Friday, April 21, 2017

Catching UP!


No Books went to Press this week.

Work Continued the following books this week:

EASTERN SHORE NOIR, a Collection of Work by Members of the Writers Bloc
   Okay, so here you are, reader, opening the page ... obviously you have discriminating tastes and a longing, nay, a desire, for a cracking good story pulsing with noir elements.
RED YEAR, by Jan Shapin
    Can a red-haired woman from Chicago single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down?         China, 1927. 
    Thirty-three year old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow.


Marta's Place by C.M. Albrecht. 
   When Hal Morrison goes to work at Marta's Place he doesn't just have to deal with customers; he has to deal with love, lust, detectives, drugs, murder, mayhem…and Marta!

Chasing Nightmares by James R. Kincaid
             Chasing Nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
      So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.

Hi Folks,
  The folks at the Writers' Block are sending corrections to arline. So far she has heard from Ann Foley, Andy Nunez, Shirley Gaffney, Rita Tiso, and Jerry Sciortino.
   I also heard from my private Grapevine that some folks were having trouble retrieving the files from  the cloud locker. If anyone has questions or needs help, don't worry Tom with it. He has worked hard enough on this, Contact arline directly and she will help the best she can.

 Just e-mail

 arline@mail.com

with any problems -- and (just in case) that's MAIL.com, not gmail.


 I shouldn't tell tales out of school, but the whole time she was working on it,she kept telling Roger, "Boy, this is really GOOD!" and "Wow, this is the best one YET!" Not to mention that she kept losing her place and forgetting to look for typos.     

I heard from Barbara Garro and she has been chosen by tMarquis Who's Who Publications Board to receive their exclusive Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award due to her "many esteemed years of professional service" in her field"

It says that "many years" is more than thirty... Buy Gee, I wonder which field?... Business woman?... Artist?... Poet?... 

Christian Writer?...

She sent me a PDF of the whole letter, but I can't post it here, because it's a PDF not a .jpg.

As for around here, not much has been going on. I've had a terrible time with Arline, and Roger, too. The sun keeps getting up earlier and earlier every morning, but they refuse to feed me breakfast until the clock says 7 a.m., I've told them and told them, cats don't run on clocks. Cat time says it's tome for Breakfast. But they just roll over and go back to sleep No matter how hard I remind them I'm hungry.  Humans are such Lazy Creatures!

Meanwhile, don't forget to let me know what you are all up to, so I can post it.


Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Catching UP!

Apologies for missing last week's Blog. Apparently the site has been in difficulty. It is back up and running today, so--
We're Baa-aack!

No Books went to Press this week.

Galleys went out on the following books this week:
EASTERN SHORE NOIR, a Collection of Work by Members of the Writers Bloc
   Okay, so here you are, reader, opening the page ... obviously you have discriminating tastes and a longing, nay, a desire, for a cracking good story pulsing with noir elements.

RED YEAR, by Jan Shapin
    Can a red-haired woman from Chicago single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down?         China, 1927. 
    Thirty-three year old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow.

Work Continued on the following books this week:

Marta's Place by C.M. Albrecht. 
   When Hal Morrison goes to work at Marta's Place he doesn't just have to deal with customers; he has to deal with love, lust, detectives, drugs, murder, mayhem…and Marta!

Chasing Nightmares by James R. Kincaid
             Chasing Nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
      So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.

Hi Folks,

  Heard from Ann Foley. 

The Writers Bloc will meet this coming Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in Room 3, Salisbury library. Hope to see you all there.

Arline has been working on the typesetting for their NOIR book, too. And the Galleys are up. She sent directions on how to download them, because the files are often too long to e-mail. So if you have any problems getting yours down, just complain to Her, Okay? I can't help, I'm only a cat. 

 Just e-mail
 arline@mail.com

with any problems -- and (just in case) that's MAIL.com, not gmail.

 I shouldn't tell tales out of school, but the whole time she was working on it,she kept telling Roger, "Boy, this is really GOOD!" and "Wow, this is the best one YET!" Not to mention that she kept losing her place and forgetting to look for typos.     

