3/7/21: Finally, after a month of dickering back and forth, I got a proposal on the Michigan Copper Resource Manual off to Nova. I had given it to Ted, a former ACN subscriber, but all he said was "this is a great resource for this field." And nothing more. The drawback in the proposal is that I don't have a Michigan professional who can vouch for it. I gave it to the Ann Arbor university to publisher to consider months ago, but I know how university publishers drag their feet. Pensaukee has been with a UW publisher since July! So what do I do? I write history, it doesn't get dated. I just move on. Gotta get to work on the next CRM, which is Wisconsin Area 1, but I'm also putting editing touches on my two nonfiction, while working 30 plus hours a week. After tax season, that's when I'll schedule the next CRM. In the meantime, I've got another new batch of copper in IL to add to the database! So I better keep moving!
3/6/21: Take the bad with the good, and remain dispassionate about both, that's my advice for the daily work grind. But I'm sure happy about how yesterday turned out! Got a free weekend, and today's chore is both laundry and trying to fix the coffee pot. It's a Bunn, needs its three-month cleaning, we can't find the book, and the heating element came loose. I wondered why my coffee wasn't as hot as usual. Gotta finish some library books for From Lincoln to Trump and get a proposal out to Nova on Michigan's CRM, also really happy to get some more copper that I need to add to IL.
3/5/21: I didn't know, when I entered, that it was going to be a win by popular vote type of thing! Man, I hate asking people to vote for me! But I think my pose is worth voting for (I'll put it up on Tuesday when it's time to vote). I'll share the link here and elsewhere. Glad to have something going in my life, and related to the time I spent in Crete. I also went to Crete to get a photo cover for my book and that hasn't gone anywhere yet. Sigh. And heaven knows I'm counting the days until this job is done. I don't fit in there. No matter how I try. I do like my volunteer work, though, and have to head there shortly.
3/4/21: Planning to enter the Yoga Journal competition today. I know, I know, when it comes to yoga, I'm light weight. But because of that magazine, I ended up at a yoga week in Crete. So what the heck. I can do a pretty mean backbend. And if I'm serious about my new career goal, I have to take advantage of these opportunities, right!? Nothing ventured, as they say.
3/3/21: Because I write about PC, here's what I found on Cancel Culture: "Canceling spread as a term and phenomenon in the public consciousness with the #MeToo Movement , as major public figures—from Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer to Louis C. K. and R. Kelly—were getting canceled due to credible allegations of sexual violence in their past. Other figures were getting canceled for past racist and anti-LGBTQ remarks, such as Shane Gillis and Kevin Hart, respectively." I was curious if it was a form of PC, and it appears that it is. I was curious as to if it was a left political brand or a right political brand, and it appears that it's being used across the board. But the term "cancel culture" must have come from somewhere. It's one thing to say, yeah, the Dixie Chicks couldn't get a performance, or the Smothers Brothers were canceled, because they were against the current president. But now we are saying that they are "culture"? Culture as a term in itself is: "the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group." So just dishing out a "PC punishment" of sorts to one particular person or group hardly qualifies as canceling culture, in my mind. Fascinating though. Might give me the slant I need for the updated PC article.
I've finally posted the PC article I've been trying to sell since I presented on the topic at a historical conference in 2016.
By the way, I agree it would be nice if you could click on a photo into the image section of my blog and be taken to that article. Unfortunately, I can't get this website to work that way.
3/2/21: Do you ever feel like there's poison coursing through your body and there's nothing you can do about it? Seriously, nothing really matters anyway. I mean, we think we're in control of our lives, and we're really not. There's someone else out there, pulling strings with your name attached so that no matter how you try, you can never quite reach that next set of stairs. All you can do is keep trying. That's what life is all about, after all.
3/1/21: Did you know that the first movement to get women the right to vote was in 1848? Shoot, that's even before the Civil War! And yet even in the late 1800s they're saying women aren't smart enough. And then who got elected president when they first had the vote in 1920? Someone who later said he was never meant for that kind of role. Fortunately the fairer sex got better at it. Here's an interesting statistic I found online: "If just men had voted in 2012, Romney would have defeated Obama 322–216. If just white women had voted, the spread would have grown to 346–192." But before that? I was surprised to read this: "Throughout the 1950s and into the early '60s, it showed a tendency for a slightly higher proportion of women than men to vote Republican. That changed by 1964, with both women and men favoring Lyndon Johnson in his trouncing of Barry Goldwater and women favoring the Democrat to a slightly greater degree, a pivot that heralded what became a slowly growing schism between the sexes, driven by some combination of men migrating rightward and women leftward." What we need, then, is for ALL people's voices to be heard to get a true sense of what this country wants and needs. See more from this article at https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a33808321/how-women-vote-statistics/.
