That First Book Review

It all takes time, but I received my first book review.. and also a 5 star-rating from someone who bought it on Amazon.. so I am getting at least somewhere.

Hoping someone with a little better sense of humor can review it, but this one was a THREE out of FOUR possible stars.

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[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of “War and Vegetables” by Robert Run.]
3 out of 4 stars Review by sindhu75063

War and Vegetables by Robert Run mainly focuses on the hardships faced by the middle class during modern day corporatism. The story begins with Paul Poznan, who has failed college, going on a road trip to his hometown, Sunny Knoll, Wisconsin, with his girlfriend Alexandra Chase, called Alex. Because of his academic fail, his girlfriend’s parents, Ross and Sherry Chase, are concerned about Alex’s decision to quit school and stay with Paul. Yet Alex comforts them, saying that Paul has chalked out a plan (Actually, it’s Alex who has the plan, she’s the Alpha -RR). Upon arriving home, they contact Paul’s childhood friend, Spiro Young, known as Mint, who runs Stellar Gas, a gas station set up by both his (Michael and Angel Young) and Paul’s parents (Keith and Valerie Poznan). They find out that Keith would be meeting them soon and ponder about the decisions he might ask them to make.

Theirs being a gas station stocked with all the essential groceries as well, the trio finds out that a lot of sale has gone down because of supermarkets and the like. Hence, they agree to Keith Poznan’s idea of hosting a Farmer’s Market. The rest of the story focuses on their planning and preparation for farmers to meet directly with the consumers and not to be cheated by any middlemen. In this process, they definitely find more helpers (their friends and the local community) and well-wishers than haters. But even a few haters can spoil all the fun.

If you are a writer who would like to share the story of getting your first review, please contact me and I’ll add your story to the book blog at warandvegetables.com, include links to your site and the book that was reviewed.

Thus, the story of War and Vegetables is one of determination and perseverance. It is a tale which inspires any person to become a successful businessperson whilst being a helpful and caring one. It shows that even when you want to be on top, you must be considerate to the ones holding your ladder for you. It also relates the struggle faced everyday by the agriculture class, working to make our lives healthier and happier. In other words, it was a bridge between age old professions and technical advancement.

It was really hard to rate this book. The fact was that it was a real page-turner. But: one, I found too many grammatical errors and way too much unnecessary capitalization [I tried to send them a revised version but was unable to, I explain why I capitalize the Natural World in the Preface, RR); two, the climax wasn’t as mind-blowing as I expected it would be; and three, I felt that there was some inappropriate foul language used. Hence, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I feel really bad because it was overall a good read and deserved 4 stars just for the flow.

Little explanations about Mint’s inventions and Paul’s spontaneous writing adds a personal touch to the book, highlighting the fun excursions we have within our own selves. Overall, I believe that this book is an inspiration for all those who feel depressed in life and are unwilling to take a different path. You never know, a new path might be just a little prettier.

Not bad!

I like an honest book review. Any book review is good because at least someone is reading your stuff. -RR

Hardcopy: https://www.createspace.com/6252522
eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K5H3GAI

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The New Word to Describe the Life of a Writer

conundrumnal: The state of being in a persistent paradox; A situation presenting a consistent conundrum

American Politicians  spend too much time raising money. They don’t have time to make good policy, or to care how it affects us.

If I want to spend more time writing, I am going to have to figure out how to sell my book, but if I spend my time selling it, I won’t have time to write. One of the things I like to do is make up new words. There are a few in my book. Today I want to introduce you to the word conundrumnal, because this problem of having to spend time selling books and not being able to write them is conundrumnal. I’m not saying this is original thought, but I don’t see that word in use. Certainly not in dictionaries.

war and vegetables a chronicle of the last gas station book cover

click that

My book is now in the Premium Catalogue at Smashwords, which means I can officially stop calling myself a Writer and start calling myself an Author if I feel like it. It might be a little pretentious,  but probably not presumptuous. It would be pretentious to call myself an author if I started referring to myself as such before at least selling a thousand books. You get the point though. I wrote a book, seventy two thousand plus words.

