Saturday, June 30, 2012

Build A Creative House

Colombian artist Miler Lagos’s Contemporary art installation titled “HOME.” This installation is a self-supporting book igloo using nothing more than carefully aligned books, no glue. This art was on display at Magnan Metz Gallery in New York City 2011. The book house is a symbol of possibilities and dreams made real.

Everything is possible. Build your house with plans, constant work and passion.

You have a unique purpose on this earth. People will tell you to give up and take classes in something practical, I say you need to have a job that sustains the heat and food but spend your forty hours a week on your craft.

What are you working on?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Sunflowers in my yard keep the bees working all day. Don't let setbacks take over.

Monday, June 25, 2012

New clients

The message sounded positive the first time I read it on a subject of an unknown person's mail. How many of these emails are you receiving? My email flow daily is about 200- 300 in one of my accounts and this particular pitch has increased to about 30+ per day. If there a way to block incoming messages by the subject?

Am I just being over sensitive in the digital world? My days seem to race past in a blur. I manage and treasure my time for writing, job and family.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Lucky Boy at VROMANS -PRIZES

Caroline Gerardo Author of The Lucky Boy,
will appear at Vroman’s Bookstore,
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena,
 on Sunday, June 24th at 4 PM.

Gerardo will be reading and signing her book
for Local Authors Day.
To celebrate Caroline is offering prizes.
The event is free and open to the public.


1st PRIZE:  New Apple iPad 2 32gb Wifi 720p HD Tablet PC Black Color - iPad 2nd Generation

2nd PRIZE $25.00 Gift Certificate to Vroman’s
This contest is open to residents of USA and Canada.

Contest begins on Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 12:00pm ET , and closes on Saturday, July  28, 2012 at 11:59pm. Vromans and Caroline Gerardo are not responsible for entries that are lost or misdirected. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday July 29th, 2012 and will be notified by email as well as by online posting to this site.

 and The Lucky Boy Facebook Page and Twitter Caroline Gerardo’s  @cgbarbeau handle account. If we do not receive a response to your email within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

How to Enter:
During the Contest Period, complete the registration form in full following all online instructions. To win contestants must remain on the contest mailing list, “Like” the contest Facebook page, or provide proof of purchase of The Lucky Boy on or before 11:59 PM July 28th, 2012. Proof of purchase described as follows: copy of receipt and entry form below; or pdf. copy; image of receipt to Caroline Gerardo either on The Lucky Boy Facebook page, or follow and supply to @cgbarbeau twitter account, or here in the comments below.
By entering this contest, participants agree to be bound by these Contest rules and the decisions of Caroline Gerardo. All entries become the property of Caroline Gerardo, the Contest Sponsor.
You may enter the Contest as often as you like by multiple purchases. Entrants may use only one Facebook account or e-mail address to enter.
Entries made using multiple social media accounts, email addresses generated by script, macro, robotic, programmed, or any other automated means are prohibited and will be disqualified.
The winners whose names are drawn will be emailed by as soon as reasonably possible after the contest closes to the email you provide.

Entrants are required to “Like” the The Lucky Boy Facebook page:

or copy and paste this into your browser:!/pages/The-Lucky-Boy/249273628455524 

or provide proof of purchase of the book to be eligible to win.
  Purchase is not necessary to enter the contest. 
   The odds of winning the contest depend on the number of entries received. 

   Prize must be accepted as awarded. The approximate retail value of the prize is $527/ and $25. US.
Caroline Gerardo and Vroman’s will not be responsible for telephone, technical, network, online, electronic, computer hardware or software failures of any kind, misdirected, stolen, incomplete, garbled or delayed Internet/e-mail computer transmissions on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this contest.
Vromans is not a sponsor or an administrator of this contest. 
The winner will be posted on The Lucky Boy Facebook Web site at the end of the contest period.
Entering the contest constitutes consent to the use of the winner’s information as submitted to:
All publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Caroline Gerardo no compensation or further permission to winner will be offered (except where prohibited by law).
All work (including but not limited to data, words, photographs, text, images, audio, video, trade-marks, service marks, trade names and other information) (collectively, the “Content”) contained in this Website are owned by Caroline Gerardo.  
Copyright © Caroline Gerardo 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012