2/28/21: Something happened. I mean, if February isn't short enough. Every word I put here disappeared. Weird.
2/27/21: The history of the Supreme Court that I'm reading has lots of information that doesn't pertain to the Supreme Court. It is fascinating to learn that appointments have always been political; that Andrew Jackson was the one who added another justice so he could get things his way. I suspect this has kept other presidents from doing that, including FDR. Lincoln's conciliatory talk about reuniting the nation sounds a lot like Biden's. Did you guess we had another civil war raging? This time more cultural. Speaking of which, what IS cancel culture?
2/26/21: Still looking for my look, so you might see a few more changes to my profile here. Got a request for a proposal from an agency that I'd queried, but the proposal requires that I be a UK resident. Story of my life. For sure. And it was for Civil War & Bloody Peace, 2nd edition, too. Sigh. Maybe they'll make an exception, but would I want them to? Bad hair day yesterday, bad day all around. I went to do my volunteer work and noticed half-way through the morning that my hair decided to stick out on one side. Since I went to work from there, there was nothing I could do about it. Have you ever felt that way? If your hair looks stupid, you just feel stupid. Am really excited about the 2nd edition edits I'm doing on both nonfiction books.
2/25/21: Thanks to those who saw my plea to have a look at my work here. Of course, I know that doesn't translate to sales, especially since I'm working on 2nd editions of From Lincoln to Trump and Civil War and Bloody Peace. Although, getting an author copy of either one could be a good investment! You never know! Only $10 and that includes shipping.
This morning is volunteer morning, and also plans tomorrow morning which all together make up on very busy week! Thankfully, next week's calendar only has us getting our second COVID shots.
2/23/21: There's some talk out there about the new COVID stimulus package, about how relief money should not be given to those who don't need it. How do they determine that? I work at a tax office and I am surprised by the people who realized that they have to file taxes in order to get it and are now scrambling to get it done. Do they need it? How is need determined? Is the money expected to stimulate the economy by putting money disposable in our hands? Can we keep it in our savings so the banks are stimulated to help out? Just what are they looking at?
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2/22/21: A reduction in 'hits' on my website means that it's not picking up readers. I will admit it would be nice if I had more writing successes to share. I probably seem like a hack to most, when little here changes. I get some action from my blogs, but only if I post it at FB. I have decided that if I cannot pick up a publisher this month, with all the activity I'm doing there in this regard, that it's time for me to hang up the website and all writing expenses, self-publish everything at Amazon, and be done with it. I have plenty of work to keep me going the rest of my life anyway. Why write any more fiction? Why pay to submit scripts or maintain a website that so few read? What about you? Have you checked out the samples of all my published books here? Do they, or don't they, seem worth the time you'd spend reading?
2/21/21: For the first time ever, for filing taxes I used efile.com. It wasn't free; they charge you based on what forms you used, after you're all done, of course. I ended up paying $75, which I believe is still cheaper than Turbo Tax would have been. It was interesting, too, the differences in the forms used. I had to use both a Schedule E and a Schedule C, which I did not expect. But it seemed everything was handled appropriately and we're getting a big $123 back. Better than paying, right? I recommend it, though. I feel it's a better program than TurboTax.
2/19/19: Have you ever had a word where you were totally sure was spelled correctly, even using it as a header of a chapter, only to find you'd been ignoring spellcheck warnings all along? I mean, how does a mind do that? For me the word is cancelling - I mean canceling. See? it doesn't look right with one 'l'. I have other words that are hard - like prospecter/prospector but at least those I know I always have to look up. Or listen to spellcheck's advice, anyway. Another heavy work day but also volunteer morning at the local historical society. I am into the May 1864 chapter of CWBP, nearing the Petersburg (or Petersburgh) seige. It'll be a while before the new kindle edition (sans cancelling) is available.
2/17/21: Some fun tidbits to share today as I go through CWBP to get it ready for second (and hopefully last) edition. The trick will be to get the index to fit. There has been no challenge to any of the history found inside, but I am also removing some references to Henry that were just "stuck" in there and also adding some more personable material. I'm reading through Harper's Weekly May 7, 1864 and found that the Stock Exchange was referred to as Stock Gambling. Yeah, sounds about right. And here's a "humor of the day": Little Daisy's mama was trying to explain to her the meaning of a smile. "Oh yes! I know," said the child. "It is a whisper of a laugh." These remind me of what you might read today in Reader's Digest. Here's a groan for the day. "What O'Clock is it?" "I don't know, but tis only a question of time." Speaking of time, I've little to spare this week.
