I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »
On the other side of that fence was freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom to live life on my own terms, without interference from a shadowy government with its own rules and convention. A flash of lightning lit up the heavens and I could see Scott riding toward me, his hulking frame a dark silhouette against… Read more »
As my book is nearly complete, I decided to share some of my favorite reading material with you, my blog readers. Today I have a short excerpt from On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I’m hoping after you read a few pages, you too might decide to read the entire book for yourself…. Read more »
Net neutrality is in the news this week, and things are not looking good. For those of you who have no clue what this is, or why it’s important, allow me to explain. <put’s on reading glasses> Net neutrality basically states that everyone gets fair treatment on the internet in regard to speed and bandwidth…. Read more »
Revise, revise, revise.
Today’s post will be a little shorter than usual, and might actually be funny. I am currently preparing to release my first eBook, and I have some marketing items to take care of, some changes to make to the website, and a final edit of my manuscript before it goes to a professional for editing…. Read more »
D.B. Cooper = Don Draper
So how will Mad Men end its seven year run? There are hundreds of theories and ideas floating around the web right now, but the best one I’ve heard is that Don Draper is actually D.B. Cooper, the mysterious hijacker who, 45 years ago, jumped out of a Boeing 727 with $200,000 in cash, never… Read more »
Racist or Not?
I was on the elliptical doing my punishing and somewhat exhausting workout routine (five minutes on level one, with a short cupcake break at the halfway mark) when it became necessary for me to change the channel as the Fairly Oddparents had just ended. I decided to tune into FOX as the crazies there are… Read more »
I apologize to both of my readers. I was at Vasquez Rocks today and was attacked by a Gorn. I am recovering, but will post a ridiculously funny blog next Sunday. Think of it like trash day coming twice this week.
The Easter Bunny is an Infidel
Goodness gracious, things are really heating up in Dearborn, Michigan. It seems a Presbyterian church had the gall to hand out a flyer at several public schools advertising their local Easter egg hunt, and the Muslim community is up in arms. Muslim parents are worried that the church is trying to convert their children with… Read more »
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
One of my favorite new shows of the season is Cosmos, a glittery remake of the old Carl Sagan series about science and innovation. This time however, the series is chock full of visually appealing graphics, lively animations, and with all due respect to Carl Sagan, a narrator who doesn’t come off as a know-it-all…. Read more »
IBM 5155 Portable Computer
I had been thinking about buying an old Compaq or IBM laptop to restore when I came across the IBM 5155. The 5155 was somewhere in between a desktop and a laptop. It was IBM’s first attempt at portable computing. It weighed 30 pounds and came equipped with a built-in monitor, floppy drive, and keyboard.It… Read more »
Sales Wisdom #3
I’ve been getting tons of emails about the last two sales-related blogs, so I’m here to offer up number three. The salespeople quoted below actually said these very words to a customer. I of course have added some thoughtful insights after each quote. 1. “Let me be honest with you.” Put on your raincoat… Read more »
Sales Wisdom #2
Last week I blogged about some of the stupidest emails I had received from salespeople over the years. I received 34 of your emails asking for more. So here you go. Here are some of the signature lines from emails I have received. The signature line is that cutesy little bit of wisdom under your… Read more »