New Year’s Blog – 2018

New Year’s Blog

January 5, 2018

“A man’s mind plans the way, but God directs his steps”

Proverbs 16: 9

Hi Writers and Friends:

I fell into this Bible Verse yesterday morning when I was doing my daily verse, and thought it was so pertinent to my life and probably to so many of you.

“The best laid plans of mice and men,” (wait a minute, who said that?) are always so exciting and look great on paper. Aren’t they also our New Year’s Resolutions? Even if they aren’t, and we plan them throughout the year, they are still our plans, our dreams, our visions. BUT they are not going to go anywhere without EXTRA help.

If I have learned anything in this lifetime it is that need for EXTRA help.

Whenever I get off course, I literally get kicked in the butt. Directing my steps must get so tiresome to my EXTRA help. It certainly gets painful where I sit.

Have you ever decided to do something and begin the process of doing it, and everything just slides effortlessly into place? You hardly had to do anything at all, everything just ‘happened’.

Conversely, have you ever planned something, and nothing short of mayhem would make that plan work?

It’s the exact same thing with your writing. (You knew I couldn’t resist that one!)

If the story isn’t flowing and almost writing itself, then it is the wrong plan (plot). Perhaps you need to do a complete re-write. All the editing in the world won’t make it right. Sometimes, you need to walk away from it, and let it just sit for a while in a bottom drawer or another file on your screen. Maybe you should begin something new, but never put new wine in dirty bottles. (who said that?)

Been there, done that! Not with wine, but tried to make something I had written better only to fail completely. (New wine-dirty bottles)

Every writer struggles with his writing at one time or another. When that happens, you KNOW your steps are NOT going in the right direction, your EXTRA HELP is kicking you in the butt.

Happy Writing








Oh, My Cod Countdown – week 14

cape cod media center

Oh! My Cod Countdown – Week 14

Where has the summer gone? One more week and The Cape of Cod will be itself once more, although there are always the late visitors and the tourists that prefer the Cape in its Late Summer Splendor.

As a long-time resident, this is the season I do prefer. This morning the temperature was a balmy 57 degrees. I did dig out my sweats. This is my kind of temperature, cool, crisp, and definitely top-down weather. YAHOO!

Travelling from Harwich to Hyannis is easier now, as the traffic weeds down because some schools have already started, and the college students are back in their dorms. It will surge again, as tourists and visitors cram the Cape one more time to bid farewell to summer next weekend. Even though I am sometimes frustrated with this influx of visitors, they do bring with them a certain energy that livens things up, the pace does change.

On an unusual note, I am taking classes at the Cape Cod Media Center. So far, I have done classes in Basic Studio Production, and learned how to run a huge camera (like the ones you see on studio talk shows). Then more work in the control room on how to actually produce your own show (Yikes!) which entails how to work the lighting which is a large board with lots of controls, how to fine tune the audio, and finally the main control board which allows you to direct the floor cameras as to which shots go live. PHEW!!!

It all came alive for me when I got to run camera 3 during an hour long live streaming jazz show, which will air live on channel 99 (our local channel) sometime. The name of the show is LIVE FROM CENTER STAGE. This show spotlights local talent. The four-piece jazz group I was involved with was from Brooklyn, New York, here doing a few gigs on Cape.

Of note: this was my final class in Basic Studio, which was a fabulous experience for me. My next class, Monday, is in Audio Post Production, and Monday night, my final class in basic editing. Starting September 1, 2017 and September 8th, for two Fridays, I will be learning Basic Field Production. Which means I get to run around with a small, hand held camera and film subjects.(?) Any volunteers???

FYI – all this is offered free to members, and membership is $30.00 per year.

Here is their link.

Lastly, my sister in San Antonio has had rain and wind, but no severe damage from Harvey, for which I am very grateful. I did offer to send her a 2-seater kayak for her and Myron, but she declined. Now I have no idea what to send her for Christmas.

Happy Writing


Here is the link for the pod-cast.

The New Moon and Solar Eclipse

August 20, 2017

Several items to cover in this blog:

  1. Solar eclipse on August 21
  2. Oh, My Cod Weather
  3. Basic Studio Training and thrown into the deep end
  4. The Seven Qualities of the Human Soul

Actually, there are four separate blogs here, let’s begin with #1.

New Moon & Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Amazing that this is happening exactly as we glide from Summer into Late Summer, (The Fifth Season from my last blog) — the meridians of Stomach and Spleen, and the element of Earth. (Anyone having any digestive upsets lately? Stomach meridian)

So many astrologers and the medias (social and other) are running tapes and interpretations for this occurrence. I would suggest anyone interested in following this event, link into the NASA site for the complete coverage.

Much safer for your eyes.

New moons happen monthly (what woman doesn’t resonate to that? What man, either, if he should live with her as she goes through this cycle?).

New Moons are the time for new beginnings. Any new moon is an opportunity for new projects, new visions, new relationships, dreams and focusing on your life purpose.

Eclipses happen often all over the world, solar and lunar, offering us (Humans) the opportunity for introspection, and transformation.


We get to start something new (if we want to) and we can do some introspection.

such as:

(Are we following our life purpose?) This one is always difficult to fathom.

