Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Green Grass has a cover!

The artist captured the feeling of this book PERFECTLY!

So you're stealing from me, eh?

I've gotten a lot of notices lately about piracy and dogs copying books to sell or give away. That's pretty low. Very low. I make enough on my ebooks to buy a pack of gum occasionally, and they are stealing from me? I work for months to perfect a manuscript and tease out the emotions of my characters. And some fuck-up is stealing from me?

What I have to wonder in all this is -- where's my publisher? This is the one thing I think they should do for authors. I mean really, they need to intervene on their own behalf. It's costing them too. More, probably. What exactly are they doing for their 65%?

I suppose I will keep filling out the forms and asking nicely for these places to pull my stories down. I got nuttin' better to do. But maybe a big publisher could use some muscle -- maybe collaborate with others -- and put an end to this.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

How totally self-indulgent! I love these "get-to-know-me" question thingies!

(x) Shot a gun?
( ) Gone on a blind date.
(x) Skipped school.
(x) Watched someone die. I worked in a nursing home when I was in high school.
(x) Been to Canada? Thunderbay
( ) Been to Alaska
( ) Been to Cuba
( ) Been to Europe
( ) Been to Las Vegas
( ) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a cruise ship
( ) Served on a jury
(x) Been lost. Literally and figuratively
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country. Does that mean south? I live in the upper midwest.
(x) Gone to Washington, DC. As a dopey teenager. Didn't appreciate it.
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Played cowboys/girls and Indians
(x) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only?
(x) Made prank phone calls.
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone.
( ) Spent a day in bed with a friend/lover
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone snow skiing. Cross-country only. I'm a flatlander.
(x) Camped out under the stars.
(x) Spent a rainy day curled up with a good book and didn’t even get dressed
(x) Seen something so beautiful that it took your breath away?
(x) Are or have been Married? Are
(x) Children? One
(x) Have a Pet? Many
(x) Been skinny dipping outdoors
(x) Been fishing
(x) Been boating
(x) Been water skiing
(x) Been hiking
(x) Been camping in a trailer/RV But a tent is better – I love camping.
(x) Flown in a small 4 seater airplane
( ) Flown in a glider
( ) Been flying in a hot air balloon
( ) Been bungee-jumping Are you insane?
(x) Gone to a drive-in movie
(x) Done something that should have killed you
(x) Done something that you will probably regret for the rest of your life

1. Any nickname… nope

2. Mother’s name – Ruth

3. Favorite Drink? ice cold beer

4. Body Piercing? Yes, ears. Tattoos? No

5. How many of the 50 states have you been in? twenty or so, but many just passing through Lived in? 2

6. How much do you love your job? Un poco

7. Birthplace? Earth

8. Favorite vacation spot? Home
9. Been to Africa ? Not yet!

10. Ever eaten just cookies for dinner? Yes

11. Ever been on TV? Yes

12. Ever steal any traffic signs? No.

13. Ever been in a car accident? Yes

14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? Well yeah...

15. Favorite number? 21

16. Favorite movie?

17. Favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving – The only time I really like to cook
18. Favorite dessert? Bread puddings of all sorts
19. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Watching my daughter graduate from college
20. Furthest place you will send this message?