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The Saga of the Starduster

The saga of the Starduster was a fun novel to create.

TW loved creating stories as a child.  Having no idea that the bed time stories, created on the fly, would ever amount to anything.  Thinking back on my youth, I often wonder what it would be like to travel back in time knowing what you know now, but still in your child body.

The saga of the Starduster has a scene where our hero does just that through a fluke of alien technology and a lot of imagination from the author.

TW enjoyed crawling into the mind of Don as he is whisked off the international space station by an alien race who was shot at unbeknown to them by one of their foes.  Thinking that the hostility emanated from the blue planet not far from them the captain with a name we cannot pronounce investigates.

That antics TW takes the readers through while the Captain is trying to figure out who or what is on this blue planet are hilarious.  They use television broadcast to seek to determine what or who is on this planet and are they friendly.

TW references a scene from Sharknado among others.  The Captain and the crew of the alien vessel see the shows and take an entirely different perspective.

As Don learns that he has Cancer, the alien doctor tells him that she has created a virus to attack his cancer cells but must sequester him as the virus is meant for his cancer which is unique to him.

The story takes on many twists and turns as you travel back in time with Don, who ends up in his third-grade class as a child with the mind of a fifty-year-old man.

Love blossoms as his crush on his teacher now play out in a very strange way.

Romance with an alien doctor on a space station light years from the Earth is just one of the highlights of The Saga of the Starduster.

This novel is quickly becoming one to watch as the downloads are picking up worldwide. I have not marketed it much at all.  It is an inexpensive read with a surprise ending.

This novel is available on many e-book retailers including Amazon and Smashwords.

TW does not believe in sad endings, but your heart strings may be tugged at a little.   For you, science fictions nuts like myself, this novel is not lite on science fiction.

TW’s wry sense of humor and wit are all through most of the stories with the brand TWScott, but especially in this one, you will see several examples of it.

So if you were Don and ended up sitting in front of your third-grade teacher now, what would you do?  If you had a crush on your first or fifth, you pick her or him and then tell me, (us) what would you do?

I love the idea of it, so to me, it was a bonus for the novel.

Update!  Since the novel has been selling rather well I went back and took a look at it.  Finding a few typos I fixed them, added some text here and there and modified the cover art to include the phrase “Skinny Dipping on an alien world was probably not their best idea.”

If you want to get better at your craft practice practice practice!  This novel just got better.  It is updated on #amazon rev 3.1.  Give them a few hours to approve it and then go and get your updated copy!

Much Love -TW

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Safe Place

 

Greetings!

If you landed here from Twitter; thanks so much for following the link.

As a writer, we often don’t have all the answers for marketing our products.  One of them that I will share now with you is the successful use of Social media.  Many have created a business out of retweeting your books for money.  If a robot re-tweets your book, who is going to see it?

The bottom line is you have no idea.  People follow you when you have something interesting to say.  I don’t follow robots, do you?

As far as the blog is concerned, I do go out of my way to have something on here for you to read and consume.

Marketing is important if you want to show folks what you have been working on, so at least they can take a peek and see if it might make a nice weekend read.  This blog is not for pecuniary interests per say, but it does, however, sell books for me.

If you are an author or writer, I would love for you to follow me and by all means, stop by and say hello.  I try to take the time to visit your blogs as time permits.  Not a young person who is looking to hook up nor am I an old person looking for some encounter of the dissolute kind.  Just a writer and author, looking for like minds to share ideas with.  A safe space if you will.

I realize that the words SAFE Space has received a negative connotation.  I can assure you that is not the case here.  I love a healthy debate, and I will challenge you if you are like me and don’t want smoke blown up your bottom.  “I can handle the truth.”  Can you?

The simple truth is, to be better at what we are doing we must accept the truth or forever languish in mediocracy.

If you want to help me and don’t want to spend money, go and read my stuff on Amazon Kindle Unlimited and tell me what you think.  If you have an account here as most serious writers do, it cost you nothing, and you will be entertained.

I have 25 Novels selling around the world and am working on #26.  The story is unfolding, and I am taking notes.  This story, unlike past stories, has a plot unfolding during the day and night, and I make notes of them.  I have yet to write more than two chapters, but I already know how the story starts and what the issues will be.  This story will be developed, unlike anything that I have done in the past.  Wish me luck!

Follow me here on this blog, and by all means, let’s connect.  Tell me what you are up to.

 

On Twitter, you can follow me @authortwscott or @twscott823.com.

My website which already needs more work is www.authortwscott.com

If you know of an agent that is not too proud to take on an independent author, send he or she my way would you?  I would love to leave the marketing to the experts, and just write stories.

 

Much Love!  TW

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New Release of Book 2 of the Ailani Trilogy! and….Why?….

Know why …

As promised, I released the second in the Ailani trilogy today. Both on Smashwords and Amazon!

Passions overflow in this second book of the Ailani Series.  When magic and love mix with revenge, their morality is tested.  Discovering that Tina is pregnant, the story takes on several twists as Tina had a hysterectomy early in life.  Waking up ill, Tina soon finds out that the scar from the surgery has vanished.

Changing history from eons ago, also modify the others from her past who now seek to find her in this life.  While previous souls seem to find one another, Ailani’s mother, daughter of Pele, has other ideas.

If you like romances of a different kind, with reversed roles with the women are the heroes, this novel might be for you!  Each story can stand on its own, but one does build on the other, much like many books or movies you read or see today.

The first book in the series was a success and has been downloaded too many times to count, all over the world.  I was in hopes that an agent would stumble across it and want to represent the last two.  I guess that they have plenty of work as nobody is beating down my door to handle the last two in the trilogy or for that matter any of the other twenty some odd novels!

One day TWScott will pop up on their radar, and some agent will ask, “Why didn’t they contact us?”

Let me answer that question in advance… Query letters suck!

I have begged for attention in the form of query letters for far too long, and I am done!

“If you never hear from us consider it a pass…”  That one did it!

If you do this Query letter process correctly, it takes no less than four hours and very possibly a lot longer.  For those of you who wish to try your luck with the gods of the publishing industry, allow me to lay out the process for you.

  1. Know your audience.

In this case, you must know what the agency typically publishes.  That means read what they published or be familiar with their authors that they represent.  If your work is not in that niche, don’t waste your time.  Notice I did not say their time as most probably it is an intern reading your material.  When I say read, that is most likely an overstatement.  They “read” it much like you and I read junk mail, about 3 seconds at most and it better grab them by the balls, or something else equally as sensitive in that 3-second window, or deleted it is!  Maybe you might get a form rejection letter, perhaps….

  1. Read their specifications and follow them to the letter.

If your work does not fit the mold they are looking for from the get go; it will never make it past the intern or their 12-year-old daughter.  If they ask for 2.5 chapters, that is what you give them.

  1. Research the individual that is actively searching for your style, genre or subject matter. What have they accomplished?  Are they writers too?  How long have they been with the agency?  This could go in the audience section too, but if you get past the intern, you are now begging some agent, possibly someone recently promoted from intern to agent to read your material.  What are they looking for?  Is it another Jane Austin or JK Rowling?  Maybe they are looking to discover another ELJames.  Is that you?
  1. It is about money! Make the case why they should represent you.  Publishing or taking on your project is not cheap.  They must know within a few minutes if your material will sell.  If they have someone with some vision, they will be able to tell if your work can be manipulated to fit some mold that has a track record of succeeding.  Have you ever watched This Old House or House Hunters?  It is kind of like that.  If I take on this project what will it cost me and what kind of profit can I turn and how quickly can I turn it?     Once the agent you queried likes your work, it must then pass muster with his or her partners or the people who roll the dice.  What will it cost to make your work publishable?  Are you amiable to doing exactly what they want you to do, even if it is re-write the whole damned book!
  1. Don’t write to get rich! I was an artist long before I decided to pontificate in writing on the injustices of life, or in this case fantasies.  By all accounts, I am a pretty fair artist.  My works have sold all over the world and are mostly commission pieces. I still have a day job.  I have written over 25 novels, and they are selling all over the world.  I still have a day job.  Keep your damned day job!  Write because you enjoy it.

“TW, why do you do this if you still have a day job?”  The answer is simple; I love what I do.  When you or one of the many of my readers send me a note and tell me that they liked my book that is the reward.  That is my affirmation.  With my art, it is the same, although commission pieces, I do get paid nicely for. The odds of getting rich from writing a novel are slim and none. One of the problems is that too many think that they can write and they, like you or me, feel like their stuff is the best stuff around.  Cough, “Join a writers guild!

