Expression

A few months ago, or was it years now, there was a local restaurant owner who put a sign on his business front. It was a rude comment to the President – for you news crawler fans otherwise called POTUS. His sign was in protest of the President’s news conference comments about the need for the government, in the matter of businesses and public utilities infrastructure. With regard to business owners, it was said, “you didn’t build it.” Meaning that the business owner didn’t build it, the government helped because of the highways and roads, and such.
Locally, it became a news item on TV, and then on a local legislator’s Facebook page. I agreed with the business owner, rude or not, and jumped into the fray on the Facebook site. That exchange got nowhere and degenerated into an economic discussion on gross national product figures. I took another step later, and blogged about all of this on another site, along with some other points. It went out, published on that site, but I had a comment from the site host owner advising me, “don’t be a demagogue.”
Frankly, I really didn’t think that I was that strong in my opinion. I may have been a touch dogmatic , but a demagogue? I wasn’t running for any office. I was always going to comment back to the chap, but never did. It occurred to me that it would not have mattered, as it was a political and government view which differed in the purpose and powers of government control. They read my view or comments, and didn’t like it, or didn’t agree with me.
It reminded me, still later, of when I was in another discussion, on a group email exchange. It had to do with the water situation in central California this year. The group, mostly ranchers and farmers or connected to agribusiness, were eloquent about the gripe that legislators and state leaders had reneged on promises of which crops would be allowed to be preserved. Mixed in with this was the discussion on vegetarians, beef production, and others, and how to be civil with the arguments. Apparently, almonds were now discussed as a crop that used to be preserved as now a crop that had to be deleted. It was asked by one fellow, “How can we reason with those leaders to understand these things?”
I emailed back an answer. And the fellow replied, “Can we just write them off and cut them loose from our efforts?” It was something like that.
My answer was, “Well, yeah. How can you convince a group of vegetarians who want to destroy the world’s greatest source of plant protein. They’re idiots.”
There was no reply from that person. He may have been a vegetarian. One other in the group made a positive reply, but I have not heard from them since. I think I may have been dropped from the group. I guess I wasn’t diplomatic in my, uh ………….. expression.

Tim

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Art Banned in California State Venues

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THE ATTACK

3rd Confederate Infantry Regiment in Cleburne’s Division in late Atlanta Campaign 1864.

On Thursday, September 24, the artist was called to pick up the painting with the explanation that under California’s state law, the local fair district cannot hang the painting to be shown. California’s fair districts are a state run entity and fall under the 2014 law AB-2444 and cannot sell or display Confederate flags and symbols.
As a consolation, the artist was told, “the painting was allowed to be judged” and, “ had it won a place or prize, those would have been awarded to the artist.”
The fair people the artist talked with were sympathetic and showed the June 2015 letter from the State of California that was mailed to all fair districts and to all vendors and concessionaires who are operating their business at California fairs. The artist asked if he was considered a vendor or concession as he was not selling the painting. The reply was no, that the fair cannot display it. He asked for a copy of the letter and was told that they would mail him a copy. He was also told that the fair people had petitioned by telephone call to the California Fairs Director in Sacramento, that the painting depicted an historical scene, and also contacted the state Attorney General. It seemed that everyone’s hands were tied by the legislation. At some point someone in Sacramento had to have decided that the historic depiction did not matter.
Here is the law:

Assembly Bill No. 2444
CHAPTER 538

An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to the Confederate flag.
[Approved by Governor September 25, 2014. Filed with Secretary of State September 25, 2014.]

legislative counsel’s digest
AB 2444, Hall. Confederate flag: sales: government property.
Existing law regulates the sale of certain merchandise, including political items and sports memorabilia.
This bill would prohibit the State of California from selling or displaying the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, or a similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with those images, unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Chapter 2.9. Confederate Flag
8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
(b) For purposes of this section, “sell” means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. “Transfer possession” includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.

As well as the legislature not understanding the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, notice also, that the law erroneously refers to the “Battle Flag” as the “Stars and Bars.” In the painting is the “Second National” Confederate pattern.

This is the “Battle Flag:”
Art - Blog photo - Battle flag

This is the “Stars and Bars” which is the First Confederate States National Flag:
Art - Blog photo - 1st national flag

While many may discredit Wikipedia as a source, there is a good discussion of this there at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

The black and white painting was done for a local art show called “Black and White Show” in May 2015. Red was added to the Confederate States’ Second National flag’s canton in June.

