Thursday, December 29, 2016

In That Objective

If you are able to see the photo of an old English quote inscribed in gold lettering on stained framed wood panel below the paragraphs, the location of it is inside the New York Public Library at Bryant Park. If you are able to read the quote, it is commendable. How easier than others you could comprehend the senescence English writing of the King James translation of the Bible. 
     If you are able to understand the quote, that is better. For it is objective towards releasing my first novel, Waiting for Regina. It is one of the best reasons for delaying the release of publication; strive for individual excellence, and high standards from the front cover into each page until you'll reach the back cover. 
     I feel this is important also due to the very sensitive themes of Waiting for Regina. The novel is weighing in on the issues of suicide, family discord, teenage angst, racial bias, infidelity, sacrosanct and civic corruption. Although it narrates as a first person account by the youth Mispha, the storyline apparently affects more than one person, gender, generation, and group. 
    The setting of the novel goes back thirty years ago in the latter 1980's. Since many of these social ills are unresolved today, Waiting for Regina, the book merits discerning readership. Please ponder this consideration when you examine the upcoming previews and read the reviews of the publication next month. We again note the gold lettered signage. Reading a book may become a memorable experience like living an episode of real life.
    Could I assist you in reading John Milton's quote if you find it a challenge to read it in aging English? He states from his speech entitled, Areopagitica, "A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life." In 1664, Mr.Milton, the author of Paradise Lost uttered that statement to the Parliament of England in opposition to licensing and censorship. What Milton was likely combating were the religious influences and complications due to the on-going conflict between Catholics and Protestants mingled with government regulation limiting the freedom of expression. 

    Considering there is a lot of gay exotic and violence in literature today, censorship isn't a major issue, rather the opposite, it might be severely lacking in maintaining high standards of morality. A problem new authors are encountering against their freedom of expression is the wrongful use of their creations. Greedy marketers post websites offering books for free without the writers' permission for them to obtain credit card information from online consumers. 
    It is tough for authors to get their publications removed from these many phishing sites, and they probably feel horrible in awareness their books are employing to sucker people. However, their books are probably not on those illegal sites, the vendors pretend to have copies to give away. My request, please do not give out your credit card or debit card information to get a 'free' book under a subscription contract. It costs legal booksellers like Kobo tremendous amount of funds to maintain sites of thousands or millions of publications. 
    The con-artist booksellers access their income by dissimulating to proffer a vast catalog of books appealing to unsuspecting readers. The primary source of profits is their free usage of bank cards interested parties might willing provide in exchange for a zero-cost download of digital literature. Please do not support their badness. If you want free books to read consider using your public library card. 
     You can borrow e-books, get downloads from official library sites. If they are receiving new releases, you may be able to acquire the physical copies of bestsellers and recent publications. If your library purchase copies of my book, Waiting for Regina, you may be able to read it at no cost. There is a lesser charge for new books provided for educational institutions and public libraries. Also, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other online retailers may have book-lending arrangements. Please visit their sites to learn more. My latest book, Waiting for Regina may be on sale within fifteen days from this date, December 29th.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Three Tongues at Barnes and Noble

My second book in print, Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues is on sale online at Barnes and Noble. If you spend at least $25 dollars in publications or other items, the shipping is free. With the matt finish, this book looks handsome and is a handy size, 5 by 8 inches with a slim width. For certain, it will make an interesting conversation piece, if you have friends visiting, who speak and read the languages of Spanish, English, and French.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Regina, Where Are You?

