Escape through Reading

I’ve been beat. I’ve been defeated. I need to lay down and escape into a dream world far and far away….

I’m not used to being beat. I’m not used to being defeated. I’m not used to needing an escape.

But when the whole world seems to be ganging up on you all at once there is only one thing a victor can do. Retreat until you have lost your predators. Retreat until you can turn your predators into prey. And when you turn your predators into your prey, you can chase them down like a king lion does hyena dogs. But hyenas will in packs, attack not only a lion cub, but a full-grown lion. The lion will always succeed only when he separates that pack and nails them one at a time. Or when the pride, the pack of lions, take charge and together they all go after the hyenas.

Yesterday I was a lion. Today I am a lone hyena or am I a defeated gazelle? One will survive, one will not.

One by one a gang of predators separated can become prey. Breakup a gang and get them alone, one by one, and then the playing field changes. It doesn’t matter rather you are talking people, wolves, hyenas, lions or vampires or werewolves… or zombies.

Conflict. Emotions. The stuff stories are made of. Without conflict, without emotions there is no story. Period.

And characters, structure, and plot. And of course, setting. There are other elements to story, too.

Life. Death. Struggle. Who is going to win? The villain or the protagonist? Or what if there is a villain protagonist? There is such a thing. There may be no hero, just a villain protagonist. Think about that one while you lay your money down waging for your decided winner.

Can you name a story with a villain protagonist?

After having a rough day, lions nor hyenas nor gazelles can read to escape the events of their lives.

Reading & Writing

Many of us like to read to escape. Many of us like to read to learn. Escapism and feeling good are said to be the two reasons people read. There are many people who write for the same reason, to escape. Or to teach. Or both. I don’t ever remember writing to escape, but I do write to teach. I read to escape, and I read to learn, and I read because a good story or a good book, such as nonfiction, feels good. Fiction even feels better.  It is still escapism no matter how you dress it up or undress it. Isn’t it not?

Both feeling good and escapism are emotions. And emotions move people, they move readers, and they move animals because one of the greatest emotions of all, and probably the oldest, is survival.

We’ve all heard the gazelles and the lion story, maybe more than we’d like to. But the hyena and the lion stories are just as abundant, though no one seems to write them. You can find those stories on YouTube and on the internet elsewhere.

The gazelles, the lion nor the hyena can read. If they can none of them have told me so.

They must face life and all the bs that comes flowing down with that avalanching brown crapped mudslide that can bury them and ruin their day. There is nothing like successfully outrunning a ferocious lion and then getting buried in stuff.

A gazelle, if he is in good health, doesn’t have any problems with his legs and is fast as a whip, he can escape the lion and survive. The lion will go hungry until he chases after a slower gazelle, or some other prey, and catches it or he perishes from starvation.

The hyena may be successful if the pack chases down a lion cub, or some prey that is too weak and inexperience to outrun the team of dog-like predators. Even a full-size lion, if he is too old, too weak, or injured from some previous incident, and too slow to outrun predators that are not normally predators, may be taken down by a large pack of predator hyenas if no other lions come to his rescue. Sometimes other lions will come to defend the pride. Sometimes they do not. Nature is not a kind girl and never has been and never will be.

Nature can be a villain or an antagonist just as man can. Nature can even be a more ferocious antagonist than a human monster.

A character may struggle against both nature and human monsters.

Stories allow us to escape the struggles of life and learn from characters, good and bad, human and animal, how they survive their adversaries and villains. At least for a little while. Maybe an hour or two.

Me?

A good book and I can escape. You? Same thing, a good book helps you escape a bad day in a world that seems forever unfair. The imaginary worlds we discover in a good fiction book is much safer than the real world outside, even if it is more dangerous in the story. Only our minds, not our bodies go to these fictional imaginary worlds.

We trade our world for someone else’s world, at least for an hour or two or more.  We trade our world for the author’s world. Sometimes we never want to come back because the author’s world is such a nice place we want to stay there. But then, reality sets in or the book comes to an end.

Why do you read?

Do you read to learn or to escape, or both, like I do? Or do you have some other reason?

Till next time, ~Cliff

On Writing

One well-received writing coach wrote that nearly all other authors in this genre he spoke of said if your motivation for writing in this particular genre is money, don’t do it because you will fail.

I don’t believe that.

I believe if you don’t write for money or do anything that consumes your time for reasons other than money, then you don’t have a business, you have a hobby. Hobbies don’t support livelihoods, hobbies don’t pay bills, or put food on the table, businesses do.

No matter what your business is, and in this case, we are talking about writing, if you don’t write for money you will certainly fail. You will fail because you cannot survive without income from what you are doing, unless of course, you have income from another source. It is still then a hobby, not a business.

