Friday, March 2, 2018

First come, first serve!   FREE E-book version of "Walt" to the first person who goes to and enters promo code 12700000055141.  This promo code can only be used once, so if it doesn't work for you, you probably weren't first :-(  Go ahead and buy it from Archway, or Amazon.  Or, stay posted for the next time  a free one is offered.

Thanks for your interest in my writing.   I appreciate you.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to sell some books?

I have decided to put some energy into selling some of my writing.  I have never thought much about this so I am on the very early part of this learning curve.  Archway Publishing (the Simon & Schuster subsidiary that published my book "Walt") offers some interesting services in this regard and I have been very impressed and happy with them in the past.  Their services are very professional and are priced accordingly so I am inclined to climb up the learning curve a bit more before I invest thousands of dollars in anything.  I do subscribe to the Author's Learning Center, and I will devote some time to studying their information about marketing and publicity.  I'd love to hear from authors with suggestions for do-it-yourself book selling.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Write, and run away!

The deeper you go into a writing idea, the higher the risk that it never materializes. 

I've always been fascinated by "Time".  Is it another adaptive invention of mankind, or is it some universal constant, bedrock solid?  What of the Coriander Island natives that Margret Mead studied who had no concept of chronological time?

Then my bible studies found me circling around the idea of "Everlasting Life", and I started writing a poetic analogy wherein a raindrop falls and is carried back to the ocean by the river -- a blend of reincarnation and timelessness wherein "Everlasting" means "every second of all your days".  And my subconscious mind started working on a short story about some characters living in a timeless world.

As I muddled along in all of this, coincidentally I stumbled onto a poem by Emily Dickinson:

“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church -
I keep it, staying at Home -
With a Bobolink for a Chorister -
And an Orchard, for a Dome -

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice -
I just wear my Wings -
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton – sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman -
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last -
I’m going, all along.”

...SCREECH the brakes.....she said it ALL.  Nothing left for me to say......bye bye

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Added a clip from Esmeralda

Added a few pages from "Esmeralda" describing her ferocious show down with Don Calixto.  Click on Esmeralda to the right on this page and then click on the link there to read the pages from the novel.

ALL comments welcomed and appreciated.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

So wander 2016 is almost over.  My plan of travelling with my woman and two dogs turned out to be a solo journey.  No woman no dogs.  What has this taught me?  Something. But WHAT? Not sure yet, but I do know it's got something to do with the difference between "What you want" and "what you get".  It's all good.  I have learnt that often what you get is BETTER than what you want.

So, I'll leave Santa Fe tomorrow and be home in Galveston by the weekend.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Not much writing these days.  Nice week in NH riding Tom's BMW R27 all over the place.  In Pittsburgh a few weeks with Maisha.  Leaving for Zion in a couple of days.

Been thinking about where to START a story--long winded beginnings.  Sometimes it seems more efficient to jump right into the middle and let the chronologically earlier events emerge as the story unfolds.  Recently viewed (excellent) movie "Before the Rains" STARTS in the middle of an illicit love affair and unfolds from there.  Stories.......Beginings......Middles.....Ends.  ???????

Monday, August 8, 2016

Working these days on Chapter 4 of "Track Lessons" wherein George is VERY surprised when he falls in love for the second time in his life.  Chapter 10 ("Yep", click on Track Lessons to read this complete chapter) deals with George's old age, Chapter 4 deals with his midlife love affair and the rest of the chapters deal with specific races.  Chapter 8 "Good tricks aren't cheap" Bryar Motorsports Park (Loudon), and  Chapter 9 "Who's that guy?" Summit Point WV are already written and I'll probably post one of them here soon.