Cool Kids

Have you ever had to be somewhere and felt you didn’t belong there, believed you were the odd one—the misfit? I suspect most people feel this way at least once. Perhaps it was in junior high as it was for me or maybe, for you, it was some other time or place. A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an inspiring young woman from Portugal. She’s extremely talented, kind, beautiful, and has a sensational voice. Her name is Cat Rox and I absolutely love her rendition of (more…)

Four Years Without Nicotine Addiction

On July 2, 2011, at 7:09 in the morning, I quit intentionally ingesting nicotine on a daily basis. I express my achievement in this manner, because it seems likely that some vegetables contain relatively small amounts of nicotine. Maybe this knowledge can help others who are attempting to overcome nicotine addiction. Since I had only consumed a minimal amount of nicotine on each of my last four days using it, the sparse cravings I experienced during this day were very weak. Excitement began to set in as I realized I (more…)

Beyond “Still Alice”: 5 Books on Alzheimer’s You May Have Missed

What do you know about Alzheimer’s? Anything? What should you know about Alzheimer’s? Something. This is not just our parents’ disease. It’s a problem that has far-reaching complications, not only wreaking havoc in the life of the one afflicted, but in the lives of all those surrounding him or her: spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, caregivers, and the greater community. Its impact is exponential: For each one of the 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there are another 5.3 million (at the very least) affected. (Alz.org) These people are our (more…)

Windows 10

Windows 10 is coming July 29, 2015. It is probably best to learn about this latest operating system directly from Microsoft. These links might help. Overview http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features How to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 for free http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-10-upgrade Windows 10 FAQ http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-10-faq Specifications http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-10-specifications If you plan to upgrade from an earlier version, please carefully read the entirety of the “Specifications” page. There are a few things you will need to consider. For example, watching DVDs on your computer running Windows 10 will require separate playback software and automatic updates (more…)

Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality

“Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality” by Christi Corbett When I was young, I pictured the location where authors/writers did their work. It was always some variation of the following: The recently showered and fully dressed author/writer pads down a long hallway and opens a door to their own private writing space. Clutching a mug of tea/coffee, the writer sits down at a comfortable chair located behind a highly polished, very organized mahogany desk. There is a wall of books on one wall and a window with a completely astounding view (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Trifecta Books Multi-author Promo

Welcome to the biggest book promotion event I’ve ever seen, let alone held! To celebrate the release of four new books in the Trifecta catalog on March 31st, we’re putting everything on sale. We’ve also asked several of our friends to join with us, making this an amazing event. Please scroll down through the entire post so you don’t miss anything!! Then, on March 31st, head on back to www.trifectabooks.com and check out the four new releases – their purchase links will be live. They are: Captain Schnozzlebeard and the (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)

Maybe Featured On bookSCREAM!

It has been an exciting day. I woke this morning to find “Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You” featured in the bookSCREAM newsletter and on the front page of the bookSCREAM website! It was in regards to a current 99 cent promotion. I have included a screenshot below. It is a smaller version of the ad; the newsletter looks even better. I am still choked up about it. Thanks again, bookSCREAM!   Share with others. (more…)