Thursday, April 24, 2014

Draft Dodge


Just like last week, once again I’m going to blame/thank Stormy Glenn. Maybe it was her latest bestseller that lit the fire under my butt, but I finally finished my own slave market romance. Mine’s the one with a woman in it, so readers can tell them apart.

Let me clarify: I finished the first draft, which, from around Chapter 6 to the end, wound up being in longhand. Now I get to write the whole thing again when I type it up. Please hold all disparaging comments. I’m well aware of how much extra work I’ve set myself up for. I know it would have been easier and less time-consuming if I’d written it on the computer in the first place. Too bad for me.

All writers have their quirks and rituals. Stephen King chews dry aspirin. I write a minimum of three drafts. I’ve had a couple of books where I probably should have written more, but three’s generally my magic number.

For the record, I have written books and stories on a computer—and on a typewriter, back in the Paleolithic Era—but I still can’t fully break the habit of pens and notebook paper. I find it relaxing to sit in bed with a cup of tea, pen in hand and notebook on lap, and scrawl stories about shapeshifters and vampires and aliens having sex. Sometimes even with each other. ET and the Vampire may end up as my next M/M.

Okay, back on topic. Writing longhand also gives my eyes a break from staring at a screen all the time. I hear desktop computers are either gone or on the way out and that laptops may follow, replaced by iPADs and tablets and even your phone. I hope not. I need a full-sized computer with nice big letters on the keyboard and a screen large enough so I don’t have to squint at it. I already wear bifocals. The eyes ain’t gonna get any better.

Another advantage of handwriting: you can make the letters as big as you need to. Like shouting. I suppose if I’m still writing at 80 I’ll be down to one huge word per page. Or one of these days I’ll say screw it and get voice recognition software and just dictate my books into the system. Or we’ll all be linked in to Skynet through the chips in our heads and we’ll just have to think at the computer and the words will appear. That would save time for sure.

Until that day arrives, however, I’m sticking to what feels right to me, and that’s usually pen and paper. This is my first draft.

Because I’m a pantser, the first draft’s the experiment. A lot of times I don’t know when I start where the plot is headed. Make that most of the time. In London Werewolf I was three chapters in before I realized, “Hey, somebody’s trying to kill this guy. Might be helpful if I figured out who.” I didn’t answer that question until another two chapters later, and even then it took me by surprise. It’s a good thing I’m not trying to write murder mysteries for a living.

First drafts are fun drafts. Every wild idea, every inspiration, every twist, gets tossed into the pot. The second draft is where you sort it out. That sudden revelation I had in Chapter 12 concerning Mariposa’s bastard cousin? Now I have a chance to set that up. If I’m doing a mystery, I can go back and sprinkle in the red herrings, or strengthen clues so the Big Reveal doesn’t pop up out of nowhere. In my current book, I decided a couple of chapters in to change the main characters’ names. A quick search and replace and voila, it’s done. This is where the computer really earns its keep. No more whiteouts or retyping whole pages. Need to move a paragraph from page 6 to page 10? Cut and paste! The computer still can’t read for content, but it will catch most of your typos. Let’s see a typewriter do that!

Even here I’m still making extra work for myself. My second draft gets typed on the ancient computer, the Troglodyte 1000, because that one’s got a printer. I need that hard copy for phase 3, the final read through. Here’s where I (hopefully) spot typos, fix awkward sentences, shore up shaky characterization, and otherwise polish up the words to a high-gloss shine. My second drafts look like a football playbook, with Xs, arrows, notes and doodles everywhere. It’s like my first draft, but more legible.

Now comes the third and usually final draft. Because Troggy’s incompatible with all current systems, and because almost all publishers want your books emailed, I have to type it all up a third time, into the laptop, because that’s the one I get my Internet on. Why don’t I just write my books on the laptop to begin with? Because the laptop has no printer. I’m afraid I’ll finish a 100,000 word opus and the system will crash and I’ll have lost everything. Anyway, that would be too easy. It isn’t art unless you’re suffering.

Besides, even after two drafts and a polish I’ve still caught mistakes in the final typing, or had an inspiration that led to a new scene (or the axing of an old one) that led to a better book. That’s not to say the book’s perfect by the time I send it out, but it’s as perfect as I can make it. After three passes and a cleaning, it damn well better be.

One other thing: how-to manuals advise you to let your deathless prose cool off before you start editing, anywhere from a week to six months or longer. Because I’m such a slow writer, the beginning of the book has had months to sit fallow before I write The End. With the ending still fresh in my mind I can go back to the start with an editor’s eye. By the time I get around to the end again, several more weeks have passed. My second draft doubles as the rest period. I know, I know, if I wrote faster I could let one book cool off while writing two or three others. Get a whole assembly line going and have a release every month. Let’s not make this process any more stressful than it already is.

And that is how this writer creates a book. Now, if only I knew how to sell them …

Monday, April 21, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ April 21, 2014


Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #294 


Flashpoint: the coming CHAOS of the dark leaders in opposition to the bright light of mass AWAKENING. Now the world-stage drama unfolds at a quickening pace.

On the AWAKENING front, now those who remain ignorant about the underlying diabolical dynamics in play, are swept up in the tidal wave of events. For, the warning has been given, and the torrential downpour is here. The flashflood is coming.

On the land changes front, Here Come the Solar Flares and the Landslides... also, from the prior forecast: "Volcanos, Earthquakes, Superstorms! ... the cyclic change of planet Earth quickens yet again."  This is worldwide.

The earthquake activity on the ring of fire continues advancing northward. At this time, several areas close to, and in California, are in danger of severe quakes. However, this is being mitigated *somewhat* by Benevolent forces.

*Currently* there are two possible future scenarios for California and the Pacific Northwest. Either a long series of devastating quakes, volcanic activity, and land upheavals.... or, a shorter period with several large destructive quakes and lesser land changes. However, as always, the future is fluid. Wisdom lies in preparing for the worst.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' surround humankind with beneficent frequencies, dispelling much of the sorcery darkness as cast by the Viper magicians. For, the spinning lightblades of the Mages radiate protection and universal love.

