Friday, March 27, 2015

What is Your Dream Job?

I scoured the internet looking for dream jobs. Personally, my favorite is Heavy Metal Fire Breathing Bagpipe Player. I made a list of some others. What are yours?

  • Astronaut
  • Movie Star
  • Rock Star
  • Chocolate Maker
  • Toy Store Owner
  • Chef
  • Water Slide Tester
  • Professional Sleeper
  • Professional Athlete
  • Pilot
  • Artist (Lucky Me!)
  • Park Ranger
  • Food Critic
  • Movie Critic
  • Detective
  • Cowboy
  • Fire Fighter
  • Secret Agent
  • Writer (Lucky Me!)
  • Scientist

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Best Sandwich Ever

Start with a nice and fresh new hoagie roll.
Cut it in half and toast it real slow.

Three dollops of mayonnaise
on bottom and top.

Thinly sliced beef
from the best butcher shop.

Two slivers of cheese,
one cheddar, one swiss.

Melted on top.
A tongue tasting bliss.

Red ripe tomatoes
straight from the vine.

Blushing rose vinegar
made from red wine.

Crunchy cold pickle bits.
Peppers, slightly hot.

Smoked salmon cold cuts
just freshly caught.

A side of potato chips, cheese puffs or fries.
Too big for your mouth is just the right size.

Cut it in half with only one chop.
Then crack open a cold soda pop.

Take a big bite.
Eat it with style.

Enjoying each taste
Can take quite a while.

Chew all the flavors
Before you will swallow.
Crunch a few chips
Drink some to follow.

And when you are through
And think you are done.

Go back to the kitchen
And make another one.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Self Publishing Author Resources


KDP Kindle eBooks
https://www.nookpress.comCreate Nook eBooks
Play eBook on Google Play
Writing Life eBook for Kobo devices
Scribd multiple document types
ibooks Author to iTunes

and Distribute

Lulu to multiple retailers
Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.comDistribute to multiple retailers
https://www.bookbaby.comDistribute to multiple retailers


Bloggerhttps://www.blogspot.comCreate your own blog
WordPresshttps://wordpress.comCreate your own blog
List of book bloggers to contact


Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.comBook sharing and communities
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.comShare content
Twitterhttps://twitter.comShare content
https://www.librarything.comBook sharing and communities


Top Reviewers reviewers at Amazon. (Need
to contact each one by email)
Review Yellow Pages
http://www.bookrevieweryellowpages.comList of book review websites
http://www.outboxonline.comList of book review websites


Top 100
Promotion Sites
http://www.winchad.comList of sites that will promote
your book. Some are free and some are paid.
Top 46
Promotion Sites
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.comList of sites that will promote
your book. Some are free and some are paid.
Promotion Sites
http://www.rachelleayala.comList of sites that will promote
your book. Some are free and some are paid.


Writing Aid
https://prowritingaid.comFree online editing tool for
limited amount of words. $35 for additonal features including Word add-on
http://editminion.comFree online editing tool

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Something BIG is Coming!

Get Ready!

Something Really BIG is Coming!

The second volume of Willakaville is on its way. More wackiness, more monsters, more Willakavilliness, more...more.

I am about 50% of the way through writing it. I estimate it will take me about 2-3 more months. I have learned a lot from writing the first book and believe this one will be even better.

Here is a short excerpt to get you ready:


The Lost City

The first time Jeremy went to Mexico, everything was new and different. He did not know what to expect and he was a little bit afraid. Now that he had been there several times, some of the newness had worn off. He was still excited, just less anxious, which was a good thing.
He had been to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and his favorite city, Playa del Carmen. He was super happy when he found out they would be going to Playa del Carmen again this year. He really loved exploring the Cenotes. The Cenotes were underground caves. Most of them had pools of diamond clear water or slow moving rivers that were great for swimming.
It took him and his father a couple days to settle in. they had eaten some good Mexican food, gone to the beach, checked out the local shops and made friends with the hotel staff. Jeremy wished his mother could have been with them.
Jeremy’s mother had passed away a few years ago. He really missed her. They always had fun playing jokes on people. There was one time when they had caught an iguana and let it loose in the hotel restaurant at breakfast. They laughed so hard watching all the people screaming and knocking over their plates as the wait staff chased after the little scaly green monster scurried under the tables.
He was lost in a daze ad he imagined her while eating breakfast at the same hotel. A small voice awoke him from his daydream. It was a small Mexican boy, he held out his hand with a necklace dangling from it. It was comprised of a black leather strap and the pendant was an intricatelt carved stone cube. It looked to be made of turquoise and was attached with a bright sliver crown.
Jeremy already had his mind set on buying a new headlamp to use in the Cenotes. The one he wanted was completely waterproof and had five settings. He told the boy, “No gracias,” which meant “No thanks,” in Spanish. The boy grabbed Jeremy’s hand and placed the necklace inside. Then the boy said, “Es pour su adventura. Dos y dos, tres y tres, quattro, cinco, seis.” and ran off before Jeremy could do anything.
Jeremy sat there, puzzled, and studied the carvings on the pendant. They were not like anything he had seen before. Each side of the cube had a different combination of spirals on it. He liked it and decided to keep it and wear it. His father came back from the buffet and immediately noticed.
He said, “That is a cool necklace. But weren’t you saving your money for the headlamp?”
“Yes,” answered Jeremy, “I was. A little boy just came up and gave it to me. He said it was for my adventure and then said the numbers two and two, three and three, four, five six.”
“Hmm,” said his father raising one eyebrow. “It looks very nice. We will keep a lookout for the owner. You may have to give it back.”
Jeremy was a bit dissapointed, but knew his father was right. He thought about how he would feel if he lost something like that and saw it on someone else. “Sure dad,” he replied. “I think I will still wear it. That way, if it is someone elses, they will have a better chance to see it.”
His father nodded his head and began eating the delicious Mexican pastries. Jeremy put on the necklace and devoured his goodies. Just afterword, they went back to their room to collect their gear for cave exploration. They were going to visit some new cenotes today. Once everything was packed, they headed for the car rental shop.