Years ago, too many to mention, I had a ‘friend’ tell me that once. In my current work in progress, one of my characters is supposed to play the part of a used car salesman. He denotes his distaste for them as they are all mostly dishonest.
Why am I writing to you about this rather than working on my novel?
This novel is about a young lady who discovers that she is a witch. While learning her ways in the world of magic, all hell breaks loose. There is a dark force attempting to convince all witches to be in their coven. An undercurrent of government conspiracy is in the heart of the novel. The conspiracy is yet to find its way to the screen.
As I was writing about a car salesman, I thought back on the day when a friend of mine was a used car salesperson. If you saw Matilda with Danny DeVito as the unscrupulous dealer, that is what my friend was. We soon parted ways as I don’t associate with dishonest people.
I was in the market for a car. Instead of being honest with me as a friend, he tried to sell me an old Chevrolet that they had rolled the mileage back on. When they invented reverse drills, it was an easy way to change the odometer.
From sawdust in the gearbox to super thick oil to keep it from smoking, they did it.
Taking my chances with a car from the paper; my friend was incensed with me for purchasing a car. In retrospect, the person that sold it to me had put super thin oil in the crankcase as the oil pump was going out.
He told me, and I quote, If you are going to get EFFED, you might as well get EFFED by a friend.
Is there truth in that? What do you think?
I needed a roof after a terrible storm and elected to allow a person at my church to have their company put a roof on for me. It cost more than those of the people around me, took over a year to get it right, and they put on cheap shingle instead of what I originally had. What’s worse is there were no drinks and no kiss afterward. Not that I would want one, just saying, some pillow talk would have been sweet.
Speaking of shady, the same people that worked for the other fly by night companies are the ones that put my roof on too. I got nothing for the extra thousands of dollars.
I used to travel a lot. There is one state out of fifty that I have not been too, and that is Main. In one state, I was talking with a person who was justifying effing his neighbor. He told me, and I quote, “I need to put cheerios on my table too.”
I shook my head and walked away from the deal. If you cannot do business and treat your fellow person correctly, you should do something else. There is no justification for effing your neighbor, and you certainly never do it with friends or family.
Arkansas, I swear you folks take the cake at times. This one-man was talking to his friends at a local diner. I listen to people as I get ideas for stories or characters. This guy was bragging to his friends that his wife’s mother’s tractor needed a simple fix but, he convinced her it was not worth it to get a new one. When pressed, he told them, she gave me the broken one, and when she dies, I will get the new one too and the land that goes with it.
Whenever I need an asshole in one of my novels, that guys face comes to mind. I almost choked on my coffee when I heard that.
Life goes on. How are you all doing?
Look for updates on my newest novel; I am going to try and find an agent with this one. I have over 32 books out there published, so why not see if I can lure an agent into my lair.
This is a young adult, coming of age story of a witch. What is cool about this story is I make a compelling case that anyone could do it. We live in an escapist society, and with the current events, you can see why. We escape through the TV, video games, and yes novels.
Why not write a fun novel that will engage the reader? After taking hundreds of hours of writing courses instead of watching TV, I have pages of notes. From Dan Brown to Judy Bloom…Wow, everyone had an opinion.
After I get this one polished and marketed, I will be going back to my published novels and making changes to the ones that are underperforming. I love it when I get to a point, and you get that ‘ahaa’ moment. You know the one where you say ‘shit, is that why?’
The original Ailani series I might go back and rewrite the whole trilogy and condense it into one novel. It is a great story, but I think 350k words might be too much.
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Much Love and Stay Safe -TW