Feedback.  How should you use it?

This is a cover I created for Diamond Joe.  The island  I took while on holiday, the ladies I drew as well as parts of the horses.   Diamond Joe should be a movie.  Too bad Hallmark does not do same-sex movies.

AHHHH!  I don’t want to market my books, I just want to write the damned things!

Sound familiar?

I am a natural-born storyteller.

As a kid, I was the one with the flashlight making up stories about the zombie bunny that would be all cuddly and cute when you were hugging it.  As soon as your eyes closed, the fangs came out!  The claws turned in to razor-sharp daggers that it would use to rip your throat out!

Can you imagine how many kids tossed their velveteen rabbit books in the trash after that little story?

Whoever heard of evil bunny rabbits? Gives all new meaning to biting the ears off that chocolate Easter bunny now, doesn’t it?  Die you SOB…you’re not ripping my throat out!

I always wondered why nobody wanted to sleepover at my house… Was it my breath?  Is it possible that my invitations to parties were not lost in the mail?  BOOO!

Stories are part of who we are.  If it were not for them, we would have no bible, no Jesus, no Zeus or Pele’.  We would have no folklore at all.  The magical kingdoms of the Scots, we would never know about.

While history is written by the victors, the stories that entertain, are written by writers.  That is right, baby, who is your mama!

Before the written word, they would lie around at night and look up at the skies and wonder what all those dots of light were.  From constellations resembling things they might recognize, much like clouds today, they made up stories.  Those passed down through the ages have most certainly changed much like the ‘telephone game, ‘but never the less, we have them.

This week I got one of my novels back from a beta reader who had some interesting comments.

Tonight I want to talk about feedback and how to use it.

Let’s deal with rejection first.

It is going to happen.  Those excellent agents must have material that they don’t have to sell.  It has to be so good that it pops off the page without even reading it.  There must be linguistic magic that enchants the person who even thinks about opening the e-mail.

“This is not the kind of thing we handle, or your book is not right for us.”

“Son of a bitch!  Let me take the old Underwood out and shoot the damned thing, and go back to waiting tables!  At least there I get a pinched ass for a few dollars, and hey…I get some attention.”

Ok, that might be a little on the extreme side.  I haven’t waited tables, while since I was a kid. I do have an old Underwood that actually works, but of course, I don’t use it either.

Rejections are a starting point. Here is how to handle them if traditional publishing is your path.

Send out your baby, gird your loins, and while you are waiting for the offer letters to come in like the proverbial tsunami, start another book.

Absolutely, positively, do not rest on your laurels!  Are you listening? Tell me, you heard that!

You spend your time writing your book, and you send it out after you have languished over every god damned word in the thing. Send it out and move on!  Do you realize that the average book is over 70k words and writers suffer over every one of them?  Is this the right word?  We agonize, trust me on this one grasshopper!

When you get the boilerplate letter weeks to months later, file it away, and send it out again.  Someone out there is looking for what you wrote and just possibly with weed so much more prevalent, you might catch them in a stoned moment, and they might laugh at your hook or characters and in a weak moment, they send you an e-mail with all kinds of miss spelled words telling you that you rock and please submit the entire manuscript!  Hey, it could happen!

On the flip side, you find the agent who is genuinely seeking what you wrote and is ready to do what it takes to sign you.

Happy days!  It could happen.

Tonight I just uploaded a new version of Diamond Joe.  After applying many things that I have learned over the years, I have made this lesbian love affair, an affair to remember.

That sounds tawdry, and it is not.

The beta reader told me that she loved the story and was amazed that my characters each had their own voice.  ‘Hello, they should have their own voices.”

This is a romance with romantic subplots, family issues, and oh yes, a racehorse!

What is not to love about a rags to riches story, where a young lady discovers who she is and better yet, captures the heart of a young rich widow, who has no idea that she would love another woman?

I walk you through the entire thought process, and I take you down the dark road of, ‘what if she is after my money?”

