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Veterans Day is noted as “eleventh hour of the 11th day of the eleventh month.” I didn’t know that until I googled it today. Made a national holiday in 1938 at the conclusion of WWI in 1918. There’s about 1.6 million women vets (bet you didn’t know that) out of 21 million. A big shout out to those veterans and to those that give out homes to the veterans! Veterans Day makes me grateful for many things. Of course, the number one is the continuation of freedom at home, right here in the USA! Thanks you to all Veterans.
Recently, I’ve also contemplated what I would do as a congresswoman, senator or even as the president. No one asks me so I’ll ask myself and blog about it. Maybe you have some ideas, too. It feels like we need some help right now with the economy, wars and energy. Those are big problems for sure. The following ideas are mine from living a few years on this planet, as a daughter, a mother, a nurse and now a writer.
I’ll touch on ten items. I would advocate for America First, her safety(1) and security of all US citizens with a strong 1st class armed services dedicated to helping, understanding, and using constitutionally correct policies. When we are wrong and a whistleblower calls it, fix the problem, don’t kill the whistleblower, or imprison them. Safe guard the US with a revised immigration system. We should know who is coming inside our beautiful country. Until the world has no terrorism we must be vigilant towards evil. Energy(2) independence is something we have not had. How many times did I hear about the Middle East in the 1970’s? I didn’t even know we had oil and gas here-except for Texas and Alaska. I remember when the pipeline was built. I’m for green energy, clean air, less waste overall and preserving nature. I think a simultaneous plan is the right way forward.
Some people know how to fix a poor economy(3). That’s why America was eager for a business person to be president for years. Remember Ross Pero? He had lots of ideas and people liked him. He seemed to be honest and an outsider. There are so many ideas of what to be in life. We can be inventors, entrepreneurs, You Tube heroes, social media gurus, business starters, builders, government workers, pilots, nurses, teachers, soldiers or even lawyers. What makes a good politician? I hope honesty and patriotism are numbers one and two. Leave me some comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Face it we got caught with our pants down! We don’t make many goods anymore-we sent it away for corporate profits in the 1990’s. I lived it. Pull on the reins and slow that horse down, bring him back to the green pasture of home.
Then there’s education(4). Here’s another gotcha moment. For a few years I wanted to home school, even had my kids enrolled but never did it. It was an out of the box idea. Now there’s tremendous support! I would advocate designated tax dollars go for private school, regular school or towards future college costs. The schools should provide for more than academia. Our kids sit too much. We need music, art, sports, playtime, yoga and life skills taught. Healthcare(5) is a burden and we aren’t even healthy. Many people are overweight and take too many pharmaceuticals. We need to take the riches out of this exploitation of humans. Get walking, dancing, playing and how about three days off per week with four days of work, schools included. Stop the clock going forward and backwards.
We have a physical(6) problem and Covid showed us this. Lock-downs further exacerbated things like depression and suicide with alcohol sales increasing and continued isolation doing immense harm. America must wake up, eat less and get moving! Set the phone down and get control. Infrastructure(7) just got a boost, so I hope more parks and green spaces will appear. Ocean health(8) would be number one on my list if we didn’t have threats of war. The environment needs our tender care. Every nation should come to the table about ocean viability with a clean up started. We need more farmers, they work so hard. People need to work the land and use less pesticides and chemicals. Maybe teach farming(9) in high school. Grow things like gardens!
Finally, I would redo taxes(10). Simplify them. I would institute a committee to make less laws, removing old ones that don’t apply or contain governmental over reach. The young people need our help before illegal immigrants enter the US. Two years of community college should be free while in high school. This saves valuable time and money. Next a BS degree can be two years in college and a masters would be three after obtaining the associate in high school. Win win. Students need a boost. They need a 50% reduction in living costs while in college. The war money we spent on Afghanistan (no longer needed) can be used to help our youth get a start in life. I would increase social security 145% like housing has gone up over the last several decades in which they have not increased money for our seniors. Shame shame. The war money would be used to help our youth and seniors. Lastly, I would like to focus on mothers, and especially, single mothers. I would set up a committee to address this issue and try to formulate better guidance and laws surrounding the families of America. Churches should be involved in this endeavor. Maybe ‘ll set up a foundation.
