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guidelines for contributions
*Tsunami: the Russian connection.
*Depleted Uranium: a crime against humanity by Bob Nichols.
*This soldier hates war
*A response to Nancy Fulton from Dave Mack
The first requirement for a helper
Betty Jo Schuler addresses bullying.
Her mother loves heroin more.
*Brags and bargains
A movie from Stan Thomas's book?
Shirley Cheng's inspiring biography.
Community music and art, from Tim Green
Los Angeles-Inspired Poem Wins Readers’ Award, from Carolyn Howard-Johnson.
Two new titles from Di Newton.
Award received, new book out: Janet Elaine Smith.
Zinta Aistars publicizes books.
Romantic suspense from Ann Durand.
A romantic suspense from Janet Mills.
'For the Love of a Child' an inspirational story from Wilburta Arrowood.
'Editing headaches' by Lea Schizas
'How to write flash fiction' by Mike Kechula
Cheryl Wright on body language
Tips on using Word to edit, by Elsa Neal
'The Janus Protocol' by Chas Eeles
'Confessions of an Economic Hit Man' by John Perkins, reviewed by John Gorman
'Grab The Queen Power:Live Your Best Life' by Allyn Evans, reviewed by Lea Schizas
'January's Paradigm' by J. Conrad Guest, reviewed by Zinta Aistars
'Thrips' by L.R. Farley, reviewed by Susie Hawes
'Legacy of the Black Dragon' by Julie D'Arcy, reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
*a Haiku by Robin Buehler
Fourth Edition Out
The Earth Garden Building Book: Design and build your own house was my first book, in 1987. Penguin have just reissued the 4th edition. You can buy it from Earth Garden Magazine, or any Australian bookshop. Or I can send you an autographed copy (when I get them -- haven't seen the new issue yet!)
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Done is done. Life is too short to be given over to bitterness, resentment and regrets.
My regular contributor James Choron writes from Russia. However, he also has a long connection to Sri Lanka, which is one of the worst devastated countries. And I know the wave was months ago, but the the consequences are STILL devastating. The majority of western relief is headed for India and Thailand, which were not nearly so badly hit, since Sri Lanka is only 200km from the epicenter of the Tsunami. James has been been organizing a series of charity benefits to raise money for the construction of children's homes for children orphaned by the Tsunami. It costs about 30k to build and equip a home (building is cheap there) for 20 kids, with the government paying for staff and furnishing supplies and supporting the kids once they're in the homes.
James wrote: "If any of you want to help, contact the Sri Lankan Embassy where you live, and ask for the repesentative of the Sri Lankan Ladies Diplomatic Association. They'll be glad to let you know what you can do. If any of you work with schools or other institutions and clubs... the Masonic Lodge, etc... This would be a great project. When you contact the Embassy, please tell them that you heard this from me and the Moscow Embassy... Like I said, we don't get a thing for it, but it'd be nice for some of our friends in the West to know that we really do do something here... If some of you brave souls want to call the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow, the number is, in complete sequence from the US, 011-7-095-688-1651. Ask for His Excellency the Ambassador or for Mrs. Shani Karunartana the 2nd Secreatary. Feel free to say that I told you about the need and gave you their names. Of all of the millions of dollars donated by the US, only about 20% of it reaches it's destination. The reast is eaten up by "administrative fees"... stolen... What we are doing guarantees that every dime, except what it actually costs us to make the transfers, reaches the ones that it's intended to reach."
Bob Nichols won the 'Project Censored' award, announced on 21st February, 2005, with his essay US Military, President Out Of Control: What Does 'Mildly Radioactive' Mean, Anyway? The entire work is way too long. Here are a few snippets from it.
The American Department of Defense and other government departments all are unanimous in calling so-called depleted uranium "mildly radioactive depleted uranium." They like to use it for bombs, shells and heavy caliber bullets. The Russians recently stopped a weightlifter coming across the border with about 100 pounds of "highly radioactive depleted uranium." The guy said he was using it for dumbbells in weightlifting.
What is the difference in "highly radioactive" in Russia or "mildly radioactive" in Virginia? Is it the same metal? Yes, it is. Are both metals radioactive? Yes! Whether they are in Russia or the United States, at 12,000 little bullets per second, anywhere in the known universe!
Just so you know, that is 43 million, 200 thousand little bullets per hour. This nuclear bombardment at the heart of a cell in the lung or the rest of the body never stops.
Remember the 100-hour-long First Gulf War? Only an unlucky few were killed. We Americans used 375 tons of Uranium munitions. Out of the one half million or so soldiers in the prime of life in the war, 11,000 are now dead. and hundreds of thousands are on Medical Disability.
Since uranium is a metal that also catches on fire and burns, the bombs, shells and bullets burn and vaporize when they hit something hard like a tank, bunker, or building. Uranium gas and smoke ends up in the nose, throat and lungs of our kids in the Military and any unlucky Iraqi around.
Some of the gas also hitches a ride on the desert winds to the rest of the world. Favorable trade winds can take as little 3-4 hours to reach America and spread over the water supply, agricultural land.
Uranium by the thousands of tons has been dispersed this way in Iraq during Gulf War I, the No-Fly Zones era, Gulf War II, the war after the war, and to this very day. Once the uranium gas and dust is in their lungs and bodies the soldiers and civilians become radiation poisoning victims and are forever changed.
There is no way to remove the uranium smoke from the body. It is radioactive. There is no treatment; there is no cure. This stuff stays dangerous, lethal even, forever and a day. After all, it is highly radioact ... err, ... pardon me, "mildly radioactive," ... err ... whatever!
Our victimized soldiers don't have forever, though. With the same absolute certainty of the Atomic Clock the constant ticking of the "atomic disintegrations" (little bullets) starts the countdown to death from radiation poisoning for the soldiers and civilians alike. It's just a matter of the dose of lethal poison they received. A greater dose equals less time.
