4/17/21: I continue to be amazed by how much I read has relevance somewhere in my life. Malavika, my daughter-in-law, sent me three of her University of Washington magazines that she works in and they are delightful reading materials, something I would not have expected to get much from. But I guess I've always been interested in the collegiate world and this is part of that. I finished the Grant's world tour biography and found that to be aggrandizing Grant, more than accepting any criticisms he might have received along the way, which is a shame. So it's not a good source of Grant material, except, like in Grant's autobiography, only what he allowed in print. At least, that's how it reads to me. For a president who gets low marks overall, one has to wonder when and where those low marks began, after reading this. But in the most recent Washington magazine, I read about a native woman doing work in archaeology and now I want to contact her about the CAMD. You just never know where any reading will lead you. Like True West. I was ready to blow off an article that at first seemed to hold no value, but as I got into it, realized what I needed in a whole new edit of "Six Barrels Loaded."
4/16/21: The delight of being a historian with several projects in the works is in reading a source for one project, I tend to find things for other projects, too. I bought a book on Grant's World Tour in '78-79 and found a nice section on his visit to Virginia City. I'm going to check and see if he invested there and that's why he went broke in early '80 and had to write his memoirs. I found reference to Philip Deidesheimer helping with the Sutro tunnel there! Nice to see the Dutchman hung around after inventing the mining honeycomb method of timbering. I found a way to refer to him in the novel I'm editing, too. I was reading that book to find out if anywhere in the world they wanted to know what Grant had done to the Sioux Indians, but everyone treated him as a war hero, even in India. I suspect that any negatives were removed. And I got my printer to work! I had to do it on the printer's display module, not through the computer. Whew. Another problem solved. I sent a copy of the Michigan Copper Resource Manual to Nova because there were a few issues in the contract I worried about. We'll see what happens. No one is responding to my need for references, either, so I suspect SP is the only route for this series.
4/15/21: Okay, I have a little regret. The router and wireless had to be placed alongside my bed, because that's where the phone line used to be. We never had a landline phone in this house and I didn't know they needed to use one. So I guess it's a good thing they found it. But why only there? What's nice is I can now shut my office door and not block off the internet, to keep the cats from bugging me in the morning when I'm most productive. Don't come looking for me in the morning! But now I can't get my printer hooked up to the wireless and will have to jump a few hoops before I'm stuck rearranging my office. And we find out that Earthlink IS AT&T, which I'm not happy with. But We are saving a few bucks from the Spectrum, who let us cancel without a problem. They would have gone to $200, from what we were paying, which was $144. And now we're paying $149. Win? Oh well. First day of unemployment and it feels like I only dreamt I had a job.
4/14/21: Up and running and faster than ever! Not at all sad that we made the switch. But I am sad that the AG supervisor of communities has not sent me the link for our zoom meeting tomorrow night. This is really really late and I am feeling insecure. Like she's trying to make me fail. There's no reason she could not have sent that earlier, whether I was having internet trouble or not. I also was told I was sent a contract for my copper book from Nova, but never saw it, so I asked them to please resend. I won't play hard ball. They can buy the book out from under me, as long as I get a little something to show on my income page for my work. The last offer would have given me nothing. This morning I meet my new medical care community and it's welcome, too, with the issues I've been having. Just over-stressed, I'm sure. Last day of work! So that should change. I see the virus is surging again, thanks to people who think they're safe now with all the vaccines going around. Keep wearing your mask people! We're not out of the woods yet!
Check out my new blog - I put up the index I recently created on the 2nd edition of From Lincoln to Trump. See all the goodies the book will have.
4/12/21: Grateful to people who have visited here and read things. I'm at the library now, no internet at home as we transfer from Spectrum to Dish. Have to bring units back to Spectrum tomorrow, wondering what they're going to charge us for quitting. Dish installer also installed new speaker system and boy is that ever great because old speaker system was nothing but a jumble of wires and I don't think it worked. Of course the cost was high but he installed for free. Also bought internet boosters for the house, which will hopefully work nice. Well, heck, hadn't spent the stimulus yet! Hopefully will be back tomorrow night but likely won't return here until Wednesday. Yes - my last day of work! And the movie part I accepted starts right after my last official day of work, which is the 21st, which is our season review party. But my breather begins Thursday - and that's when the Beloit Theater opens AND they're showing Nomadland! If only I could get fun stuff like this to happen with my writing. But Passion of the Sons is turning into a really fun edit, already 2,000 + words more than before. Nothing wrong with more Cartwright!