Oh yes, there are gold diggers out there, gay or straight or is it gay and straight?

This is a heart wrenching, feel-good story that they should make a movie out of but, Hallmark has yet to make a movie with same-sex couples.  Why is that?  This book would be such a killer hot movie.  Maybe Netflix should pick it up.

I am trying to figure out who would play whom…

Back to the feedback.  What you want from them is what they liked and what did not work for them.  That is all you want, as that is all you need.  If they start to tell you, it would have worked better if…Stop them!  You don’t want to know the ‘if’ part.  The reasons are simple.  If they render an opinion and you should be foolish enough to take it, guess what, it is now their story, not yours.

So ladies and gentlemen, if you read my novels and you should be so kind as to offer me feedback, just tell me what worked and did not work for you.  Allow me to figure out why.  I am the writer and in my little office, I am a god!

That sounds crazy but think about it.  I create worlds, people, places, and situations. I even create evil little rabbits.  That is what a writer does, and if you don’t respect any writer that you know, you might find yourself in one of their stories, tied to the bed, surrounded by hundreds of chocolate Easter rabbits, without their ears.  Since they cannot hear you, they will never know if you are loving, or hating your throat being eaten out.  It is just payback after all.

Write! Write! Write!

When I get a rejection letter, which I do on occasion, it just drives me to improve my craft.  Since they hardly ever tell you anything other than, ‘we don’t sell this shit’ (paraphrased,) you send it out again while learning your craft even better.  That is what drives me.  Yes, I would love to know what exactly they didn’t like about it but, it is probably their twelve-year-old child going through the slush pile while playing some game on their phone.

  • Put some magic in your hook!
  • Cast a spell on the reader.

Write something so overpowering that even the twelve-year-old will stop looking at the phone long enough to say ‘WOW!”

I have said it many times in different ways, you cannot be a one-trick pony.  Write your story, nobody is perfect and your story will not be perfect.  Send the thing out and start writing about evil little bunnies, or not.

If you are like me, you are on fire at the keyboard.  You can go hours without eating, or even thinking about food, as your characters are running through caves or jumping off cliffs, you cannot leave them!  Continue on, and don’t let the bastards or twelve-year-olds get you down.

Agents are always looking, even though they might profess to be too busy.  If they are good, they are looking.  You might try sending your queries to agents in states where pot is legal…I kid…nobody gives a damned if it is legal or not!

I am probably one of the few who has never tried it.  I don’t smoke, but I hear some gummies are to die for…Bwhaaa!  Are they rabbit gummies?

Much love peeps.  -TW

Writers Block

I wish I had a nickel for every person who has spoken with me about writer’s block.

I don’t believe it makes a difference if you are a plotter or a panster; at some time in your life, you will experience writer’s block.

How do you deal with the infamous blank page?

I find it useful to examine why I am drawing a blank, or my characters have stopped talking.  Many times it is that part of the novel that we all dread, the middle slump.  Since we all know we want to avoid that, just possibly, we put undue stress on ourselves and cause our stream of conscious to become, derailed.

Keep in mind that it is your SFD or $hitty first draft.  Only you will see it, read it, and know that your characters decided to go on strike.

Some causes for the strike can be that you don’t want to deal with this part of the story.  Maybe it is too close to you.  There are many land mines with writing, and I find it refreshing and often times cathartic when I work my way through a story.

If the words are not coming, turn off your ‘IBM Selectric’ and go do something else.  As an artist, I find if I am busy with some graphic, or a painting, my characters will want to see what I am doing and come out and play.

Now, why do you suppose that might be?

When we are between awake and asleep, in the shower and yes, doing something with our hands like coloring or painting, your brain produces something called Theta waves.  A different part of your brain is active and guess where the characters hideout?  Yes, you have knocked on the door, rang the bell and now you have huffed and puffed the proverbial threat, all while trying to color between the lines.

