Is space the final frontier?

The answers are for the people who think outside the box!

As a science fiction writer, I often wonder what space travel would look like for “normal” folks.

If you have ever been stuck at your house because of inclement weather for a few days what happens?  Cabin Fever. Not too many years ago we had snow here in Dallas that kept us all indoors for several days.  We don’t have chains here in the south, and we don’t have snow shovels or snow machines.

A snow storm here in Texas is usually a pleasant diversion from the ordinary.  Schools close at the first flurry, and people rush out to the stores to buy up supplies like they were going to be stuck for weeks on end. No, usually just a few hours to a few days tops.

Realizing that cabin fever is a reality for a few days, I have yet to travel to Australia, not because of money or lack of invitations but the sheer terror of being stuck on a plane for 20 hours! The only way I made it to Hawaii was to layover a few days in Vegas, catch Hawaiian air from there to Hawaii making that leg only six hours.  Did the same on the return trip where I visited the spa at the Hard Rock and fell asleep during the massage.

That was somewhat troublesome when you think about it, naked and asleep while some person is kneading your body and you have no idea if you enjoyed it or not! Or did they enjoy it….? No, let’s not go there….

So let’s take it to the next step.

How long does it take to get to Mars?

For argument’s sake let’s say a year.

A year without going to the mall.

A year without Facebook or any of the other trappings of life that you are used to.

A year of drinking processed urin… Yuck!

A year just to get to your destination and then what?

Why go to Mars, other than it is there?

It is not like you are going to go outside and catch some rays…

What if you get a toothache?

What if some other medical abnormality afflicts you?

Yes, they medically assess your body and rank you as far as your probability of having issues.

How many times have you heard of someone getting checked out by their cardiologist telling them that they are fine? Once they get checked out, they walk out the door and suffer a myocardial infarction?

Imagine you are so far from earth that messages take up to 15 minutes just to go one way?

That would make surfing the web really slow.

That would also eliminate the possibility of some surgeon on earth using something like the Da Vinci machine to remotely do surgery on you. Ruptured appendix, some accident you name it you must depend on a crewmate to do whatever it takes.  What if you are the doctor and you need the emergency procedure?

So, you get to Mars, and you have managed not to see REDRUM on some wall.

Wisely NASA has kept all the axes off the ship.

Why go to Mars?

It is a cold dead planet that has been sterilized by the lack of atmosphere and radiation. No matter what mineral you found the cost of getting it from Mars to the Earth would be prohibitive.

Mars is not the final frontier.  Getting to Mars and setting us some sort of colony would only be beneficial for what we would learn from it.

When situations arose, and we came up with workarounds to fix them as we have done in space travel before.  Yes, we went to the moon, another cold dead rock in space.

As a science fiction writer, I have time travel as a component of space travel.

The physics we have today that we think we understand are not complete.  Imagine taking the formula 2.1+2 and coming up with 4, not 4.1.

We are close, but we don’t have the point one or the point 000001.  There is a margin of error which is enormous.

We don’t understand time.  We think of it as linear, and it is not.

When you think outside the box, you realized that time is consistent with the zone that you are in.

Gravity warps space thus space-time.  The time around the sun is different than the time around the earth.  The time in this solar system is different than the time outside the solar system.  Outside the heliopause time is different.

NASA has a conundrum on their hands in that the Voyager spacecraft are decelerating. They are slowing down.

“How can that be?”

There are many theories.  The one they have settled on is based on a byproduct of the power supply on the craft.  They assume that the tiny (infinitesimal) amount of heat produced by the reaction of the power supply is acting like an ion engine pushing against the fabric of space.

OK, nice try but could it be that space-time where the craft is, may not be the same as it is here?

The space-time around a black hole is much different than it is here so it only makes sense that the further away from sources of gravity “warped space” that time would act differently.

Now if true, that means that the distance between galaxies and stars is different as we perceive it to be!

What if the constant speed of light is not constant at all but fluid depending on the medium through which it travels?