This week is about watching and experiencing the magic of Nature in all of her Spring glory. Out of this rises the magick within you. For, you and Mother Nature are co-creators of life on beautiful Earth.

On the personal front, this will be a strange week for some because likely odd happenings will abound. The frequencies are a-changing as the influence of the Aquarian Age strengthens. This means a period of adjustment is ahead for most of us. Take it slow, but grab the unusual opportunities coming your way.

Now 'freedom' is the calling card for many who want to spread their wings and fly in new directions. At the same time, the idea of a closer community beckons and this could be expressed with growing gardens where all participate. Choose the paths that best express who you are, and what you can contribute.

On the truth front, now at superspeed, the past reveals itself to humankind. One example: the planet, Mars, is in the spotlight. From the Coast to Coast am radio show: "Mars Special~Date 04-10-14~Guests: Mike Bara, Dr. John Brandenburg, George J. Haas, J.P. Levasseur, Michael E. Salla ~ In this special evening, five guests discussed anomalies and possible ancient artifacts on Mars. ~coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/04/10~

During this year, there will be further revelations around Mars and abundant life in the solar system at large. A lot of this info will be from whistleblowers and underground sources. However, there is a GOOD force at work on behalf of humanity because knowledge about our true origins is the key to a far better future.

On the paranormal front, a crash-boom-bang of consciousness as more AWAKEN to the greater, dimension-filled universe around us all. At this time, more strange creatures will be observed across the globe, and reported by avid cryptid hunters. Ultimately, this will include some species of dinosaurs thought extinct.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Is THIS Nessie? ~ Apple maps satellite image spots 'creature swimming' below surface of Loch Ness. The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites on their iPhone and iPads."— Mirror.co.uk ~mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/loch-ness-monster-spotted-satellite-3428130~

On the economic front, like scattershot financial hell hits worldwide. This will cause more civil unrest and massive riots -- more and more as the year progresses. The economic firestorm is upon us.

Meanwhile, as key bankers continue to buy it, and push up daisies, the bankster gangsters 'believe' they are laughing all the way to their too-big-to-fail banks. In the long run, they are in for a very rude awakening as the people begin shunning the system, and revolting against any type of fiat currency.

This, despite the economic cyber war that is supposed to justify forcing *biometric identification* on the people to buy and sell. As a countermeasure, more of the people will find unique ways to live off the grid. This becomes an underground business fast.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification? ~ Michael Snyder | In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek ~ Michael Snyder | Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores?"

On the war front, this week look for hell to be unleashed in parts of Ukraine, and in the Middle East war theaters. The psycho Viper elite are desperate to start a world war and/or a nuke war. However, despite the dark-side's orchestrated, horrific events, this will fail for right now.

Also, North Korea and/or Iran will likely be used to terrorize Americans and the world. Meanwhile, the Chinese elite make large noises, throw their considerable weight around,  and plan for world domination.

The big news: Now it Begins Worldwide. As never before people will fight back against any occupying force, and against their brutal governments. The cosmic-appointed time has come.

On the tyranny-at-work front, The United States of SWAT, Welcome to Amerika!

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: April 18, 2014~The United States of SWAT?~Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.~By John Fund~Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. ~nationalreview.com/article/376053/united-states-swat-john-fund~

On the communication front, another giant leap in mind-to-mind communication now happens planet-wide. From a previous forecast: "a whole new language now evolves around the people's movement toward local self-sufficiency. This 'languaging' will include the 'don't buy, don't comply' mass refusal to go along with, and/or be rounded up like cattle.

For, out of this new communication -- verbal, mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart, and soul-to-soul -- humankind jumps the fence, fleeing the dark-side's slaughterhouse, or 'the great culling' as one of their elite minions phrased it."

On the home front, like abused slaves, some are about to turn on the cruel master, and fight back. This will be an ugly scene, yet morally justified in most cases. For, the people are beyond rage, beyond disgust and despair -- and beyond enduring the unending brutality of the establishment.

Also, groups are forming to protect one another. This has been happening at a fast pace over the last several years. Now it accelerates as people realize they have been labeled enemies of the state, and are in immediate danger.

Meanwhile the bimbo media plies it's propaganda trade, demonizing anyone who dares claim authentic freedom... or, who dares point the finger at the real big-brother criminals.

On the food front, the silent war being waged against GM/GMO frankenfoods spreads across the planet. Guerilla groups form, and do everything they can to stop the genetic poisoning of the world's food supply. For, it's now or never.

Also, more and more of the people will demand the right to grow food anywhere at anytime. This, despite the brutal crackdown by various enforcement and bureaucratic agencies who claim the right to tell people what they can grow, and what they can and cannot eat. As well, the Raw Milk Revolution continues.

On the energy front, do your best to prepare for future energy outages. This is a likely scenario in some areas, especially once summer begins. *If* it happens, a diabolical hand will be behind these outages. Because this is meant to 'break the will' of the people, and make government into a god.

Also, the more a community is able to come together and help each other, the better for one and ALL. Everyone who can, make and/or learn how to produce biofuels. This will be crucial for the future, regardless of catastrophic circumstances.

On the really bad news front, the militarization of law enforcement and bureaucratic agencies will continue at a rapid pace. At this point, likely there will be confrontations similar to what happened to Cliven Bundy, and his supporters, at the Nevada Standoff.

Further, there is a *possibility* that a major attack will occur at a televised sporting event. 'IF' this attack is activated, it will be comparable to the Reichstag false-flag pulled off by Hitler against his own people. Stay tuned, but pray for divine intervention.

On the good news front, The Liberation of Human DNA is Here... meaning the full expression of DNA potential, which was severely inhibited ages ago, is being activated in steps. This will look like a growing up process as the human race utilizes their spectacular natural powers with ever more frequency. Telepathy will lead the way.

At this point in time, the revelations about humanity's true past keep pouring forth. While this will be shocking for many, in the endgame of life on Mother Earth all is GOOD.

On the global mafia cabal front, dissension reigns as some of the cabal's nefarious plans have gone awry. At this critical juncture, however, two main Viper opponents face off for final supremacy.

Over the coming weeks, it will become apparent who the final dark-side opponents are by the big-wig-leader minions who take center stage on the world stage, and run their mouths. There is also a proverbial 'dark horse' rising in the cabal-mafia ranks who will be connected to the African continent.

On the heroine and hero front, all those who work behind the scenes to preserve freedom for ALL. These BRAVE ONES are invaluable to human destiny.

On the freedom front, The Monsters of Corruption Are Being Revealed ... and the contagion of evil rages over the land, over the entire planet. This is a particularly dangerous time for freedom lovers, and for those who are free-spirited at heart.

For, every sinister, jackboot-thug method will now be used to stomp out even the idea of living free. All while selling the idea that war is needed to bring freedom to the people.

Trendwise, shocking and mind-numbing times ahead for many as the collapse of society accelerates. Even so, the fifth avenue facade, as presented by the Media Industrial Complex, will keep the zombified trapped in the false belief that all is not that bad. Or, even improving.

Further, to phrase it this way, the carrot on the stick that keeps the worker mule moving will be cleverly offered by the dark-side controllers.

Meanwhile, the spiritual revolution-evolution goes hyperspeed, and the overall creativity of humankind surges to an all time high -- especially when it comes to all styles of music, and creating new musical sounds. For, the time of renewal, of building society anew is upon the people.

THIS WEEK, is for noticing the springtime joy of Mother Nature and the lovely joy of children. This will enliven your heart and spirit. 


Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Claim Jumping


I’m a slow writer. I’ve never denied it. Even when I have plenty of time I can always find something else to do other than commit words onto paper/screen. If you look in the dictionary under “Procrastination,” there’s a picture of me on the couch watching TV. The Encyclopedia Britannica has a picture of me doing housework. You get the idea.

This goofing off has cost me. I don’t deny that either. I could probably have a pretty good career going by now if I didn’t fart around so much. I’ve noticed the most successful ebook writers have a new release every month. One had a new book out roughly every two weeks for awhile. I haven’t seen any recent releases from her. Maybe she burned out. Maybe she’s watching TV. I tell myself she made so much money she can slow down and sit in a beach chair at the shore or whatever her ultimate goal was. It gives me something to shoot for.

One weird result of my pokey pace is having other writers come out with my ideas while I’m still writing the book. For instance, my current WIP—which is almost finished, hooray!—is a futuristic set on an alien planet where shapeshifters are the ruling class. A bored woman of royal lineage visits the local slave market and buys two captive alien men as “pets.” Sex and adventures ensue. I asked around, and I’ve been told slave romances, while popular at one time, are pretty scarce these days. So I dawdled over the writing, figuring I’d be okay.

That is, until I was cruising around the Siren/Bookstrand site and discovered Stormy Glenn’s latest bestseller is a futuristic set on an alien planet where a pirate captain visits the local slave market and buys a captive alien man as a “pet.” Sex and adventures ensue.

Oh shit.

It’s not as bad as it looks. Stormy’s book is M/M. Mine’s a ménage and includes a woman. Technically it should probably be F/M/M because she’s the one in charge (to start with), but it’ll probably end up M/F/M or M/M/F because I don’t think Siren has a F/M/M category. I’m not sure how readers feel about the woman being the dominant partner. Whatever. Hers is guys and mine’s got a girl in it. Hers has a human from Earth as the “pet.” None of my characters are human and they’ve never heard of Earth. My characters are shapeshifters. From the blurb I’ve deduced there’s a bad guy involved in Stormy’s book. Mine has a bad guy too, and he’s intent on marrying the woman so he can get his hands on her fortune. I don’t think that plot point holds true in the other book.

I don’t hold anything against Stormy Glenn. This is in no way a case of plagiarism. I’ve never met, spoken to, or even exchanged emails with Stormy Glenn. We just happened to have the same basic idea at the same time. Great minds thinking alike. It’s an unfortunate coincidence—unfortunate for me. Now, when my book finally makes its debut, I’ll look like I ripped her off.

This is my own damn fault. If I’d spent as much time writing as I do plopped on the couch watching game shows, I’d have finished my book months ago and it would be out by now. Then the readers could have a field day arguing who stole from who, when in truth neither of us stole anything from the other. It was just one of those things.

This isn’t the first time Stormy got the jump on me because I was dragging my feet. My book Belonging was originally titled Blood Lust. Then, right on the brink of the final draft, I discovered Stormy had just released a book called—well, you guessed it. I had to scramble to come up with a new title. Actually, Belonging worked better, so I have Stormy to thank for that. I imagine hers was also M/M with vampires. I’ve pretty much blocked it out of my mind.

The only thing I can do to avoid this in the future is give up the goofing off, write like hell, and get the stories out so fast nobody will be able to catch up with me, let alone use the same ideas floating around in the aether. Then I can first on the block with the title or plot or whatever, and other writers can curse my name in their blogs. That’s what procrastination gets you, folks. Learn from my mistakes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ April 14, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #293 


Now ... The Breath of Freedom Becomes a Windstorm Across the World

Now ... The Rise of the Renegades Goes Full Force ... From a prior forecast: "However, as the liberty culture rises, and the renegades resist... as the people swarm onto the land and live off the grid, this will 'eventually' become impossible, overall. The battle looms ahead."

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' brandish their lightblades and surround the good, good cosmic vibrations meant to uplift and enliven humankind toward their rightful destiny. This, because the dark-force magicians loose another monster wave of evil meant to obscure this incoming LIGHT.

This week, now knowledge about 'the magickal force' of Mother Earth and the Divine naturally heightens, and empowers the people. In the long run, this will bring about profound and beneficial changes.

On the personal front, a long week ahead for some of us as we look for ways to improve our life conditions, and to help others. However, INSPIRATION is our good friend this week. Make the most of it by letting your innate creativity surface, and produce results.

This week, the first of two Blood Moons happens on April 15th. Several dynamics will be brought into play on the planet. However, in the personal realm this is a maker and breaker of longtime relationships for *some* of us.

On the positive side, attraction could grow because people suddenly see -- by the lunar-eclipse moonlight -- wonderful talents and abilities, and the true good character of another. Or, what they have been blind to before.

