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I heard recently that about 40% of Americans have never traveled outside of the United States and about 11% have never left the state they were born in. Wow! When you live in Alaska, which has no land connection to the contiguous 48-states, travel is sort of required to live.

The OP for this blog hop, however, says a recent travel experience. I flew down to Seattle a couple of months ago, but Seattle is just a gateway city for Alaska where my mother’s family happens to live. Kind of boring – Pike’s Market is only super exciting if you live in the vegetable-deprived northland, although I really do want to explore the Puget Sound area more thoroughly when I have time and a car and…

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Posted November 14, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

I’d Like a President #basketofdeplorables   Leave a comment

Just to point out that I didn’t get us to where we are today. Take a pause and ask “What might have happened, if only we had voted differently?”

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Image result for gary johnsonI would like a president who wants to represent the entire country and not put people in separate baskets with some designated as untouchable.

Either Hillary or Trump is going to give me that, so I am voting for Gary Johnson. Who cares if he doesn’t know (on a moment’s notice) where Allepo is? At least he’s not insulting pluralities of the nation’s voters in an effort to get bigots to like him more.

Image result for gary johnson quotesImagine if we had a president who asked all the parties to sit down and discuss things like grownups while allowing individuals to retain their rights to be themselves and not be dominated by others. What could we accomplish?

Just thought I would introduce some sanity into this stupid food fight.

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Posted November 14, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Weary of Politics?   Leave a comment

 

Hullabaloo Tugawar Front CoverFor a committed democrat, it sure does suck when you lose an election.

You know what I mean?

Nearly half the country refuses to listen to the other half. We think we know what the other side means, but we never venture outside our own bubbles to actually find out. 

Libertarian Connor infiltrates both bubbles in a Midwestern town on Election Wednesday 2016 and brings readers along for a wry non-partisan tour of the “Bubble Battles.” He even offers a solution … not that any bubble dwellers will listen.

This novelette is a work of fiction based upon real-life events. Any resemblance to yourself or people you know is purely coincidental.

“In today’s crazy world of intense politics, Lela Markham brings a little bit of satirical humor to the table in Hullabaloo on Main Street. No party is safe from Markham’s humor in this quippy fun novel. It’s fun to step outside of ourselves and take a laugh at this book’s jabs. Great for anyone a little weary of today’s dire political tone looking for a bit of humor.” Joshua Grant

 

“I wrote it to make people laugh, to see that politics is not the end of the world, to help ease some of the tensions between the left and the right by showing that there is a third perspective. It’s been two years and we’re still having the same shouting match, now with physical violence. We surely need to take a pause and laugh a little at our own folly, because there’s always a winner and loser in politics and it’s interesting when the “winner” of the midterms still feels it is necessary to assault the wife of a journalist because they don’t like what he reports.”  Lela Markham

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The World’s A Stage for Writers Too   Leave a comment

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This week’s Open Book Blog Hop question is one I’ve  asked so many authors—”What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer?”

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Okay, now. It is a staple question on my and many interviewers’ list because it’s very important.

Writers make writers.

Well-written creations offer examples and inspiration for those seeking to make a mark in the world with ink—hence the adage “read good writing to become a good writer. There is also so much to learn from talented writers’ blood, sweat, tears (real ones-’cause writing is no joke) and experiences.

Like most writers and someone who’s been at various layers of the writing process (teacher, writer, editor, author, mentor, etc.), I have a lot of advice, but…

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Posted November 12, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

It’s a Marathon   4 comments

November 12, 2018

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer ?

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First off, if you want to write … write. You are therefore a writer.

Front Cover of Days End KDPI was a writer for about 40 years before I was an author. There is a difference. I wrote for my own amazement, stories that I wanted to read. At the time, it really wasn’t an option to be published. I tried and it was really hard.

Let’s say  you want to be an author. That’s pretty easy these days thanks to Amazon and other self-publishing companies. If you decline Suggestion #1 – just write for your own amazement, here is some advice if you want to be an independent author.

#1 Read everything and try to write it. Don’t just read your favorite genres. Read history, political science, philosophy, science and anything else factually based. Think of it as building a foundation for excellent writing. But also read fiction, especially classical fiction. Again, you learn how to write well by reading great writing.

#2 Write most days. Keep a diary, write a blog, write short stories and poetry and song lyrics. Practice your skills as often as you can. Yeah, a lot of what you write will be crap. Don’t delete it. Keep it. You can go back and edit it or you might find a smack awesome sentence in the middle of a couple of pages of awful writing.

#3 Join a critique group, submit your writing and listen to the advice you get. You can find lots of people help who are writers just like you and who may have strengths that balance your weaknesses. Plus it is really good practice for when you are getting ready to publish and you are submitting your manuscript to beta readers and an editor (and, yes, you will need to run your manuscript before several second pairs of eyes).

#4 Open a PayPal account and sock some money away there — or in a savings account — because you’re going to need it. Just throwing up a book on Amazon won’t get a lot of traffic. You’ll need to be prepared to advertise to get some attention on your book.

#5 Don’t be in a rush. Take your time. Go over your manuscript as many times as you need to. You want it to be a good book and there simply is no substitute for hard work in the pursuit of quality.

#6 If you can manage it, join an author’s cooperative because there is power in publishing with several other authors under the same publisher. It gives indie authors legitimacy that they are automatically denied simply because they are indie authors.

#7 Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. It took the Bible a few centuries to be accepted and it’s now THE #1 bestseller of all time. Tolkien spent decades writing Lord of the Rings and the associated publications in that universe before he had a chance meeting with a publisher at a dinner party. Most successful authors are 20-year overnight successes.

#8 You will need to develop a social media presence, but don’t overdo it. It’s far more important to write the next book. Set up some sort of schedule so you are occasionally in the public eye, but it’s way more important to be write than to socialize on the Internet.

And, there you go. Those are the things I would do if I was a writer who wanted to become an independent author. Some of them are things I did as I transitioned from writer to published author and some of them are things I wish I had done during that process.

Speaking of which, my 8th novel Day’s End (Book 4 of Transformation Project series) publishes next Tuesday November 20 and the latest Clarion Call anthology Fairy Tale Riot features one of my short stories. All of Transformation Project is on reduced price currently.

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Posted November 12, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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Double Standard   Leave a comment

During WWII, ex-Ku Klux Klansman, now U.S. Senator, Robert Byrd vowed never to fight, “with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” Just a couple of years ago, Senator Byrd lectured us on the floor of the Senate that, “There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time.” I wonder whether he was talking about whites who act like blacks.

Walter WilliamsSan Francisco’s esteemed mayor Willie Brown once described a successful legislative battle this way, “We beat those old white boys fair and square.”

Spike Lee said in disapproval of interracial marriages, “I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.”

The National Association of Black Social Workers drafted a position paper calling white adoptions of black children “cultural genocide.” They warned against “transculturation . . . when one dominant culture overpowers and forces another culture to accept a foreign form of existence.”

Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s presidential campaign manager called Republicans “white boys” who seek to “exclude, denigrate, and leave behind.”

At a celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R. SC), Senator Trent Lott (R. Miss) said that Mississippians were proud to have voted for Mr. Thurmond in his 1948 presidential campaign “and, if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.”

Which among the above statements are the most racist, which have received the most media coverage and which caused the most angst? Clearly, Trent Lott’s statement received the most media coverage and created the most angst but it doesn’t begin to qualify as the most racist. You say, “Williams, that’s different. High officials shouldn’t honor and praise racists or ex-racists.” Then what about Bill Clinton’s acknowledged political mentors – former Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright and former Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus – who were both rabid segregationists, yet former President Clinton highly praises Fulbright and bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. By the way Fulbright was one of 19 senators who issued a statement entitled ‘The Southern Manifesto’, condemning the 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown vs. Board of Education, and defending segregation. That’s a bit more recent than Thurmond’s run for the White House. Does Bill Clinton’s praise of Fulbright, mean that he supported “The Southern Manifesto” just as the assertion that Trent Lott’s praise of Thurmond means he supports Thurmond segregationist stand in 1948? If so, why not also condemn Bill Clinton?

I have several possible theories on the responses to Senator Lott’s rather stupid remarks – stupid in the context of our politically correct world. My first theory is that conservatives are held to higher standards of decency, conduct and decorum than liberals. In other words, it’s like behavior that’s tolerated in the case of children but ostracized when adults do the same thing. That theory might also explain why racist statements made by blacks are excused. Another theory is that since 9/11 and President Bush’s public popularity, both appointed and unappointed black leaders have had no platform and been paid no attention. Senator Lott’s guffaw gives them platform, voice and mission. Finally, the Democrats, having lost all branches of national government in the recent elections, are desperate to get something on Bush and the Republicans and Trent Lott’s statement is the answer to their prayers.

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In Praise of My Editor   1 comment

An editor fulfills an important role for an independent author, providing an objective second pair of eyes on a manuscript that the writer cannot help getting too close to. And there are all sorts of editors available through a variety of sources. Some focus on content, some on copy-editing while others will take you all the way through the formatting process. Editors can be expensive, but consider them a business investment that will bring your book to the next level. An editor provides clarity and a new reader’s perspective on reading your book.

