A Woman in Men’s Clothing

A Woman in Men’s Clothing

Flora Quick aka Flora Mundis aka Tom King aka China Dot

by C.K. Thomas

China Dot couldn’t possibly have committed all the crimes attributed to her by Flora Quick and John Mundisoverzealous news reporters of her day. Born Flora Quick in 1874, orphaned at the age of 15, and then married to a man who was after her inheritance, she soon made the decision she would survive by any means possible.

After her marriage to scoundrel Ora Mundis failed, Flora began riding horseback dressed in men’s clothing, stealing horses, and calling herself Tom King. Her true identity and gender became known when she landed in an Oklahoma City jail for horse theft. Newspapers reported her escaping jail at least twice and never being convicted for her crimes.

For a time, Flora turned tricks and even ran a brothel in Guthrie, Oklahoma, with her friend Jessie Whitewings. Reports claimed she robbed trains and banks as well, but in reality it seems she stuck to horse rustling. Sadly, she was killed by a jealous lover in the back of Sirrianl’s Italy Saloon in Clifton, Arizona, at the beginning of 1903.

The most quoted story concerning her death attributes the deed to her lover, Bill Garland. Flora and Bill quarreled while high on opium, and Bill shot her four times before shotting himself in the head. News reports of the incident described the four gunshot wounds in graphic detail, and while Flora managed to live several hours following the shooting, Bill’s suicide was instantly fatal.

It’s difficult to find the truth about Flora Quick, considering all the tales written about her notorious life. Newspapers.com search results produce conflicting reports, and while many articles and books try to unravel her history, it appears we may never know the whole truth about this frontier woman who masqueraded as a man. In the 29 years she lived, she managed to leave behind a legacy that rivals more familiar Wild West characters such as Annie Oakley and Clamity Jane, who were written about in dime novels and sensationalized in news reports of the era.

August 23, 2015 article by Marshall Trimble

C.K. ThomasC.K. Thomas lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring, she worked for Phoenix Newspapers while raising three children and later as communications editor for a large United Methodist Church. The Storm Women is her fourth novel and the third in the Arrowstar series about adventurous women of the desert Southwest. Follow her blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.

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Networking, Networking, and Some More Networking!

Networking, Networking, and Some More Networking!

by Joe Carroccio

Since my last post, so much has happened.

First, we have been asked, Who was the young girl in the picture with The Beatles? in our June 27, 2016 post, “Making Things Happen vs. Letting Things Happen.” Of course it was Marti, from the cover of 16 in ’64!

Marti at The Beatles' performance at The International Amphitheater, Chicago 1964

Marti at The Beatles’ performance at The International Amphitheater, Chicago 1964

Here are some updates: The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago is over. We are waiting for the results of book sales, our ad in the event program, and feedback from our friend, Aaron.

We did, however, speak with a publicist, referred to us by Aaron, who works exclusively with Beatles-related authors. We are waiting to review her marketing proposal.

Last time, I mentioned that I would be pursuing more music-oriented stores for our book signings. I am still working on that, but we do have another book signing scheduled for Sept. 25 at a local Italian restaurant, Pacino’s in Mesa, Arizona. That’s right, an Italian restaurant.

The owner is a big music fan and, of course, The Beatles. He really knows how to market via social networking, and I feel the event will be a great success. We will be inviting musicians, the media, friends and family to what we project to be a fun and productive afternoon.

One of my philosophies is “When everyone is going left, I go right. When everyone is going right, I go left.”

Here we go again, making things happen in conjunction with letting things happen.

“What about the Tempe Library Program, scheduled for Oct. 5?” you may ask. The preparations are going great. We, along with the Tempe Library, have started marketing the program, with an intense plan of action for September. Stay tuned!

We also had a meeting with Liz Warren, Director of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College. She was not interested in our program. Win some, lose some. But you never know unless you ASK!

As always, we continue to add to our website and make revisions. And, of course, we continue to network, network, and some more networking! Presently, we are in the process of contacting some of the local morning TV shows, music-oriented podcasters, and newspapers for interviews. Also anyone associated, in any way, with The Beatles.

Autumn is almost here, though you wouldn’t realize it living in Arizona, and it will be a great time for 16 in ’64. Looking forward to continuing the adventure, and enjoying the ride.

______________Joe Carroccio

Joe Carroccio is the coauthor of 16 in ’64: The Beatles and the Baby Boomers. Learn more at: 16in64.com.

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Seven Plots for Seven Writers

Seven Plots for Seven Writers

by Mary Ellen Stepanich, Ph.D.

