Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hob-Knobbing With the Chick Lit Goddesses

What's the difference between being famous and being almost-famous? Time's up. I'm not sure about the famous part, but I had a chance to become almost-famous by appearing in the same article with Shanna Swendson, author of the magical chick lit novel, ENCHANTED, INC. and Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of the amazing chick lit novel, A LITTLE CHANGE OF FACE thanks to M.E. Wood, "commonly called Mo," who who is in our chick lit group and is Bella Online's Literary Fiction Editor. The link is here, but please come back as there is a point to all this drivel, believe me.

Okay, you're gonna ask sooner or later, so I might as well tell you how a relationship expert and author of a book on soul mate stories knows doodley-squat about chick lit, other than reading them. Ever been in high school and there was a group of girls that had just about everything from their own Ferrari and a bedroom that they didn't have to share with their siblings done up in pink and white and of course they had the canopy bed to die for and you had to share a bed with your sister that snored? Heh. Well, a little reflection there. Actually, there was a group of girls who seemed to have everything - perfect grades, DATES, teacher's attention, DATES, clothes from only the best stores, DATES...well, you get the picture.

This is how it was for me...I became one of THEM, thanks to Mo, who so kindly overlooked the fact that I wasn't published in the chick lit genre YET, but I must have made a little bit of sense for her to MOsie me in there.

It was like taking a peek of what the boy's locker room looked like and was well really cool. Maybe one day I'll actually have a locker there.

But, getting back to why little ol' me might know beans about the chick lit genre, here it is. I am part of a wonderful group called simply CHICKLIT, in which there are nearly 1,000 members. This group is awesome. It was there I picked up the muse and started on my own chick lit, after finishing the hen lit, which is being shopped around as we speak. I also READ chick lit, which some reviewers who claim that it's not "literary," must not claim to do even though they are quick to criticize. This article is one of many floating around the net that is trying to convey the message to the reading and buying public that chick lit books are more than what you see in context. There are messages in them and it's these messages that the authors of these cool as shit books want you to hear. If you're looking for a book that will stimulate your inner goddess (or god), these are it. If you're looking for a fun read, these are it. If you're looking for something close to Shakespeare, these aren't for you, and you must realize that before you start into one. One of the most fun reads I've had ever was by Marianne Mancusi called A CONNECTICUT FASHIONISTA IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. While I'm older than most chick lit readers, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and didn't want to put it down. Perhaps there's a little "chick" in all of us wanting to escape through these books and have a good time, rather than a serious time, who knows?

So, as you can see, I do know a little bit about the genre and am continually reading to perfect the craft. As I said in the interview, "It's a whole different banana." Just remember, these "bananas"could be just what the doctor ordered. Read a few and get a feel for them. You'll never know what you missed if you don't.

Monday, September 26, 2005

First Story Remembrances

I've already blogged today, but just had to add this before I forget. After blood work today (nothing serious...just getting things checked out), I came home and immediately wanted to clean - fathom that - but because of my sore arm, that was impossible, so I opened up my email.

One such email was from a man named Chris Holm, who was asking if I'd list his blog in my blog listings on my website at The Writer's Life. Well, I went over and checked his blog out to make sure it wasn't X-rated, if youknowwhattamean, and for the first time this morning, I laughed.

The link is here if you'd like to read. He's just like all of us, waiting for that Big Break, and the story he told of that first story he ever wrote at the age of six was just utterly charming. And what I found so coincidental was that his first story that he wrote as a child had the same theme as what he is writing now.

Think back to when you were a child. What kind of things did you like to write about and are they basically the same type of stories you are writing now?

When I was a child, eight years old in fact, I wrote a story about my vacation in Long Beach, California. It was one of those normal school assignments where your teacher welcomes you back to school after a long, wonderful summer and bangs you on the head with that first assignment - write a story about your summer vacation sort of thing. I knew what I was going to write about, but wanted my story to be a book and not just a story so what I did was take unlined sheets of paper, fold them in half and punched holes in the side. I ran yarn through the holes to keep them together and wrote and illustrated my very first book. Oh, how I'd love to get my hands on that now. I take it back to school and of course I'm the oddball being the only one who would go to that extreme of making a book, but I did get an A and probably scored a few brownie points from the teacher which would come in handy when I wanted to do things that weren't allowed. Come on now, we've all done it.

