NATIONAL EGG DAY, eggs of the Egyptians, Greg Scott's Jerry Barkley, my own interview, lots of r
NATIONAL EGG DAY
June 3 is National Egg Day.
Eggs are one of the most perfect foods. They are packed with protein, amino acids and have no carbohydrates or sugar.
As far as versatility goes, sorry Bubba, but there may be more ways to cook an egg than shrimp. From the humble, hard boiled egg to the elegant souffle, eggs Benedict and Florentine.
Even within the good old breakfast standbys like fried eggs, we have options. Over easy. Well done. Sunnyside up. Basted. And a side of bacon with that!
Then, of course, it’s portable. Slap it between some toast and off you go.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalEggDay to show us how you like your eggs on social media.
The ancient Egyptians valued the egg as food and as a symbol. One of the names forthe sarcophagus right next to the mummy was “the egg.” They saw the coffin as an eggshell that protecting the deceased until she or he was ready to break free and be reborn as a Shining One among the Deities.
Isis was called “the Egg of the Goose.” Her father Geb, appeared as a goose.
Yet Isis is a Bird Goddess herself and has eggs of her own, most notably Horus and the Horus-king.
In the Pyramid Texts, Isis discusses with Nu, the God of the primordial abyss, how the king will be reborn by breaking out of his egg.
After breaking out of his egg, the king is reborn, flying up from the nest like a young bird beneath the watchful gaze of his mother Isis. We find these kinds of references to the deceased as a chick in the egg throughout the funerary texts.
Pay close attention to my own re-weaving of the mystical egg and the birth of the king in the final book of Children of Stone - The Lake of Memory. Who is the king? Who takes the role of Isis, the bird? --- and about that mystical egg -- stay tuned. Hopefully to be published in 2020.
Greg Scott introduced himself last week. Today he presents his blurb for Virus Bomb and character Jerry Barkley
What would happen if a nation-state really did launch a serious cyberattack against the United States, perhaps as part of something larger?
Jerry Barkley is a Minnesota IT contractor just trying to earn a living for his family, and he’s about to find out. He’s no superhero. He never worked for the government. He knows nothing about International espionage. And, so nobody believes his warnings when he uncovers the largest cyberattack in history. Somebody is gathering data to plan a series of bombings and a biological attack and trying to pin blame on a terrorist group. And the FBI thinks Jerry is part of it.
Hundreds are already dead. Thousands more could die, first from Ebola and then potentially from war with the wrong enemy. If he doesn’t act, who will? Up against willful ignorance, a hostile law-enforcement bureaucracy, and armed with nothing but IT skills and quick wits, Jerry must leave his keyboard comfort zone and go face-to-face with elite foreign agents and shut this attack down.
Real superheroes are ordinary people who step up when called.
“Just one more question. Would you do it again?”
Jerry took a deep breath. The counselor, paid for by a grateful Uncle Sam, had said to expect PTSD reactions. Another tear formed in his eye. He wiped it with a sleeve. I’m an IT guy, not a war veteran. He lifted his head and looked out at the audience. “I hope I never have to do it again.”
Main Bisac: FICTION / Thrillers / Technological
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
I’m Jerry Barkley. I’m a long-time IT professional and independent contractor. I live in Minnesota with my wife, adult daughter, two grandsons, a dog, and more fish than I can count.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in Idaho in the late 1950s.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a middle-aged bald guy from Minnesota. I never worked for the government and I don’t have any superpowers. But I love my country and I’m a pro at what I do.
I’m every bit as smart as all those people in the NSA, FBI, CIA and who-knows-what-other-agencies, and maybe a little smarter since I don’t have the full resources of the United States Federal Government to draw upon and I have to be more creative than them to get things done.
They don’t have any superpowers, either – they just want us to think they do. I know none of those bureaucrats care about what I think, but if they ever decide they want my respect, they’ll have to earn it. A couple of ‘em did earn my respect during the Virus Bomb incident.
I don’t like dressing up and I don’t like spending money needlessly. I relax by watching Star Trek reruns. A big night out for me is a trip to Home Depot after sunset.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I grew up all over the western United States.
5. How old are you?
I was in my late 50s during the Virus Bomb incident.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
My childhood had its happy and ugly moments.
Lots of kids picked on me. I tried to fight back a few times and lost, before I figured out I could win with brains and the best revenge against bullies is success in life. My most important life-changing experience didn’t’ happen in childhood. It happened in 1994 when the company in which I poured my heart and soul imploded. I vowed never again to repeat that experience and I’ve spent 25 years trying to make my IT contracting business work.
My friend, Greg, wrote about it on his website at http://dgregscott.com/jerry-barkley-1994/
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I was married more than thirty-five years when the Virus Bomb incident took place. My wife, Lynn, and I have our disagreements, but we have a strong marriage. She wants me to get a “real” job and keeps trying to spend money on nice clothes and dress me up.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
9. What are you obsessed with?
Finding answers. Solving puzzles. Maintaining my economic independence.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
We’re not rich, but we don’t owe our souls to any corporation and I do a decent job providing for my family. And one of these days, Barkley IT Services will find a successful project and I’ll grow the business into something substantial.
