Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hollywood Studio Club, photo

The Hollywood Studio Club, just like I remember and write about it in the screenplay I am writing. We were all such lively young women, with stars in our eyes.

Hollywood Studio Club

Places to remember.
I lived at the Hollywood Studio Club in the early 60s, when the HSC  was a rooming house for young models and young women in the entertainment industry.
Wish I could remember my roomy's name.
Here is what I looked like when I lived there:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Writers: avoid scams

There are scams and scammers after hardworking writers starving for fame, attention and sales. While writers go broke, predators grow rich. So, beware when looking for publishers, agents and entering contests. Here are some: General Guidelines & Tips on Avoiding Scams
Bona-fide editors, agents, and publishers associated with a publishing company don’t ask for up-front money and if you find one that wants to represent you check their record of sales. 
I have ideas galore and books in progress but as I write I pay little or no attention to grammar, etc. I do go over my work, and have other eyes read it, several times after its written but final edits are hard for me. It's hard to “Murder your darlings” and harder to find an editor, not associated with a publisher, to go over a manuscript before its submitted. It’s a shame to read published work laden with errors. I have an editor, found him in a writers group, who not only corrects my grammar but also gives me input on the story, structure and dialogue without wrecking my style. 
There are many sites one can go to sift-out: Movie producers, 
Publicists, Cover artists, etc. I find Predators & Editors the most helpful. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beware what genre you toll

I might have been incorrect in labeling my book VIRGINS as Science-Fiction/Fantasy. Recently someone said that its Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance so I began examining the PNR and UF genres and to my delight I came across an article on Heroes and Heartbreakers by author LARISSA BENOLIEL
In the article, Benoliel explains Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance:
1) “Urban Fantasy is all about the paranormal embedded in a modern setting” That is VIRGINS because even though it starts in ancient times it develops in the modern area.
2) There might be “a love interest and even a boyfriend or another, but the focus of the series is the action, character development, and the plot” There again, in VIRGINS there are love interests but plot and characters drive the story.
3) However, wait here is a twist: “More often than, not in Urban Fantasy we get the heroine narrating in first person” in VIRGINS there is a first-person and third person. I am saved by, “On the other hand, Paranormal Romances are usually written in more than one point of view.”
4) Furthermore, “the biggest differences between both genres for me is the character developments. In Urban Fantasy, we usually have one main character that will appear as the protagonist of several novels” my original characters appear in other novels.
5) Moreover, “Some series are in the tiny wriggle room between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance which makes it hard to define them.”
So here it is: VIRGINS is an Urban Fantasy and a little bit Paranormal Romance.

Batman Day: A Celebration of All Things Dark Knight | DC Comics

Batman Day: A Celebration of All Things Dark Knight | DC Comics

Just like the dragon in the second book of trilogy

Mystic asian dragon ear cuff earring - gothic dragon jewelry

This earring is just like the dragon in the second book of my trilogy.
Mystic asian dragon ear cuff earring - gothic dragon jewelry

Monday, July 21, 2014


God Almighty help me with the PITCH. In this article's first thing listed on how to get published is the PITCH and for my science-fiction-fantasy novel that has become the hardest todo!

» Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Book Published : Freedom With Writing

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Listening to my body

Could not go back to sleep, one of those nights, the cat was fussing, I woke, stayed in bed for awhile irritated at my husband's snores. In that state of mind I realized that I am trying push myself to stay    inside the waking and sleeping times I had before I retired and sometimes that is not working. So I decided that hence forth, unless I have a pressing need to be on a schedule, I will go to sleep when I need to and accept waking up when I do. I will listen to my body. So here I am, 4:37 a.m. with one cup of oatmeal and another of tea sitting in my favorite reading corner, open my iPad and voila, the meditation for the day in my email is about instincts!
Creation gave us instincts for a purpose.  Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings. . .
Yet, these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions. . .
Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct.
When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities."
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 42
Thought to Ponder . . .
Once we understand ourselves, the rest of living falls in line.
Courtesy of: 

Wisdom from all sources

Deny the UnrealTammuz 22, 5774 · July 20, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. SchneersonPrint this Page
Maamar Natata Lirei’echa Neis 5736
There are things you fix up by doing the right thing with them. Those carry your soul high.
There are things you fix up by not doing the wrong thing with them. Those carry your soul higher than high.
There are things you fix up because you did the wrong thing with them, and then you returned with all your heart. Those carry your soul high beyond imagination.
Yet even these have some reality of their own, some means by which they could be used for good purposes.
Then there are things whose entire being is but to oppose all that is good—to strike fear, to cause despair, to be darkness. To deny reality.
And so, in your your denial of their reality, in your refusal to show them fear, to provide them any ounce of credibility, they dissipate into the nothingness they truly are.
Those carry your soul to its very core and being. And yet higher.

Deny the Unreal - Daily Dose of Wisdom

Friday, July 18, 2014

thought for action

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if needed. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." 
-- Anonymous
Courtesy of Brian Tracy  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Food for action

"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation." 
-- Brian Tracy, Author 

CreateSpace Community: Resources: Creating a Bad Good Guy

CreateSpace Community: Resources: Creating a Bad Good Guy

CreateSpace Community: Resources: Two Common Dialogue Mistakes

CreateSpace Community: Resources: Two Common Dialogue Mistakes

Just read: Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

Great article, I will keep it in mind as I send out the first book of my trilogy to agents and publishers. I read it right after I posted on LinkedIn and Facebook “Last week was amazing! The three main goals on my plate: my land inheritance in Nicaragua, the first book of my Science/Fiction trilogy and my suitcase invention, are all moving to completion. This year is going to be great.”

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The path to humility

"Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."

To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble,to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself,  takes most of us a long, long time.

- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less.

Friday, July 11, 2014

food for action

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson, writer