Publishing World is always changing. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the changes whether it is technical or business wise with publishing houses closing.
I’ve been away from writing and publishing for too long. My goal for the rest of the year and the coming year is to reestablish myself as a writer. It is time to say goodbye to writer’s block excuses and begin filling paper after paper with lists of this and that to give me jarring ideas for the stories that I have in progress. I need to clean up my to be finished pile and start publishing new stuff.
Is this a Lack of Commitment?
Truthfully it has been lack of time.
Class work eats up most of my free time leaving me with the need to use whatever little time I have left for some form of entertainment. That entertainment may come in the form of playing Sim City – my way of trying to learn about economics, World of Warcraft – for the adventurer in me, or attempting to create some craft project. Those craft projects never get very far before I give up due to lack of time and forgetting where I left off.
So why the change?
– School is not over yet but
The publishing world is moving on without me, and I don’t want to be left behind or forgotten. Look at the changes going on with Amazon’s KDP and CreateSpace. I have used those sites for years to publish my works, but I don’t want to have to move everything and receive fewer publishing services. I want better distribution for my books.
That is why I am moving my works, slowly, away from KDP and CreateSpace. I needed to find a better distribution program for my books which is why I started removing my Wings from Ashes series from KDP and CreateSpace.
For beginners, I am using Draft to Digital for the eBook distribution. My books will still be on Amazon Kindle, but they will also be on Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, and several other outlets. The print versions will be moved to Ingram Spark so that bookstores will be more willing to stock my books in their stores. However, because of the cost involved, this move will happen slowly over the coming months.
In the meantime, I will begin plotting and planning as much as time allows. NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and I want to be able to say done by November 30th this year.
So much time has passed since we last met. I’m still in school burying my nose in textbooks every night. I just finished learning about Investment Analysis and International Business. I can’t wait for the day that I can afford to practice buying stocks and other securities.
It is so hard to believe that I have come so far in the past three years. The dream of having a college education is coming true. That goes to prove that one should never give up on their hopes and dreams, one twist to the future can change a person’s course for the better.
Summer is Almost Over
I can’t remember when the last time summer was this hot for New Hampshire. Even the dog and cat are finding the heat uncomfortable. They have both discovered the table fan can provide some relief if they sit in the right spot on the bed.
But our summer wasn’t just the heat, the humidity was unbearable and too much rain. Much of my garden felt the effects of the storms. I lost my entire crop of peaches this year to the chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and the bugs. The peaches were ripe almost a month too early. Not enough rain in April and May made the peaches small. Too much rain in July and August made them mushy.
No worries though, I still have a past crop of peaches in the freezer. If you freeze the peaches with their skins intact, this will prevent them from freezer burn and are great for baking.
Maybe next year I will try buying into a CSA and avoid the need to weed.
NaNoWriMo is around the corner.
I have begun plotting. The goal is to plot out a story that will hold my interest long enough to write all the way to the end in 30 days. I have several unfinished manuscripts where I have hit the spot in the story and can’t decide what is to take place next. I don’t think it is a writer’s block that stumps me but time constraints and the desire to find fun things to do with my time other than writing.
I tend to cycle through various hobbies before finding my way back to writing. The ultimate search for creativity drives me to the final point. So I am making lists of everything about my characters.
Next Writer’s Conference is December 8, 2018 – NHRWA Winter Frolic 2018
I miss going to Writer’s Conferences, this event I’m looking forward to that will feature two speakers.
Kristen Higgins for Character Development and Damon Suede for Plot
This is a one-day event at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH.
A registration fee of $140 is open to the public but does have limited seating.
Link for those who are interested can click here for more info.
I have longed for summer to start for the past six months but all that heat at once was not on my agenda. We have no Air Conditioning in our home due to the cost of the added electricity on the bill. The fans did run all week long, and they didn’t seem to help much with the high humidity. After taking Monday and Tuesday off and having Wednesday as my holiday, I could not wait to get back to work and find relief from the humidity by hiding at the office and enjoying the perk of office air conditioning. I didn’t want to leave work because the humidity was unbearable.
They always say, be careful about what you wish for because you might not like what you get. I wanted summer to arrive since winter is not one of my favorite seasons. I was when I was a kid; I don’t know what I was thinking back then. I remember spending hours out in the snow, sledding and making snow forts. Now I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in it before I am freezing.
Short Summer Break from School
This past week was my big summer break from school. I finished up American Studies which was the study of the American Family from the Puritan Era to Contemporary 1980’s. I guess we do not need to study families of today because we are busy experiencing today’s concept.