Below is a list of ways people all over the world can get my book if they find clicking the link above to be too easy. I am intrigued by this. What a great system Smashwords made. Technically, pretty much everyone on Earth can get my book now. What if they did? Then I could spend more time writing.

Kobo powers the ebook stores of multiple ebook retailers around the world.  Simply by distributing to Kobo via Smashwords, your books may also reach WH Smith in the UK, FNAC in France and Portugal, Livraria Cultura in Brazil, Angus & Robertson Bookworld in Australia, Bookworld in Australia, Indigo in Canada, Collins in Australia, Feltrinelli in Italy, bol.com in the Netherlands, Paper Plus in New Zealand, Play in Great Britain, Rakuten in Japan, Buy.com (now Rakuten) in the US, PriceMinister in France, Crossword and WHSmith in India, Eason & Son, Ltd in Ireland, Mondadori in Italy, The Paper Plus Group in New Zealand, National Book Store in the Philippines, Pick ‘N Pay in South Africa, La Central in Spain, Dogan in Turkey, participating Booksellers Association Stores in the UK, and participating American Booksellers Association stores in the US, and Orbile in Mexico (Orbile is a partnership between two large Mexican book retailers, Porrúa and Gandhi).

Inktera operates retail site Inktera.com and powers multiple apps across iOS and Google Play including Athanatos, Book Bronco, Caffeine Nights, Cricket Books, Digital Pretium, Digital Turbine eBooks, EverAfter, IndieReader, Inktera Books, MediaRewards, Morgan Rice, Oasis eBooks, OneClique, TribBooks, Versent Books, and EverAfter (app for romance); and operates Android ebook store apps for Cricket Wireless and Asus.

Baker & Taylor operates Blio, an ebook store and also operates Axis360, a major supplier of ebook checkout systems to public libraries.

Gardners, also mentioned above, powers hundreds of small white label ebook stores; operates Hive.co.uk which powers ecommerce operations for hundreds of physical stores; operates Askews & Holts, a large supplier of ebooks to public libraries in the UK and other countries; and operates VLeBooks which powers ebook checkout systems for academic libraries.

Book Titles: I laughed into mine

Book Title

At some point during the third or fourth revision I was searching the internet for music, just trying to relax an overstimulated mind and maybe find some inspiration. I was listening to Beatles songs that are somewhat rare, like demos and outtakes. I heard the book title in an interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the interviewer was asking them questions about youth culture, and what, if any good they thought they could bring to the youth of their era.

Many people try to be conscious about what’s important, and what, if any good they might do. We all think too much, and wouldn’t it be a lovely world if we could all settle our heads with more music and humor, and other good things. The original, working title for this book was ‘Stellar Gas’.

You can find the entire, very much worth the listen Lennon and McCartney interview on Youtube

This is an excerpt:

Interviewer: Let’s stick to the young people, and to the areas that you think are most fruitful to try to help in. I mean, again, I asked before where you thought young people were going and you said maybe there’ll be a reaction to what they have now. How does this relate to the real world, as you see it, to issues of war and peace and family and country?
John Lennon: All issues are relative. So it relates like that. It’s all just relative to each other. War… and vegetables… It’s all just relative, you know. So there’s relativity and absolute, and that’s how it relates.
Paul McCartney: That’s great Johnny.
Interviewer: That’s kind of hard though, for some people, to interpret you.
John Lennon: Well, if they can’t interpret it, maybe they will later, or come to their own conclusions, but that’s the way I think it is.

