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Author Interview ~ Darcia Helle

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, March 2, 2011,

We have a wonderful triple-header going on–Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!
The three Resident Authors and Founders of the incredible BestsellerBound Forums.
Just scan the forum topics and you’ll want to dive in!!
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Today’s interview is with Darcia Helle

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Darcia, where are you from and how old are you?

I was born, raised, and spent most of my life in Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2002, I escaped the snow, ice and cold and moved to Florida. I’m ...


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Author Interview ~ Daryl Sedore

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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Today’s interview is with an author whose blog posts I eagerly anticipate.
Must soon read his books :-)

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Daryl, when did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I began writing at the early age of 10 years old. How did i...


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Author Interview ~ Shari Green

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 21, 2011,

Alert: Stay turned to this channel for a special broadcast, Monday, 28 Feb.
Irina Avtsin will tell us all about the power of the word, “No!”.
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Today we welcome Shari to the blog. Let’s get this interview goin’ :-)

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Where are you from and how old are you?

I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1963. I’ve lived my life so far in various places around BC, Alberta, and the Yukon.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I’ve alw...


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A Post With The Purpose of Pointing You Toward Another Post…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, February 20, 2011,
My most favorite author is C. J. Cherryh.

My other most favorite author is John C. Gardner.

If you read, or write, or publish, this interview with John is worth studying…

Thanks to Simone Benedict for reminding me of John’s importance.
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Author Interview ~ Mary Pax

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, February 18, 2011,
Since I’m an avowed SpaceCadet, I’m real happy Mary could stop by for an interview.  Let’s get it rolling :-)

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Where are you from, Mary?

I originate from the east coast of the US, but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for about 10 years.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I wrote my first story sometime in grade school. It was about a horse named Wesco. That’s all I remember ab...


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Author Interview ~ Jaleta Clegg

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,
We’ve had two interviews, so far, with authors: Simone Benedict and Karla Telega.

Today, we have the author, Jaleta Clegg. I first met her in the forums of BestsellerBound and I’m very glad she agreed to doing an interview here :-)
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Jaleta ( or, Aleta :-), where are you from and how old are you?

I was born about fifteen thousand years ago on a starship deep in the Catalbin Nebula. Wait, you want the real truth? I’ve lived pretty m...


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Author Interview ~ Karla Telega

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, February 14, 2011,
I’m very happy to give a short introduction to Karla. Short because I can’t wait to share her answers to my questions. She has wonderfully humorous insights about the writing process :-)

Karla, where are you from and how old are you?

I grew up in Seattle, home of the Space Needle and about three banana slugs per square foot. I’m at that magical age of 54: too old for hot flashes and too young for the senior menu.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside bac...


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Author Interview ~ Simone Benedict

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, February 8, 2011,
Ever lived in Kansas?

Ever wondered how to escape from Kansas?

Our interview is with an author who can answer yes to both those questions :-)

Without further ado, here’s  Simone Benedict.

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Let’s start with where you’re from, how old you are, and is Simone Benedict your real name?

I was born and raised in Kansas near the exact center of the continental United States. Currently, I’m living in the same place. I’m in my forties. Simone Benedict is one of my pen names. As happens w...


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Many Readers, Many Opinions ~ Who To Believe & Why...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, December 26, 2010,
Authors often solicit opinions from beta-readers--folks who read and comment before the book's published. Thing is, different readers have very different opinions! Who's right? Which comments need to be heeded?

In my own experience, with my pre-publication edition of Notes from An Alien, I'd have to say all the readers are right and I must "heed" all the comments.

All the readers are right because they're giving their own thoughts and feelings and, even if they're lying, that's their response a...
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This Author's Job ~ Reading Reality Right

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, December 23, 2010,
O.K. Last post before my holiday break and I think the title is a real challenge--a challenge for me... What to write?...

I am an author. There is a reality out there (and, in here). Let me take a crack at reading it:

"Our globe is pregnant with crisis. Most of us have no solid idea of what will happen next. Some of us are toiling to fix things but they keep breaking. Some of us are speeding toward personal goals with no awareness of the severity of the crisis. Then, there are those so stunned ...
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The Harpoon Or The Net? ~ Gaining Influence...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, December 20, 2010,
Whether you're an author, a blogger, or a butcher you need to gain influence to have people consume your product. Even if you're just a nine-to-fiver with no ambition, you'll have no social life if you don't somehow gain a bit of influence.

Sonia Simone has a blog called Remarkable Communication and in a guest post on copyblogger she compares the old-school approach of gaining attention and influence to throwing a harpoon at people. Very messy method and, if you're not a blogger or book writer...
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So, I Wrote A Book... ~~~ So What?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, December 18, 2010,
So, my book gets published. That same day there will be well over 2,000 other books published...