Manuscript EditingFor my latest book, I hired Dyane Forde of Christian Creative Nexus primarily as that objective second pair of eyes. Dyane and I had a previous relationship as writers under the Breakwater Harbor Books cooperative imprint. I knew she would be professional, caring and not avoid dealing with my weaknesses.

Her turnaround time was quick – less than two weeks for a 100,000-word manuscript. I’m sure that might vary depending on how busy she is, but I was impressed because it was nearly a week shorter than we had agreed upon.

Dyane concentrated on content and copy-writing while also proof-reading the manuscript and she performed wonderfully. This was my 8th published book, the 4th in this series and there are issues with that. You don’t want to rewrite the entire series in this book, so that can make it difficult for an editor to orient themselves. I provided a synopsis of my prior books and she figured it out. Dyane flagged when she thought I needed to explain the back story a bit, she pointed out some pacing issues and a story line that I really had gotten sloppy with. And of course, that meant I had to go back to the manuscript and do some rewrite to make it better…which is the reason we hire an editor and I was thrilled to do it.

I instituted almost everything Dyane suggested and I’m glad I did. My book Day’s End comes out November 20 and is on pre-order currently, and the entire series is on price reduction until then.

Words of Election Wisdom   1 comment

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The blue wave turned out to be a blue ripple. The Democrats won a healthy, but narrow majority in the House and lost seats in the Senate. More tellingly, most state governorships remain in Republican hands. Democrats got a bump, but they didn’t flip big in any state. It was all fairly narrow margins. What does that mean?

Well, people were certainly energized and many new voters turned out to the polls. Democrats hoped they were energized against President Trump, but voters don’t appear to be so upset with President Trump that they are inclined to punish Republicans to a great degree. Suburban voters turned out against Trump — which I find interesting because they have the most to gain from Trump’s economy. Polling out of Texas suggests a disconnect between Democrats and the economic reality. That might change when they file their tax returns in the coming year. For the record, Trump’s tax reform saw a 10% increase in my family’s take-home pay from 2017 to 2018. I’m not a Trump supporter, but I am grateful for that bump which has allowed me to replenish a savings account that had been badly depleted by Obamacare-drive medical insurance premiums.

The Democrats can now exert some power in the federal government, but it is limited and checked power. That means they must either opt for “bipartisanship”, which under Republican presidents generally results in huge spending increases, or in gridlock, which isn’t a bad thing from a liberty perspective. Unfortunately, there are some huge things that need to be addressed – entitlement reform (including Obamacare and Obama’s massive expansion of the welfare state) and the debt being the biggest issues — and I think either way, this election result means those extremely important issues will not be addressed for at least another two years. But, Republicans didn’t exactly work on those issues in the two years they had control of all branches of government, so ….

I prefer divided government and gridlock. More issues may devolve to the states, which I also prefer. The blue ripple is better than a blue wave because it sends a clear message to Democrats that the voters don’t love them, they just don’t like unitarian government. It also sends a message to President Trump that he needs to work across the aisle. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, if he were a fiscal conservative, but he isn’t, so — who’s ready for $30 trillion in debt?

Anyone want to lay a long-term bet on how long the government can sustain deficit spending at these levels?

 

Remember Me   Leave a comment

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So this week’s Open Book Blog asks:
What do you want people to remember about you?

Most importantly, I want my kids to remember, most of all, that I loved them.  I ask my kids that frequently.  Do you know that I love you?  Like really know?  Down in the end of your toenails know?  To which they promptly give me that annoyed, grossed out look of tolerance they reserve for such occasions.

I’m obsessed with love ya’ll.  Bite me, “generation gap”, because I keep up with my kids and I love them for who they are, and I will die on the hill of making sure my kids know that they are always welcome home.  That my husband and I always have their backs.  That they aren’t in it alone.

I also hope that they pick up from my husband and I that it’s important to do good.  And…

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Posted November 5, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 5th November   1 comment

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This week the theme is:  What do you want people to remember about you?

Hopefully the list below as far as this blog-hopper is concerned (in no particular order):

  1. She had a good sense of humour, even if it was a bit on the dark side at times.
  2. She didn’t complain much.
  3. She never gave in or gave up, just soldiered on regardless.
  4. She was reliable and loyal.
  5. She lived true to herself.
  6. She could write good stories.
  7. She loved the Isle of Wight.
  8. She tried her best.
  9. She was a good listener.
  10. She was conscientious.

How would you like to be remembered?  Click on the blue button below to add your blog, and also to read other blog-hoppers’ posts.

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Posted November 5, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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