  1. Get connected. Joining a writers guild or even a local club will give you an idea if your writing is up to snuff.  Folks, you have to have thick skin to put anything creative out there and then ask people to buy it.  I give a percentage of my novels away for free so they can take a peek at my writing style before they plunk down money.  While none of my material is expensive, even the free stuff can be suspect if you don’t know the author.  Allowing others that you trust to read your stories is one way to get feedback.  Insist that if they tell you they don’t like it, make damned certain that they say why!  Know yourself.
  1. Know why. When you look at art or you read something or watch a movie, and you had a high opinion, know why you had it.  What is it in particular about that which you read or watched created this emotional response?  If your critics can adequately tell you why they felt the way they did, then listen.  When I wrote Under Roswell, one of my friends read it and said that she did not like it. “Why?  What was it that you did not like?”  “I don’t like Sci-fi!”  FFS!  Many have read it, too many to count and people that love Sci-Fi, like it just fine.  Don’t force something on your friends if it is not their cup of tea.
  1. Develop your brand. From years of working in an ad agency, I probably have a leg up on many as I know a thing or two about marketing.  Your Author name is your brand.  I knew of an author who wrote all kinds of work much as I do.  She wrote certain kinds of work under one pen name and others under another.  TWScott is my brand, and everything goes under that name.  With twenty-five novels out there, I don’t have much time to diversify.  The naughty stuff, the science fiction, and the young adult stuff are all under TWScott.  Currently, I am playing with a Christian book, it too will be under TWScott. Social media is critical for getting your brand out there.  Without spending money, take advantage of all of the free stuff that you can.  Don’t make others rich at your expense.
  1. If you understand capitalism, you know that one business feeds others. That is the way of the world and the way that it works.  There are services out there who will do so much for the independent author.  Folks, those are the people that make money most of the time.  Let me edit this for you. Allow me to format your text for you, so the meat grinder on Smashwords will like it.  Wait, let me create the cover art for you because good cover art sells your book.  You could spend tens of hundreds of dollars to get your creation sitting in front of you in several boxes of paperback books ready for the world to buy.  Don’t do it!

    Part of the process of being an independent writer is to learn the entire process of publishing your work.

If you decide to spend money on all of these services you could spend more than a few hundred dollars and still have a book that might sell $10 worth the first year.  Harsh?  I am sorry, but that is the hard truth of it.  Listen, not everyone is Hemmingway!  Practice writing here on blogs.  It is free, it won’t make you any money, but you will make some new friends.  I know an author who wrote a book about a passion he had, in this case flying.  I support authors such as this, and I bought a copy of his book.  I visited with him enough to know that his book would flop but, I still got his signature on the cover and wished him well.

Reading the book, I found typo after typo, and the grammar was terrible.  Amazon and others make it very easy to get your book into print.  How many times have you re-read your masterpiece and found a typo?  I still do to this day, and it pisses me off!  I can read the same sentence 100’s of times and miss the “you instead of your, or you’re.”

One trick that I use that I will share is I keep a list of my common typos and guess what I do with that list?  Ctrl F every you in the document. Is it correct or not?  You can use that with your typos and eliminate much.  I use Grammarly at the end of the process. If you leave it running from the get go, it disables auto save.  That to me is an incredibly stupid design.   It also uses so much horsepower that it often bogs down word to where word will crash.

This blog is about sharing, and if you read my blog, you know that I freely share with you.  Please share your tips with me, and by proxy others who read this.  I believe that we authors are not competitors but belong to a particular breed of people which unite us in a special way.

I hope that something I wrote you can use, but if nothing else, buy one of my books and tell me what you think.  They are all inexpensive reads, and some are free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!  Feedback is invaluable but remember, if you offer it, I will want to know why.  Not why you offer it but why you did or did not like it.  Get into the habit of learning more about yourself by asking yourself always, why did I not like this or why did I like that.  It is critical in marketing to know why you liked an ad or not.  This process you can use in your entire life, everywhere with everyone.  The more that you know about yourself will assist you in learning more about others.

“WHY?”

Much Love  -TW

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Yes, Smashwords does not like crack..Buttcrack…

Yes, they really did object…

Dragon Master and the Witch
Book Cover for Dragon MAster and the Witch By TWScott

If that is not art I will eat it…. Good thing it is digital…

When I posted that blog about my cover art some were amazed that Smashwords would take issue with my witch in the lake.

It is sad that I had to do this to pacify the Puritans …

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No, witches don’t really melt when you get them in water.  Could you imagine if they did, there would be no witches, Well, no witches that you could stand to be around as they would stink the high heavens!

Yes, Witches enjoy a shower like the rest of the world.  Yes, some witches do have nice butts even though I admit that my cover art witch, is my creation…. Lol

My claim is that I was under the spell of the witches to create butt that is perfect from the bottom to the top…

I like Big Butts and I cannot lie… oops I digress 

I was thinking about a story regarding Francisco Goya when I got this from Smashwords.

Modified Goya Nude MAJA
modified by others and eventually me to look more natural.

This painting of his was so risqué that it was not seen in public.  He in fact never got to see his work on public display during his lifetime.

I love this painting, not so much for the Nude Maja but the incredible detail.

I did a study of fabric with my own nude and mine is crap compared to his.

Lady in Blue
Fabric Study 2000

I found Goya’s on line and took the liberty of doing a little touch-up.  Still this is a fabulous painting so much so that I may do one like it just to have it on my wall.  No, can’t sell a copy of someone’s painting but there is nothing wrong with doing it for yourself.

Often times we artist get into trouble when we do such things for pecuniary interests.  (Making money)

Copying his work however to learn, is perfectly acceptable.

I enjoy art immensely.  I could not resist touching up this painting by Goya.  I did it for two reasons really.

The first is the copy I found on the internet has been modified already from the original.  Second I came to know the painting as I can see his brush strokes.  The paint used is nothing like we have today.  Back in the day, they made their own paint and cadmium red or cadmium anything was toxic as hell.

While we think that we are safer today with our modern day paints and chemicals I would tell you that just because it is odorless does not mean that it is not toxic.  I still use very well ventilated areas for painting.  In the cooler months, I might very well go outside to paint.

Today with the IPad Pro and some good software, I can get my art fix with no chemicals.

Take a look at the Goya and then my fabric study and you will see what I mean.

I did this fifteen plus years ago so consider that when judging me … LOL

In other News, Perpetual Palpitation seems to be moving up the charts of books downloaded. 

If you are on this blog, and you are the one of those buying it, Thanks for that!

I look for trends and then try to analyze them.

Marketing 101 ….

For Some of you, it is already Monday Morning…On behalf of us still, on Sunday have a great and Super Week!

Much Love  -TW

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WebCam Shows

Would you pose nude on a cam show for hundreds of men?

One of my twitter followers had a bio of Web Cam Slut.  She then had an advertisement for herself on MyFreeCams.

From time to time I actually look at some of my follower’s bio’s, and I must tell you I was blown away.

If you go to this site, there will be around one thousand ladies online at any given time.

This was excellent fodder for Cyber Subs which is an entirely made up story on my part.

Here is the truth of it though.

Think about this for a second.

At a certain time of the day, you are going to allocate X hours to entertain whoever you can via a site like this.

Thirty minutes till that time you go take a shower and put on some sort of costume that will include sexy underclothes.  You fix your hair and makeup and then make things really sexy.  I like the thong under the sexy panties routine personally.  A little more to tease folks with.

You have been advertising through social media that you will indeed be on at a particular time.

Shutting off the phone and locking yourself into your studio you bring up the site.  You place the camera accordingly.  You even have the professional studio lights that cast the right amount of light to enhance your ….assets….

Among the rest of the accouterments, you have your Hitachi charged and ready for action.

You place certain toys to taunt your audience within reach, and of course, you have a goal in mind.  Your goal is stated in such a way that you make it your audience’s goal.

The time you planned to start is now. You flip on your camera and wait for your regulars to show.

If you have worked your act up, your followers will be waiting for you.

Selling peeks at certain parts of your body for tips the bell rings, and now you must come through for them. Flashing a breast or something else starts the ball rolling.  Teasing the regulars who find you irresistible are most probably taking matters in hand, while others get things going.

Someone from somewhere decides that your bottom is just so sweet that it needs some color.

Paying the tips needed for some spanks you must now follow through.

In my book Cyber Subs, I have the two girls working the crowd punishing one another; among other things.

While the story wrote itself, I wonder if the ladies that do this get anything out of it other than money.

It is modern day prostitution without the fear of getting some disease.

This novel has been downloaded so many times it is evident that people are obsessed with erotic novels such as this. Unlike 50 Shades, you could actually become a model on one of these sites.  The 50 Shades fantasy requires a misogynistic billionaire who is “fifty shades fucked up.”

Webcam shows just require an internet connection, camera, and some guts!

Think about that for a second.

There are all types of women on there.  Yes, I was curious, and I looked.

As an artist, I love the human body either man or woman.

Is there such a site for male models?

Some young ladies appear almost anorexic and then there are some who have apparently never missed a meal.  Not judging, just making a point.  Your body type is not a show stopper.  There was one lady on there that was so pregnant one had to wonder if she was planning on giving birth on cam for tips!

