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365 Challenge: Day 295 – News (RYDER RANT)

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News: newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events

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Happy New Year! It’s Ryder and I wanted to start the new year off right by wishing everyone a wonderful 2018. I am excited about everything it could bring! I have a few things to rant about, but also a couple of exciting updates to reveal… so I thought I’d just share some random ‘news’ today as part of my first 2018 365 Daily Challenge post. We’ll start with something good.

  1. A few weeks ago, Atwood Cutting, also know as Kate Peters, was the Author Alert on Dad’s blog. She’s a very cool lady and always says hello to me, plus she tells Dad to give me hugs and treats! Atwood taped a radio interview on 12/15 through FM station KCME 88.7 in Colorado Springs. You can listen to the recording on 1/1/18 at 7:00 PM MST. Check out KCME 88.7 FM and kcme.org for further information, or contact Atwood to get a copy of the broadcast. Dad has a copy and can also share it via email — I can’t wait to listen to it this week with him, curled up on his lap.
  2. On a sadder note, one of Dad’s favorite authors passed away this week. He’s been a big fan of Sue Grafton, who wrote the Alphabet Series, over the last thirty years. She finished the 25th book, Y is for Yesterday, but will probably not posthumously publish the final one in the series. In honor of her, Dad will make her the focus on the Fri 1/5 Author Alert — even tho she’s not someone he has met. Stay tuned!
  3. Dad told me all about his trip to Louisiana last week for Christmas. It’s a bit concerning how poor the service was on Delta.
    • Dad 2 left on Christmas Eve, planning to arrive at 11pm in the Louisiana airport. When he arrived in Atlanta for the first connection, there was no one at the gate even though the plane was supposed to take off in 30 minutes. He found out they had issues with the tugs to deliver the plane, but there was no flight crew. It seemed suspiciously like they planned to cancel the flight and forgot to tell anyone. It finally showed up, but he arrived at 1:30am on Christmas Day. Not good holiday service!
    • Dad 1 left on the same flight Christmas Day. At the gate in NYC, he was put in Zone 3 (last zone). They asked for volunteers to check baggage at the gate since there would be no room, and offered to let you get on the plane in Zone 1. He did the right thing and checked his baggage at the gate, then had an issue trying to board in Zone 1. He received a text alert saying his baggage was put on the plane. When he landed at 11:15 in Louisiana, his bag was nowhere to be found! One person said it was in NY. The mobile app showed it in Atlanta. The alert said it was on a plane. Very confusing. He filed a claim to get it all sorted out, and it was… he had to drive back to the airport to get it, which was after there were no rental cars available.
    • Dads left together on a trip back to NYC later in the week. As they arrived at the Louisiana airport, a text noted there was a 1 hour delay (no reason ever provided), but they only had 1 hour in between flights for the Atlanta to NYC connection. I really wanted them to come home, but it looked like they’d not make it. Then their second flight was delayed, which made the connection time potentially do-able… they raced from one gate to another gate all the way at the other side of the terminal, arriving just in time to hear an announcement about another delay for unknown reasons. A lot of running for nothing. I felt bad for them. Delta should do something to say they’re sorry for 3 major issues on 3 flights — all with no real explanation or follow-up, especially when it was on Christmas. Just rude!
  4. Are dogs supposed to have new year’s resolutions? If so, here are mine:
    • Keep proper weight. I came back from Ella’s and Dads both told me I look a lot trimmer!
    • Kill 12 birds / squirrels / mice … real or toys… I don’t care. I must keep the population in check.
    • Nap at least 20 hours per day. Continue to push Dad 1 further off the bed each night. I think he might be on to me!
    • Beg for treats until I get them every day.

OK, this is way too long for a holiday post. I’m outta here. See ya next week.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 278 – Elucidate (Author Alert: Atwood Cutting)

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Elucidate: (a) to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Atwood Cutting

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. 

I am pleased to present the very talented Atwood Cutting, who I met about three months ago through our WordPress blogs. Atwood, or Kate, as she’ll confess to you shortly, is a wonderful woman who I’ve been exchanging emails with every week. She occasionally gives me a ‘difficult’ time about all the *.gifs I use in my posts (and I’ve cut down based on her input), which we joke about all the time. She also comments on all my posts and shares her perspective on life, having lived quite an unusual one compared to most of us. You’ll find out more if you read one of her published books, which I have just completed this week. You can check out my review here.