2/16/21: Yay - I survived! Though I didn't think I would at the time. I started fast breathing as soon as I stepped out of the house and before I got to the Beloit clinic bus stop 8 blocks away I thought I was hyperventilating. My glasses had misted with nose fog and that froze, so all I could see were various shades of black and white on the sidewalk as I walked. One lady got mad because she almost hit me. But I kept my head down, against the wind, sometimes only one eye on the sidewalk to watch for ice. I don't think the temp got above one degree. All that afternoon at work I kept checking my heart rate on the fitbit, waiting for it to go back into the comfortable 90s again. This morning, completely sore. You don't realize how you contort your body on a walk like that until the next day.
So what else is new? I gave up the ambassadorship of the Madison chapter of the AG, yeah, the one i created, because of lack of time. This job is about killing everything I do, and for what? Money? I have another meeting tonight that I won't be on time for, but since they'll have a quorum without me, it's okay. Right, that means not needed. Why bother? Hell, just for the times when I'm needed, I guess. At least the volunteering with the historical society here is progressing nice. I'm in limbo until April 15. I hope, maybe, I'll get to do my own taxes this weekend.
Did you catch the new blog? It's an oldie but deserves a reprint. Hey, I'm turning myself into a version of Harper's Magazine! I've got all these old blogs saved from other websites, and reposting those that are worth another read.
2/15/21: I think the best way to unite the country is for both sides to stop engaging with each other and challenging beliefs. I think the best thing that can be done is to leave each other alone, from a personal perspective and attempt to find out perspectives in a more general sense. For instance, I had a confrontation with an Anti-QAnon who probably now thinks I AM one, because I insist that the way to stop QAnon is for the government to stop hiding the truth about the assassinations of the 60s. I told them it's true that RFK was NOT killed by Sirhan, and he thought I was nuts. He wanted my "proof." So I shared a link, and told him about my book. Did not challenge me again. But once a government starts hiding secrets, certain of us can expect there are secret conspiracies everywhere. That's not healthy for a nation. Like chips in the vaccine. Who comes up with this stuff? The chips are in your phones!
2/13/21: Had a weird dream in which my real name was Blossom Henry. If you ever call me that in public, I'll know you read my dailies! Anyway, point to me was that I need to get the second edit of CWBP done, so it'll be off to the races on that tomorrow. It simply doesn't deserve to struggling in the market place like it does. Anyway, I found a book to read, and now I can't remember how I found it, but it was written about President Grant's post-president travels, published back in 1920. So I'm hoping for some insights on his presidency there, which would be handy for the book's new edit. A lot of the work will be in figuring out where there's too much on Henry, who readers don't care about, so I can shave it back a bit.
2/12/21: I have lots of material to work on - yay me - but no time for it. This morning I'm starting my weekly volunteering at Beloit Historical Museum back up after being away in January, and last night was our monthly AG Madison writers group, and yes, I blew it. It went okay, but I forgot to save the chat, which is a highly desire record of a lot of good posts by the group. I'm sick. I hope Mel can retrieve it. We're going to start getting uber busy at work now and I've already lost five pounds. I work Saturday and then on Monday have to take the bus to work - high of 6 degrees. Tuesday is another rough day with the Beloit committee meeting that I cannot miss again. They didn't have a quorum last month because of me. Sigh. All my eggs from 2020 have hatched and I am drowning in chicks.
I found my Alligator mound research so am going to make that my next Academia article. And Ted is reading the Michigan CRM, so happy to get more eyes on it because it does look like I'll be self-publishing.
2/11/21: I must be too tired. I can't seem to take a photo that I'm willing to share in public. I'll get there. Thing is, I
2/10/21: I think I know now what literal exhaustion feels like. I'm sitting in front of my computer wondering what the heck I'm doing here. I have little notes I've made all over the place and am trying to make sense of them. My husband - I can't even begin ... do you know people who refuse to believe they're getting old? And this job - we are one person short from last year but it feels we're going to get killed being just as busy. Sigh. So now I'm screwing up with the writers group meeting for tomorrow night and I just can't seem to help it. No break until Sunday and then maybe I'll just break down!
Getting ready to pick up my new glasses, then will update my profile photo. I hope I didn't take the wrong ones. The problem is Eyeworks in Beloit had SO MANY ones I liked! That doesn't usually happen to me. The price is pretty decent, too, considering I had no insurance this time, except for the exam, where I still had to pay $50. But the doctor there was great, the only one to tell me what the lightning snake was. I had a rare writing day yesterday, regarding my poetry collection queries, and hope I get some kind of nice response. Dream last night told me to work on the Henry edit before the Trump one, so new direction for me!