Where are we as a society?

We are tethered to our smart phones and tablets.

We spend more time on social media than we do with our friends.

We spend time berating those who breast feed in public and then look for sites like this to watch women masturbate.

I for one agree with the Free The Nipple people.

Breasts on some men look as though they might belong to a woman.  Scout Willis is pioneering this effort, and my hat is off to her.

The dichotomy that exists is this.  Some women are horrified that men find women sexually attractive and thus feel objectified as a sex object. Thousands of women model on these sites and are doing what?

They are attracting the worst part of the male species and extorting money from them while debasing the feminine argument of being objectified.

Not all men will seek such sites.  Not all women will approve of such actions.

Here is the truth of it though.

Some of these ladies are doing this to be told how pretty they are.

Some of them are so starved for attention that being naked on cam is one way to get someone to tell them how much they like them.

Conversely, some men are real losers.

In my book, I refer to them as Billie’s  “Read the book to find out why. You will like it!

The truth of it however is, that man is driven by visual stimulation and women by emotional stimulation.

If you want to attract a guy let’s face it, you need to look like a ten.

Guys, if you want to attract a gal, you also need to be well manicured, and that means no beer belly. You must also be emotionally there, and supportive.

People look for visual clues when hunting a mate.  Symmetry starts the process.  We are genetically programmed for such things.  That is why sex sells.  PR firms know how to manipulate the masses and they do it perfectly.

When looking for a possible mate some programming instilled in us comes to life.  Those ladies on sites such as this are capitalizing on genetic programming.

When people mature they realize that there is more to life than looks.

That is why some of the ladies on these sites are there.  They know that some men are also not tens but require that connection even if it is through PM’s and a video or two from some cum show.  Yes, I said it, that is one of the things that they sell.

When I read certain novels I fall in love with the characters without ever seeing them. Who I am actually falling in love with is the writer who created them as those characters represent some small part of their creator.

If you want to get to know someone read their books.

Writing about the underbelly of the internet, was an eye opener for me as a writer. Placing myself in the roles of Denise or Trisha and then working through the parts that I just laid out was rather interesting.  The only way I could have done a better job of it would be to get on cam… Not going to happen…

No, I have never been on cam but, I must admit the thought of it was titillating.  Can you imagine yourself seductively removing your clothing for hundreds of people?  Some of the ladies have several hundred viewers watching their every move.

Take a look at Cyber Subs and tell me what you think.

“If you are one of my twitter followers and you are also on one of these sites, tell me… how close did I call it?”

Before I end this post, let me repeat that I am NOT judging anyone.  We all have our skeletons in the closet, and not one of us is perfect.

I just finished Dragon Master and the Witch, and I am looking for an idea for the next Novel.  Go check it out and support an independent author …Me…

If you were going to read something, what kind of book would you be looking for?

If I use your idea, I will mention you in the acknowledgment section of the next book!

If you are an author or writer that might mean something to you.  With 25 novels selling around the world, it is only a matter of time before one of them goes viral.  That is my hope anyway.

Much Love  -TW

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Devil or Angel

Spooky stuff

 

 

After eating lunch today, I am sitting in traffic. In front of me is a smaller car with two images of Betty Boop on either side of their rear plate.

One of the images is a Betty Boop Devil and one a Betty Boop Angel.

I have always liked Betty Boop, and I suppose many of you have no idea what a Betty Boop is.

Here is the part that leaves me wondering…

I had this urge to turn on the satellite radio.

Switching from my regular channel, I turned it to the fifties station and would you care to guess the very next song that played????

The Clovers and…Wait for it… Devil or Angel…..

I kid you not!

Some will say it is a coincident and maybe it is but…. This kind of thing happens to me all of the time.

Anyway, I have work to do… Just wanted to drop in for a moment and tell you about my day thus far.

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Much Love -TW

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Dragon Master and the Witch

Yeah!  It is finished!

This story took longer than anticipated.  Six weeks give or take with several edits to get it right.

A week of that time I was traveling so, I guess 5 weeks to write a book.  I like to wrap one up in a month.

During the late 1200’s Blaise, the Dragon master is banished to the top of Mount Sherman by the Queen for a disagreement that the Queen and his father got into.

Blaise took the time to train his dragons and learn from his father.  After his father dies, Blaise becomes the Dragon Master.

Sarah and Blaise were set to be married until the falling out.  She would often sneak out of the castle to meet up with Blaise until one day she was captured by another who sought to control the dragons.

Removing her from the dark ages of England to 2017 in the United States, Sarah hardly fit in.  Unaware of where she was or what the place was famous for, the portal through which they traveled had its own plan, taking them near Salem Massachusetts.

Blake, the Son of the evil sorcerer, was in love with the Queen ’s other daughter; Katherine. When Blakes mother died suddenly, Zolof placed the blame on the villagers.  The anger that ensued was all that Zolof needed to turn the heart of his son dark; thus controlling him to do his bidding with a spell.

While Sarah attempts to put together a Coven of 13 in 2017, Zolof needs to lure Blaise through the portal where his powers would be useless allowing Zolof the opportunity to kill him.  Once Blaise dies, Zolof would inherit the loyalty of the dragons giving him all the power he would need to bring the world to its knees.

What we have here is a love story in the classic sense.  We have a fairy tale where my sense of humor and wit come through in my characters.

The artwork is a combination of a painting I did years ago and some digital art to make a rather impressive cover.

This is my 25th Novel, and I believe a milestone.

Currently, my work is selling around the globe on more servers than I can count.  I have to trust that I am being paid for my work but truthfully, I have seen my works pirated on sites that I do not even have a clue of what the language is.  If it is good enough to pirate, I guess I should take it as a compliment.

Amazon should release this book in a day or so.  I published it on Smashwords too.  Smashwords, while a pain to publish on, does send it to many different sites including B&N, Apple, and too many others to mention.

Once a month I get royalties from them via PayPal, so there are good things about them as well.

The link for Smashwords I will put here, so you can get your copy and tell me what you think!

We, independent Authors, appreciate you the readers of our work.

We don’t have multi-million dollar publishing companies hyping our Books.  We, the independent must write it, edit it, create the art work and market it! To get it in your hands, Amazon and other companies like them provide a website to sell it on and take as much, if not more than an agent would charge.

Agents provide the technical services as well as the marketing! Agents hire editors who not only look for typos but know how to guide the author in ways that would make the story more palatable.

Dangling participles aside, a good editor is hard to find.  Many on Twitter will offer their services, but I must tell you the truth of this.  An independent writer cannot afford $10 a page.

The hard truth is that most “independent writers” will think their work is great and be willing to spend the money betting on the ROI. The facts are that few will make over $10 in royalties in their first year.  If that hurts, I am truly sorry but it is the bitter truth.  Don’t write for pecuniary interests. Don’t play the lottery for a retirement strategy. Keep your day job!

Another service people offer is cover art design.

And still another is marketing, and the list goes on.

The only folks who make money in this business are those who provide some sort of service, with no guarantees.

That is why readers like yourself are so important for the independent author.

Folks, we need you!  I support independent authors, and I know most of you do as well.

With 25 novels selling around the globe, one day you will be able to say, “you knew me when!”

“Yes, I have made much more than $10…”  The truth of it is that I would do it all over again if I were to only make $10.  I love what I write so at the very least, there are 25 novels out there with the Brand TWScott that people are enjoying. That means something.

You can contact me here, or on my website at www.authortwscott.com.

Follow me on Twitter @authortwscott or @twscott823

Buy my books.  Not one of them cost more than a cup of fancy coffee!

Many are on Amazon Kindle Unlimited so you can read them for free!

Those that have read my novels to date; tell me that they like them; so I am on to something. Some of the feedback on Cyber Subs had me go back and change much of it.

I am always looking for an idea for the next novel.

I wrote a story about a couple of young ladies who do web cam shows for money.  Tonight on the news I learned about a young mother who poses nude on Instagram making about $5K a month.  If you like a little titillation, read that book called Cyber Subs!

The interesting thing about this woman is she is no model.  She is a mother and married to someone in the military who takes the photos of her.  One of my themes in many of my books is about loving who you are.  I would not mind interviewing her as I think that might make a story too.

Thanks for the purchases of my books!

Thanks for the follows and retweets!

If you are an agent or know of one that is not too proud to support an independent author such as myself; I could use the help!

I am a writer; that is what I do.

Marketing, I would rather leave to the professionals.

I spent years working in an advertising agency, and I would still rather write, than market.

Much Love -TW

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Gods and Insects

Entitlement is a misnomer in our society.

 

As many of us here in the states take the 4th of July off, I wonder how many appreciate what it is for.

Let me start by offering my sincere thanks to all of the active military men and women and special thanks to our veterans!  I know who you are and what you are about.  I know that honor is part of your blood.  While there may not be a medical test for it, I know it is there.  God Bless You!

