The “Good Old Days!”

It is hard to imagine that sometime in the not too distant future, our children will look back to 2020 and say, “those were the good old days” NOT!

We might sit on our front porches and recall the year that our country nearly had another Civil War. Some will say it was over a small piece of cloth, some will blame the COVID 19 Virus, others will say it was over historical statues of concrete, and still others will say it was over Police vs Rioters. There will also those that will think it was stupid and unnecessary. I tend to agree with the latter.

Why is it so difficult for rational human beings to sit down and talk without HATE sitting in on the talks. One side thinks it is more important to have a robust economy, the other side thinks it is more important to have clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and fertile land to plow, plant, to raise healthy animals.

Now here’s a thought! Why can’t we have both! If both sides gave up a little, and met somewhere close to the middle, it could happen. Don’t expect me to tell you how to do it. Those in power already know that we have to give a little to get a lot, but everyone wants it ALL and to hell with the other side.

The U.S. sounds like a bunch of unruly brats! I know, I know, it has always been done this way, and many believe it should. Until there enough clear thinking human beings that believe in the objective of leaving a better world to their children, than it was when they received it from their parents!

The “Me too!” and the “I want it now!” generations will give away to the “let’s share, there’s enough for all of us!” And they decide to concentrate how we are alike and not how we are different.

I know it won’t all be peaceful and light, because you can’t suddenly erase thousands of years of prejudice with a swish of a brush, but we must move closer each new generation, or we are doomed to repeat our mistakes forever.

We do have to move closer on that wall that we are huddled, or just like Humpty Dumpty, we might have a great fall, and we will never be put ourselves back together again.

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3 Major Types of Rewrites, and the Big Mistake to Avoid with All of Them

A Writer's Path

by Lauren Sapala

One of the first things a writer learns is about the power—and the challenge—of the rewrite. For those writers who assume that everything Ernest Hemingway wrote flowed perfectly out of his pen on the very first try, the illusion is shattered. The more experience a writer gains, the more they know that rewriting is part of the process for all writers. But that doesn’t mean that rewrites still aren’t confusing, overwhelming, or just plain difficult. They most definitely can be all of those things. What can really be helpful is for writers to back up, look at a map, and make sure they’re not going in the wrong direction.

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Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you never step outside your comfort zone, you will never grow.  If that sounds ominous, it is!  I have always dreamed of writing professionally, and have been told by several people “do something about your writing?” I have so far self-published 12 books and they are available on Amazon.com.

Last month I was invited to do a reading from one of my books by El Charro Hipster Restaurante located just off Grand Ave. with plenty of parking.  The address is 1325 Grand Ave, in the heart of a beautiful Art Hive!  This is a new program, conceived to “Bring Back the Art of Conversation!”

I said yes before I thought about all the reasons not to step outside my comfort zone.  My hubby encouraged me and listened to my reading many times and make helpful suggestions. I loved reading the excerpt from “The End of the Road” and had a great time.  I was thrilled when a woman approached me and said she would propose it for her book club.

The Peralta family made us all feel at home. BTW, the food is fabulous, the wait staff is friendly and helpful. El Charro Hipster is environmentally friendly by using only 100% compostable items. I brought home half of my sandwich and had no qualms about putting the container in the microwave to re-heat it for a late-night snack. Anyone that knows me knows I will not use ANY plastic to re-heat any food, ever!

I enjoyed the experience so much that I am reading an excerpt from “Immortal Enemies” my Sexy-Sci-Fi book, March 18th.  This is the book that my Daughter edited and said, “Reading about sex that her Mother wrote, she had to read it with her eyes closed!” BTW the “readings” are only 10 minutes long and start a 6:00.  Come early and stay late for music and fun. It is a chance to meet new and experienced authors.  I am a newbie author.  My first book was self-published in 2016.  Since then, I have self-published 12 books, Sci-Fi, Mystery, and Young Adult. I will have several Immortal Enemies books available for purchase and will be happy to sign them.

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I am looking for a Doctor, or Is There a Doctor in the house?

The new medicare year has started and we have to “pick” a new Doctor!  Oh! Not all of us do, but some of us lucky ones do if our Doctor has “opted out” of Medicare, or if we are disappointed in the “Customer Service” our present one offers. Many of the Physicians act like we are getting FREE Insurance!  One of them actually said I should be grateful for my FREE Insurance!  About 1/5th on my SS check is deducted to pay for my “free” insurance.

