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Download it and read it for free. It's kind of cool to see how my writing has changed over the years. The Alien Recruitment-- It has been nearly ten years since Norrie’s planet was darkened due to an attack by The Lingering. Earth is now the target, and the Viderian command gives orders to save absolutely no one. Once again the Viderians will watch as others are annihilated. However, today Norrie has plans of her own. Norrie sets out to save a human by the name of Toni only to later discover that Toni is the key to the survival and the regeneration of the planet. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alien-Recruitment-Shelly-Santiago-ebook/dp/B005LD3T22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429578912&sr=8-1&keywords=the+alien+recruitment">

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

International Community & Home

I would like to take the time to say thank you to all of those people who read my postings. You guys rock, and I am so glad you are still reading my work. Russia, you nearly beat the United States this week on reading my blog. It was nice to see Ireland, France and the Ukraine once again. I saw some not so familiar faces this time with Belarus and Azerbaijan.

Have a great night and don't forget you can get The Alien Recruitment for free this week. Kisses!!!


VIKING STORY

Okay so I have changed a few things. Her personality is a little better and her hair color is now darker. I want her to look like the Greeks. What do you think? Don't be shy!!



Norway Present Day

Hertha


“It’s time to wake up. We have a lot to do. You’re going to be late. WAKE UP!” Hertha grabbed her neck and looked around the darkened room. Nobody was moving. Their bodies remained motionless as a cold air entered the room. “Odd dream.”
“What are you talking about? Go back to sleep. We have a lot to do today, and I want just a bit more sleep, Hertha.”
 “Nei, I can’t sleep not now. I saw something in my dream. I was floating above my body and I was yelling at myself. Only, I didn’t look like myself, I looked different. I sounded different too.”
“Holy Ragnarok! Who cares what you dreamed, gurl? Go back to bed.” snorted Erica.
“Do you think gurls will be included in the Ranarok?”
 “Hell yeah, we will.”
“Good because I think I’m supposed to do something really important.”
“Well, I’m not sure about the important part, but we will all do something. After all the Ragnarok is for warriors who are called by Odin and only he can decide whom he sees fit and he claims lads and gurls.”
“Agreed, we will all have a place in saving our people’s future. My slenderness makes me quicker than most. My visions are something that oracles would die for.”
“Not the visions again.”
          “Yes, I had another one last night. I saw a man in my dream holding a white dress.”
Erica blew a small red hair out of her face. “Might as well get up, I guess.”
“Well, wake me up in a little while, I’m going to see if I have get some sleep.”
“The hell you are! Get your stuff and let’s go grab some food.”
The sun was nearly all the way up in the morning sky. A light glaze of frost was covering the ground. “It’s so pretty here. I will miss the mountains, streams, lakes and even the snow,” declared Hertha. She bent down and pulled up a small twig and stuck it behind her ear.
          “It’s about time you do something with your hair. I’m not sure the twig will help. Maybe if you braid it or something. You hair is too hard and wild,” said Erica. “We should split up, I’ll go this way. You go down by the mountain.”
Before Hertha could make her way down the path a rush of wind came her way once more. 
“Go to the river,” whispered a voice from the wind.
Hertha turned around and looked for the owner of the voice. “Who’s there? Say it again.”
 “Go to the river, and stick your hand in the icy waters until your fingers start to burn,” demanded the voice.
   “How about you show yourself? I don’t know you. If you wish me to go to the river come out.” snorted Hertha.
The wind blew violently forcing Hertha’s braid to unravel and fall below her shoulders like a river of dark liquid spilling over the land. Hertha held her cloak tighter against her body and held her head down. “I’m still here. My command stands the same.”
“I knew your mother quite well. She too had a temper. Did you know your mother was favored by the Gods?”
Hertha fell to the ground and placed her arm proudly in the air. “I have no words. Give me the name of whom I have disrespected and I will go make an offering to make this right.”
The voice was quiet for a few seconds. “Make it right by going to the river and never talk to anyone about this.”
           Hertha raised to her feet and looked around the frozen land. She kissed her small idol and followed in the direction of the voice. As a large boulder started to roll from the mountain above the river Hertha ran behind tree and watched the rock hit the icy water just adjacent to her body. “Go now, you have a clear way in. swim to the bottom of the rock and there you will find it.”
“Find what?”
“Go! You don’t have time for questions.”
Hertha placed her cloak on the ground and mumbled a silent prayer. “Gods save me now.” She rushed down into the icy river. As she was swimming downward, the waters started to harden. “I’m going to die.” She pushed forward until she made it to the rock. By the time she made it, the water was quickly turning back to ice. Near the ground she saw something shiny and shimmering. With her strength fading, she swam deeper until she was on top of the long shiny metal. “It’s a sword.” She grabbed the sword and began her journey to the top of the river. With each movement she could feel her life slipping away. The sword was cutting away at the ice until finally she was near the top. Her body floated to the bank and her eyes closed.

