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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where You Can Find My Work

As an author, I am probably not alone in this: people do not seem to be finding my work. So the command decision was made to put up a post that gave my readers the links to where they can find me. Bored? Then move on while I chat away!

My website lists links to all of the writing that I do (okay - it's a mess, but it will be cleaned up one day!):

If you are here, you know that this is where I place posts related to writing. I also have a Facebook page that is devoted to sharing posts about my writing: Bonnie Cehovet - Author.

I have specific blog sites set up on Word Press:

On Another Musical Note is where I put anything related to my music interests.

Astrological Views is where I write about astrological goings on. While this is largely dormant now, there is some interesting material there.

Bonnie Cehovet is where I place non-Tarot reviews.

The World of Flash Fiction is where I place my flash fiction writing. Generally under 100 words, there are a couple of longer pieces.

Gateway To Tarot is an old newsletter that I used to write.

Perspectives On Tarot is where my Tarot related reviews can be found. Note: Many of my reviews can also be found on Aeclectic Tarot.

I also have reviews and articles in several issues of The Cartomancer. Note: Check under the "Shop" link, and you can pull up the index for each issue.

Books that I have either written or co-written include:

Seek Joy ... Toss Confetti (Co-Written with Brad Tesh)

I have a WIP on decision making that will be out later this year, and plans for a Tarot themed Christmas book, also due out this year. 

Now you know where to find me!

(c) April 2017 Bonnie Cehovet
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Draft2Digital - A New Way To Go

Self-publishing has become the preferred way to go with many writers. We can write at our own pace, we have control over thing like cover images, and we can promote our books where we want to and how we want to. There are many avenues for self-publishing, such as Create Space, Outskirts Press, Book Baby, Lulu, Author House and many more. I currently have a WIP that will be out later this year, and I was sure that I knew where I wanted to publish it. A new (to me) little gem just came into my radar, and I am seriously considering publishing with them.

The site that I am considering is Draft2Digital. They promote themselves as a publishing site that provides support for authors. Authors do the writing, chose their list price, chose their digital stores, and submit their work. Draft2Digital does the formatting, submits to the chosen digital venues, and keeps track of daily sales. And authors can make  unlimited changes to their work.

As an author, you submit a word doc, which Draft2Digital converts into digital format with clean chapter breaks, and a functioning table of contents. Formatting is pure hell for me, so this sounds like a giant reprieve! I also like that I can check daily on my sales with no problem. 

There is no upfront cost, no style guide or special formatting requirements. ISBN numbers are assigned free of charge, unless provided by the author. Vendors include Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Scribd, Inktera, Tolino, and 24Symbols. If an author has a set publishing date, preorders can be arranged with vendors. End cost is a 15% commission on net royalties (approximately 10% of list price). The author retains all rights.

Draft2Digital is currently pursuing contracts with several other digital publishers. They will also send authors a PDF of their formatted book that can  be used for submission to other publishers. This means I can continue with my original plan to submit to Create Space and Kindle, while working with Draft2Digital at the same time.

Please remember that this is a site that I have not, to date, worked with. I am not recommending them, just saying that they look viable to me.

(c) March 2017 Bonnie Cehovet
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Why Create A Bible For Your Book?

I am starting over again on the creation of what will be the first in a series of cozy mysteries. I have attempted the creation of this book several times, and each time the characters and plot shift. Is this normal? Of course it is! So how do we keep track of all of this? How do we make sense out of it? For me to keep track of my characters, as well as the story line as it develops, I have always kept a bible.

What is a writer's bible? Our bible is where we keep all of the details of the concept behind our story, detailed descriptions of our characters, plot twists, settings, and cultural references. We use our bible to keep the story straight, to keep it believable, and to keep our characters "in character". 

How do we create our bible? I do mine as a series of e-files (mainly because my writing is illegible, even to me). You can do a hand written file, if that works better for you. With an e-file, you can choose to keep it open as you write, so that you can add details as your writing progresses. This works best for me, but it may not work for everyone. I print mine out and put them in a three ring binder, for easy access as I am writing, as well as for brainstorming.

What do I include in each section of my story bible? It goes something like this:


The story concept is the bones of the story - the How, What, When, Where, Why, and Who. In defining my story's concept, I include:

1. The genre I am writing in. For me, it is cozy mystery.
2. Where the story is to take place - the physical location or locations.
3, Who my main character is. (For me, this will remain the same through a series of stories.)
4. What is happening, and what is going to affect what is happening.