Currently, in the States, we are in the middle of a battle.  It is not the kind of campaign that you military folks can fight alone.  This fight will take all of us.

A populist running on a platform of draining the swamp won the election.  The swamp is fighting back with every tool in its vast arsenal. Trump is easy to hate, as he is far from perfect.  His arrogance and thin skin make him an easy target for those that don’t like him.  Their rhetoric can cause him to say or do things that are not presidential.  These things make his presidency more difficult as his detractors use anything he may say or do including gesticulating while talking, as a negative.  In short, he is his own worst enemy.

With a 24-hour news cycle, it never ends.  It is all about ratings so making up anything that will garner attention, is what they are doing.  Hence #FAKE NEWS

The swamp creatures are power brokers.  They, in short, are gods with a little g. Self-anointed gods who only look out for their interests while feigning an interest in the little people or the insects.  This interest displayed in the insects are only for votes so they can continue their strangle hold on your children’s money.

Trump, a non-politician is doing what many expected him to do.  Be the proverbial bull in the china shop. He is not elegant and is an easy target for not only those on the left but RINO’s as well.  Trump, in fact, is up against the gods of the swamp and their allies who are the media and some on the left who believe all the lies manufactured by a super partisan press.

The insects are trapped in the middle.  The creatures in the swamp are vicious creatures. If you have watched any news at all, you know that they have no boundaries when it comes to maintaining their sovereignty. These folks are far from God with a big g.  They are in fact lost souls, even more lost than you on the extreme right or left.  They value power and the dollar more than humanity.  These are the swamp creatures. However, not all in Washington are swamp creatures. Much like the sci-fi the pod people, it is only a matter of time before they become one.

Jesus had a model of living and was and arguably still is leading by example.  His example was giving, not taking.

There are those among us who ask what is in it for me, and how do I get it.  While the swamp creatures are the worst of the worst, those who sell their votes for money are just as creepy.

“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country?” (Kennedy)

Entitlement is a misnomer in our society.

Social Security is an entitlement.  When you work, part of your paycheck goes into a fund that in years to come will be paid back to you, providing you live long enough.  You are “entitled” to it.

Some who have never worked are currently getting money from that fund, screaming that it is a right.

No, it is a handout.  It is the government purchasing your vote.  While not all that are taking this money are doing so maliciously, many, too many are.  What they don’t realize is that by taking these funds that they are slaves to the gods of the swamp.  Keeping them pacified and ignorant is the god’s goal.

There are many problems with this but let me address the one that is particularly troubling. They are finished stealing from the middle class now.  We are twenty trillion dollars in debt.

That is such a large number that most have no clue how much that is.  We have nothing in our society with which to place it into a context. Without something to compare it to that number is like the Charlie Brown teacher Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.  It means nothing!  It does, however, and you should really try and grasp it.

No, they are now stealing from a generation that is yet to be born. Possibly they are stealing from a second or third generation that has yet to be born.  The gods of the swamp know this, but need their votes, so they are ok with stealing from the unborn.

Imagine a child being born.  With his birth certificate is a bill for a couple of million dollars.

$20,000,000,000,000.00  Does anyone out there have a clue how much money that is?

If we don’t turn it around, we will go the way of Greece or Venezuela.

I know they must have stopped teaching economics as many that I speak to today carry a balance on their credit card with some crazy interests rate, and think their retirement strategy is playing the lottery.  If this is you, go back and re-take economics.

There is this doomsday scenario called M.A.D.

It stands for Mutually Assured Destruction.   If one person lobs a nuke and that country responds you won’t have to worry about that twenty trillion.  Everyone will be dead.  All the partisan bickering and hate that you see and read will be for nothing.  It will be a cold dead planet for millions of years.

Here is another kind of MAD.  If this country, a superpower goes bankrupt, we will take down the rest of the world’s economy.  China, Russia. Japan you name it, they depend upon the stability of our economy, and us theirs.

All those entitlements and other discretionary spending will be to blame.  Unlike going out in a blinding white light and millions of degrees, much like Lenin’s people, we will all starve to death.  If the economy breaks down, you can bet the gods will be covered.  The military will have to patrol the neighborhoods as the worst of humanity will rear its ugliness.  In Venezuela right now, Toilette paper is a black market item. Their money is worthless.  Whiskey and cigarettes are currency.

Trump wants to fix this.  He is delivering on his promises even though the left is doing everything that they can to stop him.  The left is afraid for their standings as power brokers and like the swamp fine, just as it is.  Putting money into “movements” against the administration, while smearing his administration in lies and innuendo, is their current ploy.  Russia Russia Russia… Geez!

The left and right understand MAD but, they are gambling that it won’t happen on their watch.  If it does, they will get on their private jets and go to some fallback plan and place where they have investments, leaving the insects to deal with the chaos.   Sipping champagne as they watch the destruction below, they can brag about what they did and what they can do better next time.

If you are against this president, you are against America and the people of this great land.  If you cannot find it within yourself to honor the office of president, find some balls and leave the country. Have the conviction of your heart and mouth, to find a country that you are more comfortable with.

If you cannot support America in good times and bad, then please turn in your citizenship and find another better country that espouses those values you hold so dear.  When you determine which country that is, please get on Facebook and Twitter (if free speech is allowed where you go) and tell your compatriots where you are so that they can join you.

I would avoid Venezuela or Greece as those values that you are looking for have already broken those two countries.

If you are a citizen of the US, Trump is your president!  Stop wasting your energy being a petulant child and live with it, or leave   It is time to put on your big boy or big girl underpants and act your age.

No, I am not a Trumper or a Hillary person.  I have accepted what things are and am making the best of it while using my energy in the most positive way that I can.  The office of President is to be respected as is the American Flag.  Disrespecting either is disrespecting Americans, all Americans.

This country is my home, and I will defend her in good times and bad.  I ask you to join me this 4th of July and #stopthehate.

God Bless

-Best

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Naughty Novels

Wherever you find love you should hang on to it!

Perpetual Palpitation 

As I stated in an earlier blog, I have tried my hand at a few stories with adult content.

The reasons are many but suffice it to say, I enjoy books with a story, a plot and hopefully an unpredictable trope or two.

I recently noticed an uptick in sales of Perpetual Palpitation.

If you have read this book, Thanks so much!

Perpetual Palpitation or forever and heartbeats   One could and should interpret this to Love Always.

After a brutal divorce, instigated by his wife of many years, Ben decided he must change his course in life.  Spending his early years starting and building a mega-business, he had no time for himself and certainly no time for his young family.  Not even aware that his daughter was not really his, Ben buries himself in his work until one day he is served with divorce papers.

Selling the company per the divorce decree, Ben takes his half of their fortune, packs his car with some clothes and his laptop; and leaves California in his rearview mirror.  With no destination in mind, he only heads east.

Several days later Ben ends up on Amelia Island; he simply ran out of road away from his past.

Finding a beach house to rent, he pulls out his laptop and seeks to do that which he has always dreamt of, writing a book much like the Sherlock Holmes novels he loved as a young person.

Ideas whirl around in his head as he decides to take in some of the local culture.

Dr. Stein, a world famous heart surgeon, is also part of the culture that Ben runs into in a pub.  She is there because she lost one of her patients to greed and unjust laws.  Fate plays a role as the two become inseparable over time.

Dr. Stein has a dark secret which pushes Ben to the limits of his prudish ways.  Adjusting to who they are together, Ben and Juliet weave the tapestry of modern-day life into a story that will live for the ages.

This novel is an adult novel, but there is much more story than naughtiness.  Taking many out of their comfort zone and adding all sorts of twist and turns into the story, you might not be able to predict where it will end up.

The characters will tell you the story in their words.  My keen wit and sense of humor will hopefully entertain you.

Check out Perpetual Palpitation and let me know what you think.

The cover art is a combination of an oil painting that I did years ago, and some digital magic.

Much Love -TW

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Diamond Joe Rev 2

I think it would force me to be a better writer.

Feedback is a wonderful thing. 

When I write my creative juices are often flowing in the wee hours.  Unless my head is on the keyboard and a long line of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx’s are crossing the screen, I am writing.

When the flow of the story falters or stops, so do I.

Having said that, some of my booboo’s show up and I don’t see them.

Someone pointed out that Marcie became Darcy in one paragraph.

Darcy is one of the main characters in my hole in time series and Marcie a supporting character in Diamond Joe.

Another pointed out that Diamond Joe was a grandfather and then a father… All good calls!

I usually do not try and edit when I am sleepy and those are words that all authors should probably live by.

Revision 2 is on Amazon and will be released as soon as they review it to make sure I haven’t done something nefarious.

Time is part of the story and often we don’t get it all perfect.  The story flows thusly and we must give the reader some sense of how much time is actually going by.  There are so many parts to making a good book, time, weather, the mood should all be there without even thinking about it.

Set the stage as it were.

