The last three months have been hectic for me. First I was writing a lot and rewriting on my books then my computer took a crap. The on switch refused to work. So once I got it on, I refused to turn it off until it locked up. Then when I tried to get it back on, it refused to work.So I spent over a month trying to get it functioning again and retrieve all my writing. That didn't work because I didn't have the money to do it living on a fixed income. I'm only back because a friend of mine lent me his old tower along with a key board that would work with it. I am hoping by January 2019 I can buy me my own computer so I can get back to writing and blogging. Then I will take my old computer to the Geek squad and see if they can recover my past writing so I won't have to start all over again. For those of you that have problems with your computer, I now understand what a headache that can be. I was stupid and didn't back up my work. A lesson learn the hard way. So if you depend on a computer to write your articles or books, get a back up system that is not part of your daily computer and use it very frequently so you will always have all your hard work available. My book "Saddle Spur" is completely gone. I could rewrite it but I don't want to do it on this computer and take a chance on it failing. When I buy my next computer, I will also buy a back up system that is not part of it. Hopefully, I don't forget and screw that up while I get busy writing and forget to back it up. I hope that things will go the way I plan but you know the rule, "So goes the best plans laid by mice and men". Right now, I have decided to run for Mayor of the small town I live in. So if I win, things will change even more and my writing will be back to what it was before I retired, meaning when the time is available then I will blog and write. I hope you guys are having a good stress free summer. Talk back, I'm listening or will try to listen and comment on your blogs. HAVE A GREAT DAY!
I hear a lot of people say, "I understand why a lot of people wants to come here for a better life than the life they left behind but we should not allow any more to enter the USA--send them back where they came from." I don't think that is compassionate. These people are trying to better themselves and become productive members of our society. Yes, a few bad elements find their way in among them but we have bad elements home grown right here. Don't blame the whole group for what a few bad guys do and label them all as undesirable. I understand it it political to blame everyone else for our problems so we justify what we do to immigrants. let me make it plain, America would starve to death or do without a lot of food we take for granted because of the migrant workers. We have plenty of food on our tables. Until we have robot harvesters, the only ones that will do the backbreaking work on large farms are the migrate workers. I, myself have worked in the fields growing up and know how hard work it is for such little pay. Barely enough to put food on your own table and gas in your car. Most migrate workers have families they are feeding. That is different you say than the immigrants trying to enter the USA. Yes and No; the USA is a melting pot, like it or not. How would you like it if your forefathers were denied a chance to enter? We are all descendants of those that came earlier, even the native American Indians came into this country from somewhere else. I know I'm rambling but I just wanted to make a point. Will a wall be a solution, some think so. I don't. How long before we build a wall along the Canadian border? Attempts to isolate America from the rest of the world will not happen. Maybe a hundred years ago it could but today's technology has shrunk the world so much that it is impossible for us not to be involved in the rest of the world. Those that hate the fact that they can no longer control the information that you receive or disseminate to the rest of the world. They are taking steps to do that be closing the Internet like China has. I know some regions hate us and want to destroy us because we stand for freedom and allow other religions to worship the way they please whereas they only want people to believe the way they do, hence deny them to be free or have a future. Anyway, I'm thru rambling for today. In my book series Lightning in the Tunnel the world joins as one after a nuclear war in the Republic of Terra. Is a nuclear war what it is going to take before everyone realizes that we are all human, regardless of our skin color or beliefs. Tolerance should be taught to our children as they grow up and understanding that we are all human. Have a nice day. Talk back, I'm listening.
Years ago when my wife and I first met, like most we dated for awhile. I had the habit of putting my right arm around her waist while she placed hers around my waist. Anyway, around the corner from my apartment was the place we met. We would walk home each night stopping at the liquor store on the corner. The young men that owned and ran the store didn't know our names but we were there just about every night on our way back home after a couple of drinks. One day, my soon to be wife went inside and they asked where is Romeo? She told them I was at work and laughed about me being called 'Romeo'. A week or so later, I went into the same store and they asked where Juliet was? My answer was she was working. Every time we went into the liquor store together they would say, "Hi, Romeo and Juliet" wearing a big smile. We never told them our names, we sort of liked being called that because we were in love. After we got married, the last thing we say to each other each night still is these words. "Good night Romeo, I'll see you in the morning light" Good night Juliet, I will see you in the morning light" It is so strange that we have done this for almost twenty years without fail unless we are apart for some reason. Even when we have a little spat, those words are still said. When we walk, we are still holding each other like young lovers because we are still so much in love. Even though I'm tall and she is less than 5'5; we have the same stride. Have yourself a great day! Talk back. I'm listening for every little sound.
