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guardian at the gate

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, In : Personal 


My trips south into the Oregon coast always, without fail, have one thing in common.

I must stop at North Head lighthouse, even if only for five minutes, before crossing into Oregon.

It's become a symbol. A ritual. A superstition. I must pay my respects to the keeper of the gate -- the lighthouse that is the guardian of my portal into another realm. My happy happy place, my therapy. My rejuvenation. My ZEN. 

I'm certain it began to stick in my head originally, as it was the first bonafide on-a-c...

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Feeling the Bern, Seattle

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, March 21, 2016,



First day of Spring, 2016. Bernie Sanders came to the Key arena. I had to work, but left a bit early to see what I could see.

I had never been to a political rally, for various reasons. But I like this man. He feels like one of us. Put aside your political leanings if you must, and please read on. This is a reaction not to policy, but something else. Something universal.

I am so glad I took the chance and drove over. They say over 30,000 people showed up. Double what the venue would hold. So no...

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Goals aka The Run

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : opinion piece 



Went for a run just now. Third day in a row, after having run once a week for the last three weeks. I thought to myself, self? Just an easy run today. Right calf is a bit stiff, you will be lucky to make two miles. But two miles is good, and it's better than no miles.

So I'm out doing my thing. It's a lovely, sunny day. I'm sore, but not enough to allow myself to stop. I say to self, self? Get that first mile. Okay, got it. Surely we can get that second. Sure...okay. Let's do it.

So I did it, a...
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Unsolicited advice. <3

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : opinion piece 


Money. Still the number one relationship killer. I have a tip.

Keep a minimum of three bank accounts. (Or don't ever get a joint account in the first place.)

HIS
HERS
JOINT EXPENSE

You pay into the joint account for shared expenses (rent, utilities and so on) and then you have your own money. You then agree, and must STICK by this agreement, that what the other person does with their personal account, is not your concern. No matter how frivolous it seems. Do I really need to say that no advice in ...

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In the moment.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Friday, July 17, 2015, In : Personal 



Sitting in the sun on 'our' bench letting thoughts stream. I wonder if I can come up with a blog post. I wonder if I can let go of some things and just be. Be free to feel. Oh, I feel, but to feel all the time without the baggage of thoughts -- specifically doubts!

Is feeling all the time too much? I don't really think so. It's the conditions we place on the feeling that fuck us up. Thinking too hard.

Does everything happen for a reason, is there a reason for everything? In the most literal sen...

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Grief

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, June 29, 2015, In : Personal 


This is the 4th time I've written this. It keeps being eaten, or the last one didn't post. Is it a sign, or just pissing me off? I don't know. I HAVE TO GET THIS OUT.

I lost my fur babies today.

Strange phrase. It's because we hate saying the awful truth. I know where they are. Lost implies that they will return. Could be found.

They died. Cold hard truth.

I found Pai Pai this morning after I got up. He looked asleep. It took me a while to realize he wasn't. He'd not followed me into the bathroom...

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Favorites

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, In : Personal 



This may be brief, but it will be light and happy, because we can all use some help with that sometimes, yes?

What makes you smile? I mean the little things, because those are the things that matter most. The things we should never let pass us by without notice. What makes you smile, always, every time you think of it, or see it? What gives you peace? The warm fuzzies? 

Some of mine:

The way his scent lingers on my skin long after he's gone.

The constant zen sound of an ocean, that taste of salt ...

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You are what you write. Sort of.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : General 


A quick post with a few thoughts...

Are writers present in their characters?

Of course they are. Even the authors who say they aren't. Even in the nastiest, most-opposite-of-you character. The reason is simple: they are written through our filter of the world. Our POV.  Some characters have more of us in them than others, and I'm sure you can have many discussions on all of the reasons.

Are writers present in their narratives? 

Well of course. Even in non-fiction, no matter how unbiased, once aga...

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A word on derivatives

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : opinion piece 



Fan-fiction. It used to be a very secretive topic. Taboo, for most. Divisive. It is still these things for some, though these days, people are far more open about it. Heck, some have even been published after first writing derivative fiction.

But I'm not here to talk about the legalities (as there are laws in place when it crosses a line) or whether it's morally right or wrong. And of course, any author has every right to dislike it, and take legal action when it crosses a line. They have ever...

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You look constipated, AKA, lighten up.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Personal 



For the three or so of you that have been reading, this blog will fit into a theme that I am still exploring in different forms, and have been for a few posts. For the one new person that might come along, hey! I hope you can relate.

It's that time of year, where some are depressed, some are trying to enjoy it, and some are just plain Scrooges. Many people do have a reason to feel sad about now, but I think that makes this all the more important...

 What I wonder, is how many honestly feel curm...

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Negative naggies

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, In : Personal 


Yes, I just made that up: naggies. It suits them well. I'm not speaking of other people, but our own thoughts. Our own little voice that we are told to listen to. But sometimes not. Because sometimes it's a damned negative, nagging, nincompoop. It leaves behind these ninja bombs sometimes, too. The ones you don't immediately notice, not until later when BOOM, they go off in a cloud of blackness.

Now, I'm not saying to ignore your gut instincts. I don't necessarily think our guts use that littl...

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That's a good question...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, In : General 


I'm sitting here, eating entirely too many potato chips, thinking wow; I should blog. I then say, "Oh yeah, about what?? I have nothing to say."

But then again, I do, don't I? Though it's just bits and streams and nonsense, perhaps. Things you don't care to read...perhaps.

This then reminds me that I haven't touched one of my WIPs (novels) for...ehem. I shall not say. 

I need a kick in the butt. A shove. Someone yell at me. Tell me I can do it. Tell me what evil shall befall me if I don't. Where...

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Ch-ch-ch-changes.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : Writing 


I debated mentioning this yet, but it would seem I am going ahead with a few things I've been mulling over. Not only that, it's been some time since I updated, I know.

So some news, all wrapped up in one tidy blog post;

Anatomy of Darkness is to have a European release, no doubt with new cover, February-ish. If this changes, I shall inform you all.

Paris Immortal, the series, is coming back home to me. In other words, I believe I will be obtaining all the rights to it very soon. This will likely...

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, In : opinion piece 


A quote often attributed to Gandhi. Except that he didn't. Say it, that is. Yet, I would argue that it sums up several other things that he did say, which is, I'm certain, how this came to be attributed to him.

Now to the point, and the reason I chose this phrase. I just realized also that this post will go well with the one previous, where I speak of words having meaning.

I posted something a few moments ago on my Facebook author page, then was going on in a similar vein in a comment thread, a...

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BETWEEN (flash fiction)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Friday, October 25, 2013, In : Writing 



Between seven and nine, four days per week. Tuesday through Friday. In a too-bright-to-be-missed atomic pink running skirt. Unless it was autumn/winter, and quite chilly. Then the muscular legs were swathed in charcoal grey to the ankles.

He looked forward to those mornings. Stood on his balcony, perched there high above in his nest. Sipping coffee. Waiting. He'd watch for her. Sometimes she came from the south. Most times. Rarely from the north. He wondered at that anomaly. If there were some...

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You're workin' my tit! (Can you dig it?)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, In : General 


No, this is not porn. That's slang, for gettin' on my last nerve, and such. Dang, but some days people wear me out.

So let's go over a few things because I feel like it, and I need to get it out of my system, and also - surely some of you will be nodding along with this. This is for you, too. Now, some of this applies more to the net. But some applies to both offline and online. The net just seems to amplify bad behavior.

-Disagreement does not equal OMG I HATE YOU DIE. It means I disagree, per...

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Stoker

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, October 2, 2013,


How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at a variance with the possibilities of later-day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them.

-Dracula, Bram Stoker


In honor of Hallow...
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Long form, short form

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Writing 


Never say never. I know. How cliche. But so often true. Just as stereotypes exist for a reason, I suspect so too, do many cliches.

I've always admired anyone who could write a short story that packed a punch. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman - those are some famous short story writers. I also admired anyone who could make me feel as if a 200 (or less)  page novel had just packed wallop, had contained more story than seemed possible, in some way. 

But more than the wallop, there was a very important in...

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Kingslayer - fan slaying.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : KINGSLAYER 


 Some of you will recognize something in the title of this blog. Some won't. Stick with me, and by the end, you'll know what it means, and particularly, how much more it means to me now, than it did before.

So, there's this little show I love on HBO. Perhaps you've heard of it? Game of Thrones. Perhaps you've also heard of the books? Just a wee series...

Well. About to go on for its third season (March 31st) this year, they were doing special sneak-peek premieres in select cities. As I watched ...

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A confession

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Writing 

 
Well. Hello there. So... I have a confession. I know some of your are chomping at the bit for PI5. And I've made some updates that I'm almost halfway through, that I know where it's going. Thought it's been a while since I mentioned it, yes? And now I have this OTHER book come out. Where is the last Paris Immortal, you wonder.

Well. I thought I knew where it was going. I kind of still do, somewhere in the back of my head. And then other things needed to get out, be completed. Now I have this ...

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Open letter aka ENOUGH

Posted by Sherry Roit on Sunday, December 16, 2012,


Dear "from my cold dead hands,"

 

The issue is not mental health OR culture of violence OR guns. The word you seek is AND. This country is not evolved enough to handle these grown up weapons of death. I will gladly, as the daughter of a one time cop who had a gun collection, and as a person from areas where hunting is done for food, give up my right to arms to save the lives of these babies - they are BABIES - that are being massacred. I will do this because I am not a selfish bitch lacking com...

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What's technique? SOC

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 6, 2012, In : Writing 


 How dare I speak of technique. Clearly, I don't have one. I'm not even a consistent blogger. 

Tell me, is it better to have a set structure, a schedule; better to have an ever shifting open ended affair? Or something in between?

I don't know. You are you, I am me, and we don't fit into the same box. Therefore, I'm not actually speaking about technique.

But then again...

Where is the point that you realize whatever you're doing isn't working, and that perhaps you should try something else? I susp...

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Nostalgia and stasis

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, May 3, 2012,


I'm going back home to Missouri (round the Ozarks) in mid June, to see my parents. It is their 50th wedding anniversary, and that's amazing to me. They were high school sweet hearts.

This may seem strange to say, but I'm more excited about going than I would expect. Not because I don't love my parents and want to see them. I find I'm craving that simplicity of life, that slower pace, and I know damned well some of it can't truly be recaptured; you know, that time of innocence when you were a c...
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Disappearing year

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, December 19, 2011,


2011 is winding down. Assess it objectively, if you can. I'm always hearing people say it was the worst year ever-- every single year! C'mon, really? There must be someone who had a good year. A decent year? Even a middle-of-the-road year?

No? Wow, it sucks to be you! Terrible attitude, there.

Like anything, mine had its highs and its lows; but I think the ups far outweighed the downs. I had some amazing times on the coast. I saw my lighthouses. I stayed in a wonderful hotel on a beautiful beac...

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An evening with Neil Palmer and Amanda Gaiman

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, November 10, 2011,


Magical.
 
Yes, that's the word, for that's what it was. I had not attended anything remotely like this special evening with Neil and Amanda ever before, and it's doubtful that I ever will again. 

The stage, decorated, as I understand, by volunteers (in Seattle? They did this in each city) was perfect, as it happens. A purple antique sofa, a stuffed lion, feathers and an old floor rug. Sparse, yet so full of warmth, thanks in large part to not only our hosts, but their special guests.

There was o...

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Long time...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Saturday, June 18, 2011,



 Oh my. It's been a while since I posted a blog. I'm not so good at them, any more. A reason I no longer have livejournal. I need to store up new things to say, before blogging them. Some will say that authors (or indeed anyone with a need for promotion, perhaps) should get themselves out there all the time, in every way, especially blogs. But what if you have nothing to say? Does it do me any favors to repeat myself, and/or write about inane crap that no one really wants to read?

I think not....
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Life, writing and not worrying.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : General 


 Here I sit at the day job, typing on my shiny baby, Sezzy Eddie. I've done some good writing since adopting Eddie. Some in a coffee shop-- oh so cliche but effective-- and some at home. I've also done a lot of not writing and I'm not sorry, nor am I worried. Why? Because I've been out living life, exploring this state (and the one south) that I live in. I have wanderlust, dear readers, and it must be satisfied. Until the day I can make it to Europe, this is a close second, exploring the coas...
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Fall Inspiration

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Writing 


Autumn, autumn, how I love thee. In Seattle it can't rival the East coast, or even the Missouri and Iowa autumns that I recall. I just hope each year that I'll have some semblance of a real Fall. The crisp air, the crunching (instead of always soggy) leaves. The fog. The clearing during the day, temps in the 60s, air crisp and clean.

Well, so far, I've had my wish this year. (And I've discovered the joys of certain squashes.) It makes for fantastic morning runs, and those morning runs also ser...
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Guts, blood and steel.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 9, 2010, In : Writing 


Word-gasm!

It's been a while since I got some real writing done. I've broken that spell today, and done pretty well with Project Three. Which, now that I think about it, I don't know why I said was hush hush. I suppose because I'd not written on it for quite some time, not since an intro section, if you will, and didn't know where it was going next. But, I've named it before. Anatomy of Darkness. It's not at all the one I thought I'd work on today, either, but some things popped into my head ...

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guardian at the gate

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, In : Personal 


My trips south into the Oregon coast always, without fail, have one thing in common.

I must stop at North Head lighthouse, even if only for five minutes, before crossing into Oregon.

It's become a symbol. A ritual. A superstition. I must pay my respects to the keeper of the gate -- the lighthouse that is the guardian of my portal into another realm. My happy happy place, my therapy. My rejuvenation. My ZEN. 

I'm certain it began to stick in my head originally, as it was the first bonafide on-a-c...

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Feeling the Bern, Seattle

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, March 21, 2016,



First day of Spring, 2016. Bernie Sanders came to the Key arena. I had to work, but left a bit early to see what I could see.

I had never been to a political rally, for various reasons. But I like this man. He feels like one of us. Put aside your political leanings if you must, and please read on. This is a reaction not to policy, but something else. Something universal.

I am so glad I took the chance and drove over. They say over 30,000 people showed up. Double what the venue would hold. So no...

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Goals aka The Run

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : opinion piece 



Went for a run just now. Third day in a row, after having run once a week for the last three weeks. I thought to myself, self? Just an easy run today. Right calf is a bit stiff, you will be lucky to make two miles. But two miles is good, and it's better than no miles.

So I'm out doing my thing. It's a lovely, sunny day. I'm sore, but not enough to allow myself to stop. I say to self, self? Get that first mile. Okay, got it. Surely we can get that second. Sure...okay. Let's do it.

So I did it, a...
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Unsolicited advice. <3

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : opinion piece 


Money. Still the number one relationship killer. I have a tip.

Keep a minimum of three bank accounts. (Or don't ever get a joint account in the first place.)

HIS
HERS
JOINT EXPENSE

You pay into the joint account for shared expenses (rent, utilities and so on) and then you have your own money. You then agree, and must STICK by this agreement, that what the other person does with their personal account, is not your concern. No matter how frivolous it seems. Do I really need to say that no advice in ...

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In the moment.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Friday, July 17, 2015, In : Personal 



Sitting in the sun on 'our' bench letting thoughts stream. I wonder if I can come up with a blog post. I wonder if I can let go of some things and just be. Be free to feel. Oh, I feel, but to feel all the time without the baggage of thoughts -- specifically doubts!

Is feeling all the time too much? I don't really think so. It's the conditions we place on the feeling that fuck us up. Thinking too hard.

Does everything happen for a reason, is there a reason for everything? In the most literal sen...

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Grief

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, June 29, 2015, In : Personal 


This is the 4th time I've written this. It keeps being eaten, or the last one didn't post. Is it a sign, or just pissing me off? I don't know. I HAVE TO GET THIS OUT.

I lost my fur babies today.

Strange phrase. It's because we hate saying the awful truth. I know where they are. Lost implies that they will return. Could be found.

They died. Cold hard truth.

I found Pai Pai this morning after I got up. He looked asleep. It took me a while to realize he wasn't. He'd not followed me into the bathroom...

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Favorites

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, In : Personal 



This may be brief, but it will be light and happy, because we can all use some help with that sometimes, yes?

What makes you smile? I mean the little things, because those are the things that matter most. The things we should never let pass us by without notice. What makes you smile, always, every time you think of it, or see it? What gives you peace? The warm fuzzies? 

Some of mine:

The way his scent lingers on my skin long after he's gone.

The constant zen sound of an ocean, that taste of salt ...

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You are what you write. Sort of.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : General 


A quick post with a few thoughts...

Are writers present in their characters?

Of course they are. Even the authors who say they aren't. Even in the nastiest, most-opposite-of-you character. The reason is simple: they are written through our filter of the world. Our POV.  Some characters have more of us in them than others, and I'm sure you can have many discussions on all of the reasons.

Are writers present in their narratives? 

Well of course. Even in non-fiction, no matter how unbiased, once aga...

Continue reading ...
 

A word on derivatives

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : opinion piece 



Fan-fiction. It used to be a very secretive topic. Taboo, for most. Divisive. It is still these things for some, though these days, people are far more open about it. Heck, some have even been published after first writing derivative fiction.

But I'm not here to talk about the legalities (as there are laws in place when it crosses a line) or whether it's morally right or wrong. And of course, any author has every right to dislike it, and take legal action when it crosses a line. They have ever...

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You look constipated, AKA, lighten up.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Personal 



For the three or so of you that have been reading, this blog will fit into a theme that I am still exploring in different forms, and have been for a few posts. For the one new person that might come along, hey! I hope you can relate.

It's that time of year, where some are depressed, some are trying to enjoy it, and some are just plain Scrooges. Many people do have a reason to feel sad about now, but I think that makes this all the more important...

 What I wonder, is how many honestly feel curm...

Continue reading ...
 

Negative naggies

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, In : Personal 


Yes, I just made that up: naggies. It suits them well. I'm not speaking of other people, but our own thoughts. Our own little voice that we are told to listen to. But sometimes not. Because sometimes it's a damned negative, nagging, nincompoop. It leaves behind these ninja bombs sometimes, too. The ones you don't immediately notice, not until later when BOOM, they go off in a cloud of blackness.

Now, I'm not saying to ignore your gut instincts. I don't necessarily think our guts use that littl...

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That's a good question...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, In : General 


I'm sitting here, eating entirely too many potato chips, thinking wow; I should blog. I then say, "Oh yeah, about what?? I have nothing to say."

But then again, I do, don't I? Though it's just bits and streams and nonsense, perhaps. Things you don't care to read...perhaps.

This then reminds me that I haven't touched one of my WIPs (novels) for...ehem. I shall not say. 

I need a kick in the butt. A shove. Someone yell at me. Tell me I can do it. Tell me what evil shall befall me if I don't. Where...

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Ch-ch-ch-changes.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, July 17, 2014, In : Writing 


I debated mentioning this yet, but it would seem I am going ahead with a few things I've been mulling over. Not only that, it's been some time since I updated, I know.

So some news, all wrapped up in one tidy blog post;

Anatomy of Darkness is to have a European release, no doubt with new cover, February-ish. If this changes, I shall inform you all.

Paris Immortal, the series, is coming back home to me. In other words, I believe I will be obtaining all the rights to it very soon. This will likely...

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, In : opinion piece 


A quote often attributed to Gandhi. Except that he didn't. Say it, that is. Yet, I would argue that it sums up several other things that he did say, which is, I'm certain, how this came to be attributed to him.

Now to the point, and the reason I chose this phrase. I just realized also that this post will go well with the one previous, where I speak of words having meaning.

I posted something a few moments ago on my Facebook author page, then was going on in a similar vein in a comment thread, a...

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BETWEEN (flash fiction)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Friday, October 25, 2013, In : Writing 



Between seven and nine, four days per week. Tuesday through Friday. In a too-bright-to-be-missed atomic pink running skirt. Unless it was autumn/winter, and quite chilly. Then the muscular legs were swathed in charcoal grey to the ankles.

He looked forward to those mornings. Stood on his balcony, perched there high above in his nest. Sipping coffee. Waiting. He'd watch for her. Sometimes she came from the south. Most times. Rarely from the north. He wondered at that anomaly. If there were some...

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You're workin' my tit! (Can you dig it?)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, In : General 


No, this is not porn. That's slang, for gettin' on my last nerve, and such. Dang, but some days people wear me out.

So let's go over a few things because I feel like it, and I need to get it out of my system, and also - surely some of you will be nodding along with this. This is for you, too. Now, some of this applies more to the net. But some applies to both offline and online. The net just seems to amplify bad behavior.

-Disagreement does not equal OMG I HATE YOU DIE. It means I disagree, per...

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Stoker

Posted by Sherry Roit on Wednesday, October 2, 2013,


How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at a variance with the possibilities of later-day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them.

-Dracula, Bram Stoker


In honor of Hallow...
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Long form, short form

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Writing 


Never say never. I know. How cliche. But so often true. Just as stereotypes exist for a reason, I suspect so too, do many cliches.

I've always admired anyone who could write a short story that packed a punch. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman - those are some famous short story writers. I also admired anyone who could make me feel as if a 200 (or less)  page novel had just packed wallop, had contained more story than seemed possible, in some way. 

But more than the wallop, there was a very important in...

Continue reading ...
 

Kingslayer - fan slaying.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : KINGSLAYER 


 Some of you will recognize something in the title of this blog. Some won't. Stick with me, and by the end, you'll know what it means, and particularly, how much more it means to me now, than it did before.

So, there's this little show I love on HBO. Perhaps you've heard of it? Game of Thrones. Perhaps you've also heard of the books? Just a wee series...

Well. About to go on for its third season (March 31st) this year, they were doing special sneak-peek premieres in select cities. As I watched ...

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A confession

Posted by Sherry Roit on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, In : Writing 

 
Well. Hello there. So... I have a confession. I know some of your are chomping at the bit for PI5. And I've made some updates that I'm almost halfway through, that I know where it's going. Thought it's been a while since I mentioned it, yes? And now I have this OTHER book come out. Where is the last Paris Immortal, you wonder.

Well. I thought I knew where it was going. I kind of still do, somewhere in the back of my head. And then other things needed to get out, be completed. Now I have this ...

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Open letter aka ENOUGH

Posted by Sherry Roit on Sunday, December 16, 2012,


Dear "from my cold dead hands,"

 

The issue is not mental health OR culture of violence OR guns. The word you seek is AND. This country is not evolved enough to handle these grown up weapons of death. I will gladly, as the daughter of a one time cop who had a gun collection, and as a person from areas where hunting is done for food, give up my right to arms to save the lives of these babies - they are BABIES - that are being massacred. I will do this because I am not a selfish bitch lacking com...

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What's technique? SOC

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 6, 2012, In : Writing 


 How dare I speak of technique. Clearly, I don't have one. I'm not even a consistent blogger. 

Tell me, is it better to have a set structure, a schedule; better to have an ever shifting open ended affair? Or something in between?

I don't know. You are you, I am me, and we don't fit into the same box. Therefore, I'm not actually speaking about technique.

But then again...

Where is the point that you realize whatever you're doing isn't working, and that perhaps you should try something else? I susp...

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Nostalgia and stasis

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, May 3, 2012,


I'm going back home to Missouri (round the Ozarks) in mid June, to see my parents. It is their 50th wedding anniversary, and that's amazing to me. They were high school sweet hearts.

This may seem strange to say, but I'm more excited about going than I would expect. Not because I don't love my parents and want to see them. I find I'm craving that simplicity of life, that slower pace, and I know damned well some of it can't truly be recaptured; you know, that time of innocence when you were a c...
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Disappearing year

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, December 19, 2011,


2011 is winding down. Assess it objectively, if you can. I'm always hearing people say it was the worst year ever-- every single year! C'mon, really? There must be someone who had a good year. A decent year? Even a middle-of-the-road year?

No? Wow, it sucks to be you! Terrible attitude, there.

Like anything, mine had its highs and its lows; but I think the ups far outweighed the downs. I had some amazing times on the coast. I saw my lighthouses. I stayed in a wonderful hotel on a beautiful beac...

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An evening with Neil Palmer and Amanda Gaiman

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, November 10, 2011,


Magical.
 
Yes, that's the word, for that's what it was. I had not attended anything remotely like this special evening with Neil and Amanda ever before, and it's doubtful that I ever will again. 

The stage, decorated, as I understand, by volunteers (in Seattle? They did this in each city) was perfect, as it happens. A purple antique sofa, a stuffed lion, feathers and an old floor rug. Sparse, yet so full of warmth, thanks in large part to not only our hosts, but their special guests.

There was o...

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Long time...

Posted by Sherry Roit on Saturday, June 18, 2011,



 Oh my. It's been a while since I posted a blog. I'm not so good at them, any more. A reason I no longer have livejournal. I need to store up new things to say, before blogging them. Some will say that authors (or indeed anyone with a need for promotion, perhaps) should get themselves out there all the time, in every way, especially blogs. But what if you have nothing to say? Does it do me any favors to repeat myself, and/or write about inane crap that no one really wants to read?

I think not....
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Life, writing and not worrying.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : General 


 Here I sit at the day job, typing on my shiny baby, Sezzy Eddie. I've done some good writing since adopting Eddie. Some in a coffee shop-- oh so cliche but effective-- and some at home. I've also done a lot of not writing and I'm not sorry, nor am I worried. Why? Because I've been out living life, exploring this state (and the one south) that I live in. I have wanderlust, dear readers, and it must be satisfied. Until the day I can make it to Europe, this is a close second, exploring the coas...
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Fall Inspiration

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Writing 


Autumn, autumn, how I love thee. In Seattle it can't rival the East coast, or even the Missouri and Iowa autumns that I recall. I just hope each year that I'll have some semblance of a real Fall. The crisp air, the crunching (instead of always soggy) leaves. The fog. The clearing during the day, temps in the 60s, air crisp and clean.

Well, so far, I've had my wish this year. (And I've discovered the joys of certain squashes.) It makes for fantastic morning runs, and those morning runs also ser...
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Guts, blood and steel.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 9, 2010, In : Writing 


Word-gasm!

It's been a while since I got some real writing done. I've broken that spell today, and done pretty well with Project Three. Which, now that I think about it, I don't know why I said was hush hush. I suppose because I'd not written on it for quite some time, not since an intro section, if you will, and didn't know where it was going next. But, I've named it before. Anatomy of Darkness. It's not at all the one I thought I'd work on today, either, but some things popped into my head ...

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