I started paying FICA when I earned $1.15 an hour working at a Fire Insurance in Hartford, CT as a keypunch operator. Us “girls” were never hired to work across the room in the “Computer department” with the MEN who made more than twice our pittance.  

I remember the days when looking in the “help wanted” ads there were two categories: Help Wanted Male and Help Wanted Female.  Guess which one paid more?

You could say my working career was rocky, at best.  One of my last jobs before I met and married my husband was in my home town at a Shoe Factory sewing the backs of skates, bowling shoes and golf shoes on an industrial serge machine.  I proudly admit I was fast with my hands and was campaigning for a higher price per case to increase my pay, unsuccessfully, I have to admit!

Two things contributed to that; I was in favor of unionization, and I let my supervisors know that my body was off limits!  I was 18 years old and full of piss and vinegar, ready to conquer the world!

One day one of the bosses called me out of the bathroom to read me the riot act for not getting back to work instead of smoking!  I told him I had a right to take a bathroom break in no uncertain terms.  He disagreed and finally to make a point, I picked him up by the front of his shirt and raised him a foot off the floor and at his insistence, dropped him.  I am pretty sure that I didn’t endure myself to him or management, if he told anyone, because no one saw it.

The second thing was my campaign to get higher wages was met with cold stares or laughter by my immediate boss.  He wanted to date me, but I said, NO! He used to try to meet up with me by asking me where I was going rollerskating and showing up only to find I was at another rink!

I saw him put his hands around the girl next to me and touch her breasts.  When he approached me, I faced him and clearly told him, “Don’t ever touch me, anywhere on my body!”  He was so cock-sure of himself, one day he tried.  I attempted to give him a vasectomy with my scissors!  His hand got in the way, so it was unsuccessful!  I was walked to the door and told I was fired. I drew unemployment, after my interview with the male interviewer! I have mellowed a little!

After my two children were in Junior High, I got my Real Estate License and contributed handsomely to the FICA coffers! Along with a few other low paying jobs, because the parity between Men and Women’s wages had not changed much in 40 years.

This year my Insurance Company merged with a huge Pharmaceutical Store and probably they were trying, but our “New Cards” did not arrive in the mail.  You have to show that card to get any service!  We waited nearly an hour on the phone to try to find out how soon they would be in the mail. My husband figured out how to print them.

I have been having some serious eye problems by a specialist, referred by my Doctor and they called me to inform me that they had been calling and faxing a request for a renewal of the referral. When I called the doctor’s office to ask about the hold-up, I was informed that I needed to bring the card into the office.  My ID number was not enough!  I will admit I was a little hot under the collar to have to cancel my specialist appointment and wait a week or longer to get in.  My husband works full time and he has one weekday off!

I guess asking the Doctor why they didn’t renew the referral when he knew I had more appointments with the specialist was the wrong thing to do.  How was I to know they don’t talk to each other?

When you call a Doctor’s office one of the special numbered buttons to push is if you are a doctor’s office to get right through. It appeared to me that when he showed me the file, telling me that they wouldn’t know how many times I saw the specialist is he didn’t get any reports, that this was somehow my fault.  But is it my responsibility to make sure he is informed?

 

 

Thank You, my Seattle Friends

It seems like yesterday that your folks invited us to park our Motorhome in your driveway so we could visit with our Daughter, Dawnzella for a two-week visit.  She lives a stone’s throw from your house and is besties with your whole family.  She is known as Dawnzereli to you, and in my books, as Donzereli your dragon friend!  We were excited to meet you, Ruby and Nolan as you reminded us of our own two children, Dawnzella and Christopher.  It was almost being with them again when they were your age.

We had a blast playing with you.  When we opened our curtains on the side of the motorhome facing your house, it was your cue to come visiting.  Usually, within a couple of minutes, we would hear a polite knocking, and then the fun would begin.  And yes, we let you get away with pretend driving, running from front to back of the bus and jumping on the bed!  You couldn’t hurt Miranda, our motorhome is a tough cookie!  She only has 40,000 miles on her and is barely broke in.