***I’d like to make a holiday for women and immigrants with the Statue of Liberty as the symbol. Now that’s out of the box. Face it though, there’s no women on money, no US Presidents have been women, etc., etc. Yet women are 50% of the equation for all of us here on Mother Earth!
What do you think about these ideas? What are your ideas for America? We certainly can’t take the bickering much longer nor divisiveness. Time to work together and be happy for it. Thanks for reading.
Photos by Kim Troike
Boy With The Boot is in downtown Sandusky
Cherries and Theatre hanging on a wall.
Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake is my favorite!
Magenta Fleurs is my ninth novel or twelfth book! How did I ever get this far? Am I any good? I don’t know ask an expert. However, they don’t read Indies’s or unknown authors. They edit and read New York Times Bestseller’s right? And Booker Prize finalist’s and the long list or short list of books. What’s an author to do that doesn’t have a MFA in Writing?
Well, if you like writing and you’re a good speller with a great memory, then write a book, edit it, cover it and publish it. Be scared. Of course, you don’t want to get sued by anyone so follow the rules as best you can. No you don’t have a lawyer looking over your manuscript, therefore a bit of fear creeps in like, “Oh No! What have I done?”
Relax, it’s only words from the English language and there’s been thousands of writers writing much worse than you. Maybe writing crime is a guy’s thing as women are so scared and afraid. Maybe they keep us afraid, actually. Time to set the record straight, women have a keen eye for justice, liberty, and how to spot a fake. Aha, by George, you think you’ve done it. You’ve written a pretty good book. If not, you can try, try again. And so you do …
Here is my ninth novel, and twelfth book in all, over ten years. I’m a nurse, mother, stylist and yes, a writer. After ten years I’m not perfect but I can write a paragraph in seconds and get to the point fairly quickly. I can write a book and publish it in 3-4 months. Not bad, eh? I want to go to the next step and the one after that: readers, more books, and sales.
My books are available for a summer read or perhaps a fall picnic or winter tea by the fire. Your choice, your way, right here on the net from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and numerous others.
Caroline Clemens is an author pen name for the creative artist from Atlanta, Georgia and Palmetto, Florida where she is beginning her next novel. She writes historical fiction, thrillers, and family drama. She is available for book clubs, libraries and stores for in person events! firstname.lastname@example.org
I Always Wanted to Write a Novel
Mission Impossible. No, not the movie, but possibly how you feel about your dream. Last night you had that recurring dream that you were going to tackle the list of ten things to do before you can’t. Travel, cook, read, dance, hike, get married, get divorced, go to a play at the Fox Theatre, or maybe check out the symphony. The first item on the list is write a novel. You say to yourself, “I’ll start the day after I retire,” which is next month.
A coworker tells you about the Atlanta Writers Club. And here you are at their monthly meeting. The president tells the audience that everyone has a beginning and you find yourself nodding in agreement. You smile, sit back and take some notes. At the break you find yourself wandering around feeling mighty green, until you meet someone and it is their first time also. Well, at least you’re here working on that bucket list before time runs out. Ready. Set. Go.
Next up is a firsthand account of how to write a novel by a member who did just that. Please welcome Caroline Clemens to the stage. (She thanks everyone for being here and tells us to take out our notebooks and write fast!) “This is for the 18-99 year old first timer, any other profession besides an MFA, and someone with a story to tell. Follow this and you can write a book over the next 6-12 months. Purchase or gather up pens, notebooks, a thesaurus, and a computer. Use your name or a pen name and stick with it, start a WordPress blog, keep passwords handy, and figure out what type of book you want to write. Is there a story inside you, or do you just like a particular genre? Purchase a book or two of your favorite author, genre, or general interest. This will help with details when you get to the end of the road.
If you have never written anything and feel very green, then join a poetry group online. I joined d-Verse Poets Pub and stayed with them for over a year eventually having enough material for a collection of poems. Writing poetry gets the language moving, the words are enticing and your brain responds creatively. Join a writing group if you like, I was unable to do this with three kids to escort around town, school, cooking and homework, and later a job. I followed other writing blogs and derived my critique and inspiration from them. If you have a title, great, if not don’t worry it will come. You are going to learn along the way. You are going to Atlanta Writers Club meetings, starting a blog, following a poetry and/or other writing blogs, purchased your writing items, lit a candle, turned on some inspirational music, or silence, and hence the next step is it.
