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Hero's Journey

I've been very scattered this summer. I usually follow my writing schedule like it was written by God. I'm good at setting attaina...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I have finished the first draft of Catch Book Two of The Angler series and hope to have it submitted by April 1st. While I edit this manuscript my thoughts are already turning to my next project. I've been wanting to write this story since last June and am anxious to get started.

I'm not going to give out any details about the story but I am searching for a hero. He's shy and won't tell me much about himself. What I've gleened so far is that he's a good man. My characters tend to develope as I write them but I usually have more than that to work with. LOL

His sense of humor, what little that he has, will be dry. I think I want to make him not very likable at first. Serious, withdrawn, and focused he'll lack charm and personablity.

Here's the problem, I can't picture what he'll look like. I've been searching the net for a picture of him to work with but can't decide. Here are my choices. Which one do you like?

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Before you vote remember that they are not playing the characters they portrayed in movies. My hero will not be James Bond or Wolverine. So, who would you pick?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What the Heck is Wrong with the Weather


It’s forty degrees in Florida and fifty in Vermont. All my snow has melted and I’m thinking about gardening but it’s March. I’ve never gardened in March.


I find myself worrying about the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. They are predicting a third one in the North West hemisphere due to those shifts. That means Alaska, California, or Hawaii. The Chile one may have shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day according to NASA by 3 seconds. Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation much like an ice skater spinning and holding out there arms. The further from their bodies the slower the spin, the same thing applies to our planet.

I understand these new changes are not affecting the weather today but how will it change in the long run?

Global temperatures increased for twenty years from the late 1970s to the late 1990s but have been cooling the last eleven years. The global warming and subsequent cooling were predictable due to hundreds of years of trends and observation of the impact of variations in solar activity on global temperature.

Did you know that the Roman Period and Medieval Period were both several degrees warmer than today's temperature. The world then cooled at least four degrees from 1450 to 1850. This period was called the Little Ice Age (a period of glacial advance, the same glaciers that are in retreat today). These temperature variations were not caused by man. They were caused entirely by natural forces.

Nothing is within our control and we can adapt. I’ve spent hours researching weather patterns, trends, and earthquakes. What did I learn?

Shit happens. Deal.

The things I worry about today, people worried about them twenty years ago. I read articles about odd weather in France where the amount of rain that down poured on them poisoned the Seine and the river got clogged by three tons of dead fish. *gasp* I checked the date. It happened over a decade ago. *sigh* Weird things happen. I wish they didn’t but I’ll stop obsessing about it now and go plan my garden.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

This Sums Up My Week.

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed:

'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'



Poof! . . . God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.



After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me

Strength and the tools to cross the river'



Poof! . . . God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.



Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed:

'God, Please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the River'



Poof! . . . He was turned into a woman.

She checked the map, hiked one Hundred yards up the stream and walked across the bridge.

*high fives* Any woman who understands what I mean.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Got a Great Review today


What a way to start a day. It's always good to begin with a positive attitude but sometimes life gets in the way and it's easy to forget the silver lining.  This is a big positive so it's easy for me remember but it doesn't need to such grand gestures.

My day would have started great anyway because my five year old asked me snuggle him for a few minutes before he went off to school. That small gift gave pleasure.

Remember the small things each morning, they add up.

Now for the review by HEART:

"By the time I was a couple of pages into the story, I couldn't put it down. I mean I was really enjoying this story. The whole plot and all. Truly wonderful. I'm a real root-for-the-underdog kind of gal and this story spoke to me. I liked the world in which vampires and shifters were free to roam without fear of being found out and humans trying to kill them."

I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by  Jasmine

For the complete review click HERE.