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November 9, 2017

Leaving the Family Out Of the Writing Experience Is Not Good For the Writer.

Juggling family and trying to be an author can be tough. Here are some suggestions that involve the family.

Kids seem to love doing research in the library or on the internet. Have them get books and information on certain topics that you can use for your articles or stories.

Read your story out loud to them and see if they can help brainstorm genius ideas. Maybe a death needs to go in where you wouldn’t put one before. Or how about a different kind of weapon you never thought of. Kid’s imaginations are wonderful. Put on your miners hat and dig in.  

Family members can also suggest kinds of people and strange names that should go into the story. If it is a children’s story the kids can tell you all about things that happened in school.

They could play (with friends) quietly as you write. Watch a movie or read a book or take a nap and at dinner tell you all about their experiences during the day as you mentally take notes for your own stories.

The spouse can take the kids out and away from the house staying away for a few hours. Giving your children and spouse time together can be bonding, and it’s very important for kids, you know.

The rest of the family could be given the housework and chores that you would normally do. And if it’s not done perfectly that’s okay you’ll live with it.

Also the family can take phone calls, lick envelopes, and read fan mail. And hopefully they will enjoy every minute of helping you out to be the best writer you were meant to be.

\October 18, 2017

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Even though I was in a horrible car accident  and I broke both my legs and arm and my nose was hanging off my face, I still have never fought in a sword fight so it's a challenge to write about it. I'm getting help from my sister Rachel who was a sword fighter in the SCA and My daughter Aurora who does LARP and fights with foam swords. Also I'm getting help with the ebooks  writing violence by Marc Mac Young. I recommend these books. He really knows what he's talking about and can get it on paper.

October 13, 2017


Everyone has some creativity, but kids have the most. As we grow older we lose some.   People who are experts in this field say at age 0-5 we have 90% creativity. At age 7 we have only about 20% and as an adult we only have 2%. This is unfortunate for people who want to be creative in fields such as writing, art science, and technology.  We start to lose originality when we are told what to make and how to make it to get a good grade in school. And that means we are not using our imaginations.

         To encourage ideas to form, as an artist or writer, you need to carry around a notebook to jot down ideas and cut newspaper clips and put them into a scrap book.

         Find pictures to add captions to. Go crazy. It doesn’t  matter if it’s silly. No one needs to see it. Draw cartoons, little doodles. Do art and writing every day.

         Daydream—just imagine what would happen if you could fly. Where would you go?. How would it feel? Who would you meet?

         Brainstorm—It’s okay to have weird ideas. You never know you might come up with a solution to a problem or even invent something.

         Do word associations—Come up with ten key words and let your imagination go. What do the words suggest to you? Write them down. You will be surprised with what you come up with.

         Paint what a song sounds like or a food item tastes like. In essence change sound or taste into sight. Or describe how a song tastes.

         Keep your curiosity—What have you always been curious about, but never pursued ?  Go explore and try to get your child-like wonder back.

         Keep an open mind – don’t write the same book over and over like you are following rules. Break free of you constraints and experience new areas you have never been before.

         Leave your comfort zone—Do something scary and wild.

         Create passion for your idea—Feel the power that creativity has over you.

         Play—Everyone seems to have difficulty finding time to just play. Play is important for human development and survival. It’s perfect for problem solving as well as social and communication skills.

The right side of the brain is creative. The left side is logical and used for technical ideas. But Einstein believed creative people used their whole brain. At work it is encouraged to always use the left side of the brain. We have to conform with the ways things have always been done. My sister is a drafter and it’s encouraged at her work to think creatively-- out of the box. But those jobs are scarce.  To be creative you need to be a leader and go down new avenues of adventure. Not to worry, It is possible to get the creative juices going again.

October 12, 2017

Things are better here with the family now. Things aren't so pissed off.  Working mainly on three papers: Viotile Vampires , Sarmation Enchantment and the Knaves.  Here's some lite hearted fun.

Bob Smith to I grew up in Iowa!

So the neighbors had been complaining that my dog had been barking non-stop. I hate the electric zapping bark collars so I purchased a humane citronella collar, that way when the dogs barked, it shot out a blast of citronella under their nose and they don't like it. This particular morning I was getting the collars ready and filled them with their stuff. And that's where my morning should have ended. But NO, it's me, and I begin to become curious as to how said collars work.

Now I'm standing on my back porch "barking" at my dog's collar. Nothing happens. I make sure it's turned on, check the fill level, and go through the "getting started" check list one more time. Again, I bark. Nothing happens. Now I'm not quite sure, why I had this next thought. . . but I did; I put on the collar. I seriously extended the band and fit the growl box against my throat and barked. Apparently, the collar only works if it feels vibrations, because I immediately received a blast of citronella to the face.

I began coughing, which only caused the collar to continue to squirt bug spray over and over into my nasal cavity.I'm now on my hands and knees in my back yard, trying to breathe, and to make matters worse, the dogs are now barking. So between coughing and yelling at the dogs to shut up, I've emptied over a dozen blasts of citronella to my face. During all of this ruckus, I'm trying to undo the clasp of the collar, which has somehow managed to weld shut during this whole fiasco.

I finally get the collar off and threw, yes I threw that stupid thing across the yard, and lay in the grass sucking in the cool morning air. In the middle of thinking this probably the dumbest thing I've done in a while, I hear laughter. MY NEIGHBOR SAW THE WHOLE THING! He was laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. Between gasps, he tells me,"I was gonna come help, but every time I started to climb over the fence, you'd set it off again and would I started laughing and couldn't make it" So now, not only are my eyes red, but my face and ears are too. After checking to make sure I was ok,we parted ways and I got back in the shower so I didn't go to lunch smelling like ode de' Tiki Torch.

So lesson learned: next time (yes, there will always be a next time with me) make sure that 1. Don't fill the collar before trying to set it off and B. Remember your neighbor is not a good source of help in a comedy crisis situation. On the plus side, I didn't have a mosquito problem for a few days

August 31, 2017

Being Idle

As a writer, being idle can recharge your batteries. A quote from Jerome K. Jerome says: It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is such a thing as burn out for the writer where the ideas just don’t flow anymore. Virginia Woolf said it well when she said this: Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

As writers we have been told that we need to write all the time, every day. A proverb says: The hardest work of all is doing nothing. It’s hard to turn off our brains and do something with the family and ignore writing for a while.  To be more industrious we need to be idle every once and a while. We are professionals and we have writing careers that need down time.

Also getting the right words on paper can take a while to accomplish, and being idle is a luxury every writer can and should afford.  Stay away from computers, phones, television, music, texting and so forth. The writer needs to daydream, take long showers, take strolls through the parks with the kids or dog, take long naps, sip coffee, read books, watch movies, and contemplate.  

Improved writing can take place as we take the time to think about life. New inspirations can be unleashed and the story can evolve into something wonderful.  Because good writing can’t be rushed, apprehension and writers block can occur as the process goes through its paces. Taking breaks can help the subconscious solve problems and make the writer look at it in a fresh perspective. Maybe even correct some minor errors of word choice, a contradiction, or points are not in the right order and so on.

