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Here’s my new WordPress website.  Let me know what you think.   Also, VERY IMPORTANT — for a limited time you can get the first two books in the Lake of Sins Series for FREE!!!

Book 1: Escape is available for FREE on all the major ebook retailers.

Book 2: Secrets In Blood is available for FREE through my website.   Just click the button below the image of the book on the FREE BOOK page.

If you already have the two books, you can still click the button for your free copy of Secrets In Blood because then you’ll join the Lake of Sins Reader Group.  I’ll be offering exclusive give-aways and bonuses to folks in this group.

Also, I’ve added share buttons and follow me buttons.  Please use them to let others know about the free books.

Finally, the email provider I’m using insists on having you confirm that you want to join the reader group, so don’t forget to go to your email account and click the link confirming that you want to join this group.

 

Posts From Old Website – January 2016

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHY AMAZON REVIEWS ARE IMPORTANT TO AUTHORS

01/26/2016

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First, let me thank all of you who have read one or more of my books.  Now, I’m going to beg those same people to write a review on Amazon (but only if you liked the book J).Let me explain why an Amazon review is so important to independent authors.Okay.  I’ve finished my first book and I think it’s great. My beta readers love it and I’m ready to turn it loose on the world.  I publish it on Amazon.  Now what?  According to a Forbes’ article written January 8, 2013, there are an estimated 600,000 to 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorgan/2013/01/08/thinking-of-self-publishing-your-book-in-2013-heres-what-you-need-to-know/#2715e4857a0b582eb7429f43)The number has only increased since then, so how do I make my book stand out?  First, I have to have a good cover.  The cover is what captures the potential reader’s attention.  Next, my description had better be good.  If the reader likes that then they can read a sample chapter or two using Amazon’s “Look Inside” option.Okay, I’ve done all that.  The cover is good.  The description is interesting (I’m always tweaking it) and the story is good and although I won’t swear there isn’t a typo it’s not littered with them or grammatical errors.  Okay, so my little grain of sand should shine in the Sahara of books available, but how do I make it stand out?  How do I get readers to see it?  Advertise!Great.  I’ll lay down some cash for my story. There are numerous companies willing to take my money, but most of them don’t deliver.  There is no return on investment (ROI).  Some companies are better than others but they have requirements and two of those requirements are number of reviews and the average number of stars for those reviews.  The number of reviews required to advertise varies from company to company.  Most of the better companies require somewhere between ten and fifty reviews, but the granddaddy of all the advertisers, BookBub, requires at least a hundred, maybe more depending on the genre.  Now, BookBub does not state the number on their website, but they do run a question and answer session on Twitter and they have said that for the more popular genres (such as mine) a hundred plus reviews is what they are looking for.Why advertise on BookBub?  Because they deliver, time and time again.  At least that’s what those lucky authors who have been accepted by BookBub have reported.  I’m talking about real independent authors who belong to the same author forums that I do, so they are not affiliated with BookBub.  Plus, since BookBub is so successful they publish their average downloads per category and sale price.  If you look at those numbers – wow – they do deliver.  (https://www.bookbub.com/partners/pricing?utf8=%E2%9C%93&regions=us&currencies=%24+(USD)) I’ve been rejected by BookBub numerous times.  I plan on submitting again right before I release book three in the Lake of Sins series.  I really, really need more reviews.  So please, I am begging here, if you read and liked my books, please write a review on Amazon.ThanksL. S. O’Dea

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LAKE OF SINS

01/24/2016

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I thought that illustrating some of the scenes from the book might be fun and I thought that it might help draw people to my table at MegaCon.  So, here is the first one, although it isn’t really from the book.  Instead, this is just an idea of what one part of the Lake of Sins looks like.You can see the island in the back and you can tell that there is something large on the island.  That’s the statue of course.Let me know what you think of the drawing.  I wanted it to be ominous and creepy.  I think Neoxeven at Fiverr did a great job with that.

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FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED (FOR A BIT)

01/19/2016

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After going out to eat for my niece’s birthday, I had to put oil in my car.  My car is old.  It has 280,000+ miles on it.  It loses a bit of oil.  Anyway, it was dark and I was in the parking lot of the restaurant.  A couple got out of their car.  They were probably in their 50s.  The man saw me putting oil in and said, “Just needs a little drink?”  I could tell by the way that he said it, that he really hoped that was the issue.  He didn’t want to help, but for some reason inside of him, he had to offer.I understand why he didn’t want to help.  He and his wife/girlfriend were going out to eat.  He didn’t want to get delayed or dirty.  That made the fact that he did say something even more special.  He was kind and couldn’t help it.  I appreciate it.  Things like that help to restore my faith in humanity.  He could have just walked by.  Another man probably would have, but there was something in him, something he was either born with or was taught by his parents that made him offer to help when he didn’t want to.  That is a quality that I admire.  That is a quality that we should all adopt and it is a quality we should instill in our children.

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 OLD TESTAMENT SOUL

01/18/2016

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I believe that I’ve been on this earth before.  I have an old soul. This isn’t a very Catholic thing to think but I veered from the religion of my birth years ago.  The idea of heaven—a place where everything is perfect and there is no pain, no sorrow—does not appeal to me.  I don’t think that we can enjoy the day without the dark and the cold without the heat (when I lived up North it was the heat without the cold).  Kindness would be nothing if it were not so rare.  Most people aren’t mean or cruel but that doesn’t make them kind.  No, I don’t think that I could find peace in heaven. Where’s the struggle, the drive, the competition?I also believe that there is a piece of Old Testament in my old soul.  Perhaps, that’s why I keep getting sent back to earth instead of moving on, if moving on is even an option.  Maybe, I need to learn forgiveness instead of an-eye-for-an-eye.  I have a hard time with forgiveness.  I forget a lot because many things just don’t matter to me, but forgiveness is another story.Take Michael Vick for example.  According to our society he paid for his crimes.  Not for me.  I won’t be satisfied that he’s paid for his crimes until either he experiences everything he put those poor dogs through or he brings them back and gives them all a good home.  See, I told you.  Old Testament is in my soul.

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WHAT DEFINES A PERSON

01/16/2016

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I don’t care about the color of your skin.  That is decided at birth.What religion you practice, if any, doesn’t matter to me.  Your sexual preference?  That’s your business, not mine.What is important to me is how you treat animals, children and the elderly.  That defines the real you.

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LOVING YOUR DOG AND LOVING YOUR KIDS ISN’T AN EITHER/OR SITUATION

01/16/2016

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I read an article yesterday that made me angry and then sad and finally a bit disgusted.  The article was written by Allison Benedikt and is titled The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t get a dog(http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/07/kids_and_dogs_if_you_re_having_a_baby_do_not_get_a_puppy.html)This woman is honest, I’ll give her props for that, but I also think she is a poor excuse for a human being (I think I’m still a little angry for poor Velvel).  This article starts with this woman and her boyfriend adopting a puppy, Velvel.  Velvel was everything to them until they had kids. I get this.  I understand.  The dog takes a back seat to your children.  If she’d written about the difficulties of raising children with a dog, I wouldn’t be upset.  However, she goes so far to say that once she had kids she didn’t love her dog.  She writes this like that is how it is for everyone.  I know plenty of people who have dogs and kids and love them all.  I’m not saying that you should love your dog like a child.  Your dog is not a child, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love him/her.Most humans have the capacity to love many things (this woman obviously does not).  I love my father but not in the same way that I love my brother.  I love both of them differently than I love a boyfriend (I’m not married so I can’t say husband).  And I love them all differently than I love a child.  I don’t have kids but I have helped raise several and I’ve loved them all.  We had dogs and I loved them too.  The dogs were not kids and the kids were not dogs, but they all wanted and deserved love.I don’t understand how someone can love their dog and then just stop because they now have children to take care of.  It makes me sad for Velvel of course, because he never stopped loving her.  A dog doesn’t do that.  They are better than most of us and definitely better than Allison Benedikt.Now, she did keep the dog so I’ll give her credit for that and it seems that she kept Velvel inside so hopefully, one of the kids stepped in to give the dog the love it was no longer getting from her.  I do have to wonder about the lesson the kids will learn.  Will they learn that it’s okay to love someone and then just stop?  Or maybe, that it’s normal and okay to have a limited capacity to love.  Perhaps, one day when their mother is old (like poor Velvel) the kids will show her the same compassion and love.I can only hope.

