Monday, September 25, 2017

THE LIFE OF WRITING

This is a reblog from Kariss Lynch. 


Writing Life Equals Balanced Life 

You’ve heard the age-old story: Creative individual decides to write a book. They sit down with paper and pen or keyboard and painstakingly write that heart story. Sometimes it takes months. Sometimes it takes years. When talking with their friends, you often hear them say, “Something just came up. It isn’t quite right yet. I just haven’t had the time.”

It’s pretty clear that time is precious. In fact, outside of my loved ones, my time is my most treasured possession. Since signing my first contract in January 2013, I have learned an important writing tip, probably the most important tip: 

There is NEVER time, unless you choose to make it. 

In fact, I’ve noticed one common trait among the published: They make time to finish. After signing that contract, time to market becomes important. And time to edit. And time to promote. And time to interact with readers. Lot’s of time. So it’s important to figure out how to manage it. 

Over the last few years, I’ve learned a few tricks to maximize my time in every area of this writing journey.

Create margin.
Determine your best time of day to write or create and maximize those short windows. I am a night owl and can write and create relevant marketing content easier when my checklist for the day is accomplished. It clears my mind to be creative. 

Set a timer.
Write every day. Set the timer on your phone for an hour, then put your phone on silent and put it on the other side of the room. Clear your mind and write. I found when I did this, I could easily write over two thousand words an hour, and I like the challenge of racing the clock. 

Strategize for online interaction.
The internet is a wonderful tool, but managing our online interaction can eat our time if not managed correctly. Block out thirty minutes every few days to catch up on emails. Take a few minutes to respond to every person who comments on social media (within reason of course). Know your brand, what you are passionate about, and have character and author interviews on hand for guest blog posts. Schedule our social posts through the week. Don’t overthink. Just do.

Read, read, read
This one is important. Reading is as much a learning tool for me as it is a brain break. I love diving into a story. Make time to see what else is out there. Read books in your genre and in others. Read craft books. Just read. 

Managing time is as much mental as it is physical. At the end of the day, be satisfied with what you accomplished and leave the rest for tomorrow. 



Bio and where to find Kariss online...

Kariss Lynch writes contemporary romance about characters with big dreams, adventurous hearts, and enduring hope. She is the author of the Heart of a Warrior series and loves to encourage her readers to have courage. In her free time, she hangs out with her family and friends, explores the great outdoors, and tries not to plot five stories at once. Connect with her at karisslynch.com, or on FacebookInstagram, or Goodreads.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB



Rave Reviews Book Club has been the best organization for authors and avid readers for me to join. I am proud to be a member of this group of indie authors under the outstanding leadership of  Nonnie Jules. Here is the link: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com




Coming very soon...Oct. 22-28 RRBC will be having its 2017 RRBC Writers' Conference and Book Expo. It is not too late to sign up whether as a member or non-member, but hurry since the last date for registering is Oct. 9th.

Here are some links for information and registration:




This is a virtual conference and expo so you may attend whenever is convenient for you from the comfort of your own home or office. If you are an author who is seeking more exposure and information about marketing, editing, writing, and so much more, then this is the place for you.

I have found Rave Reviews Book Club and the 2016 RRBC Writers' Conference and Book Expo very helpful in my success as an author. I would love to have you join us.

Friday, September 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW TABULA RASA






Gordon Bickerstaff is an accomplished author extraordinaire of mysteries, intrigue, and murder stories. He is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club (reviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com).






I recently read his book Tabula Rasa, which is a page-turning novel of intrigue and murder with Gavin Shawlens as the lead character. The premise of the book is that a hundred years ago, a wealthy family of visionaries prophesied the devastation that global warming would bring to world food supplies. They prepared for the worst and embarked on an ambitious plan of revolution.

