Ruminate Central: Blog Central

Welcome to Ruminate Central!  The section of my website where I share my thoughts, feelings, experiences, lessons learned, and more. And sometimes I will take a break from my ruminations and post a short story series.

Review of Getting off on Frank Sinatra

    “Getting off on Frank Sinatra”, the title to a new mystery series, caught my eye the moment I saw the title on-line. Copper Black, is the arts and entertainment editor, for the newspaper The Las Vegas Light.  Her latest assignment is to interview Marilyn Weaver the founder of the élite Anna Roberts Park […]

Review of A Study In Scarlet Women

  A Study in Scarlet Women (The First in the Lady Sherlock Series) is an interesting take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s character.  I initially felt uncertain and a bit awkward about Charlotte Holmes’, the Lady Sherlock, because of what she does to gain her freedom and independence.  And yet the affair she has is what […]

I am Physically Tired but Making It: Yippee!

  Physically tired that is me this right now. Last week my employee and I ramped up our efforts to ready Cliptomania for moving day which was Monday May 22nd.   We downsized inventory to fit on fewer shelves; figured out what furniture we are taking; and boxed up inventory, office supplies etc.  The furniture we took […]

My Parents: Moving Fast

    See the fast sports car above, that is how fast I feel my parents have gone since “My Mother” post.   In less than a week my parents signed a lease for an apartment at Meadowwood, a retirement community located near IU University’s cyclotron.  A few days later my Dad and I look at three office spaces; […]

Little Red Riding Hood: Wolf

    “My rights got violated not once but twice,” sputters a wolf his eyes ablaze. “My rights got violated not one but twice. You have to help me get these bastards! “Sir I would like to help you, but I need you to get your emotions under better control first, please take some deep breaths […]

Keeping “the Boat” Steady

  I remember years ago writing Me Poems about changes in myself whether personality, looks or something else.  I have always been cool about that as long as I do not “rock the boat.”  Silly really to have ever thought this since I like keeping the status quo.   Take work for instance, my family’s […]

Changing Web Hosting: My Mistakes and Lessons Learned

  I made a choice to move my site’s domain and hosting from company X.  (I will not name the company.) The new home I picked is with ihelpers.net.  I followed the instructions to do a transfer except for one step. I never set up domain privacy for my url with X so I chose to […]

Statictvblog.com – New Menu

  Statictvblog.com’s menu has changed thanks to ihelpers.net who fixed my menu mistakes after I failed to do this myself.   Alongside Ruminations, I now have Christy’s Reviews and Christy’s Short Stories.   I have moved the affected posts over to the proper new section. In the process of moving  these posts to their new home, […]

Electric Mower: Mini Saga

  The yard around my house is  flat except for a slight slope in the front close to the curb and street.  Cutting the grass using a reel mower, one without an engine, took an hour and a half. This changed in August  when I found the cutting time increase by an extra half to […]

Reflecting on Halloween

As a kid, when October approached my thoughts would drift away from course work at school to what will I dress up as for Halloween.  I took inspiration from the cartoons I watched, my toys, and family vacations. Not long after visiting Williamsburg, I begged my Mom to make me colonial dress for Halloween and […]

Equality

  Equality – a goal that keeps getting out of our reach. We get close then whoops it’s out of range again. I thought this after watching the documentary Equal Means Equal. Its message and I paraphrase this: “women do not match men in society.”  For example, women earn less than men in the workplace. […]

Upcoming Writing Projects

  Now that  my “Defying Nature” posts have finished, I thought I would give an update on my writing projects.  I have decided to put aside “The Keeper”, my abduction story. In its place I will rework parts of “Defying Nature”, add new sections to the story and maybe change the ending. Once my work […]

The Garage is Coming

  I really happy that work to convert a long room back into a garage is coming along well.   In the planning stages before work began, I chose to keep part of it as a storage room because the attic is not adequate for it. Up to now a wall has been built separating the […]

Study, Study, Study

  My Dad has long had dreams of one of his children taking over his insurance business when he wants to stop working.  Only thing was neither my brother nor I felt insurance was our calling.  Yet Dad kept hoping one of us would change our mind.  A month ago I changed my mind. My […]

Christmas Giving Small But “Big”

  I have noticed a trend in recent Christmas seasons: less and less family members want tangible gifts. Instead they want the gift of being together for the holidays or to receive a phone call Christmas Day. (This applies to family living on the west and east coast.) My brother was the first one to […]

A Train Visit to Remember

    On Saturday I drove over four hours to Hammond, Indiana to see a replica of the train that carried President Lincoln’s body and his son Willie’s across the United States.  (The original train burned in 1911.) Normally I would avoid such a trip because I have a poor back. But the more I thought about […]

Paid Promotions – Working??