Tim

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Vetted, Vetting and to Vet

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If you apply for a job, your application is screened. If it meets the prospective employer’s criteria, you may be called for an oral interview. In all of this you are being “vetted.” This isn’t a term used in the past be the private sector in filling vacant positions. The term was usually restricted to government positions or to high security agency positions. It was the process of an intense investigation and scrutiny of the applicant. I could not find a definition in Random Houses Webster’s Dictionary fourth edition Ballantine paperback, nor in the 1,550 page American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Houghton Mifflin Company 1976. But the use of the word “vet” as a verb may be found at various online locations such as:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet

It has been a term that I used to see in research articles or books about intelligence agency practices. One of my first memories or awareness of vetting that was used in private industry, was the complaint by established media reporters, news writers, and TV journalists. The complaint was about bloggers. I suppose it was about the time that bloggers were being quoted, on the air. It ran along the lines, that “bloggers are out there in the blog-i-sphere whom we do not know,” and “they are blogging information contrary to what main stream media was reporting,” and, …. “we simply do not know who these people are.” Then, “these bloggers are not vetted,” presumably by the established media. More recently, there was a Brian Lamb C-SPAN “Book Notes” interview of a history professor. The professor complained about the self-published historians who “were not vetted” by the scholarly process of university historians.
There were media bloggers too, but, there was an explosion of “other voices” in the mid 2,000s years. About this time I was interviewed by one agent at a conference. It was short and he seemed to like the book I pitched to him, and he said to “send it to the agency” and to his partner a lead agent. [I thought that was hopeful, but later I realized that I was blown off.] This same agent later hosted and led a breakout session entitled “The Agency –Publisher – Writer Relationship.” His main point during the session was that the “agents vet the writers” for the publishers. There it is. Another angle on all this has been said many times. Also, there was “the catch.” To get traditionally in print by a big house, you need an agent – to get an agent, you need to be published. An agent wants published writers.
An e-world revolution, of sorts, is going on, has been going on. E-writers and self-publishers are by-passing the agent/publisher vetters. Who decides what is good, readable, correct, or entertaining? “Readers” is the obvious answer. The other question is, does this affect the marketing?
And, do your credentials matter?
Tim

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Speed Dating

This was posted on Facebook when I was tied up in skirmish with Yankees at Roaring Camp …. but Tierney James has me included on her site for #4 of group of other authors. Interesting….. check out Journeys, Treks and Daylilies

at … http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com/2015/05/speed-dating-for-readers-4-life-is.html?m=1
Called Speed Dating for Readers #4 Life is a Cupcake. She really is a cupcake.

Author Tierney James 2

The other authors she highlights are pretty awesome. Let her know what you think.

Tim

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Author Earnings Report

Triggered Book Study 3 could have been this title. Now I keep getting these things. For those of you who think all authors are raking in the cash, you may have cause to reflect on the reality of the publisher percentages. This came from another conversation with science-fiction author John Daulton. Turns out it is also another Hugh Howey comment. But, enough of the chatter, just hop over to the 2015 Author Earnings Report:

http://authorearnings.com/report/may-2015-author-earnings-report/

As usual, the data is graphic and easy to interpret. Plus, it is another learning experience just reading the comments. Fascinating.

Tim

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Jeremiah Ryan Memorial

SCV - Jerry Ryan Memorial
Camp 1804 genealogist Bill Lee speaking.

This was last Saturday on April 25, at Calvary Cemetery on Belmont Avenue, Fresno, California.
Jerry Ryan and his father were railroad builders in Houston, Texas. Before the Civil War they built the railroad across Cuba. Before the Civil War he married in Texas, and When Texas seceded in 1861, Jerry joined Waul’s Texas Legion. Waul’s became a trans-Mississippi unit in the Army of Tennessee, as did many regiments from Arkansas, Louisiana and other Texas regiments.
Early in the war Jerry was captured at the battle called Shiloh, and sent to Rock Island, the Union prisoner camp, Illinois. He was part of a prisoner exchange and either returned to Texas or returned to another Confederate unit. After the war he continued railroad work, and was working on railroad in Oregon. He came to Fresno to build the railroad there in 1873. Ryan was first section foreman for the Southern Pacific in this locality and by his industry and shrewdness soon accumulated enough money to start him in the hotel business.
In 1874 he ceased the railroad business and remained in Fresno. He was most likely a member of the Price Camp of Confederate Veterans, as other notable members were Doctor Muex, Doctor Henry Hopkins, and others. One other was a Confederate he had met at Rock Island, Illinois and exchanged with him. That was Fresno’s first County Sheriff, J. D. Collins. They became life-long friends and died a year apart, Ryan in 1909, Collins in 1910.
The memorial was hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans local General Tyree Harris Bell Camp #1804. General Bell probably knew Collins and Ryan also, as he farmed in what is now Clovis and Sanger, and is buried at Bethel Cemetery in Sanger. The Sons of Confederate Veterans genealogical organization is dedicated to preserving the memory of Confederates and their history.