For some reason this year blogging is just not my thing to do daily anymore. I spend a lot of time rewriting some of my old books and writing new ones. They are in editing and may someday make their way to you. The rest of my time is spent doing volunteer work at the Eagles, "People helping People" where as being President for a couple of years now I guess I'm going to run for a third year at my local chapter #3455. This will not slow down my writing since I am retired now. Not working a regular job that is. Now back to my writing. I am just about finished rewriting my book "T.T. Gristman/Time Traveler". My first western "Saddle Spur" was not finished editing in time for Christmas last year but should be out by fall if I get off my ass and push the editor to get it edited. Since I was concentrating on the rewrite, my editor has pushed it to the back burner. There is so many books coming out in print that I haven't had the heart to push. It is hard to believe how many books are published each day. Sometimes I feel I'm drowning in a tidal wave of competition by not pushing my books. I took several out of print; you may have noticed. One was because I didn't like the publisher and planning on rewriting them before publishing them myself. If you went to my Amazon page you will notice they are not available anymore. I have to level with you, my first books were not as good as they could be, I concentrated on telling the story and not on showing the story. Some people like it but most did not. For speed readers they were great, they could zip right thru them and not lose the story line but for the regular reader that wants to get drawn into the story, they suck. I will try to blog more often but the elections at the Eagles are in four weeks from now, if elected it will cut back my time somewhat more. Anyway, Talk Back. I'll try to listen. Have a great day!
I can't believe it is February already and this is my first post of the year. I have been so busy rewriting one of my earlier books. Even though I published "T.T. Gristman" a few years ago. I decided to revisit the story to see why it didn't sell. I understand why the readers didn't really get interested in the story; so like all writers I decided it was good enough book it just needed a little tweaking and rewriting. Since I have so many books waiting to be finally edited, I chose to rewrite the story instead and rename it "T.T. Gristman/ Time Traveler" I think the readers will enjoy the rewritten YA story. Still awaiting editing of my story "Saddle Spur" my first western. My editor is having a rough time making time to edit. I know I have a tendency to have word fits as my editor calls it, this slows the process down. I have a couple of other books ready to join the list of books to be edited. As a writer, I can't seem to stop working. I just wish I would remember to blog once in a while so my readers know what is going on in my world. Once you start on a book, it is hard to do other things with the story rolling around in your head demanding attention everyday. Do any of you other writers have this problem? I know I need to spend more time on the computer not just writing books but communicating to the world. I decided since I have never written a best seller that I should not call myself an author, just a writer, Hopefully by the time I leave this world, someone will pick up one of my books and spread the word to others. Being old enough to retire, I know the clock is ticking so I won't be here forever but I would love to write just one story that hits the top 10 charts. Anyway, I have typed enough for tonight. Talk back and remember I'm always listing. Have a great week!
It is the time of the year when a writer is in a hurry to finish up the story and try to get it published in time for Christmas. As usual , I didn't make it with my latest book not even the revised "T.T. Gristman-Time Traveler" wasn't ready for sale by Christmas. Only the original version is available. The reason for the revision was because when I started writing/publishing, I thought that telling the story was the key thing to writing but I have learn that showing-not telling was the proper way to get the reader hooked into the story. We all have to learn and improve as they go. Me, when I first moved up into management, I was not one of those that came straight out of college and into a career filled with book learning and no common sense (Work Experience). I learn as I progressed up into management. I did go back to college when I discovered that I needed to know more. This put me on equal footing with those straight out of college with one exception; I knew how the real world turned. In work as in writing, you learn from the best by observing the top in the group and understanding why they are in the top; what got them there. I have applied what I learned working, to my writing. Each of us end up with their own style that is a blend of experience and knowledge of things we have been exposed to in life. Copying another writer does not give you the success you seek because you won't stand out and create your own niche in this vast world of writing. Riding on another writer's coattail has limited benefits if at all. Stretch yourself to find you who you are and do what you enjoy. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year if you don't hear from me until next year. Talk back, I'm listening as always. Have a great day.
Normally, I work on one of my active books a little or a lot each day but right now, I can't decide on which one to work on. I have been so busy with my volunteer work at the Eagles that I just can't sit down and write right now, not even blog. (That is why they are so sporadic anymore). When I do finally sit down at the computer to write, I have three stories floating around in my head. The rewrite of "T.T. Gristman"/time traveler story. The writing of "In Brad's eyes" which is also a rewrite of Lightning in the Tunnel/In the Beginning" or the writing of "Saddle Spur". I have to be careful in my writing or rewriting I don't mix of the story especially the main characters name. I was rewriting T.T. and started using John from Saddle Spur as Tee's name. That forced me t go back and make sure I didn't do it anywhere else in the story. I don't think I screwed up anything "In Brad's Eyes" but I need to check this. Normally this would never happen but I have so many things on my mind that it gets cluttered every once in a while. I usually work on two or three books at a time and had no problems that my editor didn't catch. Saddle Spur is ninety-nine percent complete with the exception of being edited, again. After this week, things should get back to normal except for Thanksgiving looming on the horizon meaning I will be away from the computer a lot more than I like. Anyway, this is what is happening in my world. What is going on in yours?
Talk back, I'm listening as always. Have a great day.