Tinfoil Hat Election Skullduggery

This would be easy to do and hide.

 

Allow me to preface this blog with, “I am a science fiction writer!”

We writers think outside the box.  Today much of what we have in the way of technology was dreamt up by the likes of who?  Science fiction writers. 

We have this Russia Collusion, voter fraud and Putin’s Bitch mentality going on in this country which is adding to the vitriolic rhetoric and the intolerance of the left and sadly some on the right.

  • Who takes a pickax to a star on the walk of fame?
  • Who dresses in all black and becomes a violent mob actually propagating fascism?
  • Who is stirring the shit?
  • Who does it benefit?
  • Is there really a way for China or Russia or some country that ends in STAN to screw with our elections?
  • Is there really some old rich guy playing god with his millions of dollars just to see what chaos he can cause?

I would offer that our next most significant concerns will be with Social media and those that set themselves up as the thought police.

  • Could our elections be stolen?
  • How would they do it?

In 2010 the Stuxnet virus was implanted in printers that made their way to Iran.  Through print sharing, soon the virus was set free on the uranium enrichment facilities in Iran.  This was a Cyber weapon that nobody will take credit for.

Anyone with a brain would guess Isreal had something to do with it. 

I point that out to proffer my tinfoil hat election tampering idea.

The machines that we use for voting are not connected to the internet or even a phone line.  While they all link together via a switch, there is no connection to the web, ever. That is my understanding.

This would make one think that the machines would be free from tampering.

What if these machines have a worm or Trojan in them waiting to be activated at a specific time and date to skew the numbers?  Is that how Trump won, or Hillary lost?  Maybe this is a new excuse for Hillary to use on her book tour on why she lost.

Before you write me nasty things let me be clear, I don’t think that happened but, it could have.

Not only in this country but abroad in other countries where there is widespread corruption at the higher levels of government, this could be a real possibility.

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Let’s face it. If Dianne Feinstein can have a Chinese spy for a driver for over 20 years, just possibly a trojan written into firmware is worth looking for.

If you want to secure the elections from tampering, you must use positive ID and a paper ballot which of course will once again give us dangling chad!

In an age where we rely more and more on technology, we must stay vigilant with not only our elections but, even these gadgets that we buy to make our lives easier.

Anyone who does not want a positive ID or to take precautions to safeguard our election is probably wanting to cheat.  There is no viable argument against picture ID!

Orwell was a smart guy, and 1984 is a book worth reading in case you have not read it yet.

I would encourage election officials to find a way to download the firmware in the machines, picking random machines from tightly contested areas and have your guru’s see if there are algorithms or viruses in them to “turn on” at certain times?

The Trojan could quickly be written to self-destruct after it had performed its task.

As far as this country is concerned both Trump and the media need to ratchet back the bitterness.  Hyperbole or not, there are loons “pix ax guy” and others who listen to the likes of Maxine Waters and take her acrimony as permission to do violence.

Several petulant individuals need to fade into history before some loon does something unthinkable at there behest.

 

Presidential Assasins is selling well on Amazon, get your copy soon. 

Much love! -TW

Should you be writing your book instead of a blog?

If I ask you to go build an airport, where would you start?

 

• What is your passion?
• When you write, what is it that stirs up your juices?
• Is what you have to say worthy to be read?
• Is your diatribe worth my time?
• If you are writing a novel, why?

I launched a young lady on a path towards a career in writing this weekend. She has a job that is far from disinteresting, and in fact, she has a story to tell. She was trying to figure out the details.
When a child is confronted with cleaning up his room, he or she generally looks at the job as insurmountable especially if “everything” is out of place. Writing as in life if we were correctly raised we learned to break the impossible task into small bites. Much like project management.

If I ask you to go build an airport, where would you start?

In writing, we can analyze ourselves into paralysis. One “author,” wrote that she writes one sentence properly and will not go to the next until it is perfect. “Paralysis.”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Go….

Obviously, I am not going to steal that. I wrote it to make a point.
When I start a novel, I have an idea I want to pursue. Whether it is time travel or discovering a derelict spacecraft hidden away for eons, I start with just a thought.
I keep the first page which I label a manifest in which I put notes of who is who and where and so forth as the story progresses.

