Book Cover Draft: SPIRITSHINER Book Release March 2014

Book Cover Draft: SPIRITSHINER Book Release March 2014

No more poetry! (bet you all heaved a big sigh of relief on that one lol)

No, I don’t mean on my blog. Here I will continue to try posting something if only a meager haiku effort.

What I really mean is that my second book, SPIRITSHINER, is a collection of short stories I have written over the years. Some award winning, some never before read anywhere.

Snippets will be shared until release so stay tuned.

SPIRITSHINER, a collection of wild, woolly and wonderfully short stories available soon.

Book Marketing 1D-oh1

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Due to a shortage of irrelevant (yes, irrelevant, lol) subject matter, I can list 5 book marketing DON’T Do’s!

1. Don’t “meme” your online writing groups to mind numbing insanity of posting youyou’s until their eyes bleed.

2. Don’t use your private facebook account to promote your book, art, music. Make a public page and use that. If it fails, it fails. But at least you won’t have destroyed your friends and family relationships while bogging them down in stuff they don’t care about. They can go to your public page and they know it. If they don’t know it, add link to your info so they can get there easily when they “want” to.

3. Don’t insult the intelligence of your writing group members by posting “memes” shrouded in supposed guise of helping another. They will see right through it. And still not like it.

4. Don’t aggravate anyone anywhere online with incessant and repetitive posts of your new book, song, art. As one writing group member said in another group on here: Aggravating people will NOT gain you readers. She was and is absolutely right. I don’t care how good something is, annoy me = lose me.

5. Check out who is who in your writing groups and don’t assume the loudest know the most. In my limited observation those who say the most have often not only written the least but also have the time to spend prattling while the real worker bees with writing of merit and notable quality don’t have time to say/do much online – why? Because they are “writing.”

Just as I should be right now. All just my opinion based on observations of online marketing where well intended groups and pages were promoted to their literal deaths/inactivity.

I think I’ll make this comment into a blog now and that’ll save me thinking of something else, lol.

(c) 12/07/2013

Relations, Darlings, Relations

A firestorm during the 1988 Yellowstone fires


Never assume anything, my darlings, for everyone has a back story. The details of yours might very well shock the world. If you were to share it.


What we think we see is never exactly so. Were we to delve into or, happenstance, discover a bit of background, we might find ourselves shocked. Shocked that so many look so great and do so well in life despite all the horrible firestorms in life they have risen above. And carried on.


Sharing with others is a good, healthy thing to do. In an appropriate way without appropriate people. That I cannot help you with. I hardly know who in my world is appropriate for anything any more. Every single day something else changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not in our fast-paced world of managing gadgets that were meant to make our lives better and easier to manage. I’m more interested in going unplugged these days than acquiring the latest gadget. That’s my big share today. 


Still, this is neither an attempt to share nor invite sharing, just a bit of motherly advice. If you were my children or my friend or anyone at all I cared about, I would tell you,


“Never assume anything. Ask everything.”


Knowing what we know does not come from assuming anything. Knowing what we know is the product of questioning and researching. If none can be done, it follows nothing can be concluded.


Life really isn’t that difficult. Yet many insist, persist and will not desist from the almost deadly sin of assumption. They sit wearing egg on their faces, eating crow and swallowing gulps of gumption they had no right to in the first place.




Let us not be so arrogant as to be among them.


All My Relations


(c) JANNI April12,2013