But, Chris' blog post made me think of how long we've had these stories in our heads...all the way up to childhood. My book right now is about 3 women from California, the little book I made in second grade was about a trip to California, too. Wonder if this is a sign? A good sign?

I also remember writing up plays for the kids in the neighborhood and I even dabbled in some poetry, but that story will remain my favorite story I tell to everyone when they ask me about my first book. It might not be my first published book, but it's the one I'll never forget.

Romancing the Soul Breaks Record in Amazon Rankings

Last night, RTS broke its' record of 76,707 on July 19, '05 for a new record high of 55,933! Woo-hoo!



As always, I try to figure out what happened to change the rankings and the only thing I can contribute it to is the Single Talk Radio Show that aired two days ago, plus the press releases I sent out to announce it. Which goes to show me that as long as I keep promoting this book, it'll sell.

After the show, I watched not only my Amazon stats, but my website and blog stats as well. My website showed no real increase, which really surprised me and I figured that the radio show wasn't going to make much difference in whether my book was going to sell or not. My blog always has good traffic, but that didn't receive any significant change.

I looked at the overall picture of both the website and blog and noticed that most of the hits were at the beginning of the month and that they were very significant. What happened at the beginning of the month to cause an increase of hits?

Well, I looked into my log and I discovered what happened.

The press releases to announce the show went out at the first of the month!

This happened to me the last time I noticed a significant change in my Amazon rankings, too. So, for me anyway, press releases seem to be what is moving this book. Interesting, huh?

The most amusing thing about this is, I sent the announcement of this radio show appearance to six free press release sites, which didn't cost me a thing.

On September 22, two days before the show, I did pay at PRWeb.com, simply because I like to watch the stats on how many in the media pick it up. Since then, which was four days ago, I've had 86,974 people read the release, 258 members of the media have picked it up, and there have been 8 people who actually printed it out. Cool, eh?

It's interesting to see how your book moves and since there's no other way of telling short of emailing my publisher to see how it is doing on her end, this is the only way I know of to know whether my promotional efforts are paying off. So, what I've learned is to keep those press releases coming. I'll be having a new one come out to announce my new soul mate advice website in another week, so I'll keep you informed. Bottom line, it's up to you to keep your book moving. If you don't do anything to promote, the book will die. And after all the hard work we've put into it, we can't let that happen!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

THE INTERVIEW

The radio show went great. I think. It's not up in the archives yet, so I have no idea how I sounded and maybe I really don't want to know. I used to have one of those old-fashioned tape recorders...you know the kind...two reels of tape that were always getting tangled up if you left them on your bedroom floor instead of putting them where they belong. I wasn't exactly a neat nik when I was a kid. Ack. Anyway, I used to have one of those things and as a matter of fact, it's still in my attic, but when I would listen to myself, it was like who is this person? Ewk and gag me with a spoon. Actually, I have a friend, Jess, who told me I sounded pretty darn spiffy for someone who smokes. Gotta love that Bahama Mama.

The guys on my group, The Writer's Life, congratulated me...a big thanks goes to Barbara, Janet and Myriam! Actually, I had one call-in and I think it was Myriam!

The girls at Single Talk really put me through the wringer...asking me stuff I'm supposed to know about...lol...did they realize that I was a bundle of nerves? Hope not. I have to admit, the answers came pretty fast...maybe my twin soul was pulling for me...thank you, Mark, wherever you are!

For those that don't know, Mark is the reason why the whole Romancing the Soul even got started. I knew him for a year and then he died. A week after he died, he came to me and told me to put this book together, even naming it. I thought that was so cool. I, of course, couldn't change the name or mess up whatever good vibrations he had from the upper realm. I'm not stupid. GRIN.

Well, it's back to the grind. Stardom is sooooo short-lived. I have to finish revising this book to send to the agents and I've procrastinated long enough. It's really tough to write one book and promote another at the same time, but where there's a will, there's a way.

Off to work...groan....

"Single Talk" Radio Interview Today!

