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Ice Cream

July 20, 2017

Try this new flavor. It is Mmmm…..delious.

Earth

April 19, 2017

Earth Day should include a total planetary awareness.

Snail(s)

March 23, 2017

A few residents of Washington, D.C. might want to take a lesson from these two snails, when they size up their current situation.

It’s Not This Time of Year Without An Inflatable Santa Claus

November 26, 2016

The way we see Santa Claus has changed over the years. He is still the jolly fat man in the red suit, but his message may be changin’ with the times.

How To Make A Million Dollars Writing Mystery Thrillers (Money back guarantee)

September 12, 2012

Intro Everyday I see quite a lot of advice on how to write better or reach wider markets. While the bulk of the advice seems fine and dandy, very little of it is aimed at anyone who wishes to follow in the financially successful footsteps of a Stephen King, Sandra Brown or James Paterson. To […]

The Literary Tattoo

July 14, 2012

Body Text Though the above text is from the outside of the Gutenberg Museum in Las Vegas, NV, the old font dates back to Johannes Gutenberg’s first movable type that was employed in the 1400’s.  These stylish letters are still in use today and they represent  something a skilled tattoo artist might choose to apply […]

Nora Ephron

June 27, 2012

Noted Screenwriter Passes On I was sitting in a fast-food restaurant this morning watching CNN news with one of the most popular movie clips was aired……And that was the one where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant, while talking to her boyfriend. Everybody should recognize the popular scene as being part of When […]

Quotations From Chairman Ray

June 6, 2012

In Transition I just heard the news today. Ray Bradbury died last night, June 5, 2012. He had spent over 91 years on the planet and who knows where his soul will end up. Here is a hint that the science fiction writer might be making a long journey. Nonetheless, no matter what your belief […]

Babbling Scott Eagan

May 17, 2012

Babbling With Scott I must admit that over the past year I have followed Scott Eagan’s blog with much anticipation and interest, even though I am not a Romance writer and I can’t see myself ever becoming one in the near future. That is because Scott’s daily (M-F) comments cover a much broader range than […]

Marilyn, The Reader

May 16, 2012

In the News Today, I turned on one of those morning news TV programs and learned that the Marilyn Monroe statue in Chicago was being taken down and moved to Palm Springs, CA. To be honest I never knew such an art creation had been put up. Once I realized what the statue was and […]

Survival of the Bookstore

May 12, 2012

A  Small Chain Today (Saturday May 12) is graduation day here in Boulder, Colorado, home of the U of C Buffaloes. As a result the town is packed with students and visitors. Unfortunately, the weather is iffy and the thousand or so young men and women, who are about to plunge into the real world, […]

Lessons From a Master, Reading Patterson

May 2, 2012

More Is Less I picked up a copy of James Patterson’s  Honeymoon, because I needed something to read and there was an abandoned copy of the book just lying around my place to stay. In fact, this was the only book available for leisure reading, but still after perusing the back cover and opening credits, […]

Maine Festival of the Book Comes of Age

April 3, 2012

2012 Book Festival in Portland Maine Today I received an e-mail from the national magazine, Poets and Writers, concerning a book festival in Portland, Maine that begins today and carries on through the weekend. For those interesting in attending, Saturday is the big day, but Friday does have an interesting opening night, including an illustrated […]

My Literary Resolutions for 2012

January 11, 2012

Major Changes For Me In 2012 My life has already undergone major changes and the year is only a few days old with the end of the Christmas season still a day or two away. (Don’t forget there are 12 days in Christmas). Since the week before Christmas Day, I have been living in northern […]

NaNoWriMo Ends

November 30, 2011

                                                                                                       Across the Center of Centauris No More Late Nights (or early mornings) I have a confession to make. This year I have not been burning the midnight oil in order to complete NaNoWriMo. In fact, I have been often going to bed between the hours of 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Instead, I have […]

Demand Studios Cutbacks On Upfront Articles

October 15, 2011

News From Demand Studios Since I am no longer sanctioned as a DS writer, I have to get my news second hand through places like Demand Studios Review. This spot on the internet has been unusually quiet lately, but their was a thread at Absolute Write Water Cooler that caught my eye. The forum was […]

