Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mixed Drinks Inspired by Literary Types

For those of you who enjoy imbibing the occasional mixed drink or simply like to know trivia about mixed drinks inspired by literary types, here's an article that lists 25 Brilliant & Literary-Inspired Mixed Drinks. To quote the article:

Plenty of authors throughout history have drawn inspiration (or consolation, as it may be) from a bottle, and as such, there is no shortage of cocktails, concoctions, and libations that can be related to great books and their authors. Whether you're hosting a literary-themed party or just want to drink like your favorite author while you read one of his or her works, you certainly won't thirst for options (pun very much intended) when you read through this list of literary-inspired mixed-drinks. You'll find an assortment of titular puns, tributes to authors, and even a few favorites drawn from the lives of famous authors themselves to help you find the perfect bibliophile beverage.

Well, I'm not much of a drinker, but after this weekend, I might be convinced to try at least one of these. :)



Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Quick Trip to the Bookstore


This morning, I rose earlier than usual. I'm glad I did, because I had plenty of time to eat breakfast, take a shower, get dressed and go through my email. These are all time-consuming chores for someone with a crappy movement disorder that has no fucking cure and can't be adequately treated for shit.

So, as I was eating breakfast, we were watching a war movie. And I remembered this is Memorial Day weekend. Right. Writers don't get holidays.

Now, I can think of at least two blog posts, in which I've referred to wars and being in the shit. This one and this one.

And I had come to the realization that all entrepreneurs, whether they be authors, bookstores or publishers, must be willing to adapt with changing times.

Which is why I posted this on my author blog.


Anyhow, when I was done with all the boring crap, I rushed clumped on my gimpy foot hurriedly to my car and took off. Just to go to a damn bookstore, in order to prove to myself that I could still drive my own car.


And, as I drove, I listened to the radio and I swear this song came on:



Weird, huh?

Now, honestly, I have no problem with technology. But let's not forget about our humanity in the process. Everytime I blog, I give my real opinion. I try to be respectful of others online. We should all be respectful of others in business and personal relationships. In any case, it's my opinion that bookstores do serve a function. And other authors share this view. I've seen it expressed online.

For some reason, they have it in for B&N, but love indies. I guess because indies have been nice enough to work with us indie authors, by placing our books on consignment.

Here's the thing. There isn't a single freaking indie bookstore worth a damn convenient to where I live, okay?

Plus, if I may ask, what about that whole returning books to the publisher and getting a 100% refund thing? Seriously, how are publishers going to compete effectively against a huge fucking technology company/publisher/retailer that can give authors whatever they want, including the author you chose to make this video:



The amazing Ann Patchett, owner of Parnassus Books (though she had "no interest in opening a bookstore") and author of THE GETAWAY CAR.


My most convenient bookstore is a BAM, which is located where the dead Borders used to be. And I dragged my gimpy ass all the way to an Annapolis B&N to see Jenny Lawson.

Two New York Times bestselling authors in green shirts
Just to be clear, Jenny Lawson writes about zombies. I don't. Nor am I one. Furthermore, I do actually eat real food and brush my hair, now and then. And I'm not a junkie.

PS: I went to the bookstore to find Rick Steves travel guides for my trip to the UK. Because I love to travel, damn it. While I was there, I looked for a Robert Crais book, (Robert Crais is my hero, because he's a blue collar writer) and would you believe, they didn't have one stinking title? I nearly got so mad, I could've knocked down the shelf, except I was too tired and gimpy, and I figured, oh, fuck it. So, while trudging toward the checkout counter, I passed a book display. And one of the books was THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O' Brien. And I thought, I'm with you, brother.

And why does that sound so familiar? :)


PPS: I had no interest in being a gimp, but no one gave me a choice about that. So, I choose to be a happy fool.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review of 'The Post-College Guide to Happiness'


REVIEW: THE POST-COLLEGE GUIDE TO HAPPINESS
AUTHOR: Bryan Cohen

Just so you know, this isn't a typical review. In fact, this book was extremely useful to me, which is why I recommend it.

I thought I'd explain why I found it so useful.

This book is a guide. As such, you'll find advice, tools and exercises that can aid you in becoming a happier person.

Here's how it worked for me. I was suffering from depression. I also have a tendency to dismiss "easy" self-help solutions. However, after a talk with my doctor and reading this book, I realized I could choose to be happy, no matter what.