On the negative side, deep dark secrets could be revealed that will finally undermine a relationship. Take special care to know the full truth before ending any long-standing partnership.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Total lunar eclipse: ‘Blood moons’ to begin April 15
The term "blood moon" is a colorful description of the reddish-orange appearance of the moon during a total lunar eclipse. — Science Recorder "

On the paranormal front, everything about what has been called the 'paranormal and supernatural world' intensifies dramatically this week. You may have paranormal type experiences for the first time. Or, the frequency of these events simply quickens.

Also, from this point forward, irrefutable evidence will be brought forth about certain paranormal occurrences, and also about Big Foot. However, likely the lapdog media will do all in their te-lie-vision power to obfuscate this evidence, and poo-poo it as nonsensical. That is, after the sensational headlines.

On the AWAKENING front, like a determined herd of wild horses, the free spirit of humanity races, thunders across the world -- as proven by the stand of Cliven Bundy, and his BRAVE ONES supporters. Despite the presstitute media's deception and lies, the flames of liberty have been fanned, and live ever stronger in the hearts and minds of humankind.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens
Infowars.com | Supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at.
Alternative media upstages lamestream media in world-class coverage of historic Bundy Ranch showdown" 

On the land changes front, Volcanos, Earthquakes, Superstorms! ... the cyclic change of planet Earth quickens yet again.

Some of this past week's Earthquake-Volcano HEADLINES:

Over 100 Earthquakes Reported in Last 2 Weeks in Washington, Oregon
Earthquake Near Challis Biggest in Idaho Since 2005
7.3 Powerful Earthquake Hits Near Papua New Guinea
6.1 Earthquake and 5.1 Aftershock Shake Nicaragua's Western Coast
6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile
Active Earthquake Movements in the Ring of Fire
4.1 Quake Shakes Oklahoma Thursday
EARTHQUAKE SHALLOW IN THE AZORES 4.7 -THIS IS CRITICAL AREA TO WATCH ALONG WITH THE CANARY ISLANDS
DANGEROUS QUAKE ALONG FUKUSHIMA COASTLINE 4.9
MEGA QUAKE IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS 8.3-- RELATIVELY SHALLOW 6.2 MILES
Massive Solomon Quake Shifts Indo-Australian Plate, Again!!!
Second LARGE EQ--M7.4 - 111km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands-Should we expect a third?
Peru volcano spews white-hot rocks
New Surge in Activity, Strombolian Explosions at Tungurahua Volcano
Congo's Nyamulagira Volcano to Erupt Soon

On the economic front, a disaster of a week ahead for some as the worldwide economy falters, and the cyber financial wars escalate. Last week log-in problems plagued the BIG BANKS. This will likely continue to some degree, along with other major hiccups in the system.

As fast as you are able, seek ways to work with others to trade and barter your goods and services. Stand with anyone who dares to live off the grid, who dares to righteously live free. Learn from them, and help others. This is absolutely critical.

For, many are now tired of the federal reserve beast, and are planning to starve this berserker leviathan. This will get ugly real quick.

Also, the IRS is about to prey on the descendants, the children of those who they *claim* owe money.  HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Nightmare: Feds Seizing Money from Children for Old Debts of their Parents ~ American Thinker | "A single sentence tucked into the farm bill" had led to outrageous behavior."

On the truth front, a HUGE week for TRUTH as the alternative media and for-the-people journalists take center stage. All over the world, grassroots reporting will begin taking control of the news.

With scandals about to rock the establishment media ... with their lies, omissions, and deception constantly exposed, the dark-side controlled MEDIA GIANTS will continue shooting themselves in the proverbial foot -- over and over again.

On the war front, Ukraine flashpoint: civil war has begun. China declares ownership of islands in dispute with Japan. Like evil dominoes falling, battles and conflicts now rage around the world.

Once again, another brutal and bloodthirsty week ahead in several war theaters. As well, given their failure to officially begin world war III, the dark-side elite are fomenting even more terrible conflicts -- especially on the African continent.

Further, look for heightened war rhetoric from the Middle East leaders, as the various countries position themselves on the war chessboard. For, at this time, the political cauldron is being viciously stirred by the 'new world order criminals'.

However, NEW TRUTHS about the Middle East situation will be revealed -- spotlighted on the world stage. Ultimately, this alters the dynamics of the entire region. Saudi Arabia will be a big loser.

On the tyranny-at-work front, every Machiavellian effort will now be made to force Americans beneath the yoke of tyranny. At this point, the bleak economic picture 'could' be used as the club to beat the people into further submission.

Even now, various 'martial law' scenarios are being strategized by the dark-side controllers. Various 'false flags' designed to fear-porn the people are also in the nefarious works.

On the communication front, Thomas Jefferson once wrote “enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

Due to the Nevada standoff, communication between the people -- both by the Aquarian Age mind connection, and by advanced tech -- have reached a new level of viability, of workability. This will only increase by leaps and bounds in the near future.

On the home front, Guard Heirloom Seeds and Plants, Your Heirloom Livestock, and Your Beloved Animals ... Like your life depends on it... because it does. For, the Viper cabal, and their bureaucratic-agency minions, will utilize every sinister tactic to destroy natural life, as expressed on Mother Earth.

Their psychopathic need to rule precludes any common sense or compassion.  This is about designing an artificial, genetically modifed world suited only to 'their' needs. This is about corralling humanity into a few tiny settlements, and getting rid of the 'wild untamed spirit' within us. This is about controlling and limiting the wilding abundance of the animal and plant kingdoms.

On the food front, in the near future an intense worldwide campaign against GM/GMO Frankenfoods will tsunami in such a way that eventually brings down these anti-human corporations.

Meanwhile, do your best to stock up on good food, grow whatever you are able, and support your local on-the-good-side farmers and ranchers. As well, there are ongoing efforts to shutdown farmer's markets. Stop this at all costs.

On the energy front, another direct energetic hit from the sacred center of cosmos. This will cause a mass AWAKENING around spirituality -- as opposed to dogmatic religious beliefs.

While disorientation and chaos will be part of this Grand Awakening, overall humankind will coalesce into a broader understanding of their relationship to the Divine.

