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  • Pat Bertram 12:51 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Joyce Cary, , tragedy   

    It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn’t know — and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything. — Joyce Cary

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  • Pat Bertram 12:49 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Never diminish your own worth, not even in jest, or someone will start to believe it.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:48 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: astronomers,   

    Astronomers see more stars dying now and fewer being born. The Universe is going dark.

    I guess the last person left alive won’t have to remember to turn off the lights.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:47 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Voltaire   

    If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others like? — Voltaire

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:46 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: orangutan   

    Orangutans have the same number of teeth as humans, the same blood pressure and body temperature.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:28 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , writing tools   

    Day 12 of my blog tour: Walk Lofty and Carry a Big Chisel http://tinyurl.com/ykaps97 Stop by and talk about your writing tools.

     
  • Pat Bertram 7:10 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Though it is actually night here, it’s still day ten of my Daughter Am I blog tour.

    The reference to night and day reminds me of one of those standardized tests I took when I was in second grade. The question was, “How many hours are in a day?” I knew, of course, that there were twenty-four hours in a day’s span, but for some reason, I took the question to mean day as opposed to night. I knew that there were variable daylight hours — that was apparent from the way the sun set earlier each evening as it got nearer to winter. So, what was my answer? Twelve. I figured that on the average there had to be twelve hours of night and twelve hours of day. As you can see, I never did quite fit into a standardized world.

    So what does this way too revealing annecdote have to do with my blog tour? Absolutely nothing, except that it could be considered an example of a hook if, in fact, it did hook you! I am down in St. Augustine, Florida with Dave Ebright, and we’re cyberly talking about hooking a reader. I have a hunch Ebright doesn’t need any advice from me — his novel, Bad Latitude, has hooks galore: surfing, fast boats, zombies, ghosts, and pirates, So, stop by Ebright’s Blog, JaxPop: Haunted City Writer, and tell us about your hook, even if it is only a fishing hook. You can find me and Dave here: That’s What Hooks a Reader.

    If you haven’t yet stopped by the Second Wind Publishing haunted house (hey, there’s a theme here! Haunted City. Haunted House. Way cool!) you are missing the fun. You can find the house here: Trick or Treat! Let the Game Begin!

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

    Click here to buy Daughter Am I from Amazon.

     
  • Pat Bertram 10:56 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , virtual book tour   

    Day nine of the Daughter Am I blog tour, and I am still going strong. I actually went to bed before midnight last night, and I’m a bit more rested. Good thing — there is a lot going on today! First, check out “After the Writing Comes the Work.” Great discussion going on at that unscheduled tour stop, and a wonderful compliment about Daughter Am I.

    Next, check out “How Best To Procrastinate” on Claire Collins’s blog. It was actually yesterday’s tour stop, but I kept finding other things to do and never got around to telling you about it. (Procrastination humor. Trite, but still amusing. I hope.)

    Claire is a guest on my blog talking about “Welcome to the Business of Writing”, and the importance of a mission statement. Mine is: “It is my mission to become so well-known that a traditional publisher will offer me an obscenely large advance. I will turn down the advance because I’d like to show that there is value in being published by a small independent publisher, and because the resulting publicity could be worth more than the publishing contract.” Did you notice that it says nothing about writing? Hmmm.

    One of these days I really do have to work on my poor stalled WIP. I’m thinking of doing WriMo — my own slimmed down version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of National Novel Writing Month, I might do simply a Writing Month. Perhaps try to write a sentence or two each day in November to get back into the habit of writing. I did sign up for NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month) and NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). Since I’ve already contracted to do a blog post every day for the first three weeks in November because of my blog tour, all I need to do is to finish out the month and I win. Win what? you might ask. Nothing, of course. It’s the challenge that counts.

    But I am digressing.

    Today I am again visiting Joylene Nowell Butler in Cluculz, this time for an interview. I am at Untreed Reads talking about my Rites of Passage as an author. And I am trick-or-treating at the Second Wind blog.

    This is turning into an international tour. I’m in Canada today and Wednesday, in Florida tomorrow, and in Australia on Thursday. In the middle of November, I’ll be in South Africa. You gotta love the Internet!

