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April 4, 2022

Ukraine

I wish there were more I could do to help the horrendously suffering Ukrainians besides contributing money. I have written to the White House offering my home to house a Ukrainian family. Even that seems paltry in the face of this atrocity.

Never has there been a clearer example of naked imperialist aggression. For those of you who consider the United States an imperialist power, THIS IS WHAT TRUE IMPERIALISM LOOKS LIKE!

It is as definite an act of barbarism as we have seen since WWII. May God and all of us come to Ukraine's aid.
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Published on April 04, 2022 14:21

February 13, 2022

Review of Newest Novel

Jan Notzon - Only The Dead (Know the End of War) 5 Stars
Magnificent read!!!
What a powerful and realistic story in Only The Dead (Know the End of War) by Jan Notzon. This is the second book of this author that I have read, and I have just become a fan. I want to read more from Notzon.

The characters were historically correct, and very real, and full of depth. This is a time and place that many might not really know about, and this book, though it was a story, it taught me a lot. I love it when I can read something I am enjoying and also learn from it. It's a two for one for me.

Anyway, this story brings the reader back to the early 19th century, when Texas and Mexico both had republics, and seems to be fighting for a separation, as well as survival. Not just of their lives, but their own culture, and against a system that could make or break the expansion of the United States, such that it was.

It was both a heart breaking, and emotionally charged story, with perspectives on all sides of the power, and the entrance of a brutal war. This book deserves a second read! (and maybe more). It is a very well-written plot, and I enjoyed it.

It’s one of those embraceable stories. It’s definitely un-put-downable! I read the book as slow as I could, and then I went back to my notes, and the page I marked, spoke to me, so here is something that I feel shows one of the layers of the story. "Of course, we did it in our own self-interests, but in doing so, we've created wealth that has been invested and spawned other concerns that likewise have provided employment and hope to so many - even those who perennially excluded from such opportunities. And now, because of the accident of our birth, and simple envy, the country will destroy such promise ..."

Masterfully written! Only The Dead (Know the End of War) is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I look forward to reading many more books by this author.
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Published on February 13, 2022 12:45

January 25, 2022

Editor's Endorsement

My new novel, "ONLY THE DEAD (Know the End of War)" is now available on Amazon.

I'd just like to share what the person who edited the novel said when she had finished it:

Commented [IDJ13]: Wow. I am bereft of words to describe the feelings I have on finishing this book. Perhaps the tears that started to fall as I read these final words say it all.

This is masterful, epic tale, evocatively and beautifully written. Thank you. I feel honored to have been your editor (although you left very little to be edited – rarely have I been a assigned a book so eloquently written.) - IDJ
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Published on January 25, 2022 13:22

January 18, 2022

Theism

I recently watched an interview with Stephen Meyer by Peter Robinson of "Uncommon Knowledge". I find the interviews by Robinson to be the most stimulating I have encountered.

This one concerned Meyer's book "The Return of the God Hypothesis", positing that all the evidence from the biological, physical and cosmological disciplines point to the conclusion of Intelligent Design.

Meyer is a scientific historian, I believe, and so incredibly articulate without being overly abstruse. And he is so warm and engaging: he presents his theses not to salve his own ego but in such a...what's the word I want..."sharing" way.

I have read Hugh Ross's book, "The Fingerprint of God" which deals with the same idea.

So, I ordered Meyer's book. I just hope he's a intelligible a writer as he is a speaker.
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Published on January 18, 2022 13:55

October 24, 2021

Grateful

I recently had to put my eleven-year-old dog down due to kidney failure. I was quite taken aback by the acuteness of my grief. It was anything but sudden; I knew for months that the end was coming. Despite that, I actually howled in pain, all the time thinking to myself, "Jan, this is too much. It's way over the top!"

But I could not stop myself.

I wonder what it says about me that I've experienced the death of father, mother, sister and brother and never really felt great loss. I did feel a sharp pang of rootlessness when we sold our ancestral home.

But for the two dogs I've had in my life, their deaths were a journey through hell. I notice that when I walk on a greenway or in a park that I have a great urge to meet every dog I see but pay little attention to the people with them.

