Why am I reading this?

Because we’re gonna have fun! The main reason people read Newsletters and Blogs is that they like to connect. Blog readers are fascinated by glimpses into different lifestyles, homes, hobbies, and points of view. Blogs offer insight into everyday lives, how it feels to be that person, and to live that life. Besides: … read more

The 360 evaluation cupcake

To be honest, I can’t ever remember a #performance evaluation that I could use to #manage improving my performance.  However, it did keep large numbers of personnel staff and consultants happily employed. About every 5 – 7 years, we added more consultants and staff to disassemble the current system and … read more

The Niggardly Zerk

The Aliens ululated on the poop deck. My father never finished high school. In his senior year, during World War II, he volunteered for the Navy. After his enlistment, he came home and went directly into the workforce. He liked reading technical and how-to books, and built many things, including … read more

#ILookLikeAnEngineer, decades later.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer, decades later.

How did we get so MEAN?

Sounding like the spit and chaw crowd on the courthouse steps: It was never like this before. Decades ago, we had had strong, vehement positions. We were the first generation to try to work and play well with others who didn’t think, act, and look like us. We made many mistakes. We had #protests that afterward we could only be admitted to have been over nothing useful. We stuck to our positions even when they clearly were mistaken. Some protests went violent, to the horror of the non-violent.We believed that we were the voice of the future. The future of tolerance, enlightenment, and… Click To Tweet  ..

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#flood disaster

#flood disaster

Hurricane #Harvey here in Texas, up to 4 feet! got me looking. I was looking for the stone flood wall at #Piesport, Germany. We were there, and took pictures 1987. Anyone having a photo, it’s on the north shore of the Mosel. This one is of a wall in Passau … read more

#Slush Pile

#Slush Pile

Did it. Pulled the trigger. Stomped on the fire. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Where’s the beef. Sorry, a little fun. Made my #amediting  schedule of finishing edits of #scifi Matryoschka Sarah, the last set of 2974 line edits to work over. Today, I’m contributing to that … read more

#partner, Partner

#partner, Partner

My partner-in-life, Betsy, went into the resort’s ultra-chic coffee bar for her Christmas morning fix. I ran in after hearing ringing laughter. Her ‘Christmas moose’ cover-up, was the hit with the two Christmas elves, also guests there. I’m thrilled that I had a real camera. My much more expensive smartphone … read more

#eclipse photos done right, at 25k feet

#eclipse photos done right, at 25k feet

The best way, and the only way to ensure results is with a 400 mm lens, Ektrachrome film, while flying along the route of the eclipse. The plane I rented was a Boeing 717 (not a typo).  This is days late, due to rehosting Matryoschka Heritage. The plan was to prove my superior skills by publishing Before the official eclipse day.

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No one screamed and ran out of the room!

No one screamed and ran out of the room!

In the @gullickwriter fiction workshop session at @WritersLeague #writingworkshop17 it was the turn for Matryoschka Daughters to be work shopped. Lots of hot tips on how to make it readable. Anticipate months of fun. And yes, an earlier version was so controversial that one workshopper claimed and boycotted the time … read more

about me

about me

What would I do without a brag sheet, aka, About Me?

I presumptuously write relationship novels and short stories that use Science Fiction tropes and memes, with a soupçon of literary fiction.

I’ve had the good fortune to have had artists worldwide respond to the themes and characters of my excerpts. This one is from a Spanish Artist. I have had others from exotic locations such as Scotland, Anchorage, Brussels.

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#writersworkshop17 Tuesday

Hi! Hanging with Charlotte Gullick and the gang in the advance Writer’s League of Texas @WLT in Austin, Tx Photo compliments of ACC, Austin Community College. It’s one of the lockers.

Gilligan’s Island, #amwriting #scifi, maybe

Gilligan’s Island, #amwriting #scifi, maybe

Were we ever there?

A twist on belly button gazing. Here is a discussion started by mitch haynes, and my mangle of it, while not #amwriting

Mitch Haynes >>
I’ve always wondered about the backstory of #Gilligan’s Island.

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Reaching #GenZ

Reaching #GenZ

By now, you probably know that we live in a rural county reported being in the bottom 10% average family income for the USA. This generates issues with availability of public outreach to cover children at risk. 

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We’ve always DUNG it this way

We’ve always DUNG it this way

Ever have a disaster with a bank, credit card company, or the ‘trustee’ of your retirement account? Ever have the same disaster, for three weeks with the company that was all three? Ever have your credit drop 100 points because of a screw up that you had no control over?

Yep, more #amwriting muse for my #matryoschka.comWe've always Dung it this way Click To Tweet

I just went through this. All my money was in ‘limbo,’ with no ability to write checks, pay bills, and previous checks were bouncing. Nothing formal like a ‘hold,’ or ‘pending xxx.’ I’ve cleared it up by forcing, yes, forcing, a Federal Reserve wire transfer of everything to a commercial bank that at least is up to date, for the previous decade.

