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

Good Friday

I wish you a Good Friday, will return on Easter Sunday. 

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

Comment on SHE WRITES article by VICTORIA ZACKHEIM

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: hoyecomova.com has over 40K hits. And as Maria Rapetskaya's article says: I have stopped apologizing for wanting a work life balance.