Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Signing in Goodyear, Arizona

We are having an After the Holiday Party. Want to sign some books?
Lots of old firefighters and the wives that put up with them. You would be a party crasher, but screw'em if they can't take a joke.

Man, I loved hearing from you Mike. For those of ya who don't know, Mike Adams, writes great stories. His books are based in the Chicago area and are written in a very engaging style. Come to think of it, one of his stories about a fire depts horse would be a great addition to any classroom. Missed you on my recent sweep across the southwest but much appreciate the invite the the book signing. Hope it goes well for you!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

City Slickers all over Again

Special thanks to all the folks in Albuquerque and the southwest who I crossed paths with. Loved getting to do honest ranch work as well as discussing books. Had a great time on the flight discussing books with a fine lady from Duluth. I also met up with a lady from near Taos who is into pottery. Great people, great time and lets hope for many more of 'em.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Point of JusThis

Lauren in St. Paul hoped that Keillor’s fans would learn from this that “your heroes might not be as great as they seem,” and that “it’s very obvious that there are men in power who are not very conscious of how they are towards women.”

Thursday, November 30, 2017

'The Passionate Jihadist'

On page eighteen, Yushua and the Mullah: it’s sad to see how the children are manipulated and brainwashed into believing in this all-powerful Allah. This society has created a Stockholm syndrome: The Mullah uses terror to control Yushua. And if Yushua can sympathize with the Mullah’s outlook, he is rewarded: given hope, through Allah. And believing in Allah, the hope, makes the actions of the Mullah less abrasive; there's a sliver of humanity in him. It’s a cycle of terror, and one that is extremely important capturing. In your summary, you write: “His experiences propel him into a life changing event where he alone must decide the path his future will hold.” I wonder what event or situation will be the turning point for Yushua? Will he become like the Mullah or will he like baba, sensitive and humane, a light in a place of violence.

                                                                                   Brittany Eckhardt Judge for InksandInsights 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Power + Men = Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Bill O'Reilly, Badge and So On

JusThis is an ugly story about an awful man consumed with his deepest, ugliest desires. Hey, I told the story long before the mighty started to fall. And - just think - some expressed thoughts that my story was not plausible. If only it was so. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Judges & Editors Comment on 'The Passionate Jihadist'

Yushua's age shows very well throughout. He has a lot of conflicting and frustrating emotions that cause a great deal of motivated inner turmoil. The other people in his life also have solid depictions that at least clarify their roles in relation to him, if not always given a similar amount of complexity. Haji and the Mullah come across as broad villains, though that stock character does have some meaning in this narrative. Mammy and Aga have more depth in their characterization, and it is good to see Yushua matched by other characters who can be similarly interesting. Kevin Sparrow

Friday, November 17, 2017

Inks & Insights Finalist!

Words Hurt more than Sticks and Stones

Click&Hear Moment Homeland Security Official Who Blamed Slums On 'Lazy Blacks' Quits

Okay. Lets see here, on the one hand this Homeland Official, Jamie Johnson claims Muslims, not Jews, want to cut our heads off. I guess he did this while hosting a radio program from 2008 to 2016. On the other hand he made these statements prior to being appointed to his position. He has a right to Freedom of Speech but not a right to federal employment. Does anyone know, are there in fact more Muslim terrorist than Jewish? Is this a horrible opinion to harbor? Is it the Truth? I do know Muslims have contributed more than oil to the World Community (such as mathematics). Mr Johnson now claims he no longer holds these views regarding Muslims.

One thing is for certain . . . Sticks and Stones my Break my Bones but words Can also Hurt Me.