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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ March 31, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #291 


Now the Human Spirit Awakens Unto Itself ... beyond the prison-planet construct of ages past.

However, the anti-human Viper elite battle to remain the global 'power behind the scenes'. Their tools are deception, lies, and the most heinous black magick.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' sweep their lightblades through a tsunami of attacking evil. For, the black-hearted Viper magicians loose a sinister dimension upon humanity, upon Mother Earth.

Meanwhile, the psi powers of humankind emerge stronger than ever beneath the AWAKENING's cosmic light. Look for heightened intuition in yourself, and others. This is the week the explosion of psi abilities begins.

On the personal front, this time is perfect for understanding the nuances of your life in a new, and a more productive way. It is as though many now emerge from a cocoon, and a blinding light suddenly reveals the path that was always there, but remained unseen.

At this point, many of us will alter the course of our lives significantly. This will be due to the rapidly changing social dynamics, as well as our inner, intuitive 'knowings'.

On the AWAKENING front, at an increasing pace, the over plasticity-artificiality of life will be rejected for a more earth-based connection. This will be especially true for the boomer generation and the younger generation, who come together in the Aquarian Age.

On the paranormal front, CONTACT... will increase as more OtherWorld races decide to bypass governmental structure and deal directly with the human population. Out of this, the ridicule factor diminishes. However, *disinfo* about ETs, and other races, hits the cyber world at light speed. Beware.

For a deeper understanding -- or a slice of what has occurred and is occurring -- check out this Art Bell FLASHBACK: "Date: 03-29-14 ~ Host: Art Bell - Somewhere In Time ~ Guests: Whitley Strieber ~unknowncountry.com~ Art Bell: Somewhere in Time returned to 10/9/02 when Whitley Strieber and other guests talked about alien sightings, the Dan Burisch story and an alleged ET exchange." ~coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/03/29/art~

On the land changes front, 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: 'Oregon quake swarms at Mount Hood, sinkholes, loud booms, shaking, landslides ~ Since Sunday, March 23, a quake swarm of at least 31 small quakes so far has been recorded on Mt. Hood. This quake swarm not only captured the attention of geologists, but it also rattled the nerves of nearby residents. Mount Hood in northern Oregon is an active stratovolcano, about 50 miles E-SE (80km) from Portland." ~examiner.com/article/oregon-quake-swarms-at-mount-hood-sinkholes-loud-booms-shaking-landslides~

HEADLINE: "Recent Earthquake Near Oklahoma, United States:14 earthquakes today 26 earthquakes in the past 7 days 133 earthquakes in the past month 474 earthquakes in the past year"

HEADLINE: "Recent Earthquake Near Greater Los Angeles Area, California:82 earthquakes today"

On the economic front, a chaotic raging mess erupts worldwide, and nations engage in ruthless economic warfare. This week, look for move-countermove as countries disengage from the dollar, currently the world's reserve currency.  Likely, China will lead the way offering gold and trade deals other countries won't refuse.

All this happens in the giant shadow of relentless conflicts and looming world war. However, there are many good-siders working behind the scenes to put out these sinister brush fires.

Meanwhile, more financial-realm biggies bite the eternal dust under mysterious circumstances. Here's one HEADLINE: "JP Morgan’s Top Commercial Bankruptcy Lawyer Dead In Minivan Hit & Run"

Also, cyber currencies begin to spring forth like mushrooms. Further, WATCH OUT! The bankster gangsters go even more raiding-berserk on the people.

On the truth front, this week is all about revealing the TRUTH about humanity's past. This, in opposition to the centuries of secrecy and lies. Antediluvian discoveries especially will be included, along with humankind's ongoing interaction with their progenitors and otherworld races.

These revealed 'truths' will be muddied by troll-disinformation. They will also be diabolically used in a militaristic campaign to demonize space aliens. This *could* end in Project Blue Beam.

From a previous 2013 forecast: "On the dark side, Project Blue Beam is being brought forth by the 'new world order crowd' at an accelerated pace. This, in preparation to frighten humanity into compliance, and obedience. From a past forecast: "The message: the alien gods are here. Bow down, people of Earth."
On the war front, the drums of war now thunder. Certain elements of the bimbo media bang harder, demanding a hailstorm of bombs -- and demanding the youth march off to war and fight the supposed good fight.