August 20, 2017

Okay the events at our house have finally settled down. Here's a tip. If you are having problems focusing your eyes in the mornings, it's probably because you are prone to seeing the motes in your eyes. You also see glass smudges and reflections in glass that are causing you not to see what is ahead of you, if you drive a vehicle or use a computer screen.  I 'm fluent in Word 2007 and I'm trying to be the same with Gimp2. I'm trying to get the first page of a graphic novel put into Gimp2 for  clean up and then into the Desk top publishing program Scribus. This is a learning curve I tell ya.  I'm coming along on my 6 th book The Shade Riders and the Viotile Vampires. Talk to ya later.

July 15 2017

I'm working on the prequels and watching how to make comic books on Create Space on Youtube.  I found out I have to have a minimum of 24 pages to make a book. I hope this works.


What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress, $5000. Tux rental, $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes - one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier.

- If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
- If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba, and Wildman.

- When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave, and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller, and none will actually admit they want change back.
- When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

- A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
- A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

- A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
- The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

- A woman has the last word in any argument.
- Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

- A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
- A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

- A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
- A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

- A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
- A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

- Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
- Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

- Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
- A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

July 8, 2017

Sorry having a weird experience at home.  In the mean time I'm doing art and rewriting the Cafeteria Chaos prequel totally over again.  Flash backs aren't good and it should be in Nova's viewpoint.  I'm thinking of doing the prequels in comic book format. I'm trying to learn how I'm going to do that. I'm also practicing magic tricks.

 Humming birds may consume as much as their body weight a day by way of a tongue that makes a sipping motion up to 15 times per second. They can fly frontwards, backwards and side ways. Their wings beat up to 100 x per second. Its brain is one of the largest, in proportion, to any other animal.

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June 30, 2017

Muscles come in all shapes and sizes. Their jobs is to exert force in order to move objects, whether that’s lifting a weight, moving a limb, pumping blood or batting an eyelid. But which muscle is the strongest?
There is no easy answer, as there are a few different ways to measure strength. You can have absolute strength, which is measured as the maximum amount of force a muscle can generate at any one time. You also have dynamic strength, which is the ability to generate force repeatedly. Then there is explosive strength, which is the ability to generate force very quickly. And let’s not forget strength endurance, which is the ability to withstand fatigue and generate force over time.
So here are the top five strongest muscles in the body based on these different ways to measure strength:

 The heart, which consists of cardiac muscle, is said to be the hardest working muscle in the body. The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a 70-year span. This is a great example of dynamic strength as well as strength endurance.

 The masseter is located in the jaw and is one of the muscles of mastication or chewing. The bite strength of an average man is between 117 to 265 pounds. This ability to exert a force on an external object is an example of absolute strength.

The soleus is one of the calf muscles and is said to be the muscle that can pull with the greatest force. It is what keeps  us upright when standing and is in a constant fight against gravity. Its capable of producing both dynamic and explosive strength.

The gluteus maximus is not only one of the strongest muscles in the body, it is also the largest. It’s main function is hip extension, which we perform when running, jumping, climbing steps and during many other movements. The gluteus are capable of producing great explosive and dynamic strength.

 The muscles of the uterus in the lower pelvis region have the ability to stretch and contract with considerable force. Ask any woman who has gone through childbirth and I’m sure they would agree. They are a great combination of strength endurance,  dynamic strength and absolute strength.

June 26, 2017

65 1/2 million people are displaced right now.

Zika mosquitos are in California right now.

Inventors usually don't get credit for their inventions. The seller does.

I'm reading a very good book called The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum.

I'm working on the 3rd Shade Rider book and the prequels. I am waiting to get the Electric Werewolves proof soon in the mail.  I have to remember to do all the art work for the up coming books.

June 25, 2017

It may surprise you but it is legal in the vast majority of US states as well as most western countries to skip the services of a funeral director and opt for a budget home funeral, an increasingly popular alternative.

Private burials, in a garden or elsewhere, are legal in most jurisdictions. There are some restrictions however, which include burying the body away from any sources of water, and it's worth noting that the property may he harder to sell in the future if there's a body buried in the yard.

Eco-friendly caskets shouldn't be expensive but even so they tend to be on the pricey side. Believe it or not, simple cardboard versions can cost three times as much as basic traditional wooden caskets, presumably because they're fashionable right now.

It is not a legal requirement that a casket, cardboard, wooden or otherwise, must be used to house a dead body. Why not go natural and consider a perfumed shroud instead? It makes for a more environmentally sound option.

If the deceased was receiving welfare benefits or there is no family member who is able or willing to contribute, they may quality for financial assistance to help towards or even cover the costs of the funeral.

Shopping around for a reputable value for money florist is the way forward here. You don't have to go with the preferred florist. Funeral directors tend to get a cut, which pushes up the price of any wreaths or arrangements.
A lot of funeral directors have simpler, less pricey options that you may have to ask about – don't assume you have to rentthe first luxury hearse offered to you, in fact, you could even use a large family station wagon or minivan.

June 24, 2017 

Hi we have two winners for a free copy of my book The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghost. YAY!   I got my second book done and it's going out on Create Space and then Amazon in a  few days here after I proof it.   Hey I heard 7 % ofpeople believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. That is totally  ridiculous!  White milk comes from all cows. Chocolate is added the  the white milk to make it chocolate milk.  The peril of kings is or was hubris. And that was an invitation to  to the avenging godess called Nemesis. Trump doesn't know this story.  If you become addicted to painkillers there are pills to help you stop taking those pills. If you take too many pills there's a pill for that too.

June 18, 2017

Hey there I'm still learning magic for marketing my books. I'm getting more aquainted with Sound Forge 10 for my voice over jobs. I'm learning how I can turn up the volume and make myself sound more epic. In the mean time I'm trying to keep cool from the heat of the sun because we are down an airconditioner. This Saturday there will be a winner of my book. Stay tuned.

June 9,2017

Hi sorry I'm late. I get busy and blogging slips my mind.  I want to blog every week. So here goes:  The Shade Riders and the Electric Werewolves is still getting made on the program Scribus.  This is an open source program. So if you want to do desk top publishing this is the program to use.  I contacted a magician to get magic tricks to market my books.   Sorry for the delays, but I'm going as fast as I can.

June 1,2017

Hi, I have gotten all my art work done for my second book The Shade Riders and the Electric Werewolves and started on the Create Space book on Scribus getting it ready for Amazon, libraries and personal book cases.  I'm also trying to put pictures up on Pinterest.  I  am  selling books and prints at horse shows here in Wisconsin.  I'm planning more contests so stay tuned.

May 24 2017

Hi, I've been busy looking for a brick and mortar  job away from the house.  Sorry I didn't post anything last week.  I have 9 more pictures to work on for the paper back book to go.  I've been busy with that and doing voice overs when I noticed I've  been sending out  VO s  with a humming sound.  We found out it wasn't the head phone wire but the computer fan.  Yikes! So now I'm going to make recordings in a quieter place and print out the scripts.  Wish me luck.