On the really bad news front, the battle of Bunkerville has just begun. While a major victory for the people occurred on Saturday, April 12, 2014 -- a peaceful shot heard round the world -- the war for our constitutional rights, our right to live free, is far from over.

Vicious fed-agency attacks on ranchers and farmers is ubiquitous and ongoing -- ruining the lives of countless Americans at this stage of history. This is, of course, reducing the food supply, and contributing to skyrocketing prices.

On the good news front, now this trend goes into super-drive. From a previous forecast: "given the unpopular actions of the establishment, the new gun culture rises in strength. As well, liberty seizes the hearts and souls of many more.

Now, they buck fiercely, demanding the freedom to race over the open lands without hindrance from the constraints of a '1984' government. Further, the rise of the renegades continues. The BRAVE ONES gallop, then thunder across this great land."

On the global mafia cabal front, dissension in the ranks of the mid-level technocrats serving the Viper cabal. For, many are finally seeing the true picture of the horror-endgame they are involved in.

This means, more info leaks, more whistleblowers, and desertion by these minions. However, the globalists realize their vulnerability, and will accelerate a martial-law crackdown worldwide -- especially in America.

On the heroine and hero front, all the men, women, and children who marched on foot... all the cowboys and cowgirls on horseback who stood against the FED/BLM paramilitary troops aiming at them ... they freed Cliven Bundy's thirsty cattle. Despite the announcement that they were about to be shot, these BRAVE ONES did not stop. They crossed the line at Bunkerville, Nevada on April 12, 2014. America lives.

On the freedom front, Cliven Bundy understood his constitutional rights, and stood on them. A man in the right, he has kept battling for his Creator-given rights despite years of hell and persecution.

Currently, the Media Industrial Complex spin and lies is in full operation, demonizing Mr. Bundy. This will fool some of the people, but not ALL.

Trendwise, now it is REVEALED for the public to witness. That is, the internal treason and the Communist Chinese tentacles stretching over our great land, taking control, seizing the livelihoods of the people, and destroying their lives -- our lives.

These type of REVELATIONS will *only* ramp up from this point forward.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch ~ BLM attempted cover-up of Sen. Reid/Chinese gov’t takeover of ranch for solar farm ~ Kit Daniels ~ Infowars.com ~ April 11, 2014 ~ The Bureau of Land Management, whose Acting Deputy Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Clive Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations. ~infowars.com/breaking-sen-harry-reid-behind-blm-land-grab-of-bundy-ranch~

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Harry Reid Treason & China – Hawk – #BundyRanch Wrap-up ~ Friday, April 11, 2014 19:12 ~ With Harry Reid now fully exposed to the nation for selling out America and Cliven Bundy to the Chinese in a clear case of treason and political terrorism against ALL Americans, HAWK breaks down China’s land grab for a Chinese solar project as this Clivon Bundy ‘range war’ becomes the most obvious sign yet of America being sold down the river.
~beforeitsnews.com/international/2014/04/harry-reid-treason-china-hawk-bundyranch-wrap-up-2480668.html

Trendwise, the other BIG WINNER in the Nevada showdown -- besides the people of America -- the alternative news media has now surpassed the state-run, presstitute media. The Battle of Bunkerville was the top news story -- as reported by those in alternative -- in the entire world.

THIS WEEK, time for deep reflection about the path you are currently on. Take some quiet time and review your life options. Then, honor your insights. 


Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Triumph of Bureaucracy


I hate people. I hate local government. I like dogs and cats. These all crashed together recently, and the little guy came out the loser.

The “little guy” in this case is Stray Kitty. If you check out the comments on some of these blogs you’ve seen my sporadic chronicles of Stray Kitty’s adventures. Once upon a time his name was Domino and he lived with the Deadbeats, the family in the mobile home next door to me. Then the Deadbeats stopped paying their bills and got evicted. So did Stray Kitty. I thought he’d just snuck through an open door and got out. Not the case, as we the neighbors discovered when we caught him and gave him back to his family. Within two days he was back on the street—better off, if you ask me.

For a while a nice retired couple down the street fed him. Then they moved. The wife asked me if I’d take over. Sure, why not? I can’t afford vet bills, but cat food is cheap. It wasn’t like he’d be moving into the house. It took a year before he’d come near me, and he still won’t let me touch him. I have no illusions; he’s coming for the food dish, not me. Unless I have food in my hand, forget it. This cat knows what he wants, and it isn’t human companionship or affection. I’m beginning to understand why the Deadbeats cut him loose.

In addition to SK, another cat started turning up at the food dish, a huge gray tabby from across the street. I’d seen him around, but he didn’t start showing up regularly until he realized there were free meals to be had on my porch. There are other strays in the neighborhood, but SK and Tabbs are the featured players in this story.

So that’s how it went for roughly a year. A couple other neighbors and I set out food, and the cats would show up and eat it. I started finding Stray Kitty at my door in the morning, waiting for his breakfast. In this manner we got the neighborhood cats through this year’s brutal winter. Stray Kitty even put on weight. And got picky: he’d bypass the dry food in the bowl and wait for me to ladle out the good, moist stuff from the can. The gray tabby never reached this point; he’d eat whatever was there. I think he’s been on his own longer, maybe even his whole life.

And then last week I got a letter from the Borough: “It’s been brought to our attention you’re feeding feral cats … ”

Here’s the deal: last October the Borough passed an ordinance forbidding the feeding of stray or feral cats. If you want to continue, you have to apply for a permit to become a Feral Cat Provider. That entails catching the cat, getting it fixed and vaccinated, and clipping off the tip of an ear for easy ID. Feeding cats without a permit carries a fine of $100-$1000, and jail time of at least a month if you don’t pay up.

As noted, I can’t afford vet bills. I can’t even afford Obamacare. Cost isn’t even the problem. The problem would be catching the elusive little prick. If I could catch him, I would have brought him into the house this winter and all this would be a non-issue. There's no getting near Tabby at all. He defines "feral." He runs if I open the door, food or no food. Scratch that plan.

Plus there’s the question of permission. If the cats you’re feeding aren’t on your property, you have to get the landowner’s permission. I live in a mobile home park. Own the house, not the land it sits on. If the park owner says no, even after all the vet treatments, Kitty and I are out of luck.

