Thursday, December 04, 2008

The past 13 days have been the worst of my life. I lost my husband. That sounds silly I didn't misplace him, he left this place, this world, my world. He was the finest man I ever knew. He was also the smartest. The men who worked for him and with him will mourn his loss as if he were their father. A tough man he knew how to be tender, he lived simply to help others. I had a marriage that most only dream of. We didn't argue and even after nearly 49 years still could find something to talk about and often did for hours. He was sweet, funny, loyal and a true romantic. We said our prayers together every day and now I am finding it hard to do. I'm not exactly mad at God, but I wish we had more time. He lived through a massive heart attack, through lymphoma , but all it took was a fall off of the roof to snatch him from me. It seems that as each day passes the pain is more intense. Normally I am a fairly funny person, but there is nothing normal about this, I fear I will simply dry up into dust, there can be no moisture left, yet still I cry. Tears won't bring him back, nothing will and I have to hang on for the rest of our family as that is what he wants me to do. When he had his heart attack nearly 20 years ago, he wrote me a letter to be opened only after he was gone. And as I promised to love, honor and obey I did as directed. When I came home from the hospital where he had been since he fell off the roof and broke his neck, I opened his letter. He thanked me for being his buddy, companion lover and wife and directed me to be strong and carry on as if he were at my side. And I'm trying, oh Lord I am trying. I must come to realize I was fortunate to even be in his company as all his life he lived to make me happy. He granted my every wish even those unspoken.
He'd been doing well in re-hab and they were going to release him earlier than initially planned. His vitals were taken five minutes before I came to the hospital and all was well, everything was in place for him to come home, but when I went into his room he was gone.
Now if anyone doubts the existence of a soul, I can attest it is a tangible living thing and its passing is as real as a slammed door. But it was a door he had to go through, without me, but as sure as I yet live I will once again see my beloved Bill on the other side of the door..

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The country is in chaos, bailout didn't make it. Suggestion/all CEO's making more than 100 grand kick in the surplus and use their talents to come up with a viable workable system. All the legislators are just trying to cover their own butts. Over paid executives should be responsible for this mess. This country has way too many chiefs and not enough Indians ( no slur intended ) we have to come up with a plan that is fair to the middle class and not favor the upper class. Some of these "big shots" don't give enough credit for the fellow who built the building they sit in all day (and call it "Work") or the man who delivers the mail or packages that help him run his company. The middle class American is the true infrastructure of the United States. Until each person in this country, is treated with respect and given adequate compensation for his/her labor, the scale of Justice will remain off balance.

Monday, June 02, 2008

I am looking for authors who write sweet fantasy. Anyone who is either a reader or writer of fantasy romance, please contact me. I would like to host an author on this blog and have a reader submit a number of questions for that author. Anyone who is interested please give me a heads up.
Should any reader have any questions for me, please feel free to ask directly to my e-mail
foxladycarey@aol.com

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I last told about the method I employ to write. Now I would like to tell you why I write. I know my little fox tails will not have a major impact on the world, but everyone who reads one of them will know the world can be a better place if we all just played nicely. I would dearly love to have a movie made from one of my fox tails, the fantasy aspect could really be played up in a film, but more important to me is somehow each story can improve in some small way the life of the reader. If foxes can talk and Druids can interact with Catholics, why can't readers deal with the small imperfections in their daily contacts?
Go forth and do good.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I have recently learned that some readers are actually interested in how different writers write, therefor I present my somewhat unique method.
I start usually with a knick knack or picture. This prompts a story. As my Fox Tails always employ a fox as one of the lead characters the knick knack or picture is most often a fox. Somehow from the image I discern if the fox in this story will be the hero or the heroine. I determine, simply because I so desire, to choose who is feminine and who is masculine. Being a writer is a powerful potion.
Then I get a pile of index cards and plot out several scenes in a few short sentences. I then arrange them in some sort of order. (not necessarily logical order)
Next the characters need to be defined. I often use traits from people I know, sometimes traits I wish I had or those I am glad I do not have. Next is what is the reason for telling this story. Will it benefit mankind or promote some good in the world? I must admit I write to promote cooperation among divergent beliefs. Since this is my goal, I do my best to make the force of the story a noble endeavor.
In my current work the hero and heroine are charged with protecting the Eleventh Commandment. A commandment that up till now, no one save the Pope, and the Blessed Mother know exists. If the commandment is protected the Devil will be sealed away for all time and only goodness shall prevail upon the earth. As this is also a love story the pair must find a way to obtain human form. Initially the heroine is a gargoyle and the hero a fox. In subsequent posts I shall reveal how they are transformed.
For now we will proceed with the manner in which I write. As I like to have everything at my fingertips I use a flow chart that I draw on the inside of a manila file folder. I assign a different color for each character and draw lines where they connect with one another. On a post it note I place a brief description of the scene. I find this method superior to writing a long outline as when you accumulate several pages it is hard to find where you are at the moment. On one sheet you can see where you are and where you want to go. It is most helpful (to me at least) to have both the beginning sentence and the ending sentence, then all you have to do is fill in the middle. Using a flow chart you can see what needs to happen to get you to the ending sentence. This is not to say this is the only thing I follow as sometimes other things become more pressing, such as a character firmly stating I will not do that.
The flow chart is simply a road map, however side trips are allowed. Which is why I use post it notes. If this scene doesn't work, tear it off and write another. I write to entertain and enlighten. I am not a history teacher and my frequent flights of fancy are in no way actual events.
If anyone wishes further information on this method feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Interview with St. Therese of The Fox and the Chalice

Is it true, although you are fictionalized, your character is based upon St. Therese of Lisieux?