    Today’s schedule recapped:

    After the Writing Comes the Work
    How Best to Procrastinate
    Welcome to the Business of Writing
    Interview at Cluculz
    Rites of Passage
    Trick or Treat! Let the Game Begin!

    Have fun. I intend to.

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

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  • Pat Bertram 8:07 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    I made it through the first week of my blog tour!! I’m getting to the hard part, though. I have several interviews coming up, and it’s challenging keep from making identical responses to identical questions. There really is only one story behind the writing of Daughter Am I — I wanted to use the true tales of the Syndicate an historian friend used to tell me, and I wanted to do a mythic journey, so I combined the two ideas into the book — but I don’t want to bore people bycontinually talking about that not so very interesting inception. So, I wait until very late at night when my defenses are down, and I write what ever comes to mind.

    Yes, I know — I keep talking about how words don’t come easy to me, but that’s only when it comes to fiction. When it comes to late night stream of consciousness, well, the words do come. I just hope they are worth reading. I guess we’ll find out. My first interview is today on Visual Arts Junction. Click here to find it.

    I must have used up all my words last night for the interview. I’ve been sitting here for the past ten minutes trying to think of something witty to say, or perhaps pithy, but my mind is a total blank. Not good. I have a live chat in a couple of hours on Reviewers Roundup to talk about blog tours, and I need at least a few words for that. Maybe I’ll go take a walk. See if I can find a few words among the fallen leaves.

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

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  • Pat Bertram 11:56 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ask pat, , cluculz, live chat   

    My blog tour is really starting to heat up! Lots of activity, more than I’m used to, that’s for sure. To start out, I am a guest at the blog of my good friend Joylene Nowell Butler author of Dead Witness. We first met when she submitted a character interview to my Pat Bertram Introduces . . . blog. Usually I have to twist people’s arms to get them to send me an interview to post, but she voluntarily responded to a link I left on a discussion on Facebook — which impressed the heck out of me — and now here we are, a year later, virtually visiting in Cluculz.

    Where is Cluculz? you might ask. Good question. It’s 67 km west of Prince George and 32 km east of Vanderhoof, in central BC, Canada. I had to Google it, which was fun since it fit right into the theme of my guest post — writing about places you have never been. So, come to Clucluz, listen to the loons, and don’t forget the mosquito repellent. Click here to find the guest post at Cluculz Lake.

    As if that weren’t excitement enough, today is the debut of my writing column — ASK PAT. Way cool! Since it’s in an ezine, there’s no place to leave questions and comments, so I’ve set up a special blog post for that purpose. You can find it here: questions and comments for ASK PAT. If you have a question you’d like me to include, be sure to let me know. If you have an answer you’d like me to include, let me know that, too. I certainly don’t presume to have all the answers.

    And there’s more excitement! (I’m trying to sound like an info-mercial.) Tomorrow I am a guest at Reviewers Roundup on Facebook. Glenda Bixler, you, and I will be having a live chat about blog tours, my books, writing in general. So if you are a member of facebook, please pop in to the discussion between 3:00pm and 5:00pm ET tomorrow. It should be a lively chat. What’s it called? What else: Blog Tour 2009.

    Don’t forget, my books are available in all ebook formats at Smashwords. Even better, you can download the first 30% of each book free. And speaking of free downloads, stop by Second Wind Publishing for a free sampler or two. One sampler includes the first chapters of all Second Wind’s romances, the other sampler includes the first chapters of all Second Wind’s mystery, adventure, maitstream novels. The first chapter of A Spark of Heavenly, More Deaths Than One, and Daughter Am I are in the Mystery Sampler.

    If you’d like to do a character interview for my Pat Bertram Introduces . . . blog, you can find the instructions here: Character Questionnaire.

     
  • Pat Bertram 2:32 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dialogue, mystery sampler, Pat Bertram, Smashwords   

    The Internet is such a wonderful place. Today, day five of my blog tour, I am in Florida with author Nancy J. Cohen talking about dialogue. Virtually speaking, that is. Physically, I am in Colorado, listening to leaves falling like rain. In Florida, it’s a sunny day at the beach. At least I hope it is. I sure would hate to get caught in a hurricane while I’m visiting!

