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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Interview with Mathias Lindgaard, Author of Drunk Drivers.

  



Today, we have an opportunity 

to talk to Mathias Lindgaard.  

Mathias has written the book, 


Drunk Drivers.  

 

First, let me thank you for joining me. 


 I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 



 

That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

 

My name is Mathias, I’m now 24 years old and I’m born and raised in Denmark, Aarhus. I think my story with writing might be a bit different from most authors, without knowing it of course. But I started writing poetry and short stories very early on, about 11-12 years old. My motivation for writing in the beginning was really fleeing the outside world and creating a sanctuary for me to be myself and to remove all the outside noise.  My family life was never particularly easy, it wasn’t hard compared to many others, but as a very emotional kid I struggled a lot with my father leaving when I was 12, and the alcoholism that ran in my family. I spent most of my time alone, always running from things I couldn’t control, and that’s when writing really played its part – my opportunity to create my own reality. 


 
   
Since I heard music for the first time, I knew that was something I wanted to for the rest of my life, so as I got older, I started moving towards a musical career, which was very strange because I couldn’t play any instruments or had any musical knowledge from my family either. But when push comes to shove, I push hard, because I wanted it so bad. Eventually, I made enough connections to start making music professionally for a Danish publishing label, which was mind-blowing for me. But writing music lyrically well, is really about constantly taking out the essence of every feeling, situation and so forth, and that can be tiring when you do it averagely 8-12 hours a day. So, I remember being 19, sitting at home and just wanting to write whatever came to mind. Completely forgetting everything that I had learned about songwriting, and just writing without releasing pen from paper, and writing like nobody was watching. I remember writing 20 pages of just something that night, I just couldn’t stop. 



    So, at 4 or 5 in the morning on a school night, I got into bed. And the next day, the only thing I could think about was doing it again. After a month or so, the idea of Drunk Drivers slowly started to form. But I knew I had to experience the story – I was already in an environment of drugs, and was doing them daily, but I hadn’t figured what that really meant for me. So, the following year and half the story formed unconsciously, and one day I just knew I had it. And 3 months later, I had a manuscript of 200 pages. So, what really led me to writing was just escape, which eventually got me into self-exploration, and that self-exploration became both a way for me to heal myself as well as an opportunity to transfer it into a story I saw more fit, or something that was easier for me to deal with.

 

"My motivation for writing in the beginning was really fleeing the outside world and creating a sanctuary for me to be myself and to remove all the outside noise." 

 

So does your inspiration come out of your life experience?

 

Usually, I have to have an explicit connection to it myself. I have to have experienced it in some way, or else I feel like I’m scrambling for thoughts without a compass, which talks into the self-exploration part I mentioned before. Other than that, I’m usually on the lookout for something unpredictable and emotionally extreme. To me, that just makes it more fun and exciting.

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

 

Music definitely does, yes. And just everything that surrounds it. Also, I’m an entrepreneur, so self-improvement, as it’s called now, is definitely something that’s luring in the back of my mind too. I’m a high-performance obsessive, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced making an impact on somebody before, so giving back what I have learned definitely plays a big part on how I write as well – even though it can throw me off once in a while.

 

What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

 

Write like nobody’s watching. Definitely. The best things I ever wrote, and the things that has opened most doors for me, was the things I wrote solely for myself. And that’s books, music, poetry, doesn’t matter. And it leads you into this waiting game, you won’t ever make sense of. My poetry hit randomly for example, so I have to listen carefully all the time, and when it does, I stop everything I’m doing or the feeling might go away, and there’s a chance I won’t be able to grasp it again

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

 

Don’t do it for anyone or anything, do it solely for yourself. If you do it for the accolades, you’re probably going to be disappointed. As it is with every form of art; people don’t buy or support things because you want them to, they do it because they believe you believing it’s the truth. Meaning you create an opportunity of your story to become their own reflection – but everyone is well aware when you’re just trying to sell them a mirror.

 


What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

 

I honestly don’t know. I’ve only spent money on a typewriter I’ve never used, and a small amount on the publishing deal for my first book. But so far, publishing my first book. Just taking a bet on myself – because it turned out pretty great.



Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

 

I’m studying, still working as a songwriter and now I also have promotion of Drunk Drivers in Denmark, on top of already writing my next book. How I schedule it really variates. If I’m still not 100% sure of how the book is going to end, I write a minimum of 10 pages every day – or I write nothing, but spent a minimum of 2-3 hours a day thinking about it, going in different directions and gathering information from basically everything that connects to the feeling I have. When I know the story (which to me means knowing the exact ending, and have few ideas of characters, situations and so) I write as much as I possibly can, every single day. I have to write every single day, to keep my mind in the story, but how many hours a day variates, because life have this funny tendency of just happening. So, I might write 8-10 hours one day, and then 1 hour the next, but I just have to write every day when I have the story. Because then I’m constantly thinking about the story, I keep getting reminded – and it becomes more truthful.

 

What is your favorite part about writing?

 

The process. Even though, I can push myself way to far haha. But just the process of being curious, becoming better, exploring and hopefully creating something that has use for somebody else.

 

"Drunk Drivers is my journey with drug addiction, the mental health issues I’ve had, creating an identity and just becoming more calm and peaceful being who I am. I never realized it would surround itself so much about love, but that was really the cure all for me."


Please tell us about your current release.

 

Drunk Drivers is my journey with drug addiction, the mental health issues I’ve had, creating an identity and just becoming more calm and peaceful being who I am. I never realized it would surround itself so much about love, but that was really the cure all for me. The story is also written as fictive story, both to still have opportunity to follow my curiosity, but also to be able to push it a bit away from me. It just became easier for me to deal with a lot of the emotions and thoughts I had when it wasn’t “me”. Drunk Drivers is also solely written when I was high, to make it as authentic as possible, which was a really hard process at times – but absolutely necessary.

 

Can you read / provide us with a small exert?

 

This is definitely one of my favourite parts:
I was walking through the gate. On the other side, the proud consumers of schedule 1 narcotics met me. Drinking, snorting, suffocating – enforcing they’re vanity. 1. Class vanity. This could very well be a night of mine. I felt on home-turf. A world so fragile. A world so familiar. A world where you believed in the curse of living forever and the deep desire for nevermore. The fascinating satisfaction there was in thoughts of endless desire and a life of eternity. Where you can drink till you puke. Fuck till you are dickless. Snort till you remember; when the night’s over you are going to wake up and be drawn to your deliberate path while your mind is suffocating, and neck strangled.  The misbelief of a road. Because roads lead somewhere. You are in a circle. As if you were a strapped down psychopath being transported back and forth. Prison to prison. You believe that your destiny is determined. Unhappy with desires of the uniquely extravagant. So lonely but comfortably manifested to the belief that a king, a legend can only be deprived his last breath but not his life nor his legacy. I walked into a mirage of the Garden of Eden. Where there were no Gods. Only fiends. Where there was no despair in enjoying the goods from the Tree of Life. Where desire was encouraged, and the disrupting ends of meeting satisfaction wasn’t seen frown upon. Where the snake was the king and his legacy enormous.

 

What exciting story are you working on next?

My next story is going to be totally different. I wanted to let my curiosity run the show, and I got totally obsessed with extreme contradicting feelings, which questions our morality. So, I’m really really excited for the next story I’m writing. It’s going to be some sort of a psychological thriller about a kid who constantly tries to retain his control over himself, but his circumstances just won’t allow him to, which leads him down some horrible paths and misunderstandings about self-preservation. I won’t say too much because most of it has to come as a surprise. Otherwise, it won’t work the way I want it to.

 

I followed a similar journey where my first work came from known experiences but since I have enjoyed exploring my curiosity. I find I draw often from great writers I have read. Who are your favorite authors?

 

I honestly haven’t read many books in my life. But Charles Bukowski and Scott Fitzgerald are definitely two I enjoy, even though I haven’t read much of their work yet. But I’m also a stoic, so The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is something I read a phrase in every morning.

 

What is your writer’s kryptonite?

 

My ego. No doubt. It just leads me into overthinking and overanalyzing, which is the opposite of feeling it out. And that just prevents the good stuff from flourishing, and usually leads to me procrastinating when I dwell on the result. But I also write in three stages; idea, scripting and perfecting.

 

Are you involved in any writer groups?

 

Unfortunately, no. Writing is pretty much a solo project for me, but I would really love to get involved with more writers.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? 

 

If you are a writer, or you just have an idea. Please just do it. Please just write it. And please just share it. Art only lives if someone breathes it, and what you think suck, might be another man’s treasure – so don’t judge it in advance, that was never your job. Please just do it. And to the readers, a sincere and utter; thank you. Nothing would live without you. It’s a symbiotic relationship, and we’re totally dependent on each other.

