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Open Book Blog Hop – January 14th   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

Have you ever been duped by a so-called service to authors?  And what is the best service you’ve ever used?

Back in 2009 when I wrote my first non-fiction book I was rather naïve regarding predatory author ‘services’, which are there purely to relieve writers of their money.  I’d taken advice from a doctor where I worked, who had also written his first book and had used A*********e for publishing it.  He was, and is, a millionaire, and so looking back with hindsight I expect the cost of publishing was mere peanuts to him.

Anyway, there I was with all these words I’d written, and I thought that if a doctor had recommended this publishing company, then they must be okay (!).  I contacted A*********e, who assured me that yes, they would publish my book.  They assigned me a ‘representative’, who sent me a list…

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Posted January 14, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Good Food Makes Good Books   Leave a comment

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It’s Open Book time!

This week’s topic is:  Share a recipe for a food that comes from one of your books.

Okay, so I love mentioning food and drink in my books.  One of the foods I have mentioned is garlic soup.  One of the drinks is peppermint tea.  Mentioning now and then what my characters eat is important to me.  Partially because food is yum.  Partially because food is real lifey.  Partially because when I was a kid I got annoyed when characters didn’t eat or go to the bathroom.  (To be fair, I have bathroom scenes, too.)

Anyway.  My kids LOVE garlic soup.  I got into soup when my girls were babies, especially with the fourth.  When she was several months old, I would make soup, let it cool a bit, and then pop it in her bottle and let her have it that way.

So I sat…

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Posted January 8, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – Writing Goals   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:  ‘Share your writing goals for 2019.’


I’ve read many blogs recently where New Year writing resolutions/ goals are made.  However, I wonder if that is a good thing to do?  The majority of us do not earn our living writing novels, and ‘Life’ has a habit of getting in the way and stealing valuable writing time.

Professional authors with one of the big 5 publishers generally receive large advances, which usually go hand-in-hand with needing to meet writing deadlines.  In my humble opinion it would surely be these people who would need to state their writing goals for 2019, and not the average self-published author.

Deadlines to me means … stress. What’s the point of me setting goals and stressing myself out?  That would only take all the fun out of writing, and for me the best bit is NOT having to meet deadlines!  I…

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Posted January 3, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

OpenBookBlogHop-Layla Writes Love 2019 Goals   Leave a comment

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Share your writing goals for 2019.

Mis Quince Años

I’ve been asking writers and authors to share their 2019 writing goals all last week.

I reached out to romance authors and ask them to tell readers some of their goals for this year, and I did the same for Muslim authors on the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos.

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It was great reading what authors and writers had planned as well as including some of my goals. I also took a moment to take part in an Instagram author’s challenge post.

I’ve been busy planning and goal making. So, I’m going to use this Open Book Blog Hop post to round up all of the goals I made and maybe add a couple of more.  Here we go!

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Posted January 3, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Socialism = Many-Headed Hydra   Leave a comment

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I got into a kerfuffle with some socialists (Bernie supporters) on Twitter recently because I know what Bernie is advocating and they are so enamored of all the free stuff he’s offering that they are blind to the economic, social and political realities of socialism.

As the New Republic’s John Judis explains:

In the early 1970s, I was a founding member of the New American Movement, a socialist group… Five years later, I was finished with…socialist organizing. …nobody seemed to know how socialism—which meant, to me, democratic ownership and control of the “means of production”—would actually work… Would it mean total nationalization of the economy? …wouldn’t that put too much political power in the state? The realization that a nationalized economy might also be profoundly inefficient, and disastrously slow to keep up with global markets, only surfaced later with the Soviet Union’s collapse. But even then, by the mid-1970s, I…

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Posted January 3, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

The Problem   Leave a comment

Less than half of the 24 million proponents of Obamacare who said they would sign up during the legislative process in 2010 actually did so in the last eight years.

Why?

Well, they ran up against the cost of socialized healthcare.
Premiums doubled in the first four years of Obamacare. Last year, the average monthly premium for individual insurance was $476 per person per month in the 39 states participating in HealthCare.gov.

Here is Alaska, premiums in the individual and small-group markets doubled in those first four years and have tripled in the three years since. Alaskans in the small-group markets pay an average premium in excess of $1000 a month.

It gets worse than that, however. As premiums have gone up, choices have gone down. In more than 80 percent of counties across the US, there are only one or two health care plans available on the Obamacare exchange. That means millions of Americans now have far fewer choices when it comes to their doctor and health care network.

For the 11 million who did sign up for Obamacare, over 86 percent of them were enrolled in Medicaid. That didn’t ensure they have access to medical care because increasing numbers of doctors and other medical providers are no longer accepting Medicaid because they are reimbursed at an unsustainable level for the amount of staff required to handle all the related paperwork.

Medicaid is notorious for long wait times and poor health outcomes. It is a costly and unsustainable welfare entitlement program that delivers low-quality medical care to many of its enrollees. Because most doctors don’t accept Medicaid, recipients have little choice but to seek non-urgent care in expensive and overcrowded hospital emergency rooms where they often receive inferior medical treatment. When they do need to seek urgent care, they are routinely assigned to less-skilled surgeons, receive poorer post-op instructions, and often suffer worse outcomes for identical procedures than similar patients both with and without medical insurance.

Medicaid has become too large to provide good services to people who genuinely need public assistance. Eligibility expansions have crowded out those who need care and can’t afford it because taxpayer funds are being spent on individuals who could afford private insurance coverage. This diverts resources from the genuinely needy populations of the program.

You could perhaps make an argument for this if states that have expanded Medicaid had experienced better health outcomes for their poorer populations, but there’s no evidence that has happened. While most of those enrolled in Medicaid are relatively healthy children and their mothers, a small subset of enrollees have serious diseases like diabetes, HIV, anemia, or psychosis. These Medicaid patients are typically in worse condition at the time of their diagnosis than either the insured or the uninsured. They also typically have worse average health outcomes after treatment than either of those two demographics.

Compared to the privately insured, Medicaid patients have a 22 percent great chance of complications and a 57 percent greater change of dying following colon cancer surgery. They are more likely to die in the hospital than the uninsured. That’s right – the uninsured. That statistic comes courtesy of the University of Virginia, by the way.

Medicaid patients typically spend longer in the hospital (10.5 days) than both the insured (7.4 days) and the uninsured (7 days). This is because they are more likely to experience complications and that might explain why Medicaid patients have a 21% higher cost for hospitalization than the uninsured and and a 26% higher cost for hospitalization than the privately insured.

These sad statistics are not limited to adults with cancer, but also show up in stroke recovery and in pediatrics. The vast majority of children in and out of Medicaid enrollment are healthy, but of course that’s not always the case. Researchers have found that a child with asthma is five times more likely to see an asthma specialist if she has private coverage rather than Medicaid. Children with Medicaid are 50% more likely to be seen by an emergency room doctor, in large part because of the dearth of private doctors who will accept Medicaid patients. Those same doctors will accept someone paying case, so uninsured patients actually have more access to medical treatment than those insured under the Medicaid system.

The worst part of all of this is that Obamacare’s shifting of lower-income coverage to Medicaid has resulted in a crowd-out of private insurance and patients it used to cover. Yes, some few uninsured who were not previously covered by Medicaid may now have insurance (with no assurance of actual medical treatment), but even for the previously-insured, getting into see a doctor is now much more difficult, resulting in higher prices and longer wait times. Obamacare’s paperwork requirements on doctors have reduced the amount of time they can spend with patients, increasing diagnosis and treatment errors.

And, none of it was necessary. There are better solutions.

Cousin Rick is a world-renown research doctor who works for a major medical center and    would like not to identify himself, as that would likely ruin his career under the current tyrannical environment of the medical community. He is a frequent guest on my blog whenever the current  medical insurance stupidity becomes so great that he feels it necessary to vent.

Open Book Blog Hop – December 24th   Leave a comment

Stevie Turner

This week’s topic is:  ‘What is your fondest holiday memory?’

For me, it’s got to be the East End Christmas parties my family always had on the evening of every Christmas Day. The older generation of EastEnders, unfortunately all gone now, used to be notorious for their parties, and I was lucky enough to be part of a family that celebrated Christmas in style.

We would all gather at one relative or another’s house, probably about 20 -25 of my extended family members.  There would be food, drink, and dancing into the small hours.  We would stay there overnight, all giggling in sleeping bags.  Dad and his cousin would always stay up and play Chess when all the partygoers had gone to bed.   On Boxing Day morning everyone would help to prepare a big fried breakfast before going their separate ways.

Happy days; Mum being tossed over my uncle’s…

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Posted December 24, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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