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NEW COVER FOR RISE OF THE RIVER MAN

01/14/2016

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Here’s the new cover for the Rise of the River Man book. I have a post on my home page, but I’ll summarize here for those of you who follow my blog. This book wasn’t selling so I put on my detective hat and figured out that most people hated my cover (I liked it. I guess that makes me cheesy). Anyway, Luke Ahearn (www.lukeahearn.com) designed this cover for me and I have to admit that it definitely throws a more powerful punch.  When I saw the first draft, I actually said, “Wow.”  I live alone so I usually only talk to myself in my head (lots of conversations going on in there). Anyway, let me know what you think. lsodea7@gmail.com or post a comment on this blog.

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MOVIE STARS AND OTHER FAMOUS FOLKS

01/10/2016

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I’ve never understood society’s fascination with the rich and famous.Once when I was on a date, the guy took me by the home of Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic.  He didn’t know Mr. Davis.  We couldn’t even see the house from the street, but he obviously thought I’d be impressed.  I wasn’t.  Jim Davis has nothing to do with my life.  More than likely, Jim Davis will never have anything to do with my life, so why would I care where he lives or what he has.Most people don’t feel the way that I do and perhaps, it’s because I think in stories.  My life is my story.  It’s usually boring and routine, but it is my story.  Every day, I encounter different characters.  Each one has his or her own story but most will not play a part in mine.  It is important to remember that in a good tale the characters belong to the story as much as the story belongs to the characters.  You can’t yank a character from one story and drop them into another.   The same is true with life. The rich and famous have no more place in my story than Curious George has in Gone With The Wind.  My life is my own adventure, my own movie and I’m only interested in those characters who belong in my story.

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REMAKING MY BED OR THROWING IT OUT:

01/07/2016

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I’ve used the saying—You’ve made you bed, now you have to lie in it.—many times over the years.  I’ve said it to others and told it to myself.  Today, I realized that it’s a load of crap.Sure, I made choices and decisions that have placed me where I am right now and I do have to live (lie) with that—For NOW.  It doesn’t mean that I can’t remake my bed or better yet, throw it out and make a new one  There are some aspects of my life that I like but there are many that I don’t and it’s time to change that.  I, like everyone, have a limited time on this earth and I’ll be damned if I let some decision that I made ten years ago, or five years ago or yesterday determine how I will live now and in the future.I am taking control over my life.  I understand that on the surface things won’t change overnight, but underneath, inside of me, they’re already different and that’s what counts.

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RESOLUTIONS: 2016

01/03/2016

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Every year I make resolutions and every year, I’ve broken them by around the 2nd or 3rd of January.  I’m not very good at denying myself something that I want.  A little voice in my head keeps chanting — you deserve this, go ahead.  That little voice is a devil. Anyway, this year I decided to approach my resolutions a bit differently.  The end goal is the same but the thought behind it is different.  I would still like to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, write more, etc, but this year instead of putting numbers on these (exercise 1 hour a day, write 2 hours a day, etc), I’m going to resolve to make choices that will make me happier in the long run. Of course, eating that brownie or having that second (or third – I’m being honest here) Pepsi will make me happy in the moment, but making choices that have made me happy in the moment have left me fat and unhealthy and often sad. So, for 2016 I resolve to make choices that I know will make me satisfied at the end of the day.  So far so good.  I’ve gotten up and exercised both on the 1st and 2nd (and I wasn’t feeling well on the 2nd). Hopefully, by 2017 I will be healthier and thinner and happier. Good luck to everyone else out there.  It’s hard to change your life but what else is there to do but try.

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Posts From Old Website – December 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME: 2015

12/24/2015

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Several weeks ago, I was asked by a fellow author what Christmas means to me.  I’ve been pondering that question ever since. At first, I was sure that the meaning, the feeling of Christmas changed as I aged, but the more I thought about it and examined my memories of Christmases past, I realized that it had remained the same. When I was a child, Christmas was about the birth of Jesus, Santa, presents and family.  I remember playing with the stuffed Christmas elves and reindeer (think Elf on a Shelf).  I remember midnight mass with the lights and music.  The cold car seats of a December in Indiana.  The warm, full family breakfast at my aunt’s house and loads of presents.  As I reached my teen and college years Christmas was still about the birth of Jesus, presents, and family but that was in the background.  At the front of my priority list was the break from school and homework.  Going out with friends.  The hectic days and nights of working retail.  I remember the Christmas luncheon at K-mart on Christmas Eve.  The camaraderie with my co-workers.  The struggle to find gifts for my friends and family.  After college, Christmas was still about family, but this time the gifts were for the kids.  It was about making sure that they had a great day and doing the best that we could to keep the magic alive.  The joy and surprise in a child’s eye on Christmas morning is extraordinary, perhaps because it is so fleeting.Now, Christmas is still for the kids (another generation), family and the birth of Jesus.  After reading this you could say that the meaning of Christmas, for me, has shifted with every stage in my life and that I have I come full circle.  I have to disagree. I don’t think we ever come full circle.  To do that would imply that we’re on the same path as before.  Life is not cyclic by a spiral.  I have passed where I started, looking back at who I was.  I am no longer that child eagerly waiting for Santa nor the teen or young adult but I have vague memories of who I was.When I looked deeper than the surface memories of past Christmases into the feeling of the holiday I discovered they were really about comfort and peace.  Being accepted by those around you.  Being a part of something bigger.  Being safe.  Being loved. As a child I was loved and loved my family.  I was safe with them.  As a teen I loved my family and my friends.  I did what I could to make them all happy.  As a young guardian to children, I was trying to create a warm and safe home for the kids.  Now, as I sit in my living room, surrounded by the innocent animals who were abandoned and abused, I am content that I can offer them a home.  A place where they can sleep warm and safe.  Unafraid of hunger, loneliness and pain.  Content in the knowledge that whatever the next day will bring, it will not be bad.So, for me Christmas is a time of reflecting on the peace in your life.  The peace that you create and share with others.Merry Christmas to everyone.

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5 STAR REVIEW OF LAKE OF SINS: SECRETS IN BLOOD

12/18/2015

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I’m excited to announce that my book, Lake of Sins: Secrets in Blood has received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite.

Here’s the link and the review.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH MIRRA

12/12/2015

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This interview was written for my blog tour last October.  I’m not sure how many of my readers had followed the tour, so I’m going to post some of the interviews/blogs here.  Hope you like it.

 

Interviewer:  “Ah…hi, Mirra. Where’s Trinity?”

Mirra:  “Mirra come first. Cover scent.  Little One, Gaar-Mine come soon.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, uhm, that’s great.  Uhm, just great.”

Mirra:  “You ask Little One questions?”

Interviewer:  “Ah, yes.  She’s agreed to an interview.”

Mirra:  “What kind questions?”

Interviewer:  “Uhm, all kinds.”

Mirra:  “Nice questions?”

Interviewer:  “Yes, yes, of course.”

Mirra:  “You hurt Little One, Mirra kill you.”

Interviewer:  “No.  I won’t hurt Trinity.  I promise.”

Mirra:  “Mirra decide.  You ask Mirra question first.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, I think it would be better to wait for Trinity and Gaar.”

Mirra:  “No.  Ask Mirra questions now.”

Interviewer:  “Of course.  Hmmm.  Let’s see.  Ah, tell me a little about yourself?”

Mirra:  “What mean?  Mirra is Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Of course, but if someone didn’t know you what would you want to tell them.  Something like…what’s it like being a Tracker?”

Mirra:  “That stupid question.  How Mirra describe.  Mirra is Tracker.  It all Mirra know.”

Interviewer:  “Okay.  It can be something else then, anything really.”

Mirra:  “Hmmm.  Mirra fast.  Mirra strong.  You come forest.  Mirra find you.  MIrra hunt you.  Mirra eat you.”

Interviewer:  “Great.  That’s certainly good to know.  Uhm, the next question.  Where were you born?”

Mirra:  “Stupid question.  In forest.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, of course.  Ah, what was it like growing up?”

Mirra:  “Good.  Mirra play.  Hunt.  Others like Mirra then.”

Interviewer:  “Do you miss the other Trackers?”

Mirra:  “Some.”

Interviewer:  “Just some?  You seem sad.”

Mirra:  “Mirra remember.  Mirra lonely.  Mirra find Gaar-Mine.  It better.  Mirra no lonely.”