 

That’s great! I wish you the absolute best on marketing your debut novel.

 

 One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drunkdriversofficial/
Publisher buy page: https://olympiapublishers.com/books/drunk-drivers

And almost on every book site you know. Everything from bookdepository.com to Amazon.us/uk and saxo.dk

Monday, March 1, 2021

Review of eConscience Beta


 Buy it here!

eConscience Beta is a fast paced read with good dialogue. 

A classic “Is it okay to do bad in order to stop greater bad” tale with enough twists and surprises to keep you turning pages. 

So often, stories with nanites or similar tech get consumed in the creation of the world that we lose the story. eConscience Beta succeeds in both building a cool world and developing great characters. 

The villain is not a bumbling imbecile and our heroes are not flawless, super people incapable of failing. 

As Transki declares about our squad of heroes at one point:

"They are “an upstart high-strung coat-tailing female, a barely competent stuttering weak-willed fidget-fest of a man, and a completely moronic societal dreg.”

That might not be a completely fair appraisal, as Transki has a bit of bias. But the snippet reflects the read. 

Overall, this is a great addition to one of my favorite genres.


I also would mention that I have gotten to know the author, J. D. Beckworth, through an anthology of flash fiction I was honored to participate in. In the process of submitting we were all asked to "bleed" on each other's works. I found Beckworth's comments and critiques of my work in the anthology, a little tale about a hiker who ends up in a haunted village, superb. He gave my story attention to detail, asked questions that led me to quality rewrites, and had a real ability to teach as he critiqued. As I read eConscience Beta, I saw that same attention in his own writing. I have read many good stories that I enjoyed less because the author got in his own way. There are entire blogs out there committed to such things as bad grammar, switching point of view, giving the reader twists at the wrong time, etc... Beckworth, in my opinion, does not fall into these traps. His yarn is well told. Pick up a copy and enjoy the read.


Oh, and should you desire to see it. The anthology is posted here:

Children of the Corner: A Corner Scribblers Collection




Monday, February 22, 2021

Interview with John Jennings


 I had the pleasure to correspond with John Jennings 

about his new work, The Monarch, recently. 


John's Website


https://www.facebook.com/john.jennings.1232



It was always (my) ambition to write a novel though. And that all became serious when I was still teaching in England.



John, Thank you for speaking with me. Tell us a little about yourself and what led you to be a writer? 

 

Well, I have been writing pretty much my whole life in one form or another. I went to university at 20 and studied English literature as a major. This was after an interest in English literature at school and college. I then worked for a while on a paper in London before going on to study journalism. I had my first article published when I was in my mid-twenties and have continued to write ever since.


It was always the ambition to write a novel though. And that all became serious when I was still teaching in England. I was encouraging so many of my students, all adults, that they should follow their interests and dreams. I offered to pay the fees for a young lad to submit his application to enter the university system. Like many people in Sunderland I met, he was pretty poor, working part-time as a cleaner, but with big well justified ambitions to become an artist. I thought, here I am encouraging everyone else. Get your finger out! I looked into a PhD, but my MA credits weren’t gonna be recognized as they were from 2000 – this was around 2016. That’s when I started focusing on the idea of the novel, and the idea of self-publishing - as opposed to vanity publishing - was born.  


Reading and writing can be the best escape, potentially helping counter the onset of depression and the sense of isolation, especially in these strange times with lock-downs and everything. 


Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

 

I have always written about what I know about, whether through direct experience or through knowledge gained through reading. I am a big fan of James Joyce, as well as the Classic English and Irish, Russian and French novelists, especially from the Nineteenth Century.

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

 

Travel is my biggest hobby, that’s the beauty of living here in Ireland. I am away from my home-town of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and have visited many countries, The US and Canada on four occasions. I intend to write a lot more books encompassing my travels, either in novel form or as contemporary travel literature. I love Michael Palin and Louis Theroux.

I am also hugely into films of all descriptions, mainly American and British, but I do like Australian, European and World Cinema.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

 

Try to get your head in the right place. Ignore the distractions, as best you can.  Definitely do some research on Barnes and Noble and Kindle Direct Publishing, just to give you the reassurance that you will get your work out there. Once you have written a fair few sections of your book, upload it, but don’t publish. Leave it as a draft to be previewed. I did this and it really inspired me in the process of publishing through Amazon. Nothing like seeing the draft on the tablet to provide motivation.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

The fees for my MA in journalism. And the bus fare to London. After that, anything was possible.


