Recipe for Success

May 11, 2012 in Other Stuff

Book cover, "Fire in my Belly: Real Cooking"My cousin, Chef Kevin Gillespie, has announced the arrival of his first book, Fire In My Belly: Real Cooking. If you’re a fan of the Season 6 fan favorite — or just good food in general — take a jog over to Amazon and preorder your copy of the hardback version. Read the rest of this entry →

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Defining the Author Objective

May 9, 2012 in General Topics

I’m taking one of Bob Mayer and Jen Talty’s workshops, offered on their website. One of the first things we were asked was to define our objective, our target endgame in our writing pursuits — something Bob commonly throws around as “Oz”. I’ve defined my Oz.

Initially, I defined that as connecting with the readers, building a base, and achieving financial success. But you can really shorten my path down the yellow brick road to one goal. Read the rest of this entry →

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I’m an Author

April 6, 2012 in General Topics

I am an author.

And so are you. And we are different in a hundred ways, but the same in the way that counts: we’ve decided to celebrate the act of putting words before a reader. Read the rest of this entry →

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Why Sparkling Vampires Make More Money

March 14, 2012 in General Topics

A story goes that Ray Kroc, the man that made McDonald’s a giant, was asked how he made so much money making hamburgers. He answered the question with his own, asking if anyone thought they made better hamburgers than he did. They said yes. Kroc replied with an important point: he wasn’t in the hamburger business. His strategy was simply using burger sales to pay the mortgage on much juicier commodities — prime real estate locations.
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More stories out, best wishes to Kevin and Valerie

September 5, 2011 in General Topics, Other Stuff

I’ve gotten yet more stories out into the wild that really needed submission, including a few that didn’t get a fair shake in my subs process the first time around. I also had a little jolt of inspiration strike me at a rather wonderful wedding and reception last night.
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