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Monday, October 18, 2021

THE RARE BLUE HUNTER' S MOON WILL RISE ON HALLOWEEN

 


For the first time in DECADES, 

the rare BLUE HUNTER'S MOON 

will rise on this Halloween.

Full moons only rise

on Halloween every 18 years!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZJXBD6/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

A horrowing tale detailing the earliest adventure of my popular Wolf Howl "Last Shaman"

 in his teenage years starts this short story collection,


He also ends the collection  with a moving, eerie tale of Thanks-taking from the indigenous point of view.

Why not check out the Kindle version (99 cents) or the audio (Only an appropriately priced $13)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

HAS A MOVIE EVER INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE A NOVEL?

 

THE MUMMY inspired me to write DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE, 

set in 1895 Egypt peopled by Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Nikola Tesla, Lady Lovelace, and Winston Churchill among other historical figures

With adversaries such as star-stranded aliens, time-lost artifacts, and back-stabbing British politicians.


HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE AND
WRITTEN A NOVEL FROM THE INSPIRATION?



Monday, October 11, 2021

FOR WHOM DO YOU WRITE?

 


I am still writing my Amazon Vella, BLACK MAGIC.

I feel like Emily Dickenson ... unread but unbowed.

When fate threw two New Englanders, 

Emily Dickinson and Mr. Thomas Higginson, together on April 15, 1862, 

she didn’t ask if her verse was “publishable” or “good.”

She knew all along, didn’t she?

She understood poetry had to transport, had to be visceral, 

and had to find its way into our bodies.

So it is with our prose.

Chapter 38 just written is alive and visceral though none may ever read it.

In it, Gaia is reunited with her estranged son, 

Adam Black.

A private detective caught between worlds trying to stay alive by his wits while ignoring the "sage" advice of his Trickster father, Coyote.

Anguished, Gaia realizes no season may be undone.

But Adam tells her that the lessons so learned

may be used to take wiser steps

And perhaps so lead to better places.

For whom do you write and why?

Have you ever gone on without encouragement?

(BTW, the 1st 3 chapters are free)

Saturday, October 9, 2021

SOMETIMES THE IMMENSITY OF THE STARS AWE YOU


 “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” 

- Marcus Aurelius 


Sometimes when I do blood runs late at night, I look up into the sea of stars and know I am not alone.




FB MUST HAVE FOUND A LOOPHOLE IN MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

 


FB must have found a loophole in my birth certificate or I've been unfriended by everyone!

Midnight and I know there are worse fates.

We were homeless for seven months.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

to Denise Covey and Alyssa McKendry

and everyone else whose birthday is today.

And to all who feel forgotten today ...

The Miracle of Life remembers your name.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

WHAT TO REMEMBER_IWSG post

 


DO NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR PROSE

Writing is communicating to the reader in a fast paced world. 

Get to the point and it best be one worth the time of your reader.


DITCH THE SELF-DOUBT

Confidence is appealing, not just in romantic partners, but in the prose of writers. 

Certainty in how you express your story is winning. 

A joke told haltingly dies before it is finished ... so will your story. 

Be bold. Be sure. Your story captured you ... it will capture your reader ... if only you believe in it.


LET TRUTH BE YOUR GUIDE

Your reader will "buy" your outlandish premise if only your characters ring true. 

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE hit hard because you "believed" in each family member. You could see they were flesh and blood.


ADVICE IS LIKE PEPPER ... GOOD IN LITTLE DOSES

I can tell you how I would write your story, but only you can tell it your way. 

Read the masters of your genre and see how they did it ... then do it YOUR WAY.



MAKE MISTAKES YOUR TEACHERS

You will learn more from them than you ever will from your successes in prose. 

Miles Davis once said, "If you play a wrong note, play it loud and everyone will think you did it on purpose."


FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE NOT YOUR AUDIENCE

They will either love your work or pick it to death. Neither response tells you anything useful.


KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE?

If you craft a story you think certain people will enjoy, you may well misjudge them. You may actually guess correctly.

But if that story did not flow organically from your soul, it will be a chore to repeat it again.

Rather write a story that entertains you. If it sells, great. If not, at least you have grown by writing a full novel.


READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN

A paragraph in a boring article in a magazine found while waiting for the doctor to finally call you in 

so you can wait for him for yet another hour in a cold room getting sicker

can spark a wonderful piece of dialogue for your WIP.

Nuggets of obscure information sowed in your unconscious may provide a bountiful harvest when least expected.


LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN

Not just to the words spoken around you but to the cadence of them, 

the tone of them when emotions run strong, seethe with acid, or lower to the depths of a broken spirit.

Watch how the wrong words can slice deeper than a scalpel, how the right ones strike to the core of a hurting heart to heal.


DO NOT LOSE HEART

Your writing journey may seem long, but the horizon of better things beckon. Keep on writing.



Monday, October 4, 2021

TODAY I LOST MY FACE_IWSG Post

 

Facebook alerted me it was the birthday 

for two of my friends.

I went to FB to wish them well.

Uh, FB was gone.


If this should end tomorrow

All our best laid plans

And all our typical fears?

Am I running out of lifetimes?

This is not the first time

Something ends in just tears.

Are we our digital footprint?

What are all those Instagram models going to do for income

with their Instagram sites fenced off?

We reach out to one another via the internet.

How much do you FB to reach out

 and touch your friends?

Remember those things called "Letters"?

When was the last time you wrote one?

My mother kept all her friends' letters. 

not just the ones written to her by Mr. Chandler.

When they died, she re-read them smiling and crying

while she did do.

Want to get into the heads of Mark Twain, 

Ernest Hemingway,

Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx, Abigail Adams?

Read volumes of their letters.

https://www.amazon.com/Letters-Note-Collection-Correspondence-Deserving/dp/1452134251/

Oh, on a completely different note:

Do any of you know how to format a cover for

a Kindle Hardback?

I am tech-challenged.

Monday, September 27, 2021

LOVE ... MURDER ... and How My Town Got Its Name

 Love, Jealousy, Murder

All Birthed the name of the

City in Which I live.


Is it any wonder I write of ghosts?


Do you know how your town

got its name?

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The PERILS of Being A Blood Courier During Covid

 

Just 3 days ago I was confronted with this on the bridge.

I am on call all this weekend.

Say a Prayer or Think Good thoughts for Me.


Stay well and Find Peace

This Weekend

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

JUST MY STRANGE LUCK!

 


Asteroid 3 times taller than Niagara Falls to zip past Earth on 1st day of fall.

The media assures us it will only come within 4 times the 

distance of the moon from earth.


Remember when you still trusted the headlines?

The media assures us the Yellowstone Super-Volcano will not erupt in our lifetime,

the La Palma volcano will not send a super Tsunami our way,


the Wuhan Lab did not originate Covid-19.

Dr. Fauci said so.

Oh, wait ....

He later told CNN the U.S.

funding Wuhan's Lab was necessary.

I used to trust the headlines.

But that was in a different America.

Now, I trust in The Father.

How about you?

How has your world changed?

“I held an atlas in my lap

ran my fingers across the whole world

and whispered

‘Where does it hurt?’

 

It answered

‘Everywhere

everywhere

everywhere.”

― Warsan Shire

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A QUESTION

 

Every time I walk through my apartment door facing those 21 steps that after a long day at work seem to have grown into 44,

I intone:

"The force is with you, young Midnight, but you are not a Jedi yet!"


At One, Three, and Five A.M. he becomes Darth Midnight 

as he stares up at me at the side of my bed and meows for me to play with him!


I received a note slipped in my door yesterday, 

informing me my apartment complex had been taken over by Hawthorne Residential Partners.

So fast has been the takeover that the main office does not yet have the App for me to register to pay the rent 

... maybe in 7 to 10 business days I am told.

Look at the date.


The trash vendor was let go last week. 
Still no trash pickup.


I looked up Hawthorne Residential Partners on Facebook. 

After the second picture of rats in their apartments, I stopped looking.


At least Midnight will have someone 
to play with at night!



So, a question:

Do any of you know anything about 
Hawthorne Residential Partners?

Facebook is all well and good ... 

but angry tenants tend not to be the most objective of people, right?

Can any of you help me out here?

To End in Beauty: