January, 2012:

MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND WRITING

It’s a brave new world out there, exciting and scary at the same time. If you’ve read my blog before, you’re familiar with my “lust” for writing and communicating. I’ve been doing it since I was ten years old and writing a story about a dog on a portable typewriter in the 1950s. I long ago graduated to a computer and I am eternally grateful that my dad forced me to take Typewriting in high school. He knew it was a skill that would translate into money, and in my case it has been a joy because of the writing. I can easily relate to a keyboard—I only wish I’d also learned to play piano.

As the years zoom by, I’m glad I’ve always been interested in new ideas and willing to try them. When my participation in a film project didn’t pan out, I jumped from writing a screenplay to researching and writing an historic novel, Melaynie’s Masquerade: a young woman’s 16th century adventure sailing, as a disguised cabin boy, with Francis Drake to the Caribbean. The project took much longer and involved much more work. When I became impatient finding a literary agent to get published, I discovered self-publishing in 1999. Thanks to good friends and interested readers, I sold some books but not enough to make a living. I never gave up, however.

I knew about E-books quite a few years ago, before the current popularity. Melaynie’s Masquerade was made into an E-book, but only a few were sold since I couldn’t afford the expensive promotions. Amazon has blazed the way with its Kindle and the easy availability of E-books, and I jumped on that bandwagon as well. Who knows where the journey will take me?

My blog has been home to many true stories about my life and adventures. Perhaps the most fascinating have been the tales of life in Tripoli, Libya. After putting Melaynie’s Masquerade on Amazon, I combined my stories of Libya into An Army Brat in Libya and have it for sale on Amazon.

My latest small book, called a “single” on Amazon Kindle E-books, is Colonels Don’t Apologize. It’s a serious story of life from the point-of-view of the dependents of a dysfunctional military father. I think the ending is upbeat but you’ll have to judge for yourself.

Writing these books, and there are more to come, has been the easy part. Getting them into the proper format—and each new device has its own procedure—is the difficult part. I have my son, Hans Giraud, to thank for all the conversions and for his artistic help in creating new book covers or sizing old covers down.

What the heck—I still love to learn new things! Wouldn’t life be boring if we didn’t have challenges to overcome?

Colonels Don’t Apologize:   http://www.amazon.com/dpB006SQB82E

Or simply look me up in Amazon under Victoria Giraud and you can view all the books I’ve written.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR – NEW AGE – NEW JOYS

It’s in the 70s here in LA, a gorgeous way to start 2012 and a new age for me. It can be strange having a birthday on New Year’s Day, but if you have friends who don’t mind sharing a few hours with you without worrying about the football games they’re missing, you’re truly blessed. I miss my Rose Parade and pretending they’re doing it all for me, but it’s never scheduled for a Sunday. Besides, I’ll watch it tomorrow.

The past year has been full of the joys of writing. I’ve posted over 185 blogs on various topics since 2010 and I’ve worked on my books to get them into E-book formats. My most recent offering on Amazon is a memoir —An Army Brat in Libya—which is the consolidation of my experiences in Tripoli.

An Army Brat in Libya is a short book and all true. Living in Tripoli in the 1950s amidst sand and palm trees, camels and donkeys was quite an adventure for a teenager used to American ways. Although I attended high school on Wheelus American Air Force Base, in town I experienced the contrasts of life provided by the mix of a Middle Eastern culture with residents who were Italian, British or from other Middle Eastern countries. I got an early taste of Egyptian nationalism by seeing a news film of Gamel Abdul Nasser on an outdoor screen at the Egyptian Ambassador’s compound across the street from me.

I hope there are many curious readers out there who are willing to pay the 99 cents to download and enjoy it. Look for it on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006R0RQRM

Coming in the next week or so will be my E-book: Colonels Don’t Apologize. It’s the story of a military family in the mid to late 20th century. As a military brat, I didn’t have to search far for inspiration and source material.  Soldiers returned from World War II and Korea with emotional and mental wounds as well as the physical ones. Families—the wives and children—got the brunt of the resulting abusive behavior. Read about how one daughter made the best peace she could with her feelings.

Other short books are upcoming. In my E-book Weird Dates and Strange Mates, there’s a story about a blind date with a fellow who was a cross-dresser who favored the costume of a French maid, complete with very high heels. The stories are true, believe it or not…

 

 

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