Winter Is Approaching

The air is cold, the trees are naked, people run around and sneeze

the ground is hard, the leaves are fallen, the wind howls worse than just a breeze.

After autumn coolness, wet streets common. skies a leaden gray they are

We feel the fourth season fast approaching, winter isn’t anymore that far.

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The only thing we are awaiting, is the white, we want it swift,

soft white flakes that cover brown ground, a blanket, like a gift.

Some time far away, in past and future, spring was and will be, that we know

but at this moment what we wish for, is our long awaited snow.

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Christmas time is around the corner, we’re looking forward to the Holiday,

but part of it is winter snow in which we all just love the play.

Please, clouds, give us the snowflakes we’re long already waiting for

allow the clouds to cover nature, ground, and plants, and so much more.

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Nature, it will go to sleep, during winter, the cold and freezing time

while snow will cover, all year’s leftovers, the dirt, the wet and also grime.

In spring the world will be awaking, prepared to grow to play and toy

but when there’s snow in winter, there’s no reason, why we cannot enjoy.

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Enjoy the cold and play the snow, go to sled, to ski, go skate the ice,

accept the moment, be yourself, winter will be over in just a trice.

Live in the here and in the present, build a snowman on your lawn

In a handful moments you’ll think back and today’s winter will be gone.

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(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, December 2017)

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How To Use LinkedIn ProFinder

I am getting ready. Step by slow step I’m getting ready to be published. (And please, remember the word ‘slowly.’)

I have a cover for the first book, even though it’s still not completely edited. But I hope that will soon be done too. Now I know I need help for the next step. After not getting along anymore with my once hired copyright lawyer, I decided to pick a new, trustworthy copyright lawyer who can help me with his knowledge. Easier said than done. Where do I find one? And believe me, I didn’t feel like going through the phone book.

That was when I remembered that I have one of the worldwide most used professional networks available. I was sure it could help me… And it was so easy!

First I used the ‘search’ function on LinkedIn and entered “Copyright lawyer”:

 

LinkedIn showed me two lawyers AND on top, the hint to ProFinder with the button “Get free proposals”. I wasn’t happy with neither one of the shown lawyers and decided to click the ‘free proposals’-button.

 

It took me right to


 

Of course I had to answer a few questions, which I did:

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At the very end, all I had to do was clicking the “Get free proposals” and wait. It didn’t take too long I got a reply from a copyright lawyer in my neighborhood who I contacted back. We chatted, then talked for a bit on the phone – and I’ll visit him soon to complete the documents and agreement between lawyer and client.

I got what I needed. And I’m sure I’ll be using ProFinder again. It’s very easy.

 

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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Christmas time, starting the last month of the year

we should think of loved ones, close to us and dear.

We’re supposed to be reflecting our life and heart

and should be planning to be together rather than apart.

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We should be thinking of what time of the year we’re in

how we acted and behaved, what kind of person we have been.

We should be thinking of the ones who don’t have what we all do

should be trying to support and be helpful, honest and true.

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And still we don’t, we’re stressing over things like a gift

everything needs to be done, fast and quick and swift.

But isn’t time more precious to the ones we love?

More important is, that’s what I think, a prayer to above.

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What is the day we celebrate December twenty-fifth,

The birth of a man who truly lived and still ain’t  more than myth.

It seems we keep forgetting the bells that day will chime

the end of this wonderful, divine and reflective time.

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It’s Christmas time, smiles and laughter, a good word, a song

should be in our heart, in our soul soft and still strong.

Enjoy the time, reflect your thoughts on that what’s real and true

inside yourself, be the best you are and you can be, simply, just be you.

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(Copyright: Aurora Jean Alexander, December 2017)

 

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“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
— Bing Crosby —

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Once again, it’s Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017, a day to be grateful for many things, probably too many to count. But I’ll try it anyway:

 

What I’m thankful for today:

My health, a bit in my bank account, the bestestest sister on Earth, Good Friends, my Californian Mom, my Freedom, , the chance to travel, my kitties and the opportunity to have them…

A roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food on the table and coffee in the morning…

My ability to think, to learn from mistakes, my education, having a home, the talent to write, my humor, my safety, the chance to expand my life and move…

My car, sunshine, birds, clean water, my cell phone, books, the chance to go to the doctor when needed, holidays, time, work, entertainment, warm clothes, music…

Flowers, rainbows and tears, snow, all my working senses (yes, including the common sense), my mind, my memory…

Hugs, touches and the sensitivity to cry…

… and of course: life.