    Yesterday someone commented that a virtual book tour seemed like a lot of work and asked if I would do it again. My first inclination was to say, “No way!” It’s too much work for such seemingly meager results, yet I am meeting people out of my normal circle of connections, which is always a good thing. I am getting to talk about my books, which is fun. And it’s a challenge, not just setting up the book tour, writing the articles, and promoting the tour, but figuring out how to make the same basic comment a hundred times and yet make each time seem fresh and new. So, would I do it again? I don’t know. Ask me in six months when my next novel Light Bringer comes out. My goal (silly me!) is to be so well known by then that the book will just fly out of Amazon’s warehouse as soon as I announce its publication. It could happen. And oh, by the way, I just bought London bridge. 🙂

    So, please join me in Florida to dialogue about dialogue at: Nancy J. Cohen’s Notes from Florida

    Don’t forget, my books are available in all ebook formats at Smashwords. Even better, you can download the first 30% of each book free. And speaking of free downloads, stop by Second Wind Publishing for a free sampler or two. One sampler includes the first chapters of all Second Wind’s romances, the other sampler includes the first chapters of all Second Wind’s mystery, adventure, maitstream novels. The first chapter of A Spark of Heavenly, More Deaths Than One, and Daughter Am I are in the Mystery Sampler.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:05 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bootleggers, , , , secret room   

    Mary stared open-mouthed into the hole in the wall. Instead of the dining room, which should have been on the other side of the wall, there was a windowless room not much bigger than a walk-in-closet.

    “A secret room,” she breathed. “It’s like something out of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.”

    That brief excerpt from Daughter Am I has nothing to do with my blog today. It’s a clue for a Halloween contest at the Second Wind Blog starting on October 26. I hope you will play. It should be an interesting game.

    What I really wanted to talk about today is time. Or rather the lack of it.

    In August, when Second Wind Publishing celebrated its first birthday, Mike Simpson wrote an article called: Ten Lessons I Learned (The Hard Way): A Publisher’s Reflections on the First Year. Number five on the list was: “Everything takes longer than you think.” He was referring to publishing, but that line has stuck with me the past two months because everything takes longer than you think. Or at least, in my case, it takes longer than I think it should. I had hoped to be further along in my preparations for the Daughter Am I blog tour, but . . . yep, everything takes longer than the time I’ve allotted. I worked on an interview last night, which should have been easy. Ten questions about my books. That was it. Yet it took me three hours. (I’ll let you know when it’s posted. Try to stop me!)

    Today’s guest post took almost that long, which completely mystified me. It’s simply a brief description of my characters — my seven old fogies. I didn’t go into depth about their character flaws, the dreams that drive them, the failures that created them. Nope — just a simple description. I’ve been spending most of my words talking about my hero Mary Stuart, lumping her traveling companions into a group: crew of feisty octogenarians — former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. They deserve better than that. So please click here to visit The Book Faery Reviews and meet Snow White and the Seven Old Fogies.

    DAI

    Click here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

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  • Pat Bertram 11:44 am on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , mythical journey, quest   

    Again I will be at Malcom’s Round Table discussing Daughter Am I, but this time we will be focusing on the quest angle. The hero’s path, the mythic journey, the quest — these are all different names for a particular form of story, though the format is so infinitely changeable, that unless you search for all the elements, you might not see the similarities in such diverse stories as Star Wars, Tin Cup, and Daughter Am I. All, however, follow the hero’s path.

    This virtual book tour is, perhaps, a mythic journey in itself. I was called out of my ordinary world into the special world of blog touring by Malcolm R. Campbell (the herald) when he asked if I planned on doing a formal blog tour. My first inclination was to say no (refusal of the call) but then I decided it was worth a try — I want to do whatever I can to let people know about Daughter Am I. So here I am (crossing the first threshold). There is much ahead of me in this cyber quest — tests, meeting allies and enemies (enemies don’t have to be human — they can be missed deadlines, lack of energy, blank mind, all the various ways life has of thwarting us). This quest in itself will be a supreme ordeal — 70 blog posts in 35 days? Yikes! But I’m sure there will be plenty of other ordeals before I can reap my reward. At the end, I will share what I learned with you, and this too is part of the journey. The hero never keeps the magic elixir of change for himself, but shares it with those back in the ordinary world.

