The company was created by bestselling author Elaine Ambrose to promote and publish books for all ages, create motivating writing retreats, and sponsor writing challenges.

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    Written on Friday, 15 December 2017 14:46 in Elaine's Blog Read 5976 times
  • Elaine Ambrose 5 Years, 14 Books, 16 Awards
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Written on Sunday, 26 November 2017 00:55 in Elaine's Blog Read 2922 times Read more...
  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Written on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:11 in Elaine's Blog Read 2708 times
  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!

     

     

    Bestselling author Elaine Ambrose offers two new children’s books featuring Idaho potatoes, creative stories, and vibrant illustrations.

     

     

    Gators & Taters is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook as read by the author. The week of bedtime stories features seven original stories with four in prose and three in metered rhyming poetry. The book is one of 50 children’s books selected for Bowker’s National Recommended Reading list.

    The Magic Potato is available in paperback and eBook. The book is a creative, educational, bilingual story book that was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education for the statewide curriculum. The read-out-loud story describes in English and Spanish the adventures of children who ride around Idaho on a magic flying potato.

    Purchase online, from local book stores, or from the author.

    Written on Monday, 13 November 2017 22:14 in Elaine's Blog Read 2797 times
Monday, 26 September 2011 16:15

Hand Gestures as Dialogue

 We took the bus to Noussa, a dusty old fishing village on the Greek island of Paros. The travel guide had warned of primitive conditions, so we weren't shocked when we noticed a group of fishermen casually talking to each other as they urinated off the public dock into the water. Their catch of the day hung from wooden racks: flat silver fish with sharp teeth, round black fish with white eyes, squid with wispy tendrils of upended suction cups.

 We walked through the narrow maze of stone streets past whitewashed buildings, tiny shops, lazy cats sleeping in the sun. The air was heavy with the smells of incense, tobacco, and wild roses.   We stopped at a sidewalk cafe near the ocean and ordered sharp cheese, crusty bread with olive oil, and beer.

 When traveling, I try to locate water closets (bathrooms) with the same zeal that I search for ancient castles and new wine bars. Noussa was becoming a bit of a challenge, and by late afternoon, I regretted   the second beer. We entered a small grocery store tended by a matronly, black-toothed woman. "Toilet?" I asked. The woman shook her head, apparently not understanding. to

 "Bano?" I implored, holding both palms up. No response. Words from my Greek phrase book were useless.

 Finally, with a bit of urgency, I showed my travel packet of toilet paper and plunked down a euro coin on the wooden counter.

 "Ah," she replied, nodding her head. She took a broken pencil and drew a simple map on the back of my book. I smiled and hurried to follow the map like an eager explorer with directions to the Holy Grail. I found the water closet, a tiled room with two foot rests and a hole in the ground. I'd seen these before, and can attest that strong thigh muscles are necessary to be successful. There was no sink, so I washed my hand with the wipes I carry - almost as necessary as my passport.

 Later, as we hiked back to the port, we passed the woman's shop and I waved to her.

 "Good-bye," she called in English. We laughed, and then turned toward the bus stop.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:27

STOP YELLING AT ME !!!!!!!!!!!!

Every time I need to choose between hitting my head with a hammer or reading online message boards about various political and social issues, I usually pick the latter. Then, it’s with great annoyance that I realize I made the wrong decision.

I only allow myself an hour to read online “news,” but I can’t avoid clicking on the “Comments” section after I read a provocative item. That’s where I’m thrown into the sordid realm of anonymous people who communicate like deranged savages: Every capitalized sentence is just one more slobbering grunt, and every additional exclamation point becomes a series of belches and farts from their overloaded, underdeveloped brains.

I’m amazed at the horrible and nasty phrases that humans actually write to complete strangers. And they prove their enormous inadequacy by hitting “Send” so the entire world can know that their only contribution to society is to help with the deterioration of the culture. Here are a few examples, followed by my more refined commentary:

“SHUT UP UR DANMMD TRAP!!!!!!!”  

We’ve got some anger management issues here. Why would someone be so mad at someone they will never know? And, it’s about an issue over which they will never have any control.  We won’t discuss spelling because no one cares about that.

“YOUR A FU**N IDIOT!!!!!!!”

Again, we must marvel that someone this illiterate has the capacity to turn on a computer and actually find the Internet.   He doesn’t understand the different between “your” and “you’re,” and it’s probably not a good idea to inform him that the abbreviation is wrong.   Five syllable words would be beyond his comprehension.

“EAT SHT N DIE!!!!!!!”

This comment came after another anonymous poster defended a high-ranking politician. In my humble opinion, the task doesn’t make sense. But, perhaps logic isn’t the issue. Also, I’m guessing that this person doesn’t write thank you notes.

Most of the sites do have restrictions stating that inappropriate comments will be removed for violating the rules. That makes me wonder just how bad the culpable comments had to be. We’re witnessing an entire sub-culture of professional posters, people who earn badges for their popular online comments. To prove that civilization is, indeed, teetering on extinction, unnamed but prolific people who regularly post comments on HuffPost can achieve various levels of popularity and obtain separate Facebook pages to expand their fan base of other unidentified "writers."  I imagine lonely, dark rooms full of hunchbacked gargoyles pecking away on grease-stained keyboards, chuckling insanely at their own wicked messages.

Yes, I know that I can avoid all this mental anguish by refusing to read the message boards on various sites. Or, maybe I could initiate another option for those who wish to communicate through a more sophisticated, genteel, and enlightened debate that could salvage what’s left of civil discourse.   But, just as NASCAR isn’t any fun without wrecks, and fans scream for the defensive line to take down and hurt the quarterback, sometimes we enjoy our roles as spectators in life’s dark satire. Can the gladiators be next?

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