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  • gigigalt 8:17 pm on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Should Only Smart People Have Babies? 

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    Should only smart people have babies? Should it be a privilege reserved for the upper classes? Should parents be pre-qualified by the government––have a license before being allowed to reproduce? Be able to prove they can afford them?
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    Zoltan Istvan, author of the provocative novel The Transhumanist Wager recently suggested in Wired that individuals be required to secure a government license before having a child. With thousands of children starving to death in our world everyday, Istvan believes the situation will be even worse with a growing, undying population. He believes the situation will be even worse with a growing, undying population.

    Atlas Society’s Edward Hudgins disagrees.

    “Telling a person when and how many children they can have violates just about every core value we possess in a free society. Who wants the government handling human breeding when it can’t do basic things like balance its own budgets and stay out of wars? Suggestion that a United Nations agency handle the matter is laughable. Do you really want to hand these dangerous authoritarians power to control the most intimate aspects of our lives?”

    Hudgins and Dr. Ray Kurzweil, along with many brilliant scientists believe our progeny could be born into todays society and live with dignity and hope. Hudgin says transhumanism provides solutions for the world’s problems: “Over population, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, clinical depression, dementia, diabetes, and cancer.”

    And think about it. If you have an artificial heart, a hip replacement, and artificial limbs––what percent of you is human and what percent is artificial? Are you any less a man or woman? If you haven’t been keeping up with this, begin by reading “The Age of Spiritual Machines,”and the “Singularity Is Near.” Also, there are many of videos on You-Tube, and Ted Talks.

    Between Dr. Kurzweil’s work and that of the Singularity University (practically next door to his Google’s headquarters in the Silicon Valley) I think as many do, there is hope for a peaceful and prosperous world. There is every reason we can all live happily ever after, free from disease, hunger and pain; each of us free to pursue his or her fondest dream.

    One could ask, why not revert to the old ways. Throw away the computers. Turn back the clock. Become a Luddite? Because it is already too late. As much as many of us would like to turn back the clock, it is impossible. We have entered a technological era of no return. And If the United States and the rest of the free world doesn’t keep pace––make use of our best minds––the sociopaths and religious fanatics around the world will see a gap and fill it.

    For me? I agree with Hudgins, “Transhumanists offer incalculable goods for future generations.” I’m convinced there  has to be a better way than the one we’ve been relying on for thousands of years. We came out of the dark ages but now ignorance among the impoverished masses threaten to throw us back. But more government control is not the answer, and especially not laws mandating who and who not can have children.

    “There are still many serious discussions,” Higgens says, “regarding he Transhumanist enterprise. For example, does a particular enterprise take away from current human exceptionalism and dignity? But for the love of self as well as love of our children and of what the future offers, we should embrace the Transhumanist goals.”

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    Copyright 2014 G. G. Galt

    Quoted Excerpts: Transhumanism Vs. a Conservative Death Ethos  9/20/14
    The Atlas Society by Edward Hudgins tas @atlassociety.org

     
    • Joe Blow 7:21 am on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There is no doubt that technological innovation is important to providing solutions to many of our problems. But the other big barrier to wellness, peace and happiness for all is the psychological barrier, our lack of understanding of ourselves and our resultant lack of truthfulness in our thinking. I think this is the other big area in which we are on the verge of a breakthrough.

      The degree to which we are alive is the degree to which we are a functioning part of the system. We give back not because we have a moral duty to do so, but because to give is to live and to hold back is to live less. The real death is not physical death but spiritual death. The spiritual is nothing supernatural. It is simply the realm of immaterial relationships. Friendship, for instance, is an immaterial relationship. Our friendships are an element of our spiritual life. If we focus too much of our intentionality on the non-spiritual, e.g. material things, or on spiritual interactions which cut us off from others, e.g. power relationships, then we die spiritual long before we die physically. Of course, it is reversible. None of this is a matter of morality, of “shoulds”. It is like following a healthy diet and getting exercise. If we do it we do it to benefit ourselves.

      Anyway, I may have misunderstood your post, but it seems based on a false dichotomy between those who think the government should decide who can have children and those who believe in the improvement of humans through technology. Are those who want the UN to decide who can have children for or against transhuman-style technology? What are the views of advocates of transhuman technology about authoritarianism generally and control of breeding specifically? Do opinions vary on this issue within the transhuman community?

      • gigigalt 7:32 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Joe Blow. I believe most of your concerns, I have already answered by clarifying the original post. I will move on to your most recent letter. Perhaps it will clear up any earlier mispersceptions. It would, however, be best if you researched the subject thoroughly. Thanks for writing. Sorry I couldn’t reply before, but no response area was provided on the blog.

    • Joe Blow 6:55 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I still don’t come away from this very clear about what these “Transhumanist goals” are apart from the usual aim of the progress of technology to solve practical problems. In medicine and food production and computer technology inventors are inventing stuff to solve immediate problems whether those problems are : how to actually cure people with a disease or how to get them hooked on something which will make lots of money for the pharmaceutical companies ; how to make healthy food or addictive junk food which will make lots of money for MacDonald’s while giving those who eat it diabetes and cancer ; how to store and retrieve necessary information or how to sell more porn more easily to more people over the internet (not that I’m against that).

      The problems we face are principally psychological problems – how to be happy without screwing over or otherwise doing harm to our neighbours. Technology is about methods not motives. If we want to kill and torture (and many of us clearly do want to kill and torture) then technology will provide us with more effective ways of doing this. If we are rich and want to live forever maybe we can, but the poor will die as they have always died, unless someone has a way to make such technology available to all.

      Death is a part of life. If your cells did not die and get replaced by new cells, your body would not be healthy. The same is true of the human race. An excessive fear of death is one of the signs of how neurotic we have become as a species. It is part of the self-obsession of the suffering individual, and that suffering, unless we are sick or hungry, is the suffering of the spiritually dead inside.

      Technology is useful, but it won’t bring love or meaning to our hearts, and those who try to make of it a religion, which is what Transhumanism sounds like to me (the New Heaven and the New Earth and the Eternal Life spoken of in the Book of Revelations are here delivered by Kurzweil et al. instead of Jesus) are looking to fill a hole which that technology (for all its wonderful usefulness) can never fill.

      • gigigalt 10:10 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Joe Blow. Nice to hear from you again. You said: “I still don’t come away from this very clear about what these “Transhumanist goals” are apart from the usual aim of the progress of technology to solve practical problems.”

        One thing you won’t find is left wing governments applauding the efforts of transhumanist. This is understandable. Think about it. If people all over the world are disease free, fed, happy, and living comfortable lives in a crime free communities where they are not taxed to death––despicable governments who feed off the downtrodden of the world can’t exist.

        You need to also keep in mind, that the transhumanist––those who discuss the singularity–– are not one group of individuals.

        In general, the terms are used to describe those in favor of technological advancement solving world problems. The list I will send you should help to examine the goals and missions of the various organizations and their purposes.

        The “Singularity,” itself, is simply when the time we live in becomes so rapid and profound that it causes a rupture in the fabric of human history.

        We are in the midst of it right now. It simply means the end of civilization, as we grew up knowing it. This big rupture in the fabric of the universe, Kurzweil says, is about 35 years away. And all the great scientists of the world agree with him. They only differ on time frames.

        Keep in mind, Dr Kurzweil is not some radical end of the world quack. Since first introduced to him in 1999, I continue to marvel that his
        predicitions have been right on, and if not dead on, true with varying
        degrees of acuracy.

        Check it out. He is often refered to as the smartest man in the world. Last time I checked he has over 40 doctorate degrees and shelves full of awards including the National Medal of Technology; Bill Gates has called him the best person he knows at predicting the future of artificial intelligence. Google has him as head of their engineering.

        Are there those who find fault with him? Sure, the universities are full of fault finding, envious professors bent on nay saying. Understandable. If they lost their reasons to bitch, what would they have to teach impressionable young minds? Surely, not to go forth and change the world. Make a difference. They are too busy explaining why change cannot happen. Or they provide goals that are impossible to be achieved and we end up with more left wingers who shrug their shoulders and blame the state of the world on everyone but themselves.

        Religious critics say Dr. Kurzweil’s scientific and philosophical views are a “substitute vision for those who have lost faith in the traditional object of religious belief.” I say THEY don’t understand religion. And that they need to realize our technological evolution is simply a continuation of our biological evolution. And If they want to help their flocks, they need to get up to date and realize that men and women are going to continue to merge with machines, but it doesn’t exclude God from their lives.

        Todays nanotechnology will enable the design of nanobots, robots designed at the molecular level, such as “respirocytes” (mechanical red blood cells). And they will interact with biological neurons in the brain to create virtual reality––one that will be undistinguishable from reality in the nervous system.

        The day will come when we will be able to scan the human brain and “upload” it and that the process will capture a person’s entire personality, memory, skills, and history. And because of this, we should in theory, be able to live forever––have eternal life.

        And isn’t this what religion has been promising for thousands of years?

        A quick look at the devices we are now using every day should give any remaining sceptics reason to pause–– smart phones, smart glasses, smart medical apps, the list is mindboggling. These gadgets are a fraction the size of our first computers, and sell for a fraction of the price, and are a thousands times more powerful. It is not much of stretch to imagine them being being implanted into our bodies (even far more so than what’s currently being done).

        The power of information technologies continues to grow exponentially,
        and doubles about every year. No one can look at all the facts and deny we are in the midst of an explosion of technological achievements.

        It seems inevitable that humans will eventually become fully interfaced with machines––that this will be our next phase in evolution––the end of the world as we have known it.

        The beginning of a new, and and better world? Heaven on earth? The thousand year reign of peace? I don’t know. It’s anybody’s guess. I think of myself not as a prophet, but as an interested by-stander with money on the craps table cheering for a run of sevens.

        But before I sighn off, here’s a few final words. Tidbits to consider.
        The core of Kurzweil’s theory is that the brain is made up of pattern processing units comprised of around 100 neurons. He suggests the brain can be understood and simulated primarily by looking at how these Lego-like building blocks are interconnected. He and others say we will have human-level AI by around 2029. A typical human brain contains about 300 million pattern processing units, but Kurzweil thinks that AIs of the future might have billions, meaning that machine intelligence would far exceed the capabilities of the human mind.

        The good news? Machines that are as smart, or even smarter, than people could completely transform society, the economy and the job market. People fed and a roof over their head, living disease free, is bound to go a long ways toward a people with the time to contemplate their belly buttons and grow spiritually and morally. (And when I say “morally” I am not talking about their sexual habits, I’m talking about their compassion for others––individuals having a personal value system.

        Today and tomorrow, the amazing products of technology will continue to be our servant, but as we grow smarter, we will simply view them as our faithful and trustworthy companions. Our best friends?

        And don’t worry about the little cyborgs who see the organs of our bodies, and our complete nervous system. This will not only keep us well––but the apps we are hooked up to 24 hours a day––will keep our on-line doctors informed. In essence we wil become our own doctors. Not all bad. It will keep medical costs down and help relieve the problem of doctors rejecting the medical field because of the many reprecussion of socialized medicine.)

        What we are facing now is a new awarenesss we never had before––
        that every institution of every society is dysfunctional. Ignorance was our bliss, but with the media being what it is today, we are no longer permited such innocence. Fingers point in all directions, and like little children, we seek to put the blame on someone, anyone, but ourselves.

        But it is false hope to suggest we can apply religious and psychological solutions to get the world out of its present mess (as much as I wish it were possible). Solving problems at this level (or at any time in the near future) is as far fetched as venturing forth in a canoe to paddle around the world.

        Think of it this way. We are not yet smart enough to figure it out. At least with the brain we were born with. I got this as a little kid while trying to figure out a complex theological problem. I told my mother, “It’s not my fault, God didn’t make my brain big enough to figure this all out.”

        Even after thousands of years, we have made little progress towards solving the problems that have plagued us. And here is why. The thinking part of the brain, the neocortex, comprises something like 300 million pattern recognizers, layered about 6 deep, with both horizontal and vertical interconnections. The wiring changes (as we learn and as we forget) and creates pattern recognizers that adapt to remember new material.

        It’s how the now famous Watson can beat any human at chess––it was designed and developed along the same principles of the “pattern recognizers” Kurzweil often cites as examples.

        And think about it. Watson hasn’t been subjected to what most humans go through. He/She has read all of Wikipedia, and far more. And that was what initially enabled Watsonto beat the best human players in Jeopardy.

        What if we each of us could do what Watson has done? What conclusions would our intellect feed to our consciousness level? Or would it even need to?

        And given we could weed out all the misinformation, would we develop a sense of right and wrong that would do credit to the angels in heaven? And what if our individual minds had a capacity a million times bigger than Watson’s?

        Once we arrive at the point where we have a fully augmented intelligence, and our biological human mind eventually ceases: death may then come to us. Where the silicon is implanted, we supposedly will retain the entirety of the self. This way, we can go on forever. We will have backup and restoration to deal with hardware failures.

        This brings up the question of mind melds. If biological intelligence can be seamlessly shared with silicon intelligence, and silicon intelligence can intercommunicate with other silicon and biological intelligence, will we see merging of all intelligence into a single self? What some religions call “Heaven”?

        And if so, is this not what the major religions of the world have all alluded to directly or indirectly? Being one with God? And our higher intelligence? All of us, being one where egos no longer exist? Finding out what’s the purpose of life? Ancient scriptures and great poets from long ago played with the idea. Jesus Christ himself reminded us we can find eternal life.“Anything, I can do, you can do also.”

        I like to think of futurism and our awareness of this thing called “singularity” as simply one more path leading to the top of the mountain––one that is about to become a super highway leading us to our ultimate desitnation–our obtaining super intelligence, and therefore, a higher consciousness.

        And who knows. Maybe at that point, all politically charged questions of the day become mute and we become the consciousness present on some remote planet in the universe that’s called God for help.

        Copyright 2014 G. G. Galt

        • Joe Blow 5:34 pm on September 28, 2014 Permalink

          Not having read Kurzweil’s books, I’ll just say a few things.

          My understanding is that, for all of our technological advances we are still so far behind nature as to look mentally challenged by comparison. Nothing we have invented comes within a million miles of the efficiency and complexity of a single living cell let alone a human, so, while our ambition is admirable, it is still appropriate that we retain our humility in the face of nature and that we recognise the inherent wisdom of nature in being able to thrive and survive, otherwise we might think we can design crops better than nature can and end up replacing our food sources with something that fails in a few generations. Hubris is not a moral transgression so much as a practical one. It can lead us to put all of our eggs in one hand basket and then find ourselves going to Hell in it.

          We are nature, and technology is thus a part of nature, but we need to respect the fact our technology has not yet proved its longevity.

          A lot of our problems are largely technological. We need to develop more effective alternatives to fossil fuels before we run out of them and/or before the ice caps melt.

          And there is no reason not to try to develop computer technology to the best of our ability. But having a massive memory does not necessarily mean having the imagination necessary to solve our problems. I think we are far further behind a complete equivalent to the human mind than you suggest. We don’t even know how the human mind works. We don’t know where or how memories are stored in humans. We know how to store lots of information in a computer, but until we know where human consciousness resides and what it’s nature is we are unlikely to be able to replicate it on a computer. Consciousness is not a matter of large quantities of information as animals very low in intelligence are still conscious. It is possible that consciousness is a function of life and will never be found in the inanimate. Or perhaps all energy and matter is conscious. At this point we don’t know.

          I would not say that all of our problems are psychological problems, but I think that the psychological element is the impasse to a solution to most of our problems. Our culture down through the millennia has been one which promotes a lack of self-acceptance (largely because of the corrosive effect of idealism, i.e. the idea that we should try to pursue “good” behaviour and avoid “bad” behaviour.) This has led to neurotic suffering which has made pretty much all of us selfish liars. As long as we continue to run from honesty we will continue to find ourselves incapable of love. Addressing this problem is actually pretty simple and requires no technology.

          Technology can be a wonderful thing, but what we do with technology depends on what we want to do with technology. High tech is also expensive. If we live in a world in which an oil millionaire drives in a white gold sports car while people in poor countries die of ebola because nobody wants to spend the relatively minor amount of money needed to develop and distribute a vaccine, how do you know that the Transhumanists will be providing their medical technology to those who can’t afford to pay for it rather than just spending all their time having cybersex with celebrity clones on a computer network somewhere? Is transhuman nature really going to be different from the human nature we are familiar with, just because some computer somewhere can process more information more quickly and mini-robots can give you a face life? It will take more than words to transcend my cynicism, I’ll have to actually see these people doing something to address the suffering of the currently disenfranchised.

        • gigigalt 1:10 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink

          Dear Joe, I appreciate your concerns, but I do think it would be best if we discuss this after we both take a better look at the pros and cons the light of what has happened in the past ten years. I will from time to time forward links to you that may better explain the issues. You could in turn, do the same. It could be a mutual leaning experience.

          And for the record, I have no desire to persuade you or anyone else about present day science and technology, its benefits and risks. There will be those who embrace it and explore the possibilites––advantages and disadvantages––and those who reject it.

          There are many paths to the top of the mountain. You have obviously found one that works for you, and that’s what matters. Others who read your book, “How To Be Free,” have benefited from your wisdom and experience. This is good. I do feel, however, there is so much more you need to write. But first of all you have to be open to learning. We as human beings on earth can’t keep stiring the same old stew
          and ignore the fresh produce growing outside the kitchen window.

          And although I agree with you,there is no reason to feel a personal sense of guilt, and that we need to free ourselves from the past and live in the now moments of our lives––we also have an equal obligation to ourselves, our children, and the world we live in––to grow in consciousness in order to be truly free.

          But instead, far too many fat do-gooders are hatched from univerisites that perpetuate the same old socialisht dogma of the past seventy years. Godless parents sit around grunting and groaning ––watching media actors lay down our children’s code of ethics while they are wrapped up, not only denying any personal guilt (blaming the depravity of their lives on the rich) but bemoaning the futility of life in general. I suggest the problem is too little guilt and not enough sense of responsibility.

          That doesn’t mean feeling guilty per say about the past, but it does mean most of us have a choice. And we can live life and enjoy it, rather than getting our jollies from depraved individuals, applauding the drugged up pornographers. These sick people make billions off sex slaves all over the world. At the same time, all too often, ordinary people turn their heads and spew hate for the producers. They slap the hand that feed them and don’t even know the hands they are slapping, only what popular media feeds them and deems newsworthy..

          Ironically, the scientist and inventors, the church goers who contribute to the world, are blamed for its problems. rather than the corrupt self-serving governments and greedy individuals who value power, over practical solutions.

          Btw, I still don’t think you have read Alinsky’s Rule of Order. I don’t believe in dwelling on such things, but you should be aware of how politics work in this country, whether you are for it, or against it.

          Common sense should tell us not to dummy ourselves down to the lowest common denominators in the name of political correctnes so we don’t make those who chose to do nothing, feel less guilty. The sick and disenfranchiszed will always be with us. And but by the grace of God and pure luck, any one of use could be among them.

          No question about it, they need the help of the those of us with good minds and able bodies. But we cannot help them by joining them. All the so called riches you refer to, if you put them all together and divided them by the worlds population would amount to diddly. It is not the rich who keep the poor sufering, it is ignorance of those who shoud know better, those who focus on all that is wrong with the world, and spend no energy on being part of the solution.