“Do not weep any more, I give you forsythia to bring your spirits high, ringing from the Queen’s garden.”
Caroline Gerardo
© copyright 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Haunted House

Hiking we found this haunted house. It is out in the woods. The property never had running water or electricity. The wife left thousands of personal items some years ago after the murders. They wait like artifacts praying for salvation. She left a note about some bear-ring-man who took her husband. The letter did not make a great deal of sense, but it mentions three times: do not sit in the swing,.
Notice the swing, it rocks and spins without anyone sitting in it. Do you think he was watching?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Roll that crane up to the sky

Merrily run your crane to the stormy sky.
What is the matter with these negative writers?
If you don't know how to use
Typek it, Font deck, Gimp, Instagram, and more...
start cranking your brain up for new skills.

Interview about the tools you need to be a writer.

I operated a Lattice Boom Truck Crane
before there  was a license required.

Interview link:  

Read Patrick Barkham's post about indie writers,
more important- read the rather snooty comments.

"These people sound like they might have rather more successful careers as marketing strategists than writers of decent fiction.
Increasingly, there's no difference. That's what's depressing." mean guy with no profile

" nowadays there are two types of novelists those who write something interesting and those who write something well and never the twain shall meet." another guy with no profile, it is always easy to sound superior behind an alias online, add a little accent and you are better...

"I will never bother reading an indie book, they are all garbage..." this one I believe got deleted because it went off on a rant.

Everyone loves a rant on the internet. Perhaps someone will go purchase the newspaper Guardian now?

Those who don't learn and grow, are left behind.
Even traditional published writers need skills because the economy is tight. How many editors were laid off from magazines and publishers this month?

O.K. they aren't lattice ... cranes but you get the point.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus Transit Did you Catch Her?

Venus Transit
with my iphone sigh.
There is a swallow in one.
Halos from the brightest planet.
She won't return in our lifetimes
to pass in front of the sun.
It is not an eclipse, just a
passing whim.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Carson (my son) and I helped a friend yesterday. Well, we attempted to assist, but the boon doggle turned into a comedy. Sometimes being me is a bit cloudy.

Bob is my friend for twenty some years. He has a gruff voice. In 2009 he bought a condo for his x-wife (not out of legal obligation he has paid in full and then some). She had been unemployed for more than two years. Bob paid the bills for the condo and supplemented her income saying, “I will never allow the Mother of my children to fail.”

The x-wife decided to move east and found employment leaving the condo, unfortunately due to economic times, underwater. Rather than sell the condo for a loss, Bob decides to rent the unit. His new tenant does not want the refrigerator she left in the unit.
I’m handy, I have a refrigerator dolly and a teenage son who is strong. We volunteer to help move the refrigerator from the second story and give it to the Habitat for Humanity house being built in San Juan (thus offering assistance to several people as the Habitat house is being donated to an injured Marine and his family).

We load the dolly and strapping material in the back of my car and go pick up Bob. He fuddles around trying to locate the keys for twenty minutes.

While we are waiting I come up with the brilliant idea of the day, “Let’s move the refrigerator first to the downstairs garage before we go and rent a truck to move it.”

After an hour of shuffling the refrigerator we come to realize the thing is not going to make it down the narrow, freshly painted stairwell. (This is discovered with the three of us half way down and the right side gouging the drywall). We vote to move the box back up. In doing so I see my iron dolly is all rusted on the bottom and we have tracked rust shavings all over the carpet and stairs. Now it is time to go drive back home, get the vacuum, patch the wall, call the ex-wife to find out how that refrigerator ever got up the stairs and make new plans.

Hours later we come to understand, the only way to get something this large on the second floor is with a lift over the balcony. New tenant can keep this refrigerator upstairs and install his own double wide one in the downstairs garage. The cost to rent a lift far exceeds the value of a silly ice box. I call the Habitat people and tell them, “no gift.” They happen to have the equipment to solve the problem and will do it for free.

Every cloud has a silver lining, or thank heavens we didn’t rent the truck before we found out the dang thing can’t make it down the stairs. Hope your day is happy.