Prudence MacLeod's Writings

I write romance, sci-fi, and action/adventure. Sometimes I even blend the three just for fun.

The romance novels are listed on the left of the page. The other books are listed on the right of the page. Please enjoy. You can also check the other pages of this blog for more.

I also play a lot of World of Warcraft; if you're a player you may spot where that hobby creeps into my writing. :)

You can contact me here: prudymac@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Special Day

Hi folks, 
You're in luck, no rant today. Today has been and still is a special day for me. Why? Because K is home today, and she booted me out of the kitchen. She's been cooking up a storm, planting seeds in pot to put in the window, and more. It will soon be gardening time.
The rhubarb is already budding. Can't wait for it to get up to size again.

All this domesticity on K's part has made me sit back and enjoy the blessing that having her in my life truly is. My home is warm, dry, and comfortable. The sun is beaming through the window, the old dogs are sleeping, and frankly, all is well in my world. 
In keeping with all this, we have decided to eliminate as much food as we can from our diet that comes from factory farms. We will grow what we can and buy local for as much of the rest as we can get. Considering where we live it may be impossible to reach 100%, but we intend to get as close as possible. Wish us luck.

ROW80 check-in.

So far this week I have managed 4K words and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm well pleased with the progress.
On another note, I'm going to start something new. I'll be adding two new blogs. One will be a story in progress. I will write it page by page on the blog, always taking into consideration the feedback from the readers. Should be a lot of fun. Look for about one post per week.
The second thing will be still another blog. I've had so many inquiries about one of the characters in Nova Witch, and what motivates her, I thought it might be fun to write her personal log. So, I may give that a whirl as well.
Okay, back to work. Later.

Bless
Pru

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hi Folks,
It's been a super busy day today, so here an old post of mine from several years ago. I re-read it every so often just to remind myself of how it's done. Hope you enjoy.
Using Language Powerfully

I have come to understand that the only thing you can carry with you from this realm of existence to the next is the quality of the relationships you have developed and nurtured in this one. This is the focus of my life and the lens through which I see my world.
I know, I promised to help develop a positive life focus. Well, building loving, supportive relationships is a very positive thing in my book; keeping this in mind at all times will help you stay focused. The purpose here is to build that new and beautiful life we all want; this is one of the ways we go about it.
We all want to feel good; that is our prime motivation. Just as all things are made of a single substance (energy), all actions are motivated by a single desire, (the desire to feel good). Sorry folks, but if you look deep enough inside, and be honest with yourself, you will find that it is true. It is not a bad thing; it just is what it is. Knowing this, is the key to building those loving, supportive relationships. It is also the key to having a lot fewer bad days yourself.
Realizing what truly motivates folks, you can short circuit your own emotional responses to many situations. For example, an angry person who is shouting at you in traffic is not feeling good, and their anger is merely their way of trying to change that. If you become defensive and meet angry energy with angry energy, you both end up feeling bad. A better response would be to smile and say, “Gee, that poor soul is having a really bad day. I am so very lucky he didn’t actually smack into me.” Now you have used language and understanding powerfully to preserve your good feelings. That angry energy has failed to ruin your day.
Now, let’s take that to a face to face. An angry person is offended by something you have said, or was reported to have said. Returning anger for anger is a negative response; we want a positive response that leaves us feeling good. Better still we want a response that will make our angry friend feel good as well. Instead of, “Back off Jack, get out of my face!” you might try, “Obviously I chose my words poorly and offended you; I apologize; hurting you was not my intention.” Now the situation is diffused and you have a point from which you can build a better relationship with this person.
Also, the subconscious mind rarely actually hears the first word or two of a sentence. Eg. “Don’t forget to take out the garbage.” becomes “Forget to take out the garbage.” With a quick switch to positive use of language we get, “Remember to take out the garbage.” which becomes, “Take out the garbage.” See? It’s still the same message.
I hope that these examples will demonstrate how positive use of language can improve your own sense of well-being, and also help you build stronger, more loving, and supportive relationships, as well as help you have your needs met more fully.
It has been said that an evil thought first becomes an evil intent, then an evil word, and then an evil action. The other side of the coin is also true. A loving thought becomes a loving intent, then a loving word, and then a loving action. We think in language. By changing the way we use language we change our very thought processes, our habitual speech patterns, and the way we actually live and experience life.
Ok, it is time to have some fun here. Get a small notebook and keep it with you; you’re going to be keeping score. The object of the game is to make as many people smile as you can each and every day. They are worth five points each. After you reach five hundred points you can dispense with the notebook.
Some hints: Don’t just drop a tip on the table and run out of the restaurant, stop the waiter and thank him for the stellar service. If you like the sweater a woman is wearing, tell her so. Make brief eye contact with others as you pass on the street and smile; chances are they will smile in return. Instead of complaining of bad service, try complimenting folks when they give you good service. All this will make you feel better too, as well as help you build stronger relationships.
Remember, what we are doing here is using powerful language powerfully. Now go forth and make a new and brighter life for yourself and others.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with what I have said? Disagree? Is there another subject you’d like to discuss? Drop me a line and let me know. Remember, I’m old and have a wealth of advice I’m all too willing to share.