Interviewer:  “Even with your family and friends you were lonely until you bonded with Gaar?”

Mirra:  “Yes.  Before Mirra find Gaar-Mine, Mirra [she taps her chest] empty here.  Hole in Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Interesting.  Why do you think that is?”

Mirra:  “Stupid question.  Mirra no know.”

Interviewer:  “Okay, next question.  Do you think that you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?”

Mirra:  “Mirra parent want Mirra be good hunter.  Strong.  Fast.  Mirra all those things.”

Interviewer:  “What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?”

Mirra:  [she smiles]  “Mirra frighten them.”

Interviewer:  “How about after they’ve known you for a while?”

Mirra:  “They dead.  They dinner.  The no think.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, of course.  Shouldn’t Gaar and Trinity be here by now?”

Mirra:  “Ask Mirra [taps the paper with her long claw] questions.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, yes, of course.  What are you most proud of about your life?”

Mirra:  “Mirra fast and quiet.  Prey no see no hear Mirra until too late.”

Interviewer:  [glances around]  “Yes, that is something to be proud of. What are you most ashamed of in your life?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no ashamed.”

Interviewer:  “There’s nothing you’ve done that you are sad about?”

Mirra:  “Mirra pets die.  Mirra sad.  Mirra no mean hurt, but they die. Not Little One.  Little One live.  Mirra protect.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, and I wouldn’t dream of hurting her either. Remember that.  What are you afraid of?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no fear anything.”

Interviewr:  “Nothing.  Not growing old.  Getting sick.”

Mirra:  “No.  Mirra want baby.  Mirra get old.  Mirra no have baby.”

Interviewer:  “So you fear getting old and not being able to have offspring?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no fear.”

Interviewer:  “Okay, okay.  Let’s move on.  What would your ideal mate be like?”

Mirra:  “That question no nice.  Mirra only Tracker.  Little One says more Trackers.  Mirra no see them yet.  No Trackers.  No mate for Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Sorry, sorry.  These questions were meant for Trinity, not you.  Sorry.  Let’s skip this one.  What do you believe about Araldo and what do you suppose he thinks of you?”

Mirra:  “Araldo Almighty god, no Mirra god.”

Interviewer:  “Who is your god?”

Mirra:  “Forest, trees, air, water.  They give Mirra food, drink, shelter.”

Interviewer:  “What does this…nature god think of you?”

Mirra:  “Forest know Mirra strong.  Mirra fast.  Forest help Mirra until Mirra no strong, no fast.  Then forest kill Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “That’s a harsh god by any standards.”

Mirra:  “That truth.”

Interviewer:  “How do you feel about your life right now and what about it would you like to change?”

 

Mirra:  “Mirra life is Mirra life.  No can change what is.”

 

Interviewer:  “But if you could?”

 

Mirra:  “Stupid question, but…Mirra want baby.  Mirra bring back Trackers.”  [turns]  “Gaar-Mine.  Little One.  You here.”

 

Interviewer:  [whispers] “Thank Araldo”

 

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YOUR PET IS NOT A PAIR OF SHOES: DON’T RETURN HER

12/09/2015

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I am not a person prone to strong feelings.  I used to get upset more often but then I started to ask myself, “Will this bother me when I am in my deathbed?”  Generally, the answer is no.  The squabbling of family and co-workers really is nothing more than a momentary squawk and I refuse to get upset about that stuff. This article, however, will irritate me for a  very long time, perhaps until the end.Let me sidestep here to say that sometimes, people do have to take their dog, puppy, pet back to the shelter, rescue, etc.  There are a few (in my opinion) valid reasons for this, such as someone becomes allergic, someone becomes too sick to care for the pet, or someone dies (there may be a few others but none come to mind).Now, let me get back to the article.  It is well written and has some valid points, but the fact that these people adopted (bought from a breeder actually, which in my opinion tells a lot about a person) a puppy, got rid of it because it upset their lives and believe that they taught their daughter a valuable life lesson blows my mind.  First, what did these people expect?  They adopted a baby.  Of course it was going to upset their lives.  They seemed to think that just because this puppy was the same breed as their dog who had just passed, it would be the same.  Well, let me tell you something—EVERY animal is different.  They each have their own personalities and temperament.  The author does state this but still, she obviously had somehow imagined that the puppy would behave like their old dog (I’m trying to be a kinder person so I will not write what I think of that mentality).This idea that you can introduce a puppy, kitten, or pet of any kind into your life and not expect some long days and nights is foolish.  This same stupid belief is often shown on television and that makes me angry too.  For example, on Friends (I know this is an old show, but I don’t watch much TV anymore) when Rachel had her baby, it did not affect her life at all.  She still went to work, hung out with her friends at the coffee shop, etc.  Why are we surprised when teens get pregnant and think that nothing is going to change?The second thing that makes me angry with this article is that not once did they consider the puppy’s feelings.  They crated it at night.  I know a lot of people do that, but think about it.  You have just adopted a social animal.  A baby who is used to snuggling with her siblings and you stick her in a crate alone.  Of course she is going to cry.  She is alone and her instincts scream that it is dangerous.  Have a little consideration.  They also never mentioned thinking about how the puppy would feel when it went back to the breeder.  Well, let me tell you that dogs get depressed after being returned to the shelter, pound or even the breeder. They bond with their new family, their new pack and they are basically kicked out.  In the wild, this would almost certainly mean death.Finally, the thing that pissed me off most is the tone of the article. Although the author did not take this decision lightly, she sounds to me like she feels that this situation has taught her daughter a valuable lesson.  I quote here:“The hardest thing to do in a family is to have the critical conversations,” Taylor-Klaus says. “Your daughter needs to know how hard it was for you and to see that everything in life is not all idyllic.”So, that’s the lesson that you think you taught your daughter? That everything in life is not all idyllic.  I don’t believe that is the lesson she will take from this.  I believe that what she will learn is that if something or someone is too difficult, then you remove them from your life.  Too many people feel this way in our society today.  There is no true commitment.  If the job is hard, quit.  You can find another.  If marriage is not all poems and roses, then end it.  The family in this article made a commitment when they adopted that puppy and in my opinion, they should have seen it through.  They might have had to rearrange their lives a bit but in the end, the puppy would have grown up and the messes and crying would have ceased.  That is the real lesson that should have been taught because life never, NEVER, turns out as you expected and you need to be flexible.  When you do adapt to new people and things in your life, you are usually better off.http://news.yahoo.com/why-we-returned-our-adorable-1314277187690550.html

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ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: ENDS 12/21

12/06/2015

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Tis the Season! I am also participating in a GiveAway on BooksDirect Blog.  I am giving away one AUTOGRAPHED copy of each of my three books: Lake of Sins: Escape, Lake of Sins: Secrets In Blood and Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River Man AND a T-shirt. The winner of the T-shirt can choose either the character on front or the character on back.  This raffle ends on 12/21/2015 so hurry and enter. http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/books-direct-christmas-giveaway.html

 

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GIVEAWAY

12/06/2015

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I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY on Goodreads starting this Monday, December 7, 2015. I will be giving away two AUTOGRAPHED copies of Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River Man. Enter to win and good luck.

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by L.S. O’Dea

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Posts From Old Website – November 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

MEGACON FAN DAYS NOV 21ST AND 22ND

11/25/2015

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Here’s a photo of my booth at MegaCon Fan Days last weekend. This was my first time as an exhibitor at a convention. It was fun and I met some great people. I sold a few books and really enjoyed the conversations that I had with the people who stopped by my table.   The event itself wasn’t too busy which actually worked out well for my first time.  I was able to chat with some of the other exhibitors and I learned a lot about what seems to work and what doesn’t. I’ve applied for a table at the spring Megacon, but am waiting to hear back from them.  I have a lot of ideas on how to improve my table but if anyone out there has any suggestions, please send me an email or leave a comment.  I am a newbie in all this so all suggestion and advice are welcome. If you stopped by my table, thank you. If you bought a book, thank you again and send me an email and let me know what you think of the world of the Lake of Sins.

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WRITING AND WEIGHT LOSS

11/04/2015

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A few months ago, I decided to approach weight loss like I did writing my first book.  Just keep your head down and push through, day-in and day-out.

Month 1: Determined and dedicated, I lost 11lbs.

Month 2: Not so determined or dedicated, but I maintained most of my weight loss.

