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How Do You Perceive Mishaps?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele:

The question, ‘Do you view the glass half empty or half full?’ applies to today’s circumstance. Our perspective affects future interactions.

There is no failure as long as there are lessons learned.

My Story

Meticulous preparation went into effect beginning last week. We practiced with the new technology, and we rehearsed the dialogue between the host and myself. An hour-long event was to be recorded so that a replay would be available for attendees. The plan was to have the recorded webinar available for future projects. 

Only ten minutes into the program, the recording system failed. I briefly saw the message but continued as if nothing had happened. Instead, I spoke for the agreed upon time to deliver a full webinar on how to use sales techniques for getting HIRED!

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What it Means to KNOW Someone (3+7)

The subtitle of my eBook  Love’s manifesto is To be seen, to be known, and to be loved into wholeness. This is the craving in the heart of every human being whether they will admit it or not.

We already talked about the being seen part.

What it means, why we want it, and what it will do for us.

And we talked about the inversion of being seen, the hiding.

The shame that lies to us telling us that what we want, what we crave, indeed what we need is not available for us for whatever fill in the blank reason it comes up with.

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Lilly Longstreet (L.L.) had the kind of beauty that could stop a train; although if you were with Lilly, you should never be anywhere near a train!

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Today she was wearing a familiar black pants suit, with legs flared enough to cover medium heels, and a white blouse without the top three buttons in place. Her breasts weren’t large, but they were certainly enjoying the exposure! I saw no jewelry, other than her trademark black gemstone ring, and she was sporting the recognizable perfume that made sure she got noticed by anyone who had a nose!

‘Loose Lilly’ some people called her.  I ‘d never had more than a professional relationship with L.L; but I suspect Lilly knew her way around the bedroom – or any other secluded spot that met with her approval!

   “Where do you hide it?” I asked giving her the trademark Carson Reno smile.

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The Editor is Your Friend


The Editor is Your Friend

You have finished the first draft of your novel. Running it through the spell checker, making minor changes here and there as you read through it. You’ve sent it out to beta readers, made changes and fixed things they pointed out. Now you think you’re ready to publish the book. Stop right there! News flash! You are not ready to publish! What? Sure I am. Nope. Trust me on this. You are not ready to publish. You need an editor to go through your book. An editor! Aren’t they expensive? Yes, they are the most expensive part of publishing a book, but one that will serve you in the long run.

All right, so what type of editor do I need? I understand there are several types.

That’s right. Below is a list and brief explanation of the types of editors for fiction.

Types of Editors

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#APC #Spotlight: Pleasantwick By M.L. Stoughton!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got M.L. Stoughton in my APC spotlight, today!  M.L. is an active and supportive member of  the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her coming of age, sci-fi, fantasy novel, Pleasantwick, looks like a fun read. Here's the description:
When her father begins restoring an enormous, ancient run-down house in the middle of the California woods, Melinda Richards is instantly captivated. Steeped in mystery, the grand old structure, dubbed Sotheby House, boasts a history — and power — that Melinda would never guess. She’s lured back time and again, especially after meeting a handsome stranger in the nearby woods. Strong, soothing, charming … Luke makes her feel calm and excited all at once, and it’s not long before Melinda is spending every spare moment with the mysterious young man.Luke Sotheby is in trouble — in more ways than one. Not only is his magical world, Pleasantwick, under attack by dark witches, but his ancestral home, the very portal to that world, has been bought by a commoner. And worse … he’s falling for the commoner’s daughter. Melinda is smart, sweet, brave. She makes him feel things he’s never experienced — and for an empath, that’s really saying something. At a time when all his energy should be focused on the preservation of his home and the safety of his people, Luke is drawn to Melinda on a soul-deep level that’s impossible to ignore.As the magical battle spills over into the common world, the young couple begins to face dangers the likes of which neither has ever known. Lives will be lost, secrets revealed, and if Pleasantwick falls, Melinda and Luke could be separated — forever.If you think this sounds like a story you'd enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)


