Saturday, August 1, 2020

Who Said That Redux by BJ Neblett

Who Said That Redux by BJ Neblett

This post is way overdue. Years ago, answering many requests, I posted a list of what had become the most popular quotes, from my books, stories, poems, and musings. That post quickly became, and remains one of my most popular blogs. Thank you!
Since that time I have had two more books, with two more on the way soon, and several short stories published. And as always, am often asked by readers where a certain line they saw or hear originated. So, here you are, better late than never I guess. Enjoy and feel free to share... with the proper attribution of course!
Thanks!
Peace,
BJ

(On theory)

“Sometimes you need to change the equation to fit the conclusion.”

                        From Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett

 

(On memories)

“Do not deny your memories and they will come about on their own, as you need them.”

                        The Oracle Lekly from Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett

 

(On education and learning)

“Sometimes we are not fully prepared for the lessons we learn or the answers we so eagerly seek.”

                        Princess Haylee from Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett

 

(On history)

“When all of our history is removed, there will be no history from which to learn.”

                        Wizard Inhodu from Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett

(On writers)

“The trouble with writers is they aren’t as smart as their characters.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

(On confidence)

“Women always say they want a man who is confident. Confidence isn’t knowing what you want for the rest of your life. Confidence is knowing what you want for lunch.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

(About time travel and man’s dreams)

“Man is a malcontent; a disaffected sojourner, seeking Elysium. Someday, when we can freely move in time, through space, even into the other dimensions, I’m afraid we will be disappointed. Like Alice, man, too, will discover life isn’t any better – or worse – through the looking glass, only different.”

                        Collin Crowly from Elysian Dreams by BJ Neblett (12-2011)

 

“The things we keep hidden deepest inside are often those that need most to be released.”

                        Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett (9-2016)

 

“I am just a roadside attraction on your journey down life’s highway, a place you stop briefly before moving on. Years from now, in a long-forgotten box of memories, you’ll come across one of my souvenirs and think of me. And maybe you’ll smile.”

                        BJ Neblett (8-2016)

 

“Every journey must proceed at its own pace, each step following the other in its proper order. For that is the way of life.”

                        Planet Alt-Sete-Nine by BJ Neblett (7-2016)

 

“It’s not what you see, but what you believe. It’s not what you fear, but what you trust. It’s not what you love, but the love you give.”

                        Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett (7-2016)

 

“It’s not what is said, it’s how it is spoken; it’s not what you write, it’s how it is written; it’s not what’s implied, it’s what’s inferred.”

                        BJ Neblett (from the essay Flash Fiction 12-2015)

 

“You’ve got to have ice cream to write good romance.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

“The half empty container of warm beer in my hand was the perfect metaphor for our relationship.”

                        From Beer And Broken Dreams (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                     Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Some of my best writing has come at the hands of heartache and frustration. Being totally crazy about someone you cannot have is great food for inspiration.”

                        From Beer And Broken Dreams (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                     Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“The two greatest assets we are afforded in life are observation and experience. Observation is knowledge, the building blocks of understanding. Experience is power, the sturdy foundation on which we build our lives.”

                        From the essay “To The Class Of 2020” by BJ Neblett © 2020

 

“The two greatest assets a writer can have are an unbridled imagination and to have lived an unabashed life.”

                        From All The Wrong Places (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                           Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Where exactly lays that fine line between hopeless romantic and helpless fool?”

                        From Beer And Broken Dreams (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                     Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Fantasies… who needs fantasies? I have memories.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Love knows no boundaries, seeks no guidance; obeys no rules.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Nothing is as wonderful and wondering as love’s first awakenings.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“There are as many things to love about someone as there are some ones to love.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Can anyone ever really know another?”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“We’re all victims of our rearing, carrying the sins of our fathers like so much baggage; fearful of the demons inside escaping.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Never having done something is the best reason to be doing it.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Summer is for lovers, dreamers and fools.”

                        From No Boundaries (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                      Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Memories are reality’s ghosts”

                        From Three Of A Kind (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                    Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

Goldfish
by BJ Neblett
© 2013

Let me be your goldfish…

         Goldfish are fun;
         They keep you company;
         Goldfish are entertaining;
         They can be educational;
         Goldfish are loyal;
         They are always there for you;
         Goldfish are good listeners;
         They don’t interrupt;
         Goldfish are low maintenance;
         They don’t ask for much;
         Goldfish are giving;
         They never question;
         Goldfish are loving;
         They don’t nag;
         Goldfish are sensible;
         They never complain;
         Goldfish don’t judge;
         They never criticize;
         
And best of all:
         Long before you tire of him he dies.

Let me be your goldfish!

 

“Love doesn’t ask much… simple things, like a gentle touch.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

“…As tender as a kiss

My empty arms enfold you,

And as strong as a tear

My empty heart longs for you…”

                        From: Mi Amor Es Tuyo by BJ Neblett

 

“See with your mind, speak with your heart, touch with your eyes, and love with your entire being.”