Don’t be scared, this is where I help. On the first few pages of the notebook write the title, plot, places, character names, genre, and any notes you want to remember about the story. On a single page write the title, plot, first sentence, last sentence and desired word count. This will keep you motivated and on task towards the goal. The next four pages, leave pages in between for when you change something and rip it out, will be the outline. According to how many words construct an appropriate amount of chapters. Do you like long chapters, or short? Once you know the amount of words per chapter then set down the chapters with headings or a story flow. Now you have something to refer to when you get all mixed up or forgetful. I wrote out in notebooks by hand my first four or five novels this way, then typed them to the computer. This is the very fun part because you’ve done an extraordinary amount of work and now you can add or delete at will. Have fun!
Read a paragraph out loud to see if it flows. Edit yourself-then find an editor who may be a friend or from a group, even a professional one for hire. When you have completed typing it to the computer, and edited the manuscript, find yourself a cover! I use Self-Pub Covers online and the cost is about $75-$125. You will want to write a back cover and this can be very tricky. Get out that favorite author of yours and read their back cover-look at the insides, etc. Teach yourself. I eventually found an editor who makes my manuscript look perfect on the page, but you can use someone like XLibris to format your book. These two costs are around $100-$400. My books are now with Ingram Spark who is a book distributor. They distribute everywhere around the globe in print or digital. Mine are available on Amazon/Barnes & Noble and other venues. I have just started the marketing process so I’ll be working on that part of bookselling.
Finally, it sounds like so much to do but it isn’t-it works right from you. You are master of your fate, maybe for once in your life you write the details and tell people what to say. After I wrote four or five books I turned the page and just like that improved upon my own process. What did I have to lose? I now use yellow tablets, putting the title, plot, characters, word count, genre, places, and a full six page outline with headings, storyline, etc. and type to the computer from this. This was a magnificent accomplishment of mine. I’ve heard Scrivener has a tool and I may try that next time. I’ve been writing for nine years now, and hopefully my marketing will help me to sell and make a few bucks. Readers, reviews, and a positive query are the prizes and I wish that for all of us. I Always Wanted to Write a Novel.”
Thank you. Best,
Photography by Kim Troike
#1 photo from Chagrin Falls, Ohio-also her nickname from a long time ago.
#2 Digital Chocolate for Lilly/Historical fiction 1920’s
#3 Digital Three King Mackerel and a Mahi-Mahi/Thriller Surveillance
#4 What will she do with all these books? Market Market Market
Published via Atlanta Writers Club Newsletter for April/George Weinstein
Thank you to Crema Espresso Gourmet for hosting us November 12th! And a special thanks to the attendees. We enjoyed giving information about our book creations followed by readings. This is a lovely venue in the heart of Dunwoody which is just north of Atlanta.
I read from my historical fiction “Chocolate for Lilly” set in the 1920’s Gilded Age eastern seaboard of America and gifted a few of my novels to readers. In addition I read my favorite poem I wrote about the fairy tale The Little Match Girl. My title for this is “I Dreamt One Night.” You can find that poem in my collection of poems in “Autumn Quotes.” All are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online venues in digital and print.
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Merry Christmas and see you in the new year 2020!
Caroline Clemens *pen
Caroline Clemens is pleased to inform her readers of her recent experience with the Atlanta Writers Club at Artists Alley. The first ever Alpha Con was booked at the Alpharetta Library as an all day event!
This also happened to be her very first book signing in public. She was thrilled! George Weinstein was in attendance. He is the president of the writers club and is also in charge of the Atlanta Writers Conferences which are held twice a year downtown Atlanta in the spring and fall.
It was a busy day in August-somewhat hot, but hey, we already expected that. The library is gorgeous and sits next to a park like setting with grass and trees. We were outside along the brick corridor and shaded. Thank you to the librarians for this fun event. Later that night they held a contest for the best costume. I’m awaiting photos.
Caroline will be at her next event in downtown Decatur, Georgia. This Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest in the country and draws huge crowds with much to do! She’s been twice before and met so many people from the writing world. This time she will be in the Atlanta Writers Tent signing from 4-5 PM. Find her there both days Saturday the 31st, and Sunday the 1st.
