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I have had some recent conversations about BLOGs, authors, and whether we need them or not. As a consequence of those discussion, thoughts and other circumstances, I have decided to return to blogging. And I'll return with an entry about my new TV spot, The Write Stuff. In February, as part of TV Toastmasters, I interviewed a local author and folklorist, Kate Ristau. It went well by all accounts. In March I interviewed a local author and independent publisher, Ben…

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My new TV spot, The Write Stuff, launches this month. I plan on offering a parallel blog as well. I'm learning more about blogging, so it might appear with a different url; or it might be here; or both. If you are reading this and would like to appear on TV on The Write Stuff to talk about writing or related topics, please send me an email (lupusgnome@gmail.com). Or if you would like to contribute to the blog, or appear…

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As you know, the first two books in the fantasy series "Arthe Awakening" are out: Once There Were Dragons and There Used to Be Magic. The first book of the companion sci-fi trilogy "Foredune Revisited" is also out, Problems in Pairodice. Book 4 of the series of 6, #2 of Foredune Revisited, is about 75% done, and should release this June.

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Well, once again I missed my target for NaNoWriMo. I did get a little further on the next book, "Problems in Pairodice," the first of the sci-fi trilogy. Now I'm shopping for less fortunate families (we "adopted" a family at work), food to give to the food bank, and all the preps for our own family Christmas. An dealing with heavy rain and flooding in the Portland, OR, area; but our investment in a triple sump pump and superior drainage…

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

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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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I have been working furiously to get book 2 in the Arthe Awakening series out in June, as opposed to the originally scheduled release date of November, 2014. The writing and the editing is almost complete. There will need to be a few more book design changes, and the cover design is not yet done. The book will be out in early July at the latest, still four months ahead of the original date. Why? Because the fans that offered…

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