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Hugs and kisses?

From the bridal website Just Jen

From the bridal website Just Jen

No, the title of my first novel is notHugs and Kisses”, and the truth is that my story could probably use a few more of them. Rather, the title of this book has always been “One” and its plot has always been about the ways humans are alike. You know, at some level we all are one.  Somehow, that theme wasn’t as conducive to love stories, much less hot sex scenes, as the themes of my other novels. Hopefully a suspenseful plot makes up for the relative lack of kissing in this book.

So why isn’t it called “One”? Well, somewhere along the way I decided that “One” had been used too often for it to be my book title. One is a wonderful sounding children’s book about colors by Kathryn Otoshi. One is a metaphysical fable for adults by Richard Bach (remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull?)  1 is the exact number of people it takes to make a difference in a delightful 80 page treatise by Dan Zandra and Kobi Yamada. One is an exciting sounding new suspense thriller from J.A. Laraque. You get the idea.  And that’s not even thinking about books called “The One” which are another whole matter.

So in an attempt to be clever, I decided to call my first novel “x raised to the power of zero”. I’m a geek you see, married to a math teacher, and x raised to the power of zero is one. Isn’t that cute? What I wasn’t counting on was (a) an awful lot of people have no idea what x raised to the power of zero is and (b) you can almost never type a superscript anywhere that matters. This includes on my own blog, and anywhere at Amazon, Goodreads, and every other avenue for publicity that a beginning author can turn to. Out of necessity my book became x0 because I couldn’t get it to show up any other way.

Worse yet, at smashwords (the other main sales outlet for independent authors) it is required that the title start with a capital letter and include lower case letters, meaning that one cannot call a book either x0 or X0. Unless one contacts a smashwords rep directly and pleads, which of course, is just what I did.

So now family and friends call my book “ex oh” and strangers sometimes call it “hugs and kisses”. It gets confused with Ashley Whitaker’s book xo about a woman with Turner’s Syndrom and Aspergers and my searchers often find Jeffery Deaver’s thriller xo about a stalker instead.

You’d think I would have learned my lesson about giving a book a title with a superscript in it. But no, apparently not.  I went and called my second book “y raised to the power of one”.  Why? Because it equals y.  But that’s another story.  Please visit my other blog Fire Dancing for Fun and Profit to hear more.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in x0

 

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ranked #4!

New note  — before the day was out z2 ended up #4 in political fiction, at least for awhile.  The next giveaway of z2 on kindle will be March 16 & 17.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in writing

 

a part of the whole

EinsteinI ended up quoting dear Albert a couple of times in my most recent book z2, but I just discovered the quote below and it has risen to one of my favorites of his.  It is so well suited to the theme of x0 that I had to post it here.  Thank you Mr. Einstein.

100_0075“A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in oneness

 

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Painting for Peace

I confess.  Every once in awhile I search for things I’ve posted about to see if my blog will show up. It’s a jolt of joy when it does. You know what is even better?  Having some other wonderful kindred site show up that you didn’t even know existed.

This happened the other day when I did a search on painting for peace.  My hero Lola is only half joking when she suggests that if the citizens of the whole world would hold each others children on their laps and paint their little smiling faces, war would be harder to wage. Her wish inspired the name of this blog, and now I often post about all kinds of painting for peace.

Click to visit I Wage Peace.org

Click to visit I Wage Peace.org

But the other day I found a site that is truly doing something about it. I Wage Peace.org has a project called “painting for peace” and you can read all about it here.  Basically it involves getting community members from diverse backgrounds to hand paint their own interstate peace billboard. The group itself is dedicated to peacemaking in the Middle East and has the inspiring slogan shown on the bumper sticker above.

There really are people out there painting for world peace. Really. What a jolt of joy!

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in art for peace

 

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