(Are we giving service where it is needed?) Perhaps this should read, are we spreading ourselves too thin?

(Does your body need healing?) Would someone PLEASE direct me to the new body parts store?

(Does your Soul need a new battery?) That last one was rather veiled, but I think you understand my meaning.

I think you can take it from here.

This New Moon and Solar Eclipse are naturally occurring cycles of nature, it is the TIMING of them that is of interest.

Whoever created this one (I know who, do you?) has a perfectly logical reason, which we will no doubt find out in time.

Here is a link for more information:


Happy Writing


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News from The Cape of Cod (Week 4)



News from The Cape of Cod (Week 4)


You have heard of the Angry Birds syndrome, well, allow me to acquaint you with the Unhappy Tourist syndrome.

Can’t say as I blame them, the weather has not given them (or us) a decent week with cold, damp, wet, humid, clammy, drizzle, and fog. Perfect weather conditions for geese, ducks, swans, raincoats, ponchos, wet soggy sneakers, and sandy flip-flops. I might include dolphins and whales in that, also.

I do know where most of them have gravitated to, though. (They are working through their frustrations IN GROCERY STORES AND RESTAURANTS.)

Residents are advised to not frequent these places until the sun comes out.

The SEASON usually runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day Weekend, a total of 15 weeks by my count. This is the time of the CRANKY RESIDENTS SYNDROME.

Tourists should be advised not to upset any residents because their tempers are running for the C3, and have been known to give faulty directions, and Cape Codfish stares when spoken to.

traffic between bridges on Cape 

This is the traffic going from one bridge to the other depending on how they want to exit off the Cape. Sagamore Bridge to Boston, Bourne Bridge to New York.

traffic waiting to board ferry

Then there is the traffic going to the Islands…

This is the ferry for Nantucket

No matter where we turn, there is traffic.

In my last blog, I mentioned the motorcycle police in Harwich Port. Now, can you understand why?


Despite all this traffic and inclement weather, our beaches are still beautiful and enticing. Therefore we have tourists.



On the writing scene:

My focus has been on finding the right key words for a few of my books and doing a lot of reading and research. Key words are what the search engines use to connect readers to books. When a reader is looking for something to read, he/she types in a few words and the search engine goes out and locates a few choices for the reader to choose from. The author/publisher’s responsibility is to get the right key words for their books so readers can find them to read. Two books that go into depth are by Michael Alvear “Make a Killing on Kindle, and How to Sell Fiction on Kindle.”

The second book in the Something Series is Something Bloody. It is all about Count Dracula. I decided to go to the original story by Bram Stoker, written in 1897. I downloaded it onto my kindle. WOW!!! Don’t read it on a dark and stormy night. Vivid descriptions. Reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe.

I have also watched Love at First Bite, DVD with George Hamilton and Dead and Loving It, DVD with Leslie Neilson. The latter was written by Mel Brooks and crew and was tongue in cheek funny. George Hamilton’s portrayal of Dracula was much smoother and his lines were delivered better. (my opinion) I did not realize how many times Dracula has been made into films, both here and in Europe, and how many famous actors had the leads.

That’s all for today.


Goot Morning – although it really isn’t. Another cloudy, breezy (debatable), the flag is out straight, overcast, humid, bleary, some rain forecast, day here. I have had my Mini Cooper Convertible for a year and I do need to get a new sticker, which means venturing out (Pirates Arrgh!)

It has come into my thoughts that we just might be the new location for the Rain Forest.

Never the less, I have found the perfect place to spend the rest of the day after I gas up and get my sticker. I think my laptop will fit.

owl in drain pipe

Happy Writing




News from The Cape of Cod

News from The Cape of Cod

Good morning Friends and Fellow Writers:

Blogging time again.

Techie trouble. 😢 Microsoft did a huge update and that affected my network adapter, so that my internet connection was vague at best. You know how that makes for a very unsettled life, especially for a self-publisher. (Pirates Aaargh)

Options? Bring it (my Lenovo desktop all-in-one) to Best Buy, (can I even lift it?) or send for the Geek Squad. (Cost: $100.00 and counting)

My daughter, Tina, came to the rescue. She runs a William Raevis Real Estate office in Osterville with over 40 agents who all have laptops and constant techie snags, which she fixes. Where I ever got these technically advanced children is always a miracle to me. My son, Steve, is a computer guru, who worked on the Dragon Speech enabled program. Go figure.

Long story short, Tina did her magic and now I am back, and she did it all for a bowl of burnt popcorn.

The Cape of Cod is flooded with tourists, roads are starting to become a bit congested, and will be for the next 12 weeks. (Pirates Aaargh)

Those of us who have lived here have found excellent back roads and short cuts. It wasn’t surprising to see motorcycle police in Harwich Port last Sunday morning responding to an emergency at White’s Stadium. Watching them maneuver around the traffic was a sight to behold; sirens blasting, blue lights flashing. Our streets are so narrow, 2 lanes, and nowhere to pull over to make way for emergency vehicles. It was comforting to see the motorcycle police.