Here are some reviews:

This is a fast-moving, action thriller that never fails to deliver. This particular story focused less on Biochemist, Gavin Shawlens and more on the Lambeth Group's agent Zoe Tampsin, which I found really refreshing. Bickerstaff has a style that draws you into the story and never lets you go. (Rea)

A super exciting thriller. Lots of twists and turns just the way I like my mysteries. Mr. Bickerstaff has mastered the thriller genre and kept me up reading this novel in one sitting. This series has a cast of characters that are easy to want to follow. The subject matter is timely and fascinating. Fast, fun and dangerous. Perfect.  (Lynda Filler)


A fast paced, action-packed story of intrigue, murder, and a new order for the planet Earth. Zoe, her brother Michael, and friend Gavin all work together to save most of the earth's population from annihilation by a group of scientists.
Well written and highly recommend this book.  (Karen Ingalls)

Here is a link to his other books:





Friday, September 8, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA

DUE TO THE IMMINENT ARRIVAL OF HURRICANE IRMA, I MIGHT NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS FOR A FEW DAYS TO WEEKS.

WE ARE EVACUATING TO A FRIEND'S HOME. WE HAVE CLOSED OUR HOME UP, TAKING VALUABLES, AND NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. WE WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

I ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR EVERYONE IN FLORIDA. THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THE DEVASTATION WILL BE HARD TO EVEN IMAGINE. THOSE IN SOUTHERN FLORIDA ARE AT FAR GREATER RISK THAN THOSE OF US IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. HOWEVER, EACH AND EVERY PERSON AND PROPERTY IS AT RISK.

AS LONG AS WE HAVE ELECTRICITY I PLAN TO READ FROM MY TBR LIST. IF NECESSARY I WILL DO IT BY FLASHLIGHT OR CANDLELIGHT.

HERE ARE SOME BOOKS I HAVE RECENTLY READ THAT I RECOMMEND FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT:

THE MERCHANT'S PEARL, BOOK #1 BY AMIE O'BRIEN
ULTIMATE BETRAYAL BY JO ANN WENTZEL
MASTER AND THE MAID BY LAURA LIBRICZ
THE ENHANCED LEAGUE BY C.S. BOYACK
TABULA ROSA BY GORDON BICKERSTAFF

AND...

MIGHT I SUGGEST READING ANY OF MY BOOKS

OUTSHINE: AN OVARIAN CANCER MEMOIR
NOVY'S SON
DAVIDA: MODEL & MISTRESS OF AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS FOR ALL OF US HERE IN FLORIDA.

I WILL RETURN AS SOON AS I HAVE ELECTRICITY AND CAN RETURN TO OUR HOME.

Karen Ingalls

Friday, September 1, 2017

BOOK REVIEW--NATALIE DUCEY





Today I am sharing a book of poetry by Natalie Ducey, in which her poems touched me deeply.

I met Natalie Ducey through the Internet book club, Rave Reviews Book Club. reviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com

Here is her biography from her website www.natalieducey.com:
          I was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with my two brothers and twin sister. I now reside in Ontario, Canada, with my husband of 13 years. He is a soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, and I’m immensely proud of him. We enjoy a comfortable life with our little dog, Bella.
          I love kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. I am an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.        Most of all, I am a truly blessed daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and wife.♥
          In October 2015, I officially launched my website “Whispers of the Heart” because I believe, wholeheartedly, that stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul must be told. Let’s celebrate the fragility and resiliency of our hearts. Let’s find the calm in the chaos as we continue to sail into the mystic.
Her more recent book, The Heart's Lullaby includes the following poems, which I especially liked.

YOUR MEMORY
    Your memory
        An echo
Forever whispers to my heart
      And haunting my soul.

      TIME
        Time
   Is not an enemy
But a tempest for the mind
  With its foolish games
   Or suspect and doubt
       Tainting love
  And casting shadows
In wicked desperate need
      Fueling flames
Soiling more virtue ways
           The mind
    Its wonder weak
         But behold
  For the might heart
    Defies the beast.

These are just two poems that touched my heart in a special way. From them, one can quickly see that Ms. Ducey is a most gifted writer.

Here are her links:
          Twitter: @NatalieDucey
           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myheartspoetry/
           Website: natalieducey.com








Thursday, August 31, 2017

RAVE WRITERS INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHOR


Hi! Welcome to RAVE WRITERS—INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA{pronounced RISA or rice-uh, with a silent ‘W’}, a division of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! (RRBC)


RWISAthe latest brain-child of Author, Nonnie Jules, was founded for the sole purpose of introducing the literary world to some of the top INDIE Authors! These writers are consummate Professionals, dedicated, committed and driven to continually excel at producing the best written works possible. Are they perfect? No, but none of us are. What separates them from the rest, is their ultimate goal of giving readers what they are paying for…great, polished reads and writing!
The members of this community have penned works that have garnered high marks and praise for creativity, and their dedication to the excellence of the craft of writing. But, it doesn’t stop there! Their desire to be the BEST in their writing, is evident in the little things, as well, such as their websites and blogs, their well-written book blurbs and even their Author bios on Amazon. These writers care about perfection in their writing and it shows across the board!
RWISA is home to some of the most talented INDIE authors around the world! We invite you to take a look around, visiting each author’s page, as well as their showcases. If you are an author, and think that you have what it takes to have your name placed on the roster of our ELITE members, we invite you to submit a request for membership.
You can’t belong to RWISA simply because you want to. This community of ELITE writers is not open to the general public. Although submitting a REQUEST for possible membership is required, actual membership into the society is by invitation only! Once it has been determined that your written work, your attention to detail, and your commitment to continually improve and excel as an Author is genuine, it will be an honor to add your name to our roster of other ELITE writers.
On the other side of that coin, if you are a member of RRBC (because we do have lots of great talent there) and your name is not listed here yet, that could simply mean that you are on a list of authors waiting to be vetted, but feel free to submit a request for membership, just to be safe.
For more information, please visit our FAQ page and any of the other informative pages on the site.
**If you are a publisher, news or magazine entity, etc., and are interested in the work of some of the talent showcased here, please feel free to connect with them via the contact info on their Author page.**
Thanks for visiting, and if you truly treasure and appreciate great writing, please tell your friends about us!
                          APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP WITH US!
Meet the Authors of #RWISA #RRBC https://ravewriters.wordpress.com/meet-the-authors/

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WATCH RWISA WRITE--NONNIE JULES




Each day in the month of August, I will be sharing a written piece by one of the RWISA authors. RWISA is the Rave Writers International Society of Authors, a prestigious organization that prides itself on including incredible INDIE authors. Today I am pleased to present Nonnie Jules.

“DOES MY LIFE MATTER?”
 I am a black woman, and because of the shade of my skin and coarseness of my hair, because of the fullness of my hips, my lips and the bold colors I wear…some don’t find me as attractive as my fairer counterparts.  You see, I’m no longer your house-maid or here for your sexual pleasure; no longer Mamie to your children, I’m now someone’s Mother…a treasure.  But, does my life matter?
 I am a black man, and because of my dark skin and the boldness of my stance, because of the kinky in my hair, the anger in my stare, and the wear and tear shown on my hands…some still don’t see me as a man.  You see, I’m no longer your field property or your whipping post.  I’ve freedom papers and own land now, maybe, more than most.  You build cages to hold me, guilty or not; where you should build institutions of higher learning, you lock me away for little things, then leave me there to rot.  Do you forever see my bed as a cot?  But, does my life matter?
 I am a white woman, and because of my milk dove skin and cute, pinched nose, thin ruby red lips and fair skin that glows…with my pearly whites and prominent chin…some still look at me and despise the skin I’m in.  I was never privy to the pain that was caused.  I was born into that hatred…those God-awful laws.  So, does my life still matter?
 I am a white man, born into privilege and wealth, easy life, perfect health, yet…I’m still persecuted and referred to as “the man.”  I, too, hate the ways of the Ku Klux Klan.  My neighbors are black, white, green and red…still, I haven’t fled.  To be where everyone looks more like me, is not where I want to be.  I, too, would like to one day be FREE. (Yes, FREE!  It also applies to me! FREE of the labels that bind because of the color of my skin; I’ve never owned any human or degraded any man. But, does my life still matter?
 I am a brown-skinned woman and because of my accented words, you think I should be silent…quiet and not heard.  I can do more, than clean your windows and floors.  Just ask me what I’m capable of, you’d be surprised, I’m sure.  I may have come here via the back of a truck, or even the legal route, if I was blessed with such luck.  Maybe I was born here, and my parents, too.  In your eyes, would that still make me less American than you?  Does my life matter?
 I am a brown-skinned man and though maybe a bit stocky, I’m no less in appearance, than your brawn and cocky.  I’m not a rapist, a thief or thug…but a man like you, with kids to hug.  I’m not ashamed to tend your lawns and trees, but Executive, also a title I wear with ease; whatever it takes…my family to feed. Don’t dismiss, or overlook my face; I may not have been born here, but I’m here to stay.  And, with that said, does my life still matter?
With all that’s going on, there’s much racial unrest.  It’s time to put differences aside and put real LOVE to the test.  We can’t keep fighting each other, when there are real wars going on.  We must come together in love, heal and stand strong.  There are real enemies among us, and their names we know not.  We must stand on the front lines, together and talk.
The differences between us are fewer than those in our heads; and in the end, until we draw our last breath,  we all still bleed red.  Yes, that small matter is what makes us brothers, and binds us tighter than any other.
That stream of red flowing thru our veins, is what should force us to…
release all blame,
stop the pain,
forge ahead,
no more blood we’ll shed.
Thank you for supporting this member along the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour today! We ask that if you have enjoyed this member’s writing, to please visit their Author Page on the RWISA site, where you can find more of their writing, along with their contact and social media links, if they’ve turned you into a fan. WE ask that you also check out their books in the RWISA or RRBC catalogs. Thanks, again for your support and we hope that you will follow each member along this amazing tour of talent! Don’t forget to click the link below to learn more about this author:


Thank you for supporting this member along the WATCH RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour today!  We ask that if you have enjoyed this member’s writing, to please visit their Author Page on the RWISA site, where you can find more of their writing, along with their contact and social media links, if they’ve turned you into a fan.  WE ask that you also check out their books in the RWISA or RRBC catalogs.  Thanks, again for your support and we hope that you will follow each member along this amazing tour of talent!  Don’t forget to click the link below to learn more about this author:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

WATCH RWISA WRITE--LINDA MIMS





Each day in the month of August, I will be sharing a written piece by one of the RWISA authors. RWISA is the Rave Writers International Society of Authors, a prestigious organization that prides itself on including incredible INDIE authors. Today I am pleased to present Linda Mims.

You Take the Blue Pill, the Story Ends. You Take the Red Pill …

by Linda Mims

I was sixteen when I first suspected that I might be the one. I’d seen people in my family striving for excellence all my life. My parents’ friends were creative types who often took time to quiz me about my goals and what I was doing to achieve them. I had been persistently pleading with a leader at my church who had the power to make one of my goals a reality.
This woman headed the Womens’ Ministry. Everything from church announcements to annual celebrations fell under her domain. I wanted to be the youth announcer on the weekly, hour-long radio broadcast that emanated from our church, but she was speaking a language that I didn’t understand.
“Take some speech lessons and come back to me.”
Where in the world was I going to get speech lessons and how would I pay for them? My family knew some people, and the house did overflow from Friday to Sunday with weekend guests, but that didn’t mean we had money. A party costs maybe $25 back then—especially if everybody brought food and drinks.
Bottom line, we didn’t have money for speech lessons. Still, I wasn’t going to give up. I was a spiritual youngster, even before I knew what spiritual meant. I told the Lord what I wanted and then forgot about it. While I was waiting, strange, but wonderful things were happening to me. I was voted vice president of my choir and I was chosen to deliver the Youth Day Address. Go figure!
One Friday evening, my mother received a phone call. The church maven and her assistant had gone on strike. I was too young to understand everything a strike entailed. I just knew that I was being asked to fill in as the main radio announcer for the broadcast; the very thing I’d wanted in the first place.  That broadcast went out to hundreds, maybe thousands in the Chicago listening area.
When she returned from her strike, Ms. Maven kept me on as a junior announcer and she became one of my most revered mentors. That was the year I discovered that I was tight with God. I could get a prayer through! Was I the one?
I’m every woman. It’s all in me
While in college a few years later, I watched a bold, beautiful young woman, with a voice as big as a brass saxophone, sing on a makeshift stage. It was an impromptu concert behind one of the lecture halls on my university campus. The day was balmy and the sun was bright. We shaded our eyes as we stared straight into the golden orb that bathed her in its light.
She looked like a woman and a child at the same time. She wore very few clothes. Just a band around her breasts, a pair of short shorts, ankle boots, and a tall feather stuck in the crown of one of the biggest afros I’d ever seen.
We were fascinated, and her voice held us captivated. After the performance, members of the group handed out bills that said their name was Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan. They would be performing at a local club that night.
We showed up to the club, but a multi-ethnic crowd had filled the place to capacity. You don’t need to ask for racial diversity once everybody realizes you have something we all desire. Anyway, we couldn’t get in. That day would be the first and only time I’d hear Chaka Khan sing for free. At the time, I wondered if she was also the one!
In 1978, Chaka Khan recorded her first solo album, Chaka. One song from that album would define the rest of my life. In it, she sang my truth! I’d always felt that I could do anything, but it wasn’t until Ms. Khan sang the words, that I knew how to describe what I’d always known.
“I’m every woman. It’s all in me. Anything you want done, baby, I do it naturally. I ain’t bragging, but I’m the one. Just ask me and it shall be done.”
I had a theme song!
You may not know the purpose, but know that there is a purpose
