My Lily Pad

When you are at my juncture and status in life, it can sometimes be a rollercoaster. Too often, as a single person with no feedback to rely on, I have trouble mentally balancing it all. I tend to lament about my multiple responsibilities and simultaneously think that things aren’t happening quickly enough.

Sometimes, when you have climbed the first, second, and third rung up the ladder of success, you think to yourself, “I’ve definitely paid my dues. It’s been so long at this 24/7 journey. I have sacrificed much, spent oodles of time, effort, energy and money. Why hasn’t “X” happened yet?”

It’s during those times that I can’t see the forest for the trees because I’m too close to it. In addition, my goals have changed over time. I’ve never wanted to be the Oprah of Crime or the person on the talk show circuit. That’s when a trusted person, who has also been along for the ride, steps in to provide objectivity and remind me that there has been tremendous progress and that there were never any promises made of instant or guaranteed success no matter how hard you work! This last part is a bitter pill to swallow, for I have succeeded all my life with dogged perseverance, drive and resilience.

Having an online presence of any importance is indeed an adventure that is constantly changing, most often without an end destination. I now realize through trial and error and a lot of guidance, that if you can’t ride the wave, maybe you shouldn’t surf!

When I embarked on my public relations- social media partnership in 2010, I knew something about marketing in terms of event planning but the rest was all new to me, especially social media. What should I expect from a publicist?

I was flattered that I was taken on as a client with ImaginePublicity, and that my talents were recognized. It was cool to have a publicist and the fact that I didn’t have to be famous to deserve one! In fact, I wrote a little satirical blog imagining what the role of a publicist must be, called, Life in the Cockpit at Imagine Publicity.

I was now in the company of high profile activists, advocates, authors and more.

Fast forward to 2017. When I scan the landscape at ImaginePublicity, I see many permutations of Donna R. Gore on a weekly, monthly,  and daily basis. I’ve grown in many areas of social media, written hundreds of blogs, published my first book about homicide in an anthology series, created my national radio show with a quality 5 year track record, actively participate as a Connecticut State Outreach Coordinator for the Cue Center for Missing Persons.  I’ve done book signings, newspaper interviews, presentations and speaking engagements, all which I have proudly pursued in the name of creating a better path for others!

Recently, I looked at my journey from this perspective and I think I have a great lily pad in comparison to where I started in 2010! I would never try to say I’m top frog in the neighborhood, for that’s not my goal. However, I know that I’m someone who has achieved great heights from my present view on the lily pad.

Should I be content? No, for I am a voracious learner with an intellectual curiosity for diverse life experience! In the meantime, I will try to enjoy my lily pad as it is for now!

Thanks to all who have helped me along the way!


To schedule Donna R. Gore for your next conference, seminar or event, please contact ImaginePublicity. Phone: 843-808-0859 or Email:

You can find me here, please follow or friend! Facebook,  Shattered Lives,  Twitter, LinkedIn


Life in the Cockpit at ImaginePublicity

                (A mostly satirical look at what it must be like… from the imagination of Ladyjustice)

Now that Ladyjustice has embraced two full time jobs – one with state government to “bring home the bacon” and the other very fulfilling and time consuming task to re-inventing oneself yet again for the future, she often wonders how all this public relations -marketing , social media stuff is accomplished.

LJ knows a few things about how it’s done the “old fashioned way,” before social media.  How our Administrator and Madam President, Ms. Delilah guides us through the morass to create “us” in today’s world remains a mystery to this blogger.  It seems that you have to be part juggler, researcher, negotiator, voracious reader, confidant, soul sister and airplane pilot!

Ladyjustice is the exception to the rule standing among a variety of authors of another kind.  But that’s okay…..   This blogger is a writer just the same, a service provider and fierce advocate for many causes, most particularly WHEN IT COMES TO CRIME!  This blogger can’t change anything when it comes to her disability or sexual orientation.  It is what it is…  So, the focus and passion is best spent on those things in which you can make a small dent, like little tiny paint chips!   Ladyjustice shares the ongoing frustration of Susan Murphy Milano…..  All clients of ImaginePublicity have this frustration.-just like soul sisters and brothers.  You can read it in their writings, see it in their videos.

LJ is working on a “secret project “in the basement with the encouragement and endorsement of ImaginePublicity.” When it will be ready is anyone’s guess….  In the meantime, its stay the course, adjust your flaps and sail with the opportunities along the way….

This cockpit is most probably a big, big desk filled with books, sharpies, yellow stickies, press releases, client biographies, clippings, articles, ideas, phone and resource lists, an old cup of coffee or two ….   And the best part – all of those gadgets – How does one update all of the LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google entities.  “Delilah the pilot” has to keep track of the tweets, twitters, postings, number of hits, geographic source of hits, client requests, client reminders, billing, bookings, upcoming events, scouring search engines, marketing publications for the “latest and greatest methods in 2011 etc. etc.   LJ recently had the experience of the “numbers gone crazy”- several hundred for one particular blog with no clear explanation.   We tried to identify the sources, but could not….  Oh well, such things defy explanation at times…just as heinous crimes do!  The pilot stayed  the course and continues to monitor, as always!

Does “the pilot” have to sit at the controls all day?  Apparently not… a few things are on autopilot. Yikes… it makes Ladyjustice dizzy!

The pace of client activities can be just as dizzying! Consider the esteemed author Diane Fanning.  Diane was everywhere…. all the time, during the fervor and outrage days of the Caylee Anthony case.  She is always working on new projects.  But, at least she doesn’t have to worry as much about if she packed “the right shoes” for a TV appearance while working on her latest book.

Sandra L. Brown she has a special key to unlock the inner workings of the pathological mind…  Fascinating!  Anny Jacoby, Lynn Twyman and Lisa Michels – all fierce advocates for our teens against the forces of evil re domestic violence and sexual abuse;  Barry Goldstein, the researcher, academic, teacher who fights against the forces of injustice that pervade the courtroom as well as the personal lives of women.  Jillian Maas Backman has that special way of connecting with our spirits, our energy, and our vibration and strives to heal our tired souls….   Peter Hyatt has more to say about vocabulary, linguistics, and what isn’t said than anyone….

Susan Murphy Milano…  Well, she’s indescribable in this blogger’s opinion.  She is the main cheerleader for all of us.  She has the phone permanently affixed to her ear in the name of communication and righting the injustices , no matter how small or large…   And so it goes, on and on and on…

And there is “Pilot Delilah” at the controls….   “Tower, this is ImaginePublicity.  Are we clear to land?”

Tower:  “Negative, keep soaring!”