PS check out my bonus Youtube Vlog. https://youtu.be/YTXZ6OGBpB

May 12 2017

Hi I'm working on 9 more drawings for The Shade Riders and the Electric Werewolves and posting them to my Bxerk Facebook page before I can finish the Paperback book. Meanwhile you can get a free copy at Smashwords.com Both are available. You can find the coupon code on the Smashword's website. Can you do me a favor and leave a reveiw? Thanks. I also do voice -overs and you can listen to the 5 demos of my cartoon voice at voices.com. Thanks. 

May 3,2017

I'm working on a new computer so I had to start over on my Make Human characters. Each character takes about 5 miutes to create. I hope I'm doing it right. Well we'll see soon enough. Also I'm doing all the extra characters too. I've been loading up chapters from The Shade Riders and the Electric Werewolves on Wattpad because my Editor sent me back my pages finally.  I also entered a Fantasy/ Science fiction script contest. Will hear if I'm a winner in July 21, 2017.  I will be selling books and art prints coming up this summer  at fairs and such, I'm pretty excited. And the best part is the vendors don't have to pay anything to sell there. Woot! What a great marketing experience.

April 27, 2017

Hi  I'm spending time adapting my first book The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghosts  into a  movie script and will be posting it on Stage 32 soon. --Hopefully I have the heart of a bear and can rip the fat off .  The second book The Shade Riders and The Electric Werewolves will be debutting soon. It is still at Editor Dave King's office.  But he just has to go over the last bit and I will get the edits in as soon as possible after that and I will get it onto Amazon and Smashwords.  You can also read it on Wattpad, if you're so inclined. I personally love to hold a book in my hand rather than use an electric devise, but to each his own.  I will then proceed to work on my historical novel called Sarmation Enchantment and the third installment of The Series, called The Shade Riders and the Volatile Vampires. Talk to ya later.

July 15, 2016 Blog hunt hop

Hi, I'm Bxerk Beth Zurkowski, author of The Shade Riders Series and I'm your host for this stop in the Hunt.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is Samantha Bryant.


Welcome to the Virtual Fantasy Con! Your home for speculative fiction fun from the comfort of your own home. This post is part of a scavenger hunt! If you would like to find out more about the Hunt, please click here - http://vfcscavengerhunt.weebly.com/ Some-where on this page is a hidden number. Collect all the numbers from all the authors’ posts, and then add them up. Once you’ve added all the numbers, and if I am your last author, please head to the official website and click on the ENTER HERE page to find the entry form. Only entries will the correct number will qualify to win.


Turn and Face the Change: 

Writing Menopausal Superheroes

by: Samantha Bryant


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(Artist: Charles C. Dowd)

Menopause and superheroes might not seem like a natural progression at first blush. After all, most women in superhero stories are barely dressed and eternally twenty-three. At mid-life, most of us have given up spandex and clothing with peek-a-boo cut outs (if we ever indulged in such things). I know I have.

But there's no denying that the feelings (physical and emotional) that women experience during "the change" are powerful indeed. Hormones are overwhelmingly strong at different times in our lives: puberty, pregnancy, and menopause being the highlights in that particular movie reel. (My personal hormone movie has been mostly a comedy, though it sometimes feels like an overwrought drama when I'm living it).

After I turned forty, I began to get my first direct hints of what this journey was going to be like for me. I woke up hot and sweaty. My skin did weird things. My moods shifted around me like sand on a beach. The doctor says I am still premenopausal, but the writing is on the wall. The process has begun.

Honestly, it scares me. I remember feeling at the mercy of my hormones and the effects on my body when I was a teenager and again when I was expecting and nursing my children. I'm not looking forward to going through more of that. I don't like feeling out of control.

So, I wrote about it. That's what I do, as an author. I take the things that scare the heck out of me and spin them into stories. Art is cheaper than therapy.

This series took a lighter turn. Sometimes we need to make light of the things that get under our skin to take away their power. So, when I woke up sweating, I wrote a woman who could project the heat from her hot flashes out of her body, giving her the ability to wield fire. 

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When my back itched all the time from the dryness of my skin, I wrote a woman who was transforming into a lizard creature. When I felt depressed, I wrote a woman who became so light she flew. And when I bemoaned the strange growth of hair in new locations, I wrote a woman who turned into a man!

Of course, there's more to my characters than just what happened to them and what they decided to do about them.

I'm a long time reader of comics and fan of superhero movies and television shows. As I developed the idea for what became Going Through the ChangeA Menopausal Superhero Novel and its sequel Change of Life, I wanted to write a superhero story that women like me could identify with. That meant developing characters who were grown women with the problems and worries that adult women have: partners, children, family, careers, feelings of self worth, ageism, weight gain, health, and so on.

Each of my women is on a personal journey, one that just became complicated by some more unusual symptoms of menopause. Writing this series has been cathartic and, honestly, a great deal of fun. I hope my readers will find it so, too!




Thanks for stopping by my "booth" today and talking superheroes with me. If you'd like to know more about me and my work, you can You can find me online on my blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on the Curiosity Quills page, or on Google+.



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Did you find the number? If you did. then click Samantha Bryant's link --http://samanthabryant.com to continue Virtual FanatasyCon's Blog Hop Hunt.

February 7, 2016

Hi, I've mostly been spending time on Facebook and Twitter. My facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Bxerk/

My twitter is @Bxerk.

I'm going to promote my book at the Fantasycon online in October 2016. Sign up now. Here is the link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/virtual-fantasycon-returns-oct-2016-sign-up-now-carol-march

I'll be working off this website also for Fantasy Con.

Buy my book here:




Thank you.

May 18, 2015

You can buy the kindle  book for The Shade Riders here: 


I will be coming out with the paperback soon.   

July 1, 2014

I finally got the footage back for Bxerk Productions, LLC and I've been working on a trailer for Cafeteria Chaos. Thanks to Jason Adler from Adler Video, who is helping me with this. I shot the green screen and got some pretty good footage at the Madison Public library.  Jason should be done soon with the footage. After that I'm going to get a group together to do a fundraiser on Indigogo. I can't wait and the kids aren't getting  any younger.

While I'm waiting for Jason I'm helping my husband get his Stateline Computer Geeks business up and running.  We have a Facebook account and a Word press account for his business blogging.

I applied to 3 other literary agents and am waiting to hear back--- Anderson,  Meredith Bernstein,  and Jennifer De Chiara.

Sept 2, 2013

I'm busy working with my tie dye shirts. They are coming out soooo cool! We are talking about going to a different fleamarket to see if we can sell them better. This one in town is usually dead. I'm working on a movie my son and I created, but he's not happy with the way he looks and doesn't want me to display it on Youtube. I'm also working on Blender and trying to basically be self taught with some tutorials on Youtube. I worked on the second book of The Shade Riders and figured some more out of where I want to go with it. I'm basically done with the TV pilot class and wait to hear back from my family, then I will send it in. I will be going to court this month on the 10th. Hopefully we can work something out. Happy restful labor day.