2/4/21: Survived my first COVID shot, on the day I learn I came closer to being exposed to someone who was exposed to someone with the virus. Fingers crossed she tests negative. Weird how life works. No real symptoms, a vague sore throat and some general soreness all over - - especially the arm! They say that's how you can tell it's working! Got an interesting response from Nova Publishers on my copper manuals that I hope I can pursue. But I can't get back on their website for the proposal guidelines. Just my luck. Also wrote to three publishers to see if they would consider this new edit of DMF. Doubtful of course. The progress for the AG Madison chapter meetings is good -- most, or over half, have responded affirmatively to starting the meetings at 7:30.
2/2/21: Even if you get vaccinated, you still have to wear a mask. That's my message for today. My husband got his shot today, I get my first one tomorrow, they do set out second dose dates right away. But you can still catch the virus. The vaccination only lessens its impact on you. You can still spread it. So until everyone is vaccinated, please, wear the mask. So many can still succumb to the worst of it. Don't be the one responsible for doing that to anyone.
Monette Bebow-Reinhard spent years, while raising children, satisfying her artistic bent by acting, directing and writing plays. She wrote her first movie script in 1975 but author William Peter Blatty said it was already a movie. In 1993 she gained access to the world of Bonanza through contact with its producer/creator, David Dortort. After three years, during which she promoted a script she wrote, she met with him in LA and convinced him she could write Bonanza material. After the Calder contract ended, she became the authorized Bonanza writer with two novels published, now in 2nd and 3rd editions. She continues to write movie scripts and has won several minor awards. Her first Bonanza novel, Felling of the Sons, won two awards; a first and a second place. She earned a master's in history in 2006 and Dortort felt her vision of the Civil War, and of Lincoln, was the same as his. She picked up a co-author for Dancing with Cannibals, an African historical in 1906, using his research and vision to help him make it a controversial and exciting adventure. Between 2016 and 2017 three novels got contracts but all are no longer available, due to her disappointment in these two publishers. She has done a lot of film acting in recent years, is agented, and filmed a local commercial that aired, even in prime time, in 2020.
Bebow-Reinhard’s most recent publication is From Lincoln to Trump: a political transformation; written because she was tired of people not understanding why our first black president was a Democrat. With this book, and her other book, she calls herself a journalistic historian. Facts and attitudes are needed to understand this nation's history.
CIVIL WAR & BLOODY PEACE: FOLLOWING ORDERS – a soldier's orders that are followed between 1862 and 1884 show relevance to today's world. Divisiveness today is easier to understand, and maybe even to deal with when we see the similarities related to race and equal rights. How did we get this way?
FELLING OF THE SONS – In 1860 Nevada, after the Paiute War, a father fights a nemesis out to destroy all he loves. His dilemma, when all three of his sons are in danger in different directions, which one does he rescue first?
MYSTIC FIRE – The Civil War in the East reaches Nevada when runaway slaves are sent to find a Cartwright to help stop Lincoln and end up tearing the family apart.
DANCING WITH CANNIBALS – Are cannibals monsters or real people? You might be surprised. Follow the adventures of two colonists to the Belgian Congo in 1906 and discover the reason some cultures eat human flesh, and how they struggled in this historical fiction to keep their world from being decimated.
ALIEN LOVERS – This adventure into the source of the human soul pairs a vampire with an alien who is bent on turning the Earth "back." A must read for the trilogy adventure "Journal of an Undead."
GRAVEYARD: A dead woman chases her identical twin to a new town in this hilarious attempt to claim her husband and her children, getting them all mixed up in some afterlife hi-jinx.
THE BIGHORN DECEIT: A soldier who befriends Custer follows disingenuous orders to the Little Bighorn. A FINALIST IN THE 2020 CREATIVE WORLDS AWARD COMPETITION.
AWAKENED: In 1503 Greece a cowardly Janissary Turk soldier falls for a Sultan's slave. They are killed trying to escape and he returns as vrykolakas—vampire. She follows him in spiritual form to help him learn to fight his thirst.
THE MEXICAN WALL AFFAIR: A political superhero romp COMEDY/SATIRE features Mexican mythological heroes determined to stop the wall from being built between the US and Mexico when a girl calls to them for help to see her mother one last time. The evil US president wants the wall to control drug trafficking.
DEAD MAN'S PASS: A cattle drive composed of a variety of immigrants sets out to unhaunt a canyon pass where other drovers have met their fate. When they are joined by a man cursed to go through a third time, the Indian drover must find a way to share his secret.
IF IT RAINS IN PARIS: scheduled to turn into a novel, this follows the adventures of a mother, her daughter and granddaughter on a trip to Europe, in an attempt to bond and heal old wounds. Based on a true story.
DEADLINE: Envisioned as the afterlife of assassinated people, and a play that the characters can be cast as any age and any sex.