It gets worse. Captain Terry Riordon unknowingly brought radiation poisoning home with him from Iraq to his wife, Susan Riordon. As recounted in the November, 2004 issue of the mainstream publication Vanity Fair, Mrs. Riordon was constantly burned by her husband's semen during intercourse.
Seems Terry's semen was turned to a fiery alkali by the radioactive uranium that settled in his testicles. The happily married couple had no idea what this new and horrifying complication was in this intensely private part of their life together. Little did they know the American Department of Defense had hopped into bed with them.
With her husband slowly dying of radiation poisoning and in intense pain herself, Mrs. Riordon resorted to filling condoms with frozen green peas to use on herself to obtain relief from the internal burnings intense, excruciating, lasting pain. Perhaps inevitably, he became impotent. "And that was like our last little intimacy gone."
Children produced from radioactive soldiers' couplings have devastating birth defects; both to war's children born in the United States and in Iraq. After all, uranium gas is just a dumb radioactive metal; it does not care one whit about the nationality of the body parts it targets.
According to famous UN War Crimes and humanitarian lawyer Karen Parker, JD., the use of depleted uranium is a war crime in four ways: "It spreads" (beyond the field of battle); "it lasts" (can't be turned off when the war ends); "it injures people in impermissible ways" (as in making an as yet unborn child deformed); and "it harms the environment".
Uranium bombs, shells and bullets are just different forms of slow-acting, stealth nuclear weapons. They are slower than the instant big boom and flash of Nagasaki type Nuclear Weapons -- the atom bomb and hydrogen bomb. They are the answer to the Administration's dedicated Crusade for the Holy Grail of a "usable" nuclear weapon.
Time has telescoped from 1945 instantly -- past to present; World War II is just over, and we used nuclear weapons on civilians. Now we are using the next generation of nuclear weapons on the hapless guerrillas and civilians of Iraq. They never had a chance. Not a prayer.
Uranium weapons spread deadly radioactivity that kills and contaminates forever. Iraq is simply "toast" because of the indiscriminate, promiscuous and criminal use of millions of pounds of uranium weapons by our kids and friends in the Military, at the command of their political masters. The masters and troopers are war criminals, and we, the U.S. taxpayers, are accessories to war crimes.
Americans of all political stripes should be enraged to hear of what our US Military has done to Iraq. It is not OK, and they should feel betrayed by the Bush Administration, perhaps especially the center-right Americans responsible for twice electing Bush.
The time to act is now. The Bush Administration controls the big media on this issue. They do not control you. Tell your family, friends, email this article everywhere possible, especially congressional representatives. As U.S. citizens, as human beings, we know what we should do, and we know that we cannot afford to wait any longer.
Writers & Warriors Speakers Group: Contact Bob Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org for College Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers, Commencement Speakers, People's Events and Rallies.
This is a condensed version of Sgt. Benderman's courageous statement.
I have been a soldier for ten years, and I always felt there was no higher honor than to serve my country and defend its values. My family has served this country back to the American Revolution, and I felt that to continue on in that tradition was the honorable thing to do.
As I went through the process which led to my decision to refuse deployment to Iraq for the second time, I was torn between thoughts of abandoning the soldiers that I serve with, or following my conscience, which tells me: war is the ultimate in destruction and waste of humanity.
I have often thought that we could, and should, consider better ways to solve our differences with other people in the world. And this was the driving force that made me refuse a second tour of duty to Iraq. Some people may say I am doing so out of fear of combat; I am not going to tell you that the thought of going back to that place isn't scary, but that is not the reason for my decision to not return.
I want people to know that the longer I thought about just how stupid the concept of war really is, the stronger I felt about not participating in war. Why do we tell our children to not solve their differences with violence, then turn around and commit the ultimate in violence against people in another country who have nothing to do with the political attitudes of their leaders?
There are no valid arguments for war. People are destroyed, nations are destroyed, and yet we continue on with war. The young people that I went with to the combat zone looked at it like it was a video game they played back in their childhood. Why must it be considered honorable to train young men and women to look through the sights of a high-powered rifle and to kill another human being from 300 meters away?
I've received e-mails from people who said that I was a coward for not going to war, but I say to them that I have already been, so I do not have anything to prove to anyone anymore. What is there to prove anyway --that I can kill someone I do not even know and who has never done anything to me? What is in that concept that anyone could consider honorable?
I first realized that war was the wrong way to handle things in this or any other country when I went to the war zone and saw the damage that it causes. Why must we resort to violence when things do not go our way? Where is the logic of that? I have felt that there are better ways to handle our business than to bomb each other into oblivion. When you are on the water in a boat and you have a chance to see dolphins playing with each other as they go about their business, you realize that if they can live without war, then humanity should be able to as well.
Can't we teach our children to leave war behind in history where it belongs? We realized that slavery and human sacrifice were obsolete institutions, and we left them behind us. When are going to have the same enlightened attitude about war?
I have learned from firsthand experience that war is the destroyer of everything that is good in the world; it turns our young into soulless killers, and we tell them that they are heroes when they master the "art" of killing. That is a very deranged mindset in my opinion. It destroys the environment, life, and the resources that could be used to create more life by advancing our endeavors.
My name is Dave Mack and I am a member of the Writing Road site, which is how I came to read your newsletter. I live in North Wales but was brought up in England, near Wolverhampton. I’ve had a few poems published, but my main interest is short stories, though I have a novel mapped out and the writing started. I have returned to education in my fifties and I am in my second year studying Creative Writing (part time) at the local college.
I was reading your newsletter, Bobbing Around, and was particularly struck by Support the Iraq War & Betray Christ? by Nancy Fulton. I had a Christian upbringing, but became disillusioned with established religion and I now practice no faith. Nancy Fulton points out the type of hypocrisy leading to my break with the Church.
I have attached a poem that I wrote only in the last week, which demonstrates my empathy with Nancy’s feelings and her frustration.
G. Dubye and Bin (partners in sin)
G. Dubye wants, “to cleanse the Earth of sin.”
Profound words spoken with conviction
Safe now from political eviction).