What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?

 

Just get on and write. Nothing more to it than that really. Although, I have been keen to develop over the years, and have been involved in writing, website creation and desk-top publishing for years, without those skills and experience I would have never known where to start, I doubt. It has been a gradual evolution, more of a pursuit of an ambition developed years ago from a spark. But ultimately, you need to follow your dream.

 

My favorite part, undoubtedly, is during the editing process. 
As you’d imagine, finishing the final edit and getting it up there in print.  


What is your favorite part about writing?

 

My favorite part, undoubtedly, is during the editing process. As you’d imagine, finishing the final edit and getting it up there in print. I look forward to getting the paperback. I love computers and, unlike my wife who can’t abide the e-copy format, I have no problems, and generally read on my phone or on my laptop, even on my kids’ tablets. Nevertheless, there is still something to be said for the feeling of having the tangible paper format in your hand. Nothing beats that really. It is every writer’s dream.

 

Please tell us about your current release.

 

My book The Monarch is the exploration of small town mentality amid the stagnation of post industrial North-East England and Ireland. Although Northern England was a hive of industry and innovation, and formed the backdrop for much of the Industrial Revolution for a couple of centuries, it was left devastated in the Eighties. Even afterwards the area still suffers. The book, which reflects my marriage and move to Ireland, another country which certainly had its share of hardship, is a kind of symbolic catharsis, a reflection on the times and hopefully a part of the healing process, for me at least. It is supposed to be reflective of the change from the machismo of these areas towards a softer more feminine outlook complete with psychological symbology. It is essentially quite feministic, really, despite first appearances, and being written by a man.

 

Can you read / provide us with a small exert? 

 

Jerry longed to leave the bay. Surrounded by glass. Cocooned within the carpeted windowed outward-looking enclave, staring at the birds and longing for the open sea, or the pub cellar, his inner sanctum, his own sanctuary. Here he sat exposed and open to all. Unable to hide away, manipulated hourly by well-meaning nurses or care staff. Often less than well meaning.

Jerry was almost constantly and patiently persuaded to drink up, sit up or turn round. The daily exercise class, better than sitting doing nothing, he knew, but boycotted. A principled protest waning towards acceptance. The sea beckoned.

He looked out as the rain gushed onto the path ahead. Leading to the cliff edge, out to the North Sea, Jerry looked ahead, the wind-swept greenery of the garden, the gazebo to the left, cloven by the asphalt and bordered by the fenced off cliff edge. Beyond, the sea beckoned.

Fishing, trawling with his cobble. Managing the bar. Laughing, joking and idling away the time with friends, his family and the custom. Arthur. His long-time friend – side kick, some had said. Ahead the sea beckoned.


Thanks for sharing. What exciting story are you working on next?

 

I have begun, and I mean that, just the first few pages, of a new novel. Again it will be set between two places. Newcastle upon Tyne and London, England. I really don’t know much more, although I expect it will center around the youths of father and son, different places, different times – memories and the present juxtaposed alongside other characters’ stories. I’ll see how it develops, but I intend to again focus on differences in dialect and perceptions.

 

You mentioned a few earlier, but who are your favorite authors?

 

As I said earlier, I am a big fan of the Classic novels of the Nineteenth Century, and similar types of work which progressed from them. Hardy and Dickens were staples growing up, and I went on to study and love Joyce, EM Forster, Balzac, Flaubert, Conrad and Tolstoy.  I love dystopian works, like Swift and Aldous Huxley. I read We by Zamyatin, the inspiration for Nineteen Eighty Four, but I never really enjoyed Orwell’s fiction. I love all his non-fiction commentaries though, as well as all of Laurie Lee. - I hope to explore Orwell’s fiction in coming months I have also read all of Irvine Welsh, and was always impressed by his use of dialect. Edinburgh used to be part of the Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, geographically where The Monarch is set, and it is actually Northumbrian English that Scottish people are speaking when not using Gallic. His books inspired me to publish in North-Eastern English dialect, which is spattered throughout The Monarch amongst traditional English. I have always liked George McDonald Fraser, whose work I have read completely. I just recently read a lot of his daughter’s stuff, Caro Fraser, which actually provided some motivation.

