Kitsap ePublishing Marketing Help Group – Podcast – Norma Hoem

Roping the Wind by Norma Hoem

I’ve been incredibly busy with two jobs this summer, so interviews were kind of on the backburner. However, tonight, I bit the bullet and finished Norma’s interview, which is LOOONG overdue, as you can see I interviewed her in May.

Whew! This year is flying by!

Norma is the author of a western romance. Her story of how she came to start writing is inspiring for me.

Her book can be found on either Amazon or at the Kitsap Publishing website:

May 10, 2016 Podcast – Norma Hoem from Aiona Byuwek on Vimeo.

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Tacoma Screenwriters Meeting May 15, 2016

I initially started this weblog to help other writers with their creations.
So, here I’m posting an announcement for a meeting in Tacoma for screenwriters in the area.
Table reads can be really helpful. That’s what this meeting is about.
Getting actors to read your script so you can find out what works and what doesn’t.

If you’re interested in attending, please bring about 6 copies of an excerpt of your script. Please limit it to 6-8 pages.

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Kitsap ePublishing/Marketing Group – Podcast #2

The Marketing group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in East Bremerton. Last Wednesday, I got a chance to practice using lav mics (I forgot ROOM TONE AGAIN!) and interview fellow author Marshall Miller at the same time!

Here’s our latest podcast:

Podcast #2 – Marshall Miller April 6, 2016

Among several other Kitsap County authors, Marshall will be talking at the Port Orchard Library Local Authors Book Fair today (Saturday) from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Parking is free.
Water taxi from Bremerton is $2.

Water is a way of life here

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Kitsap ePublishing/Marketing MeetUp Group – Podcast 1

Coming from the boonies of West Texas, I really wanted to find writers who were on the same journey as I was.

So when we moved here, I discovered a Women Writers MeetUp Group on the other side of the Sound. I was disheartened by their description: We welcome serious writers only. No romance writers.

Hrmph. Okay.

But on my side of the Sound, the Sylvan Way branch of the Kitsap Public Library was hosting a presentation by an author who had successfully marketed (as in enough to survive on, people), his own book as well as his wife’s photography books (which are really data-heavy, thus difficult to make a profit on).

It was there I met Matt Ryan. 🙂 He invited me to this group that meets on Saturdays in Silverdale. And, surprise! They welcomed me with open arms… even when I said the R-word!

Anyway, this weekend, I was going to interview some of the authors who are attending Port Orchard’s Library Local Authors Book Fair on April 16th. But, here’s a secret. Most authors do not want to be filmed. MYSELF INCLUDED. Who would have thought! So instead, I interviewed RJ Bauer, who is one of my favorite critique partners in this wicked process of editing, and thus Kitsap ePublishing has its first podcast.*

Podcast 1 – RJ Bauer – April 2, 2016 from Café Noir, Silverdale, WA

*I’ll post a transcript after Tax Day. Pinky promise!

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So Easy, Why Didn’t I…?

So, the last two days I’ve spent learning a bit about Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. I have to thank several people. First of all, Nate Cole (one of the Tacoma Filmmakers) who made it look so freakin’ easy! And it is! And Matt Esteron, Dave Patterson, and Cherise Snow for the same. And my husband, for being amenable to getting a new computer with enough RAM to speed things up considerably.

I’m quite happy with Premiere Pro. It’s very similar to other simpler video-editing tools. And After Effects really does make playing with fire fun. And I’m not a pyromaniac, even. I credit Matt Esteron and Grant Pierce Leister and Ben Slavens for showing me how easy it is to play with fire.

Hopefully my re-edit of my latest short will be finished soon. I’m hoping to finesse my fire skills a bit before releasing it.

I really appreciate the people who’ve helped me achieve so much in filmmaking and screenwriting this year. Without their friendship and support, I would not have created so many wonderful films this year.

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What No One Else Will

“Follow your heart. Yeah, it leads you into some really dumb situations that hurt like hell. But it hurts more to not follow it. Somehow, although he may not always believe it, my husband’s words are true. The universe will reveal itself in time. Stick up for the little guy. Help the sick. The downtrodden. Love your family, because they love you. Do the things that no one else will do, because they are things that need to be done. Why? Because my heart tells me to.”

Two cute kids in happier times

The Minstrel Boy to the war has gone
In the ranks of death you will find him
His father’s sword he has girded on
And his wild harp slung behind him
“Land of song,” said the warrior bard,
“Though all the world betray thee
One sword at least thy rights shall guard
One faithful harp shall praise thee.”

Thomas Moore

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What’s in a Story?

One of my most favorite movies of all time is a movie that most people haven’t seen or even heard of. However, if you’re from the San Antonio area, you might have.