Time is the next frontier.  We need to understand the physics of gravity and time.

We mark time with our watch or a calendar which is punctuated by events, a series of linear events.  I would posit to you that time is not linear at all.  Dilation of time is provable, we need to take it to the next step.

If we assume that the recent reports of alien craft visiting this earth are accurate, and I am willing to believe that they are, then we must deal with the how and they why!

The craft over O hare shot up at an astounding rate, faster than a bullet.

The craft captured on the air force pilots camera took off at a similar rate.

If we stick to our stodgy understanding of physics, we just deny that it happened.  “That is not possible as the inhabitants would be flattened against the inside of the ship… F=M.A don’t you know…? What you say happened does not fit our model of physics, therefore, it did not happen…!  “But it did!”

In my latest novel and in Under Roswell I posit that time can be modulated or manipulated.  If our alien friends switched their craft to a different time constant for them, they would just be floating along having a beautiful day.  To us, they would shoot off like a bullet.  That is what we saw so ergo we must assume that they have figured it out.

Why can’t we figure it out?

The first part of the problem is we have to think outside the box!

If you like my reasoning, please take the time to read either of my books Under Roswell, Saga of the Starduster or Ghost Signals from Colorado Springs.

The ideas are mine, they are not borrowed from anyone.

The concepts belong to me and nobody else.

I can be reached through my website on the contact page www.authortwscott.com.

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Or here on WordPress!

The final thought for this blog is we must understand better, that which we take for granted, Time!

Much Love -TW

Hello UK!

I am not sure why but a large part of my readers come from the UK.  Not only here on the blog but from my book sales as well.

I find it amazing!  Is it my dry sense of humor that attracts you?

I have a special affection for the UK which is actually quite diverse.

  • Some of my favorite authors come from there.
  • I love the sense of humor that seems rife with folks from there.
  • I am crazy about your accents!

Maybe we could get together and I could say “howdy ya’ll” and you could say something brilliant about afternoon tea.

I just wonder what a week in the UK would do to my linguistic skills?  Or perhaps a week down under.

There are a few personalities that fascinate me from the UK.  Two of them are polar opposites from one another and probably could not be in the same room with one another.  Lily Allen and Katie Hopkins.  I adore you both!

Before you run off thinking that I am mad let me tie this up for you.

They are both alike in many ways.  While their politics are far from the same their attitudes are exactly the same.  In your face, “I am right you are wrong, Fuck Off!”  Both of them are totally polarizing figures.  There seems to be little middle ground with them.  The more you know about them the more you either loathe or love them.  It is the later with me ladies.

I think Katie is actually very intelligent and if you argue with her and you make your argument with logic and intelligence you might score points. She is open to being wrong just show her with logic and intelligence.  The loudest voice is not the way to win with anyone, least of all her.  Katie, I would love to meet you! I think I have watched every one of your YouTube videos and I must say that the interview with you and Milo had me rolling! Way too much and too funny!  If you tell me how I can get an autographed copy of your book I will buy it!

Lily Allen is such a strong feminist I am not sure if it is a positive thing or not. I would love to know where these songs come from.  In my book The Girl Next Door I actually write a song in her style.  My leading lady channels her a bit.  The lyrics are in the book as the song is a large part of the story.  Thus I had to write a song.  The song is very much a Lily Allen type song.

My point to this is not everyone is all bad or all good.  Everyone is different and I think we can all agree on that.  Both Katie and Lily have strong personalities and neither of them are afraid to speak their mind.

I also like Amanda Palmer… She is married to another one of the authors that I like.  Amanda is so brilliant I think that she borders on insanity.  I love her, I truly do but she certainly seems to straddle that fence of sane or insane, (in my humble opinion.)

She does this TED talk and I valued it. I would love to sit in a room with her and just talk with her.  Without the pressure of being on camera or recorded. I would love to crawl around in her head for a  bit.