I will be on the Single Talk Radio Show today which you can hear live on the web at http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=191. If you are the first to email Eliza at SingleTalk@adelphia.net with a soul mate question, you will receive a free autographed copy of my book, ROMANCING THE SOUL! If you do miss the show, it will be archived. I believe I'm the last segment at 4:40 EST (adjust to your geographical location), but you might want to tune in earlier to catch the other guests who are talking about soul mates, also. So, join me as we explore the secrets of why you need soul mates in order to find your higher self!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Chick Lit--More Than Just Gum

I actually read a "good" article in the Lifestyles Valley Advocate about chick lit books for once. Kendra Thurlow starts out by telling us:
"They're dressed in bubble gum-colored jackets. They accessorize with Manolo
Blahniks, Gucci handbags and Jimmy Choo slingbacks. They clog the display tables
at Barnes and Noble, silently daring you to ignore their flashy packaging.
They are chick lit. Many publishing houses, like Pocket Books, Kensington,
Red Dress Ink and Harlequin, have created their own imprints, devoted entirely
to chick lit. But chick lit isn't exactly the new kid on the block--more like
the one who got rid of her braces and started working out. "

Which those who write the craft already know. Personally, I love the pink packaging and I think it really personifies the genre, giving it a distinct difference in all those other women fiction books out there. But, I see this changing in the future. I think people are going to get bubble-gummed out and perhaps try out a new color...we'll see in the future.

Thurlow goes on to say that chick lit's roots goes back to Jane Austen who wrote "Pride and Prejudice" and that "Bridget Jones' Diary is just a retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" and that is one reason the British Chick Lit authors have "rung a loud bell with the audience."

She also goes on to say:

"Many critics view chick lit as a subgenre of romance novels. While there
are similarities--both types of books have high love and sexual content--the
distinction is clear."

While it may pertain to some chick lit books out there, I don't think this applies to hen lit (a subgenre of chick lit), although it might apply in some cases. Having written a "hen lit" myself, high love and sexual content is rarely mentioned in my book. There are hints of it in my book, but love and sex is not what my book is all about. It's about three women looking for their inner goddess - something they thought they had lost. "Thought" is the key word here. So, basically, it's about a woman's inner journey and not necessarily about their outer journey filled with material things that some of the chick lit books do have.

I personally love chick lit. After reading Marianne Mancusi's "A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court - my first chick lit read ever - I was hooked. I love the light reading and I feel that this is the one thing that critics pounce on. While they are not meant to be literary, they are still very enjoyable to read. That's not to say they shouldn't be taken seriously in the industry.

If you would like to read the rest of Thurlow's article, visit http://valleyadvocate.com/gbase/Lifestyle/content?oid=oid:126811.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Fun Day at the ER

I have had the day from hell. Let me back up...

Last night, my daughter, Melissa, somehow poked herself in the eye with broom handle at work and she called me, crying, asking if I'd come get her being as she couldn't see to drive. I pick her up and it's worse than I thought. Her eye was swollen and she was in considerable pain. I asked her if she wanted to go to the emergency room and she said, no, just take me home.



At exactly 7:30 this morning, she's banging the door down and pleading with me to take her to the ER. She is in incredible pain and I am completely disoriented...because I have this ritual I do every morning and without it, I'm immobile, incoherent and good for nothing.

My ritual involves getting up and smoking a cig (I know bad me) and opening up my email. This is the only thing that wakes me up and I need this to begin my day. Those with rituals might understand this.

But those without rituals who can jump up and begin their day like any other normal human being - which I never claimed to be - don't understand this and my daughter is one of them.

So, here we have someone in need of dire medical attention and needs to go to the ER, and I'm sitting at the computer reading my email. Still completely disoriented, I remember apologizing to her, saying I have to do this if she wanted me to be able to take her down there and she's being very patient, lying there on the sofa like she's half-dead. While I'm trying to wake up, the only thing I could think about was what the hell do I have to wear. Was it hot enough for shorts or cool enough for jeans? Do I take a shower or pull my hair up in a loose bun?

I chose the shower thing hoping I'd wake up, which up to this point was still not happening. I didn't sleep well and I think I maybe had a couple hours sleep tops, so I was really in the no-brain zone.

So, I got out of the shower and found a t-shirt and opted for shorts knowing me and my hot flashes and told her to go on and get up and change. I walk back in her room and she has chosen an outfit that is completely - how do I want to put that - something you would put on to go to bed? The t-shirt was okay but the sweatpant thingee she had going on did not even come close to matching her shirt and what's up with boots this time of year?

I wanted to say something but I knew she was in pain, so I just casually mentioned that they didn't match and she replying with she didn't care.

