Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LUNAR SANDING

5 a.m.
I just got home…
From a private beach on a bay.
I’d been there since midnight…
With my feet in the Caribbean…
The waves lapping at my ankles…
The white sand in front of me…
Coconut palm trees lining the beach…
Their fronds swaying to the warm Trade Winds…
And a canopy of stars overhead…
Punctuated by the lunar eclipse…


All I can say is…
I am humbled.
This earth…
This universe…
Are magnificent.
I am grateful…
For being alive...
And being here.
So?
Did you see the lunar eclipse?

Always,

Em-Musing
P.S. Awww. the photo didn't come through...
and I'm too tired right now to fuss with it.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

GAME ON!

Coffee ON…
Jammies ON…
Night creams ON…
HBO ON…
GAME OF THRONES-ON!
OH, YEAH!!
Last week...
After watching a marathon of previous episodes…
I am SO ready for the new season.
But I have to make sure that...  
I stay awake...
And I am all ready for bed...
Because Game of Thrones...
Comes on late here in Mexico.
Anyone else a Game of Thrones fan-atic?

Always,
Em-Musing


Monday, March 31, 2014

I'M EXPECTING!

Recently, I was told by my editor…
That when a person buys a book…
There’s an expectation…
And it's up to the author
To meet the readers expectation.
And of course the reader has an expectation
Because doesn’t everything we buy…
Come with an expectation?
Say for instance Jello…
If I buy Jello and make it
I expect it to, well, gel. Or is it Jel?
If I buy eggs…
I expect when I crack the shells…
To find eggs inside.
So why hadn’t I thought about expectations…
When I was writing my manuscript?
But in my defense…
It wasn’t like I was trying
To short circuit the author's expectations  
I enjoyed every word I wrote in the story 
Ah, and there’s the rub…
“I” was enjoying writing the story.
And what’s wrong with you that, you might ask?
Nothing, if I was the only one going to read my book.
My editor also pointed out that the reader
When reading my book
Might have a dialog in their head
That goes something like this…
“Why doesn’t she leave her putz of a husband?
Will she ever kiss the hero?
Why is there all this backstory? I’m not dumb!
Why is this chapter even in the book?
Or, huh? 
I thought I was reading a romance…
And now it's switched to contemporary? C’mon!”
And I’m not saying that the reader…
Would have a bitch session with other readers…
But in the reader’s mind these objections…
Might make them put my book down…
And use it as a coaster for their coffee cup.
Or worse - never buy from me again1
So?
My question to you, dear writer is this…
Do you picture your reader when you write?
How do you do it?
And do you have someone in particular?

Always,
Em-Musing

P.S. Coming soon—with soon being a relative concept—I will be providing details on my upcoming Writer’s Retreat.






Monday, February 24, 2014

IT'S MERCURY'S FAULT

If writing was all we writers had to do…
How simple our lives might be…
But in today’s technological world…
We also have to deal with electronics.
Or not, as in my case.
Recently, I bought a Mac…
Having used a PC all my computer life…
I was intimidated to say the least…
Once out of the box, I set the Mac on my desk…
And stared at it for a month.
Oh, I’d turn it on and dabble at it…
But I was still using my PC for everything.
Then one day…
I figured it was time to make the ole switcheroo.
I should have looked to the heavens though…
Mercury was retrograde…
And when Mercury goes retrograde...
Electronics are more likely to go on the fritz...
Also writing, editing and publishing are tougher...
And if I was paying attention…
I’d have seen all the clues like:
My printer that wouldn't work because…
All of a sudden it needed a new IP address…
My PC….
That kept shutting itself off…
And my Internet server that kept going out.
And all this had been going on for over a week!
So there I was one morning…
Calmly sitting at my desk with my Mac…
I turned it on, Googled the Microsoft site…
Then bought and downloaded Office for Mac.
Ah hah! Now I was ready transfer my files when…
Microsoft asked me for a password.
So I put in my Microsoft password—no good.
I then put in my Apple password—no good.
After a hundred or so attempts #%^%$ I imploded! 
I couldn’t take it anymore!
So what's a writer to do?
I pulled out the Captain, as in Morgan…
Made a stiff one and swilled it down.
OMG! It was only eleven in the morning!!!
Feeling like a loser…
I layed down to meditate but instead cried like a wuss.
Just then the phone rang. It was a friend.
“What’s wrong?” she asked.
“WAA, waaa, waaaa, waaaaaaa!!!” I wailed.
“My son works on computers. He’ll be right over.”
Three hours later…
Not only did my printer have a new address…
My PC was fixed…
But all my files were successfully transferred.
Am I proud to tell this story?
Hell no, but what can I say?
I’m a writer, not an electronics expert.
And Mercury was and still is retrograde.
So tell me…
Have you ever had a meltdown over electronics?
And does Mercury retrograde affect you?

Always, Em-Musing