July 28, 2013 

Ugh! Have you ever had someone be so despicable to you, you have to spend most of your time in court? That's what's happening to me.  It is so frustrating.
 I'm still in my online school and I'm working on the bible and pilot. I'm trying to get it fantastic! My writer's group is off for the summer  so I need to catch up on my writing my 2nd novel of the Shade Riders.
I queried Sandford J. Greenburg Associates, Harvey Killinger, Inc and  The Knight Agency today.

I will be home-schooling my son, James, and have less time to write. He had an awful time with bullies at school. He is a nerd and the other boys were the opposite.  Now back to work.

May 11, 2013

Here is an author's review of my novel:

The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghosts, by Beth Zurkowski, is an imaginative romp featuring middle-grade school children in an adventure that would hold the attentions of even the most impatient kids. Chaos happens with science and discoveries in the everyday backdrop of school. I recommend this book to any child who is a fan of Harry Potter. The characters are real and believable, and by reading it, you are in for a treat.


Genie Chow,

Author of Thunder Elk and the Fairy Children

I did work eight hours on the  movie I wrote the script for, but at this time can not disclose what is going on  with it.  I still need to finish it and will save money for it, and sell art work on Etsy.com or you can donate to my fundraising page:  http://communityfunded.com/projects/bxerk/cafeteria-chaos-movie/

April 15, 2013

I came back from the Writer's  Convention in Madison Wisconsin this last weekend and I found out I should seperate my art work from my book so I don't scare off any agents who might want to publish me. So if you are looking for art work it's on a seperate page now.

March 23, 2013

Hi gang,

I'm still doing auditions for the movie Cafeteria Chaos and gathering props. I saw my lawyer on Friday and my LLC is pending. I'm going to talk to Laurie Scheer about the script and see if it needs anything this Monday. I will continue to talk to parents coaxing them into letting me use their kids in the movie. I made quite a few shopping trips on the internet to get some more props. I registered for the renting of the school. Hopefully I'll hear back soon.  I'm going to the Writer's Insitute @24th annual retreat April 12-14th I can't wait.

February 19, 2013

Hello again. If everything goes as planned I will be shooting a 9 or 10 minute movie called Cafeteria Chaos, April 28th in the elementary school in Brodhead Wisconsin. Auditions will be at the Good times Rec Center March 3, 2013.

Man, I've been working hard on the various monsters in the rainbow portal for The Shade Rider series for the The shade riders TV pilot. I was only going to do three or four at a time (every couple years). But the bible has to be written with a lot of material to work with. I mean a lot! For the most part, the monsters are almost done. I just need to work the bugs out. I created a map of Ordin and put it on the Neanderthal page. http://bxerk.net/Neanderthals.html

Feb 9, I applied to the Stimda Literary Studio and The Stringer Literary Agency (who with in 24 hours turned me down. Whoa!) Then I applied to The Scott Treimel NY agency, then Writers house. Now Writers House said it would only take 1 week. Hmm I wonder if they passed on me.

February 2, 2013

I just read an article. It's about how long it can take to publish your first novel. There is great advise here. It says it can take anywhere from 0 to 41 years to publish after you have written your novel.


I really hope I don't have to wait 41 years. :-)

I realized I already waited 4 months to hear back from The Prospect Literary agency, The Spieler Literary agency, and The McVeigh Literary agency. I wondered why I haven't gotten a response or at least a rejection letter from them. Usually we give the agencies 3 months, tops. Then I read this article.


It talks about how literary agencies receive maybe 200 manuscripts everyday. So it takes time to read each and every one of them. Sometimes taking two years to finally get back to the writer. Can you believe it? A whole 2 years! So when they say have patience they really mean it. My editor Dave King assured me if it was really bad they would have chucked my novel right off hand rather than take their time like this. So my next step would be to move on and send my query and synopsis to more literary agencies to get representation.

I am still working on getting a movie going about brownies with the four kids I have. I hope to get started on it soon. I finally got all my critiques on the script for this one and will send out to the UW Madison writing instructor Laurie Scheer soon. If you want to help by donating money please do.


January 26,2013


Well, the short short movie (8 min) has been postponed until possibly March 2013. I have two young girls who I asked to play the part of the main characters and they are on shaky ground. The girl to play Takeesha still is in gymnastic competition. The girl to play Nova doesn't know if her mom and dad will let her do the part even though she showed interest. So we have to wait. Meanwhile I can send this script to Laurie Scheer, my teacher, at UW Madison to critique it.

I will be changing some of the art on this site. The cover art on the home page is now The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghosts. Also the movie trailer has new text in the pictures.

I'm taking classes at the UW Madison online Writing your TV Pilot. It's going very well. But that's because most of the work is already done. I'm using The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghosts Novel to do all the work. I'm working on the Shade Rider show bible. I have to talk about everything: Characters, episodes, worlds, magic, themes, ETC.

As of yet I haven't heard from any literary agents. Because of the holidays I'm going to give them until the first week in February. I wonder if I'll even hear anything even then. Hmmm. Well, Anyway.

January 11, 2013
Thank you Frank Albert for helping out with my movie. You are so awesome!

I'm busy with my online Writing the Pilot class at the UW Madison. I'm working on my third assignment and doing very well. My pilot concept is gathering speed. I'm still working on my chapters for the 2nd book of The Shade Rider series and getting help from my writer's group.

Savage Smash up!

TV blurb

A futuristic, science-fiction/fantasy tale about Nova-10 years old, who is half Neanderthal, half modern female and her misfit friends in Bardsville Wisconsin. They battle folklore monsters, as in this case, ogres, who are ordered through a rainbow portal to destroy science in the middle school and elsewhere, by the peon con-artists, who call themselves Idealites, but are really Neanderthals, who come originally from a cloud forest in a foreign land called Ordin, but who now visit us from time to time. The con-artists are also behind making the Modern man people called by the Neanderthals either lower echelon people or squatters depending on how they hate us or not, sick from fake remedies instigating a call of action from a private investigator woman named Leandra Contrast to look into and stop the con-artists affairs.

Nova's greatest fear: The world going into the 2nd dark ages in 2045.

Reason for show: To educate

Theme: Danger of ignorance

New buttons for your selection.

1. Hold the boom microphone for 20 minutes on the set of my movie.
2. Get experience with the clapper for an hour of filming.
3. Have your child watch a movie editor edit the movie for 1 hour.
4. Help with the movie by being a gopher. (Go for this and go for that)
5. Help make a mess on set then clean up.