I suspect he is the Devil within!
Leader of a leading Christian nation,
Shouldn’t he, “Turn the other cheek, not kill,
Love all of thy neighbours and show good will.”
Is he playing the cards of damnation?
Wielding the twisted stick of God and good,
As, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind,”
Age-old common decency they rescind,
Eroding moral code with falsehood.
Bin Laden and Bush have hands red with blood,
Both hypocrites and defiling their God.
The first requirement for a helper
Her mother loves heroin more
You can't like everybody. Occasionally I meet a new client who turns me right off. There is something there, a repulsion, a reluctance to get involved with this person.
Almost always, I get a complete change of heart as I listen to the client's story. Typically, ten minutes to half an hour into the first session, I like this person very much indeed.
This fails to happen two or three times in a year. Typically, the client soon terminates our contact; in one case, I chose to refer the person on to another psychologist. This is because the only essential ingredient for therapy is missing.
Unless I honestly like my client, I cannot be helpful in the relationship. And if I do like my client, I have a very high chance of inducing changes the client wants to see happen. People grow in a setting of warm, unjudging acceptance. That's the major function of therapy.
Let's return to those people whom I initially disliked. What was happening there?
One or both of two things are likely. First, something about this person may have triggered a negative experience from my past. Unknowingly, I then judged this person as if I were in the past situation. Listening to the client's story later allowed me to distinguish present from past, without ever becoming aware of the process.
Second, some people specialise in 'pulling' certain emotions from others. I have a friend, a very intelligent, competent and strong woman, who is mothered by everyone, male of female. She 'pulls' protectiveness. Would you be surprised to hear that she is the youngest in a big family? Well, for some reason, there are people who 'pull' dislike, distrust, rejection, hostility. As I listen to the person's story, I automatically look for patterns. And usually, I can see a pattern of contact after contact treating my client in hostile, rejecting ways... and I know that I was reacting to the same nonverbal messages as they did. Understanding is followed by acceptance, then liking... and then we can work together.
BULLYING: an ugly word for ugly behavior. Bullies tease, embarrass, and threaten others. Some students are afraid to go to school because a bully calls them names, takes their money, and hits or trips them. Bullying is an increasingly dangerous problem and some states are passing legislation requiring schools to have programs in place to deal with this antisocial behavior.
Did you know...?
Bullying is rampant in schools, and in today's society, may be life threatening.
Approximately 160,000 students stay home from school every day because they're afraid of being bullied.
A University of Michigan study spanning 35 years found that children who were named by their schoolmates at age eight remained bullies throughout their lives.
Research shows sixty percent of young people characterized by their classmates as bullies in grades six to nine had at least one criminal conviction by age 24.
These offenders, when they reach adulthood, will bully their mates, children, and others they feel superior to-unless different behaviors are learned.
Bullies' victims may suffer long time emotional and behavioral effects.
How can we help children deal effectively with bullies? Enter the Bully Brigade!
BULLY BRIGADE, Banish Bullies Now, written by former elementary school teacher Betty Jo Schuler and illustrated by art teacher Susan Scott, is an anti-bullying book written primarily for use in elementary school classrooms. A Teacher's Guide and Reproducible Activity Kit is also available from DiskUs Publishing.
DiskUs Publishing: http://www.diskuspublishing.com/bettyjoschuler.html
Betty Jo Schuler, Author http://home.webworks2000.net/bschuler/bettyjo.html
I have a new little client. She lives with her grandmother, because the Family Court has denied access to both her mother and her father. Both are heroin addicts, both live in a chaotic environment. Mother was told to submit weekly blood tests. If they come back clean for three months, she can have her little girl back.
That was in October. She has not sent in a single blood test.
Gran describes the little girl as 'super good'. She smiles, sings, has friends, does very well at school. She loves horses, and at her last visit to me, kept drawing pictures of Clydesdales.
She is always obedient... until, in the safety of home, alone with no-one but Gran, something triggers her. Then she cries, screams, throws objects, bangs doors. This goes on for hours sometimes. Eventually, she runs out of energy, and sleeps a long time. Then, it's back to being super-good again.
I have written a poem for her. I hope it may help her take a step away from where she is now.
The poor little foal
There was a Clydesdale foal called Shay
who -- very sadly -- lost her way.
While other Clydesdales pulled big loads
and proudly followed streets and roads
she lazed about and did no work,
all her duties she had to shirk.
She did NOT like to be this way:
she felt as if she had no say.
See, a man in a passing car
one day gave her a fat Mars Bar.
What you have got to keep in mind:
Mars Bar's a poison to horsey kind.
Give a horse this delicious treat
and she can hardly lift her feet.
Her mind goes fuzzy -- she can't think.
She will not even eat or drink.
Her thoughts will only go so far
as chewing up the next Mars Bar.
Think of poor Shay, caught in this trap:
her life has fallen off the map!
She'll lose her teeth, she'll grow so fat;
can't even be helped by the vet.
She can't do things she'd love to do.
She just won't try anything new.
A tangled mane, and poop that stinks
are a few of the awful things
that Mars Bar eating does to Shay.
I hope she stops. I wish she may
give this bad habit away.
But it is HARD, once you are caught:
it seems to have you by the throat.
Don't be too hard on this young horse,
you know she is sad -- oh, of course!
She seems like she loves no-one else
while she is living in her hells.
It is sad that she cannot be
like every other horse you see.
Janet Elaine Smith
My name is Stan Thomas. You may not remember me, but I submitted my book, HUMAN WRONGS, to you for editing. Besides doing a great editing job, you commented that I had written a 'great' book. Maybe you'll remember its substance by its LOGLINE: When a black law professor decides to defend a racist killer, the stakes are much higher than a mere guilty verdict...