However as a whole, weary but enraged humanity does not want world war. The cannon-fodder game is up. Because of this, devastating false flags are being *planned* by the dark-side powers that be.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Scandal: Mass Media Censors Shocking Admission of Turkish False Flag ~ Corporate press brazenly lies about bombshell audio tape. ~ Paul Joseph Watson ~ March 28, 2014 ~ The mainstream media has spun, mischaracterized and outright lied about a shocking leaked audio tape in which top Turkish military and political officials brazenly plan to stage a false flag attack on their own country in order to create a pretext for war on Syria." ~infowars.com/scandal-mass-media-censors-shocking-admission-of-turkish-false-flag~

On the tyranny-at-work front, many will now attempt to evade the cruel lasso of tyranny, and bolt for freedom. Innovative strategies will be used, as well as tried and true 1776 strategies. Because, there are some who will simply refuse to give up their divinely given liberties.

This week, look for more scandals around the TSA. Also, there will be more major revelations about the super surveillance state. This will catapult many more toward guerilla activism.

On the communication front, as part of society's verbal and communications skills deteriorates at a rapid pace, now rise those in the opposite direction. Verbal and written communication becomes an art form, an expression of wit and intelligence comparable to the time of Shakespeare.

As well, government agencies begin cracking down with more and more censorship, and by shutting down alternative media news sites. All those with dissonant, free-spirited voices are on the targeted list for eventual shutdown.

On the home front, a yo-yo week of wonders and horrors. As the police state becomes even more nonsensical and savage, the rebellion by some of the people accelerates. A flashpoint is in the near future, if the current militaristic trend continues.

With the eventual death of the celebrity culture, grassroot artists -- the super creative ones among us -- now inspire the natural creativity inside all of us to an ever greater degree. On this ever-growing tide of creativiity everyone becomes a star in their own right. That is one gift of the Aquarian Age.

On the food front, turning Mother Earth into a paradise of food -- vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts -- now becomes the goal of those who realize growing locally and organically can and will feed everyone.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "New UN Report: Small Scale Organic is the Only Way to Feed the World ~ According to a new UN report, small scale, organic farming can create strong local food systems. ~naturalsociety.com~

Meanwhile, on the villainous front ~ HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Monsanto Threatens to Sue over GMO Labeling in Vermont ~ The citizens of Vermont want GMO foods to be labeled, but Monsanto and others will fight to stop it. ~naturalsociety.com~

On the energy front, gamechanger energies inundate the planet this week. These vibrations emanate from a spiritually advanced world, and are in response to the distress cries coming from Earth at this point in history.

Now, the stranglehold of black gold, or oil and the petro dollar, starts to wane in several ways. Eventually, in the far future, this will give way to an agrarian culture, where a banquet of foods and seeds are traded for goods and services. This, because people realize nourishment is far more important to their lives than mere commodities.

On the really bad news front, this week the public education system here, and worldwide, begins a slow ugly implosion that will become a sudden explosion of 'truth'. That is, once people understand what has nefariously taken place -- or the sheer huge level of propaganda and lies designed into the educational system by the dark-side social engineers. Out of this how knowledge is taught will be transformed.

On the good news front, now comes a new respect for those Wise Ones among us who lead, and use their abilities to help, to assist others. For, this is one aspect of true wealth, a thriving heart-centered community where all give and share with each other.

This week, another octave of GOOD sings forth from the precious human soul.  These beautiful frequency-tones wave around the planet, transmuting the mass consciousness. Thus, we move closer to what we were divinely meant to be, powerful creative beings who know how to bring about an earthly paradise.

On the global mafia cabal front, the Viper elite are metaphorically taking on casualties. Also, the karmic backlash for their Machiavellian deeds only get bigger and badder.

This week, look for more EXPOSURE of how their evil decimates, then destroys the people. This will be particularly seen, and demonstrated by the failing financial system.

On the heroine front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: ~Teenager Writes Police Officer A Parking Ticket ~ autos.aol.com - When a teenager in Texas saw a police car improperly parked in her apartment complex's parking lot, she asked herself, "What would the cops do?" She wrote the officer a ticket."

On the hero front, Army Veteran STEVE HOUSE spoke on The Power Hour ~thepowerhour.com~ as a whistleblower about the massive amounts of Agent Orange buried at military bases all over the world. He also talked about the health destroying effects the toxin has had on himself along with countless other Veterans.

On the freedom front, this week heralds freedom from the Medical Industrial Complex. That is, a breakaway civilization is forming where the people no longer rely on the collapsing health care system.

