Book… Work… Sorta…

So. Here’s the thing.

I’ve no idea why but around 3:30 p.m. I now apparently need a senior nap. This really messes with my ability to finish working on my book.

Okay, similar with social media.

But that is not the point! I get through approximately oh, say, 6 chapters of my last edits before I send to my grammar cop and then (no matter what I am working on, my eyes flutter shut and my laptop sliding from my lap is the only thing that wakes me. Then, I go lay down and hours (no not power napping, rats) later I finally come to, get dinner ready, exercise, shower, then hit the hay early.

Yeesh. I used to: get up at 7 a.m. or thereabouts, go to bed at 2 a.m. almost religiously. Now bedtime is 11 p.m. and rising is maaaaaybe 8 a.m.

I hope and pray I never end up in a nursing home because rising time is 5:30 a.m. and bedtime is 3:30 p.m. Well, who knows. By then that may be a welcome change.

Maybe because I know the grammar cop is after me.

eee gads

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Here’s the problem. I stay up late anyway, got age-related insomnia. I suspect.

But yesterday, was out and about, without access to my awesome well water and the city water was pukable. So, thinking I was wise in my own eyes, I made a gallon of tea and drank the whole thing. The entire morning, afternoon, and evening.

Yep.

Which meant a lot of er, interruptions. Add to that, multi-tasking at lightspeed, dancing to rap (which I highly dislike), then on social media, hush… while typing without looking at my computer, and wide, wide awake until 3:30 a.m.

Well, after all the fun below it was 4:30 a.m.

Thankfully, no sugar was added to this or things might have been much worse. Still, had upset tummy from this and after trying to get hubby to stop snoring and my tummy under control, headed for the way-too-short couch to sleep. Then comes hubby bright-eyed at 7 a.m.

“Whatcha doin’ out here?” or some such. I mumbled something and felt well enough to plant my face into bed. Needless to say I slept like the dead. Coming off a clearcut high and crashing.

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I’ve never had illicit drugs (or legit drugs that do this) but wowsa if this is like what drug addicts go through, then my heart goes out to those jonesing. Kind of like what I am doing for just a hit of tea.

Should I find a twelve-step program? “Hi. My name is Claire and I am addicted to Lipton tea.” Would that fly?

Just curious.

So, when I did drag myself from the bed I ended up drinking 2 pots of coffee, not 2 cups.

That was a zone I have never experienced before, and will probably never do this ever, ever again. With the exception of finishing off that one… glass… of tea.

Avoiding the Edit (yeesh)

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OKAY YES. I am in denial, dodging the final edit of my WIP which is really the very, very last time to look at the MS having only 20 chapters left (out of 41).

Instead, I have been fiddling with social media. Browsing Amazon. For stuff I really don’t need. The whole time. Nevertheless, there on Amazon I fondle thoughts of the ‘yeah… that would come in handy. Should I pay a bill, first? Nah. Wait. Maybe.’

Yes, Sally. The whole time. I do my best (no, no, the worst) browsing for stuff on Amazon at night. As an insomniac, it is what I do, and thankfully, not for a living. Oh, if only. I have to admit that purchasing a Ron Popeil’s Ronco Rotisserie from some TV ad was the hands down best purchase I have ever made. I’ve had 3… one too small, the next my son accidentally broke, and the next, he bought and we share. Now twice as much $ as when we bought them.

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Along with things like lights for when the electricity goes off and we’re left in the dark (TV ad). OH. And beeswax for candles which I hand-roll for Christmas presents Amazon). And some useful appliances, most of which are non-electric (for those times when there’s no electricity, I mean, coffee is essential to life! I have a wood stove so cooking is a cinch. BBQ in the summer). See? A few things come from there. Over the past 19 years <cough>.

Lest you think I am lazy at all things, I did read Judges, chapter 9 today, which is a cool read. So, lemme get to it.

Verse 2, I just want to point out archeology has found this site and identified as Israel’s land.

Next and unfortunately, after the death of Gideon, the leaders and the entire city fell back into complete, utter slavery to evil. Abimelech became arrogant, power-hungry, murdered all but one of his brothers, and destructive of the Jewish faith by worshiping idols (sounds familiar, like ‘the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy) and decided he’d take power from God as king for himself. He destroyed the fields by salting them so the faithful would have nothing.

He went onto campaigns of murder by going after the faithful, killing men and women warriors (like martyrs of Old and New testament and even today’s world). Those faithful who fled to a stronger tower (‘resist the devil and he will flee’). A woman pushed a large ROCK (Jesus?) onto Abimelech’s head (crushing it like in Genesis 3?)

The rest of the enemies were freaked out, understandably and fled where they were destroyed (hell?)

