Friday, July 31, 2009

Thought for the Day:

"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." George Bernard Shaw

I had to think about what that means for a moment before I came to my conclusions. Leave a comment and tell me what you thought.

Did it make you want to read poetry, or clean your glasses? J

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Technology Trap

Okay -- heres the newest upgrade in Wednesday Rants... My business computer has been running Windows XP Home Edition for years, and my business software likes it. The Windows operating system crashed this morning, and because of multiple other physical issues, I think its time to put the hardware out to pasture -- its not worth repairing because the fan died awhile back.

So I can buy a whole new computer for under $300 Thats good news, right? With a Vista operating system oops, theres the glitch.  My business software wont run on Vista without a disclaimer and my signed affidavit guaranteeing I wont sue the software company for breaking my new system in the event something goes wrong. This feels like a VIAGRA ad...You should seek medical attention if you go blind or if your erec.... lasts more than four hours. Sheesh!

 

What to do what to do ?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Provoking Thought For Today


"We can escape the prison of our own beliefs and enter the Palace of Possibilities when we allow ourselves to be astonished by everything." Gary Craig


Well, I loved this thought. I think it's why I had so many children. Don't tell them -- but the thing I loved the most was watching each child discover.


"Astonishment" -- I love the word and the concept. Think about the first time a butterfly lighted on you and you dared not breathe. Have you ever seen a double circular rainbow?
I have!
Astonishing!


Enter the Palace of Possibilities -- Graeme, my hero in "Gemini - The Power of The Light" is confronting that problem right now.


Think about your possibilites and if you want to share an astonishing moment, I'm breathless with expectation.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wednesday Rants on Tuesday Nights - ebook Pirates


Pirates, romantic souls, dashing lads, the heroes of the bodice ripper and an image I always held dear. I dreamed of sailing the high seas, basking on Caribean islands and avoiding the ghost ships. Today's pirates are stealing my book - teeny little thing that it is, my first born compilation of published words. And ... they've ruined my image of by-gone days when I thought of pirates in terms of adventure and intrigue - Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp.

Each day I struggle desperately to promote "Witch of Air and Fire" and each night I notice the pirate sites steal more copies. Please, it's only $3.99 and I need the sales numbers to qualify for PAN membership. Could you at least go out on GoodReads and give it a good review? Maybe some sweet soul will buy one.

Have we turned into a country of the morally corrupt? When attorneys teach classes on ethics or even that we have to take classes on ethics to get out of college is a sham. You do realize that many don't pass the class and even more cheat to get through it. ~~ Eliza

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are Virtual Books Like Virtual Lovers . . . ?


MY ELECTRONIC BOOK COVERS are exquisite, like the heroes in my stories, but they are also . . . about as physically satisfying.

With all the hoopla about everything going green [Yes, I'm a big proponent of GREEN and a good friend to trees] . . . and E-Presses being the 'new frontier' in the publishing industry. [Okay I have to admit I'm also an instant gratification kind of girl - See it online - Like it - Buy it - Read it]
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Therefore, I feel like a traitor wishing I could hold one of my books in my hands, touch it, feel the slick glossy finish beneath my fingers, smell the ink, fan the pages - and myself during the red hot sex scenes - AND . . . stick [I know what you're thinking] . . . it on the shelf . . . and admire it.
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In my secret fantasies, I do exactly that and hold my beautiful covered tomes - well, not exactly tomes - in my hands, press them to my heaving bosom and wait to exhale.
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The hell with the trees, we all need a tangible book occasionally, as well as a tangible lover. What say you?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thought for the Day

Eliza says: This thought for the day is so very applicable to so many who just sit and wait...

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~~ Will Rogers

Comment from a reader on Rant

“This is a "hot topic" and worthy of your talent to display "outrage",  You are so good at it.  Basically this is true what the e-mail said.  Their reasoning for this is that they are not ordinary people to begin with and since many could have had lucrative and more successful careers doing something else.  Eliminating a congressional pension from the entices of the job might convince many talented candidates not to seek office, especially those who are not wealthy. HA!!!!

 

There is, however, talk about term limits that suggests that the next Congress will face considerable pressure  to cut their own perks and privileges, at least to some extent.  I bet any changes or reductions will be minuscule at best.

 

Members of Congress do pay into Social Security. This became effective as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they entered Congress.  They supposedly pay 6.2% and 1.3% into the Federal Employees Retirement Fund.  They have the option of paying into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the option of not paying into any plan, which some of them do, or so they say.