Month 3- Well, I didn’t fall off the wagon so much as jumped — right into a big bag of M&Ms (peanut – yummy!).  Gained five of the eleven pounds back.

That’s when I realized that approaching weight loss like writing a book wasn’t going to work for me.  You see, when I fall into my “non-writing” slumps (and I do have those), at least when I go back to my book it didn’t erase itself.

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11/04/2015 11:54am

Hehehe i don’t agree with your points. Its depend on on us how we work and how we care of our health and how much time we surf into bed rest. According international survey 8 hours are enough to work in front of computer.

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11/04/2015 3:51pm

Ah, 8 hours is enough but not necessarily enough to get everything done 🙂

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REVAMPED WEBSITE AND T-SHIRTS

11/01/2015

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I’ve completely reworked my website. It’s a lot better (in my non-professional opinion). I also have pictures of the T-shirts that will be available for sale at Megacon Fan Days in November. I will be opening up a store on my website to sell these and other items related to my books in the near future. Please email me and let me know what you think and if you want to buy a shirt.  You can take a  look at the home page for the other images of the T-shirts. Basically, I have four. Two low cut, women’s shirts and two men’s T-shirts. Both have the option to have the slogan on front or back.

Posts From Old Website – October 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

Now, this episode is the reason why I still watch this show.  Last week’s episode was good but this one was a lot better.  There was plenty of action (purposeful action and not action for action’s sake) and tension.  I found myself checking the time on the DVR to see how much I still had left and not because I was bored but because I wanted to see more and more.

If you haven’t watched, then stop reading for there are spoilers coming.

Now, there were still a few plot holes (most the same ones that appear in other episodes). For example, why do some walkers make so much hissing/groaning noise that you could hear them a mile away while others (when it is convenient to the plot) are like stealth ninja walkers?  The one guy who also had a wife back home, was attacked from the stealth ninja walker.  I really wish that the writers/producers would give us a reason for this or have one of the characters mention it.  Kind of like the — they come back from the dead in a minute or it could take hours.  That rule is broad, very broad, but they set that rule up so we live with it.  

I love that they split the team up.  I knew either Michone or Glenn was going to get it (well, I was pretty sure) because they split the main characters up.  So, for me that added a lot of tension.  Even the end, with Rick in the RV and it not starting, I’m not really worried because I don’t think that they are going to kill Rick off (I could be wrong, but that would cause a real hit in the ratings). Andy Lincoln makes this show.  

Now, a lesson for all of us if we end up in a zombie apocalypse (or any kind of survival situation).  Always have one person who has your back and whose back you have.  Glenn’s mistake was leaving with Nicholas.  He said in Season One that he is better off alone on these missions.  He forgot that while traveling with competent people.  He would have been better off leaving Nicholas with Michone.  I love the Glenn character but his humanity was his fatal flaw. He kept giving Nicholas chances – too many.  I mean, Nicholas led him and the group the wrong way through that town at every turn.  Why was Glenn still asking him which way to go?  At this point, Glenn should have trusted his instincts.  Plus, like I said, always, always have someone with you who has your back.

We’ll miss you Glenn (although there are rumors that he isn’t dead – if that’s true then they are really stretching their boundaries and not in a good way).

I have to say it.  I’m nothing if not fair. I really enjoyed this episode of the Walking Dead.  This is the first time that I’ve truly liked an episode without “Rick”.  Those shows with Andrea and the Governor – yuck!

Anyway, I thought there was tension and violence. It was good.  Still not sure about the opening scene with that girl. That was little odd, but I will assume that the writers are going to explain all that.  I am a bit confused because I swore when she told Carl about her life she mentioned a mom but not a dad (I could be wrong). Anyway, I’m not curious enough to go back and research (maybe later).

Again, it was a good episode and I have a slight hope that this week’s will be good too. 

MONDAY October 19th – Edgar’s Books – Guest Blog
http://edgarbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-series-book-tour-and.html
http://edgarbooks.blogspot.com/

Monday October 19th – Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock — wrote reviews of both of my books
https://pratr.wordpress.com/
https://pratr.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/lake-of-sins-by-l-s-odea-review-and-giveaway/

Tuesday October 20th – The Voluptuous Book Diva
http://voluptuousbookdiva.blogspot.com/?zx=be1a4d8fd7b009a
http://voluptuousbookdiva.blogspot.com/

Tuesday October 20th – Romorror Fan Girl
http://romorrorfangirl.blogspot.com.ar/

Wednesday October 21st – Long and Short Reviews YA
http://www.longandshortreviewsya.com/

Thursday October 22nd – Unabridged Andra’s 
http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/

Friday October 23rd – Reviews by Crystal
http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot.com/
Friday October 23rd – Naturial Bri – Pursuits of Life
http://www.naturalbri.com/

I was anticipating being disappointed in the season opener of the Walking Dead.  They did not let me down.  The episode was not very good, but it wasn’t terrible and lately that’s the best that I can say about the Walking Dead.

I still love the world and Andy Lincoln is a very good actor, but the show is just not hitting the marks.  More zombies (and I don’t think they could give us more than they did in this episode) does not make the show good, just like eating a lot of crappy candy does not make it taste better.

There are some basic rules of writing fiction (I’m going to discuss one of them, but Google will give you the rest if you’re curious). There are a few writers (Elmore Leonard comes to mind) who break all the rules and write fabulous stories.  For those of us who are not Elmore Leonard, FOLLOW THE RULES.

One of those rules is to NEVER use flashbacks.  I think that rule is a little all inclusive.  I’m okay with a flashback or maybe two if it truly adds to the story.  However, an entire episode that is at least half flashbacks is way too much.  Flashbacks pull the reader/viewer out of the story.  It breaks the pace and the tension.  Ninety percent of the flashbacks in Episode One were a waste of time.  

The funny thing about writing is that the best rule, the one that is always true is:  If it works, it works.  Memento was a movie told in flashbacks and it worked.  Season six, Episode 1 of the Walking Dead, did not.  I found this episode long and boring.  I kept checking the timer to see how much more until it was over. I used to look forward to watching the show.  Now, I only watch it so I can discuss it with friends (our discussions are never (any longer) complimentary toward the show).

I still hope it will get better or at least deliver those few moments of brilliance that I have seen in the past.  If it doesn’t, this may be my last year for the Walking Dead.  Maybe, I’ll start calling it the Watching Dead.  Just like it is only a matter of time before the characters die, it is only a matter of time before I quit watching and am dead to the show.

Week 1 of the blog tour is over and it was a lot of fun.  Here’s the schedule for week 2.  I’ll update the links if/when I get ones directly to my page on the blog.  Hope to talk to you all there.

WEEK 2

MONDAY
October 12th – Kit ‘N Kabookle
http://kitnkabookle.blogspot.com/

TUESDAY
October 13th – Hope. Dreams. Life…Love – has an author interview
http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-secrets-in-blood.html
October 13th – Sharing Links and Wisdom – has a character interview (Trinity)
http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/
http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/?zx=14aea23a4b0f635b

WEDNESDAY
October 14th – fuonlyknew – has an author interview
http://fuonlyknew.com/?p=42757

THURSDAY
October 15th – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – has an author interview
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/
October 15th – Kenyan Poet – has an author interview
http://www.owenhabel.blogspot.com/

http://www.owenhabel.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-by-ls-o-lsodea-cc.html

FRIDAY
October 16th – Books in the Hall
http://www.booksinthehall.blogspot.com/

I went to LA Fitness to cancel my personal training sessions.  I signed up last November and have only gone once.

 The girl behind the counter said, “Your contract ends October 24th You have 24 unused sessions.”

 I had already discussed with someone last weekend what happens to my unused sessions if I cancel vs terminate my contract.  I said, “I know but I still lose the sessions either way.”

 She said, “Well, if you fulfill the contract for the year you can still use your unused sessions for 30 more days.”

 I understand that she’s doing her job, but please…

I said, “Lets’ be real here.  I haven’t used a session in eleven months.  Do you really think I’m going to use 24 in thirty days?”

This is posted on my home page of my website, but I know a few people who only read the blogs that are emailed to them.  So, this is for them.  
I will also post updates when I find out what, if any, the hosts are going to show.  For example, I didn’t find out until today that one of the hosts posted an interview with Hugh Truent.   Yesterday, I found out that one posted a blog that I had written.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that some of the hosts will be posting interviews/blogs but I don’t know which ones they chose until I go to their page on the day of the tour.

