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 Dark Web

As a computer guy, I have worked with two companies who were victims of hacking. In both cases, I was a member of the rebuild team. We helped fix the damage and make sure it didn’t happen again. As soon as people hear the word hacking, the first question I’m always asked is “do you… Read more »

An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… 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 »

  • 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 »