A Book On Travel Quotes

October 13, 2011

Armchair Travelers Not only is armchair traveling safer, but it is more economical as well. Still, voyagers to far off lands sometimes return to write about what they have learned and what philosophical truths they have learned along the way. Many writers ranging from Mark Twain to Jan Morris have left home, returned and successfully […]

Short Story Revival

September 9, 2011

Short Story Revival There is a good bit of speculation and even some proof that the rise of e-books might rejuvenate the short story. One such piece of evidence are the single e-books now offered by Amazon on their Kindle format. Several months age Amazon started a program, where authors and/or publishers can submit medium […]

What I Learned From Demand Studios

September 7, 2011

One Month Out It’s been one month, since I got that final e-mail/ form letter that let me know that my services were no longer needed at DMS. For a while I lapsed into what can medically be described as Post Demand Media Syndrome or (PMDS). However, my nightly consumption of beer has decreased, and […]

Literary Star Releases E-books

June 25, 2011

Harry Potter In E-book J.K. Rowling announced this week that the Harry Potter series will be now available  on electronic readers as an e-book. To further add fuel to the fire, Rowling has decided to market the e-books herself rather than go through the traditional literary agencies and booksellers that usually handle e-books for successful […]

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man

June 14, 2011

Famous Author Sighting It’s not everyday that you get to glimpse a famous author, while standing in line at a grocery store. It happened to me last week, as I was waiting to pay at the Pathways Supermarket, located in a black middle-class neighborhood of  North Philly. The temperature on that early June day had […]

The Stats Are In

June 7, 2011

Mini Vacation Ended For anybody who visits this blog on a regular or irregular basis, you might have noticed that I have been silent for a week or so. The reason for this has been a brief journey I made to Pennsylvania with my mother. She is now headed back to the Carolinas and I […]

Good Day To Read A Book

May 20, 2011

 Spring Weather Unless you happen to reside near the banks of the Mississippi, this weekend might be a good time to grab a book, head outdoors and escape to another world, or just a different time and place. For many parts, cooler weather may still be in place, at least that’s the situation here in […]

Is This the New Wave?

May 18, 2011

The Future of Ebooks Are ebooks the wave of the future? What about ebook apps for handheld mobile devices such as iphones, smart phones and androids. If you haven’t gotten use to the fast-growing market of the ebook market on Kindle, Nooks and Kobos, there is a new field of communication devices that can download […]

So Many Self-published Authors

May 16, 2011

New Scenario I like self-publishing at Smashwords, but I wish I could roll back the clock to the days when it took less than an hour to get a new title up, instead of the current 48+ hours. What a difference six months makes! Nonetheless here we are smack dab in the middle of the […]

Kindle Expands To Germany

April 22, 2011

Yesterday Amazon announced that they now had a German division of Kindle ebooks to compliment their American and UK venues. At the same time it was stated that 650,000 titles are presently being offered, including 25,000 written in German. Although German readers have some capacity for reading and speaking English, this new development with probably […]

Here Come The E-book Gurus

April 19, 2011

Revolution Recent events in the e-publishing world have definitely changed the way we peruse, select and read books. For now, thanks to the popularity of many various electronic devices, it is possible to store and read numerous electronic books and stories in a very small virtual space. You can even download a short story that […]

Survival of Barnes & Noble

April 15, 2011

Leaving the Sand Hills Yesterday, I drove from my mother’s house near Black Creek down to Florence, SC, a mid-sized town located a little ways inland from Myrtle Beach. My destination was the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in the Magnolia shopping mall. Once there I enjoyed a nice tall cup of dark coffee and […]

500 Minutes

March 21, 2011

500 minutes! That’s how long it took me to upload my last short story to Smashwords. On the onset of my submission, I was #1396 in the queue. Finally, some eight hours and twenty minutes later my story was uploaded. Folks this is quite a change from the way things were only three or four […]

E-book Agents

March 18, 2011

It had to happen sooner or later. Ebook agents that is. And according to a recent post at Guide To Literary Agents, at least one NY literary agency has now taken on an agent, who exclusively works with representation for ebooks – those nefarious new creations that can be purchased and downloaded on a variety […]