The first goal in writing, publishing, or any other business, is always to make money.

Without money you cannot survive and remain doing what you are doing which in this case is writing (and publishing) and more specifically in this genre which I will not mention because no matter which genre you write in or multiples of genres, you always write for money and for a bunch of additional reasons as well, such as to entertain, to teach, to escape a given world for another, to allow your readers an escape from their horrible, or boring or frustrating world for another. And so forth.

We write for money.

We must survive.

We must pay our bills.

We must be happy and comfortable in our lives.

We must be successful in what we do. Income is the measurement of success.

But we also, must write for any given other reasons which may vary from author to author.

If you are filthy rich and already have lots and lots of money, and write for another reason, fine, so be it. If you want to do it for nothing, fine. But the truth is, only the top-earning authors sell a lot of books, the kind of sales all the other authors marvel over. Bestselling books are based on sales and sales are based on the money they earn and the number of copies they spin out. It’s a no brainer and it’s called economics. It is a supply and demand thing.

Millions of books hit the market and don’t bring their authors a single penny. Don’t be one of those authors. Pay other authors by purchasing their books and learn how to do it right. You will never be sorry; I promise you that!

Write for money, and LOTS of it, as well as for ALL the other reasons that motivate you to write and which keeps you writing, happily ever after. (HEA) Case closed.

Till next time, ~Cliff

Secret Weapons Book 3 Makes Number 1 Bestsellers List

It’s great to be rewarded with something like seeing your book on a bestseller list. Not just on the list, but number one! THANK YOU, CANADA!

SW BK 3 Canadian Bestseller 25 Mar 2019 (2)

Secret Weapons Book 3
A Number One Bestseller
In Canada at Amazon.ca

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My eBooks & Print Books Author Pages at Amazon-Kindle
Cliff Harrison
Cliff Harrison’s FICTION Author Page

Clifford G. Harrison
Clifford G. Harrison’s NONFICTION Author Page

More books coming soon!

Only A Few Hours Left for FREE Book

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Father River: The Street Priest Book 1: An Introduction (Father River series) Kindle Edition

My fiction books have been launched. I now have a fiction author’s page and a nonfiction author page. This helps readers–and hopefully fans–distinguish between my different kinds of writing at a glance.

My Fiction Author’s Page
Cliff Harrison

My first book was a nonfiction release published under my orthonym (not one of my pen names), Clifford G. Harrison.

My Nonfiction Author’s Page
Clifford G. Harrison

I have released two books so far in the nonfiction department. Then I focused on getting my fiction material published.

As of yesterday, I have published four books so far in the fiction category. All four are in the Father River: The Street Priest series. The short stories are installments of a saga. The stories are about a street priest going undercover as a covert author and researcher investigating the lives of the homeless living on the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada during the Great Recession. He tries to help the street people as well as troubleshoot the problems of homelessness in America. He is most interested in the war veterans that populate the street people by as much as 38%. The stories are based on actual incidences that inspired the writing.

The fiction is written under my diminutive, or abbreviated name, Cliff Harrison. Most fiction, but not all of it, will be published under my diminutive.

I am learning a lot about publishing and finetuning the formatting and inner works of publishing. I expect it to take up to one year, or to January of 2020 to be really proficient and profitable in my writing.  But, at least I am getting started.  Later, I will publish some post here on the Sunrise Mountain Publishing Blog as well as in Vegas Valley about publishing with Amazon-Kindle.

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At midnight, 17 October 2018, Father River: The Street Priest Book 2: One Good Job (Father River Series) Kindle Edition will be offered for FREE for 48 hours.

GOT BUGS?

 

~BLAZING-HOT END-OF-AUGUST SALE!~

Beginning tomorrow, 8:00 AM (PST) Friday, 24 August 2018:

SIZZLING DISCOUNTS BEGINNING AT OVER 80% OFF THE LIST PRICE.

INCLUDES THE UNITED KINGDOM.

OUR FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED UNDER THE ORTHONYM (NOT PEN NAME) OF CLIFFORD G. HARRISON.

The inauguration edition of Sunrise Mountain Publishing.com

The inauguration launching of the authorship orthonym Clifford G. Harrison (for most nonfiction) [Clifford G. Harrison Author Page] and the diminutive Cliff Harrison (for most fiction.)[Cliff Harrison author page coming soon.]

TIMED COUNTDOWN. ONE CHANCE TO GAIN VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR SO LITTLE.

THE CLOCK STARTS TICKING AWAY AT 8:00 AM (PST) Friday, 24 August 2018. DON’T MISS THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME.