11. Biggest fear?
Financial failure, bankruptcy, humiliation, and my whole family leaving. By any rational measure, what I do is nuts and it’s a miracle it stayed alive this long. But a few customers stay loyal and allow me to keep my company going and pay bills.
12. What line will you never cross?
I will never lie or make a promise I’m not able to keep.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
When a large computer company laid me off in 1994, that was both the best and worst thing that ever happened to me. It was the kick-in-the-butt I needed to try my entrepreneurial skills, but it came before I was ready and I didn’t have a plan. I’ve been scrambling since that day.
My friend, Greg, wrote about the events leading up to that day on his website at http://dgregscott.com/jerry-barkley-1994/
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Probably the time early in my career when I worked at a small engineering college and destroyed the Registrar’s office database and all its backup copies.
15. Biggest secret?
I don’t really want to be an entrepreneur. The real reason I do what I do is, I don’t trust any organization with my economic future.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
After all the exposure from the Virus Bomb incident, business is picking up. I hope to bring in several new customers and keep them all happy for a long time. If the finances continue to look good, I might relent and buy a new washing machine.
So what would my answers be like if I was interviewed? Here's a recent one from:
Joyce Hertzoff's Fantastic Journeys
Friday, May 31, 2019
I interviewed fantasy author Mary Woldering
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why? Do you write flash fiction, short stories, novellas and/or novels? Graphic novels, anime or comics? If you do multiple genres and/or lengths, which do you prefer? Have you ever written any poetry? Really I just write. I generally write long several novel series but I’m trying to work on shorter fiction. I write free verse poetry and interweave it in all my fiction. The genre is Historical Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.
2. What writers do you admire? What are you currently reading? At this point I really don’t have a favorite – or have too many authors I like. Stephen King comes to mind. I’m reading So Sweet by indie author Andi Lawrencovna at the moment
3. How do you pick character names? They just come to me. Then I look them up to see if they fit in a historical context
4. What kind of support do you get from your family and friends?
Mixed. I think if I was writing best sellers I'd get more support. Most find it a rather obsessive retirement hobby and wish my stories sold.
5. What are you working on now? A revision of my first novel is being edited and I’m writing on the 5th and final novel in my Children of Stone series, struggling to avoid the Game of Thrones or Hamlet ending I originally envisioned
6. Have you self-published anything? What was your experience like? Everything is self-published and it is way harder to sell my books than I imagined.
7. Have you sold your work at book fairs or conventions? What kind of experience did you have?
I do better at fairs than online, but the break-even point is often too high for the risk so I don’t go to very many.
8.What's the one piece of advice that has helped you, and where did you get it? What advice would you give a beginning writer? Write what you feel. Keep writing, even if you think it’s bad or it isn’t selling. Write because you want to.
9.If you had it to do over again, would you have started writing sooner? Not writing earlier, as I started writing poetry at about age 5. I would have published earlier – perhaps 40-50 years earlier.
10.What are some review remarks that stick in your head? Like Game of Thrones in Ancient Egypt. You walk with the characters and see the places.
11.What are the hardest kinds of scenes for you to write? Romantic? Sex? The death of a character? Fight scenes? Others?
Endings of anything. My characters react like characters on a holodeck in Star Trek. They want me to keep writing with them.
12.How much time do you spend on research for your writing? U write and research until I get the historical parts as close as I can.
13.Your character decides to go a different way than you planned. What do you do? Usually go with it. They ARE my muses after all. I’m just a chronicler.
14.Have you ever used weather or setting as a character? Weather in settings and world building but not as an entire character – perhaps a wrath form of some of the demi-gods/gods.
Lots of new releases for your Summer reading
Psychicians (a Hyllis family story #5) Kindle Edition
by Laurence Dahners 5-3-19
Naughty Genie's Harem Delight Collection 6
by Reed James 5-10-19
73 Ways to Turn a Me-Mail Into an E-mail
by Gisela Hausmann (Author), Divya Lavanya (Editor) 5-14-19
Golden Shackles (Behind Blue Eyes Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Sara J. Bernhardt (Author) 5-18-19 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S3RL2GW?ref_=cm_flw_dgst_5
Fractured Spirits: A Dark Fantasy (Fractured Lands Book 4) Kindle Edition
by Greg Alldredge (Author) 5-21-19
The Fifth Survivor: Bacon Nightmares Kindle Edition
by Angel Ramon (Author) 5-24-19
The First Secret (Hidden Portals trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Maya Daniels (Author) 5-29-19
Dragon Chameleon: Color of Victory Kindle Edition
by Sarah K. L. Wilson 5-29-19
Satan's Gate (Extinction Surival Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Walt Browning (Author), Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Foreword) 6/4/19 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QGH57ZH/ref=pe_1884320_413052280_pe_re_csr_ea_image