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Author: Chuck Storla

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…

If you like to read this is the deal for you.

  I have considered trying Kindle Unlimited in the past but finally bit when I saw this promotion. $2 per month for three months is a deal I could not pass up. Amazon claims that they have more than a million1)Use Dr. Evil voice here for effect books available so I doubt I will get through them all during the three-month special offer but it is worth a try. If you do not know where to start, might I suggest  Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters?   Note: this…

Zen Goes International

  Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters has gone international. Both the softcover (paperback) and ebook (Kindle) versions are available in Canada (amazon.ca) and the UK (amazon.co.uk). I am also happy to report that there has already been activity in the UK through the Kindle Unlimited program. Note: I am not responsible for any upset to the trade balance between our respective countries.

We’re in the Paper

Today a story ran in the Daily Republic newspaper and online covering the release of my book. For those of you just joining us, this is my hometown paper in Mitchell, South Dakota. I know it does not have the reach of a larger paper, but I am proud to have this mention in the paper I used to deliver. For you trivia buffs, I had a paper route for several years and delivered copies of the Daily Republic to customers on West 11th and 12th streets.

What’s Next?

Now that “Zen and the Art of Christmas Letters” is out in the wild, I am looking for my next literary adventure. If you have any suggestions for me, post them here or on my facebook page. This is your chance to influence the future. Speaking of Zen, it has begun to sell and the initial reviews are good. I would like to see more of both and hope I get my wish this Christmas. If you don’t have a copy, head over to Amazon and get one now.