Friday, April 25, 2008

Birthday Thanks!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes!! I can’t believe how many I’ve received. It’s cool, but it still amazes me. I guess we have a lot more traffic and readers than we had a year ago. So…

Anyway, I wish I knew all of your birthdays so I could return the favors in the coming months. (LOL) Now I’ll spend the rest of the year feeling guilty!

Thanks a ton.

Your metaphorical servant for life

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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.])



An NPoll

To all you Mac users (and fellow dog lovers): What do you think would happen if Fetch (pic here) and Alfie (pic here) met???

Just curious.


Get This - Survey Results - GlowDay.com


Thanks for playing.

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.])


Biz Ethics

Today’s lesson, my child, is the rudimentary principle of “business ethics.”

Rule #1: No matter where you work—Canada, Costa Rica, America, the Internet, on a street corner, in a mega-mall, or amid an ivory tower—the business world does not cry for your failures, and it is not an experiment in humanity; it doesn’t change diapers or fill formula bottles or drive a minivan; it isn’t going to watch Joey’s soccer games or teach little Nichole how to execute a proper pirouette. The business world is not a pseudo-sensitive vegetarian with bounties of latent insecurities.

No. In truth, the business world is a saber-toothed tiger that hunts its prey with no regret, kills it with precision, and then devours it with fervor.

If you can’t deal with that—if you’ve convinced yourself that you will, even if your life depends on it, get the business world to enroll in a sensitivity course or check itself into an Adlerian clinic—you’d best not enter the realm…ever.

Instead, go work for a charity and put your labor where your mouth is, for a change.

Otherwise, leave the savvy players to play—to play the game as it should be played.

Until next time...

Stay safe.

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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, April 20, 2008

Winter Reads

Each quarter, I give a recap of the books I read the previous quarter. While I didn’t have a lot of time this quarter, due to marketing tasks, I did manage to read a handful of books. Here’s my Winter 2008 list:

Memories of My Melancholy Whores; Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- I don’t think he’s the “writer” he’s reputed to be; I don’t think the translation was all that good (Edith Grossman). But I did like the laid-back, old-timer storytelling.

For One More Day; Mitch Albom
- Having recently lost my father, I knew this book would be a different read. For a mainstream bestseller, I do think Albom is better than most. A good, earnest read.

From Worst to First (non-fiction).
- I loved this book, simply because it was all about my beloved Twins. (Well, and the Atlanta Braves as well, but…)

All I Want for Christmas; Nora Roberts
- I’ll never understand the fascination with Nora Roberts; in my opinion, she’s nothing but a Harlequin romance writer that’s gained some exposure. She’s cheap, she’s lazy, she’s overrated. I thought this book sucked, but I had to see what all the fuss is about. Bad move.

Dubliners; James Joyce
- Awesome. Being 50% Irish, I couldn’t help but love this story. It’s always wonderful to read a classic (Hemingway, Emerson, Fitzgerald) that isn’t over-hyped or overrated. Joyce is great, and Dubliners is his best.


That’s all I had time for this winter.

Until next time…

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.])


Saturday, April 19, 2008

For Free

The world (or Internet, for that matter) is filled with schleps looking for free novels, free eBooks, and free audiobooks. Just run a search on “free romance novels” or "free audiobooks" or "free stories" and look at the number of sites catering to these fools.

The people typing these keyword phrases daily back up their slacker’s gluttony with slogans like, “Everything online should be free!” or It should all be open source.”

Yeah, whatever. Go back to Berkley and recite your poetry on a street corner; go save a whale, beatnik.

Ever hear the phrase “you get what you pay for”? Precisely!

The reason certain writers offer their novels or stories for free? Because, well, they suck. That’s right: They can’t write in my league…or Grisham’s league…or Vince Flynn’s league…or Nicholas Sparks league…or Stephen King’s league.

The reason any writer would offer his or her work, in its entirety, for free is because he or she sucks. It’s that simple. Any novel offered for free is worth just that—nothing!

Don’t believe me? Next time you need your spleen removed, the next time you need car insurance, the next time you want to feast on that whopper or attend that movie or take that vacation…

Try doing it for free!

Stay real.

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.])


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Economic Nonsense

While the housing market tanks, and while many U.S. corporations continue to move offshore for either cheaper labor or tax advantages, you will continue to hear rubbish about “recessions” and “economic crisis”—you’ll be forced to choke on Keynesian nonsense day after day after day.

Want the truth? Here’s the truth:

• Thanks to sheer gluttony, the U.S. housing market, for the past decade or so, has been so vastly overpriced the Common Man has had to leverage himself five to ten-fold just to put a roof over his head. At one time, up until the late 1970s, one could purchase a home for 150% to 200% of his/her annual salary. Today? Ouch. Easy credit (freshman in college now get Visa cards with $5,000 limits!!) and “real estate speculators” have turned housing not into a necessity but a sport. The current market correction is not only inevitable but also good.

• While the typical American career person has seen, perhaps, a 10% increase in his or her wages over the past five years, his or her fuel charges to and from that career have tripled! (Why do we ship Alaskan and Texas oil abroad rather than utilize it “at home”? Why do we not import Alberta oil to any real degree? Why not Venezuelan oil? Why do we instead import a vast majority of our oil from the Middle East—from halfway around the world???)

• Whenever war is used to “spring” a nation from economic woes to the promised life, that cycle will, at some point, run its course, no matter how long the war itself lasts. Just study the Vietnam War for evidence of such.

