Now you see it, now you don’t


thThe other day I mentioned parallel universes and how the topic was inspired by a comment I’d read. In the cascade that is my morning thought process – a.k.a. the engine behind my blog topics here, I revisited all I’ve read over the years on quantum mechanics. In that branch of physics, many opinions on the topic of existence can be found.

Picture this one — nothing exists unless you walk into it. How can that be? If you look at that statement with the fork in the road in mind, it’s easier to understand. The potential for this or that comes from making the choice to go this way or that way. Our lives are dictated by the millions upon millions of choices we make, and our existence is dictated by our being present in it.

Here’s a visual– Imagine you have a handful of tiny pebbles and are standing before a pond as still and smooth as glass. Throw the pebbles in and each one creates its own wave to spread and bisect with the others.  Consider those pebbles and the points where the waves overlap and change course to be your life of choices. Each has an outcome all its own. Had you made another choice, that wave would go off in another direction and effect everything else it touches, including the choices made by others sharing the same existence. Heavy thought for morning coffee, no? lol

I’m no physicist. I’ve only a smidgeon of understanding of the intricacies and the mathematics behind this science discipline, but I had an outstanding honors-level physics teacher once who should have been working in some scientific brain-trust somewhere instead of a Chicago high school.  Back when String Theory and Quantum Mechanics belonged to the likes of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Niels Bohr, my teacher was explaining other dimensions –specifically layers of space and time.

To continue where that thought took me the other day,  I’d like to start off with this philosophical question that brilliant teacher put to my class forty years ago:

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound?
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George Berkeley, Anglican bishop and philosopher, 1685 -1753

I was the odd student in that class that day for I seemed to understand the nuance of what our teacher was getting at. We had just discussed a study unit on waves the week before. Everyone said yes. And I said no.  He asked me to explain. I said if there were no ears present to hear the waves made by the falling tree, then no. Oh the glee on that man’s face at my answer! Sound is only heard if the mechanism to hear it exists. If nothing detects the sound waves, then no. There is no sound. That’s a curious question because it has both a yes and no answer. Yes, I was a super nerdy girl.  :D

So the mind-bender I spoke of the other day also involves being present. Not present to hear. Present to see. The following video clip explains it perfectly:

Two different outcomes and it all comes down to whether or not someone is looking. Talk about being present. So does this mean our existence is what it is because we look? What if we all closed our eyes, imagined a better existence, then opened them again?
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Here’s a cliché for today:
Now you see it, now you don’t.

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The e-version of our cookbook
is sold everywhere for 99⊄.
Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NO2DPTY/
iTunes Store
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The Nook Store
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bake-love-write-lois-winston/1120365873?ean=2940150401860
Kobo
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bake-love-write
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Somethin’s cookin’


I had a completely different post planned for today, but I have news so I’m bumping that idea to tomorrow. 

A while back, USA Today Bestselling Author Lois Winston decided to put together a multi-author cookbook. She managed to get contributors on board and compiled dessert recipes from a wide range of authors who write the many genres of fiction and non-fiction — 105 authors, myself included. Along with our scrumptious dessert offerings, we were all asked to answer two questions — one on love, and one on the best advice you’ve ever received as an author.  :)

indexLois has been a dynamo in putting it together and ironing out all the details.  This labor of love is called ~ Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing

Starting today, the e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. It also comes in paperback, and can even be found on iTunes for Mac’s and iOS devices.

Such yummy variety and such a deal for 99⊄!
Check it out.  :D


Kindle
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iTunes Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bake-love-write/id920146098?mt=11

The Nook Store
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Kobo
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What if…?


multiverseA comment read this morning sent my mind off on the subject of alternate realities (Yeah, it’s a writer thing). The multiverse vs. the universe is the idea of parallel existences instead of just one. Many keen experts in quantum physics feel there’s enough information out there to believe such a thing is true, including the esteemed Dr. Stephen Hawking. So how does something like this work out on paper? When we come to that fork in the road and must make a decision to go left or right, in these parallel worlds, another choice is made and the outcome of that choice is completely different than ours.

So imagine our world never had the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th. How many sons and daughters would still be alive had no war followed? Would some lunatic fringe be beheading people and posting on social media today? Going with the multiverse concept, on other earths, in other realities, it never occurred. In some odd way I find comfort in that.

Tomorrow I’ll post a bit that will blow your mind. For today, I’m asking two questions. If you feel like adding a few of your own opinions in comments, please do so. Let’s get a conversation going. :)

How many single acts completely changed the world in the last 2500 years?
Here are my two:

I’m not referring to embracing spirituality here when I say, in my opinion, one of the larger impacts was the advent of organized religion. This double-edged sword has done both great good and great harm to the world. Still does.

Ocean travel is another. Coupled with organized religion, it led to conquest and subsequent annihilation of complex societies who didn’t ascribe to the same doctrine.  It also brought us slavery, species extinctions, and plagues.

