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If you haven’t read Another Time, Another Place…(well, SHAME ON YOU, for starters) ¬†ūüėČ then you won’t be able to give me an honest opinion on this question, but if you have (BLESS YOU!) or at least read a GOOD time travel or ghost story, I’d like to know what you thought of it in the terms of ‘believablity’.¬† We all know that time travel isn’t possible…yet.¬† Were you able to look past that and get into the characters?¬† Or possibly sucked into the storyline enough to forget about that and just pretend?¬†

I do have a valid reason for asking this.¬† I’m hearing character voices from my paranormal ghost story I’m writing and common sense keeps barging in on us and screaming “Ghosts don’t exist!¬† Write about something that could actually happen!”¬† Well, my creative side throws her hands on her hips, cops a MAJOR attitude¬†and insists, “We’ve written a time travel already, so just mind your own damn business!”¬†

No, I’ve never been locked up.¬† Why do you ask?

Anyway, what is your opinion?¬† Do you like getting caught up in things that don’t really happen in real life?¬†¬†Do Ghost Stories do something for you or really turn you away?¬† I know they aren’t selling well in New York, but what do YOU ALL think?

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Good news!

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Yeah, I know it is a change of pace from my past few depressing posts!¬† If you know me well enough, you also know that I am one big emotional rollercoaster ūüôā

Anyhow, my good news is that I’ve been invited to blog at Fresh Fiction¬†on February 15th!!¬† This is a first for me, so I’m extremely nervous!¬† Anyone reading this is now morally bound to visit and comment.¬† How’s THAT for blackmail?¬† I also know that there are a few visitors without morals *cough*LisaandJen*cough*, so there is a loop hole for some.¬† I’m serious though.¬† I’m willing to bribe you all to stop by and support me.¬† There are some big names who have blogged there.¬† Please???¬† Don’t make a grown woman beg…though I know you will ūüėČ

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My Life…Re-defined

Okay, I think I have my life figured out! 

*looks around at all of the befuddled faces and helps Patty and Lisa up off the floor* 

Ahem…my writing life, that is.¬†

*watches everyone nod and relax*

I’ve gone through a very dark tunnel as of late and seem to have found my way back into the light…sort of.¬† I took a conversation with Ms. Jennifer McKenzie and analized¬†it a bit…well, part of it.¬† (Most of our conversations are beyond even a Shrink’s comprehension, but that is beside the point.)¬† It seems that I have gotten off of the path of what I truly love to write…and what I am comfortable with writing.¬† I was trying to write the popular genre of erotic romance instead of following my heart with time travel, paranormal and inspirational romance.¬† It was such a subtle shift that I didn’t even really realize I had done it.¬† Some people can write for the market and crank out beautiful stories!¬† Take Jennifer, she turns each of her stories into gold, no matter the content.¬† Well, after pouring my heart out to Maria Shanti via instant messenger (yet another wonderful online friend), I sat down…and cried…and thought back to the phone call with Jennifer.¬† She said something that sparked in my soul.¬† “Another Time, Another Place is my favorite book of yours and it has so much depth.”¬† This was after asking her what she thought of Click.¬† She is such a wonderful friend and¬†also said something along the lines¬†that¬†she liked my other stuff, but it wasn’t ‘me’.¬† Well, even if that isn’t really what she meant, that’s what I’m taking from it ūüôā¬† It all seems to fall into place now.¬† My writing struggles, my lack of inspiration and my dark, gloomy mood when someone asks me what I’m working on!¬† So, screw the market, screw the ‘what’s hot’ gossip.¬† I’m going to write for me.

