Book Review: Fluency – SPOILER

Fluency (Confluence, #1)Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review: Fluency  – A sci-fi novel in the not-too-distant future. An astronaut team ventures out to a ship threatened by an incoming asteroid and finds life. Sort of. Not a bad read. Clearly, a set-up for future sequels. The author balances the benevolence and the hidden agenda (and personality) of what they find, very well. I didn’t review this on a technical level (grammar, similes, metaphors, punctuation, etc.). I just read it to see if it was a good story that held my interest.

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Now a Published Author!

Charlotte Writers Group anthology It's About Time

Charlotte Writers Group anthology, It’s About Time

What can’t this boy do? (Give birth, get rich, & be incredibly handsome come to mind.) Well, all that aside, Paul is now a published author. Again. A few years ago, he was a featured writer in a variety of sports magazines with over 50 articles published. This May, he has two short stories published in the Charlotte Writers Group anthology, It’s About Time.

In even better news, Paul is under agreement for three more short stories to be published in a private anthology later this year, and another book featuring a collection of his short stories (early next year), while he works (occasionally) on his first novel. Sleep is so overrated.

It’s About Time

In every sense of the phrase. A number of writers from the Charlotte Writers Group contributed a variety of stories for the the nearly 300 page anthology. Labeled speculative fiction, the book crosses many genres with an overlying theme that each story is about an aspect of Time. View Full Post »

Blogging Essentials @ CPCC

Blogging Class

Fast and furious pace of knowledge will make your head explode!

This June 5th & 7th, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC is offering a two evening course (MMG7020) in the basics of managing a web site using the most popular Content Management Software out today: WordPress. This course will be a mere 8 hours long over the course of two evenings and give you the basics to editing and maintaining a blog-based web site.

The computer classroom will be at the Harris CPCC Campus (Building 2), room 2123, that Monday and Wednesday, 6pm – 10pm. To learn more go to: https://services.cpcc.edu/cceoutlines/MMG7020/

Every Business Manager Should Take This Class – Blogging continues to increase in popularity; in both business and personal avenues.  Whether you are passionate about a topic and want to share your thoughts or simply want to try your skills at being a writer, this course is for you!  You will learn the basics of owning, customizing and maintaining a WordPress blog.

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Learn to Build Traffic To Web Sites

1402Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC is offering a 32 hours course in Internet Marketing. The course teaches the basics of digital marketing to build more traffic to web sites and increasing an Internet presence. Click here for more details. Beginning April 18th, registration is now open (you better hurry to sign up!). The course runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4pm till 8pm till May 11th. It’s a classroom, hands-on, learning environment with an instructor with decades of experience. View Full Post »

Want to Build More Traffic to Your Web Site?

INternet Marketing course CPCC

CPCC Charlotte Offers Internet Marketing Course

Would you like to get more traffic to your web site?Want to generate more revenue from your Internet presence? Would you like a great overview of web marketing? April 18th (till May 11th), from 4pm till 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC is providing a course on Internet Marketing (MMG-7030-01). The 32 hour course will give web developers and business managers an overview in the basics of building more traffic to your web site. View Full Post »

My Favorite Christmas Songs

img_slider_4112I have 3 all time favorite Christmas songs (Warning: off-color humor & language – 2 of my favorite things! Real Christmas lovers will HATE these!) Special thanks to my sister, Avis, for turning me on to these classics years ago, and to Gail Martin for reminding me what I like about Christmas songs. My wife, Melinda, LOVES Christmas, but we rarely get each other gifts. We try to treat each other like it’s Christmas every day of the year. We don’t wait for one day to get a gift or do something nice. That being said, our house looks like the North Pole.
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Forced to be Super-Gay pt2

Lipstick Lesbians & Tight Leather Outfits

Caity Lotz plays White Canary, smoking hot lesbian

Caity Lotz plays White Canary, a smoking hot lesbian

If Greg Berlanti wants to use his TV shows to promote an over-the-top gay rights agenda (hey, they are HIS shows after all!), cool. I have the choice to NOT watch them if I feel the writing insults our intelligence.  But let’s get real, for real. Not all lesbians wear tight leather battlesuits with super-model figures, styled hair, perfect makeup, and are smoking hot. I guess in the Berlanti-verse they are. But doesn’t that insult the Body Positive crowd? In the real world, gay people come in all shapes and sizes. (See Modern Family) On these shows, they only come in size 2. On Arrow, the White Canary was gay (“bi”? she did do Oliver Queen for a while) until they moved her over to Legends of Tomorrow, because one sixth of every Berlanti super hero team MUST be gay. Greg then replaced her with a handsome (gay) black man on Arrow. As a matter of fact, every character in these “dramas” are required to be pretty (yes, I’m talking to you, Stephen Amell!). I guess an agenda is fine as long as it sells soap. Reality be damned! View Full Post »

Forced to be Super Gay?

super-symbolLet’s start off by stating: I am NOT homophobic. I AM agenda-phobic, stereotypically-adverse, and anti-populist (No, I didn’t watch Seinfeld and never will, just because everyone said I HAD to). My rant is not even about the fact that EVERY TV show feels it must portray at least one major character as LGBTQ. But … can’t we just use being a superhero as a metaphor or do these producers think the American public is so stupid that we must be literally hit in the face with it?

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Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 3

1400fYou just received your fifth rejection letter for a book you submitted. You’re in good company. A few other writer’s received their fair share of rejection before “doing okay” with the whole writing thing.

LitRejections & Online College

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Writing Rejection & Other Funnies Part 4

1406Rejection slips getting you down, Bunky? Well, stand back, because a few the best have gotten some of the most.  Keep submitting, keep writing. Keep editing and re-writing. Check out http://www.right-writing.com/rejection.html.

  • An endless nightmare. I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book.” Publisher rejects The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells. It is soon published in 1898, and has been in print ever since.
  • Our united opinion is entirely against the book. It is very long, and rather old-fashioned.” Publisher rejects Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It is later published by Harper & Brothers, who release a first print run of 3000 copies. Only 50 of these sell during the author’s lifetime. View Full Post »

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