Sunday, February 09, 2014

Beyond Keystone XL: Eight Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change

Still of the opinion that there is no need, other than greed, to build more pipelines. For sure not in California, not that safety and health in other states is not a concern, however those states in danger need to elect officials that enforce regulations. California, as per article, is on the way to become one of the healthiest states in the union, so Californians must ensure that California remains a Democrat state and out of reckless greed.

Beyond Keystone XL: Eight Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change

Must-Have Writing Tools for Serious Writers

Most articles I read about writing are good but this article is fresh and useful, thanks. Even though I disagree about writing by hand first. I can hardly read my writing when I write by hand, my ideas and thoughts come so fast that by the time I think I'm done its a mess of scribbles.
Must-Have Writing Tools for Serious Writers

Saturday, February 08, 2014

still editing

Finished editing 50 pages, might not sound like a lot but because my novel is science fiction/fantasy and is complex and large I decided, before starting these complete edits, to first create a timeline and character history for the entire book.  It is then that I saw the need to write a brief summary for every chapter, and have done so for the first 25 thousand words. 
My plan now is to continue to do the chapter-by-chapter summaries for every 10 thousand words as I go along and to complete the first 50 thousand word edits and summaries by next week. We will see. 
I have a couple of friends that have done some edits and my husband is my main go to person, it works great because John is a good writer and an avid reader and he makes suggestions that improve my story. 
Feels like I am walking on a tightrope.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In the paws of editing

It amazes me, not intending to be vain, that I have written such a massive and mysterious science-fiction/fantasy novel and will submit a synopsis on this site very soon.


"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."
-- Samuel Johnson, Lexicographer

Sunday, January 26, 2014

great comedy from a great comedian

Quoting favorites from Lewis Black: In God We Rust

Tea Party: "...out of their double-wides to say, don't tax the rich..."
Sarah Palin: ...I would vote to Sarah Palin if she ran from Farmville..."

...master of my fate...


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Dream Within a Dream

 A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Today's poem is in the public domain.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Our Misplaced, Undemocratic Budget Priorities: The Case of Keystone XL

Thank you for an excellent article Eleanor J Bader. It makes no economic sense to spend billions on a pipeline for a few hundred jobs and to keep spending on fossil fuels and billions in clean-up plus the irreparable destruction on the environment. Millions of jobs and  trillions of profit can be attained form high speed rail, investments and the funding of clean energy, renovating infrastructure and new buildings.

Our Misplaced, Undemocratic Budget Priorities: The Case of Keystone XL

Friday, January 17, 2014

We must all save water!

Severe drought in California, we must all save water.
Sacramento residents implement their water saving ideas | News - KCRA Home

The Mayans in Georgia?

Parts of my novel have to do with mysteries of the past, and tonight right after I finished editing some chapters my husband and I were  flipping through channels when we came across an interesting show on the History Channel called America Unearthed that uncovers  evidence that Mayans were in Georgia before the American Indians: Lost Tribe Of Menehune.

Friday, January 10, 2014


The slogan "Easy Does It" is one way we AA's remind each other
that many of us have tendencies at times to overdo things,
to rush heedlessly along, impatient with anything that slows down.
We find it hard to relax and savor life.
When one of us is in a dither to get something done or get somewhere in a hurry,
a friend may gently remonstrate,"'Easy Does It,' remember?"
Then there's often a flash of annoyance at the advisor.
And that indicates the advice must have hit home, wouldn't you say?

- Living Sober, p. 44