Thursday, July 10, 2014

MUSING ~ 7/10/14. So how long is a hiatus supposed to be?

 

 

Just dropping by for a look see and I’ve found I have a bit of things to catch up on.  I don’t believe I mentioned before that I’m on stay-cation again this week and apparently, it’s just what I needed.  I had a few bad spots but all and all I feel pretty good.  Hell, even my chiropractor said stay-cation obviously worked well on me as he didn’t have quite as much trouble with my monthly physical therapy.

I’m not quite sure if this spells the end of my hiatus. I did do something that I haven’t done since back in the day.  Are you ready for this?  I sent Tinderbox directly to a publisher – DAW Books to be exact.  I’m assuming I don’t have to tell you who they are?  Just in case here’s their Wikipedia Page and their site on Penguin.

DAW Wikipedia Page

DAW Books Site

They are pretty much the biggest and the only publisher of straight science-fiction and fantasy and they’ve been around since the 70’s.  I’m really hoping for this one because I’ve wanted to be published by them for a long time.  So fingers and toes crossed for me!

I also did a bit of work on Soul Fires (Souls Inflamed) but I’m not going to force myself to do more than I’m feeling like.  Still it was nice to get back to pecking away at the old keyboard again.

My Big Brother’s Birthday is Saturday and I’ve sent him happily on a three day fishing trip, which means the house is all mine – I plan on getting a lot of sleeping done and eating junk food.  Drake’s Devil Dogs were on sale 2 for $6.  Top that off with Nabisco Chocolate Chunk Cookies and a big quart of chocolate milk and I’m all set!

And I spent a bit of time at Barnes & Noble as well.  Not a sit down but I did buy two new books, Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, and The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney.

So as this post and my stay-cation comes to a close I’m going to do what I did today and take several naps throughout.  Then my garden.  I’ve already done my shopping and perhaps a bit more writing.  Have a great weekend all.

 

Peace ~

CJ

 

P.S. Happy Belated Fourth of July! 

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

MUSINGS ~ 6/20/14 GOING ON HIATUS

 

It’s a nice morning and I’m sitting here drinking coffee, watching YouTube and giving a few things some thought.  Well actually I’ve been giving this a lot of thought for awhile.  As much as I like being online I have to take some time away.  Even my brother says I have a lot on my plate.  Between work with OT, school with homework and just keeping house in general, I feel I need to focus on those.  I’m also starting internal courses at my job.  You have to keep climbing that corporate ladder, right?  I may even have to get a second job because things are getting pretty tight.  Which will probably use up my weekends, unless I do overnight, which at this point is a strong possibility.

As to my writing?  There’s nothing really going on, on that front lately and there hasn’t been for awhile.  It’s come to a complete standstill.  I’m still waiting to hear on a few things but I don’t feel the need to monitor everything anymore since it’s been so long and half the time I never hear anyway.  I know I have things to finish and I suppose I will eventually, but right now, this is what I need to do.

I’m not certain what else to say.  I’m also actually thinking of cancelling many of my social media accounts (not Facebook) because having a membership hasn’t as far as I can tell, helped me make sales and I don’t believe I’ve had any reviews in awhile either.

Maybe I’m being overly-dramatic but really, it gets tedious checking your email and all you have is other authors requesting you purchase their works once you accept or requests to join groups or message boards.  Wow, that sounds really bad doesn’t it?  Now I’ll probably not get anymore requests! 

At any rate, it’s off to work for me.  I’m not sure how this will turn out and I’m not going to try and guess.  I’ll just have to wait and see or at the very least check back in later.

Peace~

CJ

 

Note: I wrote this early this morning but am just now posting it.  Thanks

Friday, May 23, 2014

MUSING 5/21/14 ~ RAY BRADBURY’S HOUSE FOR SALE.

 

The home of Ray Bradbury was placed on the market on the 20th.  Although it’s very old. a classic in fact it’s in what is considered a very high-class neighborhood and is going for a whopping 1.495 million dollars!  The current listing is here: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles/10265-Cheviot-Dr-90064/home/6795777.

Damn I wish I had that kind of money.

Bradbury was pretty much the reason I chose speculative fiction.  Although I was a bit miffed at him for saying e-book writers aren’t “real writers” and then he proceeded to publish an e-book himself, so maybe he changed his mind.  Either way he was one of the greats.  The house is empty now.  His thousands of books and knick-knacks all gone.  I hope his children have them or at least donated them to a good charity.  I certainly would have taken them all and added it to my own 300 plus collection.  Try and find pictures of him at home and you will see his love of books is quite evident.

Can you imagine what it would be like living there?  Mr. Bradbury undoubtedly still lingers, some of his talent and inspiration.  Think of all of the ideas you could come up with and the feelings of gratitude.  I would have bought the house as-is.  I jokingly told my brother we’ll live in my home on the east coast in the summer and in the Bradbury home in the winter.  I know some part of him would be there guiding my taps on the keyboard as I wrote.

I always wanted to meet the man.  And would probably have hit the floor the moment I saw him.  All speech would have left my throat.  To live in his house – hell I would probably spent all day just sitting in his office taking it all in.

Maybe some of you recall the show he had on NBC?  The Ray Bradbury Theatre? I was there sitting in front of the TV, faithfully watching.  To coin a phrase from the Wicked Witch of the West, “And woe to those who try to stop me!”  Each night, Mr. Bradbury would introduce the show and we would see the wonderful clutter that was his workspace.

There was an article I’d seen but I can’t find it now, where the author stated it was likely his house would be razed, and a more modern structure would probably be built.

Oh hell to the no.

If someone goes near that house with so much as a crowbar in their hand and I find out about it, there’s going to be hell to pay.  I don’t mind taking Beauty on a road-trip to LA.

There’s also supposed to a campaign by a group of authors and fans to purchase the home and keep it up.  Or better yet, why not make it a historical place?

I just hope whomever does end up owning this National Treasure, that they appreciate what they have.  I know I would.  I’ll try and keep everyone updated.

Peace ~

CJ