Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Preserve Our History, PLEASE!!!!!

Over the past several months, there has been an alarming trend in our country.  First they wanted to remove all traces of the Confederate Flag (thank you SC!  I roll my eyes at your lack of spine); now they want to tear down all 'Rebel' monuments.

Have they never heard 'those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it'?  If you destroy all historic monuments to the Confederate side of the Civil War, what does that teach the next generation?

Leave Stone Mountain alone.  Leave the stained glass window in that church in Virginia, a testament to Stonewall Jackson the MAN alone.

Should we sandblast Mt. Rushmore, because Jefferson was a slave owner?  What about his contributions to expanding this magnificent country of ours?

Destroy the Jefferson Davis Memorial?  What about the OTHER side of the war's story? If you don't present both sides of the war, future generations will think only the Union's side mattered.  Just because we won doesn't mean we didn't make mistakes too.  Lincoln was assassinated, and his follow-up plan was never put into place.

What's next, remove all traces of the Revolutionary War, just because now England is our ally?

Idiots.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Eye Roll Moment

Received this a few moments ago:
There has been some concern about the erotica section, several authors have mentioned due to their jobs and such they can't be associated with erotica in anyway and they were concerned with it being on the site might cause issues."

Seriously?

1) My work is TAME compared to other 'erotic' romance authors' work.

2) If you write Romance, who cares if it's Contemporary, Historical, NA,YA, or steamy sensual? As long as it's not the hard core BDSM, M/M, F/F, threesomes, or hardcore Erotica? I agree; the latter categories need to be on another imprint.

3) You're the publisher. It's your call. You do what you think is best. I don't see how having separate categories on a website can cause such anxiety issues...."Oh no! My sweet historical is two clicks away from a FSOG work! AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH!" "I can't have my customers being exposed to THAT! I INSIST you remove that genre or I'll take my business elsewhere....." "I could get FIRED if my boss knew that my book could be at the same table as that-that-that-trash."

Grow up, people.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Verbal Fireworks

We were having a nice, quiet holiday, even staying home while the kids went to the parade.  Fireworks had been purchased; food was ready to go on the grill.

Then the boys decided it was a good idea to set off bottle rockets.

At first they aimed them into a pool of water and enjoyed watching the water turn to steam.  When that got old, they began aiming them across the street at the empty green space.

Altercation #1:  Woman in pink shirt complains the rockets are landing too close to her kids.  Spouse told the boys to aim them elsewhere.

Altercation #2:  Pink shirt complains again when one bottle went rogue, and calls reinforcements, her family.  Profanity gets yelled.  Stepdaughter yells back, and a verbal pissing match ensues.

Altercation #3:  Grandson and oldest granddaughter add their voices to the fray, causing tempers to flare and a threat to be issued.  Stepdaughter tells Pink Shirt to 'come on over'.  Pink Shirt threatened to call the cops.

At this point, I intervened, and told both Granddaughter, Grandson, and Stepdaughter to stop talking and walk away.

Altercation #4:  Everyone starts yelling at ME, trying to justify their positions.

Which leads me to believe that common decency has nearly disappeared.  People are so used to hiding behind a computer/tablet/phone and saying (typing??) exactly what's on their mind, that when a face-to-face conflict arises, they revert to age 3 behavior.  Name calling, profanity.....no matter what the age of a child is present.  My efforts to calm the situation and diffuse it failed because I'm the only one who still has a shred of common sense left in her body!!!

Pink Shirt and her family eventually did move on to the public fireworks, which caused the stepdaughter and I to tongue-in-cheek wonder at some of the larger displays...."Is she complaining NOW about the fireworks landing too close to her kids?"

A policeman did show up, but no one 'fessed up about who was making the complaint.  He didn't question us.

Wonder what will happen next year?  Will she have on the same Pink Shirt, or will I be referring her as another color?  Will the family LISTEN to me next year?  Will the BOYS listen next year, and shoot them off in another direction?

Only time will tell.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

On The Fence....

I've been watching the immigration debate with mixed emotions.

On one hand, I agree with T and the candidate for France; keep them out or allow them, provided they assimilate; after all, if we were to go to their country, we would have to wear the head scarf and not allowed to eat pork.  So why should we suddenly be forced to stop serving pork in restaurants; be tolerant of their religious beliefs by not mentioning Christianity; and in some cases, not go into certain neighborhoods after dark?