I just thought you'd like to know that Nelson Coates, Production Designer on such movies as Kiss the Girls, Murder at 1600, and Man of the House (among others), read my book, loved it, and recommended it to Producers Gary Fleder, Todd Black, and Spielberg associate, Bonnie Curtis for a possible movie. I want to thank you for your keen insight in editing my book. If indeed HUMAN WRONGS is made into a movie, a major publisher will certainly pick it up, and one of the first pages will hold editing kudos to you.
A Star's Endless Shine Leaves No Darkness Untouched
The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials & Tribulations unveils the gripping life story of Shirley Cheng--the blind and physically disabled survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and more so of falsehood in American medical system--and her quest to triumph over tremendous adversities.
In The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine, with 50 photographs, Shirley reveals her world of terrors, struggles, dreams, and triumphs. From her painful diagnosis of JRA as an infant, and the 1990 victory of her mother in her custody case, to their acceptance of a devastating fate, Shirley's autobiography will inspire and reveal life's true values.
Shirley was born in New York in 1983 to a single-parent, Chinese-speaking family, and received no schooling until she was eleven because of years of hospitalization. Having achieved grade level in all areas after 180 days of special education, she moved to a regular sixth grade class. She lost her eyesight at seventeen. She did the entire GED exam, including mathematical calculations, graphs, and an essay, completely in her head and received a special recognition award for her very high score. She hopes to earn science doctorates from Harvard after successful eye surgery.
Shirley is also the author of Daring Quests of Mystics (ISBN 1-58939-513-1 for softcover and 1-58939-515-8 for hardcover), , and Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0), an anthology of short stories and poems.
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Although I'm blind, I can see far and wide; even though I'm disabled, I can climb high mountains. Let the ropes of hope haul you high!
I'd love to get your regular e-mail newsletter. I live on the Central Coast of NSW and stumbled on your website via a link to the Moora Moora community from the Central Coast Community website. The CCC are dedicated to setting up a community based on the principles pioneered by Moora Moora, I have just become aware are of them and my wife and I are interested in joining. I have been interested in sustainable methods of building and living for some time and think that a planned community might be a way I can put these principles into practice in a more cost effective way.
I am currently involved in a local community organisation called Brackets and Jam. Brackets & Jam is a non-profit organisation whose aim is foster all kinds of music, performance and art which is available to all at a local community level. At the moment the organisation arranges a monthly evening of entertainment which takes place in the mud-brick kiosk atop the beautiful Kincumba Mountain. B&J supply this great venue and a sound system so that performers can entertain a local audience in a non-threatening supportive environment.
Brackets & Jam encourages amateurs and professionals alike, giving them the opportunity to try live performance, or to experiment with new material. This often makes for a very exciting and surprising evening! As well as a diverse range of music, we have been lucky enough to host dance, theatre, story-telling and poetry. Our goal is to bring together all forms of performing arts, encouraging interaction on both a social and artistic level. This gives artists the opportunity to network and collaborate. Audience interaction is encouraged, with expression through dance, impromptu performance and various "Jams" during the evening. Brackets & Jam on the Central Coast is a self-funding organisation, run by a team of volunteers. A small entry fee is charged to cover the cost of the venue and the sound system. Any remaining funds are used for promotion, special events and future projects that continue to promote the arts on the central Coast.
I look forward to receiving your newsletter and expanding my horizons!
Los Angeles-Inspired Poem Wins Readers’ Award
John Amen, Editor of The Pedestal Magazine, has named Carolyn Howard-Johnson the winner of his first Readers’ Award for Poetry. The popular poem, “Olvera Street Tutorial,” was inspired by Los Angeles’s cultural and historical site and may be read at: http://pedestalmagazine.com/Secure/Content/cb.asp?cbid=4611.
Howard-Johnson is the author of other books including THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T, USA Book News’ “Best Professional Book 2004." Her novel, THIS IS THE PLACE and book of short stories, HARKENING, are also award-winning books.
Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th District of the California Legislature. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She speaks on tolerance and other subjects and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.
Howard-Johnson may be reached at HoJoNews@aol.com. Information is also available at http://carolynhowardjohnson.com.
Information on The Pedestal Magazine is available at http://pedestalmagazine.com/.
Diane J. Newton, an award winning suspense author from New York, is the midst of exciting events. Her third thriller, Paradigm, was released by Aventine Press LLC. The book, ISBN: 1-59330-245-2, sold out at on line stores its first day. No worries, mates. It was restocked. Amazon.com will take orders even if it continues to sell out and offers a 25% discount. Read an excerpt: http://www.hometown.aol.com/dianejnewton/.
Secrets, Fact or Fiction? will be released April 1 from Oxcart Press. Diane complied and edited this exciting, nine-author anthology about secrets, kept or revealed. Readers are invited to enter a contest guessing whether stories are based on fact or are purely fiction. For review copies and pre-release orders in the United States or in The United Kingdom: http://www.oxcartpress.com'
Features and interviews are running in numerous NY newspapers, DeSilva's News, Mysterical-E and Cheryl McCann's Review-Books. Diane and Secrets co-authors will appear on Brian Jud's television show, The Book Authority, which airs in the Hartford, CT area.
Diane's other titles, Unusual Destiny and Children of the Sun, have recently caught the attention of movie production companies. For reviewer and media requests, to follow Diane's signing schedule or to obtain signed author copies of these books, contact email@example.com
Janet Elaine Smith is a winner of an Award of Excellence by RIO (Reviewers International Organization) for two of her books: House Call to the Past and Par for the Course, as announced on March 1, 2005. The two books tied with each other for third place in the "Re-released Gems" category. Other winners included such noted authors as Nora Roberts and John Grisham.
Janet Elaine Smith's new book, Pampas, will be released by PageFree Publishing, Inc. in March. Janet describes it as an "inspirational romantic intrigue, set in Argentina, with a very unusual Argentine cowboy (a gaucho), who--like the Pace Picante commercial says--came from New York City!" She is currently working on translating Pampas, and it will be her first book in Spanish. She expects it to be out in Spanish by the end of the year. http://www.janetelainesmith.com.
