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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  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.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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Creative Suggestions

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received a number of creative suggestions about what I should do to expedite the release of my next novel.  Some of them were incredibly funny and some were incredibly illegal.  I hope some of the comments were made in jest.

A number of you suggested that I seek out Amazon publishing because they had done right by you.  Based on your feedback, I’m looking into precisely that.

If you have any other suggestions, comments, or thoughts that you think I need to be aware of, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Novel Update Follow-up

Last week I shared with you that I might be changing publishers.  I also asked if you’d like me to give you updates on this in the days ahead.

The number one response I’ve received, so far, is that you want to get your hands on my next novel, regardless of who publishes it.  A majority of respondents also indicated that you’d like to get semi-regular updates on the book’s status in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this issue, please contact me.  I intend to keep the poll open for another week or so.  I’ll let you know how it all shakes out.

If you’d like to send along your comments or opinions, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Novel Update

I’ve been asked when my next novel will become available.  The short answer is, “I don’t know.”  The long answer is, “I’m in the middle of a possible change of publishers.  I can’t get into the details, but suffice it to say that any changes along this line would result in a slow down in the usual publishing cycle.”  If there’s enough interest in this topic, I’ll keep you updated.

Please contact me and share your thoughts with me on this issue.  That will give me a sense of the number of you who want updates in the days ahead.

If you have any comments, questions, or opinions you’d like to share with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Openings for Spring Ride

I’ve received a couple of cancellations for the upcoming Spring Ride.  As a reminder, if you were on the list of people who just missed signing up when there were still slots available, I’ve already contacted you about joining us.

If you are in the top two alternate positions for joining us, and you haven’t heard from me, please contact me.

Rest assured that if we have more openings, I’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Experts

In my last post, I made a comment along the lines of “experts, whoever they are” regarding beer and what it should taste like.

The reaction I received was much larger and arrived more swiftly than I ever anticipated.  The reason for this is that I thought my comment was about as plain vanilla as possible.

It turns out that a number of you are much more into beer than I am and were quick to point out that “experts” on beer do exist and that my remark was an insult to them.

This is one of those times when we’re going to agree to disagree.  I have no doubt that there are people who know a lot about beer.  Just as there are people who know a lot about art.  My quandary comes into play when the nature of the expertise is subjective.

The point is that anything dealing with personal preferences is, by definition, subjective.  Were that not the case, there would be one standard upon which we all agreed.  For example, everyone agrees that a foot contains 12 inches.  That standard, among others, if critical to us in our daily lives.  However, I may have a preference for blondes or redheads.  Someone else might like brunettes.

This difference of opinion is just that, a difference of opinion.  As far as I know, there are no widely-accepted standards when it comes to determining the beauty of another person.  Although, science does indicate that there are certain ratios of physical features that cross cultures and point, possibly, toward a common definition of human beauty.  This does not negate the fact that different cultures focus on various aspects of the human anatomy to determine beauty.

It’s the same with beer.  My rule of thumb, that I use for beer or wine or beauty or darn near anything else that is highly subjective and intensely personal, is if I like it, it’s a good beer or wine.  If I don’t like it, all of the assurances from all of the “experts” in the field will not convince me that my assessment is incorrect.

For those of you who insulted me, called into question the marital status of my parents, insisted that my mother spent time in a kennel,  or just flatly stated that I was a buffoon, let me put the issue to rest.  You enjoy your beer or wine or take in beauty the way you want to and I’ll do the same.  I won’t tell you what you should drink or think and you won’t tell me what my personal preferences should be.  That seems like a fair compromise.  And a statement of the obvious.

If you’d like to share your comments with me on this, or any other topic, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Home Brewing Part II

On October 8, 2018, I posted about my first, rudimentary steps in to home brewing.  Since that time, I’ve tried a number of different beers and had, as you might surmise, different degrees of success.  None of my efforts were in the “too bad to drink” category, but a few were close.

I did additional research on the brews and what their respective characteristics should be so that I could have a better understanding of my efforts.  I was surprised on several occasions when the “experts” (whoever they are) listed a series of traits that my beers showed in abundance.  After some more homework, I concluded that the brewing efforts I thought were misguided were, in fact, right on target.

Along the way I learned more beer-related terminology.  If seems that every human endeavor has to develop its own jargon and then use it to rigorously set itself apart from the “uninformed.”  In the case of home brewing, the jargon isn’t really required because I doubt that I’d impress myself!

In short, some of the beers that I didn’t particularly enjoy actually came out pretty darn close to what the “experts” described.  I guess it all comes down to personal taste.  Much like wine, art, or any number of other efforts, beer is subject to preferences unique to the consumer.

I knew that going in, but I wasn’t prepared for the extremely wide range of beer tastes.  As an American, my sphere of different beers was quite limited.  I’m happy to say that my home brewing efforts have allowed me to expand my knowledge quite a bit on both the production and consumption of fermented grains.

There is still a lot I don’t know about beers, porters, ales, and their cousins, but I’m pleased to report that I know much more than when I started.  Some of my friends, who volunteered to taste what I brewed, are quite happy.  Some are pestering me to make more.  What are great bunch of (thirsty) friends!

I’d you’d like to share your comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Revised Flickr Site for Photos

Several of my sharp-eyed readers noticed the changes on my Flickr pages of photos.  Some of you liked the “new and improved” pages and some of you weren’t as fond of them.

Without getting into all of the details, I didn’t have much of a choice regarding upgrading my Flickr account.  After SmugMug purchased Flickr from Yahoo, all Flickr account holders received an email saying that if they had more than 1,000 photos on Flickr, they had to 1) either delete the total images to less than 1,000 or 2) go with an upgrade.

I have tens of thousands of images (some are on public pages, like Albums, and some are on private pages, like the photos from motorcycle rides and other special events) on Flickr and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of downloading all of them and uploading them to a new hosting site.  So, I opted for Solution 2 above.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.  I wish I could tell you that I could make the changes that some of you suggested, but my hands are metaphorically tied.  I’m limited by the options made available by Flickr, er, Yahoo, um, no, I mean SmugMug.  (It’s getting hard to keep track of who owns what.)

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

As always, thanks for your continued support!