John Lennon working class hero onUS flag by Robert Run

Lennon was taken from us before he could become a U.S. citizen

 

War and Vegetables: A Chronicle of the Last Gas Station is Available

corporatism-rigged-economy-war-vegetables-Preface: The devastation left in the wake of corporatism in much of the world was a war zone Even in the US it seemed like a war zone. The rights of individuals, their properties, communities, and small businesses were under attack, not mere metaphor in some cases. Solutions, some so simple, were suppressed in favor of archaic, toxic, and inefficient technologies Politicians enabled these policies and the results, and they worked a TV like a dancer’s prop, feigning opposition There were so many of us, and so few of them. Somehow they made us feel powerless. Perhaps it was the weaponry the constant trauma of fear porn, and the fake food, all helped along by the too slowly dissipating apparitions of TV projection. Regardless, it was a con. The Millenials were next, with the Public Record in the palms of their hands. www.war&veggies.com

click the photo to go to a purchase page

My book is now in the Premium Catalogue at Smashwords, which means I can officially stop calling myself a Writer and start calling myself an Author… if I feel like it. It might be a little pretentious. You get the point though. I wrote a book, a long book. Seventy Two Thousand plus words.

Here’s a list of ways people all over the world can get my book. If they find clicking the link above to be too easy.

Kobo powers the ebook stores of multiple ebook retailers around the world. Simply by distributing to Kobo via Smashwords, your books may also reach WH Smith in the UK, FNAC in France and Portugal, Livraria Cultura in Brazil, Angus & Robertson Bookworld in Australia, Bookworld in Australia, Indigo in Canada, Collins in Australia, Feltrinelli in Italy, bol.com in the Netherlands, Paper Plus in New Zealand, Play in Great Britain, Rakuten in Japan, Buy.com (now Rakuten) in the US, PriceMinister in France, Crossword and WHSmith in India, Eason & Son, Ltd in Ireland, Mondadori in Italy, The Paper Plus Group in New Zealand, National Book Store in the Philippines, Pick ‘N Pay in South Africa, La Central in Spain, Dogan in Turkey, participating Booksellers Association Stores in the UK, and participating American Booksellers Association stores in the US, and Orbile in Mexico (Orbile is a partnership between two large Mexican book retailers, Porrúa and Gandhi).

Inktera operates retail site Inktera.com and powers multiple apps across iOS and Google Play including Athanatos, Book Bronco, Caffeine Nights, Cricket Books, Digital Pretium, Digital Turbine eBooks, EverAfter, IndieReader, Inktera Books, MediaRewards, Morgan Rice, Oasis eBooks, OneClique, TribBooks, Versent Books, and EverAfter (app for romance); and operates Android ebook store apps for Cricket Wireless and Asus.

Baker & Taylor operates Blio, an ebook store and also operates Axis360, a major supplier of ebook checkout systems to public libraries.

Gardners, also mentioned above, powers hundreds of small white label ebook stores; operates Hive.co.uk which powers ecommerce operations for hundreds of physical stores; operates Askews & Holts, a large supplier of ebooks to public libraries in the UK and other countries; and operates VLeBooks which powers ebook checkout systems for academic libraries.

John Lennon, purposefulness and consciousness in decision making

I derived the title for my first book War and Vegetables from an interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the interviewer was asking them questions about youth culture, and what, if any good they thought they could bring to the youth of their era. At some point during the third revision I was searching the internet for music, just trying to relax an overstimulated mind and maybe find some inspiration. I was listening to Beatles songs that are somewhat rare, like demos and outtakes.

 

My first thought about the poignancy of the interview in relation to the themes in my book was that it was serendipitous and some kind of cosmic coincidence. I realized that this is always a theme, in and for any generation. Many people try to be conscious about what’s important, and what, if any good they might do. There is nothing serendipitous about it. We all think too much, and wouldn’t it be a lovely world if we could all settle our heads with more music and humor, and other good things. The original, working title for this book was ‘Stellar Gas’.

