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Radio Interview



I had my first radio interview today at one of the local radio stations, CKWR – FM 98.5.  I want to thank my host, John Maciel for inviting me to his show to talk about my recently published book, “The Alkahest.” Thanks to Harry Rauser as well for the programing.  

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We talked about my steps into a writing career, the books I’ve written and published, and touched on the future of my writing. If you’re interested, the interview will be available to hear on the “About Author” section under “Interviews.”

quote_2   Quote: “Writing is the supreme solace.”  W. Somerset Maugham




The Nitty-Gritty About . . .

The Latest

1. The Nitty-Gritty About Reduplication – By Mark Nichol – Daily Writing Tips –

2. Bad Publishing Contract Clauses – Part 1 – By Writer Beware –

3. The forever recession (and the coming revolution) – By Seth Godin –

4. How to Find Your Writing Voice – By Heater Home – Procrastinating Writers –

5. Universal Story and the Mythic Journey – By Plot Whisperer –

6. Survey: Have You Ever Read a Self-Published Book? – By Nathan Bransford – – As usual, another beautiful and inspirational painting!

7. EazyWallz – Amazing Personalized Wallpaper Murals for Boring Walls – By –

8. Vote for Your Favorite House 2011 Solar Decathlon – By Bridgette Meinhold – inhabitat –

9. China Set to Launch Its Own Space Station; Mission: Unknown By David Axe – Wired –

10. How to Get Rid of a Skunk Without Losing Your Dignity – By Ashley Watson – Wise Bread –



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Quote of the Day

“My task…is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel – it is, before all, to make you see. That – and no more – and it is everything.” – Joseph Conrad


 Book Release

Mercury Rises by Author Robert Kroese


The Waiting Game . . .

The Latest

The Waiting Game – By Trent –  the simple dollar  –  – He is so…..right about .

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Using Contradictions to Develop Character – By Nathan Bransford –

Twitter, Travel, and the Power of the Engaged Employee – By Rob Markey – Harvard Business Review –

The Freelance Writer’s Interview Checklist – By Susan Johnston – The Urban Muse –

Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home – By Mikey Rox – WiseBread – – Sound like delicious snacks!

The Parable of the Little Book of Stories – By Joel Frielander – The Book Designer –

A B C D . . . Of Inspiration. Very Simple & Very Effective! – By E-Junkie.Info –

Bad vs. Badly – By Mark Nichol – Daily Writing Tips –

How to Master the One Trait That Makes You Unstoppable – By Sonia Simone – Copyblogger –

Quote of the Day

“The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.” – James Frey


Writing Contest

Writing Contest: Sharp Writ Book Awards – By Smart Book Lovers  – Deadline Oct. 15, 2011 –





Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall . . .


 The Latest

1.  31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall By Camilla Cheung – Wise Bread – – Simple and relaxing ideas – nice!

2. Dueling Russia: Myth, Veracity, and Literature – By Nick Morgan –

3. Maybe he means it – By Seth Godin – -I wholeheartedly agree!

4. Plot Help for Weary Writers – By Plot Whisperer –

5. Improve Your Emails: Why It’s Worth It – By Grace Myers – Fuel Your Writing –

6. Keep the Fire Alive: Three Remarkable Comeback Stories – By Marelisa – Abundance Blog – – My admiration to these protagonists!

7. Sting Tells How He Writes Song Lyrics – By Elizabeth Day – The Guardian/The Observer –

8. The Art of Irresistible Copywriting – By Robert Bruce – copyblogger – – Love the  ‘every sentence’ rule!

9. What is a writer’s MVP? – By Joel Frielander – – Like the idea of thinking small, makes sense!

Zooglers – Google Employees in Zurich Have the World’s Coolest Re-Purposed Office – By Tafline Laylin – inhabitat – – What an awesome working atmosphere!

Quote of the Day

“If you have other things in your life — family, friends, good productive day work — these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” – David Brin

 Writing Contest

Poem Writing Contest – Patricia Bibby Award – Tebot Bach – Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011-

 Book Release



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