Could be said that seagulls and squirrels could find their nourishment more quickly and efficiently than of book patrons locating my recent print version of Regina, What Is The Color of It? These creatures are not substantially dependent on fast foods outlets. On my effort among the major search engines, it is uneasy tracking down and nailing the sites where the publication is on sale. 
On a general search on Amazon US, the site does not list the 52-page book in locating books authored by me, by my name. If you type in exactly the title, 'Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues' (full title) in the search entry, Amazon would recognize it displaying the image of the front cover, including a description and product page link. 
You will have less success with Google, Firefox, Yahoo, Explorer and other search engines, even after clicking past hundreds of pages. The primary source publishing house of the publication, CreateSpace does not surface unless you might score with the correct keywords or phrases. You will have an easier web search for Curtis Jackson the famed rap artist, actor and music producer, and Regina King, the actress.
It can be discouraging for an author with an awareness people might be unable to locate your book. I included in this posting a couple of links below. Circumstances may improve shortly as more individuals become more familiar with or better yet read the thin (0,125 inch) five by the 8-inch paperback, Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues. The vocal assisting oral organ noted in the title refers to the languages employing in the publication.

Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues on Amazon US
Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues on CreateSpace Store

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Busy Start Busily Continuing After

Please pardon me for not keeping current with this blog site. It will likely be one or two postings a month.  There are greater obligations and added responsibilities absorbing my time. There are also unfinished projects. Since September, I published four small publications. You may already know about my short story, Regina, What Is The Color of It? It was releasing as a dual language edition, the same little tale in English and Spanish tongue versions in one book. 

Riverhead, New York

I experimented with the project to produce a Spanish-English and French-English editions of Regina, with book covers having type in French and Spanish. There is also a 52-pages print volume, a separate publication containing the English, Spanish, and French of Regina, What Is The Color of It? 
If any of this sounds confusing, please visit the books' product websites on Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords under my name. Those sites should help clarify the variations of those publications. The books may be helpful to individuals seeking to achieve or are teaching fluency in Spanish, English or French, thank you for visiting.

The names of the recent publications:
  1. Regina, What Is The Color of It; a short story written in English first, and then Spanish speech.
  2. Regina, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto?; a short story written first in Spanish after so in English tongue, American style.
  3. Regina, quelle est sa Couleur; a short story told first in the French language, after that it is expressing in English.
  4. Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues is the 52-page print edition featuring the short story in the trio of languages stating above.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Life Sentence of Reading Pleasure

A bookshop is giving people the chance to win free books for life.
An independent London based book shop is celebrating is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. For a reason, Haywood Hill started a contest yesterday. A reading patron has chance of winning free books for life.
According to reader's preferences, he or she will be ship a book each month for the remainder of life. Regardless of where they live on the face of the earth.
I am unaware of the contest rules. You may have to Bing search or Google Haywood Hill bookshop for those specific details. The article link may above give clues. The book shop is calling it 'The Library of a Lifetime Award.'
Considering the average span of human life, eighty years is a long stretch. My recollection is running short, do you remember the first children book or novel you read? Many of us may not be willing to choose the last one. Maybe because the lifetime of learning, the intaking of knowledge is unceasing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What If Dogs Can Talk?

It's sad in our times what are setting in people's hearts are quickly uttering out in social media. We may see evidence of racism and discrimination in our troubled world. If realized, can a person view these unhealthy thoughts in the comfort zone of his or her heart? If concriting and honest efforts are not put forth to rid of them, these unpeaceful attitudes are also inflicting the hosts. Then they will be expressing out the blood pumping organ as normal speech. Yes, the sayings that could lead to shedding blood. Why be waiting for what someone else or they should be doing? If we have "to clean house?" Let it be accomplishing by the best educational means possible with a willing spirit and a building love for our fellow individuals.

Reading Public Still Prefers Printed Books Over E-Books

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, over 75% of reading patrons select paper published literature over downloading its electronic edition. Over 20% of those of a current survey do not finish reading an e-publication after they started.
Apps such Kindle tracks your page-turning pace. Three of my books can be reading on multiple e-book apps and devices. Only one of my books is in print, The Deserting Caricature Artist. DCA is also offering in numerous e-publication formats.
There is a marked increase of e-books offered by public libraries. Also, of the persons learning mostly by tablets, they tend to remain with the same devices and smartphones. Kindle Fire, Sony, Apple IPad, and Samsung are among the regularly employed tablets utilized by the electronic page flipping readers.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Regina!