On a slightly different topic, my lineage happens to come from that area as well.  It would seem that I am related to Winston Churchill.  I had heard the stories for years but, I finally took the time to dig into the ancestry and the DNA bit.  Yes, my mother’s mother was the connection.

I wonder what he would say today if he came back and saw the news.  What would he think about what has happened to this country that he defended so valiantly? Katie, would he go Bonkers?

I have my own thoughts but they are superfluous to the conversation.

Anyway UK, I wanted to tell you that I noticed you and appreciate you!

I appreciate all of my readers from all over the world.  Whether you are here on this blog or you actually go and read my novels.  Reading my blog and commenting is a compliment to me.

My latest novel #27 is 3000 odd words thus far.  I think its title will be Gods and Insects and currently, the dark world of DC is coming to fruition as I weave skullduggery into the plot.

My issue with this novel is that it requires me to think in a way that I am unaccustomed to.  I have to channel a bad person.

The weekend is upon us. if you have the time, read one of my novels.  With no agent as of yet, the price is dirt cheap!  My most expensive novel out there is still less than a cup of Starbucks mocha frappe whatever it is.

Many of you are familiar with my writing as you have read many of my novels. Saga of the Starduster is still my number one best seller!

Reading my books is a nice accolade.  Thanks so much for that!

Much Love -TW

Not My Circus Not My Monkeys!

The news is my kryptonite!

Do you find it more challenging to write as the antagonist?

My latest novel #27 is about the abuses of influential people. Writing as the abuser or holier than thou personality I find very difficult. I am by nature a lover of people, not a person who wants to subdue folks and or kill them.

I admit that I knew I would probably face this difficulty when I started this novel but I did it anyway for this reason. To improve as an author, we must push ourselves. How far can I go? Can I embrace the male ego and find that heartless power hungry bastard that lives in most of us. Would it be easier as the female?   That ego I understand.

I admit that it is a stretch to think in that way. I have said before that your characters must be believable and relatable. If you ever watched house of cards my character right now is that guy. Maybe I should watch it again and try to embrace the power-hungry take no prisoners kind of man he portrayed. Personally, I think his wife in the show was a much better villain that he was.  She was cold and heartless but I liked her!  LOL

Both were the kinds of villains that you love to hate, but yet you want them to succeed.

I honestly am sorry that he got caught up in the MeToo crap. I call it crap because that is what it was and is. Women are going to be damaged by this movement in ways that they cannot begin to fathom. We are allowing a victim mentality to take hold. I got news for you, women are strong and robust and can damn well say no! I don’t understand this “Don’t make a joke or I will be a victim and go to HR!”

In most of my novels, women are the stronger of the characters as that is how they are in life. If some fat slob comes out of the bathroom naked and wants you to watch, him masturbate FFS leave! For Oprah to admit, that is how you get ahead in this industry…FFS! Find another line of work! That kind of behavior is not acceptable, and I cannot believe that is lost on these Hollywood types. What the hell is wrong with you?

Rape is never OK!

Having said that for those that knew about this shit, and said nothing shame the fuck on you! How many people were damaged because of your silence? I often wondered why so many stars have committed suicide in the past. How long has it been “ok” to rape women while promising them a spot in some future film?

Why did Judy Garland or Marilyn Monroe succumb to drug overdoses? Those were only two of too many to mention. Could it have been that they were depressed and not happy with themselves for what they had to do to get ahead? “What do you think Oprah, is it possible?”

Silence in the face of evil is evil itself!

I cannot help but wonder how many will opt to hire a man over a woman to avoid any possible litigation in the future from a remark by a fellow employee. It will happen, and this metoo stuff will be on their mind.

I went off on this tangent because 20 years ago on the 17th was the anniversary of Clinton’s Lewinsky. “Listen very carefully America, I did not have a sexual relationship with that woman.” Yeah…Right…

Monika should be in her 40’s by now. Is she culpable for what happened? Should you know better at 22 years of age? Was she a victim?