          As you know, whatever works best for you, is what I want also. I do not question your integrity or your values. I do know that if I say it the sun is shinning, your will point to the north and say, “But look at the clouds on the horizon.” Lol. I say, so what? There will always be clouds. It won’t prevent me from seeing beyond them.”

          And as I said to you the other day, the world will always have its unimaginitve dullards and ludites. And that’s okay. I’m just thankful that men and women with vision have somehow managed to survive. Too much time is spent by the joe Blow’s of the world worrying about rich people, rather the millions who upon millions who are suffering and deprived.

          In the old days it used called cutting off your nose to spite your face. Or like the man who won’t go to church because it is full of hypocrites. Of course underneath it all is fear of the unknown. And this is something we all share.

    • gigigalt 7:58 am on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to hear from you my old friend! And yes. Adolf Hitler. And that is exactly the point. People seem to forget about him and what he did. Blonde hair, blue eyed babies for all? Hardly. I am dead set against any government getting involved in “human breeding” at any level. “Transhumanism” is already happening, and will continue to happen. I see it as potentially offering freedom to people around the world by eliminating war, starvation, poverty, and disease and sickenss of any kind. I would suggest, if you have only had the benefit of wikipedia, to read the books written by Ray Kurzweil. I have met him and visited with him, and taken part in Mind-X for many years. He is considered the smartest man on earth today. His books are excellent, and his predictions nearly 100%. The Luddites of the world would rather stick to the old ways which offer no hope, but as I said, it is too late. And that my friend is not just me talking. It is common knowledge. Thanks for writing and bringing this to my attention. It never occurred to me anyone would think I would advocate governments requiring parents having to get a license to breed!

  • gigigalt 5:34 am on May 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook Twins Gamble on Bitcoins to Win Big 

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    I TOLD YOU THIS IS BIG! HERE’S CAMERON AND TYLER WINKLEVOSS PRINCIPALS OF WINKLEVOSS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT WORKING TO LAUNCH BITCOIN EXCHANGE FUND ON NASDAQ.

    BIG, BIG, BIG! WHY? BECAUSE THIS WILL BE FELT AROUND THE WORLD BY EVERYONE.

    SETH FIEGERMAN WRITES IN GUARDIAN:

    Who needs Facebook? The Winklevii think they’ve found something even bigger.

    Tyler Winklevoss, half of the most famous twins in tech, told The Guardian that he believes Bitcoin could have a larger impact on the world than Facebook.

    “Bitcoin potentially could be more impactful because being able to donate $0.50 to someone across the world has more impact than potentially sharing a picture,” Winklevoss said in an interview with the publication. (EXCERPT)

    http://mashable.com/2014/05/19/winklevoss-twins-bitcoin-facebook/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

     
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  • gigigalt 10:32 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    MIT and Bitcoins: Get Ready for The Ride! 

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    GOOD NEWS?  MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) HAS BECOME INVOLVED WITH BITCOIN PURCHASE FOR STUDENTS.

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/30/mit-bitcoin-experiment/?ncid=rs

    A GROUP AT MIT RAISED MONEY TO GIVE EVERY UNDER GRAD A BITCOIN.

    MIT AND ASSOCIATES PREPARE TO STUDY THE IMPACT BITCOIN WILL HAVE ON THE WORLD.

    WHEN THE BIGGEST BRAINS IN THE WORLD GET IT––AND THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT––ITS TIME FOR THE PUBLIC TO NOTICE.

    In the future most of my writer friends will be writing about Bitcoin. But as of now many do not understand the concept leave alone the significance of it. Like all new and brilliant ideas it is a sign of the times and a statement like none others we have seen in the past decade, perhaps ever. Think about it. When has the world ever done anything like this––collectively? Most think it is a reaction to oppressive governments. Whether it is or not, this is BIG people. Very big, and taking place in a world unlike any we’ve seen. Love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it unless you write historical fiction.

    WILL YOU BE LOADING YOUR DEBIT CARD AND TAKING THE RIDE?

    WHAT WILL BE YOUR FIRST PURCHASE?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bitcoin

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2014/02/28/bitcoin-innovations-and-obstacles/

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    Below are excerpts from a recent article that appeared in the Atlas Society
    News Letter written by Lorie Rice:

    Bitcoin represents an enormous feat of man’s mind. It is a digital money sweeping the world and offering some degree of freedom from government currencies. It imitates the scarcity of a material currency (e.g. gold) by means of an algorithm, which places a daily limit on the amount of bitcoin that can be “mined” from its source by those who maintain the transaction ledger. As Rob Wile puts it, “It’s like a giant interactive spreadsheet everyone has access to and updates.” Miners, however, are not the majority of users — most users gain Bitcoin by receiving it as payment from the protocol, or by purchasing it with dollars (at a Bitcoin ATM, for instance).

    Bitcoin is exchanged and stored in “wallets,” which can be downloaded from various sites. Each wallet has a unique address, which users share with each other in order to send and receive bitcoin (or fractions of bitcoin, as one bitcoin is currently equivalent to about $500). Bitcoin is completely legal and, for now, mostly unregulated. Other appealing features, for lovers of liberty and capitalism are Bitcoin’s anonymity (every transaction is encrypted, unlike the elaborately traceable trails of credit, in which you trade the whole of your financial identity just to purchase a hamburger).

    And Bitcoin’s distributed network (the government can never shut down bitcoin; its code can live on any and every computer.) Bitcoin represents an enormous feat of man’s mind––hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle. A Bitcoin wallet is a statement of hope about all human beings in the world. It is more truly universal than the dollar, as it transcends governments and geography.

    http://www.atlassociety.org/2014/04/24/Bitcoin-Ayn-Rand

    NOTE: REPLIES TO THIS POST AND THE PREVIOUS RELATED ONES WILL APPEAR SOON IN A SEPARATE BLOG ENTITLED, “DIGGING DEEP FOR BITCOINS: PROS AND CONS.”

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    Photo of MIT Media Lab/Wikipedia/Photographer Madcoverboy

    Copyright G. G. Galt 2014

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  • gigigalt 6:49 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Bitcoins: Love or Hate? Authors Can’t Afford to Ignore 

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    iStock_000026964040Medium http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bitcoin

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2014/02/28/bitcoin-innovations-and-obstacles/

    In the future most of my writer friends will be writing about Bitcoin. But as of now many do not understand the concept leave alone the significance of it.  Like all new and brilliant ideas it is a sign of the times and a statement like none others we have seen in the past decade, perhaps ever. Think about it. When has the world ever done anything like this––collectively? Most think it is a reaction to oppressive governments. Whether it is or not, this is BIG people. Very big, and taking place in a world unlike any we’ve seen. Love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it unless you write historical fiction.

    Below are excerpts from a recent article that appeared in the Atlas Society
    News Letter written by Lorie Rice:

    Bitcoin represents an enormous feat of man’s mind. It is a digital money sweeping the…

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  • gigigalt 7:42 pm on April 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Bitcoins: Love or Hate? MIT AND Authors Can’t Afford to Ignore 

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    NEWS FLASH! JUST DISCOVERED BITCOINS AND MASSACHUSETTES INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) HAS BECOME INVOLVED WITH BITCOINS. HOW EXCITING!

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/30/mit-bitcoin-experiment/?ncid=rs

    A GROUP AT MIT HAS RAISED MONEY TO GIVE EVERY UNDER GRAD A BITCOIN! THIS IS AMAZING! WHEN THE BIGGEST BRAINS IN THE WORLD START GETTING INVOLVED, IT’S TIME TO TAKE NOTICE. LOL. GET READY FOR THE RIDE.

    NOTE: REPLIES TO THIS POST AND THE PREVIOUS RELATED ONES WILL APPEAR SOON IN A SEPARATE BLOG ENTITLED, “DIGGING DEEP FOR BITCOINS: PROS AND CONS.”

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  • gigigalt 8:25 pm on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gemini Press and Sweet Romance   

    Gemini Press Books and Sweet Romance 

     

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    Gemini Press Books is an Imprint of the Worldwide Staging Company. Currently our books are published through smashwords.com and are available worldwide through Apple Books, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Diesel, and most major online bookstores. They are also available locally at “Brick and Mortar” Book Stores with e-book order departments.

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    A listing and description of all books published to date can be found on:

    http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/worldwidestaging

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    AVAILABLE BOOKS: SERIES

    The Love Boxes Series

    The Paradise Series

    The Lady Luck Series

    The First Time Series

     

    Featured Authors: Gigi Galt, B.F. Goodrich, Keela Irish

    All stories published by Gemini Press Books are classified as “Sweet Romance” and are fictional stories that take place in real locations––stories that didn’t happen, but could have. They are suitable for the young and the young at heart.

    FORTHCOMING MAY, JUNE, JULY OF 2014

    First Time Camping: Exploring Her Options by Keela Irish

    First Time Enterprises: Minding Her Business by Keela Irish

    Paradise 5: A Love Story from Mackinac Island to Points Beyond by G. G. Galt

    Paradise 6: A Love Story from St. Laurence Seaway to Mackinac Island by G. G. Galt

     

     
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  • gigigalt 10:22 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hit the Best Seller Lists with Pre-Orders   

    Hit the Best Seller Lists With Pre-Orders 

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    Ebook Preorders are one of the Most Powerful Book Launch Tools for Indies.  Here is an Excerpt from Mark’s Blog: This is a Must Read!

    As I’ve blogged here previously, multiple Smashwords authors have hit the bestseller lists with the catalyzing assistance of ebook preorders. But as many authors have learned, the mere act of doing a preorder does not guarantee a successful launch.  In this context, a good universal metric of success is for each new book you release to reach more readers in less time than your prior release (that’s how you know you’re building readership!). Like any tool, you need to learn how to use preorders before you’ll get the best results.  Several Smashwords authors have used preorders so often and with such success that they’ve become masters. Preorders are a common checkbox item for nearly every title released by a traditional publisher, yet most indie authors don’t take advantage of preorders.  It’s a shame more authors don’t use preorders, because in the battle for reader eyeballs preorders are a great equalizer. http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/02/hit-ebook-bestseller-lists-with.html

    http://blog.smashwords.com/2013/07/smashwords-introduces-preorder.html

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    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

    PARADISE: A LOVE STORY FROM PETOSKEY TO HARBOR SPRINGS

    PHOTO CREDITt: HAPPY HOUR AT BO JANGLES © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/ SHIRONOSOV

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    A SWEET ROMANCE

    Free. No credit card needed.  This 12,00 word e-book  is the first in the Paradise Series. Come with me and escape to another world. Click on the PDF and instantly download to your computer. Fully illustrated with beautiful color photos.

    Paradise: Petoskey to Harbor Springs

    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

     
    • gigigalt 10:48 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/02/hit-ebook-bestseller-lists-with.html

      Hey, Alan. Mark explains it best at the above addresss. Thanks for saying something. It made me realize I didn’t insert the link to his article. The next time you are about ready to publish one of your books on smashwords, you can put it up with, say an excerpt, and the date you want it to be published. It is best to allow 3 to 4 weeks––I think––but double check me on this. Nice to hear from you old friend. Cheers!

    • CrazyS 1:49 am on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thought you’d love this to use in your work!!

      Hi Gigi,

      I like the concept of pre-ordering. It is not easy to find from my iPhone. I will try my kindle.

      How is your new project progressing?

      I am trying to remodel a condo, I like the guy trying to do what we want. He has some problems with creating what looks good.

      I would rather be outside watching time pass by!

      Your friend, Charlie Joe

      Sent from my iPhone

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      • gigigalt 7:30 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Dear CrazyS,

        Hey, my friend. Wonderful to hear from you! I’ll be sending out more about this in my next fan mail. Remodeling a condo has to be quite an undertaking. Maybe photos would help your guy to create what looks goods. There is a site called Pinterest you will want to check out. If you enter “Pinterst Remodeling” it will bring up scads of photos for different areas of your project. No change and easy to use. When you are done, you could even submit your own photos if you’d like. If I can help, let me know. Cheers, G.

    • Mungai and the Goa Constrictor 2:33 pm on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Gigi, I would like to do this on Amazon, but don’t know how. I must find out, it looks a great idea. Downloaded the book, BTW ~ Best, Amelia :)

      http://blog.smashwords.com/2013/07/smashwords-introduces-preorder.html

      • gigigalt 7:38 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, Amelia. So glad to hear from you! I often talk to you in my mind about writing and whenever I see a wild animal I know you’d like. Thanks so much for downloading the book. Hope you like it. As far as the preordering goes, i do understand Amazon has had this available for sometime, but like you, I don’t know how there’s works. What I have here is in regards to books published by authors and small publishers through smashwords. More on this later and about another new program they have implemented. Cheers, G.

      • gigigalt 12:54 am on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        http://blog.smashwords.com/2013/07/smashwords-introduces-preorder.html

        Hi, Amelia. This explains it better. I should have put this in the first place. Sorry about that!

    • gigigalt 12:50 am on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks X. Stremaing. I would settle for “popular.” Lol.

  • gigigalt 9:41 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Romantic Illustrated E-Book With Dozens of Photos, , Paradise 4: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac Island, Paradise Series: Northern Michigan Love Stories   

    Summertime In Northern Michigan 

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    #1 Old Time Rock and Roll #2 Summertime In Northern Michigan

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/393468

    AN EXCERPT FROM THE FREE E-BOOK: BOOK FOUR OF THE PARADISE SERIES

    According to Grandpa Middleton’s diary, in July of 1968, Northern Michigan lost its innocence, and everyone, but him, started locking doors. “I’ve never been afraid of anything,” he wrote, and I’m not about to start now.”

    By the time his granddaughter Kate was born and had grown up enough for a visit, he still hadn’t changed his mind. But despite his daughter’s half-hearted attempts to get her father to install locks on his cabin’s doors, plans went ahead for the summer. In June, his one and only granddaughter would leave Grand Rapids, and come up north fresh out of third grade.

    The plan was to spend time at his cabin near Cross Village and then a week camping with the Girl Scouts on Waugoshance Point in Wilderness State Park. All went accordingly, except for Kate returning from camp with an irresistible urge to find the site where Northern Michigan’s most infamous crime occurred twenty-five years ago.

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    When Kate was at camp she went through an entire range of emotions, On cold and cloudy nights she’d wake up afraid and adjust her blankets in an attempt to get warm. Her sense of wonder and fears were fueled by the pitch-black sky overhead and what she imagined were the howls of hungry wolves. On warm and clear nights the leaders let the girls stay up late––sit around the campfire laughing and gazing up at the stars while they shared spooky stories. It was fun until the last night. That’s when one of the older girls told a tale that was supposedly true, and what made it worse, it sounded as if it happened almost next door to her Grandpa’s.

    Once camp let out, she was more than ready to be back at her Grandpa’s cabin, up in the loft, and in her own bed. Happy she had escaped the wilds, she did nothing but eat, read, and stay warm. The next day, however, she went looking for Mr. Belmar, a part-time caretaker for her grandpa’s cabin. Finding him along side the road in front of the mailboxes, she told him about Miss Dessie, her art teacher. The mere mention of her name caused his voice to rise and set him off on a rambling rant.

    “I met that highfalutin woman. She’s a direct descendent of John and Dessie Nyman. He put my grandparents best friends, Otto and Hilda to work, him as a Stone Crusher, and her as a Bag Maker. John could do things like that cause he was a big shot––Secretary Treasurer at the Portland Cement Company––right hand man to Mr. Galster. His son Art owned Nyman’s Coal Company. The younger one, Emery was elected mayor twice.”

    Kate shuffled her feet and raised her voice in protest. “Miss Dessie is not highfalutin! Grandpa says she’s down to earth. Helps everybody!”

    “Well, actually, I’m not surprised. She’s a Swede. Doing good is in their blood. The Nymans were like that, always taking an interest in educating the workers, even taught me to read. Miss Shepard did the same for my granddaddy in Alanson. That was before she got to be the grade school principal at Central, and started being friends with Judge Pailthorp’s daughter, Frances. She was that art teacher who used to talk about how the Indians peered in her bedroom windows to see her cause she was the first red-headed baby in town. Yep, I knew ‘em all, anybody that was a somebody. Helped me get a job with Mr. Galster. I took care of that stone mansion up on Mitchell Street, where the elite meet. That was long before it was a church––though it didn’t surprise me. Follow the money and you’ll find the Episcopalians.”

    “That’s what I want to talk to you about,” Kate said, “You being so familiar with the past. Do you remember, that it was Miss Pailthorp and her students, who created the 1950s mural that used to hang in Petoskey High School?”

    “I sure enough do. Spent a lot of hours filling in for the janitor. If memory serves me right, it covered the entire wall facing toward town. It glowed at sundown with the light shining through those towering windows along Howard Street. Hey, why you’ getting me to gab about all this? You don’t talk like no kid I ever knew. You sound like you’re growed-up . . . ”

    “Grandpa says it’s from me being around grown-ups so much. Anyway, what I wanted to discuss, is Miss Pailthorps’s mural with you . . . ”

    “What about it?”

    “Miss Dessie got the idea to do the same as Miss Pailthrop did for Petoskey’s Centennial––create another one with historical significance. I’m wondering if maybe you’d consider letting her and the kids put it on your property––that long piece along the highway that peeks out over the water. Once it’s up, we could plant flowers around it, and keep it looking real pretty.”

    “Whoah! Slow down little girl. I’m not rich. Nobody’s getting my property.”

    “Mr. Belmar . . . please . . . look at the flyer I made. Last night I ran into Miss Dessie at dinner and told her about a dream I had. She liked it and helped me write it up, might circulate it.”

    “I can’t see good without my glasses. You’ll have to read it to me”

    “No problem,” replied Kate jumping up on the fence,”here it comes!”

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    Kate Middleton has a dream. She wants our students to create a mural––one with historical significance.. Once it is completed, the mural would be placed in a four by 24 foot wall framed by log, birch bark, and fieldstone. On the backside would be a virtual guest book where people could leave messages. Native American Children, Caucasian Children, and African American Children––any child regardless of race or ethnicity––would be memorialized. Kate’s inspiration came from tales she heard told around the campfire at Girl Scout Camp. Here are her recommendations for you to consider:

    1. Native American Children: Families from L’Arbe Croche Mission were invited to the La Croix Mission for a big Corpus Christi Ceremony in 1765. A quarrel broke out over a girl and sides were taken resulting in a massacre. In the morning Father Du Jaunay gazed in horror on the dead bodies and left. The missions were abandoned until 1825.

    2. Caucasian Children: The fate of Ritchie, Gary, Randy, and Susan Robison––played out in a similar fashion to the Native American children––two centuries later in 1968. The Robison family was vacationing at their cottage near the La Croix Mission. It is assumed a quarrel got out of hand between the father and a business associate over money and how to run the company.

    3. African American Children: Marion Mays, a popular student at Petoskey High School known to his friends as “Willie,” lost his life in 1960. He drowned in the Lime Kiln Pond, on the Shores of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey.

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    “Do you like it Mr. Belmar?” Kate asked holding her breath.

    “Sounds like it’d be a piece of art nobody would ever forget––soothe old wounds.”

    “Thank you! I envision a surreal mural––happy children playing together among the birches, cedars, and colorful wild flowers––all of them protected by guardian angels.”

    “I hate to admit it, but it brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.”

    “Do think about it, Mr. Belmar. It would be so wonderful if you could help us. Now how can I tell Miss Dessie to find the spot?”