We finally make it to the hospital and find out that she has cut her eyeball - in the doc's own words, a corneal abrasion. I am to administer these special eye drops once every two hours and then put these other special eye drops in her eye 4 times a day. They really expect me to do this, too. Supposedly, she'll be good as new anywhere from 24 - 48 hours. So far, I don't see much of a difference but it's only been a few hours.

So, she comes out from her bedroom a little while ago and asks me to fix her something to eat (keep in mind, she's playing the blind person to the hilt). I get up to fix her a TV dinner, and pour her a glass of Pepsi. So, we're sitting here, going over the day's events and I tell her about her fashion blunder and my ritual act and she said, "Some day, we're going to have a laugh over this."

And she was right. But, isn't that like me, though? Even in an emergency involving my own flesh and blood, I still gotta have my computer fix before I can even begin to tackle a thing. Something's definitely wrong with this picture. Do I need help or what?

Monday, September 12, 2005

Romancing the Soul is Zumaya's #1 Bestseller at Amazon!!!

I am going through the roof!!!!

I just checked my rankings at Amazon for Zumaya's bestsellers and my book, Romancing the Soul has the #1 spot!!!!

Oh, be still, my weak heart.

This is the first time this has ever happened and the funny part about it is, I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.

Promotion. Promotion. Promotion.

I send out columns every month which appears on online relationship and New Age ezines, who, in turn, syndicates them to other places.

I do radio interviews at 5:00 in the morning.

I not only have a personal author website, but also a soul mate advice website.

I have five blogs and all of them can be related to my book. One such place is called "Are You My Soul Mate" which has stayed in the number one spot on AOL search and MSN search for months.

I help people with their soul mate questions by answering their questions personally without charge. Free. Find out here.

I also have a newsletter which has over a hundred subscribers and offer a free tips report called "Ten Tips To Identify Your Soul Mates" by signing up.

Maybe all this adds up to a number one spot? Who knows, but for the moment (that's about how long those Amazon rankings last), I'm going to revel in my glory and sit outside in my swinging chair and thank the Good Lord and Goddesses for all they have done for me.

Ahhhh...nice morning....

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Interesting Day at Work...

I had an interesting day today. For those that aren't on the up-and-up on what I do besides write, revise, send off to agents, pray (in that order), I also wait on tables. Yah, yah. It's not the most prestigious job in the world, but I use those little pitiful tips to pay for that roof over my head and those cartons of cigs that I must buy (yeah, I must!). So, it does come in handy.



It was a reaaaally slow day. The tourists have left Pony Capital of the World and must be saving that precious gas for those trips to the real vacation spots, like Walmart. You think I'm kidding? My Walmart has everything you could ever want in a vacation spot, plus a hotel across the street in case you want to get back up, save that gas and visit again! Tres politically-gas correct.

Anyway, it was real slow and boring and I had already had twenty-thousand smoke breaks, plus cleaned my car, washed the windows and all that jazz when I got a little surprise.

A couple walked in and it was a guy and a girl who I had gone to school with! It was so neat seeing them again.



We talked about what each other was up to and all that and they were surprised I had a book out. I wrote my website down on a napkin (why don't I ever remember to take my business cards to work with me????), but it made me realize what potential there was promoting in my old neck of the woods...old schools, family I haven't seen for years, friends who would be surprised I had reached my dreams...all that good ol' stuff.

Well, that was the highlight of my day. Seeing them reminded me how far I had come and actually it's one of the internal conflicts in my hen lit book. Going back, fixing things and showing those who thought we'd never make it that we can not only make it, but succeed at it.



I'm not there, by no long shot, but this one incidence reminded me of just how hard I've been working the past few years and what I've got to show for it. Maybe one day I can quit my job waiting tables, but sometimes you just don't know who you'll wait on and it makes it a little more bearable. Or is it barable? EEK. And I call myself a writer.

Speaking of my book, I sent off two more queries to agents today. Someone's bound to bite sooner or later, I hope. Meanwhile, it's back to proofing in case they do.....hi ho....hi ho.........

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

They Say Three's the Charm, So Is Four the Winner?

Ah..the saga of "Over the Hill" (it's also going through a name change as we speak...for now, I'll call it "Sisterhood") continues. I wrote Sisterhood three times and it wasn't until the fourth time did I "get it." It read smoother, cut out a bunch of irrelevant information and "tightened it" so to speak. It was a killer, but I think it's good to go to this last agent that has requested the partial. So nervous.

