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My books are now available at their first brick and mortar retail outlet? My books may now be purchased at Postal Works, on 185th NW. Why Postal Works? Not only are they a small business, and a local community business, but they have a nice little gift shop. I know the owner, and she is very pleasant. They offered me my first book signing. And they are easy to work with, as well as professional. Their website is http://www.postalworkspdx.com/. Stop…

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01
Dec
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My book signing at Postal Works on NW 185th went very well, just like last year. Met some wonderful people, the staff at Postal Works were awesome, we had a successful Small Business Saturday! (If you haven't been aware of or supporting Small Business Saturday/Shop Small, be sure to get on board next Thanksgiving Saturday! The small businesses in our communities give us a lot, often operating on very thin margins. We want to help them survive and thrive!) I…

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I hope all of you that read this have a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with good food, family and friends (maybe even football, to keep the alliteration going). For me, I thank the Lord for all the blessings in my life, including the ability to write and publish, and for all of my readers. Eat drink, watch, be merry, be safe . . . keep reading, and most of all, love!

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For the past two years I have successfully completed writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). That has been the genesis for my first two novels, "Once There Were Dragons" and "There Used to be Magic." I had planned to complete NaNoWriMo successfully this year, as the core of book four if I had finished writing book three before November came, or as the way to complete book three (Problems in Pairodice)…

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As many of you may know, my second book, "There Used To Be Magic," came out in July, four months earlier than originally planned, just a smidgeon later than targeted (I missed my intended June deadline). It was out in time for the NW Book Festival, though. And so far, fan response has been wonderful. At least one person did have a "glitchy" spot or two, where they had to work to figure out what I had written because the…

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I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can see me accepting at http://youtu.be/RqKAChYYCe0

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If you have time next Wednesday, 8/27/14, I highly recommend you come to the humor workshop being hosted by Daylighters Toastmasters. It will be at our regular meeting time, 06:40 a.m. - 08:00 a.m., and we will be at our "summer" location: St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Rd., Beaverton, OR. Three award winning speakers will share tips and techniques on the effective use of humor in speaking. All of us, as authors, will be given ample opportunity to…

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My next "appearance" will be on talk radio, KUIK 1360 AM, "The Voice of Washington County." This interview will not be about my books, however. We will be speaking about speaking. More precisely, I will be telling people about an upcoming workshop on humor. That workshop will be hosted by Daylighters, a local Toastmasters International club, on 8/27/2014, 6:40 - 8:00 a.m., St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 12405 SW Butner Rd, Beaverton, OR. Refreshments will be provided, and the entire thing…

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Jul
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At one of the writer's workshops I attended recently one of the attendees offered this advice: "Always open with dialogue." My personal experiences tell me it's always a bad idea to use "always." lol But I gave this a try. Let me know what you think of the following as the first words in an opening chapter. (more…)

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I was reminded at Toastmasters this week of a familiar saying: The best way to have good friends is to first be a good friend. Hug, thank, or otherwise express appreciate for at least one of the friends in your life today.

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