If you missed a stop, the information is still online so you can go and read the blogs/interview(s).

Here are the final links to this weeks blog tour.

Monday – October 5th – BooksChatter
http://bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/tour-lake-of-sins.html
Books Chatter posted a blog about how I create my characters.  Read it here:
http://bookschatter.blogspot.com/2015/10/gp-lake-of-sins.html

Monday – October 5th – Coffee Books and Art
http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/
To go directly to the page about my book on Coffee Books and Art, click on:
http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/search?q=Lake+of+Sins

Tuesday – October 6th SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog
http://solafidepublishing.net/index.php/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/
Solafide Publishing has posted a character interview from Hugh.  Read it here:
http://solafidepublishing.net/index.php/2015/10/06/spotlight-on-lake-of-sins-series-along-with-character-interview-by-the-author-l-s-odea/

October 7th – Lilac Reviews
http://www.lilacreviews.com/
Posted a blog on my ideas of storytelling.

 October 7th – CA Milson
https://authorcamilson.wordpress.com/ 
https://authorcamilson.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/book-tour-lake-of-sins/
Posted an interview that I filled out. 

 

 Thursday – October 8th – CBY Book Club
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/

posted an interview that I filled out

http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/blog-tour-interview-giveaway-lake-of.html#more

Friday – October 9th – Room With Books
http://roomwithbooks.com/
http://roomwithbooks.com/lake-of-sins-book-tour

posted a blog I wrote with my advice for a new author.

Friday – October 9th – Deal Sharing Aunt
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-by-l-s-odea-excerpt.html

As with the other episodes, this one was okay.  

The good points:

We finally got to see a lot of zombies and my question of where was the arena located was answered.  It was outside of the neighborhood fence but still in the area.

There were some tense moments.  Truthfully, I can’t remember exactly when, probably because I still don’t really care for any of the characters.

I do like the Strand character and can’t wait to get to know him better.  He is one smooth, cool guy.

The bad points (or maybe, I should say weak points)

We got a lot of zombies.  A lot of zombies are fun to watch.  Face it, that’s why we tune in to the show.  However, when there are a lot of zombies you lose the tension of that one or two coming toward unsuspecting people.  Also, this was not tense for me because, like I’ve said many times, I don’t care for the characters so I don’t fear for them.

Why were the zombies pushing at the arena’s doors?  In the one scene, there was no one near the doors.  According to other episodes (The Walking Dead) the walkers just meander until they see or smell or hear something.  We saw this first hand in Hershel’s barn.  The walkers did not try to push out unless someone came near the door.  Please, I’m begging the writers. Make rules and stick with them.  

I find it hard to believe that Maddie did not warn a few of her neighbors.  Right now, I live in the country but I have lived in suburbs.  I was only friends with one neighbor, but I still would have knocked on a couple of doors and said, “Look, the army has abandoned us.  Not because it is safe but because it is not safe. We’re leaving.  I suggest that you do the same.”  That’s it.  It would have taken a few minutes.  If the neighbor’s didn’t believe you, oh well, you tried.  This was especially problematic to me because Maddie thought about telling the neighbors but listened to Ophelia instead.  Come on.  Maddie is a realist.  Ophelia’s comment to forget about the neighbors because they didn’t help them was stupid.  Why would the neighbors be expected to help when the army (the authority) was taking a sick old lady, to help her, and a drug addict?  The neighbors would have known that Nick has issues with drugs.  It wouldn’t be a secret.

For the next point, let me be clear, I have never been tortured (fortunately).  However, Adams was set free in a world gone to hell.  He knows what is out there.  Even if he didn’t have any family, he would be close to some of the soldiers.  He made it back to the compound.  Wouldn’t he have tried to escape with the soldiers?  I find it hard to believe that he was that set on revenge.  The purpose of this scene was to show us that Travis isn’t always a nice guy.  They could have done that in another more believable way.

The last thing that I found unbelievable about the show is Eliza wanting to be killed.  Sure, she was bitten.  Sure, she saw what happens to those who are bitten.  Sure, she doesn’t want to hurt her son or, probably, anyone.  However, she also knows that she has to die first.  They are safe in a home.  She isn’t a liability to the team.  I find it almost impossible to believe that she wouldn’t want to at least wait to see if she got sick.  She could be immune.  Some people are immune to different diseases.  Even if she was going to get sick, she could use her last few days/hours to talk to her son.  I would have had no issue with her telling Maddie that she had been bitten and that Maddie needed to shoot her as soon as she died.  I would even have been okay with her wanting to die later when she was sick like Jim in The Walking Dead or Alicia’s boyfriend in this show.  Once Eliza was in that much pain and knew she was not going to make it, then she should have asked them to kill her.

In general, the show is okay but pretty weak.  I’ll watch it next year, more because it gives me something to talk to a few friends about than because I enjoy the show.

Next week is The Walking Dead I’m sure to be disappointed. This show went from really, really good to good and then settled the last few years at okay with some truly good moments.  I have little hope that this year will be any different than last year.

All-in-all, I don’t have much to say about this episode.  It was good, not great, but good.  I enjoyed that Daniel was the torturer in his country.  I didn’t see that one coming, but it made sense.  I also liked the fact that they are attempting to tie things together. For example: Susan’s suicide note led Maddie to Daniel and his prisoner.  I’m still not sure why Daniel and his daughter took Adams to that house (a little coincidental for me, but I’m okay with it).  

I also like that Maddie is one hard woman.  To let Daniel torture Adams is not something that I think most of us could do, even for information on our son.  She still doesn’t understand that Nick is in real danger, but then again, maybe she does.

I did find it weak that Eliza, who hasn’t seen anyone turn, was willing to pop Griselda in the head.  Sure the lady was dead, but how many of us would (truly) shoot a corpse in the head, especially one we knew?  

I also am not sure what Chris and Alicia in the “rich” people’s house was supposed to show us, but I am starting to have some faith that this show, these writers, will explain it all at some point.

My one big question is:  Where is the arena?  Is it outside the safe zone or inside?  If it is inside, what was the army thinking?

Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon.

There isn’t much to say about this episode.  It did its job moving the story along in a somewhat entertaining fashion.  I did like that it added some tension in the group (Eliza and Maddie) and that it separated the cast so now we will get to see the hospital which looks like a much more interesting place than the soldier-locked-down neighborhood.

Now, let me tell you some of the parts that I did not like, mainly due to sloppy story-telling.

I understand that these characters do not fully realize what is going on, but why would Maddie leave the neighborhood without some sort of weapon?  I don’t walk in the woods of my property without a bat (not that it will do any good if I meet a pig or bear but it makes me feel better).  She should have had something even if it were a small kitchen knife – something.

Why did Hector’s wife (the sick man that Eliza was treating and whose morphine Nick was stealing) get to go with her husband to the hospital, but Daniel did not get to go with his wife?  That makes no sense.  There was plenty of room on the large, military vehicle.  They should have showed us Hector’s wife crying to Eliza that she wasn’t able to go or she should have been sick too.  Something –just give us some logical reason for the things that happen in the story.

I’m glad that they explained the reason for the empty pill bottle at Susan’s house although the entire situation (empty pill bottle, dead-Susan, etc) was set up so we’d get to hear Susan’s suicide note (which wasn’t that interesting).  As a writer, if you have to go to that great of a length to get few words into a story then you don’t need them.  

Finally, why did Eliza have to go with the doctor right that minute?  The doctor had told her that the hospital was close, only fifteen minutes away, and yet, Eliza had to leave right then.  Her character appears to be a good mother, so wouldn’t any good mother (or even decent mother) have at least said, “Give me five minutes to talk to my son.”  If the doctor had refused, then Eliza’s answer should have been, “Then I’ll take the next truck and see you in a day or so.”  I understand that they did this  for effect, but without the logic, it doesn’t work (at least not for me).

 All-in-all, I’m still going to watch the show.  It’s okay and that is better than a lot of stuff on television.  Plus, I really do love the world.  I think that’s what keeps me tuning in.  The major flaw with this show, for me, is not even the bad writing, but the fact that I don’t care about the characters.  At least with the Walking Dead, I really feel a connection to Rick.  I feel nothing for the characters on Fear.  I’d have to say that I like Daniel the best and he is a secondary character.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.  A friend’s kids have already stopped watching this show.  The writers/producers need to do something before next season or this may be a short-lived spin-off.

