Coffee with Thunderbolts
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Hi, all. Holy Mayan calendar, Batman! Happy to discuss my book Coffee with Thunderbolts, with anyone :) It was born from the 2010 NaNoWriMo. Currently it is available on Lulu. You can read the first 2 chapters, so take a look, and see if it is your cup of joe. It also lists on Amazon and B&N and among other sites.
You may get a laugh at my NaNoWriMo videos, so check out my YouTube channel too:
I am off to "confer, consort and otherwise hobnob........" in KY and OH for my annual trek to the land of horses and the Serpent Mound. In keeping with the spiritual nature of my wanderings, I will be off the grid, more or less, from 5/20/11 until 5/29/11.
Thanks :) It was a grand trip. For anyone who desires to tap into horse energy, Lexington, KY is the place to go. So much to see and do with your equine friends.
Anyone else been to the Serpent Mound , and had amazing experiences?
I could just copy and past my "what is my book about backcover copy", but I will wing it here. My novel concerns 2 women who basically have the same issue: regret. The metaphysical gets put into play because the story is set in 2012. This was not to capitalize on 2012, but it seemed a good time zone for the story, and to play with Mayan Astrology. So, it is a personal journey type of book with some wild elements, specifically Mardi Gras Indians, and the Illuminati. I have been to KY and OH, so my descriptions of places are rooted in my travels, as is the fact that I live in Arlington, VA.
One hard thing about writing this book was that I had to conjecture what would be going on politically in 2012, as 2012 is an election year. I hope to put a timeline on my blog when 2012 rolls around, so fans can follow the characters through the year the book takes place.
Will my book become obsolete after 2012. Not really. It is a projection into the future, and once that future diverges from what actually happens in 2012, the story becomes fixed in the realm of "alternate history".
My experience of NaNoWriMo was a trip. Forcing oneself to do 1750 words a day may not seem like much, but my wails during the month of November were Wagnerian in their scope. I also did the book as a training ground for a travel book I wanted to write as a gift for my mother. Through this novel, I learned what I needed to know about my limits and self-publishing.
I have some good reviews, and those that have read the book have already asked if I will do a sequel. Well, November 2011 is not too far away :)
11 You are a Cimi 13. As a Cimi, your soul path is to make the most of your life, and you are fearless in your undertakings, because you become aware of Time. You feel challenged when you have a lack of purpose. As a Cimi, your planet is Mars, and you have the ability to learn from your mistakes, and transform negative energy into positive energy. As a 13 tone, you have been through all the lessons of the other 12 tones, and so, possess the energy that creates the others. You can use and draw upon many levels of energy for whatever you wish to do.
Interpreted from the Mayan Calendar Birthday Book
14 FYI, if I were writing a new character for my CWT universe, and she was a Cimi 13, she'd be a time manipulator for sure :)
13 Ok. You are a an Etznab 11. As an Etznab, you learn to live completely in the present because you realize that the present is all we have, and that ruminations about the past and future only weigh you down. Your biggest challenge is to stop complaining, and just go with the flow. As an 11 tone, an interesting combination with Etznab, you are a point of creation, a bridge to past and future because you are the present. You are the space between breaths, the Void where all is possible. You are a catalyst for change. Your planet is Uranus. This makes you one who is ahead of one's time. You have the energy to bring the future into the present.
Interpreted from the Mayan Calendar Birthday Book
If I were writing a character in my CWT universe, and she was an Etznab 11, she would be a master of manipulating reality. :)
I am off to my ancestral stopping grounds of NYC. See ya next week.....
come back safe and sound.. Time manipulator... ?
I will be having fun playing with that thought :)
18 once started a parody song called "Be a Time Lord" to the tune of "In the Navy":
All I can recall:
Be a Time Lord
You hail from Gallifrey
Be a Time Lord
With some hottie chickadee
Be a Time Lord
Always in a mess
Be a Time Lord
Be a Time Lord
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart , I am clearly not ;)
@20 Maybe. Would be fun if others could add to it ;) (Throws down the glittering gauntlet of Michael).
I only know thanks to the great google that Gallifrey has to do with Dr Who.
I have never watched an episode. Just .. never did.. never avoided them...
and have thought of trying to find them online a time or two, but?
But the idea of Time Lord is intriguing
22 PBS used to run old Dr. Who episodes. SyFy had the newer ones.
Thank you! I will look sometime soon. Maybe. Or I will forget to :P
due to the mountain of books near my chair. It happens.
