Ron Heimbecher Ron's Comments (member since Feb 01, 2010)

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Jul 27, 2013 11:37AM

25350 Not since I fell off the Stephen King wagon...
25350 I have two on my bookshelf now..
1. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
2. (a little bit lighter in weight but not content) The Complete Works of Ernest Hemingway
Mar 11, 2012 11:59AM

25350 Unfortunately, California is one of the most litigious states in the country. I think you'd be at risk to use anything that could put the schools in a negative light. E.g. a teacher that is a bad guy, comments about quality of education, school discipline, etc. Your title indicates that perhaps the protagonist is made -- or makes another -- to be a scapegoat. Allowing this behavior could be interpreted by some as derogatory about the institution.

The question I always ask myself is "is it really necessary to use a real organization, company, person, or place to bring the story to life?"

If you belong to a writers group or organization, it's very likely they have one or two lawyers as members who will be happy to provide some advice - AFTER the common disclaimer "it depends."
25350 It won't be long before the good ones figure out they can keep truckin' with a bunch of cozy chairs, good coffee and high speed internet connections with affiliate links to Amazon, BN, Smashwords, Kobo, et al...
Apr 11, 2011 05:29PM

25350 Merrill wrote: "That's a good one, V.S. The same is true for some of the bizarre, complicated ways people come up with to kill someone. Real life...walk up to the guy and shoot him at close range to make sure you ..."

Maybe, but think how boring this would have made one of the greatest villains in both print and film -- Hannibal Lecter.
Apr 10, 2011 06:25PM

25350 Writer's who don't spend enough time eavesdropping on real conversations. A quick way for me to put something down is if the dialog doesn't come off as a real conversation.

I don't mean DIALECT where you have to stumble through a writers interpretation of an accent, rather things like complete sentences, and cadence, words, and expressions that the character would not use in a real conversation.

This also ties in to stories where each character doesn't have a unique voice.
Apr 03, 2011 08:29AM

25350 It could be said that literature is something that doesn't make money...

In that case, I could be a literary giant!
Mar 22, 2011 04:24PM

25350 Grimmy The Postman Always Screams Twice! (Grimmy) by Mike Peters The Postman Always Screams Twice!

How about a conversation in an elevator?
Mar 12, 2011 09:34PM

25350 Robin wrote: "Ball-peen hammer by Frederic P. Millerstill no ballpeen but it does mention it if you enlarge photo."

B^)... good enough!
Mar 12, 2011 07:58PM

25350 Robin wrote: "Hammers (Tools of the Trade) by Anders HansonI am sure there is a ball peen hammer on the cover."

Actually there is not, but we'll let it slide. B^)
Mar 12, 2011 03:31PM

25350 Bookmarks by Marco Ferreri

To me more specifically correct, the cover below has only a single bookmarker, rather than book markers. B^)
[image error]

A ball peen hammer on the cover?
Mar 11, 2011 07:07AM

25350 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess -- Answer to a one-eyed man in a bowler hat -- sorry I didn't get this up earlier. Otherwise engaged. B^)
Mar 03, 2011 10:21AM

25350 PS. My kids were four and newborn when this came out. Could be why it's so embedded in my psyche.
Mar 03, 2011 10:16AM

25350 Pet Sematary by Stephen King Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

Haven't read it for years, but just a mention of the title gives me the willies.

(amazing how on this cover, King's name is at least five times bigger than the title)
Feb 25, 2011 06:48AM

25350 Robin wrote: "Ron wrote: "Fisheries Bycatch Consequences & Management (Singular Textbook Series) by Alaska Sea Grant College Program

How about a one eyed man in a bowler hat?"

someone has to get the fishing net full of fish, first."

That's what this cover is... click on the link to get a bigger view. Gatorman didn't say a PHOTOGRAPH of a net full of fish...
Feb 24, 2011 04:39PM

25350 Fisheries Bycatch Consequences & Management (Singular Textbook Series) by Alaska Sea Grant College Program

How about a one eyed man in a bowler hat?
Feb 24, 2011 03:59AM

25350 Mexico Set by Len Deighton FYI... Len Deighton
Feb 23, 2011 07:51AM

25350 The Everything Aquarium Book All You Need to Build the Acquarium of Your Dreams (Everything Pets) by Frank Indiviglio

How about a switchblade peeling an apple?
25350 It's not huge yet, but there does seem to be a resurgence of activity with small bookstores. The key to longevity in any enterprise is the ability to be flexible and adaptive. Just like creatures must for survival, businesses must either evolve or die.

Most media corporations have grown into paralyzed behemoths. Modern day versions of the Titanic. She died for the same reasons most corporations do:

1. A sense of greatness and invulnerability.
2. Lack of proper concern to what's ahead.
3. Immensity paralysis. The inability to overcome inertia to avoid obstacles and dangers.

Corporate leaders who refuse to see beyond the 90-day windows of Wall Street are destined to sink into the abyss.
Feb 18, 2011 08:05AM

25350 Viggo is one of the most courageous actors ever to step in front of a camera. In David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, he did a fight scene that very few actors would even consider...heck, one that very few stunt men would consider.
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