Yes, she is culpable. No, she is not a victim! She was stupid, but not a victim.

I would encourage people in power to get some sort of body camera and have it recording when you are around and alone with someone of the opposite sex. In that way, you can prove your innocents of their guilt. That, of course, will exacerbate the issue of which I am alluding to.

Why should you need a body camera? I think it is possible that some women who are claiming victim status could be lying. I also believe that some men may be guilty of behavior that is not befitting of their stature. When the Congress has a slush fund of taxpayer money to pay off sexual abuse victims one has to wonder WTF?

Just maybe the swamp needs to be drained, and a light shone on everyone in it.

Today we learned that an X CIA officer was a double agent working for the Chinese. They had him under surveillance since 2006. They just arrested him today!

This person gave names of American Spies to the Chinese who rounded them up and executed at least ten of them, and some are still in prison. He gave all sorts of other secrets to the Chinese too, but we will probably never know the exact amount of damage this person caused.

On a final note, I as a writer would have trouble making this one up.  Chelsea Manning is taking bizarre to a new level. This is taking sick to a new level.

This person gave 750,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks. While in prison he decides that he is indeed a she and gets the taxpayers to fund her transformation. “It is too bad they gave up shock therapy.”

As a parting gesture of goodwill or fuck Americans, President Obama pardons this person.
Years ago a court-martial under the espionage act meant a firing squad.  Hard to dissuade bad behavior when we reward it like this!

Ok, I don’t really have a dog in this fight, that damage is done, and nobody with an ounce of sanity will let this person around classified documents ever again. Not so fast….

Someone with deep pockets is funding a campaign for her to run against an incumbent senator. Chelsea now wants to be a lawmaker. Ok, I as a writer would have trouble coming up with that one. She has already demonstrated that she has no use for the legal system so why become a creator of laws? We will hear more about this as she will get her 15 minutes of fame.

Who is funding her and why? Is this some sort of cruel joke?

Her ad was professionally created, this was no YouTube thing. I worked in advertising, and I can tell you that some money was spent to develop the message and the ad. The ad is dark and to me, caustic.

Politics is not where you want to be if you have a less than perfect history. Even if you were Jesus himself, the swamp creatures would tear you apart! Hell, Jesus would probably prefer dealing with the Pharisees and being nailed to the cross again, vs. dealing with politicians and a media that does not like you!

I actually have some empathy for this Chelsea person as this will not be pretty and will not end well.

I learned many years ago to opt out of controversial things like this as I have no control over it. As a trope to write about I guess one could add something like this to a story but who would believe it?

Taking my cue’s from the news, I suppose I could write about current events changing the names…LOL

No, the news is too toxic for me. Watching even a little of it just pisses me off. If I am pissed I lose my ability to create, write and so on. The news is my kryptonite!

In the spirit of the day “Not my Monkeys, Not my circus!”

Ghost Signals of Colorado Springs is moving up the charts! You folks seem to like it!
Thanks so much for supporting independent authors like myself. I work a full-time job and write and blog and market… One day I must check out my pillow and see what it feels like to sleep more than a few hours at a time.

I appreciate the follows and retweets and the kind comments that often find their way to me through the website http://www.authortwscott.com .. I read them, and as time permits, if appropriate, I will respond.

Much Love! -TW

From ShitHole to Covfefe, have you had enough?

A politician cannot spew verbiage from their lips.  A politician cannot just extol their thoughts whatever they may be to the public or in President Trump’s case to anyone ever.  If you are in the public eye what you say matters.  As President of the USA, every word you say must be judged because it will be judged and spun by your detractors.

President Trump is a polarizing figure.  There seems to be little middle ground with this man.  Is it truly Trump, or is it something else?

The swamp is full of creatures that got there by eating each other.  They sell their soul to the devil to get there, and they do it for power.  The monsters of the swamp will say or do anything to keep their thrones with the ultimate altar being their bank accounts.  Selling the country or the values of the nation for more power or money is nothing to these creatures.  Not all politicians, however, are swamp monsters.  How do we tell the difference?

