Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The First Returns re: Silvapithecus Americanus are in!

"Wow. I enjoyed it very much. I couldn't anticipate what would happen next." - V.B., Orlando

The Book is available at Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBook Store.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Silvapithecus Americanus Approved for Premium Distribution

The book has been approved by Smashwords for premium distribution. This includes sellers like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Page & Foundry, Baker & Taylor, Library Direct, OverDrive, FlipKart, Scribd and Ouster. It will be available for sale online in these in several days to a week or so.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Silvapithecus Americanus - Discovery of a New Species

That's the title of the new book. Silva is Latin for 'woods' or 'forest'. Pithecus is Latinized Greek for 'ape'. Americanus is the Latin adjective for 'American'. The eBook will be available soon. It has been submitted to my distributor, for Premium Distribution. Stay tuned. It tells the tale of events leading to the discovery of our closet relative, a bipedal nonhuman ape living  for centuries in the forests of North America...and what follows the discovery. See the book cover on the right.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The New Book Will Be ~40,000 Words

I'm still not ready to disclose the details of the book. I'm working on the last edit. I have completed the book cover. That would give away the subject. And I've finished the description of the book.

Monday, March 30, 2015

25,000 words and working toward a wild finish....

This is where I am thinking through the ending to this. Up to this point, there are reports and encounters to support the story line. Now I will take this to an ending that I do not deem to be completely out of line with reality, but possible. OK, not very likely, but aren't some of the true stories actually turn out to be the weirdest?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Untitled Book - Status Report

I'm moving right along. 20,000+ words in the bank. Takes place in northern California. A late 50s grandmother who is an accomplished Veterinarian with guardian responsibility for her 10 year old (or so) granddaughter, both who have moved from the Boston area. No Zombies in this one. It's fiction. A cryptozoology bend to the story.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Working on a New Book - as yet untitled

I'm not ready yet to disclose anything about, except to say what it is NOT about. It's not a Zombie thriller novel. It's not Science Fiction. What else could it be?

It's fiction, but like a lot of other fiction, it could be true. For me, it's not a 'WAY OUT THERE' type of book.

5000 words are written and the writing is easy. Things I want people to know about the subject.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Are You Enjoying the Snow and Cold?

The weather is epic. It's not been this cold for this long and this snowy in my lifetime. Golf season seems so long from now, but probably not more than about a month...I hope.

Anyway, I've had some time indoors. The paintings to the right are some more recent ones. Plus I have started a book, a novel. Not a Zombie thriller. Something else that interests me. I've penned a couple thousand words so far and have the general structure of the book settled in my mind. I will wait a while before I reveal any subject material.

Hope you enjoy the paintings.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This Winter's Work...thus far

My painting this winter has often taken a back seat to shoveling snow and refilling the bird feeders. Then more shoveling. Shoveling out the mailbox. Shoveling the walkway. Shoveling a tunnel so that the oil delivery guy can get to the side of the house. I've also read a lot and taken quite a few notes for a possible new book. Not a zombie thriller, but a novel. It's just something I'm working on. It may never result in anything, but I do enjoy the research.

I did attend a critique session in January for artists at the Attleboro Arts Museum and found it helpful. It was a two hour session. There were six of us. Each of our works was 'critiqued' by our peers and the session leader who was an assistant professor. We were easy on one another which lead to feelings not getting hurt. However, I was expecting just a little more brutality, e.g. 'what do you really think of my subject, my composition, color, technique?' We got a little of that, but with the 16 ounce boxing gloves with short rounds. At any rate, I'd go to another.

This winter's work in painting is not yet finished. I've posted some of my work off to the right in the column. You also will see some in prior posts. Hope you find them interesting and enjoyable.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Word About 'Are You All Set?'

Since this blog covers books (yes, mine), and since books are comprised of words and language, I can't help complaining about the use of a certain phrase, i.e. 'Are you all set?' Over the years, the meaning of this has deteriorated drastically, much like the retail and service sectors where it is used so often. An example? Sure.

A few days ago I paid a visit to the local office supply store, one of many of a well-known national chain. I took my purchase and stood at the checkout while the polite young cashier responded to a question from a customer regarding an item she could not find. The cashier spoke into the cord on her neck, describing to her manager exactly what the customer was looking for and asking him to come forward.

So, here was the scene. A young cashier, the customer and me. That's all. The manager arrives, sees the customer and the first thing out of his mouth to the customer is, "Are you all set?" I've heard it a million times before and still amazed.  Am I wrong to think that the more appropriate approach would have been, "How can I help you, m'am?" or something similar? Did he really think that anything could be 'all set' in the 20 or 30 seconds that had elapsed between the time he was called by the cashier and the time he arrived to speak to the customer?

No, hell no, she wasn't all set. She wanted her question answered and it hadn't been. 'All set' has come to mean a really rude and sloppy way to ask if someone needs your assistance. Civility and courtesy have taken a back seat. Only my opinion.

Don't get me started on another idiom...i.e. 'No problem'. I'll leave that for another time.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Recent Works

These are recent paintings of mine. None are titled yet. However, first and second ones involve the NYC skyline. The top one shows the Brooklyn Bridge while below that we see two bridges. Below that is a quaint village scene. Fourth in line is the Nubbick Light in York ME. Fifth is a prior painting of mine which I decided to experiment on. It's as if the painting were over a brick wall. It's not quite finished. sixth, I've tried to render a North American Great Ape, known to many as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. No, it's not a portrait. I haven't seen one...yet.

Monday, December 1, 2014


After a couple pounds of Elmer's glue, two broken drill bits, two yards of bookcover material, more than a thousand pages, a few dozen yards of dental floss and two large Davey boards, it's done...and I'm happy with the result. These volumes, if retained for posterity, will last a long while. They are hand bound and should remain an heirloom for many years.