One of my favorite musicals has always been the film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MGM, 1954). Not only is the music perfect, but also the dancing is spectacular and the mountain scenery is breathtaking. Although each brother is different (in looks, temperament, and talent), his objective is singular – find a girl to love and make her his bride.

Seven Plots

A little over three years ago, I was part of a group of seven writers – we call ourselves L.S. McFan (an anagram of our initials) – who decided to write a book together. We drew lots to see who would write the first chapter and then who would follow, writing one chapter at a time, one month at a time, one after the other. I think when we began, we didn’t see beyond seven chapters. But we were a lot like the seven brothers in the movie, in that we each had different looks, temperament, and talent.

Apparently, each of the seven writers also had a different plot in mind. Some wrote the heroine as wimpy and clingy, while others wrote her as strong and single-minded. Some wanted a romantic hero; others wanted the leading man to waste no time on lovemaking and simply get on with saving the world from disaster. The differing points of view also showed up when one writer portrayed the heroine’s brother as short and younger, but someone else wrote him as tall and older.

Now, 49 chapters later, we’ve decided it’s time to finish the thing, so we took one final walk-through of the book, editing for continuity and clarity. Trouble in River City!! Some writers hadn’t read through the entire book before writing their chapters, and they positioned certain characters in one place without realizing they were situated in a different locale in a prior chapter. So the editing and rewriting has become a formidable task.

Another task that is nearly impossible to accomplish with seven writers is choosing a title and a book cover design. I suggested we each submit our favorite titles, then all vote on the entire list, choosing our top five favorites. The title with the most votes would be the obvious choice (or so I thought!). No, that didn’t work, because the chosen title wasn’t one or two of the writers’ first choice, and they were vocal about it. The same problem occurred with the cover design – some liked it, some didn’t, and some simply suffered (but not in silence).

As a former professor of organizational behavior, I used all of my expertise attempting to achieve consensus, or at least acceptance, from all seven writers. So far, consensus (even grudging acceptance) is not forthcoming. Therefore, the only wisdom I can impart to readers of this blog is this: Never agree to write or publish anything in collaboration with six other writers. The inevitable result is disagreement, and possibly ruined friendships.

And I would be very careful walking in strange places after dark.

Mary Ellen StepanichDr. Mary Ellen Stepanich is a retired professor of organizational behavior who always told her students at Purdue, “I’m very organized, but my behavior is a bit wonky.” She has published articles in academic journals (boring), show scripts for barbershop choruses and quartets (funny), and an award-winning radio play, “Voices from the Front,” for Sun Sounds of Arizona (heartrending). Mary Ellen lives in Peoria, Arizona, with her cat, Cookie, and blogs on her website, MaryEllenStepanich.com.

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Watching the Body Language of People Attending a Business Body Language Presentation

Watching the Body Language of People Attending a Business Body Language Presentation

by Barbara Chatzkel

I have the opportunity to watch a lot of people get surprised about what, exactly, their business body language can communicate.

As I present workshops and overviews of Business Body Language, one of my favorite things is to observe the reactions of the attendees to what they are hearing and seeing. There is a uniformity in people’s reaction to and awareness of their own body language. I am treated to a predictable and entertaining nonverbal display as participants move down the predictable path.

I like to arrive at a presentation site early because it allows me to get comfortable with the space and have plenty of time to set up. And, it provides me with the opportunity to observe the participants in their natural state – being themselves and unself-conscious about their body language. I can get a sense of the group and determine which individuals I can call on to help demonstrate some of the business body language examples for the audience.

A typical opening I use is, “I’ve been watching your body language as a group and…”

If the group is playful and knows each other, I can say, “…and boy, do I have more work cut out for me!” We can engage in conversation that sets the stage for a participatory session and one where we both learn and have fun.

The trajectory of a participant’s reaction is

  • Opening – they are checking me out. Am I credible? Will they learn anything useful? colorful question markIs there any truth to what she is saying? Lots of quizzical looks and closed body language going on. My job is convert them during the opening.
  • Introduction of Business Body Language – learning and listening. The impact of body language on everyday business is a topic that typically grabs an audience. I see nodding heads and smiles as participants find a lot of agreement.
  • More detailed discussion, examples of body language – When I delve into the five body language broadcast centers and show positive and negative body language situations, it’s the “Light Bulb Moment.”

One by one, the participants figure out that some of the less effective body language examples are things they routinely do. It’s the old, “Wow, I do that!” realization.Wow hands

Watching the hurried attempts to correct habitual Business Body Language gives me the opportunity to observe a wide range of reactions and in-process feedback in the form of laughing, frowning, and everything in between. Generally, it takes 21 days to change a habit, and the first week is the most difficult. As I watch individuals try to modify their longstanding behaviors for the first time, it is as if they are trying on a tuxedo or formal gown – uncomfortable and trying to figure out how it all works.

