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Speaking Fast Food

Speaking Fast Food

I was in a Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop recently for the first time. I ordered a ham and cheese on a bun. “Would you like it Mike’s way?” the sandwich maker asked slapping my order together. “I don’t know,” I responded. “What’s Mike’s way?”
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Walking the High Line

Walking the High Line

Armchair travel in the time of Covid-19. In the late 1800s the West Side Cowboys rode and waved flags in front of Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue freight trains. New Yorkers, being of stubborn and independent character, ignored the Cowboys and their warnings. In time, after many accidents, Tenth Avenue became known as “Death Avenue.”
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Two New Books Coming from Hallard Press in 2021

Two New Books Coming from Hallard Press in 2021

More than a dozen new books from Hallard Press will be coming out during the first half of 2021. Here are two of them you might enjoy. SLUE FOOT by Margaret Edwards and LIFE FORM by Keith Wilson, MD.
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What Type Are You?

What Type Are You?

Most of us know what a “font” is. Some call it a “typeface” or “typestyle.” We speak casually of double spaced 12 pt Times Roman for manuscripts. Helvetica for headlines. Script for flourishes and decorations. But before 1440 (when Gutenburg introduced moveable type to Europe), the “hand” of the monk or scribe would be the…
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The Recipe for Writing 2021

The Recipe for Writing 2021

It’s that time of the year when writers/authors begin to fret. “I want to write. It’s in me. I’ve got to get it out. What can I do? How do I do it?” Read on…
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It’s Almost That Renewal Time of the Year Again

It’s Almost That Renewal Time of the Year Again

It’s 2021. Almost. Time to detox. Get healthy. Be active. Hydrate. Cleanse. Work out. Get into those kale and almond milk shakes. Lose 35 pounds in three months
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Seasonal Stories

Seasonal Stories

Christmas is a time for stories. Corny, inspiring, educational or just sentimental, seasonal tales are usually all about the three big ones: Conflict, Interaction, and Resolution (usually positive and often satisfying).
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Staring Down Kismet

Staring Down Kismet

Kismet, that karma, predestination, etc. etc., out of the blue thing that happens when you least expect it, thing. I was reading a piece by a friend about kismet the other day and thought, “My life has experienced a lot of kismet.” Opportunities open up. Wishes come true. Good things happen.
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Google E-Books Read Them Anywhere

Google E-Books Read Them Anywhere

Google and its new e-Book service hosts your library safely in the digital cloud, so you can read anywhere you go, using just about any device with an Internet connection.
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Try Proofreading ‘Hanukkah’

Try Proofreading ‘Hanukkah’

There are no fewer than 16 different ways to spell ‘Hanukkah’. ‘Hanukkah’ is the choice of the Library of Congress. That spelling gets the most hits on Google. JewishWeek agrees with Time that ‘Hanukkah’ is the best option. The Oxford English Dictionary lists 24 different spellings.
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The Barnes & Noble “Local Author Policy”

The Barnes & Noble “Local Author Policy”

If your name is James Patterson (best-selling author), it’s easy to get your book piled up on the feature table at the front of any Barnes & Noble store in the country. But if you are Shirley Smith (unknown Indie self-published author), it’s not as simple.
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The Miracle of Chanukah

The Miracle of Chanukah

When we, as present-day inhabitants of Planet Earth think of miracles, our thoughts turn to religious stories. These narratives have been passed down through the generations. In many instances, different peoples, believing in various modes of spirituality, have been saved through divine intervention. Such is the case of the Jewish people.
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Printed Books? Humbug!

Printed Books? Humbug!

Twenty years ago, I told my sister that  “In 20 years printed books will be novelties.” It seemed, at the time, that audio and e-books were the only way forward. We would stop killing trees and polluting waterways and burning fuel to print and deliver books. Instead, we would create and distribute books electronically. Only…
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The Taxman Cometh Soon. Are You Ready?

The Taxman Cometh Soon. Are You Ready?

Google “Tax tips for writers” and you’ll get a cascade of hits. You’ll get so many tips, ideas and pointers that you may be confused beyond belief. Welcome to the world of Authors and the IRS. Federal income tax, that “temporary” measure introduced by ??? in ??? has persisted and now is the subject of…
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Nutella Riots Spread Across France & Other Disturbing News

Nutella Riots Spread Across France & Other Disturbing News

With reactions and protests to the pandemic shutdowns on the top, middle and bottom of the news for the past nine months or more, (along with the ups and downs of the US elections) the other riots, rebellions, and disturbances around the globe are not even reported.
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Google Books?

Google Books?

We’ve been talking about libraries of free images, now we’re going to introduce you to a library of free digitized books. Since 2004, Google has partnered with libraries and publishers around the world to preserve books and make the information accessible to people everywhere. To date there are more than 40 million titles scanned.
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Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, too. We’re very “Please” and “Thank you” people. We have turkey and sides (sometimes we call them “fixin’s”) and people travel from all over to be at the family’s gathering spot. But that’s where most of the similarities end.
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KDP Reports in a Nutshell

KDP Reports in a Nutshell

Are you confused by Amazon/KDP Reports? You’re not alone. Amazon/KDP Reports can be confusing. Let’s try to make them more understandable. The first thing that causes the most confusion and distress is their rolling 30 day accounting. One day you look at your total books sales and see 50 sales; the next day you look…
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Indie Author Project

Indie Author Project

Indie Authors in Your Local Library If you’re an Indie author, you know how hard it is to market your book and get it in a library collection. Now public libraries have gotten together and created The Indie Author Project. Authors are able to submit their e-book directly to their local public library to then…
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Whoever Said History Was Boring

Whoever Said History Was Boring

Whoever said history was boring? Our forefathers used urine to tan animal skins, so families would pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive, you were, “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even…
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