4/11/21: I'd like to think I'm like most anyone, wanting respect for my work. Last week I dropped out of a movie that was supposed to film a year ago but didn't because of Covid. Weak excuse, I filmed a commercial last June. Anyway, I dropped out because it was a two hour drive for two lines, and no pay, and I didn't like the guy, had to unfriend him because he kept making obscene remarks on my posts. Anyway, that same day I got approved to audition for the part of an art teacher, they were looking for someone 50ish and I said if you could age that teacher a little more, I'll audition. I dressed the part, set up my phone, learned the lines, asked about the last line, used my glasses as a prop, said the last line as a close up - and got the part! She said she liked what I did with it the best. No, no pay, another college film, I'm sure. But I'm hyped! It'll shoot the end of April, after I'm done working. This feels like the thing I need to move forward.
I'll be missing a few days of posts because I'm losing the internet, soon, as we switch over. Maybe I'll go to the Janesville library to work before work tomorrow. Maybe.
Here's how my updates to From Lincoln to Trump and Civil War & Bloody Peace will go. I'm going to put up the From Lincoln to Trump 2nd edition on Kindle SOON, hopefully before the weekend. When I do, I will de-activate the published copy edition. I still have some first edition print I'd like to sell. I've got the index list done, and I'll post that on a blog when the internet is done switching. Then I'll get the CWBP done the same way, Kindle first, deactivate the published copy. I also just submitted Saving Boone for the last time, and it's now out at four places. If I hear from none by the end of May, that, too, will get published at Amazon. And that, I hope is that last of the SP I'll be doing in my life. I hope.
Don't forget to check the gun blog. I think it's finally static.
4/10/21: Taking care of business. Took today off of work because co-worker wanted it so bad and we're dumping our cable for Dish, which is coming in tomorrow to set up, meaning I needed to do some housecleaning! Spectrum thinks they can charge us $200 a month, they can think again! I don't know what they'll do to our phone plan with them. We're on a wait and see with that, but we'll switch to either T-Mobile or Consumer Cellular, if we have to. Neither of them will take our phones. Anyhow, I need to keep moving but I did add MORE to the gun regulations blog. Fun stuff I learned yesterday, as gun rights nuts continue to compare gun use to car use. It appears the Earthlink part of our package won't come in until 4/13, so it might mean I'm without wireless for a few days. I'll find out tomorrow, hopefully able to post before it gets disconnected, if that happens.
I'm reading "The Soul of Things," a book published in 1863 & 1865 (2nd edition) and it fits in perfectly with the edit I'm doing on "Passion of the Sons," which means that FREE novel (If you liked both Mystic Fire & Felling of the Sons) is getting a good number of pages added to it, as I also find places where I moved a little too quickly and can linger on this time. The novel is actually quite exciting - I wish I could get it published.
4/9/21: Added to the gun blog - apparently Biden is still working on his gun regulations. Have to leave for my volunteer work in a bit, this is the last morning, thankfully. Job is done in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 - April 14th.
4/8/21: Okay, I'm not done indexing yet, but the tunnel has lightened. I'm on the last chapter, and it's a doozy, of course, but the stuff I'm finding along the way that needs to be added to the book means this is going to be a hell of a book! Yesterday at work Peggy T asked me if I knew which president coined "normalcy" and I thought I'd look it up. And yes, I did have it noted in my book, but what I found online about it meant I didn't look closely enough at what turned out to be a similar expression to "make America great again." I had time at work so I started looking at what I wanted to include in my analysis chapter. That will include ERA, attitude against Reconstruction, why we really entered Vietnam, when the rich became favored and even apologized for. We're going to learn that Trump is not so far from Lincoln as we thought, but that Social Media - with a big SM - makes people stupid voters.
On behalf of Biden's new attention on gun safety laws, I'm posting my version of what gun control should look like. First written in 2014 and here updated.
4/5/21: Shhhhh, I'm indexing.
4/4/21: I don't dream like I used to. I remember parts of my dream from last night but not like some of the ones I found that I'd written down. Such detail and realism. Last night's was of a ride Carrie took us one, like riding in a golf car, over a big hill and when we crested the top, and started downward suddenly, all three of us flew upward and hit the ceiling - so we were inside somewhere -- before falling (floating) back down again. I wanted to do it again but Joe goes 'no way' and I knew it wouldn't work without all three of us. I wonder if at that moment my body might have jerked upward. I hear that kind of thing happens in our sleep. Yes, yes, I know what today is but I don't celebrate so why bother mentioning it? I suppose my granddaughters do, and their other grandmother is a believer so we let her have that one. Not much candy those vegan kids can eat anyway, and I send them enough stuff during the year. Still waiting to hear how she likes her new troll. It's a lovely day out and I know I need to get out and enjoy it but so embroiled in work this morning I can barely think straight. Creating an index is fun but SO time-consuming. And I did a spell check on a long neglected finished erotica novel and sent that out this morning. Good for me.