“Now that you have found my gift, we must talk.” The tall man bent down and brushed his long dark cloak against Hertha’s face.
“Hertha, hear me now. Listen not with your trained eyes, or ears but with your heart. You are needed for a great cause. The Ragnarok will soon be upon us, and only the best of feigra manna, will make it to great Valhalla. I need a guardian like yourself. I will give you the gift of life and you will vow to serve us always.”
“Anything you say, Great Thor,” whispered Hertha weakly.
Ares held his cloak together and smiled. “You have been chosen to die a great death for your people, but you will be reborn. You will no longer be just Hertha. You are now be Hertha the Great Valkyrie and this sword will be your protector, it is called ULFBERHT.”
A wave of confusion washed across Hertha’s face as she slowly placed her hand around the sword's uniquely shaped hilt. The sword was longer than her arm with oddly shaped letters running down the fuller. With shaking arms, Hertha tried to hold the sword upwards in the air, but the blade was too heavy to maintain. “I can’t, it’s too heavy.”
 Ares took hold of the sword, and smiled. "Be patient, we are not finished yet.” Ares grabbed Hertha by the face and looked into her eyes. Before her head hit the ground, he was off once again.
The snow started falling once again, covering both Hertha and the sword. The coldest prompted Hertha to open her eyes.  “Thor, give me strength,” demanded Hertha weakly. She grabbed the sword and thrust it into the cold frozen ground. “Nei, I can do this.” She pulled herself up by pressing her weight on top of the hilt. After she made it to her feet she looked around. Her eyes were now focused. She no longer had problems with seeing objects far away from her. She grabbed the sword and flung it in the air. “By the Gods, I can now hold it.”
“What took you so long? I was about to have a search party go out and look for you, sackless gurl.”
“Something happened to me.”
Erica grabbed Hertha by the arm. “Are you okay?”
          “I am fine. Look at what I found.” Hertha pulled the sword out from under her dress.
Erica’s eyes lit up. “I bet we will get good loot for this one. I have heard at least three men talk of needing a new sword.”
Hertha shook her head. “Nei, this is not for them, but it is for me. It is from the Gods.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Thor came to me while I was looking for food.”
“The Mighty Thor?”
Hertha looked at the sword. “He looked different, he had black hair.”
“He had blonde hair,” insisted Erica. “However, they have been known to take on other traits.”
“He commanded the wind,” countered Hertha.
“It could have been any one of them. What will you do with the sword?”

Hertha looked down and smiled. “I’m keeping it.”

Hertha's Character



I don't think she sounds right, so I am working on her personality. I don't want her to be so girly. I might give Erica a larger part and not bring in Phobos until later.
Hertha


