Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, interviews me about storytelling, writing, independent editing, and the difference between literary fiction and genre, with an impromptu exercise on her own Work-in-Progress.
Editing client Stu Wakefield, author of the Kindle #1 Best Seller Body of Water, talks about our work together on Memory of Water, the second novel of his Water trilogy.
I can’t keep up—the news keeps breaking faster than I can maintain this webpage.
But even if I fall behind, always remember, America, who ended the horrendous nine-year war in Iraq. . .and brought your loved ones home to you.
UPDATE: HURRICANE SANDY, October 30, 2012
Romney announced in an interview last year that the federal government doesn’t need FEMA, as revealed last night in this New York Times editorial and fact-checked today by the Christian Science Monitor.
So I hope that all you innocent people suffering right this minute under the devastation of Hurricane Sandy—as it breaks records and even closes the New York Stock Exchange for the second day in a row for the first time in 124 years—understand that if Mitt Romney were President right now you would have no FEMA to save your own and your families’ lives and property.
You’d be on your own, folks. Because, according to Romney, you wouldn’t need FEMA.
Of course, if you’re a Christian like Romney, you’d have God on your side. Except that God presumably controls emergencies like hurricanes and blizzards and super-storms created by the confluence of both. Which means God is trying to get your attention about this guy who wants to eliminate FEMA.
“According to Romney’s tax records released earlier this year, during 2009 and 2010, over $77,000 of Romney’s money was being invested into CNOOC, an oil company fully owned by the government of China.”
Now, $77,000 may not sound like much to Romney, who makes millions every year, but it sure as heck sounds like a lot to me. I don’t make that much in a whole year of editing!
And it gets worse: while Romney was publicly bashing Iran and China in the Presidential debates (you all heard that, right?), he knew that that CNOOC had just signed an agreement to develop the huge North Pars gas field in Iran.
Even Fox News has verified Obama’s statement during the final, foreign-policy debate: “And the fact is, while we were coordinating an international coalition to make sure these sanctions were effective, you [Romney] were still invested in a Chinese state oil company that was doing business with the Iranian oil sector.”
UPDATE: October Surprise Arrives—October 27, 2012
Only Mitt Romney could hit himself in the face with a pie this size:
Romney testified on the stand under oath in the divorce case of a friend that he believed stock owned by himself and that friend would drop precipitously, resulting in his friend not being forced to share that stock with his ex-wife.
The stock immediately rocketed sky-high.
Romney was later proven to have information that it would rise precipitously when he testified to the contrary.
A registered Republican in Virginia was arrested for attempting to dispose of Democrat voter registrations in the trash.
Um, in a democracy you really can’t break the law a whole lot worse than that.
However, the Virginia BOE, under the control of neo-con Republican leadership (they certainly can’t be normal law-abiding Republicans), has announced they will not prosecute him unless forced to by a higher authority.
UPDATE: October 26, 2012
The legendary Anne Lamott is raising donations for the Obama campaign. She and her hordes have already raised over $70,000, exceeding her original goal of $10,000 by—let’s see, that would be—seven times over.
And newspapers across the US are swarming to endorse Obama for re-election, particularly in swing states Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina—even the traditionally-conservative LA Times and the Tribune of Romney’s own Salt Lake City.
With some of the most damning commentary on Romney imaginable.
“With the nation mired in two wars and amid an economic meltdown, we endorsed a largely untested young senator from Illinois for president in 2008. Four years later, the Iraq war is over, the war in Afghanistan has a conclusion in sight, and the economy has made demonstrable progress.
“Romney’s comments on the 47 percent of Americans who refuse to ‘take personal responsibility and care for their lives’ were a telling insight into his views. . .And his pledge to create 12 million jobs in four years sounds good, but Moody’s Analytics has predicted that type of job growth regardless of who is elected.
“Obama’s record of accomplishment under trying circumstances and his blueprint for a second term make him the best pick to move the nation forward.”
“For president of the United States, The Santa Fe New Mexican endorses Barack Obama.
“Mitt Romney’s world is very different, one of privilege and wealth, where in his view, 47 percent of all citizens are takers who won’t assume responsibility for their lives. it is disconcerting to realize that many of Gov. Romney’s foreign policy advisers are the same people who drew us into the unnecessary war in Iraq. They seem hellbent on attacking Iran, another disastrous war the country does not need. . . .So much accomplished in four years. So much remaining to be done.”