    Mr. Belmar looked at the stack of bills in his mail and wondered why he was listening to her and even considering giving directions.

    “Kate,” he said with a heavy sigh, “you’re talking ancient history. Just the same, I’ll draw you a map, but it’s simple. She needs to go down over the bluff, and then take the path along the water. She’ll have to watch for a bunch of pine trees and a fireplace sticking up all by itself. Nothing more to it–– but don’t you take a notion to go traipsing off alone––do you hear?”

    Kate nodded her head and crossed her fingers behind her back. Once Mr. Belmar was out of sight, she took off down the tangled path with a basket holding pencils and a sketchpad, peanut butter sandwich, a jar of lemonade, and her favorite doll, Angel. She was along for the ride––went wherever Kate did since her parent’s banished her imaginary friends.

    Finding the place was easy. The map the caretaker had drawn on the back of one of his envelopes got her there in fifteen minutes. After looking around she sat down on the hearth and sketched the fireplace. She had heard it was all that remained of the family’s cabin. Now she believed it. After lunch she propped Angel up against the chimney and gave her instructions. “You sit right here until I come back. I’m going to go find us some pretty flowers.”

    She wrapped her sweater around Angel and kissed her goodbye. Twenty minutes later she saw Mr. Belmar stomping through the woods.

    Looming over her, with his hands on his hips, he insisted she leave. “Come with me now!”

    “I can’t. I have to find flowers for the family and my dolly is all alone . . .”

    “Forget it child. I gotta tell you, if you were my kin, I’d tan you little hide.”

    Down the path she saw Grandpa running towards her. Seeing him, she broke loose from Mr. Belmar and ran into his arm bawling like a baby. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to worry you!”

    He couldn’t punish her, instead he took her shopping into Mackinaw City, and later for dinner at the Dam Site Inn.

    “Grandpa,” Kate asked over dessert, “you’re not mad at me, are you?”

    “I should be, but it’s impossible to stay angry with you. On one hand you’re so grown up, and on the other, you are an unpredictable and precocious child. I insist you start using common sense and do as you are told. I have to be able to trust you or I can’t have you up here again until you become trustworthy.”

    Kate nodded as tears ran into her cherry cheesecake. “I understand. I’m sorry, Grandpa, I really am. I promise to do better and never worry you again.”

    Nothing more was said, except for his assurances that in the morning, they’d return to plant flowers, and pick-up Angel. The following day they left home carrying trowels and a willow baskets of Forget-me-nots and Trilliums. Planting them among the leaves, white birches, cedars, and pine trees, they harmonized on old hymns and songs they’d learned at Village Inn Pizza in Grand Rapids. When the flowers were all planted, Grandpa took Kate’s hand. Bowing their heads, they sang Amazing Grace for the family.

    That night up in the loft with her dolly, she heard familiar voices talking about the still unsolved crime.

    Peeking through the railing she could see the men downstairs playing cards..

    Taking a slug of whiskey, and throwing down two aces, her grandpa asked, “Do you think they’ll ever pin the deed on the business partner?”

    “Don’t know,” Karson grumbled, “I hear people talk, but back then I was Kate’s age––don’t remember much––except for being scared.”

    Copyright: 2014 G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/393468

     
    • Tami 3:10 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The start of this story just captures me. I want to read more. I love little Kate…love the mystery. The story lines, the history and the way the author describes everything just makes it so real. Brings me back in time…

      • gigigalt 11:40 am on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Tami, you made my day! Many thanks for your lovely comments. I have a feeling that Kate would love you, too. When you have read this particular book in the series, please write again and let me know if you and Kate are still on good terms. Lol. I have a feeling you will be! Thanks again.

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    • gigigalt 11:11 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the imput! The publisher is planning to release them to Amazon. com eventually––once the bugs are all worked out. Because the stories are “Contemporary Historical Fiction” we keep finding details that need to be included for posterity. Even though the love stories are fictional, the setttings are factual locationss and historical. If something did not actually happen, it could have. Thanks again for writing. G.

  • gigigalt 12:03 am on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas Gift Suggesting Improvement   

    Christmas Gifts Suggesting Improvement? Bad Idea? 

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    For Christmas one year a teacher bought books for everyone on her gift list:  

    1. Her Party Planner––Amy Vanderbuilt’s Book of Etiquette

    2. Her Principal––Men Are From Mars, Women from Venus.

     3. Her Mother––Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.

    4.  Her Assistant––How To Dress For Success.

    5. Her Father––Anger Management for Dummies.

    6. Her Next Door Neighbor––How To Win Friends and Influence People

    7. Her Boyfriend––Romance For Dummies

    On New Year’s Day, she opened her only thank you card. It was from the principal.

    “Thanks for the poignant reminder to never give gifts suggesting improvement. Truly you teach by example.”

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    Gifts that suggest improvement (no matter how well intended) can be interpreted as an insult––a veiled complaint.

    Instead we can give our friends and relatives the best gift of all: never complaining about them again. When we do––we give ourselves an even better gift––an education that embraces “true learning.”

    “Evidence of true learning is apparent when behavior changes. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”  Albert Einstein. 

    P.S. Will Bowen’s “Complaint Free World: Take the 21 Day Challenge,” could be the greatest gift you give. Wrap the book in colorful paper––put it under the tree–– for yourself If you can’t afford the book, there are a series of Will’s talks on You-Tube. 

    http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/11-part-video-series

    Copyright: 2013 G. G. Galt

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    • gigigalt 12:24 am on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you N.H. Harris!

      • Walston 2:58 pm on December 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Gigi. May it be a wonderful year for you.

        • gigigalt 9:02 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink

          Dear Walston,

          Wonderful to hear from you. Forgive me for not writing sooner. I did not see your greeting until just a few minutes ago. I hope you have a wonderful year to: Health, peace, prosperity, and happiness in all you do. Be sure to keep me updated on your new project. Hugs, G. P.S. Thanks for all of your comments in 2013. They were appreciated.

        • Walston 4:48 pm on January 6, 2014 Permalink

          Hi Gigi,
          I have cancelled this year. For me it remains 2013, I will confirm this soon. As I don’t know my left from my right I am wondering. I am planning to go to the South Pole.

          I’m told it can get very cold there. But that should be an improvement on the 120F we’ve been getting lately. With warm clothes and chocolate we’ll be ok. When we get to the Pole we will begin to walk around it. I can count Gigi, but beyond 20 I can get a little confused. I’ll bring my dog to keep us company. Her behaviour is exemplary though she is becoming a little ancient and her sight and hearing are deteriorating. I’m told there are no cars at the South Pole though, so she will be safe.

          I’m hoping you’ll know which direction around the Pole we should walk. It’s important and I don’t trust myself to know. If we walk around in the wrong direction it could be disastrous. It is important you know your left from your right, Gigi! If we walk around the Pole in the right direction too many times it could also be disastrous. We could both end up being a mere twinkle in our parent’s eyes or even, unthought of. It’s important one of us can count. I’m trying to teach the dog but like me she’s hopeless.

          You see, (and I’m sure you do by now!), every time we cross the international date line we can deduct a day from our age and a day from the date. My big worry is that some one might have moved the Pole. With you beside me I’m sure we will manage very well. “I’m presently sewing thermals for the dog. It’s so difficult sewing small things. Getting the thermals to fit a chihuahua takes a lot of drafting.

          I am going to build a sled soon Gigi. You can bring your computer. It should be a lot of fun. What sort of chocolate do you like?
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          Take care Gigi
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        • gigigalt 5:33 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink

          Lol. Walston, You’re a crazy guy! I am left handed and constantly confuse my left and right. We should probably
          hire a guide! More later. NIce to hear from you in such good spirits. Happy New Year, again. More later. P.S. Hersheys Chocolate works for me and dimestore chocolate covered cherries. Lol.

    • Tami 12:53 pm on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So true. Great article!

    • gigigalt 10:13 pm on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Tam. I appreciate it!

      • gigigalt 11:50 am on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again, delianioakes. Yes. I agree. For years I did the same thing with the best of intentions–-not to that extreme, but similar. Example: I gave the big thick book of etiquette to a cousin as a high school graduation present. And not because i thought she needed it, but because she was the most mannerly young lady I knew. My thought was she would want to know how to act in every conceivable situation. In my mind, it was a compliment. Her mother didn’t think so. A similar thing happened when I gave my mother the cookbook. She was and is the best cook I ever knew. I gave it to her because she loved recipes so much. My father said, “What! You don’t think your mother knows how to cook after all these years?” It’s funny now, but I never really caught on for years. I kept doing the same thing over. I was a slow learner. Lol.

      • gigigalt 11:57 am on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        P.S. Thanks also to Opinionate Man for liking the post! I couldn’t find a place to reply in this blog so I am adding you here. Happy holiday!

    • dellanioakes 3:13 pm on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      She put a lot of thought into those gifts. I’m glad that one person acknowledged it. Even if you don’t like the gift, or may never open the book, a thank you is so important. I think her gifts were wonderful.

      • gigigalt 12:14 am on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks delanioakes. Yes, she no doubt put a lot of thought into the gifts, however, they could be perceived as gifts suggesting improvement and be unintentionally, hurtful. Maybe we are better off simply asking our loved ones and friends to make a list of gifts they would like . . .

        • dellanioakes 3:36 am on December 23, 2013 Permalink

          Good point. I can see that they might be perceived as hurtful, but maybe she was trying to help.

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        Dear Online, What a lovely message! Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. Best wishes for 2014! G.

    • Mungai and the Goa Constrictor 1:25 pm on December 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Another great and original post, Gigi. I tend to fish for requests when it comes to gifts – it kills the surprise, but it saves a lot of disappointment all round.

      • gigigalt 8:56 am on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Amelia! So good to hear from you. Thanks so much. I actually DO have 2 gifts for you that I have been saving. I will send them soon online, or post them here. Also, YOU would be so much fun to buy gifts for–I can think of all kinds. If it had to do with animals and you didn’t require care, I think it would be a safe gift. (You’d be in fix if all of your fans sent you a wild animals!) And speaking of fishing for requests, I think this is nice and even ads to the excitement for the receiver. I have to agree with you though, it can kill the surprise. Maybe we should ask our friends and loved ones to list twenty things they’d like (no matter what the price). Then if someone says a 2 KT diamond ring, you could give them an fake they’d have fun with–something like that! Happy New Year!

  • gigigalt 3:36 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Author Publishing, Big 5 Publishing Houses, Forbes, Good News Everywhere: The Surprising Year In Bowker, Indie Traditional Publishing, Self Publishers   

    Good News Everywhere: The Surprising Year In Books 

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    Concrete data compiled by the book industry experts at Bowker was released this week.

    Mercy Pilkington reports Bowker Data Offers Surprising Insight into Traditional and Self-Publishing

    The report is expected to demonstrate that not only is self-publishing continuing to grow in popularity, but also the the recent wave of self-publishing successes are actually fueling the traditional publishing industry as well. An article in Forbes highlighted some of the possible reasons why the two very distinct publishing arms would be linked in this way and noted some of the trends that the Bowkerdata uncovered.

    http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing

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    The Goodreader aritcle is refering to David Vnjamura’s feature in Forbes Magazine “Is Publishing Still Broken? The Surprising Year in Books” is a must read. For any of you who may have felt discouraged by the recent Huffingfron Post article, take heart––it was a year too late. Understandable. The market has changed so quickly, it’s difficult to keep up with it. His article reassures us the market is not only better than ever for Indie Authors, but also for Traditional Publisher including the “Big 5” Publishing Houses. Best of all, it is backed up with the solid facts released this week from Bowker. (They are the ones who supply
    ISBN Numbers to authors, either directly or indirectly.)

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2013/10/04/is-publishing-still-broken-the-surprising-year-in-books/

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    INDIE AUTHORS GETTING THEIR DUE

    This comments was posted by a Forbes reader:

    “Nice to see Indie authors getting their due. Yes, I’m among that crowd, just haven’t been “discovered” yet. That’s not to mean I write inferior books, hardly. I’ve had 1 bestseller, and one win an award from a reputable society of authors. I work hard to produce good quality books- from the first line, to the story, to editing, to cover design. Indies deserve a fair share of the market, a good portion of us probably spend more than we make on our editors and cover designers. We do it because we love to tell stories. I don’t believe there’s a war with traditional publishing. I believe there is a war with QUALITY publishing. Give the readers quality, and they’ll keep coming back for more.”

    Kathy Rowe

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    TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS DON’T DO MUCH? THINK AGAIN!

    This is another revealing response to the Forbes Article You can read the response in it entirety at the end of the Forbes article. It is worth reading––explains what traditional publishers do.

    “Those who claim that publishers don’t do much generally don’t know much about publishing. Of course, very little of the process involves authors, and no one bothers to talk to them about it either, so it makes sense that most authors feel that their publishers don’t do much for them. Until they try to do it for themselves.”

    Marion Gropen

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    DID E.L. JAMES SELF-PUBLISH FIFTY SHADES AS AN eBOOK?

    David Vnjamura (A Favorite Excerpt from One of his Comments to a Reader)

    Thanks for engaging me on twitter – for the benefit of readers here I’ll recap and clarify. You’re correct that E.L. James did not self-publish Fifty Shades as an eBook. However, the Fifty Shades trilogy was drawn from fan fiction that E.L. James self-published called “Master of the Universe”. Now to be fair, there is some controversy over this and her publisher asserts that Fifty Shades is distinct and unique from “Master of the Universe”- for copyright purposes. Here is a pretty good exposition of that issues:http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/master-of-the-universe-versus-fifty-shades-by-e-l-james-comparison/

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    MORE GOOD NEWS

    http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-can-the-average-writer-make-money-self-publishing-e-books

    Does anyone still dispute the viability of self-publishing?” Let’s Get Digital blogger David Gaughran asks. “I can list well over 100 authors who are selling more than 1,000 [e-]books a month … and more than 200 authors who have sold more than 50,000 [e-]books in the last year or two.”

    Such reports of head-turning success have attracted not only newer authors, but also established ones looking to grow their careers in new directions or maintain more control over what happens to their work. “In the digital world an author can do just as much as a publisher can do,” says bestseller James Scott Bell, who continues to traditionally publish fiction and nonfiction but has recently found success rounding out his body of work with independently published e-books.”

    “So viable is almost the wrong word. It’s more like ‘probable.’ And that’s the challenge big publishers are facing now—how to bring value to an author in the digital realm that the author cannot generate on his own.”

     http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-can-the-average-writer-make-money-self-publishing-e-books#sthash.ofmscy5x.dpuf

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    “The upturn in “indie” book production has met the popularity of electronic reading with a thunderclap of new content in publishing that is rising quickly to flood stages . . .”

    Porter Anderson: “The Writer”  Writers Digest

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    http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing

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    © Gigi Galt 2013
    © Photo by Erikona /istockphoto

     
    • K. Rowe 6:48 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If you build it (and build it well) they will come! Quality over quantity.

      • gigigalt 6:50 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. Lol. I totally agree! Thanks K, Rowe. You always have the perfect words for every occasion.

    • gigigalt 2:00 am on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Dieta. I appreciate it!

  • gigigalt 7:15 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bowker Data Release, Forbes News   

    Bowker Data Release: What it Means 

    Hypocrisy

    GOOD NEWS FROM FORBES AND BOWKER

    Concrete data compiled by the book industry experts at Bowker will be released later this week, but are expected to demonstrate that not only is self-publishing continuing to grow in popularity, but also the the recent wave of self-publishing successes are actually fueling the traditional publishing industry as well. An article in Forbes highlighted some of the possible reasons why the two very distinct publishing arms would be linked in this way and noted some of the trends that the Bowkerdata uncovered.

    David Vnjamura’s article! in Forbes Magazine “Is Publishing Still Broken? The Surprising Year in Books” is a must read. For any of you who may have felt discouraged by the recent Huffingfron Post article, take heart––it was a year too late. Understandable. The market has changed so quickly, it’s difficult to keep up with it. Davids article reassures us the market is not only better than ever for Indie Authors, but also for Traditional Publisher and the “Big 5” Publishing Houses. It is backed up with the solid facts just released from Bowker.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2013/10/04/is-publishing-still-broken-the-surprising-year-in-books/

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    MORE GOOD NEWS

    http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-can-the-average-writer-make-money-self-publishing-e-books

    Does anyone still dispute the viability of self-publishing?” Let’s Get Digital blogger David Gaughran asks. “I can list well over 100 authors who are selling more than 1,000 [e-]books a month … and more than 200 authors who have sold more than 50,000 [e-]books in the last year or two.”

    Such reports of head-turning success have attracted not only newer authors, but also established ones looking to grow their careers in new directions or maintain more control over what happens to their work. “In the digital world an author can do just as much as a publisher can do,” says bestseller James Scott Bell, who continues to traditionally publish fiction and nonfiction but has recently found success rounding out his body of work with independently published e-books.”

    “So viable is almost the wrong word. It’s more like ‘probable.’ And that’s the challenge big publishers are facing now—how to bring value to an author in the digital realm that the author cannot generate on his own.”

     http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-can-the-average-writer-make-money-self-publishing-e-books#sthash.ofmscy5x.dpuf

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    “The upturn in “indie” book production has met the popularity of electronic reading with a thunderclap of new content in publishing that is rising quickly to flood stages . . .”

    Porter Anderson: The Writer  Writers Digest

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    http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bowker-data-offers-surprising-insight-into-traditional-and-self-publishing

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    © Gigi Galt 2013

     
  • gigigalt 6:57 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors Or Even Published: What a Crock!   

    Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors? What a Crock! 

    Hypocrisy

     

    Did you see the article entitled:  “Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors Or Even Published?”

    To dignify such a question when the answer is so obvious, should be considered redundant. Nevertheless, I will take it on for the sake of clarifying and defending indie authors, their books and the publishing companies they use to bring their books to market.

    I presented the question to a friend who owns a book store. She responded using Smashwords, Inc. as a prime example:

    “A Smashword e-book with an ISBN Number in the Smashwords Premium Catalogue sells e-books to Brick and Mortar Book Stores all over the world. At the same time their books are distributed to major on-line stores: Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Barnes and Nobel, and others. I would think this would be more than enough to qualify any book as a “real” book, by a “real” author, and considered “really” published

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    IF SMASHWORD PUBLISHING IS “NOT REAL” AND ITS BOOKS “NOT REAL” AND ITS AUTHORS “NOT
    REAL” THEN BOOKSTORES ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVEN’T RECEIVED THE NEWS.

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    Amazon.com is still another matter. When independent authors choose to publish through them, they don’t need an ISBN Numbers––what bookstores typically use to define a “real” book––it is also one of the reasons you can’t find them in most of your local Mom and Pop Book Stores.

    “We don’t buy from Amazon,” my friend said, “because they are competitors, it would be like K-Mart buying from Walmart. Amazon’s not solely a publisher, they are a retailer as well. It simply doesn’t make sense for small stores like us to do business with them at this time.”

    But as with Smashwords, to even suggest indie authors and small publishers who use Amazon, aren’t “real” is ludicrous––my guess the article appearing recently in Huffington Press was written tongue in cheek and wasn’t intended to be such a downer for so many hard working writers. Not everything said in the article was accurate and up to date, but it appears attempts were made to be fair. Some information given as facts are misleading––such as the statement e-books don’t make it into the brick and mortar bookstores.