Featured Author: Janice Peacock

ABOUT THE BOOK Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they head to the small town of Carthage to take a glass blowing class with Marco De Luca, a famous Italian glass artist. While Jax loves melting glass to make beads, she discovers that standing in front of the glass furnace’s inferno frightens her.After the first night of class, Tessa sees a dead body through the water-streaked window of the studio. The next morning there’s no sign of Marco—dead or alive—and one of the studio owners is also missing. The local sheriff doesn’t take the disappearance seriously, so Jax and Tessa take matters into their own hands.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.



How Do You Select Partners or Jobs?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele:

The idea of having a partner in business stirs much emotion. We usually view partnerships as a benefit by complementing areas of expertise. We expect these arrangements to extend our networks for greater visibility. But the problem is not all affiliations are created equal and are far from it; the same is true for the same type of position at varying companies.

Qualify and match your preferred partners

My Story

Over the years, many experiences have become mine. Some examples included partnering with specific projects, collaborative groups, and events. Many lessons came under the categories of bad and good.


One-Sided Arrangements

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Gorizia: Ai Tre Soldi Goriziani

This was the day I had been looking forward to ever since my arrival in Trieste. My baker friends at Pasticceria Penso had invited me to watch them prepare one of Trieste’s specialties, putizza. Similar to the gubana found elsewhere in Friuli, putizza is a spiral cake filled with dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate.

When I arrived bright and early at the bakery, however, brothers Antonello and Lorenzo informed me that the big event had been postponed. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed. As consolation, Antonello offered me a few treats: a curabiè (half-moon shortbread cookie dusted with powdered sugar; of Greek origin), a torta granatina (triangle of chocolate mousse), and a tiny marzipan peach.

I hung around the bakery for a bit, nibbling on the cookie, regrouping and trying to formulate another plan for the day. Finally, I decided to head to Gorizia. When I last visited this city on the Slovenian border, I was discouraged to find that many restaurants were closed, though I did eventually happen upon a tiny working man’s trattoria, where I enjoyed a hearty lunch of pasticcio and goulasch. Perhaps today I would discover a new place to eat.

When I got to the train station, I found the line at the ticket counter to be exceedingly long—apparently all of the automatic ticket machines were broken. By the time I finally arrived in Gorizia, it was nearly noon. I headed straight to the restaurant Ai Tre Soldi Goriziani. To my tremendous relief, it was open.

To start, I ordered the cestino di frico, a “bowl” of crispy, fried cheese filled with polenta and porcini mushrooms. Then, for my main course, I had the goulasch alla Goriziana. There were plenty of other local dishes on the menu and I had already eaten my fair share of goulasch on this trip, but I was too intrigued by the description “alla Goriziana” to turn it down. I was curious to learn whether the goulasch in Gorizia differed from that found in Trieste and the rest of Friuli. Upon tasting it, I determined that this Hungarian-style beef stew was fairly similar to one I had recently eaten in Trieste, in that it was prepared with tomatoes, an addition that, while not entirely traditional, is common throughout Friuli. To further assert the dish’s Friulian spirit, slices of grilled polenta were served alongside the paprika-laced stew.

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Da Judge

Senate Confirmation Votes For Supreme Court Justices - NBC News“Here comes ‘da judge”. I forget who first said this… In some comedy show??

None “such” happening yet… In fact the confirmation hearings are just plain torture comedy.

What is a judge supposed to do? Isn’t it to make sure that Truth prevails? That the Constitution is protected? Can’t get more simple than that!!

Then there is “judge not lest ye be judged”… What in the world does that mean? Seems like this “judge” word is meant to be pretty important.

Except these days if you judge (aka… assess) someone you are guilty of some crime.

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I’m Going To Try Something New!


