Books May Be MIA for a Few Weeks

One of the idiosyncrasies of the reversion of rights process is the legal requirement that the publisher getting the books can’t re-release them until they have a copy of the letter. The reason is that the author doesn’t have the rights to the “works,” the legal term...

On Being Immortal

After signing a credit card receipt, the clerk, probably in his sixties said, “Have a great day.” I responded with “at my age, every day is a great day when you are looking down at the grass.” He laughed knew exactly what I meant and said, “we’re all immortal, until...

Feeling Brain Dead

It sounds like a gruesome title for a blog but for the past two days, that’s the way I feel. No energy and its hard to concentrate on writing. Worse, I’ve got to force myself to sit down at the keyboard. If this were the old days, I could write pick up a pen rather...

New Labor of Love

I’ve always wanted to help restore and fly (as a pilot) a ‘warbird.’ According to the dictionary, a warbird is a “vintage military aircraft.” To that definition, I would add the word ‘flyable’ and make it ‘flyable vintage aircraft.’ Why the difference? Simple. If...

My Helmet Is a World Traveler

As a way to make my table at a small book fair stand out, I put my helo helmet on the table. I have not worn it since Desert Shield and Storm and that was in 1991, twenty-six years ago.  A couple of passers-by asked me about it. Thankfully, no one thought it was a...

My Helmet as a Talking Point

To promote my books, I’ve signed up for a series of book fairs set up by Texas Authors as well as association and industry events. In terms of book sales, ome have better results than others. So, to make my booth more interesting and provide something to attract them...