I wonder if this is unhealthy. I have come only lately to the realization of the critical importance of friends and family. On Sheba's death, I immediately went to my cousin Sylvia's in Georgia with their five dogs and one cat. The solace I there received pulled me out of the searing pain.

Thank you Sylvia, Kirby, Steve and Rachelle. And thank you Andrea and Mark for your kind regrets.
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Published on October 24, 2021 14:07

September 29, 2021

Scams

Boy, the scams keep coming and coming. One from a "Marty Smith" of "New Age Literary Agency" who "only" wanted $2,000.00 to submit my novel to a reader who would evaluate the work for film production.

I had a lawyer friend call them. The result: They were supposedly constituted in the early part of the century but only active in 2021, have never had one book made into a film.

Then I got a call, supposedly from Harper Collins UK offering to take over publishing rights for one of my books. I'd "only" have to pay the lawyer's fee. How much? Oh, between 5 and 6 thousand, dependi... Click.

I'd like to post this on The Authors' Group to warn my fellow authors, but can't figure out how to do it.
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Published on September 29, 2021 13:38

September 22, 2021

Editor's comment

This is what the copy editor of my new novel said when she finished it.

ommented [IDJ13]: Wow. I am bereft of words to describe the feelings I have on finishing this book. Perhaps the tears that started to fall as I read these final words say it all.
This is masterful, epic tale, evocatively and beautifully written. Thank you. I feel honored to have been your editor (although you left very little to be edited – rarely have I been a assigned a book so eloquently written.) - IDJ

From her lips to God's (and my agent's) ears.
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Published on September 22, 2021 14:32

August 19, 2021

Title 2

I would ask my goodreads friends once again to look at a short list of possible titles for my next novel. I'm having the deuce of a time trying to decide. I'm looking for one that might catch the eye and entice a potential reader. These are what I've got so far:

And The West Wind Moaned

Those Who Cannot Create

Culture Wars

A Question of Culture

Liberty and Servitude

The Creators

The Creative Destroyers

"I Shall Not Live Forever"

"But I Shall Not Live Forever"

Thank you all so much for your suggestions.

Jan
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Published on August 19, 2021 13:25

August 5, 2021

Title

I'm coming up on the home stretch of my sixth novel. Like with "Song for the Forsaken", I'm having a dialog with myself about the title I'm going to give it.

It follows the lives of two families in 19th century Mexico--or New Spain as it was called then--and one in Texas around the time it went from being a province of Mexico to an independent state, and then a member of the United States.

I'm trying to tell the story, through the eyes of these people, of the formation of an independent Mexico and explore the possible reasons its province of Texas was lost.

It is a continuation of my last novel, "Suffer Not The Mole People", as the matriarch of the Kaczmarek family comes to marry a Texas rancher.

I initially was going to call it "Those Who Cannot Create", which works just fine thematically, but I don't feel would grip the potential reader.

I'm also entertaining an alternative of "And The West Wind Moaned" or "And The West Wind Howled" or maybe just "And The West Wind" thinking that leaving it without the conclusion might make the prospective reader curious.

I'm still looking at other possibilities but would appreciate any feedback my friends on Goodreads might have.

Thanks.
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Published on August 05, 2021 13:31

July 11, 2021

Complaint from an Old Fogey

Ah, to be a millenial and know well the secrets of computer technology!

I find that I miss quite a few contests and submission requests because of my Neanderthal computer skills.

Everything has to be in PDF, and all excerpts have to be copied and pasted in PDF. Now, I can easily copy and paste in Word, but PDF just baffles me.

Other people are kind enough to do it for me but then I have to do it myself when the time comes to enter it in the submission request.

I'm sure any millenial will laugh at this post and at me and with good reason. I'm sure it's quite simple for many. But I've been online with Adobe geeks and still cannot do it. In fact, one of their geeks took almost an hour to copy and paste one short passage.

Ah well, some things are just not meant to be, I suppose. But I do wonder: if it's so easy in Word, why is it so complicated in PDF?
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Published on July 11, 2021 11:34