So I had to opt for the easy and cheaper solution: stop feeding the cats.

At least winter’s over. We’ve got plenty of wildlife around. I know there are mice because they’ve gotten into my house once or twice. There’s a vacant lot across the street, and we’re within a quarter mile of a creek, so he’d not going to starve or go thirsty. As far as I know, none of my other cat-feeding neighbors received notifications. I noticed one neighbor took her plates off the porch, or else just moved them out of sight.

I understand the Borough’s reasoning. Feral cats get into garbage, kill birds, and carry diseases. Uh-huh. All that and more can be said about skunks. We’re in mobile homes—no enclosed foundations. We’re Skunk Central out here. Two years ago a mama skunk raised a family of four little disease-taxis under my house. Why doesn’t the Borough—or the park owner, for that matter—do something about that? This happened long before I started feeding cats, so you can’t blame the local skunk population on me.

I’d still like to know who turned me in. To my knowledge, I’m the only one who got a letter. It might have been the management group that oversees the park. If so, you’d think they would have talked to me directly and not gone to the Borough about it. If it was a neighbor, I hope they get run down in the street by a Mercury Cougar. That would be karma at its best.

In the meantime, I’m still slipping food to Stray Kitty if he comes up onto the porch. I just don’t leave the bowls out any more. I’m looking into some of the local non-kill animal rescue groups to see what other options I can go for. If you’re feeding strays yourself, better check with your local government first before you get in trouble. Doing something humane for an animal might be against the law. Bureaucracy triumphs once again.

Suppose I put a trap out and got a skunk? Not only would it be smelly, capturing wild animals without a permit is also against the law. You just can’t win…

Monday, April 7, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ April 7, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #292 


Now, the battle for humanity's most precious soul goes into hyperdrive. For, those who despise humanity are desperate to stay in control, to reign in their false kingdom.

Also, this blasts forth for ALL to see. From a prior forecast: "the greatest karmic debt is owed by the Viper elite enemies of humanity. For, their time to pay the Divine Piper is here."

On the AWAKENING front, on many fronts the GREAT AWAKENING tsunamis and firestorms across the globe, and with unprecedented force. As well, the Aquarian Age connection strengthens, meaning humankind begins to act as one mind and one heart toward bringing forth GOOD.

This, in opposition to the hive Borg mind being fifth-avenue sold by those who believe in transhumanism. To achieve these addicted 'wire heads' who want to download themselves into a fantasy-role environment, ever-new cyber tech will be put on the market.

On the energy front, wave upon pounding wave of cosmic energy strikes Mother Earth and her people. For, the final TRANSMUTATION of Earth's vibrational matrix -- during this epoch of time -- has begun.

This means chaos reigns at every level in the material world. As with every force, chaos can bring about GOOD changes, new opportunities -- a new paradise world.

Or, chaos can be weaponized to enslave, to destroy all that is GOOD -- to bring about another dark age. This is the sinister, worldwide agenda of the dark-side powers that be. For, CHAOS as the only way, is their god.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' prepare for an onslaught of deception and sorcery from the dark-side Viper magicians. For, their time grows short -- shorter as each moment ticks by. Survival by the destruction of 'all that is GOOD' is their endgame.

This week, the Divine spotlight blazes on the heinous acts of THOSE -- the evil psychopaths -- who are humanity's worst enemies. This LIGHT to bring about transformation toward a far superior future during the Aquarian Age.

On the personal front, a difficult week for many as society continues flying apart at the seams. It may feel as though you're standing on the edge of a cliff with nowhere to go. However, look for creative-innovative ways to alter your course and/or solve situations that arise.

One of the those ways will be trading goods and services with each other. Now, working together with others of like mind, and like heart, becomes a fabulous opportunity for many. Offer a helping hand to those who truly deserve it, and accept a helping hand *only* from those who are truly on your side.

On the paranormal front, explosion time! At this point in time, the 'real truth' about the paranormal-supernatural world EXPLODES into humankind's mass awareness. Now, otherworldly experiences ramp up bigtime, and enters mainstream society much more rapidly as real.

Alongside this 'reality' will be a major dis-info campaign courtesy of the dark-side social engineers. This is all about dis-empowering the people. For, the rise of paranormal abilities means their defeat.

On the land changes front, This only increases ~ from last week's forecast: "extreme temperature swings will continue along with several superstorm events during Spring, and into early Summer. Earthquakes now rule the surface of the planet, and California will continue to shake, rattle, and roll as the year progresses. Also, volcanic activity only increases, especially on the ocean bottom.

Within the next two months, the Great Lion Star, flings forth more EMPs. Some will graze Earth, affecting the weather in particular."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Seven Volcanoes In Six Different Countries All Start Erupting Within Hours Of Each Other A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash." ~climateviewer.com/2014/04/04/seven-volcanoes-six-different-countries-start-erupting-within-hours~

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Volcanic Island Eats Neighbor ~ April 05, 2014 ~ A newborn volcanic island, which rose from the sea in November 2013, has swallowed it's neighbor whole. Some thought the baby island, called Niijima, would slip back into the ocean but the island continued to grow until it joined with the older island, Nishino-shima. The landmass has tripled in height since December, according to NASA's Earth Observatory. More at LiveScience.com.

On the economic front, there will be more major 'bombshell' changes in how currency works worldwide. Russia will likely lead the way. However, there are two leviathan dynamics in play at this point in history.

Or, the 'one world order criminals' versus 'the people of free spirit' in a knockdown, drag-out battle that will shake the very foundations of  planetary society. Also, the rage and desperation of the people will fuel their refusal to bow down before big global governance. This, despite the dark-side elite's Machiavellian brutality.

This week, look for more stock market chaos, and revelations around the longtime rigging of the markets, especially around gold -- as has been recently reported in the news. HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "The Federal Reserve Has No Integrity: As we documented in previous articles, the gold price is driven down in the paper futures market by naked short selling by the Fed’s dependent bullion banks"

As well, there are emerging strategies that will successfully combat the bankster gangster's push toward a one-world currency. For example: People 'guerilla' trading directly with each other only accelerates, and ultimately cannot be stopped.