  • Is the country divided?
  • Are there people that you used to speak with that now you don’t?
  • Can you openly say who you voted for among your friends?
  • Were you surprised by the results of the 2016 election?
  • Are people looking for anything to offend them?
  • Can you watch the news at all?
  • Does it bother you that this Russia scandal is a creation of the swamp creatures?
  • Is ignorance truly bliss?
  • Does it trouble you that young voters think socialism is a good thing?
  • Do you have personal friends that are a different race than yourself?
  • Do you secretly under your breath call them names?
  • Did the ShitHole comment offend you?
  • Did he actually say it?
  • If he did or even inferred something like that, was it about the people?
  • Do you really think in your heart of hearts anyone in that position would say such a thing about people of color?
  • Do you care?
  • Are you in the hate Trump category, no matter what?
  • Is Trump the real Swamp buster and is it time to throw the rascals out?
  • Do you feel that the government owes you everything that you might need?

 

I don’t have all the answers.  As a matter of fact, I don’t have all the questions. I do know that we don’t have a politician in the white house, at least not one that occupies the Oval Office.  I know that he is crude at times and unpolished when it comes to communicating with the folks.  I also know that he is the President of all Americans.  That office is to be respected, and for that, I will do it.

The country is divided, and we need to fix it.  How we do, that is up in the air.  It is unpatriotic to make fun of, taunt or tease someone who voted differently than you did.  When you cut off communication with those that think differently than yourself you are part of the problem.  Maybe you don’t care.  Possibly you think it is excellent that your hate of this president now has an outlet, a target or place you can vent your frustrations.

“Hate is a poison that you take hoping that it will affect someone else.”

The results of 2016 did not surprise me.  Staying in touch with reality and not some fantasy world created by Hollywood, or some in the news media; I was not surprised at all.  People that voted for this president were quiet about it as the nation was brought to a boiling point by the media elite.

When a real Socialist ran on a platform of socialism against a person who is a deep state swamp creature, I was not surprised.  You may not appreciate what I am saying, and maybe you cannot handle the truth, but the Democrats ran a campaign that was terribly flawed and with terribly damaged candidates. Even with the backing of the press and cheating Bernie out of the race, she still lost to a businessman who is as politically correct as the slang we hear in most rap music.

If she wanted to tell the truth of what happened, that is what happened.  When you joke about deleting 33K emails which were under subpoena in a campaign speech and are still clueless how you lost, there is a problem.  Now that the Clintons are irrelevant you will see them tossed under the bus by the swamp. I predict that Bill and Hillary will finally figure out what the meaning of  “IS, IS.”

I am not a sycophant for Trump.  I read, watch and listen and research as I am a writer after all. Journalism is a big part of who I am. Objectivity is part of writing, and that, unfortunately, is lost in this country at this moment in time.

The truth takes a back seat to what will sell the most airtime or copies of some periodical.  That my friends is unfortunate and is a disservice to the people.

The people disserve the truth no matter how ugly it is.  We are not getting it.  When the press has an agenda, it is propaganda.  We have a twenty-four hour a day news cycle to fill.  Every time the president farts, it is newsworthy. Trump is a gift for the rating game as he is full of pithy comments that drive the press crazy.  Spinning everything that he says to mean something that it does not, for some agenda, is what they do.

Looking at the governments of the countries that may or may not have been called “shitholes” I can tell you that is what he was probably referring to.  They are banana republic countries and treat their people like insects. They don’t care about them.  Their swamp is shittier than ours, and that I believe is what he was referring to.  I was not there nor were the reporting news agencies so in truth we don’t know what was said.  The facts have been disputed along political lines, surprise …!

Calling their governments corrupt is not as glorious or newsworthy as Trump calling all people of color shit holes, which is what many of the news media want you to believe.  So his detractors spin it that he is a super racist and needs to be impeached.

Trump is not a politician but he is not stupid!