All this reminds me of an old parable, offered here below.

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Schedule Social Media for your #wordpress (corrected)

Hi!

Once you get a roll on writing content, more-or-less have tamed your website, and haven’t crashed anything, you start to think about that ‘publicity’ stuff. Many blogs on that, and if you contact me, I’ll set up a post pointing out the most useful. Here, I’m concentrating on one aspect.  

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Sarah Beth Merk

The heroine of all four novels, Sarah Beth Merk, is complex, exasperating, silly, deliberate, cold, warm, a killer, a savior.  

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#weed and me

#weed and me

I have never imbibed pot…I have imbibed pot.

Both can’t be true, unless you channel Presidential Logic…depends on what ‘is’ ‘is.’ I’ll get back to that at the end.   

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What is a #sf #BetaReader

What is a #sf #BetaReader

To me, it is first defined by what it isn’t. It isn’t an editor of any type. Spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word use are not requested, except to clarify what the reader Thinks what is meant by the writer.

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Matryoschka.com Novel Cycle

The Matryoschka.com cycle follows a small group of friends, Alex, Sarah, Katie, and Quentin, slammed together by an impossible threat, and the fight to survive. The cycle covers from ~220 BCE to 50 years into the future. Four novels complete the cycle.

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Pen holder for your #writers #journal

Pen holder for your #writers #journal

Hi!

Loved the #WLT2017 Agents and Editors confab. In the stack of business cards I collected, I didn’t segregate those who wanted a source of the pen holder I had on my writer’s journal. Here it is. click on icon for details.

Sorry for not following through with e-mail

#ownvoices #literaryfiction

100% Native American Authors.  The @kenyonreview does special quarterlies from time to time. This issue was 100% Native American authors.  There have been others, and I’ll keep checking my notes. It’s vague if there is an electronic version for sale. They have had eMags since 2008? At least that is how … read more

@diannaroy Tender Dance #BookReview

@diannaroy ‘s Romance novel Tender Dance hits it out of the park. The independently financed Ballet Troup has one free night before their Chicago (and World) Premier. What do the younger members do? In a memorable scene, they break out into a spontaneous homage to the play/movie “Chicago.” One of the … read more

Finally, a model for my Sarah Beth

Finally, a model for my Sarah Beth

Hi! You have seen my custom artwork for Sarah (before she becomes Sarah-Alex in Novel 1), Alex, Antonia, Katie, and Alexi. A read of my newsletters disclosed that all of my artists are #trans. Don’t dig for #PC intent. It isn’t there. I’m too pragmatic to let #PC keep me … read more

#slacker #amwriting

#slacker #amwriting

hmmm, Apparently I’m a slacker. I’ve only gone to 49 rejections last year. Time to amp up my submissions! https://goo.gl/5T4dsm

Here is some #Amazon help

Okay, let’s get this straight. If you took up writing, either as a #vocation or #advocation, it probably was because you weren’t a people person.

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Your Computer Reads Your Doc

HEAR your Document Spoken

Did you know how easy it is to have your computer read anything to you? This is known variously as #TTS, Text to Speech, or Speak. 

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#Matryoschka Girl in submittal

It occurred to me a little self-promotion wouldn’t be a bad thing. So all you #scifi #SFF #litagent here is the #query. ==== If they live separate lives, ALEX MONROE, 24, and SARAH MERK, 18, will die. To survive, they must live as one person — one body until they … read more

#reboot #kickstart #scifi #novel

#reboot #kickstart #scifi #novel

I posted the kick-start http://www.syzygy.org/opportunity-to-support-quality-fiction-the-fettered-flame-e-d-e-bell-to-print/ Unfortunately, it didn’t finish, and you have a short term opportunity to get on board with this ambitious book. Of course, each level of support brings more and more goodies. Here it is. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atthisarts/the-fettered-flame-mini-relauch?ref=hero_thanks

#onestopforwriters on-line #amwriting

The authors of #Emotion #Thesarus teamed with #Scrivener folks to create One-Stop-for-Writers.

This is a phased roll-out, going officially Live tomorrow, 7 October 2015. I’ll place more info here as I get it.  This will be great.

For now, laziness has it’s virtues. To get you started, below is their publicity blub . Stay tuned (aka subscribe) to this blog, and you’ll get my obviously cogent insight as it rolls out.

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Bring The Fettered Flame to Print!

The first book in this series, The Banished Craft, by E.D.E. Bell was a surprise in the landscape of me-too urban/contemporary #fantasy. It plays back to classical high fantasy but with sensitivity to issues we face in the real world. Characters are well drawn, and supporting characters have meaning of their … read more

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