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Monday, January 26, 2015

Sisters In Crime/Hawaii: SPECIAL HAWAII AUTHOR EVENT with ALAIN GUNN

Special Author Event
Villages of Kapolei Recreation Center Conference Room
February 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Author Alain Gunn will be at the Kapolei Book Club to speak about his novel, If Pigs Could Cry. The story, which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii, merges medical horror, science fiction, and current events to bring up disturbing questions regarding medical experimentation on animals, the meat industry, and what makes us human. Meet the author and join the discussion! Books will be available for purchase.
     Alain Gunn’s writing benefits from a diversity of experience. He is a surgeon, an educator, a military officer, a hospital administrator, a scientist, and a world traveler. His publications include newspaper articles, textbook chapters, scientific research, short stories, and novels. He has published four novels to date: A Tale of Two Planets, Red Exodus, If Pigs Could Cry, and The Honey Bee. He also contributed a short story to Mystery in Paradise: 13 Tales of Suspense.
    His service in the US Army spans more than twenty years, including the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Following his military career, he was Chief surgeon and chief of the medical staff at Shriner's Hospital where he treated patients throughout the Pacific basin. A Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in Hawaii and Texas, he has lectured or worked in over thirty-five countries, on every inhabited continent. He serves on the editorial board of one orthopaedic journal, reviews submissions to two others, and is author or co-author of more than forty scientific articles published in orthopaedic or genetic journals.
     Born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, he currently lives in Honolulu. He is married and has three children. Hobbies include scuba diving, underwater photography, ocean kayaking, playing banjo in a jazz band, and singing in a choir.
After Brad Crenshaw’s daughter, Lani, dies while awaiting a heart transplant, he closes his practice as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Crenshaw turns to the laboratory, in an attempt to honor Lani’s memory by creating an unlimited source of transplantable hearts, thus ensuring that other parents and patients do not have to face the same agony his family has endured. His plan is to substitute human DNA in the genomes of cloned swine to make their hearts more compatible with human hosts. After thirteen such substitutions, he is near to complete success. But the cloned swine resulting from the fourteenth substitution demonstrate unexpected changes that threaten his research, his family, his Hawaiian community, and ultimately, the future of humanity.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Potting Soil and Mason Jars

Today I purchased an 8-quart bag of all-purpose potting soil enriched with fertilizer and a dozen
pint-sized, covered mason jars. I also purchased a nice little self-watering window box planter. 

What do I have in mind for these items? 
 
 

I plan to learn how to grow herbs. Specifically, cilantro, mint, basil, and -- well, I’ll begin with those. My long-term plan is to get healthier than coffee and diet cola allow. Of course, being pragmatic, I don’t intend to wait until those green leafy things start to pop out of the soil. There are plenty of Farmer’s Markets around for me to frequent until then. 

My goal is to produce an eclectic variety of flavored water for my personal consumption. Along with the health benefits of drinking lots of water, there is the fun of planning, preparing, and relaxing on the lanai with a colorfully garnished, ice-cold glass of water that is eye appealing, mouth tingling, and thirst quenching.

Stay tuned for my progress reports, personal-experience tips on making flavored water, and some healthy benefits of drinking the stuff! Refreshed from drinking all that healthy water, the quality of my novel writing will benefit also. Right?
 
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#IWSG Is Ambition the Last Refuge?



It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group blog posting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find a list of all the other members of the group here

His awesome co-hosts for the January 7 posting of the IWSG are:
Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, andMichelle Wallace!

  Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!



 
I must confess, Social Media overwhelmed me.

After joining several sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, I started blogging to promote my published novels. I interviewed other authors and participated in a variety of blog hops. At some point, I lost traction as the social world moved too fast for me to keep up, especially if I wanted to write more novels. 

Writing, research, and editing are fun for me. Meeting other writers and marketing my books are also on my list of fun activities. If it was possible to do everything, I would. Admitting I couldn’t was the breakthrough that rendered instant relief. My stress level declined once I learned to strike a happy medium by staying within my abilities. 

At first, I withdrew almost completely from online activities. The withdrawal corresponded with the year-end holidays. I took time to determine what I enjoyed doing most in terms of lifetime goals. 

If ambition is the last refuge of failure, as quoted by Oscar Wilde (and Gil Grissom) then I feel justified in swapping ambition for happiness by living at my own comfortable pace. 

Of course, my pace varies. I currently have three more novels written and in various stages of development. These projects were not created as a result of ambition but from a need to write. This, to me, is the definition of happiness.