Monthly Archives: May 2013

Death is but a word; we are all immortal

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned I had just heard about my favorite author’s death.  I’m so thankful he’s not gone. On bookcases in the very room I type this are more than two dozen of his books which I have read, some of which I will read again.  Through his craft and my enjoyment, Jack… Read more »

Jack Vance 1916-2013

I just found out my favorite author of all-time, Jack Vance, passed away May 26th (the day I was throwing my big birthday BBQ). There is little honor I can bestow upon Mr. Vance that other, more talented people are not already writing.  It is the most common and perfidious tragedy of life that we… Read more »

What do you plan to watch this summer?

Yesterday, I got treated to the new Star Trek movie.  It was the sequel to the remake of the reboot.  I enjoyed it on one level and was “meh” on another. The one-liners, back references and “winks” to old-timers was cute and kept me engaged.  The rehash of a plotline from 45 years ago…not so… Read more »

But do you have any readers?

I got a birthday call from my oldest friend yesterday.  Not that he’s my oldest friend, he’s just my oldest friend. Staying friends that long usually means you have a few things in common and a decent amount of real care about the person.  We are unmerciful with our sarcastic pitchforks that we poke at… Read more »

The final countdown

Less than 24 hours away from the birthday BBQ, and it’s been perfect all day until right after I scrubbed and dried the back patio (if you haven’t read them yet, check out Jeffrey’s Laws  to see why this was not surprising). After showering and doing some more prep, I’m in my last break for… Read more »

Braving the elements

In a remarkable turn-around from yesterday’s storms, today was spectacular, allowing me to clean and prepare for the Birthday BBQ (just two days away).  Now, everything crunches together, time compresses and the laws of physics all seem to conspire against me. Nah.  I’m used to it and it’s not that bad…except for one thing:  buying… Read more »

The Cost of Clicking

There’s thunder and lightning outside, leaving me little to do for the birthday BBQ (though I did get some Farmer’s Market shopping done), so let’s talk about The Big Birthday Celebration that’s starting Monday on the website. With a special marketing promotion, it’s all about traffic.  And increasing traffic is all about advertising.  I can’t… Read more »

Reviewing the reviewers

Surprise!  This isn’t a birthday BBQ post.  Massive rain has delayed activity, so there’s nothing new to report.  Instead, let’s talk about my recent add to Goodreads and the upcoming promotion on my website. As I explore the world of book bloggers and reviewers, I decided to join up with Goodreads and establish a presence… Read more »

Nothing says cleaning like party!

It’s birthday BBQ prep week, so most of the posts will likely be self-absorbed ramblings of little interest to anyone (and that’s different from other weeks, how?).  On the plus side, I’m pretty busy, so they should all be short. One of the most important tasks in preparing to host 20-25 people inside and outside… Read more »

Jeffrey’s Laws

We’ve all heard of Murphy’s Law (which swiftly expanded to Murphy’s Laws).  With my birthday BBQ only a week away, I thought it appropriate to share with you some of my own “laws” I’ve learned in my two big BBQ’s I throw each year (my birthday and Halloween).  Read on… (Note for newbies, I live… Read more »