So What?

So, the year I've already spent in promoting the idea of my book, the months spent writing and revising, and the last few months of giving people an Advanced Reader Copy of Notes from An Alien (hoping for feedback) are the barest beginning of the tasks that lie ahead for me--or, for any author who doesn't already have an audience.

And, as far as what I've learned about the individual areas o...
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What's It Like Inside When You Read A Book?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, December 15, 2010,
I wish you were sitting here, in front of my computer, and writing this post for me. Of course then, the title would have to be, "This Is What It's Like Inside Me When I Read A Book." Hey! You could write a real long comment to this post and do just that :-)

But I'd better write a few more words of my own first; at least because I'm not just a writer. I actually read, too. And, I have an inside that re-writes every book I read. I touched on this idea briefly in the post ReadWriteReadWriteReadW...
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Book Promotion Blues ~ "Hey! It's A Job."

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, December 13, 2010,
Yes! It's definitely a job to do book promotion. My book's scheduled to be published in March. I've been promoting it for over a year--way before I wrote it. The "experts" say that's very important these days...

Last post, I talked about integrating Twitter into my promotion efforts. Twitter is a weird space but it has great potential for getting my message out, so... Yep, it's a job, this book promotion stuff. Too bad my creative, writerly self is so submerged while I attend to what's necessa...
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Watching The Words Fly By ~ Sucking Up Meanings

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, December 11, 2010,
Finally integrated Twitter into my pre-publication promotion efforts. Thought it would be too much effort. Waaaay surprised that I like watching the Tweets flow by. Pulled my Facebook NewsFeed into TweetDeck and I sit and wonder...

Wonder about who's behind those words. Are they who they seem to be? Are they acting? Can I trust what they say?

Why some shorten the words ( wht U gttng 4 xmas ) and some decide to use them more economically ( take advantage-visit VMAC-get account upgrade ); in *bot...
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Is It *Really* Possible To Get-Along With Everybody?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, December 9, 2010,
Get along with everybody? Like, if everybody could do it there'd be no more war? What, am I crazy??

Well...

:-)

No, I don't think I'm crazy but I do think people have more potential for peaceful living than they might realize. More potential for working to understand another's perspective before judging them. More hidden under the surface of conscious anxiety than just more fear and avoidance.

My forthcoming book, Notes from An Alien, is all about a civilization's struggle to go from what appears...
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Google, Amazon, & The Author ~ Or, The Giants & The Pigmy

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, December 7, 2010,
O.K., I'm an author. Published three books a few years ago on Lulu.com and have one getting ready for publication on FastPencil in March.

I didn't do much of anything to promote the books on Lulu and, in the years since, I've sold very few. Oh, yeah... All those books are now free to download...

The book coming out in March has already had a full year of pre-publication promotion. My publisher will distribute to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad, and Ingram (a place to be if you want bookstores and ...
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What Is A Muse??

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, December 5, 2010,
Some artists have real, live inspirational helpers--people that act like a muse. Some folks swear that the muse must not be another living person, that the inspiration must be completely internal or other-worldly.

I favor the explanation of Carl Jung--the muse is the other-sexed, unconscious energy-complex that complements the artist's conscious efforts.

For far too long, men dominated social art forms and the female muse seemed like the only kind there was. Now, with women claiming their due, ...
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Who's Helping You Succeed? And, What *Is* Success?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, December 3, 2010,
The title of this post is really the most important thing I can say about the publishing process I'm going through. I can read about others' processes and maybe learn something but my book is Way niche and trans-genre, plus I'm self-publishing, so, yes, I've chosen a somewhat lonely road...

Actually, I feel the title of this post is the most important thing you should think about any publishing process; or, any process where you have a goal that takes a huge amount of work to achieve.

First, wh...
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ReadWriteReadWriteReadWrite...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, December 1, 2010,
I was a reader before I was a writer. As I write, I become my first reader. Each reader of a book "rewrites" it...

I'm compelled to now write my absolutely favorite word--"Word" :-)

It's so cool, sitting on the page saying what it is...

Even with all the psychology I've studied, I've yet to fully comprehend the act of Writing/Reading or even the related act of Reading/Writing.

Words confound me. They also exhilarate me.

Specially entertaining (and, mind-expanding) are self-referencing sentences, l...
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Is Virtual Reality Really "Real" ?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, November 29, 2010,
After I publish this post, I'll be taking one of my weekly trips into the virtual world, Second Life, for a listen to the next chapter in an author's live readings...

I've been involved with Second Life for about three years but it was last year when I started pre-publication for my forthcoming novel. I touched on this in a previous post.

Before I decided to do promotion in Second Life, I usually went to various Sims (separate areas built by members) to listen to music. Since I created an avata...
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Do You Talk Back To Books?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, November 28, 2010,
At some point in my past, from a source I can't remember, I heard that it's therapeutic to talk back to TV ads.

