Lofty Expectations

My life is stranger than fiction. I lose a client and gain a client. The problem is that one client is not enough to pay the bills.

So, to gain some equilibrium, I am going to have to take a couple terms off from college to take HRM exams so I ca become certified. I was hoping that I could wait on this but since the last scare with the school’s financial dept.,  I am thinking that I will have to be working at something more substantial than a minimum wage level job in order to be able to hold any hope of actually making any headway.

I had hoped to gain enough work as a ghost and as an editor to keep things afloat, but my original client, the one who had been a mainstay. decided to go on a 50,000 page expedition (he wanted me to write 50,000 pages (?) because “content and number of pages are the key to sales”. While I believe that 50,000 actually meant number of words, he took it to mean 50,000 pages. I warned him that nobody would even WANT to download it, let alone read it…but he thought I was just raining on his parade.

I hope, upon hope, that he will come back…but who knows? In the meantime, I also hope to acquire more clients to meet with my needs. Still, certification would afford me a salaried job rather than a wage. And I am good at HRM.

At the same time, I have ideas going through my head. Not writing ideas, but business-related. Like flood control that doubles as sustainable energy+drinkable water. Or an idea on economic rejuvenation that takes the agricultural lifestyle of the area and turns it into a community based cooperative/collaborative effort to create both jobs and revenue for the area.

Unfortunately, these ideas are at a standstill while I await  answers.   As are the film projects I am trying to write proposals for.

Adding to this is new trouble from my mother. At the beginning of the year, I agreed to save money and buy her old car. When the college messed up on my financial aid, I ended up having to use the money I had already saved so that I could survive after missing out on last month’s stipend check.

Apparently, moms no longer understand how things that can go wrong sometimes DO go wrong. Oh,well. It’s just another Thursday.

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The Frustration of Taking a Rest From Writing

So I was looking over the first three books in the Morrow Family Saga: 1950’s and noticed something disturbing. In Hand Me Down World, I started Natalia out at twelve. In Dreams, she is ten or eleven. And in Laughing,  she is yet another age. Apparently, in my writing, my intent to start out with a ten-year-old Natalia was unintentionally ignored and her age misstated.

I am surprised that no one who has taken time to read the serialized books here caught the age mistakes. I guess that the story is good enough that no one notices the discrepancies. That is both surprising and flattering. I suppose that this means that I am doing my job as a writer.

Anyway, the actual chronological age order is as follows:

1950: 10 years

1951: 11 years

1952: 12 years

1953: 13 years.

etc.

At the same time, I am wondering if I should begin at age 9 or keep it according to the original plot.

Either way, this means that I do have to pull the books in order to do a wee bit editing. But that is the only bit I have to do, which is good. Perhaps, after I do the fixes, the books will take off in sales. After all, there is always a reason why things aren’t a sudden success, and sometimes it is something small.

Math Madness

Sorry for the lack of chapters. Business math and Biology have gobbled up my time and brain cells like Pac Man going after the power pellets and the ghosts. I haven’t really felt like writing due to the amount of energy the two combined classes took. I am not the best at math and am finding myself in wonder because I am doing better than I had expected.

Next term, I will be better able to take time to write more. I will be better rested as well. Until then, here’s hoping to give more updates soon. Oh, and one more thing. Be sure to keep up with character development for The Vampire Wars to see if I talk about your fave VW/Angel of Death character. so far, I have profiled Voodoo and Angel. Who will I profile next? Check it out at:

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A Nice Walk Through Ohio…Sort of

Ohio is coming along quite nicely. I got three chapters done last night despite my editor-cat’s attempts to keep me from doing so. I am currently sitting at “chapter`14”, so only have ten more chapters to go. I will be glad to get done with the year 1970.

It is snowing outside, so looks like it’ll be a white Christmas/Yule for me. Unless it does actually get back up to the 40’s, then it’ll be a muddy holiday season. Still, with as cold as it is today, I cannot see tomorrow reaching 39/40 at all. It is something around 17 but feels-if you go out-like it is  minus 17. Or it does to me. Then, again, I don’t like the cold…or extreme heat.

So, back to the story at hand, you have noticed that Ohio doesn’t actually take place in the state, but is named because the events of 1970-and the news of the year-revolved around the violent end to the protests that took place at Kent State in Ohio. It was the first time a President had allowed force to be used to end a peaceful protest where not a single person involved was armed and not many of those who actually died were a part of the protests. It was the first nail in the coffin where Nixon’s political integrity was concerned. Four years later (and also at the core of the book slated to cover 1974), Watergate would put an end to what had been thought to be a promising political career and a Presidency that had been rife with controversy and rumors.

Oops. I gave a spoiler. sorry. I know I promised never to do so, but Everything you will be reading in subsequent books in the 1970’s series will lead up to what happens in 1974. The last half will deal with the rise and fall of disco and the free sex and drugs that went along with it.