6. Yelling QUIET ON THE SET!

December 22, 2012

I showed my movie script to 70 plus people in the past. No one said anything was wrong with it. I could not believe it. It was too good to be true. I showed it to my writer's group. They had no idea how to help with a script, yet they did help a bit. I posted it on a website critique group for scripts. It sat there for three months collecting virtual dust. Finally a play write said the formatting was all wrong. I thought formatting? I was using Final Draft so it couldn't be formatting, but what he was referring to was the fact that I didn't have descriptions under the slug lines. A slug line is:

INT-FARMHOUSE-NIGHT. It just went into dialog. Laurie Scheer a TV script writer from the UW Madison Wisconsin, also said the same thing about formatting. So I'm changing the formatting and rewriting the script to fit Christopher Vogler's Hero's Journey. Laurie Scheer conveyed to me I didn't have enough information of the two worlds I created in the book in the script. She had many questions that were not resolved but the more I told her the more she thought this was a wonderful story and she wanted to continue working with me. We also discussed formatting for four different kinds of scripts. Movie scripts are different from TV scripts, which are different from local TV or web series scripts. I was writing a TV script because it had a teaser so I had to write the formatting a certain way. Of course, she wouldn't tell me, that would be revealed in her class. Chris DeSmet is also offering classes for movies. I will be taking both of their classes. Can't wait to get started.

I had to take a break on the movie trailer, since I'm rewriting the script. I'm using most of the script I wrote in the first place and just moving scenes around or adding to the scenes. I won't actually start the classes until they get their money around the first of  January. This will be a kick ass script!  

Dave King told me 8 or 9 rejections is nothing, usually 30 is normal for  a book. I will continue sending out querys and will keep plugging along.

November 24, 2012

G' Day! I've been so busy then lost all motivation to be creative. I decided I needed a vacation to recharge my batteries. Then Thanksgiving rolled around. My son is home from school so I am spending a lot more time with him. I finally got the book Bankroll and I'm in the process of reading it. It talks about funding the independent movie. I find the book really wants to help the middle class make movies and not the poor. But I'm bound and determined to make this work. I gave Before the Shade Riders—Smash up! movie synopsis to Nice Melons Productions and to Trezy Peebles, who is a movie maker. I have not heard back from Living Storm Productions. I  think possibly we don't make a good fit. Hopefully I will be hearing from Nice Melons or Trezy soon. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, I'm getting ready to create a professional animated logo for my movie. I finally got a critique on my movie script. There is possibly more to add to the script to explain  what the portal and Neanderthals mean and why Nova  is so strong.

November  4, 2012 

I uploaded more pictures to the Before the Shade Rider--Smash up Trailer page.   If you want to donate to the movie go to:


Thank you for your support.   My son, James, will be posting videos on my Youtube account until he is 13 when he can get his own account.I will post there also.  You can e-mail me at  bxerks_shade_riders@yahoo.com

I received this positive rejection letter:

Dear Ms. Zurkowski,

I have received and reviewed your query for your manuscript. I greatly appreciate
you sending your ideas to us for consideration. However, because of the number
of submissions our agency receives, we often are not able to take on clients who
merit publication. While I believe that your ideas might have market appeal, I am
not convinced that we could represent it successfully at this time.

Thank you for considering Serendipity Literary Agency. I wish you the best of
luck in all your future writing endeavors!

Sincerely, John Weber, Assistant Literary Agent

October 22, 2012

I have not heard from the McVeigh literary agency. If I don't hear back from them November 2nd, I will give them a total of 6 months before I resubmit which would put that in December.

Over the weekend, I sent a query to The prospect agency, Serendipity agency, and the Spieler agency. I'm starting to get worried. I'm actually running out of agents.

Meanwhile, the Apollo's Lyre is moving to a new server. Tripod will be no longer hosting the Ezine. Hopefully we will be up January 2013. And my article about being idle as a writer will be finally published. LOL!

Jim Thorp told me to hang in there, he should have a new version of the Shade Riders song up soon.

October 13, 2012

Hi everybody,

I'm trying to get funding for my movie. The pitch is: Nova and her 10 year old friends fight ogres as the monsters try to destroy any science in the Bardsville Middle School. Leandra, a private investigator, is severely shot and cared for by Nova's family as she uncovers and foils a con-artist plot to make money while harming innocent people.

I'm partnering up with Jane Leahy in selling Avon. 35% will go toward the film fund. Please help me raise some money in this limited time. You can use the promotional code BXERKFILM at checkout and your support is so important. You can go to this link. http://janeleahy.avonrepresentative.com/online_event/view.php?rep_spnsr_evnt_id=354527

Thank you in advance for your support.

I still haven't heard from the McVeigh agency. I sent them an email to find out how much longer. Iwill give them until November 2 . If I don't hear back I'll apply elsewhere.

If you haven't looked around the site you might not have seen the movie trailer page. It already has 14 pictures in it. Sound effects and voices will be added for the final outcome.

These are the two pictures I created in Blender, which is a free program you can download. I'm working on the game Lazarus and will hopefully be getting unstuck. Ugh! Soon I think.

coffee cupwine glasses

September 22, 2012

Hi, My editor suggested I change the title of my book to The Shade Riders and the Dreadful Ghosts. And the reason for that is, he thinks Nocturnal Ned is not in the book as much as the ghosts and kids are. Jim Thorp will have for me my new songs probably this weekend and I will change a couple pictures and change the title of the songs. I am also ready with my new query and synopsis thanks to Dave King.

I went on Google and copied some human faces-teens and adults. Since they don't show the side of the face, I will have to take the pictures and draw cartoons of the front and side for the Blender animation. I'm working on the text adventure but I'm kind of stuck. I've been brainstorming ideas. But coming up dry today. I decided to work on my Saurmation story and research horse riding tricks barbarian style on Youtube. Youtube is helping me a lot. I'm watching tons of tutorials. Photoshop, Blender, Gimp, and Inkscape, which is, by the way, the program I will use with Blender. I've also been working on the second book to the The Shade Rider series and I bet I will change that title also. I have to find time to get my Game Maker game done and work on My article for Apollo Lyre Ezine about being your own agent. In October I've volunteered to help for a week with the Muse Conference as a virtual bouncer.


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September 11, 2012

Hey there, a lot is on my plate, but I'm loving it.  As I'm  waiting on The McVeigh agency to respond... and I just read on the internet that they have a huge backlog...I should be hearing back from them soon. I keep checking. They give out rejection e-mails. It's been over 8 weeks so anytime now. My editor Dave King has my synopsis and query and he's not going to do work on that until we hear from McVeigh. So as far as that is concerned my hands are tied. Meanwhile,  I'm working on The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned script, putting it into present tense, and cutting out some fat. I'm going to have another person take a look at it and see if more can be cut. I'm hoping to have 150 pages or there abouts.  I'm learning Blender an open source animation program in my spare time. My son enjoys it too, so he and I work on projects. I'm working on the script for a movie in Blender, It's basically done just needs to be put into present tense. It's a half hour script. It'll be many hours of work so I'm looking for all short cuts in building people, aliens, and objects. Also I'm learning how to do an interactive text adventure using TADS. http://www.tads.org/ 

The working title is Journey into Ordin.  I'm thinking about having an adventure in there with the characters in the story. So I'll spend some time doing that. The movie script is in critique mode over at Critter.org won't be up until next week. My song is there as well but haven't gotten any feedback yet. It's been up for almost two weeks. I don't know what's going on. Until next time. Bxerk.

August 22, 2012

I embeded two videos for your enjoyment on the page : Let me tell you a little about myself.

