“How do you manage to produce so many books while working a full-time job?”

Learn how to find more time to write.

Paraphrased, this is probably the question that I get asked the most.

Action plan

To know what direction you are headed you need what?  You need a goal. If I, for instance, wanted to drive to Chicago from Dallas how would that work?

When I was a lot younger and had no deadlines pressing me, I might throw some clothes in a couple of bags, hire someone to watch the house, get into the car and point it north.

I love road trips without real purpose. However, we have stated that we have an end goal of arriving in Chicago.

Heading north as stated earlier would not get me to Chicago but North Dakota or Minnesota if not Canada. Again all great destinations but, missing our goal entirely.

Firstly we must map out our route which even with the technology we have today, there are several possibilities.

There was a time in my life when driving for twelve or thirteen hours straight was no big deal.  Now, not so much.  I would at least stop halfway.  Planning my trip today would include points of interests along the way, and I would indeed drive out of my way to see or visit something along the way.  These types of activities often provide fodder for manuscripts.

Let’s face it, if time were a real issue, I would hop on board a plane and be there within hours.

My action plan would include proper clothing for the season, as well as places to stop along the way.

The action plan would indeed include something known as “Time management.”

Writing a term paper or a novel is not much different.  With time being the common denominator that we all share, it is also the one thing that we must all guard against wasting.

What do you do with your time?

If you are uncertain about the validity of what I am saying; for a week log every minute of your day.  Don’t cheat.  Much like writing what you eat to assist you in a diet, try keeping up with what you did during the day.  Time management is crucial, and you must be good at it to be successful in life.

I think that sitting in front of the TV being conditioned continuously by whatever you are putting into your head is possibly one of the worst ways of wasting your precious time on this earth.  I truly think that it also dulls your senses and might rob you of who you truly are by supplanting what you know for ideas which are just bullshit.  Someone’s ideas that are put forth in a way to convince you that your long-held beliefs are false.

That is my opinion, and possibly you have a differing one.  We all know people who live through the TV.  Cancelling the cable might be not only a good money saver but, you might find you now have time to do other things.

Not only do we have TV and Netflix but, we have the computer or internet, and of course we have our tablets or phones to steal our time.  We spend so much time communicating nonsense with countless others, that we don’t communicate with those that we are the closest to.

How do you manage to write so much and work a daytime job?

What little I see of TV in passing makes me shake my head. Hundreds of cable channels to fill and they come up with some of the lamest stuff ever.  I am waiting for one of the channels to be of grass growing or paint drying.

Our Culture is changing and in many ways, I don’t think for the better.  Morality has taken a hit as our role models now often spend time behind bars for beating their wives or some other criminal offense.

I could go on and write a complete book about narcissist and sycophants but that is outside the scope of this blog post.  If you want a role model, my friends, look into the mirror and become that which you seek!

Years ago I was on a cruise to Alaska and we parked by one of the glaciers watching it melt.  Yes, if it were not just a glorious day to be outside on the balcony watching ice melt, I would have been pissed.  Finally a large chunk of ice “calved” and that was the highlight of the afternoon.  The massive ship rocked as the ripple from the tons of ice falling into the abyss reached out to us.  Feeling the effect of the displacement of so much water, made the time spent stationary that afternoon, and subsequent sunburn, more tolerable.

Don’t misunderstand me, you must do things in life, especially if you are a writer.  You must travel.  You must speak with people of all walks of life.  I make it a point to learn people’s names and something about them wherever I go.  People are what make life worth it to me.  You are interesting.  Sitting in front of the TV like so many do, getting spoon fed someone’s idea of what is morally acceptable changes the entire audience over time.

The Stepford wives come to mind as so many people around the globe watch things produced in Hollywood.  Our values or Hollywood’s values reach far and wide.

In Saga of the Starduster, I have my aliens tune into our TV to see what they are about to deal with.  Finding Sharknado on the screen, their first impressions are that the sharks are the apex life forms, and humans are their prey.   Not too far from reality except these sharks travel by manipulating vortices and attack bipedal creatures who have chainsaws mounted on their appendages.

When the Ularins tune across a football game, my aliens think that this is some sort of war and the football must be explosive.

If Aliens were listening to our radio and watching our Hollywood version of life, what would they think?

“How do I manage to write so much?”

I try not to waste time, and I scheduled several hours a day to either write or market my books.  Having said that I also look for opportunities to go out into the world and be part of it.  Watching it through the eyes of some Hollywood producer is not the way I care to figure out who we are as a people and why we are the way that we are.

Time management is key to life in general, not just creating your first or twenty-first novel.  Make time for what you are passionate about.  If that is writing, don’t let a good idea get lost in the shuffle of the noise in our lives.