4/3/21: Sad that it's taking me so long to get this new edit of "From Lincoln to Trump" out. Sad that I'm seeing errors that should never have been there. I'm going to put it out as Kindle, and then make the index available here to give you an idea what's in it. The index and bibliography itself won't be in the Kindle copy, all you'll see there are the footnotes. But otherwise it will be the full read of the book that will come out later. The kindle copy is searchable, however, unlike the book. I also want to get the new Kindle edit of Civil War & Bloody Peace out soon. Work work work. That's all I ever do. I'm also working on an updated version of "Passion of the Sons," which is available only to people who have read both of my Bonanza novels for sale at Amazon. You have to ask for it personally, if you liked both of those. So do contact me and I'll make sure you get a copy of this new edit, which I'm working on just after watching Bonanza's Season 7 again. Oh yes, less than two weeks left of work.
4/2/21: Well, what do you think? My hair color is starting to naturally return. Oh, not a lot, and very gradually. But last night I was on a zoom chat and kept wondering what that dark splotch on my head was. So I did some research and sure enough, if hair goes gray due to stress it can start to regain its normal color when that stress is gone. Question is, what was my stresser and how is it gone now? Or is it also the vitamins I'm taking? Whatever, I'll love this and it'll be fun to see how much comes back. Although it could start looking kinda funky if all I get is this one splotch at the front of my head.
4/1/21: No April Fool's here. I think April 1 should be the start of the new year, since it basically is considered the start of spring, generally speaking. I mean, March is supposed to go out like a lamb, right? Well, not this year, although technically, maybe, yeah, because when I walked to work from the bus stop in early March the temp hovered at around zero, and at the end of March more like a windy 45. So much better, right? Just got off training for the elections on April 6th. I suppose I should have voted absentee, but didn't. Now I might not be able to. Maybe after my dental tomorrow, I'll run to the clerk's office and see if I can pick up an absentee. Just figured they weren't going to need me Tuesday, now it sounds like they might. Son of a gun. And Joe needs to vote but he might not have the car. Oh my life is a mess when I have too much to do. So I guess I'm the April fool.
3/31/21: Those interested in "From Lincoln to Trump," I suggest you wait until 2nd edition. There's a lot of anti-trump messaging in this because I released it to oppose him in 2020; the next edition will be a more controlled look at Republicanism itself. But there is stuff in 1st edition that will not be available in 2nd. I reduced the Kindle price to $2.99 but the book price wouldn't have gone down much (they have a minimum) so I left that alone. Second edition will cost more, and I will be promoting it to libraries and universities.
I think the most important thing to read before you buy any book is the index, which tells you what you'll find in it. I always turn to it before I buy any book. With that in mind, I put the index to CWBP here as a new blog entry. I'm having a great time putting one together for the print version of "From Lincoln to Trump."
3/30/21: The perfect ending to Climax. Happy sigh. Now to let it sit a month and line edit, make sure all the words stick together right. I suspect Climax will have to be published before I can get the other two books, which read more like short adventures safety-pinned together, any attention, as Climax is a full contemporary (set in 2022) novel. But I do want to do another editor of Passion of the Sons, so that's next, while working getting From Lincoln to Trump ready for 2nd edition at Amazon.
3/29/21: I have been rethinking my writing career, and my membership in AG, and this recent problem with this website has brought me more clarity on my writing. I am moderator for the AG Madison chapter, but the involvement of others is nearly non-existent. Do I want to keep up doing the work for nothing? I was promised free membership, but have not received it. I have until April 15 to talk myself out of asking someone else to take over. You see, I have figured out my writing style, and it is nothing like Madam Bovary, which I am trying to force myself to read now. I really dislike overly descriptive prose. I don't write that way. I write more as if you are watching it on TV, but with the human emotion that TV doesn't show. I also tend to overwrite character thoughts, which I am trying to overcome. But human emotion and psychology are the most important to me in reading, and I guess maybe I've always been fascinated by what it takes to drive people crazy. I've now decided, too, that Journal of an Undead: Climax (or Legacy, might change it) is going to be the first novel in the series, with the other two to follow, mostly because no one seems able or willing to take on Love Stories, as it had been published before. Ah me. All the mistakes in my life sitting on my shoulders, weighing me down.
Take a look at the copper page if interested in the AA article "Copper Conundrum" by David Malakoff, provided to me by the author.