August 14,2012

I'm interested in Zentangles and one of the things I want to talk about is Clint Sprott's Fractal Gallery here at this link: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/fractals.htm 

I use fractals in my novel for the magic spells. To do a magic spell you need to know the right sign language and math which are in the fractals. I think if I find the right zentangles I can make it look like fractals, which would be so cool. By the way I used Clint  Sprott's expertise in my  novel regarding infrasound.  He said in an interview  in an e-mail this:

"Electric fields and magnets are things that make plasmas, not destroy them. Since plasmas are very hot, they naturally cool quickly if you remove the source of heat or let them come into contact with something at room temperature. Electric fields are used to heat them,and magnets are used to confine them so they don't contact the walls of the vessel in which they are contained. A plasma in the air would dissipate naturally in a tiny fraction of a second, like a bolt of lightning, although you can have them in the upper reaches of the atmosphere (the ionosphere) where the density of air is very low."

Also I gave Jim Thorp my lyrics and the beginning of some notes and he sang my song.  It sounds really good.  We just need to tweak it a bit and it will sound fantastic! Soon I will be posting it probably with my artwork for the finished book trailer. It will be awesome!!! Can't wait.

July 18, 2012

I have left Demented Dane County from all the lack of communication and head butting that was going on.  I still plan on making a movie but I talked to a book marketing adviser and she said to wait until I'm published before I make a movie.  It makes very good sense. If people want to buy my book after the movie is made I will have a book to offer, but right now my book is still on my hard drive. I was putting the cart before the horse. I don't want people to forget the movie before the book comes out.  I was approached by some parents who have kids in the acting business and I told them I need to get my book published first. I will keep their info on file. Also if my book is a huge success then I  will have a huge resource of people to choose from.  At Demented Dane County I was always having to make do with a square peg that didn't fit in a round hole.

My editor Dave King will be rewriting my query and synopsis.  I'm so glad I found this man. He is so great to work with. 

Now that summer is here and my son James is home from school and we can't find the remote control for the TV and  one of the computers is down I have been idle and spending a lot of quality time with James.  I am not feeling so burned out now. I'm going to try to write an article about how it's important for writers to recharge their batteries by being idle. I hope I can find enough material to be used in a 300 word article for the Apollo's Lyre in September.  Well That's it for now.  Talk to ya later. 

July 8,2012

For Demented Dane County, I put a hold on the TVshow. I need, money, a crew, more choices of actors,  and kid's parents permission after I handed them a script. I'm doing volunteer work for WYOU to have a one year membership so I can take out equipment and use the TV studio. I need help with special effects with Photoshop. So I ordered a computer animation program called  Illusion Mage. I don't know how that compares to Photoshop but I hope it rocks!!! I hope people can see I'm doing everything in my financial power to make a movie.

I set up a Redbowwhitebox.com account to try to get funding. I had 10 views and no donations so far. I hope you can please donate.  Anyway maybe my internet platform isn't all that big yet.  I have just enough money to buy a few props here and there.  The school will be the biggest expense.

Meanwhile, I'm working on my major movie script on The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. I sent query and first pages to Barbara Kouts  Literary agency and McVeigh Literary agency will hear back in one to two weeks.

June 18, 2012

My script, director's script and story board are done. I have locations and permission to use them. I also have a  years membership at a community access TV station. I'm gathering my props. I will easily have my office, where I write, ready to do a shooting soon. I need more  kids and men and women yet. I'm going through  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned with the paragraph tool and using a fine tooth comb on the formating.

May 29,2012

So far I have the chorus for the Bardsville song and seven verses so far. Since the song is only 2:06 I'm going to add several more verses yet. Also I wrote a half hour movie script for the Demented Dane County for my book and gave it to them. It's what happens before The Shade Riders actually become The Shade Riders and it's about ogres. I started working on the director's script with all the camera shots and other instructions and the story board that goes with it. The people in the Demented Dane County are already talking about finding settings, props, and even auditions!  I submitted another article to The Apollo Lyre Ezine. It's about creativity. I hope it helps someone.

May 21, 2012

I didn't hear back from Ethan Ellenburg Literary Agency. So they passed on it. I sent out another query to Barry Goldblatt at his agency. Hope to hear back around  June 11th. I added some more art work to the Home page.  I'm also working on  three scripts for The Demented of Dane County. They are a web movie making group. They hope to use Kick Starter. I finally got all my edits done on the novel and will go over it one last time and finish up the script for it. I'm working on a kid's song on my guitar and a farm video to attach it to.

May 3, 2012

I just sent out a query, synopsis and first 50 pages to Ethan Ellenburg Literary Agency. I will hear back in two weeks.

April  25, 2012

I got my first letter of  decline two days ago from Michael Bourret.  I thought he would've taken longer.  So now I can send out another query some where else. Dave King will be working on another part of my story next week. He's getting so close to the end now.  I've started working on another article for Apollo's Lyre ezine. It's about creativity. I put together a book trailer. Now I'm in the process of maybe getting permission to use one of the Ghost songs from Nine Inch Nails.Hope I can use one.

April 7, 2012

Just sent out my query and first 3 chapters of The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned to Michael Bourret at the Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. It will take about 8 weeks to hear back from them. Maybe around June 7th.

April 6, 2012

I sure would call this Great Friday!!!!

I got as far on my script as I can go- page 65. That is until I send more pages to Dave King. Which I just did. My writer's group went over chapter 14 just recently, but my editor will by-pass them easily. The second book The Shade Riders and Animal Andela is coming along nicely. Just slips off my fingertips onto the laptop screen. I have 105 pages with 20,402 words. And that one is basically ready to be sent to my writer's group. Mind you I still have many rewrites to do after I write the whole story. The first book The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned has 267 pages and 53, 403 words. I have not heard from Ginger Clark. She must have passed on my story.  I'm not daunted in any way. Some writers are rejected more than 60 times before they finally get published. I'll keep plugging away for book format. 

March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's day!

Dave King worked with me through the first half of chapter 12 of The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned.  Then my writer's group critiqued the other half with brilliant suggestions. I'm getting ready to send another batch to Dave and the writers group. Can't wait.  I sent a query to Ginger Clark at the Curtis Brown Ltd on March 10th. Her page said she would take just two weeks to respond.  If I don't hear from her than she will have passed.

March 8, 2012 

I'm on page 91 of  The Shade Riders and Animal Andela. I'm on page 28 of the script and putting some edits in as I try to squeeze it into about 120 pages or less, if I can. I  have stopped to add in the suggestions from my writers group to Chapter 13 in The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. I also got my Query and Synopsis improved, thanks to my writers group. I'll be sending out a bunch of e-mails and letters to agents in the coming weeks.  I think I might have got a "pass" on my story either the query wasn't good or the story seemed to be horror, which she doesn't like. It's supposed to be paranormal not horror, but there are some scary suspenceful parts.

February 21, 2012

The Word pad script was finally  transferred to Final Draft 8. I had to take everything out of SCENE HEADING mode. I only got to page 32 so far before the virus hit our computer. But I'm ready to continue. Also I'm on page 71 in  The Shade Riders and Animal Andela. It's only the first draft but looking good.  Sent out the grant application to  try to get $ 2000.00. The money will go toward the classes I'm taking with Dave King.