SCV - Jerry Ryan Memorial marker

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The Posse

I’m in a posse. I have been for a while. We are lead by our author friend Sunny Frazier. We first met at an author event at Chowchilla Library. I am not sure if the “The Posse” was formed at that time or not until later. Somehow I was in. We have a main concept of using some sort of clout with improving our promotions and marketing, as well as entertaining one another.
One of those tools is blogging. For example we were referred to another blog and author by Anne R. Allen. In a recent blog by Anne R. Allen, there is a list of ten reasons to blog. While all the points there are good and right, Number 9 had struck me. First I had to look up what “garret” meant. I know, I know, but it is what it is. I was working the day job, and there was only one other writer on our staff, and he was published with a Carnegie-Mellon award. He told me that writers need to be around other writers. I understood that, but it wasn’t something that could change the situation, without relocating, quitting work, and, well, all the impossibilities. It was something that grew though. He had started a blog because his friends had told him that he should. That was around 2003. He didn’t up date it as often as he could or should have. But I never forgot his advice.
Anne R. Allen’s piece is at:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/04/ten-reasons-for-authors-to-blog.html#comment-form

I’m not sure how many are in The Posse, maybe twenty or forty authors and writers. There might be more. For another up close visit, Sunny Frazier has a lot going on and blogging on five sites. See more about Sunny at:

https://www.blogger.com/profile/03693884364418711551

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Pool Boy Day

Blog photo - Pool Equip Pool Boy Apr 21

Have not written anything in over a week. Sounds like a personal problem, and it was, or still is. Story here? Today I am back to being “Pool Boy” again. Six month cleaning of filter tank is the norm. Last summer I rebuilt the backwash valve stack. It leaked from the top seal. Now, I can’t remove the backwash valves to do a new repair. Pool is running and clean, but, still have the leak. May have to call a guy.

Tim

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Triggered Book Study Follow up

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One more piece on numbers and stats, if you will, is on another reference that I happen to come across. If the previous “Triggered Book Study” was of mild or of any interest at all, this next reference is from a more studied source in the industry.

THIS STUDY by Hugh Howey IS DATED AS A YEAR AGO IN February on: February 12, 2014. It is of importance to anyone connected with this business, but I think it has merit and interest for anyone involved education, teaching, teaching reading, and the obvious ….. if you are in retail and wonder how the closing of book stores and markets means something. I’ve saved the study in my own files, but in the interest of “not plagiarizing” I am putting the link here.

Author Earnings by Hugh Howey Study Called: The 7k Report
The link is at: http://authorearnings.com/report/the-report

I found it fascinating.
After reading that, what do you think?

Tim

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John Daulton Interview

Author - Joihn Daulton

It was an honor to interview Galactic Mage science fiction and series author John Daulton. There is more at his Daulton Books website at: http://daultonbooks.com and also on Amazon author page. For now, enjoy the interview below.

TD: Your first title in the series, The Galactic Mage, has been described as a combination of two genres – fantasy and science fiction. Was that by design or accidental?

Totally by design. Many stories out there have blended the two genres, “science fantasy” if you will, stories going way back to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars (the whole John Carter of Mars series), and even farther back to writers like Mark Twain with his A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court . Aside from the obvious disparity in writing skill between those guys and me, the blending of the two genres is similar in many fundamental ways. One big difference is that in The Galactic Mage series, I keep the medieval-style magic of the fantasy distinct and very true to the Sword & Sorcery type fantasy that emerged post Dungeons and Dragons and, of course, Tolkien while keeping sci-fi elements as close to contemporary popular sci-fi as I can. By not changing the “expectations” of the two genres, yet putting them together anyway, I ended up with something new enough to be very cool and widely accepted by readers. In truth, it’s not completely “never been done before” though, despite what a lot of reviewers have said. In the early 80s, Piers Anthony did something similar in the Apprentice Adept series, at the very end of it at least, and I loved it.