3/26/21: I'm writing today even though my website is down. Yeah. Can't see it. I can edit it, I just can't see it. It's an odd coincidence that my Godaddy account is now finally completely severed, and now this one doesn't work. I'll tell you, when I saw this yesterday, shortly before getting bumped from the Yoga Warrior competition, I nearly decided to hell with everything. You think Yoga Journal is now going to offer a free subscription to failed participants? Nooooo.
3/23/21: Thanks to David Malakoff for sticking with our conversation. And now I can't find the magazine with the article. Driving me nuts. I pretty well laid out in my blog where I was unhappy with it, but he doesn't see what I'm saying as being against what he'd said. So we reached an impasse there. I said there's no conundrum, and I was tired of hearing that there was. Anyway, now I'm working on the edit of Civil War & Bloody Peace and it's scaring me. I am working on, I think the Kindle version and cannot figure out why the photos were taken out. And I know I kept the Kindle version shorter than the book version, so these updates to the Kindle version, am I going to have to also make to the book version? And why is the Kindle version called the book edit? Let's face it, working and writing do not mix. I'll hope to have answers for myself after April 15th.
3/22/21: Got a response from the author of that AA article "copper conundrum." Let's just say I hope to get another response as he didn't say why he didn't mention float copper but kept the emphasis on mining.
3/19/21: I made the first cut in Yoga Warrior, but that's it. I'm done. The voting will continue like that until the end of April. I'd prefer they'd open up voting to the public, and it sounds that way in their rules, but to them, the public is your own family and friends. We never will be competing against each other. We will never even know who we are competing against. I don't like bothering friends and family for another month. Besides, those who are already in the top tier will likely stay there. I was 13 out of 15. Now they're voting for the top ten. I know when to call it quits.
3/17/21: Everything hitting me at once. Things I'd been trying for ever since I moved to Beloit, all come together at the same time. I'm not able to keep track! Last night I again missed my city committee meeting! I had it in my head last week and then -- gone! I have a writer's group meeting, I volutneer at the local historical society, I have a job, and of course there's all the books I need to get published this year! This year!
3/16/21: Both hubby and I slept in late this morning. Must be how the body makes up for losing an hour of sleep. Hey, you didn't think we're connected to nature? We are connected to nature. Oh, for those of you who've read my anti-AA blog on their Copper Conundrum, maybe you could write to the editor and object to some of that misinformation. Maybe if they hear it from more than just me, they'll start to believe they've done something wrong.
3/15/21: A new article available online, an excerpt from "A Cartwright Ride Through Virginia City History." See the link on my link page.
3/13/21: In that editor's behalf, he is trying to make nice. However, the fact that he doesn't want another article on copper when the one he just published has too many questions and mistakes - for heaven's sake, it's called "Copper Conundrum!" - means that I will no longer trust anything in that magazine. And that's a shame. Off on an adventure today. Hopefully will find another artifact or two.
3/12/21: Too much work and too little time lately. But I do want to share why I blogged against American Archaeology's (AA) most recent copper article. Okay, I get the idea that I don't have the credentials to try and take a stand against someone like Malakoff in their most recent issue. But how isn't the CAMD news? I wrote a response to "Copper Conundrum" and queried the editor there because of all the fallacies that article perpetrates. I thought he could use it as a news item and I was willing to write it however he wanted to introduce it. Instead, he would only look at half of it, 500 words, and then said he'd use 200 words (of his choosing) - maybe - as a letter to the editor. I said no thanks. And now that I've subscribed to Archaeology, I will let this subscription lapse. You see, I don't have time for any editor who isn't prepared to show where something is something not true. He invested in that Malakoff article and wants to let that stand as reality of the copper world today? Uh-uh. Not acceptable.
So what I am sharing as a blog today is my original version written in response for AA. But now I can develop a full article that I will shop around. I'm sure it won't get published. Nothing I do ever is. But does that stop me? No. Maybe it's because I'm crazy and I'm the only one who doesn't know it. And maybe only crazy people are able to see the world as it really is. This blog today is what I wrote for AA's editor hoping he would be willing to correct the record. He wasn't, not even when I cut this down to 500 words. So take a look at the whole 900 words I originally wrote as response to Malakoff's "copper conundrum" and tell me how crazy you think I am.
3/10/21: And American Archaeology magazine published a long article in the most recent edition reiterating all the issues with the copper industry and won't let me publish updates. At least we're still in conversation about it. But no professional ever seems able to take me seriously. Story of my life.
3/8/21: Voting starts tomorrow! I'll post the link first thing a.m. wherever I can. Oh, I hold no illusions. I can't possibly win. But something like this does get the adrenaline going, for a little while. Hope you can help me have a decent showing anyhow. And now, for a day I dread - catching the bus to work. At least the weather's nice.
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!
3/3/21: 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.
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/.
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.