Friday, July 17, 2015

In the mountain is the molehill

I can get frozen or driven by a deadline. When writing for CBS Arts & Entertainment I would wait until the deadline was on me and then get crazy when the editor wanted changes until I embraced the learning process and opportunity. Same thing happened just two days ago when the time came to submit some poetry; I waited until six hours before the deadline. It felt like a mountain and I probably could have made better choices on the poems I selected to send. Authors build a business out of writing; that is prospective I lack. So, instead of scaling the mountain to look for the Muse or perfection, I need to do my very best and climb my molehill or lose the opportunity to publish my work. Not much more that I can say about this simple yet inspiring and to the point article on Helping Writers Become Authors, 5 Writing Lessons I Learned Ghostwriting for New York Times Bestsellers by Kevin Kaiser. Thanks Kevin!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Are you done yet?

Those who know me and let me say two words, and end up getting stories from my childhood to my life now, ask questions such as "Are you done yet?"  They are talking about my novels.

I never feel like my writing is good enough or ready, this why I am sharing this article Writing Life: Jilted – and Still Jazzed by Tina Lincer on Author; it hit a chord. I wrote every place and on everything I could find, from napkins to (unused) toilet seat paper. Finally, since I retired, and I can write most of the time in my office on my laptop or iPad, I am bogged by never feeling that my books are ready!  So, this article I'm Out of My Comfort Zone by Jill Jepson on She Writes set me straight. I am willing to post my synopsis and start sharing my books.  Hope you like the articles.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Proud to post an editorial on Cuba by J. C. Weeks


So Republicans think Cuba does not deserve normal relations with our country.
Remember Vietnam? That fight (1960 – 1975) was to prevent communism from dominoing through Southeast Asia and eventually the world. Over 47,500 young American lives were wasted in that ‘crusade’.
The United States re-established diplomatic relations with Vietnam (still a self-declared communist republic) and reopened the U.S. Embassy there in 1995. The U. S. is one of Vietnam’s five major trade partners, there is no tourism restriction imposed by U. S. or Vietnamese law on U. S. citizens (over 400,000 a year). Oh, and no ‘domino effect’ ensued as a result of Vietnamese re-unification.
Now let’s look at Cuba. Beginning at the end of the Spanish-American War (1898) the United States held sway over Cuban autonomy and economics until Castro took power in 1959. The
U. S. first endorsed Castro but then reversed when he declared Cuba a Communist Republic. In reality, the only ones affected by this take over were organized crime and financiers who owned Cuba’s tourist infrastructure.
None the less, President Eisenhower authorized the training and arming of Cuban expats living in Florida for an invasion to topple the Castro regime. In 1961, the Kennedy administration oversaw this invasion, but did not logistically support the incursion which crumbled and withered in 3 days. In this conflict U. S. military combat deaths incurred was 5.
A year later in 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis loomed its ugly head and Kennedy set the U. S. military in motion to block Russian missile deliveries to the island. No actual combat ensued, however, 1 reconnaissance flight pilot was shot down and died in the crash.
The Cuban system has survived all U. S. imposed sanctions and most of my 67+ years on this planet. All other nations have long since lifted what sanctions they had imposed and trade with Cuba readily. Cuba’s tourist trade is doing well with Canadians and Europeans. Cuba’s literacy rate is 99% and its doctors are considered to be among the best in the world by the World Health Organization. Cuban doctors were some of the first international medical teams to go to Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak.
Let’s compare…
Both countries are still socialist, both have not fomented the ‘communist domino effect’, both are not empowering international terrorism, both do not harbor any desire to become a ‘nuclear nation’, both do not seek to illegally grow their nation by seizing land of other nations or ignore claims of other nations to lands near said nation.
The only difference here is the number of U. S. military lives lost so Vietnam could remain socialist and become a U. S. trade partner with full diplomatic affiliation.
With Cuba the U. S. only incurred total combat deaths of 6 military personnel. Republicans seem to think Cuba is some great menace. If that were the case, how come we only lost 6 in combat? After all, Vietnam was going to ‘domino’ the world with socialism and we threw away over 47,000 lives to prevent it. Do Republicans think we are 46,995+ lives short of Cuba being worth normalization of relations? Perhaps that’s why they want our military to stay in the Middle East, the U. S. body count isn’t high enough yet to warrant it.
Cuba is no more a threat to the United States than Vietnam was. Republicans get over it, if Cuban cigars and rum are a threat, I’ll live with the danger.
Editorial by, J. C. Weeks

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Killer robots are coming next: The next military-industrial complex will involve real-life Terminators

Killer robots are coming next: The next military-industrial complex will involve real-life TerminatorsWhy do I hate these incredibly popular killer robot movies and shows? When occasionally watching them with family, I wonder if children feel hope in a future supposedly thrown into chaos where survivors live as squanderers on earth and or other universes. So then, why am I ready to publish a series that will have a similar, if not worst outcome? Even though mine is not about killer robots, it is on human altering genetics and has a similar premise.
Killer robots are coming next: The next military-industrial complex will involve real-life Terminators

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What moves your pen?

