Archive for July, 2012

Historical vs Hysterical

When should an author switch genres, if at all?  Is there such a thing as half of a genre?  Are all questions important?

Yes, I’m one of the new blockheads on the crowded romance publishing street.  One book.  Swamp Run will be released September 3, Labor Day.  The second, Swamp Secrets is waiting for editor approval.  Swamp Spot  is in draft.  The third, Swamp Train is the catalyst for this blog.  Train switches my genre from contemporary romantic suspense to historical (1897).  However, the setting is the same; the swamps of southeastern North Carolina.  So, is that half of a genre?

Which returns us to my third question. During my first career the following was a repetitive statement. “There are no silly questions.”  I beg to differ!  Educating the youth of America has taught me many priceless lessons. One is, yes, there are some very silly questions.

Therefore, yes, I should write those books, all of them and more. The process might make me crazy but research shows there are many hystericals in historicals.

Good Grief.

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First, panic and take two aspirin. This helps to refocus and realize there is hope. Technology will not command your newest career. Technology will not deter you from learning how to market your product, a truly magnificent story. It will not ruin your attitude and entire day.

Second, call your kids. They grew up with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch telling them to “turn the page” and they understood which button to push for that command. In middle and high schools they “instant messaged” so often that they communicated with the multitudes. In college they discovered and perfected the fine art of texting, facebooking, and creating new verbs. I sit here still in awe of trans-Atlantic phone calls.

Finally, take it slowly and smoothly. Pretend technology is your muscular and skeletal system. Approach the laptop slowly, flex the fingers, breath deeply, and proofread everything. Take your time. Yes, we usually feel that we are running out of time, but take it and enjoy the experience. Learning is the art of aging gracefully…well, at least hilariously.

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A Moment of Silence

Please, a moment of silence.  Our refrigerator died. She was a twenty-seven year old great gal and she died during a heat blizzard. That is a new global warming term meaning more than one consecutive day of triple digit temperatures accompanied with killing humidity.

While replacing an appliance can be a placid affair, this adventure reminded me of my politically incorrect opinion concerning insurance premiums. That is another term of botheration.  Why not call it what it is?  Gambling.  We’re gambling that something will go wrong! 

Now, return to dear old Miss Whirl Pool.  When her replacement was selected the salesman offered in a “don’t shoot me but I’ve got to give this spiel or I’ll lose my job”  lecture about the joys of health insurance for our new appliance. 

I was polite. I waited until he had finished.  When his finger hovered above his computer Y-key, I answered, “No, thank you.  If the refrigerator was made correctly in the first place it would not need health insurance.”

Good Grief.  




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