You Mom’s and want to be authors, don’t allow your dreams to get cast aside.  God invented Bed Times so parents can still live a life. Enforce them while killing the internet and other things that might keep the urchins up and in your face.  We had quite times an hour before bedtime which meant they could read.  Lights out was strictly enforced. Not only so they got enough sleep, but so we could still have some modicum of life.  Phones are taken away at dinner time, and bedtime.  There is no excuse to allow a child to take an active screen to bed with them. Like us, they need their sleep.

Laptops and writing worked just as well as reading for me as an author.  Just saying.

Shameless plug for my work.

While many of you are downloading my books, I need many more to follow me here, and on Twitter.  I spent way too much time working on my novels and not enough time marketing them.  I just knew that once my first book was published, it would sell millions and I would be able to stop the day job.  HA!

The sales are enough to give me hope, but not near enough even to let me think about chucking the day job.  I have some great ideas that are waiting to come out on paper!  Share my work, follow me and tell your friends.   Thanks for the follows and of course the purchases!

Much Love–TW

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Red Tie or Blue Tie?

 

The names and people in the following dialogue are creations of my overactive imagination.

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“Kelly, call Dan and have him set up a poll for the state of Kentucky.”

“A poll sir?”

“Yes, I want to know if they would prefer me to wear a Red Tie or a Blue tie when I address them this weekend.”

“You just want to know about the color of your tie?”

“Maybe the shirt color, should there be a pattern or solid color?”

“Yes sir, we will need to offer some samples for the pollsters to ask, what about the color of your suite or the kind?”

“We certainly have to wear one created in the USA it cannot be any foreign made suite.”

“Yes, sir I will take some pictures of your suites and let Dan work with it anything else?”

“My wife said that my goatee was too long.  Let’s find out if they would prefer cleanly shaven or maybe that five O: clock look; you know as the Hollywood elite wear?”

“Sir the Hollywood elite are not running for office in a few months; I think tried, and true clean shaven is your best bet.”

“Kelly, the taxpayers pay people like Dan to find out what the American’s like.  Have you noticed that more and more are wearing tattoos and piercings, maybe I should get one and see if they like it?”

“Sir, don’t you think they are interested in how you are going to give them some tax relief or how you are going to fight to keep their jobs in the US?”

“Everyone says that Kelly, I think they know by now we are just telling them what they want to hear.  We need to sell me as a cool guy, you know someone they would want to have a beer with.”

“Sir, your beer that you drink they could not pronounce the name of, I still think telling them things that they want to hear work.”

“Kelly, my opponent is already doing that. How many different ways can we lie to them before they figure out that nothing is going to change?  No, I think selling me as one of them is the answer.  Did you see Bob the other day trying to relate to them?  He actually tried to tell them the truth, poor bastard!”

“Some people want to hear the truth, sir.”

“Most of them cannot handle the truth, that is why experienced politicians know better and take polls, so we know what to tell them.”

“I thought politics was genuinely about representing the people sir, how silly was I?”

“After a few years here you learn quickly enough that they just need to be led like sheep.  Keep them distracted like the Romans used to do, and they will never see that we are all the same.”

“So, a poll to see what color tie and which suite, is that it?”

“Have him add boxers or briefs; I want to know what most American’s can relate to!”

“They are not going to know what your underwear is sir?”

“Look, if the camera angle is right, you can tell from the lines if it is boxers or briefs.  If they can see I want to make sure that my underwear is not a negative thing.”

“Underwear, what about socks or shoes?”

“Good thinking, shoes for sure, people are into shoes!  Should they be loafers or steel-toed?”

“It is Kentucky sir, should we add boots into the poll?”

“Yes, that is fair, we need to be careful about the kind of boot though.  Some people get all bent out of shape if it is Alligator or Ostrich.”

“Yes those PETA folks would cast their vote for the devil, rather than vote for someone who would make apparel out of animal hide,” Kelly said.

“Speaking of which did you manage to get my Safari hunting trip pictures scrubbed from that social media site?”

“It cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but yes they are gone.  We have hired a PR firm to watch for them and have them removed if anyone else reposts them.”

“I should have been more careful.  That elephant went down with one shot, and it was exhilarating.  I wanted to share with everyone, and I had been drinking some of the beer that they have over there.”

“The PR firm is putting a spin on it that you saved a village from a stampede of crazy animals if the picture pops up again.”

“Is that what the poll said they would find acceptable?”

“Yes, a significant percentage of the American public said that saving an orphanage from a stampede of wild elephants would be seen as more positive than negative.”

“Damn, maybe we should have left it there!”

“Sir, Most people are not that stupid to believe the story, so it is better to mask it and spin it in a way that yes, you did kill one to save an orphanage. You felt terrible for the poor beast.  After it died, you had the school utilize the meat so they would not starve.  Then we just let the story die like the elephant did, slowly and painfully.”

