Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Checking out my pool in Bakersfield (surprised it’s water and not oil? I was) after a small quake.

Many writer friends are beginning to work on cover art as they expand into the ebook world, and nice graphics for their websites, and banners for their new Facebook fan pages.

Well… here’s something IMPORTANT you might not have considered — or is it Kernsidered?

I lived in Kern County California TWO times in my life. [I digress] In one place — Bakersfield, which is a suburb of  the oil metropolis Weed Patch —  I straightened all the pictures in the house several times a week and at least once a month saw little white caps in my swimming pool during a minor Three-or-Four-Point-Something tremor.

I’m here to talk about a potentially dangerous four-letter-word. I’m talkin’ ’bout KERN. K-E-R-N… It’s starts with K that rhymes with HEY — which is what they feed horses.

Rod Serling voice…. “Imagine a movie theater when the ORIGINAL version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with Kevin McCarthy,  is playing. You head out to lobby with your guy pals to get some of the stuff that gets every prepubescent man-child going…and when you open it it turns out to be candy!” (more…)

Good friend Mark Stevens (Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan) had a great post on Colorado Authors League about the benefits of writing by hand [translation: with paper or a similar material and a pen, #2 Ticonderoga pencil, Sharpie, etc. — GEEK ALERT: NO, repeat NO, electronics are involved.]

I’ve tried it. I really enjoyed Anne Randolph‘s Naked Writing workshop (not for the reason’s you might think) because it was all done by hand [translation: MY version of “by hand” is with an iPad notes app and the tip of my finger.] It’s an amazing way to … wait for it … get in touch with the words flowing from your brain.

Before we go further I need to interject that as a boy I wanted to become a doctor… Was it for the love of my fellow man? No. Was it for the prestige of being a physician? No. Was if for … the money. Heaven’s NO.

It was because every doctor I had ever known had HANDWRITING JUST LIKE MINE!

A new iPad app, indispensible for writers in a challenging world — iBartender. You tell it what you have around the house and it gives you a list of possible recipes.

Oooh yeah…

Or as they say in Latin…

Oooh yeah…