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Dinner at Napoli’s and Teacher Evaluations

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Teacher evaluations in class today. There’s something so right about giving students the chance to critique their teachers. Some teachers resent it. I guess they think it gives students too much power. I say it values them. And when we value them, they tend to value us. Dinner on the patio at Napoli’s. The perfect […]

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Rather Be Santa Than Zig Zigler

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Thinking about more book giveaways. Seems to be working for me. So far, every book I’ve sold has come because of one I gave. And it’s much more fun that way. I’d rather be Santa than Zig Zigler. Heart is heavy tonight–because my kids (kids at 30-something?) are struggling: one with the death of a friend, one […]

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Being Opportunistic

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Scary thing about writing a blog. Others know what you’re up to. Took Mark W. to dinner tonight before class, and he mentioned reading about my neurosis, which meant he had read last night’s blog: “I always learn something new from him. Will let you know.” Hmm. Would knowing my expectations stifle spontaneity? Maybe it’s a good thing […]

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I Read because I Like It

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Am starting a new book tonight–Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, by Jon Krakauer. Tillman was the NFL safety who left a multimillion dollar contract to join the Army. Tragically, he fell vitim to friendly fire in Afghanistan. Krakuer is the author of several of my favorites: Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, […]

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Web Stats and Palo Duro Canyon

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I’ve been looking at the stats for fortispress.com. So far, we’ve had 151 unique visitors this month, making 259 visits and viewing 1269 pages. Not bad, but not a lot as websites go. My bestyears.com site sees more in a day.  But it’s been around for 12 years. However, Fortis is on track to more than double […]

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Anyone? Anyone?

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Been thinking about our marketing plan. Traditionally, publishers built their model around local bookstores. Media ads, interviews, press releases and reviews, book signings–everything was done to get people to the bookstore. But, aside from a few sales calls on local churches, our plan is to build a model around the Internet: email, FaceBook, fortispress.com and its online […]

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The Power of Words

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I’m wishing life had a redo arrow. Sometimes I’d like to click it and start over, like when I say something that hurts someone’s feelings. For instance, someone I’m related to. Do I sound guilty? Words, spoken or written, are powerful things. Solomon said “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). […]

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Love What You Do: Do What You Love

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Been visiting today with people in the writing business, and learned enough to know one thing for sure: I don’t like the writing business. Don’t get me wrong. These are good people, and writers need them, but I couldn’t do what they do. Not for a day. I think I know why. I’m not passionate […]

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Welcome FB Friends!

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Tuesdays are long–up at 5:15 a.m. and don’t get home from night class until nearly 9:00 p.m. Could be worse. Grad school was like that every day with no breaks. Tried to call on a bookstore owner today, but she was out. Will try again tomorrow. Also, will meet with a writer/agent. He’s been in […]