Monday, March 31, 2008

Let's Play Ball!

Major League Baseball (as a whole) begins its regular season today—Opening Day! Man, I’m so glad it’s back. Now, if we could just get rid of Old Man Winter here in the Midwest, I’d be even more grateful. Go Twins!

So, at 4:30 this morning, I finally finished a sixteen-hour day in which my trusted audio mixer/editor Jesse put the final touches on the Bee Balms & Burgundy audiobook. I then came home and converted all files and arranged them onto three discs, as well as created the artwork for the CD labels. Tomorrow, finally, we deliver them to the duplicator, for a Thursday delivery on the first batch. It’ll also be available as of Friday in downloadable format on my Web site, www.NelsonPahl.com. Right on!

Which brings me to me final point. I’ll be taking part in my first book fair this weekend. (I’m really excited about it.) We’ll be at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock on Saturday and Sunday, in the fair’s open-air section. If you’re in the neighborhood, we’d love to meet you.
Until then…

Peace & Luv

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rotten Eggs

Two thoughts this evening:

1.) Easter is just another excuse for the Christian Coalition to close down all things America for an entire day.

2.) Leftist Logic: On Easter, although it typically closes at 10:00 p.m., my local Whole Foods store purposely closed at...8:00 p.m.

Stay safe.

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Heartbreak Hotel

While out with my gal-pal this past weekend, an elderly gentleman cornered me. He subsequently talked my ear off for some forty-five minutes—until I simply had to leave and go home.

Why is it that America’s senior citizens, those that are single, are now so lonely? Having traveled abroad extensively in my life, I know this just isn’t the case in most other nations. When one is widowed or divorced in most foreign locales, he or she still has plenty of family and friends around. But in the U.S.—where work and career are placed above socializing and family on the priority totem pole, and where no one respects their elders in this day and age of born-again free love and unbridled hedonism—a significant minority of today’s senior citizens are heartbreak-lonely. And, truth be told, it breaks my heart.

The gentleman that spoke to me is sixty-four. He fought in Vietnam. He earned a purple heart after taking a few rounds to his leg and back in an attempt to rescue buddies, his buddies all butchered in the same jungle massacre. After he returned to the ‘States, he got married. A couple decades later, he got divorced. He had four children with the woman; they all live out-of-state, scattered throughout the Midwest, with busy lives. He never remarried and now resides in a senior care center. He gets to work out in the facility’s fitness center for free, he says. He looks like he uses it three to four times a week. He doesn’t drive anymore, so he rides his bike everywhere, even in winter. Saturday nights are his night out, at the bowling alley; it’s the one night of the week he’s allowed to get out and socialize, to actually speak to someone outside the senior home, in the real world.

I wish I had the courage to walk away the moment I became bored with his biographical monologue—thirty seconds after he began it. But I didn’t; I couldn’t. Instead, I stood there, with gal-pal in hand, and pretended to hang on his every word…until we shut the place down together.

At least my mom would’ve said, “Job well done, Nels,” even if I was bored to tears and getting more restless by the second. I just hate to think of anyone being so lonely. I fucking hate it.

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Babble Fish

OK, I'm going to do my best to keep a consistent schedule here; I read somewhere recently that it's the best way to "market myself." Lovely. So, how about Thursdays and Sundays?

Right. Like I'll be able to keep a schedule. Anyway...Perhaps I'll simply hire a new publicist to handle the "marketing of myself," huh?

Today's thoughts and tidbits:

➢ My Bee Balms audiobook is done but not yet packaged properly. Bummer. I'm anxious to get it into your hands.

➢ A woman at my neighborhood natural foods store (yes, I literally have a neighborhood natural foods store) has been busting on me all week—in typical Baby Bummer condescending manner—for the amount of apples I eat per day. (Like four or five.) You see, I stop there each day on my way home from the dog park; I like my food fresh, so I choose to shop each day. Yet, each time I step into my friendly natural foods co-op, it's almost like I have a salvage lot-magnet attached to my ass and Baby Bummer Beast has a gut full of cast iron. After she inevitably hunts me down, she blasts me for buying so many apples, thinking that her root canal-like sarcasm is funny day after day. (I know, good business, huh?) The irony? At five three, she weighs no less than a couple bucks and looks to be in desperate need of some fiber herself. Damn troll...

➢ A little bummed to hear that Venezuela and Colombia may well end up warring soon. Just what the world needs: another "skirmish" to glorify. Coffee and cocaine, man. That's all the world needs to be happy.

➢ Just found out that we’re going to be at the Printer’s Row Book Fair in Chicago—the nation’s second largest book fair after LA—June 6 & 7. We’d love to see you there.

➢ This Saturday we move our clocks forward and capture another precious hour of evening sunlight. Can’t wait!!

➢ Had my first three acupuncture sessions this past month. I think it might be the greatest thing ever invented. Wow!

➢ I was asked by the Bronte Prize committee, in preparation for their 2008 award announcement in June, to give a signed copy of Bee Balms & Burgundy to...the 2008 winner! (LOL) Now, that's a little absurd, don't ya think?

➢ I was reminded again this week why I worship women (at least Gen X, Gen Y, and 'Tweener women, that is). So, to each of you, I offer a fond "thank you for being so lovable"; you're a goddess. Now, revel in it.

Until next time...

Stay safe.

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])