Caroline will have on hand several of her print books at a reduced price of $5 and $10. She says she can’t wait to finish “Magenta Fleurs” and will seek a publisher for this title. She feels ready to write, print, publish and would be able to put forth more in a timely manner. Wish her luck. It’s a hard road “self-publishing.” Doable and rewarding, however, one must never turn down help from others!
Last year Caroline even wrote a screenplay and submitted this in a contest. What this did was force her to learn how to do it. Compelling and true, Caroline hopes to find a way to reach more readers, write more, be involved, and feel successful in her own right. Thank you for following and purchasing the indies art of storytelling.
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Books are available in print or digital! Author Caroline Clemens will be at The Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta this August 31st & September 1st in The Atlanta Writers Tent signing and selling her books. Visit her there.
October 1st UPDATE:
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I’m taking a blogging break due to time constraints, new goals & workloads. Please enjoy my sites, writings, and visit my newest bookstore here … BooksbyCarolineClemens
Thank you again to persons who helped me achieve my goals despite obstacles no one ever dreamed existed. There is so much more; I’m just waiting for my keyboard to accept the pounding! “All about that base” … Until the next book!
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I’m still here. Unbelievable. WordPress has taught me many things but patience is not one of them. I already had that. I was born patient. I learned to work hard which came naturally and to show the world kindness. When you are faced up against hatred and utterly mean people, well, that can be treacherous and gut punching to say the least. Still, here I am.
I’m proud to announce that my last two books are in print and digital reads at your favorite online stores! Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords all have them available. The print will be here May 31st. Pre order if you like and you’ll have that INDIE summer read at the beach or up in your cabin in the woods.
I’ve written a spy-thriller (surveillance & the phone) and a historical fiction (set in the ’20’s). I hope to write sequels for both-we’ll see if we get a good interest. Thanks for following me and watching me grow as a writer. Isn’t it funny I always had a name for me as a writer? I just never started until 2011.
I was motivated by love of the written word-it was just waiting for me to find it. Only heaven knows and the spirit within me why I finally did it. I believe I fell in love, properly.
Photography by me from The Biltmore House in North Carolina. It is one of my favorite places and I’ve been there like four times! I call this the Paris Room.
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Oh, how I’ve grown as a writer and publisher. That cannot be discounted. It’s one thing to write a 30K word novella, then progress to a 50K + word novel; but to edit, critique, and publish on four online venues is insurmountable! This do it yourself minus a MFA college degree is frustrating, and more than disappointing when you think you’ve been given a great tip only to find out you’ve been sabotaged. You must listen to others because you are starting from scratch, though, I’ve found the internet to be filled with trolls, and nay-sayers, plus inaccuracies. Then again, I’m still here and trying. Why? Because I did find authentic, wonderful writers willing to give me a focus and keep trying.
You know what I like? Exactly the same thing I did as when I started. I like putting together a unique idea from myself and making a small production of it. It is like making and sewing a dress, performing on stage in a theatre production, singing in a choir, traveling, or even making a family and trying to get the parenting right. You keep working it and using all the information at your disposal. It is uniquely you.
My next book release is forthcoming. My best friend influenced me when she said (she’s a huge reader of mystery-crime), you got to kill some people in your book. What? Me kill someone. I’m a nurse we put people back together, that’s my calling. She’s the big reader so I took Shannan’s advice. I’m looking forward to getting some input on this one.
I’ve had it professionally critiqued-she liked it, and queried it out there. Just because nobody picks it up doesn’t mean its not good. The agents and editors don’t have time or are too busy. Once again, I’ll do it alone. Sad face without tears. My wishes go unanswered. Of course, I HOPE someone pounds their fist on a desk when it sells well and they missed an opportunity by dropping me off into the trashcan beside their desk.
Finally, take a look up top at my header image and you’ll see the the cover image for “THREE KING MACKEREL AND A MAHI MAHI” along with my other book covers. Yes, that’s the title and its way more than fishing. The genre is spy-thriller with a romantic element for adults. I’ll be looking for readers-so pass it forward. My estimated release date is February 10-17th! It will be on Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. Surveillance is creepy.
Think Pulp Fiction marries Fried Green Tomatoes while wanting a 007 life.