Monthly Archives: April 2014

Like Johann Sebastian Bach, I am also self-published…

Johann Sebastian Bach, like myself, self-published many of his own works.  It’s crazy to imagine such a musical genius, composer, musician and conductor, had to self-publish many of his works.  But he did.  Besides both being musicians, I also self-published many of my novels worldwide on the Amazon Kindle store.

Now with agents both in New York and in London interested in my latest book, which is still unpublished, I hope to not have to self-publish anymore, but to have a whole host of professionals at my disposal to do the editing, proof-reading and publishing, as well as marketing, of my latest book and all my books going forward.  These are very exciting times!

fire tower bird

 

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We are having a wine tasting event and you are all invited!

Of course, I know, not all of you live in the Seattle area, but if you happen to be in the Seattle area this Saturday, April 26, please join me at the Waving Tree Winery in Kirkland, WA from 4-6 p.m.  Here is the website:

http://www.wavingtreewinery.com/

 

baby vine

 

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I feel like I am “Niggle” creating my “Leaf.”

As I finished my most recent novel, and started work on my new one, I felt like “Niggle” in that story by J.R.R. Tolkien called “Leaf by Niggle.”  I realized that as I read it so many years ago that Tolkien was talking about an artist, Niggle, and in many ways was referring to himself.  The great work that Tolkien was working on, building, constructing, make with his artistic talent for writing was his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the history that was behind it in “The Silmarillion.”  At the time, I didn’t fully get his meaning, but most of it resonated with me.

Recently, I realized something new about “Niggle” and his “Leaf,” and that is that my work, writing my novels, is bigger than me and eventually, all my books that I have written combined are my life, and my life has become my books.  I live my life and go about my other duties and experiences, sometimes postponing the work I do on my books, but I always come back and write more, adding, building, my literary body of work which is my life.  And I know one day I will live in my work, in a metaphysical way.  This realization has inspired me to never give up writing and has given me new hope of what a wonderful world I have created with my books and that is a legacy that all will enjoy and benefit from, long after I am gone.

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Brett Favre and I have three things in common:

1. We both participate in professional sports.

2. We both coach high school sports.

3. We both are IRONMEN:

IRON MEN
Eddie Edwards – 5,017 consecutive games as a hockey official, still active (NHL, WHL, NCAA, Olympics)
Cal Ripken, Jr. – 2,632 consecutive games as a baseball player, retired (MLB)
Dick Bavetta – 2,392 consecutive games as a basketball official, retired (NBA)
Kerry Fraser – 2,160 games (missed many due to injury) as a hockey official, retired (NHL, Juniors, Olympics)
A.C. Green, Jr. – 1,192 consecutive games as a basketball player, retired (NBA)
Doug Jarvis – 964 consecutive games as a hockey player, retired (NHL)
Jeff Feagles – 352 consecutive games as a football player, still active (NFL)
Brett Favre – 297 consecutive games as a football player, retired (NFL)
Big fight

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I recently returned to San Francisco to visit.

I recently returned to San Francisco for a visit.  It was great to be back.  The new Bay Bridge is beautiful and impressive.  Downtown is really improving and building up with new sky scrapers.  Fisherman’s Wharf is as wonderful as I remember it.  I had seafood in the Crab Shack, one of my favorite restaurants on the wharf.  It was cool and breezy, 59 degrees down on the Frisco Bay, just like old times.

Alcatraz was off in the distance, like an ancient reminder.  The Wharf was alive with people, music and the great scents of fresh of seafood cooking.  The cable cars were whirring by and the sea lions frolicked on the docks.  With the gulls circling in the air, it felt like home again!

alcatrazy

 

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