I just learned, via fellow author Lillian Csernica, about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  The idea is to post something every single day (except Sundays) in April, based on the alphabet — and yes, they provide a calendar to help you out.  Some writers do a theme for the entire month, and the reveal day was yesterday — so I’m already a little bit behind the 8-ball.  My plan is to stick with my current features as much as possible, which means that I’ll pick facts from my fiction that suit the appropriate letter wherever possible.  This is going to be fun!


Completions and communions

This blogger spent an entire year reading the complete works of Shakespeare (something I’ve never tackled, although I should), and learned some fascinating things about himself. Nicely done indeed.

Shakespeare Confidential

Not long after I finished the complete works, I popped into a bookstore. I knew exactly where to find him. He has his own section. He always has his own section.

I strutted straight over. Shakespeare.

Top to bottom, shelf by shelf, I eyed all the Macbeth’s and Much Ado About Nothing’s, all the Romeo and Juliet’s and Richard III’s. I puffed out my chest. I cocked back my chin.

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Character Traits – Eisoptrophobia

Eisoptrophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of mirrors or of seeing one’s reflection in a mirror. The word originates from the Greek “eis” (into) and “optikos” (vision, image, sight). Other English words derived from “optikos” include “optic” (relating to vision) and “optician,” a technician who designs eyeglasses according to a prescription. A person who … More Character Traits – Eisoptrophobia


How much is a comma worth?

Comma usage can be surprisingly contentious. I am always surprised by how many additional ones proof readers put into my manuscripts before they go to the printers (though I have never seriously thought that they were paid by the comma). However, a recent court case has shown just how valuable a comma (or in this case the lack of one) can be.

In Maine, USA, a Mr O’Connor and 50 fellow truck drivers went to court to argue their caselorry for overtime pay. According to the laws of that state, workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, unless there is a specific exemption. The truck drivers’ firm had told the drivers they were not entitled to overtime pay because the law did not apply to those involved in:

“The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packaging for shipment or distribution of:  1)Agricultural produce, 2) Meat and fish products, 3)Perishable foods.”

The firm claimed that this clause included the drivers who distributed the product. The drivers’ lawyers disagreed, noting the absence of a comma after the word shipment. This, they argued, meant the law could only apply to the people packing the produce ‘for shipment or distribution,’ and not to those whose job it was to distribute it.

In other words, a comma after ‘packaging for shipment’ and before ‘distribution,’ would have made it clear that the drivers were not entitled to overtime. But the absence of a comma, judgemeant they were.

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#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 511


Hey Everyone! :-)

Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log
Day Five-Hundred-Eleven:


It has come to my attention that I am not the only one the infant felid deprives of needed rest. He also disrupts the sleep of my hominid-servant. What's more, he seems determined to injure her, which concerns me greatly. If she is injured, who will care for my needs and maintain my domicile?

My hominid-servant maintains the fur that grows out of the top of her head in a state of exaggerated length. When she stands on her two hind feet, as is common for hominids, this fur dangles along the posterior surface of her body nearly to her coccyx. I have often wondered if this grooming choice is her attempt to compensate for her lack of a proper tail.

Regardless of her reasons, these long strands present a pouncing temptation as they sway and dance behind her as she moves. However, her extreme height is an effective deterrent for such activities, as she tends to react with hostility if claws are used to scale her lower body and bring the dangling fur within reach. The strategy adopted by the infant felid effectively neutralizes this obstacle, but I am not sure the result is worth it.

When she sleeps, my hominid-servant's elongated fur often hangs over the side of her sleeping platform. This places the strands well within reach, which makes for convenient pouncing. In the past, I did consider taking advantage of this opportunity. However, the noises that my hominid-servant makes when her rest is disturbed deterred me.

The tiny felid, however, does not seem to share my distaste for hominid howling, and he pursues the dangling fur with enthusiasm. On several occasions, he has pounced with such abandon, that I feared he might fracture the cervical vertebrae in my hominid-servant's spine. This would, of course, severely limit her mobility and adversely affect her ability to care for my needs. What's worse, given the primitive nature of this planet's medical science, the damage to my hominid-servant might prove to be permanent in nature.

