Month: May 2014

Ten things about me, okay a few more that 10…

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I’m stuck, again, with writing one of my stories, well, actually an outline. I got a new idea for a new story and have been trying to outline for the last couple of days. I got a little bit done today, but I am still stuck. I thought that if I had a large cup of coffee and a HOT brownie I could put more words down on paper – computer screen. Well, that didn’t really work but I did come up with something else I could write about – me, sort of.

A few things you may not know about, well, since most people, online, know nothing about me anyway, I found 10 things, or more, that I am willing to post. Ten things, (or more if can think of them.)

  1. I am a big sports fan. I love sports, well just Baseball, football and college basketball and football, golf, and tennis.
  2. I am very active. I still play softball, bowl, golf, ride my bike just about every day, walk 5 miles every other day, and run on the odd days, I go camping, I love to kayak and I am in a ski club, a very active club.
  3. I am an extrovert, introvert. Meaning I love giving parties (17 years of Super Bowl parties). However, I also enjoy being here, alone, at home, by myself either writing, or watching sports on the boob tube.
  4. I meditate.
  5. I am a vegetarian. I haven’t had red meat in 35 years. I was a pescatarian for 10 of those years (when I was married)
  6. I am a cat person. I have two cats, one who is sitting in my lap as I type this list. At one time, with my first wife, we had nine cats!
  7. I am a dreamer. Have been since I was in my teens.  Most of my stories, that I outlined, as of today, 52 outlines, I dreamt about way back then. I had a dream the other night and, hence the new outline I am stuck on, today.
  8. I love to talk. It’s hard for me to end a conversation.
  9. I would rather pick up the phone and call my friends and family. (They never call, though).
  10. I love to laugh. I watch more funny things on the boob tube than anything else.
  11. I’m have a need to know, so I watch the news more often than not.
  12. I’m retired.
  13. I have a 129 IQ… Okay, I took that test 40 some odd years ago, but hey, it still works for me.
  14. I love word games. My mother was a scrabble master and it rubbed off on me.
  15. I’m a cancer survivor.
  16. I am now a writer and Author!

Now that I think about I have many, many more things about me, but I am also a very private person – naw, not really.

 

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And, yet I wait…

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And, yet I wait…

 And yet I wait…with further passion-

knowing that we only met,

what has felt like seconds ago in time.

But, our time together, so short,

Has made me realize what I’ve missed

In my Futile attempts to dream of,

What it’s liked to be kissed.

 

And, yet I wait…

Fantasies of you dance in my head.

My anxieties struggle with me,

Filling me with dread.

Like a river flowing through my heart;

My patience…grows, hoping my

Feelings for you never part.

 

And, yet I wait…

As the clock moves further forward

oblivious to the chime or tick tock…

I feel my patience wears thin,

As I watch the clock’s second hand spin. 

 

…And yet I wait. It’s still early, though, and…

in my heart, I know, you won’t be late.

Thus closing my booth, shutting the doors. 

So, I may walk with you hand in hand again.

 


 

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BLACK AND WHITE         

 

I sometimes wonder why

in a time and place like now,

That love can be, should be true,

like black and white.

 

You peel away a thin mystical

vale from your eyes,

To hopefully reveal the inner

beauty I know, is you.

 

But…does conflict reside

upon the twinkling of your eye?

Behind that wanned and

plastic mask you hide?

 

Only to be offset by a weak

smile through full, parted red lips,

Of words deemed charming

you purposely let slip?

 

Or, was it I who besieged you

with words of romantic glory?

Who lead you up this

spiral staircase to perch you,

 

high upon a pedestal, above all,

in pearly white clouds?

Should love, our love, have been

written, in black and white?

 

Knowing what we’ve been through,

my only recourse…

Blow the clouds that hide

your beating heart,  then shatter your 

 

Stoic mask, break your morose

mood of black and white, then

wipe those tears that may

come and believe in you — us.

 

If love were truly black and white

Not etched in granites true might.

Could I erase all the ills that besieges us,

To have sweet dreams throughout the night?

 

Marketing in the 21st century…

I just realized something, just this very minute, out of the blue; I joined Facebook, Twitter, and a couple other Social Networks to interact, network and see if I can use these platforms to sell my books. The 21st century way to market most thing, especially books.

Considering that is so very hard to get an agent or pitch your works, novels, screenplays to a publishing company. Many, many years ago while attending a college course on marketing, I was told; “you can’t get a book published without an agent and you can’t get an agent if you are not published. I see as of today, it still rings true.

Hence, joining social media groups. But, what I have noticed the most and disturbing thing…if you get thousands and thousands of followers in the same venue, writers, your chances of networking is great. HOWEVER, I am finding out, of those thousands of followers, they don’t want to buy your book; they want you to buy their books!

So, the vicious circle continues in the writing world for us novices, us amateur, us beginning, us retired wanna be authors.  The writing world is crowded, indeed, and there has got to be a better way. I have received quite a few suggestions and as funny as that is, I have tried all of them before they were suggestions, go figure.

So much more to do so little time. I will continue to write and hope for the best.

Now on Sale for Mother’s day…

Mother’s day is May 11th. My first book of poems, My Mother’s Garden is now available on Amazon.com Kindle Edition for $2.99 — also released in print, now on sale for $9.00. http://tinyurl.com/m3t2bvw
While you are there you can pick up my second book of poems, The Path to my Reflections: My Life in Poems – The art of life, love and happiness in paperback for $11.69. http://tinyurl.com/kdl7t7y — Coming soon to Amazon.com Kindle Edition
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