Monday, November 30, 2009

Look Inside Now Available

Quest for the Simurgh

Amazon seems to have changed the Search Inside feature to a Look Inside feature. Hmm. Not sure why. However, Quest for the Simurgh - Large Print now has whatever they want to call it.

Here are the links for all the Quest for the Simurgh editions:

Amazon Large Print Edition 214 pages, $9.95 (16pt Garamond)

Amazon Trade Paperback Edition 128 pages, $7.95
Barnes & Noble Paperback Edition 128 pages, $7.15 member price

Amazon Kindle Edition On special for only 99 cents!
Barnes & Noble nook (yeah, that's their e-reader's name) $1.99

And, of course, Quest is available at Smashwords in a variety of ebook formats. $1.99, but ask the author for coupons to match the Kindle price.

Lessee. Well, you can buy both print editions through CreateSpace, but you won't get that free shipping that you'd get from Amazon or B&N with $25+ orders.

Probably already for sale by 3rd party vendors at various other prices.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sit Back and Give Away Your Rights

We thought that Obama and a Democratic Congress would save us from the tyranny of a right-wing Nazi destruction of our Constitutional Rights. T'ain't true. If we want to keep our rights, even just those covered by the first ten in the Bill of Rights, we can't sit back and shrug.

Want to get energized? Try reading Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother." Yeah, it's YA, but don't let that put you off. He has it right. Not only that, but you can read it free.

You have no excuse now. Just download and start reading. Of course, I'd also encourage you to buy the print copy (everywhere/anywhere books are sold).

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Quick Quest Queue

Quest for the Simurgh - Large Print Edition is now available on Amazon for $9.95.
214 pages

I thought it would take them a couple of weeks, but being "in" with the publisher (CreateSpace) gets fast service. I just uploaded the files for the Search Inside feature.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quest for the Simurgh in Large Print

I just approved the Large Print edition of "Quest for the Simurgh." It will show up on Amazon within a couple of weeks, but it is already available at Create Space:

Quest for the Simurgh - Large Print Edition
218 pages

The village magician, Wafa, has gone missing. His star pupil Faiza thinks he has left a clue for her on a page of the Magicalis Bestialis. With the page open and marked with an X, she believes Wafa is telling them to seek out the Simurgh, the mythical birds who possess all the knowledge of the universe. She convinces her three classmates that they must seek the help of the Simurgh to find their teacher.

She leads the boys on a difficult journey into the mountains in search of the elusive birds. A strange little man becomes their guide. However, they do not know he is a spirit leading them toward a battle between good and evil. Spirits, gods, and demons confront the four friends, who are being set up by the otherworldly forces for a much larger task than finding their teacher. The students were chosen to take sides in the battle which might spell the end of the world: a battle between the demons and the spirits.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For Those Tossing Scripture

Try Psalm 109:2:

2: For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

3: They encompassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

4: For my love they are my adversaries: and I give myself unto prayer.

5: And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

I think that pretty much describes the Conservatives. Cherry-pick away thou hypocrites. Thy Lord will cast thee until Hell.

That last part is mine, but I think it fits.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Quest Editions

Quest for the Simurgh

Just a reminder that Quest for the Simurgh is available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and CreateSpace. I've also just formatted a Large Print edition of Quest, which will be out as soon as I order and approve my proof copy. I've been looking hard at the PDF, so I think it's pretty clean. Here are the current links. I'll post the Large Print link when it becomes available.

Amazon Kindle

CreateSpace Trade Paperback

Smashwords ebook (various formats)

Barnes & Noble Trade Paperback

Barnes & Noble ebook (for nook and other ebook formats)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ricotta Cheese

Okay, so I want to make a lasagna-like meal. Great! I got some ricotta (non-fat) to layer in with the sauce and noodles. Verdict: Delicious.

Now I realize I've got this leftover ricotta cheese and need to figure out what to do with it.

Here's why I love Google (or any other search engine): I am making biscuits and find that I can throw the rest of the ricotta in the dough. So, the dry mix and wet mix is sitting on the counter over there. <<<<<<<< It's only 4:13pm, and I've got to wait until five or so to bake biscuits, but, somehow, my stomach is telling me to get on it. Can't biscuits be considered hors d'oeuvres? Yes, I looked it up, but found (ta da!) that I spelled it right on the first try. Now, I'm doubly impressed with myself. Biscuits and spelling. Wow!

Writing? Well, I'll get around to that. I'm pondering another sex scene. And I thought I was experienced enough to make those things easy. Not! Maybe I can include ricotta cheese. Hmm.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Dr. Horrible

Too good to miss.

Do you have any fondness for Neil Patrick Harris or Nathan Filion? Tune in and laugh your ass off. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Being a fan of both these dudes, I had to check it out. Now, I'm a solid fan.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Spreading the Love

I thought that in this age of oldsters getting dinged with no COLA, that some might not know that their WWII service may get them a modest military pension.

Yes, there are hoops to jump (harder for the old farts, certainly).

Vet's Benefits for WWII Service

If you or someone you know is a WWII vet, but didn't retire out, then they may be able to get a few extra bucks from the government.

Okay, Repugs, tell us again how less government is better? Oh, right. You should just die. Better for the budget, eh?