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Being an author is like being an actor or a door-to-door salesman. There's lots of rejection and disappointment and you have to have a healthy ego to not let it get you down. Plus, you need to engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion. That's why I submitted Frame Shop to the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project last December, when it first came out. I'm happy to say that the top twelve books (i.e., the semi-finalists) have been announce
As most of you probably know by now, I launched a Kickstarter today for my novella, Frame Shop. It’s a mystery/thriller set in a writers’ group and punctuated by violence, humor, and occasional writing advice. I’m hoping it appeals not only to my regular readers (“Hi, Mom!”), but to mystery readers in general, along with authors, NaNoWriMo participants, writers’ group members, and aspiring writers. If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at http://kck.st/YMyWaS and fee
There's no M. Night Shyamalan twist here. I'm not the world's best writer. Duh. I know that. As this blog proves, I'm not the world's best writing marketer, either. I will never write and, truth be told, have no interest in writing The Great American Novel. For one thing, The Great American Novel would probably have to be all literary and serious, which are not my natural inclination. For another, such a product would probably require a type of fanatic dedication to writing t
Went to see Transcendence last night (a better than expected four out of five stars, perhaps because it is a thinky movie and I like that it shares some themes about uploading consciousness with my first novel, Forced Conversion and saw the movie trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, which not only looked cool, but featured the Blue Swede cover of B.J. Thomas’ Hooked on a Feeling, commonly known as the Ooga Chuka Song (or Hooga Chaka ... your spelling may vary), a number one h
Did you ever notice that some buskers (street performers) bring a box or milk crate to stand on while they perform? They do that so that more people can see them. Some people may choose to pass by without watching. Heck, some people may turn away after the performance has started because they don't think the performance is worth their time. But if passersby never see the performer, there's almost no chance that they'll stop and watch and maybe drop a few coins or a bill in th
My wife and I used to go to a lot of local art fairs (before all of our available wall space was pretty well occupied). One of the things about artists is that many, many of them find a style or motif they do reasonably well and which sells well-enough to support the art fair circuit lifestyle and they stick with it. So we would see an artist tent and recognize it as the "fuzzy tree" guy or the "cows in the field" woman or whatever. Sure, we sometimes bought stuff from these