 

Any plans for the near future other than writing?

 

I am planning on undertaking more reviews alongside progressing with my current novel. I often like to work on poetry, which I find rewarding given the right inspiration, which could be anything, anywhere, whenever.

 


What is your writer’s kryptonite?

Distractions, which are everywhere.

 

Yes, they are!  I have a friend who has an app that grows him a tree if he sets his phone down and doesn't pick it up. It is so easy to shift our focus. I have found other writers struggle with distraction as well. Are you involved in any writer groups?

 

I am not currently working with any groups, but I did help out with teaching a group Sikh women with Creative Writing, and have taught countless people various forms of writing. I am now working mainly online and am currently reviewing two novels with more expected to follow. I am thinking of contacting a local book club, not far from my home in Ireland. They are a  couple of English lawyers I know who frequently host book readings. It could be interesting.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

 

I hope you all enjoy the book, and any further works I publish. Reading and writing can be the best escape, potentially helping counter the onset of depression and the sense of isolation, especially in these strange times with lock-downs and everything. If anyone wishes to contact me via my website, I will always do my best to reply. Nothing beats the contact of other people.

 

 

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Add your links here again

 

Although it will be available to order form bookshops in future, the easiest way to get the book is from amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QVYF5ZL

It can also be read on Kindle Unlimited, the reading library available to members who pay a monthly subscription to Amazon.

If anyone wishes to buy a signed copy this can be arranged by contacting me though my website:

https://jenningsje.wixsite.com/writing

 



Monday, February 15, 2021

Review: Minus Me by Mameve Medwed

 



I recently was given a copy of 

Minus Me.

I was given the copy in exchange for an unbiased review


Minus Me can be found anywhere 

Mameve Medwed's other books are sold.

Buy Here on Amazon


Medwed does a marvelous job of interweaving the backstory with her present diagnosis with her future plans. There are not the clunky flashbacks that can plague a novel. Rather there are the moments of memory anyone in Annie’s situation would have. I have lost several loved ones in my life. I recall one filled out a “About Me” book in her last days. It was a joy to see parts of her past I never knew. Medwed gives us those insights to Annie throughout the narrative.

 

I’ll pick one moment to illustrate the almost melodic movement of the story forward while telling us why these characters are so in love: Annie pulls up to where Sam is and considers lying to him about being at the doctor. She reflects how easy her mom could do such tasks (and her mom is definitely coming into the story soon like a whirlwind!), then she tries and tell Sam. In the process she exposes his “foibles” that she finds so endearing and is reminded of the two of them skipping down the high school steps in their youth.

 

Of course, the real impetus of the book is Annie looking forward to a time after she is gone. In particular, how will Sam go on “minus me.” She leaves detailed instruction, including never to mess with the delicious PAUL BUNYAN “Samwhich” at the sandwhich shop. The story has strong, likeable characters, even Ursala. It has enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages. It has moments where you are cheering for Annie and moments where you want to tell her she isn’t making the right decision. Throughout, it reflects how love truly is. It can be hard, it can have times of tension, but if it is true, then as one of Annie’s post-it notes declare, it is all you need. Well, that and a little Hope.

"Chicken Things"




My family has no name for these. They have affectionately been called "Chicken Things" over the years. They are delicious either hot or cold. In fact, they have two very different tastes. You can also adjust the size which makes them a great option for either a diner entree or snacks to take to a Super Bowl Party.

So versatile!

"Chicken Things"
They were inspired by a recipe using beef from my friends Wes and Tina. In mine, I use a rotisserie chicken and bump up the spice a bit.



I'm a big believer that people who read recipes want.... wait for it... the recipe... So no long post about some beach trip I once took or how my kids named my first grandchild "chicken thing" because they loved these so much. None of that. Simple ingredients, simple instructions, good food.



INGREDIENTS:


Crescent rolls (1 or 2 cans depending)

1 Rotisserie Chicken (or cooked chicken breast)

8oz Cream Cheese

1 cup cheddar cheese 

Salt, Pepper, Cajun spice (teaspoon of each or to taste)


NOTES: 

For rotisserie chicken, I pull the chicken into 1" or less pieces. Pull by hand. If using boneless chicken breast, I cook (grill is my preference) then cut into 1/2" pieces.

I've also made this with ground sausage instead of chicken. Equally delicious.



NOW LET'S COOK!