That is why I am thinking about writing a screenplay.

Not only do you have to come up with the dialogue but every bloody detail must be there.  Whether anything happens with it or not, is superfluous to the reason for the writing of it.

I think it would force me to be a better writer.

Thoughts?

Go check out Diamond Joe or any of my 20 odd other novels out there.  Tell your friends about me, follow me and I will follow back!

If you are writing and chances are that you are if you are reading this blog, how is it going for you?

Much Love -TW

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Divided We Stand!

Romance novels are never out of style!

Journalism in the US is in Crisis.  To get ratings, or hits on news sites, just about anything will pass for journalism. Opinions are passed off as fact, and many don’t bother to check the sources to see what it is that they are reading or listening to.

If I am engaged in a logical debate with anyone on any topic, it will hopefully provide a healthy discussion.  Debates are critical in communicating one’s opinion on just about any subject.

As a young person, I was warned to never discuss three topics.  While the issues are telling and date me, they were:

  • Women’s Lib
  • Politics
  • Religion

Never mind those issues themselves, as those are not the focal point of this blog.  The topics themselves are fraught with what?

“opinion and emotions.”

When one tries to debate an opinion it is the proverbial Kobayashi Maru  (Star Trek term)  They are a no win debate.  Much like trying to nail jello to a wall, you will get nowhere.

Television commercials of the day were rife with Virginia Slims Cigarette ads with the theme. “You’ve come a long way baby!”  While inhaling carcinogens was supposed to somehow make you feel good about yourself, the idea was, that women were liberated and they could smoke in public. Why not smoke a cigarette made especially for women.

All of these topics were so rife with emotions that it would be just about impossible to sit down and have a civil conversation without animus of some sort, rearing its ugly head.

If someone today stands behind a megaphone and has an opinion about some topic that you don’t agree with, animus comes out. What is worse, we have a 24 hour 7 day a week news cycle that perpetuates its own narrative.  Once again not fact checking, using anonymous sources they push out a story.  Social media is complicit in that these narratives are pushed out on Twitter or Facebook without checking the facts.

By the way, if you need a megaphone, you have already lost.

Celebrities who push out their emotionally driven rants fuel the fires and people listen because they see them on the screen, and feel they know them.

You don’t know them!

While intellectual debates prompt discussion, emotional debates prompt action.  We have seen it over the last few years in the US, and around the world.

Those that stir the pot must take some accountability for their narrative.  Much like yelling fire in an auditorium what you say, should have consequences.

My argument is this.  Michelle Carter was just found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for tweets to her x boyfriend suggesting that he kill himself.

“Gees TW that is a far stretch, she told him to commit suicide!”

Kathy Griffin held up a bloody facsimile of President Trump’s head.  Many unhinged people around the world saw that, making it that much tougher for the secret service and the president and his family.

Shakespear in the park in New York portrays President Trump being viciously attacked and killed by his own staff.

The shooter who shot at Republican Senators had a social media account full of anti-trump rhetoric including many pieces by CNN.  Rachel Maddow who is not a   Trump supporter was prominent on his page.

This type of emotionally charged activity can prompt the emotionally challenged to act out badly.

If I were Michelle Carters’ Attorney I would seek another trial and point out that what she did is no worse than the emotionally charged false attacks on a sitting president.

The real argument in this case is. “Are we required by law to report someone who may be a danger to him or herself?” The argument today is no; unless you are a health care professional.

I only loosely followed the case. 

  • Did she know that he was serious?
  • Was she sarcastic in her text like “leave me alone you freak!”
  • I am confident that they dug into this, but it is an interesting case.
  • Yes, a man is dead, but it was by his own hand.
  • How many couples torture their mate in psychological ways unknowingly, right now?
  • If attorneys could get OJ off, certainly a good lawyer could get her off as well.
  • I think she was a teen at the time as well, an emotional teen and not very smart! Is that cause for twenty years behind bars? I don’t think so.

My point is, what we say matters.  Those with the larger megaphones IE journalist should be held to higher standards!  The trolls on Twitter spewing hate through some pseudonym should not be listened to. Many are in fact robots spewing out hate word salad.  Those that own those robots should be held accountable.

Wednesday, Tucker Carlson was admitted to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.  The “loving Left” was promptly tweeting vile things about this lightening rod on Fox News.  The left used to be the loving left, what the hell happened?

Whether you agree with him or not, wishing bad things to happen to him, is over the top and not far afield from what Michelle Carter was just convicted of.  Stop and think, would you?

Some have accused me of being far right… Sorry to disillusion you but I am in the middle.  Never voted straight ticket, never will.  I vote for the person’s character or in some cases the lesser of two evils.  I do vote, and my opinions are well founded on research beyond the television and what someone on some news channel tells me.  If it sounds too far out there, it probably is.

On a different topic, Diamond Joe has been on Amazon a week and is selling nicely.  To those of you that have read my book sending me helpful feedback, thanks so much!  I really like that story, and I hope that it will sell well around the world.

Romance novels are never out of style!

I started another book about witches, warlocks, dragons, and pirates!  I like the way that it is going and yes, I am making these tropes unique. Uniquely TW that is.

Love to hear your thoughts.  Please keep it civil, and we can talk about it.

If not, please don’t waste your time or mine. Have a Super Weekend!

Much Love  -TW

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Why Write?

Why Write, Why not write?

 

Tonight at dinner with friends they had no idea what I do for a hobby.  Not wanting to brag, I told them that I fooled around with writing.  Eventually showing them the website after some prodding; the evening took on a whole new tone as it were.

I don’t talk about this hobby.  I should I suppose, but those people are not you people. Does that make sense?

If you are reading this, you and I probably have a lot in common.  We express ourselves in ways that few do.

I wrote once that writers are probably the loneliest of people around.  We can be lonely in a room full of people.  I know many of you are shaking your head, you probably agree with me and have been there.

I started writing as a child.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I had a pretty screwed up childhood. I often lost myself in my writings that I wish that I could find today.  I wrote what I was feeling.  I wrote as if I were talking to my best friend.  I even wrote some songs that if I could find them today, I would probably shake my head in utter amazement of just how pitiful I was.

The truth of the matter is we are all a little messed up.  Not one of us is perfect, if you were, you would have been nailed to a cross and no offense, I don’t want that job.

After making my way free of my parents’ home at the ripe old age of 1 day after my 18th birthday, the real lessons of life kicked in.  You must find a job, and you must work, or you don’t eat.  You must sell some service to someone, or you sleep in your car or the park.  I never slept in my car or the park, but I did have to pay extra to pay my rent two weeks at a time on occasion.  Spaghettios were a luxury.  Cheap soup, five for a dollar was typical.

I never once took a job that I was qualified for.

I bluffed my way in and did all I could to learn what I had to do to be successful. My entire life has been such a struggle with things like that.  I see them as challenges and figure I have the brains to do it, so I do.

As an avid reader, I enjoyed so many of the novels of our time and those that came before us.  One night after finishing a Clive Cussler Novel it hit me.  “I can do that!”

Everyone must start somewhere.

I began the process of writing the novel Under Roswell. The abrupt ending of one of my favorite TV shows because it was being canceled drove me to try my hand at fan fiction which inevitably pushed me to start Under Roswell.  Understand I did this for me.  I never intended to publish it.

The more friends that read it more encouraged me to try and publish it.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get an agent’s or publisher’s attention?

Working through the process, it is an ugly process.    Rejection letters from so many agents were seriously affecting my attitude.  When I read some of the things that are out there, I was amazed that I could not lasso an agent.

I tried an experiment.  After E.L.James had written 50 shades and it went viral, I read it.  No offense, love you girl but, I said to myself, I can do that one step better!

I wrote a rather tawdry novel that I don’t even market.  It receives over 2500 hits every day all on its own.  I thought that it was smutty.  Some of my friends who read smut have assured me that it is not.  Let’s just say it is 50 shades naughty and leave it at that.

It is selling around the world so people must like it.

When asked about it, I told my friends that I like to write science fiction.

“If people are buying that other book, why not write more of those?”

Here is the truth of it.  Individuals who don’t understand writers or authors judge us on what we write.

It is silly really.  Do they think that Agatha Christy is a murderer?

I killed off people in Under Roswell; am I a murderer?

Here is the real point I wanted to make.

When I journaled as a child and young adult, it assisted me in understanding who I was.

When one writes, they see themselves in their characters.  I see parts of myself in my characters.

I always wanted to write a self-help book called Mirror Time. I wanted to understand that person in the mirror who looks back at me so often.  Behind those eyes, there is this soul, reaching to break free of the facade that society puts on us.

That soul breaks free in my novels.

I have so many characters who I love deeply!  Often I  wonder if I am Cybil? Relax, no voices telling me to kill someone or anything like that.  Just the lone voice in my head trying to live on some planet or some other realm where pain can be mitigated with a keyboard and mouse.  A place where evil people can be dashed against the rocks, and disappear under the waters of life to become part of the cycle of life.