    To their credit, the Moms and Pops have embraced e-books by Indie authors and have adjusted to the current market by offering them in their retail stores.The good news? Now we can help them do that by purchasing our e-books locally. (This way when you feel down in the dumps and need a place to escape you won’t feel so guilty.)

    Today, whether an author decides to publish through a small publisher who uses Smashwords, or goes directly to them as a self-publisher, is a choice and not necessarily a last ditch effort

    Problem? Authors are seldom offered lucrative contracts by established well-known traditional publishers. And even the ones who get lucky and get a cash advance, find the little money they are paid doesn’t last long. Today, where there’s a choice, authors often PREFER to self-publish rather than endure all the risks, trials and tribulations for ten cents on the dollar. The bragging rights are simply not that good anymore.

    So, the answer to the question, “Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors Or Even Published?”  YES TO ALL THE ABOVE! 

    © Gigi Galt 2013
    © Photo/TatyanaGl/iStockphoto

    Note: To read article and comments? “Authors Who Self-Promote: The Shame of it All” scroll down the page. It appear right after the next blog entitled: Paradise 4.

     
    • Magdalena VandenBerg 7:59 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on magdalena vandenberg.

      • gigigalt 8:47 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks Magdalena! I appreciate it. I will visit your blog later today. Looking forward to it!

    • sknicholls 8:27 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I have my own ISBN for my own paperbook that is being published by CreateSpace to Amazon’s POD. It was an option to purchase my own or take one from them. Since the big book store rules change everyday I opted to buy my own from Bowker. The big bookstores, like Barnes and Noble have exclusive contracts that prohibit them from buying my POD books…so they say. B&N has a contract with LightningSource, plus…you have to have sold X number of books through LightningSource before they will CONSIDER putting your book in their store. I have; however, beat the streets to get out to market to local independent bookstores here in Orlando and now have twelve stores agreeable to stock my paperback on their shelves, 2-4 copies each. It was a lot of work, and I have to do the distribution, but it is worth it to build a name, I suppose.

    • gigigalt 8:45 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hello sknicholls! Love your story––so inspiring. The Chicken Soup author and you have much in common! I will find your blog later and write to you with some thoughts I had as I read this. Many thanks!

    • Jerri Lee George 9:02 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’m curious about the Barnes and Noble “contract”. I was told CreateSpace expanded distribution included B&N.

      • sknicholls 9:08 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Barnes and Noble can choose which books it wants to carry on its shelves. Their criteria is very strict. Createspace can distribute to them, IF they decide they want to carry your book. The local B & N here in Orlando has an exclusive contract with LighteningSource. They won’t touch my book.

      • gigigalt 9:39 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Good question! I have heard CreateSpace may eventually be accepted in some book stores. It would seem they would have to have an ISBN. Thanks!

      • gigigalt 9:45 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Illustrationskasia. Loved your interview. Talk about inspiring! And Diahann’s paintings! Unforgettable. Many thanks for sharing. I have booked marked her site and will yours also. Also, how she sells her books is an education––one glance says it all.

    • illustrationskasia 9:38 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes – that is a very interesting question – in fact I also thought about this possibility :self – publishing+ fond raising :) If you are interested to read a small interview I made with Diahann Darwood about her book and self-publishing , you’ll find it here: http://illustrationstory.wordpress.com/into-the-self-publishing-ocean/

    • Ambrozya 10:05 pm on October 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Ambrozya and commented:
      I thought I would share this, for future reference when I think that I am not a real writer…. With great respect. A.

      • gigigalt 3:12 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Ambrozya! I appreciate it! I suspect writers who put down hard working authors suffer from a deep seated need to put down others to build themselves up. Perhaps they have an inferiority complex they are attempting to cover up with a superiority complex by pretending that somehow they are a notch above everyone else. If one feels a need to judge at all it should be on a particular work. But perhaps the critics and skeptics are blessings in disguise. (Everything is perfect for our pleasure or growth.) The critics get to enjoy themselves as do the authors who refine themselves on the critics rough exterior. In the long run, it’s always the buying public who determines the popularity of a book, but NOT whether one is a successful author who has produced a “real” book. The hard part for writers everywhere is to find their niche without getting discouraged. Loved what you said and I’d be willing to bet every writer alive at one time or another has looked in the mirror and asked: “Am I a real writer?” Hugs.

    • cdcoffelt 12:36 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      A big thumbs up!

      • gigigalt 3:23 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks cdcoffeit! I appreciate it. It was good of you to write.

    • Aussiescribbler 5:18 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Success for an author can be based on different things. For some, the creative process alone is all that matters. Some works of literature which are now acknowledged as classics were not published during the author’s life-time. But when it comes to comparing a self-published book with a book published by a conventional publisher, it is pretty easy to compare sales. If a self-published book sells as well as a conventionally published book then there is no reason to consider it as less legitimate. I think the reason for the stigma against self-published authors is that anyone can publish almost anything via Smashwords. They won’t so easily get it into the Premium Catalogue, but even there the main criteria is formatting and cover. This is as it should be. But it does mean that telling someone that we are a self-published author, in and of itself, doesn’t mean much. If we want them to be impressed we will probably have to show that we are a self-published author who makes money at it or has a significant fan base. Or we can simply not worry about impressing people. :o)

      • gigigalt 5:50 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Lol. You said. “We can simply not worry about impressing people.” Yes, of course! And this the ideal attitude, however whether a book is sold or given away, it first needs to qualifiy as a book. I can’t offer a fruit basket and call it a book. Like anything else in the world, books require a definition. It would be interesting to see how this would be handled in a court of law. If indie books are NOT “real” books––NOT written by a “real” authors, and NOT “really” published, I think a legal opinion by a copyright and patent attorney is in order. LOL. The courts would have a field day with this one! AussieScribbler, thanks for your always thoughtful opinion.

    • Aussiescribbler 5:42 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Also, by definition, anyone who has written a book, a short story, an article, a blog post, etc., is an author. It is only the rare few who can list “author” as their primary occupation on their tax return. When 80% of people in the U.S. (and the figures are probably similar in other countries) didn’t read a book in the last year, we seem to be caught in a situation were more and more books are being published but less and less people are actually reading them.

      • gigigalt 6:09 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I like your point about an authors primary occupation. On the other hand, Futurist Ray Kurzweil (Now head of Google Engineering) has written a number of best sellers, but I doubt he lists his primary occupation as “Author” on his tax return.

        And regarding your comment about more and more books and less readers?It is another keen observation and one more complex than it might first appear. As I’m sure you know, this has been going on for years. It could because we are glutted withnformation on the internet There are only so many hours in a day anyone has to devote to reading. To me that means authors will need to zero in on what select audiences want to read and not worship the “one big best seller he or she is someday going to write.” Translation: more books of substance per author written for smaller numbers.

    • Don Abdul 12:27 pm on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting points raised and discussed here. I have also been pondering the issue of more books being written and less people reading them. Like Aussiescribbler pointed out, it is basically the same all over the world. Gigi was spot on too in her position that author have to get even more creative in discerning and writing to the needs of select audiences rather than gunning after the big best seller down the line.
      On the issue of ebook authors being real or not… I think that is obvious, a quick look at the numbers and the prevailing trend would lead you to the same conclusion: Yes we are!
      Funny enough, I also cannot list “Author” as my primary occupation… at least not yet.

      • gigigalt 3:19 pm on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Don! I first was introduced to the idea (of the necessity for todays authors to write many books) by E.S. and later by “Cowgirl–– a pilot who flies her own plane for a living. She writes useful books that zero in on particular subjects and writes a fascinating and informative blog that is always right on the money. (You can see her here on my blog by scrolling down. It is in the post entitled “Cowgirls Who Shoot From The Hip” (something like that) As Aussie brought up, today we have fewer readers and more books and what this means in the long haul, is difficult to say what this will mean. Hopefully governments won’t end up declaring who is and isn’t authorized to write! As it is presently, Indie Authors represents democracy in action. ALL ARE NOT EQUALLY GOOD, BUT ALL HAVE AN EQUAL CHANCE TO WRITE A BOOK. Maybe it means we end up having meaningful conversations with others by books, rather than in person or by telephone. It sounds impersonal, but is it? How many people do we talk to, actually hear what we have to say? So Instead of wasting hours conversing with people who couldn’t care less or even want to hear our views, people indicate their seriousness by slapping down 99 Cents on the counter for the privilege of our time. Lol. Just kidding––I think! Anyway, enjoyed all you had to say here and may the day arrive you can list “Author––Primary Occupation,” My best to you and yours. G. G.

    • gigigalt 12:10 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Bowker, Thank you so much for this! Readers here will love it. I will include it in my story today along similar lines as this one. I felt the one I wrote here needed clarification. I will stop right now and include your information which fits like a glove with the recent blog.

    • Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan 1:23 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Saying an author is not an author because he/she “self-published” is like saying a musician is not a musician because he/she chooses to post music videos to YouTube rather than via MTV. Or that a painter or a potter is not an artist because he/she sells his/her works at art fairs rather than having them displayed in museums.

      The venue does not make the artist, be it the writer, the musician, the painter, etc.

      Further, the artist who explores all avenues for getting his/her work out into the world is not only an artist, but is an entrepreneur.

      Please understand that the true barrier right now for self-pubbed authors is not whether they allow labels to be put on them, but that distribution channels for print books are still mired along the old path to publication – through one of the big houses. As soon as someone figures out how to channel self-pubbed/indie print books into bookstores – on a widespread basis, not just as SKNicholls as done for himself (great job, that, though! Congrats), then this entire “discussion” will be moot.

      As for the idea that there are more books and fewer readers, meh. Sure there are more books – because more people are taking advantage of the opportunities to self-pub. Still, if an author has a good story, an authentic voice, and a lot of persistence, he/she can be discovered and, once discovered, can build a loyal base of fans.

      A bigger problem to authors is not how many readers there may or may not be, but that we have allowed ourselves to be lulled into the idea that we must undervalue our work so that someone will buy it. While I love (and use) Amazon and its various services, I blame this on Amazon and its business model. Think about it:

      Amazon makes/sells Kindles. They charge hundreds of dollars for the ereaders. NO ONE would buy a Kindle if they then had to fork over $14.99 (and up) for books. So, Amazon solved this by building a platform that encourages authors to sell their work for pennies, to even give their work away for free (KDP Select). While KDP did help the first authors who jumped on board, it has since taught readers that they can (AND SHOULD) get books for free. It seems that a great number of readers (our potential customers) are even offended that they should be asked to pay for an eBook.

      Still,it is a free market and that means that this trend can be reversed – or an entirely new trend, or trends, can come about.

      G.G., thank you for your site and for asking the question – Are self-published authors really authors…? As you say, what a crock!

      • gigigalt 5:49 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Katherine! Loved your letter and for the mention and re-blogging. I got terrific news today I know you and the others are going to love it. It is the best news I have heard in a while. It’s stuff we all secretly suspect, but how delicious it is to have it backed up by two highly credible sources (Bowker and Forbes Magazine). G. G.

  • gigigalt 3:56 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #4 Paradise: Cross Village to Mackinac Island (Little Traverse Bay Romantic Travel Series), , , , ,   

    Paradise 4: Cross Village to Mackinac Island 

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    Paradise 4:  Cross Village to Mackinac Island

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/393468

    ISBN: 9781310404603

    Ideally located close to Harbor Springs, the rich and famous flew in from all over the world to do their thing. Others contented themselves with drives through the beautiful Tunnel of Trees to have dinner at Legs Inn in Cross Village or camp at Wilderness State Park near Mackinaw City. Cottage owners in the area came to know who owned what even though they kept the information among themselves. “We should always protect our own,” grandfather reminded his family, “these city-folk are part of us now.” Legend had it Native American ghosts stood guard fifty miles either way of Devil’s Elbow on M-119. Whether true or not, since 1968, armed property owners and caretakers were suspicious of trespassers and didn’t hesitate to protect their families and pricey retreats. Between them and the redneck militia’s watchful eye, the area was once again considered safe. But Kate wondered. Was it really?

    © Gigi Galt 2014
    © Photo/Travel_Bug/istockphoto

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    FOR FREE COPIES CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE OR ANY LINKSBELOW.

    THE STORIES ARE ALL ILLUSTRATED IN COLOR––BEST VIEWED ON SMASHWORDS PDF.

    THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT LOCAL BOOKSTORES, AND ALL POPULAR ON-LINE STORES SUCH AS APPLE (I-PAD AND I-PHONE) KINDLE, KOBO, BARNES AND NOBEL DIESEL, ETC.

    Love Boxes by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/307892

    ISBN: 9781301663514

    Love Boxes 2: The Vacation by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31484
    ISBN: 9781301983216

    Love Boxes 3: The Twilight Zone by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331781

    ISBN: 9781301243709

    Love Boxes 4: A Cottage In Bay View by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340524
    ISBN: 9781301507641

    Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs by G. G. Galt
    Travel Fiction » Romance » General
    ISBN: 9781301132560
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

    Paradise 2: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Cross Village by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301869008
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348863

    Paradise 3: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Sausalito by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301498703
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/350649

    Paradise 4: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac City
    Travel Fiction * Romance * Contemporary
    Publisher: Gemini Press Books
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226
    Scheduled for Release: December 15, 2013

    Paradise 5 and Paradise 6  to be released January 25, 2014

     
    • Walston 12:50 pm on April 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hope the guy gets caught!

    • gigigalt 11:13 am on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! Stay tuned.

    • Don Abdul 12:49 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So beautifully written. Can’t wait for the release. Congrats Gigi :D

      • gigigalt 1:02 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Don! I appreciate it. Hope you take a look at one of the books already published. Click on the links here and you can get any one of the books free until they go on Amazon around Christmas time. Good to hear from you!

    • KT Banks 5:06 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’m certainly looking forward to reading what happens next. Thanks, Gigi. I needed something to look forward to.
      ~ KT

      • gigigalt 5:02 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks K.T. ! In the meantime help yourself to any other book in the series. Some are very short and others are longer. You might get a kick out of Paradise 3: Harbor Springs to Sausalito. For a longer one, try Love Boxes: A Love Story from Northern Michigan to Points Beyond. So good to hear from you!

    • Crystle 8:28 pm on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I only want to mention that this post is very beneficial.

      Thanks for taking your time to write this.

    • http://www.confidilombardia.it/dati/moncler/index.asp?id=4 11:59 am on September 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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      • gigigalt 12:46 pm on September 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        How romantic! I love success stories. Some people may view this as spam, but
        I would be willing to bet you have a good reason for continually sending this
        message. The Croods must be very proud of you.

  • gigigalt 7:41 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Authors Who Self-Promote––Why they do.   

    Authors Who Self-Promote––Oh, The Shame of it All! 

    Hypocrisy 

    POST SCRIPT TO MY PREVIOUS POST:

    I was amazed at a recent article entitled: “Are Self-Published Authors Really Authors Or Even Published?”

    I hate to dignify such a question by answering, but I will for the sake of any who are confused by it. I will begin with a definition provided by a friend who owns a book store:

    “A Smashword book with an ISBN Number that has been accepted into Smashwords Premium Catalogue sells to brick and mortar book stores as well as popular on-line book stores. This would certainly be more than enough to qualify any book as a “real” book, and one written by a “real” author, that would be “really” published. Authors who publish through Smashwords have books available all over the world through Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Barnes and Nobel and many others.

    IF SMASHWORD PUBLISHING IS “NOT REAL” AND ITS BOOKS “NOT REAL” AND ITS AUTHORS “NOT

    REAL” THEN BOOKSTORES ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVEN’T RECEIVED THE NEWS.

    If an independent author chooses to publish e-books through Amazon.com they will find many of them do not have ISBN Numbers––what bookstores everywhere typically use to define a “real” book. This is the reason (along with others) why ninety-nine percent of the time, you can’t find Amazon published books in your Mom and Pop Book Stores, but there are others. One of the owners of this kind of retail outlet––a traditional brick and mortar book store––told me a year ago, that they DO NOT stock Amazon e-books and their Create-a-Space Paper Books. “For us to buy books from Amazon,” she said, “would be like K-Mart buying from Walmart. Amazon is a primarily a retailer, it simply doesn’t make sense for small books store owners to buy from our biggest competitor.” In the meantime, the mom and pops appear to have adjusted by offering e-books in their retail stores as well as on their in house websites.

    But to suggest authors who publish through Amazon are NOT writers OR authors, OR “REAL” is not only ludicrous, it’s ridiculous and self-serving.

    Those who look down their noises at fellow writers remind me of the oft told story about King Tut. After making love to Queen Tut, he carried her out to the settee on their bedroom balcony. Surveying the kingdom below, the queen let out a sigh and reached for the king’s hand.

    “My dear,” she said to him, “do you think all the people below enjoy love-making as much we do?”

    “Of course not,” the king replied, “it is too good for them!”

    I think those who puff up with pride and call themselves author, while diminishing writers who have less experience and skills, need to come down off their high-horses and show compassion. Whether derogatory comments are said as a joke or seriously, it would appear, dated professor types are trapped in the grip of ego–unconsciously clinging to days when editors groomed their promising authors––Don Quixote clones chasing the impossible dreams and demanding todays authors pay the price they had to pay. AND in an entirely different world, where the rules of the game have changed.

    What the critics don’t know is todays indies DO pay a huge price and probably work as hard as they did, just differently. Nowadays compared to the old days, there is twice the work to be done because there is no such thing as simply writing. The author today has two jobs and is likely to spend half of his or her time promoting and marketing.

    What’s confusing is those who write the most about being accepted by a traditional publishers,appear to be blind to the fact that we are glutted today with publishers who are little more than Vanity Presses, and not as dependable. Such companies make the author PAY THEM, and rarely pay advances. In some situations It’s okay, although better ways are often available––history is full of excellent authors who got started this way, but it’s not a trophy to hold up to the light––brag such companies are better than the indie mavricks who choose to travel the non traditional route. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t––each must be evaluated on individual merit. (The same as books published by Indies.)

    Today the costs of promotion is likely to be paid by the struggling author, or later, deducted from the book sales. And when start-up companies go belly up (as many have lately) it is often difficult for the author to get his or her rights returned. Money invested is lost forever and the author’s books removed from the shelves––which is understandable, no company big or small keeps a book that does not make them a profit. More than ever, publishers are simply not willing to take chances on unknown authors. That said, I am all for any new publisher who is doing a great job for authors––often the ones afraid to step out in the cold hard world alone.

    But I scratch my head over those who have reached a degree of success––those who are aloof and give off the impression that self-publishing and promotion is beneath them––say they wouldn’t engage in it except for their “less marketable books.” Do they even realize what they are projecting? What they need to do, is look around at what is actually happening in the market place––that soon more than half of all books sold will be e-books and the majority by independent authors––that the numbers are growing exponentially. And tell me, what do these old timers expect new authors to do––live in their shadows and grovel at the big boys feet? Dwell on the negative? Give up? The simple truth is most every writer promotes––some are simply more imaginative than others––more up to date on what social media experts advise.

    This subject reminds me of one of my professors. I found out at the end of the semester I was the only one in his class to spend forty dollars for his hundred-page book on teaching methods. Asking for his autograph, I told him, “This is very good, but the price is too high. Let me help you market it.”

    He cringed at the idea of giving anyone the impression he would self-promote. I mentioned Howard Gardner––how his best seller on the theory of multiple intelligences had helped untold numbers of young people in classroom settings. He considered what I had to say, but nothing ever came of my proposal.