Posts From Old Website – September 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHY FIGHT NATURE?

09/24/2015

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I was in a meeting today and we were talking about a vendor reorganizing their product, which means more money because it never, ever costs less.  Nothing in life is ever less. We don’t get younger. Our salary doesn’t decrease (or at least we hope it doesn’t). Our insurance costs never, ever go down. The price of food, gas, entertainment, etc. always goes up. Our work load doesn’t decrease. So why am I trying to make my body mass go down?  It would appear that going down breaks the laws of nature. A lion’s appetite doesn’t decrease as it ages. Gazelles don’t get slower as they grow up. The only time things in nature decrease (appetite, speed, quantity) is when a creature or species is on its way out of this world.  So, by this logic it is only natural and good that my weight goes up.  Right?  Nope.  This must be the exception that breaks the rule.  Damnit!
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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: EPISODE 3

09/16/2015

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SHUT THE DOOR!I’m sure that if you’ve seen the episode, then you know exactly what I mean (quite possibly, you were screaming those exact words at the TV).  Having Nick leave the door open is one of the tactics employed by many horror movies.  I’m okay with it in cheesy-horror flicks, which I love, but I expect more from the Walking Dead series (I’m not sure why since they so often fall into what I call lazy writing and/or directing).  Let me explain why it bothered me so much when Nick left the door open.  First, they live in LA.  They have to have air conditioning.  If you have air conditioning, you automatically shut the doors, even if you are a druggie (Nick was definitely functional).  Second, Nick knows that these people are dead.  He has an understanding of how dangerous this new world is.  He would not have left the door open.Now, let me vent about the dog.  Let’s be honest, the only reason the dog was in the show was so that Travis would see the dead-guy, Peter, eating something and not know if it was Maddie or one of the kids.  That’s it.  There was no other point for the dog even being there. We never saw the dog before it showed up, clawing to get inside (if we did see it earlier, then I apologize because I missed it).  They let it in and then immediately leave the house, leaving the door open.  This to me is lazy.  They could have shown us the dog earlier, just to set the stage.  It could have belonged to Susan and her husband, Patrick.  Then, when the dog arrived, Maddie could have been concerned and they could have gone to Susan’s house.  Once there, Nick could have said something about finding the gun that he’d tried to steal before. Maybe, they’d tried to get the dog to come with them, or better yet, it could have followed them back to its house and then refused to go inside.  That would have been a little foreshadowing that something was very wrong at Susan’s house.   I could continue with plotting this out, but I think you understand where I am going.  If you are going to introduce a character, let him do more than die.  Let there be a real, plausible reason for that character’s existence.I also had a problem with Susan suddenly showing up dead when Alicia was there alone.  When Maddie, Nick and Alicia were in the house, they were not being quiet.  Why didn’t Susan come out then?  We can only assume that she was dead but not reanimated.  Still, wouldn’t Maddie have looked for her neighbor, especially since they were such good friends?  I know that if I were to break into a friend’s house, I’d check to see if said friend was home.  Maddie could have found Susan dead from the flu or a heart-attack.  At that point, with the cops busy and society collasping, there would be nothing that Maddie could do.  This would have added to the tension when Alicia went back for the bullets.  We would have known that there was a dead person just waiting to come back to life.  Again, in my mind, a simple fix.Since I am a dog lover, let me also say that having a dog around is a good thing in a situation like this.  They can hear and smell waaaay better than we can.  I can understand why a TV show doesn’t want to deal with dogs (it isn’t always easy to get them to act on command).  However, the shows always seem to underestimate dogs.  Most are smart.  They would learn quickly that the dead are dangerous and the dogs would know to be quiet.  I’m okay with this one barking because it is a very protective type, but why didn’t it flee through the open door?  It had already run once.  It would run again.Since, I didn’t hate the show, I’ll point out the parts that I did appreciate.There were some good lines or turns of phrases such as when Nick called his drugs…my medicine.  That seems appropriate for a junky – manipulative.  I also like that Maddie is more willing than Travis to accept the fact that the people are dead and not sick. Maddie had already accepted that Nick was going to die from drugs.  She is a realist, had to be in order to survive after her husband either died or left.  I know he died, but it sounded like he wasn’t a good husband/father by the comments when Maddie and her kids were playing Monopoly.I liked the fact that Travis took the trash down to the curb (one of my friends hated it).  Travis still believes that everything is going to go back to normal.  This brings me to the next point.  Travis should have refused to move the body, let alone bury it.  If he believes that everything will be okay, he would have left the body where it was.  The police don’t like it when you move or bury someone who you killed.  They call that tampering with evidence or something like that.I like the tension between Daniel and Travis.  Not sure why it is there (who started it between the two characters).  And, my favorite line was when Daniel said, “Good people are the first ones to die.”  With his background, he’d know.All-in-all it wasn’t a bad episode, just disappointing.  This show could be so much better.
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10/10/2015 1:54pm

I like the series too, even though I bash it a bit. I just think it could be a lot better and it wouldn’t take that much effort on the writers/producers.

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WRITING LIFE BLUES

09/10/2015

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Sometimes, life is hard.  I’m not talking about the tragedies that happen to people, but the little things that wear you down–the monotony of your daily routine (same chores, same food, same TV shows, etc), the negative people you deal with every day and the goals that remain out of reach.  I don’t know if it’s my age (I’m approaching fifty) or if it’s the fact that no matter how hard I work, my life is the same.  Let me be clear, my life is comfortable and I really shouldn’t complain, but sometimes the daily struggle wears on me like the wind erodes the rock.  Gone is the person who thought she’d make a difference.  Annihilated by disappointment is the girl who wanted to change the world.  I’m not sure that there is enough of her strength and ambition left inside of me to pull myself up and continue my journey.  The alternative I am considering is NOT suicide, but instead slipping quietly into accepting that this is the life that I will always have.  The only me that I will ever be.Once, I had dreams of love and money and success.  They wore down until only a fragment of the grand desire remains in my soul, a dusky shadow of itself.  Now, I dream that my stories will sell enough that I can quit my job and live comfortably on my writing.  This dream too is fading.  The books aren’t flying off the electronic shelves.  I’m not sure that they ever will.  It is this degrading of hope that eats away at me the most, digging into my soul and allowing little pieces of me to escape through the holes. I’m not sure how much of “me” is even left, but I am going to take a deep breath and stand up, at least one more time, and forge onward.  This weariness of life is happening more frequently and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have enough hope left to help me to stand.  It is only a whisper now, where it once was a roar.

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L. S. O’Dea

09/23/2015 7:03am

I agree. Routines can be tedious or great, depending on if you love what you are doing.  thanks for reading and commenting.

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10/10/2015 6:07am

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EPISODE 2 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