-1. Pull the chicken and discard bones and skin. Preheat oven to 375.


-2. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except crescent dough. MIX.

 -a. you can soften the cream cheese in the bowl first using a microwave if didn't set it out long enough)

-b. Cajun seasoning can be exchanged for something else. Really anything you might season chicken with. And it is to taste. If this is your first go, I'd suggest a teaspoon. You can always sprinkle some on the finished project but much harder to take it out of the baked product! 

-3. Roll out the crescent dough. Cut it into sections. Size depends on whether you plan to make entrees (two crescent sections) or snacks (one section). Scoop a bit of the mixture in the center of each section. 






Here I am using two crescent sections to make a nice entree. Be sure to pinch the perforated section together to keep it from breaking in cooking





-5. Fold the crescent edges around to make a pouch for the mixture. Don't worry about them looking pretty. And the cooking time doesn't change, so experiment with using more or less dough. I've also spread the mixture out on the dough evenly and rolled it to make a "log" but my family prefers the puff pastry style.


-6. Put them in the top rack of the oven at 375 for 11minutes (follow the directions on the crescent rolls). FLIP THEM at 8 minutes.





And that is it!!



Enjoy them hot or cold.






Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Interview: Morgan Azar, author of A Lullaby in the Desert

 

 Amazon Author Page


Goodreads: 


 Website: https://www.azarmojgan.com


Instagram: mojgan writes


 

Order her book at: 




Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Mojgan Azar. Mojgan Azar has written the book, A Lullaby in the Desert.  I am super excited about this book, because it speaks to something that is very close to me.


I spent a good bit of time in the 1990's working with and for refugees. I worked primarily in Africa (Rwanda and Kenya in particular). Azar is from Iran and not Africa, but her story gives voice to people who often do not have voices.



Mojgan, can you tell us a little about yourself ? When did you begin writing?


I’ve been writing stories since I was a child. I would write short stories and give them to my classmates to read them and give me their ideas. When I grew up, I was too busy with studying and work to think much about writing. That was until my husband encouraged me to continue, because writing is the only way I can speak to the world and share the story of how Middle Eastern women fight for freedom.




Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?




Being an Iranian woman, the pain of years fighting for freedom inspired me. There is so much news every day that inspires me to write more.



What is your favorite part about writing?


The end. I’m kidding! My favorite part is sitting on the chair and starting to write without hesitating or doubting whether what I’m writing might be a good idea. I think you can make progress by just sitting down and doing it. 



Please tell us about your current release.


 A Lullaby in the Desert represents the multitude of voices barely heard. This story is about women’s rights, fighting for freedom from oppression, social conflict, and the dangers pushing so many to flee their homelands to become refugees. The book is fiction but based on fact. Women, children, and men are too often forced to place their lives in stranger’s hands as they are smuggled across the desert into an uncertain future. For many, their fates are far worse.


Can you read / provide us with a small excerpt? 

 

Susan looked over at Heja, who was staring out the slit in the fabric and watching the hills roll by. “Hey, Heja. Come look here.” She motioned with her hand. “Can you see outside? Can you tell where we are?” Susan noticed Rima straining herself trying to hear what Susan was saying but it was clear she couldn’t make out the words.

“Uh, yeah. It’s the desert,”

“I know.” Susan rolled her eyes. “I mean, do you think we’re in Iraq still, or Syria?”

“Well we’ve been on the way for hours.” He looked at his watch. “Yea, we’ve got to be in Syria by now.” He shifted uncomfortably; his leg having fallen asleep. “We’re heading straight for the heart of evil, straight to Da’esh. I don’t know if you can see from where you are but we aren’t on the road anymore. Haven’t been for a while. We’re driving across the open desert. Looks like we’re heading straight west.”

Susan stared intently at Heja. She wasn’t sure if she should share her idea with him. “Do you want to escape together?” She blurted it out without thinking.



That was excellent! What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?


Just write! Listen to other people’s stories and tell your own.


Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

 

I’d love their support by promoting or purchasing my book because I’m donating part of my sales to help refugees. We can make a difference by supporting each other and caring for one another. Kindness is the key to doing the most good for the world. 

 


Perfect! Well, I wish you all the best! Thank you for speaking with me.










Monday, February 8, 2021

Big Foot Hunting Licenses!!

UPDATE!! 


I"VE BEEN TO THE RESEARCH MUSEUM!!


