My Second Book!!!!!

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Immature Senior on My Second Book

TURNING POINTS my second novel is now available! It can be ordered as a hard copy through justfiction-edition.com. For a cost of $24.90 Euros. In about four or five weeks it will be available at most on-line book vendors, such as Amazon.
Now for those of you who are impressed with the quick succession of books, be advised, this has been a twenty four year long odyssey. I began my writing as a youngster, around age twelve, poetry back then. I always had a talent with rhyme. All of these early works have been lost, which is a pity as I often had creative ways of doing my homework. For example when asked to write an essay about Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, I went one further, writing my own tale in the same meter and pattern as the originals. My teachers never knew what to do with me! When my sister had her first son I was broke, only had enough money to buy a blank hard cover book, which I then filled with little read aloud stories and poems I wrote. When I became a mom myself I wrote a few for my son. Those I still have, typed out on aged paper. I may try to do something with them soon. Then I began to teach. I taught at a local First Nations School and soon discovered that there were few books suitable for the children in my class…so I made my own! Unfortunately those too are lost, all except for one. Then Lupus took hold of me, as well as other muscular problems and I was forced to retire from teaching. Those last two years before I got sick were the hardest. I wore braces on my hands and knees and used a cane, just so I could continue to work. My hours gradually became less. My ability to function more so. Things got so bad for me as I could not use my hands. Fortunately I had planned ahead and made little post-able lesson cards. I made them the last year I worked full time. I could feel my hands going and knew if I wanted to continue teaching I had to adapt. Which I did. I even had a light cart where I was able to put my lesson cards and materials. This I towed around with me, until I couldn’t any longer. Then the understanding staff gave me my own room so the children could come to me. Finally I was forced to go on disability, when my legs gave out.
Those first few years were hard and depressing. I went from useful to useless in a heartbeat. I had to find something to do with myself. Something that could be done in bits and pieces, ten to fifteen minutes at a time when I felt up to it. My husband and son suggested I get back into my writing. So I did. And bit by bit, over time…twenty four years of it…I managed to get a dozen or more stories written. They each took over a year to write. As I finished one I sent it out by snail mail to various publishers. Three works got positive feedback, I met a publisher about one, and had an acceptance for another -Escape From Chickamauga. It was accepted by Southern Belle Publishers, but then the Twin Towers were bombed. Southern Belle was right beside them. They were destroyed, as were my prospects for publication. Sadly I became discouraged. Sending out manuscripts was expensive and I no longer felt up to it. So I put away my several dozen floppy discs, and the printed copies I had and gave the dream up.
Then in 1997 I got the bug again. I realized all those art card lessons I had kept, could make a good book. Mainly they would help any teacher, artistic or not, be able to teach art for grades one through to seven. It wasn’t long before I found myself a publisher, Rainbow Horizons. They still carry my work to this day.
After that success I went and got my old stories out. They needed updating and to be saved on more modern formats. Luckily I still had a computer that had a floppy drive in it. Out came the old floppy discs. I transferred them all onto my new more modern machine and began the slow process of editing and updating. That took me about ten years!
And now here I am. I have been sending work out to publishers since last winter. Finally it has payed off. I now have two works published, with a third waiting in the wings. More I am sure, will come as I work through my other stories.
I guess its true then…good things do come to those who wait!

My Book- Escape From Chickamauga

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Immature Senior on My New Book

ESCAPE FROM CHICKAMAUGA my first novel is now available on Amazon! Last night my son called,very excited. He had seen my book on Amazon.ca and on a few other Amazon sites. So it is out, the E-book version is available. He was a bit miffed however, that I had so many errors in the blurb. I was puzzled. Though Spanish was pretty well my first language ( I moved to Mexico at age three, and lived there for six years) and I do occasionally, when tired or not feeling well get my syntax garbled, and have a big issues with comas… I knew I had been very careful. So I asked him to explain the situation. It turns out it was on the Amazon India page. We decided that someone probably translated the blurb as the Canadian site was correct. Man was I relived! He tried other E-book sites, but as of today, it appears to be only available on Amazon. Given a few more days or so, it should start appearing elsewhere. One can find it by searching my name- Vanessa Isitt, or by title. Now before you all think I’m going to get rich, keep this in mind. I get 12% royalties. I believe the E-book is around three dollars. Its going not take a whole lot of sales to make much at all. But in truth that’s not why I write. Before I was forced to end my teaching career, I wrote a lot, in the little spare time I had. I had written poetry since I could remember, but as I matured I began to write stories. The first was for my son, then a few for my students. I had story ideas written on scarps of paper, several started and on floppy disc, a few typed out as outlines. When I became ill all of that stopped for a while, too much pain. But after a few years I felt my creative soul needed expressing, so I put aside a few minutes twice a day, when I felt up to it, and started to work on those stories. Over twenty five years later, here I am…published at last. Truly it is a dream come true. As I sit here at my messy desk, I can see a few of those old floppy discs still in their case. I have taken the time to transfer several of them to thumb drive. I still take about twenty minutes each morning to work on my stories, when I’m up to it. Several are ready for publication. Its just a matter of time, I hope before another will be published. Now that I can no longer work, I want to make my life mean something, to be something. I can no longer be teacher, but it looks like I can be writer!

