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    Make Yourself Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I just finished Make Yourself Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I must admit I enjoyed the book more than I expected. Arnold comes across as really likable guy in this audiobook. In the intro he mentions that he is recording it at home you, the listener, may here his dogs coming into the room or traffic outside. You never do by the way. And since it is Schwarzenegger the accent is thick, but it makes the book very memorable. And in a way kind of like you’re having a beer with him. The book is organized with six principals that he believes makes for a good life: 1. Have a clear…

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    The World Series is almost here

    The World Series starts soon. Here is my occasional reminder of my baseball related books. Baseball and Aliens came out in 2014. I use it when speaking at schools about how to come up with ideas for a story. Take two things you, baseball and alien movies, combine them and BAM! Something news. Aaron Chu and the Baseball Card Show came out earlier this year and is the fourth book in the Number Investigator series. Aaron wants to buy the rookie card of his favorite player, so he figures out just how many of his own cards he needs to sell to generate the cash needed. Both available in Kindle…

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    Finder’s Keeper’s Audiobook review

    The saying is to write about what you know. Stephen King knows about writing. So he writes about writers. Finder’s Keepers, The second of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy tells the story of Bill Hodges and his “detective” company Finders Keepers. “Detective” because he is a retired dic, and NOT really supposed to be officially detecting.The story begins in 1978 with robbery of the formerly famous but now reclusive author John Rothstein, who is robbed and murdered some for his money, but mostly for his unpublished work that is found in his house, by Morris Bellamy. Because the unpublished writing of Rothstein would be very difficult to sell so near his…

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    Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood. Audiobook by Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah seemed to have come out of nowhere when he was tapped to replace John Stewart on The Daily Show. I admit by the time I was not watching the Daily Show as much as I once did, mostly due to just getting older and not watching television as much, and not due to Trevor Noah. I found him extraordinarily intelligent and funny when I did watch. I recently finished his audiobook, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Noah tells the story of how his mother who was black, wanted to have a child and through various life choices had a baby with a Swedish white…

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    Crap. I missed my own ten year writing anniversary. Ten Years. Here’s what I learned.

    Crap. I missed my own anniversary. Ten years of writing came and went last week and I missed it. My first book Kevin and the Seven Lions came out on January 9, 2013. Like many writers, I wrote a manuscript and sent it to many different agents and publishers and got no response. This would have been around 2010. So…since I wrote ONE manuscript, and no one picked it up. I put it away and gave up, because that means I am a terrible writer. I was a failed writer. Yeah, that’s what I told myself. Just stupid. Note to aspiring writers, write MORE than ONE manuscript. Learn from me.…

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    2022 The Year I discovered audiobooks. Well, maybe not discovered…

    2022 The Year I discovered audiobooks. Well, discovered may not be the correct word. Maybe appreciated more. I listened to a lot of books this year. After two years of working from home in 2022, I went back into a physical classroom to teach. Which meant I had a commute. And some days, the days I take my daughter to school, I have a 75 minute commute. An hour and fifteen minutes. After I drop her off I spend a good sized chunk listening to a book. Then I repeat the same commute at the end of the day.Since August, I have finished five Stephen King books. Billy Summers, The…

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    Surrender-40 songs One Story by Bono audiobook review

    First things first-I have been a U2 fan since 1988 and high school. Let me get that out of the way.I am well aware that Paul Hewson-AKA Bono can be seen as overbearing. I don’t care. I admire his voice, guts, and I am envious of the band he leads. The lightening in a bottle that teenage friends would meet, get together, then proceed to spend the rest of their life together selling millions of albums and putting together some of the largest grossing tours in history. That is a story to tell. What makes me respect Bono even more is to very quickly realize he wrote this. There is…

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    Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope and pray you’re able to enjoy the day. I realize today can tough for many people. I am thankful for everyone that has ever bought a book of mine, or read one, or shared one. Yes, I have a new book out, but I also have 13 others out there and I am thankful for every share and review. Thank you all.

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    My newest book–Quinton–is now available in paperback

    Quinton is now available in paperback. Things have changed at Amazon. It used to be I would get the physical copy of the book and then approve it. But now I approve a file on the screen and suddenly it is for sale. I admit, I’m not a big fan of that. So the book has been available in paperback for a few days, I just haven’t posted it anywhere. But here is me opening the box and seeing the books for the first time. Click here to get a copy of the book.