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Category: Uncategorized Seba Beach and Alberta Beach Farmer’s Markets

It was a hot weekend and the lake was just lovely.  Seba Beach and Alberta Beach Farmer’s Markets were busy and I sold as many books as I did in two days at Chapters Indigo stores.   Weird.   Fresh veggies bring out the crowds.  We camped at the RV park beside the lake and also went to see a 50 member

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Category: Uncategorized FIREFIGHTER #2 Novel almost ready

OLD FLAMES firefighter #2 novel proof is almost ready.  The proof has arrived.  I have to comb through this for errors and send it back to Bookkus Publishing   It never ceases to amaze me after many, many edits and checks, a book will still have minor errors.  So far the major error in this copy is the font size which

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Category: Uncategorized Truth in Advertising

It’s not often you get a product that states exactly what you’re getting.  Truth in advertising can be an oxymoron.  Like those great oxygen bubbles that turn up in cleaning products.  It probably plain old air.  Anyhow my eye caught some truth in advertising when I walked into the Bulk Barn.  Two things come together again like magic. Okay, so

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Category: Uncategorized No More School Readings or Chapters/Indigo

No more school readings or Chapters Indigo signings. After several school readings of my young reader stories, I have decided that teachers, although eager to bring in a writer, ultimately do not appreciate it. I take time to prepare, try to make my presentation entertaining, and do not charge any fee.  The teacher buys one copy (photocopies it) and shares

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Category: Uncategorized Travel Writing Bullshit

Travel Writing Bullshit Major newspapers these days are quickly losing their relevance to the internet.  Notably are the travel sections.  I’ve had a few travel articles published in newspapers and a few more on websites. News papers are tough nuts to crack.  Here’s what an Edmonton Journal newspaper editor said:  In fact, the Postmedia policy is that any freelancer who

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Category: Uncategorized Terrible but tasty fish

I was walking past the deli in Funchal, Madeira Island and–WTH is that?  It’s the espada or black scabbard fish.specific to Portugal’s Madiera Island. Thank heavens it tastes better than it looks. Terrible but tasty fish.  It makes for a tasty sandwich but you have to close your eyes before you bring it up to your face,

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Category: Uncategorized Portuguese author – controversial book

So my wife and I are in Lisbon on March 8th having dinner at a window seat.  Across the street there’s a crowd gathering with police, security, and TV cameras.  It turns out to be a book store and we figured it might be a celebrity author such as Yann Martel, Life of Pi guy, Canadian author of The High

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Category: Uncategorized Amazon book reviews – news

Whenever someone bought any of my books I told them I’d appreciate a review on Amazon. Not that many did. Amazon reviews are important for new writers as the company circulates an author’s book more as reviews come in, good or bad.  So I was doing okay with reviews getting posted.  Amazon discovered there zillions of  phony reviews on their

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Category: Uncategorized OLD FLAMES final tweak for Bookkus

I’m presently working on OLD FLAMES final tweak for Bookkus .  It doesn’t really need much but….I can’t stop fooling with it.  Like Paul McCartney said about his old tunes that he’d go back and add a bit of horns here, less bass there, a choir maybe here….

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