Further, financial-realm players will continue to be dead on arrival. At the same time, the list of whistleblowers exposing the 'behind the scenes' truths will leap significantly.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Another Banker Found Dead ~ Zero Hedge | ABN Amro Ex-CEO in “family tragedy”.

On the truth front, TRUTH as a divine force lights up the world, and blazes soul-to-soul in the coming weeks. To disguise, to hide this game-changing enlightenment on planet Earth, the 'soulless ones' devise a series of CIRCUS CIRCUS events to be showcased by the bimbo media, and designed for the social media network.

On the war front, the truth Major General Smedley Butler revealed in his book, "War is a Racket: The Profit Motive Behind Warfare", now explodes into the conscious AWARENESS of the people as never before.

This week, there will be a confluence of contrived rebel wars from Ukraine to the African continent. This means a common enemy will be declared and demonized by those 'authorities' supposedly in the know. However, this is merely fool-the-people 'theater', and bears no resemblance to the truth.

Also, as stated before, there will be another 'beat-the-drums' push toward justifying war as the only way to save the world from quote-unquote: the bad guys. As well, as predicted before, there are several 'potential' false-flags terror events in the works. However, currently, these have been put on hold. Unless...

On the tyranny-at-work front, these dynamics come into play even faster. From Angelic Forecast ~ #279: "major moves are being made behind the scenes to put troops in place for a martial law crackdown -- likely across the country. *Currently* this is being planned for late Spring or early Summer by the dark-side powers that be.

The triggering justification *could be* blamed on the worsening economy and/or a financial meltdown. Or... the 'mystery flu' epidemic happening now. Or... on an enormous 'false flag' event yet to happen. Or... in a catastrophic situation such as a destructive asteroid strike. Or... whatever the Viper cabal believe they can get away with. Their problem: they need enough of the military to back them up. Right now: they don't have enough backup."

On the communication front, this coming month, a mixed bag of fabulous and faulty communications -- in all arenas and areas of life. From the basics of simply saying hi to far more complex expressions between human beings.

As the year progresses, the cyber world will explode in several different directions. A tool for liberty, a tool for tyranny, the info battle rages. Behind the scenes the HACKER strike-counterstrike continues and is a multi-layered chessboard.

There 'could' be major interruptions in financial transactions, and also a temporary collapse. Two scenarios are possible. One is a false flag scenario meant to justify stricter controls on the internet. The other is a white-hat hacker slowdown or shutdown that will attempt to eliminate the private corporation known as the federal reserve, and the bankster-gangster owned IMF [International Monetary Fund].

On the home front, chaos, corruption, crime will be utilized by the dark-side controllers to further divide and conquer Americans. One of their psychopathic, long-term goals is to eliminate the middle class entirely. Another primary goal is to drive the people off the land into big cities and work camps.

However, as the liberty culture rises, and the renegades resist... as the people swarm onto the land and live off the grid, this will 'eventually' become impossible, overall. The battle looms ahead.

On the food front, with the food supply diminishing, and the prices rising, it is always wise to stock up, and plant gardens. In the future, riots will break out over the lack of food, and the poor quality being forced on the people by Big Agra.

That is, unless the people take control now, and take back their sacred right to grow food whenever and wherever they want on their own land. Only an abundance of local gardens/farms/ranches will save the day.

Also, worldwide, activism only grows against GMO Frankenfoods, and chemically adulterated foods. Violence is likely as the GM/GMO BIG CORPS use gestapo tactics to get their way.

On the really bad news front, currently there is a 'mystery illness' outbreak across the country. That is, a killer, bronchitis-like epidemic that is NOT being reported by the lapdog media.

More of these devastating outbreaks will sweep across the country in waves, and be reported by the presstitute media 'only' when it serves the dark-side's agenda. Meanwhile, Ebola is spreading at an alarming rate in Africa, and beyond.

HEADLINE: "US Licensing LIVE Rabies Based EBOLA Vaccine, Preps Pandemic Quarantine Stations & Injury Fund"

On the good news front, Mother Nature fights back against weather manipulation by quickening her evolutionary changes. This will result in even stranger, super-weather events. As well, wildly fluctuating temperatures become the norm.

However, this means the rejuvenation of Mother Earth quickens, thus assisting humankind and all the animals and plants to overcome the horrific, ongoing damage being done to her by the Viper cabal.

On the global mafia cabal front, the factional infighting will lessen, and a coalescing of force begins. In the short term, this is bad news for humanity. In the long scheme, this concentration of strength will contribute to the downfall of the dark-side controllers. For, they will become easier targets.

This week, their diabolical deeds cover the globe like multiplying cancer cells. Wherever horrendous suffering and pain exist, it is a result of their evil hand at work behind the scenes.

On the heroine and hero front, a salute to the BRAVE ONES in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who are standing against a corrupt and murderous police force.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Hundreds Protest Albuquerque Police Violence ~ Al Jazeera | After two fatal shootings in two weeks, protesters blocked local streets as activists took department’s website offline.

Albuquerque PD Accused of Murdering Another Man in Cold Blood
Adan Salazar | Neighbors dispute police chief’s claim that man fired at police.

On the freedom front, as the rope of tyranny tightens around humanity's neck, this is the emerging attitude of many. HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "SHERIFF: FEDS CAN'T MAKE ME ENFORCE GUN CONTROL 'It's not my job to turn law-abiding firearms owners into criminals' .."

Despite the constant demonization of the Second Amendment -- and now *falsely* stating the Second Amendment in school textbooks -- the gun culture will only zoom ahead, and be stronger than ever. For, many know they need ways to defend themselves during the economic depression.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power." ~news.yahoo.com/kansas-lawmakers-ok-bill-void-local-gun-rules-214756022.html

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate ~ The Washington Times | Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years."