“It’s time to wake up. We have a lot to do. You’re going to be late. WAKE UP!” Hertha grabbed her neck and looked around the darkened room. Nobody was moving. Their bodies remained motionless as a cold air entered the room. “Odd dream.”
“What are you talking about? Go back to sleep. We have a lot to do today, and I want just a bit more sleep, Hertha.”
 “Nei, I can’t sleep not now. I saw something in my dream. I was floating above my body and I was yelling at myself. Only, I didn’t look like myself, I looked different. I sounded different too.”
“Holy Ragnarok! Who cares what you dreamed, gurl? Go back to bed.” snorted Erica.
“Do you think gurls will be included in the Ranarok?”
 “Hell yeah, we will.”
“Good because I think I’m supposed to do something really important.”
“Well, I’m not sure about the important part, but we will all do something. After all the Ragnarok is for warriors who are called by Odin and only he can decide whom he sees fit and he claims lads and gurls.”
“Agreed, we will all have a place in saving our people’s future. My slenderness makes me quicker than most. My visions are something that oracles would die for.”
“Not the visions again.”
        “Yes, I had another one last night. I saw a man in my dream holding a white dress.”
Erica blew a small red hair out of her face. “Might as well get up, I guess.”
“Well, wake me up in a little while, I’m going to see if I have get some sleep.”
“The hell you are! Get your stuff and let’s go grab some food.”
The sun was nearly all the way up in the morning sky. A light glaze of frost was covering the ground. “It’s so pretty here. I will miss the mountains, streams, lakes and even the snow,” declared Hertha. She bent down and pulled up a small twig and stuck it behind her ear.
        “It’s about time you do something with your hair. I’m not sure the twig will help. Maybe if you braid it or something. You hair is too hard and wild,” said Erica. “We should split up, I’ll go this way. You go down by the mountain.”
Before Hertha could make her way down the path a rush of wind came her way once more. 
“Go to the river,” whispered a voice from the wind.
Hertha turned around and looked for the owner of the voice. “Who’s there? Say it again.”
 “Go to the river, and stick your hand in the icy waters until your fingers start to burn,” demanded the voice.

The Truth About Affirmative Action

There have been discussions about the Affirmative Action Law for years now. I have heard both sides of the argument. I was once Republican and now I am an Independent. We will start by looking at the beginning of the action from the beginning. March 6,1961 President John F.Kennedy issues the order for Affirmative Action. The order was issued because of extreme racism  and gender based problems in the workforce and in the educational system. 

In 1997 California placed a ban on the action. They felt they no longer needed the action in place because the race relations in their state were not as offensive as other states. Keep in mind California has always been a little more Liberal when it comes to race. Even in the 1800's California  was known as the Stand Alone free state. So, we shouldn't be too surprised by the fact that they do not need the Affirmative Action Law because they weren't as racist as other states.  Now we need to look at the word segregation. Segregation did not end until 1964. In some states they still practiced some forms of segregation. Interracial marriages were outlawed in many states until 1967.These are institutional bans which created issues for all of us. Thank goodness there are no more bans because I love my interracial marriage of 18 years.

There are a handful of states that have done away with the Affirmative Action Law and there are a handful of states that can't do away with the action because they are known for being bias against certain groups. When we are looking at need for Affirmative Action we need to look at the state's ability to produce non-racist hiring practices across the board. 

Affirmative Action helps more than black people. It helps white women and other minorities. The action does not mean you can hire a black person, white woman, or Hispanic unqualified male to put in a job because he is that race, but it means these people will have fair shots at getting into college or getting a job.

The hiring market is a bit more advanced today so it would be nearly impossible to get a person who is uneducated in a field requiring education and experience. The vetting process for the computer based companies alone now cover educational questions and other testing. Some of the processes which are used in Texas and other states require candidates to score a pass on all five or six test before they are even allowed to have their applications forwarded to the hiring managers. Some jobs are starting to require writing test and typing test for positions that once only called for a diploma. 
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So, how are people getting hurt by the Affirmative Action?  If computers are screening most of the candidates at the very start  of the job application process and eliminating uneducated people from positions, where is the mistreatment coming from?  I hear Affirmative Action often thrown at black people. Well, think about this for a second. America has about 13% to 14% of its population recorded as being African American. Are you telling me that 85% of America is being pushed out of the job market because of such a small minority? Keep in mind there is a high unemployment rate for black people. Do you really think we are taking your jobs? It doesn't take a Harvard grad to understand the answer! 

About five years ago, we took my husband out for his Birthday at Olive Garden. There were three men seated at the table behind us. One of the men started talking about why they didn't want to hire white men, and then he bragged about hiring only one race because he could do it! He justified his practice by stating white people did it all the time. So, we have a little situation brewing, and it has not raised its ugly head yet, but it is coming. If we do away with Affirmative Action I fear it will do more damage in the future. The tides are turning and what looks like a majority today could very well become that minority tomorrow. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. Racism isn't dead, it's just lurking below the surface.