Two Brothers: Origin
(A Ramtalan Trilogy)Genre: YA
What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, and a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16-year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?
The Right Time to Write
or How to Justify Not Doing Housework
by Sofia Diana Gabel
I know a lot of writers and most of us have similar complaints; there’s never enough time to write. How true that is! The 21st century is so filled with distractions and priorities that it’s become very difficult to simply sit down at the computer and bang out a few chapters of your latest novel or short story. Probably the worst distraction, or time waster, you choose the word, is social media. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love social media and how it connects everyone, which makes the world a better place. At least I think it does. However, it also creates less time to do other things, like write.
I simply must read and write blogs and catch up on what my virtual friends are doing on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and a host of other sites. The positive side of this is that I’ve learned things, like how to make the best pumpkin pie, how to use commas correctly and that photos of my cats (hairless Sphynx cats) are liked by a lot of people, but all of this takes away from my writing time. And, as a writer, I really cherish that time, and need it! Time is the most important thing to any writer. Especially if you’re writing a trilogy like I am.
Just to be clear, social media isn’t the only distraction. Far from it. There are day jobs, family obligations, cat bathing sessions, gardening, paying bills and that dreaded thing called housework. Housework should be considered a four-letter word. Seriously, it should. I don’t like. Never have. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing. Okay, I really like a clean house, it’s just that I don’t want to be the one cleaning it.
So, this brings me to a natural conclusion to the writing-time dilemma. I can’t not write, which means a sacrifice must be made to free up time. Since social media is important for professional reasons, promotions and marketing (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), I can’t give that up. Reading and writing blogs is far too important to ignore, and because I’m a single mother of three daughters -- they’re over 18 now, but that doesn’t matter -- I certainly can’t ignore my sweet angelic children. I have tried, trust me, but I’m a mother and my children pretty much are my world, hence the fact that I can’t ignore them, ever. That leaves only one aspect of my life that I feel is definitely worth the sacrifice: housework.
Yes, I’m willing to make that sacrifice. I will suck it up and push housework aside so I can continue writing. Sure the dishes might pile up in the sink or the vacuum might sit in the corner, unused, for more than a week, but these are the types of things we writers do to squeeze in a bit more time at the keyboard. Oh, dear, I just realized that it’s time to do a load of laundry. I have nothing to wear. Maybe I can put the laptop on the dryer and type with one hand while loading clothes with the other. This will be my new goal: to have clean clothes and a couple of paragraphs written. Writers are multi-taskers after all!
About the Author:Born in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Gabel now lives in the United States with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. She has dabbled in several careers, including archaeology and wildlife biology, but writing is her true passion. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, obtaining two bachelor degrees and has taken additional courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ventura College in Ventura, California, and is currently enrolled in graduate school for archaeology. Like writing, learning is a part of her life. She is a multi-genre writer, with a historical romantic suspense novel, a women’s fiction novel and a science fiction novella recently published, as well as several short stories published online and in print. Her latest novel is Two Brothers: Origin, A Ramtalan Trilogy, a young adult science fiction novel. Her favorite quote paraphrased from Sir Francis Bacon: Knowledge Is Power.
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