I watch TV programs on the Web now so my chances for Ad-Rant-Therapy are, thankfully, shorter. But, my talking back to books has always been with me, and not just the swearing variety. Sometimes I coo at what the book is saying. I've even gotten so far into philosophical discussions with a book that I've forgotten to finishing reading it...

Reading is a creative act. Some even say tha...
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What Does "Publish" Really Mean?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, November 27, 2010,
This blog is about reading, writing, and publishing. I've read one heck of a lot. I've written more than most. I'm now learning what publishing means...

I have published in the past and all those books are free to download. Now, though, I'm getting ready to publish my first novel. You can get a free pre-publication copy; and, making comments on it can get you into a special listing in the book, even a short Bio and your Web address :-)

In fact, giving away a manuscript to get feedback is par...

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Book Promotion ~ Virtual & Real

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, November 24, 2010,
I started an activity over a year ago and only found out last month that the "experts" think it's a good idea.

Long before I began the writing of
my novel, I started promoting the idea of the book in Second Life--a virtual world where the residents create everything; their avatars, their houses; their landscapes; and, ultimately, their Reality.

At first, I just rented a shop on Book Island and started talking up the idea for the book. My plan was to encourage folks to discuss the book's themes ...
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One Book - One Gazzilion Reactions...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, November 23, 2010,
It's only a little over three months before I publish my first novel. I've known from my other writings that people can vary widely in their response to any given set of words. Even calling my next book a novel has varying reactions. It will top-out at about 45,000 words. Many people will tell you that a "novel" has to be at least 50,000 words.

Well, as it seems to be with all things written, there are exceptions to the "rules". One famous author, Samuel Beckett, wrote a "novel" called Mercier...

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Jumping Through The Hoops of Self-Publishing

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, November 22, 2010,
Got back from my trip to the Chicago area last night--body exhausted, emotions drained, spirit soaring :-)

Jumped right back into all the activities I must pursue as an author choosing to self-publish; even though last night's work seems like it happened in a dream...

Significantly more conscious today. Ready to line up my sights on a few more hoops I need to jump through...

I just did a search on "jumping through hoops" ( I often go looking for things when I'm writing a blog post :-) and found ...
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Coming Out of The Writer's Cave...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, November 16, 2010,
I've been working on my novel for eleven years. Ten of those years saw four failed attempts--lengthy, sweaty, but failed.

Last year, I found the proper vehicle for the theme and I've been in my cave non-stop (except for quick jaunts to get food and such).

My comfortably small cavern has been aglow with planning, pre-publication promotion, more planning, outlining, beginning to actually write the book, lacerating the outline, watching a minor character demand a more important role in the plot (...
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Get A Free Book That Can Help You Broadcast Your Name And WebSite

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, November 15, 2010,
If you've read previous posts or know me from Facebook or Second Life, you know my first novel will be published in March.

One thing that's become obvious over the time I've been writing the book is that pre-publication promotion is critical. There are just too many books being marketed to not get out there and do all one can to raise interest, even well before the book is written...

I started my promotion about a year before I wrote a single word of the book. Of course, I had a clear idea of w...
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What Readers Want...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, November 14, 2010,
The title of this post might make you think I'm going to give you the top ten list of what readers want...

Thing is, I really can't be completely sure; even though it's important to me as a writer. I have many ideas about the topic and I continue to explore the issue. I absolutely need to consider what readers want, whether or not I ever figure it out. I'm a novelist and a blogger and I'd be foolish to never consider it.

Still, discovering what readers want is nowhere near being as easy as dete...
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Revising Your Life...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, November 13, 2010,
Many readers never consider how many revisions a novel needs before it takes them on a journey.

The novel of my life has undergone nearly constant revision; and, some parts of me-the-protagonist just refuse to be changed. This doesn't mean me-the-writer-of-my-life doesn't get in there and attempt revision.

ReVision...

In art or life, if the Vision isn't clear enough, the story resists changing its texture.

In my novel {get a free pre-publication copy}, one of the planets is completely corporate....
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Just Because...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, November 13, 2010,
This is a Non-Off-Topic post.

It's not about Reading, Writing, or Publishing...

But it is about the necessary conditions for all three of those activities, if...

We really want all our Brothers and Sisters in our Human Family to have a decent life.

It's simple.

Watch this video, then...

Do something about it.
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Take careful note of the lyric: "What won't kill you will make you strong."
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Read Me A Story ~ Help Me Dream

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, November 12, 2010,
Long after I became an adult, a friend persuaded me to lie on the couch and let her read to me. What a wonderful experience--not like an audio book at all--as she read and I mmm-ed and oh-ed and she added sweet asides...