One of the best things I’ve come to adore about this woman is her voice and tone. She has an earthy, charismatic and brilliant approach to living and building relationships. Whether it’s the words she chooses, the things she doesn’t say, or the love she’s shared with those around her, you’ll find something quite worthy of learning in each experience. It’s rare to find a kind soul who knows how to share her gift with others, but when you do, you cherish it. I’m grateful to have a chance to chat with this lovely woman and I hope you’ll take up more time to do so after reading her post and one of her books. Without further ado, let’s watch her elucidate…

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Me thinks ’tis time to expose Atwood Cutting for what she really is: a literary device used by Kate Peters, the much older woman who pioneered during the late 20th century in Alaska and wanted to write about her experiences, but feared possible retaliation for doing so. After thirty years of self-hindering, Kate Peters determined that fictionalizing someone of the next generation could make the perfect teller of a mother’s stories. So, Kate created an “author” daughter—not to be confused with her real daughter who did actually ride home on the back of a snow-machine—to be her personal biographer to write her story. Would such a ploy provide protection from ex-neighbors who might take issue?

Bravely, the stories were penned and the saga was introduced to all readers.

All too soon, a friend, who saw an early copy of the story, commented on the photo of the author at the back of the book. “You don’t look like this,” he challenged.

“I used to look like that. Now, I look like my grandmother,” old Mrs. Peters rued.

It was obvious that the real Kate Peters would not be able to publicly masquerade as a fetching young authoress. Kate would have to become two people: the fictional and shy young author of a nearly-true saga about life and circumstances her parents encountered at the end of their remote Alaskan road; and the older woman, who actually lived the tale, “saw the elephant,” and is still alive to share her stories with interested listeners.  In our modern social media world, projecting such a double-identity has proven to be quite complicated. How can one communicate honestly with people, and not have them realize that she is not the young author, but rather a much older gal who has lived an interesting life, and loves to share stories and simple wisdoms with others?

She can’t.

Through the kindness of James Cudney and his invitation to participate in his Author Alert series, I can now elucidate that I am both the mother and the daughter; the pioneer and the artist; the young dreamer as well as the aging survivor of an actual Last Frontier “elephant” sighting.

By saying this, I am blowing my cover. But hopefully this public interaction with Jay will make things clearer for everyone, myself included. So, here is my true story:

I stood at the threshold of my life adventure back in 1972, when, as college graduates we were being honored at a Phi Beta Kappa dinner. During the event, each graduate was asked what they were going to do next? One stated that he was going to be a doctor. One, a lawyer. One, a professor, etc. When they got to me, I could only say, “I don’t know.”

A year later, disregarding the recently earned degree in Dance, Vocal Music and Theatre, I opted to avoid any fame to be earned playing the lead role in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and instead took a quick dodge to the left. I ventured north to Alaska, where I met and married a man who harbored a rustic pioneering dream. This jibed with my own Emerson-inspired vision of self-reliance, and I followed his lead. Together we worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction project and saved up a good nest egg. Then we settled at the end of a remote mountain road near Sleeping Moose, Alaska. That’s where the saga begins.

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As you might imagine, my work history was varied, and I never found a career. Museums, mental health clinics, universities, plant nurseries and elementary schools all called me “an employee,” but no one ever offered me tenure.

When I retired at 62, my sister urged me to write my story of life on the Last Frontier, and the next five years reignited a long-abandoned love for wordsmithing. To date, I have managed to self-publish and indie-publish several versions of my story, as well as a few coffee table photo books. They are all available on Amazon today, but revenues have been slow to come in. That’s okay. I’m content with my children happy, my husband wonderful, and my view spectacular.

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And what of the future? When all three volumes of SLEEPING MOOSE SAGA have been published, and Kate’s story has been told, Atwood Cutting will be free to create her art, and Kate will allow herself to be old.  She intends to continue to use her talents to delight others, by singing, sharing in humor, watching the glory of a setting sun and reflecting on life, as well as her own great fortune. Meanwhile, Atwood plans to be producing books of beautiful photography “until the cows come home.”

