Archive for December, 2014

2014 in review

Posted on 12/29/2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted on 12/26/2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Each year we send out and receive a large number of Christmas Cards. This year I just didn’t feel up to the task, but as Christmas cards started arriving I knew I had to get busy. I put together different versions of e-mail and snail mail cards to send to various groups of people. The e-mail version text that went to the most people reflected this years reluctance to get involved. It went as follows:

The Christmas Letter


Baa Humbug. We decided we wouldn’t be putting together a Christmas letter this year and we would be cutting back on Christmas Cards and decorations. So far the decorations are minimal. We donated some of the decorations, things that have been on the shelf for years, to ARC. The artificial tree located in the store room is undisturbed. However, I am now writing this Christmas letter. Christmas will not be ignored.
So let the stores clamor, the Christmas songs fill the air, the bright lights shine, the bells ring, the children sing. All pause as families gather, gifts are piled high and tables are heaped with good things that are not good for you. Baa Humbug. What is this all about?


Alfred & Joan

I have gotten a lot of reaction to this e-mail Christmas greeting, all negative. I’ve learned that one must stick to the theme of joy and good tidings when it comes to Christmas.

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Posted on 12/13/2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


I have completed the revision of the book Finding the Way described in my previous post and have proofed it to the point where I can’t stand to look at it anymore and have handed it to Deanna, an editor. Finding the Way, first published in 2004, had been the first of three novels I have published and Deanna has edited all of them.
The revision hasn’t changed the storyline. Rather I applied some of what I have learned during the past ten years to reduce the word count from ninety-three thousand words to eighty-eight thousand words. One purpose of the revision had been to make the story more readable. Another purpose has been to remove Finding the Way from the iUniverse publishing system.
At the time I published Finding the Way iUniverse had been recognized as a leading self publishing provider. Because of a positive experience while working with iUniverse in publishing my first book, I went with them to publish my second book. During the process the ownership of iUniverse changed and the new management changed the company from one of the best in the business to one of the worst.
The revised version of Finding the Way will be published by Create Space and I will have no further ties with iUniverse.

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