Monday, July 31, 2017

National Acquarium

The last of the pictures.....

Is that turtle wearing his shoes backwards?

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. John F. Kennedy
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We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch - we are going back from whence we came ~ John F. Kennedy

Monday, July 24, 2017

National Acquarium

A few more pictures.....
Whale Skeleton
                          "In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans."
                                                             Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mercury Rising

Remember this one? I hadn't seen it since it came out in the theater in 1998. I'd forgotten what a great, on the edge-of-your-seat movie it is. Bruce Willis always delivers but the actor that really amazed me was Miko Hughes who played the autistic savant little boy. I'm still trying to figure out he managed to keep his eyes rolled to the side of his head. All in all a good movie for date night.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Optional July 5th Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?  Wow.  This is a great question isn't it? There's such a wide range of topics to choose from: critique groups, beta readers, advertising, the writing process, agents, etc.
 I'm going to  focus  on publication options. Trad. Small press. Indy. Hybrid.  I'm currently a hybrid. I have published both sides of the fence. I have publishers and am publishing as an Indie.  There are pros and cons to both.  With a publisher you get a cover artist and an editor and some advertising. There are a lot of wonderful publishing companies out there. Our own Diane Wolfe's Dancing Lemurs being one of the best and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. On the negative side: if you want your rights back, some publishers make it difficult. If they are struggling financially they don't always pay your royalties. 
With Indie:  You're responsible for everything: writing, editing, cover art, publishing, and marketing. 
After having been on both sides of the fence, my personal lesson learned is I prefer Indie. I can invest as little or as much time as I want on all of the above. I can also invest a lot or a little financially on advertising, editing and cover art. And while my books are up against millions of others, my attention is focused on mine, where as a publisher must focus on all his/her ducklings.  And sometimes, depending on the size of the publisher, those ducklings run in the hundreds. 
Indy versus a publisher is just a matter of choice.  What works for me may not work for someone else and what works for them may not work for me.
What about you? What's your preference?
As for personal news. I have my rights back  and have re-released Silverhills. If you can help me get the word out via blog, FB or Twitter, just give me a shout out.

 In the 1870s Brandon Wade is driving a herd of longhorns over the Chisholm Trail when a youth appears out of nowhere riding a magnificent black stallion and packing a deadly looking six-gun. In need of trail hands, Brandon hires the young man. Not until weeks later, during the middle of a terrible stampede, does Brandon learn that his young sharpshooter is a beautiful woman. A woman full of fire and passion who he burns to possess. A woman steeped in mystery who refuses to disclose her past.

Alexandria O'Malley is on the run and must be able to disappear at a moment's notice. When she hires on to the cattle drive, she doesn't expect the powerful attraction between herself and her trail boss or the response of her treacherous body.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Fourth

The Fourth of July--also known as Independence Day--is when Americans celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
Hope yours is wondrous.

  Long may she wave.

Monday, July 3, 2017