So, after following the road “less traveled by” for most of a lifetime, Kate Peters has arrived at a state of contentment. Thanatopsis.

And how have the doctors and lawyers and professors at that long-ago collegiate table fared? Hopefully, just as well.

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A younger Kate, primed to find her truth in nature

 

Thank you, James J. Cudney IV for this opportunity to gather my thoughts and prepare for today’s chat. Radio interview on FM KCME 88.7 in Colorado Springs. Interview taped 12/15 airs MST (mountain time) on “Culture Zone” 12/31/17 at 5:00 PM and again on 1/1/18 at 7:00 PM. Check out KCME 88.7 FM and kcme.org.

 

Links To Learn More About This Great Author

Sleeping Moose Saga — Atwood Cutting (WordPress Site)

Amazon Author Central

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To see more about Atwood Cutting on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Book Review: Where the Moose Slept by Atwood Cutting

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Book Review: ‘Where the Moose Slept’ by Atwood Cutting (fellow blogger!)

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Why This Book 
I met a wonderful blogger about three months ago who I began exchanging emails with each week, chatting about books, life, and many other topics. After a while, she casually mentioned her book, which of course led me to reading a little more about it and her. I recently started a new segment on my blog called ‘Author Alert,’ where new authors can share a message with my friends and followers – Atwood Cutting, author of Where the Moose Slept: An Account of Two Late-20th Century Pioneers Who “Saw the Elephant” on the Last Frontier, is today’s (Fri 12/15) latest author. But first I had to finish reading her book this week and write this review…

Approach & Style 
I read this ~300 page book via Kindle Reader on my iPad in 4 hours over three days. It is a cross between fiction and non-fiction, as it is a true account, almost a journal, of a woman and her family’s experiences; however, a few things were changed around in how the story was told so that it reads more like a story. Atwood tells accounts of her life through letters home to her mother, in episodes focused on their trek around Alaska, and via pictures from the entire time period.

Plot, Characters & Setting 
Kate and Tim Peters were recently married, making the trek up to Alaska for the oil boom during the mid-1970s, several years after college. Picture frontier life in a more modern world (still didn’t have electricity in the beginning, tho!) and learning how to adapt to life in the wilderness where animals — and people — attack. Through building a home, getting to know their neighbors, learning how to adapt to married life, finding ways to earn money and survive, they meet some potentially life-long friends (I only read the first book… not sure of the ending even though I know and chat with the author) in this beautiful backdrop where the moose sleep – in search of seeing the elephant (you’ll have to read the book to know what that means).

Key Thoughts 
Atwood’s voice is the best part of the book. Writing an account of your life, understanding what to include about the mundane versus existing parts of your life, is critical. Through the characters, Kate and Tim, she achieves a charismatic and earthy combination of humanity. Life for many of us who live in a city or the suburbs seems difficult, but you don’t know difficult until you truly rough it on land that’s never been lived on before. Seeing (the pictures are fantastic) and reading about their lives gives you a bit of the goosebumps, worried for their safety and mental health. It can be lonely and cold; it can be dangerous and boring. But through trust and a strong relationships, two people can achieve a lot of success — success which is measured differently when you go through a non-traditional path (building your own house in frigid temperatures with practically no neighbors around in a place you’ve never been and no knowledge of how to make it all work!), but in the end, you still experience that wonderful amazement of knowing you did it all with your own two hands.

This is the kind of book you want to read when you are bored with mysteries or general fiction, when you need something inspirational without being pedantic. It’s a light yet heavy account of a really different side of life, one we should all experience for ourselves at some point. But if you’re not the kind of person who will rush off to Siberia or Alaska, then dive into this book for an intense picture of what it might be like. You’ll enjoy some of the sentimental moments and many humorous conversations between Kate and Tim. I won’t spoil them here, so go read it.

Summary 
I’m normally a fiction reader, who will throw in 5 to 10 non-fiction books each year. When I do, they’re usually based on a famous figure in history or a remarkable informational piece. When I chose Atwood’s book, I knew it would be a different kind of read because it was a personal journey with an incredibly charming voice — that alone makes it worth the read. But once I started it, the story became so much more. I look forward to reading more from this author and will keep on chatting with her to see how everything turns out in her life.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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