One thing that I find that assist me is I will put the project up, and work on something else, such as this blog.  Hours, days, weeks, and even months later, I will start at the beginning of the project and reread it.  There you will find the epiphany.  The Ah-Ha moment will become apparent and you will see where your GPS took you on a wrong turn.  You might have to scrap a few paragraphs or chapters, but that is how my process works.  In ten years, I have written well over thirty novels, so I must know something.

The literary process, to me, is the gold standard of how I wish to live.  How can I tell the best there while remaining true to who and what I am?  Truth over lies, love over hate and yes, and a dirty mind is necessary at times to keep it real.

We are the perfect juxtaposition of Jekyll, and Hyde, only most of us ‘hide’ that dark side while putting on our happy face.  In my books, I rip the Band-Aids off.  One of my critics told me that she did not like the F word.  Umm, don’t read it.  If my characters use that vernacular guess what, the F word is there.

Honesty, truth, and kindness will take you far in life.  Knowing who you are will assist you through those bleak times when the blank page is striking fear into your heart.

“Write the shitty first draft and own it!”

 

Much Love -TW

 

Rejection Letters and Negative Reviews

“How do you do it, TW?  Rejection letters suck!”

I didn’t know how to respond to that comment at a recent gathering of writers.  I have asked the very same question in my life, and now years later, I think I have a handle on it.

When I first wrote The Saga of the Starduster, it outperformed and still does exceed my other novels in sales.  That includes the naughty stories, which is somewhat surprising.

My first bit of advice to young writers is this.  ‘Don’t be a one-trick pony.’

It is no secret that I have a day job.  I cannot afford to hire editors, book cover designers, marketing experts and to pay some firm for reviews.  In fact, I use the free ISBN numbers just because I refuse to pay some firm to sell me ten numbers like I won’t pay to register some star in someone’s name.

Rule one is, always have another project going.  Have another story that is a W.I.P.   If you have raised children, you know that we raise them to be independent.  We raise them to make their way into the world much like the sea turtle lays its eggs in the sand, and heads back into the water to start the process all over again.

Your book, your project much like those eggs must hatch and take flight.

Someone purchased The Saga of the Starduster and gave it one star.  They did their best to smear the novel, having it sound like a cure for insomnia.  I read it, realized by the comments that they never read it, and went back to my WIP.

Monitoring the sales, their review did not hinder sales of that novel; in fact, they might have improved slightly.  Since then, others have reviewed the book and I am not disappointed with their comments.

As writers, we have no idea who these people are, and if they write under a pseudonym like this one reviewer did, I give it little credence. I think most readers are smart enough to realize that small fact.

Rejection Hurts.

As we spend chunks of our lives, creating the literary works of art, we believe that our creation is the best thing ever written.  That is how we are preyed upon by those who offer services like editing, book cover creation and so on.  ‘I just need a good cover or professional editing and I will be the next…fill in the blank.’

Because we cannot be objective ‘for the most part,’ we are an easy target for those who might be like us.’  They might have tried several times to get something published, and they might know more than you.  Because they cannot sell their stuff, they try to sell their services to assist you.

At this point in the game, you have options.

  • Pay for assistance.
  • Query agents and cross your fingers
  • Learn all you can about each step of the process and do it yourself.

If you follow me, you know that I have opted for the latter, and sometimes the second in the process as I have no idea who is who, in the world of paying for assistance.

Involve yourself in the industry, and you will soon learn the ropes to skip and the ones to jump. I think honesty with yourself is probably the ticket to not being screwed over by the predators out there.

I happen to like what I write and will often pick up one of my previous novels and re-read it and yes, add to it, or take away from it as I deem necessary.  Currently, I am re-writing the Nudists of Shangri-La series and I have learned much since then and I can make it so much better.

The first in the series has already gained twenty thousand words and magic.  While the original text was more cut and dried, and to the point where Judy deals with her demons, now we are giving the demons a voice.

I like where it is going, and I am confident if you liked it the first time, you would love it this time.

My point to this blog is don’t give up.  If your passion is to write, write.  Don’t allow some jerk who writes reviews under a pseudonym to ruin your day or, worse yet, stifle your desire to write.