Anywho… that is my read for the day, praying that it is correct in the interpretation.

Now, I am off to exercise self-control over social media.

One may think I don’t…

…I don’t write fiction. I do, but spend a lot more time praying and reading for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now, I get it, not everyone wants to hear it, some do, so here is Judges chapter 2.

I am late again today. Blame it on the dire need for coffee because of a late night. So… here it is, and as always, me? Not a theologian. That’s your caveat for the post.

Judges chapter 2: God repeats (again, as in this is so important you’d better remember it) the deliverance from Egypt to the Promised Land (from bondage of sin to freedom and heaven). Here He says he will never break His covenant with Israel, though they be faithless. He would chastise them, judge them, but not forsake them.

So… despite this, once Joshua died, the Israelites disobeyed and fell back into idol worship (because 4 of the tribes of Israel didn’t rout out evil nations, ie sin (‘a little leaven, leavens the whole lump’ Jesus’ words about allowing evil into the synagogues/church, just as we have). Israel quickly forgot (early church, think Galatians specifically, also Revelation) God.

So God gave them back to slavery and bondage to sin through their desire for other nations and their idols. God, however, raised up righteous judges who were faithful in their faith and duties (like our Christian spiritual leaders throughout the world) who suffered under persecution and He saved them (spiritually). People followed whatever they wanted (Romans, Galatians, Timothy etc) and they were judged (as we will face).

He allowed to their willingness of great and painful testing by allowing cruel, evil nations–they lost all. As did the early church, as the Catholics suppressed the word of God, and oppressed the people with harsh law, leading them to Mary worship and works). Those ‘leaders’ will be held accountable for what they pressed upon the people–even driving them from faith. I find this sad, something we must pray about, and for those still in great bondage!

A Jump from Numbers to Gospel of Matthew

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#Israel #law #prophets #Yeshua

I did read Numbers 31, however, it is about the Israelites once again in complete disobedience to GOD’s Word. I also read the Gospel of Matthew (not quite half).

Yeshua explains the real meaning of the Law, the prophets and where our treasure should like, not in stuff or ourselves but in Him, storing up treasure in heaven. I truly believe GOD alone is our treasure, not crowns… He quotes the Tenakh heavily.

This, by the way, was highly disliked teachings by religious leaders, and likely freaked out the regular folk who couldn’t fathom being better than the Pharisees.

I read chap 1-11. Remember, Matthew, the writer of this Gospel, was a tax collector (vilified like the IRS…) but 1. Jewish 2. meticulous. He wrote the genealogy of the earthly father, why? Because it was tradition of Jewish history. Which is why you will find a difference between Matthew and Luke. Luke was a physician, again meticulous but a gentile, so he like doctors have done like, forever, took a full history and Mary’s genealogy was listed.

Interview with DJ Williams

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by Claire O’Sullivan

 

DJ Williams

 

I’m pleased to let you know I snagged an interview with DJ Williams, the author of The Auctioneer (which was très cool, along with a copy of the book) which is right here. Sorry, not the book, but the cover… 

The Auctioneer DJ Williams

Here’s the link to purchase it:

‘The Auctioneer’ by DJ Williams ↵ 

Claire: Hi DJ. Thanks for giving this interview and it’s a pleasure to chat with you. I can’t wait to talk about your new book, The Auctioneer. First, I have to hear about your background and your bio– ‘with the DNA of a world traveler.’ Can you tell me a bit about that? 

DJ: My parents were missionaries in Hong Kong where I was born. I was fifteen when the family moved back to L.A. I’ve been in Los Angeles ever since. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries, but it was when I found myself in Zambia along the Zambezi River that I realized my dream of storytelling from the age of eight after reading Treasure Island, was the next step of my journey.

Claire: Zambezi! That’s where the Zambezi River was flooding just this month. How incredibly devastating. What you saw and experienced shaped your first novel, The Disillusioned. How so? 

DJ: I don’t want to give away the entire story but it does revolve around human trafficking. It wasn’t until a few years after those three days on the Zambezi River, that I finally sat down and began writing what would eventually become The Disillusioned. I didn’t tell a soul, not even my wife! I finished the first draft and sent it to executive writer/producer Judith McCreary of Criminal Minds, CSI, and Law and Order: SVU. She was gracious enough to read the book, with the caveat that if it was terrible that only the two of us would know it existed. When she called me back a week later she gave me the thumbs up and a year later the novel was published.

Claire: Your readers are certainly glad you talked to Ms. McCreary! You also have been involved in music, production and directing. That kept you busy. I understand you have directed episodes of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse. 

DJ: Yes, I was part of several indie record labels, and later worked at an entertainment company in Los Angeles, before branching out on my own to produce and direct. I’m currently in production on Season 16 of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse, as well as developing other projects for film/television.