I enjoyed the class. We did have to read My Sister’s Keeper and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Harriet Jacobs story was interesting and saddening. The treatment of women, both slaves and white women during the 1800’s was horrific. The rape, emotional abuse, and physical abuse they had to endure while trying to keep their families together was the theme of the book. White women had to deal with their cheating husbands who tried to excuse their behavior by blaming the need for their infidelity on keeping the slave stock breeding. It must have been hard on the wives to see so many slave children running around with faces similar to their husbands and the knowledge of how they came to be. Black women put up with torture as well. The 1800’s was a very trying time to be a woman.
My other class was just plain fun. Fundamentals of Music focused on the theory of music. It was one of my easiest classes. Not sure if this was because I had six years of band experience with clarinet lessons the main reason why the course did not appear to be that difficult for me.
Next term, which starts this Monday, my classes will be Investment Analysis and International Business, marking two terms left until I begin my Senior year. If all goes well, I will have my bachelor’s degree by October 2019. Woot!
I have come so far and worked so hard to get here. The plan I have for when the schooling finishes is to write book after book after book since I won’t know what to do with myself when I don’t need to study any longer.
The plants are growing. Tomatoes have set fruit; the beans are loaded with flowers and setting their pods. The zucchini is getting big, and I see many buds coming. Our cucumbers are vining, and the peppers have also set fruit. The grapes have gone wild with vines going everywhere. I chopped back the vines in late spring, and you could not be able to tell now if you were to see them.
We have peaches, apples, and some cherries. Three cherries out of twenty I guess is not a bad ratio when the birds are added to the equation. Now if only I can keep the apples on the tree this year we will be looking great for the fall. We are in the middle of a drought here in New England just like last summer. Last year, all the apples dropped from the tree before August because there wasn’t enough rain.
Plotting and Pantstering
More brainstorming is needed even though I am off to a good start with the current ms. The story is stalling already, and I am dissatisfied with the direction the story is heading. I fear it will need many revisions before it resembles what I was hoping to achieve.
Well, off to enjoy some more sunshine before the humidity comes back for Monday and I become too busy to enjoy the sun because classes will start again up then too.
Jodi Picoult crafted a powerfully emotional story that will make readers ponder the controversial topics of stem cell research, organ donations, and cloning and the moral impacts these issues have on family values and moral choices.
What would I have done had I been in the mother’s shoes? I wonder if I would have made those same choices to keep one child alive at the expense of the other child or would I have let nature takes its course because of the psychological impact that might be made on the donor child.
One of my latest papers written for Public Administration
Linda J. Nelson
Franklin Pierce University
This paper was prepared for Public Administration 348, CGPS Online, taught by Professor Patrick Tighe.
Pending policy H.R. 861 is to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and give the regulations to the states. The federal EPA rules are set to remain in place but give up the central control of the agency allowing to reduce wasteful government spending and over-reaching authoritative powers.
Possible Pending Pollution Problems Not the Expected Result
Dismantlement of the EPA
A bill to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency if passed is expected to be in effect on December 31, 2018. The bill introduced by Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Massie, Mr. Palazzo, and Mr. Loudermilk and referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Committees of Agriculture, Transportation, and Infrastructure, and Science, Space and Technology and introduced on February 3, 2017, as bill H.R. 861. (Civic 2018)
The Environmental Protection Agency has grown not only in size but also in power since Richard Nixon first established the EPA department, and is considered too big by many making the organization ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money. The proposed policy is to cut spending and give control back to the states. Federal EPA laws that are in place will remain, but if only the agency dissolved.