To those that consider themselves writers or wannabees: Have you ever wondered why you strive to write and if the writing itself is satisfying why must you publish and make a real splash? Perhaps you have also felt a bit corrupt by your own possible motives as a writer?
Well, read on: Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers?
This article lists reasons for why we write and what drives our desire to publish. I find that I suffer from Muse-overwhelm, self-loathing, self-awareness, creativity and just plain curiosity.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What is love

Is to say, "I love myself" selfish? Is it best to say, "I love God" or "I love humanity and nature."
Long ago when I first heard,  "you can't give what you don't have,” I thought it selfish, navel gazing and self-seeking. But of course at the time I equated love on how people felt and judged me. In other words "LOVE" was a people-pleasing product I must become or strive for to feel loved or to love.
Then, as I thought and learned more about love and loving, I realized that love is not a product or outcome. So does love include loving those that abuse us? No, because that is not loving ourselves. How can we give what we don’t have? Teach what we don’t know?
Permit some examples: many parents want their kids to do well, but is it because they want to feel like good parents or is it for the good of the child? Some help others so that the others they help do well, but is it the well as judged by the receiver or what the giver wants?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Does this mean that we are to sacrifice our children for the good of humanity? In 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (New International Version) "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs." Are we incapable of love if we fail to feel that perfect love or loving? Gautama Buddha: “You, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” and  “In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”
So, do love God, humanity, and nature preclude loving ourselves? How can we hate ourselves and love?

As I see it, love is not I love you or me because you are, or I'm so beautiful. Love is what raises us out of self-loathing and into loving. An open hand that holds a butterfly without crushing its wings. Love is accepting others and us as who we are and moves us forward to what we want to do and be in life.  What say you?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Brief Up-date

Hi friends, Life can get busy, so many things to do and distractions. One has to decide what is most important (or what someone used to say - apology in advance  - "what fire to piss on")
A writer friend shares that he writes two hours a day or twenty pages no matter what. I am doing revisions and trying to follow his advice.  Started to submit my writing and poetry, also attending a good writers group. I say "good" because the feedback is useful and kind. So with their comments and John's help I am making changes that enhance VIRGINS, the first novel from my SYLPHS series.
Also, almost finished reading Gone Girl and a bit into Pope Joan, different books, both excellent. Will write about them when done.
Family, thank God, all are well and those that graduated this year did so with high honors. Summer is here full blast, green foothills are turning brown, but I don't mind. Trees are full and so is the lake. John and I are thankful to be in good health and sprit. I continue to attend a group of wise and spiritual women and I'm back enjoying Qi Gong. Had stopped after getting hurt doing Yoga - I was not focusing - made a bad move, one of those that is nothing terrible but turns into icing, visits to the therapist and rest. It had me down because it felt as if I was going to be lame forever.
I am sad to report that the Mama Turkey, on the photos of my May 20, 2015 post, Wildlife In Our Property, is no longer nesting. Some ill-meaning person took the eggs from the nest. He/she trespassed on our property at night, knockdown one of our solar lights. In the morning, all John found where feathers on our driveway and an empty nest with the Mama looking for her babies, no shells. The eggs already had embryos.  I have a feeling who it was but no proof so I've had to turn it over to the God of my understanding. Will not report on the critters in our property until after the fact so creeps don't hurt them.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wildlife in our property

Last night when I got home from attending a meeting I phoned my husband from the driveway,” Is the door unlocked?"
I looked up and saw him looking down from our kitchen bay window.” No, it's not."
I hated to say it because the driveway lights were on but did, "Please come down and unlock the door, I saw something, not sure what."
He had spotted scat (Bear poop) on our grounds a few days ago and yesterday he spotted a Fox. Not only that but we have a Mama Turkey nesting on one of our slopes and a Mama Squirrel nesting on one of our trees.
"Wait until I come to open the door and out to the driveway."
My hero, I thought relieved as we entered our home.
This morning he let me know that the Fox has a den in a hollow under our driveway, "I saw two little Fox pups."