I think that experience gave me the courage to, many times since, become a child again--approach experience with temporarily untrained eyes, ears, and heart...

The work on my novel (due to be published in March and available as a pre-publication freebie) took me back to that un...
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Social Media Blues...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, November 11, 2010,
I'm sitting here listening to one of my most favorite Get-Up-and-Out-of-The-Dumps songs...

I've been studying book promotion; and, social media is the core of that study.

A blog post by Elana Johnson, Dear Self: Social Media, got me up to the top of the ravine of self-hyping "experts" and listening to that song is helping me walk away into the meadow of relaxed and tranquil Web-interaction.

Self-published authors absolutely have a lot of work to do to get their books noticed. But, it certainly d...
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Rules? Whose Rules??

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, November 10, 2010,
I just posted a link about mistakes fiction writers make on my Facebook page. I agree with most of what it says, but...

I'm fairly sure you've heard it said before...
(Pick One)

* Rules are made to be broken
* Break rules intelligently/creatively
* Don't cling to a rule if it's making you break another rule

All of those rules assume that the rules are right.  But, who decides if the rules are right?

The professor?
The editor?
The publisher?
The genre?

How about the Reader?

I think this is where most "goo...
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In The Writing *Mood*...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, November 9, 2010,
Writers do all kinds of things to get their mood flowing just right:

- Always writing in the same place at the same time
- Always writing somewhere new
- Waiting to write till the mood arrives
- Ingesting various substances to induce the mood
- Reading certain works to ignite the mood

Then, there are those writers, like me, who listen to music...

I've recently been contemplating the writing I'll be doing after my work-in-progress
is published and that contemplation synchronistically found a very goo...

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So, Who Am I, *Really*?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, November 9, 2010,
In this blog I'm Alexander M Zoltai. On Facebook I'm Sena Quaren. But Sena says I'm her co-author. And, I've been known to say that she's my co-author...

To set things slightly straight, Sena is real--just as real as most characters in works of fiction. She's absolutely as real as any honest author's Muse. And, what makes her even more real is that she believes I'm real...

It's actually a bit more complicated than what I've said so far... I should let her speak for herself. What follows is from...
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Writers On A Rollercoaster

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, November 8, 2010,
It's less than four months till I publish my first novel. I've published before but a novel is a totally different kind of ride.

During the writing, my confidence would be strong as the words flowed onto the page. As I approached revision, my feelings would bobble but steady-out after the task.

Reviewers along the way made me confident and less than confident (there were actually three kinds of reviewers--more on that in another post:-)

My copy editor has it now. So far, she likes it but she's a...
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Calling All Blogs !

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, November 8, 2010,
    Notes from An Alien blog is new and we're looking for other blogs to link with. No recieprocal linking necessary :-)

Can't promise a link but will try to include as many as possible.....

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Point of View - The Camera of Your Mind

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Sunday, November 7, 2010,
In the prologue of my forthcoming book, Sena, the alien, exposes her first person point of view and alerts the reader that the bulk of the story will be third person omniscient--"all-seeing". She then promises that her "voice" will return when the story reaches the point of her birth.

But, to say that most of the book is third person is a crass generalization...

What point of view does this paragraph have?

"He was ready to go but delayed slipping the bonds for a moment as he bid farewell in his ...
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Writing Sites...

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, November 6, 2010,
Some folks swear by Web sites that cater to writers; some never go near them. I'm kind of in the middle. There's a forum I visit called BestsellerBound. And, a site that's new to me but has been around for ten years--Writing.com.

The forum is a great place to talk to other folks who spend their time working to make words do acts of magic. And, so is Writing .com but it's bigger, more dense with spaces to visit, more populated with other writers, more daunting and yet, because of that challenge...
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Communing With Communication

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, November 5, 2010,
So...

Now we have a Forum, a Chat Room, and this Blog on the Notes from An Alien site...

The Forum is for extended discussions.

The Chat Room is for "water-cooler" conversations.

This Blog is for reaching out--offering ideas that can be commented on here but, hopefully, will spawn conversations in the Chat Room and discussions in the Forum...

I'll start the process of Reaching Out with this idea:

Sena has written a book that tells the story of her People's climb from Dark War to the Light of Peace....
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Hello To Many Worlds :-)

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, November 5, 2010,
Time to start blogging. Getting close to publication of Notes from An Alien and need to establish a place to chronicle the continuing Life of the book :-)

I'll probably post most every day...
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Alexander M Zoltai I started writing seriously rather late in life but I'm forging ahead with roaring flames in my heart... I've written the novel, "Notes from An Alien", with Sena Quaren--taking her other-worldly experience and translating it for an Earth audience. No, I'm not Channeling. I'm merely taking the "reality" of one of my characters to a new level :-)

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