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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

The Cabinetmaker, the Photographer, the Sculptor, and the Editor

The Cabinetmaker

John Doe, a cabinetmaker, was wandering through the stacks in the farthest, darkest corner of his local hardwood dealer’s lot one fine spring day, when he came upon a very old piece of old-growth cherry wood that had been lying there air-drying in that very yard for thirty years. It was four inches thick,

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The Importance of Eyes

Eyes other than your own, that is.

I’m currently working on the final formatting of my next novel, Lightning of Her Own, which will be released in ebook formats only, sometime this month. I have the book currently in the hands of a few capable beta-readers, and I have to say it’s a Very Good

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This is Just Scary

Apropos of yesterday’s rant, I found this on caroclarke.com:


I am your editor: submitting your novel

I have been in publishing for over ten years, mostly as an editor. I am the person who accepts or rejects your manuscript. Here is how I make my decisions.

I look the envelopes I am opening as I work

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Misconceptions About Self-Publishing — Part I

In an effort to keep this a) short and b) G-rated, I’m going to limit myself to just one misconception at a time.

(Well, maybe two.)

Today’s misconception: Self-published books are garbage. All of them.

This misconception comes in two basic flavors:

Self-published books were not subjected to the query process, which keeps garbage off the streets.
Self-published books

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Reading With a Pencil

I’ve just finished the final reading of my next book to be published, Cursing the Cougar. One of the many nice things (for a control freak, anyway!) about self-publishing is that things are very easy to change at the galley stage. Fortunately so, in this case (note to self: use the stupid check-list!).

Since I

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