With the deer and other wildlife coming and going, we have a virtual zoo. Here are some photos he took.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

To be successful send a thank you note when rejected.

This caught my attention, "Thank you Papa Hemingway. By the way, Ernest Hemingway self-published his first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems, after a rejection letter and look at his success! What the author whose work was rejected, (there's that unpleasant word again), should have done is bitch and moan in private and then send a polite letter or email to the agent thanking her for taking time to read his manuscript."
I just got a poetry rejection, after waiting three months, from a fabulous magazine, so I goggled "sample of thank you letter for rejection by publisher" and got the following: On Writer's Relief, Famous Author Rejection Letters: True Stories Of Unbelievable Rejections. An excellent article with lots of worthwhile comments but does not have a letter to a rejection. But in other sites, according to what I read, my rejection invites me to continue submitting work: "We do, however, look forward to reading more” that put a smile on my face. I will reply by sending a couple of more poems.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

27 writing contests, almost all are free.

About writing contests. 
For novels, short stories, poetry fiction or non-fiction from medical mysteries to romance and science fiction the most trusted sites are Poets&Writers, PE, Predators&Editors and the Writer's Guild OfAmerica, West. Said sites are also valuable if you are looking for conferences, agents, publishers, workshops, attorneys, etc.
Today I came upon The Write Life , with a quick list of 27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions WithCash Prizes, a couple should not be listed because they are not free, but the site is a useful resource.
It is important to the sites to know if you have entered any of the contests or used services listed that are useful or a rip-off.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Who the heck needs writers and publishers?

The book industry is reeling because Amazon can now produce books without authors! Kindle Author is like Amazon having 50 thousand writers and thousands of books that don't cost them anything to publish from and with.  Every book is generated by the maker and anyone can do it. Are movie scripts next? Historically and scientifically and accurate books? That's already part of it.
New Amazon Service Eliminates the Need for Authors
Read and see "how Amazon modified At left I show how Amazon modified the book listing page for Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  “Don’t want this book?" asks Amazon front and center on the page.  "Build your own for free with Kindle Author!"  
PS! This article was an April FOOLS Day punk by Mark Coker author for SMASHWORDS!!!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Victoria, I love your truth, and all responses are helpful. I have not published 'yet' and I am eagerly looking for agent/publisher and or to self-pub. I learned a piece of courage and resilience years ago, when a writing friend and I went to greet Allison Brennan; a #1 best selling author. My friend already knew Allison but other than for us only a couple of people stopped by and that Border's was packed. Still Allison talked to each of us and few others like we really mattered. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

On reality and balance

I picked up a 99u article, from my ever-growing mailbox just to scan but read it, and I am writing about it; feels good not be alone in my scattered life.
When I retired in 2004, my goal was to write a book that in 1998 came in a dream and then an experience that shook the heck out of my sleep for months. But life does not stop because we want to fulfill our dreams. Other ideas and projects filtered in, and my family also needed my time and although grateful to help my frustration increased.  
I relate to a lot in the article: I am not a morning person and was an all or nothing person. Soon after retirement I was forced  not to be under a clock or calendar but do what I needed and wanted to do at any hour. I wrote nights into early mornings, dumping what came to my psyche without attention to my dyslexia or grammar, etc., I also posted notes and pages of research that verified what had come to me. I am into facts - I think that comes from my love of anthropology, history, religion and science, coupled with my years of work as  research analyst. When things became manageable I took on freelance jobs not significant but proof I was a published professional writer. 
Finally, as some order had come into my life, three years ago I reluctantly agreed with my  husband, not long after he retired, to move to live permanently in our home in the foothills.  I regretted the move. The house needed a ton of rehab and even though we had reliable contractors we had to be present. That same year both our mothers passed away, a loss we still mourn. I have come to appreciate the bit of isolation amid the hills of Northern California and last year we went to Paris and Spain for a month.
The article talks about reality and balance, and my reality is that I have accomplished a lot. Have completed the first book and rough drafts of two books of what is now a 1,600-page paranormal/sci-fi/mystery trilogy, and doing edits as other writers give me feedback.  Have many stories in the works and  my book of poetry. Also, my blog: has over 40K hits. And as Maria Rapetskaya's article says: I have stopped apologizing for wanting a work life balance.