I just signed a new publishing contract!

I am so excited to be offered a publishing contract for one of my books.  I accepted and signed!  I have already spoken with the artistic director about  my cover.  I spoke with the editor in chief about the content.  And I have spoken to the CEO about being a part of the family of this great publishing company.  Thank you everyone!

publishing contract

 

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I am back recording in the studio!

It’ hard work getting back into the studio and recording.  I’ve got to not only memorize songs but be so focused, diligent, be physically fit and have excellent diligence.  As evidenced by the first video I posted on Youtube, it takes time to get back into it.

 

But with perseverance, I got it going and will post the next video of my playing live in the studio soon!  I will continue to work on recording the demo for my new band “Grave Fables.”

 

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I just wrote a poem.

I have been so focused lately on writing and publishing my novels that I haven’t written a poem in a while.  But I just wrote a poem, so here it is:

“Higher”

I’m sure I saw an angel today

She glided with grace, clad in white

She smiled at me more than twice

And bent her gaze upon my face

I felt the hand of God descend

Instilling in me the confidence

To remain open to all powerful ends

And never stop believing in things

There is a higher purpose than me

Something that’s bigger to see

A calling that stirs within my being

That ignites my soul to higher seeing

So when my life is said and done

And I’ve made the most and won

It will be said of me the sun

Has shone on me and much has grown

My life has produced a wealth of things

Accomplishments that shine and sing

So many peaks that I have climbed

Make my life fulfilled and sublime

6-26-17

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My son is an amazing mechanic and artist!

My son has performed some wonderful work on his own car, from monthly maintenance and replacement of engine parts, to the modification of the look and ride of the car.  From inside to outside he had performed all the work himself, upgrading wheels, shocks, coil overs to lowering the car and adding a wing, modifying the exhaust and increasing horse power. It is wonderful to see his passion and artistry!

Car artist

He’s so happy!

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We raised quite a bit of money at Solstice.

We raised quite a bit of money at Solstice this year.  The annual Fremont Solstice Fair is a great event full of crafts, food, music and fun for the whole family.  I volunteer and help organize this event, among others.  Thanks to all the sponsors as well.  The Chamber of Commerce are pleased with how much we raised for its charity that will go back into making the entire Seattle community better.

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My long awaited new series is now available!

Introducing, Chief Inspector Nick Sunday, available in paperback and ebook:

 

Get your copy now!

 

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I had the rare opportunity to explore the catwalk, above the rafters at The Paramount and experience the Wurlitzer.

Paramount drums

I was able to climb the steep ladders, crawl over the top of the ceiling, 4 floors above the stage, walk the catwalk and see all of the amazing instruments that are played when the Wurlitzer is engaged inside The Paramount theater.  The Wurlitzer is an amazing organ, only a few are left in the world.  There is one at The Paramount in Seattle.  When the Wurlitzer keys are pressed on the organ, air currents are shuttled throughout the theater, forcing the individual instruments to play, such as drums, horns, dulciana, chrysoglot and even a harp.  The sound comes through the louvers in the wall so that the entire theater reverberates as if an orchestra were playing.  It was a wonderful experience and this instrument and the organ itself, as well as the theater, are a marvel of technology and history, even though they were invented and built 100 years ago!  I have a new love and respect for both.

Paramount horns

Thanks Phil, the caretaker, for this great experience!

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