As for around here, not much has been going on. Food and treats have been on time all week and Roger has been playing his guitar for me every single day. He's even learning a new song, especially for me. "The Cat Came Back." I'll bet you all know that one, but it's new to him.

As for my baby sister -- the lazy one -- she hasn't done anything. (Except suck up, of course.) Probably too scared to move in case she does something wrong and the Easter Bunny won't bring her a basket. Seriously, you don't think she's lazy??? She lays down when she eats. Sometimes, she goes to sleep with her head right in the food bowl, and wakes up and just starts eating again. 

And listen. before I forget---



Hope you've all been extra good and get lots of treats !
 And Happy Spring! (or Fall if you live on the bottom half 
of the world.)  Okay! that's as politically correct as I
can get.  After all I'm just a cat!


Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Catching UP!

I Did IT!
   I have finished, Chapter 2 of Spirit of Rain that I started on St. Patricks Day due to the 10,000 Words Challenge at ChapterBuzz.com  Anyone who wants to read it, can follow this link.
    http://www.chapterbuzz.com/Arline/57/spirit-of-rain-by-arline-chase
10,552
Words
by Actual Count

   So I met the Challenge to start a new book and write 10,000 words within the month of March and I am going to continue and try to write at least one new scene per week.
 BUT
Don't Bother to Read It
This is the Raw First Draft
(the one nobody but a mother 
could love.)

    Hey Authors!
    This might be a good place to offer sample chapters or your own books as a form of promotion. You can link to your Amazon buy page, too and...
It's free!
Catching UP! at WWI...


Work continued on the following books this week:
EASTERN SHORE NOIR, a Collection of Work by Members of the Writers Bloc
   Okay, so here you are, reader, opening the page ... obviously you have discriminating tastes and a longing, nay, a desire, for a cracking good story pulsing with noir elements.

RED YEAR, by Jan Shapin
    Can a red-haired woman from Chicago single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down?         China, 1927. 
    Thirty-three year old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow.

Marta's Place by C.M. Albrecht. 
   When Hal Morrison goes to work at Marta's Place he doesn't just have to deal with customers; he has to deal with love, lust, detectives, drugs, murder, mayhem…and Marta!

Chasing Nightmares by James R. Kincaid
             Chasing Nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
      So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Heard from Barbara Garro, who is working on a Collected Jesus Volume. She never forgets to e-mail me, and here's what he said this time:

   I have a set deadline to complete the work on the book by the end of Lent. With my big lifetime honoring of a senior Saratoga poet in a public program on Saturday, April 8th, including a Mayoral Proclamation for her, it will be tight, although I worked on it much of today. Soon as I get the Introduction finished, then all I need to do is go through the 33 parable chapters, much of which is already written in the seven section. I am a deadline gal.


Namaste,


     Ann Foley, sent us the Writers' Bloc minutes and they included included something about one of Arline's pet peeves, what is often called the Oxford Comma.

    Pres. Tom opened the meeting with Shirley G, Rita, Aleta, George, and Ann also attending. Note this sentence used a serial comma (a fourth comma before Ann). In his opening remarks, Tom spoke of a similar comma worth over a million dollars in a lawsuit involving a contract lacking a serial comma. We probably were all taught the comma before "and" is unnecessary, but the Chicago Manual of Style maintains it generally helps more often than hurts.

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, with its cover illustration of a gun-toting panda, earned literary editor Lynne Truss a pretty penny a while back by discussing the issue.(Tom once told me to get a life when I said I read ChicagoManualOfStyle.org for fun.)    
Dr. Jeurel Singleton 

A.K.A. Dr. J. Critter

Dr. Jeurel Singleton missed the deadline on Eastern Shore Noir, but e-mailed his poem
"Do Let the Bedbugs Bite"
 to Arline (who due to a round with her old pest DD) hadn't gotten around to setting the type yet, so Thanks to Dr. Critter, we can now we can get on with the book!