Why write? Why not write!

Nobody ever has to read what you write, ever!

I would like to share a thought with one of my younger followers out there.  Yes, I am talking to you.  The young person who pours out your soul on a blog.  I read some of your writing, you are a beautiful person.  I love your heart and who you are. I look forward to reading your first book.

For now, write those things in your diary and keep the key close.  Take care of what you write and post dear one.  There are some folks out there who are not nice writers like us.

I have never known anyone to judge another writer for the stuff that they write, but if they do, I certainly don’t need them as friends.  I keep toxic people out of my life, and I would encourage that of everyone!

I am rather pragmatic when it comes to subjects to write about.  What is selling?  What are people reading?  Give me a topic, and I will give you a story.  While I love science fiction, I also love fantasy and magic and witches and warlocks and maybe even a vampire.

I truly think vampires have been done to death, but more and more novels about them, still pop up.

“Vampires, done to death,” get it?

I don’t endorse anything that I happen to have in one of my stories.  It is fiction, and it worked in the plot at the time.

Let me thank my newest followers for taking the time to check in and read my writing.  I look forward to swapping thoughts, tropes and what have you here in this blog.

I honestly believe that writers or authors should support one another and I certainly will.

Connect with me here or on Twitter @authortwscott  or www.authortwscott.com, I would love to hear from you.  If you are one of my readers of my novels.  Thank you so much!  Your patronage is the reason that I do what I do.  With the thousands of hits daily on some of my author pages, I feel it is only a matter of time when the Brand TWScott will mean something more than it does.

If it never happens, however; I want to make this point.  I am a much better person for writing my novels.  I now know me better than I ever have before.  My Novels have changed me as well.  I reach out to people who I would have not have reached out to before.  Write…Try it for yourself… Everyone has a story, what is yours?

 

Much Love -TW

 

 

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The Girl Nextdoor

Sally Towers had no clue that her life was going to change because she hit the snooze button one too many times. Getting through school as the Valedictorian was her goal.

After her mother’s premature death, she thought that graduating top of her class would make her father happy again. Sally had not realized that her father had moved on with his life, and was dealing with his emotional life, with another woman.

The Pixies intervene, creating the situation that brings her and Carissa McCloud together.
Heading to Scotland to start a new adventure finds the two altering the pathways that neither of them had dreamed of, including the Stardom of Sally, who is discovered in a pub while singing karaoke to amuse her new friend.

Becoming The Girl Next Door, Fame and fortune come with a price when her Anorexia is triggered by an innocent comment from a photographer. Not realizing that she was killing herself, Sally hides her condition until it can no longer be hidden.

Magic and the love of her friends unite to save Sally from herself, all the while bringing those together in this world that were meant to be.

The fight with her demons is real and gut wrenching, allowing those who have no idea how insidious this disease is, a glimpse of it.  “Why don’t you just eat?” Is not an answer, which we learn through the novel.

No sad endings here. This novel will have you laugh, love and cry, not necessarily in that order. In typical TWScott style, there is plenty of love to go around.

This is by far one of my favorite Novels.

Check it out here on Amazon.

Follow the link to download a free sample or do me the honor of reading the whole book.  Many have, and I appreciate it.  Thanks!
Much Love -TW

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The Ailani Trilogy

My signature series is the Ailani Trilogy

Tina, a somewhat frustrated Divorcée decides to become a recluse only going to work and out when necessary.  At home with her cat “Mr. Whiskers,” Tina becomes content in her misery.

Taking on the nickname of “SHREW” around the office her loyal friends decide to get her out of the house.

Bud Grayson, son of the capitalist Carl Grayson unexpectedly becomes the sole owner and operator of Grayson Enterprises when Carl and his wife Sara are murdered in Southern Africa.  Embroiled in controversy, Bud receives a written threat warning him to pull out of all deals with the diamond mine, or he will be next.

While Carl and Sara had employees who were secretly hired to keep Bud safe, Bud removes Grayson Enterprises from the deal, focusing more on domestic opportunities.

His housekeeper, covertly trained by the Swiss guard as a bodyguard tires of seeing the young man spending his life working while not enjoying any of the fruits of his labors.  She encourages Bud to go out where He runs into Tina.

Fate plays into the story as the two hit it off over a game of billiards.

Unknown to Tina, her tears contain an aphrodisiac which will only affect those from another time and realm.

The trilogy is an excellent read.  While full of mystery and romance, there is magic and fantasy laced throughout

Many have read the first book in the series asking when the others will be released.

I was in hopes of obtaining an agent to take on this project as this trilogy disserves better than Amazon e-publishing. Not that there is anything wrong with Amazon or any of the e-publishing sites. Agents bring talents and connections to the table which can make a product like this trilogy, even better than it is.

Feedback from you the reader is the next best thing so by all means, tell me what you think.

While I don’t mean to make you the reader seem like second fiddle, as you are not, your vested interests are minute in comparison to that of an agent.  While I write because I want something good to read; you read to sate some desire or yearning which I try and fulfill for you.  I indeed am working for you!

An agent who takes on such a project invest time and money, and they most certainly expect an ROI.  That is why most will hedge their bets.

The artwork, for the most part, is mine.  The last book in the trilogy started out as a picture from another artist friend of mine.  With her permission, I modified it to fit my needs as the cover for the third novel in the series.  Ailani or her representation is my artwork literally out of my head.

I currently enjoy using the electronic medium for art when creating my covers.  Painting with oils and other traditional methods, this medium is so much nicer.

Follow the link to my site and check out The Madam and the Queen!

http://www.authortwscott.com/Ailani.html

Much Love -TW

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Welcome to my Blog

Do we write for pleasure

Here you will find my latest thoughts on writing.

  • Do we write for pleasure or money?
  • What encourages you to spend hours a day at the keyboard?

Starting a blog can be a daunting task.  Writing a novel is probably easier.

Here on this blog, I will showcase what I am working on.

Hopefully, we can connect here and share thoughts on what you are working on too.

As a writer, I spend much time lost in thought.  Truthfully I think we have one of the loneliest professions out there.  Possibly that is what makes us such interesting people, we think a lot.

Drowning out the noise of the day I often am secluded in my office with a fan on for white noise.  Living in the city one has to contend with disturbances that are at times overwhelming!

Either way, I have 22 novels out there in the world with many selling nicely.  If you are one of my current readers, thanks!  It means a lot to me that you follow me, read what I write and take the time to give me feedback.  That feedback assists me in my craft.  That it turn makes my reads better.

Follow me on here and Twitter @authortwscott

You will find that I “tweet” often.  Many of you tweet too so it all works out!

-TW

Google’s power may be a problem…

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Google has a massive market share which is reflective of it’s huge influence on society. Therefore, naturally, many people have questioned whether Google has been abusing it’s power over the Internet and exploiting Google search engine users for it’s own benefit since it has the potential to quite easily do so. Recently, the European Commission accused Google of breaching antitrust laws (more on this later) which resulted in a large fine for the company. But, this fine was nothing more than a tiny fraction of Google’s total net worth… Nevertheless, it is a step towards taming these large companies and ensuring that they act in order to protect the interests of their consumers.

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Is The American way of life under attack? Is yours?

 

I despise politics and politicians.  I loathe them all.  Why?

When they spend millions of their own dollars to go after a job that pays a $100k a year in Washington DC one has to question their sanity.  Who does that and more importantly why?  Who can trust anything that they say?

I am also not a fan of the Puritan leftovers from the founding fathers.  Puritans are not flexible, much like some of these protestors who will quite literally beat you to death with their signs, indicating that they are all about love.

The far left’s agenda is indefensible, period.  That is why there is shouting and anger because it would fail logic and common sense. Anger and personal attacks are all they have, which is just stupid.

Our Ten Commandments were under attack as was Christmas.  “Happy Holidays!”  Yeah, bullshit!

If you are a Christian, I respect your view and wish you a Merry Christmas!  I think they call that tolerance. If you tell someone Merry Christmas they too should be tolerant, even if they don’t celebrate it.  If I am told to have a nice Kwanzaa, I think I would take that as a compliment and a sign tolerance.

If you believe the 23 and me stuff we may all be from Africa so possibly a Kwanzaa celebration might not be that far-fetched.

We have people wanting to change their sex.  How about race?  Wouldn’t it be interesting to change your race for the last half of your life?  Would you?  If so, which race would you pick?  Why?

I love Neil Diamond and I loved the Jazz Singer.  Early in the movie, he entertains in an all-black club. He has in fact disguised himself as a black man and the audience loved him.  Raising his hands to get everyone to clap along, the palms of his hands were still white.  Oooops!

After the riot and subsequent arrest, Jesse finds himself being bailed out of jail by his father, the cantor.  He looks at him with the black makeup on and says the best line in the whole damned movie!