Claire: I’ve watched The Restoration Road and a videocast with Mitch on his site, with a picture of two rows of classic cars in the background. Was Mitch an inspiration to The Auctioneer?

DJ: Mitch and I have been friends for nearly twenty years, beginning shortly after he sold his auction business. He is one of the greatest auctioneers of all time. With the many stories he’s shared over the years, he was definitely an inspiration to spark my crazy imagination.

Claire: It’s not cut from the same cloth, plot-wise as The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus. You have some very colorful characters and a terrific twisty/turny plot.

DJ: I’m always working to become a better storyteller, and when Chase Hardeman emerged in my imagination I knew this series was going to be a departure from my first two novels. It’s a different world, more along the lines of Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets National Treasure with plenty of thrills, chills, and espionage. I also wanted to write characters that could go the distance, i.e. Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, so that the world would evolve with each novel.

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Claire: The Auctioneer is a fast-paced novel that grabs you in the first sentence until the last. That last line was killer so I must know, will there be a sequel?

DJ: I’m in the first draft stage working through the details of the plot and developing the characters so readers will go deeper into the world that began with The Auctioneer.  

Claire: Excellent news! For our writers, are you a planner, panster, or plantser? And any other tips for writers?

DJ: While I wish I could say I’m a planner, the reality is that once I sit down to write all the plans seem to disappear as the story comes alive on the page. So, I’d be more of a pantster. Storylines and characters evolve and take me along the adventure. Now, I will say that I do know how the story begins and ends before I write a single word. If not I’d be writing with no end in sight.

Claire: You went the independent route, right? 

DJ: Yes, I used resources from Reedsy where I found a great cover designer and publicist. With my past experience building businesses and entrepreneur DNA, I’ve found that it’s become the best outlet to get my stories to the world. Now, when the right time comes there may be an agent or a publisher who partners with me, but for now, I’m proud to be an indie. The Auctioneer launched in February 2019 and has quickly climbed the charts on Amazon Hot New Releases, ranking #21 (Espionage Thrillers), #22 (Vigilante Justice) and #30 (International Mystery & Crime).

Claire: You have a great imagination and ability to weave a tale, and your background is so varied, I definitely can see why your books shot to the top. I already purchased The Disillusioned and‘Waking Lazarus, so it looks like I’ll be emailing you for another interview. I can’t thank you enough for your time to see into your brain, and where you get your inspiration. 

DJ: This was fun, and I’m looking forward to hearing how you like The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus.

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I had a great time interviewing DJ. Now, let me first tantalize you with a bit of The Auctioneer. 

Starting off, as a writer, DJ makes every word count in a well-written, tightly-packed action thriller. A great way to see action, dialogue and setting with the ability to bend rules. If you’re writing a thriller, crime fiction, underworld intrigue, grief, loss, betrayal, mystery, and a clean read, you’ll enjoy The Auctioneer. This novel’s difference is in how his main character overcomes not really understanding his father’s world to understanding it perfectly within the setting of priceless classic cars in underworld trading and solving a murder all at the same time. And, there’s a hint of romance. 

As a reader, The Auctioneer is a pure thrill ride. A young man takes on the mantle of his much-loved father. Chase Hardeman is the son of an ethically-challenged auctioneer and one-time politician. The ex-special ops soldier returns home after his father’s death, only to realize things were not bad. They were worse. Not simply his father’s shady business dealings, but things at home are about to take a turn. 

Within these pages, you’ll find a complex page-turner with twists you won’t see coming. Chase’s life is in constant danger because of the… oh wait. I hate spoiler alerts, so… that’s all about you get for now.

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For a link to ‘The Disillusioned’

And to ‘Waking Lazarus’

A portion of his work goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can read more about DJ Williams here: djwilliamsbooks.com

 

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Oh. Oh? Is this a test…?

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From what book?

 

”At that time, Michael the great prince who protects your people will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people, everyone whose name is found written in the boo, will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”

And if you know, share! Comment!

******* and the answer is *********

Daniel 12: 1-3 

“Vanished”

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I am slow to getting around to the books I have on my Kindle, and since my husband started wondering who was stealing from the bank account, ahem, I had to stop my downloads for a bit.

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But never fear. I have plenty of books to review. Spell that slowly, because I… have… plenty.

You all know I read both Christian and non-Christian books and review them. I have more favorite authors these days than I did a long time ago when my nose was constantly stuck in textbooks.

So, I finished Irene Hannon’s “Vanished” (written 2013, this is how far I am behind) late last night. Well-developed characters, even the bad guy. A fantastic suspense with a sweet romance. Irene Hannon writes Christian fiction and this book is readable by all since it is not preachy.

Very well done.