Many of you who follow me on this blog have your own blogs, and yes, I read many of them.  Some of you have such a gift for writing; you should be writing novels if you are not already.  Have a goal in mind and lay out the path to get there.

Much like planning a car trip, you have the goal, the destination in mind; now, how do you get there?  What does your GPS tell you?

 

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!  Read all about it!

 

  • Where is the magic?
  • Do you still feel it?
  • Did you ever feel it?

Not unlike many of you, I find that Christmas music is depressing.

I was thinking about some Christmas songs where the lyrics are “Where are you Christmas…?”

It is not Christmas per se, that she is looking for but, the innocence of the holiday. Do you remember?

I know that everyone has their own memories of the holiday; some of them are memories that many would kill for, and some of those memories are ones that people rather forget.  I have a mixed bag of memories like that.

There are memories I would just as soon as not have, and then there are a few that I would not want to lose.

There is an old Merle Haggard song that resonates with me as an adult.  ‘If we can make it through December.’

In the song, the writer laments that his little girl won’t understand why there are no Christmas gifts.  Then there is Dolly with her ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ or perhaps her ‘coat of many colors.’

The physical year-end all too often matches up with the fiscal year-end for many companies hence the end of the year layoff.  I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard of companies letting their employees go on furlough, or just laid them off this time of year.

When I was a kid, it seemed that Unions would strike this time of year, so Christmas was not only bleak but we learned to eat cheaply.   The furnace was cut back to conserve energy, so sleeping in more than pajamas was a memory I could easily forget.

Companies have no loyalty to the employee, although they might offer the impression that they do. When production slumps, there is little need for employees and that seems to happen around the end of the year.

One could preach all year long about having a rainy day fund, but the argument as to who can afford that is germane as well. Is this you?

Are you gainfully employed with a savings account, or are you barely making it paycheck to paycheck?

Speaking as someone who has been there, having anything in savings is a comfort. Knowing you can last until the demands for business return, is a comfort.  While some company’s business model is, for their employees to survive off funds from unemployment, or food stamps, during this time of low business, some only hire contract workers.

Moral of this story.  Have money put aside for Christmas.  That means all during the year set aside money in savings that does not get touched.  It is for a rainy day.

When you work for someone, you have very little control over your destiny.  Everyone would be smart to have a side hustle.  I hesitate to use that word but that is what it is.  From stores on Etsy to selling things on eBay to yes, writing books and selling them on Amazon, a side hustle can give you that little bit of comfort.  Even though the company you have slaved for is letting you fend for yourself at the moment, the world of readers appreciates what you are writing!

I knew a lady who was a photographer and sold calendars with her pictures as the main picture for each month.  I know another lady who makes purses and sells them on Etsy.  There is nothing wrong with a little side hustle.  Many have garage sales all too often, but they do it.

Christmas is not about gifts.  Yes, there is magic but I think it manifest when we find ourselves doing for others who need that little extra something, as life has kicked them around.    I don’t want to reward those who depend on that generosity.  I want to bless those who would not ask and would instead do without, then be a burden.  I love to assist those who are trying.

To me, that seems what the spirit of ‘Santa’ is all about.

I hope this Christmas finds you well, and your lives filled with love and prosperity.

Much Love -TW

 

 

Greetings Fellow Earthlings!

Are your books selling well?

 

I hope that this blog finds you all well.  If not, let me know, and I will put you in my prayers, or if you are against such things, I will send you good thoughts.

What is wrong with that sentence?

I genuinely do mean that I will pray for you but, I am appealing to the politically correct or those who don’t believe in a higher power.

You might have noticed that usually, I sign with ‘much love.’

If you are reading this blog or you have purchased one of my many novels, or perhaps you follow me on Twitter, we share a bond.

I can love you without being ‘in love’ with you if that makes sense.

Writers share a bond, and I feel like most of my followers are writers.