When we said, okay kids, time for lunch, see you later! You politely said,  “See you later and exited, waving on your way home.  Thank you for the fun, two weeks!

We sent Christmas gifts to you every year until you started getting a little old for Barbie and G.I. Joe things, so one year I wrote a story, putting your whole family in space in a new world.   My, how time has flown, I finished book 6 and will be ordering your copy in a day or two.  Merry Christmas!  I wish we could do it all over again.

This year Ruby and Nolan meet a new friend, Briauna who was washed up on the beach and unconscious.  They, of course, tried to help her.  She was grateful and asked, “Do you want to come to my home for a visit?”  They said, “That would be fun, but, we can’t breathe underwater and your home is under the sea.”

She said, “No problem, I can give you the “gift” and you can breathe like me underwater and when you go back home you will be as you were!”

You’d jump ant the chance, wouldn’t you?   The question is: Is Briauna telling the truth?  In, “Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space Book 6: Merpeople, you will learn the answer.

Brenda for President!

I’ve reviewed ALL the Democratic Candidates and have come to the conclusion that American People don’t have nearly enough candidates to pick from!  So I am throwing my hat in the ring for President of the United States!

Concerning my qualifications to effectively execute the complex aspects of the Office of the President of the United States of America!  After watching how the office is being run at present, I think I can do it with one arm tied behind my back! It is a well-known fact women can multi-task.

Here is my platform :

  1. I am really easy to get along with as long as you do exactly as I say! I am a Post-menopausal Red Head, left-handed, Gemini!  Which should tell the head of any country that messing with me would not be in their best interests!
  2. I will appoint pre or post-menopause Women to be my ambassadors. Guaranteed they won’t tolerate backtalk from the male-dominated societies of the world.
  3. Since I am a woman, all the old White Men will assume that I am complacent and will do as I am told! It will be a pleasant surprise that I am neither!
  4. I have been married to my one and only First Man for 58 years.
  5. I will have to read from a teleprompter; otherwise, I will forget where I am and why I am here! Much like everyone else my age.  So no running off at the mouth and making a fool of myself and the country,  won’t happen, not that we haven’t already been there!.
  6. Let’s talk about age! I am willing to admit I am old!  I have no desire to lead forever, no worries about a dictatorship!  Both my Son and Daughter are old enough to live in a 55 age community, they have no desire to follow me unless I am making pizza.
  7. And I won’t be re-decorating the white house, it looks pretty damned lovely compared to my double-wide mobile home or my 2005 Coachmen Motorhome!
  8. I plan on sleeping in every one of the bedrooms at least one night, and anyone that sends contribution will get to sleep in one for one night too!
  9. I will be happy to accept all the Pac money I can get! As long as they don’t mind signing my little agreement that says, “Sorry, Sucker, will do what is right for the country!  You are the one being screwed for a change!
  10. I expect to be a one-term President!
  11. With the tax I am planning on slapping on the Millionaire and Billionaires, there will plenty of money to raise the minimum wage to $25.00 an hour, not that sissy $15.00.
  12. With the money left over from the millionaires and billionaire tax, everyone gets full coverage insurance, and nothing is pre-existing and no co-pays!
  13. All the stupid “No rules” things that are in place in regards to clean water, air, and the land is repealed!
  14. You still have to pay for college, BUT the interest is SIMPLE INTEREST, i.e. you figure the % on balance ONCE, and it is added to the amount owed and is never calculated on the declining balance over and over. You will find you can pay it back before you die.  And the full amount you pay each year is deductible from income tax.
  15. There will be steel beams for sale! We don’t need a border wall, we need compassion for those that are fleeing injustice and will be welcomed with the original open arms that the Statue of Liberty intended.
  16. There will be no bail-outs for corporations that get in trouble for risky speculation! You are on your own, just like the workers that made you rich!  No golden parachutes on the taxpayer’s dime!

 

Did I miss anything? I find it hysterical that I need to state that this is just for fun and is intended to be sarcastic, and no money will be accepted!

 

I’m doing it my way!

In one way or another, we are all storytellers. Be it via jokes retold from childhood and pranks played on our friends, or a bitter experience in our past.

Have you ever had someone remark that their life story would make an interesting book?  Most of us think ours would, but unless it is presented as an exciting narrative, it will probably lay on the shelf gathering dust.

