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FROM GOOGLE

I just received this email from Google.  I have no idea of it,s importance, or whether I’m being ripped off ( which happens these days, but has always been the practice of a certain element of society, i.e., losers).

https://web.mail.comcast.net/zimbra/mail?app=mail#5

I’m also including the sit they reference.

https://www.funmatrix.net/signup?ad_domain=ads.ad-center.com&ad_path=%2Fsmart_ad%2Fdisplay&prod=2&ref=5039902&q=Elmo%20S%20Sojourn%20Walt%20Trizna&sub_id=Elmo%20S%20Sojourn%20Walt%20Trizna&seed=2067700206&utm_source=ybutf.top&utm_medium=referral&placement=http%3A%2F%2Fybutf.top%2Felmo-s-sojourn-walt-trizna.html&adserver=0.18.4-rc1&sf=eone&sem=books&sfv=11&_sign=73af4830f7ce4faad777d1c2bd53144f&_signt=1459460554

To be honest, I would prefer you purchase my story from Melange Books.  I make money, and more in important, my publisher makes money.

As a side note, I occasionally check my name on Google. It’s not an ego thing, I just want an update on what of my work has been published. Interestingly, I did discover one of my stories publish.  That knowledge was new to me.  I also found that the first two chapters of Elmo’s Sojourn has been published in China. I waited for the money from millions of sales to roll in.  Of course, I knew that China has little use for our copyrights, but the next time I visit the Orient, I expect a huge outflowing of love.

In spite of my age, I still dream.

 

March 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm Leave a comment

A SECOND LOOK AT GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Those of you who follow this blog will remember, in the past, I have expressed negative opinions on George R.R. Martin’s series, The Game of Thrones.  I felt, and still do, that the novels were overwritten.  If they were shortened, the story would move along at a much interesting pace.  In my opinion, the description of the character’s clothes and other details were far beyond necessary.  While talking with a friend, I found that he also had a problem reading these novels, and had an interesting observation.  He commented that the novels were really screenplays, providing details needed more for a visual representation of the story than what the novel required.

These are opinions of the author’s works of fantasy.  Now I would I would like to express my limited exposure to the Martin’s science fiction.

Due to a local library’s overflow of books, I inherited a book of Martin’s science fiction work published by TOR in 1985, with the individual stories first published during the 1970’s.  The first and best story, Nightflyers, was a read I highly recommend.  All of the stories making up this anthology are worthy of a lover of science fiction’s attention.

From reading this the brief amount of Martin’s science fiction, I think his writing in this genre is superb and definitely plan to read more of his efforts, if I can find them.  I found the stories in Nightflyers to progress at a rapid pace and entertaining.

My opinion of this author has suffered a turnaround.  This is the fault of forming an opinion until all the facts are known.

March 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm 4 comments

POEMS & FLEETING THOUGHTS: THE CREATORS

Have you ever wondered

Of the giants,

The geniuses of the arts, the sciences?

How they suffered

Their daily lives?

The revelations and emotions,

The creations born

Yet the mundane thoughts

Crowding their existence,

Long gone

We put them on pedestals,

Gaze at their work in museums

Or read their efforts,

But remember,

Know they were human,

Lived day to day,

Dealt with life,

Some, their talent realized

Only once gone,

The gamble

Of being

Creative.

I try to appreciate every creative effort I read on the blogs I follow.  To create something from nothing takes effort, whether grand or small.

 

 

 

March 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm 1 comment

POEMS & FLEETING THOUGHTS: TERRORISM

Brussels

Innocent they gather

For the usual experience,

 

While those deprived

Of a future

Plot their destruction,

 

Lives torn apart,

Bodies torn apart

On both sides

Of the equation,

 

Where is the meaning

The hope

When hate overcomes

The value of life?

March 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm 1 comment

POEMS AND FLEETING THOUGHTS

Progression

 

As my years gain numbers

My once youthful mind

Cannot comprehend

This change,

Ponders

The fading past

And wonders

At the future,

I sometimes feel

Like Kafka’s

Roach,

I went to sleep

At seventeen

And awoke

Nearly seventy,

Trying to grasp

The thoughts

Hopes and dreams

As they drift away,

How will time

Treat my questioning

Soul?

 

 

March 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm 1 comment

RANTS AND RAVES: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

I wrote this article in anger and despair, then decided not to publish it.  But only today this article appeared in the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/03/15/in-groundbreaking-case-franciscan-friars-charged-with-allowing-abuse-of-at-least-80-kids/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_aof-friars-225pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Here is another article which should sicken everyone, especially a parent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/03/03/abuse-survivor-advocates-see-hope-in-spotlight-and-in-new-report-alleging-widespread-cover-up/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_aof-payout940p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

How could my piece possibly relate to writing?  Easy, it is life.  And even when writing fiction, the roots of reality take hold and form the story.

I was raised a Catholic, my children were raised in the church, but I no longer attend mass.  I was frustrated, then sickened as I sat on Sunday morning listening to discussions I could not challenge.  Being told statements that were not true, or not researched.  Making no sense to what I knew to be the truth.

I once found comfort in the presence of the church. The physical building offered peace.  Even the smell of the church, in quiet moments of solitude, I found solace.  Now, I question this source of salvation I once held dear.  Wondering where the truth ends and the lies begin.

My faltering began with the first exposure of child abuse in this area of Pennsylvania, by priests.  I could not wrap my mind around such an announcement.  I realized that I was expected to confess my sins to someone, who potentially, had committed acts worse than I could imagine.  When the Philadelphia Inquirer published their first article about these unspeakable acts by priests from the pulpit we were told not to read the article. As it turns out, this heinous crime was being committed by thousands of priest all over the country, then revealed that this practice was committed by priests all over the world.

 I know that if I had committed these acts, I would have been jailed.  When released put on Megan’s List, and my life ruined.  Yet when the holy commit these crimes, they are transferred to a new parish where they could continue these unholy acts. 

During one mass after the revelation of these crimes, I listened to the celebrant tell us that pedophilia was a disease.  I would say a disease that should have been dealt with before too many innocent lives were ruined.  In reply, I would ask this question, “Does the church consider homosexuality a disease?”  For most of these acts come under that definition. Now every time the church I once attended plants small white crosses in the soil representing the thousands of children aborted, I wish they would also plant little black crosses to represent the thousands of children, living children, whose lives have been damaged by those they pictured as the holiest of holy.

I am sickened by an institution I once held dear.  I did not write this article gain attention, but rather, to explore a past my life once held important, but now causes nothing but confusion.    

March 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm 1 comment

A FRIEND GONE, SALLY

A companion, living most of the past months on my lap, Sally is gone.  I have mentioned her in this blog before. 

Originally my daughter Lynn’s cat, an SPCA rescue, but as education and work took Lynn to other locations, Sally stayed behind

At the age of nearly 16 her kidney failure overpowered her.  She left this world on March 8, 2016, barely able to stand.  I had to make the final decision.   She had bounced back numerous times in the past, but this time was different.  There was no bouncing back.

I never thought I would be become a ‘cat person’, but I did become a ‘Sally person’.  We shared many nights together on my recliner, and many mornings when her hunger wanted me awake.  I miss her.  She won my heart, and I will always remember her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm 3 comments

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