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Are you a witch and other silly questions...

 
And so ends my second year as an invitee to Cal Expo's California Authors Booth.
 
It was an interesting season this year, filled with more unique patrons, fascinating contacts and some of the most interesting questions yet. Here are the best:
 
1. While picking up a copy of The Brotherhood:
 
         a)"Is this about the Nazi's?"
 
          b)"Is this about the KKK?

The end is near! The end is near! The end is…well, no…not so fast…

It’s just the end of 2012 that is upon us, and since the world didn’t end like my ancestors supposedly predicted, it’s time for my yearly wrap up of what I learned from the world around me.
 
  1. The older things get, sometimes, the more sensitive they become.This goes for the earth, and all the people in it. Throughout my life, I’ve made it a point of not speaking my mind on two subjects because of their personal and extremely volatile nature: Religion, and politics.  Nevertheless, this year, I found I couldn’t help myself.

What did I learn this month - November

November was an interesting month filled with the three F’s…Family, Food and Fun…
Here is what I learned this lastthirty days…
 
1. I don’t care how little the doggie is or how nice they are normally, if you bring it into another dogs home, there are going to be problems.
 
2. Thanksgiving is not a time to try out exotic things. Stick to the standards. The minute you change something, you will NEVER hear the end of it, and Thanksgiving will be forever remembered asTHATdinner.
 
3. Istill

Thankful...

 
Each year at this time, I think back over my life and look at all for which I am most thankful. The obvious and constants are always my family, but there are other things in this world that sometimes prove to be almost as important as that loving and crazy group of people with which I happen to share a bloodline. Here is a small sample:
 
 
  1. Bad drivers…for if you did not exist, the rest of us wouldn’t look as good as we do!
  2. Undisciplined children…you are still the BEST birth control available.

What I’ve learned this Month – October 2012

Been a different month with a lot of fun things and some not-so-fun things…but through it all, I’ve learned a lot about me and the people by my side on this journey. And after all, isn’t that what life is all about? 
 
  1. I bleed Green and Gold in Spring and Summer; Teal and Black in Fall and Winter, and those colors do not change. I am not a bandwagon jumper. I am not fickle. Please don’t ask me to stray to another side just because my team didn’t win or because of the proximity?

What did we learn this month? August 2012

Another month has come and gone and with it, all the handwritten pages of Book III, THE TRAVELER…the baseline is complete and I have moved into EDIT mode.
 
This is really the fun part: refining things, finding the missing links, tightening the storyline, stream-lining and cutting things that just don’t work, changing a single word to make a dialogue have more impact to the story. This isn’t the cherry on top, but more like the hot fudge and whipped cream on a sundae. The cherry comes when I sit down with my editor and talk through the tale from beginning to end.

A Free Chicken Dinner?

 
A funny thing happened to me the other day…well, I thought it was funny. The person I was speaking to was genuinely serious and I may have hurt their feelings a bit (Sorry!) but I was certain they were just kidding. They asked me, “How do you write a book?”
 
After I got up off the floor and wiped the tears from laughter off my face, I sat down and told my friend the truth,“You don’t. The book writes you.”
 
I know that sounds cryptic, but it’s true in more ways than one. It all starts with an idea, and then all hell breaks loose from there.

What I learned in the last two months…

It’s been two months since I last wrote about my work and the learning experiences I’ve earned. Probably because it’s been a very trying and scary two months…but there have also been many roses amongst the thorns.
 
So what exactly have I learned? Let’s see…   
 
 
 
  • No matter how hard you try, how hard you work, or how much time you spend, you can’t make everyone happy…that includes family and friends, unfortunately.
  • A bloody nose should stop with consistent pressure.

What I learned this month - June

 
What did I learn this month?
 
This month, I learned one really big, hard lesson…That sometimes doing nice things, although meaning well, can come back and slap you silly up one side and down the other.
 
Why?
 
Simple. It involveschange, and people; even the so-called flexible types; do not fair well with change.
 
Change makes people nervous because it leaves you temporarily vulnerable. For some, any amount of helplessness or exposure is too much. It causes stress, which leads to a bounty of other problems.

Friday Night Feature: "Effective!"

This week’s Friday Night Feature, is once againnot an author...well, not of printed words at least, but through his eye and artistry, he speaks volumes in a single frame.
 
If you venture toJOEL ROBISON’S website (http://joelrobisonphoto.wordpress.com) you’ll read many comments by readers and fans praising his works with such platitudes as wonderful, stunning, whimsical and the much used ‘inspiring’, which are all very true...but this patron (humble way of saying ardent fan) sees much more than those adjectives.

Friday Feature Writer: Reading to Kids

This weeks Friday Feature Writer, unfortunately was delayed due to my May 5th event in Lodi...but hopefully, she will forgive me. If not, I'll just tell our Mom.
 
You see, she is my sister Laura (I call her Lori, and at one time Yo-Yo) She writes a colum on child development and advice to parents on parenting issues for Examiner.com. Shehas been working in the Early Childhood Education field for twenty years, is a mother of four, has a grandson and is a cancer survivor. She has done many things in her life that she is proud of.

Friday Night Feature Author: Eileen Gonzalez

 
My Friday Night Feature Author is Eileen Gonzalez (Life According to Me;AuthorHouse, January 30, 2012,ISBN:9 78-1468545234).
 