Currently, I am going through the process of looking at each of my novels ‘all 30 something of them’ and trying to figure out why some sell very well, and some don’t.   I have asked close friends to read those that are not selling well, and give me feedback.

To improve my craft, I have spent much time and money on programs, classes and yes seminars to see what I can learn that I don’t already know.

If you are a successful author, please comment below and send me a link to your books.

If nothing else, you will sell a book or two.

Do you realize how much of what we write must be perfect to sell?  Not only is the story critical, but the characters must be real.  Once you get a cohesive story with characters that people can relate to and ‘feel’, you have to create the perfect cover.

The brand that you assemble and sell to the world must be one that people will recognize and gravitate toward, before they even read the title.

If your pen name or brand brings people to your books, you are successful.  The cover art must be perfect.  As an artist, I have muddled my way through one cover after another.  I don’t have the luxury of hiring a focus group or think tank to assist in that process.  You probably don’t either.

There is a real benefit to fishing for an agent, a good one. They know the people and companies to contact for the perfect cover, and for the precise editing of said book.

In one of the groups I am associated with, I uploaded a complete novel for them to read, free of charge.  Just give me some feedback.

The novel has enjoyed medium success, but for the subject matter and the type of story, it should be much better.

Here is the truth of the matter, not one person has downloaded it and read it.

If I cannot give a novel away to other writers, how can I expect to sell it?

I challenged them with that question at the last meeting. ‘They don’t have time,’ was the answer.

Allow me to pontificate on what it takes to be a successful writer.

  • Read much and often.
  • Go out of your office and live your life.
  • Pay attention to everything and anyone.
  • Make notes of things and or people that might make fodder for a story.
  • Don’t steer away from controversial issues.

What I was hoping for is for them to read it, and offer some feedback.

From character development to the story itself, what did you like or not like, and why?

‘Why’ is the operative word.

Without ‘why,’ what they tell you is worthless.

One of my beta readers told me just tonight that there were a few ‘eww’ moments.

Ok, great, what are they, and why?

Feedback is critical to the process, and let me tell you, it is like pulling hen’s teeth.

Was that idiom lost on you?

As the weeks and months progress, I will be creating more blogs with helpful thoughts, notes and what have you, regarding writing.

If you have not followed me yet, why not?  Am I asking for money for these pearls of wisdom?  No.

Am I seeking free anything from anyone?  No

Am I trying to pay it forward and assist other writers…?  Yes!

With Christmas around the corner, we have time to write before the year ends, don’t waste it.

Much Love…-TW

 

Under Roswell on Sale!

“Can you imagine?”

“Sure, what am I imagining TW?”

Imagine that you find this guy really hot.  This guy is so cool that he has no clue he is cool.  You watch him work on things, and you admire the way he thinks.  He is kind to you but does not come on to you in any way.

Imagine you work with this guy for months on end, and you don’t think he is noticing you but, he has no ring and never talks about anyone in his life.

Ok, he is single, why?  The guy is built, smart and dedicated to his work.  You see him working on a pet project that his company allows him to do, and you ask him, ‘what is that for?’

The guy turns to look at you as if for the first time.  His eyes relax, and he smiles as he begins to talk with you about his hobby of technical rock climbing.

‘That explains why he is built the way he is but ‘rock climbing?’’

You can tell from his relaxed way of talking about it that if you want to get into his life, you need to try and understand what makes him tick.

You make a note to research rock climbing so you can engage him with more than a passing interest.  That night you talk to your friend, who was your roommate in college.  She tells you that there is a place not far from her that teaches rock climbing.

Now imagine you are kind of afraid of heights and yet pull it together and learn how to not only master your fears but, you can get to where you are not scared of dying.

With these new-found skills and understanding of the hobby, you began to engage Elliot, Omicron’s ‘fair-haired boy’ regarding a project he is working on.  He tells you that it is a device that destabilizes the atomic bonds of the rocks in a narrowly focused beam, making it super easy to place a hold.