Thus far, the worst damage the small beast seems to have been able to inflict has been some minor trauma to the musculature that supports my hominid-servant's head. This has resulted in her being more irritable than usual, but she has still been competent to fulfill her primary function. However, as the creature grows, I fear that his increasing weight will escalate the chances of my hominid-servant sustaining serious injury. I will attempt to reason with the diminutive pest and explain the advantages of having a servant who retains full functionality.
My, oh, my. That infant felid sure cause a lot of mischief, doesn't he? ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!


Getting The Most Out Of Social Media

Your book has been published. What do you do next?

Many new authors really don’t understand that they day their book has been published is not the day they begin planning their promotion.  In fact, many new authors I’ve had contact with lately might not even think about doing any kind of promotion on release day. They’re contacting bloggers to set up a tour for a month or two after the release, in order to get the maximum exposure. When asked if they have shared their book on social media, the questioner is often greeted with a blank stare.
As a twenty-first century author, you should have already developed a social media presence. At the least, you should have a Facebook fan page, a Twitter feed, a Goodreads page, and have activated your Google + page. These are the best places to advertise your book. A blog is also good, not just for your books but also for you to discuss things that are important to you.
Let’s look at each social media site and what it can do for you.
Facebook fan page: this is where you can interact with your fans. Growth here is done by word of mouth, and it’s your word of mouth that will attract your first followers. As with all of your social media sites, you should be already active here. During the process of writing your book, going through all the pre-publication processes, revealing your cover, and finally the day arrives when you share with your fans that it’s available. You need to generate excitement and for that, you need to be excited during each step along the way.
Twitter is a mystery to many. You only have 140 characters to get your message across. Authors have always had difficulty with the concept of brevity in their writing. In fact, I’ve run across a few who literally are in shock that they can’t have long clips of prose they set into each tweet. Here’s a hint. Learn to make images through Microsoft Publisher or Canva or any of a dozen other photo creating programs to get all those words in. Pictures on tweets make an impression, and those pictures don’t count against the character count.
Mentioning Goodreads to too many authors lately gets a scratching of the head and a question to explain what this site is. Think a massive internet based library and you’re close. Explore the site, set up your author page, and begin to collect friends and followers. Many reviewers haunt Goodreads, looking for their next book to review. It can be yours, if you learn how to use the site right.
Google + wins the prize for the biggest mystery of all. Many authors, even those of us using it, have no clue what it’s really about. We can tell you that we can share our blog posts there. Pictures can be shared there too. It’s also fairly simple to create a mini post daily and put that out for your followers.
Perhaps the most important social media outlet you can have is a blog. This allows you to discuss the writing process, showcase your releases, and review books for other authors. This is a place where you can let your hair hang down and expound on how hard it is to get into your latest story, or shout out how you’ve just finished the tenth book in  your series and can’t wait for it to be published.
Social media is your friend when it comes to getting your book known to the world. We no longer live in a place where authors are feted and booked into talk shows. Most publishers will let you know that you have to get yourself on one of those talk shows, and believe me it won’t be Today or Good Morning America. If you’re lucky, you might be featured for a whole ten minutes at a local station that might only stream on the internet. But that’s exposure, and we all need exposure.
So, don’t let your release day go by while you’re trying to book a spot on “Hot Blogger of the Month” that might or might not happen in the next month. Get out and spread the word on your own that the book you labored over for so long is now available.
After all, you are the best person to decide how to promote your book—you wrote it.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. 
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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Meet my new narrator: voice talent Bob Sterry

I am so excited to present a new talent, with whom I will be collaborating in the next few months to produce the long-awaited audiobook edition of my historical fiction novel, The Edge of Revolt. I went through the audition process, listening to many actors, in an effort to find just the right voice for this fascinating, complex character of David, a king in the winter of his life. And I knew from the moment I heard Bob Sterry that he would be perfect for the role.