“Isn’t it tough enough being a Jew!” You would really need to see it for yourself to appreciate that line as much as I did.

I don’t want to beat this subject to death, we are not all racist.  For some reason which escapes me, it would seem that the last eight years have set race relations back to the Rosa Parks Era.

I grew up with friends of all races and we got along fine.  I went to their houses they came to mine, and I lived in Dallas!  I enjoyed learning about their cultures and why they did or do things like they do, such as lighting a menorah.

I was happy Obama won.  I thought it would be great, as now we could finish bringing the races together.  It was white people that voted for him as well as Hispanics and blacks and others.  We soon learned that if you disagree with him, no matter what, you are a racist. Again Bullshit!

America was built on values and mores and I get that.  They came from England and they are ingrained in our society.  We get to practice freedom of religion and that can mean freedom from religion too. Whether you believe in a divine almighty God, or think Darwin was a great guy and smart, that is your call.

When we talk about DC and those cretins who think they know better than you or I how we should run our lives, I have a problem with that.

Our privacy is under attack not only in the digital world but with our healthcare.  Your medical records are supposedly sacrosanct but guess what, that is smoke and mirrors.

Satellites with powerful optics can most probably see what you are reading if you happen to be laying out in your back yard with a book. Google has a record of everything that you ever searched for or read, they might very easily have a copy of everything on your hard drive.

If you pull up task manager and go to the network setting and actually look at how many different IP addresses that your computer is communicating with, it would amaze you.

There is a free packet analyzer called Wire Shark.  Anyone that is tech savvy will be amazed at the information going from their computer in those tiny little datagrams. When you trace the addresses, they are all over the world.  Most of them belong to Microsoft.  What is Microsoft gathering from your computer?

Do we have any reasonable expectation of privacy?

When you go through the airport, your nude frame is examined by god knows who.  Does that bother you?

We don’t need more laws; we need less.

A local city here has instituted a law banning the use of handheld communication devices within the city limits.  It is a college town.  Several colleges, as a matter of fact, reside there.  The fine is up to $500.

Who is the largest segment of the population that use cell phones and drive?  If you said college age kids that would be a good guess. It seems to me that might be profiling but who am I to speculate such a thing.

I said years ago to simply make the apps unusable when the car was in motion.

“TW, that is not fair, what about the passengers?”

I eat out a lot; I happen to be a foodie.  I wish I could cook better than I do but hell, you can’t be good at everything, can you?…  That was a joke; you can laugh.

Eating out as much as I do I see this, and I know that you do as well, everyone at just about every table is doing what?  Come on you got this…. Effing with some damned device or posting a picture of their food on Facebook.  We are addicted to those stupid smart phones.  (like the oxymoron?)

Back to the car issue, here is a thought, how about carrying on a conversation with the driver?  How about learning to communicate in sentences that are longer than 140 characters, complete with inflections?  While you’re at it how about saying “Thank you, Mom, thanks for taking your time to take me here or there, I love you!”

Are we under attack?

I think technology is getting the better of us.  With hundreds of cable channels and some really lame programming to fill those hundreds of channels with mind numbing crap, yes I think humans are under attack.  Brainwashed by lies, that if said often enough will be accepted as truths, even though they are indeed fabrications by those with an agenda.

These smart phones captivate our attention.  Even when we are at the dining table as a family, the smart phone is there, and text is scrolling across the screen as your son or daughter tells you, I can do two things at one time.  They offer that as an excuse for his or her bad manners.  It is your fault by the way.

We Americans live in one of the greatest countries on the face of the earth!  Sorry you others, I am somewhat biased. Still love you, I am addressing Americans with this paragraph.

As we march forward, like some grand crusade against the past to remove statues that depict our history, we are actually going backward.  Third world countries do that shit, not America!

History is replete with stupid things that we should know about, so we don’t repeat them.  If we don’t learn about them, we will most certainly have to repeat them once again to learn from them.  Is that what you want?   Do you really want another Stalin or Hitler?

A young college graduate was voting for Bernie.  She was pontificating to me about how great he was!

I asked her to tell me what Socialism was.  She could not.  She pulled out her smart phone while I waited and then after a few minutes she thoughtfully said to me, Not that part of it ,we just want the good parts of socialism!

She has a student loan that is crushing her, working a job as a security guard making less than $15 an hour and cannot find a decent job.

By the way, for those of you who may agree with her, there are no good parts to socialism!  Many voted for Bernie who might have run against Trump had Hillary not cheated him.  Those are facts, by the way, you are not triggered, are you?

We need a twelve step program for technology. 

Just possibly the Amish could assist us here.  This is a business idea that they will never see because they don’t have the technology. But here it is anyway.

In the day there were things called dude ranches.  A city person could go out there and pay money to learn to a be a cowboy or cowgirl.  That was a niche market that worked for many.

What if the Amish created an environment where they welcomed our poor, our wretched, our ignorant progeny, who only know how to communicate through text; and they embraced them.  They showed them the Amish way of life, and that would include farming, and building things as they do.  We have a national resource that might be the answer to our future, and we might find it in their culture.  Can you imagine yourself or your kids being deprived of their technology, and cable for a few weeks, or hell even an hour!

Would you go?

Would you send your kids?

I don’t think they would do it because it would pollute the minds of their culture, which is a culture within a culture.    Who knows, maybe they each have a thousand dollar iPhone sticking out of their back pocket too.  Those buggies go pretty slow, so texting on those would probably be ok, the horse is leading it, right?

To know where you are going you must know where you have been.  History is the key, and it should not be rewritten to suit the special interests groups, or the mobs.

My thoughts are for your consumption and are a way to share with you the readers of my blog.  If you agree or disagree, tell me so, and why!

Remember, I want to know why.  More importantly, my friends, you want to know why?  Once you know why, you are one step closer to enlightenment.

While you’re at it go read some of my books, would you?  I cover so many different genres, from LGBTQ to Science fiction.  I am even going to write a children’s book.   With 25 novels out there on Amazon and Smashwords, you should find something that interests you.  Some are on Kindle unlimited so that you can read those for free!

Thanks for following me, and sharing my thoughts with your friends!

Much Love -TW

 

Cover Art

 

Of all of the e-mails and comments that come back to me, Cover Art is a favorite topic.

The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words is germane when it comes to cover art.

In The Saga of the Starduster, I wanted to draw the reader into the book without them turning the cover page.  You will no doubt notice that most cover art tries to capture your attention.

Three nude people headed into a seemingly innocuous body of water with a very interesting sky tells the reader several things.

  • There is nudity involved
  • This is probably not on Earth
  • It looks like a serene place
  • Their views on nudity are not what some might consider normal
  • It is probably a science fiction.

The title “The Saga of the Starduster” of course reaffirms the Science fiction aspect of the novel.

Some fun facts of this particular cover are that I made a trip to the Tetons with the express purpose of taking some pictures that I could use for artistic purposes.  Yes, I could find what I need on line, but that is someone else’s art or photography.  For my covers, it needs to be 100% TWScott.

After I found the photo I wanted from within the thousands of my pictures, it was then sucked into a program for digital editing where I changed the sky, drew the girls and of course made it look science fiction like.

When writing or creating art you want to sell the sizzle and not the steak.  I want to emotionally move you in some small way to want to know more about these nude people skinny dipping in some lake on some other planet.

One must take care regarding the cover art regarding what is on it.  If it is too busy, people will look at it and become exasperated quickly, and move on. Simplicity is key, much like magazine ads.  One should be able to look at the ad or cover and within a few seconds know what they might expect to find within the pages.

The Title is bold and easy to read.

Your brand, in this case, TWScott is easy to see and read.

A small blurb would help, and I am thinking about adding it.

“Skinny dipping on an alien planet was probably not their best idea.”

That blurb tells the reader that yes they are all nude, and swimming in a lake on an alien world and it also alludes that something unexpected is about to transpire.

Conversely, I see covers that are way too busy that confuse me.

I have said this on many different blogs, but it bears repeating.

“Know why you either like or don’t like something, and why.”

As an author, or possibly a cover art creator, or illustrator, this is terribly important.

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Much Love -TW

Bonjour, Hola, Hallo, Ciao and even Aloha… and … my thoughts on Virginia

We need to teach critical thinking, not indoctrination.

 

Welcome new followers!   Thanks so much for following me.

I spent so much effort and time creating novels that I am afraid I am way behind the eight ball where marketing is concerned.  Blogging is marketing.  Blogging is also a nice way to get to know you, and you, me.

Here is where you get to know me outside of my novels, and I can get to know you if, you will take a moment and say hello.  While English is my chosen language and the only one that I know fluently, I love to speak with those who read my writings or would like to engage in some dialogue of a philosophical nature.

Many of you are fellow bloggers, and that is wonderful.  I love reading about what you are up to.

Those of you who follow me know that I don’t shy away from subjects that are controversial. 