I am back from the NY movie showing at MOMA of the Kevin MacDonald's movie Life in a Day. Will be blogging soon about experience. Must do laundry first!.
Yay! Welcome home~
I look forward to hearing about the Life in a Day film...
Glad you didn't melt....
The whole movie thing was quite an experience. The screening was at the Museum of Modern Art. Kevin Macdonald (the director) was there. Since I contributed to the film, and my clip made it into the movie, I have attended several screenings. This was the last one. We ( my husband & I) actually posed by a big poster while photographers took our picture. Very Hollywood :) Also went to a YouTube reception after the movie screening.
As soon as I unpack & finish laundry, I want to sit down and blog about the whole experience of attending the screenings. I will post here when my blog entry is up on my web page.
Learned about another project which has more a more humanitarian bent, and was possibly conceived before the LIAD movie. I am not sue of the particulars, but I now see why some people are against LIAD (stolen idea?). They did their original project on 10/10/10. Anyway new filming will be 11/11/2011, so heads up for anyone who would like to participate in One Day on Earth:
Was in heaven last night! New season of "Ancient Aliens!" on the History Channel. This episode was "Aliens and the Old West". It had an extensive piece on the Serpent Mound!!
I admit to being a huge Thundercats fan, having written Thundercats fan fiction since 1989. Tonight new Thundercats show on Cartoon Network! Bliss!!
Oh! I wish I had seen the Mound show! I imagine it will be on again.. I will have to watch for it.
Glad you are having a good tv day :)
Voice acting: Okay
Story: Fan boy.
Okay. My Thundercat 2011 thoughts:
Not being a fan of Thundercats, I can still feel your pain with the revival falling short.
I have seen that happen with tv, books etc. Sad fact that some things that are best left
alone , are not!
@37 Never really cared if it returned because, and this will sound really conceited, I preferred the world I created. I did hope they would respect the series in the reboot. Maybe they still will. But they need good women writers. It is all too fanboy right now.
Probably kids doing the writing and being all happy with their creativity..
instead of respecting what used to be?
@39 Last guy must have zapped off his script in 20 minutes. A grade school kid could have done better.
:( Thats too bad...
Some writers do that with sequels.... that is too bad too! :P
@41 Agreed. A sequel is warranted for a book if the new plot is a natural outgrowth, not just a way to make a "money making" series.
I read a book once.. I think it was Raising Atlantis, and it was SO clearly written as a series opener..
it hardly had any substance as a book on it's own. It was too bad, the idea was a good one, but the story was lost in the set up .
Hanging in. Thought I try the summer sale idea :)
Got a new cat: Bella (And I am not a Twilight fan. She came with the name :))
Okay, a look inside my brain: a favorite guilty pleasure is the TV show "Ancient Astronauts" ! They just did a piece (Ancient Astronauts & the West) which included the Serpent Mound! Joy! Joy!
I would like to have seen that..I have to explore the tv offering more often.. lol
too much laptop and books.. somethings gotta give..
How are you?
@49 Hanging in. Hope to put pictures of kitty up this week if only she would sit still. Such energy!
Oh what a beautiful girl!
I am so happy for you...!
Now a pic of the two of you together ?
Ancient Aliens is a dreadful show. Van Daaniken has admitted to forging his discoveries, and the rest of the so-called experts are on the far side of crazy. It seems to them that any and all ancient monuments must have been built by aliens.
And what makes you think that they are wrong? Do you have information that they lack?
It doesn't pay to be too closed minded, there are still those who believe the earth is flat, though..
Aliens would not leave Bronze Age-level chisel marks on the pyramids. They would also get pyramid building right the first time. Instead, the desert around Giza is littered with the trial-and-error attempts by the Egyptians to perfect their technique. Also, the settlements of the builders have been discovered. Aliens most certainly did not build the Great Pyramid.
Archaeologists have found the same progression of monuments at Stonehenge. And experiments on the ground have shown that it isn't that difficult to create the Nazca Lines with simple tools and techniques that would have been available to the pre-Columbian Peruvians.
The talking heads on Ancient Aliens are not experts in the fields of archaeology or science. They don't even apply the scientific method to their so-called findings. I would like to see some actual experts on that program to debunk their "evidence."
@54 But it is such a guilty pleasure, neh . I cannot even prove I exist, so I might as well have fun and dream a little.
