GoodReads Giveaway winners of Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans!

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Thanks to all 544 people who entered the GoodReads giveaway for Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.   I wish I could send you all a copy of the book.  The two lucky giveaway winners are Melissa and Sheri.

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I’m so thrilled with the response to this giveaway.  It’s the first GoodReads giveaway that I’ve done in celebration of the release of The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates, book two in the series.  I’ll definitely think about doing another giveaway for book two at some point in the future.

Thanks again to all who entered.  I really appreciate your interest in my books!

Happy Reading!

Sonya

13 Days Left in the GoodReads Giveaway! #Freebook

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Win a paperback Copy of Space Tripping!

Celebrating the release of The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates I have a GoodReads giveaway for book 1 in the series.  See where it all began.

There are 13 days left (and counting) in the Goodreads Giveaway for Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.  I have two actual, smell-the-new-paper, paperback copies to send to a lucky winner.

Click here to enter!

Then scroll down and click on the “Enter Giveaway” button.  Good luck and Happy Tripping!

“The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” Book Release and #FREEBOOKS

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Hi all, just wanted to let you know that I am celebrating the release of my second book in the humorous Shredded Orphan series with free books.

They can best be described as an intergalactic “road” trip with the seismic rock band, the Shredded Orphans.

Last day to get book one TODAY, July 31st –  “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”, for free on Smashwords with the code “SFREE” here. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view…

Or look for the Goodreads giveaway for a paperback book starting on August 2nd.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1…

Book 2, “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates”, will be free on Amazon Kindle from July 29th to August 2nd. (Always free on on Kindle Unlimited.)
http://www.amazon.com/Sonya-Rhen/e/B0…
Happy Reading!

 

My Writing Life | AR in the Daytime – National Poetry Month day 28 with Sonya Rhen

Welcome to National Poetry Month day twenty-eight.  Today’s poet is once again… ME!  Hello.

I have double booked myself, which goes to prove the old saying “When it rains, it pours.”  So today’s blog will be my poetry contribution as well as a blog hop on “My Writing Life”.  I immediately thought of the following poem which is found in my book “Requite Me: Poems of Love, Jealously, and Angst.

I love the irony of pairing this poem with me writing about my writing.  (Did I spoil the irony by actually writing about it?)  I wrote the poem below in high school and I’m pretty sure the “AR” stands for “Artificial Reality”.  I seem to remember, at the time, one of my favorite movies was Altered States.  (Yes, I know that dates me, but less because I watched it as a VHS rental.)   After reading the poem below, you can read about what and how I write.  Then click on the links to hop to other writerly blogs.  Enjoy!

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AR in the Daytime
My world has become a nightmare
Based on my perceived reality
I have become dissociated from my past
My friends are Complete Utter Strangers
I throw my soul upon the ground
And crush it with the heel of determination,
The need for success, striving to be the Best,
It isn’t me, It isn’t me
It Is Not Me
Not Me
Not Me
Me me…

 

My Writing Life

Thank you to all of you who followed me from Liz Fountain’s Point No Point blog: http://lizfountain.wordpress.com/author/lizfountain/  If not, check out her blog to find out about her writing.

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1. What am I working on? 
I am currently working on book 2 in my Shredded Orphans series about a seismic rock band that tours to different planets.  I am on about pass three of rewriting.  Although, I’ve skipped around a bit, so some sections might be on pass eight or nine.
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2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I think my work is different since it is humorous science fiction about a rock band.   I don’t find that combination very common.  Even humorous science fiction seems to be a smaller genre than most.  Many people have described my book, Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans, as Firefly with a band.  I also have a mystery book and literary fiction novel that I’m working on.  I have tried to add humor to those as well.
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3. Why do I write what I do?
I am definitely influenced by television shows I love.  The Shredded Orphans series, comes out of my love of the shows, Red Dwarf, Farscape and Firefly.  I also grew up on Star Trek and all it’s incarnations.
The mystery book I’m working on comes from my love of mysteries and belly dance.  The literary fiction book is a semi-autobiographical look at the death of my mother.
I like writing humor, because I think laughter is good for the soul.  You should do it at least twice a day.  😉  I believe that there can even be laughter in the most terrible times.  For proof, just see the movie “Life is Beautiful“.
Humor makes us human.
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4. How does my writing process work?
As of today, I only have one published novel and one published poetry collection.  For the novel, I wrote the rough draft as a 50,000 word NaNoWriMo novel (National Novel Writing Month).
I put it aside for awhile and then when I went back, I re-read it through once with no corrections to see the flow of the work.  Then I read it through and checked grammar, punctuation, point of view and formatting while adding scenes to help the plot.  Next I went through and tried to make all the writing flow better.  I worked on dialogue and took out and moved around scenes.  I went through one more time and tweeked words and scenes.
At this point I felt comfortable allowing a few friends to read it.  I probably sent this and posted it, so that about twenty people had access to it.  I had two people actually read it and I took their notes and made some final revisions.  I spent about 6 months working on the formatting and getting the book cover set up, all the while tweeking at words and scenes here and there.
It took me four years and ten revisions to get to where I felt comfortable with self-publishing it.  The other five novels were also written as NaNoWriMo novels and are in various states of rewrite.  I’m hoping to significantly cut down the rewrite time for the remaining novels.
Thanks for taking the time to read about how I write.  If you have any questions leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer them.
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Blog Hop To Here:
Next week, Monday, May 5th, be sure to hop by the following blogs to see “My Writing Life” for Ottilie Webber, Roderick Hart, and Eric Ian Huffman or check them out now to see what they’re working on!  🙂
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Ottilie Weber
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Ottilie Weber grew up in Wall, New Jersey, not far from the beach. She always has a book in her hands or nearby, despite her dyslexia. She graduated from The College of New Jersey, earning a degree in History Secondary Education and is currently in grad school at Georgian Court University. Ottilie has a passion for writing, where she is always ready to take on the next project. Her family and close friends are there to help her take on the bumps or potholes in the road.
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Roderick Hart

