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My reason, excuse or rationalization (take your pick) for not having written as planned has been (and still is) a major remodel of our family room. Not only has that impacted me, the author; it has also had a major impact on my editor, my wife. On the positive side, it's going well, and the end result should be awesome. On the flip side of that, everything from the family room and a downstairs storage area has been piled in…

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Think of people around you as clients; some external, some internal and others that are in your personal relationships. Why? Well, when you think of others as your clients, you may find yourself treating them in a different manner - provided superior customer service, if you will. Paying external clients are the most obvious, so let's move on to others. Even those providing YOU with a service can be viewed as clients; you let them know what you need, when…

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To my eager fans, I apologize. I am dreadfully late with the next book in the series. Following are a few of my reasons, or excuses if you will.  First, there was Coffee House Writer's Group (CHWG). When I read some of the next book out loud, the feedback showed me many ways to improve the writing. Then there was Blizzcon. Then there was Chrismas. Then I was sick. After that there was flooding in our finished daylight basement (which…

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We had an Open House at Daylighters Toastmasters this morning. (Daylighters meets weekly, Wednesdays, 6:40 a.m. - 7:55 a.m., Cedar Hills Recreation Center; visitors welcome.) Our guest speaker, Susan Bender Phelps (OdysseyMentoring.com) gave an excellent presentation on networking, including a small exercise. Most of our members were there, and 10 guests! It seemed like everyone learned something valuable, as well as enjoying some networking, camaraderie and breakfast. I want to share an outstanding quote that Susan shared with us, from…

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Happy New Year! My first two books, "Once There Were Dragons," and "There Used to be Magic," are now available locally in Portland, Oregon. Postal Works on 185th NW is carrying them in store. That is not news; but there is a discount available. The Postal Works has a delightful little gift shop, with tons of wonderful goodies for yourself, your friends, gift occasions . . . and if you buy something in the store, as well as one of…

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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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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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