“I can’t help it if that beast had a thick skull. Do they really eat an elephant?”

“Hell if I know, I guess if you are starving you will. Anyway, hunting stories are more likely to be seen as negative sir, that is why most politicians don’t allow their personal lives to be showcased on social media.  That is also why the taxpayers pay for PR firms to constantly keep your appearance as generic as possible when it comes to your social life.”

“Putin rides around half-naked on a horse hunting bears!  Why can’t I do that?”

“Russia is not the United States; here we still do not completely control the press.”

“Speaking of which where are we with stopping that independent news media outlet from getting on the cable TV?”

“Don at the FCC is making it difficult for them, and the IRS is badgering the crap out of them to slow them down but again as long as we don’t completely control the press, you will still have to keep some modicum of discretion in your actions.”

“Is that why you will not be seen with me in public?”

“You know that your campaign cannot afford the luxury of having me as arm candy.”

“My wife knows that you are I are messing around, why should the public care?”

“The American public is still pretty much hung up on one man one woman thing.  Just because you and your wife have different partners at times and you both are ok with it, does not mean the public would be ok with it.”

“That whole bible thing, we should get that outlawed.”

“Nonsense, the Bible makes the sheeple predictable. Politicians like predictable people.  That is why the polls are so useful.  Most of Americans like their god and their guns.  If you want to win elections, you don’t attack their beliefs no matter how arcane we think they are.”

“That is why it is them and us, all through history there has been the Gods and the insects.”

“I don’t think I would use that in your campaign speech, remember you want to be one of them.”

“No, I want to appear to be like one of them, there is no way in hell I would ever really have a beer with them, they are stupid swine.”

“Never the less, their taxes allow us to live as we do.”

“If they only knew.”

“They hopefully never will because we keep them distracted with stupid shit that they fall for.”

“When the pollsters told us that half the country would see abortion as women’s health, I was amazed!”

“It was predictable; we did not need to spend thousands of dollars on pollsters to figure that one out.  Half the country believes in that bible we were talking about.  The other half believes in whatever we tell them to believe in.  Get them emotionally involved in the subject, whatever it is.  Then between our friends on the silver screen assisting us to spread the truth, as want them to see it, and the useful idiots, who allow their temper to get the best of them, we can keep the country stirred up.”

“Speaking of that, the rally in Kentucky, for or against abortion?”

“Still waiting on the polls, we had to run another sample because it was too close.  We took out the late-term part and reran the poll.”

“Grizzly stuff, Did you know that there are places in the world where children are taken and used for donors of organs?”

“Not surprised, if there is a market someone will fill it, did you say children, not fetuses?”

“Yes, these are anywhere from babies up to twelve years of age.  Sold like cattle and their organs are harvested for the highest bidder.”

“So, late-term abortions.”

“Really late-term abortions. When I saw the pictures, it kind of made me ill.”

“Harold, whatever for, that is not in your backyard, that is in another country.  They have to deal with that, not you. Besides, there may be a day that you or I or someone here in Congress might need a part that you could only get in another country.”

“We have to keep pounding away on the religious nutjobs.  They must not be able to get into a place where they can affect legislation.”

“These supreme court picks could be a major deal; we need to keep our side alive until we can get more of ours in there.”

“I like that one that finally admitted that the constitution was outdated and irrelevant.”

“He is so senile he thinks wine could really be made from water and fo fo dust.  We keep him away from the press until he retires.”

“I think that one news agency is onto him.  They show pictures of him asleep all the time.  I am always afraid that he died on camera.”

“As long as he dies off camera we can find a double for him until he retires.”

“Our friends in Hollywood found me that double when I had to be in the hospital during the last election cycle.”

“The Public was none the wiser, we kept the press core away from him and used can speeches and it worked out fine.  The folks in Hollywood are with us Harold, they regularly attack the constitution trying to convince the sheeple that we don’t need things like the second amendment.”

“Do you know how much cheaper my security detail would be if I did not have to pay to have so much screening of people.”

“You told me that you hated that bulletproof vest, just think if we could get the guns off the street, you could do away with it.”

“That would be a dream come true, the only people that need guns are those that protect us anyway.”

“Them and the military, we still need to keep them armed for now.”

“I envision a day when there will be one leader for the world, and everything will be great!”

“Harold, what about the other people who were not the leader?”

“They would love him or her so much, they would not mind serving them.”

“Is that why you want to be the cool candidate?”

“It is such a rush when you stand in front of the crowd, and they chant your name, yes I could see me as the world leader.”

“Would I still be your mistress, or would you dump your wife at that point.”