    Perhaps his pride was greater than his belief in what he wrote. Then again, it could have been fear of rejection. It’s one thing to compete on a small campus where you are well liked and far removed from everyday concerns, and quite another, to expose your philosophy to the world.

    But today, anyone who wants the public to read their books, needs to reconsider playing the role of prima Donna. Writing a book, is only half the job. The rest is related to promotion and communicating with readers and other authors.

    The playing field in publishing has leveled. And although it is a given authors should write what people want to read, and do it well, the little details aren’t make or break. Typos and such––often missed by self-published authors and small publishers––are detracting, but in the overview, are minor details and correctable. Most of all, they are not a problem except for bad reviews they can generate from trigger happy cowgirls in black hats roaming the range all day long looking for greenhorns to shoot out of the saddle. But outside of an author making him or herself a target, mistakes are good. They are the scars worn with honor, and experiences catalogued for future reference.

    I recently told a friend: “I’m not afraid of making mistakes, they hurt sometimes, but ultimately I learn from them. As Einstein said: “The only people who don’t make mistakes are those who don’t try anything new.”

    Intellectual snobbery and elitism belongs to another age. The readers and authors who cling to it, should consider finding new ways to satisfy their egos, one that doesn’t require belonging to any pseudo-intellectual crowd. (One way would be to help the very writers they so cruely criticize.)

    I’ll conclude by paraphrasing Grocho Marks: “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that accepts intellectual snobs as members

    UNEDITED

    Copyright G. G. Galt 2013

    HypocrisyPhoto Credit © istockphoto.com/ TatyanaG

     
    • The Irish Wench 11:08 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So true, half the work of being an author…or sometimes more than half is the marketing end! If you cannot market and get the word out about your book then chances are it will only sit on the shelf and nothing more. Great post, thank you for sharing!

      • gigigalt 11:20 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Irish Wench.You made my morning. Many thanks. I agree with you totally. Our job is far more complex today, but at least we can be in control. It’s a double edge sword, but at least we are in the drivers seat can decided the direction to take after weighing the
        options. Thanks again. P.S. I just now read your blog about the book you wrote: “Letters From Korea.” I cried. What you say is so true. What happened to you, makes it all worth while. Hugs to your father-in-law for being a man who appreciated what you did, and expressed it to you. God love him! Btw, I just bought the book. It waits for me on my Kindle Book Shelf. I look forward to reading it.

        • The Irish Wench 11:24 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink

          You are very welcome! I just recently started publishing and was completely….I mean completely shocked at the fact that I seem to spend more time working on marketing ideas than I do writing…very double edged sword, especially when just setting up.

          I have run into people that make it sound like because I “am just writing” that I have lots of free time and just wrote a book and am instantly a woman of leisure…hahaha surely they jest!

        • gigigalt 11:25 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks also to Amelia. Curzion (Mungal: The Goia Constrictor) i see your comments, but my wordpress needs updating and I can’t figure out how to say hello and thank you. This will have to do for now! My best!

      • gigigalt 8:01 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Happy holidays Irish Wench. Hope all is going great for you. Say hello to your father-in-law for me. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time. Cheers! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Mungai and the Goa Constrictor 6:50 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Carte Blanche by Amelia Curzon.

      • gigigalt 5:52 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Amelia. I appreciate you reblogging this. It made me happy to hear from you.

    • Mungai and the Goa Constrictor 6:51 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Fabulous post, Gigi, and spot on. I have reblogged it :)

      • gigigalt 5:50 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, how good to hear from you. Fabulous? Wow!Thanks so much and for reblogging it. How good of you.

      • gigigalt 8:05 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Amelia! Happy holidays. Hope all is going fine. Owe you a letter about my change of plans.. I will write soon. Tell your sister-in-law I said hello. This has to be a challenging time of the year for you. I see all the great work you do for our animal friends, at least whenever possible.. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time. Cheers! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

        • Mungai and the Goa Constrictor 1:22 pm on December 24, 2013 Permalink

          Hi Gigi, I have been thinking of you lately – it’s so good to hear from you. I will pass your kind regards onto Diane – thank you :)

          I hope you and your family have a most wonderful Christmas and a New Year which brings you all the things you wish for,my dear friend ~ Amelia ♥

    • Bette A. Stevens 6:58 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      THANKS for the post!

    • Andy Szpuk 9:17 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I liked the ‘scar of honour’ idea, Gigi, that is such a good way of looking at it. And with any art form, if you don’t look back in a couple of years time and cringe even a little at what you produced then, you probably aren’t moving in the right direction.

      • gigigalt 5:59 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Andy. Glad you like the idea of it. Enjoyed all you wrote
        here and I so agree with you. In the 4th book, Fancy talks about
        this with her friend and minister. Perhaps authors should all have cloaks or sashes
        (think of ones Girl and Boy Scouts wear) For each scar we sew a gold embroidered star on our cloak and
        then we all sit around the campfire once a year with our cloaks or sashes and tell
        the story behind everyone of the “merrit badges” sewn on our cloaks. Thanks again.

      • gigigalt 8:08 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Andy! The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time. Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

        P.S. Hope is going well for you

    • Olivia Stocum 11:22 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Love this post. Thanks!

    • Olivia Stocum 11:23 am on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on The Claymore and Surcoat and commented:
      Great advice on the learning curve of a writer, and dealing with snobbery.

      • gigigalt 9:06 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        P.S. How good of you! It gave me a chance to see your cool blog also. I loved N’s quote. I think I’ve heard it before, but I had forgotten it. Good reminder! I tried to leave a comment but not sure it took. I’ll check later.

        • Olivia Stocum 1:19 pm on August 16, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks for visiting!

      • gigigalt 8:10 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again on the re-posting! Cheers, G. G.

    • Tamy Burns 2:41 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Gigi! Great post. I too really liked the “scar of honour” idea. I’m glad to say that I can look back and see my mistakes as stepping stones to my growing as an author and improving. I also believe that I spend more than half my time networking, promoting and educating myself in order to make my dream a steady paying gig, lol!! Blessings to you!

      • gigigalt 9:18 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Tamy, I understand what you are saying. Who’d ever guess we’d end up with careers in advertising? But actually, I think it is making us all better writers. We are forced to focus and consider practical matters artists tend to forget, such as, who am I writng for? The best and most profitable writting I ever did was when I was hungry and had to describe a product no one had ever heard of. The editor of a well-known magazine wrote: “The product is great and it does what it claims to do, but the booklet that explains it is too commercial.” I had no idea what she meant. I said to myself, “And that’s bad?” May your dreams all come true! G.

      • gigigalt 8:11 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Tamy. Blessings! The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap 2:53 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Really good post. Came from Mungai’s site. So true, what you write. In this day and age, unless you’re first initials are J.K. etc. you have to self promote if you want your book to receive attention. It may not be for the faint at heart but hey growing pains aren’t a bad thing. Glad I read this. Nice meeting you. Paulette

      • gigigalt 9:43 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Paulette! What you say is so true! Nice to meet you also. I get faint of heart at times, despite my best intentions. I’m most resistant to the idea of self-promotion when my confidence is low––when I ask myself myself, “Will I ever be good enough. , , ,” This is when I fear rejection the most. That kind of crazy thinking can paralize me. I have to remeind myself, there’s no such thing as a natural born writer, any more than there is a natural born surgeon––most of would prefer our surgeon had operated on others before us. Btw, like what you are doing with your book. I tweated it. G.

      • gigigalt 8:12 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Paulette! Thanks for all you said before. Here’s something new. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time. Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Karen Anderson 3:16 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So very true! I write romantic suspense, and I’m the only one in my local writers’ group who does. They all act as if self-promotion is beneath them. What crap! For a new author it’s as necessary as breathing.

      • gigigalt 10:02 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well said, Karen. If they want their books to reach the greatest number of readers, they need to get off their high-horses. What you say reminds me of a musician who was refered to as a “musicians musican.” It was said his music was so far above the norm, only a trained musician could appreciate what he was doing. But then I think of a Mozart who has delighted millions and realize what a cop out that is––If what is created is good, it should be understandable to the masses (at least on some level.) Ray Kurzweil, head of Google Engineering, and considered by many, as one of the smartest men in the world today, writes non-fiction books. Everything he writes is comprehendable and clear. And believe me, he is not shy about self-promotion! I’ll bet your romantic suspense is great. One thing for sure, it is more difficult than non-fiction writing (in my opinion). I wish you well!

      • gigigalt 8:13 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Karen. Thanks again for last August. Hope all is going well. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Joe 2:46 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What I think is really funny is that if a make a wheel and go about trying to sell it to everybody, nobody will think I’m conceited, they’ll just take it as a part of the business. However, when an author writes a book and goes about promoting it, he is regarded as conceited. Why? Maybe because some authors promote the image they are better than everybody else. I regard writing as a talent like many other talents. Everybody has value in their own sphere of knowledge. If I produce a wheel, there is nothing wrong with promoting it. If I produce a book, there is nothing wrong in promoting it.

      What you have to do is keep the right attitude. You are selling a product that will add value to the reader, so I think you just have to keep talking about the book, not about yourself. And don’t think you’re better than anybody else because you wrote a book. You are important because you brought value, but other people bring value to you. An author needs readers and other authors to help them grow.

      We have to promote our books and I think the way to go about it is to focus on the product and talk about yourself only when people ask. If they want to find out more about the author, by all means, talk about yourself, but matter-of-factly. That’s what I think. A book should be judged by itself. When you buy a car, you don’t want to find everything about the car maker. That’s my view. A book is a product like any other.

      Something else. Every book has a niche. I may read your book and hate it because I’m a sci-fi guy. Does it mean your book sucks? Nope, it means I’m not in your niche. Since I’m an editor and a teacher, I’ll pay attention to SPAG – spelling, punctuation and grammar- and I’ve noticed many readers stop reading when on the first chapter they find many SPAG errors. So take care of SPAG, but your style is your style, and your audience is a unique audience that loves your stuff. You can’t have everybody, so build your audience and treat them nicely, and I’m sure you will grow. Whoever thinks they shouldn’t promote their books is living in another century. That’s my two cents.

    • gmshephard 4:12 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great article Gigi. I think you are right on. Promoting our work is just half the battle as writers. This came up on a FB group where we were discussing the whether self promotion should be done…Well every year during Superbowl (can I use that word without the NFL’s permission), Coca Cola spends millions in self promotion. Our whole lives are based on self promoting ourselves. The HR director at a job interview does not look at the trope I brought in with me and ask “So, tell me about her.” Heck no, I have to promote myself if I want the job and can’t rely on others to get it for me.

      It’s a dog eat dog world out there, that’s why Coca Cola doesn’t sit on top of it’s empire, lazily looking down and scorning Pepsi for shamelessly promoting themselves. Coca Cola knows what every other success story knows. If you want to be the best, it takes confidence and hard work selling yourself and your product.

      Many hours will be spent traveling the country, sitting in coach, pretending to read your own book in hope the struggling Pepsi salesman next to you will take more interest in what you are reading, than the can of Coke on your tray table.

    • gmshephard 4:32 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Very true. There is no shame in hiring someone to promote for you, but it is still you spearheading the campaign. An avenue I would recommend, and follow myself is to also spend some time and money learning how to promote yourself better. This can be done with public speaking coaches, speech writers, sales and marketing workshops. Readers love connecting with writers, and improving your craft in this regard can be very effective as drawing more potential readers.

      • gigigalt 2:58 pm on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        All good points. Toastmasters is a wonderful and economical group to join. More later. Many thanks!

    • Seumas Gallacher 6:47 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Fabulous, fabulous blog post… well done, that lady :))

    • Seumas Gallacher 6:48 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
      … heres’ a post from a lady, with sentiments after my own heart on this … :)

      • gigigalt 3:01 pm on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Seumas: How wonderful of you to do this! Many thanks. More later. I appreciate it!

    • jumeirajames 7:08 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Paying someone else to promote you (eg a publisher or PR company) is still self promotion. For self-published authors we’re just cutting out the middlemen.

      • gigigalt 3:04 pm on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Jumelra, excellent point. It so true that we pay in one way or another. Publishers may take the advertising out of our checks, but it’s all cash out of our pocket. And if it is hours we spend it is still whatever dollar value we place on ourselves per hourr. Thanks!

    • jumeirajames 7:09 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on iNation and commented:
      Great points on self-promotion for self-published authors

    • change it up editing 11:20 am on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve worked with several authors who have proclaimed themselves above self-promotion . . . and almost no one has found their books. There are many ways to market your book without standing on a street corner shouting “Buy my book!”, but expecting sales without self-promotion is like expecting Ed McMahon to knock on your door and announce that you’ve won: it could happen, but the odds aren’t in your favor!

      • gigigalt 3:08 pm on August 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Change It Up Editing: Well said! Many thanks, More later.

      • gigigalt 7:49 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well said! I read about a guy in Australia who stood on street corner naked holding his new book. I’ve always wondered if it increased sales. (It did give him international attention.) Let’s hope it never catches on, it would be a hard act to follow! Thanks for writing Change It Up Editing. G.

      • gigigalt 8:27 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, change it up editing,

        Thanks again for your reply. I’m here on your doorstep self-promoting––well sort of––but it goes beyond that this time. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • K. Rowe 3:41 pm on August 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Marketing is a necessary evil. Even living in the middle of nowhere I have to market. Be it Twitter, Facebook, blog, or just good ol’ fashioned talking to folks when I’m in town.

      Here’s an article I wrote for Indies Unlimited on some of my strategies. http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/01/19/marketing-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-by-k-rowe/

      There are several articles on IU about marketing (I’ve authored several). As much as I hate it, marketing does sell books. And if you do it right, it becomes natural and you don’t even think of it anymore.

      Great post!

      • gigigalt 1:43 am on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Wow! I read your article on Indies Unlimited a few minutes ago. I love it! Jam packed full of great ideas––thanks so much for sharing it with me. I posted it to my facebook and on twitter. Hope to hear from you again! Many thanks and for saying mine is a “Great post!” It did my heart good.

        • K. Rowe 5:02 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink

          Hi,
          You’re most welcome.
          Admittedly I was shocked when asked to become a member of the IU writing staff. I wondered, did I have enough to blog about? Well, living in the middle of nowhere, you have to get creative with marketing.
          Some months I’m really busy with deadlines for guest blog posts, radio interviews, the occasional physical appearance (usually local library), and any other potential marketing gigs that come my way. I keep a calendar by my desk with deadlines written on it so I don’t miss any. Probably the most important thing about marketing is if you say you are going to do it- you sure as shootin’ better! Once you build a fan base (no matter how large or small) and you advertise that you’re going to be somewhere on a certain date and time, you better be there. Writing is the fun part of this whole activity, but the marketing part is where you have to play grown-up. The more visible you are, the more fans you’ll acquire. And don’t be stingy with the Smashwords coupons- they make awesome prizes for spur of the moment trivia questions and for rewarding loyal readers. I’ve even handed some out at book signings because folks didn’t want to buy paper, so I offered them a free or discounted book for their ereader (putting the info on the back of business cards is handy). Early on in your writing career, you give away a lot. But if your work is good, you’ll draw in readers who will tell their friends. And there’s nothing better than that!

          Market on!

          http://www.facebook.com/K.RoweAuthor

      • gigigalt 11:28 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks K. Rowe. See below where I answered you. You are something!

      • gigigalt 8:28 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        K. Rowe! Hello, there! I often think of you and tell people your inspiring story. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time. Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Jerry Hunsinger 8:50 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more, Gigi. If we do not promote our work, who then? I unabashedly have self-promoted for the last 9-years and I will continue to do so. Thank you for your well-wrtten aricle.

      • gigigalt 9:40 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Jerry, so good to hear from you! If anyone would know, it’s you. I appreciate the compliment. It really amounts to what all believers in free enterprise have always known: create a good product, advertise it, and see what happens. If it’s not a good product, it will die a natural death. And we move on to find one that will be well received. It reminds me of when a well-known company who made dog food tried a new version. Everyone in the company was excited and they poured a ton of money into the best marketing money could buy. The first month sales sky-rocketed. The second month they dropped and then went from bad went to worse. Finally the CEO hired a survey company to find out why their customers had stopped buying. It was finally discovered: Dogs didn’t like the food. G.G.

      • gigigalt 8:32 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again for being so supportive. The following is my latest blog.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • dellanioakes 10:37 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post. Interestingly, I’ve met a well established, well known author on Facebook, who is currently promoting herself fast and furiously. She’s been able to obtain the rights to many of her previously published work and has been reissuing expanded versions (the author’s cut). I was so excited to meet up with one of my author idols, I invited her on my radio show. She and her husband, also an author, came on for a chat. We had a wonderful time! She doesn’t seem to think it’s beneath her, in fact she’s embraced it, making it her own. Yet another reason to like and admire Janet Morris. :)

      • gigigalt 11:00 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Wow! The Janet Morris Story is heartwarming––inspiring. Many thanks for sharing this with us. I love all you said, but especially, “She doesn’t think it’s beneath her, in fact she’s embraced it, making it her own.” This is huge! It’s so deep and says so much about your author friend. I’m grateful you wrote. And thanks for saying the post is excellent. For so long, I kept running into those who looked down their noses at self-promotion. It came natural to me since I’ve been creating and selling since first grade. Lol. Why people think only socialists are creative never made sense to me. The best artist I know in any field, love their work so much they value it, and expect others to do the same (by paying for it.)
        Believing in what we create and thinking it is good enough to sell, and then doing it––is free enterprise at its best!

        • dellanioakes 2:25 pm on August 20, 2013 Permalink

          I agree with you whole heartedly. I don’t like marketing. In fact, I’m sure I’m terrible at it, but I want my work out there, I want others to enjoy it. I’d like to make some money off what I love doing. Other people get to, why not authors? Athletes say you have to love the game to play it – look how much they’re paid to do what they enjoy. They may not be doing self-promotions per se, but their endorsements are certainly using their fame to promote something else. I guess it’s all in the way you look at it.

          It used to be that publishing houses promoted their authors. Even then, there were book signings, talk show appearances, etc. Authors have always had to promote their work because it can’t be separated from the individual. We don’t bake cookies or make energy drinks, we write. We ARE the product. Can’t get more personal than that.

          Wait, people think only socialists are creative? Sorry, whoever said that is insular and not terribly creative or intelligent.

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          FROM GIGI: THE REPLY BUTTON ISN’T WORKING. SORRY, DELLANIOAK!. Yes, “we are the product,” good news but also difficult emotionally. The good news is we don’t need to leave our fate up to the whim of the gods. By the way, I agree with you about the statement involving “socialists” What I intended to say is the “type of mind set” that is against making a profit. Many thanks for your comment. I appreciated every word! Cheers.

      • gigigalt 8:34 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, delianioakes,

        Thanks again for your reply. Hope your show is going great! The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • SAZ 11:34 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well put and great POV. It is just a matter of how clever we are at making it more subtle and less obvious! And if we do so with authenticity, instead of blatant and unwarranted self-praise. Thanks for sharing!

      • gigigalt 12:35 am on August 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hey SAZ, thanks for the compliment. About the other: I hear you. We owe it ourselves to get with the times and follow the “Emily Post” social rules of our day, or taking a lesson or two from the Victorian Age.) The best book I’ve read on the subject is: LIKABLE SOCIAL MEDIA BY DAVE KERPEN. He lives the sincere message he preaches, and yet is the master of self=promotion. It’s hard to know sometimes where the dividing line rests between boasting and revealing interesting facts “About the Author.” I think if we talking primarily about our books rather than ourselves, we are safe––STILL I love knowing the personal tidbits about the author––it makes me feel conected to them.

