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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Election freak-out and the aftermath...

Half the country is reeling from the election news--it wouldn't be quite as bad if the two houses of Congress hadn't stayed red...but it is interesting to note that Trump followers, the ones who wanted something new, voted them back in. And Mitch McConnell leads the pack. He's the one who said that their entire agenda for the past eight years was to block Obama--this was an incredible slap in the face to the people who elected Obama. I find the lack of courtesy and the hate mongering unbelievable right now--and especially coming from our elected officials--if the people who wanted Trump really wanted something different for the country they should have voted those old boys out! Most of them are older than dirt!

My feeling about it all is that the DNC and Debby Wasserman Shultz shot themselves in the foot when they decided to support Hillary over Bernie Sanders. Their lack of judgement about the mood of the country was ill-fated. Too many people in this country dislike her--and it is NOT only because she's a woman. There is history there that goes back over thirty years. She's a consummate politician and smart as a whip, and she's an insider. And that is exactly what people did not want this go round. I voted for her because I knew that if I didn't we'd have Trump--well, we have Trump anyway. What I'm trying to say is that maybe the dissing of Bernie and his many supporters during the primary was what lost the Dems the election--would Bernie have won over Trump? I have the sense that he would because the main thrust of this election was getting away from politics as usual. Although Bernie has been in the senate for many years he did not represent the political elite--his was a new vision that appealed to the common man--he was trying to make things better. What astounds me is that many of his supporters ending up voting for Trump. Why? The only reason I can come up with is that Trump is not a politician.

I was heartbroken when Bernie was ousted. Trump had no message and I knew Hillary's platform, and so I didn't listen to the debates. I sincerely hope that Trump will surprise us instead of bending to the will of the Republican party--already they are beginning to dismantle Obamacare. It wasn't a perfect system but it did allow people with pre-existing conditions to get healthcare and it also was great for children. If they don't replace it with a decent program this country could be in serious trouble. I worry about the poor and the disenfranchised--the people who slip through the cracks. Those cracks will be getting bigger if we don't stand up and vote the old boys out--hopefully the midterms will give us the chance to do so. Sad to think that so many of the poor are looking to Trump to fix their lives.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

No Comment

I am not going to belabor this point, but, why do I no longer get comments on my blog? Is anyone else having this problem? I looked back on my early content and, although it has changed, it hasn't changed so much that people would be turned off by it--at least I don't think they would. So why is this? I wonder if there just isn't enough time in a day to read and comment on the many blogs that everyone feels they must skim...mine has got to be at the bottom of the list, since it is fairly personal and doesn't contain much useful information in the way of tips and so on. I do add links occasionally, but...

Okay--moving on. Has anyone had their writing head down such a dark path that they had to dial it back? I know I've been somewhat depressed due to no change of scene, lack of any rain, bugs that won't go away and heat that won't go away, but...does this weather thing really account for my latest book heading into a future world so horrible that I, as the writer, was horrified? And really--weather? Is that my excuse? I hate to even admit how much this summer and fall have affected my mood when there are so many terrible things happening across the globe. Well, maybe it's all of that too--plus the election that won't quit. Only a few more days, folks! But seriously--what do you do if this happens to you? Do you start over or let it rip? I let it go and then at the end I went back and tidied up a
bit..tried to end on a positive note. This has never happened before and I was a bit shocked at what dwells in the darker recesses of my mind and the fact that I enjoyed putting it all down on paper...hmm. What does this say about me? Or is the writing purging it from my system? Let's hope it's the purging and not the beginning of a writing career in horror!

We all have this creepiness inside us--whether we choose to let it out is up to us. Is it a good thing to let it out, or bad to even look at it? I don't know. But what I do know is that Stephen King has made a goodly amount of money writing horror...so...I'm thinking if it comes up, go with it. And if it takes over take it down a peg or two. What is writing besides exploring our own psyches within a fictional story of our creation? The muse says yes.

Thanks for reading. And as I intimated so subtly at the beginning, please leave a comment!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Book recommendations (no, not my own!)

I've read several good books lately that I wanted to share. First is a novel by Charlie Homberg called Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. When I began this book I was reminded of The mistress of Spices, one of my all time favorite books by Chitra Banergee Divakaruni. (if you haven't read her books try them out!) Both of them have to do with magical baking skills and much more! And Charlie, a woman by the way, has written others that I plan to try!

The one I'm reading now is The Wretched of Muirwood, by Jeff Wheeler. It is part of a series and I will read on because of how much I'm enjoying this one. It's a tale about a young girl cast out from her family, and because of this she is known as a 'wretched'. It takes place in a fictional world in a fictional abbey with fictional practices that have a lot to do with magic. (surprise surprise) I must admit I am attracted to such stories. (And write them too)

Another series I recommend is the Caledonia Fae series by India Drummond--Good and bad Faeries, a love story and parallel worlds! I've read three in the series of five books. Another one that I HIGHLY recommend is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, the first of three of the most unusual and wonderful stories I've read in an age! Unique, quirky and completely engrossing. Unfortunately they are published by Hatchett and the kindle prices are ridiculous--better to get used copies of the paperbacks. Every time I see $10 for kindles it makes me fume.

So happy reading everyone. And I hope you pick up one or two of these books and enjoy them as much as I did! I have zillions of books to recommend but this is enough for today.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Giveaway! This means FREE!

I have a book on my website, www.nikkibroadwell.com, that I'm offering free in exchange for signing up for my newsletter, but a week has gone by and so far I've had only two takers, and one was the person at Godaddy helping me sort out the submit button! (but she did say she's excited to read it) Is this because of Bookbub and other places where people are able to download free books? A friend of mine says she never pays for books--amazing.

