Back to Work…Summer Almost Over

I have had a reasonably successful summer either selling my Prodigal Band Trilogy   books or having many downloads of my FREE PDF e-book The Prodigal Band.

And I have had decent success with simply views of the various pages on the OmegaBooks  site in general as well as this OmegaBooks blog which I have not updated in a while. But I have been busy.

I am working on a “spin-off” novel featuring a minor character in my trilogy books, a fan of the ‘prodigal band’, called Bobby, born in Texas, living in California near the Bay Area in the fictitious city of Richmont. I have also been ‘beta-reading,’ so to speak, a work by a Christian author who has published books in the past as well. And keeping up with the latest news, political, spiritual, cultural, psychological, etc. And NFL season is almost upon us…I may get back to watching football again what with the anthem protest stuff pretty much secondary–if players want to protest it is their right, but just don’t insult your fans like a few players did last year (for instance: insulting your Cuban-American fans by supporting a man who wore a Castro t-shirt before his team played Miami in 2016 is kinda dumb, I’d say. Freedom of speech is cool–insulting your fans isn’t!)

It also pains me to report that WordPress banned a news site I really liked, Fellowship of the Minds, yesterday, for “violating terms of service.” I have no idea what terms of service this site violated because this site did not promote hate or violence, which would violate the terms of service. Nor did WordPress tell the holders of the site which term of service they violated. It is known that they did report on the Facebook etc. banning of InfoWars Alex Jones. Is that what got them banned? Because my non-book-oriented blog  here also reported on this in three posts on three consecutive days. Will this blog also be banned? Folks, in the USA we have what’s called the Bill of Rights, the first article of which relates to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, among others. Maybe this site did in fact violate the terms of service; I do not know how. But either they did, or WordPress is just following the lead of the other tech giants. A company called Automatic owns WordPress, and I have no idea who owns Automatic. I do know one thing: Fellowship of the Minds was run by a true Christian who called himself Dr. Eowyn. I do hope religious persecution was not the cause in this case. And they weren’t even Trump supporters!

In the next post I hope to explain more about my books characters and the why of them.

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This site is now the OmegaBooks WordPress Blog site

After about a month of trying to get BlueHost to give me back my domain “omegabooks.com” and (using ICANN and Whois as excuses for not doing so!) failing to get the domain “omegabooks.com” back, WordPress handed me a “reprieve” of sorts by letting me set up a new domain, omegabooksnet.com from where one can download the FREE PDF e-book, The Prodigal Band, as well as (soon) purchase the printed books published in the 1990s, Battle of the Band and The Prophesied Band. For the last three weeks I have been getting the site prepared for this adventure in Independent Publishing and marketing. Today, April 30, 2018, I was able to get the site presentable, and also get The Prodigal Band registered with the Library of Congress ($55 fee).

Since omegabooksnet.com is now the official OmegaBooks site, this WordPress blog site will be the BLOG for omegabooksnet.com where I will discuss how and why I began the book series in the 90s, the creation of the characters and scenarios and such. Since I have deleted the “blog” and “book” pages previously at the top of the page in the “menu,” I am re-posting the original “blog” article, below.

Chapters of Three Books will be added soon.

UPDATE: The “chapters” will be added to the Battle of the Band page on omegabooksnet.com, The Prophesied Band page on omegabooksnet.com, and the The Prodigal Band FREE PDF page of omegabooksnet.com, and in fact, the Prologue has already been added to that page!

Chapters, or rather, parts or sections of chapters, will be posted in the “Book” menu section soon, and here at the “Blog” I will discuss what was posted and why I posted what I posted. If one is a certain spiritual bent some of the words posted might offend. Sorry. But anyone who believes a writer can’t develop a character’s way of speaking or way of living in order to prove a point later has likely never tried writing a book let alone develop book characters.

Notice (if you have read the home front page) the use of the word “Band.” Gee, guess what kind of “band” I am talking about? Growing up in the 1960s? Now, what kind of bands predominated in the 1960s…and the 70s and the 80s and the 90s and the 2000s?

Rock and roll bands? Yep. (Note–I am white. If I was black they might be rap groups or “soul” groups or Michael Jackson-types)

Meaning, guess what the main characters are? Rock stars. Yep, sex, drugs and rock and roll, with some cussing thrown in (BTW, I almost never cuss, and do not use the “f” word…my characters do. Sorry.) But when I was growing up, the one thing I had in common with boys and girls of my generation–I grew up on Long Island, not some far west Texas ranch run by a fundamentalist Christian family where girls always wore dresses or skirts and boys always wore button-down long sleeve shirts and jeans or nicer pants for church led by a fundamentalist preacher–well, the one thing I had in common was love of rock bands and music (really, that was the one thing that kept me from being “D-list” in high school…I actually made it to “B-list” by my junior year! And I even tried out for a couple of local rock bands–they were all over the place! I will discuss that at some point). So, about the only way I “conformed” to kids my age was listening to rock music and discussing or seeing various rock groups (I never did see the Beatles except on TV. Oh well.) So, there I was a writer of fiction from the time I was 8 or 9…seriously.

Now I could have written about just average teenagers. But I wanted characters a bit more exciting and “push the envelope” than just young folks like me. So I developed the characters I developed and, over time, they became rock stars. (Keep in mind, I was pretty good at electric guitar and could sing at the time. Meaning, I wanted to be a rock star though I am female and there weren’t very many female rock stars then.) Since I never did become one, I figured, well, if I didn’t become one, maybe I could write about one? Or a band that (fictionally) made it big?

So, there I was in the mid-1990s when an extraordinary experience happened to me in the mountains and deserts of far west Texas, where I am now.

More later.