Many years ago, I felt the need to let the stories inside my head come out and play.  They started escaping the year one of my teachers assigned us 5 pages of what he called “Randon Notes” written in longhand, and submitted every Friday.  I decided to have fun tantalizing him with continued stories.   I wish I had been able to save them, but alas, they burned along with our homestead shortly after graduation.

I have been able to resist most of the offers of successful authors to pass that wisdom along, at a hefty price to newbies.  To be honest, I have signed up for one or two of them and discovered I was doing it all wrong!  I was supposed to be writing every line correctly. Unfortunately, most real people talk in the manner of their education and experiences they have faced in their life.  I used one program that corrected my style of writing so much that I ceased to exist!

My Husband of 58 years and my illustrator and best Beta Reader remarked one day that my book didn’t sound like me anymore.  I was at first a little ticked, didn’t I do everything the program instructed?  I decided to read it like I was a reader, not the author, and I realized it was good, but it didn’t sound at all like me. My life experiences give my books a different slant than other authors. I have stopped using that program, so what you read is what you get!

My advice to newbies would be to read everything you can get your face over and pay attention to how they write!  Write every day!  Have fun letting your mind wander through space and time.  You should try to be as grammatically correct as you can, but even the best sellers make mistakes.  BTW Grammarly is your friend! Nobody is perfect! Go ahead and self-publish your book, so what if only your relatives buy it!  You can feel good about the fact that you did it! There are places to get technical information on how to format your book and upload it. It’s not rocket science, I did it, nuff said!

I have 12 books self-published and working on the 13th, which is a sequel of Murder on Lake Haverly! If you like my stories, do me a favor, review them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and tell your friends to try them. There are 8 Young Adult books and 4 adult books. Six of the Young Adult books are sequential! Two of them are about my Daughter’s imaginary friends! You can find my books easy by typing Brenda Colbath in the Amazon or Barnes and Noble search bar, and they will pop up, most of the time on one page. Be sure to like and follow me to be notified when a new book is published. Thanks!

My latest children’s book

If you have read:

Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space Book 1: The Science Project, 2: The Hatchling, 3: The Keep, 4: The Others, 5: The Wormhole,  you can skip right over to Chapter 1 of Ruby and Nola’s Great Adventures in Space Book 6: Merpeople.

The Weller family, consisting of Ty, Robin, Ruby, Nolan, and Pebbles their dog, agreed to be part of a settlement on a newly discovered uninhabited planet several light-years from Mother Earth.  I am not sure Pebbles, their dog agreed to go, I think she was happy to go anywhere with them!  They arrive on the Planet by spaceship slipping through a wormhole; taking days, instead of years to go between worlds.

In book one, Ruby and Nolan stumble upon a pretty rock; they keep it for a science experiment because it was warm and had a slight vibration. They decide it is not a rock, but an egg! It starts growing! They know that eggs do not grow back on earth, and when it hatches, they meet a dragon!  He becomes their friend; they name him Donzereli, after their Uncle Dawnzereli back on Earth.  Dawnzella is a friend of the family.

Donzereli invites Ruby, Nolan, Bonnie, and Shamus to his home in the mountains.  Dr. Allen agrees not to tell the parents if he is asked to go along.  They have a blast flying on dragons backs to the Donzereli’s family Keep.

When they learn their parents are coming to take them home for punishment, Donzereli takes them deep-sea fishing, also without parental permission.  They are netted and taken aboard a flying ship and come face to face with “Others,” and find they are humans like themselves.  After a fun-filled time at the Others Keep at the amusement park, they go home again to face punishment.

Ruby, Nolan, Bonnie, Shamus, and Dr. Allen try, but can’t seem to stay out of trouble!

They get home, and three Consortium representatives show up to view the progress of the settlement.  The Weller family must find a way to introduce them to two groups of inhabitants that they are unaware of existing!  They will have to show that making friends will give them a more significant return on their investment than mining the abundant resources by force if necessary!

The representatives go back to Mother Earth without a decision of what will happen.   An alliance is formed; the Dragons can collapse the Wormhole, temporary or permanently to create time to negotiate with Earth.  Our group of explorers will be to stay or leave.