Implementation of this bill will save taxpayers 8.1 billion dollars. (Civic 2018)
When the EPA was first established, states did not have the technology nor the expertise for protecting the environment. But the EPA is what stands in the way of corporate greed such as the coal mines and environmental depredation. (Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency 2018)
Importance of the Policy
The importance of the bill is to give environmental control back to the states and out of federal authority. Gaetz reportedly stated that the EPA had exceeded their mission and he believes that the country needs to start fresh by eliminating the department of EPA. (DiChristopher 2017) In another interview, Gaetz states that he did not believe that the Federal government is any good at conservation because he has seen the EPA get in the way of conservation projects instead of leading the cause. (Wisner 2017)
President Trump implemented a funding and grant freeze for the Environmental Protection Agency in January 2017. (Garcia 2017) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not to be impacted by the policy change. (Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency 2018)
History of the EPA
Due to increasing public concern over the environmental problems Senator Henry Jackson introduced S. 1075 that later became The National Environmental Policy Act that was signed into law on January 1970 by President Richard Nixon. The policy that began with good intentions soon hurt property rights management. Those who are homeowners, farmers or ranchers that have small streams on their property now had to deal with unelected officials if they unknowingly found themselves violating some obscure EPA water regulation. Such problems with property rights management began in 2015 when the EPA rules expanded to not only include navigable waters but also to include every type of water body including farm ponds and ditches to small streams. (Gomez 2017)
When the policy first was announced only one side of the proposal was heard, and that was of those who were against the dismantlement of the department of the EPA by attempting to make the public fear that they would soon see the pollution problems of the 1970’s to reappear. No one would like to see their rivers filled with the dyes of the textile mills that made the rivers unfishable or the rivers that would catch on fire from the toxic chemicals that were being dumped by industries. The most significant fear comes from the destruction of the watersheds and streams by the strip mining practices of the coal mines. (Palmer 2017)
Gaetz has been criticized over this bill proposal by both Democrats and Republicans. They fear that a message will come across that no one cares about human health nor pollution. Some fear that this move is anti-government and that this move is a means of protecting the rich. (Baucum 2017) The truth is that the EPA policy is written to include the private property of the public by regulating even the smallest pond also if that pond is man-made. The impacts are that of regulating what fertilizer can be used on a farm and in a small home garden. The Environmental Policy Act was initially meant to control that polluting activity of capitalistic enterprises and not the general public.
What is proposed is to give the environmental protection back to the states and let them make their determination of the regulations promoting clean air and water. By doing so will remove the federal government from the environmental policy. (Gomez 2017)
Today was the day – Graduation Day! A day that I never thought would come until two years ago when I started my academic journey at Franklin Pierce University in the Associates of Arts for Business program.
The weather was blah, but that didn’t matter, I dressed to meet the challenge of staying warm and dry while waiting for my turn to walk across that stage and receive my announcement of conferral. When I left home at 8 in the morning, the clouds had just started rolling in. The weather forecast was cold and light rain. Not the best combination for a graduation ceremony.
Some used umbrellas while other wore sandwich-bag style rain coverings only to throw them off just before joining the line to walk across the stage.
I wonder if the same saying for having a wedding on a rainy day brings good luck applies to graduations too?
Since my degree was for Associates, we were last. Shivering and waterlogged we couldn’t wait for our turn to walk the stage. Out of 16 graduating Associates, only four of us showed up for graduation.
My day was made even better by the sudden appearance of my daughter as my turn had come to walk across that stage. She brought her new boyfriend for me to meet along with the new grandbaby that I had not seen yet. My granddaughter will be 2 in four more months. Jasmine, my older granddaughter, did not make the trip because she is at that age where long trips bring conflict in small cars. They were joined by Mike, my mother, and my son.
Later I was told, that mom took a tumble out the door on their way to graduation. I will have to keep tabs on her condition because she is prone to blood clots. Her tumble means that it is time to repair the front step before it happens again. Sounds like a good Memorial Weekend project if it warms back up and doesn’t rain. It always rains Memorial Weekend.
I am looking forward to the coming year. The next graduation is scheduled for 2020 when I will have my bachelor in Accounting.
It’s been a while since I wrote any fiction. I have about five unfinished manuscripts at various stages that I started over the past five years. This month I decided to pull out of the mothballs and commit to working on that one story every night with a minimum of 100 words.
Tonight I was 26 words under 5oo which is more than I had expected to write during that hour.
Finding time to write these days is hard.
No, wait, that is an excuse.
There have been some nights where I just sat at the screen and stared it down doing nothing but surfing Facebook and Twitter.
Some of the textbooks that I have to read for school are so boring that I find myself nodding off within a half hour of sitting down to read. There is still one and a half years left until I have my Bachelor degree and another year after that for my MBA. Going back to school was the most wished for item on my bucket list since graduating high school 35 years ago.
One month left until I will be attending my first college graduation. Five years after graduating high school, I had given up hope of ever returning to school for that degree. Instead, I got married and had two wonderful children. College became the forgotten dream. I had a pretty good paying job back then anyway, or so I thought. Each time I found another job, my income continued to decline instead of rising. I never made the connection until being forced from my job because of the economic conditions. No one would hire me at my age. Phiff!
Hard work has gotten me to where I am today with my education, and I remind myself I only have a couple of years left until I am back to writing three hours a day.
Until then, one hour can either give me a hundred words or five hundred words. If I get lucky, a Nano word count would be nice.