      • gigigalt 8:36 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Saz. Thanks again for your reply. Hope all is going great! I think of you everytime I see a bottle of wine. Lol. You must come an visit the vineyards in Northern Michigan in your travels. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Tricia Drammeh 2:57 pm on August 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t do a lot of self-promotion–I also don’t sell a lot of books. I understand self-promotion is something I’m going to have to do, but as an introvert, it’s something I struggle with. So far, I haven’t found an imaginative way to promote my books, and I think creative promotion is very important. Too often, I see authors plugging book links on Facebook and Twitter, day after day, several times a day. They aren’t selling any more books than I am, and I rarely post buying links. Why? Because they’re promoting to the same audience. They aren’t reaching new people. The same people who didn’t want to buy their book last week, probably won’t be compelled to buy it just because they saw another post. The people who seem to do well with self-promotion are creative and genuine. It’s all about the approach.

      Snobbery… I’m glad you brought this up. Few authors are brave enough to mention this. Now that you mention it, I think snobbery is one of the reasons I haven’t self promoted the way I should. I’m reluctant to make myself a target.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

      • gigigalt 4:21 am on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Tricia, I love your letter. Your questions are difficult––ones I too am struggling with and hope to resolve soon. I do know this––often it is difficult to measure where our efforts are most productive.

        I had this happen with a company that went from zero to big numbers in a year. We started grassroots, word of mouth, and had free publicity from big name people, and news articles some would die for, yet where we’d think an overwhelming response would be forthcoming, the next day nothing happened. I came to the conclusion one market fed another like underground streams (our business came from direct sales, retail stores, manufacture reps, shows, schools, and colleges.) Who is our target market and how do we find them? I am beginning to think we need to find our market first and then give them a product they want. Zak Richards just published a book on how to do this. I’m hoping to learn from it. His idea make sense. Like you, I am all too often an introvert. I see writing like I do my singing–– when my stories are rejected, it feels as if I am being rejected. Painful. But if I invent a new can opener and try to sell it, I can be more objective––it is not ME. If people don’t like it, I i simply go back to drawing board and
        invent a better one, no big deal.

        Tricia, you gave me a lot to work on. Thanks so much. I hope we stay in touch!

        P.S. Zak Richard’s book’s title is a long one, but accurate. It’s called: “How To Write, Publish, and Market Your Book Your Novel Into a Best Seller” Another one I like is by “Likeable Social Media” by Dave Kerpen, and another entitled: “How I Sold i Million ebooks in 5 Months” by John Locke. None of them beat around the bush–– I find I need such straight talk to snap out of my romantic fog.

      • gigigalt 8:42 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Tricia Drammeh,
        Thanks again for your comments and honesty. It was so honest of you to say what you did about being reluctant to make oneself “a target.” I have often thought of this sense your note. You were so right on. You could almost say it like voluntarily putting yourself before a firing squad. But then, like “they” say––what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Alan W. Jankowski 5:19 am on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t imagine authors having any objections to self-promotion, merely submitting a manuscript to a publisher is a form of self-promo, and unless you intend to leave all your writing unseen on your computer hard drive for the rest of your life, you better learn to do at least some self-promotion…and nice post Gigi…

    • Opinionated Man 7:29 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more. The worse is when “large bloggers” try to make people believe that their “writing” is the only reason people started following them. That isn’t true most times either. I know for me I worked for every single one of my followers and it took a ton of effort. It wasn’t my magical pen, as much as I wish it were. Nice post and thanks for sharing! -OM

      • gigigalt 3:01 pm on August 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Whew! When I saw, “Opinionated Man,” I didn’t know what to expect, but I like your opinionated man’s opinion! Yeah . . . the world let’s you know in a hurry what they think. I’m getting the feeling, recognition comes where you least expect it. And when it does, it doesn’t give you a big head, it makes you feel very humble. I know it makes me realize more than ever how important it is too tell people thanks when they write something nice that brings you pleasure. And work? Yes, it is work to get followers. You certainly are serious about yours and I bet they love you! Many thanks for taking the time to write and be so nice. I appreciate it!

        • Opinionated Man 3:09 pm on August 24, 2013 Permalink

          Well you just earned another. Have a safe weekend! :) -OM

          THANKS OM!

      • gigigalt 8:48 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again, Opinionated Man! Hope your magical pen is working well and you aren’t having to work as hard. Lol. Your comment was so refreshing. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

      • gigigalt 12:19 am on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        You bet! Hope you are have a great holiday!

    • Jack Eason 4:12 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Intellectual snobbery and elitism belongs to another age.” Funny you should say that. I just posted on that very subject today on my blog :)

      http://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/its-time-to-wake-up-and-smell-the-roses/

      • gigigalt 8:37 am on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        WOW! Jack, I kept cheering through your entire article. I totally agree with everything you said––your readers also. It did my heart good to read this. Far too many of the snobs are intent upon us paying our “dues.” Believe me, we pay them, but not in the coinage they try to extract from us by cracking us across the knuckles––like frustrated school teachers in a one room school house. Many thanks. Gigj

        P.S. Great article!

      • gigigalt 8:50 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Jack Eason. Hope you’ve been able to by pass all the intellectual snobs this holiday season. Lol. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays! Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

    • Walston 1:30 pm on September 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I admit, I don’t self promote. It’s not just that I don’t have a “roller skate key”, It’s that there is a music to the ear, I guess, to compounding mistakes. Also, it is very difficult to have a good perspective on matters pertaining to one’s self.

      Thank you Gigi.

      NOTE: I TOOK THE LIBERTY TO EDIT THIS WHERE LETTERS WERE MISSING. PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I MESSED UP YOUR MESSAGE. I AM HAPPY TO CORRECT IT. GIGI

      • gigigalt 6:42 am on September 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Good to hear from you Walston! I’ve been concerned about you. And for good reason I see. The “f” must be missing on your keyboard. Or something. We all self-promote, even you, Lol. Only the approach varies. Anyway, I hope you find someone to promote for you when you have “wares” you’d like people to buy. Nothing happens until somebody sells something. Otherwise, the world must find your art in the attic after you starve in the streets. Lol. Good luck and stay in touch. I miss you!

        • Walston 2:15 am on September 15, 2013 Permalink

          Yes- I think I’ve found the place. Hope to buy it soon. Organising to do so. I’ve been interstate looking. It’s more expensive there and not a lot on offer.

          Innovative editing you did! Funny.

          Take care Gigi. Miss you too.
          Rick

          REPLY: Hope you find the perfect place soon. Stay in touch. Hugs. G.

        • Walston 6:43 pm on September 22, 2013 Permalink

          My bid was short. I lost. I’m back to hunting again.

        • Walston 6:51 pm on September 23, 2013 Permalink

          Hi Gigi,
          I’ll go hunting this week and hopefully some thing will be out there. Who knows. I’m hopeful. It hurt a little but it will be ok. I can build if needed. It will take a year or two longer to set up.You know- a good brick layer can lay 500 in a day. If I do 100 I’ll be happy. At least, then it will be what I want.

          I found a building to emulate. If I’m lucky I can buy the bricks and recreate it. It’s derelict at the moment. Even in its falling down state it’s beautiful. I’d like to try. I always wanted a house with a cupola. I’ll build the gallery in the same style and integrate the whole. I think it would look wonderful. I need a challenge. I’ll have Cecil in all his splendor making his presence known. That will be my sales pitch. I think it will be sufficiently different to attract attention. I hope so. Other wise it will be that mad one’s folly, which won’t be wide of the mark any way. We’ll see.

          Thank you, Gigi, you’re not just beautiful on the outside, it’s inside too

        • gigigalt 9:47 am on September 24, 2013 Permalink

          Dear Walston,

          Good luck on your search, and thanks for the kind comment. Such a building you describe would be quite an undertaking, hopefully there will be those who stand by you and appreciate your efforts even if it turns out brick laying is not your thing. Creating a work of art and exposing it the world takes courage. May your quest be fruitful and fulfilling. Cheers, G.

        • Walston 8:37 am on October 4, 2013 Permalink

          I’ve been going through my old stories. It shows I’ve learned a lot. I found a lot of things that weren’t good. Some were difficult to correct.Mostly it was about disjointedness. It’s very difficult to see at the time. It’s on review that these
          things are seen. Thank you for your inspiration Gigi.

        • gigigalt 7:16 pm on October 4, 2013 Permalink

          Always good to hear from you! I agree it is difficult to see errors at the time. We need space. And when we review, it is then we see what we need to do. I find reading out loud is a big help. I appreciate your inspiration also. Hope your search for the perfect project is progressing. Cheers, G. G.

      • gigigalt 8:53 am on December 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Walston! Checking in to say hello and see how your project is progressing. I do hope it and you are doing fine. The following is my latest blog. Check it out if you get time.

        Happy Holidays!

        Always your friend,

        Gigi

        http://gigigalt.com/2013/12/19/christmas-gifts-suggesting-improvement-why-not/

  • gigigalt 12:25 am on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charleviox, , Just Released: Love Boxes 4: The Bay View Cottage/ Northern Michigan Travel Fiction/ BayView,   

    You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover––Or Can You? 

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    The yachts and sailboats are symbolic of the life styles of the rich and famous––but more than that they exemplify the spirit of fun––playing in what’s been called America’s Riviera.

    The rocky shoreline depicts the tireless efforts of trusted professionals––those striving to preserve and protect the mental, physical, and fiscal health of the people they serve..

    The sky portrays the freedom of imagination of up-north photographers, gardeners, artists, actors, chefs, bakers, florists, teachers, poets, writers, and musicians­­––all those who uplift and nourish the heart and soul of residents and visitors alike.

    The breakwater stands for the safe guarding of the areas traditions, values, and ethics long left to the care of ministers, churches, colleges, schools, libraries, museums, and charitable organizations; the constant diligence of townships and municipalities.

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    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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    Links to the areas Fancy travels: 

    Northern Michigan and the: Upper Peninsula 

     http://www.emmetcounty.org/

    http://tcchamber.org/

    http://www.charlevoix.org/

    http://www.ejchamber.org/

    http://www.boynechamber.com/

    http://www.petoskey.com/

    http://www.harborspringschamber.com/

    http://www.cheboygan.com/

    http://www.mackinawchamber.com/

    http://www.stignace.com/events/

    http://www.drummondislandchamber.com/

    http://www.saultstemarie.org/

    http://www.paradisemichigan.org/

    http://www.keweenaw.info/

    Fancy Travels Outside of Michigan

    http://travelnevada.com/cities-towns/region/northwestern-nevada/

    http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/must-see-denver

    http://www.amtrak.com/california-zephyr-train

     

     

     
  • gigigalt 1:05 am on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Playground for the Rich and Famous and You on a Budget: Northern Michigan   

    Playground for the Rich and Famous and You on a Budget: Northern Michigan 

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    Playground for the Rich and Famous and You on a Budget

    (You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover––Or Can You?)

    The cranes repairing the stone breakwater represent the hard-working people in the trades who keep Northern Michigan up and running––its parks and waterfronts and roads in tip-top shape––it’s hotels and restaurants standing proud among the finest in the world.

    The yachts and sailboats are symbolic of the life styles of the rich and famous––but more than that they exemplify the spirit of fun––playing in what’s been called America’s Riviera.

    The rocky shoreline depicts the tireless efforts of trusted professionals––those striving to preserve and protect the mental, physical, and fiscal health of the people they serve..

    The sky portrays the freedom of imagination of up-north photographers, gardeners, artists, actors, chefs, bakers, florists, teachers, poets, writers, and musicians­­––all those who uplift and nourish the heart and soul of residents and visitors alike.

    The breakwater stands for the safe guarding of the areas traditions, values, and ethics long left to the care of ministers, churches, colleges, schools, libraries, museums, and charitable organizations; the constant diligence of townships and municipalities.

    The water represents the tides of fortune ever-present in business; the challenges faced by its owners who offer employment––drop anchors to ride out the good times and bad––provide goods and services for locals and tourists alike.

    P.S. What is a Fiction Travel Book? I once heard it defined as a novel where the place is as important as the main characters. I realized how true this was after I considered giving fictitious names to authentic towns and businesses. I couldn’t do it. My hero, heroine, and supporting cast, fit nowhere else but in actual places.

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    ISBN: 9781301983216

    Love Boxes 3: The Twilight Zone by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331781

    ISBN: 9781301243709

    Love Boxes 4: A Cottage In Bay View by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340524
    ISBN: 9781301507641

    Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs by G. G. Galt
    Travel Fiction » Romance » General
    ISBN: 9781301132560
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

    Paradise 2: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Cross Village by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301869008
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348863

    Paradise 3: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Sausalito by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301498703
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/350649

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    Links to the areas Fancy travels: 

    Northern Michigan and the: Upper Peninsula 

     http://www.emmetcounty.org/

    http://tcchamber.org/

    http://www.charlevoix.org/

    http://www.ejchamber.org/

    http://www.boynechamber.com/

    http://www.petoskey.com/

    http://www.harborspringschamber.com/

    http://www.cheboygan.com/

    http://www.mackinawchamber.com/

    http://www.stignace.com/events/

    http://www.drummondislandchamber.com/

    http://www.saultstemarie.org/

    http://www.paradisemichigan.org/

    http://www.keweenaw.info/

    Fancy Travels Outside of Michigan

    http://travelnevada.com/cities-towns/region/northwestern-nevada/

    http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/must-see-denver

    http://www.amtrak.com/california-zephyr-train

     

    NOTE: THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LISTED FOR EACH TOWN

    WILL HELP YOU FIND WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT.

    IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU CAN’T FIND, LET ME KNOW!

     

    The following is in response to a note received from “Pat” on July 28, 2013

     in regard to how the sequence of the Love Boxes Series, plays out.

     

    Dear Pat,

    Thanks for your note. My reply here may include facts you already know, but I would rather share too much with you, than not enough. I hope this helps!

    On August 8, 2013, I have moved my response to you to an earlier blog. Please scroll down to: My Illustrated Love Stories: A First in E-Books?

    Hope this helps!

    G. G.

     

     
     
    • pat 10:51 am on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reading the Love Box stories – question- Fancy and John married in book 1 – why do they have separate rooms in their travels in books 2 and 3?

      • gigigalt 9:10 am on July 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Pat, Sorry for the delay. It took me awhile to figure out how I should reply to your question. I put my response in a letter and have posted it at the very bottom of the last blog I wrote, “Playground for the Rich and Famous and You.” Many thanks! Gigi

  • gigigalt 8:34 am on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Can obsessive writing ruin your health? Room 319 Crowne Plaza with B.G.   

    Authors: Can Obsessive Writing Ruin Your Health? (Take an App and Call the Doctor in the Morning) 

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    Anything obsessive is potentially harmful, but seldom does one think of writing as a dangerous occupation––not unless at war on the front lines. How come? I think it’s because most of us are sitting on our butts in front of our computers and feel safe. But that’s where it all begins––not getting up and taking enough breaks––neglecting to prepare healthy food and staying fit. That was my problem.

    (You might have guessed Carpel Tunnel would be on the list, but thanks to an article I read, I learned to type with my wrists resting on my laptop and eliminated the risk of this painful condition.))

    Writing is a solitary activity and it’s easy to lose track of time. Being careless occasionally is not dangerous, but over many months, it adds up, and is bound to take a toll.

    In my case I began to notice my tongue was thick, and hands trembled and my stomach was upset. My face would burn (allergies I assumed). I ‘d wake up limp as rag doll––a bug I thought. My temperature ran 96.5 degrees. Then there was the  chills, rapid heart beat, dry eyes, dehydration. Was I anemic? I finally realized there was something going on. As it turned out my thyroid was low and I needed a B-12 shot, thyroid extract, a better diet, more sleep, fresh air, hydration, and vitamins. But if I’d owned i-Phone-Apps, and monitored my health each day, the story might have been different. But I didn’t and I continued to stay up far into the night and write. Because it was enjoyable, I felt no pain. The pleasurable endorphins must of blocked everything out––made it easy to ignore the nagging backache and the rest of my mish-mash of symptoms. Looking back, I was like a Pitt-Bull with a bone and I wasn’t going to let it go until my books were published.

     Finally I started looking for answers. That’s when I discovered the i-Phone apps. Wow, I wondered, where have I been? To my amazement I found they can measure my steps per day, count calories, take blood pressure and pulse, improve my love life, and much more. And on medical-apps prescribed by my physician, those vitals are trackable and returned on-line. I can even use a flashlight-app to read the menu in a dark restaurant to find the  healthiest choices and record the calories and food groups. The prospect of watching a movie on the treadmill motivates me to approach the damn thing.

    Bottom line? Medical apps can give my doctor more time with me, and less time charting. They can speed up the diagnosis process and make it possible to get better and faster results. Now I’m looking for a brilliant drop-dead gorgeous doctor who will partner with me.  I like the idea of being  pro-active, taking charge of my health care. And who’s more interested than me? And oh, yes, I forgot to tell you about my new drink, “The Volcano.” Legend has it that during the black plague it killed viral and  bacterial infections. I figure its worth a try. If it works, I’ll let you know.

    I’m being a little silly here––just know––if you don’t already, this is not a future dream. The apps are here to stay and are already a reality. They will be even more a part of our lives in the months and years to come. The good news? Thousands of fitness and health apps are already available around the world. Many are in remote areas of third world countries where there is no free health care or doctors. Medical-apps  have become miracle workers and can do the work of many doctors and nurses––often as well and at a fraction of the cost.

    http://www.imedicalapps.com/2013/07/iphone-patient-care-icu/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-medical/id6020?mt=8

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-health-fitness/id6013?mt=8

    http://www.withings.com/corporate/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/obamacare-doctors_n_3634637.html?1374503667&ncid=

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/31050/mhealth-apps-the-future-of-medicine

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/MDSave-Medical-App-Released-for-iPhone-iPad-368213.shtml

    Unedited Excerpt from the forthcoming book: Loving Your i-Phone Apps

    Copyright 2013 G. G. Galt

     
    • Alan W. Jankowski 8:12 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I tend to think excessive anything can ruin your health…writing is no different in that respect…

      • gigigalt 9:00 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Alan for bringing that to my attention. Later in the book is a chapter that explains why some professions, are potentially more dangerous than others, ones you would be unlikely to suspect. In the meantime, your comment prompted me to clarify. Thanks. I appreciate it. As always, good to hear from you!

        • gigigalt 5:11 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          P.S. Thanks also to the Irish Wench and friends. I appreciated your comment, but couldn’t figure out how to reply to you directly..

  • gigigalt 7:04 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs Paradise: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac Is.   

    Moose Jaw Junction: Hunting Down Good Times Up-North 

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    Moose Jaw Junction

    Driving through the towering stands of pine trees, John and Kate went mile after mile before they ended up on the corner of Van and Larks Lake Road. There they  pulled in the parking lot of Moose Jaw Junction.

    Grant leaned on the steering wheel and studied the place if he were checking it out–– making sure everything was the same as when he’d rode over with a buddy for lunch a few months earlier. He’d just put his snowmobile back in the barn for the season. He hated to leave, but if he wanted to come back, he knew he’d better catch his flight or risk getting fired.