For example, I have always wondered why, after the last Ice Age, we all of a sudden have flourishing civilizations. What was the tipping point, AA or not? That is an intriguing question. The show certainly presented a nice piece on the Serpent Mound a few weeks ago, and the cryptoexplosion it rested on.
I always keep an open mind about these things as, having worked in the scientific field as a microbiologist, I found scientists' own prejudices influenced so much of their work. Look at the big debate about hominids that is still going on.
Life is more interesting with a little side of mystery. Despite ridicule, discoveries are often made by the people who color outside the lines. Just think of jumping genes, and how that idea was not considered valid until it was shown to be true.
@53 My husband is not keen on having his picture all over the internet. You can see what he looks like on the Fast Forward web page :)
Those flourishing civilizations took a few thousand years to develop, and was a natural progression from the nomadic lifestyle of hunter-gatherers to the sedentary, settled life of Neolithic farmers. Urban dwelling leads to institutions such as organized religion, government administration, and literacy.
@60 The time frame always seemed to me to be too short to go from farmer to giant monument builder, but that is my opinion. I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall from 10,000 BC to 5,000 BC to see the grand change.
The great monuments were built sometime between 3000 and 2000 B.C. Seven to eight thousand years is plenty of time.
@62 How do you know? Do you have a formula, or does a formula existed to calculate how long it takes before a culture begins monument building? Harry Seldon would know, I guess.
When you consider how long Homo sapiens sapiens have been around (and scientists themselves can't quite nail down the date yet), it is odd that all of a sudden HSS would develop a culture that led to monument building in such a short span of time compared to how long they have existed. The most fascinating question is this: what was the tipping point that set them off to develop a monument building culture. No one knows the answer to that question as there are no records that state, "Hey, we had a few beers and some onions, and decided, heck, let's build a pyramid."
My point is to keep an open mind about the world. Weigh facts and theories. I think the Egyptians made their own pyramids. I want to know how and why they did what they did, and to date, no one can clearly say how they put the pyramid together. There could be lost tech that they had they we can only dream about. To be the devil's advocate, Aliens could have let them build their pyramid under their guidance only, with the people doing the skutt work. I feel between 10,000 and 5,000 BC something spectacular did happen that set people on their road to civilization. What that was, I have no clue, but I hope I live long enough to find out.
BTW I don't know whether to be amused or bemused that I have an Amazon trader-in value for CWT of $1.54.
The last Ice Age ended around 10,000 B.C. Populations spread out as the climate warmed, and people began discovering agriculture. Agriculture leads to settled life, and settlements lead to civilizations. It was the advent of agriculture that did it, not alien visitors.
It's quite clear that the Egyptian pyramids evolved from mudbrick mastabas. There's no need to bring aliens into it.
For something that is “quite clear”… it’s interesting that there still exists a great deal of controversy over their history, function, and origins.
@66 yes, there was an evolution from mastabas, but what prompted even the development of that. Look to the big picture, and why archeologists still fight amongst themselves. Mysteries are everywhere.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled forum post.
No big. I did have a casualty: a glass unicorn broke. Call Tennessee Williams!
Now we wait and see what Irene has to offer. Glad she is headed north, as that will
take some of the wind out of her sails ..but still, what a week for the northeast.
@72. Yes, earthquake, hurricane, MLK dedication, digging the street in front of my house, and on top of all of that, my nephew is coming back to school at GW, and the hordes will descend this weekend.
I have to recommend Hear the Roar Unofficial Thundercats by David Crichton for all the Thundercats fans out there. This book is a must have, with its interviews and inside info. Only flaw is no significant entry on fan fiction writers who helped keep the series alive in people's hearts and minds. There is a brief tip of the hat to the fan community though.
I will be attending Farpoint convention in Timonium MD in February 2012. I will definitely be on a Thundercats panel, and maybe an author panel :)
Arrrrrrrr! For one day, mateys, I be offerring me print book Coffee with Thunderbolts at 30% off! That be a steal!. Take a look!:
The convention sounds fun :) enjoy! pictures?
That is a wonderful book, folks.. pay attention!
Pirate discount is over. You can use a Lulu coupon code: OCTOBERFEST until 9/23 to get 15% off :)
I guess if I can write a travel book while they have dug to China over the last 12 weeks in front of my house to put in a new water main, I can at least get credit for being persistent! Manuscript is done, now the fine tune.
But to quote the Grinch, "ARHG!!! The Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!!!!!!" :(
OMG I know.. a couple of years ago.. they were doing something
on the road in front of my house... :P gah! the noise, I don't know how
you can write with that !
