Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Wrote a Book

Nine years have passed since I published the book, Mud Puzzles: Vengeance With a Fury. I never promoted it, because in these past nine years I have learned a lot about writing, and I was embarrassed to admit that I had written the book.

I started writing Mud Puzzles in the late 1970s. Though I changed it dramatically, the initial manuscript would have made even a forensic profiler cringe. The book was very graphic. Even in its current toned-down version, Mud Puzzles makes any man who reads it cringe and wonder if I'm psychotic. I'm not. I just despise people in positions of authority who manipulate, degrade, and humiliate others. I also despise people who molest and rape. So I wrote it because I wanted to answer the question, what if a woman who had been raped hunted down her rapist and went on the attack? That's when I came up with the idea for Mud Puzzles.

Here is the product description: What happens when the rapist becomes a victim, when morals and values become muddied, when vigilantism just might be the most exacting form of revenge?

When I wrote the book, I had been reading all of the writing magazines that talked about including "details," so I included extraneous material that I would probably take out today, like what the protagonist was wearing, but the essence of the book was about vengeance, and I didn't want to be responsible for enticing anybody to create the invention I designed in this book, so I never promoted it.

Since I wrote this book, I see a proliferation of rape and violent crimes and I grit my teeth and slam invisible daggers into the eyes of the perpetrators. I am not an advocate for vigilantism, but I think any woman who had been raped or molested might live vicariously through the protagonist in this book without actually committing any crimes. And so I have decided, after all this time, to mention it. I have posted a link to it in this blog.

A funny aside: Amazon attributes the "authors" of this book to me and to Kahlil Gibran. I quoted him in the book and now suddenly we're sharing authorship. I guess if I had to choose a partner, Kahlil Gibran would be a great choice.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Driven To Distraction and Updated Links

I am a writer who is constantly bombarded with images, thoughts, and ideas. But I am also easily distracted, so if I focus on one idea, another will butt its way forward vying for attention.

Sometimes I am distracted by my distractions so I found the perfect book for myself, Driven to Distraction. I started reading it. And then I forgot I had it. What kind of book is that for people like myself who are distracted so much they can't even finish a book that teaches them how to help themselves with distraction?


Here are my blog and article updates:

Dream Snippets – The End – Is It Coming After All?
We sometimes experience only portions of dreams, then awaken before the dream has ended. The word "ending" plays a significant role in this dream snippet.

I Crap Myself
Sometimes what kids say are NOT what they mean to say.

Ah! Finally! A Day For Myself!
Or so I thought.

How to Remove a Mouse From a Sticky Mouse Trap
If you've ever had a problem with mice, you'll want to read this very helpful (my nose just grew about four inches) blog about how to remove a mouse from a sticky mouse trap.

Love and a Marriage Proposal
I'm not even in a relationship and my 5-year-old granddaughter is getting marriage proposals!

Her First Kiss
And it starts like this.

Bored? Sad? Have I Got News For You!
Inspired by some Facebook comments made by a couple of my grandchildren, I found something I thought they might enjoy.

Our Relatives
You might be surprised to find out who my Uncle Jack said were our relatives.

Just Down The Road Right Around The Corner
Some of my family members have a problem understanding the difference between an inch and a mile.

We're Gonna See Penguins?
OK, doesn't everybody call peacocks penguins?

Every Day Crochet
I found a site to promote that is FILLED with creative crochet ideas.

Story of the Goldfish
I sometimes wonder how kids come up with some of the things they say. Here's something Lindsey said when she was younger (it later helped me through my divorce).

Sibling Rivalry: The Lion and The Elephant
It doesn't matter how far apart in age your children are. Sibling rivalry happens even when kids are a decade apart.

Transitions For Children Who Travel Between Two Homes
Divorced children suffer from the divorce and the aftermath of the divorce when they are shuffled between two homes. I link to an article her that helps parents smoothly transition their children from one home to the other.

OOPS! Almost forgot the articles:

Socializing, Peer Pressure, and Bullying: At Lunch, on the Bus, During Recess

Mystery of the Roadway

Best School Lunches and Snacks to Pack and Prepare
What's nice about two of those articles is that I got upfront payments for them (totaling less than $10, but still).

My One Year Anniversary With Xomba

Monsters in Modern Times

That's it. For now. See you next blog.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog And Article Update September 2010

Thank you for clicking the link in the email that brought you this far, or if you received no email and you just happened to find this blog, thank you too. You have no idea how grateful I am to you for reading this blog.

What's weird about the posts below is that when I look back at what I've written, I surprise myself by the number of entries I've posted. I always think I'm interrupting myself to write, or taking time away from my grandchildren when I sneak onto the computer to jot down a memory or a conversation or a thought to include in an upcoming blog or article, so I'm happy to see that since the last time I posted this blog, I've written as much as I have.

Take a break from your busy day and enjoy.

One more thing before I get into the blogs and articles – the day before yesterday I found out I have only one more chemo treatment to go, so if you missed my entry on facebook, now you know too. And for all of you who commented on that post and for all of the people who have been praying for me this past year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now for the posts (just click the links and return to this blog for the rest):

In one of my blogs, Your Blog Connection, I promote other blogs. Here are two blogs I recently wrote:

If you write and if you have a blog, you'll want to visit BlogTide to help you promote your own work and to help yourself to back links.
It's A Tidal Wave – I Mean a BlogTide

Most people are trying to save money these days. This blog will help you by providing coupons, budgeting tips, and lots more.
Your Home On A Budget

Too many children these days are living in single parent homes, and they miss their noncustodial parent. Here's one way to help those children.
Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Parent

Have you ever had a lucid dream, a dream you had while sleeping but one in which you were fully aware that you were dreaming? Here's an example of one.
A Lucid Dream With Adam Goldberg or Greg Giraldo – I'm Not Sure

Another phenomenon of dreaming is recurring dreams. The situation may change, the people may change, but the essence of the dream remains the same and occurs at intervals throughout your life.

Horror films, horror books, and anything "horror" appears on this site, and it happens to be an offshoot of a site in which I am already a member.
The Horror Channel @ Xomba

Here are some handy little tips for you (from a recent trip when I visited Keeley) when you want to know
Where to Take Grandma When She Visits

Getting kids to clean up is a challenging job.
Clean Up Time With Nolan is no different.

You find crayons on the wall, footprints in the pantry, and when you ask, "Who did this?" you're met with
Not ME!

I'll be the first to admit I have a problem with peacocks and penguins, so I can't help but ask the question,
Why Why WHY Do I Keep Saying This?

Can you cure nightmares with lucid dreaming? Some people think so.
Nightmares and Night Terrors Cured With Lucid Dreaming?

I referenced this one in a blog above, but it's such a worthy cause, it's worth reading this one too.
Hug a Hero Dolls for Kids Who Miss Mommy or Daddy

I suffer from this annoying malady, so one night during a bout of it, I wrote

The final article is self explanatory.
Stupid Things You (Unknowingly) Do to Yourself

Oops! One more was just posted today (I received an upfront payment for this one – YAY!)
Socializing, Peer Pressure, and Bullying: At Lunch, on the Bus, During Recess

That's it. For now. See you next blog.



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