Robert's Ramblings or...Bob's Blog (to his friends)
Updated: Sep 30
October 1st, 2020
Greetings! It is the best of times, It is the worst of times. It is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness. It is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity. It is the season of light, it is the season of darkness. It is the spring of hope, it is the winter of despair...
Thanks to Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, for bringing a bit of today's headlines to light.
My book, 9 LIVES OF BADGE 656-A Policeman's Memoir was released September 1st, 2020. It opened as the number one pick in the Law Enforcement Biographies category. It slipped to number three, then to number seven. The following week it went to number twenty-seven, then to eighty-seven. The next week to number one hundred. And then....
Well, when you open at the top there is only one way to go. All that to say I am still blessed to have my personal story out there and available.
Thank you for purchasing it. When you finish reading, please don't forget to give it a review on Amazon. Reviews are important, but optional of course.
I like to see Reviews on my books (1) they help keep me humble, (2) hopefully, they are encouraging, so I continue to write more, (3) I learn from them (what readers like and don't like). It all helps me become a better storyteller. Thank you.
I've been trying to work on Volume 2, The Adventure's of Super Trick - A Vice Cop's Memoir, I don't have writer's block, but I have been distracted by so many things, by the time I get back to the keyboard I am too tired to write. So, today I am back at the computer ready to write the the last four chapters. Pray that I can keep focused and finish on the deadline I have chiseled in my brain.
Do you think I should change the title? Recent discussions with family members have disclosed that the younger generation have no clue what a "Trick" is. Also, a sample book cover with the current title did not go over well with this younger generation of critics. However, they like the book cover on 9 LIVES OF BADGE 656. Especially, the look of the badge. They thought I should keep that badge on the cover and show the Hollywood Sign in the background. They had some legitimate gripes and suggestions that I will take into consideration. Any suggestions?
Email me at: BBrunelleSr@aol.com.
As soon as I finish with "Super Trick" I will finish the editing on "The Fender" and hope to release it sometime in February 2021.
AUGUST 14, 2020
It's "Fire Season" here in Southern California and the hills are alive with the sound of helicopters and water bombers. Smoke fills your nostrils and lungs. You may cough a little, but then make your way indoors where the air conditioning is on...at full blast because the temperature is in triple digits. Friends have had to evacuate their homes with no word of when they can return. So, where do you go when the people are supposed to be in isolation? A relative's home? Perhaps, if there's one close by. Welcome to the Golden State.
I don't know what to call it, but this VIRUS has everything and everyone in a tizzy. Is it the Corona Virus (which has nothing to do with the city of Corona or Corona beer). Or is it the Wuhan Virus, the China Virus, the Chinese Virus, or Covid 19? Whatever you call it...it's a real pain in many areas. California's Governor, we call him the King, has shut down so many businesses it will be hard for the state to recover. People and businesses are moving out of state, but the King has his marching orders. California will never be golden again, I'm afraid.
My book, 9 LIVES OF BADGE 656 - A Policeman's Memoir, is done. Now, "when to release it?" Should it be released around the 1st of September or should I wait until November and promote it as a Christmas gift item? What do you think?
I am working on the sequel, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER TRICK - A Vice Cop's Memoir. It's all about my escapades as an undercover Vice officer in Hollywood during the time of the Hillside Strangler. More on this book later. In the meantime, take care, be careful, and mask up.
INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4th, 2020
It's not just a federal holiday to bbq hot dogs and hamburgers, and drink beer. It is a day to
celebrate our independence from Great Britain, our freedom. One of the greatest gifts that the
Lord has bestowed upon us as a country. It reminds me of the saying, "that to whom much is
given, much is required." We are to be the champions of freedom around the world.
Psalm 33:12 says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
JULY 3rd, 2020
Today is my dad's birthday. He's gone to be with the Lord, but his memory and legacy lives on
in the family that he left behind. He was proud to have served his country as a sailor in the
Coast Guard for 15 years. If he was alive today he would have been 110 years old.
Thanks, Dad, for instilling in me honesty, loyalty (to wife and country), Integrity, and Pride in
Rest in Peace, Dad.
MEMORIAL DAY May 25, 2020
In remembrance of all those who gave their utmost for their country. Never forget.
My cousin, Carl Fonseca, was a pilot in WWII and was killed when his plane crashed into the cliffs of an island in the Azores, Portugal, during a dense fog. Ironically, it was the same island that his ancestors were from.
I never got to meet him but i always heard what a wonderful young man he was. May he rest in peace.
A bronze plaque was affixed to a large boulder honoring him in Fall River, Massachusetts. In the middle of the night, thieves removed the plaque and sold it for scrap. They were never apprehended.
April 15, 2020
I am editing my police memoir, 9 Lives of Badge 656. The book follows my career in uniform with the LAPD during the turbulent 1970's. Good Cops, Bad Cops, the Black Panthers, La Raza, the JDL, the Bloods and the Crips, and fisticuffs to shootouts. These are all true stories as I remember them. The names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty. And, I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out.
