economy = fail

Contrary to the familiar movie line – Failure IS an option.  Sometimes it’s the best option, in the long run.

Think about when you learned how to ride a bike. You probably fell down a few times until you go the hang of it, right?  You fall off a horse, you get back on, but until you’ve fallen off that horse at least once, you don’t have a healthy respect for their power to so easily — if accidentally — kill you.

And what did your father always say when you were about to do something stupid?  “Let her find out for herself that’s the wrong thing to do. It’s the only way she’ll learn not to do that again.”

That’s why I’m so vehemently against all these “economic bailouts”.  Let’s call a pig a pig, shall we? Our government is handing out our money to companies that got rich by screwing us over.  They fooled the willing into believing credit was good, like the credit card companies when they try to convince you that having a charge account and carrying a balance is the only way to maintain a good credit report.

Um, NOT.

First, who do you think invented the credit report?  Second, if you want a good credit rating, pay your bills.  Pay your rent/mortgage on time. Pay your power bill on time.  Pay your phone/cable/internet bill on time.  Make your car payments and pay your car insurance.  That’s your credit rating.  No one needs a charge card.  Fool yourself if you have to, but no one NEEDS a credit card.  (don’t get me started)

I’m so sick of hearing “but we have to bail them out, or the companies will fail.”  I say let them fail.  THEY screwed up, they need to fail.  If you’re a failure, you lose. End of story. Fail in a fight, you lose. Fail at war, you lose. Fail in business, you lose.  And what happens when a company fails?  Another company comes along. One that knows how to succeed.

If the auto industry as we know it fails, something else will come along.  Aren’t you at all curious as to what it could be?  Are you so enamored with the planned obsolescence you’re driving now that you really don’t care to find out what someone else could build?

Progress is built on forward motion, and all too often forward motion only happens when a society that has grown lazy and fat is forced into action.  This country grew lazy and fat, gorging on unnecessary credit and bloated values. They called it a housing bubble for a reason, but it wasn’t the only bubble being blown out of purportion, and now we’re all shocked and appalled to find those bubbles have burst.

Failed business = unemployed workers?  Yes, it does. So get out there and find a new way to invent the wheel. Get this country off it’s collective ass. Use the brains you were born with and find a new way to make it work. Roll up your sleeves. The world has more executives than it needs, and not enough workers. We’re rewarding failure, catering to an unwarranted sense of entitlement and enslaving future generations with a debt they didn’t incur.

Our government representatives bailed out the Investment Companies and Banking Establishments because that’s where THEY keep their retirement funds.  If they’d been interested in saving the country, they could have already.

Think about it.  There are (approx)  140 million registered tax payers in the United States. Citizens who file and pay the IRS.  The same United States Citizens who are having trouble paying their bloated mortgage, their unnecessary credit cards. The same US Citizens who aren’t buying new cars because they can’t afford to, or spending money on dinner out or new clothes.  In turn, they’re losing their jobs as car dealers, waitresses, and retailers.

We gave well over 7 billion in bailout money in round 1, and God only knows how much has gone out now, and it hasn’t solved anything.  What would have happened if we’d given each and every tax paying citizen 1 million dollars?

First, it would have cost us taxpayers 140 million, instead of several trillion.

Second, that money would have been spent right away.  People would have paid their bills, refinanced those ridiculously large, adjustable rate mortgages they had no business signing in the first place (a subject for another time), bought new cars, new clothes, new toys. If they were smart, they would also have invested some of that into stocks and bonds and college funds for the kids.  Money that would have gone straight out into the world, supporting businesses, banks and Wall Street.  The result would be businesses that can stay in business, workers who aren’t in fear of job loss, which spurs more confidence and spending, which spurs more business and success.

Atlas is holding the world up on his shoulders, not sitting at a conference table working out how to get someone else to hold it up for him.

The world is changing. Our country is changing. It’ll reinvent itself, become stronger, more secure, fruitful once again.

But what if it doesn’t?

Good Girl!

Lori posted over at the Commune about some escaped parrots in her town, and chatting with her about it reminded me of a funny thing that happened to a co-worker a few years ago.

He had a Cockatoo, big beautiful bird that had bonded to him the way most birds tend to bond with a particular family member. Trouble was, this bird no not only bonded with him, but it had taken a serious dislike to the man’s wife. She couldn’t get near it, couldn’t hold the bird or pet it, which isn’t unusual. But this went above and beyond.