 

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I am very grateful for having you, followers, friends and readers of my blog, to make my writing adventure such a wonderful one! Thank you for visiting ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ regularly. Thank you for commenting, for liking, for following and for sharing this path with me!

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Now I wish you and your loved ones:

 

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3rd Halloween Poem Contest – And The Winners Are…

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The jury has decided!

Today I’m writing representing the Jury of the 3rd Halloween Poem Contest 2017.

The winners of the contest are:

Chris Graham with “The first Halloween”
Martha Sullivan with “Bless wise old women”
Eva D. R. Force with “Halloween Offerings”

(The winners are listed in order of their submissions)

Thank you so much for your amazing poems, winners! You will get an email today.

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Our three winners of the contest can choose one of the offered e-books.

 

  1. E-Book of either “Three For All” OR “Four One Night” written by Kitt Crescendo
  2. E-book of either one of the three “My Gentle War,“ “The Catalyst,“ OR “Where Angels And Devils Tread,“ written by Joy Lennick
  3. E-book of “The Dark Side Of A Promise,“ written by Allan F. Hudson

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

It was a difficult decision for the jury. But we had a lot of fun and wanted to thank all poets for their wonderful poems.

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Thank you, Kitt Crescendo and Joy Lennick for their jury work and offering one of their books to the winners – and of course to Allan F. Hudson who offered his book to pick from as well. I appreciate your help and support!

 

My Writing Progress – 4

In my last ‘Writing Progress’ post, I wrote about finishing the draft of my second book in the series which I just had drafted by then. In the meantime, I had typed it in, edited it and sent it to my editor. It, in fact, turned out to be a novel, not a novella, like the other two books, number one and three in the series.

Shortly before I went on vacation, I had finished drafting the fourth book in the series. I posted this in my newsletter, and I’m still very proud of it.

I took the fifth and sixth book of the series with me on vacation. I had started both but wasn’t too far yet. But my friend’s backyard and pool were extremely calming and relaxing and tickled my fantasy. It’s November, and even though I’m not a participant in the NaNoWriMo, I still finished the fifth book of the series and continued the sixth one.

I’m very surprised, but then I shouldn’t be. I love writing this series and create these characters in each book and meet the existing ones again is such an adventure for me.

I hope very much you will meet some of them soon.

At this point, I do feel a bit worried about my editor being ‘overflowed’ with my manuscripts. And I have to type in two more novellas as quickly as possible.

Wish me luck.

 

 

 

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The Joy And Burden Of Traveling

I’m back… I know, besides the submitted poems on the Halloween contest, you haven’t heard from me much during the past couple weeks. I have been traveling. My stay in California was a dream come true, once again! Everything went smoothly and as planned. I met friends, writers, nice people, a cute cop I’ve never seen before and had a few meetings. And of course I was writing – and writing – and writing!

The trip to my destination and back this time was a dream too – but more a nightmare.

 

Booking my flight on my miles:

For years now I am collecting miles with two different airlines: American Airlines and United. So far so good.

Now: Airlines don’t like it too much when you don’t upgrade your miles but use them demanding a full round trip. Usually, outside vacation time (summer and holidays), there’s barely more than one seat available for people who don’t want to pay their trip (like me). That means in clear words: You cannot pick your trip and the flights – you have to grab what they offer.

This time to me this meant: changing the plane twice on my way to California, running like an Olympic sprinter through JFK and enjoying a layover on the way back. What an adventure! In particular when you see four different airports on one trip, and you’re treated like a terrorist on two of them.

