Monthly Archives: June 2009

Egg on my Window

I woke up this morning to find that someone had egged my second-floor studio window. The mess of yellow and clear slime was still damp when I noticed it shortly after sunrise. WTF? I’d blame a confused Canada goose for … Continue reading

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What I'm Up To: Multi-Tasking

I’m excited about having visitors coming soon, but my dusting and bathroom scrubbing is lagging behind as I plow into various projects. Publishing & Distribution of “Passion and Peril on the Silk Road.” I’m about halfway through the process of … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing Resources

As I continue on the zig-zag path to fame and fortune, sometimes I get ahead of myself. Self-publishing a novel is easy — if you’re willing to sift through a rat’s-nest of procedures, instructions, opportunities, and pseudo-opportunities. So, this morning … Continue reading

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How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history

I love this kind of stuff! While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down … Continue reading

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Wearing of the Green for People of Iran

I have a million things to do, but I’m sitting here getting swept up into the aftermath of the Iran election and the Twitter phenomenon surrounding it. I read the Cyberwar Guide. Changed the background of my Twitter icon to … Continue reading

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Grit vs Quit: Godin's Dip As Guide

So you think you have a great product, a great strategy. You’re humming along and suddenly it isn’t fun anymore. The town goes quiet on you. Sales figures… disappear. No one <sniff> cares. Is it time to quit because you’re … Continue reading

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Writer Blues & Cookie Dough

Barnes & Noble responded to my request to sell “Passion & Peril” with a long, chatty letter. Bottom line: I need to use Lightning Source, their supplier of print-on-demand books. The B&N rep said they had no bias against self-publishing … Continue reading

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Hate Talk :: Hate Crime

I’m reading Joan Walsh’s column on Salon: “Can Right-Wing Hate Talk Lead To Murder?” In November Americans voted against the paranoid torturing, wire-tapping, chest-thumping darkside. Phew. Sadly, it seems to have unloosed the dark homegrown fringe element we saw during … Continue reading

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Delicious to Share

No, not a chocolate bar (though I’m eating one as I write — not sharing). I’m updating my research on antiquities smuggling, looting, theft, etc. for novel #2, so I’m trying to use the latest and greatest tools. And why … Continue reading

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