Updated 2/20/14: First thunderstorm of the year! Would be more fun if it weren't being followed up by more bittercold weather.
I'm back to my old tricks, accepted a part in a Community Theater play. More details as they firm up.
I had a close call with food poisoning a week ago, and to make a long story short, I learned a few things about myself I've always wanted to know. I also think I might know why my father died, and that's a pretty freeing feeling, too. Because of this, I've decided to stop worrying about things I can't do, and start having fun with what I can.
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Buy a copy of each of my Bonanza novels and get a third complete novel FREE! "Passion of the Sons" is brand new (soon to be released) and only for those who bought and enjoyed both of these. See NEWS page for more information.
I see author copies for only $10 each. Contact me for your copy.
FREE! TRY MY 8-STORY ANTHOLOGY NOVEL "CARTWRIGHT SAGA" BEFORE YOU BUY EITHER NOVEL. Contact me for your copy.
Dancing with Cannibals - on the market again! Great opportunity for publishers, has been very well edited, and comes with a completed cover you can purchase at a reasonable price! Adam Reinhard is a top notch book cover artist. Ask for his contact info.
SAVING BOONE: Quest for Justice - a young adult novel, submitted to Amazon contest
Trade Networks & Cultural Connections - in research
Copper Artifact Resource Manual - museums being contacted and data being entered.
Dinner at Marshall Fields, a fiction memoir, in final edit.
Passion of the Sons, a free Bonanza novel, in final edit.
Modern Grimm's Fairy Tales - a collection of short fantasy tales with potential grim outcomes, salvaged only by the human spirit, in edit.
If It Rains In Paris, a semi-autobiographical movie script, in edit
Awakened, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal, getting ready to post at Talentville
2/6/14: Two new writing blogs, when "not" to take NO for an answer, and how to tell when a contract is for a vanity press (and should be avoided).
If It Rains In Paris made the first cut into their top 10%, and this is the first time so the edits and changes must have made a difference.
I also have a new page here called "Unpublished Snippets." I've put the first part of projects here that I'm working on, and submitting, but that haven't found homes yet. You'll see the Cannibal book, my memoir on being a grandma long-distance, and the new young adult version of Boone Tyler here, so far. As always, I'd love feedback.
I've decided, in this third trimester of life, on the following goals: Age 60-70 - work; Age 70-80 - travel; Age 80-90 - write my memoirs and other fun stuff! Getting old? Who has time?
2/3/14: Well, the contract for Civil War & Bloody Peace turned out to be one that I could not sign. So the hunt continues. I put an announcement on how to get a free copy of my third Bonanza novel, "Passion of the Sons," on my news page, so take a look there. I've been marketing a new article on responding to rejections, and if I get another rejection on it (ha!) I'll post it here!
January 1, 2014: For my first blog posting of the new year, I decided to write up details on my low fat diet that enabled me to leave 25 pounds back in 2013. Hope it helps others as it did me.
Also I added a new discussion in 2 Sides to Every Story - a discussion of the Christmas myth.
Do I have any wishes for the new year? Probably all the usual ones, health and happiness for my family and friends, and a new writing contract for one of my novels. A job would be nice, and I won't complain if the golf course sells. We now have Obamacare coverage and seem to be none the worse off, although time will tell how well it covers. I know there are no exclusions, and that is for the first time in 15 years. But for me, I'd like to live life without insurance at all, because really, shouldn't we all just live until we die?
Happy 2014 everyone!
November 2013: Happy Commercial Christmas begins today! Oh, yes, and Happy Thanksgiving, too. Eat up, you're gonna need the energy. I've posted in 2 Sides to Every Story a Turkey article, so if you get a chance - enjoy!
On the Home page you'll see links to my resume and CV (writer's curriculum vitae). To the 2 Sides page, where you'll see new links to materials I'll be posting, with the perspective essay the only thing on the first page. And to the copper project page, where I'll be adding a new essay from time to time.
For Bonanza fans, I am hard at work at a new Bonanza novel, called "Passion of the Sons." In keeping with the reality of the TV series, where ultimately we lose Adam to the real world, this will be a reflection of Season 7 of the series, where they try to get along without him. I got a copy of Season 7 to watch and utilize where I can, but mostly this is a whole newly created adventure for all four Cartwrights, as Adam goes off with an Indian tribe and his new wife, and Hoss and Joe challenge each other to find wives.
I hope that others can learn from my mistakes when it comes to being employed, or going to college, so please read my recent blog.
The first article on 2 Sides to Every Story is now posted, called "What is Controversial History." Here I try to explain the difference between opinion and the use of attitude in historical events, using Lincoln, Custer and Uncle Sam as examples. Do email me with any questions or concerns.
I had to withdraw from the SAA conference and feel really bad about it, but there's just no funds to do that kind of thing anymore. That's why my copper project either needs a grant, or I need a job. Or getting any of my completed projects published!
As promised I added a blog on my recent foray into the music business - trying to get rights to use lyrics in Dinner at Marshall Fields. Honestly, I never even though about it until I read it at someone's website.
UPDATED 8/3/13: The Illinois folk that I've been contacting for the Illinois presentation in September on the North American Copper Artifact Trade Project (NACATP) have been overwhelmingly nice and helpful. I really appreciate you out there! Plus I just got what could be my final piece for my copper bell article. Where do I go with it from here? I'm hoping American Archaeology, because I just queried them.
NACATP? Yes, I need to keep repeating it, because I want this project to claim that acronym. When you search on NACATP, you will discover it is already taken. I 'm told repeating it helps the search engine, so we'll see if this works.
Why change it? I was hoping that someone in Wisconsin would step forward and offer to sponsor or associate with the project, and that hasn't happened, and also, perhaps, it shouldn't happen. If I am going to interest people outside these few states in the Midwest, I need a title they can all relate to.
I just finished going through the Columbus, Ohio database online and it amazed me to see the work involved in this project. Nomenclature is the number one issue as I travel from state to state. We don't all call things the same. For instance, in Ohio what's a rod is in Wisconsin an awl or pike - depending on size. So now I have to size up these 'rods' so I can see if it's a pike or an awl. Yes, it makes a difference, in what that tool was used for, and really, that's what it's all about, right?
NACATP - for good measure.
UPDATE 7/31/13: Back from my Madison and Illinois research trips, with lots of fun things to talk about. Hopefully I can dedicate August to getting some articles put together and submitted to journals and magazines. That's probably the best way to get validity and authority for this research. But I'm also thinking of doing a PhD, if I can't find a job.
I added my thesis advisor as reference to both my historical nonfiction research pages. He graciously has agreed to reference me. The problem with being independent is that people, especially in museums, don't seem to want to trust me.
But I can honestly say that you can't find anyone more honest or able to do the right thing with this research. I challenge anyone to find anything wrong with my procedure.
7/14/13: I just completed my first edited newsletter for the Wisconsin Writers Association and hope that they like my work enough to keep me around. Time will tell on this! I have an interview on Thursday for research assistant, and with fingers crossed, hope finally I can make my master's in history work for me.
And please do take a look at the NEW first chapter of Vrykolakas Journal posted at "Arabus Drake-Vrykolakas" - I'm really excited about how this reads.
7/2/13 - I read an article in Atlantic Weekly about analyzing the Civil War and that encouraged me to write my own. See my new blog posting - "CIVIL WAR INEVITABLE"
Still getting rejections on the Civil War book. I don't know what more I can do on it but keep my fingers crossed. If only that would get published - I could forget about the need to get a job, I think.