I love the music from that era, even the disco music. But, then, I love the old rock-n-roll. 1950’s, 1960’s 1970’s and 1980’s. the music of the 1990’s wasn’t bad, but I am an old school metal/blues metal head. BM was always lumped in with “Glam” but really wasn’t. Glam was glam, BM was BM. Some had to go “glam” in their looks (big hair and makeup) to make it in the biz.

I can tell you that the one thing that you will find, despite the changes in what was popular, Matt is never a sellout. He doesn’t do disco to remain popular. For some reason, though he tries it and succeeds with a couple songs, he sees what will happen and refuses to become too entrenched in any genre. Though he does change with the times, he doesn’t compromise his musical principles and he remains a popular figure both on his own and as a studio musician.

Think of him as KISS meets the Rolling Stones in a single person. Throw in a jazz master who has been in every music revolution and has adapted to the changes that every upheaval has brought and that is him.A musician’s musician.

Anyway, I am going to go back to watching the snow fall and writing on Ohio. After that, I will be doing most of my homework and possibly playing a few games. My next post will be the next chapter in the ongoing story of Matt Morrow and his family…

Projects

I am not looking forward to returning to Once Around the Ride or Life Loves a Tragedy. Or even the nine books following Life. They all deal with pain. Once deals with the death of Matt’s mother and the impact it has on him and those in his family. It also explains the anger he exhibits toward his mother in Long Cold Winter. Life Loves a Tragedy begins a second time of loss for Matt. It is about the beginning of the end of his relationship with his greatest love, Juanita (also talked about in Long Cold Winter).

Once Around the Ride begins the 1980s series of The Morrow Family SagaLife Loves a Tragedy begins the 2000s series. Like all good procrastinators, I will continue on Ohio (the first book in 1970s series) and on These Eyes. Not sure I want to start crying every chapter while writing the other two books.

Book Two is done and sent to publishing…

Last night, I took a look at the word count for Tales From the Renge: Birth of the Chosen One (birth of a savior, for those who have been reading here on the blog) and found that it already had 25,000 words, which meant that it had already reached the desired number count. Since it was the right length, I decided to stop and publish.

Like the first book, the cover is simply a picture of the map. But unlike the first book, the frame is purple, not yellow. Each book will have a different cover, thus making each book distinct. Next in line is book three, but I am not going to start it until after the first of the year sometime. This means that I will be returning to writing The Morrow Family Saga, picking up where I left off.

Although I had planned to write about the local rodeo and nearby state park, I do not yet have the information, so I will be writing a story set around Christmastime. Instead of being as dark, it will be more peaceful and not have so much about the French family. While there will be references to them, they will not be as prevalent. I will be focusing more on the members of the Morrow family (both the main family and the extended) and how they plan a Christmas.

One of the books after will deal with a Morrow family Thanksgiving, but I am not sure which. As always, I intend to write a little food into the story just to tease.  I am not sure whether I will serialize this next book, but will let you know soon.

All I Want For Christmas

There are days I wonder why it is so hard to make it as an author. This is the hardest time of the year for me, the stretch between September and April. So many people close to me died during this stretch of time. My grandfather (who encouraged me at an early age to follow my heart and my dreams) died in September of 1978. My son died in March of 1997. My father, uncle, and aunt died within a year of each other between sept.2012 and Sept.,2013.

So much has happened the past year that has made it bittersweet. My grandma’s passing brought a mixed feeling of relief and sadness.My marriage was a touch of paradise that was overshadowed by miscommunication and differences in opinion among family members. Watching my wife walk across the stage and accept the diploma she had earned gave me great pride while the political debacle that was our chance to find change became a battle between two of the same. Even more sadness has developed as I have watched the “winner” pick less than stellar people (the same politics he claimed to be going in to drive out of DC) for his cabinet and a scandal rise in the form of allegations of vote tampering that implicates Russia.

All I really want for Christmas is for business to pick up. I am writing a Christmas themed book in the Morrow Family Saga since I have had a devil of a time getting the much needed information about the local rodeo and nearby State Park in the 1950’s (1953-59). Since I have a delay on that, I have decided to change the scene a bit and do a softer, more peaceful book…with very little mention of the French family or the mob or even anything more than a mention of the main plot of the ’50’s set. I am thinking that there will be a couple of quiet books, allowing Natalia to grow a little and show her potential in a few areas, then I will return to the storyline I started with and finish the 50’s out with a dark surprise.

I have started FaceBook pages for each series/book I have written and have added a “buy now” button that takes the visitor to my author’s page on amazon and all the books I have written. I did it that way because I couldn’t do separate buttons for each book in the serieses. this way, they can see all the books and choose exactly which ones they want to order. Later, I will post each link to the pages here. But for now, I will take my leave. Here’s hoping for a better New Year.