Individuals and like-minded communities realize their responsibility for keeping themselves healthy. Thus, compassionate and innovative centers for healing will and are being created.

Trendwise, on the GOOD side, several major trends are coalescing into a juggernaut of societal change. This means across the globe, the people's activism will be on an enormous scale, leading the way into a future where liberty will 'eventually' reign.

On the bad side, the soulless bimbo culture pervading much of the media grows like a fast-acting cancer in parts of the population. In the long term, this will lead to serious conflicts in the major cities as those grounded in reality fight to reclaim society and their city.

Meanwhile, those who want to be false-god borgs, using what is called 'transhumanism', will attempt to override the whole of humanity. They will ultimately fail. For, their machine or cyber bodies cannot contain a full *soul*.

BREAKING FLASHPOINT: After a peaceful protest, a riot happened during the weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico over the homeless man who was gruesomely murdered by the police for simply camping in a forest area. This police department has the highest kill rate in the country.

THIS WEEK, enjoy the awakening of Mother Earth, and dance with the springtime fairies in your imagination. Or, enjoy these nature people if you spy them out and about. 


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, March 27, 2014

Spring Thaw


Finally, it’s spring! Theoretically. This week we had a snowstorm, icy roads and record low overnight temps. It’s supposed to nudge into the 60s this weekend, so spring’s at least trying to get here.

The Susquehanna River’s not the only thing that’s finally thawing out. The writer’s block that’s been with me for most of last year is breaking up at last. Remember those three-four stories I was bouncing around between? One of them finally stuck. I’ve been working on it steadily and inspiration is starting to pick up speed. If I’m not careful, I could have it done soon. Then it’s rewrite, polish and bam! I’ll have a finished manuscript to send out. The last time that happened was about a year ago. For those of you wanting a writing career, here’s a hint: you have to write, and you have send stuff out. Good stuff. Repeatedly, and as often as possible. Sorry, but that’s the only way to do it.

I’m not going to say which story it is because I don’t want to jinx it. Bits of it have appeared here and on my other blog as free reads. Have fun guessing.

What did I learn about beating writer’s block? Sadly, not much of anything. I never stopped writing entirely. I continued to write something every day, even if it was only a paragraph. I just didn’t finish anything. None of the ideas logjammed in my head grabbed hold and demanded to be written. I even entered a writing contest with deadlines in the hopes that would force me to finish something. That didn’t work either. Luckily I didn’t get anywhere in the contest, so it didn’t matter anyway. Here’s something I did learn: when you force yourself to write a book, that book will end up crap. That manuscript, or as much as I completed of it, has joined my other abandoned books and false starts in the closet, where it will sit until inspiration rears its head again.

Because that’s the beauty of writing. Some of these things never actually die. They just go dormant, like those flower bulbs you planted last fall. (We’re swinging back into the spring analogy here. Bear with me.) Then, when it warms up and the ground thaws out, they break through the soil, reach for the sun and yell, “Write me!” That was the case with my current WIP. It started out shaky, went cold for a while, then had an unexpected resurgence. Now it looks like I could actually finish it. Take that, writer’s block!

Sure, you’re bound to reap a weed or two, but some of these stories will come back to life and bloom into something beautiful. It all depends on the plant food, not to mention fertilizer. Yes, folks, sometimes writing requires mounds and mounds of shit.

Sorry. It’s been a brutal winter.

What I meant to say is, don’t give up. Not on writing, and not on what you write. Stories hit plot snags or go cold. Sometimes they die. Sometimes the wall slams down. If you’re serious about being a writer, you just have to plow on through. Eventually the temperatures rise, the sun climbs higher in the sky and the ice on the river breaks up. Remember, spring also brings floods. Hope your typing fingers can keep up.

Here’s a legitimate tip, a little game I’ve been playing to keep me going and help shake the ideas loose. I keep track of my daily page count on a calendar, hung up on the wall where I can see it. Every day I try to match or surpass the page count from the previous week. The challenge keeps me working, and guarantees I’ll write something on any given day. Even a single paragraph is progress.

Granted, sometimes it’s hard to even match when I’m writing longhand. Once I start typing up the handwritten pages, watch those page counts soar!

Now all I need to deal with are my procrastination issues. For instance, I just wrote this blog instead of working on the story. Okay, I’m done with this excuse. Onward and upward!