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Available now from Double Dragon Publishing: A Promise to Keep, a romantic suspense by Ann Durand. http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com or visit TRI-Studio Authors at http://www.TRI-Studio.com for more information about Ann and her books.
In the story, A Promise to Keep, the tidy world of schoolteacher Karen Hudson turns upside down as she embarks on a reckless chase from a small town in California to a jungle in Mexico, searching for the truth about the man who has captured her heart. One day after Michael Browning professes his undying love for Karen, he vanishes. Then she learns he is wanted for murder. Stunned and disbelieving, she sets out on a dangerous quest to unravel the mystery, making her the next target for murder.
Michael Borbeau, alias Michael Browning, never intended to mislead Karen, or fall in love for that matter. Only the need to protect his daughter forced him to choose a new town and a new name. Now, the whole mess is threatening to surface, and he must flee to keep his daughter safe.
Will he ever see his beloved Karen again? Will she discover the truth before the killer strikes again? Will she succeed in reuniting with the only man to ever unlock her heart?
Janet Mills announces the release of her first romantic suspense! MIDSUMMER NIGHTS, complete with rabid stalker, is now available at Whiskey Creek Press. www.whiskeycreekpress.com.
"Ms. Mills has penned a heart-wrenching tale of betrayal, suspicion and romance. -- 5 Blue Ribbons from Jodi at Romance Junkies.
"Janet Mills has, once again, penned a winner. MIDSUMMER NIGHTS is a gripping story! -- A Recommended Read from Cindy at Cinny's Place Reviews.
"Ms. Mills has written a touching story of a young woman's survival from a devastating trauma. She handles the situation with a deft touch and a steady hand." 4 Cups from Susan White at Coffeetime Romance
Janet invites you to visit her website at: http://www.janetmills.net.
Wilburta Arrowood has written a gripping inspirational novel, For the Love of a Child, regarding anger, bitterness, and revenge. Margaret has lost her only child and she’s set on finding the fiend responsible and making him pay. Along the way she becomes a Christian and has to reconcile her rage with her new-found faith. You won’t want to miss this heart-wrenching story.
Wilburta has many links on her pages of interest to Christians and to writers. She also offers a different free downloadable jigsaw puzzle on her website each month. Drop by http://www.wilburtaarrowood.com and get yours, and don’t forget to come back next month for another one.
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Editing Tips using MS Word
It's time for that worrisome process called editing. This is where you begin to tighten and polish your work for publication. At times, a first draft may be sufficient, but a second or third draft is more likely. This only proves you are a conscientious writer and strive at any lengths to get published. Good for you!
Here are a few pointers to ease you into the editing process.
1. Spellcheck Never rely on your computer spellchecker to catch your mistakes. Ewe know what I mean? To bee or not to bee, that is the question.
You have to rely on your own eyesight to catch these dreaded misspelled words. A tip is to start your editing from the end, sentence by sentence. In this manner, you are not captivated in the story aspect but trying to pinpoint spelling mistakes.
2. Punctuation Have you ended all of your sentences with the proper punctuation? Did you place your commas? your exclamation points? your quotation marks? Without the proper punctuation, your sentence may lose its meaning.
Example: ‘How many times do I have to repeat myself.’ Without the question mark, this sentence gives the impression of a statement, (or with an exclamation mark, a frustration), not a question. If this was your intent, then you’ve made your point. But if a question was your goal, it was lost in that lonely period at the end of your sentence.
An omitted comma can alter a sentence’s meaning.
For example, ‘Go kill Susan.’ and ‘Go kill, Susan.’ gives the reader two different overviews of what the character was trying to relate.
In the first example, it implies that the character is asking for Susan to be killed, whereas in the second sentence, Susan is asked to go and kill someone. Omitting a simple comma forms two different meanings.
3. Choice of Words Have you chosen the right word to dramatize a certain situation?
Example: 1--John threw the bat across the field as he walked off.
2--John flung the severed bat across the field as he stormed away.
Do you see the different feeling that is invoked from one sentence to the other? In the first, we see an image of John simply tossing his bat aside as he walks away.
In the next sentence, we feel his anger by the words ‘flung’ and ‘stormed’. And the word ‘severed’ indicates the force of his anger.
Choosing the appropriate word enhances your storyline, by adding to the projected meaning, feeling or visual aspect that you intend to convey.
Editing is a tedious but necessary job that will propel you one step closer to your dream of publication. Handle it with care.
Editing is like sculpting; you chisel away until the true form appears.
Lea Schizas, mom of 5, from Canada, Editor in Chief and co-founder
of Apollo’s Lyre, Founder of The MuseItUp Club, publicist for Star Publish and
Senior Editor for the new print Coffee Cramp Magazine. You can get to know Lea
better at http://www.apolloslyre.com http://pages.ivillage.com/rockofrealm/museitup
Lea Schizas, mom of 5, from Canada, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Apollo’s Lyre, Founder of The MuseItUp Club, publicist for Star Publish and Senior Editor for the new print Coffee Cramp Magazine. You can get to know Lea better at http://www.apolloslyre.com http://pages.ivillage.com/rockofrealm/museitup http://starpublish.com http://pages.ivillage.com/rockofrealm
'Falsh Fiction is defined as being under 1000 words. Mike is a champion at generating gripping tales of this length. Here are his 12 guides. As you can see, he practices brevity even when teaching how to do it. :)
Actually, Mike's advice applies to ALL writing.
Have you ever stood and watched a long queue of people. It makes no difference why they are waiting; just standing, waiting is boring, and those waiting come across as bland, boring people.
That’s exactly how your characters will appear without some ‘character traits’. They need personality, distinctive dialogue, and their own unique body language.
Body language is basically the ‘gestures’ used by people or characters. For instance, when someone nods or shakes their head, that’s body language. When they purse their lips, it’s body language, and when they throw their arms up in the air in frustration, that’s also body language. Each and every character should have their own individual set of gestures and expressive signals etc.
