Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Self Publishing Mom's Poems

I am venturing into the world of Create Space for the third time.  I have collected Mom's poems and have typed up a document for publication via Create Space.  It would have been nice had I done this while she was living.  I have jumped all the hoops except the cover and that requires a conversion of JPEG into PDF.  That is a real pain. I am using two different photos of Mom, one front and one back.  The front cover is her with a banjo when she was fifteen.  By the way, I found her braids which she had cut and saved them all these years.  I'm happy to have found them.  The back cover when she was 33 with Pepper.  I wanted to share those photos and invite anyone's comments.  I may not find both photos.

Sorry the one of Mom and Pepper is small and I've not enlarged it yet.  The large one was taken in 1928 and the small one on November 1946.  I don't anticipate a market for this short book but I wanted to get them in published form.  The six by nine format contains 57 pages.  Some of my poems to Mom are also included.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Motorcycle Woman saga

I am attempting to gain back my rights to my short story Motorcycle Woman as it cannot be found on the Red Rose Publishing site.  I have had my lawyer write a letter to the publisher and hope I can regain rights to my story.  It was published several years ago, one of my first accepted stories.  It has two reviews from professional review sites and I would like a chance to make it available to other avenues.  Miss Mae gave me four stars in a private review as well.
Other writing woes include rejection of my Vanishing Shed novel by Avon Impulse.  The notification came long after their predicted response time.  Also, my A Reason for Rescue has been out for a long time to another publisher, also well beyond their predicted response time.
On a brighter note I have received another five star review from Regina Andrews on my Bible character The Shunammite Woman.  I hope someone reads my sporadic blog posts.  More later, hopefully not much later.

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.