Some people storyboard their books which is ok if that is how you write. My point to her and to you is that there is no right or wrong way as long as the final “deliverable” is a book worth reading.
People had been giving this girl so much advice. So much so that not one word is on paper or virtual paper.
“The cold air cut through her clothes like a knife as she left the terminal headed to the shuttle. Caroline had no idea that the winters in St Paul could be so bitterly cold! “
• Who is Caroline?
• What is she doing in Minnesota in the winter time?
• Why does she not expect the weather to be so extreme?
• Where did she fly in from?
• Why is she there?
• What does she look like?
• What exactly is she wearing?

In less than three minutes I have created the opening line to a book, and I have also asked some pretty fundamental questions. We must address these and others in some future paragraphs or pages or chapters.

Take any project in bite-size pieces, stop and ask some pretty essential questions and consider your audience. Who are they?

Don’t worry about punctuation or spelling or participles when you are creative. You can always edit it later when you have the characters all playing together.

Hope that this answers some questions and helps those that want to write and not know how to get started.

One word after another is a good start.

Blogs are a great place to explore ideas and get to know others. If they follow you something about you interests them. Blogs are an excellent way to seek advice from those that follow you but, be careful about that.

Blogs are an excellent way to market your work and to practice your craft.

Don’t let blogging or marketing get in the way of your novel. The creative process is not one that can be regulated as many writers try to do.

Much Love…-TW

Is your inbox anything you could share with your mother?

We live in an exciting world. When we can hide behind pseudonyms, it makes it easy to say things that you would not speak to someone in person, hopefully.
Here are a few answers to some e-mails that I get.

“What is wrong with “dick?” Don’t you lesbians use dildoes anyway?”

Hmmm, how do you respond to someone like that? Oh, wait…Who said I was a lesbian? Who said I wasn’t? I abhor labels, and if you read any of my novels, you would see that. As far as phalluses, who would want a moron like yourself on top of them?

If you truly understood the difference in the sexes, you would not make such statements.

I mentioned that I get a lot of dick pics in the e-mail inbox, and that is the intelligent response I get.

My interests in people are not what they look like, or what plumbing they have. I like intelligent, thoughtful, insightful people who may or may not agree with me but, they must respect my right to say what I wish, as I do theirs. Many of my friends and I don’t agree on everything. Perfect! Let’s talk about it over tea and let it go.

“Why do you write about lesbians?”

I write about all sorts of people. If you read my books, you will find that I have traditional relationships and then some which are just flat out taboo fantasies.

We all need a mental vacation at times, so I provide it in my novels. I have several friends who identify as gay, and I love them dearly. I happen to think that writing about lesbian relationships fills a void in this world. Diamond Joe is my favorite novel of all time for lesbian fiction. That book of all of my stories is one that I wish Hallmark would break their mold of man and woman, and make a movie of it. That novel is actually YA which is different from many of my books.

Diamond Joe will have you laugh and cry and allow you to see what some people have to go through to survive in this world. Same-sex marriage is a hot topic, and I don’t shy away from it.

“Have you ever been to a nude beach, is it really like that?”

I will admit to being nude around others in settings like I portray. Yes, it is very much like I depict in many of my novels. If you are curious, I would suggest that you pick up this latest novel, Kitties, Titties & Winks or the last series of Nudists of Shangri-La.
The issue with naturism is that there is indeed is no mystery. Once your clothes are off, and you realize that nudity is not what many make it in their minds, to quote the politics of the day it is a “nothing burger.”
That is why in many of my books I mention it, walk you or the character through the process and then spice it up with something else as naturism by itself is truly healthy and truly not enough to write a book about.

I do love the feel of the wind and sun on parts that are reserved for shadows. I never tire of that.

How do you find time to write so much and keep a day job?

Harold, I don’t sleep. That is not really true, but I am an insomniac. If the characters are active so am I. I cannot tell you how many times that I have crawled out of bed at 3 am and worked on a project till it was time to go to work.

If you are passionate about what you are doing it is a small price to pay. We can all rest when we are dead. Right now, today, this is for the living, and I live my life. I went out with friends last weekend, and the conversation focused on what was on TV worth watching.

I had zero input. I don’t watch TV. I have this incredible 4K, 55 inch set in my office that I might turn on when I am eating, and then it goes right back off. I do like YouTube. I love individual musicians, and I want to teach myself to mimic them on the guitar. I find that playing a musical instrument keeps me sharp and mentally alert. Playing also allows me to wind down and at least start the sleep process.

“Why do you use such hard words?”