You can find the entire, very much worth the listen Lennon and McCartney interview here: http://j.mp/rr-w-v

Also on Soundcloud

This is an excerpt:

Interviewer: Let’s stick to the young people, and to the areas that you think are most fruitful to try to help in. I mean, again, I asked before where you thought young people were going and you said maybe there’ll be a reaction to what they have now. How does this relate to the real world, as you see it, to issues of war and peace and family and country?
John Lennon: All issues are relative. So it relates like that. It’s all just relative to each other… War… and vegetables… It’s all just relative, you know. So there’s relativity and absolute, and that’s how it relates.
Paul McCartney: That’s great Johnny.
Interviewer: That’s kind of hard though, for some people, to interpret you.
John Lennon: Well, if they can’t interpret it, maybe they will later, or come to their own conclusions, but that’s the way I think it is.

I hope you’ll visit the Book Website, which is different than the link above, and subscribe to updates. As soon as I have 50 orders I am going to send out a sample chapter.

The use of artistic license in writing

I’m explaining that I am a novice astronomer and that some my use of astronomy in my book War and Vegetables is artistic license, and incongruous for effect. The order in which the events in the book occur are accurate per month, but not per year. Some of the events would not happen in succession in the same year but do occur in the months that they are presented in different years.
I think a book where the year jumps around according to astronomical events would be a lot of fun; The events as time signatures indicating flashbacks and flash-forwards. I however, am not the writer interested in doing that.  At least not right now. Maybe some genius will steal the idea from me, if it has not already been done.
So, for Dr. Tyson, and/ or any purists, sorry. It’s not out of disinterest or disrespect.
Try to have a really good day anyhow. :)

 

I hope you’ll visit my book website,

Thanks for reading!

This is the way I guess I have to do it.

Last year I did the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 50,000+ words of a novel. There were nights when it was easy peasy and there were nights where it was like trying the get wet sand out of a soda bottle at the beach, but I did it.

This year the idea is to get the damn thing done. I have to revise, edit, format and just get the thing out there. That is what it is about this year.

I continued writing the book after November. It ;s up to about 70K words now. I’ve never done this before and I learned a lot so far and I suppose I’ll continue to learn more. I think it seems kind of pathetic to start a book and not finish for a whole year, but I guess everyone is different. I see these authors who have literally dozens of books they’ve written and they do several a year. I cannot imagine what that’s like.. that is just not how it happens for me.. It took me about 43 years to even start my first one (this one), because I was 7 when I knew some day I’d write a book. I feel like I needed 50 years of experience to have something to write about.. you know?

Well.. here it comes. Wish me luck!!

The NaNoWriMo Poster

Bombshell: CDC whistleblower goes further: mercury causes autism

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Bombshell: CDC whistleblower goes further: mercury causes autism

by Jon Rappoport

September 4, 2014

www.nomorefakenews.com

The brief explosive video is posted at autismmediachannel.com on the home page: “CDC Whistleblower William Thompson on Thimerosal.”

Beyond admitting to fraud in a 2004 CDC study that exonerated the MMR vaccine, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist, asserts there is a connection between mercury (thimerosal) in vaccines and autism.

Thompson states that giving a vaccine containing mercury to a pregnant woman is something he would never do.

Couched in science-speak, Thompson winds up his remarks with this: “There is biologic plausibility right now to say thimerosal causes autism-like features.”

For a scientist at the CDC to make this admission, after millions and millions of dollars have been spent by that agency and the US government to conclude mercury has no connection to autism…it’s extraordinary, to say the least.

The PR mantra declaring thimerosal safe…

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Reflections on the First Day of Focused Moments

Reflections on the First Day of Focused Moments

In essence, for those of you who are not going to read this whole thing, the first Day of Focused Moments was successful, because it caused me to think about the focuses all day, not just for those moments.

I finished my nanowrmo 2013 writing with 50030 words.

50030 words in under 30 days, that’s what I did.

Now, if I can write another 30K to 50K next month, I will have a book.. It’s pretty exciting and I could not have done it without Nanowrimo.

I think I am going to need at least 30,000 more words to round this thing out. I have  couple of arcs that need work, they are going to need some development.

