Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tomorrow I will be traveling to St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo to discuss writing with students during their English classes.
I graduated from SFS many years ago and it will be interesting to walk the halls once again.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Flank Hawk is currently ranked:
#21 in Top Rated Historical Fantasy
#53 in Top Rated Epic Fantasy
If you've read and enjoyed Flank Hawk but haven't taken the time to provide a review at Amazon.com, please consider doing so. It doesn't matter whether you've read Flank Hawk as an ebook or print version. It doesn't matter if you obtained your copy through Amazon.com (print/Kindle). All you need to have is an active account at Amazon.com.
Positive reviews do make a difference, just as tags and lists (Listmanias) do. They help bring Flank Hawk to the attention of potential readers. They help a reader decide if Flank Hawk might be something they'd like to give a try.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Who do you happen to sit down next to during breakfast or lunch at a writer's convention or festival? This, at least, a writer often has some ability to control.
With assigned seating during signings, which writer is placed to your right and to your left?
Who do you sit next to or connect with when on a discussion panel?
Sometimes I am fortunate. I say this because in my experience over 95% of the authors I've met are really nice people--willing to talk, share experiences and, when possible, direct readers your way. Other times I am very fortunate. At the most recent event, I feel as if I fell into in the 'very fortunate' category.
Here are just a few of the folks I met:
Bonnie Stewart sat to my right during the book signing. She's sharp and engaging and knows more than a bit about writing and publishing. If you like horror, especially Southern Gothic, check out her works. You won't be disappointed.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Me after setting up my table just
before the scheduled Book Signing
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The U.S. Government in February 2011 posted the largest monthly deficit ever: 223 Billion dollars. That's in 28 days!
For additional perspective, consider that last year the U.S. Government paid (or maybe racked up would be a better way to state it) 207 Billion dollars on the National Debt. What will happen this year, with a significantly larger debt, and with interest rates set to rise from currently historic lows?
Compare February 2011's deficit ($223 Billion) to the entire 2007 Fiscal Year: $161 Billion.
Now, look at Congress, debating and going nowhere about the current fiscal year's budget (the previous House of Representatives proposed or voted on a budget before the most recent election so we're working off of a series of continuing resolutions). As things stand, the House of Representatives (controlled by the Republicans) propose roughly $60 Billion in cuts. The Senate (controlled by the Democrats) propose about $5 Billion in cuts, claiming the Republican cuts are too extreme. WHAT?
The 'proposed cuts' of the House Republicans (if implemented) would cover only about 25% of the February 2011 Deficit. The 'proposed cuts' of the Senate Democrats would equal about 2.2% of the February 2011 Deficit.
Is there a disconnect here? Isn't there a 'Run-away Spending Train' not only racing toward a cliff, but picking speed along the way? The whole time the 'political engineers' in charge are bickering about what minuscule fraction of resistance should be placed on the brakes.
|The Gross National Debt|
Note: When this blog article was posted, the debt totalled: $14,330,436,855,712
Sunday, March 6, 2011
It's Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords, and all Gryphonwood novels (including Flank Hawk) are 50% off.
Smashwords offers just about any format you could want, including .mobi for Kindle readers and .epub for Nook, Kobo, etc... Just choose the books you want, and enter RAE50 at checkout to get your 50% discount.
The sale runs through March 12, 2011.