Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Stay well friends, we are having a great adventure in Europa, have lots to share soon. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Realistic love

I am not perfect so I do not expect perfection from any other person. How can anyone ask for what they cannot give? Sober thinking and living is for all that don't wish to live under the juggernaut of emotional immaturity and instability. Was reminded of this value when I read today's meditation: 
"Emotional Sobriety. 
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance -- urges quite appropriate to age seventeen -- prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven. Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all of these areas because of my failure to grow up emotionally and spiritually. My God, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible, and how very painful to discover, finally, that all along we have had the cart before the horse! Then comes the final agony of seeing how awfully wrong we have been, but still finding ourselves unable to get off the emotional merry-go-round." 
- The Language Of The Heart, pp. 236-237
Thought to Ponder . . .Maturity is making peace between what is and what may be.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Have a product idea?

The patent process is not easy, but it is possible to file a Patent Pending for you idea on your own. The fees are reasonable, and instructions are available at the US Patent Office Site, and yes you can even ask questions.
A few years ago I had a suitcase idea and every time we traveled I wished I could use the idea my husband had drawn up on paper. After inquiries to attorneys and get rich quick on your idea sites,  I decided to do it on my own. Asked friends and relatives and found some sites that offered advice, ultimately it came down to us going into the US Patent Office site-not as scary as you might think.
A year ago we did a Patent Pending with the guidance of someone who had done one before and shared expertise without charging us. We did all the work ourselves: typed the idea, made drawings, and explain the product — even gave examples and provided info on how ours differed from existing products. Filed the Provisional Patent, and this year I started to call companies that manufacture similar products and might be interested in our idea, being careful not to give it away.
A year later we have a company that requested documents and is now reviewing our invention but we need to file an extension, because a Patent Pending is only good, for 12 months, so I am back at the US Patent Office site.
It all sounds terribly time-consuming, but not if you take it in steps, and consider using what I called the SCM, swiss-cheese method that I taught at work. Take the project in chunks of tasks and time, and you might end up with a profitable product.
Here are some sites I found interested as I went back into the US Patent site: the AIA Roadshow starting in September-October 2014 http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/roadshow.jspAmerica Invents Act Your guide to the law


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote for the day

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success." -- John Mason, Writer 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Soon I will be posting form Europe!

I will not be posting daily as usual; I am busy editing and submitting some writing in addition to preparing for a month in Europe! 
Thanks to the encouragement and support from our kids we will be traveling to Europe in October and returning in November. I will have iPad and iPhone and intend to write about our travels. Some places we will visit we didn't even know existed until writing VIRGINS took us there. 
VIRGINS is an Urban Fantasy and a bit Paranormal Romance. Here I am proud to post the link to a news release about VIRGINS published by the Wildwood Literary Review, and  encourage you to enjoy the wonderful writers featured in the WLR



Friday, September 05, 2014

Screenwriting freebie with the great Robert McKee


I always say, take the useful and run with it. Today on an email from MovieBytes:  was a competition announcement from ISA, International Screenwriters Association, and at ISA I found a free Q & A teleconference with the great Robert McKee. To get on the free telecast class you must register at the ISA site: www.NetworkISA.org  I registered and was not asked to pay anything. The class with McKee is September 13th: http://www.networkisa.org/class.php?id=256

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Embracing the new

"All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare."  -- Dale Carnegie, motivational expert.
This quote was posted today by Brian Tracy, on Quote of The Day