- 10/07/2016Ha! Our future bloggers... ...my kids seem to find creating videos on YouTube as well as blogging about kids stuff to be satisfying. How they've made their Dad proud!Surprised Bag\1 Special gust\So Much FUN
- Producer08/07/2016Terrorist(s), Please consider this the next time you have little man syndrome.As I read the news of another bombing, mass shooting, or hear of another suicide bomber; I do not think “WOW, this is a cause I should look into!” Instead I think, how stupid was that? Acts of violence are simply carried out because...
Comments09/07/2016 #2 Jason AttarIf you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!
by Rudyard Kipling08/07/2016 #1 Jim MurrayYou had me at "Acts of violence are simply carried out because of selfishness, greed, stupidity, and ignorance" . That is the second time today I have heard that from people who have obviously thought it through. The only problem I see is that if someone in does posses all those qualities, are they even capable of hearing the message? I hope they are.
- Producer19/06/2016So Your Novel Isn't Selling ? Could I Be So Bold As To Suggest A Decent Book Burning?These days I find myself with more and more time on my hands and I use this time productively to do what I do best, procrastinate. This very morning I was trawling through that ultimate treasure trove of procrastination, You Tube, when I came...
Comments02/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDWoW. I felt like I was playing racquetball so wondrously! At first, I thought you were telling us to literally stop trying to sell our "failed" books that just haven't 'been seen with marketing, SEO, content hacking mini-blogs, backlinks, multiple social media sites, spiders of wavelengths spreading their invisible fingers to tap unsuspecting readers on their shoulders. I was actually relieved when the happy news was that I didn't have to withdraw my book from the market, and that all the young, healthy teens went for their games instead of their books!
So I don't actually have have have to burn my own book! (did I already say that?) My immense dread-turned-to-satiety was almost too much to bear witness to the loss of the bookstore not not not being burned down, but isn't that the "selfie" thing again? Instant gratification by video games to shoot people and drag them out...for surely, these looters just didn't have any clout of good taste for fine wine! Yes, the written scrolls were so preciously guarded, and now we have to be sure no books are discarded. Because just as a rose, each book has its beauty and why! we can't leave them just there there there as if rusting away was their only duty. So I'll keep my books on the shelf, and.... Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn what anyone thinks. Somewhere, sometime, someone will benefit from what I have writ.01/07/2016 #13 Randy KehoYou got me thinking about the future of librarians with the impending demise of traditional books. @Paul Walters Forecasters predict they will face strong competition for jobs over the next decade due to limited prospects, but the situation should improve as older library workers retire. However, like everyone else, they must learn to adapt to rapidly changing technology. Employment is expected to grow 2 percent over that time period. The average for all occupations is 7 percent. They expect patrons to need help sorting through the growing amount of digital information. I guess authors will need to get to know their librarians and make sure their site is optimized.01/07/2016 #12 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#11 Yup, and we can either embrace the change or get buried by it. I haven't bought a real book in over two years, but I carry 117 on my phone, laptop, and tablet. That's not a total. They are all available to me on all those devices. Let's look at it from a strict business perspective (and I may be talking out of my ass since I haven't tested yet as I said). Assuming a sale price of $10 per paperback, how much royalty gets to the author, 5%? 8%? Let's be far too generous and say 14%! That makes $1.40. Now, let's chop the sale price to $4 for the book's Kindle version. That's 70% of $4, or $2.80. That's equivalent to 28% on the paperback. Worth looking into. It doesn't stop there. Add in the fact that pages in an eBook can be anything. They are basically live web pages. "Anything" includes ads for other cooperating authors' books, related affiliate programs, unrelated affiliate programs, your favorite bong manufacturer, anything at all. Anyone who clicks and buys makes you money. Cross-promotion multiplies effort. Promotion becomes cyclical and self-replicating. At least, that's my theory until tests prove or disprove it.01/07/2016 #11 Paul Walters#10 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian I think really what we need is more readers and less writers !!! When I published my first book I was selling 9 ' hard copies via bookstores to 1 download. That trend is now completely reversed to 9 to 1 in the other direction. Also only independent book stores have a future with the chains carrying more debt than books !01/07/2016 #10 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianPrint-on-demand and eBooks combine to be a two-edged sword, and both edges are razor-sharp. On one hand, they may well disrupt the book publishing/promotion industry to near extinction. On the other, they provide a more direct path between author and reader. They also offer far more royalty dollars per sale to the author.
I'll be honest and admit I haven't cracked the da Vinci code of this mess (yet?). I'm pretty good at figuring stuff out, but this is by far the most complicated thing I ever attempted. I've been at it for eight months now and still haven't started testing theories. Still, there's a huge market, a huge production environment and both are held together by a huge distribution network. Everything is in place. There MUST be an optimum path to take advantage of it. (I hope)19/06/2016 #2 Dean OwenThis is great. Reminds me of when my father couldn't for the life of him sell his house in Belfast. He was hoping for a bomb or something to collect the insurance at least. As it turns out, the IRA did bomb the pub on the left and the restaurant on the right, but the house in the middle, fit as a fiddle. I say bring back Borders, that heavenly sanctum, so we can through a brick in the window and save @Paul Walters.
- 02/07/20161st July dawn vigil at my school to commemorate 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Comments02/07/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDHow honorable and picturesque...perhaps it is just my glasses, but I see tattered windows turned to their sides, some trying to see, and some crying to hide. The straight-backed soldiers with hats on their head reminds us of all those eyes filled with dread. But the glory outshines the story as all stand and wait for the silence to remember the ending, life's fate.
- Producer16/06/2016FALLACY OF PRAISE!Please, stop making eulogy It is sheer a confusing euphony Making a script relevant With adequate ambivalent What is the point to butter other? This is not our periphery utter Just to be noticed We are craving to be...
Comments17/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDThought-provoking and I love that it is only at the end that the inspiration for the poem is the hatred of a few. Measured as similarly as the few rich who do not supply the poor majority to fill basic needs, death certainly is the one who will succeed unless the wise one takes heed.
- Producer08/05/2016Being HumanA human being, in best shape, complexion and looks, is a marvelous creation, but, sometimes, with detestable anger, pitiless deportment and reckless ways become so embarrassing.Aha…when there’s wisdom, grace, mercy and all virtues to deck one’s...