                        From: Elysian Dreams by BJ Neblett

 

“Yesterday’s faults become today’s lessons. Today’s dreams become tomorrow’s reality.” (photo quote)

                        BJ Neblett

                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/david_baer/8430711101/

 

“Loving you is like walking between rain drops.”

                        From Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch (short story in Never Let A                                                Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Where does one run to escape from feelings?”

                        From Rain (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your                                                                       Lunch And Other Lover Stories) by BJ Neblett

 

“Remembering the past is one thing; living in it is another. If you don’t enjoy today, you won’t have any memories of it tomorrow.”

                        From Static (short story from Wouldn’t It Be Funny If…) by BJ Neblett

 

            “We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”

                        From George (short story in Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch And Other                                     Lover   Stories) by BJ Neblett

                                http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/category/fine-art-photograph-2/page/2/

 

“Providence has its price.”

                        From The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (short story from Wouldn’t It Be Funny If…)

                        by BJ Neblett

 

“I’ve been told I am a great catch. Trouble is I keep getting thrown back.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

All the women of the world have two things in common: one, they are beautiful… all women are beautiful. Two, none of them want to have anything to do with me.”

                        BJ Neblett

 

 Learn from the past 

 Live for the present

 Look to the future.

                          BJ Neblett

 

“Education is what happens as you learn to live life.”

                        BJ Neblett


Elysian Dreams Novel by BJ Neblett available in paperback and ebook

Ice Cream Camelot Novel by BJ Neblett available in paperback and ebook

Planet Alt-Sete-Nine The Lost Princess Novel by BJ Neblett available in paperback and ebook

Planet Alt-Sete-Nine Princess Haylee Novel by BJ Neblett available January 2021

Wouldn't It Be Funny If... Short story collection available in ebook. Paperback available January 2021

Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch And Other Love Stories Short story collection available 2021


Sunday, July 12, 2020

BJ's Library (So Far) by BJ Neblett

BJ's Library (So Far) by BJ Neblett

While we are all hunkering down like good little soldiers, waiting for the inevitable (don't ask, despite by last post I try not to get political here) many of us have re-discovered the joy of reading. Some of you have even held a real book for the first time in a very long time... or maybe even the first time! Good for you! Proof once again that positive things can come from even the.... never mind.
Anyway, I've been busy working on book two of my Planet Alt-Sete-Nine series. Hopefully Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee will be on the shelves early 2021, and you'll be able to actually go to the book store (remember those?) without fear of being harassed the Mask Police.
So here it is, my irregularly published list of all of my current publications. Click on the titles for a quick link to purchase!
Peace,
BJ

Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: The Lost Princess is my latest offering. Ever wonder while playing a video game what it would be like to live in that game? Nope, this ain't no Tron clone. There are plenty of creatures, weapons, aliens, humans, lovers, fighters, saboteurs, and plot twists to keep you coming back for more. And luck for you, more is on the way via Book Two: Princess Haylee. If you enjoy video games, action adventures, sci-fi/fantasy, creatures, beautiful sexy heroins (who doesn't?) and good old fashion who-done-its, this one is for you.
Click the title above for a link to purchase.
Click here for more info: Planet Alt-Sete-Nine Web Page



Elysian Dreams is one of my earlier works and was received with praise and accolades (always wanted to receive praise and accolades, problem is they are intangible commodities) As the sub-title suggest, Dreams takes the read on a wild time traveling trip, ricocheting between 1929 and 1989 as three disparate people's lives continue to intersect as each searches their dreams while seeking their destiny. Literary fiction at its sci-fi/fantasy best. I promise you won't see the plot twists coming!
Click the title above for a link to purchase.
Click here for more info on this and all my books: BJ Neblett Web Page



Wouldn't It Be Funny If... Enjoy short stories? Who doesn't? Enjoy short stories that make you go, "Hummm...?" This compilation is for you. After writing these gems my publisher asked, "What genre is this?" Good question. So I coined the term New Millenalism to describe these and other great new stories with tech at its core. Kinda of a Twilight Zone for the 21st century.
Right now Wouldn't It Be Funny If... is available in all popular ebook formats including PDF and plain text. Look for a paperback edition coming in 2021.
Click the title above for a link to purchase. (Tip: it's on sale for just a buck, $1 until the end of July!)
Click here for more info on all my books: BJ Neblett Web Page


Beyond The Hedge As if all of the other quality stories from great new authors was enough reason to pick up this gem, it also contains one of my favorite and most popular short stories, Rain at The Intersection Of Tomorrow. Within lies some fantastic contemporary sci-fi and fantasy tales.
Check on line and local bookstores to secure your copy.
If you have trouble finding a copy of Beyond The Hedge, drop me a line. I have some tucked away for conventions and book signings. I might just sign a copy for you!
Click here for more info on all my books: BJ Neblett Web Page



Something a little different, Ice Cream Camelot is a memoir... my own memoir of growing up in early 60's Philadelphia. But be warned! This isn't the Wonder Years and I wasn't your typical suburban transplant. Come to think of it, my family wasn't your typical suburbanite family either. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder how I ever made it adulthood. Sometimes I wonder myself.
"A fun read. The 60's version of The Catcher In The Rye."
                       Review of Ice Cream Camelot
Click the title above for a link to purchase.
Click here for more info on all my books: BJ Neblett Web Page



Ok, there you have it, my books so far (at least the ones I admit to publicly). JK! If you do a quick search on the internet you'll find many more of my short stories sprinkled about among on line and paper publications including: Creative Nonfiction Magazine, eFiction and Romance Magazine.
Also, Summer 2021 is a target date for the release of my collection of romance stories, Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch And Other Love Stories. You won't want to miss this one!

