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Driver-less Cars

Google, BMW and Audi are developing driver-less cars. These vehicles will have extremely complex programming to ensure that everything “under the sun” is taken into account to prevent accidents on the road. These cars are being tested now. Initially I thought this would be great. I sometimes develop horrible back pain during the work day…

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Review of The Set Up Man: A Johnny Addock Novel

    “The Set Up Man” by T.T. Monday was published this year and is about a relief pitcher named Johnny Addock who plays for the Bay Dogs of San Jose, California. He is thirty five years old and nearing the end of his major league baseball career. With lots of time on his hands…

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Book Publishing Blues

    Lately I have thought about the crowd funding sites I chose to publish on. It has been a month or a bit more than that since my book Switching Stations Switching Stories first appeared on them. I thought when I chose the crowd funding sites it was a good decision that allowed me…

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Learning A Craft To Keep Alive Memories of Mom Doing Crafts

For years I have noticed different colored spools of yarn at my parent’s house. As I grew up my Mom knitted or worked on needle point in her spare time. As I have viewed those spools and a half-finished, red sweater tucked in a basket next to the television, I have thought it would be…

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Wrong About Black Cats & Vampires

      For centuries, black cats have played a major role in folklore, superstition and mythology. In particular, in the Middle Ages they were believed to be witches’ familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Many old superstitions about black cats exist to this day, including the widely known superstition…

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A Writing Blog Tour

Two weeks ago I was asked by author Simon Canton to be part of A Writing Blog Tour. It has taken place for quite some time and many people have picked up and passed the baton. They include, to name a few, Antonia Lindsay: http://antonia-lindsay.blogspot.co.uk and Anthony Burt: http://anthonyburt.com/2014/03/31/trigger-treat-your-way-to-the-creative-zone-the-writing-process-blog-tour, and: Dave Higgins http://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/writing-process-blog-tour/. I felt…

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I’m In It for the Long Haul: No Stopping Me

Quote: “I am in this for the long haul. My book and I are going the distance.” Over the course of 21 days, I posted on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+ that my book Switching Stations, Switching Stories was available for free download on storycartel.com in exchange for a review. I had hoped users either…

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Building My Social Media Connections on Twitter

A surprising and pleasant thing started happening on Twitter. Whenever I would go through their suggestions for who to follow I would sometimes come across a site that helps authors get the word out on just their website. (This is different from BookBuzz,net which I chose to use for mass book promotion and more.) Or…

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The Unforeseen in Publishing & Book Promotion: Learning Experiences

I have shared important learning experiences in three prior blog posts titled “The Unforeseen in Publishing and Book Promotion.” I am pleased to report StoryCartel got in touch on April 9th and approved the Mobi file. I then had to sign into my StoryCartel account and clicked launch. Later on the same day, on Twitter,…

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