So, turn a deaf ear to the nonsense, the bullshit, and the rubbish of a has-been nation in self-inflicted peril. Forget about “the Fed’s adjusting interest rates”—the idiot’s guide to economic stability—“housing starts” (another “economic barometer” based in backwards-ass idiocy; instead, a focus on “mortgage payoffs” and/or home foreclosures would be much better economic indicators), and job gains/losses (the most ambiguous, misleading, and manipulated statistic in American history), and instead think like a logical, neutral adult.

You’ll save yourself the headache and nausea.

Until next time…

Peace, Luv, and Prosperity

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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.])


Monday, April 14, 2008

Nephew Billy

I have no children. I have no urge to be a father—ever.

But I do love being an uncle…most days, at least.

My nephew turned ten a couple weeks ago. For his birthday, amongst other things, he received $100—five 20s—from his grandmother.

“Billy” cherished the gift. For our little Aries boy, self-reliance is a must, and having a roll of dough always enhances one’s opportunity for self-reliance.

Yet, self-reliance wasn’t his only objective. It seems puppy love was as well. You see, Billy’s little friend, “Suzie,” comes from a fragmented home; dad’s a boozer, and mom’s over in Iraq fighting someone else’s war. Since daddy digs the bottle more than he does accruing stamps on his Subway card of life, adorable little Suzie often gets left behind.

Not this time, Billy thought. With plans for several students to go skating at the rink on Friday evening, Billy was in a chivalrous mood. An all-too-shy kid towards the little ladies, he saw this as an opportunity to indirectly show Suzie how he felt about her.

After reciting his lines again and again all morning, he approached Suzie in the lunch room. In demure manner, she greeted him. In equally demure manner, he asked if she was going skating “with everyone” on Friday night. She studied the cream-white ceramic tile as she rocked back and forth on her tennis shoe heels. “No.” She continued to study the floor. “I can’t. I don’t have enough money.”

Billy knew, through hearsay, that this is why Suzie never made it to the rink on Friday nights. But he was now ten, much wiser than a few days earlier, and certainly quite a bit wealthier. He dug deep into his pocket and retrieved the roll of twenties. Turning his back to Suzie, he crouched over the roll and peeled the rubber hand from it. He eased a twenty from the roll, slid the rubber hand back onto it, then stuffed the roll into his pocket. He turned to Suzie, who, with wide eyes, hung on his every word.

“I don’t want you to have to stay home.” Billy stuck his arm straight out. The twenty dangled from his fist. “So please take this and come along.”

Suzie eyed the fist.

“Take it, please.”

Suzie continued to stare at the fist, hands deep in her pockets.

“It’s a lot of fun. And you deserve to have fun.” He nodded toward the fist. “Please.”

Suzie looked to Billy.

He nodded toward the fist again.

She eased her hands from her pockets and, open-palmed, raised one to Billy’s fist. He let go and the twenty fluttered to her hand.

Billy smiled, “See ya Friday,” and sprinted across the cafeteria, where his friends awaited him.

Needless to say, from my last report, Suzie’s dad drank the twenty and she was a no show at the rink. But, the kid was brilliant.


Raw Recipes

Here's one worth trying, especially as the weather warms.

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

• Two cups dates
• One cup cashews
• Three cups purified/spring water
• Two three tablespoons raw cacao powder

Just blend then freeze.




Interesting Fact:

Did you know…

That all polar bears are left-handed?




Stupid Quote of the Week:

Since it’s now baseball season once again, I offer you this dandy:


"I love home openers, whether they're at home or on the road."
- Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra



That’s it for now. Until next time…

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.])


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bored Housewives

I love women; generally speaking, I revere women. I’ve long been a supporter of the aspiring career woman. She turns me on. Anyone close to me will tell you I put women on an ideological pedestal. I have for years. That’s my life; that’s my view; that’s my right. And, quite likely, I offer the following in utter respect to her, with few other motives.

NO MORE BORED HOUSEWIVES POSING AS COMPETENT PROFESSIONALS!!

That’s right. After three years—with the help of a woman nonetheless—I’ve come to the conclusion that many women in today’s Internet “workforce” are but bored housewives posing as competent professionals. It took me three years, thousands of dollars in wasted wages and expenses, and thousands of hours better spent with a true professional—to realize most women out there today are but bored housewives posing as competent professionals.

No more!

You want to be a housewife? Revel in it, darlin’; become mother of the year. But stay out of the biz realm. Sell all the trinkets you want from your hobby site, but don’t pretend that you know the working world. You have no business here, and you only make yourself look foolish.

Listen, women have, for years, chosen one of two things: career or motherhood. Now, as much as you may want to be a New Millennium Chick, as much as you may “want it all,” in reality merging the two rarely works. And it NEVER works when you’ve chosen—instead of going directly into the workforce out of high school and sacrificing your ability to breed for at least a couple decades, or gaining a college degree and then applying yourself to career for thirty or forty years like your average man—to breed and rear first and THEN enter the workforce.

And, to do so, to be so arrogant that you believe this realm, the corporate realm, is but a game that any under-experienced, undereducated soul with a monitor and mouse can enter is nauseating.

You want to breed and raise little rabbits? That’s great. You’re probably a hell of a mother, and that’s admirable. But don’t pretend that you can do, on a moment’s notice and part-time, what your fellow female career woman has spent her entire life learning and perfecting. Don’t give us that shit. You may well be a star mother, but she’s a star OUT HERE! Respect that, for Christ sake.

I didn’t create nature’s laws; I didn’t handicap you with a womb. But hear me when I say this: Learn your boundaries and save us all the headache!

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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.])