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  • Pat Bertram 2:05 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: photo blogging   

    I’m photo-blogging at my publisher’s today. Stop by and say hi. it will be painless. Mostly. http://bit.ly/4Fl8I

  • Pat Bertram 11:37 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Who am I when no one else is looking?

  • Pat Bertram 11:36 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: choose between two evils, Mae West   

    Mae West: “If I am forced to choose between two evils, I prefer to take the one I haven’t tried yet.”

  • Pat Bertram 11:35 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: character, character vs. personality, personality   

    Character is what you do when you are alone; personality is what you’ve developed to navigate society.

  • Pat Bertram 11:33 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Senility prayer   

    The Senility Prayer:
    “God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

  • Pat Bertram 11:29 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Germaine Greer, happiness, heroism of real joy   

    Germaine Greer wrote: “Once we lose our sense of grievance everything, including physical pain, becomes easier to bear . . . As we hoist in the fact that happiness is not something we are entitled to, or even something we are programmed for, we begin to understand that there is no virtue in being miserable. We can then strive for the heroism of real joy.”

  • Pat Bertram 8:28 pm on September 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: celestial event, skygazers, space shuttle Discovery   

    You’ll never look at the sky in the same way again!

    Some skygazers were treated to the unexpected view of a bright sparkling glow Wednesday night, created when astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery dumped the waste out into space.

    The beautiful trail in the sky looked like a mysterious celestial event. In reality, it was urine.

  • Pat Bertram 11:09 am on September 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Free ebooks! Just stop by the Labor Day GiveAway at the Second Wind blog before September 12, 2009, mention the name of a Second Wind book that you’d like to read, and you might win an ecopy. http://secondwindpub.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/labor-day-giveaway/

    Now is your chance to read More Deaths Than One or A Spark of Heavenly Fire!

    More Deaths Than One: Bob Stark returns to Denver after 18 years in Southeast Asia to discover that the mother he buried before he left is dead again. He attends her new funeral and sees . . . himself. Is his other self a hoaxer, or is something more sinister going on? And why are two men who appear to be government agents hunting for him? With the help of Kerry Casillas, a baffling young woman Bob meets in a coffee shop, he uncovers the unimaginable truth.

    A Spark of Heavenly Fire: In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease called the red death, insomniac Kate Cummings struggles to find the courage to live and to love. Her new love, investigative reporter Greg Pullman, is determined to discover who unleashed the deadly organism and why they did it, until the cost — Kate’s life — becomes more than he can pay.

    Labor Day GiveAway ends September 12. http://secondwindpub.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/labor-day-giveaway/

  • Pat Bertram 8:47 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backstory, blogtalkradio, ,   

    I’m going to be interviewed on blogtalkradio tomorrow at 11:30am ET. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Back-Story/2009/09/05/Back-Story-The-Behind-the-Scenes-Look-at-Writing-a-Novel The call-in number is (718) 766-4155

  • Pat Bertram 1:35 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: headlines, mistakes happen, proofreading mistakes   

    I hate the stupid emails that are forwarded and reforwarded hundreds of times, but I thought this collection of headlines was apropos for writers. Reminds us how important it is to make sure we’re saying what we think we’re saying:

    Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

    Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

    Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

    Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

    Miners Refuse to Work after Death

    Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

    War Dims Hope for Peace

    If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

    Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

    Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

    Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 20

    Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

    New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

    Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

    Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

    Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

    Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

    Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

  • Pat Bertram 7:21 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: right brain/left brain,   

    I’ve been doing so much research about promotion and spending so much time on the internet checking out sites and making thousands of dubious (and a few wonderful) connections, that I’m starting to feel a bit out of focus.

    I did an online right/left brain test, and according to them I’m 68% left, 32% right. A little later I did another test, and according to them I’m 57% left, 42% right, which adds up to only 99%. So apparently one reason I feel out of focus is that I’ve lost a bit of my mind. Before I lose it all, I need to finish my WIP and at least start on my graphic novel. I made a pact with myself to shut down my computer at 10:00 and write at least an hour tonight, but that leaves me minus one minute to finish this discussion post and send out the email reminder.

    Still, I will write. If I remember how. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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