Immature Senior- Spring

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Immature Senior on My New Book & Spring

Just heard from my publisher. The E-book is still being formatted. I will keep you all posted as to the release date and when it can be expected to appear on line in places such as Amazon and Kindle. Should be sometime in mid to late April! for now I leave you all with this little poem I wrote…

The Trees stand tall
arms outstretched
to receive the sunlight
from above them

The buds unfurled
wait expectantly
for the warmth of day
to unfurl them

The frost still icy
has begun to melt
a slow disintegration
of winter

The song birds sing
a joyful chorus
as if they too understand
Its now Spring, Its now Spring!

My New Book

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Immature Senior on My New Book

Just last week I got good news. After over twenty four years I finally got a novel published! I have added a page detailing the work and its history. (See My Books) At present only the hard cover edition is available. By mid to late April the E-book should be availabe at the varied on-line sellers. This is my first novel. I have been published before. Years ago when I first became ill I decided to share my art lessons. As a consequence I developed a set of lessons called ARTE A LA CARTE. I understand that these are now available as E-books! ( My son told me so) However there is a great deal of difference between lessons and a novel. For one it took me years to write the novel. My disability won’t allow hours at a computer, rather brief snatches of time though the day. The art lessons, once taught the regular way, had been adapted for my ongoing problems. I actually had a cart on wheels, very light upon which I towed my materials and lesson cards. So the art instruction books were already written. I had enough for a year of art lessons, each drawing step recorded on large cards. I used them in class when I could no longer draw, walking my students throughthe steps. So when it came to publishing them, it wasn’t much work. Writing my novel though, was a labor of love. Now that it is published it is truly hard to belive. It is available at justfiction-edition.com in hard cover version, rather pricy at $45 Euros. By mid to late April it will be availabe as an E-book, and will be much more affordable. I hope to publish others. When I was focrced onto long term disability in 1997 I resurrected my stories, all stored in a file cabinet and on floppy disc. Slowly over the years I have edited and improved them. Now I am hoping to give them life and have as many of them published as possible! I will keep everyone posted on events as they happen.

Downsizing…Again!

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Immature Senior on Downsizing

During the last four months we have been downsizing…again. This time it involved our large records collection, some 1,800 records. Now we did the best research we could, checking out on line record stores, and a few live ones too. Once we had an idea of what some of the more desirable and rare ones were worth, we approached a vintage record store in Vancouver. The buy value on our records was just shy of nine grand. We were asking twenty five percent of that. The store, thought the asking price fair, but wanted a list. So…two weeks later I had complied one. It takes me that long due to my disability. Once done I sent the list off. In took less than a day to get the unexpected news, they didn’t want the records, not even the Elvis ones! I knew many of what we had would be of interest, for the records were in their store, many in worse condition that ours. So it puzzles me as to why they refused. Not to be discouraged we went to Kelowna and offered the same lot to another store. The list did not impress them, even if our values were found on the web site for that very store. They made no offer. Now, it must be made clear that we had taken these records from the shelves, and boxed them up. It was quite a job, done over three weeks. Now, what to do with them all? So we listed them on Craig’s list and Kijjiji…nothing. Last week I removed the more rare and valuable ones. It took us the week to put them back on the shelves. The rest, some 20 smaller boxes are going to a local auction. We will be lucky to make two hundred bucks for the lot! So then what’s with this value thing anyways? We watch lots of shows on the TV about auctions, antiques and the like. They always give values, often based on inter net listings. I can’t help but wonder how accurate those valuations are, considering we went to our local thrift stores the other day, both of them, and tried to give the records away… no one wanted them!

Immature Senior on Spring

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Immature Senior on Spring

Spring is in the air. We know it for a fact. Just the other day we heard red wing blackbirds. Then a day ago we saw four varied thrush. Bu the true measure of spring is in how our visiting birds are acting. Yesterday we watched our Male Pheasant as it tried to seduce the three hens in his harem. He would lower his head, nearly to the ground. Then his long slender tail was fanned out to at least three times its width, much like a peacock only the tail was not held upright. He then puffed up his body and sort of listed to one side. Then moving sideways he would slowly approach the female. His feet were moving impossibly fast, though he was not. To our eyes the display was almost comical. And though the hens were not receptive, one could see he had their attention. The display went on some ten minutes. For most of that time the females perched up on the limbs of a nearby fir and watch. Now and then one would fly down and he would go into his strange posture. He only did the displaying when one of the females flew down, he would then relax, until another came near. And so it went. Ah, Spring, love is in the air!