The Adventures of Super Trick-A Vice Cop's Memoir
This book takes off where 9 Lives of Badge 656 ended. It tells about my experiences as an undercover LAPD Vice cop in Wilshire Division and in West Bureau VIce (Wilshire, West Los Angeles, Venice and Hollywood Divisions). Prostitutes, Pimps, and Pornography were all on my radar, as well as Bars, Bad guys, and Bimbos. Humorous to down right dangerous...that's
The Adventures of Super Trick.
April 13, 2020
Happy Birthday, to my bride, Terrie.
The smartest thing I ever did in my whole life was marry my high school sweetheart.
Happy Easter, everyone!
The stone wasn't rolled away from the tomb
So that Jesus could leave.
He was already gone.
It was rolled away
so that doubters like me
Could look in and cry,
"I believe! I believe!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Have a blessed new year in 2020
What is a New Years Resolution? Well, the real definition is: something that you break 2 weeks into the new year.
A New Year is a time to be hopeful for the future. It's also a time to look back and reflect on the past and celebrate your memories, both good and bad.
I am almost done with the first draft of my Police autobiography:
9 Lives of Badge 656
A Policeman's Memoir
I will be placing excerpts of it here on this website. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry that I've been gone so long. I've been writing and editing, and writing some more. But somewhere in between there was a vacation to Hawaii. (Parasailing, and Swimming with the Dolphins). I won't bore you with the details.
I'm almost through with my LAPD memoir. Still looking for a title. I'm leaning toward "9 Lives of Badge 656". The was my badge number back in the day. This book is actually the first in a series of three books, all part of my memoir/autobiography while on the LAPD. True, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent...and guilty.
Look for excerpts in January 2020.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2020.
August 15, 2019
The Monte Boys
While researching my historical-fiction book, The Monte Boys, I came across the names of several pioneers of the 1850's that settled the wild west town to become known as "the end of the Sante Fe Trail", El Monte, California.
One of these pioneers was Nathaniel Vis, who was not only the founder of the Monte Boys, but the founder of the town of Visalia, California. Although I was unable to verify that Nathaniel Vis had been a Texas Ranger when he lived in Texas. I was able to track down one of his descendants who just happened to go to my alma mater, El Monte High School, and serve on the same police department as me, the LAPD. Motor Officer R. Wiggins was able to provide me with tons of historical documents and materials about his grand father and other relatives that were the pioneers that settled the El Monte Township. I haven't been able to go through all of it with him, but look forward to digging into it. I am almost sure that it will take me and this book in a whole new direction. The history of the Vis family could stand alone by itself.
The wild west was never wilder.
July 1, 2019
Upon the advice of a well-seasoned book editor, The Fender will be split into two separate novels. The second book is one that I was not planning to write. I'm not sure what the title of the second novel will be yet, but it looks like a "series" is emerging. Sounds like a Detective Rick Brewster series in the making.
June 1, 2019
Is there such a thing as June Gloom? Well, if you live in Southern California there is, and it's also known as the "marine layer". It travels inland from the coast and engulfs the area in a mixture of low clouds, smog and fog. Goomy, but cool. It is usually gone by noon and the sun comes out, along with the heat. This is the perfect weather for two things: Sleeping late and writing. So, there's really not too much excuse not to write, unless you are a late riser.
The last day of June was a bright and joyful day. My grandson, Josiah, chose to be baptized that day. I'm thankful that God is working in his heart. Three of my grandchildren were baptized in June so it wasn't very gloomy after all. June baptisms: Natalie, Ashlyn and Josiah. Pretty awesome, right?
May 1, 2019
Time flies when you're having fun! It also flies when you get old. Don't procrastinate about being creative and doing the things you enjoy because Father Time is creeping up on you. There is nothing worse than an unfinished novel. Here I go again, talking to myself.
"Writer's Block: Is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown." ~ Wikipedia
"Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all." ~ Charles Bukowski
Here's another tip about getting over Writer's Block:
Get your juices going. I get the rake and rake up the leaves, work in the garden, go for a walk around the neighborhood or jump on the treadmill. I'll be giving some more tips on how to get over Writer's Block on May 15th. In the meantime, get busy and start writing!
"Lord, what you give me the vision to conceive
And the power to believe
I completely trust You to help me achieve." ~ Anonymous
April 1, 2019
I quit! I'm not writing anymore or painting oil/acrylic landscapes and seascapes. I'm done.
Ha! Just kidding. I'll never stop using my God-given gifts, while I'm still breathing anyway.
Here is one of my landscapes done in acrylic. When I get total writer's block I get out the paint and brushes and use my other creative juices. I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think. No matter what you say it won't hurt my feelings...guaranteed.
Email me at BBrunelleSr@aol.com and let me know what you think.
Update on The Fender:
I'm getting a little frustrated with "editing" my novel, The Fender
However, an editor can give you good advice..."show don't tell, leave that out, put this in, shorten this, add more here, use this word, delete, etc." It will all be worth it in the end. At this point, I just want to get on with my other projects.