The e-publication released September 9th, 'Regina, What Is The Color of It?' is currently free to download for a very short while. Until the conclusion of this coming Monday, September 26th you, your family and friends can your copy of 2550 word short story. You can download from Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, Amazon and other online booksellers. At twenty-five pages and 3052 kb in file size, Regina is a minor download. 
The ebook is also one of the few dual language fiction books on the market. There are Spanish and English versions of the story of the account of Samantha, Cory, Mispha, and Regina within the same book. Please pass the word around, someone you may know could be interested in reading it. If you wish to learn more about the epub, Regina, What Is The Color of It? Please visit any of the book product pages of the retailers.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Only for One

My short story, 'Regina, What Is The Color of It?', releasing last Friday on Amazon, have a price reduction. It is on sale for one dollar at the various online vendors including iBooks, KOBO and Barnes and Noble online.  Please spread the word. With the important themes in the story; of ethnic recognition, friendship, bi-racial courtship, self-esteem and being truthful, this short tale may be what people are seeking to read and to share with others.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Almost There and Everywhere

In a few hours, my short story, Regina, What Is The Color of It? will be publishing on Amazon. It will also be featuring iBooks, Sony, KOBO, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, and at various online vendors. The purchase price is two dollars in the United States.
Beautiful Skin of Color: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin by Jeanine Downie, M.D. and Fran Cook-Bolden, M.D. with Barbara Nevins Taylor. It is published by Regan Books.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Notation

Written in 1994, I am publishing this month a short story in the form of a personal letter to a friend. Years after their senior high school a young woman starts her correspondence to Regina, an intimate companion.
In her letter, a dark skinned female reveals a bonding relationship with her white complexion former science teacher which unfolds as part of the short tale. The book is entitling, 'Regina, What Is The Color of It?' It will be on sale on Amazon and Smashwords on September 9. 2016.
My remembering some filmmakers who produced feature-length movies based on their original short films. In a literary manner, I did the same with Regina, What Is The Color of It.
From a 2400 word short story, it was re-expressing into a novella of over 46 thousand words with the same title and additional characters. It also continues in the same narrative of Mispha corresponding to Regina. However, the writing is in her head rather than on stationary paper. Mispha says a lot that would be challenging to scribe down with pen and ink.
She recites events her close associates related to her, whereas she was not present, including her parents' first meeting in Jamaica. And there's a bitter school board meeting where Mispha's teacher, Samantha faces off with her scholarly opponents. Numerous situations have the past and future implications on Mispha's life, often with emotional linkage to Regina.
The senior year of the two childhood friends is sharing in both books, Regina and Mispha fostered a partnership to excel academically. In the novella, the companions are compelled to aid each other to cope with social indifference and tragedy in the latter 1980s. Please be aware the word count of the short book is around 5560 words.
One of the reasons for publishing the short story before the novella is allowing readers to compare how an author reinterpreted his work. Also, individuals will have the option by November 2016 to purchase either edition, longer or shorter. People have an opportunity to pre-order the short at Amazon and Smashwords before its release on those sites on September 9th.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

BookaMillions Summer Sale

There are a few more weeks left in this current season. My wish to make a note BAM or BooksaMillion is still having its summer sale online, where my book is being sold. The deal is if you purchase two books, the third one is free. You may visit the site if you wish, and check it out. More than a decade ago, I did applied for retail position at a BAM store in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Been Busy

Currently, I am preparing a few publications for the fall season this year. My apology this blog site is sort of on the back burner. There is a lot of work to be accomplished, and I look forward to providing updates here. More than 70 persons read the preview at CreateSpace of my second book, The Deserting Caricature Artist. There have been fewer downloads of the free book sample at SmashWords. If you come upon any site offering a free download of the publication, please don't fall victim to it. These vendors offering my book for free are seeking your wallet or credit card number.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Letter of Acceptance Not Lived For

