My New Children’s Book

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 »

The Escape

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 »

On The Origin of Species

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 »

  • Sales Wisdom #1

    Having supported many salespeople over the years, I thought it might be fun to share their abundant wisdom and remarkable selling skills with my readers. The following pearls of wisdom are from actual emails I received.   “This is much better than anything we have sold them in the past.” “Usually if the rough draft… Read more »

  • Treasures In The Attic

    This weekend I cleaned out our attic. We have a two-story house and the garage is A-frame, which means 30 foot ceilings and tons of wasted space, so I built a loft inside the garage. I did this about 10 years ago, and things that would normally end up in closets or on the garage… Read more »

  • Ten Points To Slytherin

    Peter Parker became Spiderman after being bitten by a spider, but no such luck for Jamie Coots, the Pentecostal pastor from Kentucky who handled poisonous snakes as part of his weekly sermons. Pastor Coots died this month after being bitten by a rattlesnake, probably while God was off in his screening room watching a double… Read more »

  • Updated Website Landing Page

    As my first book will be out shortly,  I needed to start making changes to my website. I needed to include an area where I can sell my book, and also an area where I can talk about the SUBJECT of the book – because believe me, the subject of the book will generate a… Read more »

  • Beta Readers

    I wanted to thank everyone who responded to last week’s blog and gave me their opinions about my cover. I received 27 emails, 60 comments, two pipe bombs, a stick of gum, and a marriage proposal (I turned him down). Pretty much what I expected. I am going to tweak the cover a bit based… Read more »

  • The Toaster Oven Mocks Me

    If you read my blog from a few weeks ago, you know that I plan to release my first book as an eBook because of the large number of color graphics. Printing that much color is expensive, and I can’t be selling my first book for $35, so an electronic release is the way to… Read more »

  • My Post It Notes

    I’ve decided to remove the Post It notes from my web page. If you have ever lost a bet and been forced to visit my web page, you have surely noticed my motivational Post It area on the right side (it’s the yellow square). I change it every week and it’s usually something clever and… Read more »

  • Let’s kill an endangered animal today

    Ernie and Bert had enjoyed a lazy afternoon at the local bath house, and were currently absorbed in a delicious dinner at the Backdoor Bistro when Bert received a text from one of his more “manly” friends in Dallas. It seemed the Dallas Safari Club  was offering a opportunity, an auction if you will, for… Read more »

  • Book Update 2014

    Well, with my front cover complete, and most of the back cover designed and written, I started looking into the final cost of the book. Because my book has so many full-color illustrations, the selling price would need to be high – much higher than I thought. As a new writer, I can’t price myself… Read more »

  • New Year’s Resolutions 2014