Half the country believes one thing and half the other.  We are the insects, and they are the gods.  Someone needs to clean up the swamp, and that includes the news media.

  • How can you help?
  • Do you want to help?
  • Do you want to put this country back together again?
  • Are you happy with the vitriol created by the media and Hollywood elites?
  • Do you like hating your neighbor or old friends?
  • Have you enjoyed blocking your Facebook friends that might have voted for Trump or Hillary!
  • Was it a nice feeling or cathartic feeling to “block” your friends?
  • Do you enjoy being angry!?

You have two choices, well three, if you count, do nothing.

  • Unblock your friends and reach out to them.
  • Be willing to listen to what they have to say.
  • Look for common ground and build on it. You had it once find it again.

Your other choice is to perpetuate the hate and vitriolic rhetoric by throwing your voice into the mix.

As a writer, I talk to many of you on every side of the aisle.  We are all smart people. Some of us may not be as informed as others, but that is not a matter of intellect, it is a matter of choice.

This president like the last one was, is my president.  Like it or not I will respect that office and the man who holds it.  Disrespecting him would be in fact disrespecting half the country.  Just maybe I don’t have all the facts.  Maybe my news source of late-night comedians have an agenda and are not objectively telling the news or actual facts.

I will not block anyone.  We have a right to agree to disagree, but I want to know your feelings about the facts.  That is the correct attitude that we should all strive for.  Keep in mind that the swamp creatures don’t want that.  The swamp creatures wish to tell you what to think and for you not question it.  Folks that is “shithole politics” and you disserve better!

Thanks so much for reading my blogs!  Whether you agree or disagree with me is irrelevant.  Open and honest communication is paramount to the people of the world.  Many countries do not have that right or freedom.  Think about that, you could be jailed for voicing your opinion.

Some countries do not allow your voice to be heard by their people.  Some have it blocked in such a way that only the voice of the government is the one that they hear and abide by.  Why do you suppose it is that some countries limit your speech?  Do you think it might have something to do with controlling the narrative? Do you think that just possibly that the Great and powerful Wizard is hiding something?

Novel number 26 “Ghost Signals of Colorado Springs” is making its way around the globe.  Thanks so much for reading my books!  What a great honor it is when I see the reports from Amazon and Smashwords!  That inspires me to press on.

 

Much Love -TW

Are You Blind?

Time is our stock in trade, use it wisely.

This topic has never been lost on me.  As we age and we bury more and more of our friends and family life takes on a new meaning.

I watch social media accounts and am consistently amazed at people.  “Damn, tomorrow is Monday!”  “Yipee, Tomorrow is Friday!”

I used to think like that.  I had a job that I liked most of the time, but it had its moments.  Carrying a product sample kit into a large medical facility in the Texas Medical Center during the summer is a task all to itself.  Add a tropical “disturbance” into the mix along with the August heat, and it is like being in a steam room only with hot water hitting you as well.

Walking into a clinic for cancer patients puddles off rainwater were around me as I closed the umbrella trying to make myself look as if I had not just been in the torrential rain when an older black man caught my attention.  There he was in a suit, tie, and hat looking as if he were headed to meet with some group of investors.

No, that man was a patient, and he just wanted to look his best.  He was jovial, and I was trying my best to understand him as we got on the overloaded elevator. We were in fact headed to the same place so as we walked together down the hall I asked him, “How about this Houston weather?”

I was expecting him to complain like most New Yorkers do, or to grumble as most would who just walked several blocks in the rain from the parking lot but no, he amazed me.

He said, “It is a beautiful day!” Ok, maybe the guy was blind.  “Beautiful?”

“Any day the good lord lets me suck in air in the morning, it is a beautiful day.”

It was me that was blind.  I never forgot that.  I look at life differently as I make my way through each and every day.  Did I use my time here in a productive way?  Did I assist someone else on this journey we call life?