When I asked Eileen for a little something for me to write an intro for her guest post, she told me I could use her Bio from Facebook…but what she sent me after that was far more personal and touching than anything I could write. Her honest words always highlight my day and inspire me to go ever forward in reaching my goals. She said:
 
 “I can tell you that today, I am a person who will do anything or try anything that I feel or believe I can do.

Friday Night Feature Blog: Girls Rock, to the 5th Power

This week’s Friday Night Feature is not an author as usual, but several “artists” who are very influential, and a great support to my work. It wasn’t until someone outside my circle pointed it out to me that they are all women…They weren’t chosen out of some need to fulfill a feminist goal…it just happened that wau. But lucky for me…it did!
 
 
 
Sharon Smith (Editor)
 
My right arm and Grammar Goddess, Sharon is a retired educator of over thirty years. So dedicated to helping me with my series, she has been known to drive all the way from her home in Oregon to spend a week in the BayArea to get the job done.

Friday Feature Author?...ARTIST!

 
Friday’s Feature Author, is not an author, but an artist.
A haute couture designer named J-na
 
My first contact with J-na was via a tweet that she post where she simply said,“Dreams heal!”
 
I’d read this shortly after a bad dizzy spell from the benign tumor residing in my ear. I had been writing and was having trouble focusing afterward. Frustrated, I instead picked up my phone to play a game and get my mind off of the episode, when I received a tweet from a friend. While there I happened upon J-na’s words.

What did I learn this month: May 2012

Slow month...but boy oh boy am I glad it's behind me!
 
1.Sometimes time is just not on your side.
 
May was a frustrating month of stops and starts, broken promises, delays, missed appointments, cancellations and pretty much any other speed bump, and roadblock life could hand me. So many in fact, that I stopped writing…Completely.
 
Eventually, after an extensive review, I re-worked my outline which absorbed an additional week of time that should have been spent with pen to paper creating.

What did I learn this month - April 2012?

"We knew no time for sadness, that's a road we each had crossed
We were living a time meant for us, and even when it would rain
we would laugh it off.
I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, it's a morning in May."
- Dan Loggins; Performed by Three Dog Night
 
 
 
 
April,  was a very trying month in many ways, but it also carried with it a sense of awakening.
 
 
1. Never take family and friends for granted.

A Necessary Evil

Pinterest has gone from a personal obsession to a necessary evil for me.
 
A first it was just a grown-ups play site where I could pin pretty pictures and ideas for fixing up my new home, or finding new recipes that I could alter and make my own...but now it's become so much more.
 
Creating a board for The Dante Chronicles started off on a whim; just another social time capsule of information past and present. Now it’s become my playground for visualizing the trail into the story...a space keeper.

What I Learned this month - March 2012

Life is funny.
 
It’s good, it’s bad…sometimes it’sreally bad, but in it all, is a lesson we learn about ourselves. We go through life with others around us, but when it comes down to it, we are all alone through it all from beginning to end. Every day, something happens, and it is up to us to either deal with it and move on, or wallow in it and stay put. This last month, I learned where my Achilles heel lies…it’s with family.
 
Usually, my own personal issues are; on a scale of one-to-ten; about a five, but it wasn’t always that way.

5-Star Reviews or nothing...

 
I have this t-shirt I wear that says...
 
     “There is nothing to writing, you just sit down and open a vein...”
 
WhenI used to sit around with my musings, scribbles and scraps, this was just an amusing anecdote that I thought thoroughly described the ‘drama’ that appeared to surround scribes of all professions. Then I wrote my first novel, and it wasn’t so funny anymore...because it’s true.
 
There are basic steps to creating a book, and everyone who writes one or teaches others how to write one, has their own variations of those basics which usually includes: an outline (of some sort), a list of characterization(s), a summary of the book, and the body or manuscript.

What did we learn last month...?

 
This month we learned that the fine line between freedom of speech and bullying is the same line between flirting and sexual harassment...and that line isignorance.
 
For those of you that know me well, you have heard my tirades on ignorance first hand. They aren’t pretty, but they are honest and to the point. I have no stomach for it and feel it is the root-of-all-evil in the world we live in today.
 
By definition, ignorance is lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.
Seems simple enough and an easy task to overcome, yes?

What scares you?

 
Are you familiar with that weirdo in the movie theater that laughs at horror movies?  Or the one that purposefully reads the grossest lines from the horror book of the day to an unsuspecting friend, and then waits for a reaction before doling out more disgusting details of muck, mire and gore.  That would be me...
 
I grew up on monster movies. Ate them for breakfast; washed them down with Ovaltine and milk for lunch. They were my babysitters, my friends. The company I kept while doing my homework.

What I Learned this Last Month?

Happy February, Everyone!
 
So much has happened in the previous month since my last “update” post. Biggest news was the release of The Brotherhood (which if you didn’t know...is now available). Here is a run down of what I have learned this month...!
 
 
1. Success, even in miniscule amounts such as mine, can bring about interesting changes in many things, but the most interesting and unexpected is in the people around you. Some are over-the-moon excited for me; while others can’t stand to look at, be near, or simply talk to me.

C-ya 2011...

 
As this year winds down and we ready for the next to begin, just like everyone else, I am reflective…and find myself repeating the three-W’s over and over…
 
WOO-HOO, Whoa, and Wow!
 
Mind you, it hasn’t all been moonlight and roses this last year. There were some very scary, troublesome, and heartbreaking moments that took my breath away, but there were some really good moments that did the same, too. Taking a cue from my best friend’s blog, I asked myself: What did I learn last year?