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The Best Books I Read in 2017

My 2017 Reading Summary Books read: 80 Five-star ratings: 10 Four-star ratings: 40 Three-star ratings: 19 Two-star, One-star, and not rated: 11 Fiction: 60 Non-fiction: 20 My Rating System I follow the Goodreads.com guidelines. A three-star rating means I liked a book and thought it was better than average although […]

Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

Like many people have done, I’ve turned away from the Christmas frenzy of buying gifts for everyone and receiving gifts from those people after realizing all those things are often soon forgotten. Most people can ill afford to buy gifts for so many people, and I choose to donate money […]

Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center

A New Experience for my Little Brother As a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN, the best part of my “job” is introducing my Little Brother, Ethan, to new places,¬†ideas, and experiences. Last Sunday, we drove 80 miles to visit one of the great environmental education assets […]

How I Spent about One Hour Per Day in 2017

All authors should be readers. Any author who aspires to excel at writing should be an avid reader. I don’t know if there is a definition of “avid reader,” but I consider myself to be one. I just received this email from Goodreads about my reading activity to date in […]

Humbling Praise at Thanksgiving Time

Written Review of Castle Danger from Writer’s Digest I’ve never been comfortable bragging about my successes, but I’ve been forced to work on tooting my own horn now that I’m a published author and I’m trying to sell books to help Big Brothers Big Sisters. So I’m still reluctant to […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Happenings and Event Recaps

Indie Author Day and Oktoberfest at OCC At the first Indie Author Day held at the Owatonna Public Library, I had a great chat with the library patrons who attended even though I didn’t sell any books. For the Owatonna Country Club Oktoberfest, I enjoyed and savored a wonderful beer-tasting […]

Books, Beers, and Bragging Rights

A Beer-Tasting Dinner Featuring Castle Danger, the Brewery and Castle Danger, the Book. I was invited to display my books and talk for a few minutes about Castle Danger as part of a Castle Danger Brewery beer-tasting dinner at the Owatonna Country Club for their Oktoberfest celebration on October 27, […]

One of the Few Perks of Being an Author

I get to have some fun Friday night at the Owatonna Country Club’s Oktoberfest. I’ll speak briefly about my novel, Castle Danger, and have copies available for purchase and signing by me. The cool part is that the event will be a five-course dinner with each course featuring a different […]

Indie Author Day Report

Despite cool, rainy weather (which usually encourages indoor activities), attendance was low for my Indie Author Day presentation at the Owatonna Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nevertheless, our small group had a lively discussion after I talked about the writing and publishing revolution that I’ve watched unfold over the […]

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