I grew up in St Andrews (Scotland) and went to the University of Aberdeen.  Since then I have worked in education, mostly in audio recording and editing. I have written poetry over the years and published quite a lot of it, though none recently. I concentrate on prose now – novels and short stories. I am married with two children. My daughter lives here in Edinburgh, my son in New York.
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Eric Ian Huffman
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My name is Eric Huffman. I spent much of my late teens and early twenties up all night in a small room, scribbling smudgy words in wire bound notebooks. Life took me away from writing for over twenty years, until last year, when I began posting poetry, prose, and short stories online. I was encouraged to do more with my writing by many of my online followers, and the credit, or the blame, for any books that I publish belongs to them. I am currently writing a novel.

“Waltzing Matilda” is not a Waltz – National Poetry Month day 6 with Sonya Rhen

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Welcome to National Poetry Month day six.  It is the start of week two and we have the following poets this week; Sonya Rhen, J.D. Brink, Jakub Sofranko, Roderick Hart, Casi Thomason, and P.F. Chan.

Today is Waltzing Matilda Day, the anniversary of its first performance.  Happy Waltzing Matilda Day!  Today’s poet is ME!  Hello all!

I originally had planned this as a regular blog post.  I particularly wanted to post it on this day.  I have included one of my poems from “Requite Me: Poems of Love, Jelousy and Angst”.  I’m sure this poem was inspired by the song “Silhouettes on the Shade” by The Rays.  Following the poem are my blogging thoughts on rhythm and waltzing as most of my blogs have something to do with music.  Enjoy!

 

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Last Dance
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I looked at him from across the room
As a smile began to capture me.
I slowly turned my eyes away
Remembering what we used to be.

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I don’t know if he saw me then.
It didn’t look that way,
But if he did it might just be
He couldn’t find the words to say.

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I looked again and our eyes met.
We couldn’t look away.
He got up and asked me to dance
As the music began to play.

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The days go on and we’re dancing still.
The music never fades.
To everyone who passes by
We’re just shadows on the shades.

By Sonya Rhen

 

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I have been thinking a lot about music, rhythms and melodies. What makes one piece of music enjoyable to an individual over another piece of music? Why don’t all people like the same thing? My husband and I like many similar bands and types of music, but not all. Things he loves, I sometimes don’t. My tastes run more eclectic than most, so he often doesn’t like things that I enjoy. The way we listen is different as well. I can listen to the same song over and over again until it sinks into my pores. He prefers to listen once and move on to another song or cd.

 

I wonder if there is something innate in all of us that makes us like the things we do, or is it experience, possibly a combination of both? Can we learn to like something? Certainly, I think there is an element of conditioning. Sometimes I will hear a piece of music or song that doesn’t move me at any level. However, after repeated exposure, I may find that I love that song. It can go the other way as well, where you hear something too often and grow tired of it. Sometimes you hear something you love and you simply can’t get enough of it. It is love at first listen. This music seems to fill your heart and soul every time you hear it.

 

There is something about waltzes that I simply love. When I hear a waltz, I want to get up and dance. Something in the 3/4 rhythm, the “boom, chink, chink,” makes me feel happy. I wonder if there is a physical reason why this pattern resonates so strongly with me. But it’s not just me. Apparently, Everybody Loves a Waltz.

