Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Just started a Facebook Page for VIRGINS

I invite you to go to the Facebook Page for my novel Virgins and please give me your thoughts on how to make it better.

VIRGINS, the first book of a Paranormal Sic-Fi trilogy, each book is approximately 55,000 words and stands alone is a tale of angel-humans, a paradise lost, woven within myths, historical and scientific events, as never told before.
Even though the Archangel is told, “Take your eve,” when a young woman comes to him to escape rape, he is eternally damned to be a Sylph, a being without a soul. His name becomes Ayekah, and he names her Haya. After death Haya appears to Ayekah as other women, from them, for many generations Ayekah has daughters. Their lives unfold like petals trapped in a web of luxury and passion that at times is terrifying. He protects them with powerful societies, as his final quest becomes to be born a human and return Haya to life. However, those that serve him turn against him and the spirit of Haya is more powerful than he realizes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Duke it out or make nice?

Do you duke it out or run to make nice because fight scenes can be punchy, to say the least? 
Here is an article on Grammar Girl with good advice: How to Write a Fight Scene 

Friday, October 30, 2015

A two-for-one deal

My husband says I got one of the two-for-one deals I like. He is making light of the outcome of my emergency room visit last Tuesday. He brought me in, at about two a.m. to emergency, today is Friday, and I am still here.

What led to this scenario can be said to be fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate because I am in a hospital that is clean, pleasant, and the staff is very skilled, professional, efficient and friendly, not an exaggeration. Unfortunate because I have two things going on: First is a gallbladder that was supposed to have been removed back in 1999; did my body re-grow it? Second, and maybe most urgent is that I am scheduled for angiogram with a fix if needed.

So, patiently we wait, John does go home to do this and that, and me getting needle after needle, test after test, while at home our partially made up bed, and our pets (toy pets), wait. But, I did edit 30 poems and submitted them for publications. I have to do, to keep sane.Tata for now will stay posted.

Monday, October 19, 2015

This book is good.

Epic Celtic saga about truth, honor and duty
For ancient Celts, the cauldron of society was supported by the three legs of truth, honor and duty. If any of them collapsed, the cauldron would lose all that it held. This epic tale of the 6th century spans the Irish Sea during the turbulent times in ancient Dal Riata, a kingdom in the north of Ireland and on the rugged western coast of Scotland. Travel back in time to an era when truth was more important than fame, when honor outranked money and when duty mattered more than life itself.

Ron Cherry's latest book is a Celtic saga of the late 6th century.  It is on Kindle Scout and he could use your nomination.  If it is selected, everyone who nominated it will receive a free Kindle copy.  Click on the following website for more information and a free sample.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Want your musings published?

Was there a time when writers wrote, and voila were published? I don't think so. 
The struggle of writing is just as intense as the tangle to publish. Publishing one's work is a business that can take up all of a writer's time but oh hell; it is the difference between writing for oneself, family and friends or feeling that one has something to say about issues and life, and the pursuit to be read. 
So if you want to delve on costs and venues for publishing your poetry or other writing here is a good site to get you started. 
Don't get frustrated as I already am. Amen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sex and expectations.

Finally a realistic article about what makes a good marriage. A spouse is not a source, a spouse is a partner, companion, lover and if one is lucky, a friend. To negate the humanity in marriage and make it an idealistic fanfare destroys marriages. Women expect men to divine their moods and needs. I think that man likes a wife that tells him how she truly feels and wants, and is genuinely passionate because she is honest, in and out of the bedroom.

8 Relationship Myths That Can Seriously Damage Your Marriage

Don't fool your-self.

Some may think that if they really want to, without any training, they can write a novel.
Think again and enjoy this post by K.M. Weiland:
5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Thursday, October 08, 2015

I just read a great article on AHA's You're The Cure website: Save Physical Education Now

The obesity children are suffering now is because there is to much sitting and not enough exercise in schools. Good PE will help end obesity and diabetes. Not just running or sports but also dance and gymnastics.

I just read a great article on AHA's You're The Cure website: Save Physical Education Now

Monday, August 31, 2015

To sequel or not

It a blessing to us writers when an author shares skills and experience such as K. M. Weiland and her latest article: How to Write a Sequel That’s BETTER Than the First Book is truly worth reading.
Here is my question: K. M. Fist off thanks for the great articles and ongoing comments. How my sequels developed: In my work life I wrote technical and training material, for fun my thing was mainly poetry. So when I started writing my novel the technical part and prose left too much unwritten and in critique groups I was asked to write more about this and that. Before I knew it, a 300-page novel developed into 900+pages so I decided to do sequels. I think the story, a paranormal Sci-Fi, and characters are perfect for sequels since it starts, in prehistoric times to the present and then travels to the future. I finished my first book and am working on the second as I send queries to publishers and authors. Each book can be independent of the others, and my question is: when I query, do mention that there are sequels?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Do you like the semicolon?

To some of us the semicolon is the Picasso of writing but is it a good thing? I found this video on The New Yorker by Mary Norris valuable: Comma Queen: The Semicolon; or, Mastering the Giant Comma

Ps. I like Mary Norris, she seems friendly, and her videos are fun and to the point. There are videos by Mary Norris on proper grammar and punctuation usage. Enjoy.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Are you a slacker or a sweet spot seeker?

Do you ever feel that not adhering to a regimen is goofing off? Doing stuff you enjoy, or just checking emails, social media sites and the like while still in bed drinking coffee and watching the news or even a talk show in the morning is unproductive?

I read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey years ago but don’t remember the woodcutter story “sawing to the point of exhaustion while trying to take down a tree. When a man suggests that he could get done quicker by taking a break to sharpen his saw. The woodcutter says: "I don't have time to sharpen the saw. Don't you see I'm too busy?"

I can relate in particular as a writer. The beast of “are you done yet?" creeps in even as I learn how to hone my writing skills or read or worse yet do something fun. Will this article Can You Achieve More by Doing Less? help me put away the do not procrastinate hammer? As per the article Covey suggests we nurture ourselves and return to our tasks “refreshed, with a better attitude and more focus.” So what constitutes nurturing? Carter suggests we find our sweet spot. What a great concept that my SWEET SPOT is the saw! Not the sweet spot that you might be thinking of – although that must qualify. Allowing ourselves “uninterrupted blocks of time” to do our work after taking care of home and family and making time to nourish our body so as not to burn out.

Today as I go forth to find my sweet spot I write this article for my blog. Haven’t written for my blog in over a month because I am editing and submitting my novel to publisher and agents. Oh, how sweet it is!

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!