Getting there

August 31, 2014

Our middle grade manuscript is finished.  Tina is reading it.  We are close to being published.  What is awesome is I have an agreement to write a second book for Tina.  Think about that for a minute.  It’s amazing! 

I received a royalty statement for one dollar and thirty cents from America Star Books today.  All of the publicity that I did didn’t do any good.  America Star Books will regret it someday.  We will get there, people! 

DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT TO AMERICA STAR BOOKS! 

That time of year …

August 25, 2014

It’s the start of the school year.  I always feel a tinge to go back to school at this time of the year but I’m happy now that I never did.  I have a writing career using the skills that I learned in college to become an author.  That’s what college is for!

A sad anniversary.

August 19, 2014

A year ago this week my cat, Ashes died.  It is hard to believe that a year has already passed.  Time flies.  He had beautiful amber eyes.  I will always remember him racing throughout the house.  I miss him.  Thank you, Ashes.  I love you.

The employment rate for people with disabilities in Wisconsin is less than a third of the general population.  People with disabilities who do work make thirty percent less than of the general work force and twenty seven percent live in poverty.  Putting the disabled to work is a great idea, but Governor Walker needs to offer a tax break to companies and businesses who hire the disabled.  The yearly nine hundred dollar income limit needs to be eliminated.  It’s a disgrace to expect the disabled to work for nine hundred dollars a year.  Regular people wouldn’t stand for that!  Bureaucrats want to eliminate sheltered workshops integrating the disabled into the regular work environment.  This is a noble idea, but it won’t work for physical cognitive disabled people who lack the mental and the physical abilities to work in the work environments.  Companies are not going to hire these people.  Sheltered workshops are needed to provide employment and social opportunities for physically and cognitively disabled people.  The State needs to increase revenue for the sheltered workshops not to eliminate these workshops.  Some of the workshops are run down buildings that need to be upgraded.  The reality is that there will always be more physically and cognitively disabled people than college educated, talented, physically disabled people.  For the cognitively disabled having some spending money to buy candy at Wal-Mart or go to McDonald’s is a big deal.  For a college educated physically disabled person like me who can work eight hours a day making nine hundred dollars a year doesn’t cut it.  I want to go to a good restaurant, see a play at the Overture Center or go to any game, but that takes money.  A talented physically disabled person shouldn’t have to work for pennies.  If Governor Walker is serious about putting the disabled to work, then stop cutting Medicaid and pay care attendants thirteen dollars an hour.  Without good care workers the disabled can’t work.  The bus is always late.  I hate to say this, but putting the disabled to work is impossible without some major changes to the system and society.  It going to take more money.  Society needs view the disabled as valuable citizens not as “cripples.” 

Forward

August 4, 2014

I finished rewriting my young adult manuscript for my agent a week ago.  Hopefully she will like it and sell it to a publisher.  Wishful thinking.  After spending the last five months rewriting, I will have to rewrite the manuscript again for an editor.  I’m already thinking about my next young adult manuscript.  Writing never ends.  Is it worth it?  Yes!  Someday it will happen.  That is why I work so hard.  I need to be patient! 

Yes!

August 4, 2014

Preseason football starts this week.  Football is back.  Thank you, God!