Archive for October, 2013

MY BUDDY ELMO

I’ve mentioned Elmo in the past. He exists as a figment of my imagination. One that I’ve grown to know over the years since he was first created. He began life as a short story, but due to his thirst for adventure, he grew into a novella, Elmo’s Sojourn. In this story he is a retired Los Alamos scientist experimenting in his cellar when he stumbles on a method of space travel through wormholes. This novella will be available as an eBook released next February by Melange Books. For those who can’t wait, Elmo’s Sojourn is already available now in an anthology, Curious Hearts, also published by Melange Books.
I decided for Elmo to have more adventures, but during his earlier years while working at Los Alamos resulting in another novella, Elmo’s Invention. In this episode he sets out to invent a time machine. His machine works, but not as he had anticipated and results in a caustic response from the public. This novella is in the editing process and will hopefully find a home.
I will continue to follow Elmo into his youth.

October 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

ADDICTED TO PRINT

Perhaps it is my age or my past or a combination of both, but I am addicted to the word printed on paper. I know my love spells doom for many trees but I am in too deep. I also know that this is the age of the eBook. Some of my work is available in this medium. I am intrigued by the Kindle White, the prospect of carrying a thousand books with you. But for now I’ll stick with paper.
One question I have is, “How well do the eReaders bounce?”
I am forever falling asleep while reading, either in bed or in my favorite chair (I am getting old). When I awake my book is usually on the floor and closed; my place gone. In my daughter, Lynn’s, younger days I would tell her I lost my place and she would answer, “Don’t worry, Dad. It’ll turn up.”
Here are more reasons why I may never switch to the electronic medium. I love the smell of books. I know many of you are also closet book sniffers. When I begin a new book I open it up to its middle and breathe in its scent. I love holding books and being surrounded by piles of them waiting to be read.
I especially love the smell of old books. Some you need not open to gain their odor. The smell of their history bombards you. I have a bookcase full of old books. My oldest is a book of English history from the late 1700’s. I doubt if my old volumes have much value. Why I cherish them is, as I hold them, I wonder who held them when they were new, and how those people lived. I wonder if they appreciated the books scent when it was new.

October 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm 2 comments

GOODREADS

As promised, here is more information on a website for both readers and writers, Goodreads.
For readers, this site offers a chance to post reviews of books you have read and also to check what other readers think about a book you are interested in reading. There are numerous groups and book clubs you can join where you can share your interest a host of genres and topics. Also, authors offer free copies of their work on this site.
For authors, Goodreads provides a means to gain exposure for your work. You can offer free print or eBook copies or make available a portion of your eBook. You can also have your blog entries posted automatically on this site. It is definitely worth a look to see what they offer to authors.
Best of all, IT’S FREE.
Here’s a link.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17465697-eat-move-sleep?gclid=CIqZ9Je7j7oCFQeg4AodCQoA_A

October 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm 1 comment

WIN A COPY OF NEW MOON RISING

My consistent readers,
Here’s an opportunity to win a free copy of my novel, New Moon Rising.
The giveaway is being conducted by Goodreads, an excellent website for both readers and writers.
My next piece will go into greater detail about Goodreads, but for now, I thought some of you might be interested in giving this a shot.
Here are links to my free book plus a host of others.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/tag/science-fiction?page=4

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11458848-new-moon-rising

October 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment


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