In The Matrix, one of my favorite movies of all time, there’s the scene where Morpheus gives Neo a choice between the red pill or the blue pill. Neo has been searching for information about the matrix. Morpheus has to convince Neo that he isn’t looking for the matrix, but what he’s really looking for is more. Morpheus believes that once Neo has answers to his questions, he will come to accept what Morpheus already knows. Neo is the one.
Being the one is about knowing that you want more. You want to change things. You may not know what your ultimate purpose is, but you know that there is a purpose. You’re so absolutely self-motivated and focused, that God himself delights in your purpose. I told you I’ve always been spiritual, so, I’ll say that I believe when God and the universe delight in your purpose, there’s no stopping you.
The Matrix is fiction, so let’s take a look at real-life people who wanted more. One such person was the late author, Janet Dailey. A prolific writer, Dailey thought she could write better than most of the romance writers she was reading. She knew she was the one. When people referred to her as “just a secretary” who writes romance novels, Dailey said the following, and I quote:
 “One of the things that to me is the biggest compliment any writer can get is hearing from the ones who say, ‘I used to think reading was boring until I picked up one of your books.’ ” 
Between 1974 and 2007, Janet Dailey sold over 300 million copies of more than 100 titles. Not bad for “just a secretary”.
Then, there was Steve Jobs. Steve dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon after six months, but he stayed there and audited creative classes over the next 18 months. A course in calligraphy developed his love of typography. Apple and Macintosh computers would be the first to offer creative fonts, including calligraphy, for the consumer’s use.
Steve Jobs partnered with his friend, Steve Wozniak, to start Apple Computer, in the Jobs’ family garage. Steve Jobs said, “I want to put a ding in the universe”.
I guess he knew that he was the one!
Being the one comes with certain responsibilities
Many of you have already realized that you are the one; you just haven’t taken the red pill yet. When you’re ready, there are some responsibilities:
  1. Toot your own horn
  2. Don’t give up
  3. Throw away false humility
First, toot your own horn! You can’t be afraid of appearing to be too much of a showoff. Waiting patiently for others to give you the rewards you so richly deserve, may yield nothing but hurt and disappointment. Individuals will slink away with your destiny in their greedy little hands without so much as a backwards glance for you.
A few times, I spoke too quietly in meetings or waited until it was too late to claim my own ideas that I’d shared with others in private. I watched, stunned, as another, bolder individual stole my idea, shouted it out, and received my praise. I had to wise up quickly and realize that there are differences in the way that leaders and achievers talk and present. First, leaders declare that they have something to say. Then, when everyone is focused, they speak. They make sure their ideas are credited.
Don’t give up, opportunity does knock more than once.
I’ve learned that opportunity knocks more than once. Heck, when you’re the one, you create opportunities. When one door closes, another door really does open. If you weren’t ready the first time, the truth is, you can keep reinventing yourself until your moment comes or until you’re tired of trying.
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” —Steve Jobs
Throw away that false humility! It’s okay to hang back while you formulate your plan. Go ahead! Get the lay of the land. If you are confident in the knowledge that you can do anything, take as much time as you need. Just don’t overdo humble. That’s almost as bad as having too much pride.
It’s permissible to show pride in yourself and your accomplishments. The 21st Century is begging for your stories, calling for your experiences, and expecting you to step up and lead, in every way imaginable. Women like Oprah Winfrey—women like Taylor Swift—they are leading change with their out-of-the-box ideas and sweeping changes to the status quo.
Men like Barack Obama are stepping out of obscurity and into the Senate and the office of the President of the United States. Have the audacity to dream! Wear your mantle of distinction with pride. Step-up, speak-out! You are the one!
Thank you for supporting Linda along the WATCH RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour today!  We ask that if you have enjoyed her writing, to please visit her Author Page on the RWISA site, where you can find more of her writing, along with her contact and social media links, if she’s turned you into a fan.  We ask that you also check out her books in the RWISA or RRBC catalogs.  Thanks, again for your support and we hope that you will follow each member along this amazing tour of talent!  Don’t forget to click the link below to learn more about this author:

Linda Mims’ RWISA Author Page

Monday, August 28, 2017

WATCH RWISA WRITE--JONI PARKER








Each day in the month of August, I will be sharing a written piece by one of the RWISA authors. RWISA is the Rave Writers International Society of Authors, a prestigious organization that prides itself on including incredible INDIE authors. Today I am pleased to present Joni Parker.



ON THE AIR
 By Joni Parker
Good afternoon, this is Mike Evans at iFantasy talk radio in Tucson, Arizona where we love to talk about science fiction and fantasy. Thanks for joining me today. We have a very special guest lined up for you, an iFantasy talk radio exclusive. World-famous journalist, Olivia Richards, is expected to join us via satellite telephone. As you may know, Olivia and her husband, John, were reported missing at sea several years ago, but she’s made contact and will be here in a few minutes. But first, we must hear from our sponsors at Cactus Thumb Nurseries. (run commercial)
Mike: Welcome back. We’ve just made contact with world-famous journalist, Olivia Richards. Hello, Olivia, this is Mike Evans. Can you hear me? (static) Olivia, are you there? (static)
Olivia: Yes, I can hear you, but just barely, please speak up.
Mike: I will. Thank you for joining me on iFantasy talk radio. I’m Mike Evans in Tucson, Arizona. Let me begin by asking, how are you and where are you?
Olivia: My husband and I are fine, but for the last few years, we’ve been stranded on this island called Seaward Isle. In 2011, we rented a sailboat in southern France and were sailing to Italy when we were caught in a ferocious storm. It came out of nowhere. We hid in the cabin below deck for hours until our boat crashed on the shores of this island. We survived the crash just fine, but we haven’t been able to find a way off. We’ve met hundreds of people here just like us. That’s how I met Takura. He’s a friend of yours, I understand. He talked me into coming on this program because he was concerned people wouldn’t understand his English.
Mike: Yes, I’ve met him and I thought his English was fine. He went to Harvard for his doctorate.
Olivia: Yes, I know, but he feels very self-conscious.
Mike: How is he?
Olivia: He’s doing well. As you know, he’s a geologist and has gathered a group of Japanese scientists to figure out our situation. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough computers or the right equipment to do the job, but at least, he’s discovered that we’re not on Earth and he’s discussed this problem with the Elves.
Mike: Say what? You’re not on Earth? Did you say something about Elves? Are you kidding? Say, have you met Legolas by any chance? (Laughs)
Olivia: No, but yes, I’m serious. They’re real Elves. This island belongs to them and even they can’t figure out how we got here.
Mike: So where are you, if you’re not on Earth?
Olivia: We believe that this island is at the end of a wormhole somewhere in space. We don’t know how or where, but here we are. Takura believes the opening is located about six hundred kilometers above the Earth’s surface somewhere near the moon. We ask all astronomers to use their equipment to locate the opening and ask NASA for a rescue mission. That seems to be our only hope.
Mike: Attention all astronomers and scientists at NASA! Olivia needs your help. Contact this station immediately if you can provide any assistance. (chuckles) How are you able to talk to us?
Olivia: My friend, Ebony Shorter, had a satellite telephone when she crashed on the island. She was in a yacht race that went around the world, but she was caught in a storm and ended up here. Takura and his friends repaired an old generator to make electricity to recharge the phone. He’s also set up a computer network with bits and pieces he’s found.
Mike: What do you use for fuel?
Olivia: The scientists use alcohol made of old potato skins and grain.
Mike: You mean moonshine. Right. Anything else we can help you with today, Olivia?
Olivia: No, just please get the word out. We’d really like to get home and see our families. Thank you so much for your help. (static) Our connection is fading…(static)...only a few (static)…Please help…(static)
Mike: Apparently, we’ve just lost our connection to Olivia. Once again, let me reiterate her desperate situation. She’s located on an island called Seaward Isle, somewhere at the end of a wormhole and needs the help of astronomers and NASA scientists to locate this opening and rescue them. Hey, maybe we can bring the Shuttle program back to life. Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Thank you for joining me on iFantasy talk radio and join me tomorrow for another adventure into science fiction and fantasy. And don’t forget to send your comments and ideas to our Facebook page. Many thanks to our sponsor, Cactus Thumb Nurseries.