And just when my nerves had settled down, I went into my synopsis (which I need to send to her along with the first three chapters) and I went, "Oh no!" The synopsis wasn't even finished. In fact, there were three files with three different synopsis' and I gotta tell you, it was like saying eenie, meenie, miney, moe as to which one was the one I had intended on going with. So, I picked up the third one and finished it. Only, I just wasn't comfortable with it. I wanted it in first person being as the book is in first person, but it just didn't have that zing for me.

I read where your synopsis is what the potential agent/editor/publisher/whatever uses to decide whether there is potential there. Your three chapters will tell what kind of a writing style you have, but that darn synopsis is the bait. Did my synopsis have a minnow on the end of its hook or was there a big ol' whale dangling there to gobble the big ol' agent/editor/publisher up in one gulp if she didn't accept it?

It wasn't even a minnow. I looked down and there was no bait at all.

I fretted about this all last night and into the morning. I've written this synopsis three times and you would think that three would be the charm, wouldn't you?

Think again.

I had my head in my hands and my eyes caught a piece of scrap paper on my desk that had the beginnings of a fantastic fourth synopsis. Only, it would have to be written in third person to make this stand out. Gotta be there.

I hemmed and hawwed and I thought, what is it about these couple of sentences that are grabbing me when the one I had finished didn't?

It had pizzazz. It read like the back cover of a book. It had excitement and might be the ticket.

Wait. Didn't I read that last night that someone had suggested doing just that?

Okay, I've got these two sentences and I'm raring to go. Third person it will have to be. They win. I go with the flow and hope the fourth one is the winner. Wish me luck. This is getting so old and a lot of work!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Blast from the Past - A Karmic Soul Mate Returns

Reading over all the online websites about Katrina and listening to the horrific events on television and realizing how many people have lost their parents, their children, their friends makes me look back into my past and remember those who have made a difference in my life.

One such friend that made a difference was a young girl named Sharon.

Forty years ago, my sister and I left California for the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We were but children then - I, 10 and my sister, 5. Although I was born and raised on the shore up until my seventh birthday when my step-father got orders to Fort Ord, California, my home in Burbank became the first time I experienced what a family was all about. My father had left when I was a baby and shortly after my mother married my new daddy, we headed out to California.

I loved it. We'd get in so much trouble, my new friends and I, but they were memories I'll hold in my heart forever.

However, that all came to an end one summer evening when my aunt whisked us off to live with our grandmother, 3,000 miles away. Story for another time.

When I arrived to the "Shore," as the locals call it, everything was new again. While I loved my grandmother deeply and she was a fantastic surrogate mother during the time we stayed with her, the Eastern Shore wasn't quite exactly what I expected. Family helped. Cousins I hadn't seen for awhile and family reunions and going out to the hog pen with my uncle during feeding time. Quite different from California, I'm telling you.

However, I missed my friends greatly. Family is nice, but I missed going to my friend's houses and playing all those childhood games I was accustomed to.

My grandmother picked up on this sadness. Her best friend just so happened to have a daughter and, against all odds, she happened to be going in the same grade with me. To beat even more odds, her birthday and mine was only days apart - both Cancers!

The first time I met Sharon, I felt like I had known her all my life. We became fast friends and she is the reason why I even could survive being a newbie at our school. She was there for me all during my grade school years and into high school. However, boys intervened in our high school years and we kind of drifted apart.

Thirty years later, I found Sharon on Classmates.com. She had joined the army after high school, but was now working at a NASA base in D.C.

I emailed her.

The first face-to-face meeting was two years ago at Thanksgiving. She was traveling to see her mother who still lived here on the shore and stopped by my workplace to say hello.

It was like time never passed.

We talked of our children, her children and my almost-divorce. We talked about friends we had gone to our school and what happened to them. We agreed that we would get together in the future when we both had more time and then she went away.

I still hear from her ocassionally. She's still in D.C. and I wonder if life is treating her well.

But it's when people touch your heart that they leave such an impression. She was someone who befriended a shy, gangly little girl and made her comfortable in her surroundings.

I'm wondering how many new lives will be started in the aftermath of Katrina. How many of these people are going to find these same samaritans out there who will befriend them and show them that there are people who do care. Hopefully, quite a few.

Is God Responsible for Katrina or Do We Have Only Ourselves to Blame?