TD: What inspired you to write your novel and how much research went into it? Without the obvious of space travel and other worlds, any personal experiences?

The original inspiration was a 1999 movie called October Skies. It’s about a kid who saw something that everyone else was missing: rocketry. So he pursued it and made something amazing, an industry, an enterprise, a way of thinking. It was such a beautiful and simple (and true) story, that it stuck with me. The Galactic Mage is a fantasy version of that movie, at least in part.

As for research, it’s pretty insane how much I did. It seems like every time I tried to say anything, I was like, “Crap, I don’t really know how a laser would work; are they actually powerful or just old ideas? And what the heck is in ion cannon anyway?” Stuff I have read about in other sci-fi, stuff I knew readers would accept, I just couldn’t use myself without understanding it better. I read so much astronomy (and watched tons of documentaries). I read a lot on genetics, bio-engineering, bio-printing believe it or not. I actually read two books just on squids and octopuses, plus tons of medieval and feudal society and household info, and just out of control physics. The more I wrote, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I read Stephen Hawking’s The Universe in a Nutshell when I got started, thinking that would be enough, and I ended up taking a semester of college physics before I could feel comfortable saying anything I wrote at all. I still feel grotesquely unqualified to say much, and I’m sure I have lots wrong, but the story is totally, in terms of its sci-fi element and even more so in the underlying principles of magic (actually more important, believe it or not), steeped in reality as closely as I can fathom it anyway.

TD: How do you write? Do you outline and follow chapter by chapter, or do you wait until the story’s magnitude can’t be contained in your mind and you have to pour it out on paper?

Combination of both. I get to the point where the ideas are stacking up on one another, and I know there’s a story there. So I start outlining in as much detail as I can. I don’t hold that outline as gospel, though.

TD: Stephen King says “you only have a season (3 months) to write a book” after that, you should abandon it and work on something else entirely, then come back 6 weeks later, re-read, and start revising. Do you agree? How long does it take to write a good story?

I think assigning a time frame like that is totally arbitrary. Everyone is different. Before The Galactic Mage blew up on Amazon, I was working a day job and had zero expectation of ever being a “full time writer.” How could I possibly have written a whole novel in 3 months?

So, you have to take Stephen King’s advice with a grain of salt. He has the advantage of being a multi-millionaire and anything he writes will 1) be published through traditional channels, and 2) make money. The rest of us don’t have those guarantees. That means we don’t have the luxury of assigning ourselves three or four months to write something. Before TGM, I had to write when I could, and with whatever energy I had left after a long day. So, to crank out a novel in three months just wasn’t reasonable, especially not a first or second novel, where even believing I was capable of finishing one was a whole emotional journey, well outside craft and discipline. I have that luxury now of having developed my “writer’s muscle” as they say. I can write 80,000 to 100,000 words in a month when I do it full time. I’m sure Stephen King can too. Probably more. Most of the guys in the NFL can bench press 300 pounds. But I’m pretty sure they didn’t just decide to “get to 300 pounds in a season.”

So, writing in a season is great for those tiny fractions of the writing universe who don’t have to teach or edit or do something else of the day-job variety to keep the wolves at bay. I guess basically my opinion of that “season” advice is that it doesn’t really speak to anyone outside of the outliers and the very, very lucky. Most people are going to have to do what they have to do to get it done. The Galactic Mage took me eight years.

However, that said, I do agree that you do need to finish and then let your story sit for a few weeks or months before you reread it. It’s amazing to discover both how awesome you can be and how terrible all in the same piece, so you need distance from both your pride and your self-loathing.

TD: Do you have a book to which you constantly go back and from which you constantly draw inspiration? If so, which is it and by whom?

Artistotle’s Rhetoric. Everything you ever need to know about the human experience is in that book. It’s more sophisticated than anything else I’ve ever read, despite being 2,500 years old. Mind blowing.