I went over to the Nano site to validate my word count, and even though it was 10 minutes till midnight, it said my event had ended, so either I entered my zip code or time zone wrong, or they are going by the Eastern Time Zone.

I was also not starting with a new idea, which I think you are supposed to do. I was working on something I had begun in the past. It was obvious too, because the characters are developed and there is a lot of back story… so maybe even if I had validated my word count, they might not have let me count it. I really have no idea, all I know is I have 50K words toward a novel.

That is really cool. I am going to finish this thing.

Nanowrimo2013: Not finishing Nanowrimo 2013 would feel goofy

so far, 33183 words.

It’s cool when you are getting something done that you have been working on for a while and it is finally coming together. I wondered about the word count, as I started writing I was not sure how long this book will be. I realize now it will be at least 80K words. I can’t imagine it taking less.

I really thought I was more behind in Nanowrimo 2013, but then I realized I update my word count after midnight, so I am not as far back as I thought. There is going to have to be some catch up writing again this weekend, but the story is getting nice. I have some rewrite to do later on today, and that will actually add words, and I have discovered the magic of the bridge chapter. What a bonus.

what not finishing nanowrimo 2013 will feel like

what not finishing nanowrimo 2013 would feel like

Nonowrimo 2013: My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger. As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger

I will break 30K today. 29384 so far.

My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger.

As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger.

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they’re a big hit, kid.

Weird how rhymes happen. Sorry about that. More of the interior novella yesterday and setting up the romance of one of the dual protagonists.

There is no loss for material and I can see my writing sessions naturally progressing from 1200-1500 words into the 1800-2000 range. That includes reviewing the previous day of writing and making corrections and adjustments, which usually leads to an increase.

 

 

 

Nanowrimo: Picking up the pace in getting lost in the stories and the people and the situations

to date 28156 words.

Not much to say today except I made a huge gain in words today, it is flowing today and here is an excllent post from Paige Knorr, one of the community Liaisons for Nanowrimo. She nails it where she says:

I’ve always found the shore of Week Three to be the most exciting place to stand, and the trip through it the most exhilarating portion of the month. You’ve gotten to know your characters, the story has a discernible shape and trajectory, and it’s just so thrilling to go play in that world you’ve crafted.

It’s true, believe it.

the only thing is baseball.

weird for baseball

Cheater excerpt from a chapter:

Doing the wrong thing the right way is 100% worse than doing the right thing the wrong way. It’s possible to look really beautiful and athletic and artistic while doing the wrong thing and costing a run or costing a game. It’s also possible to look ridiculous while doing the right thing the wrong way. The latter is far more acceptable. It’s better to look stupid doing the right thing wrong, than to look brilliant doing the wrong thing right.  ~ Antler Pestle

Nanowrimo: Working, talking, cooking, eating and drinking in a small town that’s staging a comeback

So far, 23555 words

I had a good, longer session yesterday, slowly getting myself where I need to be, so I can make the finish without having to over-do it later. Today will be two sessions.

I have to settle in to the more creative writing for a while. There has been a lot of theory and numbers, logistics and intellectual jibber jabber. It’s time to see what this town is made of and what the townspeople are talking about. We are in the middle now, the middle third, closing up the first half and setting up the second half.

It is starting to look like a book. How about that.

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Black Friday is for Stupid People who Suck

road reads

Oh my gosh, how awful. I have not watched the news today but I wonder how many people got trampled. What a lot of embarrassing weirdness about our “culture”.

They are not relevant until they wait in line overnight to buy shit they don’t need, with borrowed fake money that they don’t really have, from some offshore private bank, owned by people who have utter contempt for us. Then, the day after the day they are supposed to be thankful for Family, they abandon them to buy them garbage, so all they can afford to feed them is genetically mutated food. America, you are a giant clown in space

Shop till you drop, or till you drop someone else.

What if our lives were about something really good instead?

