Monday, July 30, 2018

History of Sura, the writer. Chapter One. Cry of the Eagle.

"I'm going to write a book!"
Paul, my newest, lifelong friend, looks up and says, “Right?” His tone did not sound that confident. Or did he say, “Write?” More in a “why?” format. It could have been in a supportive “Well, then, go write.” I will have to go ask.
It was Fall of 1981 and approaching finals week at my first trimester (that’s how they did it then) at Michigan State University. I had been struggling with Calculus and Chemistry. I was Aceing swim class (pretty sure it was Advanced Swim too). But, I was working my butt off in an English, and I was inspired to write more.
There are so many stories wrapped embedded in the preceding paragraphs. We will get to those later.
I went on Winter Break. And, during that break. I wrote the first draft of what is known as Cry of the Eagle. One-hundred pages. Hand written.
“A sleek craft streamed through the cold, empty vacuum of space…” Quite the opening line. It was edited out later with draft three. We went with more action.
Yeah, “We.” I shared that first draft with Paul. He was impressed, enthralled, and had some input. And yes, he’s the co-author.
I, think officially, when have been through six drafts with pauses of a year to ten years in between. Draft four was the official completed draft back in ‘93. Some of the chapters are the original and some have been added and a few deleted.
I physically did most of the writing, but the story ideas and conversations over the thirty years really makes it difficult to separate who said what and when. It is simply, our science fiction novel. We proudly put it to press in 2014.
We like our book. It has sold 27 paperbacks and 17 ebooks.
No, we are not in the money. We are rich in our friendship, and we feel good that we can at least say we did it.
Is there a sequel? Yes. We have it in our head that it is a trilogy. We are working on part one of book two this summer. I am experimenting with more writing formats. Part one of the second book, Blood of the Eagle will be released as an e-book by 2019. We may do all the parts as ebooks, more as a serial, then put it in paperback.
So, the history of Sura, the writer, has a few more chapters.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Little Help from my Friends

Ok. Here we go.

I have organized Surawordz.com to facilitate my small bout of O.C.D. which than lets me go back to chaotic good behaviors (mostly).

As you have noticed, I have across the top a few tabs to take a reader of to different links. I hope the subheading is clear enough.

Wordz has always been my blog where I post my poems. Many of my students have received copies/collections of my poems as graduation gifts. Even though I may be blocking future sales of the two books of poems I have self-published, I have enjoyed writing and sharing. It is a thrill and a motivator when a former student tells me that he/she still has the booklet with them. I am honored and humbled.

Simple Man will be my life stuff blog on all the random things that hit me during the day or wake me up at the middle of the night. I want to just share thoughts, humor, and inspiration. These posts, for good or bad, will be from my perspective.

For teachers, social workers, coaches, mentors, and anyone who works with kids in whatever setting, I have created Standing on the Desk. It is a new place for me to post things, and it will cooperate and share my Facebook page, A Teacher's Desktop. As many of you might have deduced, the title is a reference to Dead Poets Society. But I also connect it to Here Comes the Boom (2012) and Teachers (1984).

For a long time on Facebook, I have had a group called Barbaric Yawp. I just like to put stuff about Fine Arts, songs, and musicals there. So we will see where that goes.

And I cannot forget about my love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thus Geek O.G., a title Heidi helped with formulating. It had to encompass my science fiction and fantasy class, current movies and books, and the old stuff I grew up on which has earned titles like "original", "classic", or "What do you mean stop motion photography?"

Purpose of all this? First, to write. Writing gets me writing more. It is something I like to do and share. Second, to have people to enjoy my writing. Third, according to articles, videos, blogs, and other sources, some people make a little money doing this. I would not mind doing that, yet, as mentioned above with the booklets of Wordz, not a priority. It would be nice to help supplement the golden years and leave twenty or so bucks for my kids way, way in the future.

The Little Help
Just read. You reading and enjoying whether here or on Facebook is cool enough. I will post links (in corresponding Facebook and Twitter groups) that you can choose to read or not. Or, from what I understand, on the actual blogs, you can subscribe or follow by email. I will have on every blog a gadget that will let you do so.

That's it, just read my stuff.

If you have time, feedback is appreciated with a 'like' or other emoticon. For those a little more daring, you can post responses on the link or the blog.

That's really all I am looking for are readers, fans, and a few thumbs up. Traffic.

Yes, I will self publish more. So, you can read the old fashion way from books if you so choose. I am doing more with eBooks; one so far. I am looking into audio-books too. I have read I can record my own books. It sounds (pun intended) like a new adventure.

Thank you for your help and support.

Sura