@81 I put the AC on for white noise. Pretty effective, but when they are right in front of the house the table shakes!
LOL. The trip through Sicily was enough of an earthquake because of the driving!
They started early with the drill today: 7:15 am!
7:15 am! Bet the neighborhood is less than pleased.
Well.. eventually the will stop...
Driving in Sicily is rough? Worse than Boston?
85 The project is almost done, thank the gods.
Yes, driving in Sicily is worse, as my book will show. :) Are you interested in reading a draft of the travel book?
Thanks for the offer M! I wouldn't mind having a look :)
you can email it to either of my addys that you have...
I have never been anywhere near there .. but I enjoy reading what you write :)
Ok. I will send you a PDF when I get the rough copy ready for my husband and mother to take a look at, hopefully by week's end :)
Need a laugh? My favorite NaNoWriMo video that someone did :)
In honor of NaNoWriMo, I am offering my print book at a deep discount for the month of November :)
I have been bad at keeping up lately.. might be I will improve this month.. or maybe
I will get worse. It remains to be seen :)
Good luck with NaNoWriMo~~~~
@92 Thanks! Trying to do it and finish my travel book is a bit of a pill, but I am hacking away at it ;)
Hope you are well :)
@94 I have printed a proof of the travel book, so the end is in sight :) I promised my mother by December, so hopefully you and her will copies by then. :)
If I am looking forward to it.. I can't imagine how excited your mom is ! :)
What a way to remember a once in a lifetime trip... a book written by your own daughter and travel companion!
If you care to use a coupon to purchase my book Coffee with Thunderbolts on Lulu, please indulge until 12/14/11. The coupun code is:
Support Small Business Saturday. Support your local indie author!
well that was enough of a trigger :)
I had been considering buying a copy, but the "PDF only for ebook" had been enough of a negative that I never quite bought it.
I now have bought the pdf, with the coupon, and sent it to my kindle, both as pdf, and via Amazon's automatic "convert" tool.
As I expected, the page-based PDF has text too small for me to read at "fit to page" in portrait orientation. The converted version is much more readable, but often some typography is lost.
When I get home to my camera, I can take some pictures and email them to you, if you are interested.
Another format possibility you could consider would be a little-page/big-font pdf: my default settings for the converted version on my Kindle 3 show 23 lines of text, and the first couple of lines display as
"She rode the bus from one year into
the next. Some sunlight would be nice,"
but other people may prefer different settings (one of the wonderful features of e-readers).
Hi, Tim. Thanks, yes, please email me some photos. And thanks for the suggestions and examples. I really hate the epub format and that is why I stuck with PDF initially because it seemed more format was preserved. But I may have to rethink things as you suggest.
I will send you a copy of my new travel book to your email. It is not available in PDF, only print, but I have a PDF file. Its fonting is bigger, so maybe it will work better.
Thanks for the support :)
Check out chapter one of my book : http://ninetiger.net/2012/01/coffee-with-thunderbolts-happy-2012-elena-arrives/
I enjoyed reading it - another Hobnob book with a strong sense of place (like gwernin's books - but unlike them I do not know the places involved at all - nor the Sicilian culture)
(and yes, I have not taken the kindle photos yet - but the sun has come out after what seems like months, so maybe soon!)
Hi Marianne! I can't find you in 2112.. will you link me?
I sure do not want to lose track of the author one of my top ten favorite reads :) for 2011
I still have not taken the photos of the various PDF ->kindle routes I promised you, but would be happy to look at the epub->calibre-kindle route as well, if you wish
100 Thanks Tim. I intended to send you one :) Don't worry about the photos. Once the epub is up, I will probably retire the PDF.
I will be at the Farpoint SF/Fantasy convention next weekend (2/17-2/19) in Timonium, MD. I will be on several panels discussing writer type stuff, such as Self-publishing, NaNoWriMo, etc :)
and, at last, a few pictures of both the pdf and the EPUB (convered to mobi) running on my Kindle
114 Thanks Tim! You have provided a great service. It was you who spurred me on to tackle EPUB, and I thank you for it !!
I plan to get the EPUB version of Coffee with Thunderbolts up on Lulu by Feb 16, 2012, FYI :)
I really enjoyed Coffee with Thunderbolts ! There were so many facets to it..
and such a good story. For what it's worth, I recommend it!
