Raising The Bar

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.

That’s a younger me at left. The image at right is courtesy of Microsoft clip art.

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Our Contest Winner And Some Fun

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

A Simplified Map Of The Real World Giveaway

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.

This is a great opportunity to win a free copy of a wonderful book. I hope to see you in those comments!

Book Review — A Simplified Map Of The Real World

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