Perhaps your heroine braces her shoulders when she’s mad. Or maybe she does it when she’s preparing for an argument. In my novel "Saving Emma" the heroine (Emma Larkin) refuses to make eye contact when she is trying to hide something, and licks her lips when she’s nervous.
Your hero might prefer to ‘tower over’ his opponents to make them feel inferior, or maybe he smokes when he’s stressed.
Types of body language include:
Look also toward facial gestures for body language. Eyes can tell a lot too; a person may be smiling at the mouth, but not at the eyes. Have you ever heard the expression ‘a smile that goes all the way to his eyes’? It is very true. Next time someone smiles at you, take special notice of their eyes. If they are genuinely happy, you’ll see it in their eyes. If it is a false smile, the area surrounding their eyes will not change at all.
Your characters can have a number of stress triggers or involuntary movements that tell your reader how they are feeling or what they are thinking. This also helps in establishing your character in dialogue rather than using tags all the time.
Here are a couple of websites I’ve recently discovered, which will help you learn more about body language:
About the author: Cheryl Wright is an award-winning Australian author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of other projects, she writes a monthly travel column for a magazine in the US and is the author of Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories and I Wanna Win! -– Tips for Becoming an Award Winning Writer. Her debut novel Saving Emma is available from Whiskey Creek Press. Visit Cheryl’s website http://www.writer2writer.com/
Editing your own hard-written manuscript is one of the most difficult and draining aspects writing. Even if, in a masochistic way, you enjoy the process of tightening and improving your work, you probably still feel that the bulk of your time should really be spent writing new manuscripts, not editing old ones.
I'd like to share some tools to make your editing process a little quicker and easier. If you use a computer, you don't need anything more than your word processing program. The "How to" instructions in this article relate specifically to MS Word. If you use WordPerfect or Linux, use your Help menu to search for similar tools.
I've discovered and developed the following tools over my nine years of being a writer, and I use them daily while I write and edit.
1. Turn on the line numbering feature.
If you have a document that's ready for the first major edit, turn the line numbering function on before you print a draft to read through. This allows you to make notes in a separate notebook and insert or delete scenes, using the page number and line number(s) as a reference, eg "p22/46-58 Take out all references to…" No more asterisks and arrows, or quoting portions of your text so that you can find your place.
How to turn line numbering on and off:
1. Click Page Setup on the File Drop-Down Menu.
2. Click the Layout Tab.
3. Click the Line Numbers button.
4. Check the box next to Add Line Numbering. Uncheck the box to remove line numbering when you are finished editing.
2. Make use of AutoText.
Make use of tools, such as AutoText, that automatically insert more complicated character or location names for you. Add names not recognised by your spell checker to the dictionary. This means you enter the name once, and the same spelling is used throughout the manuscript. You'll no longer need to check the spelling of character names.
How to add a character to the AutoText feature:
1. Click Insert, AutoText (in Word 2002/03 this drops down to another menu, so click "AutoText…" on this menu)
2. Type your character's name in the "Enter AutoText entries here" box.
3. Click Add.
3. Insert a bookmark:
Insert a bookmark when you're about to finish editing for the day so that you can return to the same point at your next sitting.
How to insert a Bookmark:
1. Highlight text to use as a bookmarker
2. Click Insert, Bookmark
3. Name your bookmark
4. Click Add
How to find your bookmark:
1. Click Edit, Go To (or double click where your page number shows at the bottom of the screen).
2. Select Bookmark under "Go To What"
3. Select the name you gave the bookmark from the drop-down box
4. Click Go To
Elsa Neal teaches writers how to adapt MS Word to their writing needs and use the program to its full potential and beyond. Find out how to make Word work for you with the Word 4 Writers course or e-guide at http://hearwritenow.com/word-4-writers.htm and pick up a free 10-page extract of the Word 4 Writers Guide.
My only surprise at Elsa's suggestion was that she prints out for editing. My entire process from concept to completion takes place on-screen. No forests mutilated. :)
My only surprise at Elsa's suggestion was that she prints out for editing. My entire process from concept to completion takes place on-screen. No forests mutilated. :)
The Janus Protocol
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Grab The Queen Power:Live Your Best Life
Legacy of the Black Dragon
Australian businessman Michael Denbury gets a phone call: it's Scotland Yard, requesting him to come to Britain immediately, because a man dying in hospital has confessed to the murder of Denbury's father, nineteen years before.
This is the start of a story with enough twists and tension to satisfy the most avid reader of thrillers. There are secrets within secrets, skilfully and slowly revealed by a master storyteller. For example, the fact that Michael drinks his tea black is a highly relevant clue, suddenly making sense toward the end of the book.
If you want excellent characterisation, fast action, and thought-provoking moral dilemmas, you need to read The Janus Protocol by Chas Eeles.
Publisher: Mind Publishing, Hervey Bay, Qld. Australia.
To buy the book, contact Chas at email@example.com.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins, Barrett-Koehler Publications, $24.95,
John Perkins' work stands in a long line of confession books going back to St. Augustine. Perkins' statements about thinking of quitting his job as economic hit man as early as 1982 in favor of the life he felt he should be leading, but always putting his misgivings aside recall St. Augustine's "Oh God, make me chaste -- but not yet!" It was, as he admits, not only "threats and bribes" that convinced him to keep silence, but also his addiction to the posh life his situation opened to him. The catastrophe of 9/11 finally led him to put aside all his misgivings and do his part to explain to the American people the causes really at work in today's economic and political world. As he says, "The story of this particular economic hit man is the story of how we got to where we are and why we face crises that seem insurmountable."
Perkins, however, is no conspiracy theorist. What is at the heart of these events is not a sinister group meeting in some backroom to plan the destruction of the world, but "a concept that has been accepted as gospel: the idea that all economic growth benefits humankind and that the greater the growth the more widespread the benefits." From this premise, it follows that "those who excel at stoking the fires of economic growth should be exalted and rewarded, while those born at the fringes are available for exploitation." It is the job of the economic hit man to turn these concepts into reality.
