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WelcomeYou found your way here! Are you bored, curious, have too much time on your hands? Do you want to learn a little more about this author? The Author page is updated weekly. Currently the updates provided are minimal. Explore and enjoy.
The Week That WasThe week of January 15, 2017 through January 22, 2017 saw more actual progress on the second volume of The Election series. I had a couple of excellent writing sessions. The novel is coming together. With a touch of luck, I will continue to write, edit, and publish in January.
Review our Books Now!Please review my free books. Contacting and getting peeps to write ONE review is a full time job! The downloads update for 1/22/17 shows changes for this week: Eyes on the World 2 has 169 downloads. Boo has a Bad Day has 115 downloads from Smashwords. Two from Amazon =118 total. The Announcement has 309 downloads. Reading Aloud has 354 downloads. My first book Eyes on the World has 577 downloads, not including the thirteen confirmed Sales at Amazon. Total Downloads since publication for all books: 1525+ 13 = 1538 total downloads. I am hoping one more free book is coming before I start formatting an actual, real, full length novel for money! I remembered 50+ additional, forgotten downloads, for the children's story that should count and I will add them in sometime later. They were downloads my readers likely gave to other readers, and friends of my deceased Illustrator, Keith Wolfe at the behest of his widow, Nancy.
Grab our Books Now!FREE is the best price in the world. Introduce your friends to these FIVE free books! Eyes on the World 2 was published on April 13, 2016 and can be downloaded from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/629640. Boo Bear has a Bad Day and is located at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/574130. This is our illustrated picture book edition to read to children published on September 2, 2015. The Announcement was released on March 30, 2015. Conspiracies are coming. Prepare yourself, and jump into the first volume. You can get your free copy of volume 1 of The FREE Election series at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/531747 Having Fun Reading Aloud is non-fiction and shows how anyone can build skills and help others by reading aloud to others. The focus is building relationships, and fun. Pick up your free copy at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/491704
Eyes on the World is a Sci-fi/adventure series. Volume 1 is free on Smashwords
Become part of this adventure. Go to Smashwords for: Eyes on the World (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450335) You can also contribute to the author's retirement and actually pay for the book for $.99 cents on Amazon! Eyes on the World is always available at Amazon.com for $.99 cents.
What's New?My blog will tell you what I am doing and thinking daily before I publish the weekly update of this page. I do update this page every week. Links to my publications (at the bottom of this column) are also found on our page two with links to e-reader software. As always, check my blog for any daily updates, frustrations, catastrophes or those unexpected changes that seem to pop up almost daily. While informative, the blogisodes are written off the top of my head, rarely planned. They are edited with changes to some previous content, and quickly posted. The intention is to make sure I write every possible day. I'm doing well with that goal.
ToastmastersRead jdb's Daily Activity Blog if you want to see where I'll be making appearances or what I'm doing. Toastmasters is a fun, creative organizational approach to getting ahead in work and in life. Toastmasters is a great opportunity to meet new people. We teach leadership and communication skills.
Our EnergyPlex toastmasters club is on Facebook (come visit us and like our page!) and we have a web page too.
EnergyPlex Web Page: http://energyplex.toastmastersclubs.org/
My BlogI blog daily. My comments and thoughts on the previous day and ongoing activity are found on jdb's Daily Activity Blog Should you post relevant comments on one of my blogisodes, it can reach me! If not there is Facebook and email. If you do not get a response or do not see your post added to the blog you need to alert me. Find a way!
Critiquing:... for current and future Readers...
The purpose of having the help of readers before publishing is the process may make the writing better. Each reader brings different skills, perspectives, and perceptions.
An Explanation of Feedback
Here is a laundry list of what you can offer writers. I will always want help. It is ALL about feedback. I need readers to tell me what they find, see, understand, like, and don't like about any story they review. I ask for, you, my readers, to give me feedback in whatever way works for you. I will also ask follow up questions! Start the conversation! Sometimes, even "IDK!!" is an acceptable, if frustrating response.
Critique Me!Here is a Laundry List of Possibilities
- ask questions
- correct those grammar goofs and errors
- find those "oopsies", typos
- show the writer what you don't understand
- point out errors in plotting, details, or how the story moves
- tell the writer what works for the reader
- tell the writer what doesn't work for the reader
- make suggestions, as in "have you thought about..."
- comment on or question the beginning, the middle of the story, and the end
- comment on how well or poorly the story moves along. Does the story keep you wanting to read it?
- comment on any parts of the story that interest you, or lose your interest
- Tell ME What You Think about the story, the site, anything!!