TD: With the flood of self-published authors, small presses, and vanity presses, I feel like the “big houses” have a lot of competition. They are very selective and often end up kicking their butts for not signing someone special. Do you know of a book/author that has been under appreciated and everyone should read his/her book?

Everyone? No, I don’t know of any that everyone should read. But I can say, I know some great story tellers who don’t get the love they deserve. T.R. Harris is one. He’s got these awesome, simple shoot-em-up science fiction books. They are so honest, so unpretentious. They don’t pretend to be anything other than fun. You can blow right through them so fast. But they are just brilliant in their simplicity. It’s a shame some publishing house didn’t see it and hook him up with some high-end editors and an awesome marketing team. They could have sold a hundred million copies. But that’s fine. He doesn’t care, I’m sure. He’s done fine all on his own. Like, really fine. So, whatever.

TD: And on another note, there are books whose reviews and bestseller lists rave greatness, but the story, the characters, or the premise is either a copy cat of something really good or it sucks all together. Do you know of a book like that?

Yeah, I can think of tons of stuff I didn’t like. But, I’m not going to harsh on someone’s story just because I didn’t like it. Hell, chances are I didn’t like it because I didn’t get it. And yes, lots of stuff is generic and cliché, but if there are people out there who get joy from it, that’s all good—I mean, maybe it’s cliché to you and me, but what if it’s the first time some new reader saw that idea, you know? There are always new people, young people, whatever, coming up to consume the latest publications. Really, in the end, there aren’t any new ideas anyway. They’ve been saying that for thousands of years already, too.

TD: What do you think is more important: A great story, a great cover, or a great promotion?

Great story. If you write a great enough story, it will go viral despite your crappy cover and feeble promotions. People share what they like. You only have to give something amazing to one or two people, and the rest will take care of itself. Writers should never forget this. Get over yourself and write the next one. (But don’t skimp on your cover, your editing, and for God’s sake, start a mailing list on MailChimp or Constant Contact or something. Just do it.

TD: And speaking of promotion. It has become the author’s worst nightmare as they have less time to write with having to promote so much since the book world is a business after all. What is your strategy? Have you found a promotion tool that works every time?

If you are doing your own promotions, get a mailing list (you may have noticed I mentioned that above). MailChimp and Constant Contact and several others have freebie programs for small mailing lists. Get one. I could go into why you should, and I have covered it on my blog, but, short answer: if you put out a book and even ONE person likes it so much that they want to read the next thing you put out , you should make it easy for that reader to know when the next one comes out. So, beyond that, I won’t explain more. Get your MailChimp account. Put a link to your sign up form on the front page of your books and ebooks and put it in again on the last page. Do that first, before you start thinking about Facebook ads or any other dumb stuff that will waste your money. Get a mailing list. Period. Seriously.

TD: And finally, do you characters take on some qualities of people you know?

Totally. We can only write the world we know. The people around me ARE the world. If I didn’t tap into the real people I know, all my characters would be wooden prototypes that I averaged onto my pages from other stuff I have read. It would be too boring to write, honestly. Exaggeration and commitment to it provides the rest.

TD: What else should I know about this novel, or your others, that might not be evident from its cover blurb?

My series is a search for God. All seven books (the 6 main series and the prequel) are really born of my grappling with faith, divinity, science (especially physics), philosophy and humanity. Like, that is literally the spine of the series. I realize that, given what they are on the surface, how the covers are done for the purpose of appeasing the market, nobody will ever think about my books as deeply or even read them enough times to see what I am trying to do. Which is fine. I did it for me.

TD: What else should our readers know about you?

I’m just a regular guy. Writing books is not mystical. If you are my friend, you don’t have to apologize to me if you haven’t read my books. In fact, that’s actually the worst part of having a bestseller out. People you love come up to you after having not seen you in a while and feel obligated to lead with, “Hey, great to see you. Man, I’ve been meaning to read your book.” You don’t have to read my book. In fact, if I’m being honest, if you put out a book, I probably won’t get to it either. Life is busy. The “to read” stack is tall. It’s all good.

TD: And last, please tell our readers where we can buy your books.

They’re all on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Google Play (the first one is on iTunes too, but don’t get me started on why the rest aren’t on it). The front page of my website shows all my books, and you can click on any of them to get links to all the major outlets for each: http://www.daultonbooks.com

TD: John, thank you for dropping by for the visit and for your answers and advice. There is a lot here for our readers and other authors.

Tim

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