Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Friday, September 30, 2016

Winners for Champ/Chump contest

I am happy to announce the winners for the previous post about identifying the photo of a champ and the photo of the chump, both of me of course.  See the champ photo here.  I had a third photo where obviously I wasn't going to make it over the bar but I'll spare you that one.  Showing for this ID contest were four people: Linore, Gail, Laurie and Linda Moffitt.  I decided to mail all four wonderful ladies a copy of my In Remembrance of Me book, a religious nonfiction book.
I have recently jumped into the Facebook world and am a novice certainly.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Champ or Chump? Answer for a chance to win In Remembrance of Me

This is a giveaway of my short print book In Remembrance of Me.  My pole vaulting friend, Jack, made a comment while we were in high school.  That was my senior year 60 years ago.  Jack was in one class behind me.  I still laugh about his comment after all these years.  Jack is still living but is in poor health.  He would say about these two photos that I looked like a champ in one and a chump in the other.  To enter the giveaway of my print book you merely identify which photo I look like a champ and the other I look like a chump.  These photos were taken by my roommate in the fall of 1960 at Purdue.  No, I wasn't on Purdue's track team.  This is during a track meet between residence halls.  I tied for first place with three other guys.  The height was ten feet.  Comment between September 7 and September 21.  Yes it took me nine semesters to graduate which took me to January 1961.  The previous post tells of the book.

Lack of posting will change soon

Just a brief note on my lack of posting.  I have no excuse.  I will soon compose a post that will involve a giveaway of my religious self published book In Remembrance of Me.  It is a print version and I've not been pushing it through advertising but I think it is time for me to do so.  I've been selling some to friends and have given away many copies to members of our congregation.  The cover I came up with myself, both front and back.  Actually, I got the front cover from the internet and snapped a photo of a passage for the back cover.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

HIgher Mission needs support

My first science fiction novel is in ebook form only.  It released in October 2013 from Champagne Books. Her is the blurb.  Widower Joe Cramer's higher mission is to continue funding medical procedures for his ill daughter, Cindy, who is in a hospital on Mars.  Paired with Mona Watson on dangerous jobs in the solar system, eh doesn't know he is being groomed for a different mission.  Cindy is just beginning to respond to treatments when Cramer is shanghaied for the first trip to a star.  At sub light speeds will he ever see his daughter again?
I will add a statement that someone else put in about this story.  Here it is.  To complicate things, Cramer is falling in love with Mona.  By the way, besides this being science fiction it is also a sweet romance.
It is available via Champagne Books, Burst Books Imprint.  See

Monday, May 9, 2016

Interview great with Linda Weaver Clarke

Quite a number of commenters appeared during my interview on Linda Weaver Clarke's website and I gave away one digital copy and one print copy of The Shunammite Woman.  Joy Dent received the print copy and Regina Andrews received the digital copy.  I also sent Linda a digital copy as she was great in running the interview and comments.  She will have me again on her website in July 11-18 for my science fiction novel The Silver Dart.  There will be a giveaway involved at the conclusion of that interview too.  I'll see if I can paste in the covers of both stories mentioned above.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Shunammite Woman now up on Amazon

Finally, with help from my son, Eric, who put the cover in proper format, The Shunammite Woman is finally up at Amazon, Create Space and other places.  You can either click on my link in my signature or go to Amazon and type in my name and then search through my books/short stories for this wonderful lady from the Old Testament.  As I said it is partly fiction and partly nonfiction.  The image above is the front and back covers laid out flat.  I welcome any comments.  Linda Weaver Clarke may invite me to her website for an interview as she has indicated she would when I touch base with her.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Shunammite Woman proofing

My son constructed the front and back covers of my short story The Shunammite Woman.  I didn't have much of a clue as to how to start that and I wasn't going to pay big bucks for a program such as AdobeInDesign which would be required to import the two photos into CreateSpace's required format for a print ready cover.  The two photos came from which I purchased.  I have ordered a proof copy by mail rather than trying to proof it on screen.  So sometime in early March this title will be available both in print and Kindle.  It only numbers 19,000 words which includes a poem by a preacher friend who gave me verbal permission to use it.  His poem is entitled Just Like That Shunammite.
See the attached cover and I invite any comments on that.  I don't know the price yet but my proof print copy cost me six bucks including shipping. I hope I get a price break when I order a bunch of copies for myself.