Perkins then explains how the hit man works. What he tells us is both simple and terrifying. It was his job, first as an underling, then as manager of the Economics Department of the Power and Environmental Systems Division of MAIN, to go to Third World Countries, analyze their economies and make wildly optimistic forecasts of the benefits from huge projects to be constructed by American firms. Cheered on by these prognostications, the country's leaders would then borrow enormous sums from the World Bank to construct these installations, believing that the revenues generated by them would enable the nation to pay off the debt and make a substantial profit. When these predictions failed to come true, the people were left with a burden that would keep them in poverty and dependency forever. Just servicing that debt would consume vast sums that might otherwise go to social services and help for the less fortunate. Defaulting would have terrible economic and political consequences and move the country from thralldom to virtual slavery to the International Monetary Fund. Since the hit man had never been in the service of the United States government, any misdeeds of his that might be uncovered could be laid at the door of corporate greed rather than American policy.
Even well off counties like Saudi Arabia were not invulnerable, Perkins tells us. They could be persuaded to invest their oil revenues in American bonds with the interest being used to finance vast projects constructed by firms like Bechtel and Halliburton, leaving the country dependent upon American technology and service. The very hint of withdrawal would be enough to cow any would be nationalist. Unpleasantness on the American side, like investigations of terrorist funding, would not be allowed to interrupt the gushers of oil and money either.
If the hit man's persuasion did not work, Perkins explains, the "jackals," CIA operatives, disloyal officers and even outright gangsters would be called in to remove any leaders that stood in the hit man's way, as was the case with Salvador Allende of Chile, Jaime Roldos of Ecuador and Omar Torrijos of Panama. As a last resort, the military would invade, as in Panama and Iraq, seize the country and install more "cooperative" leadership, a lesson to anyone else planning to step out of line.
Behind all these machinations, Perkins tells us, stand not merely corporate greed but also a basic assumption that the American Republic is gone, and an American Empire should now control the world and its resources. "We decry slavery," the author reminds us, "but our global empire enslaves more people than the Romans and all the other colonial powers before us." Although Perkins can assure us that "empires never last," he is also mindful of the catastrophes their collapse often brought, and he fears the same for America, as the Muslim world and native peoples everywhere rouse themselves to fight off this New Crusade. 9/11 is just the beginning.
This book is no wild-eyed rant by the proverbial "disgruntled employee." It has enough footnotes for a master's thesis and even boasts an index. These Confessions must be taken seriously. If there is any weakness in the book, it is in the Epilogue where Perkins offers suggestions on what to do with what we now know. Some are practical, others platitudinous. Although, as he says, "this book is a confession, not a prescription," Perkins ascribes an almost magical quality to words, comparing himself to Paul Revere on his midnight ride. He seems unaware that Revere's cry would have gone unheard, had there not been many colonists ready to act decisively when they heard the news.
John Gorman is a freelance journalist based in Miami, Florida.
Release date June 2005, in Trade Paperback and e-book formats.
Have You Given Away Your Power?
Every woman wants to feel like a Queen. Yet the long imposed rule of thought that this is a man's "patriarchy" domain sets many women back. Allyn Evans' "Grab the Queen Power: Live Your Best Life" will begin setting you free to experience ways of breaking out of the self-imposed "women are for cooking and men are for ruling" train of thought. You will begin to feel like a Queen.
Evans' interviews with the women who shared their inner thoughts and past recollections are heartwarming. Many of these women felt they were in cultural situations that kept them from evolving to their full potential. Their recollections and experiences will help you to realize your own "Queen Power."
Evans has managed to capture the essence of why some people or cultures consider it inappropriate for a woman to display the same assertiveness as a man when it comes to their career or to having an outspoken personality. She shows you how to see yourself as unique, how to begin the process of unraveling the cultural web that may be strangling you and keeping you from becoming the woman you were born to be.
If you have ever thought you weren't living up to your full potential as a woman, then "Grab the Queen Power: Live Your Best Life!" is a book I highly recommend to begin the process of reclaiming your power.
'Grab the Queen Power:Live Your Best Life' by Allyn Evans will be available in June 2005 by Star Publish, http://starpublish.com.
Lea Schizas is Editor in Chief/co-founder of the award-winning zine Apollo's Lyre. She is also Senior Editor of the print Coffee Cramp Magazine and founder of the online critique community of The MuseItUp Club.
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I hate this man, Joe January. Hate him. Even as my respect for him grows, possibly even… a begrudging sort of affection. Who knows? Maybe someday we will see eye to eye and I will be able to say -- January, you're a helluva man, and I'm enriched to know you.
This is precisely what makes "January's Paradigm" such a remarkable book. I have read it once, twice, and will read it yet again. January and I have an ongoing relationship, and that's how alive, how real, how tantalizingly, aggravatingly vivid his author has made him. J. Conrad Guest has created a kind of anti-hero, a Bogey sort of tough guy, a man's man who I suspect, deep in his isolated, walled-in heart, would very much like to be understood, appreciated, and… oh shivers, but yes, loved. His motto in life is to move through it unscathed by petty emotion. His relationships are not relationships at all - they are brief physical encounters. He cheats on the one woman who matters most in his life, and that is unforgiveable. Or is it? Because here is the intrigue of the book, here is Guest's sheer mastery of the art: he has created a character who transcends boundaries of reality and fiction, who pops through the shell of the author's skull and speaks to him, speaks from inside of him, and one man transforms the other and is then transformed himself in the process. He is the strength of a man as well as his most despicable weakness. He is the muscle as well as the whimper. He is the beacon in the storm as much as he is the shadow every man winces to find in himself if he is a man at all. If nothing else, January has courage. The kind of courage necessary to face his own weakness, his own shadow, his inner beast. He has the courage to recognize his cowardice in seeking only the most shallow of encounters with the parade of women in his life. How many men can do so? For all his fist-fighting, damsel-rescuing, tough-talking bravado… this is January's true gold. He can look in the mirror, and he is willing to see.