 

 Nevertheless, it  is still obscenely generous for them to reap such benefits early since they can start collecting at the age of 50.  Of course, if one lives thirty or forty years the money is going to pile up and since they don’t pay into the system after they retire, our tax $$$$$$$ support them.  This is truly worthy of your "rant,"  I knew you wouldn't disappoint me!”                  

~~~ Thanks for clarifying. I thought  Id read somewhere that there had been changes, I didnt realize it went back that far. Apparently the original author of this piece, focused on the Congressmen who had been grandfathered in under the previous system. I agree, this is still a sore spot for me. The health care insurance they have should also be available to the general public if they choose. ~~~ Eliza, still ranting!  

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Marketing

For all my friends who are interested, I can now write this BLOG from my Outlook page and email it to my BLOG Spot. How very dangerous for you. Now I may rant more often...

Lucky for you I dont text, because I know theres a way to text from my cell phone to my Blog. At  our next author meeting, well have blogging lessons for those who care to attend.

So you thought there'd be no Rants! Ha!

This is an unsigned statement I received via email. I haven't verified the accuracy of this statement, but maybe you'd like to check up on it and get back to me. The last sentence is mine. We do pay for their Health Insurance.
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Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.
Propose this in 2009: START A BILL TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOCIAL SECURITY Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it. You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. Over more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For all practical purposes their plan works like this:When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000.00 during the last years of their lives.This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries. Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA..! ZILCH... This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds; "OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK "! From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into, every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer). We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits! Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen, put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us, then sit back...and see how fast they would fix it.
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Now ask what kind of health care plan they have.... Eliza

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday Rants - Switch up - Calm down

I'm sending you a link and turning Wednesday positive for you. This woman's work is beautiful, inspirational, and serene...something I can use for a change. Sally J. Smith is an environmental artist...check out her website at http://greenspiritarts.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Harmony

Think about this...

Everything is about balance. To appreciate happiness you must have known heartache.
To know light you must have seen the dark. To appreciate beauty, you must be able to identify the ugly.

hot - cold
fragrance - stink
noise - silence
north - south

...keep it going and think as deeply as you can about the planes of existence and balance.

Wednesday Rants - E-book Writers

Many of you may not be ready to read books electronically, either on your computer or laptop, but the digital age is approaching fast with Sony E-Readers and Amazon Kindles, pocketbook size notebook computers and Internet connections available anywhere and everywhere. What does this mean? A greener environment. We can face our backyard trees and hug them without feeling guilty when we sit beneath the shade of their leaves with one of their appendages or family members in our laps as we read hot sexy romance.

Horrible analogy!

In any case, after years of being called the hack writers of bodice rippers, romance novelists are gaining some respect only to frown, sneer and poke their noses in the air over e-published romance novelists -- those of us who can face our neighborhood trees and hold our heads in the air!

What is THAT about?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hot Highland Fling by Eliza March coming soon from The Wild Rose Press



What I'm reading...

Janet Evanovich's Foul Play
I have to admit, the woman is over the top - brilliant! Janet is the Erma Bombeck of Romance writing. I'm utterly and thoroughly amazed by her thought process and her ability to characterize humor the way she does.

If you haven't read anything by her, I feel sorry for you. You're missing a great laugh. Really, if you need a pick me up or an unreality check, her Plum series is a hoot! They get better and better.

In my heart I'm as funny as she is only I can't quite get it out. Of course she falls short when it comes to my specialty - steamy sex scenes. I'll hand it to her - she's still good for a dumpster full of sexual tension.

Yesterday, I heard some guy telling someone how he wasn't as funny on the outside as he felt he was on the inside -- I can so identify!
~~~ Eliza

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thought

Thought for the Day: "Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose." Dr. Wayne Dyer

Wednesday Rants ... Political Romance

More rediculous than fantasy is a married Governor who thinks he can stay married to his wife and yet excuses his infidelity to the fact his mistress is his 'soul mate'.

He's so unheroic to embarrass his wife and children like that.

He doesn't think he needs to resign either, because he's operating on all pistons. All his marbles are intact and I want someone like him in a position of power.

What's with men and women who can't say good-bye to whom they're with before they go looking for someone else? They have to realize something is missing in the current relationship before...BING - BANG - BAM ! Soul-mate! A special connection hits them - POW!

Wife? What wife? What kids? What promises?

Some Wednesdays I worry about finding something to rant about - last week was non-stop rants. I'm embarrassed to say, I couldn't keep up with the stupidity.

I'll try to take notes in future.
~~~Eliza