But on the other hand, Christ preached love and tolerance.  America was founded on religious freedom.

BUT.....white Christians are rapidly becoming the minority.  So?????

I want the freedom to pray in public;to walk w/o fear through a neighborhood in the daytime; to eat what I want, when I want, and how much I want.

Men.....Who Can Figure Them Out?

I was absolutely floored a few weeks ago, when I saw a PM pop up from a man whom I've not spoken to in three years.

And then it turned out to be one of those 'pranked' emails.

REALLY?

He dropped hints at our reunion that he wanted to continue a friendship with me; even prior to our meeting face-to-face, we'd frequently PM each other on FB.  On my birthday, instead of posting to my wall, he sent me a very sweet Happy Birthday message.

A month after the reunion, he revealed he was dating a former friend of mine.  Fine.  I had no problem with it, and in fact, was looking forward to meeting her again after 30 years.  I PM'd him when I was in town next.

Radio silence.

This continued for 6 months, then they got engaged.  I sent congratulations.

Radio silence.

Another six months went by.  They got married.  Again, I warmly congratulated them.

Radio Silence.

1st anniversary, same thing.

*crickets*

They just had their 2nd anniversary, and again I sent warm congrats.  She 'liked' my comment.  Again, radio silence from him.

I'm still wondering if I missed something at the reunion.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let Me Get This Straight...

Hubby just told me an incident which happened last month (go HERE for the story) and it has me in a state of total shock and disbelief.

In a nutshell, a state trooper investigated a traffic accident.  A routine check of drivers license reveals an illegal alien, who's been involved in drug trafficking, had previously been deported, and was now back.  He calls ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and then finds himself suspended.

For doing his job.

Now I ask, what kind of message does this send?

To illegals:  'Don't worry; if you get caught, the mean officer will be reprimanded...'

To police officers:  'Yes, we have an illegal immigration problem, but in this county, we don't agree with the Federal law, so disregard it.  Just look the other way.'

If we don't pull together as a country, we won't HAVE a country anymore!!!!

For the record, I don't care who sees this post!

Friday, March 3, 2017

You Want Me To Do WHAT?

******WARNING:  Rant ahead***********

Last night, I received the following email:

The editorial committee has reviewed the stories for the (name of the group and title withheld) Anthology and feels your in its current form is not a good fit for the anthology.

Say what?  It went onto say a beta reader had this criticism: "It (the story) isn’t about healing. It’s about how it destroyed them (the characters).  And murdering the person who did it.  It’s not a story that represents victims and could actually lead to other victims getting dark ideas.  Normally, I would be glad if it actually promoted healing, but it doesn’t, and instead promotes hiding and covering up…. The story makes me highly uncomfortable as a sexual abuse survivor and actually was a trigger for emotions.”

Okay, so in other words, you feel as if readers need a security blanket before reading it?  Sigh....this is what I get when 'snowflakes' decide to rule the world and inflict their issues on everyone else.

I don't mean that flippantly; I recognize certain readers would find this story disturbing-hell, I wrote it and even I found it a little disturbing that something so dark came out of my psyche!  But this is what the character revealed, so I wrote it down. 

Here's my beef:  This book is slated to be released in 13 days.  It's been up on a shared Google Docs file for over a year.  And yet you choose NOW to tell me it's not a 'good fit'?

Here's the part that really got me:  "Could actually lead to other victims getting dark ideas."  Um, have you not read any Stephen King?  Seen the TV show, How to Get Away With Murder?  Or even watched CSI or even any Law and Order?  Believe me, there are PLENTY of ways to think, "Oh, I could do that so much better and not get caught!"  

Please.  *eye roll*

I can't change the title; it's out there on ALL of my promo....books I've released, blogs written, even my website.  Yeah, I could go back and change them....and I may still have to, if I can't come up with a decent story to submit.  If I pull out, the antho shrinks even more, and I'd hate to see that happen, since I'm one of biggest names in it.  (Not bragging....just stating a fact.)

I tried seeing if one of my other short stories, one that's more upbeat, would fit, and it might.  On the other hand, as I was off to drown my sorrows at karaoke, another idea came to me, and I wrote 3 pages.  It might be crap; it might be a gem.  At any rate, my heroine finally told me her name this morning, so I'll type it up and see if the creativity takes off.

Can't hurt. 

But again, this just royally pissed me off.  Why the hell did they wait until NOW to tell me?

****Rant over*****