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Port Town Publishing

Don’t you just hate it when your worst fears come to pass?¬† Well, thankfully I listened to the little voice in my head (the only one that isn’t character driven) when the publisher that contracted my book Another Time, Another Place tried to keep me as an author even though they had threatened to close down.¬† I contacted a lawyer who is friends of my hubby and he got my rights reverted to me early this fall.¬† Well, the email that I just knew was going to come, finally showed up in my inbox today.¬† One of her ‘best selling authors’ sent out this email to all Port Town Publishing’s authors (the names have been ***’d to protect everyone involved):

You may remember me as the fellow from New York¬†who encouraged¬†all of us¬†to help¬†*(PTP¬†Owner)*¬†during one of her periods of financial crises as well as health issues by buying PTP¬†books from¬†each another.¬† Too, as things were going well in the beginning, I had sent¬†*(PTP¬†Owner)*¬†Omaha Steaks, Zing a Ling dinners, flowers for Thanksgiving, et cetera.¬†¬† After receiving the first royalty check (pushed out three months), our relationship began to deteriorate considerably.¬† Many overtures¬†and promises by¬†*(PTP¬†Owner)*¬†were made but never kept.¬† Eventually, I became aware of her debacle with law enforcement but still stood by her, sending a glowing e-mail out to the detective handling *(PTP Owner)*’s case as she asked me to do.
 
In addition to¬†the¬†correspondences re the monetary issues¬†listed below, we are all aware that¬†Port Town Publishing’s¬†books fall apart because of a serious binding problem.¬† This has hurt PTP’s¬†reputation as well as its sales tremendously.¬† I tried to nip this in the bud with¬†*(PTP¬†Owner)*¬†many, many times, but to no avail.¬† Personally, I feel that PTP¬†has tremendous potential.¬† Although this is not my bailiwick, I believe that our collective knowledge could result in a positive turnaround.¬†¬†********* talks about PTP¬†authors taking over the company.¬† This is¬†another reason for my contacting all of you.¬† Perhaps someone out there has ideas as well as the wherewithal to move in this direction . . . perhaps not.¬† In any event, let’s keep in contact with one another as PTP moves through this bankruptcy phase.
 
 
 
Dated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008

 
Dear *(Owner of PTP)*,Needless to say, both¬†**** and I are extremely upset over the news of Port Town Publishing’s impending bankruptcy and that royalty checks and reports are not forthcoming.

As you stated in your e-mail of December 20th, 2007,¬†we should expect to receive a royalty check “right after Christmas covering¬†*(One book title)*¬†and¬†*(Anther¬†book title)* for this year [2007].”¬† In actuality, we were only paid royalties for¬†*(One book title)*¬†through November¬†4, 2006 as indicated in your report, which we received in November 2006 along with a check for $***.**.¬†

 
Now, after many promises,¬†we are again hit with this news that our royalty checks¬†are not coming.¬†(PTP Owner), according to our contract for *(their book title)*, we were supposed to receive royalty payments quarterly along with “reports indicating the number of units sold, discounts applied, and payments to the Author.”¬† For *(One book title)*, that was supposed to be in September 2006, December 2006, March 2007, June 2007, September 2007 and December 2007.¬† However, we did informally agree that royalties for¬†*(same book title)* would come every six months since Port Town Publishing was financially strapped.¬†¬†Our agreed upon¬†timetable never happened.¬† It was procrastination after procrastination, excuse after excuse.¬† The first and only report and royalty check we received from you was in November 2006–a check¬†in¬†the amount of $***.**–which covered only¬†*(One book title)* from February 24, 2006 through November 4, 2006.¬† We¬†have not¬†received any royalty check or report for¬†*(One book title)* ¬†(release date June 2007)¬†in November 2007, as our contract stipulated (biannually May 2007 and November 2007).We called our attorney regarding this matter and will have to follow his advice.¬† We expect full royalty payments and reports from you, to date, IMMEDIATELY for¬†****** and¬†*******¬†for all outstanding ascribed periods as indicated above.¬† Should full royalty payments and reports not be forthcoming by overnight express mail, this communication, along with a file, will be forwarded to the courts as well as appropriate law enforcement agencies.¬† “You can fool some of the people some of the time; you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

Sincerely,
****** & *****

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The new header on my blog was made by fellow Diva Chrissy Ollinger!¬† I’m sure I butchered her name, but she goes by Shandalear on Divas.¬† I wish I could have fit the whole thing on there, but WordPress made me crop it¬† ūüė¶¬† The graphics were done by her too!¬† She totally rocks ūüėÄ

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