After months of uncertainty about their future, the Weller family needs a vacation.  What could go wrong with a weekend camping at the beach?  Maybe it is what Ruby and Nolan discover exploring while Robin and Ty relax in the shade sleeping with a good book on their chests?

Could our adventurers meet another group of inhabitants from the Sea?  Of course Ruby and Nolan are the first to meet the Merpeople!  Could the members of the Consortium be coming back with the decision of their fate: to go or stay?

This is not online yet, but I am giving you a preview of the cover.  Usually, you can click on it to be taken to Amazon.com to purchase your copy, but not today!  It will be online very soon for only $.99 ebook form, the Paperback will probably be $5.99.  Email me at hotshower@colbath.net to be notified when it is published.  Thanks!

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So you hated the ending?

You read over 200 pages and the only thing you have to say is, “I hated the ending.”  That is good!

What that says to me, is you loved my main character or characters!  Can I will tell you a secret? I hated the ending too! But I also loved the characters.

I created the character because I love strong females that can travel through the trenches of life and still remain a lovable human being. One that takes life one step at a time, and places one foot in front of the other even when she can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. She faces every day with a big sigh and pastes a smile on her face and treats everyone with kindness that fills her heart, no matter how much hurt dwells inside.

My character of Jena in my latest book “The Spirited One” is one of my favorites. Her life started out challenging to say the least. She lost her parents at an early age and aged out of Foster Care.  Along the way life threw her a bushel of lemons, and she accepted them, and fought her way  to the promise of a beautiful life. She was loved by many people, and she learned to return that love. Many people never get that chance.

She was hated by some not because of something she did to them, but because of something beyond horrible that they did to her!  Her will to live was amazing! Her desire to make them pay for murdering the love of her life makes her wake up screaming every morning from dreams that remain a mystery.

So thank you for reading my book and falling in love with Jena, and hating me for the ending, but in between Jena might just teach you about lemons, lemonade, and love.

In case you haven’t read it and you want to:

You want me to do what????

Am I the only one that noticed this? As a “Peeking over the hill,” female seeking employment find the employment advertisements a tiny bit confusing? The flowery phrases used to describe the kind of work the employer is looking for leaves a lot to be desired. It should not require a 6 paragraph narrative clearly states what you want to accomplish and what you expect of me.

Also clearly state the name of your company and where you are located. Not everyone is willing to make an hour or more commute. I appreciate not having to plow through the brain-freezing strange and unique forms. You will get fewer applications, but fewer turn downs. Yes, Virginia, some of us will turn down jobs because of the commute.

Please do not assume I am stupid enough to not figure out when you ask, “What year did you graduate from High School?” I do not realize you want to rule me out because of age. And please do not rule me out because of lack of experience when I state I have 30 years in the field you are seeking employees. That coming from someone barely out of diapers is insulting.

I do love the new way of saying “Sorry sucker” we don’t want you by saying, “Although your qualifications are impressive, we elected to move forward with another candidate.” If they were so damned impressive, why didn’t I at least get an interview with a real person?

Throw away those “personality quizzes!  You know, the one predicting my temperament and if I will steal you blind. I have never passed one, and I was a Realtor for 30 years, helping people with the most expensive purchase of their lives.

I absolutely hate anachronisms! Say what you mean. If you are too lazy to type a few words, well, I am not interested in what you are offering.

If you require a resume, why do you need me to fill out a non-interactive employment history? Most of my boss or supervisor’s either moved on to bigger and greener pastures or on to their great reward, and many companies are no longer in existence, through no fault of mine.

Also, do not require me to present myself at a “cattle-call” interview, two minutes long. If you are going to interview a million people for a job that barely pays above minimum wage, count me out! I realize that “times have changed!” But surely, not so much there is never a face-to-face interview, ever?

Just so you know, I am an old school, “8 hours pay for 8 hours work,” and I do not require, need or want you to supply treats, and games with prizes. I want to play games of my choice on my own time with people I know and like. I would appreciate a bathroom within walking distance and the agreement to allow me to go when necessary. No need to ask why you already determined my age.

Don’t get me started on the employment gap! Many people retire and need to seek supplement retirement. What’s wrong with that? It should not be a mortal sin to need to work again. Maybe you should think about maturity and experience is an asset, rather than a deterrent.

 

 

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