ROW80 check in.

I did not reach my goal of 10K words, but I came close at 8K+.  So, expecting a busy week next week I will shoot for another 10K or the end of the first draft, whichever comes first. Wish me luck. :)

Drop me a line and say hello. 

Bless
Pru




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

War on the Poor? Really?

Hi folks,

Well, here I am back in the rocking chair and ready to rant. I'll just put down my book and glasses here then let 'er rip.

All right, here are a few of the headlines I've been reading on Facebook lately. Most are only proposed laws for now, but the message is clear. Poor people must die.

"People with food stamps forbidden to buy steak or sea food."  What the hell? We give them food stamps then forbid them to buy nourishing food? They have to buy pre-processed crap? What the hell is that about?

"People on welfare forbidden to use public pools."
Really? Are they not humans? Are they not citizens of the country? Are they not to have the same rights as the rest of the citizenry? Fer fuk sake!

"People applying for welfare to be drug tested." What??? They can't afford drugs for pity sake. Test the upwardly mobile, that's where you'll find the users, not on welfare. Good Christ!

"Man fined $2000 for feeding the homeless." Seriously? Why the hell are the true Christians not out in the streets protesting this madness? For that matter, why aren't the rest of us?

Okay, I'll stop now before my blood pressure goes over the top and I blow a gasket. But I have to go on record here. This crap really rubs my fur the wrong way.

ROW80 check-in:

Yesterday went a few steps sideways, but I still have four thousands words towards the goal of ten thousand this week. Shoulder to the wheel and I can still make it.
It actually feels good to be writing again.

So, drop me a line and let me know how you're doing. I'd love to hear from you.

Bless
Pru

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tough Days and Exciting News

Hi Folks,
I figured it was about time for another update as well a bit of good news.
First the tough stuff. Yesterday I put my sister on a flight to Southern California. It was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. Yep, empty nest syndrome going on here again. sigh. She will be gone for many months. Here's hoping she has a successful and productive trip.

Now for the exciting stuff. Novan Witch is on sale today for $0.99. Pick it up now for a wild ride through an exciting and adventurous future world. There's even a bit of romance in there. Get it today as the price will go up a tiny bit tomorrow and again the next day etc. Sadly, it appears that the sale is only good in the USA. Not impressed, Amazon.

ROW80 Check-in.

Hey there, this is my first real check in for quite some time. Life exploded all over me and took its time getting back together. as a result I have written relatively little in the past few months. However, I'm climbing back on the wagon. I managed two thousand words last week and the target for the foreseeable future will be 10K per week.  Cross your fingers and wish me luck.

Bless
Pru

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Robot Love

Hi Folks, 

In this day and age when technology is taking over the world, I have finally been discovered. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, oh, and persons of a digital nature, dear old Prudence MacLeod has arrived. 

Let me tell you truly, I am on the receiving end of much robot love this sunny Tuesday morning. My average blog views per day ranges between two and three hundred views. This morning they are over three thousand, yet not a single comment that got through the filters.

However, I am not alone in my battle to adjust to a more mechanized world. Just listen to these two poor lads.


Enjoy your day, me lovelies.

Bless
Pru

Friday, April 3, 2015

Witch for Sale

Hi folks,

Just wanted to let you know, the first book in the Nova Series will be going on Kindle Countdown sale April 12th. This mean that on the 12th, Novan Witch will be on sale for $0.99. Each day thereafter the price will go up by a little until it returns to its regular price on April 19th. Here's where to find her.


  

Remember folks, if you like the book, please leave a short review on Amazon. It will help more than you know.

Bless
Pru

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dealing with a Bad Day

Hi there,
Lately I seem to have the farmer's touch. You've heard of the Midas touch where every thing he touched turned to gold? Well the farmer's touch is when everything you touch turns to organic fertilizer. 
When I was young I would rant and fuss a bit and tear at my hair, but these days I try to handle things like a New Zealander.


My gratitude to Colin Falconer for first showing me this delightful piece of madness. Colin's blog is always worth a look. You can visit him here. http://colinfalconer.org/

So, what do you do when everything goes awry? Come on, share, you know you want to.

Bless
Pru

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