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April 22, 2014

World Book Night USA is tomorrow night! And in addition to giving away thousands of physical books, they are also giving away the first-ever original World Book Night e-book! My essay about growing up in Wisconsin is part of the collection. Read, enjoy, and share with friends!

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Published on April 22, 2014 14:54 • 57 views

March 15, 2013

I love these commandments Henry Miller wrote for himself while working on Tropic of Cancer. Great advice.

1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2. Start no more new books.
3. Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
5. When you can't create you can work.
6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
8. Don't be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it--but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow Down. Exclude.
10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.

Read more about Henry Miller's daily schedule.


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Published on March 15, 2013 20:22 • 102 views

April 11, 2012

I can't seem to get enough Haruki Murakami lately. I'm currently reading 1Q84. But I'm also listening to Blind Willow Sleeping Woman, one of his short story collections. Something about his writing is so hypnotic. Nothing is wasted. Little clues to mysteries sprinkled about. He's got the perfect combination of story hooks and surreal situations. Odd but realistic characters. Such good stuff. I'm thinking of reading Kafka On the Shore next. Any fans?
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Published on April 11, 2012 21:11 • 16 views

January 7, 2012

One of my favorite things about working in the Interlibrary Loan department of our library is exposure to odd book titles. Because we borrow items that our not currently in our massive collection, the unusual, intriguing and specific are frequent visitors.

The best ones are often do-it-yourself books.

Past favorites include How To Avoid Huge Ships and How To Shoot Your Children (even if it is a subtitle referring to photography).

This week brought this gem: Anyone Can Build a Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker.

Now, my sister raises chickens, and so do my next-door neighbors, and we have a shed in our backyard that used to be a coop and I'm tempted to raise a few myself, but this title was just so unexpected I thought I'd share.

So what's your favorite unexpected book title? Please share the random, ridiculous, or just plain awesome.

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Published on January 07, 2012 15:05 • 68 views

January 4, 2012

Well, since I claim to be blogging about books, writing, MUSIC and mayhem, I guess I could mention some music once in a while!

Just the other day I stumbled upon the song "Video Games" by Lana Del Rey. Wow. She's got a really smokey sultry voice going on. And I love the 60s Hollywood themed video. Cool, haunting tune.

Also digging her song "Diet Mtn Dew." Reminds me of Portishead and that Spy Movie vibe. Groovy, man.[image error]
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Published on January 04, 2012 17:43 • 55 views

January 1, 2012

It's the first day of 2012, and despite the threat of solar flares, economic collapse, and another election season, I am feeling pretty dang positive. That may have to do with my latest creative project: a baby girl! She's due in May. Pretty excited about that one, for sure.

I've also been scribbling more ideas down that I hope to unleash on the world in some form of story this year.

And while I've been doing that, several of my friends have been independently publishing their own stories, via ebooks. I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I can't wait to read them all!

If you're looking for new reading material, check these out. And I hope you have an amazing 2012. It's looking like it will be quite an adventure...

FAST LANE by Dave Thome
I met Dave at Redbird Studio in Milwaukee, and he was one of the first people to read Postcards from a Dead Girl both in its rough draft as well as its finished entirety. He's an excellent storyteller with a great sense of humor. His novel is a funny and fast-moving story in the realm of Sex in the City. He even has a blog about his experience writing it, aptly titled Man Writing a Romance.

Bob is in my current writing critique group, and gives probably the most thorough critique I know, which is incredibly helpful. He doesn't pull any punches and is a very entertaining guy, much like his books. His latest is the 4th in his Bonnie Pinkwater mystery series that features a math teacher solving crimes.

by Brandon Myers & Bryan Pedas
Bryan and Brandon are fellow Pikes Peak Writers--two very funny, wicked smart guys who have an absolute passion for writing, humor, and delicious beer. In addition to their first comic novel, which is about the mayhem following the end of the internet, these guys have a blog about writing and the publishing world called A Beer for the Shower. Check it out for some outrageous stuff.

by Nathan Timmel
I've known Nathan since High School, and we even played in a band together in the 90s. He was the jumping bass player to my thrashing drums. Since then he went on to become a successful stand-up comedian, playing clubs all over the country, performing on USO tours, and being a guest on radio shows like Bob & Tom. His book is essentially a memoir about what kind of personality chooses to do stand-up. So while there are funny parts, it's not one of those funny comedian books. More of a look at turning a rough emotional life into a positive life by making others laugh.

Do you have any book recommendations for 2012? I'd love to hear them.

Happy Reading & Happy New Year

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Published on January 01, 2012 18:40 • 46 views

August 3, 2011

August is here, and that means summer mayhem! As part of the craziness, I'm excited to be included in Harper Perennial's summertime promotion, which is, actually, really kind of crazy.

In a good way.


Postcards from a Dead Girl is now available for only 99 cents for a limited time.

It's part of 20 Books for $20! Get yer digital copy of Postcards fer only 99 cents!

Check out the other authors, too. Some of my own personal favorites are there, like Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Marcy Dermansky and Dan Fante. See the full list of titles at the Olive Reader blog!

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Published on August 03, 2011 18:16 • 64 views

June 27, 2011

Well, dang, not only did I get to spend the weekend in beautiful Aspen with a bunch of other authors and book lovers, but I won a Colorado Book Award for literary fiction!

I'm pretty stoked about this, and it's not just from the lack of oxygen at 8000 feet above sea level. This is really a great honor. Many thanks to Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book.

And congrats to all the other winners and finalists. It was wonderful meeting with you all and getting a chance to talk to many of you. What a great weekend.

The trip back home got even headier as we drove back over Independence Pass. Gasp.

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Published on June 27, 2011 11:55 • 63 views

May 6, 2011

Just recently found out that Postcards from a Dead Girl is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for literary fiction. I am definitely very excited and honored.

The other finalists in the literary category are:

My Sisters Made of Light by Jacqueline St. Joan, Press 53

Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, edited by Nancy Stohlman, Fast Forward Press

Looking forward to meeting the other writers and artists in June during the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival. Never been, should be fun.

Many thanks to Colorado Humanities for the nomination![image error]
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Published on May 06, 2011 15:50 • 51 views

March 30, 2011

It's that time of year again.

Pikes Peak Library District is hosting their annual Mountain of Authors extravaganza. If you're in the Colorado Springs area, stop by East Library this Saturday, April 2nd, for a full day of writing goodness. Featuring a paranormal fiction panel, publishing panel, local author showcase, keynote speaker and book signing.

This year's keynote speaker is none other than Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the 70 million-selling Left Behind series.

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Published on March 30, 2011 14:02 • 56 views