Oh Phil, bless your heart.  I laughed at that one. Really? If you are reading it on kindle just highlight it and improve your vocabulary. I have an excellent command of the English language. That does not stop me from making grammatical missteps, or from typing you instead of your or you’re, but I do share my knowledge with you.

When I was young, I kept a dictionary with me whenever I read. Later in life, it was a college dictionary. I looked up every word that I did not readily know. It paid off.

Today we have tools that are marvelous. No, I will not dumb down my writing style. Unless I write that children’s book, I will juxtapose words with more than two syllables with everyday words that you might hear on the playground.
Those were a few of the dozens of e-mails that I cherry-picked.
Thanks for them even the snarky comments. At least you cared enough to stop by. As for the rest of this week…Read my books!
Seriously this book is worth your time, and I look forward to the feedback!

Much Love -TW

Hello fellow travelers!

With rigged elections, one has to wonder just how sacrosanct our elections truly are.

 

How are you doing?  Have you had a good week?  Or are you like me, troubled by the events in New York and other places?  I think my faith in our government is a little shaken.  How about you?

I mention traveler because that is what we are all doing, we are traveling.  Yes, we go day to day at our jobs or our lives, but we are still traveling.

A lot of people don’t get it.  You see they think life is about the destination.  Even a lot of the Christians think about the destination of heaven or hell.

Life is not about the destination.

Life is a series of adventures.  When one ends, another begins.  They may be short adventures or long extended adventures, but they are adventures.

So what is life about?

Life is about the journey.

Life is about how you manage your day to day lives making the best out of what you have.

Some foolishly believe that the very rich have it made.  Indeed their goal is to be the very rich!

Money is a tool.  Much like a hammer or a saw, it is a tool.  Some of us are very good at keeping up with our tools and managing them well.  Some are not.  I just want enough as not to have to worry about continually doing something to obtain it.

The more money that you have, the more people will find a way to get it from you.  If you were to win the lottery let’s say, do you have any idea how many “friends” you would suddenly have?

Every charity of the world would play to your emotions trying to extract some part of your windfall.

Your family would also be at your door.

No, I do not play the lottery.  Firstly, I understand math and statistics.

The lottery is a “stupid tax.” Let me say that another way, the lottery is designed to take money away from people who don’t understand math or statistics.

Casinos are also for the folks who don’t understand math.

All games of chance are geared for the house to win. All of those one-armed bandits are wired together to a network of computers.  Some programmer writes the algorithms that tell the many machines out there what they can pay out on any given time.

They must have some payouts, or people would not go.  They don’t pay for those fancy casinos with their own money…  In short, its rigged.

You’re best chances or odds if you will are on games that are not electronic.  Poker, Keno, Roulette to name a few.  The odds are still against you but, not as bad as the one-armed bandits.

I talk about the game of chance and poker and our government because of the revelations of this week.  Bernie was cheated.   To be absolutely fair, Bernie was wheeling and dealing toward to end of the primary.  He was lobbying the DNC for his own jet, and a house on the beach so he would not contest the results and withdraw and of course support Hillary.

With rigged elections, one has to wonder just how sacrosanct our elections truly are.

There are governments in the world today who rig elections to stay in power, are we doing that?

The Clinton machine cheated millions of Americans who voted for Bernie.  The mainstream media is downplaying it or not giving it any airtime.  Liberal talking heads are spinning this behavior as usual!

Donna Brazil who is the whistleblower is the same person who before the debate gave Hillary the questions that she would be asked during the debate.  Who are these people that we elected?

Why is she telling all now?  She wrote a book and is marketing it.  She was part of the machine and is now trying to get rich.

I try not to focus on this too much as there is little that I can do about it.  I think that the media should be reporting the news and not be making up the news.  I believe that Yellow Journalism is alive and well in this country.

  • If you supported Bernie Sanders your vote was stolen.
  • If you supported Martin O’Malley your vote was stolen.
  • This is banana republic kind of stuff, and it happened here!
  • Do you have feelings or thoughts about this?

How do we stop it from happening again?  That is the real question.  Was there an oversight process and if so, how did it fail?

I should be working on my novel, and I am writing a blog.  Have you ever tried to get your head back into your story and away from life?

Currently, my story is traveling at faster than light speed away from the earth!  Some crazy computer has just abducted my characters!

If you like what you read, please follow me and share with your friends and family and whoever else you think might be interested.

 

Much Love -TW

“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.

Thanks for reading my blog!

 

“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