A book publisher sent a letter of acceptance of a manuscript written by a school teacher. They were ready to offer this writer a contract and publish her book. The letter remained unopened at the doorstep of the home of the author. She did not pick up her mail.
It is because the woman passed away four months before inside of her residence. A concerned neighbor aided in the discovery of her body. How sad; police found no evidence of foul play. There are many unknown authors, should anyone live or die unknown?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The DCA Digital Back at Amazon

My acknowledgement and apology, since it is connecting with the print version, The Deserting Caricature Artist had returned to Amazon marketplace as a digital edition sometime last week. So, yes, admittingly, I went back on my word if there are any regrets, these would be forthcoming, on their way. 

Please be aware the previews for the book continues at CreateSpace, open to the public without publication purchase. It is an entire chapter, a fairly decent dose to evaluate of my work, however, only one image. You can as an unknown, namelessly vote on the preview or offer a rating if you wish. My encouragement you consider the reviews on the Amazon product page. 



A video produced by me in 2010, an appreciation of beach visitation.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Smashing Last Days

Today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday the 31st of July are the remaining days for online patrons to purchase my e-books at a considerable discount on Smashbooks. The Deserting Caricature Artist and 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons are on sale at 25% off the retail price. You may be interested in publications by other authors and artists which are also discounting until the end of July in Smashbooks sitewide sale. Please feel at ease to click on the banners of my books listed on the right side of this blogger site. The discount code for The Deserting Caricature Artist is SSW25. The discount code for 57 Pages is the same code, SSW25, the sale may continue beyond August !st, thank you for visiting.

Friday, July 22, 2016


From a laptop sitting before local Bay Shore baristas serving customers, I am working on my next book project. Yes, it is very much unfinished. To note, if I do finish it and it gets published, it will be my first picture-less book. The story is a coming-of-age novella set in a fictional city of Nassau County, New York. My first book is a collection of social commentary cartoons and the second is an illustrated memoir of my pursuits as a freelance artist. Both publications have been discussed in previous postings.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Pressure of Time

The Pressure of Time is the title of a painting revealing the peril of a ticking alarm clock. The device sits on a square solid iron block that probably could weigh 15 to 20 pounds. Above the clock is a larger, hanging weight of metal possibly at a mass of 75 pounds or more. It is held up by four bending pea pods. How are the pea pods and clock not smashed yet? 
Attached to the ticking mechanism are small thin rods coming out the sides and extending upward to link to two separate slim bars, which almost cross over the top of the larger weight. The weight is being held up by a small chain link connected to the rods. 
On a giant computer monitor inside the Heckscher Museum, this image was produced by me.
However,  the two rods above is joined by a razor blade in the middle. That razor is splitting the chain link which is suspending the bigger weight in the air. Now, you can guess what will happen to the alarm clock and pea pods once the chain link is entirely cutting apart! But what is the artist saying?
In the 1970 oil on canvas painting by levitational realist, Gary Erbe, he remembers the departure of his dear friend. That person committed suicide. The heavyweight is suggestive of the compressing pressure on an individual's mental state. He or she would soon be crushed out of the positive will to keep living! 
Is it that eventful an outcome, since a person is deciding to end their life? The time on the alarm clock seems to state 11 or 12 minutes after seven. The painting is currently exhibiting with a collection of other Erbe works at the Heckscher Museum of Art, located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, New York. The title of the exhibition is Master of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe. It concludes on August 28, 2016.
A question is asked in my book, 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought-Motivating Cartoons whatever a person should choose the time of his death. In honest view that he did not decide the moment of his birth. If you find it very uneasy to say yes to the inquiry, Then perhaps you might consider my book a worthy read. It contains a few cartoons questioning the logic and sensibility of the end to life decisions. 
It is a critical evaluation when there are living sufferers of a person's suicide. Family and friends may find it hard to reason; was I not worthy of him or her staying alive? People commit suicide mostly due to unhappiness. The sadness will resume with other individuals after they are gone. Obviously, the fatal choice is not the ultimate solution or even an escape. People who are entirely convinced that purposely ceasing their lives is their best and the only selection might be unwilling or short efforting themselves to ponder reliable options of extended living. Although they have to endure gloomy limitations and unpleasant discomforts, satisfying lives may still be savoring.
My book also encourages people to discuss the sensitive topics in it. Did you not have communication with someone that was deeply affecting you to improve your existence? From the conversation were you assisted to remedy a problem or was locating the wisdom to cope successfully with others? Once the lights are off in pitch blackness, it is challenging to read a book. Another indication an unhappy individual has to be alive to speak up, to be enlightening with genuine hope, and not be asleep in the darkness of death. Talking about matters like suicide as they discuss the meaning of a painting, may lead to a life treasure of awareness.