Your job, however, is to report back to the owners of Omicron what he is working on.  They, of course, see this ‘toy’ as a weapon of immeasurable value.  Copying his notes and designs they are sent off to a facility deep within area 51.  Elliot is very much against building weapons, and that is why they hired Susan.

Back in 1947, this alien craft supposedly crashed in Roswell.  What they didn’t know it was not one but three.  Two scout ships crashed just, and one, a much larger intergalactic spacecraft returned into the time-space continuum of the earth, forcing millions of metric tons of rocks to eject from the ground, looking like some kind of geological anomaly.    The place is, of course, the ranch where Elliot’s parents were both living when the crash occurred.  It is also where they mysteriously, disappeared.

Onboard this craft under the rocks is a sentient computer, much like HAL in Space odyssey.  Unlike Hal, this computer can tune into the human brainwaves from quite a distance.  That computer takes an unhealthy interest in human sexuality and develops a few quirks along the way.  (All characters must have a flaw, right?)

Susan convinced Elliot to let her accompany him on his vacation.  She is giddy as she thanked her one day and called her ‘honey.’  ‘He does notice me,’ she thought.

While Susan is in hopes to snag the heart of Elliot, Elliot is in hopes of finding the mystery of where his parents disappeared to, hence the entire interests in rock climbing.  Whey they disappeared, that was not one shred of anything left of them.  Footsteps that just ended or a mysterious note left in the sand.

On this trip to the back of his ranch, while rock climbing, Elliot would dislodge some rocks that fall into a crevasse, and when they land, they make a mysterious ‘clunk.’

Ok, this is you.  Whether you are Elliot or Susan, what happens next is an adventure into another world.  What will you find, and what will you do?

The military has a listening post not too far away, and that all plays into this adventure, which starts out ‘Under Roswell.’

 

This novel is on Sale both on Smashwords and Amazon.   Down from $9.99 to $5.99 for the e-version.

This novel is 681 pages.  The print version is what it is because of the printing cost.  Many of you prefer that, and I thank you.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/670705

 

 

Just how large is the hook that caught that whale?

Hello fellow bloggers, authors, and friends by association!

So here we are climbing up the precipice of the week heading for another Wednesday.  Why do I have this image of a camel every time I think of Wednesday?

In my last blog, I wrote a five-minute hook to a novel that has yet to be created.

Guess what, I have since re-written the hook and am working on the first chapters.

Usually, most of my novels involve adult situations.  I am going to do my absolute best to create a YA novel involving magick, witches and coming of age scenarios.  One of my friends challenged me.

I want magick to be the central theme of the novel.

If you hang around other writers, it is fascinating how opinionated we are.  OMFG!

Do you know I got into a debate with some folks over how important the hook is?  Did you realize that some debate whether to have a prologue or not?

If you are a church-going person, does baptism mean dunk or sprinkle?  What difference does it make?  It is a symbolic act of submission to God and giving up your old way of life. Ha!

Leopards don’t change their spots, and you are never going to give up your sinful nature on this earth.  The act of baptism hopefully has you think about the sin, and possibly thinking first might dissuade you, or even have you feel contrite after the fact.

If you write chapter one or Prologue as long as there is a compelling reason for the reader to turn the damned page, it makes no difference what you call it.

Sprinkle or dunk?

Dunk!  Why?  When you want to drive a point home, you exaggerate the event.  I have witnessed people crying after baptism as they were sure that they heard God or something like that.  GREAT!

The pomp and circumstance of the Catholic church is what??? Exaggerating the event so it will stick.

I hear my characters calling me right now to stop blogging and write!

The prologue is that little exaggeration.  If you notice, the tease on the news is always exaggerated to either get you to turn to page 3A or…watch the My Pillow person with the large cross hanging around his neck.  Exaggeration is key.

When Christ was crucified, it was not enough to beat the crap out of him! By the way, there was so much blood loss; he would have died right there.