I was up early this morning - trying to figure out how to send a query to an agent who has set her spam filter up so high that I couldn't get through. Ah...internet...nothing like it.

After four tries, I gave up and went a'blogging and landed on Patricia Arnold's blog, No-Drama Queen's Blog and it was her last entry that really made me think of something.

Her entry addressed the issue that people are saying that "God sent Katrina to punish America for something or another; but no one has said specifically why Bible Belt states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were selected as sacrificial lambs. Most who live there believe that God punishes the innocent to show the rest of us the power of His wrath. It's a warning, they say, an opportunity for us to change our behavior."

Are they loco? That's the trouble with the world. They want to pass the buck off to someone else, but have they considered the idea that maybe it was themselves that are to blame?

Global Warming. We've all heard about it and know what it is so I won't go into that, but have you stopped and thought for a minute why these storms start in the first place? This was no ordinary storm. This was The Perfect Storm and may go down in history as the worst storm ever to hit the United States. EVER. And the chilling part of all...the hurricane season is only beginning.

God gave us this beautiful world and left it in our hands after that. We didn't know what to do with it, so we tilled it, multiplied and replenished the earth with our bounties and offspring to carry on and on until the earth became thriving with vegetation and population. And what happened thousands of years later? It has gotten to the point where man is killing the earth. The ozone layer is thinning which means more sun and radiation filters through, making the world warmer and warmer each year. That means the waters, also, are getting warmer as each year goes by. And what happens then? Catastrophic storms of huge proportions that even the common man couldn't fathom. And we just experienced it.

So, don't blame God. Don't blame anyone but yourself. My fears are this is only the beginning and the worse is yet to come.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The 850-KOA AM Radio Interview & A New Website!

I was too tired yesterday to post, but I have two announcements! In light of the Katrina disaster and my radio interview at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m., I was too exhausted but I'd love to tell you how my interview went and also that I have a new website up! Okay, take it easy, I'll tell you all about it.

Well, the interview went great. Only flubbed up a little towards the end when he asked me how you can tell if a person is your soul mate and was it just a feeling? I know, and you know, it's more to it than that and in fact I have a ten-tip checklist that I give out freely when you sign up for my newsletter in what to recognize in a soul mate and I guess the lack of sleep made my brain switch over from expert to dummy and I had to have him repeat the question and just flubbed it. That's the only part I had trouble with. Thank goodness the interview wasn't archived. I'll have to make sure I don't do that with the one coming up on the 24th which will be.

I had one caller. I felt so sorry for her. The story she told would just break your heart. She had a twin sister that died about a year ago and she told us that she had this strange connection with her and wanted to know if I could tell her why in relation to soul mates and also why it was that her sister was destined to die before her. She had been through counseling and you could tell in her voice that she was reaching out.

I am not a trained grief counselor, so the best I could do was listen and give her support. I told her that after listening to her, I was almost sure she was not only her twin sister, but her twin soul, too. The story she told was what people tell me when they are describing the twin soul relationship. I also told her that her sister's mission, whatever it was she was born on this earth to do, was complete and she was returning "home." I told her that her own mission wasn't and that was why she was the chosen one to stay. I hope I helped.

But what got me was when she said she was going out to her bookstore (think it was Borders) and buy my book. I had to get back on the radio after the break to explain you can only find my book online. I emailed my publisher and she said you could get it at Borders, but I have yet to find it in their online system. Another story for another time.

All in love, I chalked it up to a pretty good interview. I'm getting hits from people all over the country to my website, so it has to be a positive thing. Whether it's a profitable thing, that's yet to be determined.

My other good news is that I have a new soul mate advice website. I'm still perfecting it, but if you'd like a peek, go to www.soulmateadvice.homestead.com. I haven't bought a domain name for it yet, but that link will take you there.

I have a guestbook set up there, so if you're in the neighborhood, let me know, okay?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Take Your Stand to Lower Gas Prices!!!

Okay, this isn't a political blog, but this soooo sounds like what one of my characters, Babs Culpepper, would say....

Want gasoline prices to come down?

We need to take some intelligent, united action.

Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea: This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read it and join with us!

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.75 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50-$1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace.... not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.

The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war. Here's the idea: For the rest of this year,

DON"T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!!

Now, don't whimp (sic) out on me at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!! I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) .. and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!

If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people and DON"T purchase ANY gasoline from EXXON and MOBIL. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am... so trust me on this one.) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.

PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK!