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This is feeling a little surreal but I just found out my novel that was "getting published" as an ebook actually already GOT published on Christmas Eve. They just forgot to tell me it was live! So here it is...It's a full length novel, mystery/adventure set in the 1980s. It's a beach read, but it's a beach read with heart. It would totally make my day if anyone bought it. It's $5.99, or if you want to "borrow" it, it's $1.99. Thanks so much in advance to anyone who cares enough to read it. I'm still kind of in shock here...I was figuring it was coming out in a few weeks...www.readpublishing.com/product… To see the description and peek in the book the site makes you create and account but at least that's free :)
Recently I finished reading the novel The Road (and seeing the movie of the same title). Normally I wouldn't gravitate to something so scary and negative and I admit the vivid, heart-wrenching post apocalyptic imagery haunted me for weeks and interrupted my sleep...definitely a brilliantly done cautionary tale in both forms but profoundly disturbing...

The thing that amazes me though, is that I don't think I will ever view the world in the same way since The Road: Each blade of green grass, each delicate butterfly or brilliantly raucous crow - even the changeable blue color of the ocean is a breathtaking miracle now. Of course they always have been, but sometimes I could get so caught up in everyday stress I could forget that.

So today taking Summer for an afternoon walk, I truly felt like Julie Andrew's character in the opening scene of The Sound of Music! Yes, the hills ARE alive and I wanted to spin around and sing just watching the intense blue sky through the fall filigree of reds, yellows and oranges clinging to the tree branches. What a gift to be a part of this web of life! May I always have the grace to rejoice in the small stuff...
Trying to figure out how the universe works when it comes to turning the stuff we create into a living income. Obviously, first create decent stuff...then get it on a platform where it can sell anywhere in the world...but then, once one has done the first two, how does one separate their stuff from the massive soup of stuff out there? Sometimes I've felt like my stuff is invisible because it's part of such a massive soup of stuff and no one finds it to buy it. Any marketing suggestions from anyone who's had success in this area are most welcome :)

In the meantime, if you're interested, you can listen to samples of my CD (and even purchase) at any of these links:

If you'd like to purchase a digital copy, the album is  available at iTunes at: itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon…

And at Amazon at: www.amazon.com/Moon-Ducky-Albu…

And of course at CD Baby (Hard copy CDs and digital downloads) at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/narrowescape…

I also wrote two short e-books. If you're looking to read a few short, inexpensive stories that will leave you thinking, you can find them here: www.barnesandnoble.com/c/rober…

Many many thanks for checking out my music and stories if you have an extra minute. (If you like them, tell your friends :D) Maybe if we create a community of creative people that supports one another, we can all have success.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!
After encountering every possible (and I mean EVERY possible) hurdle, glitch, problem and malfunction anyone could possibly run into during the process getting a CD manufactured (including having large sections of the songs mysteriously missing the first shipment and needing to have them redone)...The CDs are finally here.

Honestly after all the trouble and stress I'm kind of numb about it but I did play one through and all seems fine now.

I guess this means I have a big box of CDs to sell now. Want one? Any sales incredibly much appreciated and this is all music that Jim and I wrote, so it's very close to my heart...

No pressure of course...but...if you want:

You can buy our CD online from CD Baby at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/narrowescape…

If you'd like to purchase a digital copy, the album is  available at iTunes at: itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon…

And at Amazon at: www.amazon.com/Moon-Ducky-Albu…

And of course at CD Baby at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/narrowescape…

The Moon Ducky Album has only our original music and covers styles from swing and samba to rock and folk. It also explores almost every human emotion from the most serious to the extremely silly.

Jim and I hope you like our album!!  (If you do, we'd appreciate if you leave a nice comment in the comments section of the digital store you choose - thanks!)
This whole CD process has been so beyond stressful every step of the way, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel finally.

I'm still waiting on the physical CDs (They're due to be delivered here today and some inventory to the CD baby warehouse at some point this week.)

But... the exciting thing is that the album went live for digital download last night! I find this both thrilling and terrifying honestly...I've already sold a few copies and got some positive feedback though. Only issue is it seems one of the songs isn't compatible to play in all phones. I called CD Baby (the manufacturer and distributer) and they confirmed that their technology isn't compatible with all phones. Ugh. Very frustrating, honestly but at least only one track was affected. And all songs play perfectly well in iPods, on computer, and of course burned to CD.

Anyway, the album is for sale (digital download) at iTunes at: itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon…

at Amazon at: www.amazon.com/Moon-Ducky-Albu…

and of course at CD Baby at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/narrowescape…

I also found it on what I think is a German or Dutch Amazon site! Very cool! (I so wish I could recognize the language here...It looked like German to me but my son said it might also be Dutch...) www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00CK…

Any sales are incredibly appreciated (no pressure of course). If you like it, I would be very grateful for a nice review on any of the sales sites. Hard copy CDs should be available for sale online at CD Baby by the end of the week. In the meantime I'm trying to let go, not place too much importance on the success or failure of this endeavor and to remain firmly in this rainy, gray moment...
So the Narrow Escape Duo originals CD is all recorded now, and I think it's finally mastered after the first mix not being right. (Major stress...) I just finished navigating the confusing horrible US copyright sight and completing a stray copyright I had somehow neglected to address. All the cover art is done and the liner notes are already up on the website. You can read all the lyrics/credits etc. here: narrowescapeduo.synthasite.com…  Looks like I will have actual CDs to sell really, really soon. A staggering thought...I'm probably ordering them tomorrow...

But it all takes a surprising emotional toll. I am so fried right now...I feel as if my eyeballs have been sucked out of my brain. The songs I wrote are a huge part of my heart and Jim's songs have become a part of my consciousness as well after all the work we both put into them. Putting this all out there is really scary on a lot of levels. But it's exciting too. Hopefully I get get myself out of the hyper-drive mode I've been in all day and get some sleep now...When the CDs are available I'll post a link. Thanks for listening to me ramble and wishing you all sweet dreams tonight...
Here's a link to a rough recording of the song I wrote today about my frustration with this dragging winter...Hope you like it....soundcloud.com/roberta-pescow/…
Just wanted to say thank you to whoever gave me a 3 month premium membership - that was so sweet! Many thanks and best wishes :)
Just felt like sharing again...Here's the new song I wrote yesterday and the inspiration came from just a paper cup of water :) Very rough recording and I'm not much of a guitar player but you get the drift...Hope you like it! soundcloud.com/roberta-pescow/…
Finally figured out how to use sound cloud a few weeks back (yes I know I am a dinosaur...) Anyway, here's a song I wrote in November (excuse my crappy guitar playing). Hope you like it...soundcloud.com/roberta-pescow/…
More shameless self promotions...but then again, it isn't like anyone will do it for me...Day two of the virtual book tour! Visit the site if you have time and enter the contest to win a copy of my other eBook, A Monster's Tears...(you have to scroll down a bit to find me...) www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/&… so much for visiting the tour sites if you have the time - pass it on if you like it - thanks :)
Since book sales were so disappointing (just family and friends...) I decided to do a virtual book tour. Today is the first day - very exciting but a little scary...But I got my first good review - yay! Check it out if you have a chance: gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.bl…

And here's the first stop on the blog tour - the meet and greet page. You have to scroll down a bit to get to mine but I'm sure the other guy's book is good too so I'm not asking anyone to skip his. We creative people need to stick together: readingaddictionvbt.blogspot.c…

Thanks so much to anyone who has time to follow the tour online and maybe buys a book :)

Have a wonderful day :D
Hello out there! I'm feeling a little awkward in this moment of shameless self-promotion but I'm really excited that I finally, finally got my courage up and e-published two of my fiction stories on Smashwords. Actually the whole thing feels so surreal...But I figure if I don't speak up, no one will even know they are out there and they'll just be lost in the endless sea of new fiction. So I have to get my courage up yet again and tell the world I've published. That's a lot of courage for a single afternoon and I'm sure looking forward to a few hours from now when I can just turn off my over-active brain and go to sleep ;)

So here are the links: A Monster's Tears is a short story length fairy tale selling for 99 cents. You can check it out here (if you want to. No pressure.): www.smashwords.com/books/view/…

A Life in the Service is a novelette length urban fantasy-adventure with a twist and sells for $1.99. You can check that one out here: www.smashwords.com/books/view/… (Again, only if you want to. No pressure)

Thanks in advance for any good wishes, good energy and of course sales :)
Well I suppose it is time to add another journal entry since I've got a quiet moment as I cool off from working out it's been about two months since I posted anything here :D

I'm really having a great time with DA, and like most things, the gifts I'm getting from this experience are very different than the ones I was hoping for. Honestly I joined after my son bought two great posters from DA and I thought, hmmm, maybe this is a place I can sell some photos and make a little extra cash. (Who couldn't use a little extra cash?) I trusted this site because my daughter has been a member for years and she's met such nice people...

So fast forward, I haven't sold anything. LOL. But I have met amazing people and been inspired by their amazing artwork. (Yes, that's you, probably :) ) And like I've said before, it's just such a thrill to talk to people all over the world and the amount of talent out there is very humbling.

And the other surprise gift? (no, not the llamas although those are very sweet too and I had to get my daughter to explain this to me...) The gift is that I've learned so much more about photography! Looking at the vision of others is teaching me to look at my own work with a more discerning eye and forcing me to work a little harder at this. At the beginning it was so easy to fall in love with every pretty image I took and want to submit them all. Now I can see how uneven my gallery is and I'm hopefully I'm getting more discriminating as I go along. I'm definitely still learning.

March was a very busy month for me as the jazz duo I sing in does a program of (get this) Irish/Celtic folk music for St. Patrick's events. It's always the craziest time of the year but I'm so grateful for the work in this challenging economy. So I haven't had time to take as many pictures as I'd like lately, but I should be taking lots more again in the weeks to come...

In other news (ahh, an opportunity for shameless self-promotion and I'm really not good at that) my duo's CD is almost done if anyone is interested. All originals this time. I'll post something when recording is done and when it's ready. Recording is/has been a journey and roller coaster ride in and of itself, sometimes thrilling and sometimes a glaring look at my own shortcomings and weaknesses. I sure will be happy when this project is completed, since I wrote a good portion of the songs on it, this is very close to my heart.

Oh well, that's enough out of me for today...Wishing you all lots of surprising and wonderful gifts on this quiet evening...
Hmmm. My first actual journal entry...

I just thought I'd take a minute on this gloomy gray day to say what a bright spot DA is in my life. The chance to talk with so many nice, creative people from all over the world without even leaving my house, and share our art is beyond amazing when you actually think about it. I feel so blessed to live in a time when this is possible :)  

Also my very deep thanks to everyone for whom English isn't their first language, that you've taken the trouble to communicate with me in English here! These past few months on DA have made me so aware of the limitations of only knowing one language and thinking how much I would like to learn another...but which one?? Oh no, option anxiety XD

And now that I've figured out how to use this journal function.. (last time for that questionnaire thing, my daughter set it up for me - how embarrassing!)...I'll be back!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day full of surprising blessings :D
I was tagged so now I'm tagging you. :iconmarstersstalker77:


The Rules

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged him/her.
6. No tag backs.
7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you are reading this". You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

ok, five things about me...

1. If I could have one superpower, it would be to make everyone healed and happy just by thinking of them. (anonymously of course - that's the fun of it!)

2. If I could have MORE than one superpower, I would choose fun stuff for the rest, like being able to fly, breathe underwater, travel through time, and move objects.

3. I try to remember we are all one and to see the divine in everyone, but some people make this more difficult than others. When this happens, I remind myself that if we are all part of the one divine body, someone has to be the asshole. LOL

4. While I have tons of people I'm friendly with, I have a only small circle of people I am truly close to, but there's a whole lot of love in that circle. Quality rather than quantity, right?

5. I must be the only person who loves swimming like a little kid but is afraid to put my head underwater :)

Answers to questions:
1. My favorite holidays are Independence Day and Passover. For the same reason - they are both about freedom from various forms of slavery. Both these days remind me to be grateful to be free of some very bad times.

2.Cats or dogs? I like both, but am probably more of a dog person.

3. Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek. Definitely. So much philosophy, imagination, and honest intellectual exploration! Not to mention such memorable characters...

4. Favorite Movie? I have a few all time favorites: My First Mister, Everything is Illuminated, The King's Speech, and Paulie come to mind...oh, and how could I forget What Dreams May Come?

5. Cake or Pizza? Pizza. With eggplant and mushrooms.

6. Believe in ghosts? Yes! Have had some interesting experiences with that...Long stories...

7. Stupidest thing you've ever seen? An old lady sitting in a wheelchair at a nursing home I sing at was resting comfortably. The staff came by, proceeded to lean her forward, lift up her shirt, and remove her breasts from BEHIND HER BACK (yes, she was basically sitting on her breasts...), lay them on her chest and pull her shirt down, right in the middle of the concert.

8. Recurrent Dreams? Yes. Nightmares where I'm thirsty and try to drink a glass of water but (to use Star Trek terminology) the water and my mouth are slightly "out of phase" so I never feel the water in my mouth.

9. What have you always wanted to learn but didn't have time? Any other language. I would love to be bilingual. Kind of embarrassing to only know English. Also I would have learned to dance.

10. Something I wear daily? Glasses and a beautiful lapis lazuli bracelet from my boyfriend.

11. 3D Movies, TV Games? The novelty of 3D wears thin for me after a minute or 2

Oh no, Yikes! - these aren't the questions I was supposed to answer?? Oh no...all right, here are the others. I guess I should have read to the bottom of the page before answering. LOL LOL

1. Person I couldn't live without? Not just one. It would be my kids, my boyfriend, my parents, my sister. They all are such essential parts of my life.

2. Favorite art styles: The drawings that look like soft photos - whatever that is called. I sure do wish I could do that!

3. I think I'm very open minded. Live and let live, but harm none.

4. If I had one day to do whatever I want, no consequences...I would got back in time and visit my grandparent's beach house in MA where I used to spend summers as a child. I would see them alive again and hug them and talk to them from my heart. I would lie in the sun and jump in the waves. I would visit the old sun parlor room where I used to sleep as a kid and take a nap on the crappy little cot. I would sit in the chair under the stairs and listen to the vintage radio and read old Nancy Drew books. I would smell and touch and taste everything and etch it into the dreams I would dream when the day was done.

5. If I woke up as an animal, hmm...Maybe a dolphin. And I'd put my head under water :D

6. I'm not sure what kind of art I wish people would forget. If it makes someone happy, I guess it has a reason to stick around, even if it isn't my taste.

7. I like cartoon originals so much better than the remakes.

8. Usually adults who like cartoons and comics are very interesting, smart people.

9. My favorite kind of movies are supernatural romances, and quirky human stories with a bit of spirituality.

10. I wanted to join DA to connect with other interesting creative people all around the country and the world, and yes, I admit, hopefully to sell some photography. (to strangers, not the interesting creative people I connect with!)

11. If I could change one thing about myself, I would be without fear.

And now that I've answered 22 questions, I don't have the energy to think up 11 new ones, so if you're tagged, pick your favorite 11 or answer them all :)