The World We Live In

Geez, It’s been a while since I posted here.  I am still working diligently on my next book.  I think it’s a good piece of work.  I also will be working on editing and setup for the third book in the Paladin’s way series this year.  And nope. I’m not gonna let any spoilers get away right now.  It’ll all be along, all in good time.

Next subject:

Seriously, I’m just another opinionated guy who probably overthinks almost everything but with that having been said, I am very much aware we live in a world that’s not my grandpa’s world.

Communication can be instant.  Gratification can be instant in many cases and it’s SO EASY to commit to a decision you might regret later.  I know whence I speak.  I have the original tee shirt for doing that very thing.

The following is taken from the US Embassy and Consulate in Morroco

Internet Romance and Marriage Fraud

Many Americans befriend Moroccans through Internet dating and social networking sites and these relationships often lead to marriage or engagement.  While many of the marriages between Americans and Moroccans are successful, the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca warns against marriage fraud.  It is not uncommon for foreign nationals to enter into marriages with Americans solely for immigration purposes.  Relationships developed via correspondence, particularly those begun on the Internet, are especially susceptible to manipulation.  Often, the marriages end in divorce in the United States when the foreign national acquires legal permanent residence (“green card”) or U.S. citizenship.  In some cases, the new American or permanent resident then remarries a wife he divorced before, around the same time as entering into a relationship with a sponsoring American citizen.

Some of the signs that an Internet contact may be developing a relationship with an American in order to obtain an immigrant visa through marriage are:

  • Declarations of love within days or weeks of the initial contact;
  • Proposals or discussions of marriage soon after initial contact;
  • Requests to the American to visit the foreign national’s home country soon after the declaration of love or proposal;
  • Responses to messages from the American friend are along the lines “I love you/Sorry I missed your call,” or similarly one-sided conversations;
  • Once engaged, married, or an immigrant visa petition is filed, suddenly starts missing scheduled appointments to chat or call.

While chat rooms, dating and social networking sites are great ways to make friends across international borders, the U.S. government urges Americans who meet foreign nationals on the Internet to take the time necessary to get to know them well before considering marriage and to keep in mind the signs noted above. Entering into a marriage contract for the principal purpose of facilitating immigration to the United States for an alien is against U.S. law and can result in serious penalties, including fines and imprisonment for the American citizen and the foreign national involved. (End Attachment)

I’m just tossing this information out there.  If even one person is helped by this information, good.  I hope I don’t offend by this post because that is certainly not my intent. Affairs of the heart are not something I claim to be wise about.  If you’re in love, well, good for ya.  This is just information. Nothing more. Do with it what you will.

Till next time, Peace

Lee

Divergence

roads” And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back”.

From The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost.

It’s a fearful and wondrous thing how our lives are sometimes nudged by events and the actions of others to put us here.  Take the day and believe in something good.  Give life a chance and let yourself be amazing.

It’s there around the turn.  Just waiting.

Be well,

Lee

On Being Broken

Some days we wake up and we’re just not sure of anything. That’s how it feels for me sometimes anyway.
Here’s something that sort of spells it out.  Maybe someone you know can relate.   I think it’s a beautiful song.

Enjoy.

The Longer I Run by Peter Bradley Adams 

Ramblings

So.  Here we go.  This is to be an unworthy attempt at explaining something.  Maybe writing to try to produce a novel.

struggleMaybe even better would be a wholesale attempt to peddle my stuff.  To shamelessly pander my little words.  For those who might wonder about the writing of a novel, There is hope.  For those thinking about a successful novel, maybe not so much.

Still best of luck to us all.

Welcome

Well, Here it is!  The big day of my first WordPress post.  Everything I’ve read so far indicates that the existence of an online presence is a must it you want to be a published author.

Panic

Problem is, I am not at all sure I want to be published.  There.  I said it.  Horror of horrors.  Seriously, I love to write.  Love to tell stories.  I just don’t know if I want to fool with all of the bullshit that goes into getting it published.  I seriously don’t know if it would be worth all the anxiety those damnable query letters generate.  I mean you have to sell yourself and that’s just plain hard.

Wait  a minute.  Let’s think about this.  Do you have to sell yourself?

Maybe not.  Maybe all you have to do is present your story in a way that shows why you liked the story enough to actually spend all that time writing it.  Hmmmm.  Maybe I could write a query letter and not try to be cute, hip, awesome, wiseassed, or self important.

Yeah.  I think I could do that.  My point is that it doesn’t have to be a bloodletting.  It needs to be an honest and straight-forward presentation that is succinct and yet revealing enough to give a true taste of the story.  That’s it.  Let it be about the story.  The author is completely secondary.

There now.  That makes it easier, don’t you think?

Keep on writing.  BIC.