Thursday, July 21, 2011

Random Knitting for Writers

   You are most likely wondering why I have posted a knitting pattern on my blog, especially since this this not a knitting blog.  Like most things I post here, I have my own bent up reasons for doing it.  But let me list a few just for grins and giggles because knitting is like many things we do in life:
1.       You have to do it more than once to be good at it.
2.      You can either learn from others, and make things easier on yourself, or get what you think you need and take a stab at it blindly.
3.      If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it.  It will show in the end product.
4.      The more challenging it is, the greater the sense of pride upon completion.
5.      Anyone can do it, some just have to work harder at learning how than others, but that does not mean that the end product is of lesser is what you put into it.

   Today we are going to learn to make a kitchen towel.  If you don’t know anything about knitting, there is a great simple guide at Lion Brand.
Materials:  Cotton yarn – one skein (Peaches & Cream brand form Walmart works great).  One pair of knitting needles – pick a pair any size, just remember the smaller the needle the smaller the stich and vice versa).  And that’s about it.

Cast on:  As many even number of stiches as you want...It’s your towel!
This pattern is just a suggestion, use whatever pattern you want.
Row 1:  *knit 1 purl 1*   repeat to end.
Row 2:  *purl 1 knit 1* repeat to end.\
When it gets as long as you want it, cast off.

   Now, for you writers...just substitute writing for knitting in the above blog post.  Remove the word kitchen towel and replace with Novel.  Change Lion Brand to one of many free websites that offer free writing guides.
It’s your book, write whatever you want and make it as long as you want.

C.G. Powell

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Speeding on the Jersey Turnpike

   Okay, I know what some of you are thinking...You...speeding?  Hahaha.  And for the most part you are correct in your assessment of my driving record.  I have been driving for 28 years and have only gotten one ticket...Thank you Officer Barns for ruining a perfect record.  But after I saw this photo I had to reassess my driving habits, especially in New Jersey.

C.G. Powell

Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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   I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell wouldn’t mind getting pulled over by one of New Jersey’s finest.  And I do mean FINEST!!!  So, in November when my Brother and his family come to visit, I have already planned a day trip to Hoboken to get cannoli from Carlos’ Bakery with my sister-in-law, and if we happen to get pulled over on the way...Let’s not tell our husbands it was planned...

C.G. Powell

Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Staycations, Birthdays and New Computers

Happy Tuesday world!  As many of you may have known, yesterday was my birthday and it turned out to be a good one.  It was my husband’s first day back to work, after taking an 18 day Staycation, which was a gift in itself.  Not that I don’t love the Mister or anything, but 18 days at home together is just 16 days to many.

I also got my new computer in yesterday...Which as soon as my husband got home, from his first day back at work, after 18 days at home (yes I know I am repeating myself), he insisted we take the computer out of the box.  I, on the other hand was perfectly happy leaving it in the box until I was ready to play 20,000 questions with it—also known as I’m a new computer, now tell me your life’s story, home network , key code, password, etc...  But no, he insisted on taking it out of the box.  Now, in a normal house, when a new computer arrives, a person might carefully take it out of the box and place it under the desk, then gently attach the wires as per the diagram, making certain everything is correct before nervously pressing the power button for the first time.  Not here, no, we just dump it out on the kitchen table and open that Bitch up...kind of like a car mechanic at a car show, checking out what’s under the hood.  Oohing and aahing at the contents...look at the pretty blue lights!!! 

The best part is, when Blizzard finally releases Diablo 3...I’ll be ready, 1gig graphics card and all.

C.G. Powell

Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

M.D. Christie The Sight

Ever since the night of her Parents Disappearance eight years ago; 17 year old Ella St. John has known she was different.

The CREATURE… did he take her parents that night, or was it a delusion?

FLASHBACKS… Keep her from living her life.

AUNT SAGE… Keeps secrets, does she know more than she lets on?

The sudden feeling of BEING WATCHED…. What does it all mean?

When Ella St.John Heads home from her shift at the Pink Java Cafe, she hardly expects to be attacked. Much less by the same creature responsible for her parents mysterious disappearance eight years earlier. This is Ella's first encounter with a dark creature of Murumendi; but it certainly won't be her last. Within moments Ella's life as she knows it is ripped away, forcing her to discover who and what she really is. Will she be able to handle the truth?

The Sight Book One of The Glamour Series will take you on a Fantastical Journey of Love, Loss, and the Battle between Good vs. Evil.

Coming Midnight November 1, 2011 during the Witching Hour of Samhain


M.D. Christie
YA Author of The Sight: Book One of The Glamour Series
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Update!! Lawn Mowers and Daylight Savings Time

 Don't forget to become a fan of CG Powell on Facebook, I will be doing special things on the fan page, like contests to be a character in the next book and autographed copys of my current book.  You don't want to miss out on those things.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I have an update to Lawn mowers and Daylight savings time.  After almost 4 years, the mister finally fixed the lawnmower!!!!  Yey!  That’s right people, it was the first time in 4 years that my husband has mowed the lawn himself.  And now that the kids are 4 years older, it will most likely be the last time he mows the lawn, until the youngest, now 11, graduates high school.  Which leads me to believe this was a planned long term breakage, as he waited for his children to grow tall enough to reach the pedals and sit on the seat at the same time.