TICK-TOCK WATCH THE CLOCK. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. THERE WON’T BE ANOTHER SALE WITH PRICES THIS LOW ANYTIME SOON.

MONSTER, SUPER SALE HAS INCREASING PRICE INCREMENTS. THE PRICE GOES UP WHEN THE CLOCK RUNS OUT AND WILL NOT GO BACK DOWN ANYTIME SOON. TICK-TOCK. TICK-TOCK. DON’T GET LOCKOUT SHOCK.

BEDBUGS ARE ACTIVE IN WARM WEATHER. IT IS HOT. THEY ARE EXTREMELY ACTIVE IN THIS SUMMER’S HEAT. AND IT IS ONLY GOING TO GET HOTTER. WE ARE IN A WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC FOR BEDBUGS, COCKROACHES AND SUPER LICE.

Do it right. Do it yourself.

Safe. Effective. Efficient. Advanced. Unique.

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE FROM SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT WORK.

You can keep your bugs, or you can read the book that teaches you how to get rid of those nasty insects and arachnid forever.

You’ve got to read it to know what’s in it.

Secret Weapons to the DIY Bedbug, Cockroach, Super Lice and General Insect Eradication Systems Book 3: The Ultra-Abridged Edition (Secret Weapons RES)

GREAT REVIEWS HELP US FIGHT THE EVIL FORCES THAT VICTIMIZE INNOCENT SOULS. OUR NEXT HUMANITARIAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS OPERATION MAY BE TO RESCUE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR BEING ON OUR TEAM!

The Eyes of the Eagle

Beer & Pizza Celebration

Today marks the anniversary of something I celebrate every year on this date. It is the fourth anniversary of a mission in which someone reached freedom and independence.

In a daring escape from deep within the territory of international terrorists and Sharia Law stronghold, one young lady enslaved by a patriarchic society braved the enduring breakout to reach freedom in another country thousands of miles from her homeland.

At this precise moment in time, 1806 hours, on 8 August 2014, the Eagle landed in the United States of America. She was liberated from the evil forces that had enslaved her since birth. She had dreamed of such liberty as a little girl. As she laid her head on her pillow in her bedroom, a sea breeze was gently blowing against the curtains through her open window. She dreamed of a hearing the rolling thunder of the rotor blades of U.S. helicopters chopping through the sky coming to rescue her. She never let go of that dream. It was well more than a decade she suffered. By her mid-teens, she endured torture and was persecuted because she rejected an ideology that enslaved her and stripped her of her life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As she matured into a young woman, the threats against her increased. Then, four years ago today, aboard the Eagle, she touched down on the soil of freedom and independence. She had reached the land of the free and the home of the brave, safely. Guardian angels would forevermore protect her from the forces of evil like no other protection could.

Coming within hours of imminent mutilation, torture, and a slow and barbaric execution, she was extracted from harm’s way. After more than forty-hours of an enduring flight with an initial flight path directly over hostile combat fields and urban fighting between Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and Iraqi warriors, where missile downing was imminently possible, the eyes of the angels guided her onward from harm’s way to safe harbor. Three planes had recently been downed by missiles and other hostilities, at least two of them full of civilians. It was a nerve-wracking journey with harrowing episodes every moment of the way. Trying times. Danger. Setbacks. Excitement. Fatigue. Anxiety. But at last, the Eagle made safe passage into the skies of freedom and independence, the skies of the United States of America, where the eagles soar high in the eyes of liberty and the face of justice.Transfered Copy from Computer 2 300

Today, at 1806 hours, victory calls for a renewed celebration. Beer and pizza! It’s an annual ritual.

There is another cause for celebration. As we leave the Freedom and Independence Month of July where we celebrate all month long the 4th of July and the freedom and independence movement of our humanitarianism mission we find ourselves still celebrating and extend the feast a few days more into the 8th of August with this day being every part of the celebrating. (Then it is back on strict, strict, dieting. Fasting and Ungh!)But there is more…

From Slavery to Freedom

Soon to be released will be the Freedom and Independence series of books, the 4th of July and Beyond,is part of that series, explaining our movement, our operations, and missions, worldwide.

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From Domination to Independence

My great friend, Cristina, another survivor of evil forces, just celebrated with me and friends, our LEO birthdays, on the delayed 31st of July. Both of our birthdays were in the last week of July, four days apart. We also celebrated the launching of Sunrise Mountain Publishing with friends and the publishing of Book 3 in the series. Book 1 has since also been released and Book 2 is within hours from release. Two other books will follow those releases soon. As we celebrated multiple occasions, we enjoyed Mediterranean Cuisine at Shsish Kabob House on West Flamingo Road having an enjoyable meal with a pleasant waitress from Bulgaria.

