Contemplating A Title Change

As many know, I’ve been working on my series The Zodiac Chronicles for a number of years. The first piece being written back in 1998- True Family, which featured Jeff (Aries) and TJ (Taurus),

Why it hasn’t been published yet is a different issue, It’s probably a good thing at this point. In the last few years, I’ve discovered and been shown other works of the same title. Needless to, but I will, yes it’s feeling a bit crowded under this title.

The first one I discovered on after someone suggested I Google the title. I found The Zodiac Chronicles: The Gifts by Sasha D. Oliver

— She weaves an interesting story around vampire clans.

In 2011  I was shown an Amazon page by Inde Finfew –

The title of the book is New Beginnings (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1)

– I’m not sure what this one is about, just that it takes place in the future and involves an ancient prophecy.

Amazon Link

Today I discovered:

In 2015 Stan Lee, yes, that Stan Lee has collaborated with others to bring us The Zodiac Legacy. http://disneyzodiac.com/

I also discovered Arya Karin’s Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novel (The Zodiac Chronicles)

– Hers is a story of magical shape-shifters

Amazon Link

Black Ties and Yellow Roses: The Zodiac Chronicles by Vivien Sass

– a classic romance story

Barnes and Noble

So, with the number of writers using The Zodiac Chronicles as part the titles to their books- question I am contemplating is- should I stick it out or change the title to my own series?

Advertisements

Anti-Support

Negative comments disguised by good intentions.

Example-

I told a friend once – “I would really like to get back to college and finish my degree.”

He said- “Maybe you should consider that you already know all you need to know.”

His tone was kind, perhaps his intention was as well but his words were not, absent of his voice, it’s clear to see that his words are discouraging.

For those who like to read between the lines- the translation is “you don’t need to finish college.”

Reverse Mary Sue

So, according to the ‘Mary Sue’ litmus tests I’ve seen online- depicting your lead character as receiving a priceless, or very personal memento from another lead character (or two) is a no-no. So, I decided to do the opposite and have my lead give a gift. It’s actually something that means a great deal, sentimentally, to both her and her BFF. My logic in this- take what’s mentioned in those ‘tests’ and do the opposite. Yeah, that’ll work, right? We’ll see.

Check out this link, given to me by one of my friend Karla. Of all the Mary Sue litmus tests I’ve seen online, I prefer this one.

http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm

 

Oct Debt Tracker Update

SCORE!!!! Just updated my Debt-Tracker. I may not have paid off much of my debts this year BUT I have dropped below the $5,000 marker! As of this month, I’m floating around $4,900. Of course, this does not include my student loan. It’s been easier to track the debts without including this- especially since payments have been suspended.

The objective for 2018- pay off the Capital One card, if not, as much of it as possible.

20 random FACTS about yourself

that may surprise people. (copy, paste, and share)

I keep seeing this floating around Facebook- so thought why not?

  1. Do you make your bed every day? …Nope, not unless necessary.
  2. What’s your favorite number? …………… lucky # 7
  3.  If you could, would you go back to school? In a heartbeat
  4. Can you parallel park? I used to be able to, haven’t tried in a few years.
  5. A job you had which people would be shocked that you once held? Trail guide (working with horses)
  6. Do you think aliens are real? Yes, I think the universe is too vast for Earth to be the only planet with life on it. Are they coming here? That’s a different issue.
  7. Can you drive a stick shift? No, wouldn’t want to learn either.
  8.  Guilty pleasure? RPG’s especially the literary kind- you know, the writing ones.
  9. Tattoos? Nada
  10. Favorite color? Varies- at the moment it’s purple
  11. Things people do that drive you crazy? Bully and peer pressure.
  12. Phobia/fear? Rollercoasters.
  13. Favorite childhood game? This is a toughie, so many to choose from
  14. Do you talk to yourself? All the time, it’s okay though, I’m a writer, some of us do this.
  15. Do you like doing puzzles? Depends on the puzzle- search words- I LOVE’em
  16. Favorite Music? Music from the 80s
  17. Tea or Coffee? COFFEE!!! Never mess with a writer’s coffee.
  18. Creamy peanut butter or crunchy? …… Creamy, of course.
  19. The first thing you remember you wanted to be when you grew up? Marine Biologist. I wanted to work with the sea lions and otters at Sea World.
  20. Name one or two your dreams you’ve yet to fulfill? Earning my college degree, running in the Gasparilla Marathon

The PCOS Diet Plan

“A Natural Approach to Health for Woman with Polycystic Overy Syndrome”

written by Hillary Wright, M.Ed. RD
Forward by Alice Domar, Ph.D.
Director of Mind/ Body Services at Boston IVF

September is PCOS Awareness Month- so I thought it appropriate to share this. I was diagnosed over 10 years ago.

I had my eye on this book for some time. Ath3na gifted it to me in Aug 2015. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. The PCOS Diet Plan is filled with detailed and well-researched information. In my opinion, Any woman with this condition should invest in a copy of this book.

Wright takes care to simplify her explanations and offers comparables to help understand her research. She makes it easy to under this syndrome, how to manage to live with it. She specifically delves into how to prevent conditions that women with PCOS are at greater risk for developing. Conditions like diabetes and heart decease.

Knowledge is power! If you have PCOS or know someone who does- and have lots of questions- this is THE BOOK to start with. Make this the first book in your arsenal against PCOS.

Thank you Ath3na, I am forever grateful to you.

Paperback- currently $ 12,26

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ybpasfou

Walmart: http://tinyurl.com/y8v92pbp

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/y8fvz4t6

Sunshine & Nieca 2005 – 2017

They were only months apart in age, I had them for 12 years. Sunshine passed on August 1, Nieca passed on Augst 29.

Each brought a unique light into my life. There was laughter, and snuggles, and countless moments of wonder in watching them. This is one of the few images I have of them together. It is my favorite among them. It looks like they’re praying.

My angel kitties, I’ll miss you.