Yesterday I was at another funeral of a family member.  The drive was long, and the traffic was brutal.  The church was out in the middle of nowhere, but I got there early.  As family members came through the doors, it was a mixture of tears and laughter.

The funeral is not for the deceased it is for you, and the rest of us “still sucking air.”

Indeed this was a celebration of this man’s life.

After a lengthy service, we ate a meal together provided by the church.  We visited with family that I had not seen in years and made a promise to keep in touch.  One last thing to do before the sunset was to drive another fifty miles to this small cemetery out in the country and say our final farewells to this man who brought so much happiness to so many.

The wind was out of the north blowing, howling actually, bringing the windshield down to the teens.  For Texans that is cold!

I was dressed for it, but many were not.  As the final words were said, the first spade of soil was tossed into the hole by his last remaining brother.  There was not a dry eye there as turns were taken to throw some dirt in the grave.

We departed the cemetery as the last rays of sunlight were casting auburn fingers across the sky as if to reach in and grab the soul of our family member, and take him home.

Driving the several hours back to Dallas the day played through my mind.  Each and every conversation with family members, each hug, handshake and the warmth of the members of that small country church played through my thoughts.

Late last night as I checked my e-mail I read of yet another friend who passed away and soon I will making my way to East Texas.

As I write this tonight, I wonder if I made the best use of my day today. I was tired and did not do too much of anything.  I played with the cats, wrote on my latest book, tried to teach myself another song on the guitar and admired Mary Chapin Carpenter for her talents.  I am ending this day thinking of you who take the time to read my blogs and novels and of course tweets.

Don’t let today slip away my friends, it will never repeat itself! Did you make good use of your time here sucking in air?

Much love!  -TW

Grammarly 101

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Folks those words checked are my words in these books that you see on Amazon and these blogs.  

Ok, I got enough e-mail asking for it, here it is….

Before I go on to the meat of this blog, you will notice my award and subsequent information from Grammarly. Why is it here, am I bragging?

No, I shared this with you so you would have an idea that I might know something about this subject.
I have a love-hate relationship with this program. It could use some more work.

When I first downloaded it, I allowed it to run as I typed. Bad mistake! When you let it run it stops word from doing incremental saves of your work. Yes, I lost several hours worth of work!
If you run Word’s Spell check and its version of Grammarly, it gets most of the biggies but, it does not get the nitty-gritty.

If you are a writer, the story is the first thing that sets you apart and above the rest. Tell me a good story that captivates my attention, so much so that I don’t want to put it down!

As a writer, you must be able to string a noun and a verb together in the same sentence and make it appear like they belong together. Some who blog here cannot do that. Not judging, practice!
Spelling and punctuation are killers, and I will confess my absolute loathing for the ubiquitous comma!
Unlike math, English is not an exact science. The rules are subjective in some cases, and that is why English and journalism class are buggers! If you are going to take either, know who is teaching it and find out what they like and despise.
Grammarly will examine your writing, and it may or may not give you good advice. More often than not the “nit” is worthy of examination. Every flag it throws up I examine why. Some of them are utter nonsense, most are not.

Well, TW, how do you use Grammarly if you don’t leave it run as you type. Why don’t you allow it to run other than the backup thing you mentioned?

Whenever you write it is imperative that you leave reveal codes on. Trust me, after a while, you will not be able to write without them on. Grammarly has a tendency to toss crap numbers “hidden” in your document when you edit. Not sure why or how but it does. Unless you catch them when you upload your manuscript, it will toss the proverbial monkey wrench into it.
Grammarly uses tons of horsepower to run thus slowing your computer down to a crawl. You will be writing along, and the program will freeze. Yes, I have lost entire documents like that and believe me I was pissed!
So my friends here is the way I use Grammarly.

I don’t, I don’t until I am finished with the manuscript and only then do I use it judiciously. What does that mean, judiciously???
I open the saved manuscript, underscore saved, and then I open a second instance of Word. Now I CTRL X on a chapter at a time and put it onto the other instance of Word. I then run all of the options of Grammarly against it.
If it is simple commas or regular typos I allow Grammarly to correct it. Word choices you must be careful about because it seems to be weak on context. “has instead of have.”