How many times in the last 100 years alone have single acts changed the course of humanity?
Here are my two:

Henry Ford’s assembly line that put inexpensive cars into the hands of the world. It gave us unprecedented pollution, the dissolution of family units, and wars over oil resources. I could go on…

The  reparations Germany was forced to make after losing WWI. On this side of history I see why it was done. But what this did was cause their economy to be so beaten down, it made possible the rise in power of a madman who gave the world WWII. Absolutely nothing was the same after that war.

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Those Newfangled Tunes


beatlesDid you know that on this day in 1963 the Beatles released  their iconic She Loves You to the USA? Five months later, they’d gain a coveted spot on the popular Ed Sullivan show.

I have no recollection of hearing that newfangled British music on the radio prior to Ed Sullivan’s show in 1964, but I do remember that event clearly. I recall my teenage sisters being excited about the upcoming show. They knew all about this four-man band, and of course they would. They were young adults and the entire world was in transition in 1964… one couldn’t help but know the news. The previous year saw a paradigm shift taking root. The month before the Beatles’ She Loves You came to the states, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech to the 200,000 people marching on Washington DC for civil rights. Two months after Beatles’ music hit our shores, President Kennedy would be assassinated. Things would never be the same.

So my siblings anticipated the Ed Sullivan Show that night. To further set this scene, know ours was a Lawrence Welk and Sing Along With Mitch household. At this time, my sisters’ bedroom was being remodeled and three mattresses and three box springs were piled high in the living room. We all climbed up on top to watch these four singers from England. How strange these young men looked with their moppish hair, Spanish-heeled boots, and odd tailored suits without lapels. The screaming, swooning audience was a little startling too. My dad said mater-of-factly, “That’s not music.” and gave the TV a dismissive hand before leaving the room. I didn’t agree. It was music. It was new and unusual and had rhythm so lively it made you just want to get up and move to it.

The Beatles played in the background of our lives from that moment on. Across the country, Hi-Fi’s, and box turntables played 45’s or full 78’s of the Fab Four’s music.
More than once the Beatles’ songs hit the charts in Chicago and held the Top Ten slots for weeks at a time. And just about every house on the block had transistor radios with deejays running song marathons.

According to the Beatles’ biography SHOUT by Philip Norman, America owes that first 1963 listen to a disk jockey in Washington, D.C and his girlfriend who worked as a stewardess. She had access to records from England and he played them. There is some discrepancy as to which song played the states first and where it was played. Was it I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please Please Me, From Me to You, or She Loves you? Beats me. But I do remember them all word for word even today.  These were bed jumping songs.

I had my teenaged siblings, my neighborhood friends had theirs. Teens gobbled up the records like chocolate. When our older siblings were off doing teenage things, we’d play their records loud and jump on the bed to those happy rhythms like we were jumping on a trampoline. Now that was great fun. Someone below stairs would invariably thump the ceiling with the broom handle or yell up the stairway, Turn that noise down!
:)

cockatielI still enjoy the early Beatles, but not so much those later albums with clear Yoko influence. My male cockatiel  really rocks out whenever this music plays. You’d have to hear him to believe it. An eclectic bird, he also gets into Lynyrd Skynyrd and Etta James, but nothing gets him harmonizing like Please Please Me:D

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A turning point


calliopeJust an introspective post today. This morning, before my feet left the bed, a very clear story popped into my head for the Exquisite Quills Halloween anthology. It’ll be a short story, just 2000 words when it’s done. The happy thing is, it came to me fully formed as all the other stories I’ve written have. It appears my muse has finally returned.  It’s about time, lady.  :)

Where had she gone? My dear old dog’s health took a marked slide in April and was on a steady decline through to August when we eventually lost her. I haven’t written about her yet, but I will one day.  I’m only now starting to call to mind the sweet and funny moments of our life with her without bursting into tears.  Watching the life of someone you love fade day by day takes a toll even if we all intrinsically understand death is part of life. I experienced such helplessness in the slow decline of my sisters who valiantly fought breast cancer and ALS and lost. I’ve witnessed battles no less sad and finite with friends and colleagues. We don’t ever get over it, but our hearts eventually become accustomed to the absence. Not a day goes by where I don’t miss them all.

To people who love pets as things, my thoughts here may not make sense. They may miss their dog or cat after they’re gone, but the void is easily filled with another from the pet store. That has never been my life with animals. Others like me who connect with these creatures beyond possession would understand the loss of which I speak. I essentially lost a 14 1/2 year old child, a member of my immediate family. My child.

So lately, I’ve been too down to be creative. With this latest grief I found it very hard to write. Oh sure I have words. I’m a wordy writer no matter what I’m typing out. It was just that the thoughts behind the words weren’t connecting. If you can’t connect thoughts you can’t write books. All the writing projects I was working on when my dog’s health turned just fizzled out. My train of thought had derailed.