C.G. Powell

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Spell Checked is now Published

At long last, my first work of literature has finally been released.  “Spell Checked” is now available on Amazon, Barns & Noble and Smashwords.  Printed copies will also be available on Amazon as soon as I get the proof in the mail and okay printing.

What a journey that has been.  Now the fun part....Marketing!  Okay, I’m being sarcastic here, I am not a sales person, but now it is time to become one.  You see, what is the point in writing a book, if you are not willing to push it one everyone you know and meet?  I just need a game plan, one that I can execute on my own or for little cost, as this little venture into writing has already cost about $700, before it was even published.  I have a lot of books to sell to make up that cost.

I would love to know.  If you have published anything before and what worked for you as far as marketing?  I don’t want to become that person on Facebook or Twitter who does nothing put plug their product.  I don’t like it when people do that to me and I’m sure others don’t like it either.  I like to talk to people, get to know them and not so I can push my book on them.  I will honestly say, this is the part I have the hardest time with.  Writing, editing, formatting and making a book cover were far easier in comparison.

I will now leave you with an excerpt of the book.  The first 30% is free on Smashwords if you would like to read more before you decide to buy.  Just click the Smashwords link in this post or under the book cover on the side, it will take you there.

The end of Chapter 9

Meredith and Gemma both got up and put their arms around her in a group hug.  Mae hated being such a whiner, it was not a role she was used to playing and this whole pity party deal was not working for her.  She just wanted to sleep through it for now and make another attempt to get over it at some later date.

“I will put you to sleep.  I hope you don’t mind if Gemma and I stay up and talk?”  Meredith led the way down the hall and back to Mae’s room.

“I don’t mind.  In fact I am glad you have become friends because I don’t know what I would do without either one of you.  Ironic how the one man in this house, that we all love to hate, has brought us girls together.”  Mae crawled back into bed and tried to relax as Meredith worked her magic.  Her mind went completely blank as she drifted to sleep.

Gemma watched Meredith work her spell.  “How long will your spell work?” Gemma asked.

“I hope the entire night, but with Mae you can’t tell, she is very different than the rest of us Witches.”  Meredith walked around the side of the bed and turned off the lamp before she and Gemma went back to Gemma’s room to finish their conversation about Aidan.

“I don’t know how you have managed to date him no less than ten times and for three years straight!” Gemma squealed while sitting with her legs crossed on the bed.

Meredith was walking around the room when she confessed.  “Were not for Helen, I think I would have gone after Beck instead.”  She stopped cold in her tracts, realizing the error of what she just said.

Gemma gave her a puzzled look.  “Who is Helen?”  She hugged her pillow waiting for the response.

Meredith had just opened a can of worms and it would not be easy to explain without doing damage.  She sat on the edge of the bed with one leg curled under her and the other still on the floor and looked at Gemma pensively.  “I guess I need to start at the beginning, if you are to fully understand,” she sighed.  “How is your Greek Mythology?”

“The story of Beck and Helen goes back to the days just prior to the Trojan War.  His name had been Paris in those days.  The Veshtu had become the Gods of Greece and Rome at the time and spent much of their time meddling in the business of their half breed children.  It was at the wedding banquet of a friend that most of his troubles began.  One of the Veshtu named Eris was left off the wedding list as she had a tendency to cause strife. She was insulted by this omission and plotted her revenge.  During the banquet Eris threw the Apple of Discord engraved with the word Kallisti- “for the most beautiful one” in front of the three most prominent Female Veshtu….Hara – Wife to their leader Zeus, Athena – Tactician and strategist of the Veshtu, and Aphrodite – Scientist in charge of the breeding program and the most beautiful of them all. Not being ones to suffer from humility, their vanity took over and an argument ensued as to who the apple was meant for.  Zeus was asked to settle the argument for them, but he feared that it would cause chaos, if he, their leader choose a winner.  So he delegated the task to Paris, the most intelligent and handsome among the half breeds.