Friday, July 1, 2016

It Is Back There Again

My book, The Deserting Caricature Artist returned to Amazon globally two days ago. However, it is only the 92-page print edition there, no digital copies which are sold elsewhere, please check last week's posting. My other book, 57 Pages will not be at the world's largest book selling site, but it is on sale on other online retailers. The arrival of DCA comes in advance of Amazon Prime Day scheduled for July 12th. Members will have an opportunity to purchase the book without shipping costs with possibly an additional discount. 

To be noted, there is an added enhancement to Amazon's book preview. Please take a look; on the bottom of a preview page are the words, "Surprise Me", what is that about? When you click on the expression the preview will take you to another page of The Deserting Caricature Artist, it is beyond the typical first seven pages of the preview limit. And it is unexpecting; it could jump to page 17 or page seventy-seven. Also, Amazon is placing greater emphasis on copyright material for the publishers interests. Each page of the preview will convey that restriction. Thank you for visiting, may you get a good deal.

If you are ordering 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons from Smashwords. Here is the discount code for 25% off the retail price, expires 07/31/16 (code is not case sensitive): XJ29F

Friday, June 24, 2016

That Question Can Be Answered

In the photograph above is a black bird which is featuring in my book, 57 Pages. In one cartoon the bird is a feathered researcher situated on top of a tombstone recording a conclusion. Of another cartoon two, observant blackbirds are in a discussion about a scattering common-place dream; home or estate ownership. 
Isn't people losing their monetary invested dwellings in foreclosure the busted aspiration? When a building or house is vacating, birds can return to it and take their rest on top of roofs or window ledges. Unfortunately, the people who once resided there usually are unable to go back to the same residence after being evicted.
If you conducted an Internet search of them, my books would not list first hand at Amazon as it was usually on Google, Bing and Yahoo. However, my publications were taken off sale at Amazon globally late last week. The reasons for the departure are explained in a prior post, Leaving the Big City. So, where can you find The Deserting Caricature Artist and 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought Motivating Cartoons? 
You can find only The Deserting Caricature Artist at Apple iTunes. Please consider trying Smashwords, which is offering both books in various electronic formats. The 92-page print copy of The Deserting Caricature Artist is on sale at Barnes and Nobles and the CreateSpace bookstore, both online for nineteen dollars. B & N offers free shipping. CreateSpace is a subsidy of Amazon. You can still get the electronic edition for under $3 at Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and elsewhere. It may take some time to months for the Internet search engines to adjust.

