Have you ever thought you were good at something and then encountered others who left you in their dust? If we’re honest, we should all be answering, “Yes.” After all, we don’t become experts at something overnight. There’s always a learning curve. Even if we’ve now mastered something, others were there before us.
It’s hard to be motivated when waking up to a scene like I did last Thursday:
First things first—we have a winner for a free copy of Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the World from the publisher, Forest Avenue Press. Excluding me and Laura Stanfill, 20 people commented on the post by the deadline. Comments were assigned a number from 1 to 20 in order of their posting from earliest (1) to last (20). Follow up comments were not included in the count. Using Random.org, I generated a random number between 1 and 20, and 13 came up. Continue reading
Where did January go? A month into 2014, and I feel like I’m already behind. Honestly, though, I can’t complain about the day job being busy. That’s good. We don’t want to be faced with too little work in that particular arena. Continue reading
To thank everyone who has contributed comments to my recent book review of A Simplified Map of the Real World, editor and publisher Laura Stanfill will give away a free copy of the book to a random commenter on the original post.
If you haven’t already commented and would like to be entered for the giveaway, please leave a comment (as short or long as you’d like) on the original post by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 7 February 2014. I’ll then select a random number based on the final number of distinct commenters (excluding myself and Laura, of course) and announce the winner in my post of 11 February 2014. Those of you who have already commented are already entered.
A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred is the first work of fiction published by a new Oregon-based small press, Forest Avenue Press. I received a pre-publication copy of the book from the press’s founder, fellow blogger Laura Stanfill, as an unexpected “thank you” for my support of her blog and writing and publishing journey. There was no request for a review by Laura, the press, or the author in return. The book is too good, however, not to share with readers of this blog. Continue reading
we reach the end of the year, 2014 unfolds, I’d like to acknowledge two awards that I received in 2013. Both have been sitting for a few months, and I apologize for the delay. The first is the Liebster Award, which was presented to me by Julx in September 2013. Continue reading