February 17, 2012

I uploaded a new picture on the Home page.  I decided to make it look like Nova is looking through a basin of water that was just tipped by Ralf.

Here is the review from Professor Arthur Schmidt of the Northwest University  in Evanston Illinois. 

Have you ever wished you could have super powers? Nova does. Every kid probably shares this fantasy in some way in his or her innocent youth. For Nova, her wish comes true in the most unexpected way. It is better than your best daydream.

This is a great story about a place filled with familiar imagery, so you think you know where you are but then the author throws you for a loop with a simple word or phrase completely foreign to your experiences and to your imagined area. The place could be set in a time in the future and a warning to what could befall our society, or it could be another world completely but strangely familiar. It is a fancinating world either way, vividly described in colorful images that appeal to all of your senses.

It is a story of loyalty and inspiration especially to kids who have experienced frustrations or suffered ridicule from bullies. It tackles social issues, some real and some artificial and yet familiar, and ways to deal with them.

February 11, 2012

I got back from my writers group chapter 12 of The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. Also I got back from my editor/teacher another 28 pages and I'm ready to send another .  My editor/teacher and I are soon going to out-run my writers group.  The next batch after this one will put me past them easily.  I wonder if they will feel snubbed.   

 Last year when I was about to send  a Query and  3 chapters to Andrea Brown Literary Agency they said that I need to only wait 6 to 8 weeks but now I read in the 2012 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, that they want me to now wait three months.  I will give the agent until the beginning of March to hear from her.  Meanwhile I can continue to be patient. 

 I've also been working on the second The Shade Rider book and I'm on page 67 at 12,537 words.  It's coming along. I was stuck for a while and now I'm unstuck. I was going to write the Amazon story as a romance, but that's not following my bliss so I'm going to make it different  with magic,  fantasy,  horses and how we communicate with them.

January 23, 2012

I put up a new game on my "games" page called Space Postal. Or what Game maker calls Galactic Mail. It's the second game I learned in the book "The Game Maker's Apprentice." 

I'm working on a script for The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. I'm on page 24 into the script. Already I see I need to cut some down-- a page and a half. I also found a script writer's group that welcomes me. I'm going to join and get some tips. I've read some books about script writing but there is no way to ask questions to a book. I'm using a free script writing program I downloaded called Celtx. 

I sent my editor/teacher Dave King a  huge wad of money. Tomorrow he will get it and we can begin again. Whew can't wait. I don't know what is taking the University professor so long to get back to me about the book review. I think I will get back to him  in a few days.

January 8, 2012

On the "GAMES" page I put a new game I worked on using  the book : The Game Maker's Apprentice. The first time I tried to create the game I  didn't follow the directions to a "T" and it didn't work perfectly.  I  found some time to do it over and now it works great.  My writers group finished up with my chapter 11 of  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned.  I  came across some money for my editor/teacher again. Dave King said I'm really learning a lot in this line editing class he's teaching.    So far Dave and I edited 69 pages out of  255 pages. As far as the second book in the Shade Rider series is concerned so far  I'm on page 54 with 9967 words. Since this is just the first draft it's considered to be awful. Just awful. But right now I think it's pretty good. I just need to research werewolves.

What do you think of this for the back cover of the book: The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned?

The Bardsville middle school is haunted. Science is not allowed by the ghosts. Anyone who tries will be harassed and intimidated by them. Superstitions and the paranormal are running rampant throughout town and especially the school.
Nocturnal Ned who is a spiritual medium in Bardsville is recruited by Ahlon, who is Neanderthal and a cloud forest dweller. He  lives thousands of miles away.  Ahlon is responsible for the ghosts and he wants the threat-- Nova and her friends-- killed. A nine colored portal (rainbow) has every monster from folklore.  Nova owns a flying horse named Shade. On top of it all. Nova has to defend herself against the Monarch gang bullies and her sister won't stop kicking her out of their shared queen size bed.  Can Nova, Benny, Takeesha and Max kim, who call themselves The Shade riders, save themselves and Bardsville?

December 22, 2011

The second novel I'm writing  with the working title of: The Shade Riders and Animal Andela is writing itself like gang busters. I'm on page 49 with 9,278 words written. It's about werewolves and how  The Shade Riders will fight them.

My editor, Dave King, finally gave me his edits for : The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. He said I'm having an easier time getting into the heads of my characters and that I'm using good interior monologue. He said I'm getting better and better. Also I asked a professor of a University to do a review of my novel and I'm eagerly waiting for it. My writer's group is done critiquing  chapter 10 of  TSR and Nocturnal Ned. My editor is following just behind my critique group. I'm going to apply for a SCBWI Work in Progress grant  in February to help me pay for Dave King.

Recently we changed computers and for some reason I wasn't able to get  the Game Maker up  to work on games.  I also had  bought the book: The Game Maker's Apprentice Game Development for Beginners by Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars. I worked on the Evil Clutches program in the book and it seems  I programmed it wrong. I'll have to redo it. Maybe I can figure out what I didn't do.

My family is  following the Packers because my son wanted to get into sports like his friends. He's 9 years old.  I really got into the last game with the Kansas City Cheifs and couldn't understand why the Packers weren't winning. After all they won all the others leading up to this one. Technically the game would have gone differently if coach Mike McCarthy challenged a play. I wonder if the Packers would have kept their winning streak. Oh well. Let's see how they do on Sunday December 25th.  Rejoice the holidays!!!

November 29, 2011

Update: Because of the Holidays and the weekends I'm going to count 56 days out from when I sent my query and first ten pages and I'm going to give the literary agency until February 3, 2012. So forget the 9th of January. I sent some money to Dave King for some more line editing. We will be working back and forth shortly.  I figure I can get at least 50 or 60 more pages done.The second Shade Rider book is already 5000 words and twenty-six pages into the story. My fiction book about the Yamnaya culture or Amazons is getting some attention also.  Go Packers Go!

November 17,  2011

November 14th I  sent a query and the first ten pages of my novel to Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown literary Agency, Inc.  She sounds like the perfect match. If I don't hear back by January 9th then they will have passed on it. My writer's group finished Chapter nine of The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned.

Good news also--- I'm going to be working with Dave King again to get some more pages edited. We are going to be sending them back and forth again.  I wonder how many pages I can afford this time. Last time it was 40 pages which was over three chapters. So If an agency asks for the first three chapters I'm covered. They are as perfect as I can get them.

So, yes, I'm going to see if I can find myself an agent elsewhere too. I have another writer's group that wants me to self publish. Talk about peer pressure.  There are some bad things happening with Amazon where they have a library and they won't need to buy many author books to stock it.  Maybe one or two books will go in the library and then there won't be a need for your book anymore. I also heard some agencies think you are  a traitor if you self publish and they won't touch you with a ten foot pole if you want to get published the traditional route.