Unwanting But Not Completely Unpreventive

Innocent until proven guilty is a regard issued in the US justice system. Before and after many court cases of sex offenders it is the innocence of youngsters often torn away. The unwanting violations pressured upon them can disrupt their childhood and negatively affect their adulthood. It could be a life sentence of personal pain and sorrow.
A posting taped on a bus stop window near Brentwood Long Island Railroad Station.
Although not a causality I knew of this dreadful crime since my youth and felt sorry for peers of my generation. Have you too wished this harm was not inflicting to them? Decades later my book presented an opportunity for me to express an acknowledgement towards today's tender age generation. Three cartoons in 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought Motivating Cartoons directly, indirectly address the deviant exploitation of minors. The first edition of the book publishing in October 2014. 
One drawing features grown-ups discussing the impact of cleric youth abuses and the failure of the religious institution to rendering justice for the victims. The other two include children in the pictures, yet the communication is of a potent nature indicating social concern and the necessity of crime prevention. Also, the two cartoons are conveying parental involvement. All three pictures were proceeding by my commentary and references. 
One major note of concern is instructing young ones how to protect themselves from potential adult size predators. Since such degenerates nowadays are working ever harder and more desperately to reel in their prey that incentive of safety should not be underestimating. When we hear of another young victim taken advantage of or murdered. Then the wish these notorious acts be eliminating off the face of the earth deepens. In the meanwhile, the window for honest discussion may be opening, and preventive activities might be engaging.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Leaving the Big City

It is so easy to be attracted to visiting one of the major cities in the world or all of them. That is if you have the time and travel expenses: Paris, London, Seoul, Toyko, Moscow, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Rome, Houston. And the list continues around the globe. Visitation or vacationing could have confines with budget or scheduling, so what a bonus it is to be living in one of those famous locations!
You have access to scores of attractions and resources minor areas are having limitations or nothing at all. For example, on Long Island, Suffolk County the buses could run an hour apart in contrast to Manhattan, New York the wait can be in fifteen minutes intervals. Since people have better efficient use of time in a major metro area, there are many advantages in employment or operating a business. Isn't there a greater productivity margin and profit growth in the major cities than in small towns?
For independent authors, Amazon is the largest city online to place their books. The site gets more than 175 million visitors per month, earning over 1.7 billion in revenue in 2015. There are strong incentives for aspirating writers and illustrators. It is so simple to put your publication on the market, for me, it was less than a day for each book. Writers also have a wealth of opportunities to achieve a huge profit, with Amazon they have a marketplace circling the sphere of humanity, able to handle multiple currencies. Self-publishers can earn up to 70% of the sales on their books. Also, authors have favorable options in pricing their books and changing its manuscripts. My book, 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought Motivating Cartoons have numerous updates which were applying on Amazon with ease. Noteworthy, my other book, The Deserting Caricature Artist was on sale there in both print and digital formats.

As said before leading cities have countable advantages, they also have their on-going disadvantages, their major problems uneasy to resolve. These metro areas become too large to benefit every one of their citizens. Here is a well-known checklist of repeated woes; as of lacking affordable housing, environmental ills, urbanization, homelessness, social and political instability, unemployment. Not unfamiliar in the metro locations are batches of impoverished ghettos often sectioned off but are few feet away from wealthier upscale neighborhoods. People in the past and present made a choice; if you are unable to survive in the big city, you may live a simpler life in a small town where you have your essentials without the accessible boons and frills. As a major online literary city, Amazon has its share of drawbacks and consequences some independent authors unable to live with and left for their specific reasons. 
A steep challenge for me is the ranking system (bestselling lists) heating up a tug of war among the writers fighting to get their books to the top levels to profit better. The achieving stature of a publication becomes more important than its content and quality to book patrons. For example, 50 Shades of Grey have high statistics, a majority of positive reviews, it is still selling big time on Amazon. Despite some book reviewers citing it as poorly written. The basic story revolves around two persons repeatedly fornicating together and probably little else in content. There is a red-hot category on Amazon; erotic literature, it seems people cannot get enough of it. What has been considered trashy, dehumanizing literature decades ago nowaday is shining like gold in this global online superstore and other places. Zombie novels (walking dead people) are also fashionable reads with a strong following.