    “I love this place,” he said, “This is where I come to relax. Take my snowmobile in the winter, and my all-terrain vehicle in the summer. Beautiful trails run all over this countryside. When I’ve had enough, I come back here for a good meal. Life just doesn’t get any better.”

    “The restaurant has an unusual name.”

    “Maybe. But it fits. In 1999, the owner, named it in honor of his great-grandpa who came here after the Civil War to work at the Moose Jaw Junction Lumber Camp––his grandpa worked there too. They were both hard workers and dedicated to this area––not unlike the generations of locals who’ve been coming to this watering hole since 1946––first as Round Lake Bar, and then as Lark Lake’s Bar. One of the guys I talked to once said if walls could talk the entire history of this area could be told.”

    Wondering if the place triggered past memories, Kate dug further. “Nice story, but what’s the rest of it? The look on your face tells me there’s something you’re not telling me.”

    “Look, I had some good times when I came up north, but I got nothing to hide. I always liked this place, particularly at night. It glowed––sounded good too. You could hear it before you ever walked in the door. And come Christmas? It was beautiful. Same as everything around here.”

    “Grant. Are you saying this place is at its best in the wintertime?”

    “Not necessarily. I’m just talking about the feeling I get––seeing the colorful snowmobiles out front on a snowy night—how the folks in these parts are never in a big rush to take down their Christmas decorations.”

    Kate giggled. “I felt that way as a kid. I couldn’t understand why we didn’t leave the tree up all year-long.”

    “My feelings exactly. And when you stop and think about it, It’s the one time of the year when the not so rich, get to take over the job of decorating the North Country. It’s kind of nice really—you don’t see signs of hard times—all those pretty lights shining on the white snow make everything looks clean and bright.”

    “I would’ve never thought you had it in you to be so sentimental.”

    “Don’t worry––I’m not getting all touchy-feely on you––it’s really quite simple. Summertime the rich folks around these parts keep things pretty—then in between Halloween and Easter––the poor folks take over and do the same. It all works out okay.”

    “By the looks of those expensive toys out front, it doesn’t look like anyone here is poor!”

    Excerpt from “Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs.”

    Copyright 2013 G. G. Galt

    Note: Michigan State University Fans will enjoy the story about Coach Duffy–-scroll down the page to the story about what some thought was his finest moment.

     
  • gigigalt 4:25 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Boyne City, Boyne Falls, , , East Jordan, , , Mackinac City, ,   

    Brick and Mortar Bookstores Now Stock Free E-Books 

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    Brick and Mortar Book Stores Hand Out Free E-Books?

    It’s true, but first, let me give you a little background. (And for those of you who already know all about this, you’re excused. Go read something else.) For me, this was new––a year ago. But even more so, this past week. I was delighted to discover small bookstores are on the cutting edge of what is happening with ebooks. As I see it, this could ensure their survival––allow them to compete against the big boys and girls.

    A year ago, I talked to local book stores and found they weren’t crazy about Amazon.com––not that Amazon wasn’t a business to be admired––but because they were cutting off the small retailers means of staying alive. (A business is going die with no customers to support it. E-books were doing their damage. The way it was, it could only get worse.)

    But here’s the kicker. The Mom and Pop’s didn’t seem to mind Apple Books at all. When I explained how dumb I was at learning new programs, they said if I brought in my i-Pad they would fix it so I could order all my e-books from them. Whew! What a relief. Just knowing I could satisfy my voracious e-book appetite locally, took away all the guilt I had been feeling about contributing to the demise of local bookstores.

    (Now I could order my e-books from them in the comfort of my own home, and still have a book store to retreat to on rainy days when the world got to be too much for me.)

    Despite having great affection for my huge collection of print books, I have grown to love e-books.I find they are easier to adjust to my vision, and I can take them anywhere––best of all––I can be reading them within a few minutes of purchase. Escaping shipping charges, and travel expenses to pick up my books, is an added benefit. I can even loan my e-books and never have to worry about them being returned. It’s done automatically.

    With local bookstores jumping on the e-book bandwagon, the timing couldn’t be better for the release of my own books. Without going into all the details, let me skip ahead to what is happening with my illustrated trilogies on the current market as of today.

    My Love Box Trilogy is being distributed to the Apple i-Pad Bookstore (51 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (which powers the bookstores of multiple other retailers such as FNAC in France and WH Smith in the U.K.), Sony, Baker & Taylor (Blio.com and the Axis360 library platform), and the Diesel eBook Store. All three books.

    (The girl next door says the more than 100 photos that illustrate Love Boxes 1 and 2, look beautiful. She enjoys them on her Apple high-definition i-Phone while she works out on her tread-mill.)

     I’m enjoying the stories on my laptop computer. I find the easiest way is to go to smashwords links provided below, and click on “Read in PDF.” You can choose other formats (such as Kindle) but I find the PDF viewing the most enjoyable of all, so far. You will also see videos attached to each story––songs that relate to passages in each book.

    Books in the Love Boxes Trilogy have reached some stores, but others they have not, however, YOU don’t have to wait. You can download them––RIGHT NOW––on to your computer  i-Pad, Nook, Kobo, or Kindle Book Shelf. Others also, depending where you live.

    And if you want to keep business local––no worry! You can get my books by patronizing your favorite “Mom and Pop Brick and Mortar” bookstores––they’ll be sure to appreciate your business. And remember, even though these books are free (for a time) they don’t care––Mom and Pop book will love you getting in the habit of ordering your e-books through them.

    Here are the links for you. Click on one and you’ll have your book within minutes. No credit card is needed for free books:

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    CLICK ON FIRST SEVEN LINKS TO DOWNLOAD:

    Love Boxes by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/307892

    ISBN: 9781301663514

    Love Boxes 2: The Vacation by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31484

    ISBN: 9781301983216

    Love Boxes 3: The Twilight Zone by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331781

    ISBN: 9781301243709

    Love Boxes 4: A Cottage In Bay View by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340524
    ISBN: 9781301507641

    Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs by G. G. Galt
    Travel Fiction » Romance » General

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

    ISBN: 9781301132560

    Paradise 2: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Cross Village by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301869008
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348863

    Paradise 3: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Sausalito by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301498703
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/350649

     
    • gigigalt 2:09 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Andy, Amelia, and Renogal! You are good to me!

    • gigigalt 5:35 pm on May 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Apologies to Walston, Amelia, Renogal and others for their post having vanished from here. It was entirely unintentional. As you may know, I had an onslaught of spam. In my efforts to get rid of this, I removed your good posts. I am hoping I can restore them a.s.a.p. Hugs!

  • gigigalt 1:44 pm on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: and the Bridge, , Mackinaw City: The Fort, , The Keyhole   

    Mackinaw City: The Fort, The Keyhole, and The Bridge 

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    AN EXCERPT FROM THE LOVE BOXES TRILOGY: LOVE BOXES-TWO

    Fancy and John found Mackinaw more citified than the other towns. Maybe it was the 1-75 expressway signs. But the town was lovely and the hotels running along the shoreline guaranteed a beautiful view of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

    They stopped at Darrow’s Restaurant for coffee and chatted with one the owners. “My family never come up here without stopping at your place. My Uncle Ted said, you’ve been serving good food since the 1950’s.”

    “That’s what everyone says, but thanks. We never get tired of hearing it . . . “

    John had wanted to bypass downtown and go straight across the Mackinaw Bridge, however, the lure of Fort Michillimackinac was too strong to resist. They succumbed, and bought tickets. To their delight, they ended up playing along with the actors who portrayed Voyageurs, the French and British soldiers, and the Native Americans.

    After leaving the fort, they took a quick trip over to Mackinac Island. But only for two hours. They’d be spending a few days on the island later. Just the same, they visited the 1820s home of the American Fur Company, that later became the offices of the famous gastroenterologist, Dr. William Beaumont.

    When Fancy and John returned from Mackinac Island, they moved the jeep to one of the diagonal spaces downtown on the main drag to go shopping.

    At Harbor Wear Clothing in Mackinaw Crossings they purchased sweatshirts and khaki shorts. Finding everything in the store they wanted, they didn’t need to look any further. They then stopped into the Keyhole Bar and Grill to tell the owners how much they enjoyed the historic photos of Mackinaw City–the ones they regularly post on Facebook. While they were there, they got a bite to eat, and read brochures.

    “Fancy, this Mill Creek Camping looks really nice. It’s right on the water, has a free shuttle, and a golf range––eighteen holes for fifteen dollars, and free passes for the ferry to Mackinac Island.”

    Not believing the place could be as good as the photos, they drove over and inspected a couple of the small knotty pine cabins, plus one large one, with a kitchenette. They were a steal for the price, and ranged from thirty-five to seventy a night, depending on the size and time of the year.

    After looking everything over, they took a walk down to the beach, and liked what they saw. If they used Uncle Ted’s motor home, they could get a site on the water’s edge. But whether using the RV, pitching a tent, or renting a cabin, they knew for sure, they wanted to come back as soon as possible, and with their golf clubs.

    “Fancy, the time is late. We might as well get this over with.” Making sure their gear was secure; they took off for the entrance to the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge.

    “Hang on Fancy. There is no turning back now. We’re about to cross the Mighty Mac. Once this was the longest bridge in the world!”

    “It still is. Hang on? A lot of good that will do me.”

    “Lighten up Fancy. I’m teasing you.”

    “I know John. Anyway, here’s the deal. This bridge is now designated as the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western hemisphere––it ranks third in the world. But the Mackinac Bridge is still the longest in the world if you measure it shore to shore. The one in Japan you hear is the longest? Not true. The Akashi-Kaikyo is 2.4 miles. The Mackinac Bridge is 5 miles long.”

    “I need to concentrate Fancy. Put a lid on it.”

    He wasn’t exactly a nervous wreck, but found it difficult to focus with Fancy talking so much. What he normally found charming about her, was at the moment, driving him nuts.

    Trying to avoid a panic attack, Fancy didn’t say another word. Instead, she sang and snuck glances at John––all the breathtaking beauty that surrounded her. Looking down hundreds of feet, the boats and freighters looked like matchbox toys. It tickled his funny bone. He was a kid again in a make-believe world. “Sweetheart, this isn’t so bad.”

    He began to relax, but not for long. A semi pulling into his lane broke the spell. For the rest of the way he white knuckled it, held his breath, and bit his lip. If he hadn’t, he would have told Fancy to stop singing––to shut the heck up. But the middle of the Mackinac Bridge is not the place to have a first argument.

    Copyright 2013 G G. Galt

    Free copies of  “The Love Box Trilogy” and “Paradise Trilogy” are being distributed to the Apple i-Pad Bookstore (51 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (which powers the bookstores of multiple other retailers such as FNAC in France and WH Smith in the U.K.), Sony, Baker & Taylor and the Axis360 library platform), and the Diesel eBook Store.

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    CLICK ON FIRST SEVEN LINKS TO DOWNLOAD:

    Love Boxes by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/307892

    ISBN: 9781301663514

    Love Boxes 2: The Vacation by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31484

    ISBN: 9781301983216

    Love Boxes 3: The Twilight Zone by G. G. Galt

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331781

    ISBN: 9781301243709

    Love Boxes 4: A Cottage In Bay View by G. G. Galt https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340524
    ISBN: 9781301507641

    Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs by G. G. Galt
    Travel Fiction » Romance » General

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313226

    ISBN: 9781301132560

    Paradise 2: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Cross Village by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301869008
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348863

    Paradise 3: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Sausalito by G. G. Galt
    Teavel Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
    ISBN: 9781301498703
    #smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/350649

     
  • gigigalt 2:03 am on May 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ray Kurzweils Latest Book That helps Authors   

    Kurzweil’s Newest Helps Authors: How to Create a Mind 

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    NOT JUST FOR NERDS

    Ray Kurzweil must have been interviewed a thousand times since he appeared on “What’s My Line,” in the 1960s. He’s rubbed elbows at the White House and with me. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration. I should say, he was gracious enough to invite me to lunch and let me interview him right after the release of his best seller: The Age of Spiritual Machines. It’s something he no doubt does on a regular basis, but to me it was a wonderful thing, a miraculous event.

    People like him have a way of making you feel important. Generosity come easy to them. I suspect he makes everyone feel this way––as if he or she is the only one in the room who matters.

    Ray Kurzweil is not only the best-known futurist; he is an excellent writer and  considered one of the world’s most brilliant minds. He is also an outstanding human being who’s helped many, His list of
    mind-boggling accomplishments takes up pages.

    I have not read his latest, “How to Create a Mind,” but I am downloading it today.

    In my opinion, every author, no matter what genre they write in, should consider reading his books. If for no other reason, than to be aware of world they are living in, and what is simmering on the back burners.

    I find scientific and scholastic writers everywhere are aware of his work, but those who write fiction, often are not. A cardinal rule for historical fiction and other genres is that if something has not actually happened, it must be possible that it could have. Stretching that statement a bit, I think this is generally true with any kind of writing. The only way to do this is too keep up with technology.

    Bottom line?  It’s not only science fiction authors who get a benefit from Ray’s work. And who knows? Maybe watching the following interview will jump start you. If it intrigues you be sure to read his other books for back ground. Start with the Age of Spiritual Machines, then read the Singularity is Near. They are guaranteed to get your wheels spinning. For me, it gave me hope. May this be true for you also. Hugs..

    http://youtu.be/86m6pEulafM

     
    • Walston 1:57 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      There are so many things to read, must reads that would take so long to get through, as does your work. This one looks good though. I’m glad I’m not a futurist though to know it before being in it must spoil the delight along the way.
      Thank you Gigi.

      • gigigalt 11:09 am on June 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting Walston. It is always good to hear from you!

  • gigigalt 1:30 am on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Four Women Discuss The Humble Comma . . .Grammar Girl (Megan Fogerty, Gertude Stein, Gigi Galt, Lesslie Wainge   

    The Sweet Little Pause: The Simple Comma 

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    THE SWEET LITTLE COMMA

    Sometimes it is the most simple of things that remain elusive. I’ve always struggled with commas.

    Lesslie Wainger, Executive Editor, Harlequin Books, gives advice in her widely acclaimed “Dummies” book, “Writing a Romance Novel.” She along with a few others, have changed the way I think about them. It’s given me a new sense of freedom.

    “I’m a big believer,” Wainger says, “that it’s better to use commas inconsistently, but for effect rather than use them strictly by the book. Punctuation is a tool, which means you control it, not vice-versa.”

    Another authority on the comma is the late Gertrude Stein. In her “Lectures In America,” she explains:

    And what does a comma do, a comma does nothing but make easy a thing that if you like it enough is easy enough without the comma . . . “

    “At most a comma is a poor period that lets you stop and take a breath but if you want to take a breath you ought to know yourself that you want to take a breath . . . And so I almost never used a comma . . . I felt the passionate need of their [sentences] taking care of themselves by themselves and not helping them, and thereby enfeebling them by putting in a comma.”

    I like the philosophy behind this. Perhaps, like me, you will find her point of view thought provoking and worthy  of consideration. If nothing else, I find it tempers my urge to pepper my stories with unnecessary commas, while provoking my desire to learn more about them.

    Megan Fogerty––best known as “Grammar Girl” makes these observations:

    “The ultimate choices you make regarding your use of commas, will be determined by the meaning and feeling you wish to convey. In time, your use of comma’s, as with other punctuation, will become part of your voice, and your style . . .  incorrectly used comma’s can make you characters appear to stutter. Correctly used, they make your story flow.” She goes on to say:

    1. A comma is to clarify and indicate a pause. You can pretty much go with your instincts on this.

    2. Commas aren’t meant to join main clauses or sentences all by themselves; to force them into that role is to perpetrate a COMMA SPLICE. The way to cure it is to create two separate sentences, or use a dash. You can also use a semi-colon to join complete sentences if the ideas are related.

    3. If you are writing a novel, save yourself a lot of work later by learning to recognize a “comma splice” so you do not have to go through hundreds of pages and correct before submitting a manuscript to a publisher.

    I ultimately depend on my Chicago Manual of Style,  but I like  Megan’s relaxed and common sense approach to grammatical issues. You can find her on line. She cuts to the chase and saves you wading through a pile of questionable advice.

    And my two cents? My advice?  Invest  in a variety of  New York Times Best Selling Paperbacks. There you will find, plenty of dialogue. Study how the author writes it. This can be your best teacher when it comes to using comma’s in fictional dialogue. It’s also much cheaper than taking an on-line course.

     
  • gigigalt 3:23 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Petoskey to Harbor Springs Travel Petoskey to Harbor Springs. (Little Traverse Bay Romantic Fiction Travel Series) What is a Fiction Travel Book? See Love Boxes. available by May 15,   

    Kathy Lee Gifford Raves About Paradise on Today Show 

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    Hello! I hope you can take time off and vacation with my characters this spring and summer. The long-awaited Paradise Trilogy along with the Love Boxes Trilogy, will be available soon at your favorite bookstore––All and all there will be six travel fiction e-books. You can read them sequentially, or individually as novelettes. Keep checking my blogs for updates during the month of April and May. I’ll try to stay on top of it.

    P.S. Kathy Lee Gifford raved about Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and Petoskey on the “Today Show.” Aboard a friends yacht she toured the area in 2012  and commented: “It’s the first time in my life I’ve been swimming . . . when I’ve wanted to drink from the water . . . It’s gorgeous and I’m going back as soon as I can. It was that sensational!”

     
    • Walston 9:35 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It would be good to swim in drinkable water. We swim in our river, the river that supplies us with drinking water. Fortunately it is filtered. It was robust indeed, before it was filtered. There were complaints of dead mice in tea pots before then. Such exaggerations were popular humour at the time.

  • gigigalt 7:02 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs Paradise: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac Island, Paradise: A Love Story from Sausalito to Little Traverse Bay,   

    Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs, Michigan 

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    CHAPTER ONE

    THE ARRIVAL

    “Not much longer now and we’ll be there,” Grant Goodrich warned, “brace yourself.”

    At the top of the highest hill seven miles north of Boyne Falls, Kate saw Little Traverse Bay and understood what he meant. They’d reached the end of US-131—the end of the rainbow—and discovered the pot of gold. Paradise.

    Touching his arm, she sighed. “Wow, it’s beautiful. This is where you grew up?”

    “Yep, this is it. Born and raised. Left here when I was in high school. Vowed, I’d come back someday and buy the whole town.”

    “You loved it that much?”

    “No, I hated it that much…”

    Kate closed her eyes. “Are you kidding?”

    Grant winced. “It doesn’t matter. Take it any way you want. Actually, it’s a moot point. Fame & Fortune interviews take me all over––staying in one spot’s not possible. It’s bad enough having to wait in Grand Rapids between assignments.”

    “I understand,” said Kate. “Let’s talk about the interview.”

    “All right, he said,  “see that appendage jutting out in the water? That’s Harbor Springs. We’re headed there. But first, I thought you might want to see the City of Petoskey.”

    Making a right off the main drag, they crept into the downtown. The tourist traffic was thick, but nobody seemed to mind.

    “This is Mitchell Street. I went to school with a lot of the kids whose parents owned these shops. See that one over there––It’s Reush’s Jewelry––done business there for over a hundred years. The store a few doors down––Meyers Hardware––been there for seventy-five years. See the Circus Shop down the street with the carousal Zebra standing in front? It’s been giving children rides for the past sixty years. And J.C. Penny’s across the street? That too, has been there over seventy years.”