09/01/2015

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Again, I was not disappointed by Fear the Walking Dead.  It’s not great, but it isn’t bad either.  If you have not seen the episode, then stop reading because spoilers are on the way. First, let me detail what I appreciated about this episode, the “good” so to speak. I like that this series is showing a little about the “extended” families of our times, although, they are keeping it limited.  For example, Travis goes to find his ex-wife and his son (extended family from his and Maddie’s life) but what about Maddie or Travis’ parents, siblings, etc.  I suppose they both could be orphans, only children or the rest of their family could live in other states, but this is something that zombie shows tend to ignore.  So, although they only brush over it with one small branch of the extended family that most of us enjoy/tolerate (your choice), I do appreciate the effort. I also give them credit for finding a plausible reason for the separation of the main group (Maddie, Travis, Nick and Alicia).  By making Nick a drug addict who is sobering up, it gives us a real reason why Maddie and her two kids don’t just ride along with Travis when he goes to find his son and ex-wife.  It isn’t easy to create plausible reasons for groups to separate.  They even get bonus points for Maddie leaving her kids to get the drugs for Nick.  These are both very realistic and believable reasons to separate.  Kudos to the writers.  Maybe, they can give some believability tips to the writers of The Walking Dead. I also like the fact that the zombies/walkers are harder to kill.  Maddie has to hit the principal in the head over and over to kill him.  This makes perfect sense.  His skull would still be very hard since he is recently dead.  I just hope that they stick with this level of difficulty.  In The Walking Dead sometimes it takes a lot of effort to smash in a walker’s head and other times they hit the zombie in the head with something as soft as a marshmellow and the skull explodes.  Just to be clear, this is not the case of a recently dead walker and a mushy one.  It is just poor writing, planning or sticking to their rules (maybe a combination of all three).  So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this series will stay true to the rules that they setup. Now, let’s discuss the issues I had with this episode.  Fortunately, these are all minor.    1.        Who cleans up vomit—scrubbing the floor on hands and knees mind you–without tying their long, pretty hair back?  Alicia would have at least put it up in a quick bun.  She would not have wanted her hair slipping into the yuck on the floor. (not a big deal here, but it did pull me out of the story a bit). 2.       When Nick was trying to keep Alicia from leaving, his accent slipped.  He sounded very British.  Lazy editing.  They should have made him do that scene again. 3.       Why didn’t Tobias take the food?  They killed the walker.  The food was right there.  I can write this one off as these are not experienced survivalist, like in The Walking Dead, but still….he came back to the school for his knife and food.  Why leave the food?  Plus, unless we go back to the food later, what was the point.  They could have bumped into the principal on their way out without going for the food. 4.       Why didn’t Tobias leave with Maddie?  In episode one he states that they are safer in groups.  Even if his mom was home, he should have asked her to go with them to Maddie’s house.  There is safety in numbers and Tobias is aware of that.  For me, this is the biggest “plot” hole.  It is almost like they forgot what Tobias said in episode one.  Even if his dialogue was really just for us, there was no reason that he couldn’t have went with Maddie.  If nothing else, it is one more person we can feel something for who will eventually die. Okay, that’s all I have except I’m going to make a prediction that Maddie doesn’t live through this season.  I could be wrong.  I usually am, at least when I’m guessing on what’s going to happen in The Game of Thrones.  The only reason that I am predicting this is that I think the actor who plays Maddie has good zombie features.  Did anyone else notice that the guy who played the principal looked a bit like a zombie before he died?  In this series they are not relying on a lot of make-up for the walkers, but instead are using facial structure.  Hence my prediction.  Let’s see if I’m right.

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Posts From Old Website – August 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

08/28/2015

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My newest book, Conguise Chronicles: The Rise Of The River-Man (Mutter’s Story) is now available for pre-order on Amazon for 99 cents (click the book cover to order it now).  This is a novella about the River-Man who Trinity named Christian.Here’s the book description: Some monsters are born; others are made.  Mutter was sure that his pending execution at the Guards’ Shelter was the worst thing that could happen to him, but that was before he met Professor Conguise.  Now, he is living in a laboratory and the Almightys are giving him shots. He fears that they are attempting to mutate him into some kind of monster like those in the other cages. The creatures in the other cages are unnatural. Things that he can’t believe exist. Things that shouldn’t exist and if he doesn’t escape, soon he will become one of them. Since it is only available for pre-order, Amazon does not let you read any of the chapters.  I’m going to post the Introduction and chapter 1, so you can take a look.  I’ve also posted the back cover.  I think a lot of you will find the author bio and drawing amusing.

Introduction:The world of the Lake of SinsThis story takes place hundreds of years after the Great Death visited the earth, killing most humans, all domestic animals and all wild animals larger than a turkey.  Those who survived were left with the task of rebuilding society.  The new social structure on earth is now based on a class system.  The classes important to this story are detailed below.The Almightys rule all of the other classes.  They are the only direct descendants of the human race.  They are generally between five and six feet tall with dark hair and pale, hairless, white skin.  The Guards belong to the Almightys and are used for hunting or protection.  They vary in size and hair color.  Their eyes are usually brown and the males generally wear facial hair.  Both males and females have a light coating of hair on their bodies. They have large canine teeth used for biting and tearing.  They are strong, fast and heal quickly.  Their senses of hearing, smell and nighttime 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executed.  He started to sit back down, when the three of them stopped in front of his cage.  “Put her in with him,” said Ableson.“Ah, we keep the younger ones separate from the older ones, especially the older males,” said Satcha.The Almighty didn’t say a word, but his look was enough.  The Servant muttered an apology and opened the door shoving the young Guard into Mutter’s cage.  He glanced at the little Guard who stood as far away from him as possible.  She couldn’t have been older than nine.  She had russet hair and large, frightened, brown eyes.“Hit her,” said Ableson, his tone conversational.“Wait,” said Satcha.  “That one’s young and attractive.  I can find a home for her.  Let me get—”“I’ll pay for both.”  The Almighty’s eyes never left Mutter.  “Now, beat her.”Mutter kept his face a mask but his stomach clenched.  He didn’t want to do this.  He’d fought females before but they were all older, experienced fighters.  This wouldn’t even be a fight.  “I need an obedient Guard,” reminded Ableson.The girl trembled in the corner, tears streaming down her soft, round cheeks.  “Please, don’t hurt me.”Pleading didn’t do any good.  It didn’t change anyone’s mind.  He knew the game and it would be her or him.  He stared into the girl’s scared brown eyes.  “Bruised, broken or dead?”  “Just hit her.  I’ll tell you when to stop.”Mutter stepped forward.  The girl curled in a ball on the floor, pleading and crying.  He grabbed her by the shirt.  She weighed next to nothing, all skin and bones.  He punched her in the gut, making the blow look harder than it was, but the girl was so small she gasped and coughed.  He hesitated, waiting for the Almighty to stop this, but no words came.  He hit her again.  She yelped in pain.  He shifted his stance, stalling again and praying for the words that would allow him to quit, but the only sounds were the yells of the other Guards in the nearby cages.  Most screamed for him to stop but some cheered him on.  If the Almighty wouldn’t end this, he would.  His next punch caught her upside the head, knocking her out.  He let her slide to the floor.He walked toward the Almighty.“I didn’t say stop.”  Ableson’s blue eyes challenged him.He stared at the girl on the floor.  Only in the roughest fights, those to the end, did they hit opponents when they were down.“Forget it.  He won’t work.”  Ableson turned and headed for the door.His only chance was leaving.  He’d be dead tomorrow if that Almighty walked out the door.  The girl’s tiny frame was about the size of his arm.  She was still breathing.  “Wait.”Ableson walked back to the cage, a smug smile on his face. “Obey or I leave.  This is your only warning.”He nodded.  His heart thudded as each footstep moved him closer to the little female.  The other Guards had fallen silent.  He grasped her by the back of the shirt again.  Her head lolled to the side, her eyes closed.  His supper churned in his stomach.  He stared at the tears on her cheeks as he punched her over and 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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: EPISODE 1

08/24/2015

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Well, I’ll have to say that the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead was better than I expected.  (Let’s be honest.  The Walking Dead episodes which focus on character instead of action/zombies are generally disappointing and boring.  For example:  the episode with Darryl and Beth after they left the jail comes to mind– I’d rather watch and apple turn brown than watch that again.  Fear so far has not been disappointing.  They manage to build the characters without slowing down the story. They have also handled the anticipation of danger very well. There were many times when I sat, tensed, waiting for the dead to come back (like the scene where Nick is tied to the hospital bed and his roommate is not doing well).I have also appreciated the writing.  There are small lines that really carry weight especially since we know what is going on but the characters don’t.  One of my favorite lines is when Nick’s mother tells Travis that she is tired of waiting for a phone call from the morgue (regarding Nick) and he says, “That won’t happen.”  It is a perfectly normal thing for this character to say to the woman he loves and yet, we know that he is absolutely correct, but not in the way that he means.So far, the series is fun.  Let’s hope that the writers and producers don’t ruin it.