How high gearing is the rivalry on this metropolis size site? It is so much that vast populace of independent businesses exists focusing on aiding Amazon authors, and product sellers increase their revenue. With that kind of heavy duty involvement in the internet world, dishonesty and unfairness are due to result. It might be an unkind environment for an author to cope in merchandising their work. For a writer get on the top tiers (top ten lists) of best-selling lists, his or hers book might have to sell thousands (average 4k) of copies per day. Game over if an unknown author is selling a few editions of his work per month. Can it be avoided? Only if you do not sell a single edition. Once the first copy is sold, your book is immediately entered in Amazon's bestseller tournament. There is a lot of unwanting competition on Amazon I do not wish to be a part of, thus leading to a conclusion. It does not feel better when your publications are not selling too well for a long while. What is a responsive, reasonable action if a writer is unable to survive in the marketplace of Amazon?

Although there are endless fields for harvesting income, these crops are not entirely accessible or plentiful for every person or author wanting to farm the Amazon land. There will be losers regardless of the quality of their work, or how effectively they market it, sadly that is how the system is operating, whereas putting forth your finest effort with investment and hard work isn't enough. In spite of the likelihood of minimum book sales at other online book-purchasing venues, these outlets are without the problem some best-selling listings and star rating system maintaining by Amazon. What a relief! Book buyers would be considering possibly more favorable factors in their purchasing decisions. After reading this blog post, you may find it less mysterious my books have been taking off sale on Amazon. They won't miss me.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Orlando Slaughter: Deep Regret for the Loss of Life

News of one of worse slaughters on US land is reaching the four corners of the earth. To note a lone gunman entered a nightclub, murdered possibly over 50 persons and inflicted gun wounds on at least fifty-three individuals. The criminal shooter was stained by responding law enforcement at that night spot in Orlando, Florida. The destination is a favorite hang-out for homosexual persons. Many are claiming by gunfire this is the worse massacre in United States history, how so correct that is appearing! 
Although I do not endorse same-sex marriage and lifestyles, this incident is deeply disturbing to me. People who have the potential to excel in goodness and live beneficially were brutally stained in another senseless act of aggression. My wish to express my sorrow to the families and friends of those killed. Could it be worse than other graves matters of humanity's existence?
According to the December 15th, 2014 Washington Post some 600 gay, lesbian and transsexual persons are stained within a 15 month period. There are other reports of this classification of these individuals of troubling statistics of homicide, and other hate crimes and lawless acts of discrimination against them. On a daily basis including violence not reported nationwide, there are more gun deaths in this nation than what has happened in Orlando last weekend. According to another news source, the United States accounts for 82% of firearm fatalities including suicides and accidental incidents (among 22 other countries statistically). 
The slaughter is great in other areas disregarding life. Seven days a week people are losing their lives due to obesity and other preventable abuses to the human body. Millions might cite faulted regulations of gun sales in the United States, but there are other grave malfunctions exposing man's inability to govern themselves. My book 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons address those other concerns through social commentary cartoons and references. Would a solution to humanity be greater emphasis on the civil rights of gay and transgender persons? One of the best responses to such violent events is considering and applying the finest ways to regard any human life without discrimination. Would these include how people manage their lives and the activities they choosing to engage? 

Friday, June 10, 2016


Gas Light: A Limiting Recollection of a Caricature Art Project

Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Bella Manningham
are enlivening by two unknown actors. Out of
costume, it was another day of rehearsal.
When living in Northern Virginia between the late 1990's and early 2000's had only one project professionally as a caricaturist. Gigs for caricature art were rare for me and hard to get in spite of my prospecting for work passing out flyers and approaching people at their businesses and on the streets. Then while driving around, I noticed a small playhouse and offered my services there. At the seasoned fall time, an acting group was rehearsing for a theater play. The administrator of the art house suggested I render a group drawing, caricatures of the actors in their roles. The final picture would be duplicated to be placed on sale for the patrons to purchase at the theater as a framable keepsake when the show premiered.
There he is, the actor in the role of
Inspector Rough in Angel Street.
That is the single project in Virginia that excited me for good measure as an artist. Because I had to rely on other occupations to sustain a means of living. There was for me a part-time retail job at The Gap at the Winchester Apple Blossom Mall and a full-time position at Grafton School as an overnight residential assistant. Grafton is a non-profit educational institution aiding individuals with disabilities and behavioral challenges. The Gap Store closed in the mall years later. On some weeks, I also attempted to jingle in an additional short-term assignment from an employment agency with endeavors to pay the rent and other residential expenses. Those duties included my assisting at an apple processing plant and a major printing press. Although I was submitting artwork and gag cartoons to journals nationwide, it was probably tougher in Virginia than in New York for me to earn helping income as a freelance artist.
For me to complete the group caricature drawing, there was some preparation. I sat in and observed the actors during their final rehearsals and the dress rehearsal. Of the live performers, I had to determine what might be among their memorable scenes, characteristics, whatever individual kinks for a collective portrait. I took camera images; the actors volunteered to pose for the picture. The interior design of the drawing had to be similar to the carefully arranged set decoration. I took photographs of everything necessary, an involvement that had me walking about the set design.