Some of the body language signals that are difficult to change quickly include:

  • Standing with arms akimbo (with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward) or crossed over the chest
  • When standing in a relaxed posture, cupping the hands over one’s “privates”
  • Pointing at people

The best advice I can give as you work on modifying your body language is to relax and laugh at laughing toddlerthe situation. If you look around, the people next to you are trying to figure it out, too. Laughter is a great stress reducer.

Understand that body language postures/positions are not static and rigid. Every situation calls for different Business Body Language. By the end of the presentation, participants are once again smiling and nodding because they are looking at themselves and others with a powerful new lens.

As one recent attendee said, “I’ll never ignore feet again!”

ChatzkelBarbara Chatzkel’s ability to provide a vibrant and behavior-changing book extends across industry segments – everyone uses business body language. Her coaching and consulting expertise on business body language grew from conducting union negotiations, managing difficult personnel situations, managing at multiple levels, and extensive business coaching experience. Her new book, Business Body Language: Your Visual Business Card, will be available in print in early 2016. Visit her website today for further information.

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The Power of the Group: Support Your Fellow Authors by Buying Direct from Them

The Power of the Group: Support Your Fellow Authors by Buying Direct from Them

by Laura Orsini

Most authors in the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup are familiar with my tolerate/hate relationship with Amazon. To put it succinctly, I am not a big fan. Yes, it still wields an unbelievable amount of influence in the publishing industry, as achieving some version of Amazon bestseller status is actually within reach of any marketing-savvy author, regardless of whether they self-publish or are represented by a house. But there are many negatives, too – most of which I will not go into in this post.

Books online

One huge drawback is that self-publishing authors usually sacrifice a huge portion of their prospective incomes when they sell their books via Amazon. Is it worth it for the exposure selling on Amazon offers? Many think so – and there are many successful Amazon authors. But when it comes down to it, the vast majority of authors might make more money if they sold their books themselves (even if they had to pay for third-party distribution).

To that end, I encourage all of our authors – and you, our reading public – to support each other by first looking for the author’s website and, if possible, purchasing their book there. If the book is not available direct from the author – or their website points to their Amazon page – by all means, buy the book through Amazon. But in the spirit of “what goes around comes around,” score some good karma points by being willing to pay extra and support your favorite indie authors.

Putting a book together is no small feat. A quick overview of the multitude of steps involved includes:

  1. Coming up with the idea
  2. Outlining the book
  3. Writing the manuscript
  4. Editing the manuscript
  5. Revising the manuscript (steps 4 and 5 may be repeated a handful of times)
  6. Designing the cover
  7. Formatting/laying out the book
  8. Buying the ISBN/bar code
  9. Registering the book’s copyright
  10. Printing the book
  11. Converting the book to eBook format
  12. Launching the book
  13. Marketing the book (which has about 100 of its own steps)

Sure, there are many authors who cut corners and write without outlining, skip the editing, and/or design the covers themselves (or use Amazon’s cookie-cutter templates). Like I’ve said many a time, the good thing is that it’s easier than it’s ever been to publish a book. And the bad thing is that it’s easier than it’s ever been to publish a book. But overall, the quality of self-published books has improved dramatically over the last decade. And serious authors are going to great pains to publish quality books.

Why not join your efforts with other book lovers and support these authors by buying direct from them whenever possible?

is a self-publishing consultant who works with authors who want to LO picchange the world. From concept to publication to the first-time author’s book launch, her expertise will help you make a better book and find more readers. Laura is the organizer of the Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup, creator of the Holiday Author Event, and conjuror of many other author opportunities. She will explore the power of the group in her posts for this group blog. In the meantime, read her regular posts at Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and check out her pins on Pinterest.

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Memoir as Revisionist History?

Memoir as Revisionist History?

by Jack Dermody

In The Art of Memoir, author Mary Karr claims to give early drafts of her memoirs to the people art of memoirshe writes about and asks them for their critiques. Would you do that? Would you even want to?

In my case, I rarely had an adult conversation with my mother, so I would expect her to hate my depiction of her, no matter how accurate.

But it would have been nice to sit down and enjoy an adult exchange. Mom has passed away, but since then, I’ve learned a lot about psychology and personality differences. So now I wonder if I could have approached her from her own personality’s core values. Could I have elicited a decent response, some real give-and-take, even a few laughs between us?

