Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Writing Blogs

I wonder how many people actually enjoy writing blogs.  For me, it’s not the top of my interest list. It reminds me too much of writing essays in high school and college freshman English classes. On the other hand, I love writing fiction. That’s why I became a mystery writer. The neat thing is I can make up stuff. Sure, I have to make sure it’s plausible, but I can let my imagination go wild with all kinds of quirky characters, strange events and unique locations. Maybe for future blog entries I should just make things up.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Latest e-book

I recently uploaded the third book in my Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, Senior Moments Are Murder, to the various e-book sources. The first two books in my series have been up for a while since my publisher had no restrictions on e-book distribution for those. For Senior Moments Are Murder and my upcoming Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, my publisher has a one-year moratorium before I can publish in e-book format. That year has passed for Senior Moments Are Murder. Having done it twice before, the e-book publishing process is straight forward. I follow the instructions on the Kindle, Nook and Smashwords sites. The whole process including three up loads and reviewing the loaded manuscripts took me less than three hours. The hardest part of the process is deciding on pricing. I’ve priced all my e-books at $3.99. With Smashwords you can select what e-book sources to distribute to. I distribute to all except Kindle and Nook since I do that directly myself. My books are available as hard cover, large print, audio book and e-book editions. However readers chose to read my book is fine with me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Since I write mystery novels about older people, I always enjoy successes of the aging population. There’s a terrific singing group called Young@heart, based in Massachusetts that performs around the country. My wife and I had an opportunity to take in a show last Sunday night, and what a show it was. Image about twenty-five people in their seventies up to ninety, singing and dancing for a two hour show. They were terrific, full of energy, outstanding voices and an inspiration for all. It’s particularly amazing to me since I can’t even carry a tune. It was a message to all of us to follow our dreams, no matter our age. And they set an example of active, contributing seniors.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


This week I received the Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) for the fourth book in my Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery series, Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder. The book takes place on an Alaskan cruise, and Paul gets into all kinds of trouble. My publisher sends ARCs to major reviewers, and I have additional copies to send to local reviewers and other contacts. It’s always exciting to have a book in hand, although I’ll be going through one more editing pass. It never ceases to amaze me—after all the times it has been edited including my dozen edit passes, my wife (who is an excellent reader), the development editor and copy editor at my publisher—there are still corrections to be made. So my wife and I are reading it again and I’ll be sending my final set of edits back to the publisher. The book will be published December 19, 2012. Then I can await an email from a reader who will say, “Did you notice the error on page . . .”

Monday, August 13, 2012


I enjoy watching the Summer Olympics every four years. In addition to the volleyball, swimming and track events, I had an opportunity to see some sports I wasn’t familiar with. The one that intrigued me the most was team handball. It was fast-paced and had the best elements of soccer and basketball. What I don’t like about soccer is that scoring happens so infrequently. With team handball there’s lots of scoring. What I dislike about basketball is the last two minutes of a game takes forever with all the fouling and time outs. Team handball keeps the pace going all the time.

Last week we visited two of our grandkids and I put together an “Olympics” for my five-year-old grandson The events included: standing long jump, races in the back yard, a race of pushing a block with your nose, balloon volleyball, a climb to the top of a slide, a hula hoop high jump and a rubber ball shot put. After every event he wanted to know if he had won a gold medal.

Now I’m back to writing and have Olympics withdrawal. Only four more years to wait.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Police Role Playing Revisited

Yesterday I had an opportunity to help as a role-player for the training of two new police officers. Once again, I got to play the bad guy and ended up being cuffed although I tried to talk my way out of it. The new officers go through many weeks of class training, but it’s the “hands on” exercises that really help solidify what they’ve learned. They can study all day, but when a suspect with blood on his hand tries to say he’s only a refrigerator repairman while a woman is screaming in the bathroom, that’s when they have to take action. The trainers critiqued what they did. The new officers will remember the mistakes they made and not repeat them. And as a by-product, I learned a heck of a lot as well