Monday, April 25, 2016

Friends and Patrons: Available on iBooks for Free

Last year I started a GoFundMe to visit a hotel in western Missouri, the subject of a short story I was writing. Every person who donated money got a special short story written just for them. I compiled the shorts into a collection and called it, Friends & Patrons. Just last month I distributed it to everyone who had been so generous as to help me pursue my story.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Starbucks Rewards: Doing the math on the new policy

You probably drink coffee, and you do, you've probably been to Starbucks. I personally used to work there (part-time moonlighting) and have been drinking their coffee for years. A couple years ago I got wise to their reward program, registered my Starbucks gift card, transferred it to my iPhone app, and boom! I'm getting free drinks. Not bad.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jesus was not a socialist

Socialism is a hot buzzword right now. It's a scare word used by Conservatives and Republicans to convince you not to vote for certain candidates. It's a point of discussion by Liberals and Democrats as to whether or not it can apply in whole, or in part, to our democracy. As a method to combat the negative association with the word, some have been referring to Jesus as a socialist, in a way to say that Conservatives don't truly align with Christ's message of helping others.
While I understand the criticism, I have to contend that Jesus is not a socialist. He wasn't a free market capitalist either, but no one was arguing that point, so I'll stick with the socialism claim for now.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Commitment to Read Writing by Women

Three years ago I was shopping for a mystery/detective story at my Local B&N. I ultimately picked up a book by James R Benn, called A Mortal Terror. I gave it three stars on Goodreads, but that's not what this blog entry is about.

Monday, January 4, 2016

What I hate about writing

I once quipped on FaceBook that I'd like to be a martial arts master, just without all the training and discipline. A joke, yes, but a truth regarding how I feel about most things in life. I very much want to be that cool kung fu guy, just without ever working for it.
I recently watched Sound City, the documentary about a famous recording studio. It was were Fleetwood Mac came together with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Nirvana recorded Nevermind there. Tom Petty and Rick Springfield were staples of the place. I got to see all of these ridiculously good musicians playing music and talking about the process. It was very inspiring, and made me want to get to jamming on my guitar or bass. The only problem is, I'm not very good, and need a lot of practice.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Writing Update: NaNoWriMo, Easter Eggs, a Spooky Short, and Distributing Flash Fiction

November appears to be shaping up as a busy writing month for me. In fact, I'm kind of upset at taking the time to write a blog post when I have two really big projects I'm currently working on.