    “Wow. I can see why they like it here. Everything is so beautiful and clean. I love the grassy boulevards, the park, the flowers. and all the plants and trees.”

    “Yes, it is nice. During the summer they have free concerts every noon. My grandma’s friend Charlotte started them long time ago.  If you’d like, we can walk through the park from the hardware store to the  City Park Grill on Lake Street. It used to be called the Park Garden. My grandpa drank and gambled there. Actually, it’s probably more like who didn’t drink there in the last hundred years. Ernest Hemingway referred to it by its old name, the Annex. He’d sit on the second seat from the end of that thirty-two-foot solid mahogany bar. There he’d scribble ideas for his stories.”

    “Wow! I’m beginning to understand your love of history.”

    “Yeah, I suppose it’s connected,” Grant said, “Now look across the street—from the jewelry store. There you got Leo’s Lounge and The Mitchell Street Pub. If the walls in those bars could talk, I’d take a year off and interview them.”

    “For someone who hates the town, it sounds like you’re really into it.”

    * * *

    The above is an excerpt from the Travel Fiction Trilogy, Paradise: A Love Story from Petoskey to Harbor Springs.

    The excerpt from Paradise 2: A Love Story from Cross Village to Mackinac Island will appear here on April 9, 2013.  On April 10––Paradise 3: A Love Story from Sausalito to Harbor Springs will be featured. As soon as the trilogies are available I will let you know. The publisher says no later than Mother’s Day, but we are hoping for an earlier date. You will be able to choose from six e-books in Little Traverse Bay Romantic Travel Series. May they all inspire you to vacation “Up North.” Maybe I will even meet you at a book signing!

     
    • Andy Szpuk 9:50 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great characters, great dialogue! Thanks Gigi.

      • gigigalt 10:09 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Andy. Many thanks. My sympathy also to you and those in your country on the loss of Margaret Thatcher. May she R.I.P. Maybe you could write a poem about her.

    • gigigalt 7:30 am on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Burberry Bags, I know who YOU are––a generous person who has earned a gold star next to your name in my little black book. Many thanks and do come back again. Hugs.

    • Diane Dakins 1:08 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to more of the story!

      • gigigalt 3:52 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Diane,
        Thanks for the comment.I appreciate it. I will let you know how to get copies soon. Please
        tell your friends if you love the stories. Cheers!

      • gigigalt 2:15 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Diane! You can get it downtown through the local bookstores (both McClean’s and Horizon’s.) Be sure to tell them it’s an e-book. Or, you can bring it up on their site. Eventually, all nine books will be available there and at all major on-line bookstores as well. I will post links on my blog today. This will make it easy and give you the first two books of the Love Boxes Trilogy. The final book of the trilogy will be available on or before June 1. I’d love your feedback!

  • gigigalt 7:54 pm on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Historic Fiction, Historic Foods, , ,   

    History Fiction Authors: A Site You’ll Love––Party Planners, too! 

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    Every so often I find a site that is a rare find. Not anything I’d find in Wikipedia. I discovered another one today. If you’re a historic fiction writer, you will want to take a look at this. It will blow you away. At least it did me. As you know, with historical fiction, the story needn’t be factual, but it should have been possible. For starters, you need to know what was used for transportation, who was in power, the fashions worn, and what foods were traditionally served––how they were presented.

    This sounds simple enough––a little research––right? It wasn’t for me. Discovering the eating habits of a particular era, can be difficult. But not anymore.

    Here is an excerpt from Ivan Day’s extraordinary blog:

    “As well as details of our courses, you will find a wealth of material in this site on food history issues. There are galleries of photographs of historic table settings re-created by Ivan Day. In addition there are extensive pages of recipes and other features you will find on no other website.To enter, move your cursor over the swan pie recipe in the centre column. Please note that this site is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024. It is also very image-rich, so please be patient if some pages take a little time to download. It is worth waiting.”

    http://www.historicfood.com/

    http://foodhistorjottings.blogspot.com/

    P.S. And the handsome chef? That’s Picasso. You will meet him in “Paraidse 2: A Love Story from Harbor Springs to Cross Village.”
     
  • gigigalt 6:53 pm on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Grand Rapids, Maxine Hattem. Lumber Baron Room, MSU Hall of Fame Duffy Daugherty Singing Irish Ballads on St. Patrick’s Day, Northern Michigan. Charlevoix,   

    Duffy Daugherty’s Irish Ballads: An Unforgettable Night 

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    An Excerpt from the Love Boxes Trilogy: Book 2  Copyright 2013 G. G. Galt

    Trying to figure out how to decorate her Uncle Ted’s office, Fancy recalled how much her uncle loved the decor of the Pantlind Hotel––what later became the Amway Grand Plaza, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Old enough to remember her uncle loved the place, but too young to remember what it looked like, she called a friend of Ted’s––Dr. Bornovich, a Sports Medicine Specialist, who made it a point to attend the highly regarded football clinics founded by his friends Duffy Daugherty and Bud Wilkinson.

    The next day a photo of the Lumber Baron Room, and the new Lumber Baron Bar, arrived by Federal Express. It was just what she needed. Dr. Bornovich included a personal note:

    My Dear Fancy, Your request for the photo’s brought back fond memories. Whenever your uncle came to Grand Rapids, he’d meet up with friends in the Lumber Baron Room. They called themselves, “Maxine’s Choir.” Over the years, the group included people from all walk’s of life, even President Gerald R. Ford and Betty, the First Lady, who went all the way back to Mr. Mose Hattem’s days at South High School.

    As many do in Grand Rapids, I still have great memories of Maxine and her singers. But my favorite one took place on the final night of a football clinic in 1985. (As I recall, you were only four years old.)

    With tongue in cheek (at your uncle’s patented products booth) flyers were handed out all day long inviting the coaches to come that night to a “St. Patrick’s Day Green Beer Bust.” They were told, they’d not only have a good time, but they’d hear what no one ever had––the legendary MSU Coach Duffy Daugherty singing Irish songs for the pleasure of his football coaches

    News of this got back to him at the last clinic of the day. Duffy held up one of the flyers and growled, “I don’t know who the blankety-blank did this, but when I find out, heads are going to roll . . .”

    Midway into the evening, to the delight of everyone, Duffy appeared and swaggered over to the group at the piano. Maxine, gracious as always, encouraged him to sing.

    “At least one,” she said.  And sing he did––one Irish ballad after another.

    That magical night, Duffy stole the show. None of the other singers minded, and the coaches standing around the piano were simply awe struck: There he was, their big burly hero, singing tender love songs. Even when he finished his last number, the group still wanted more.

    No one who was there could ever forget that night. What had started out as a typical “end of the clinic party,” turned into what might have been Duffy’s finest moment of all time. At least it was for me. It takes heart to win all the games he did, but you have to wonder if anyone was ever aware of how big the man’s heart really was. Hearing him sing, left no doubt.

    Copyright © 2013 by G. G. Galt

    An Excerpt from “Love Boxes” Book One of the Love Boxes Trilogy

     
    • Andy Szpuk 10:14 pm on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to see the video!

      • gigigalt 5:31 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I am hoping “Uncle Ted” will locate it. If he ever does, it’s going on You-Tube! Thanks for the thought Andy, I think you’d love it, too!

      • gigigalt 7:03 pm on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks for sharing St. Patrick’s Day online with us. I had to read your blog––it is beautiful and inspiring as well. The photos were great also. I am looking forward to your next blog. Thanks again.

  • gigigalt 4:25 pm on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Northern Michgan Travel Fiction, ,   

    Love Boxes 2: An Excerpt 

    AN EXCERPT FROM THE NOVEL “LOVE BOXES 2” (FORTHCOMING)

    Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock and Roll blasted as Fancy beat out the rhythm on the door of her bright yellow Jeep Rubicon. With her long blonde hair whipping across her sunglasses, she almost missed the sign: “Welcome to Charlevoix the Beautiful.”

    Grabbing John’s megaphone, she stood up on the seat to announce their arrival.

    “Yahoo! We’ve arrived. Hello, Charlevoix!”

    John burst out laughing. “Behave yourself Fancy. If you don’t, I’ll turn the oldies station off, and put up the top.”

    “Do you know you just passed the Flight Deck?”

    “Was I supposed to know that?”

    “It’s just that it’s the first fun place you see, right after the city limits––a landmark of sorts. Last summer a friend and I waited there for her dad instead of the municipal airport across the street. When he called to say he’d be late, we bowled. My first time! It was fun. We stayed for pizza and schmoozed with the locals until he came. We could try it too, if you’d like.”

    “Maybe, but not in the day light. I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry.”

    “Well, let’s see. If it were after five, I’d take you to Giuseppe’s Italian Grille. Last summer I spent a few Friday’s there––they’ll give you all you want to eat of broiled or fried Whitefish, Catfish, and Cod––then let you sing or be sung to––at least on nights Connie’s Karaoke is there. Think of it. If you skip the booze, you can get the entire night for under fifteen dollars.”

    “The ‘trust fund girl’ is worried about money?”

    © G. G. Galt 2012

     
  • gigigalt 3:25 pm on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover––Or Can You?

    The cranes repairing the stone breakwater represent the hard-working people in the trades who keep Northern Michigan up and running––its parks and waterfronts and roads in tip-top shape––it’s hotels and restaurants standing proud among the finest in the world.

    The yachts and sailboats are symbolic of the life styles of the rich and famous––but more than that they exemplify the spirit of fun––playing in what’s been called America’s Riviera.

    The rocky shoreline depicts the tireless efforts of trusted professionals––those striving to preserve and protect the mental, physical, and fiscal health of the people they serve..

    The sky portrays the freedom of imagination of up-north photographers, gardeners, artists, actors, chefs, bakers, florists, teachers, poets, writers, and musicians­­––all those who uplift and nourish the heart and soul of residents and visitors alike.

    The breakwater stands for the safe guarding of the areas traditions, values, and ethics long left to the care of ministers, churches, colleges, schools, libraries, museums, and charitable organizations; the constant diligence of townships and municipalities.

    The water represents the tides of fortune ever-present in business; the challenges faced by its owners who offer employment––drop anchors to ride out the good times and bad––provide goods and services for locals and tourists alike.

     

    © Copyright Gigi Galt 2013

    Photo Courtesy: Bobak Ha’eri

     
  • gigigalt 5:22 am on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: An Excerpt from the forthcoming travel fiction novel: "Love Boxes", , , Earl Young, Mushroom Houses, , , Weddings   

    Charlevoix The Beautiful: A Castle and a Mushroom House 

    castle farmsAn Excerpt from the Forthcoming Travel Fiction Novel: Love Boxes

    Fancy couldn’t resist telling John another story––this time about Charlevoix’s popular architect, Earl Young.

    “He’s the one who’s designed all the Hobbit-like homes around here. They’re the ones you see made of stone with the exotic looking roofs––in fact he had his architectural offices right beneath where we’re sitting. And guess what? Mike Barton has a new book out about them. It’s called The Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix.”

    “Sounds like a book you should get for your reception area.”

    ‘That’s what I was thinking. It’s got over one hundred-thirty photograph. I hear it’s beautiful. And knowing Mike’s photography, I don’t doubt it. Also, it would be a good guide for us when we come back.”

    “You know how much I love architecture. I’d enjoy looking at the homes around here.”

    “As I recall, there’s number of Earl Young’s places in town, especially in the neighborhood he created called Boulder Park. That’s down on the water near the hospital.”

    The atmosphere at Stafford’s Weathervane was a happy one––cordial and congenial. Fancy enjoyed watching old friends meeting up, and new ones introducing themselves for the first time. Sweet sounds of a solo saxophone filled the air around them, and drew their attention toward the fireplace. The musician played his first song and was half way into a second. Fancy stopped the waiter.

    “What a treat. Please tell your sax player we’re enjoying his music.”

    “I will. He’s good, isn’t he?”

    “Absolutely. He’s making a great lunch fabulous.”

    “Usually, he’s only here on Saturday nights, but today was a special occasion.”

    * * *

    Midway through lunch, the drawbridge parted for the Beaver Island Ferry to pass; happy looking passengers waved as John and Fancy raised a toast to them.

    Reaching out for John’s hand she said, “I’m so glad you’re with me. Let’s stay overnight next time.”

    “I agree. Looks to me like there’s lots of hotel rooms on this channel.”

    The waiter showed up with a pitcher of water; Fancy put her hands over her glass and John shook his head.

    Leaving the check between them he said, “Thank you for having lunch with us. And do come back. You’ll want to visit Castle Farms, and take a day at Beaver Island. Oh, and for sure, catch the Venetian Festival. Country singer Chris Dominic is coming in from Nashville to perform. He’s good––a local guy.”

    “Thanks. We’ll try to do that. Friends of ours are getting married at Castle Farms. We’ll be back up here for that in September.”

    Copyright 2013 G.G. Galt

    Photo Courtesy: Castle Farms

    Photo Courtesy: Mike Barton Photography

     
    • Walston 3:24 am on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Earl Young is welcome here! There was a time when architects build with a minimalist style an produced homes that were similar to stables with straw ceilings and rooves that sloped down from one side to another. There was no joy to them after the Victorian/Edwardian times of excess in ornamentation. It is so strange how homes have so rarely been built for its inhabitants with nooks that cater for interests and outlooks that inspire. It’s sad how they are so impersonal. Earl Young seems to have built houses that welcome with huge doors and gather people behind rocks that hide people into places of personal pleasure. How delightful. Thank you.

      • Walston 3:27 am on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Next time you’re out taking photographs do let me know- I’m practicing my long jumps.

      • gigigalt 11:31 pm on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Walston, I’m so glad to know you appreciate Earl Young’s work. I will be sure to share more about him he is a treasure. He’s long gone, but his work and stories about him live on. Mike Barton’s book about the the “Mushroom Houses” of Charlevoix are right up your alley. You can order it directly from him on his site, or from Amazon.com. He will autograph the book as well. I love his work. I love the way you describe Earl Youngs houses as having huge doors to welcome people, etc. Lol. Beautifully said! In the first book in my trilogy, you can see one of his houses on the edge of Round Lake with its wild looking roof.

        I think you would also enjoy the Arts and Crafts buildings on Drummond Island. Tom Monahann the founder of Domino’s Pizza, is a huge fan of Frank Llloyd Wright, and incorporates much of what you speak of, into his buildings––I believe it is referred to as “Prarie Type” architecuture. The furniture is what is called “Mission” (think Stickley.) It is all very practical, but yet beautiful and lasts forever. The pieces I am familiar with are made from oak, rather than the finer grain woods such as cherry or mahogany. If you ever get to Grand Rapids, Michigan, be sure to visit the May House on Madison Avennue. It is a delight. Steelcase keeps it open for tours. The only downside I see to these is for tall people. Low ceilings. And of course, that brings other disadvantages. As usual, your insights are refreshing and enjoyable to entertain.
        My best, Gigi (Unedited).

        P.S I will post some websites here for you in a few days for both Earl Young and the May House.

        • Walston 10:51 am on April 3, 2013 Permalink

          I think you are lucky to have such verdant areas to write about, areas that are friendly and lush. I’m looking at buying some land at the moment. It is hot and dry wedged between highway and sea. I’ve watched it for a long time, watched how the dirt turned to dust, blew out into the sea and sand blasted the cars along the way. On 200 acres it’s over stocked with 10 sheep. In summer it bakes and in winter it’s clement with about 12 inches of rain. I want that land in spite of it being impoverished and not having been sufficiently conducive to having a house built on it.

          Underneath it has an artesian basin which is good for irrigating lucerne. It’s a small basin and we need to be protective of it. Lucerne is wasteful of the water. In time I hope I can replace the artesian water with water desalinated from the sea. I want it to irrigate almonds, sandalwood, quangdongs and pomegranates. I want it for a few acres of roses to harvest their essential oil. I want it for hot houses of hydroponic strawberries. I want a place for my drawings and stories so people will stop on that highway and venture in for things to eat, drink and see. I think it could be so different to how it once was. It needs to have things tried to see if they work. It could be used to show that we don’t need to have everything on our exhausted river.

          I think about how lucky you are with your wonderful climate and the people all around who share so graciously the enjoyment of it. I’d like something similar here. It frightens me I’ll fail, but what frightens me more is not to try. .

    • gigigalt 6:59 am on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, Walston. How wonderful to hear from you. I love your dream! The way you describe it, I can see it all!

      I never think of an artesian well as being wasteful. The ones in Northern Michigan run forever, or so it seems. I must study this further. I could be wrong. Would you be able to build a home on it? I hope so, it sounds beautiful, and with all you plant, even more so. It is impossible for you to fail! But more on that another time. In the meantime I’d be willing to bet the dream will provide the energy to get the job started. I am so happy for you. Be sure to keep us up to date. As far as Little Traverse Bay goes, it is beautiful! I just read tonight that the town where our summer cottage is nearest, was named “One of America’s Best Small Towns in 2013 by Smithsonian Magazine. As part of Smithsonian’s annual ranking of smaller communities, it was chosen as one of the best cities in America to visit because of its rich cultural arts community and history.” That has to be true, but they forgot to mention the “Million Dollar Sunsets,” and the beauty surrounding the visitors.

      • Walston 7:04 pm on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Such different countries, Gigi. Here we have artesian basins that are huge. The problem is that the water in them is millions of years old. Replacing any water will take a long time. Once we had water gushing from them with out stop but we have capped the wells that did and we now don’t waste it.

        It’s amazing that with so few words you so accurately portrayed your community. I think it is very difficult to honestly portray one’s own community. Thank you.

        • gigigalt 11:50 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink

          I was just thinking about the Artesian wells today, I thought about your last message, and named a club after them . . . and now . . . here you are! It is so interesting what you say about them. I will need to find out if that is true in Northern Michigan as well. Perhaps I will post a postcard here that states a well back in the 1920’s or 1930’s at the Ramona Park Hotel near Harbor Springs poured out 10,000 barrels of water a day. It makes you wonder how they measured it. Maybe they did during a water shortage elsewhere. It makes me wonder if the same thing is true today. One well that I know of was so strong the force of the water furnished water to bathrooms the third floor (the Conway Inn, now the Inland House on Crooked Lake.) It seems you could recycle much of your water used to grow the plants. My guess is you already have a plan for this!

      • Walston 4:28 pm on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Gigi,
        a small follow up for you. More about wells- we call them bores because they are drilled. Small difference- an oddity.

        In a wetter part of the state some one irrigated their lucerne (you might call it alphalpha). The watering was intense with centre pivot irrigation. There was water on the surface half a foot deep all the time I’ve been told. The farmer had a quota and exceeded it considerably.

        As a result the bores around started to get dry. The watering continued. People weren’t happy. Bores cost a lot of money, the deeper they are the more they cost. More bores dried up.

        Investigations were conducted. It was found that the guy had lowered the basin by 120 feet. It had been close to the surface before. It was found that the guys documentation was possibly incorrect with the stated usage apparently much lower than would be expected. In response the government changed his allocation to be the same as his declared usage and upgraded the meter on the bore. He wasn’t happy.

        To lift water 120 feet costs a lot of money. It was now uneconomic to irrigate. The centre pivot machinery was useless, an investment of millions on each farm lying idle. Now, no one wants them. The farmers aren’t happy. Farms that were once worth plenty have been seriously devalued.

        No one really knows how long it will take for the basin to refill. It could take millions of years.

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