Context is king in a lot of different things, and your manuscript is no different.
Pick the kind of document you are working on and allow it to do its thing. If you decide to edit other things than what Grammarly flagged, such as adding a paragraph, turn Grammarly off until you are ready to check again. Once you are prepared, turn it back on.

If you should notice that your computer is starting to act wonky with Grammarly running, it is a good bet that you are out of resources for the program to run. Stop and save everything immediately!
I would suggest to any serious writer that you have a computer that can handle the most intensive game on the market. I don’t care about the video I am talking about CPU power and memory! Word and Grammarly together are pigs! They will suck the cycles from your computer more often than not.
If your document gets too voluminous be aware.
Book number 26 (Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs) was published on Amazon and

Smashwords yesterday. Many of you are already reading it. Tell me what you think!
I run the reports, and people all over the globe are reading my books, and I am anxious to know what you thought. While it is heartening to see so many of you enjoying my writing, I would love to know what you thought or think.
Yes, it is about affirmation! LOL

I admit it. I write for you my readers and for the bloggers who follow me.
I hope that my experience with Grammarly is of some assistance to you.
Much Love -TW

The Girl Next Door Updated

Greetings!

Many of you have downloaded and read, The Girl NextDoor.  I know, it has some parts that make you cry, but those are happy tears, yes?  Good stories should evoke emotions as well as entertain.  If Hallmark ever did movies with same-sex lovers, this would be one hell of a movie!

If I told the absolute truth, which I always try to do, some parts of this book still cause tears to mess up my vision, my nose to run, and my cheeks to become damp.  And I wrote the story!

The Girl Nextdoor is a rags to riches tale, which is uplifting in many ways.  It is also slightly naughty so Hallmark would probably have to delete some of that, which would be a shame.

I love the story, and telling about the struggles with Anorexia in a story format is unique, thanks for pointing that out.  Yes, it is a lesfic, and I am unapologetic about that.  When you understand that the differences between the male and female are not that great, then you can get into the story.  I happen to believe that love is magnificent wherever you find it.  As long as love is not used as a weapon, to me, it is excellent and worthy of a story.

Since many of you have offered some feedback on the story, I went back and fixed some typo’s, and I embellished the story a little here and there. The more that I write and edit my own work, the better I become.  I have this love-hate relationship with Grammarly but if you take the time to learn why it doesn’t like this or that, soon your writing will improve, grammatically speaking.

If you want to re-download The Girl Nextdoor, I think you can from Amazon without cost since you already bought it once. The modifications that I made did not change the story, I just embellished some small portions.  Wordsmithing this paragraph or that is what we writers do.  Much like we artist do when we look at a painting we did years ago.  We want to touch it up.

Thanks for your patronage and your support!  I recently released Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs which is a super fun sci-fi that I know you will like.  There is lots of science and love and romance. This could be a movie for regular TV.  Ghost Signal of Colorado Springs is actually YA!  I know, I can write things that kids can read…LOL  Lets face it, naughty is fun to write and read but this book is well worth your time, and it is so reasonable in price.  $2.99 for damned near 90 thousand words of adventure!

 

-TW

Here is the new teaser for The Girl NextDoor..

 

Sally’s life was about to change as it was past time for a new  “Adventure.” Magic from Scotland would play into this adventure as the Pixies were good at guiding the humans. It was after all their job.  In this rags, to riches story, Sally Spent much time alone entertaining herself by mimicking the musicians on TV never dreaming that she would use those talents for her next big adventure.

Finding love in an unusual place for a girl from South Carolina, Sally had no idea that the Pixies were involved. Guiding her and her future friends in a fantastic adventure that included romance, and music while dealing with health issues, created a bond that would withstand the test of time.

The Girl Next Door is an adult read. Thanks so much for your patronage and your support!  -TW