No, they had to have the ‘dead man walking,’ carrying his own Ginormous cross that had to weigh 200 pounds if not more, and, for added measures just so you might remember it, they placed the thorn of crowns on his head.  Wait there is more imagery for you.  They drove huge spikes through his hands and feet, and of course, as he perishes, they puncture him with a spear. Thunder roars and the curtain tears.  Got it!

Before the man dies, the executioners are selling his clothes to the highest bidder.  Such nice people we are. All of this imagery is to make you realize how blessed you are that he died in this horrible manner for the sins that you create even now.

The event is so horrific, so exaggerated that I personally can’t stand Easter.    Once a year, we sit in the pews and are convicted.  If you are a churchgoer you might be convicted at least once a week. That is, of course, the point.   So if you go to a Calvinist church you are reminded what a piece of crap you are every Sunday!   Who in the world wants to hear that?  If you suffer from depression, stay away from Calvinism, the man was an antisemite nut job as was Martin Luther.  Not saying they were totally wrong but realize, they were not mentally right.

If that offends you…Sorry.  I deal in truth, look it up.

Some tyrants use exaggeration to make a point. All throughout history, there have been horrible people in power who need to face the wrath of hell. ‘Wait another exaggeration!”

The lake of fire, or Dante’s Inferno, which is it? Inquiring minds want to know.

I personally think North Korea might be hell.  To make his point, this person has his enemy’s or criminals staked out and slowly crushed with a steamroller!  Do you think that might make the point?

We are no angels.

Hollywood has offered us many nightmares from Hannibal to chain saw massacre.  Not only do we have Hollywood bringing us violence daily, but, we have video games that are little more than simulators for learning how to kill efficiently.  I often wonder if they can cause PTSD.

No, it is the gun, or the knife, or the baseball bat, or truck, or chainsaw, or the poison, it has nothing to do with mental illness and or the person was pissed.

The early church was just as evil, making a point out of heresy by killing those who ‘sinned’ in most inhumane ways.

I could go on, but the point is an exaggeration.  “Did I exaggerate the point enough?”

For instance, if we wanted to do away with mass incarceration, bring back public hanging!

“Yes, public!  No, the guillotine is far too humane, and messy.  Let the masses watch them kick, as they choke and slowly perish.”

I often wonder if the victims of those murderers feel vindicated by listening to the criminal make noises and kick as the Wizard behind the wall pushes drugs through tubes that will put the murderer to sleep, before they administer the paralytic that stops his or her breathing, and then the heart. Do you suppose they make them wear a diaper as a last act of humiliation, so when they shit their shorts the guards don’t have to clean it up?

If you want folks to think twice about rape, incest, murder, breaking and entering, send the defective morons back to their makers, and do it in the public square.

The story of where Dracula came from might give most nightmares.  Look up Vlad the Impaler if this blog wasn’t enough to inspire some form of exaggeration against evil.

Now…back to the hook… Exaggerate some event with lots of imagery and call it what you will.  I happen to like prologues as I can move you into the story, introduce you to the main characters, and then I can sneak in the back-story in bite-size pieces.

Sprinkle or Dunk…?

Do you realize that some churches break up over this very question?  I think they are missing the larger picture.

I was thinking about Contact.  I love the writers of that show, I never met them, but I truly admire them.

When she travels through some ‘thing,’ the image of her father says something that has stuck with me all these years.

I am paraphrasing… “You have such great potential.  Your kind has such beautiful thoughts and dreams, and yet so many nightmares live in your most profound memories.”

When I witness what is going on in the world today, I am sad for humanity.  I cry for those in countries where the rule of law belongs to the elite.  I am saddened by those in this country who are so brainwashed they have no idea just how bad socialism is, and what it would do to us if they were successful in bringing that form of government to fruition once again.

Millions upon millions have died at the hands of socialists.  Those that did would probably opt for hanging, vs. starving to death.

No, I did not watch the debate; I have no desire to put that nonsense in my head.

I have to go think about magick, witches, and warlocks.

If witches melt when they get water poured on them, how do they drink?

Much Love -TW