Americans used to -make things- and disseminate them all over the world through business, and I’m not talking about weapons.The nature of Human life is to create.

Do you realize Santa hates you if you don’t…

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Nanowrimo: It’s exactly half way through, exactly, as in no more, no less

So far, 21375 words.

This is a big session weekend. I am a little bit behind in my trajectory, so I want to do two 1500 word sessions for both Saturday and also Sunday.

cafe busteloThat will put me ahead enough so that for the rest of the month I can focus and write the way I like. Short sessions, late at night, when I am kind of tired. Another challenge is that I am out of coffee, and since I am writing during the day on Sat and Sun, that might be an issue. Hopefully by Sunday I am not battling headaches.. I do have some good, nice black tea, so that will ease things.

Yesterdays session expanded on some of the earlier anecdotes, but it also expanded the discussion about regional delivery systems and local food. As a bonus, there is the first recipe, yes, this book has recipes peppered into it. So… have a nice day.

 

 

Nanowrimo: Feel the burn, feel it! Gimme 30,000 more! (I can feel it)

So far it’s 19541 words

I really can feel it.It burns in a good way. Today taking some notes I came up with some directions that are going to give me the kind of distance I want to have.  Then I read this pap talk from Jeff Vandermeer, and that really eased any concerns I was having. I do some of the things he is suggesting, and i will go ahead and try some of the things I have never done.

In yesterday’s session we got into some really cool metrics on how to raise funds for a regional food system. Tackling a subject like this in a fiction novel is fun for me, because it gives life to ideas in a couple of different ways. Ways that I have seen with my eyes while dong different grass-roots things, and ways I would like to see, best case scenario.

In my mythology, Lentils represent possibility and optimism. Lentilism. ☮

In my mythology, Lentils represent possibility and optimism. Lentilism. ☮

Nanowrimo: When there is a novella written into a novel, is it a novelella?

18005 words, so far.

Your televison is an appliance that is applied to your brain

your tv is an appliance and it’s applied to your brain

Here’s the thing. There are some creative people in my story, so what’s the point mentioning that if it is not part of the story?

There is a writer, an inventor, and their interplay. There is actually a little novella written within the novel.. so is that a novelella?

Things are coming along. Getting close to some more really good business talk, and organizing philosophy. All kinds of weird little anecdotes now that the town is being introduced. It’s fun. I’m thinking this thing will a minimum of 80 thousand words. I like to have things move along, not -be- too long.

I don’t think i will write my 80K words this month, but I’ll make the 50K for nanowrimo.

Nanowrimo: Numbers and logistics can add a dimension to a story, and also attract a whole range of readers? Maybe?

16603 words so far, sneaking up on where I need to be but will still require a double session soon.

Since this is a story about, among subjects like a person finding their bearings in life, love, family, community, it is also about a business. There are some numbers involved, logistics, costs and agreements. That’s another set of readers I might be able to entertain.

I had not thought about it, but this is something that might attract readers I was not expecting. Albeit, one of the dual protagonist team is flunking out of business school. Alongside that this whole town is preparing itself to make it through some tough economic times.

Then, there I was lying in bed, thinking about the book after my writing session and I committed myself to the premise of my next book. I’m not even a quarter of the way through this one, I don’t think, and I am already thinking about the next one. Then, I go to the Nanorimo website and the pep-talk is by Bella Andre and guess what she is writing about?

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Nanowrimo: When the story changes direction and minor characters play big roles

15128 words so far

There are minor characters, in terms of the relatively small amount of time they get from you, who play important roles in the story. This is what I am learning as I get into week two of nanowrimo. These characters set up the main characters in ways that support them, and the story.

How do you handle pretentious, political activists in real life when your motivations are not political? How about Federal informants and operatives who create problems when they can’t find any, just to bolster their careers and justify their budgets? Never mind the bailouts, what about the way no matter how small a community is, there are always the talentless who get special treatment just because they are connected?

The real world is shitty, even in a fiction novel.

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tv baloney