  Lately I am been thinking about the paid promotions I have done this month to figure out which worked and which didn’t.  So far I have tried promotions through bookbasset.com, and igniteyourbooks.com.  The promotions were done more than a week a part so I could adequately see if they produced results. Unfortunately the first didn’t […]

New Manuscript : a new challenge

It has been a while since I have spoken about the new manuscript I am working on.  The last time I mentioned it was in an interview coordinated by Enchanted Book Promotions .  I do admit in this interview, which you can read here, I was vague about my manuscript.  At the time I wasn’t sure if I would […]

End of the Virtual Book Tour

    On Saturday August 15th, my virtual book tour comes to an end. I have been very pleased  with this tour and all Enchanted Book Promotions has done to promote my new book Between Two Worlds. They have promoted it on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus as well as creating a page at Books […]

Online Book Tour: The Interviews

    As many of you may already know, I am doing a book tour online with Enchanted Book Promotions. As part of the tour I had to answer several interview questions from various bloggers. These interviews began to be posted online on June 25th. Here is the link to my spotlight page on bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk for […]

A Book Trailer is Born

    Between Two Worlds publication is now twenty-one days away! As part of an upcoming book tour, which I will get to, in a bit I checked a box saying I wanted a book trailer.  I thought at the time the business would do it but it turned out I had to supply the trailer. I […]

Text Messaging – A New Frontier

  Until recently I never thought about learning to text on my cell phone. I see my friends and family often enough I can just tell them what I want in person. Then last week my parents went on vacation to South America. They will be visiting several countries including Brazil, Argentina and Chile. My […]

Count Down Time – Between Two Worlds

      My second book, Between Two Worlds, has come a long way. It has been reshaped and molded for a broader audience. It is also drastically different from the first book I published.  It’s theme is time travel and it is semi-autobiographical. Between Two Worlds focuses on Rebecca Harrison, a university graduate student […]

BTW & Exciting Times!!

    I am excited about my upcoming book titled “Between Two Worlds,” a short story about a university student who suffers a tragic accident sending her not only back in time but across states too. The story started to form in my head in the summer of 2014 right after I finished watching the […]

Am I Smarter Because of The Internet?

    An NPR article titled “Searching Online May Make You Think You Are Smarter Than You Are” focuses on a study a doctoral student in psychology did at Yale. The purpose of the study was to measure participants’ knowledge. The questions asked about their personal knowledge and if Internet searches added to what he […]

One Year Mark: Reflecting Back On 1st Book

    It is now a year since I published Switching Stations, Switching Stories and – with a second manuscript in the hands of a professional proofreader – I am reflecting back on my experiences. I thought when I joined Google Plus writing communities and made connections with fellow writers I was getting a real […]

Stitchfix.com – Clothing & Accessories Site

      One day in January, I saw a promoted ad on Twitter for StitchFix.com.  Intrigued, I clicked on the ad, and immediately found out it is a clothing and accessories site for women. Sorry men!  Reading further on the website I learned they would send five items of clothing or accessories hand-picked by stylists […]

Something is Missing as Christmas Approaches

  It is two days before Christmas .  The inside and outside of the house are looking festive. My shopping is complete. The items are ready to wrap except for three gifts that are donations I made in someone’s honor to a charity. The recipients will get an e-mail or letter notifying them of my gift.22 […]

Ah December!

       Ah December, when the lion of winter arrives in force and holiday giddiness goes into hyper drive.  And no matter the genre, radio stations across the United States play holiday music.        Decorative lights are hung from gutters on homes and garages and on outdoor trees.  Some people inflate balloons […]

We had such a short time together…

  I had a lot of fun writing my time travel piece and posting it on my blog during the last three months! It was a relief not to have answering the question “What topic will I write next for my blog?” However, by the time I began posting the third and final act of […]

Snickelfritz — A Bath Survivor

    My parents have a cat named Snickelfritz. He has long legs and black and white fur that forms a Zorro like maskon his face. Snickelfritz is not a fighter; instead he is quite the feline gentleman. He is well loved and is allowed to go most places in my parent’s home. Recently, he […]

Driver-less Cars

Google, BMW and Audi are developing driver-less cars. These vehicles will have extremely complex programming to ensure that everything “under the sun” is taken into account to prevent accidents on the road. These cars are being tested now. Initially I thought this would be great. I sometimes develop horrible back pain during the work day […]

Learning A Craft To Keep Alive Memories of Mom Doing Crafts

For years I have noticed different colored spools of yarn at my parent’s house. As I grew up my Mom knitted or worked on needle point in her spare time. As I have viewed those spools and a half-finished, red sweater tucked in a basket next to the television, I have thought it would be […]