1. Where the story takes place - city, state,country.
2. During what time period the story takes place. 

Plot Twists:

There are actually sites that will generate plot twists for you: 

1. Main plot (where the major action is).
2. Sub-plots: used to build the narrative, and move the action along. I list each of the sub-plots separately.
3. Use a plot twist to either create or eliminate suspicion.
4. Use a plot twist to deepen the story.


1. Name
2. Age
3. Where and when born.
4. Who the parents were/are, where they live. (I list this even when I do not intend to use it int he story, as it is part of who the character is.)
5. Siblings
6. Spouse
7. Children
8. Where they live.
9. Where they work.
10. Where and when they went to school,
11. Languages spoken.
12. How they dress.
13. What music they like.
14.What food they like.
15. What food they don't like.
16. Where they like to travel.
17. Where they have traveled.
18. Income
19. Talents/skills
20. Personal interests
21. Personal conflicts
22. Height
23. Weight
24. Race
25. Eye Color
26. Hair Color
27. Distinguishing features
28. Style of dress?
29. Favorite sayings
30. Speech patterns
31. Best quality
32. Worst quality

As you can see, each writer will define their Story Bible as they see fit. They will include what is important for them, and for the story's they create. As you start writing, start your Bible. Add to it as you write. Take the time each day to transfer what is necessary into your Bible. In this way you won't have to go back and rewrite sections due to an error in continuity.

Have fun with this!

(c) February 2017 Bonnie Cehovet
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Monday, January 2, 2017

How Are You Going To Handle 2017?

How are you going to handle 2017? You didn't realize that you were supposed to handle it? Think about it this way -what we don't attempt to handle ends up handling us! IMHO, resoutions are not the way to handle anything. I do not make New Year's resolutions - haven't for years. They seem to have no relevance, no meaning, and were quickly left behind (often leaving me feeling as if I had failed). I spend time each December tying up loose ends, and releasing that from the previous year that I do not want to carry into the new year. I make peace with the old year, and honor it for what it brought to me, and for the lessons that I learned. I take the time to think about where I am going in the new year, what I hope to accomplish, and how I can get it accomplished. I set goals for the different areas of my life, and I make a list of steps that I can take to accomplish those goals. 

Numerologically, 2017 is a number one year, a year of new beginnings, a year in which we find independence, a year in which we align with our creative natures. If we do the work, this is a year in which we become that person that we are capable of becoming. This is of course an overall energy for the year for everyone. It overlays what is termed our personal year (see more about personal years). It all sounds nice and easy, doesn't it? Well, 2016 was an election year in the U.S. - quite a disruptive year politically, and as a country we are going into a new year with a proposed cabinet that is top heavy with people that are totally inappropriate for the positions they have been proposed for, and a president-elect that a large part of the country wants to see impeached. Can we, with clear minds, focus only on personal goals for the coming year (as we would for most years)? For me, the answer is no.

Part of what the Trump administration wants to do is dismantle/privatize both Medicare and Social Security. I am of an age when I depend on both, so I will be watching whatever actions are being taken in Washington DC, and taking whatever personal actions that I can to make my voice, and my opinions, known. This is part of my "handling" the new year. I want to be part of putting the breaks on Trump et al, and fine tuning the political environment in this country so that a debacle like this does not happen again. This is one major area that I will setting goals in.

Other areas that I am setting goals for the new year in are finances, health, profession, personal relationships, personal development, spirituality. (Note: Each individual will define different life areas to set goals in. As circumstances change, the priority for these goals will change.) I found this article helpful in looking at how I determine my goals, and making sure that they support me. Here is another article that I found to be helpful.

Before we can even think about setting specific goals for specific life areas, we have to determine an overall view of who we are, and where we want to be in life. All of our goals should be set to support us in becoming the best person that we can be, so that our actions reflect our belief system. So that we are authentic, so that what we say and what we do reflects the same person. We need to know what our life path is, and how we want to follow it. 

You can determine your life path here.  What is your major energy? How do you want to reflect that energy into your life? What lessons do you need to learn? What opportunities await you? What challanges await you?

My hope for each of you is that you take the time to acknowedge the circumstances that will be surrounding you for the coming year, how they will affect how you walk your life path, and how you determine your goals. That you take advantage of the very positiv energy of 2017, that you do not hold yourself back when you set your goals, that you activate the creativity within you, and that you allow yourslef to shine!

(c) January 2017 Bonnie Cehovet
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Year, New You

More so than any other year, going into 2017 we are looking at what options have been available to us, and what options may (or may not) continue to be available to us. Here in the United States, we have just been through the election from hell for our next president. Never in my life have I seen this much push-back against a president-elect, and his proposed polices. And all of this push-back is well deserved. Part of who I am in the next year will be to do whatever I can do to block his policies. I have good reason for this - I am a senior citizen, and our president-elect intends to gut Social Security and Medicare. Amongst other policies that favor big business, and trashing the planet.