Trendwise, WELCOME TO AMERIKA! The heinous war against Divinely-given human rights is being waged under the CIRCUS-CIRCUS controlled nose of the people.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Armed Feds Prepare For Showdown With Nevada Cattle Rancher ~ Ruby Ridge-style standoff brewing as Bundy says he is prepared to be killed ~ Paul Joseph Watson ~ April 7, 2014 ~ A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise... Feds postponed a similar raid in 2012 over fears the action would spur violence. Bundy has drawn a lot of support from the local community and protesters are heading to the area to demand authorities back off. Officials have created a taped off “First Amendment Area” where demonstrators can voice their concerns. A sign placed inside the area reads “Welcome to Amerika – Wake Up” alongside a hammer and sickle logo... ~infowars.com/armed-feds-prepare-for-showdown-with-nevada-cattle-rancher~

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "The Bill of Rights has been revoked! While you were focused on the missing Airliner, there was a little case being heard in front of the Supreme Court called U.S. v. Castleman.  The case was a landmark win for the gun control left wing, but what no one realized, is that our Constitution no longer affords us "rights." ~ No longer rights that are inviolate ~ The case was decided March 28, 2014.  The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Bill of Rights is no longer made up of “Declaratory and Restrictive Clauses.” They are judicially now perceived as “privileges.” A “privilege” can be revoked for the slightest of legislative causes, but a “Right” is “Forever Inviolate” … We the People no longer have that. ~misguidedchildren.com/politics/2014/03/the-bill-of-rights-has-been-revoked/17959~

ALSO, in truth, the people are the final judge. The Supreme Court is *not* the highest authority in the land. This knowledge about how America's constitutional government truly works has been deliberately omitted from the school system -- generationally replaced by deception and lies.

THIS WEEK, dance on new dreams as you walk upon the Spring growth. Let your inner light guide you, and shine anew. 


Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cheese, Revisited


Here we go again. I’ve run short of topics, so you get to hear me bellyache about even more things that cheese me off. I’ll try to keep it short, but ranting is one of the things I do best. I make no promises.

Let’s kick off with one of my favorite peeves, other drivers. I drive a car. Other people drive trucks, vans, and SUVs. More often than not I find myself in a parking lot next to or between one or more of these monster vehicles. Everything’s hunky-dory until I go to leave. Here’s the problem: these things are bigger, higher and longer than my car. That seriously cuts down my field of vision when I go to back out of a space. I’m pretty much backing up blind.

Been in that situation? Expect other drivers to stop and wait while you back out of the parking space? Well, don’t, because they won’t. As recently as two days ago I was inching out of a spot when all of a sudden a car appeared in my rearview mirror and I had to slam on the brakes. The other car never slowed down. Maybe the driver saw me backing out. Maybe they didn’t. I don’t think it made that much of a difference.

Fellow drivers, let me spell it out for you. I’m parked next to an SUV. My visibility is nil. I CAN’T SEE YOU. I don’t know you’re there until my car’s ass end is right out in the street and your car’s front end is plowing into it. A warning toot of the horn would be appreciated. I don’t expect you to stop because apparently modern cars don’t come with working brakes. They don’t seem able to slow down, either. The only way a driver will stop for a car backing up is if they want your spot. In which case, fellah, give me some room. I can’t back out if you’re blocking me.

One little beep of the horn. That’s all you have to do. Alert me to your presence. I promise I’ll stop and patiently wait until you’ve sped past on your way to your dental appointment or job interview or whatever it is that’s so vitally important you can’t stop for three seconds or even slow down for somebody backing out of a parking space. Most of those silhouettes zipping by in my rear view belong to other cars. Their drivers must park in special lots that don’t take SUVs.

Whenever possible, I try to find a pullthrough. That way I’m facing the street when I go to leave and can see what’s coming at me. I’ve heard of blind spots, but through a front windshield? I didn’t know driving had been reclassified as a contact sport.

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Parking issues aside, I do enjoy driving. I like to amuse myself when I’m out on the road and can’t pull in a decent radio station. Here’s a little game I play on divided highways. I get into the slow lane, hold steady at the speed limit, and see who passes me. Usually it’s everybody. Then there’s the one guy going just below the speed limit that I have to go around. That’s when the guy going 80 shows up, just as I pull over to pass. I’ve been on a 65 MPH highway doing 70 or faster to pass somebody and still had some joker riding my bumper. Maybe it’s the same guy who just had to zip around me while I was trying to back up. I know his horn works, because he blasts me with it if I take too long passing the slow guy. Why couldn’t you use your horn while we were in the parking lot? Then I wouldn’t have backed into you.

I’m not sure why we even have speed limits. Do you actually drive 25 MPH when you’re in a 25 MPH zone? Do you know anybody who does? Of course not. Well, other than that little old dude in the Volvo, the one in the hat who’s always right in front of you when you’re late for work. He’s the same guy at the head of the line on those twisty country two-lanes, where it’s No Passing Zone for 30 miles and the speed limit’s 45 but he’s doing half that and there’s just no way to get around him. Here in Amish Country we get that with buggies, but we’re allowed to pass them if there’s no oncoming traffic. If you see a buggy backing up, better stop and wait for it. The horse never checks for other cars.

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Let’s get off the highway, shall we? This gripe involves pedestrians. A friend once referred to this phenomenon as “Nobody’s There Until You Are.” You’re walking somewhere and you stop for a split second and almost instantly get a quiet “Excuse me” because the one other person around absolutely has to occupy the very space you’re in at that precise same moment.

Example: years ago, when people needed TV Guide to see what was on every week, I stopped by a grocery store to get a copy. The store was practically empty. I couldn’t wait to see what was coming up on my favorite shows, so I ducked into an empty aisle and started flipping pages. Within minutes a shopper appeared. “Excuse me.” Yep. In an empty aisle in a nearly-deserted grocery store, I’d taken up position in front of the one item this woman had to have right then. Nobody’s there until you are.

And you people with the carts: you want to gab on your cell phones or chat with other shoppers, fine. Just move over to the side so we can get around you. Quit hogging the aisle. You’re not the only person in the store. Need proof? I’m going to zoom around you while you’re trying to back out of your parking space. Nothing like an expensive collision to remind you there are other people in the world, and they’re not paying any attention to you either.

That’s enough grousing. I’m going to sit home and write about fantasy worlds where they don’t have cars. Wonder if horse-drawn carriages used to back into each other? I’ll have to Google that.