Yes, The Fox Lady, who wrote the story is very fond of St. Therese and used many of the saint’s attributes to flesh out my character.

How does a fox play into a tale admittedly about the Church?

Merlot is found as an infant in the convent vineyard and is raised by the Mother Superior. It isn’t until she is a young woman does she discover she is also a fox. She feels it is her duty to protect the convent and the task she is later given.

Do you think you, as representative of a saint are portrayed properly? I believe I read that you were the youngest woman who ever entered the convent life. In the book you seem easily frightened, yet always saved by your faith.

I would like to think I am portraying a saint as a person and carrying out Sister Therese’s promise to do good upon earth after her death. She is a much beloved saint and I hope that The Fox and the Chalice will assist her in her quest.

Is this book only about the Church?

No, it is about faith, honesty and the eternal struggle of good over evil. Of course there is also romance. Merlot is enamored of LaRoux the stepson of a vintner. LaRoux vows revenge upon his step-father as the man killed his mother. I cannot tell you more, you really should read the book. It is available from www.wings-press.com.

It is really just my opinion but this is the best Fox Lady book yet, and I hear she has another ready for publication. Thank you for inviting me to do this interview.

Thank you Sister Therese, I enjoyed it very much.

As I am without a computer this week, I am posting this early. Anyone who e-mails me (the author) foxladycarey@aol.com will be entitled to a free download of The Fox and the Swan and one person will be selected to receive a download of The Fox and the Chalice. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

A. Dee Carey/ The Fox Lady

Monday, January 28, 2008

I am entering a new phase of my writing life. I find I truly enjoy doing reviews, thus have started my own reviewing site. http://careyfoxlady.googlepages.com . If you have need of a review in a timely manner do check out this site. I guarantee you will not be dissapointed. It is my belief that each contracted book has something of promise and it is my job to ferret out the promise and bring it to the light of day. Natuarally I cannot always give a stellar review, however you will NEVER recieve a review that will damn you or your work. Moreover, you will not have to wait months to get your review. Come on over and take a peek.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Interview Questions for Blog Tour from Dee Carey about Author Billie Williams

1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil though I never really thought about writing for publication until way later in life simply because it was never deemed a reasonable idea from my families point of view. We always were encouraged to read and read widely. But the thought that we might actually become published authors, that was unrealistic. When I look back on it, it was funny because Mom was so supportive of our career efforts in the 9 – 5 type grind.

2. What do you now know that you wished you learned at the beginning of your career?
That anyone can be a writer – correct that, that any one can do whatever it is they want to do if they put enough effort and energy into it. I had no self-confidence and I was so lousy at English Grammar in school, who would have thought. Once I decided this was something I wanted to do, there is no stopping me. Too bad it took me darn near 50 years to know that.

3. Does your family support you and your work?
My husband Tom is very supportive. If it wasn’t for him I might still not be doing it. My twin sisters in law are great they buy everything I write {smile} My own daughters are starting to think that hey, maybe Mom does know something after all. You know how children are – when they are 18 they know everything and eventually they wonder how their parents got so smart so quickly. Not that I’m smart but they think I might be an author now. I guess it took getting a few books published before my family thought this was something more than a fluke. They still expect me to give them copies of anything if I want them to read it.

4. You write all types of books, do you have a favorite? Why?
I think I’ve said it before, but one life is just not enough for me. . . So I write in order to live a few different lives. I’ve always enjoyed trying new things and writing in different genres is no exception. I read widely, I guess that is why I think I want to try writing different things. There are a few things I haven’t tried like fantasy, Sci fi, horror, and a children’s picture book – though I might some day. Right now my favorite is mystery because I love exploring the unknown or the unanswered. What if? is my mantra, like the two year old with the “why”? I want to know, so I write about it.

5. What is the reason you write?
I like Isaac Asimov’s quote and I paraphrase it here —-I write for the same reason I breathe, for without it I would die.! I write because I can not NOT write. After a couple rejections (I’ve received way more then a couple) I thought that’s it I’m not writing any more. Well that lasted as long as it took me to file the rejection… I must write, it’s in my blood.

If you had a million dollars would you still write? Absolutely! I just love it. I love finding out how something is going to come out. I love designing characters and pitting them against the world, themselves and each other. I love to write to find out what I have to say.

6. What do you hope to leave as a legacy?
Inspiration, joy, entertainment, the thought that I contributed something of lasting value to my children, grandchildren, my family and the world, to me that would be the best legacy.

7. You have helped so many authors do you feel a sense of pride in the work of those you've assisted?
I love to watch others grow and if I can help in some small way, you bet it makes me feel good inside. I know it wasn’t me who did it. It was the person I may have encouraged or helped in some small way. It was their own decision to try, and try again until whatever it was moved so they could succeed. I am as proud as I can be when I see other authors that have brushed my life growing into what they might become. It’s rather like seeing a child you’ve nurtured go out into the world and succeed. We all increase each other’s worth by what we can give of ourselves. It’s the most amazing thing in the world to me.

Dee Thank you so much for your insightful and interesting questions. It was a joy to answer them and to visit your beautiful blog. Thanks also for sharing your blog space and your readers with me. I can’t wait to learn more about fox when you visit my blog in the very near future. Incredible creatures made more so by your extraordinary writing talent.
Ciao
Billie

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