Which is why I wrote this endorsement for the book: "If troubles seem insurmountable or overwhelming, The Post-College Guide to Happiness provides a straightforward guide on how to find happiness by making better choices. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking a better life."

PS: I just wanted to add the happy news that Peg Brantley's first novel RED TIDE got an awesome review! :D I'm still reading it and loving it, so far.


PPS: Did you know that "bonzer" is Australian slang that means "awesome"? :)



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mystery Scene Review of 'Beastly Things'


Here's my Mystery Scene Magazine review of BEASTLY THINGS by Donna Leon. In an interesting coincidence of sorts, I've not only been to Venice, but I suffer a rare disorder that deforms, but doesn't kill people, and I've published a mystery involving the poultry industry, as I blogged about here.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mystery Scene Review of 'Ice Fire'


Here's my Mystery Scene Magazine review of ICE FIRE, a thriller I found particularly awesome for reasons that should become obvious when you read the review and consider that I'm a lawyer, who's interested in sustainability issues.

Thanks, David Lyons, for writing such a great book! :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nature Wall Decals-Nature Wall Stickers

Nature Wall Decals And Nature Wall Stickers. The tendency of many people today are more like something that nature and fresh. Similarly, wall hangings, many in the living room decorated with natural ornaments. It is also a great choice for your room and your kitchen, child's room is also decorated with this ideal because as they grow older and their tastes change, you can easily give the room a new look.

Nature Wall Decals,Nature Wall Stickers

Nature Wall Decals,Nature Wall Stickers

Nature Wall Decals,Nature Wall Stickers

It decl wall nature allows you to bring the views of the forest into your living room, pictures of forest to your indoor patio area. And if you have a gym, you can bring the game up close and personal with the beach picture. Try it, you will feel the beauty of this world up close.

Nature Wall Decals,Nature Wall Stickers

Nature Wall Decals,Nature Wall Stickers

This decoration is not very easy to install. in price depending on size wall mural you want, but I'm sure you do not need to sell your valuables to get a natural wall murals.

Tree Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom

Tree Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom. Do you know the teenage is the most memorable in my life. Everything was beautiful and all-round challenge. Teen have fulfilled all his wishes. You never feel it's ...
As a parent you should know what is most preferred for his special teenage bedroom wall.


Coconut Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom

Flower Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom

Rose Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom

Tree Wall Murals For Teenage Bedroom

Trees are a favorite among teens in decorating the walls. it is true, the bedroom feels cool and comfortable with tree wall mural. When your child home from campus and the rest in the room, they will feel very comfortable with the atmosphere of the room whose walls are decorated with wall murals trees.

Many types of plants you can install to decorate the walls. Girl usually prefer pictures of flowers such as roses or jasmine. whereas for a boy you could put a picture of palm trees or the other according to your teen craze.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How a Bookstore May Have Saved My Life


Since I've been supporting indie bookstores on this blog, I thought I'd share this story from another blog about how Barnes & Noble may have saved my life.

Now ... I realize, it's a B&N, not an indie. But as I've blogged before, we don't have any really decent indie bookstores convenient to where I live.

Which is why I was saddened to see Borders go under. And I wrote this post on another blog.

However, we all have to adapt to survive. As an author and one in this for the long haul, I'm interested in the possibility of using crowdsourcing as a way of producing books.

Other businesses are doing this. And authors are entrepreneurs, too.




Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Imagine, Singleton Hippie Art Original



IMAGINE
(C) Singleton
A Hippe Art Box of Thoughts....

I reached down and scooped uptiny abandoned periwinkle shells, the colors of pastel rainbows,and buried them deep into my pockets....Seaweed, a deep forest green,wrapped itself around my ankles,an impromptu braided bracelet from the tides....And I knewI was in Love again....With all my forgotten Dreams,my lost imagination......And I knew

'The Assassin's Mistress' and Other Stories


REVIEW: THE ASSASSIN'S MISTRESS (Pretur 2012)
AUTHOR: J. H. Bográn

Although this short ebook is entitled THE ASSASSIN'S MISTRESS, it's actually comprised of a short story by J. H. Bográn and excerpts from his other work and two other authors. This small collection makes for highly diverse, satisfying and enjoyable reading.

"The Assassin's Mistress" is a quick and thrilling look at a hitman's difficult choices and how life can pull the rug out from under the most prepared and stoic individual. I highly recommend it.

The excerpts of FACE THE WINTER NAKED by Bonnie Turner and THE BRO-MAGNET by Lauren Baratz-Logsted make this 99 cent ebook way more than a bargain.


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