After a lengthy stay in Mexico I’ve returned home to spring weather fully tanned and fit. Eager to get back into tax returns, suitcase wheel warranties (mine had a blow out), my daughter’s birthday, and writing of course. The attached pictures were taken in the Yucatan, Mexico. My snorkeling highlights were green turtles, a spotted ray, and barracuda. I’ll be starting a mailing list soon to keep readers updated. I didn’t order the pie below.
Here are a three notable authors caught lying about their ‘true’stories. Remember James Frey’s ‘A Million Little Pieces’? The book was even pushed by Oprah. The author spent one night in a drunk tank making his fiction addiction such bullshit. By the time he was exposed he’d sold truckloads of copies. He apologized to Oprah but people still loved him.
This one is about 3 or 4 years old. My grandaughter is an animated, expressive 4 year old. but when she sees her Peter Rabbit climbing out the window at night I won’t be following it and writing a book. Or should I? *Taken from: heavenisforreal.net/the-books/heaven-is-for-real/ Four-year-old Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy and his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the following months—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back. * Yeah, made up. Maybe the angels didn’t get any royalties.
What I have to figure out is a bizarre account of my freelance astronaut days when NASA wouldn’t take up foreigners…and I stowed away…yeah…and the astronauts barred me from the cinema…and I had an ‘incident’ using the vacuum toilet….. Remember when the Challenger blew up? I was the guy on the previous shuttle flight who put the ‘Do Not Push’ warning on the destruct button. They just couldn’t keep their monkey fingers away. Maybe it was a bad idea. Any takers? Really, I was in space.
Whenever I read a book I review it on The popular Goodreads site. They send me an end of the year report and tin 2014 I read 47 books. I didn’t skim, either. Right now I’ve just finished Martin Short’s book I Must Say and am beginning Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice which I’m not sure of. The writing style is a bit of a challenge, and it’s coming out as a movie.
My new year hopes should bear fruit with my firefighter novel Final Response being marketed in eBook and paperback formats followed throughout the year by Old Flames and Gerry’s War. Several of my juveniles should see the light of day with Be That Books publishing. Tina, its prez, is a friend of mine and is venturing out for fiction. When we met in December she said she’d take some of them on. I’ll also do some tweaking to Out on A Limb and The Blob…In My Shoes.
I’ve embarked on a new novel Tequila and Coca-Cola set in Mexico where I occasionally visit for a few months. I’ve got 4 chapters done and haven’t decided who the bad guys are yet but I think I’ll make the characters quirky and some very flawed.
http//www.summitstudios.biz/bookstore.asp The publisher of Mob Hit On My Grandmother’s Dog (animal humor compilation) added a few lines to my story I’d rather remove,including some in my brief bio. But it’s out for sale now. No check yet, though. Diane Tolley, another Beaumont writer, also has a story in it and we’ll try to get some press. I’m donating a signed copy by us to the local library
My newest story Car Wash Kitty will be in the compilation and a new member of my writers group also has a story in there. Diane Tolley has one about pulling the tongues of the UK palace guard horses. Very cool for Beaumont, a small town. See the Beaumont News picture of us in the Published Works tab on this site.
My newest short story is finally going to see ink. Summit Studios will finally publish their anthology and my masterpiece will be in it. I can’t remember which title he chose: Car Wash Kitty or Binky’s Day Out. It’ll be out late October or early November. It’s the true story of when I took my sister’s cat thru the car wash, albeit toned down a bit. I had posted this story on a CBC on-line writing competition and some people did not like the way I treated the cat in the story. But that’s the CBC types for you.
I can’t believe I’m already trying to book a winter escape. It’s August and it’s hot here in Alberta. Florida is expensive because it’s high season in Feb. and March and almost everything for a two bedroom, two-month rental is booked–so booked, they’re taking reservations for 2016. Last winter California was easy–hook up the trailer in Feb. and go south; low season there, too.
I’ve been searching Trip Advisor, HomeAway, VRBO, and AirBnB until my eyes are bloodshot. I’ve zeroed in on Luquilla in north-east Puerto Rico. It’s near a National Forest, a bio-luminescent bay, some cheap street eats nearby, close to a ferry for some outer island experiences. Unfortunately, PR has no structured bus system so it’s rent a car or fight with cab drivers.
My middle grade eBooks summer sale at Smashwords runs until the end of July. I’m a bit late on the news but better now than never