This bird had a unique habit of picking up claw-fulls of seed from its bowl, flinging it all to the carpet, then saying “Good Girl” as the man’s wife vacuumed up the seed. He would then pick up another claw-full, toss it to the carpet, and as the vacuum moved under his cage, he’d call out “Good Girl.”

Every time this man’s wife was cleaning the house,  she was treated to a chorus of “Good Girl! Good Girl!”

Gotta love birds!

got shirts?

I couldn’t resist – I’ve opened up a Cafe Press store with custom shirts (so far) and more to come.  So check it out:

Just when you thought it was safe to go in your closet!


I’m pretty pleased with the new look to Midnight Reading’s front page. You can find links to the novels there, and follow me on Twitter.  Pete Tzinski’s Twitter is displayed there too, if he ever rejoins the online.

Ether’s newest chapter is up tonight and it’s getting rave reviews.

And I’m officially sick of Winter !!

What’s new with you?

News and things

So  I think I’ve finally gotten it together enough to say that the Keeper series is in full swing, and now available (in part) at the Midnight Reading site.  Right now, you can buy/download/read the first book: KEEPER and also Book 2 in the series: MADNESS.

Book 3 in the Keeper series will be available in June 2009, and the final book (#4 for those who can count) will be available in October 2009.

You can read them for free online, or buy a downloadable ebook, or purchase them as trade paperbacks.  Meanwhile, Ether is still posting a chapter per week, and enjoying much success and happiness.  And I shall strive to get my self in gear and blog a bit more often – I’ve been horribly lax this Winter and just waiting for Spring to get here!

Gah. I’ve had quite enough of Winter, thankyouverymuch.

Grab your flea collars!

It’s Westminster Time !

I’ll be glued to the TV Monday and Tuesday, watching the best of the best compete for #1.  Anyone want to wager which breed wins?

I’ll be back on Wednesday, though, with a progress report on the Keeper series coming public 🙂  But in the meantime – SEND IN THE HOUNDS!


Chapter 10 of Ether was posted on Friday, and I’m making great progress in bringing out the sequels in the Keeper series.  The first sequel, Madness, will definitely be available in February – so keep an eye out.

They will also be made available free to read on the website, but for people like me who prefer to curl up on the couch with a nice paperback, the sequels will be available in trade size.  And yes, e-books are ever so popular 🙂

Thanks once again to everyone who has emailed their excitment to see this series finally reach print, regardless of the method.

sequels – sequels – sequels

Everyone loves a sequel, right? Well, not really. Too many good movies have been ruined by crappy sequels made for no other purpose than to cash in on the popularity of the original.

But I can assure you this is not the case! Honest.

Since Trunk Novels has been put on hold while Lori works on her thesis, I’ll be placing my older novel Keeper on my Midnight Reading site and in the store there. And, to keep it company alongside Ether, I’ll be publishing the sequels to Keeper. There are three altogether, and I’ll stretch them out through the year, beginning with Madness being available some time in February.

Keeper is a novel I wrote years, and years, ago – my writing talent has improved dramatically since then, but I admit this novel – the story and characters – have always remained near and dear to me. And they’ve enjoyed a huge following, so clearly I did something right back then !

These are sequels that haven’t been read before – they’re a combination and complete revision of the original sequels written years ago, but never released.

So, as soon as I can polish up my web creation skills, and get my duck billed platypuses in a row, the sequels to Keeper will launch at


It’s finally, officially, a Happy New Year 😀

My sister is again gainfully employed, the snow has gone away to other states where snow is something they’re used to seeing, and I’ve just posted Chapter 7 of Ether.

If you’re one of the many currently reading Ether – I thank you. The novel is garnering great reviews and feedback, and I’m very excitedly anticpating the debut of my next novel.  But all in good time.

So go visit  and if you love what you’re reading, keep coming back for more!

new year

You know, WooHoo and all that.  I’m reserving my “Happy” until I find out just how it goes.

On the bright side, Ether’s up and running happily along on my new webpage. Have you started reading it yet?

On the “it’s happening to everyone” side, my sister/roommate is still looking for work. She had a great interview today, so that’s why I’m reserving my “Happy” to the new year.  I’ll call it Hopeful.

On the “what are you writers up to?” side, we’re contesting each other during the month of January – privately – to spawn huge word counts and spur forth new novels.  We’d all really like naps, but that’s not likely in the near future.

So pop over and read Ether, while I pine away for that nap and watch too many Top Gear videos.

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