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            Mike leaned back in his chair and listened to the program again. Then he pulled out his cell phone. This had to be a joke. But he shook his head when he recalled that his old buddy, Takura, could never tell a joke. He was so serious. They’d met in college nearly twenty years ago when they were freshmen at the University of Arizona with majors in geology. Tak, as he wanted to be called, was a foreign student from Japan and understood more English than he spoke. He also loved the geological formations in the local area, but knew nothing about hiking in the desert. Mike was an experienced hiker and took him under his wing.
They’d remained good friends, but lost contact when Tak transferred to Harvard to finish his doctorate in geology and later returned to join the faculty at the university. Mike speed-dialed the geology department and it rang and rang. Finally, a young woman answered the phone.
“Geology Department, University of Arizona. Bear down, Wildcats!”
“I’d like to speak to Professor Takura, please.”
“I’m sorry, there’s no one here by that name.”
“What? Where is he?” Mike furrowed his brow.
“I’m sorry, sir, I don’t know.”
“Is Professor Lopez there?”
“Hold on.”
“Professor Lopez. Who’s calling?”
“Julio, this is Mike Evans.”
“Mike! What’s up, man?”
“Hey, I was trying to get in touch with Tak, but I understand he’s not there anymore. Where’d he go?”
“Don’t know, man. A few years ago, he went on a sabbatical and never came back. His parents told us the ship he was on disappeared in a bad storm.”
“You mean it sank.”
“No, man. It vanished. No debris, no oil slick, no survivors. Nothing.”
“Weird. I got an email from him at the radio station last week asking for an interview so I agreed. He sent Olivia Richards to speak to me.  She’s a famous journalist who went missing a few years ago. She was on a ship in a storm, too. Anyway, she told me that they were stranded on an island called Seaward Isle, somewhere in space at the end of a wormhole with Elves. I didn’t believe her.”
“Elves? Was she high?” Lopez paused. “You don’t think it’s real, do you?”
“I don’t know, man. They were both lost at sea.” Mike sighed, leaning back. “Thanks, man or should I say Professor?” He laughed and disconnected the call. After a few moments, he scrolled through his list of contacts and called one of them.
The receptionist said, “You have reached the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. How may I direct your call?”
“Doctor Rachel Goodwin, geology division.”
“Hold on while I connect you.”
“Doctor Goodwin speaking.”
“Hey, Rachel. It’s me, Mike Evans from Tucson.”
“Seriously? After all these years?”
“Hey, I come in peace. I apologize for whatever I did.”
“You don’t remember?”
“Not exactly. Hey, have you been in contact with Tak from college? The Japanese guy?”
“You mean the nice guy who asked me for a date and you told him he was nuts?”
“Um, yeah, him. I think he’s in trouble and needs help. Julio told me that he was on a ship that disappeared in a storm, a few years ago, but he just emailed me for an interview on my radio program. He sent a friend, Olivia Richards, the famous journalist. She was lost at sea, too.”
“So you don’t have a regular job yet?”
“Not fair. I want you to listen to it, okay? Just listen and tell me what you think.”
“Okay.” She sighed.
Mike played the program. “Well, what do you think?”
Silence.
“Rachel? Are you there?”
“Yes. Is this a joke?”
“That’s what I thought, too, but Tak couldn’t tell a joke if his life depended on it.”
She paused. “You’re right. Send me a link to your program.”
“Thanks, Rachel.” Mike sighed deeply when Rachel hung up. She hadn’t changed much and still resented that prank, but he’d always found her attractive. Maybe he should try again, someday. Mike shivered when the air conditioning kicked on; he’d been sweating heavily. He emailed her the link and leaned back. What if it’s real? Nah! Can’t be, can it?
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