Til next time, keep reading and keep thinking for yourself. You'll be surprised what you find!
Peace,
BJ


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Some (Not So) Random Thoughts While My Country Still Allows Me To Have Them by BJ Neblett


Some (Not So) Random Thoughts While My Country Still Allows Me To Have Them by BJ Neblett

Where: Writing den, Ballard, WA
Music: ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits
When: July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

To all of this country’s dilettante leaders in politics, health care and education:
THANKS FOR RUINING MY COUNTRY!
So why did I include education? Simple. How many out there even know the meaning of dilettante?

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”
            John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The Boston Tea Party December 16, 1773
Humm…. The Great Seattle Mask Party
Nah…. Just doesn’t have the right ring to it.

From October 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020 (considered to be influenza season) between 35.5 million and 60 million people in the US contracted influenza, with some 16.5 million seeking healthcare, 490,000 hospitalized, and 34,000 deaths.
            Source: cdc.gov
Did anyone wear a mask, close their business, or hide out in their houses?

As of today, July 4, 2020 there are 2,784,452 Covid-19 cases in the US, and 129,393 deaths. According to many, the recent uptick in cases is due at least partly from the increasing number of testing.

“Protests don’t appear to be driving coronavirus surge in Seattle area or elsewhere, researchers say.”
            Source: Seattle Times June 30, 2020

“COVID 19 virus particle size is 125 nanometers (0.125 microns); the range is 0.06 microns to .14 microns,” the post said. “The N95 mask filters down to 0.3 microns. So, N95 masks block few, if any, virions (virus particles).”
In other words, the post (Facebook post, no citation) asserts the virus is smaller than the filter on the N95 mask, so the N95 mask doesn’t work.
Experts say this claim flies in the face of numerous studies and reflects a failure to grasp fundamental principles of how viruses behave and how face masks work…
…But the physics involved don’t work like that at all.
The COVID-19 particle is indeed around 0.1 microns in size, but it is always bonded to something larger.
“There is never a naked virus floating in the air or released by people,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech who specializes in airborne transmission of viruses.
The virus attaches to water droplets or aerosols (i.e. really small droplets) that are generated by breathing, talking, coughing, etc. These consist of water, mucus protein and other biological material and are all larger than 1 micron.
“Breathing and talking generate particles around 1 micron in size, which will be collected by N95 respirator filters with very high efficiency,” said Lisa Brosseau, a retired professor of environmental and occupational health sciences who spent her career researching respiratory protection.

University of Edinburgh test results

Your choice. And that is the point: It should be YOUR choice. Is a cloth face mask the hill where you want your individual freedoms to die?

"I think we have to figure out how to honor people who have done things that are beneficial to society, and if they did things that were not beneficial to society, that we can examine in the lens of having a broad view of what we believe as Americans represents the best attributes of our national identity, then we should look at that," Crump told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Saturday.
"Whether it should be a situation where, if we keep statues up like that, we tell the history of that individual so people will know the whole story," he added.
"I'm not sure pulling the statues down is the right thing if we now don't get the lessons to understand how we can learn from those things, so we don't repeat those mistakes of the past. You know, they say history -- if not studied -- we will often repeat it."
            Ben Crump attorney for George Floyd’s family

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana (paraphrased by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons, 1948)

“We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.”
            Martin Luther King Jr.

“I went down to the river
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t
So I jumped in and sank.”
            Langston Hughes in part from Life Is Fine

“When all of our history is removed, there will be no history from which to learn.”
            BJ Neblett

Final note:
There once was a magnificent hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, called the Marlborough-Blenheim. It was constructed in 1902 and soon became a show piece of the famed boardwalk city, known worldwide. In October 1978, a large portion of the luxurious hotel was imploded to make room for gambling casinos. I remember covering the demolition for a small local radio station where I worked. A very large crowd of spectators had gathered, and the event was even cover on TV. But after the ear shattering explosions, the crashing of concrete, the settling of the dust, there wasn’t the enormous din of cheers from the onlookers. Rather an ominous silence permeated the heavy air. The once magnificent edifice, historical marker, and proud symbol to many, lay in ruin. As the crowd began to slowly disperse, mumbled thoughts could be heard. “There goes another piece of history.” “I can’t believe it’s gone.” “How will we remember now?”
But one overheard statement has remained with me to this day. One that remains just as appropriate today: “Damn. What the hell have we done?”

Don’t shoot the messenger.
Happy Fourth. Enjoy it while you still can.

Peace,
BJ