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As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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Update on Links in Digital Books

On September 11, 2018, I posted a note about putting links in the digital versions of my novels.  What I intended as nothing more than an update turned into a conversation regarding the use of links in my novels and how they affect the story in the book.

While I don’t have a scientific study on which to rely, I can safely say that the overwhelming majority of the over 28,000 people who shared their thoughts with me believe that the links are helpful.  Thanks to each of you who took the time to share your thoughts with me on this.  Even in those instances where we disagreed, I still learned something.  Thank you for that.

Rather than go on in some length about what I’ve learned, suffice it to say that the links are beneficial for those interested in the source information found in the links.  As an added benefit, the links don’t take the reader away from the story.  If you’re interested in following the link, click on it.  If you’d rather stay focused on the events unfolding in the book, keep reading.

I intend to keep using links in my books in the days ahead.  I don’t set a limit or have a goal for the links in the novels.  Instead, I use them when I believe they provide information that might be helpful in making a point in the book.  You are free to click on the links or simply ignore them.

I did hear from some of you who would like me to provide a footnote-like version of the links in the books.  I tried to do this several ways, but each time, it quickly became clear that providing another site with the links broken out by book, chapter, and page would prove to be a burdensome task.  If any of you has a way to accomplish that feat that doesn’t impose hours of work on me, please contact me.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on my books, photos, motorcycle rides, or anything else that is G-rated, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Book Signing by Invitation

After my post on January 22, 2018, several of you contacted me about doing a public book signing.  I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be spending two hours signing books and listening to you and your thoughts.

However, there is a twist to the upcoming book signing.  It’s by invitation only.  Don’t think that I won’t enjoy spending time with the people who read my books.  That’s not the issue at all, from my perspective.

I always thought that book signings were an attempt to drum-up business.  After all, in order to get a book signed you have to bring a copy with you or buy one while you’re waiting in line.  I don’t have any problem with getting more business, but book signings always seemed like a semi-sordid affair.  Don’t ask me why because I’m not sure I can put my finger on it.

Having said all that, I’ve decided to go ahead and sign copies of my book to those of you who visited my website and let me know you’d be interested in such a get together.  I put a small request for your thoughts on this topic on one of the website’s pages and was surprised (in a good way) by your response.

Without beating this topic to death, I’ll see all of you who signed up in the near future.  If things go well, you just might convince me to do it again!  We’ll have to wait and see if those involved enjoyed the festivities before reaching a conclusion.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me or offer your opinion on this or any other topic germane to this post, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Set

heard from many of you regarding the Spring Photo Workshop.  Before I get too far into this post, let me share with you that we are going to have an expanded section on making videos with digital cameras.  We will feature still imagery, but we aren’t going to forget that more and more of you are using your digital cameras to capture the world in a single frame at a time and/or in multiple images at a time.

I’m also pleased to share with you that one of the people who was instrumental in organizing the workshop was a videographer for a TV network as well as someone who worked in Hollywood on several major motion pictures.  He has graciously offered his time and talent for those who attend our workshop.  It goes without saying that if any of the other participants have significant experience or expertise in one or more areas, we’d love to learn from you.

To share with me your areas of talents, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Motorcycle Ride is Now Set

After last week’s post, I heard from everyone who expressed an interest in getting together for a spring motorcycle ride.  I’ve also been in touch with each of you regarding the specific information needed so that you can join us.

If you wanted to attend, and haven’t heard from me, please contact me so that I can get the latest information to you.  I don’t want anyone to miss out because they didn’t get the final date, time, and location for our rider rally.

If you have any questions or want to make a comment, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Ride Update

I recently posted a blog about getting together for a spring motorcycle ride.  Today, I’m pleased to share with you that a lot of work has been done to make this ride a reality.

If you expressed an interest in joining us, you should have already gotten a note from me or one of the other organizers of the event.  As in previous efforts, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank a number of people who worked tirelessly to pull everything together for our spring rally.  (A tip of the riding helmet to George, Cassie, Sandy, Steve, David, Mark, Julie, and Beth.  Thank you!)

Now that the location is set, we need to figure out a time that works for the majority of you and then go for it!  Based on your thoughts on this today, I’ve sent you a list of proposed dates.  If you haven’t already gotten back to me on this, please look at your calendars and let me know what dates work the best for you.  When we get that information, we’ll pick the date that allows the most of your to attend.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Update

On January 8, 2018, I asked if there was any interest in a spring photo workshop.  I now have to admit that I’ve been a little lax in getting back to you on this topic.

The short answer is that there is sufficient interest to schedule one.  In keeping with what looks like an emerging tradition, I’ve sent several of you notes asking for your help in making the workshop happen.  I’m pleased to share with everyone else that the response was overwhelmingly positive.

In the days ahead, a team of very dedicated people is going to work through the issues that arise each time we try to put a photo workshop on.  (I have to thank Geree, Stephanie, Richard, Stephen, Suzy, Clint, and Gloria for all of their hard work to make the proposed photo workshop a reality.)

I’ve contacted all of you who said you wanted to be part of the festivities and I’m pleased to report that not a single one of you ran into a scheduling conflict or other type of issue and had to cancel.  I’m looking forward to spending time with you when we get back together and explore how we can take better photos.

I’d you’d like to get in touch with me on this or some other (germane) issues, please contact me.  As I’ve said before, I read every comment, but I don’t always reply to the person who sent it.  I know you can understand why.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Self-evident Truths Update

On February 12, 2018, I shared with you that I was working on my latest book.  I wish I could tell you that everything is going well, but that’s simply not the case.

Here’s where things stand as of today.  I’ve finished the book and it’s being edited by people who do such things.  As always happens, mistakes are found, suggestions are made, and then changes and updates have to be inserted into the manuscript before it’s published.

Due to the number of edit-related concerns, the date this book will come out isn’t known to me.  This isn’t to say that there is a huge re-write in the offing, but it is to let you know that sometimes editors and writers don’t see eye-to-eye.

I’m confident that things will get worked out and issues resolved.  In the meantime, I promise that Self-evident Truths will come out before the end of this calendar year.  As I learn more about the comments and suggestions made, I’ll have a better handle on how much more work needs to be put into the novel before it’s publicly available.

If you’d like to comment on this, or anything else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!