Sunday, February 15, 2015

Religion: It’s Not What You Think It Is

Religion: It’s Not What You Think It Is

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog and I apologize, but as most of you know I’ve been busy promoting my latest book Whateverland and collecting reviews.
So far I have seven out of seven 5 star reviews. Most say it’s my best work to date.
I agree. So for those of you who would like to read a highly praised new novel and hopefully write a review when done, here’s the link:

Now on to the topic.

I’ve often wondered why so many people are pig-headed morons. When presented with documented facts on a certain topics that are contrary to what they believe, they often become agitated to the point of violence. They argue vehemently, although when it’s looked at logically, they haven’t a leg to stand on.

And I’m not talking about a belief in a deity, although that does have some applications, I’m referring to people’s Belief Systems.

Like religion, a Belief System is something a person has structured his or her entire life around. It’s their core beliefs, their foundation, it’s what they are and what they stand for.

And if you challenge those beliefs, even if you present undeniable proof that their beliefs are incorrect, they will fight you to the death because if you destroy that foundation, you, in effect, destroy them. Because they don’t view it as an informational upload, they view it as a personal attack.

For example let’s take President Obama. All over the internet and media are shrill voices screaming the Barack Obama is the worst president in our history and is destroying America.

The facts show the exact opposite. On January 20, 2009 the day President Obama took office the Dow Jones was 7949.09. On February 13, 2015 the Stock market closed at 17972.38 an increase a little over 10,000. Wall Street was on the verge of collapse when the President took office, now it is flourishing.

It took President Franklin Roosevelt nearly 13 years to pull us out of the Great Depression. President Obama took us out of the Great Recession in a little over 6 years.

The American Auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Today it thrives.

Banks were on the verge of failure. Today they are once again healthy.

We were actively engaged in two wars. Now the Arabs nations themselves are taking arms against the extremists.

Insurance companies were allowed to deny coverage to people with a pre-existing condition. Now they are not.

There are claims he’s letting illegal immigrant flood the country. Obama’s administration has deported more illegal aliens that his predecessor George W. Bush.

Clearly the facts indicate that President Obama is not the worst president. Statistically, he is better than most. Few presidents have been as effective when faced with so many serious challenges.

Yet there are those who will vehemently disagree.

Which brings us back to religion/belief systems. Some people have been taught since childhood to hate blacks, to believe they are inferior. They are furious that a poor black kid from a broken home was able to attend college and graduate with honors when their own kids can’t even get a minimum wage job. They view liberals as communists and traitors. They consider social programs anti-american.

Many of these people have worked physical labor jobs all their lives. They have done without and have never taken a government hand-out. They adamantly believe that every American should earn what they have and live within their means.

And that makes perfect sense.    

What doesn’t make sense is not questioning accusations against a sitting president. He is YOUR representative whether you like him or not. He is the only elected official we ALL get to vote for. Attacks against him are attacks against your choice for president. Had I been elected president and congressman Mitch McConnell said “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for (fill in my name) to be a one-term President.,” as he said about President Obama. I would have had him arrested for conspiring to overthrow the United States Government.

Claims that Obama is weakening our military are outright lies. We spend more money on our military than the next five countries COMBINED. We have spent nearly One TRILLION DOLLARS on the F-35 fighter jet alone and the damned thing can’t stay in the air.

They say Obama is blocking job creation by opposing the Keystone pipeline, but congress won’t approve measures to ensure it’s built with American steel, that the oil will remain in the U.S. or that pipeline spills won’t contaminate U.S drinking water.

So ask yourself, of the two which one is better serving your interests?

Want to know my belief system? It’s simple. I’m not a conservative. I’m not a liberal. I am an American and I will not stupidly chant U-S-A, U-S-A, and point fingers at those who disagree with me. What I will do is carefully review the facts, listen to both sides, then chose the path that will best benefit the majority of the American people. And if I have a to pay a couple extra bucks in taxes to make sure my neighbor doesn’t lose his house and savings because his job got outsourced and his child has leukemia, then I’ll pay it.

I sure as hell rather have that money spent on benefiting the needs of my fellow Americans then spending a trillion dollars on a fighter plane we don’t need, and can’t fly in order to defend us from an enemy that doesn’t exist.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Best Books

Best Books

I wrote seven fiction books before I wrote my first non-fiction novel. And the reason I wrote The Best Book on How to Write Publish and Market Your Novel into a Best Seller is because, like many of my fellow novelists, I lost my book deal shortly after the Great Recession hit in 2010 and my publisher ran into financial trouble.

I didn't think much of it at the time because the book Frostie the Deadman was selling well and I figured I wouldn't have any problem getting another publisher.

I was wrong. The writers strike had hit and all those striking writers took that time to write novels of their own, flooding the market.

Again no big deal, I decided I could make more money with my own publishing company, Ari publishing What I didn't take into account was that I didn't know a thing about the publishing business.


So I set out to learn all I could. And when I did I was startled at how different the publishing industry was from what I thought it was. So much so that I felt a need to inform all my fellow writers that getting a book deal required a hell of a lot more than simply writing a great book. And so The Best Book on How to Write Publish and Market Your Novel into a Best Seller was born.

But it didn't stop there. During my research I learned what I considered priceless information on how to recover when your life crashes and burns. So much so I created a website that caters to the needs of people who are recovering from emotional and physical difficulties. 

Then I wrote a book on how to survive a divorce, how to sell ANYTHING on the internet, how to make money online and what you REALLY NEED TO KNOW before you agree to marry someone.

And I was having a great time doing it! And I was making money, especially once I turned them into audiobooks. 

But the problem was that, at heart, I am a fiction writer and I really missed it.

So I decided to write book 5 of my Revolution in America series. But as I was preparing, two characters I had used in a few satirical articles in my blog, kept tugging at my sleeve demanding that I tell their story, not just bits and pieces of it.

Those characters were Gam'pa and Bosco O'Bama the Third.  To be honest, I had no idea what kind of story they had to tell. Most of my fiction novels are action/adventure, featuring men and women in facing danger and almost insurmountable odds. A book about a elderly retiree and a four-year-old boy clearly did not fit into that mold.

But they wouldn't let go, so I started writing a book where I had absolutely no idea how it was going to turn out or even what genre it would be in. And that book became Whateverland

At first, it appeared to be a comedy, there are some funny bits in the first chapters and I thought it would continue that way.

But then it turned with the arrival of two new characters, Gam'pa's daughters Anne and Eleanor. Their input brought a seriousness into the topic of caregiving to dementia patients, which led to the horror of dementia patients realizing the information their brains are giving them is not only wrong, but dangerous and self destructive. 

Then it occurred to me that just because a family member is ill doesn't erase all the other daily difficulties that challenge us all. And the more their individual stories came to light the more I felt for them. Gam'pa, Bosco, Anne, Eleanor and even the difficult Mrs. Tuttle became people I dearly cared for.

I think you will care for them too.

Whateverland is temporarally priced at 99 cents in the hope of attracting reviewers. Once aquired, the price of the e book will rise to $7.99 The soon to be released paperback will be priced at $12.99. The audiobook version should be released by March of this year.

Amazon gives readers the opportunity to read the first few chapters to see if a certain book is tailored for them. You can get a taste of Whateverland by clicking on the TRY IT FREE link on the lower right of the page to download a sample