So, let me tell you about him. Bob is a voice over actor, writer, singer, occasional stage actor and humorist. Originally trained in the UK as research analytical chemist, he immigrated into the United States in the seventies, working as a wine waiter in New Jersey, a fork lift truck driver in Connecticut, and spent his professional career in the marketing of scientific instruments and services in New Jersey, Hong Kong and around the world.
It was not until he started writing short articles and poetry in the nineties that his creative talents found an outlet, and he began to sing seriously in choirs and extemporaneous groups. In 1999 he and his wife Anne-Louise Sterry, a well-known speaker, singer and storyteller, founded a short lived but much loved faux cowboy wannabe band, ‘Anne-Louise and the Cascade Urban Cowboys’. Discovering his on stage talent he took the step to starting his own show of songs and spoken word. His singing is Cabaret satire with Broadway and the English Musical Hall grinning in the wings with a nod to the classical style. Recent shows were ‘The Bob Sterry Atomic Summer Show’ and ‘The Book of Bob’, and ‘A Sterry Sterry Night’ with Anne-Louise Sterry.
Adding Voice Over work to this was an obvious step. Bob's clear ennunciation coupled with strong language skills and familiarity with technical terms result in excellent communication. His sense of humor and acting skill is perfect for tongue in cheek promotions. Thanks to voice coach Lesley Bailey and recording genius Marc Rose at FuseAudio Design Bob offers his voice to anyone who needs it.
Bob is passionate about cycling, cooking, language and literature. Here is a beautiful poem he wrote, which resonates with me not only because it is so personal but also because it bears a relationship to the story in my book: the story of a father who loves his son dearly and struggles to hold on to the closeness between them. 

I saw a little guy being born
I cut the cord that tied him
I held him in my arms
With his dark damp hair
Wetting my hospital gown
And his dark eyes looking up
Looked right through me
And saw something I could not
And perhaps it’s best that way
Even then he was serene
And had the knack of sleep
A skill he has preserved
Lying so neatly in his bed
A lovable length of boy
I saw a little guy grow
Into a lovely boy
Who spoke quietly
And was always gentle.
I saw a lovely boy grow
Into a slender young man
And felt all his wounds
Like my own, once again
Deep and full of rage
I can sense his young anger
And his musical desire
Waiting for an unknown muse
To strike him and lead him
I see a slender young man
I cut the cord that ties him
And watch his dark hair
Disappear from my view
From my damp eyes.
Of all the pains in the world we have to endure those inflicted unconsciously by our children are some of the hardest to bear.
More about our work in the coming weeks... Stay tuned! Meanwhile, check out Bob's links:


Where From?

Where Are You From?
I was getting some prescription eyeglasses.

They turn dark in the sun.

As she helped, she commented that everyone asks her all day “where are you from?”

It’s like you were different and everyone was telling you, you are all day.

Never happened to me. Hmmm. Caribbean? We were looking eyeball to eyeball, up close.

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Book Bargains





Understanding interoception.



It is quite some time since I have written a post about writing, which has its foundation in recent scientific research.

Now I have said that, I guess you will want to skip this post and move on to pictures of cute cats, puppies, chocolate cake or large breasted women…dependent upon your personal taste.

But, please, bear with me.

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In the midst of spring blossom

A poem by my father, Zeev Kachel
We pass by each other without speaking, dumbly
We look at each other—blindly
Loneliness crying out of our eyes
But we keep on, silently.
Each one of us carrying a load 
Each one suffering, utterly slowed
Each one going on, down this road
See there, a couple just passed in embrace.
We used to walk this way, do you still remember?
You looked forward to my coming.
In the midst of spring blossom, here's the sorrow of fall.
And the recognition that it's all over.
Today, between us came a wall.
Now, never to return, life has all
But passed. That is fall.
No one to shake a hand, no one to give a nod.
You and me, through this isolation we plod.
It's fall: all flawed.
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