117 Thanks! You are very kind :) Pray for me while I edit the sequel. I can feel more grey hair coming ;)
I am sure it will be just as good. I have enjoyed all of your books that I have read...Thunderbolts is my favorite, though. :)
A blog piece about my upcoming "role" in Farpoint :
Coffee with Thunderbolts has gone live on Lulu as an EPUB. It does not have DRM, so hopefully, it won't present readers problems. You can convert EPUB to Mobi for Kindle using Calibre :)
Back from Farpoint, which I completely enjoyed!!
Note:1. My computer crashed just before leaving for Farpoint, so it will take me a day or two to get matters in order.
2. Our car got damaged because of a running dog on the Beltway.
3. If you have read about the terrorist who was intending to blow up the Capitol, well you should check this link:
My house is around the block from the red brick rambler.
Let us just say that Thurs/Fri was ... interesting.
ye gods...Scary stuff! I have not heard a thing about it. I have been visiting Denial lately..
expect to spend more time there as the year progresses. Election years are hellish.
Glad you had a good time at Farpoint.. sorry about the crash and the car..
what a mixed bag it has been for you this week past, eh?
Glad to see you posting and know that you are wel :)
Marianne.. London!!! I hope you will share pictures?
Does this mean another travel book :)
Hope so.. have lots of fun.. sorry I have been inattentive.. :(
crazy around here lately :P
127 Hi Betty. Everyone is welcome on my posts as far as I am concerned. I see you have written some non-fiction too :) Saw your video. Sounds like it was a wild time on the River. Good luck with your writing!
@128 My husband actually won a trip to London for a week. I will be fine once I get here by I don't like flying and I have intense claustrophobia. I am hoping I can sleep my way across the Atlantic.
As for another travel book, who knows. It is a little early in the year for me to be on the road, so I am adjusting to the sudden "adventure".
For chilling, I must admit I have gotten into My Little Pony on HUB. Very silly and written on two levels. Great for de-stressing. :)
Thanks for the welcome. I don't get on the computer alot, so forgive me if i miss a message. I hope you have a great time in London. Sounds like a fantastic trip. Have fun.
132 Thanks Betty :) FYI, my husband was born is Missouri in Sedalia.
Back from London! Might have enough material for another travel book :)
You're home! woot!
Did you have a wonderful time?
Did you sleep on the plane?
Did you take lots of pictures?
Did you have pasties?
Did you eat fish and chips?
Did you buy any books?
*folds hands and sits quietly to await answers.*
Yes,yes,yes,yes,no and no :)
It is good to be home, so I can get back into reading.
I can't wait to hear more about it...!
I haven't done much reading myownself...
I need to try to do that soon..
glad you are safe home :)
Elena and Rosemarian on the road to WV:
I will be interviewed on Desi Moon's blog tomorrow. Thanks, Desi!
The interview is up and running!
If any other blogger would like to interview me, I'd be happy to accommodate you :)
A big thank you to all of you who requested my book during this week's LT Member Giveaway!
Off to see the DC Titanic Memorial this morning to pay my respects.
Took some time this morning to write a blog piece about an interesting artist I met last month in England. Seems artists and Indie writers have plenty in common:
Jennifer K Lafferty, who is the author of Offbeat Love Stories and More interviewed me on GoodReads. Check it out :)
Many thanks to Zee Monodee for the great interview questions. Check it out:
Also reading her sweet romance Calling Home.
Congrats NineTiger on your interviews. Glad you had a good trip to London. I have a cousin that lives there, hope I can make a trip someday. You all have a good day.
Thanks for the good wishes Betty! :) It helps as I slog through the editing of my sequel novel.
Thanks to those folks who have gotten my book and have taken a moment to review. I have always learned from the experience.
And you wonder what influences me? I shot this video on Mardi Gras 2012 in Clarendon VA. Was having way too much fun dancing :)
This Saturday, 11/24/12, support your local self-published author and buy a book during Small Business Saturday. Check out my offerings on Lulu:
This is where you will find my 3 books in all formats and at the best prices.
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Little more than a week to go until 12/21/12. What to know what will happen? One possibility is contained in Coffee with Thunderbolts. Want to know what happens after the Mayan Doomsday? There is always A Star Rose in Cerami. So check out my author page on Lulu :) I have severely reduced the paperbacks for those of you, like me, who like real books over ebooks. And Lulu has a coupon also running until 12/14 (Code is FELICITAS). So, if you have been curious, now is the time to check my novels out :)
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