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My Identity Crisis

In an earlier life, I worked for a major corporation that seemed intent on becoming a minor corporation. As they slid down the charts in numerous rankings, I decided I would try something different before I went down the tubes along with the stock price. While I was serving my sentence in Corporate America, there was always someone to hand me a new box of business cards every time there was a change in my job title, division name, office address or the font used for the corporate logo. My parents…

I’ll Write My Own Reviews

I have a poor memory for some things but a really good memory for obscure items. In this case, the obscure item is a song on an album from 1975. See if you can follow me as I go down this particular rabbit hole. If you chose not to follow me or are a believer in TLDR then just scroll down to the Youtube video and give it a listen. — We live in an age where people do not choose a restaurant for dinner or a landscape company or…

Advise for Writers

Last year I wrote a book entitled Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters. The reception it received exceeded my wildest dreams as it was picked up by readers in the thousandths.  That left me with a dilemma. How could I follow up on this success? Having written the definitive book on humorous holiday letters, what was the next mountain I could scale? Was I to be yet another writer who peaked early and failed to capitalize on an easily earned ascent to the top? Had I scaled the cliff…

Pre-Black-Friday Sale

The paperback version of Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters is for sale on Amazon.com at a special price. Get one for every person on your Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza/Winter Solstice list. In the event of a zombie or any other apocalypse, the paperback version is as edible as the fruitcake you sent your relatives last year. You can gift the Kindle ebook as well but it has no nutritional value.

Uncle Bush’s Live Funeral – Book Review

I have not posted any book reviews in quite a while, and to be honest, this is not a new book review but just a pointer to a book review I wrote back in 2015. You can click on the link below and (through the magic of the internet) you will fly to the Amazon.com page for Uncle Bush’s Live Funeral. Check out the review I entered under the pseudonym, “Norse of course.” Speaking of the works of Scott Seeke, you can also find my brief review of his related movie,…

Passive Voice Is Loved By Me

According to many so-called writing experts, using passive voice is a bad practice. Of course, according to the same writing experts, much of what you and I say every day are bad practices. The thing is, if you understand me and I understand you, then how bad can these practices be? They are not bad practices but they still really piss off some people, also known as the writing experts. I don’t even like calling them “writing experts” as that gives them some implied authority and dignity. I would refer…

Is There a Book Inside Me?

    I’ve often heard people ask, “Is there is a book inside me?”  Thankfully most people move on to other more important questions such as “What is for dinner?” In doing so, they avoid dealing with the challenges of authorship and the world is a safer and better place as a result. Given the two million new books published each year in this country, there are apparently a number of us not content to move on to dinner and insist on dealing with this thing we perceive growing inside.…

First Time Author Jokes

  Preparing this post (Is There a Book Inside Me?) prompted me to consider the current state of First Time Author jokes. A quick Google search revealed that while there are many jokes about authors and writing, there are no pages dedicated to jokes about first-time authors. I see this as a monumental wrong that needs to be righted1)I did not intend this to be a political statement so if you choose, feel free to see this as a monumental wrong that needs to be lefted.. First-time authors labor in obscurity,…

More Recent Reading

Books and other material worth picking up Bad Blood by John Carreyrou August 2018 I know this looks like I have not read anything in the last year and a half. I actually have read a number of books and some of them were even quite good. It was not until reading Bad Blood though that I felt compelled to add this to my personal recommended list. I had heard of the happenings at Theranos but I was not compelled to pick up a copy of this book until I…

Welcome to a Post-Rapture World

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the Rapture occurred yesterday at 2:30 PM Eastern Time (US). Yeah, that means neither of us made it.  If you were wondering why it occurred at that precise time, I could share the calculations but you would not understand them, so just take my word for it. There are a lot of threes, sevens, and other special numbers in there to make it come out right. I completed my numerological work yesterday at 3:05 PM and ran outside…