Wrong About Black Cats & Vampires

      For centuries, black cats have played a major role in folklore, superstition and mythology. In particular, in the Middle Ages they were believed to be witches’ familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Many old superstitions about black cats exist to this day, including the widely known superstition […]

A Writing Blog Tour

Two weeks ago I was asked by author Simon Canton to be part of A Writing Blog Tour. It has taken place for quite some time and many people have picked up and passed the baton. They include, to name a few, Antonia Lindsay: http://antonia-lindsay.blogspot.co.uk and Anthony Burt: http://anthonyburt.com/2014/03/31/trigger-treat-your-way-to-the-creative-zone-the-writing-process-blog-tour, and: Dave Higgins http://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/writing-process-blog-tour/. I felt […]

I’m In It for the Long Haul: No Stopping Me

Quote: “I am in this for the long haul. My book and I are going the distance.” Over the course of 21 days, I posted on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+ that my book Switching Stations, Switching Stories was available for free download on storycartel.com in exchange for a review. I had hoped users either […]

Building My Social Media Connections on Twitter

A surprising and pleasant thing started happening on Twitter. Whenever I would go through their suggestions for who to follow I would sometimes come across a site that helps authors get the word out on just their website. (This is different from BookBuzz,net which I chose to use for mass book promotion and more.) Or […]

The Unforeseen in Publishing & Book Promotion: Learning Experiences

I have shared important learning experiences in three prior blog posts titled “The Unforeseen in Publishing and Book Promotion.” I am pleased to report StoryCartel got in touch on April 9th and approved the Mobi file. I then had to sign into my StoryCartel account and clicked launch. Later on the same day, on Twitter, […]

The Unforeseen in Publishing and Book Promotion: A Mobi File is Born

It may not seem like it but good things start coming my way… Last week’s post I shared that I had heard from Simon Cantan and Dave Higgins offering their help to create a Mobi file. Simon was up first. While I waited for Simon’s next response about the Rich Text File, I decided to […]

My Fond Memories of Easter

My earliest memories of Easter are of Dad buying extra eggs and the buy of dye kits with the dissolvable color tablets and wire egg holder. He would then gather my older brother and me into the kitchen to do Easter eggs. Some eggs were left plain for the plastic decals that got shrunk onto […]

The Unforeseen with Book Publishing and Promotion Part 1

When I was uploading my vampire manuscript, “Switching Stations, Switching Stories” to Create Space, I had no idea that a series of unforeseen events would occur. I was on my laptop, hands on the keyboard, waiting for Create Space to review my vampire manuscript. After several minutes up pops a notification of two problems. I […]

Writing A New Vampire Manuscript and Doing Research

Last summer I wrote an outline for my second vampire manuscript and then ignored it until January when I started writing it again. I stopped six days later when I looked for then hired an editor for my first vampire manuscript. I did get back to the second manuscript until a majority of the editing […]

Social Media and Me

On social media an endless list of companies, independent sellers, artists, writers and athletes all vie for an audience to plus, like, tweet, pin, Instagram, share a video, etc. hoping that a social media reader who follows them will spread the word that this social media site is cool. These social media companies also want […]

Building My Blog Statictvblog.com: A Range of Emotions

These past 22 days I have been building a blog called statictvblog.com to promote my soon to be published vampire book, “Switching Stations, Switching Stories.” I began on February 24th and had the blog live by the end of February. This did not include setting up search engine optimization or web master tools, which I […]

Legendary Author Battle Story Video No. 7

    I am part of a group on Google+ called Legendary Author Battle.  It is a fun group where two authors collaborate on a story together, read and record it,  then put up a video on You tube. I collaborated with author and group owner/monitor Simon Cantan.  I hope you enjoy the following story. […]

My Manuscript is Nearly An Adult: I am Holding Back The Tears

As I approach publication of “Switching Stations, Switching Stories”, I am aware the editing process is not quite over. Yes, I know I have gone through the manuscript dozens of times prior to paying a professional editor. In February we worked along side each other passing the manuscript back and forth via e-mail every two […]

Don’t Knock the Rough Draft Process

I groaned whenever the English teacher told our class we had to do rough drafts before completing a writing assignment. I hated writing a rough draft which is the bare bones of a story. My English teachers told my class and I the rough draft would help us know if we had a complete story […]

Vampire Book Really?

While growing up in New Jersey and Indiana (where I now live), I read a huge list of books from the public libraries. If one could get access that book list, they would see that of all the genres, those about vampires would be a small number of what I have read. I always imagined […]