Telling Stories

I’m a storyteller.  Most people can tell my stories are fiction, but just to make sure I precede all my stories with a disclaimer.  You know what I mean.  (The story you are about to read is fiction.  Any resemblance to real events are completely by accident, etc, etc and so forth.)

The primary reason for the disclaimer is legal.  As farfetched as my stories are, someone just might get the idea that I have written about something real.  Oddly, I guess there are a few people who might.

After watching most of Agent Peter Strzok’s stories, I came to the conclusion that he should have issued a disclaimer.  I am sure most of us can figure out that it is fiction, but maybe not everyone.

What’s Real? What’s not?

Two of the biggest complaints I receive about my books is the grammar and realism.  I apologize about the grammar, really I do.  I just can’t afford a professional editor and I do have my problems.  However, I do believe that my plots are good enough that many will enjoy them, in spite of the errors.  Unrealistic as they may be, they do provoke thoughts on real things.

As for for them being unbelievable, I used to agree with my critiques, some of which are in my own family.  However, these days, in light of what has happened in Washington, D.C., maybe those who call my stories implausible owe me an apology.

Well, maybe my books do go beyond reality.  After all, a golf ball being thrown through walls?  People defying gravity.  I must admit that sort of thing just doesn’t happen.  On the other hand, with all the new technology, who would lose a big commercial airplane?  No doubt in my mind, had I written a story of a disappearing jumbo jet a couple of decades ago, it too, would be called ridiculous.

I don’t write this to make light of any such a disappearance, but I spent nine years in the Marines working on navigation equipment.  I know a little bit about it.  I understand how it works.  What I don’t understand is how anyone can let a couple hundred people walk onto a big commercial airliner and disappear, apparently forever.

By the way, if you are looking for an unbelievable book, one without any cursing or adult passages, you just might want to check my author’s page:

http://www.amazon.com/author/story_teller

Note: there is an underscore between story and teller, though some might not notice it.

Also, you can log onto Amazon.com and look for Rhodes under author.  I would prefer you use my author’s page.  There are not as many distractions there.

My best seller is “The Prepper.”  The Mitch Series is good too.  “Mitch” and “The Prepper” are both almost realistic books.  The Floater Group and the Ring Series contain the books that are well outside the realistic. I do have one book that is totally Christian, though Catholics might not like it.  If you are an atheist, you still have my permission read it; I won’t mind.  I promise, the book is not meant to convince anyone of anything.  I wrote but for two purposes: to entertain and to provoke a little thought.  Oh, by the way, there are a few Christians that have read it and found it and thought it thought provoking as well.

The Cookie Tree

When I was stationed over in Japan, I worked 12 hour days.  When I got home, I wanted to rest.  I had no desire to read to my sons, 6 and 2.  Yet my wife insisted on it.  She gave me a Sesame Street book and said, “Read it.”

So I did.  It was a little book.  I guess it was about 40 pages.  Pictures filled about half of each page.  Yet I had a very difficult time finishing it.  You see, the boys started laughing, which of course, caused me to laugh.  So needless to say, the progress was slow.

The book was about a witch that didn’t want the Cookie Monster getting her cookies off of her tree, the one that grew cookies.  So she cast a spell on the tree keeping anyone from getting the cookies.  To her dismay, she found out the spell worked so good she was unable to get any of the cookies either, no matter how hard she tugged at them.

Actually, that’s about all I remember of the book.  I’m not even sure of the ending.  This much I am sure of.  I should have read to the boys far more often.  It is one of my great regrets.  Maybe you can learn from it.  Maybe you can get your kids to put down their electronic games for a few minutes each day so that you can read to them.  They just might enjoy it more than the game and you might enjoy it more than they do.  Even as they get older, there are some good books to read to read to them.  (Lassie, Come Home was one of my favorites.  Johnnie Tremain was good too, and patriotic.)

Even more, it just might add to those nice memories you want to hold onto.  Maybe it will help you let go of the bad ones.

As a side note, you might take a lesson from the story about the witch.  You might not want to cast a spell on your cookie tree.

I G Report

Now that the inspector general’s report is out, I am sure the whole world is waiting to know what I have to say about it.  I don’t believe it, not for a minute.  The FBI and Justice Department has had 2 weeks to modify it.  Moreover, the I.G. was well aware that his report would have to go through both gauntlets before its release.

The truth is that all my books are more believable than this report.  Those who have read my books, or even read the synopsis will know that this is really saying something.  It also says something about those who have read it.  Not only are they dishonest, they aren’t so smart if they expect the public to believe such intentional deceit.

Perhaps we will learn a little more after the House and Senate hearings.  His words will not be subject to editing by Justice.  I suspect we won’t learn much though.  It would seem some unknown person, persons, organization or organizations are behind the scenes controlling it all.  I know it sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is the only explanation I can think of.

I guess one thing we can say for sure is that Comey was a bad director and he surrounded himself with prejudicial and poor quality personnel.  I might even go so far as to say some were criminal.  How else can you define someone using his position to change an election based on his own politics.

Naturally, the current FBI director came out to throw in his two cents.  Unfortunately, I missed most of his speech, but from what I gather, most of it could be summarized as follows:

We didn’t do anything wrong.

and

We won’t do it again.

I do not believe the first statement and, given the current director, I certainly don’t believe the second.  It sounds like something a child would say after he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar right up to his elbow.  …and I might add, with his mouth full of cookies.

Well, maybe the whole world won’t know my beliefs on the subject.  If you agree with what I have written, you might tell your relatives and friends.  Actually, I won’t mind you telling others, even if you disagree with me.  Also, I do welcome reasonable comments, as long as they don’t contain any profanity.

Finally, I would appreciate it if you browse my author’s page.  I have over thirty-five books there for you to choose from.  Most are well within the PG rating, though a few do have some violence.  As long as you can put up with a few grammar mistakes and typos, I think you will enjoy them.  All are available on Kindle, and hence many other devices too, including PC’s.  Some are on paperback as well, though, of necessity, they do cost a little more.  (By the way, Amazon does a very good job of printing paperbacks.  Other than the cover, they are every bit as good as hard cover books.)

The URL for my author’s page is:

http://www.amazon.com/author/story_teller

You can also log onto Amazon.com and look up my name Ben Rhodes (not to be confused with the communist that worked for Obama).  That will work too, but you might be distracted by some inferior books written by someone else.  I assure you, you will want to ignore all the ones by the other writers.