Immature senior on Goalies

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Immature Senior on Goalies

Just the other day while out for a drive we noticed a young boy. He had set a hockey net up a the end of his drive way. He was hitting a bright red orange ball. Then we spotted his dog. Not very old, looked like a black lab. The dog bounded after a stray ball as we drove by. The ball went a ways up the drive then the dog caught up to it, and picked it up only to return to the boy ,where he dropped it at his feet. One we were past and it was safe to play again, the boy got ready to hit the ball with his hockey stick. Much to our surprise the dog bounded right into the open net area and waited, tongue lolling. The lad hit the ball and the dog actually caught it in his mouth! The dog then left the net area and dropped the ball at the child’s feet, only to return right back into the net. Where he waited in obvious anticipation, tail wagging wildly. We both chuckled. The dog was acting as a goalie. It made us both wonder. Is the dog uncannily talented…or… does his evident skill say something about goalies?

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Valentine’s poetry

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Immature Senior and Love

Love, unconditional, unexpected and utterly sublime
Brings together two isolated souls for all eternity and all time
Untouchable and inevitable and even harder to define
Its a shared gift and emotion surely yours and surely mine
Transcends the ages and the moments our lives are clearly well in line
Lifts us up in sullen moments when hope is in decline
makes the lowly and the common seem golden and refined
walks with us on our journey like a sacred gifted sign
joins us one unto the other a holy union of pure design
makes our lives so much the better as my heart to yours aligns
Love, a gift shared between us, most eternal and divine.

Immature Senior & Monarch Butterflies

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Immature Senior and Butterflies

Monarch butterfly number dwindle to lowest ever. That was the headline I spotted on last weeks issue of the Globe and Mail, dated Thursday January 30,2014. The article went on to describe how numbers have fallen. The numbers have hit a new low and may be indicating a risk of extinction! What are we doing here? How can we as residents of this planet allow a creature of such beauty and fragility to disappear? For those of you who have never seen where the butterflies go to in the winter. I have. I was six or seven years of age and it was some fifty years ago when I saw them, but I remember it well. The butterflies hung from trees like interlinked orange and black lace. When they rose to the sky, they made it dark!

Now I read that they are 44 percent less than the year before, which itself was down from years past. Now these dwindling number do involve the migrating population of North American Monarchs, and as a species they are widespread around the globe, but it is the astonishing migratory butterflies of North America that are at risk. Sure you may see a Monarch now and then, one of the kind that don’t migrate across a continent.(Only the north American Monarch migrates) But the days of thousands of them hanging from trees in a peaceful grotto in Mexico may be coming to an end. Yes the insects winter in Mexico, so many would likely say so what. It’s Mexico’s loss, right? Wrong! Those self same butterflies come fro mall over Canada and the USA .We are likely contributing to their demise. Overuse of pesticides, garden chemicals and sprays are the culprits, as is environmental habitat loss. The next time you go out to your garden to spray your flowers, stop and give it a think. I only use insecticidal soap, and only during the times of years when butterflies or humming birds are not about. If I use it at all. Its easier to live with a few spots on my tomatoes and blossoms than the loss of such beautiful creatures!

Immature Senior and Windows 8

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Immature Senior and Windows 8

I bought myself a new lap top, had to, my old one simply died. It was an ancient Dell, more than ten years old, once my sons, so we got our money out of it. So during the Christmas holidays we went computer shopping! Prices sure were varied, three hundred bucks to several in the two thousand range. My son has a high end ASUS, has had good luck with it, so after some research I decided the brand would suit me fine. We went to the Future Shop and as luck would have it, one was on sale. Turns out even with the aditional warrranty it was at my price point. We got it home and eagerly opened it up. Thankfully we were staying two days at the hotel. A joint that had wireless. Turns out you need high speed inter-net to activate Windows 8. At home I have dial up! It would have been a challenge to get the thing activated on dial up, for sure. My son did the honors, which took a little more than it should as the connection was a bit dicey. The next morning he showed me the results. I was confused. The start screen didn’t look anythign familiar! Why is it that Windows has to always change things? I firmly belive in the old adage, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. he grinned my way. It seems one can load what he called a shell, a start menu that looks old school. A few hours later he had that up and running, again due to the poor connection in the hotel, otherwise it would have been quicker. He informed me that had it been dial up, we would need days! Once done the machine worked great. I did some word processing, then we sat down to play a game. That’s when the troubles began. Every few moments the movement of my piece in the game would hesitate. Turns out that Windows 8 has a power saving feature that turns the hard drive off now and then, and when playing games, it causes stalls. Now I’m not a big gamer, but I do like my computer puzzles and a game or two, so this was promising to be a perturbing inconvenience. So my son went back to work, it took him two days to find a solution. He searched on the inter-net, waded through chat rooms and several similar complaints before finding the solution. Luckily he knows enough programming to do what needed to be done. He went in and turned the power saving feature off. Now it works great! The moral of this long convoluted tale, is to be sure when buying a new computer that you have a word with the sales people. If possible have them fix the machine to your liking, otherwise, when you get home, you may not be able to use the computer you so carefully selected. In this case it won’t be the machine, but the Windows 8 itself, which I understand in now a platform made for use by various gadgets, Readers, Smart-phones, lap tops amd desk tops alike. Sometimes efforts to streamline leave me breathless!