 

Security:

Before I boarded the first plane, I was taken out, almost secretly, by a security guard at the gate. They hid me behind a few privacy shields and started to ‘take apart’ my purse and carry on. I usually don’t pack a full mini-suitcase as a carry-on. After all, I’m traveling to a place where I can buy what I need in case my suitcase gets lost. But I got a few necessary things with me. They opened it all up, removed things, stuffed them back in and scanned everything with some device that is supposed to display traces of explosives.

I wasn’t particularly scared since I don’t keep explosives in my fridge on a regular basis… (and yes, this does sound a bit sarcastic). From what I hear one can mix vinegar and baking powder, and it explodes… but let’s be serious here: This is a security step I accept, understand and serves my safety as much as everyone else’s on this plane.

Just when they called some woman who brushed my hair with gloved hands, I got slight problems. I have an aversion to being touched by someone I don’t know. I accept it is somewhat necessary at times, but this was not one of them. Well, after that I was ready for boarding.

The first flight was okay, so was the second. Okay – but not more. But I’ll get to that later since it has to do with the state of the aircrafts itself.

After that second flight, I was sitting and walking around for a bit. Then the airline employees started the boarding. I was in one of the two last groups to board when the boarding pass I held alarmed… They took me out and shoved me towards the security gate where they ran the next ‘terrorist’ scan… As I said, usually I don’t mind. It’s for every traveler’s benefit – what stressed me out was the freaking lousy timing!! We are talking about a full scan of me and my bags, barely 10 minutes before the door closed, even though I had been waiting for over 2 hours at the gate before!

I’m normally a quite cool headed person and not easy to annoy or stress… but this time it hit me. I had been planning this trip for months, and now I was about to miss my flight, even though I had done everything right.

The security personnel was nice and hurried up; an airline employee waited with my boarding pass, and we all were in a rush. At the end, of course, it was clear I wasn’t carrying any explosives and never had, and we ran back to the gate. About thirty steps away from the door I started hyperventilating… they, in fact, had waited… the employees were talking like crazy by radio and when they saw I was about to collapse they ran towards us… one grabbed my bags, the other two half shoved and half carried me towards the plane. By the time I stumbled through the door two third of the plane could hear my rattling breath and I felt dizzy – and pissed.

I have to say I was treated nicely during the flight and finally calmed down again… I was on my way to California. Still, a terrorist scan on me – twice?? I secretly eyed the other passengers during the flight – and there were a few I would have considered by far more suspicious than me! Random – my ass.

 

Trip back:

I normally pack very deliberately. But this time I figure my common sense was already on vacation. I forgot, on the way back it would be quite cold in NY, which I felt. I was freezing my butt off. A layover at JFK is a slight adventure – but arriving at Midnight has its advantages. I never saw JFK this dead. I suspected they had the airport closed down. But of course, it was only my impression. I was picked up by the shuttle, taken to the hotel and the next day taken back to the airport. All was fine.

Except for one thing:

American Airlines has spent a hell lot of money to re-paint their old ‘shakers’ but forgot that it would make more sense to buy a few new planes for their fleet. Hell, I sat in the same planes I flew already over 25 years ago. None of the planes had a personal entertainment system in their seats. The carpets in the plane are old and stale, their seats are worn out and uncomfortable, their leg room barely enough for a twelve-year-old kid… everything is shabby, and even though the flight attendants do whatever they can to keep the plane clean, they can’t do magic.

I worked during the flight and wasn’t doing well… I still appreciate very much how two flight attendants realized the emotional state I was in and took very good and considerate care of me! Thank you for that. But this doesn’t make the airplane more comfortable.

I have to say, in all these years, American Airline very rarely has messed up with their service onboard. Kudos for that! In one thing American Airlines was doing okay: They had Onboard Internet, too bad they hadn’t found out yet how to keep it up. It disconnected in almost perfect regularity. Maybe in newer aircrafts, this would improve?

The flight was half empty, and I had two seats to myself. (means, in this case, two uncomfortable seats I could choose from) – but I also had two flight attendants who did more than was probably in their job description!

Despite the terrorist scans and the lousy time management I very much enjoyed my stay in California! Will I use my miles again to book a full round trip? – YOU BET! 😀

 

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