The Nose Lady

There were approximately twenty empty chairs in the room on March 10, 2020 when she sat down. A senior citizen waited at a semi-metropolitan hospital, in a large rectangular almost empty room, behind the privacy barrier, for her husband to check in for his same-day surgery.

The woman observing and listening tried to think of anything other than his surgery. Surprising easily done because a gigantic TV screen, hanging on the wall in front of her, was broadcasting The Today Show, out of New York. There were four newscasters, one was Maria Shiver. They were discussing the Coronavirus. Only the virus.

Suddenly a couple walks in and they sat three and four seats from her, respectively. Not across the room, like she would have. But, within spitting distance.

Out of her right-side vision she saw the woman take her left index finger and plunge it into her left nostril. This is when the wife turned her head in disbelief. Only to see that she had great peripheral vision. Damn.

Oh my God, she was raised in a barn, the observer was thinking as she turns her whole body to her left. Still able to see the TV, but thankfully, not the nose digger. Once again, she focused her attention back to the Coronavirus discussion. “After the break, we will get the latest information on the virus from Dr…”

She never would have believed that the Coronavirus could usurp the fear she had of losing her husband. But it did for a three-minute period.

And then came the sneeze. Yes, the nose digger sneezed.

The listener became the watcher again; she couldn’t help herself; she turned her body back toward the nose lady. Do you think she sneezed into a tissue or her elbow? Hell no.


Fear hit her. Fear for him. Fear of losing him.

The watcher moved as far as possible from the nose lady without exiting the waiting room. She listened to the newscasters that she could no longer see. They no longer usurp her fear, either. That was taken from her with just a…

And she listened to the woman laugh at her for moving after she sneezed. “What?” said the husband.

The wife whispered something to him and then they both laughed.

Raised in a barn.

I’d like to say this isn’t a true story or that I wasn’t the watcher, listener and recipient of  *“…droplets — as many as 40,000 — some of which rocket out at speeds greater than 200 miles per hour”  from an adult who was too rude to comprehend, in a civilized society.


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Marketing Company

When is it time to find a marketing company for yourself and your books? I don’t know, but I think I might be there.

I have a BS in Business with emphasis in Information Systems so I think I have a better than average social media presence. I have websites, Facebook sites, YouTube accounts, a twitter account and…

However, maybe I’m not doing the right thing or enough of the right thing. Regardless, I’m tired of guessing.

Now where do I go?

I’m going to start by reading some articles on marketing authors. Here’s some of the first articles I’m going to read:

Penny Sansevier

Penny Sansevieri 

Lynn McGinnis, Book Marketing Coach

Then, I’m going to check in with SCORE (Business Mentors) San Luis Obispo.

If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.

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Tech Guy on YouTube

I’ve been trying to change the footers on all my sites, for some time. I managed to put what I wanted on the footer, but I was having problems with having them link where I wanted. This is something that was very easy to me a couple of years ago, but something changed in the code.

Well, I watched this Tech Guy on YouTube. It was so easy to achieve what I wanted after I watched his tutorial.  

I linked his YouTube home site above in green.

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Next Book Projects

I’m working on three projects at the same time. I think it will be easier to do several books at once since they are all fairly far along in the process. Also, I tend to forget how to do something if it’s been a long time since I’ve done it.

I still have the following to do:

Working with cover artist on new design or finalizing a design

Final arrangement of the interior

Ordering proof copies

Getting several editors to review book

When all of the above has been completed, then I will:

Put the books on Amazon and Kindle

The upcoming books are This ‘n’ That Poetry, Meow Poetry and a book on blogging ideas which I haven’t decided on a name for it, yet.



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I just got back from a much-needed vacation.

I visited my sister and her family and then I flew down to John Wayne airport, rented a car and headed for a hotel near Disneyland.

My dear writer and artist friend, CB Taylor (Mousewords) met me there and we spent the next three days enjoying Disneyland, visiting another friend, Jim Leonard, and travelling home via the train.

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