Start Your Day At Tracy’s Cafe – episode 1

Ep 1 Start Your Morning At Tracy’s Cafe

Tue, Sep 6, 2022 . 8:26 AM 26:05 Owner: Cynthia Carver – we are an affiliate site. 

CYNTHIA

0:03

Our focus is on you, the writer, the author. And this is where you are offered tips and tricks on goal setting, time management, accountability, along with the occasional author-help interview. 

If you haven’t been here before, and even if you have Welcome, my name is Cynthia Carver. And my co host is the lovely Aliya DalRae. We do podcasts on how to write it, how to edit it, how to publish it, and then market it. And that’s your book we’re talking about, because we’ve already published ours. 

If you like this type of video or podcast, please give us a thumbs up, poke the subscribe button and ring our bell. So now let’s get to it. Welcome to Tracy’s cafe, where writers meet inspiration. 

I am Cynthia Carver, and I write paranormal suspense. My Shamaness in Silhouette is my novella series. Small Bit of Justice is the first in the series of Tracy Richards psychic investigator. I want to talk about Aliya. She is an award winning author. You have awards all over your banner.

ALIYA

1:35

I do have some bling, my name is Aliya DalRae and I am a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author. I am the author of The Jessica Sweet trilogy, The Fallen Cross Legion series and the Fallen Cross Pack series, as well as a handful of short stories. Most of them do take place in my fictional town of Fallen Cross, Ohio. I also have one normal book, as my father would call it. Which means that it has people in it, there’s you know nothing interesting. No, the characters are interesting, but there is no paranormal, there’s no magical creatures or anything. But my daddy used to say, every time he’d see me, he’d say, Have you written anything normal yet? And I would say no, they haven’t. When he passed away, I wrote a normal story and I dedicated it to him. But I do have one under a different pen name under S. R. Blackmore. I have a children’s chapter book that I wrote for my nephew. And there will soon be another that I’m writing for my other two nephews. The Adventures of Ryan and Rubble are already out. And then I’m currently working on the adventures of Matt and Joe. That will be released in time for Christmas. So again, those were under the S. R. Blackmore. But if you like paranormal stuff, that’s all written by Aliya DalRae.

CYNTHIA

3:23

So this past week, I have worked on a couple of videos for the first time-writer. Once you decide, you want to write a book, but you don’t know whether or not you actually want to invest in a word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. And if you have a Mac, Word isn’t all that compatible with it. It is a PC program. Now, that is not to say you cannot use Word on a Mac. You can really, but you have to use it through the web. You have to be connected online to use it.

ALIYA

4:07

Is that like the 365? Or is that something completely different?

CYNTHIA

4:11

I think it’s completely different. This year, instead of spending the money on Word, I didn’t renew my subscription because I am using my MAC. And it just seemed to be a waste of time. A waste of money because I can do the exact same thing on Google Docs. I have to be connected to the internet for Google. And it’s free. I have to be connected to the internet with Word. It’s not free. No brainer.

ALIYA

4:54

Yeah, I can see how anyone working with a Mac would be difficult. I’ve never actually never used a Mac, I’ve always had a PC. And I do everything on Word. I mean, up until this year, I did everything on Word. Now, I’m writing on my phone and that’s been with Google Docs. I’ve written one to three novels and three short stories on my phone. 

So yeah, imagine how much I could have gotten done. If I was actually typing my, gazillion words a minute. But yeah, I’ve written all of that on my phone. Now, I’ve transferred over it to Microsoft Word. 

But I purchased Word, when I got my computer. It was called Office Suite, instead of doing the subscription. So, I don’t get all the updates, like the subscription does, which I do believe that’s the 365 subscription thing. So I don’t get the updates like 365, but I also don’t have to pay for the subscription. I paid for it once. And you know, it’s mine forever, as long as I have my computer.

CYNTHIA

6:16

So and that’s called Word Suite?

ALIYA

6:18

It’s Microsoft Office Suite. And it comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint. I think it’s got Outlook, too.

CYNTHIA

6:27

I think that’s it. I still probably wouldn’t be able to use it on my MAC.

ALIYA

6:32

No, no, you wouldn’t. You wouldn’t. It’s it’s a Microsoft. 

CYNTHIA

7:37

I also suggested that they try Open Office, which is an open source, and it’s free, plus you get updates. That’s a previous video. So you can check those out. If you’re a first time author, and you’re looking for a cheap way to get started. And to find out whether or not you’re even going to be able to finish your first book. And I say, be able to finish because you may get two chapters in and go, Oh, my goodness. No.

ALIYA

8:18

So how, how did you start writing? Cynthia, what inspired you? How old were you? When did you know? Well,

CYNTHIA

8:25

My grandson had just been born. So my two younger girls were still really young. And I had just done a cold case. For those of you that don’t know, I am a psychic.  I had just done a cold case. It did not turn out the way I wanted it to. Sometimes when you’re working with the police department, even though they come to you and ask for help. They’re not really open to the help you give them. Small Bit of Justice became an idea. I started writing that 20 years ago. And because I didn’t know how to write, I kept referring to other people. They would say, Oh no, you have to do it this way. Oh, no, you have to do it this way. And then I even had one critique, I’ll tell that story for when we go into critiques. It was really nasty. And I shut down my writing. But when I did start back again, it was through NaNoWriMo and through our friend, Rochelle Bradley. I jumped on board and I thought okay, and cuz I really wanted to write this story. I decided I was going to move forward with it. And then, of course, you know, I had been honing my skills for the prior 15 – 17 years. That entire time, I had started writing my first book many times in many different ways.

ALIYA

10:27

That’s really cool. Very cool.

CYNTHIA

10:30

So, and now, that’s the first in Tracy Richards Psychic Investigator series. Now, I’ve begun the second in that series,  News from the Wild Rose Hollow coming up. And that seems to be more of a paranormal-comedy.

 

I was watching my sister’s dogs one day. And the thing is, there’s like, six, seven, and they’re all trumping. They’re all tromping toward my blue little car. Now I had the doors open, carrying in groceries. As I stand on the front porch and look down the drive to the car, I see this little terrier, sitting at the steering wheel. You’ve got the other one bouncing back and forth, you know, two Labrador Retrievers that are puppies. Well, they really are. They’re not even eight months old yet. 

CYNTHIA

11:28

You know, you got them bouncing. So you had six dogs in the car. Oh my gosh. So when we finally get them all out. It’s like, that’s, going into the new book. So, in the new in News from the Wild Rose Hollow. I wrote the scene where Rascal, a Jack Chawaglehoun because he’s got so much going on. He’s a JackRussel, Chihuahua, beagle, Bluetick, they’re kind of speckled like an australian blue heeler 1

CYNTHIA

12:27

Sis calls him a Jack Chiwaglehoun and they’re purebred Heines 57s. I’m sure.

ALIYA

12:38

like Labradoodles?

CYNTHIA

12:43

Now the labs seem to be actually labs of course, you know, if we did the DNA, they could be great pyrenees for all we know. So anyway, they’re in the car. And so I can see them inside this cop car, you know, the door is wide open. And so write the scene that way. I have Tracy in the holler. And she’s got her kids with her. And then they have this really bad storm. But because Tracy’s with her sister, they still think they are, you know, 19 instead of pushing 40 and they get on the pool floaties and they start playing and I’m not going anymore. I’m giving my good scenes away.

ALIYA

13:48

You are. I remember you telling me about this story. Well, yeah, you want to keep something to yourself.

CYNTHIA

13:57

That’s right, I did tell you about it. Now, if you’re a new writer, we’re talking from experience. Aliya and I have known each other for a few years now, and have bounced ideas off of each other. And we’ve been through a lot, even in just a few years. So yeah, just don’t let anybody get you down. Because let me tell you, they’re out there. And I have come to the conclusion that they’re just jealous. They’re jealous because you’re doing something that they are not. They want to be an author, but they don’t want to put in the work.

ALIYA

14:42

They’re those that cheat and I don’t understand that. I don’t understand why people want to bring each other down because the way I look at, you know, especially as indie authors, the way I look at our community, everybody should read my books. That’s it, read each others books, scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours type of mentality.  Now, are my books for everyone? No.  So that’s a little outside the box. But you know, we all want everyone to read and love our books, whether it happens or not, whether it’s possible or not, doesn’t matter. But the fact of the matter is, you can only write so many books a year. Even if it’s all you do, and I know people who put out a dozen books a year or even more, but that’s their full time job. Most of us have a day job, or, you know, in my case two day jobs, plus my writing, so I can’t. I can’t be as prolific as others. So there’s going to be a gap. You know, you read my latest book, yay, great. I’m thrilled. But then what are you going to do? When you’re done with my book? Are you just gonna sit there and not read? That’s exactly why I’m going to tell you to go read Cynthia’s or go read Rochelle Bradley’s, or, you know, go read JB Richards. There’s thousands of us, you know, you could read so many more. There’s no reason for anybody to be cutting anybody down. We should all be pushing our readers to read the next author. You know, why wait for me to write the next novel? Go read this or that. You know, I don’t want you to only read my books. That’s just selfish in in. It’s just weird.

16:43

Follow us using the links below. But not in a creepy way.  But, on our social media. 

ALIYA

16:50

Don’t be a creeper. Well, I just, I want to support everybody. I want everyone to succeed. I want all of you to succeed. You know, it’s like Cynthia saying, you know, if you feel this book inside you, and you just know it has to come out. Write it down. I mean, it doesn’t matter if it’s awful. Because every single first draft that I have written has always been and I know the next – it’s not going to be perfect. It’s never going to be perfect the first time now. 

Tell yourself the story. And that’s what the first draft is all about is just telling yourself the story. You can clean it up later, you can make it pretty and everything. But just get those words out. And you’ll feel the excitement in it, you’ll feel the joy in it, of telling a story and of finding out what happens next. Because the only thing better than reading a book and turning that page and finding out what happens next is imagining it and living it. And in being that story. There’s nothing like it in the world. And if you’ve got that in you, I mean, don’t let anybody stop you from getting it out. I didn’t tell anybody about my first book, not a  soul that I wrote it. Writing it was actually a bit of therapy for me. I was trying to get through something. And so I just wrote it on my lunch hour through the course of a month. I wrote 110,000 words in a month. And yeah, it was crazy. It’s just, you know, I was depressed. I had words demanding that I just had to get them out.

CYNTHIA

18:34

Jessica Sweet, that’s who possessed you.

ALIYA

18:38

Jessie was my sweetness. She was there. Because you know after I wrote it, I put it in a cyber drawer. I wrote it in 2009. And I published it in 2016. If that tells you anything. I sent it to my cousin who I will admit is now my biggest fan, or one of them.

CYNTHIA

19:07

And her words were … 

ALIYA

19:10

She was about halfway through it and she said it was worth showing to someone. And she never spoke of it again. And I was like, okay, it sucks. Anyway, back in the drawer. And then at my old job, I met a lady and she loved Twilight and really liked vampires. Maybe she would like to read. She said to send it to her. So I sent it to her. Never heard another word from her. I’m like it super sucks. So its just gonna stay in that drawer right. And then another girl I worked with published a self published self help book. And I’ve ordered a copy from her. I wanted a paperback, a signed copy. Her inscription to me said, here’s me sitting in front of the fireplace reading your book next. She didn’t know I’d written the book. She had no idea. So I called her and I said, How did you know? She says, Well, I was just thinking optimistically. I said, but I do have a manuscript. She said, You do? Yeah. Okay, so for a third time, I sent my book baby out. And every day, I’d get emails from her. Oh, my God, I can’t believe it. Oh, my God, I can’t believe Oh, you did this really? 

I’m like, No she’s just making it up, you know. So I reached back out to the second lady. And I said, remember when I sent you my manuscript.. And she’s like, I forgot all about it. I never did read it. And I was too afraid to ask. I just assumed it was awful, because she never said anything. And she had just gotten busy and forgotten that she had it. So then she reads it, then I get the same reaction from her as I got from the other lady. And they’re like, you have to publish this. And I don’t know how. And they’re like, and of course, the first lady was like, I do. So this is what I figured out I mean, keep in mind, folks, all I did was write out my feelings. All I did was try to get this story out. And you know, all of a sudden, people are saying, you got to do this. 

So I’m like trying to edit it. And I’m trying to find cover designers, because who knows how to find a cover designer? It’s not me, you know? And I’ve got like, 12 friends on Facebook, because, you know, Facebook’s about games, right? I mean, that’s all we really need it for.

ALIYA

22:01

I finally get it all together. I finally find a cover that I like. It took a lot of reaching out. The one lady connected me with another lady an author. And she’s like, well, you know, do you have a platform? I don’t even know what a platform.

ALIYA

22:24

And she’s like, you know, a fan base. I said, I don’t even have a published book yet, how can I have a fan base?  It was just the being point, to make a long story even longer. The point is, I was not planning on self publishing, I had never dreamed that would be something that I would do. And yet here I am, 21 books later. And, you know, I’ve got four in the hopper that I just need edited. So you can do it. The bottom line is you can do it.  just, Oh, I gave you a story for that long winded bit there. I apologize.

CYNTHIA

23:08

But I got excited for you. Because this is what this channel is all about. We have been there. We have done that. And we can help you, the listener, do yours. You know, we’ve already written our books. We’re writing more. If you’re new to writing, new to the channel, or new to writing, put pen to paper. We’re here to help you. Absolutely. So the channel is about setting goals, accomplishments, and accountability. What are you going to be held accountable for this week? Put your goals, accomplishments and accountability in the comments below.

ALIYA

24:00

I am editing Fallen Sun. It is book six in the Fallen Cross Legion series. I am halfway through my first read through. I would like to finish that read. And I am also going through my second children’s book to find which chapters I would like to have illustrations made for. And I’d like to get some more words down in book seven of the Fallen Cross Legion series. So that’s me. So I think that is ambitious enough.

CYNTHIA

24:38

Let’s see, as I put my glasses on to read, I say I want to finish editing Book Three. I got half of it done last week. I want to upload it to Amazon. I want to order author copies and I hope to have them in time for September 17 which is my Book, Book, Book signing event at books, books, books. It is at the Groff Events Center on West Orange Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And you’re invited in. So, that’s our goals. That’s what we’ll be held accountable for. And then Friday night, if you’ll catch us on Aliya’s channel at After Hours at Buzz’s Tavern. And we’ll go through what we actually do, so leave your questions and your goal and anything else that you might have in the comments below. We will do our best to answer so please click the subscribe button, leave a comment, share the video. Stay creative and keep writing.

 

Outline

Beta

Welcome to Tracy’s Cafe.

0:03

Have you written anything normal yet?

2:11

Instead of spending the money on Word, I use Google Docs.

4:11

What’s the difference between a subscription vs. free?

5:58

What inspired Cynthia to start writing?

7:52

What’s going on in your life? 

12:24

Community

14:35

The first draft is all about telling yourself the story.

17:08

How to get your book out of the drawer and into the world.

19:07

What are you going to be held accountable for?

21:30

 

Books, Books, Books

September brings another chance for my east coast readers to meet me in person.  This event, originally scheduled for Harrisburg, PA has moved to Carlisle, PA.  I hope to see you there.

RV challenges

Life is challenging, whether you are in an apartment, house, or RV motorhome. I, finally, found a shop that had the knowledge to fix Lucy the Shark. The suspension is being repaired, she is getting an alignment and new brakes. According to Paul at Acme Springs in Dayton, Ohio, she will be returned to me sometime this week. He has been super about keeping me updated.

The riverfront campsite I rented for the year, I won’t be renting next year. Jim, successfully sold the campground last Friday and the new owners will take full possession on October 11. Tonya, the new owner informed me last night they wanted to ‘rent’ my site, that I have a yearly contract and paid a year in advance, to overnighters since I was not using it.  Excuse me? After explaining my rig was in the shop, she got even more snippy about why I wouldn’t allow her to rent my spot to temporary overnighters. Needless to say, I won’t renew my contract with these folks.

While that sounds icky and sour, I am not. I was taken aback by her attitude, but in my world, something better is coming along.  Originally I wanted closer to my girls during the summer and will begin looking in the one-hour travel time area today.

The improvements with Lucy are beyond groovy. The fifty-five-inch television is totally hidden within the cabinet that still needs painting. Then the living room will be totally done except for a throw rug. Joe and Cleo love the couch.

Remember the wobbly driver’s seat? Well, the new pedestal arrived and is ready for install when Acme Springs is done with Lucy’s new suspension and brakes. I decided to wait on actual new captain chairs for now.

Moving into the bedroom area, all curtains and decor have arrived. I’ll paint the walls, but not the woodwork.

Oh, you may or may not know, Jeeps have Easter Eggs. For example, my #2 daughter’s C-7 has a spider embossed in the gas tank door and a lizard someplace else.  This gave me the idea to put USN and Shark-themed puffy stickers in out-of-the-way, fun places for the grandchildren to discover on their visits with Grammy. Oh yeah, the four-year-old sings Grammy Shark when she visits.

Will I repaint the Shark? Yes. She is fun and draws attention, but the paint is flaking and I will need to repaint her next year. My focus this year was getting her upgraded for me to travel in. I’m thinking cream and blue for the exterior. Although, I did consider a vinyl wrap, except they only last about seven years.

Let me know your thoughts about future improvements.  Photos of the interior will arrive when she is returned to me and we get settled at the river.

Successful wishes to you!

 

My new-to-me RV

These last couple of exciting months have provided me with the sale of my old class C RV and a new-to-me RV. As some of you know from my meanderings, in 2017 I was suppose to purchase a Class A Rexall that my friend had renovated and that fell through when she decided to keep it.  It had the floor plan I dreamed of and zero slide-ins to have anything go wrong. Then 2021 came along and another buddy had a lifestyle change and decided to sell her RV.  I hired Vagabond RV Solutions to do an inspection and bought my airline ticket to go retrieve my new to me RV with slide outs. My old class C sold in less than two days after I put it on Facebook Marketplace. I had my license plates in hand and ready to get my new home. Well, my luck did not hold out and she reneged on the sale two days before my scheduled flight making me houseless.

On the upside of things, I have an RV site on the river for my spring/summer time in Ohio. I love my spot on river.  When it rains on the river and floods, I will then move to my home in the hollow or travel. So far, I haven’t spent any time on the river due to decorating and making the RV I did purchase mine.

Things really looked sad in June when things were falling apart left and right. I’m so glad I took the set backs in stride and began looking again.  My eldest says, “Mom, let’s go look at this one.” I told her I was looking for a condo and not a quan set hut. Then we went to see what this offered.

Ignoring the custom paint job, I viewed the interior.  It is not the Rexall, but it is a close runner up.  The floor is wood plank.

The front seats swivel for additional seating. The fold out table against the wall at one time had a chair beside it. The TV is the Panasonic in the cockpit dash. The walls and upholstery were denim blue-gray. I felt as if I had stepped on to a USN ship once again.

Fast forward. I bought it after I had my mechanic check it over.  Now, unlike the Class C, he can not work on it because it is 34 feet long and a tri-axle. It has a Chevy workhorse chassie and a 454 engine, plus an aluminum frame and roof. It is a 1990 Holiday Rambler Imperial, that sports a custom paint job in a classic rendition of the WW2, Bomber aircraft.

Say hello to Lucy Shark, and her theme song is the verse: Grammy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo.

Next Blog post will be a tour inside of her since I have made her mine.

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Small Bit of Justice – deleted scene

Annie and Hillary continued to sit on the embankment. Dominick flashed his badge and identification quickly.

“You ladies are safe now.” Sly said.

“Show me your badge again. I want to know that it is real and not from the dime store.” Hillary said.

Dominick held it for Hillary to examine.

“See I knew it was f ning fake. No one from the damn UN would care if I got kidnapped or not.” Hillary said.

Two highway patrol cars parked behind the van and Sylvester’s truck, and one zipped around to park in front of the van. Dominick showed his badge to the officers and Sylvester produced his identification. “We’re looking for two women in a ‘70 orange MG. They go by the name of Tracy Richards and Lehana Jamison.” Dominick told the officers.

“What you want them for?” Hillary said.

“Have you seen them Miss?” The state highway patrolman said.

“Yes, they’re the ones who rescued Annie and me.”

“They did this?” The state highway patrolman asked.

“Yes.” Annie said.

The state highway patrol officers hauled the men out of the van.

“Two women did this,” asked the officer who took charge of the scene.

“Yes sir.” Annie said again.

“The idea that Tracy had put herself in danger irritated the hell out of me. Yet to see the men trussed up like goats at the rodeo makes me proud to know she has capabilities.” Sly said to Dominick.

“Officers, we’ll take our leave and continue on our search for those two vigilantes. Girls, I’m glad your safe and will be reunited with your families in a few hours.” Dominick said.

He and Sly returned to the truck.

“Let’s go.” Dominick maneuvered the truck around the patrol cars and pulled out onto the highway.

As they passed the next exit, there sat the battery to the van. They both laughed.