“My wife is the daughter of a powerful executive; I would leave her for you if I were the leader of the free world, yes!”

“If you were the leader of the world then her father would be your servant!”

“Yes, the old fart would have to listen to me for a change!”

“I need to get this poll stuff to Dan, is there anything else?”

“Glasses or contacts?”

“I think you are handsome either way, do you think that it really makes a difference?”

“I don’t know, that is why we pay these pollsters, what they tell us is critical!”

“Glasses might depict a weakness, I would stick with the contacts, but I will ask Dan to put it into the poll.”

“You see that is just the thing.  The secretary of state does not need glasses, but she wears them with no prescription in them because her pollster said that they make her look smart!”

“Thank god for that, she is dumb as a stump.  If her father were not who he is, she would be one of the insects.”

“It is amazing, you really can put lipstick on a pig.  In this case, black-rimmed glasses with clear glass in them.  Another trick from Hollywood I guess.”

“I feel that way too, but the public will never know because she has a team of people telling her what to say, and she even has the little bug in her ear.”

“Who is sponsoring her anyway?”

“Someone on Avenue K put the deal together, I would watch whatever she does, and we can figure out who the donor or puppet master really is.  I am trying to get our guys to tune in on her earpiece and see if we can see who is controlling her.”

“Mine is encrypted isn’t it?”

“Yes, but those things are great, are you going to use it during the debate again?”

“Of course, their person will be using one. This way we each have an entire team of people making us look smart.”

“You need to contribute to Bill’s campaign if you want an advance copy of the questions again.”

“I already have our people on it.  Even with the bug, I still like to have the best answers available.”

“We need it pretty soon so the pollsters can run them by the people.”

“If the sheep only knew.”

I was struck by how we are governed by those who take a poll on everything.  Applying some literary license and creativity to a satire of the American political system, I came up with the above.

The part about the organ farm I wish was satire but it is not.  There are parts of the world where this stuff is happening much like sex trafficking.  It will never make our news as it does not serve a purpose in this country.  Blurring the lines between a fetus and a person seems to be the political norm, and this fact would work against that agenda.

Hope you liked my satire.  Please go to Amazon and check out my novels!

 

-Best 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 …

If you have a topic that you would like talk about, leave me a note.  I might have an opinion that could surprise and delight you.  Or, I might just give you a recipe for Banana Bread.  🙂

Much Love -TW

 

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

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

Robots are going to rule us all!

Who is your e publishing site?

There are times that I just want to toss in the towel.

Do you ever feel that way?

By all accounts, I am a pretty fair artist.  I could post all kinds of paintings, but that is not my purpose, to boast.  My point in mentioning it is that what I do is really ART!

When I create a cover, it is art, not some thrown together miss mash of stuff.

Dragon Master and the Witch has on the cover a very tasteful nude.  I gave her a butt for our ages but never the less it is a drawing or painting if you will.  Nothing about it is salacious.

She has been swimming in the lake, and the birds are bringing her a towel.  I wanted to give the reader a taste of what is in this novel.

Now on top of this “painting” is a tiny dragon named Rex who is a scamp.  I went out of my way to give him the appearance of being a fun loving scamp.

On the left is the newer Smashwords cover.

On the right is the original “naughty” version FFS!

Published on Amazon, no problems they love it.

Released on Smashwords Holey Hannah, I have PORN on my cover!

I wonder if I should have draped her in all black cloth.   I thought about putting a fig leaf on her butt.

In advertising, the cover art is the sizzle.  You must have good art if you want to attract someone’s attention.  The goal is to entice them to pick up the novel and turn to the cover page.

“There must be No ButtCrack! Or wobbly bits etc .”

“Please re-do your cover and re-submit”  Oh and by the way we are not really fond of your paragraphs.  This is an automated machine telling you this so we cannot be more specific, just keep redoing it until the robot likes it.”

“If you can’t get anywhere with our meat grinder please contact one of our many people who charge very little to format your manuscript so the meat grinder will not eat it. ”

“Hey Smashwords, find some folks who will not only format it but edit it for a reasonable cost and you might have something.”

Ideally, I would like an editor who would work on my manuscripts and his or her remuneration would be so much of the profit into perpetuity.  That would have them put some more skin into the game and oh by the way if they are good, make a ton of bucks on our work.

I think they call that an agent… lol

Is it any wonder why most of my stuff is on Amazon?

What are your experiences?

Do you have an e-pub site that you are happy with?

Oh for the love of an agent or publisher.  “Here, take my latest manuscript and make millions with it!”

I did not have this much trouble getting published in magazines.

Oh well, that is my Friday night rant!

What are you doing this weekend?

If you are an author or writer, what are you working on?

Please think about supporting us, independent authors.

Much Love -TW