My family asked me what I WANTED TO DO. This is rare. I usually get asked if I would like to do something. Seldom do I get to choose. So, naturally, I said I wanted to day trip to the nearest BigFoot museum. 


My closest one is in Cherry Log, GA right outside Elijah.

I met a little resistance at first, but the 13 year old won the day with her decision to accompany me on my day quest.

When you pull up to the museum you immediately know you are in Sasquatch country. You are in the valley between several mountains, one side being a national park. Just inside the door is a board where people have pinned their personal, local sitings.

Inside, you purchase your museum tickets (a mere $8 per attendee). Then your host opens the velvet rope and lets you into the exhibit. This will not be the last time you see red velvet though. Among other items, the museum hosts a certified plaster butt print of a BigFoot sitting on the velvet cloth. 

In addition, there are small tv screens with eyewitness reports. We saw national guardsmen who entered the woods for a seek and rescue operation (downed helicopter - the museum had some of the wreckage). At the crash site they came face to face with several "Wild Men."

There is the very convincing man in his Carhart overalls (also on display) that met a BigFoot face to face in his tree stand. He had a harrowing experience outrunning it and its friend back to his truck. 


But lest you think this is all for show, they also have casts of footprints, verified pictures, recordings of BigFoot at night (thats the one that took one of my family members from a 3 to a 6 on the "I Believe scale"). There are historic accounts from around the world, newspaper clippings from all over, maps, and this great listing of BigFoot diet preferences:


sorry for the poor film quality. There is something about Sasquatch research that leads to such fuzzy filmography. But I promise this sign was not a fabrication. It was really in the museum.

My family all left captivated. Everyone, whether it was the one who said they were a "1" or me (I went in as an "8" on the "I Believe" scale) came out more a believer.

And the good news is that these museums are all over the country. People who love BigFoot (one man we saw a video of witnessed BigFoot 40 years ago and is still on the hunt for a second glimpse) want to share their findings. 

Here is the one I attended:

Expedition: BigFoot!


But there are many, many more around the country and around the world!

Yes, we did go on from the museum to visit an authentic mine. We panned for gold and saw how miners lived in the 1800's. Yes, we ate southern style (fried chicken, cream corn, green beans, pot roast, mashed potatoes, fried okra, cornbread, etc...) at the Smith House. We even walked the town square in the little nearby town of Dahlonega, GA. But on the way home the talk was still all Sasquatch.

I for one, can't wait for my family to grant me another day to decide our path. It may be a while, but if there is one thing a true believer must have - it is patience.











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Finally!  A state with some sense for increasing revenue AND giving people what they want!

And what is it people want, you ask? Stimulus checks? Better jobs? Lower interest rates? 
Hell no.
Big Foot. Stuffed and mounted over the fireplace.

And Oklahoma, once the land of the pioneer looking to make a new life for him and his family, has opened up yet another great opportunity. They have legislation on the table to provide an official Bigfoot hunting season.


In January, 2021, Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey made a move that will place him on Mount Rushmore one day. He introduced a bill to the state legislature to open up licenses for Bigfoot hunting season.

There seems to be some debate whether the Big guy even exists. I did a quick google search and came up with incontrivertible truth. Incontrovertible  coming from the Latin: Incontro meaning "super fuzzy" and veritable meaning "out of focus picture
You may not be convinced, but be aware that the FBI have an actual file on the Big Guy. This article tells you all about it... well... except like any good conspiracy the forms are redacted and you have to subscribe to the History Channel newsletter to read all about it.  Link Here

The good news for you and I is there appears to be no test for belief. The casual hunter and the dedicated Bigfoot man of lore and legend alike can apply for a license, so long as it is the appropriated season.




Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Hey! Isn't Bigfoot on the endangered animal list? I mean... how many of them are there? Depends on who you ask. But the bill as it is currently given only allows for trapping. It doesn't, however, come with a $25,000 reward.

Now, one expert I heard from says there are actually thousands of them. Just saying. And apparently they like to sneak around at night, look in your windows, and eat your chickens.


This is probably wise and will certainly help people from shooting their mother-in-laws or ex's thinking they had the actual famed beast in their sites. And it will keep the environmentalists at peace with the fact that we in America still want to know the answers to the great questions: Does God exist? When does a cupcake become a cake? And is Big Foot real.

I for one am a believer. And I will definitely be loading up the wagon and hitting the trail to Oklahoma if and when season opens.