Mom would be an introverted Gold-Green personality type according to the materials I’d present in my Four Windows workshops. The Gold-Green type has a core value of relentless responsibility, especially toward rules, traditions, and personal relationships. Gold-Green folks welcome change reluctantly. Asking them for open-mindedness and high adventure requires more persuasive power and time than most people are willing to spare.

So how would this have helped me launch the conversation I always craved? Ironically, my own realization that responsibility did rule my mother’s behaviors contains the answer. Accordingly, I can no longer be angry about her continual preaching about saving money. I realize now that my need for change and adventure was just as frightening to her as her resistance to my dating offbeat people and living on the other side of the world was frustrating to me.

So I will be writing about Mom in – hopefully – objective ways that she would recognize and perhaps understand better than the ways presented by the old me.

Just for example, if I could travel back in time, instead of scowling and grumbling at her and Dad for delaying a move to Arizona in their later years, I’d use the kindling of “the right thing to do” as a starting point. I’d ask something like, “What worries you most about staying in California? About living in Arizona? If you decided to consider Arizona, what would have to be here to make you feel safe? You took care of your own mother until she four windows.jpgpassed, so what did you learn from that? I’m sure you know what the right thing to do is. Just let me know how I can help.”

I doubt she would have changed her mind, but I’m guessing my relationship with Mom could have been smoother. It’s humbling to realize my own temperament was an equal culprit in our childish banter.

So what’s my type, you ask? Introverted Blue-Orange. But you’ll have to wait for another post to learn more.

You can find out your own type here. Check out Jack’s Personality Blog, Speak Personality as a Second Language.Jack Dermody

Jack Dermody is an expert on classic personality types; national group facilitator and corporate trainer; textbook author in linguistics and psychology; and author of
Job Interviewers: Get Inside Their Heads. He is formerly published with Prentice-Hall, ELS Language Services.

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Proof for the Skeptics

Proof for the Skeptics

by Marilou McIntyre

Finally, after searching years for the meaning of life and link with divine intelligence, or God, a mysterious stranger answered my pleas. He introduced me to a genuine medium who could answer my questions. My skepticism drove me to research paranormal incidents and phenomena around the world. Firsthand witnessing of proof, evidence of survival after physical death, and the return of loved ones through the mediumship of Rev. Keith Milton Rhinehart opened new existential vistas and spiritual avenues to me. It is amazing to watch the phenomenon of objects pouring through the skin and eyes of the medium, in full light, before hundreds of people. It startles the mind back to God and makes one more receptive to the teachings that follow.

spiritual proof

Overcoming fear of death is, perhaps, the last frontier for humanity. Documented proof is provided for the skeptic and truthseeker, alike, for the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Scientific testing has established the genuineness of this medium who provides trance communications with ancient Masters who help resolve life’s mysteries via truth and incredible physical phenomena under test conditions. I witnessed many of the miracles of Jesus duplicated. Strangely, Rev. Rhinehart is not acclaimed worldwide as a truthbringer or prophet yet, which is the greatest mystery of all to me. He has dedicated his life to humbly bringing truth to humanity and establishing the largest church of its kind. I share my eyewitness account of his phenomena and its effect on me and thousands around the world to honor his life and dedication.

Over the course of more than 30 years, my association with the Ascended Masters evolved into a source of enlightenment and link with God. My continuous testing of these principles helped me overcome errors of present theologies and tenants of faith that I had accepted. In the light of new evidence, I had to change my preconceived ideas. The tale of how I am doing this is ongoing.


Finally people and events are beginning to make sense, as the veil to reality is removed and I become more aware of their spiritual nature and the need for insight into their nature here and in the hereafter. I attempt to explore other dimensions and realities. If something is true, it can be duplicated by the sincere truthseeker. We are all from the same source of energy, and we can communicate with infinite intelligence; all people can, eventually, with dedicated practice and awareness. I try to help individual development and explain how to: meditate; enhance your life conditions for health, wealth, and happiness; reverse the aging process and, ultimately, overcome death cycles; and much more.

My discoveries came after years of testing and experimenting with different methods gleaned from Master communications. I knew if it was true, it would manifest in my life, and it has. This is my story. Some may think me crazy. If I am, I prefer it to the way I was before. I wish this contentment to each person, even the skeptics.

Marilou MacintyreDr. Marilou McIntyre is an author, past life connector, and fear-buster. She helps those suffering from irrational fears to mend the past so they can overcome their fears and live happy, healthy, successful lives. Her books, Fast Road to Happiness: Journey into Now, Life is Forever – Get Used to It, and The Forever Principles: Listening to an Angel Voice in My Head, assist you on the spiritual path and provide road maps to enjoying and controlling your life forever. To schedule a past-life exploration, visit mariloumcintyre.com/contact.

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