They all attempted to bribe poor Paris; Hara offered him ownership of Europe and Asia. Paris knew that keeping ownership would be the problem with this offer so he passed.  Next was the bribe of Wisdom and skill in battle offered by Athena. Paris was already more intelligent than most and as a herdsman had no need for skill in battle, so he would also pass on Athena’s offer.  The last bribe was from Aphrodite, she offered him the love of the most beautiful human on earth…Helen of Sparta.  This seemed like an odd bribe to Paris since Vampires are not one’s to dabble with love.  Love was not logical and went against their nature, but Paris had once allowed his human side to rule his life and could remember what it was like to be loved.  He also knew the pain and emptiness love could leave at the hands of death.  So a deal was struck with Aphrodite, he would accept the offer of Helen’s love and proclaim her the winner, but in return Aphrodite had to promise that Helen’s consciences would be reborn to a different body upon her death.  Paris never wanted to feel the pain of loss again.  The one thing Aphrodite failed to mention was that Helen was married to the king of Sparta and Paris would have to steal her thus starting the Trojan War.”  Meredith paused for a second before she would explain that Helen had returned in Mae’s body.

“Beck started the Trojan War?”  Gemma leaned forward in interest as she asked her question.  “And in the books Paris dies and Helen ends up with her husband in Sparta.”

Meredith readjusted her legs under her.  “Yes, he did and Aidan helped him steal Helen.  As far as the written history, we tend to bend the truth to fit our needs.  We don’t want humans to find out they have immortals living among them, so we sometimes write our own deaths to hide the actuality.”

“What does all of this have to do with Mae?”

Meredith paused; this was the part she did not want to answer.  “Mae is Helen’s host, but   Helen is not able to take over Mae’s consciousness because she is not human.”

Gemma furled her brow and shuttered. “You mean Mae could eventually become Helen?  Is that why Beck keeps her close?  If it is, I don’t like this situation at all.” Gemma got up and started to pace the room.

Meredith watched Gemma walking circles around the room.  “When Beck went to meet Mae for the first time he had assumed that Helen had already taken over which is why he left the bar that night in a hurry.  But it did not take him long to fall in love with Mae and not because of Helen.  He battled his conscience over this very issue to the point of almost killing himself.  That is when he decided it was Mae that he wanted and not Helen.” Meredith was fidgeting as she tried to explain what Beck had confided to her.

Gemma stopped pacing and sat on the edge of the bed near Meredith.  “How do we stop Helen from surfacing?”

“Beck asked me the same question,” Meredith snorted.  “And like I told him, I haven’t a clue as to how to remove Helen.  I am afraid that whatever mechanism Aphrodite put in place those thousands of years ago, is well beyond our comprehension.  Please understand that this was not something Beck had control over…he did not choose to make Mae, Helen’s host.  All he did was fall in love with Mae after the fact.”

“Why hasn’t he told Mae about Helen?”

“He is afraid she would leave him.  You saw what kind of chaos that created today.  Look Gemma, Beck is a good man and wouldn’t do anything to hurt Mae, you have to understand what he is giving up to be with her…He and Helen have been together for thirty-five hundred years and it was not an easy choice for him to let her go, not to mention the fact that he has been off the market since the Trojan War and hasn’t a clue how to date.” She laughed stretching her legs across the bed next to Gemma.

“I just don’t want anything to happen to Mae.  I hate to add to her confusion but she needs to know about Helen.  This is her life we are talking about.”  Gemma threw herself back on the bed and lay down.

“I have told him the same thing and he said he would when he thought her ready for the truth,” Meredith sighed.

I know I just threw you into the middle of the book, but I like my bent up way of telling the Trojan War.  The Veshtu are an Alien race that became the gods when they would visit.  I tell their history and the history of another race in Chapter 2, which is part of the free download on Smashwords.

Please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear from everyone that has read this blog.

C.G. Powell

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

To Glock or not to Glock?

I feel bad about ignoring my blog, but let me explain!!!

I have been working real hard at getting “Spell Checked” out the door and starting the next book in the series “Exile Bytes”.

As it stands, I got it back from the editor, completed all the fixes, finished the formatting and published it, so I can get it out to reviewers.  I am still looking at a release date of 1 September, for those interested in buying the book.  Now that it is published (on some obscure web publisher) I cannot prevent people other than reviewers from purchasing it.  So if you really feel like you cannot wait until the release date to read it...It might come up on Google and it can be bought ahead of time, but I’m not willingly giving out the info, because the official release date is 1 September.

I have made the outline for book 2 “Exile Bytes” and hope to start writing on it soon (this week).  I would like to have this one ready to publish by the end of October.  I did not leave the first book on a cliff hanger, but the story will continue in the second book.

So it has been a while since I have seen Officer Barns, I think he is hiding from me.  I have managed to stay out of trouble lately, which is difficult for me.  Most likely the result of trying to get my book published.  Now that my first book is published I’m sure it won’t be long before I am up to my usual shenanigans.  Especial now that I am getting a gun and a concealed weapons permit.  I’m thinking 9mm Glock, although most of the shooting I have done was with a 38.  I’m sure the police department will be thrilled that I am armed.  I have already taken down one of the locals at my front door with an 18in saber, when he surprised me at 4am to do a wellness check.  I think I scared the pee out of that poor Rookie and almost got tazed.  Thankfully I now have a peep hole to prevent that mistake again.

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Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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