I’ve written short stories for anthologies and even contributed to a cookbook in an attempt to get back on the track. Understanding that I work best when I have a deadline, I went so far as to plan a very large multi-author project for next spring to force my mind to find that muse again.  Nothing was working. I didn’t want to walk away from writing but it was looking more and more like I had no say in the matter. I was seriously assessing the possibility that my time as an author was over — No more romances. No more children’s books. No magnum opus (a very large work in progress that I’ve been working on for years).

So it appears I’ve reached a turning point. I’m going to grind out that 2000-word story today and hopefully the muse will stick around long enough to let me do another. Or at the least let me finish a few nearly completed novels. If nothing else I’ll experience muscle memory of fingers flying over my keyboard again.

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This next bit has nothing whatsoever to do with my writing but it’s a turning point worth mentioning. Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Britain in WWII. The war turned in British favor on September 15th 1940 when RAF (Royal Air Force) Spitfires engaged German aircraft in two dogfights. Fifty-six German planes went down in an air battle that lasted less than one hour. From this moment in history, Americans realized that their isolationism wasn’t going to hold. A world war was inevitable. This 2-part documentary is long but worthwhile from a historical perspective.
http://youtu.be/W1B3JGEjzFo
http://youtu.be/vZifDDF8AzE

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
~George Santayana

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Here’s a cliché for today:
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Fun Day Sunday


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

There’s so much strife in the world right now. Of all the clips one could find online to shine a light on our similarities rather than our differences, the fun videos by world-traveler Matt Harding do it best.  They always make me smile…and occasionally a little weepy.  :)

The song comes from the poem Stream of Life from Gitanjali — the Nobel-prize-winning collection by Rabindranath Tagore. Here’s the translation:

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

I’d say that sums up the point of this video nicely.
See the rest of the fun dances and discover how this began on Matt’s youtube channel.
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Here’s a cliché for today:
Kick your feet up.

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Saturday & Sunday Happenings on my other blogs

Sexy Snippets & My Sexy Saturday
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Seductive Studs and Sirens & Weekend Writing Warriors
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Sunday Snippet  **promo op for you too!**  
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Standing the test of time


booksI ended yesterday’s post by saying I’d share a few opinions on memorable literary characters today. You don’t have to go far to find lasting characters on bookshelves. There are imaginary creations that were given flesh and form and id and ego in such perfect measure that even mentioning their names often brings to mind a particular personality trait. Test for yourself. This list contains characters most people know at a glance. All come from literature. I’m guessing even if you have yet to read the books, you’ll know the stories they’re tied to. First thing in the morning, this lot is all I could come up with. (Need more coffee for larger lists…)

Sherlock Holmes
Harry Potter
Professor Moriarty
Mr. Darcy
Henry “Indiana” Jones
Hester Prynne
Jane Eyre
James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser
Severus Snape
James Bond
Vito Corleone
Captain Ahab
Forrest Gump
Scarlett O’Hara
George Bailey
Hamlet
Phileas Fogg
Philip Marlowe
Robin Hood
Gandalf
Atticus Finch
Jean Valjean
Holden Caulfield

What makes a literary character memorable? It’s all in the recipe!

For me the reader, the memorable characters as the ones written with facets of complex human  personality. You and I have particular personalities and they are literally the sum of our life interactions and experiences had in the environments at hand at the time. Think about the people you know. Aren’t the ones with the fullest lives the ones you could sit and listen to for hours?

Imaginary people rely on their writers to put the skin on their bones and the thoughts in their heads.  To do that, the writer must draw from the world within and without. To this I’ll add that every single literary character I’ve written has slivers of my own id and ego in them. Even my bad guys.  ;) 

Characters, even if they’re the villains in the story, all need to show relatable aspects to readers. Aspects such as opinion, empathy, fear, bravery, compassion, greed, outrage, love, lust, and a host of other elements, must combine and strike a believable chord for the reader, even if the character exists in a fantastical tale. This is how Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Jane Austen all created timeless characters despite hundreds of years separating the writing and the stories’ time periods. These three authors in particular have had their works made into hundreds of variations on a theme. Take their characters out of their time periods, change their clothes and modernize their environment,  then plop them down into yours and voila! They fit. Centuries may pass, but the human condition stays the same. A marvelous example of this is the modernization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in the contemporary BBC series Sherlock.

Relatable. That’s the key.

To make a character that stands the test of time is no small feat.  Only time will tell if I manage it.

Tomorrow ~ Fun Day Sunday.

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http://www.romancebooks4us.com

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Fall into Love Party copyAnd speaking of prizes…

I’m participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog: http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

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Saturday & Sunday Happenings on my other blogs

Sexy Snippets & My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Seductive Studs and Sirens & Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

Sunday Snippet  **promo op for you too!**  
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

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Learn what’s at stake and how you can give your opinion to the FCC.
http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

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all7books-smallLove Waits in Unexpected Places - Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

Find my novels wherever books are sold.
Sample
my love stories for free!
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333971

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