My focus needs to be on where I want to take myself withiin the next year, with an eye to what is supposed to be there, but might not be there. The first thing that I did was to move my health insurance from a secondary insurance to an HMO. At the least that will save me money. I am putting renewed focus on publishing my books, and earning a living from them. I am going to have my hip surgery done, whie it is still covered.

I am keeping an eye out so that I recognize opportunities as they come to me. My paying job is that of a Tarot reader on a phone line. I recently had a friend share a post on FB that listed four very important resource numbers - hotline numbers for those in crisis. I copied those numbers into a personal file, and shared them on my FB page. Individuals like me that deal with clients over the phone need to have a listing of these numbers to give out, in case there is a need. Over my career, there has been a need, I am updating my entire list, and will be sharing it with my phone line manager.

We need to remember that whatever is going on around us, how we react is up to us. Our world is changing, but we can make it whatever we want it to be. I have found that humor helps. Specifically, a new to me comedian by the name of Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) has helped me to see that I am not alone in how I see things. If I can laugh, some of the scary goes away.

As I move into 2017, here are some of the questions that I am asking myself:

1. What supported me in 2016?
2. What challanged me in 2016?
3. What do I need to release?
4. What do I need to bring forward into 2017?
5. What are my strengths?
6. What are my weaknesses?
7. What are my goals for 2017?
8. What actions can Itake to accomplish those goals?
9. Who am I?
10. Where am I headed?

(c) December 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Monday, November 14, 2016

What fresh hell is this?

The quote "What fresh hell is this?" has been attributed to humorist Dorothy Parker, who is said to have said this whenever she answered her door or phone. (It is also the title of the 1989 Dorothy Parker biography written by Marion Meade.) I think it is an entirely appropriate response to the recent U.S. election. Over my lifetime I have seen presidents that I did not vote for take office. I have seen presidents that I truly did not like or trust take office. My response to our current president elect is "Not my president.". I was saying that before  I saw #notmypresident appearing everywhere. Donald Trump is not my president, nor will he ever be.

I am a writer - this is my writer's blog. I have other blogs for other things. What I am going to ramble on about today is addressed to the individuals that follow this blog, many of whom are also writers. One of my Facebook friends posted a sincere question asking which are the best ways to contact our government representatives: by letter, by e-mail, by phone, or by signing petitions. That got me past my anger and shock at the election, and started me thinking about how can I, as an individual, and as a writer, be part of the wave that will hold this president and his appointees accountable, and block or tone down the worst that is to come. My response to the Facebook post was letter, e-mail, and phone, in that order. I sign petitions (after I have vetted them), but I do not feel that they have that much affect.

Immediate response to Donald Trump winning this election: David Duke and the KKK announcing, a parade for Trump in North Carolina (that was denounced by the NC Republican party, as well as the Trump campaign). Protesters on the streets yelling #notmypresident. The Canadian immigration website crashed due to the traffic it received from Americans upset over the election.. A businessman that I follow on Facebook is moving his businesses to Canada (this is already a fait accompli). My friends and I are in shock, unable to even imagine the changes to our lives that the president elect will bring.

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an excellent article on the election, and where we are now. A very balanced view, IMHO.

What we do know is that we must get on with our lives. The best suggestions that I have seen in the days since the election are to become involved, to not allow our government to run our lives without standing up for ourselves. We have the right to protest. It got a bit out of hand in the streets, but the election was a bitter one, with many outright lies told. People have a right to be mad - to protest. I was happy to see that our young people, our future voters, protested. On the day of the inaugeration there is a Million Woman March planned for Washington DC. We will continue to see more and more of  this.

Trump himself has current court cases against him, incuding a fraud case involvng Trump University. There are legal questions about the Trump Foundation, and his business ties to Russia. Here are a few of the things that we might expect from him once he takes office: economic plan, birth control, climate, and immigration, U.S. economy, first 100 days.

We can fuss about all of this or we can take responsibility for ourselves and look at what we can do to follow our beliefs, to do what we feel to be right, to protect our rights, and the rights of others. To find a starting point, we canbreak down the areas in which we can take action: (1) within our own homes, (2) within our communities, (3) within our town/cities, (4) within our states, within our country, (5) globally.