October 20, 2011

I  rooted for the Packers and Brewers with my family last Sunday.  We wanted them both to win. Oh well.  My  writing group has only four people, so turn around time is pretty quick.  I showed them chapter 8 last week and got some good earthy feed-back. It's about time.  I really like this group. They tell me truthfully how it is. They aren't too harsh like some groups I've experienced and they aren't too sweet either.

September 15, 2011

I just  put the edited version in the home page that was edited by Dave King. I am in the process of  trying to line edit my next  15 pages and will send to him to go over. I can't wait.

August 21, 2011

Don Bredes  who wrote The Fifth Season thought my story had some promise.  I now have the money saved up and will put it toward getting Dave King to help me go over my first 20 pages. I will be reposting the official pages  on my website  and these will  hopefully  be the last revisions to the pages for The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned. I have also requested that the Madison Skeptics look over my novel to make sure I did it right also.

July 23, 2011

Dave King who is the author of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers said my story has tremendous potential!!!!
All I have to do is get more inside my main character's head and I'll go from promising to  pro. This shouldn't take too long. Dave has a service that is not too expensive that I think I will try. He'll take me on a training course until I master it  then I'll be set. 

So back to work.

June 14, 2011

Dave King will be editing my first Shade Riders novel starting June 28, 2011. Yes I am working on the second Shade Riders book. It's called The Shade Riders and Animal Andela. However, Dave said it will take another two to three weeks for the story to mature in his mind then I will get a report.  I had talked to Dave and he said with a middle grade novel I didn't need that many pages so I was good. (I only added 8 more pages.) {GRIN} I decided not to self publish and go the long way instead. I want to be taken seriously. This is all very exciting. I feel like I'm off to the races like in my article in the Apollo's Lyre I wrote for the June 2011 issue.

May 15, 2011

I found Dave King Editorial Services Starving Writers Program. If I have at least 250 pages in my manuscript and I can prove I don't have much income. He may edit my pages for a dollar a page. Since I cut out quite a bit of my second story I had in the novel to make it less confusing I  only have 230 pages. I know exactly where I'm going to add more scenes. It shouldn't take that long.

April 2, 2011

Follow me on my Facebook account under Bxerk or Bxerk Sketch or check out my  Myspace account or Twitter. I'm working on an Amazon story because I set my story aside for a month after taking big chunks out to make it smoother. I already have new ideas to add to it. Jeff Doty should be getting back to me on the story about Androids taking over Earth that I sent him to critique  but he's been so buzy.  I put another article over at the Apollo's Lyre Ezine about writing the Middle Grade Novel.

March 30, 2011

I got some more critiques back and some are helpful and one is not. Actually , it is more of a distructive critique with all the sarcasm.  It came from  an internet  writing workshop. I wonder if some of the writers there would rather get rid of the competition than help a writer get any better. Also I've been giving ebooks a lot of thought and I might publish on a Kindle. I'm going to set The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned aside and for a whole month and come back and read it over then pursue an editor.  Some people who are not the correct audience for the book are trying to hold me back it feels, but I believe in this book and I will get it done, darn it!

February 9, 2011

I'm sending my full story out and about to get read. One person said it didn't work jumping between two different places and viewpoints. I have to disagree.  It worked fine in the Pendragon  series by D.J.  McHale for middle graders I read.  I'm also going to look for agents soon. But I was told maybe I should just make it into an e-book. I was also advised that I should have a presentable script ready when I publish . I have been learning Game Maker 7 and 8. I'm hoping I'll have something worthy to put onto my website that is better than what I have all ready. I am also trying to read everything on writing scripts. and doing art work on top of everything.  I've been keeping pretty busy.

January 6, 2011

As far as conferences are concerned, I find them outrageously priced. I sometimes go to the much cheaper  Muse conference every October . They take donations of ten bucks or there abouts. There are workshops and hobnobbing in chat rooms. I really recommend it to authors who are straped  for money or no means of transportation. This conference is online for  7 days and you can get to the workshops and do assignments for a 24 hour stretch. I've learned a lot from the conference.  Right now I'm going through the Guide of Literary agents 2011. And I'm so tired from taking care of a sick child all night long. One of my next assignments with Jeff Doty is to try to write like another author. This is the hardest challenge so far. I'm not sure I'm doing it right.

December 16, 2010

Hi, I've been keeping busy lately and sorry for not keeping more blogs going. I believe I have made the last revision on the first part of my story that I downloaded on this website. I also put up a new story called The Date.  I've been making a lot of changes to my story to make it the best  it  can be and I will get a synopsis written and start approaching agents.  I've also had a hard time getting people to write articles for me when I have very little incentive but publication and a printed bio of yourself.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy my stories  and can see I'm improving. Happy holidays.

July 30, 2010

I've been hired as an editor for Apollo's Lyre ezine. I will work in the writing article department and hope to get some good ones coming my way. I'm accepting articles all the time and I'm not getting paid. If you plan on sending me one make sure you follow the guidelines provided in the website to a "T". Hopefully, I can publish some stuff in the Apollo's Lyre myself.

June 17, 2010

Hey, I know I haven't posted any news for a while so here goes...  I've been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace using my pen name Bxerk or Bxerk Sketch. So you can check me out there. My son is off of school right now, so it will be harder to find time to write or do anything until he goes back to school in the fall. Since he is my only child I want to make the most of his childhood. I won't get another chance. 

I am going to give my whole  novel to some people to read who are in an excellent writer's group online. Hopefully someone will volunteer. Then I'm going to make the changes and propose the story to agents and publishers. I feel I'm so close to being done now, finally. I've worked on this novel off and on  for about seven years, sometimes I only wrote for one to two hours at a time so I don't know if those days counted. Anyway, I hope people like it.

December 31, 2009

This Think pad will have a twenty gig hard drive 384 memory and XP  but so far I haven't received it yet. Hopefully in a day or two here.

December 14, 2009

I'm getting a PIII 750Mhz IBM Thinkpad, which is a type of laptop, for Christmas. Which should help a lot and it doesn't have one of those touch pads, those pesky square boxes that act as a mouse even if you already have a mouse plugged in. I was told I can disable it somehow but I can't figure out how to do that yet. Maybe In the future when I'm not so busy. This laptop will be much more powerful than my last one which didn't support XP. But how much power do you need for writing purposes, anyway?

December 5, 2009

I don't understand why Microsoft has made Word into a program that has to eat so much space. One day you can back-up your files on a disk, the next day you can't because the file is so full of extras it no longer wants to fit on a regular size 3.5 disk. I'ts so frustrating. I have to now run out and get a thumb drive. I tried to put it onto Open Office but I ended up losing vital story information.


Home sweet home.
Creative Visuals.

Movie Trailer.

Let me tell you a little about myself.

Hard work and Dedication.
What's happening.
An Interview With Myself.
A Wrentch in the Works (short story)
Flight of Terror (short story)
Roast (short story)
The Date (short story)
Campaign (short story)
Warrior.Women.and.Kazakhs (Essay)
Some books on writing I have read and studied.
James's skeptical blog
Why I picked the Neanderthal people

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