Infidelity is a wound inflicted on so many of our relationships, yet it scarcely draws the attention of anyone, save those involved. So many marriages split at the seams, so many families are broken, so many lies told, so many temptations succumbed to for so little, if any, reward. But have we the courage to understand why? Have we the courage of Joe January? Society has taken a microscope to the suffering of women caused by infidelity. Women, after all, are the warm-hearted sex that speaks freely of emotional pain, and sheds tears in public forums. Women's emotions are socially acceptable. Men, on the other hand, are encouraged from boyhood to be tough and thick-skinned and to hide their softer side. Joe January is very much a man society has created. If he is a man closed off from emotional intimacy, from the ability to love, have we the courage to acknowledge that we have required him to be this way? That we have made this sort of man our hero? While whining about the lack of sensitive men, have we indulged in doubletalk, still stubbornly giving the nod of respect to the man who is mean and hard and difficult to pin down? Have we encouraged the warm-hearted man to wear his heart on his sleeve, while secretly still pining for the bad boy? J. Conrad Guest has written a novel that reveals this conflicting message society sends to its men. He has created in "January's Paradigm" a hero who struggles with his emotional barriers. He writes about a male perspective on infidelity. Yes, men hurt, too.
"January's Paradigm" is the first of a promised trilogy -- books that will, the author says, stand alone but also show a continued evolution of this intriguing character, Joe January. I am most eager to read the next one, "One Hot January." I expect at some point I am going to be won over by this tough character. The process is well underway.
Zinta Aistars, writer and editor for LuxEsto, Kalamazoo College alumni magazine, and author of three books.
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What are thrips? To most of us they are common garden pests, tiny insects that damage plants. But in the hands of Dr. Philip Wei, a brilliant geneticist working for a terrorist country, thrips are an experiment in environmental horror. Flesh eating, pesticide resistant and multiplying rapidly, these tiny insects become a deadly infestation, turned loose in paradise to satisfy Wei‘s powerlust.
Nathan Brewster is a reporter for the Waikiki Times. His past is troubled and his future seems bleak. He teams up with a cast of skillfully crafted characters to investigate the phenomenon and track down Wei. Will they be able to stop the killing?
Thrips. The tension mounts in this page-turner, and Mr. Farley keeps us on the edge of our seat. A wonderful setting, authentically portrayed, provides a colorful background for this tale. Throw in a hurricane, plot twists and betrayals, then add a healthy dose of danger and Thrips has all the makings of a great read. I highly recommend it.
Known to his friends as Bob, L. R. Farley has been a bartender, played the guitar, done a stint in the army, and, like many authors, held numerous other jobs. He was a newspaper reporter for ten years, reaching the position of executive editor. He now works out of the home. Bob lived in Hawaii for almost four years, where his book THRIPS is set. He’s now writing a mystery set in a river town in Ohio, where he grew up, and on a science fiction/fantasy set in the future. Thrips is his first published novel.
Susie Hawes lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in Whispering Spirits, Alien Skin, Neo-Opsis, Coffee Cramps Review, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Quietus Magazine. She publishes a for the love of E zine entitled "Crossroads Magic". http://www.geocities.com/ghostposts2003/index1.html
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In this first tale of the Tarlisian world, Julie D’Arcy spins a vivid story of good vs. evil, magic and adventure.
So the legend goes… Garrick le Fey, the First King of Tarlis, sacrificed himself and his freedom to protect his people from evil. He is transformed into a black dragon and trapped in a magical book, with his old nemesis, Narokah, high priest to Arahmin the God of Blood, who turned into a red dragon when Garrick tried to kill him.
Centuries later, a carpenter unknowingly breaks the spell binding Narokah and Garrick, unleashing a great horror on the world once more. Dragon by day, man by night, Garrick must retrieve an ancient elven sword, the only weapon capable of destroying the high priest, and prevent the final ritual that will release Arahmin.
Meggahn du Val, daughter of the Low-Lord of Gola-Dah, is doomed to a marriage with the sadistic Baron Madric le Mordah, the Red Lord. When contemplating her fate on her final night of freedom, she sees a black dragon shoot across the sky. Deciding to ask the dragon for aid, she sets out on the first steps of a grand adventure. Whoever would have thought she would have her life irrevocably changed and her heart stolen by a legendary king of old?
The journey is just beginning in this book, with escapades on every page that will keep one eager to see what comes next, all the way to the surprise revealed at the end. This story is primarily a fantasy novel, but it does have its underlying love stories. The descriptions of the world are brilliantly done; with scents, sounds, and colors jumping out at the readers so they can’t help but be drawn into the story.
The characters are realistic, with thoughts and feelings, fears and desires, just like everyone. Garrick’s only wish is to protect his world and his people from being destroyed by dreadful evil. He is even willing to sacrifice himself if it means keeping those he cares about safe. Meggahn is a brave woman, wanting her freedom from a dreadful man, as well as wanting his reign of terror to their people to cease. She is willing to do almost anything to see that happen. All of the secondary characters add to the story as well. There is Vellandril, the elven prince who puts duty to his people above matters of the heart. One will love Johden, the young servant to Garrick who longs to be a warrior. And who can forget the frightening Narokah and Madric? Yet their desire to inflict living misery on the people is matched by the goodness of Ejinerah, guardian of the Orb of de Danann, and Arkron the wizard friend of Garrick.
This book captivated this reviewer and has made her eager to read the rest of the books in the series written by the talented Ms. D’Arcy.
Robin M. Buehler is a journalist in NJ USA. Her work has appeared in Sabledrake, Sigla Magazine, ByLine Magazine, Taj Mahal Review, Canadian Zen Haiku, Sacred Twilight, Poetic Voices, Poetic Hour, Enchanted Visions, Wide Open Spaces and Writers Post Journal to name a few. One of her short stories will be included int he soon to be released No Longer Dreams by Lite Circle Books.
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