Within our own homes: Here is where we define our beliefs, our morals, our ethics, and our goals. Once we have defined these areas, we have defined ourselves. Our words and actions need to be in line with our beliefs, morals, ethics, and goals. We need to reflect our authentic self. It is also within the home that we define what issues we want to actively support outside of the home. For me this would be animal rights, the rights of women and children, the right to decent healthcare, the right to a decent education, and being supportive of mother earth.

Within our communities: For me, my time, effort, and money needs to be spent within my community first. I help whenever and wherever I can. I educate mysef on the issues, and I vote. I shop locally whenever I can. For me, this means to balance my Internet spending with "real time" spending. It might be more expensive to shop locally, but we need to keep local shops open, to literally keep our money local. I support holiday food drives - fiinancially and with canned goods and non-perishable items. I support local animal shelters, and those who help animals. Here is a link for writers and teachers that want to help.

Within our towns/cities: One of the best tools that we have is our connection to our political representatives, and our vote. I keep up with the issues, and give my input. I doubt that any of us will ever forget what a bad election the recent election was. It resulted in a totally inappropriate individual taking the highest office in this land. We need to work very hard to limit his effect over the enxt four years, and to make the 2020 election a reflection of our priorities. We need to speak up when we see inequalities - such as racial bias (whether it is being expresssed by an individual, or by an organization, such as the police department). We need to back our cultural organizations/events. Without money, there will be no arts, no dance, no theater. Do we really want to lose this precious reflection of who we are?

Within our states/country: Our local and national governments need to reflect who we are as a people. We need to fund education. We need to fund culture. We need to keep up our infrastructure, before it falls down around us. We need to protect our right to free speech, to free expression. We need to protect state/national resources. Whatever we can do to support this is necessary, whether it is our voices being known, whether is is through voluteer work, or whether it is financially. We need to do whatever we can do.

Globally: If we are doing all that we can do on each of hte other levels, we will be going a long way taking care of issues on the global front. We cannot advocate globally for that which we are not willing to work for locally. The global community is mankind on a very wide level. We may tend to think of it as big business to the nth degree, because I think we all realize that big business expresses itself through its political funding. We need to remember that each country is made up of individuals, just like ourselves. We can give input to our politicians. We can work through specific groups. We can respond to national emergencies as individuals. We can work through our various religious organizations. We can make sure that the picture other countries see of us reflects who we are, as much as who our politicians are. And we need to remember that "talking down" another country or culture helps no one.

Whatever you decide to do, however you decide to express yourself, the first thing that you want to do is to vet the individual, company, or situatio at hand. Get as much information as you can before you form your opinion, and take your action. Make the decision to get your thoughts/needs out there. Use the skills and abilities that you were gifted with to make a better world. As writers, and as individuals, we can do this!

(c) November 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Sunday, November 6, 2016


As those of you who follow this blog will know, I am very fond of my Great Auntie Vee. She was a teacher, and a very caring, gentle person. In doing some cleaning this past few days, I came across another lovely book of hers - "The Birds' Christmas Carol", by Kate Douglas Wiggin (author of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", amongst other books). The publisher is Houghton Mifflin Company, with a copyright date of 1888.

The book is small - 69 pages. I immediately sat down to read it. I noted that my my Great Aunt had written her name in the front of the book, as she was wont to do, with the word "personal" above it. I was in my own little world - holding something that my Great Aunt had held, that was published by a cmpany that I hold in high esteem.  

The storyline is that of a Victorian family, at Christmas time. On Christmas Day, the mother gives birth to a beautifu baby girl. They call her Carol, as the mother hears Christmas carols being sung right after the birth. All goes well with Carol, and her older brothers, until the age of five. Then Carol becomes ill, and eventually is bedridden.

On her tenth Christmas, Carol experiences a strong wish to give to others. Her solution is to have a Christmas party, in her bedroom, for a neighboring family of poor children. Games, Christmas dinner, a Christmas Tree, and Christmas presents ... it is a great and wonderful day.  Thhat night, as her family is listening to Christmas carols, Carol passes away. But she is happy, and her family is happy.

This all sounds like a huge "spoiler", and perhaps it is. This is a lovely book, and I am very happy to see that it is still available. Pure Victorian sentiment, with incredible Victorian artwork through out the book. It is amazing!

But this is not all that I found in this book. I started to see small notes, written in light pencil, throughout this book. My Great Aunt was marking scenes, which told me that she was involved with putting this on as a play, perhaps with her students, or perhaps with the children in her church. How much do we learn about people through what we leave behind!

This is something to keep in mind as keepers of our family's records, but also something to keep in mind as writers, which many of you following this blog may be. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

(c) November 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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