 

 

I went to the internet to look up Waltzing Matilda and thought I would waltz with my daughter. Imagine my surprise to find that Waltzing Matilda is not in fact an actual waltz. The rhythm is in 4/4 and it has a meaning of walking around with a bag slung over your back rather than of dancing. While Waltzing Matilda is a fine folk song, this was not what I was looking for.

 

To many of you waltzing may conjure up images of old fashioned ballroom dancing, you may be surprised to find that a lot of modern day pop/rock songs are waltzes. Here are some examples of waltzes that I have in my music collection. I can recommend all these albums and if you love Christmas music the Cyndi Lauper is a must have! You may recognize some of these.

 

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Great Pumpkin Waltz (From the Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits)

Aimee Mann – Nothing is Good Enough (From Bachelor No. 2)

Elliot Smith – Waltz #2 (XO) and Waltz #1 (From XO)

Stars – What the Snowman Learned about Love (From Heart)

Cyndi Lauper – Minnie and Santa and New Year’s Baby (From Merry Christmas… Have a Nice Life!)

While I don’t have this CD – Midsomer Murders theme song may be the only waltz played on the Theremin.

 

So as I waltz off into the sunset, I leave you with this question. Do you have a favorite waltz?

 

California Notebooks – National Poetry Month Day 4 with Anna Mosca

Welcome to day four of National Poetry Month.  Today I am pleased to present fellow WordPress blogger and  poet Anna Mosca.  I’m pleased to have selected her parents’ anniversary as her guest blog date.  Happy Anniversary to Anna’s parents!  You can find her vivid poems some in English and some in Italian along with her photography .  Check those out on her link below.  Enjoy!

 

This poem is taken from the collection California Notebooks. California Notebooks is a diary in poetic format of my time in California. The project started in August 2013 and it was, at the beginning, bilingual, English and Italian. The poems were coming to me, at the same time, in both languages. With time English prevailed and the last poems, included this one, are in English only.

Poetry has always been part of my life. A lifesaver during hard times when I could not handle pain, a “touching base”, a balm. The knowledge of a hidden deeper world. A secret language leading to new lands. Nowdays it is predominant among all of my artistic expressions and it’s a daily task, absolutely necessary. It has become a life giving habit. Digging into ones emotions, observing them and describing them to others, or to oneself, is a necessary convolution, healing and nourishing. I came to realize it is fundamental as eating and sleeping. Finding identifications in other people poetry also gives us a very strong sense of belonging to a beautiful and complex oneness where we hold, each one, our uniqueness.

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a river pouring
you are not rushing

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to me poetry flows
out is hard to contain

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I’ve no hands for that use
I’ve new eyes to embrace

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strong legs clasped around
it’s an odd place wonderful

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to be tell me what is
new today with you

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Anna Mosca Copyright 2014

Of Italian nationality but at heart a globe-trotter loves to immerse herself in other cultures. Artist and Professor of Arts express herself through, and teaches on the subjects of, photography, poetry, and painting.
When possible she likes to have these discipline completing one another. Her current blog on wordpress: annamosca.wordpress,com includes poetry and photography and she has started seminars on the healing property these disciplines hold.
She majored (at the Art Academy of Brera in Milan, Italy) with a thesis on the complete Conceptual Art work of Jenny Holzer. A contemporary artist, internationally renowned, who uses words as the main mean of her expression (aphorisms).

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Book Giveaway

Just a short post.  Fellow author, Blakely Bennett,  is having a Book Release Day Giveaway party on Facebook. Looking forward to it.  For those of you that don’t know about the party, you can check it out on the link below and enter to win ebooks and other great prizes.  I have 5 ebooks of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans” in the pot for prizes.  Good luck!

https://www.facebook.com/events/729147253770291/permalink/748195611865455/

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National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I have decided to post a poem from Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.

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Here are the lyrics for the Shredded Orphans’ song “Queen of the Bees”

Queen of the Bees

Baby, you’re the Queen of the Bees

You don’t care if everybody sees

What you’ve done to me

Breaking me in two

YOU MAKE ME SICK

YOU MAKE ME SICK

I watch you ooze all over other guys

They stick to you like nasty little flies

They don’t even care

When you crack the whip

I CAN’T STAND YOU

I CAN’T STAND YOU

Baby, you call my name and I jump

Even when you’ve left me in the dump

I can’t believe I would

After what you did

I DON’T NEED YOU

I DON’T NEED YOU

Watch me fall down upon my knees

Because you are the Queen of the Bees

Tear my heart in two

Bleeding on the floor

I DON’T WANT YOU

I MUST HAVE YOU

My apologies if you didn’t care for this poem/song lyric.  The Shredded Orphans are a space punk band, or in their world a seismic rock band.  My book is due to be self-published summer of 2013.  You can read more about their adventures then.  Happy National Poetry month!