The Writer’s Studio is dwindling down, as some of the members are dealing with whatever life brings them. The rest of the members are still dedicated and working on their various manuscripts. All the members are such brilliant writers, and extremely interesting people who have incredibly varied backgrounds, creating the perfect atmosphere for writing. I am so blessed to be a part of it.

The sequel to Something Sinister, or next book in the series, Something Bloody, is blossoming. Count Vladimir Rupert, Pietro, Rostislav von Alucard, now fifth in line for the Transylvanian throne (two haf bin assassinated during the last century) is becoming a real, rounded character and ven ve finish vith dis story I vill haf a decided accent apart from my Bostonian curve. 😎

I am slowly introducing the characters from the first book, who will play a major role in this one; Grannie Good Witch, Bart (Bartholomew Bottomsworth), and Prudence Prendergast from the Nosey Snoops Detective Agency. If you read the first one, you will remember them.

On the home front, I was curious to see if there were any orbs here in the property around Pine Oaks Village, so I did a little night photography. The results were rather disappointing until I did some enhancement to the photo. Here is what we have in the woods behind my apartment.  See featured picture.  ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. What do you think?

There you have it! Have a smooth and fabulous week. May your network adapters remain functioning, and your keyboards work flawlessly, I must have hit some button inadvertently, because Now I can’t find my bloody curser. (Pirate Aaargh!)

Happy Writing,


Happy Mother’s Day


May 14, 2017


First:   the Sweepstakes giveaway was a great success. 287 entrants and all 10 prizes claimed. This to me is a good omen and now 287 writers, or potential self-publishers know this book exists. When more sales are generated from this, I will know this is a good sales (marketing) tool.

To further test it, a new sweepstake is cooking: Something Sinister (marketing an entirely different audience.)

Here is the information and the link:

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Something Sinister: Angels, Witches, and Spells, Oh MY! (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of May 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules

The link to create a giveaway is on your ‘Landing Page’ in Amazon, down below the information and any reviews you may have.

‘Will keep you posted.

I have changed the template for my website/blog, cleaned it up, and made it simpler to read. Here is that link:


On another note: This mail may be delayed because something is messing up my Outlook file.

No mail out, no mail in! Bummer!


Moving on:

I am also exploring the possibilities of using Mail Chimp (free version) to build my e-mail list. (a VERY IMPORTANT part of sales/marketing.) This is your audience. (your fans).

Years ago, I used AWeber, and that was good, but became too sophisticated for what I was hoping to accomplish, and took time away from my writing.

Sales/marketing is not for the faint of heart! It is time consuming and needs focus. Hopefully, I can do some of that work for you. (Also for myself)

On a more pleasant note:

Spring is attempting to arrive. The trees are budding and flowering everywhere here on the mid-Cape, that pretty green that arouses hope in even the faintest of hearts. The temperature remains in the 40’s and 50’s, normal for us, but we have had a few days of glorious sunshine and even a peek at 60 degrees. Summer will probably arrive July 1st, and so will short sleeves, t-shirts, tank tops and shorts. There have been sitings of a few brave souls in shorts, already. If it weren’t for that cutting wind, as opposed to gentle breeze. I am in my flip-flops, and have been since I took off my Uggs and packed them away. Frostbitten blue toes with red polish are rather attractive, especially with sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt.

There you have it. I will now attempt to publish this in my blog, beat Outlook into submission, and send this off to you. May your day be lovely!

Happy Writing!








New Book in process

Hi Everyone

Here is a new book I’m writing.

Basically the book takes place in the Angelic Kingdom and is populated with both Angels and Witches.

I have some really crinkled characters that have been such fun to create.

Desdemona – the protagonist doesn’t know if she is a witch or an angel because she was abandoned.

Prudence Prendergast and Trudee Trumpet – our two Angel Agents (detectives) run the Nosey Snoops Detective Agency.

Delicia Darling is the secretary who keeps the detective agency running smoothly.

Archangel Michael knows there is Something Sinister going on in his Angelic Kingdom.

Our very old St. Peter now needs new hinges for his Pearly Gates.


In the Fossilized Forest (part of the Angelic Kingdom):

Wanda the Witch – an expert with spells.

Grannie Goodwitch (Gwendolyn) has false eyelashes and a removable wart.

Bart Bottomsworth II (a warlock) and Bert Bottomsworth III (his son) have plans of their own.

Lucy-fur is a black cat with blue eyes – the witches won’t adopt her because they think she’s been ‘spelled’.

‘The Girls’ are witches who have abandoned their cauldrons and now run a successful internet business.

The WYRD Witches Home for Weyward Witches who’s resident’s have hidden secrets and unfinished spells (?)

All to (which) I have recently added several new minor characters:

Evillina and Sandy Witch, also residents of the WYRD Home

Tic and Tac (for want of better names) are two warlocks-in-training.

There you have most of it.

OOOPS! I almost forgot the Antagonist

Ursula – the Evil Sorceress – you don’t meet her until the second act. (She’s the bad guy or gal)

Happy Writing


P.S.   The title? Spies, Lies and Haunting Eyes – unless you can think of a better one. I’m open to suggestions and ideas.  Let’s have some fun…