Fridays 5 with Prex J.D. V Ybasco

The President of The Ybasco University. (A makeshift school of her own making)
An accomplished Educator.
A Seminar Speaker.
A Bookworm.
A Musician.
A Writer.

Her first work is "To Be Continued," a Young Adult novel that features Azalea Anthony, a struggling writer, her influences, her love for writing and basketball, and her relationships with people around her.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.)  I already joined writing contests when I was in College and since then, I have kept different blogs. However, only after going through the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge and succeeding did I get ever so serious in it. I refused to eat on time, I didn't talk to my friends about my work for fear that I might give away important ideas I could use for my plot. I woke up every morning thinking of what else to write. So yeah, I think at that point, I became serious.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) Probably facing the fact that there are great writers out there and they have covered almost everything that needs to be covered. It feels like you have nothing new to say nor offer to the world. I have always seen myself as a writer who has a fresh take on things but when I read novels or even blogs that have solid plots and amazing lines, I start doubting myself if I am indeed cut out for this.
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Synopsis: Not all stories end happily nor tragically. Most of them just need to be continued.Azalea Anthony is a writer, or what she claims to be.Vim Harvey is her friend, or at least what she wants to believe.Jasmine Morrish is Azalea's archenemy, or so what Jash believes Azalea makes people are other characters, too: like Warren, the basketball player, Beatrix, the model, Tom, the perfect excuse of a brother, Eclaire, the eccentric bff, etc.They all hangout in one place where they can enjoy a steaming cup of debates, an aroma of gossips, a side dish of basketball, a topping of drama, and a menu of articles : The Big Coffee Shop.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.)  It was superb! For the first few days, the idea that I have a novel out there waiting to be read (and criticized at that!) didn't sink in but when it did, I was in seventh heaven.

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.)  Characters make stories more realistic and in this generation when you will find the same story line and plot, I guess the game changers will have to be the characters.

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.)  Nothing much. Just sitting in a comfy chair, reading a book and a cup of coffee within my reach.

Throwback Thursday: Panzer Kaserne

In 1979 I returned to the United States from a re forger exercise in West Germany only to be handed orders to go back on permanent duty. Once I arrived in country I was assigned to Panzer Kaserne,  Headquarters company 4th of the 73rd Armored, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One). This was at the height of the cold war so our stated mission was to conduct a delaying action against a Soviet advance to give reinforcements time to arrive in country and equip.

Over the intervening years I've lost all of the photos of my time in the military so imagine my surprise to run across this on Youtube. I was there when these photos were taken and there's a good chance I was photographed without my knowledge. Of course my back is to the camera, I never was one for having my picture taken.

A trip down memory lane, recalling the ones that got away.

My oldest grandson has recently turned sixteen and just the other day got his learners permit. While it makes me feel old to realize one of my children's children has reached that age where I got my first car, it also sent me down memory lane to revisit some lost loves. What many people don't know about me is I like cars. I may bitch and moan and complain about working on them, but I've got grease under my fingernails, and I like it.

The very first car I ever owned was a 1955 Dodge Coronet. Of course it looked nothing like the one in the picture and truth be told the car was given to me by my dad. I tinkered with it trying unsuccessfully to get it started. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and at the time my Dad was fighting against the diabetes that would kill him a couple of years later, so he was in no position to help. I eventually graduated from high school and joined the military. The last I heard about the Dodge it had been sold to my Uncle who parked it in his back yard where it sat until it turned into a pile of rust.

The next vehicle I owned was a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 that I purchased from a so-called friend at my first permanent duty station in the military. I paid 500 bucks for it, and when the transmission went out on it (at least they said it was the transmission) I sold it for a loss.

My next vehicle purchase was a 1971 AMC Javelin that I bought from one of the dealers along the main strip in Killeen Texas. It was lime green and looked like someone had painted it with a paint roller. The interior was trashed but it started when I turned the key and sometimes I could bark the tires. Of course duty called and a trip overseas courtesy of Uncle Sam ended that love affair.

Over the intervening years I've owned a number of different vehicles and in that time I've taught myself how to work on them. I rebuilt a transmission once and it worked. I've also rebuilt engines so I know a thing or two about the inner workings of a motor. It's the electrical systems that confuse me.

I've been handing down this knowledge to my oldest grandson. He has helped me a number of times work on the assorted vehicles I've owned One of my fondest memories comes from when he was only six and we were lying together under an old Daytona. I caught hell because he got grease on his clothes, but I know he learned something from the experience, I know I did.

What was your fist vehicle?

How to upload a free book to your kindle

Not everyone is as tech savvy as many of us authors would like to believe. We offer free books without much thought to how someone is going to get said book onto their device. Here's a little something I threw together to help out. Feel free to copy the instructions below to hand out with your free books, and please don't hesitate to share a link to this post.

There are two ways of getting a free book onto your device.  Directly through your computer using the USB cable that came with your device, or if you own a kindle, you can email the book as an attachment directly to your kindle.

Directly via your personal computer.

  1. Always remember where you save any file you donwload.
  2. Plug your device into your computer using the USB cable that came with it.
  3. Locate your device  on your computer. In most cases a dialog box will open once you've connected asking you what you want to do with the device.
  4. Once you’ve located your device open the folder. For files on a kindle it will be named Documents or books, on other readers it may have a name such as Content or Documents, or even books.
  5. Drag and drop the book file into the open folder for your device.
  6. Unmount the device from your computer: choose "Safely Remove Mass Storage Device" (Windows) or "Eject" (Mac)
  7. Disconnect your device and enjoy the story. 

To email the file to your kindle.

  1.  Log into your Amazon account.
  2.  To the right on the top bar of the main page you will see your name, and beneath that Your     Account.
  3. Click on the link to open your account.
  4. Scroll down to the Digital Content box
  5. Click on manage your content and devices
  6. Along the top of the page you will see Your Content, Your Devices, Settings
  7. Click on the Settings tab.
  8. Scroll down the page to Personal Document Settings There you will see the email address for your kindle, make a note of this.
  9. Scroll down to Approved Personal Document Email list.
  10. If your personal email is not listed there, click on Add a New Approved Email Address
  11. Follow the prompts to add your personal email.
  12. Once you click save it will take about 24 hours before you can email anything to your kindle. Once it’s set up, anytime you have a mobi or pdf you want to load on your kindle, simply attach it to an email from your approved email account and you can send the file to your kindle.

For more information about transferring files to your kindle go to Send To Kindle 

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask, but remember I'm not as tech savvy as this post makes me appear.