I had some thoughts about the recent events here in the US that are troubling.  I sent out a tweet the day of the riots in Virginia and some “person” asked me rather snarkily if I just started watching the news.  My tweet simply stated that “I was amazed at the level of evil that we are capable of.”

I do not respond to snark, or jerks, or what have you. His or her loss really but I refuse to get into the dirt with them.  Keep it civil, respectful etc., no problem.  I don’t require you to agree with me.  I do require that you are respectful.

I despise the media and have for years.  To them it is all about ratings and as a people no matter what country you happen to be in, that is propaganda.  The media may have started this simply for ratings but when you look at the “who is who charts” and find that someone way up in the media food chain is tied to some government official or worse yet, some mega multi conglomerate “special interests” group, one has to wonder.

No, I don’t watch the news, it is a waste of time.  Mostly it is either opinion or conjecture or just damned lies.  The cable companies have hundreds of channels to fill with something from swamp people to DIY this or that.  They all compete for ratings.  When you say or promote audacious programming for ratings, the viewer should probably use their brain and think about the validity of what they are watching.

When children’s programming has messages in it which are politically charged, one has to wonder if you really need TV at all! We need to teach critical thinking, not indoctrination.

I found a twitter post that was a recruiting tool for paid protestors for this event over the weekend.  If the riots had paid actors in there to stir things up, that is wrong on so many levels of wrong.  People were supposedly paid $25 an hour to go and egg on the protestors and take whatever side needed to be egged on whether it was the Antifa or the Nazi’s or KKK or even BLM.  It is kind of like the devil had a hand in it.

There were tweets of pictures of two men who were AntiFa one time, and Nazi’s the next, same two men.  WTF?  Are we being played by someone with a god complex?

Somone died, as emotions are raw as was the purpose of the agitators to make sure that emotions were kept raw.  Who paid them?  Who thinks it a good idea to send paid protestors to go to these protest and make things worse?

No, I don’t watch the news.  There are anarchist everywhere, and someone with deep pockets is funding it to make sure it keeps us all divided.  If I want to spur you or anyone into action, all I have to do is trigger you on some emotional level and bingo!

I prefer intellectual, logical debate.  Keeping an open mind, I might learn something and make some new friends along the way.  Even if we don’t agree we can agree to disagree and remain, friends, can we not?

When you fail to listen to the other side of the same coin, you will never understand why they do what they do or say what they say.  You might also learn that you are wrong, so it pays to listen.

Ignorance without EGO is an opportunity learn.  Ignorance with EGO is simply propaganda.

So what was this all about anyway?  What was the protest about, how did it start and who was there?

It started out with the proposed demolition of a Statue.  The White Nationalist party went to protest the removal of this statue peacefully.  Ever since Dylan Roof shot up the church to start a race war, we have been practicing revisionist history.  That is exactly what it is but, the left calls it something else.

History is history no matter what it is.  To remove statues and flags is nonsense but you might see that differently.

Dylan Roof may have started more than he ever could have hoped for as this gave more fuel to a racist few who see racism everywhere.  The interesting part of this whole story is somehow it is blamed on Trump and by proxy anyone who happens to be a conservative.

History 101 TWScott’s abbreviated version.

The first Republican president was the 16th, and for those that don’t know, that was Abraham Lincoln.

He ran on equal rights for all colors of peoples and of course to free the slaves from bondage.  After he completed that task, he was gunned down in a theatre by guess who, a Democrat, who was not fond of his idea of freeing the slaves or allowing them to vote.  The VP took over who ran on the same ticket with Lincoln who also happens to be a Democrat.  Talk about reaching across the aisle.

Andrew Johnson, the 17th president, was not fond of Lincolns ideas and halted much of what he had started.  Democrats started the KKK and were very much against freeing the slaves or allowing them to vote.  The Democrats tried to stop them from voting by charging them a poll tax.  Many Democrats in the south did not want them to vote so they decided to institute a literacy or intelligence test before you could vote.

Remember, it was illegal to teach a slave to read much less anything else other than picking cotton or other menial task.  Knowledge is power, and the Democrats knew it.

Fast forward to LBJ the 36th president who was as much a racist that ever was.  While history is being re-written on many web sites, the truth is that since the blacks were allowed to vote he was going to make sure that they voted Democrat.  Turning his black hating attention to using them as useful idiots, he pushed through legislation that would keep the black man down for centuries by buying their vote with just enough in the way of entitlements to keep them from having any desire to do better for themselves.

Removing their desire for self-improvement by turning them into a welfare society, he was quoted as saying, That will keep them N****gers voting Democrat for the next 200 years!

Now you can get all upset, but those are the facts.  Bear in mind that you might have to go to the library and do some research as revisionist are indeed changing the history on individual websites.  Even the History channel web site has been altered leaving out the quote that he was rather famous for making!  While admitting he was a racist, they don’t spell it out, as I have here or as history has many times.

So who else was in Virginia and why were they there?

Antifa was there who are extreme left-wing miscreants who are in fact, true fascist.  Their strong opinions on a misguided philosophy by someone who is bad at history, which pretty much defines them as fascist.  That is rather funny in an odd way if you think about it.

Antifa was there to stop the White Nationist, not to be confused with the Nazi’s or KKK, also lefty organizations.  The Nazi’s and Antifa were working hand in hand which was rather strange and along with BLM  to go after the White Nationist (conservatives).  The white nationalists are saying history is sacrosanct, you don’t alter what you don’t like, hence the protest.  If you want to erect another statue, buy the land, pay an artist and have the thing situation on your land and dedicate it but, you don’t simply rewrite history that you don’t like!

The simplicity of the argument is you don’t subtract from history but, you can add to it as long is it is truthful.

Then, of course, you had the professional agitators who came and made sure that it got ugly.

No, I don’t watch the news, but I do go and get the facts!  The news is so biased that you cannot believe them at all.  If they tell me it is a pretty day outside, I am going to look to make sure.  They have an agenda.  Ratings are their first agenda but remember this; there are many things one must do to destroy a country, or take it over.

First, you divide everyone in every possible way.  With social media, it is easy as there are robots on Twitter putting out hate word salad.  Then you have the paid for trolls who spout out hate garbage and get those that are already polarized to retweet it, to their friends and so on.  If you tell a lie or hear a lie often enough, you believe it.  Many who listen to comedians are regularly exposed to garbage, based on hate.

The next thing you do to control a country is, control the narrative, in this case, the media and of course the beloved people on the silver screen who we know so intimately as we have been in their bedrooms.  That, of course, is the fallacy of it, but they depend upon you thinking that way.  Trust me; you don’t know them! If you did, you might be surprised to learn just how vapid and narcissistic that some of them are.

Once you control the media and keep the masses divided, you get someone, oh like Hitler to come in and identify with you and point out all of the problems in the world and place the blame on someone and offer to fix it all for your vote and a minor re-write of your constitution.  If you think this is some dystopian plot for one of my books, I only wish it was.  That is the plan of someone with a huge megalomaniac, god complex, and deep deep pockets!  Do you think it is Trump?  Do you think it is Putin?  Who would you suspect of such an evil plot to transform America into something it is not?

That beloved Movie star that most girls dream about, Mathew McConaughey said not long ago, “that second amendment, we can live without that.”  Just a minor rewrite of your Constitution, right?

No, Mathew, you body guard surrounded misguided fool, we need our second amendment, and our first, and all the rest of them.  They were written by people much wiser than you.  Memorize your script, remain sexy, and emote; so your misguided sycophants who think they know you can fantasize.

Just food for thought here but Trump, the American President, is your president if you are an American. He ran on draining the swamp.  At his inauguration, he stood a few feet from President Obama and said that the Washington elites are screwing you the people, and I am here to stop it!  Say what you want, but that took balls!  The swamp monsters are fighting back, which is what we see in the media daily.

Those on both sides are fighting him because they don’t want to be exposed for the frauds that they are.

“As a senator, you don’t spend millions of your dollars for a job that pays $100K a year!  That is insanity unless of course, you are going to steal from the taxpayer’s piggie banks, all that you can.”

Ever wonder why many of those senators are now millionaires living the good life while filling you full of lies? Why are they still working in their 70’s?  Why not take their millions and enjoy what years they have left? Riddle me that Batman?

“If you become wealthy as a public servant, you are most probably a thief or crook.”

America, your enemy is not Trump, it is the media and the career politicians.

No, not a Trumpian, just a patriot who reads one hell of a lot, when I am not writing one hell of a lot.  I think about things like “why.”

Occam’s razor comes into play with many of these things, but you must have a little critical thought process, and be willing to watch something other than the MSM and research things.

As always I am interested in your thoughts.

Feel free to follow me and oh, by the way, buy one or more of my books.  I really want to quit my day job, and I need you to help me with that.  Forward my stuff to your friends.  Retweet my tweets.  Write a glowing review for me …

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Much Love -TW