“Despite having essentially run for president for six years, it’s still hard to get a handle on many of Romney’s positions. With Obama, we know what we are getting. He has consistently embraced the concept of community. Obama believes we are not just a bunch of individuals but a nation, and that we must work together to address the challenges we face.”
The traditionally-conservative LA Times of California:
“The [LA] Times urges voters to re-elect Obama.
“Mitt Romney has demonstrated clearly that he’s the wrong choice. He’s wrong on the issues, from immigration to tax policy to the use of American power to gay rights and beyond. And his shifting positions and willingness to pander have raised questions about who he is and what he stands for.”
“Romney is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear. More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does, that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out.
“We need only revisit [Romney’s] branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he told a group of wealthy donors, ‘is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.’
“The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.”
“I believe in the American spirit,” President Barack Obama said. “A President must care about 100% of their people.”
Obama said that on film here:
In America, “47% of the people believe they are victims,” Mitt Romney said. “That 47% believe they are entitled—entitled [emphasis Romney’s]—to health care, food, and housing. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. It’s not my job to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them to take responsibility for their lives.”
The steelworkers in the video above pay income tax. They take responsibility for their lives. I’m guessing that you, reading this, pay income taxes and take responsibility for your lives. My husband and I pay 35% income tax. We sure as heck take responsibility for our lives!
Is Romney “relying on the government to take care of” him in sheltering him from paying his fair share of taxes? Is Romney “taking responsibility” by paying only a fraction of the taxes that those of us in the American middle-class pay?
Is that what it’s “not his job” to worry about us?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”—the US Constitution
Did Romney really dismiss in contempt all of us Americans who pay taxes more than twice as high as his, as well as the basic tenant of our US Constitution, when he thought he was speaking secretly to potential billionaire donors behind closed doors, claiming it’s “not his job” to care about almost half the people whose President he hopes to become?
Could Romney do such a thing to the American people?
Romney’s handlers claim debates are no place for “fact-checking” and that Romney will not be limited by “fact-checkers.”
A Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to be fact-checked?
What could that possibly mean. . .other than lying?
Apparently, Romney’s handlers claim it means they disagree with “facts” because they like “empirical data.” However, “empirical data” are “facts.” A “fact,” according to the OED, is “a thing that is known or proved to be true,” and “data” is “a collection of facts,” while “empirical” simply means anything at all “verifiable by observation or experience.”
Empirical data = [observed or experienced] FACTS = THE TRUTH
This is a particularly meaningless red herring designed to fool Republican voters into believing there is a difference between two identical terms and confuse them about why the facts, when checked, don’t match what Romney says.
This is also why President Obama doesn’t object to being fact-checked.
Americans deserve the truth—not lies—from our Presidential candidates.
By mid-October, 2012, the Obama campaign had broken all previous records for number of individual donations with 10,000,000 donations from Americans of all walks of life. That’s ten million Americans not only voting for Obama, but investing their hard-earned money in a future lead by him. (And we all know exactly how hard-earned that money is these days.)
Please—read, follow up citations to their sources, educate yourself.
Don’t be bought by simple-minded television ads paid for by billionaires who hope to gain financially by your loss.
Make an informed decision about what’s best for you and for America.
MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .
SASHA TROYAN is a Professor of English at Montclair University and author of the critically-acclaimed novels Angels in the Morning and The Forgotten Island, both Booksense Selections, tragic and beautiful stories based upon her childhood in France. I worked with Troyan to develop her new novels, Marriage A Trois and Semester. Read more. . .
LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .
SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .
M. TERRY GREEN enjoys a successful self-publishing career with her three sci-fi/fantasy series based on her dual careers in anthropology and technology. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .
DARREN D. BEYER is an ex-NASA experiment engineer who worked on every Space Shuttle orbiter but Challenger. In Casimir Bridge, the first novel of his debut sci-fi series, Beyer uses every bit of his scientific expertise to create a galaxy in which "space bridges" allow interstellar travel based upon the latest in real theoretical physics. Read more. . .
ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .
STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .
GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .
JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .
LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .
In addition, I work with scores of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this wonderful literary art and craft.