Saturday, October 30, 2010

My work will be read on the radio this Halloween!

This story will be read on this show.

It airs at 8:30 am. but it can be heard anytime throughout the entire day.

Tune in and let me know what you thought!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

A stunning endorsement! Better do as they say!

















Order my novel here or here.

Don't wait until they've sent Cruse & Travolta after you!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My latest project is a hit!!!

At least it was on its first day of being posted on the Youtubes. Below is a still from "The Gift," the "machinima" film I scripted and narrated for Celestial Elf, a UK-based animator.











You can view the entire film here and while you're at it, might as well go ahead and read my interview with the owner/operator of Celestial Elf right'cheer! There will be a test and harsh consequences if you're not ready for it.

Enjoy! Leave comments.

Come see me read stuff!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Oddest Rejection Letter (so far)

It's always good to receive a personalized rejection letter because it generally means the editor agonized or at least hesitated over the decision to exclude it from their magazine. Many times I've received the "not a good fit" or "the writing is engaging but..." and that's just the nature of the game. This one, however, seems to have struck a nerve in the editor. What makes me say that? Well, considering the fact that he or she works for a magazine that has a synonym for "death" in its title and publishes horror stories, what other explanation can there be if they didn't have a problem with the writing?

Here's the letter with the magazine's name excluded:

We at (magazine) received your submission: "Soulmate Express". After considered review by our editorial staff we have decided not to publish your story.
The story is too depressing for me, it's just not the kind of story I'm looking for to put in (magazine).
Please also take a few minutes and log our response time at (link excluded) We work hard to respond to writers in a timely manner, which allows them to submit again to another market if not selected for publication. Reporting response times helps us attract writers and helps writers make good decisions about where they want to submit.

Let's ignore the fact that the editor of a fiction magazine used the phrase "for to put" as if they're coming from Louisiana with a banjo on their knee. Am I the only one that noticed the contradictory phrasing of "review by our editorial staff" and "too depressing for me?" To paraphrase that great sage Bud Bundy, am I the only one that noticed the emperor has holes in his underwear?

Oh, but the best part is the request at the end to do their marketing and research work for them. I'm all for that writing community crap but it ends at the fingertips of the person who accepts or rejects my work and decides if I get paid for it.

A friend recommended I frame this one. I think I might. All part of the experience~

Monday, October 4, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

The flier for my upcoming book signing.

I will be here along with three other authors from COM Publishing so come on out if you can:

Sunday, October 10th

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefit for Beyond Basics

Sponsored by ICU Eyewear and Leon & Lulu

Celebrate reading and writing, get new glasses and help promote literacy all at the same time!

Leon & Lulu will celebrate reading and writing with

its second annual Books & Authors event.

We love to read and we just adore writers so we are giving nearly 40 Michigan authors space to sell and sign their books, meet their fans and help promote literacy in Michigan. Shoppers will enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and support Beyond Basics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation offering reading, writing and expanding horizons enrichment programs to students attending public schools in Metro Detroit.

The Books & Authors event is co-sponsored by ICU Eyewear, purveyor of fun and fancy reading glasses. ICU has donated a limited quantity of fashionable and funky reading glasses, which will be sold the weekend of the event for $17 (regular retail $22).

All proceeds from the sale of the reading glasses, tips and raffle money

will also benefit Beyond Basics.

Entertainment will be provided by Trio Fiori

(Jeffrey Beyer, flute; Theresa Stacy, violin; Sharon Sweet, piano)

For more information, check out leonandlulu.com/books.

Leon & Lulu is located at 96 West 14 Mile Road in Clawson, Michigan.

248-288-3600 www.leonandlulu.com

Located in a former roller rink turned gifts, accessories, and home furnishing store, Leon & Lulu supports the community through in store non-profit events. In 2009, the store held 61 events, with 51 benefiting non-profits.