Just a few days ahead of today’s 4th anniversary, the Clifford G. Harrison DIY Library, released Book 1 three days early of schedule. The Secret Weapons, Book 1 in the Revolutionary Eradication Systems series, A Standalone Introduction SHOPTALK Edition Book 1: Just Bugs & Social Problems.
A Standalone Introduction SHOPTALK Edition Book 1: Just Bugs & Social Problems

Keep abreast of the books published as they roll off the computer into the public arena. They should be issued quite rapidly now we have launched our publishing house. Thanks for visiting.

Here’s to your success secret ones. This drink is for you!

Author Page: Clifford G. Harrison

New Release for July

Clifford G. Harrison’s Amazon.com Author Page 

Shhhhh! Keep the secret! 
Our first orthonym-published eBooks will be our inauguration editions. The first released is a nonfiction book from the Clifford G. Harrison DIY Freedom & Independence Library™ entitled Secret Weapons to the DIY Bedbug, Cockroach, Super Lice and General Insect Eradication Systems Book 3. It is the Ultra-Abridged Edition. It is Book 3 in the Revolutionary Eradication Systems (RES) Series. The series revolutionizes insect extermination with safe, effective, efficient and unique harmonizing weapons systems.

FREE eBook Samples
Go to my author’s page, click on the cover of the book of your choice, then click on the cover again under LOOK INSIDE with the blue arrow pointing toward the book and read the sample by scrolling down. If you want to save your read for later you can download a sample copy to your device(s) click the Try a Sample white button.  To download a copy to your device(s) you must have an Amazon.com account. It’s FREE. It’s no hassle.

Today, I Educate the Teachers, the Editors, the Grammarians and the Grammarists and all those with Lexicons
Nobody seems to know what the word orthonym means. It means; when a writer uses a pen name or pseudonym and then he writes under his real name, he is writing under his orthonym.  The real name of a person who uses a pseudonym is an orthonym.  J.K. Rowling is the orthonym of Robert Galbraith.  Washington Irving is the orthonym of Jonathan Oldstyle; Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, (even though the author is past tense, his work is still in the present tense), Stephen King is the orthonym of Richard Bachman. It’s great to learn something new, isn’t it? Books and reading teach you that!

Freedom and Independence Is an Inalienable Right of Every Human Being on This Planet

These are some of the stories of people born without freedom and independence. We have a lot to do in order to secure the guarantee that all innocent citizens of the world are ensured their freedom and independence.

Captive in Iran

Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison
Captive in Iran, the Book

You can find many videos on YouTube with Maryam Rostampour’s and Marziyeh Amirizadeh’s miraculous story. Likewise, there are many videos that expose the evils of Iran’s most notorious prison, Evin Prison in Tehran and the barbaric abuses of female prisoners, many who are innocent of what would be considered any serious crime in the western world. It is a patriarchic world where the female is born a second-class citizen owned and enslaved by man. She is forever the slave of patriarchy until she escapes or dies. Many never leave Evin prison alive.

Their book, Captive in Iran, can be purchased at Amazon.com and everywhere fine books are sold. Captive in Iran

I gave Captive in Iran a 5-star review and highly recommend it to anyone who cares about humanity and justice:

“Superb, well-written book. These girls went through hell in one of the world’s most demonic prisons in one of the most demonic lands. Imprisoned, not for something that could be considered a crime (Being Christian) in the western world, but only in the uncivilized dark corners of Iran. The world needs to clamp down on patriarchal societies that place females as second-class citizens and thrust them out of our civilized world. It is great to have Ms. Maryam Rostampour and Ms. Marziyeh Amirizadeh in America where they are free and independent and enjoying their life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We all pray for Ms. Shirin Alam Hooli, their dear friend, who wasn’t as fortunate and was executed by the barbarians of Iran’s brutal Evin Prison. Together, we all must work to bring change and awareness to this demonic culture.”

With 466 reviews, the book, Captive in Iran, rated a 4.8 star out of 5 at Amazon.com My 5-Star Review of Captive in Iran

I meant to post these videos in July, but my TBI, CFS, and PTSD presented long periods of dysfunction. Sorry! The downtime also prevented my latest book being released on schedule. Hopefully, I will succeed in that, later this month.

Today, 8 August 2017, is a significant date as it is the 3rd anniversary of the Secret One being liberated and touching down in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We celebrate today, as we do every year on this date, for her freedom and independence.

The Evil of Iran
Iranian Women Prisoners Detail Torture: ‘Death Was Like a Desire’