Mission San Jose, May 2005

It’s a movie with Brendan Fraser and Joanna Going.

My favorite scene in the movie is the Story of the Rose Window.

In this one little story, the protagonist shares his whole belief system. And it’s something I identify strongly with.

La Ventana de Rosa, May 2005

The story, as Brendan Fraser’s character tells it, is that of a young man who fell in love with a beautiful woman. However, before they could be married, she fell ill and died. After her death, the young man spent many years carving this window for her.

She was dead and gone, and yet he still felt the need to honor her. Because, those we care about still live on in our hearts.

Justice Angel is about an Asian woman raised by New York monks, who becomes a household name by fighting for justice.

Tiffany Dang’s character in her comic series is much the same as the young man in the story of the Rose Window. Her parents died in a tragic robbery shooting. And she spends the rest of her life vowing to honor them by enacting justice against those who seek to harm the innocent.

Life is always what we make of it. I enjoy movies and books that show someone inspired to create beauty and goodness in the world.

If you can, this Halloween, please spare some time to visit Tiffany Dang’s site, and help her add more beauty and goodness to the world.

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Ships Passing in the Night

I‘m always amazed at the people who touch my life. Random acts of kindness. A word. Or even a dream. For every person I’ve met, there is a lesson I have learned.

In the hospital, we see many ships passing. Some pass through. Some end their journey here. We just treat them for a while, but sometimes we get to know them. What they want to do with their lives. What their biggest hopes are. My job is to help them achieve their goals.

Sometimes we fail.

My patients teach me many things. I think the biggest thing they teach me is that nothing is as important as using your life to the fullest. When you’re tired and bed-bound, too weak to lift your hands, too sick to see, too tired to breathe, nothing matters as much as what you’ve done with what you once had. Your body’s just a shell, and what you’ve left behind lives forever. All the people whose minds you touch carry a little piece of you still living. I carry a number of my patients in my mind, and a number of my friends and relatives as well.

So when they disconnect a respirator, and everyone holds their breath, it becomes the dead who helps them breathe again.

“I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore,
there be any kindness I can show,
Or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
Let me do it now,
as I shall not pass this way again.”
— Stephen Grellet

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To Swear or Not to Swear

My husband swears a lot. So do I. It wasn’t always that way for me. I used to live in a very rural part of the U.S. where it was unheard of to hear a child cursing or swearing. Then we moved to California when I was 16. *EVERYONE* at school used words I’d never even heard of. As one of my boyfriends said, “You can learn 20 new words for ‘pussy.'”

Two years at that public school, and I came out swearing like a sailor. Old habits are hard to break.

So anyway, around the time when our oldest kiddo was 3 years old, I was sitting next to him and watching him play when he became frustrated about something. And while he was trying to fix it, I heard him sigh and say, “G** D*****T!” I blinked. It happened a bunch more times in the following weeks, and husband was around to hear those too. We both looked at each other and sighed.

I know I’ve said that a couple of times. But not very often. My husband does say it far more frequently, usually while ranting at an incompetent driver.

Anyway, that was about two years ago. We’ve been more careful lately, and so far, it seems to have disappeared from his lexicon.

The other night, we were in the living room, and something frustrated my husband. I can’t remember what it was now. And he let a cuss word slip. I reminded him to be wary of his speech. Husband retorted, “He’s gonna hear them eventually anyway. Are you going to shelter him for the rest of his life? Are you going to ban him from using those words ever?”

I said, “I know he’s going to hear them eventually. However, I really want him to learn other words before he learns those.”

We at least came to an agreement that some cuss words can be very useful for emphasis. However, we agreed that it is far better to acquire the ability to discuss things without them first, and then learn to insert them where they will have the most impact.

Aw hell! Even my husband and I are still learning that last part.

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One of the things I miss so terribly about Texas is the night skies. I used to wonder why my friends from Texas were so knowledgeable about constellations. I hadn’t seen a constellation in its entirety until I was about 12, and it was in West Texas. Someone said, “There’s the Big Dipper.” And I looked up, and whoa…. there it was. Like in a book.

Coming from the foggy Appalachians, there really wasn’t an opportunity to see them. If there weren’t clouds, there were tons of trees in the way, and mountains too.

But that’s okay, because those mountains were my home. The rushing rivers and the gorgeous autumn colors. I loved the smell of the trees, and I wandered in the woods. It was not important to me to be able to navigate by the stars. I knew the trails and the roads.

Here in Seattle though there are still hopeful stargazers. And this last summer was incredibly sunny and clear, but I’m told that was because we are undergoing a drought.

If you live in the Seattle area, you may want to check out the free stargazing parties that the Seattle Astronomical Society holds every month at Green Lake Park.

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