At first I thought it was due to the lack of security on my site and made sure I purchased SSL. When I set up my website on Godaddy there was no discussion about what I needed and have found out these things in a round-about way. To move on, I purchased the SSL but found out that I had to jump through some other hoop to have it work. I wrote a complaint to Godaddy about this, saying that they really should tell people what they need to do AFTER they purchase one of the many things needed in order to have a viable site. Same thing has happened with SEO. I added that right away and only found out recently that it only applied to 2 of my 7 pages. What? Yesterday I spent some time getting 2 more pages 'optimized' but I have more to do, and from what I understand I will have to pay if I want to optimize more than 5 pages. I've been warned about Godaddy and the nickel and dimeing, but the site was an easy one for me to set up and I do like it. And I have to say that when I call, (which has been nearly every day of late)  the tech people have been easy to work with and very pleasant and helpful.

Back to why no one is availing themselves of my offer--I have posted on FB, I have tweeted, I have done an askDavid promo--(if you don't know about this site you should check it out.) So I really have no idea what's going on unless people are so tired of being spammed on a daily basis that they refuse to share their e-mail addresses!

If you have any interest in checking out my website or getting a free book, go to the web address listed above, and click on the contact page. The Bridge is a young adult/new adult fantasy about two young people destined for something great. But life intervenes, separating them and bringing all sorts of problems. I'm working on a sequel called Time Gap which should be out by the end of the year. (I hope)

I love comments so if you have any insight or just want to say something, please do!!! And thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Diets be damned

  1. the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.
    "I sometimes feel like screaming with frustration"
    • an event or circumstance that causes one to have a feeling of frustration.
      plural noun: frustrations
      "the inherent frustrations of assembly line work"
    • the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something.
      "the frustration of their wishes"

More unwelcome news from a friend whose doctor has told her that cognitive function can be effected by alcohol and that she should stop drinking. My God! Help me! Do I buy into this or do I continue with my one glass of wine a night? My friend used the word 'poison' to describe alcohol. AARGH! Sometimes I wish I knew nothing about anything.

Life is narrowing down to a list of of should's and should-nots. And to go along with this I say we should do our own research or simply ignore it depending on what our own intuition and bodies tell us. Yes, I freaked out when other friends decided to go vegan because of the China study. I looked into that tome and found that I didn't agree with their premise and also read that their research was done with casein. My naturopath, a man I highly respect, has told me I need red meat. Without enough protein I get ocular migraines and low-blood sugar. I know, I know--just because someone else decides to follow a stringent, and to my mind, overly restricted diet, doesn't mean I have to. I don't believe that fat isn't good for us and I don't believe we were meant to go without meat. I know also that it would be better for the planet if we didn't eat meat, but my body says an emphatic NO to this idea. I wish I could say yes to it just as I wish  could stop all the fighting and everything bad happening around the world. We would much better off if we didn't use masses of land and water to raise beef cattle. But...

How do we function in a world where studies are thrust upon us one after the other? Where friends we love suddenly decide to give up this food or that based on something they read? I have seen too often how these new fads are debunked a year later. But when we hear about them we are immediately faced with what we're doing wrong--OMG I've been eating bacon! At least it's the kind without nitrates or nitrites I say, consoling myself.

I try really hard to steer clear of the newest dietary no no. I ask help from the universe in sorting through it all. I think of the people in Europe who eat what they want, drink at lunch and dinner and for the most part lead happy lives free of health concerns. Does anyone else think that our country's constant harping on cholesterol numbers are leading to neurosis?

But despite my efforts I do find myself lying in bed at night worrying...life is too short for all this nonsense! Can't we just LIVE and enjoy what time we have left on this planet?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

End of the world part 2

What is it they say? There's no such thing as being too rich or too thin? Really? How about too fat because you don't have the money to buy proper food or so poor that you don't have a roof over your head?

We are in the beginning stages of what happened in Germany, folks, just before Hitler came into power. This isn't a depression, per se, but the economy for poorer people has not improved. Wages are stagnant and have been for over twenty years, there has been no cost of living increases to wages nor has there been a lessening in the lending institutions--not since they fucked us over. Poor people in this country are basically screwed. No wonder they are geared up to listen to someone like Trump. They don't trust the government and he's the only one who isn't tied into it.

I wish I could impress upon them what will happen if Trump becomes our president, especially if the congress is still Republican. The first thing is the end of Obamacare. I agree that this health care system is majorly flawed, but without it things will only get worse. And the people who are screaming about abolishing it are the ones who can afford health care. (Congress gets the best health care there is) What happens to the ones who can't? And the idea that Paul Ryan put forth the other day of getting insurance companies to again ban those with preexisting conditions? What do they think will happen to these people? Or don't they care? Is that the problem--that they care about no one but themselves?

It seems that fear is running the world, or at least our country. Fear of a terrorist attack ranks high despite the lack of evidence to support the possibility. The news is full of it. And Muslins--be very very afraid of them. And blacks, of course. The color of their skin proves it. Oh yes, and Mexicans--they're coming for your jobs. But don't be afraid of guns in the wrong hands, the police who keep killing blacks, or constant war that is killing and maiming our young men and women.

When the Republicans talk about lowering taxes, please realize what this means. If you are not one of the wealthy in this country it means that you will have no services. This includes health care and good roads and bridges, schools that are safe and an educational system that actually teaches something. Privatizing these things would only put money in the hands of the ones I'm talking about. It seems that the only thing they want to spend money on is war. War is profitable.

So read everything you can get your hands on regarding these issues and the candidates we are being asked to choose between--don't believe Fox news--find out for yourself! Think critically! Or is that even possible anymore? I am hoping it is...because we as a people need to be thinking about what we really need, not listening to the rhetoric.

Thanks for reading!!!