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2017 January New Beginnings

Posted by Herika R Raymer on January 4, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello!


It has been several months since I last posted, my apologies. I hope you all had a great Holiday and are ready for the new year. Yes, 2016 was very sad with the loss of a number of Talents. However, for me 2016 brought great news!


My debut is finally available from Dark Oak Press and Media as of November 2016:

https://www.amazon.com/Make-Mine-Creepy-Herika-Raymer/dp/1941754856" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.amazon.com/Make-Mine-Creepy-Herika-Raymer/dp/1941754856


I am already grearing up for a second collection release and am finally finishing the revision of CHARM OF DRAGONELLES for release - preferably March 2017 if I can manage it.


Be on the lookout!

Judicious June 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on July 1, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The big news is Brexit.


Ok, so Britian showed the good sense to leave the EU. This is a bad thing how? The British Empire existed before the EU, as did the French Empire and the Russian Commonwealth. A 'world government' or 'world identity', frankly, scares me silly. Why? I have read some of the edicts of that world, and I definitely do not agree with it.


1> You can be detained just for LOOKING like a criminal, even if you are not one.

2> You put the power of government into a few hands. The checks-and-balances of the three-branch government of America was supposed to prevent this, except now those branches are either ignoring one another's duties or just overwhelming them. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

3> Listen to Daniel Hannon, a man with great common sense.
https://www.facebook.com/ozpoliticallyincorrect/videos/1655630014762457/


If you do not want to accept things end, then realize things change. Nothing is static. Everything moves. The sea moves and stays alive, the planet rotates and stays active, the seasons change to keep things going, and all this happens for a reason. Humans also change. The mass of a million messy miracles changes all the time. So why should people expect civilization and governments to remain stagnant and the same. What starts out as great ideas either progress to something great (rarely) or degenerate into something oppressive (more often given human nature).


Change is good. Pooling power into a single area is not a great move. As Mr. Hannon, the fisherman of north Britian, and the terrified populus of Germany can tell you - allowing the EU to continue is not healthy. Change is needed.


Hopefully, Brexit will be the beginning of a great change.




May Maybes 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on May 20, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello again, tis me.


This month the Elders at the church I attend granted permission for me to try a Writer's Workshop. I wanted to try and give some back of what i had learned, and there are several budding authors there at present. We began on May 1, took a break because I went ot Atlanta to visit family, and then started up again on May 15. At present, I only have two people attending, but I get messages of more who are interested. I plan to continue it through June, and hope for more attendees. We shall see.

Foolhardy April 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on April 30, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I have been thinking of how to word this without insulting anyone - and finally gave up.


Aside from the idiocy around the politics going on right now, there has been a lot of hooplah about bathrooms and who should use them. The masses are allowing themselves to be distracted again. Where the real issues are the encroaching illegal aliens, the violence brought by the unruly refugees, and the general collapse of the weak government to bullying antics of other countries. But what is America focused on?


Bathrooms.


I just have to ask: are you being carded to go into a bathroom? I mean, if you were biologically female but decided to surgically make yourself male - you go in the males. If you were biologically male and decided to make yourself surgically female - you to in the females. You have been doing it for years. Why make a fuss now?


Because people dressing different want to go in the wrong bathroom? Sorry, no go. And the people claiming that transgenders are not the threat - ok, fine. But what about the true perverts who are?


As House says: "People lie."


Check out this article: http://liberallogic101.com/?p=49212

"...But trans people are not being murdered, raped, or assaulted as a result of being forced into the “wrong” bathroom. It’s a manipulation that reeks of the very thing we women are constantly accused of doing: fear mongering.


 

Conversely, there are literally hundreds of documented reports of sexual crimes against women in bathrooms, especially by men who either dressed or pretended to identify as women. Hundreds. Why the discrepancy? Why doesn’t this matter? Of the 20 million Americans who have experienced attempted or completed rape, 17 million of them are women. In Washington State, 98 percent of people convicted of felony sex offenses are anatomical males."


Here is the most interesting part:


"In Victorian England, it was considered a civil rights issue. A woman named Rose Adams wrote letter upon letter to the powers that be, pleading for sex-specific bathrooms on the grounds of— you guessed it—safety and privacy. It took more than five years for her to make any real progress."


Check out the letter in full.


So here is the question - why, when so much hard work was put in separating the bathrooms are we looking to integrate them again? Especially when the safety issue is very real. Most would argue about the 'identity' issue. To which I have to agree with this argument:


When a person says "this body part is not mine", they are diagnosed with a disorder. It is called "Body Integrity Identity Disorder". These poor souls will go to great lengths to get rid of the alien part of their body, even engaging in self-mutilation to pressure the medical community to amputate the limbs. For someone who thinks they are too fat, there is bulimia and anorexia, again both disorders. All which are dealt with medically. But somehow, having your brain identify as a different sex is not a medical disorder, it is choice. How does that work? You were made as you were intended, whether you believe in God, Allah, Yahweh, Gaea, the Universe, or Odin - and yet you are saying they made a mistake. Interesting.


So let's do this, if you have an outie - go to the men's. If you have an innie - go to the women's. Keep it simple, keep it safe. If you want to mix, I get to carry a gun and protect my family. Think I do not worry about my son in the men's? Think again, I worried before, now even more so. More often than not, nothing will most likely happen.


But for the times that it does...


Now, can we focus on the more important issue of our weak borders and the influx of violent aliens?

Marvelous March 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on March 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Woot!


I was nominated for a https://darrellawards.wordpress.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Darrell Award for my short story, 'Sentry', in The Idolator's of Cthulu.  It was really wonderful to hear that! A friend of mine, Kathryn Sullivan , congratulated me on Facebook. I had not even heard yet! I went and checked on the site and there I was - wheeeee!


The only terrible part of it was waiting until MidSouthCon to find out if I had won or not. That was two weeks of waiting - argh! Still, I arrived at the con and sat on panels like I was invited to do. All the while a bundle of nerves. Don't get me wrong, I did not expect to win. I was in competition with Robert J Krog, Victor Lothos, and Cat Rambo. All of them previous Darrell Award winners. I am also familiar with Mr Krog's writings, and I consider him to be a superb storyteller. My delight was that, after 20 years of writing, I was a Final Five selection. It was a rush just to be there.


So imagine my astonishment when I heard my name called as the First Runner Up in the short story category!


I was floored and excited, and I practically did a little girl dance up the aisle to the podium. Yes, me. A 40-year old mother of two giddy as a school girl. I don't even remember what I said, other than a lot of Thank You's!


Am I more motivated than ever to get those stories out now - so I best get to it.


Please see a photo of the award here:

http://herikarraymer.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=201371125

February Festivity 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on March 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all.


Not much to say this month except Happy Valentine's and Happy Birthday to the February babies. I was able to drive to Georgia to visit with my nephews, to be there for a birthday party. Took my children, and they had a great time with their aunt and cousins. 


Still writing. There have been a number of small blessings this year, and I am taking it as encouragement to finish some projects which have been on the back burner. Guess I just needed that extra push, and here we go!

Caution January 2016

Posted by Herika R Raymer on January 22, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Begin transmission...


The last time I wrote here was May 2015, for that I am sorry. I am not a good blogger, I will admit. However, with what I have been watching happening in the last several months, something has to be said before FREE SPEECH is denied. I post happy things on Facebook because we need to see it with all the political clap-trap going on there. However, the severity of some current events needs to have commentary. For interviewers and hopeful jobs who are screening this, please be aware I should be allowed my opinion.


This month, I want to say something about the "Refugee Problem" - both in the US and in Europe. Before you blast me, understand that I know there are those who do need protection. I can sympathize with wanting to provide a shelter for another reaching out. I have watched the videos of people crossing hazardous cold waters and some not making it, and them being grateful for the friendly people helping them. I have seen the propoganda of the escaped fugitives who say "do not turn them away, it is what the enemy wants so they can say they were right". However, I have also found the shunned videos of local countrymen pleading for protection from those who have come "seeking asylum". When most of the populus is men, and those men go and do horrid things, that is a problem.


Europe has effectively disarmed its populus, and they do not understand Arabic or Islamic teaching. For them, it is ok to assault and violate someone not of their faith. Then they say "they asked for it". Watch this video of a German girl who is terrified to go outside.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_6B-AURuew" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">German Girl asks for help


No, she should not have to convert to a religion she does not believe in just to save her body. Mostly because it will not. She converts to Islam and it will possibly get worse. Remember the crusade against domestic violence? What happens if domestic violence is part of the religion?


It is ok for Islam men to beat wives, it is discipline


Naysayers and supporters of Islam and Refugees and such will say I am nit-picking articles and only posting the negative. I will admit that is possible. However, the negative should not be ignored because it does not fit in the politically correct box, for ANY religion. People should be aware of this stuff.


Assaulting people and violating them, having people who disagree with you live in fear in their own homes, having people who pratice your ways living in fear in their own homes, and breaking local laws because you think they do no apply to you are NOT the way to live. I do not care if you are Islam, Christian, Atheist, Wiccan, what have you (I mention only religions because that is the theme of this post).


Tolerance is accepting another for who and what they are AND MOVING ON. Not forcing them to be like you. If your practice of your religion is truly tolerant, you would not be assaulting others, violating others, threatening others, or slandering others because they disagree with you.


Do not call me hypocritical because I am posting this and thus 'slandering' practicioners of Islam. I am perfectly aware there are other religions who do reprehensible things. But you know what? They are tried and punished. What makes Islam so special that it is allowed to make its own courts? It own laws? Laws stating they do not have to obey the law of the land? If the law of the land says "you do not beat your wife or children", and I mean BEAT not DISCIPLINE - know the difference - then you do not. If the law says "you do not marry children or have sexual relations with them", then you do not. If the law says "you do not rape", then you do not. How hard is that?


It was pointed out to me that it is only a small percentage of Islam that does this. These people should be aware that, at the start, the Nazi party was only a small percentage of Germany. Look what happened when they were not taken seriously - World War II. Yes, I went there. Because they follow the belief of "to change the world, just take a generation and teach it what you want". Don't think this is true? Tell that to the 200 girls who were kidnapped, raped, impregnated - many of whom were underage, and many who do not know where their children who were born while captive are. 


This is another in a long line of attempts for people to see behind the politically correct or politically directed imagery of what is going on. Not everything out there is "thank you" and "it is so wonderful". There are people now afraid for themselves and their families because there is an invasion happening. Be aware.


End of Line.

May Madness 2015

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I am SO excited!


I learned that I have been INVITED as a Literary Guest to Liberty Con in June! If you do not understand my delight, please allow me to explain. Yes, I have been attending Cons for years, but I have always known just about everyone there and have usually been accompanied by H David Blalock - my father and a brilliant writer. He is the guest, and I am often the one who accompanies him. Yes, I am honored with guest status because of my writing, but the Cons have always been in what you could call my 'comfort zone' - publishers and writers I knew. So I could relax, be as strange as I liked, and just have a good time.


Thanks to Jason Cordova, I have made it into Liberty Con! It is a small Con, but I have heard such wonderful things about it. Stephanie Osborn is constantly asking me why I have not been, and my reply has always been 'I would have to be invited, I think'. Now it has happened! I cannot tell you how nervous I am. I want to make a good impression so I get invited back.


Keep me in your thoughts, well wishes and all. Yes, H David Blalock and I will be going to Hypericon 2015, but I am excited about Liberty Con 2015 for different reasons.


Speaking of Hypericon, I understand it is more of a gathering for the departed Fred Grimm. I only met him a few times, but I feel for his widow. I sincerely hope it is a great fellowship and look forward to seeing friends there.

Awesome April 2015

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Birthday to my darling sister - may her celebration be memorable!


For myself, I have been careful not to get too involved in politics lately. I do not like what I am seeing, but my opinions are my own. If anyone wishes to talk to me about it, be prepared for honest debate, not a debacle of name-calling. But enough of that.


In the meantime, perhaps you would like to read about my shapeshifters versus werewolves?

March Mayhem 2015

Posted by Herika R Raymer on June 30, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Once again time for MidSouthCon!


As always, I had a wonderful time visiting with friends I do not get to see otherwise. To the folks of Dark Oak Press (Allan Gilbreath, Kimberly Richardson, M B Weston, J L Mulvihill, Alexander S Brown), Seventh Star Press (Stephen Zimmer), Pro Se Publications (Tommy Hancock, Andrea Judy), Charon Coin Press (Jerry Benns and his lovely crew), Down To Earth Creations, Kelly LaPlante, the Gatewoods, the Setbackens, and the many others who make it so memorable - y'all rock!


It ended too soon, but looking forward to next year.




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