I came up with the title of my novel, The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, early on in its development and I have grown to love it as I have any other part of my existence, such as my left pinkie finger, my crooked nose, my restless and weary soul. However, after seven years … Continue reading It is with a Heavy Heart that I Bid a Sad Adieu
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Hey! What's up?! Long time no speak. Everyone surviving these bizarre times okay? I must admit that I have grown accustomed to not blogging or socializing on the internet these past several months. Not that I haven't missed you, it's just nice to be engaged so heavily in the really real as opposed to the … Continue reading Is Writing Hard for Everyone or Just Me?
Been wanting to read this for a long time but now that I finally have it... I find its presence rather... intimidating. #prayforthetimidreaders
This is a link to the live recent Senate Intelligence hearing regarding "Russian Hacking and Cybersecurity." This is a murky link. This is a link to The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, my book about the harsh realities of life in the navy during the Don't Ask Don't Tell era. What is the relevance … Continue reading The Murky Link Between the Russian Cyber Threat and My Novel
So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)... But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE... Just imagine how much that would be! Keep in mind that I am a product of … Continue reading BELIEVE IN LEAVE
I haven't read any Saunders yet; been meaning to...more so after watching this: I discovered this video at Saunders' site. I watched it first at The Atlantic. You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures. If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what … Continue reading George Saunders On Story
Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.
Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems. Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.
Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…
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Right? That's the rule, right? Books rule over movies. Always. Before I got involved with this whole short film thing, I always would get indignant after watching yet another failed movie adaptation of a book I liked. And I would always wonder to myself why in the heck could they never get it write/right. Until … Continue reading The book’s always better than the movie…
So, I'm creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing. This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter … Continue reading Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers
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With pleasure and gratitude, it is my honor to share with you a Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin. As April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Sherrie's post, and her books, are timely, important, and educational, as, sadly, the exploitation and abuse of women only seems to be worsening. Obviously, we must do … Continue reading INSPIRATION IN THE WORST OF PLACES | A Guest Post by Author Sherrie Cronin
We Have Our Captain! I am pleased and honored to announce that we have found/been blessedly bestowed with a Director for our film LEAVE. With a captain now at our film's helm (yes, I do love my sailing metaphors), we will soon be launching our Indiegogo funding campaign, where we will happily and proudly announce … Continue reading So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3
And the Super Hero In Chief at LibriVox is the... Amazing... Spectacular... Sublime... One And Only... Able To Read the Densest Tomes Without Once Tying The Tongue... Mr. Bob Neufeld Seriously folks, if you love classic literature and love to listen to classic voice actors, you need to check out Bob Neufeld's grand body of … Continue reading Marvel Shmarvel – the real Super Heroes are the Volunteer Readers for #TeamLibriVox
I read an article a good while back about a study that concluded that we humans tend to be more productive and creative during cooler weather periods than warmer weather periods. Now, I cannot speak to the veracity of the study; however, I can speak to the fact that from now (and maybe even sooner) … Continue reading Summertime Blues – A Call for Guest Contributors
Mysterious Characters and Unforgivable Acts of Violence by Jason Greensides One piece of writing advice that never set well with me – however useful it is at a practical level – is to know your characters: that you should be able to understand every little aspect of your character if you ever want them … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author Jason Greensides
It is my pleasure, privilege, and honor to present to you a whirlwind of wisdom and intrigue from the author of HAWSER, our IABS&R Volume 3 selection. Or So You Say by J Hardy Carroll Tell me the truth, now. You always dreamed of being a writer. Doesn’t matter whether your dream took the shape … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author J Hardy Carroll
So, about this new HGM description...it's been long overdue. The last one (first one) was rather bare-boned and relied more on its association with the Heroes of Dystopia intro than on any deeper meaningful description of the book. So, I decided to put some meat on its bones, so to speak. Check it out below … Continue reading So what do you think of this new description for Hercules Gone Mad that I’ve been working on?
After you download and read all of my books and stories and write raving reviews of them at any bookstore you can find all throughout the internet land, I highly recommend you download the Overdrive app. It's a great way to read ebooks and, what I like best about it, listen to audiobooks for free, … Continue reading My most favoritest new reading app…