As for around here, Arline wrote until 3 a.m. one night, but she gave me treats before she started. To hell with any Chapter Buzz challenge--lets concentrated on the important stuff. 
First Things First, I always say
As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on that you have planned... so I'll have some gossip to pass along next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Catching UP!


   I have finished, and posted the prologue and first chapter of Spirit of Rain that I started on St. Patricks Day to the 10,000 Words Challenge at Chapter Buzz.  Anyone who wants to read it, can follow this link.
    http://www.chapterbuzz.com/Arline/57/spirit-of-rain-by-arline-chase
I really am very happy to be writing again, but very sure that something  is wrong for the following reasons.
   1. It's coming quite easily as long as I keep writing and don't stop.
   2. I keep going to sleep in the middle of sentences.
 PAY NO  ATTENTION 
to the Word Count that has me at almost 9,000 words

    In the Post a chapter section, I posted the beginning of SPIRIT OF EARTH, vol. 1 with the link 
http://www.chapterbuzz.com/Arline/58/spirit-of-earth-by-arline-chase
to where it can be bought (because it's always a good idea to offer a sample to potential readers in case someone want's to buy it.) And they counted all those extra words from the book that was already finished and published --
I did NOT write 9,000 + words in ONE week! 
But you knew that!
This might be a good place to offer sample chapters or your own work as a form of promotion. As far as I can tell, It's free!


Galleys that went out this week:
Marta's Place by C.M. Albrecht. 
   When Hal Morrison goes to work at Marta's Place he doesn't just have to deal with customers; he has to deal with love, lust, detectives, drugs, murder, mayhem…and Marta!



Work continued on the following books this week:
EASTERN SHORE NOIR, a Collection of Work by Members of the Writers Bloc
   Okay, so here you are, reader, opening the page ... obviously you have discriminating tastes and a longing, nay, a desire, for a cracking good story pulsing with noir elements.

RED YEAR, by Jan Shapin
    Can a red-haired woman from Chicago single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down?         China, 1927. 
    Thirty-three year old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow.


Chasing Nightmares by James R. Kincaid
             Chasing Nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
      So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

   No news from you guys again this week. It's been pretty dull here at home, too.
Except for Sunday, when Arline was looking for a bowl on the shelf and knocked a pitcher off. Don't worry, it didn't break! It just fell down in the chair and bonked my baby sister Spunky right on her soft little head!

   She  was napping in her favorite chair -- and it HIT HER right on the head. Her head is pretty soft, so so the pitcher didn't even break.

   Arline was very upset, she kept petting her and making sure she was okay. Boy, did Spunky like that.  Licking Arline's fingers and getting a belly-rub. Then when Arline went back in the kitchen. Spunky stayed right there, begging for treats, and just fawning all over everyone, sucking up the way she always does. She rubbed herself all over Sid's boots and hopped into Roger's lap and licked his chin. She never even knew what hit her, but she sure knew how to milk the action.

    I'll bet she just thought it was trolls, again.  And she didn't go to sleep again until after everyone had left and then she got me to look EVERYwhere, to be sure No trolls none had got in the house.

   This is a secret, so don't tell, okay? But I used to hide under that chair and grab her tail whenever she jumped up. She'd squawk and jump down and look everywhere. While she was sniffing around trying to find out what happened, I'd stroll out looking all innocent and tell her she had been attacked by trolls and didn't she see them?  I told her they were big purple animals with warts and big, big teeth and they loved to catch sleeping kitties  and take them far, far away from from their homes, and leave them all alone in the woods.

   I felt really bad when she thanked me for chasing them away and said she was lucky to have a big brother who knew how to make trolls run. To this day, she never climbs in that chair without checking underneath for hidden trolls.

Arline has had her head in the computer all week, so she really was writing, but she keeps falling asleeep and waking up with a whole screen full of e's or P's but Roger said he's happy, cause she's always happy when she's writing and maybe he'll get lucky and she'll write some love scenes. 

As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on that you have planned... so I'll have some gossip to pass along next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!