    So, please keep me company while I embark on my quest — I can use all the allies I can get!

    Our next stop is at Malcolm’s Round Table: Following the quest of ‘Daughter Am I.’ It will be painless, I promise.

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

    Click here to buy Daughter Am I from Amazon.

     
  • Pat Bertram 11:22 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Day Two of my Virtual Book Tour, and I am still going strong. This is like saying: I’ve just run the second block of a marathon and am still going strong. Most of the tour is still ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens, to meeting new people, and visiting new blogs.

    Today I am at Malcolm’s Round Table for a discussion of gangsters and Daughter Am I. I’d hoped to include more of Malcolm’s book, Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire, in the discussion, but he was kind enough to focus the talk around me and my gangsters. And do I have gangsters! My hero, Mary Stuart finds her grandfather’s little black address book in a secret room of the farmhouse she inherited from him, and she goes on a whirlwind tour of Colorado, Arizona, and on into the midwest searching out the people who knew him. Though in their eighties, none of them are what you would call upstanding citizens, though they are all loveable in their own way. Even Iron Sam, aka Butcher Boy, seemed less lethal than I intended him to be. Of course, he is dying, so he is more concerned with his own death than others’.

    See, I’m doing it, too — focusing on my book. So, let’s focus on Malcolm’s novel for a moment. If you are a fan of humorous mysteries with outrageous (though incredibly realistic) characters, you will love Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire by Malcolm R. Campbell. I’m on my second read through. The first time was for the story. This time it’s for Malcolm’s wordsmithery.

    So, please join me at Malcolm’s Round Table for a discussion about: Pat Bertram, Gangsters, and Daughter Am I.

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

    Click here to buy Daughter Am I from Amazon.

     
  • Pat Bertram 11:31 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Today is the first day of the Daughter Am I blog tour, and frankly, I’m a bit nervous. Although I always intended to post to my own blog every day, I’ve only managed to average three or four times a week, yet here I have committed myself to thirty-five days of guest blogging, together with at least a brief post here to keep everyone up-to-date on my touring activities. That is a total of 70 bloggeries in 35 days! Do you think I can do it? Of course I can — I will have to.

    Today I am honored to be a guest at Make Mine Mystery. I’ll be talking about cultivating humor and how it can enhance even the most suspenseful or terrifying story. I hope you disagree, that way we can have a lively discussion! So please click on this link to visit: Make Mine Mystery and be sure to leave a comment.

    You can find the almost complete Daughter Am I tour here: Blog Tour 2009. I should already have the topics picked, the articles written, the promotion finished, but as you can see, it is still a work in progress.  

    If you haven’t already participated in my DAUGHTER AM I HAS FINALLY BEEN PUBLISHED! LET’S PARTY!! party, then please come! I would enjoy your company.  You might enjoy it, too. There are puzzles, games, and a giveaway for everyone.

    Odd to think that I am doing something I never thought I’d do — post a blog with no redeeming value, just announcements.  Can I say in my defense that I’ve been staying up till 2 or 3 a.m., first to put my party together, and then to work on my blog tour? No wonder I’m not writing.

    DAIClick here to buy Daughter Am I from Second Wind Publishing, LLC. 

    Click here to buy Daughter Am I from Amazon.

     
  • Pat Bertram 12:27 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cyber party, , online book launch party   

    Daughter Am I has finally been released, and you are all invited to the live cyber launch party on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET. We will meet at http://wp.me/p7uG2-ra for fun, games, and good conversation. So please come and help me celebrate! It’s a blog event and blogs are forever, so if you can’t make it at that time, stop by whenever you get a moment.

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:12 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: quotations, Ralph Waldo Emerson   

    I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:11 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dorothy Sayers,   

    I always have a quotation for everything–it saves original thinking. — Dorothy Sayers

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:10 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , wit   

    A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. — Josept Roux

     
  • Pat Bertram 9:09 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: misquotation, , read widely   

    Misquotation is the pride and priviledge of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. — Hesketh Pearson

     
  • Pat Bertram 5:53 pm on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    There are only four days left to win an e-book in the Second Wind Publishing new book release celebration. Stop by for Goodies and Giveawys http://secondwindpub.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/goodies-and-giveaways/

     
  • 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.

     
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