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LEMON HEAD

08/20/2015

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Here’s the new author bio for my next book.  Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River-Man (Mutter’s Story) will be available soon. Let me know what you think of the author bio. L. S. O’Dea sees things a bit differently than most people.  This is probably a bi-product of being the youngest of seven children in a time when TV was only worth watching in the evenings or Saturday mornings and there were no computers.  Back then, kids had to amuse themselves and being five years younger than her closest sibling she was often the unwilling entertainment.Since she was so much younger than her brothers and sisters, it was only reasonable that they knew how to do many things that she could not, such as read and write.  One day, before she started kindergarten, she really wanted to learn how to spell her name.  Her mother was busy cooking or cleaning (she had seven children to care for), so her brothers were instructed to help her.  After she learned how to spell her first and middle name (Linda Sue), she raced into the kitchen to share this new knowledge with her mother.  She was so proud, standing tall and reciting the letters of her name.  L-E-M-O-N H-E-A-D.Her mother was not happy with her brothers and stopped what she was doing to teach Linda the correct way to spell her name. L. S. still receives a box of Lemonhead candy every year for Christmas.
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FIGHTING MONOTONY

08/16/2015

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I struggle with the boredom of my days.  Get up.  Drive the same route to the office.  Have the same conversations and problems at work with the same people.  Come home.  Eat the same type of food every week.  Do the same chores.  Same.  Same.  Same.I don’t want anything too exciting because in my experience that is never good, but I do want different.I decided to try different foods, but didn’t like many of them.  Then I decided to eat in a room other than the kitchen.  Let me be clear, “Burgers in the Bathroom” night did not go over well with my family.
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08/08/2015

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I was arguing with a teenager the other day.“College isn’t important,” she said.“If you want to make a decent living it is,” I said.“Bill Gates dropped out of college,” she said.“And who does he hire?”
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08/06/2015

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I went to the grocery store today.   “Did you find everything okay?” asked the cashier. “No, I found everything a little expensive,” I said. Honesty doesn’t always set you free.  Sometimes it delivers an open mouthed, shocked expression.

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PLOT HOLES AND BAD/LAZY WRITING:  THE LAST SHIP

08/01/2015

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This will be a reoccurring topic.  I like to watch TV and movies but I can’t help picking them apart for little plot holes (at least that’s what I call these things) or bad/lazy writing.  Unfortunately, I’ll be posting a lot of these when the Walking Dead starts again.  I love the show, the world, but they could do so much better.  Anyway, that blog is for another day.I’ve been watching the TV series The Last Ship and I love it. Season one was okay with some great episode and some boring episodes.  In season two every episode has been very good.  Let me be clear in the fact that I don’t know much about military protocol (actually, I only know what I’ve seen on TV) so perhaps this show has a lot of bad writing and holes in the story, but for me it has been very entertaining, until last week’s episode.On a side note, I don’t think that the commanding officer would actually be going on all these dangerous missions but I’ll let that slide.  I’ll suspend my disbelief in that case.  The actor who plays Tom Chandler is well cast and is the major character, so we want to see him do things.The episode (Alone and Unafraid) that aired on 7/26/2015, was entertaining but I couldn’t get over one major issue with the story. This series is a post-apocalyptic story where a plague has wiped out most humans in present day earth.  In this episode one of the main “bad” guys, has created more of the virus and wants to get it into the small pockets of survivors.  He is looking for those individuals who are naturally immune.  Okay, that is all fine and dandy, but the way he chose to get the virus into these small, hidden communities is through stuffed animals.  He wants to give the stuffed animal to a child and inside the toy is a vial of virus.  I understand what they are trying to do.  They want the viewer to see how truly evil these people are.  They are not only attacking innocent people but they are doing it through the children.  My problem is that I don’t see how that would work in a post-apocalyptic world.Think about how many stuffed animals your kids have or you had as a kid.  Now, imagine that the world has ended.  People are dying all over and you either flee with your family to a safe zone or stay in your neighborhood and try and make it on your own, scavenging and such.  How many stuffed animals would you allow your children to pack?  Probably one or two.  That would leave at least another 5-10 per child left in a high percentage of houses.  Stuffed animals are not a valuable commodity in a post-apocalyptic world.  Children out scavenging would be wary of strangers (as they should be anyway) and they wouldn’t risk taking a stuffed animal from someone they didn’t know.  A can of food, some medicine, soap, etc., they might take that chance, but a stuffed animal – no.  Again, I understand what the writers were trying to accomplish but they fell short.  They could have used something else, like candy or even a bike.  Now, a bike might be useful during the apocalypse.  It would help you get from point A to point B faster and you don’t need fuel.  Plus, bikes would probably be scavenged by other survivors so they might be scarce.  Truthfully, I’m not sure what they should have used and I’m not going to waste more brain power thinking about this (I have my own plot holes in my stories to catch and fill), but I know that they should have worked a little harder and came up with something a bit more believable than a stuffed animal.

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Posts From Old Website – July 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

 

PARENTS

07/27/2015

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I have the most amazing parents.  I always knew that they loved me and my brothers and sisters, no matter what (and believe me there were a lot of “whats” with seven kids).  I knew my mother’s stepmother and my father’s parents.  I also knew that my mother’s stepmother was not a particularly nice person (I’m feeling generous today).  What I didn’t find out until my uncle’s funeral is what a terrible stepmother she really was.  She was mean and hateful and jealous of my mom because my mom looked just like her mother and her father adored his first wife.  It is unbelievable to me that a grown woman would be jealous of a child.  My mom was five when her mother died and ten when her father remarried.  How could this woman blame her for her father’s love?  If you are a stepmother and you are jealous of your husband’s children – just stop it.  Grow up.  I’m done with my rant – back to my post.My father’s mother was a kind and quiet woman but his father was an interesting guy (I am oozing with generosity today).  He took all the money that the kids earned when they were older and had jobs because it was his if they still lived at home.  This should give you an idea of what kind of man he was.  I needn’t drag out any more shameful stories.What truly amazes me is that both of my parents were wonderful and they didn’t have good role models.  Sure from 5-10 my mom’s aunt, who was kind and loving, raised her but from ten on it was the stepmother.  My dad’s mother was kind and gentle but she wasn’t the male role model.  This proves to me that you can be whatever type of person you choose.  You are responsible for your actions and your choices.  It isn’t because of where you grew up or who your parents are.  The early years are formative, but you can choose to act or not to act like your parents.  It is time that we all accept this.  There are too many people who blame their home, environment and parents for their life.  Once you are an adult, the cards are reshuffled and the game is now played by your choices.

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FIRST PERSON WHO…

07/19/2015

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Paper comes from trees.  Who was the first person to wipe his/her bum on a tree?  Leaves I can understand, but the tree – OUCH.  I know I can Google it, but I’d rather ponder the history of toilet paper.  Was it winter and there were no leaves or grasses? Was it a dare?  Or was it some long ago ancestor who would now make Darwin’s List?Another first is the practice of castrating a lamb’s balls off with teeth.  This is an actual job as shown on the TV show “Dirty Jobs”.  I understand that the quick removal of the balls is probably more humane and hurts less than banding, but who was the first man (please, it was not a woman) to use his teeth?  Had he lost his knife?  Was he having a werewolf moment?  Was he drunk (this factors in to most of my questions)?  Was it a dare? Probably a combination of the last two.

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THICK SKIN

07/01/2015

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I was reading some comments on Goodreads the other day. Someone was upset because he received bad reviews.  This writer seemed to believe that the reviewers were “out to get him”. Does that really happen?  I understand that no one wants bad reviews, but are you that important that someone deliberately sets out to sabotage you?  I’m not.  

I suppose in this day of hidden identity on the web it could happen.  However, from what I’ve seen in the comments section, it seems like it’s more the case of a reviewer giving an honest review (although a bad one) and the author being offended enough to verbally attack the reviewer.  

That makes me wonder if these authors ever took a writing class.  If they did, they didn’t take ones like I attended.  In a real classroom we handed out copies of our stories the day before our review.  On the day of the review, we would sit quietly while the entire class discussed our story.  We were not allowed to speak at all.  It was not always easy especially when the class wasn’t “getting” the story or the message.  However, it was enlightening because I learned to read and edit and attempt to make everything crystal clear but not obvious (that is a fine line to walk).  

I believe that the purpose of this exercise was twofold.  One an author cannot go to every person who reads her work and explain it.  It has to stand on its own.  Two, if you want to be an author, you better thicken your skin.  Not everyone is going to like your work.  Period.

Putting your book out there is like sending your child off to school.  You pray that everyone will always like your child, but you know that is not the way the world works.  I think we, as authors, need to remember that.  Everyone has a right to his or her opinion about your book even if you don’t like what they have to say.

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10/10/2015 8:26am

Your article is truly informative. More than that, it??s engaging, compelling and well-written. I would desire to see even more of these types of great writing

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10/10/2015 1:57pm

Thank you.

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01/14/2016 12:45pm

Well somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. It’s amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.

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L. S. O’Dea
01/14/2016 6:19pm

Thanks, I’m glad you are enjoying it. I enjoy writing it. I just wish I could find time to update it more often. With my day job, marketing my books and writing my next book – along with keeping the house somewhat up and taking care of my critters — I don’t have as much time as I’d like to keep this website up-to-date. I’ll try harder. New Year’s resolution 🙂

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