11/26/20: Happy and Hopeful Thanksgiving: Happy to still be well, to have a family still well, to hoping we'll get to see them next time, to hoping that those who opted to celebrate together are staying careful and safe.
11/25/20: Found the following in "My People the Sioux": "We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth, as "wild." Only to the white man was nature a "wilderness" and only to him was the land "infested" with "wild" animals and "savage" people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it "wild" for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was that for us the "Wild West" began."
Seemed fitting to share this Thanksgiving season. This was the very first paragraph of the introduction. I'm looking forward to a very enlightening read.
11/24/20: Want to get a stylist because my hair is getting too long to look right, but at least I can put it up. Want to go horse riding but too afraid to call the number I have. They'll only say no. I have another commercial opportunity to apply for today. It's an odd one. But the money's good. I won't get it, though. That Dean's Health one was a fluke. Hopefully can get to the Historical Society today for me first day of volunteer work, and wondering what they'll want me to do. I'm always so afraid of letting people down.
11/23/20: While I agree that Trump is probably prosecutable on a number of angles, now is not the time to be making him nervous about that. He could pull a ditch, Jimmy Hoffa style, or he could resign and have Pence pardon him. I think the lack of finding fraud in the votes is wearing him down.
Returned books to the Wisconsin Historical Society building today. There's nice two-hour parking right there on the street, but what's odd is they don't allow you to drop off at their drop off box. I had to take it to the Memorial Library. No clue why. It makes no sense. Neither does all the millions of people flying for the holidays. Way to go, you're going to have a lousy Christmas.
Found an awesome website for the Michigan Copper Resource Manual. I'm on track to have it done by the end of November, but still no publisher in sight. I even queried a couple of agents.
By the way - if you've not heard already, go get your tickets for the online Bonanza Convention! See information and buy tickets at https://www.bonanzaconventiononline.com/?fbclid=IwAR389jvDWyK0HM-E0cR-1gdU6of02AqmDTiAnwP8uxUy4DXRFEjZe3bDLAk
11/22/20: Since the Republicans can't let this loss go, I suggest it's time they dissolve as a valid party. This is doing them irreparable damage. Read From Lincoln to Trump and you'll find a lot more reasons that we need a different party system in this country, overall. We're still obviously fighting the Civil War. In fact, get my Civil War book, too. I wrote these and had to self-publish while trump was president for a reason.
Having great fun pulling a book together with material that's already written. It's called "A Fractured Life," and it's a compilation of my writing diaries, travel journals and old blogs. Just tons of fun that you'll probably never get to read while I'm alive because why would I publish this if I can't get readers to buy anything else? Or even to accept my writing giveaways? There's a reason I call it "fractured." All the crazy things that happened in my efforts to follow a dream. Or many dreams. Or just what happens when you marry someone who's too completely opposite. Like having to travel to Crete alone last year. I told him he could go to Germany with me next year (or as soon as we can) if he works out and gets himself in shape. But he just refuses. No incentive. He'll be someone who's never been out of the country -- well, except for once or twice to a border Mexican town. And we went to Jamaica for Ben's wedding.
Also doing a double edit of Dinner at Marshall Fields - you know, when you edit a chapter, and then go back and read it aloud before editing the next chapter. And that really will be it. If it doesn't sell, I will self-publish. I am simply running out of time.
11/21/20: Hard to believe, isn't it, that Trump is still whining that he won? The Georgia recount still gave it to Biden and now Trump is hoping the recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties in WI will prove fraud. No one, not anywhere, is demonstrating any fraud, but there he is trying to become the dictator. Funny thing is, not too many acts of violence by his "proud boys" - although we did have a shooting at a Milwaukee mall yesterday and the shooter got away. Darn it! Probably one of Trump's. When I find out, I'll report it here. Hey, maybe this can act like my newsletter! I've been wanting to do one but I just don't have enough to even make it weekly. And who wants a newsletter with ramblings of thoughts? Newsletters tend to be in your face. I'll keep thinking about it though.
Another folk let me know she saw the commercial I'm in. I guess it's more fun to see it accidentally on the TV than to watch it deliberately here on my link page. That's okay. But I would like you to download "The Vacation" and let me know what you think. I can't believe more people don't enjoy it.
Because I'm at that age where I look around and wonder why my kids will do with all the junk I leave behind, I'm in the purging mood. One thing I'm almost done with is combining all my writing and travel and dream diairies into on memoir I'll call "The Fractured Life." Or something more clever if I think of it. Oh, I doubt I'll publish it. I mean, who cares?
11/20/20: Made a silly stink on Facebook about people being foolish enough to still want a normal Thanksgiving. And I just couldn't figure out why. It's just an eating holiday! Some told me they like the gathering of family, yeah, well, there will be plenty more times for that - if they're still alive. Hubby and I plan to celebrate it, have turkey, decorate the house, watch home movies, but to whine about not having a big gathering? Save it for Christmas. Let's get this under control so we can salvage the end of the year somehow. Let's all be thankful when there's a real reason to be - when we've all learned to pull together against this thing.
I've just been angry all over the place on Facebook lately, so it's best I stay off there. My anger is understandable. I do not think my writing is crap. But no one, no one, is in my corner anymore. So it must be crap, yet I don't think it is. So all I can do now is hope for a contract on something somewhere and lay low until I can earn some kind of respect for myself. Somehow.
Is it okay to be mad at my high school English teacher for saying I had "it"? Or at my college history professor for saying I had a "knack"?
11/19/20: Decided to put stuff here instead of at FB, and in fact, considering not posting much there at all anymore. I agree with others when they say we spend too much time there, and especially someone like me, who gets no validation otherwise. But I have to stop looking for it, especially in my writing. Today went for a 12,000 step walk and found a dime. Then I said I want to find another, and realized that isn't how it works. We must take the unxpected, without asking for more. And sure enough, some time later, I found another dime. I'm calling it my 20-cent walk.
11/17/20: I had been asking around after The Vacation appeared on a western online site if anyone wanted to see changes to how it ended and no one responded. Well, when I think of all the comedy episodes on Bonanza there are few that have Adam coming out ahead and I thought, hmmm, how can I do that here? I really like the ending now. I wanted it to have a twist, and thought it had to twist away from the beginning until I thought of another way.
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 move. 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, and between 2016 and 2017 got three publisher contracts for three novels that are no longer available, due to her disappointment in these publishers. She is seeking new publishers for new edits of two of them. She has done a lot of film acting in recent years, including a major commercial set to air this month. She is hosting an educational series in Portage, and she is also a paid screenwriter.
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. NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON - a new way to read a short story, in script form. Try it! If this is successful I can put others there as well.
POS AMERIKA or RIO GRANDE RIVER WALL WAR: 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. SUBMITTED TO NETFLIX IN THEIR OPEN VIEWING WINDOW IN 2020.