March 20, 2019
March started out full of promise, but beware the ides of March, so Shakespeare said.
My dear friend, Pastor Frank Navarro, went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was my daughter's father-in-law, which made us Opa and Papa to the same grandkids. He was also a soldier, a Viet Nam Veteran, and a warrior for Christ.
This is Pastor Frank's motto:
I am a soldier in the army of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer. The Holy Scripture is my Code of Conduct. Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.
I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out. I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable. If my God needs me, I am there. I am a soldier.
I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up, picked up, or pepped up. I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in a place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name and building His Kingdom. No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food, cards or candy or give me handouts. I do not need to be coddled, cradled, cared for or catered to. I am committed.
When Jesus called me into this army I had nothing. If I end up with nothing, I will come out ahead. My God has and will continue to supply all of my needs. I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ. The devil cannot defeat me. Sickness cannot stop me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown
of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will
award me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who
have longed for His appearing."
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
In Loving memory of my friend and prayer partner, Pastor Frank "Opa" Navarro.
March 1, 2019
Welcome to Bob’s Blog, also known as Robert’s Ramblings.
What's happening with my novel, The Fender? Back to the editor and then back to me for a rewrite in order for it to flow more smoothly and transition from one chapter to the next. Some writers get upset or annoyed with having to do rewrites, but I welcome them. I want to make my books the best reading experience possible for my readers. It also makes me a better writer.
Writer's Block is defined as a condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. Here's a couple more tricks that might get those creative juices flowing:
One, get up from your desk and do some jumping jacks, push ups or even running in place.
Two, take your dog for a walk. The important thing here is being active...move! Three, read the book of Psalms in your bible. In other words, be inspired. Four, try some caffeine like a espresso or a cup of coffee. I'll have some more tips on how to deal with Writer's Block the next time.
Many folks think they can't write, but if you can tell someone a story then you can write. Just do it!
On a personal note, the authorities are closing in on the 'bad guy' that stole my identity last month and defrauded my bank. There are videos, handwriting samples and fingerprints that all lead to his real identity. Like I said before, protect yourself and your property!
February 15, 2019
I’’ve had many adventures in my life. Many involve my career in law enforcement, but it’s been pretty exciting after leaving the force, too.
My latest so-called adventure happened about ten days ago when I became the victim of Identity Theft. Yes, that’s correct…victim!
I always thought things like that only happen to “the other guy”, however, I have learned that this crime can happen to anyone, at any time. So, even if you think you’ve done every possible thing there is to protect yourself, guess what? There’s some dishonest individual(s) out there that are trying everything they can possibly think of to breach your security. Facebook, Google, and other info gathering companies are not protecting your personal information. In fact, they sell it to other companies, some trustworthy, some not.
In my case, the crook gathered my personal information, apparently made a couple forms of identification with his photo and my specifics. Went to a branch of my bank and was able to withdraw some of my money. We caught it right away, notified the bank and their Fraud Unit, and froze the account. We made a police report for Identity Theft, which must be made not in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred but in the community where you reside. This report is then forwarded to law enforcement where the actual crime was committed. In this case, my alma mater…LAPD. The money that was taken has not been replaced by the bank, but was placed in a “provisional account” pending investigation.
The suspect returned to the same bank the following day and tried to do it again, but was told he needed to speak with the manager. As soon as the teller turned to get the manager the suspect bolted and ran from the bank. Of course, they have the two events on the security cameras.
The moral to the story is…do everything possible to protect yourself at all times.
This whole incident has given me more ideas for my books. Who knew that the Muse would be a crook?
Now, for those aspiring and accomplished writers out there…
Writer’s Block. Yes, there is such a thing and it can happen no matter what age or degree of experience you may have.
I battle procrastination daily. You’ve heard the old adage “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. Yes, that’s not the same as Writer’s Block, but it’s pretty close. How I deal with Writer’s Block may be different from other writers. I work on three or four things at one time. If I hit a wall with one, and find myself staring at the computer screen, I switch to one of the other stories, which may be completely different in genre. So, right now I’m working on The Monte Boys, an Historical Fiction based on true happenings in the mid 1850’s, El Monte Township. I’m also working on a Police bio (where the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty), and then there’s a Daily Christian Devotional primarily for First Responders.
Here’s a couple other tips that a lot of writers do to avoid or get over Writer’s Block:
*Create a schedule. Write at the same time every day. Once you sit at your computer try to write as much as you can, for as long as you can. You’ll be surprised at how much you get accomplished. Before you know it you’ll have a completed novel.
*Find a Muse, or have a friend that you can call and share what’s happening with you and your story. You’ll be surprised how much an encouraging word and a couple of suggestions can spur you on to greater heights in your writing.
I’ll have some more suggestions on how to beat Writer’s Block the next time. Until then, just write, write, write.
Be sure to check out some excerpts from my books. Any comments, good or bad, are greatly appreciated.