For the group caricature drawing project, I took photos of the set design. The young actress who was starring as a parlor maid, Nancy in the play, posed for me in performing one of her duties in her role.
You are probably wondering, "what is the name of the production?" The 1938 British play was likely entitled, Angel Street in Virgina was better recognizing in the UK as Gaslight. There have been many stage and television productions since, and two films based on Patrick Hamilton's classic drama premiering in London at the Richmond Theatre and Opera House on December 5th, 1938 and in New York at the Apollo Theater in 1941. The live performances of which my group caricature drawing is based on might have taken place in September 1998 somewhere in Warren County, Virginia.

The actors as the Manninghams modeled as part of a group caricature portrait.
In the 1940 UK film Gaslight, their roles were performed by Anton Walbrook
and Diane Wynyard as Jack and Bella Mallen. In the 1944 US movie version of the
same name, the lead roles were played by Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
In the story of the play, an aged 30-ish woman, Bella was impelled by her new husband, Jack Manningham to move into a vacated house on Angel Street. There is an unpleasant memory in the neighborhood; years before a wealthy elderly woman was slain in the same house the Manningham are residing. The typical upper-middle class English couple is content to carry on with their lives, there are, however, troubling complications testing the marriage. The wife was behaving oddly in repeated acts of forgetfulness and misplacing items. The lady of the house seemingly imagines noises in the attic; footsteps are in her hearing; someone is walking about in it. The reoccurrence of these strange sounds is indeed maddening. She became emotionally unbalanced and distressed, wondering what is happening to her mentally.
Mr. Manningham sought to maintain his composure, offering his spouse mild to sharp rebukes, some kind words and bearing up with her increasing insanity. It seems like Bella would be heading to one of those West London asylums any day now. As the wife sinks more into a state of craziness, the husband has been increasing in his activity of craftiness. He is operating a wicked plan stirring in greed, cunning deceit, and murder. In the 1930's the British employed a term gaslighting when a person is willful, methodically causing another's mental illness. If you have not seen the play or films, I won't anymore spoil it for you. However, you probably are figuring out why Hamilton used Gas Light as the title of his thriller establishing the setting in 1880 when gas lamps frequently lit the homes of Londoners.
The caricature project was accomplished, and you see the final drawing in this posting with some of the photographs of my preparation of it. Please pardon me on this human shortcoming, I remember little else about it. I do not recall the name of the small theater in northern Virgina, its actual city or location, the dates of the play, the names of the director, actors and anyone else associated with the production. 
Before this posting, I searched as much possible for information and came up empty, zero connecting dots in aiding my recollection. A reason why I did not include this aspect of my freelance art career in my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist, which is available for sale at Smashwords. Of those who were involved in this late 1990's small stage production, it is my gratitude for your artistic contributions, you put on an excellent show, you have my regards. There are a few more photos below. If you notice anyone here from the drawing or photographs, please feel free to let then know, thank you for visiting.

The final group caricature portrait featuring the entire cast; from left to right the arresting police officers, Jack and Bella Manningham, tip-toeing Elizabeth, Rough the persistent detective and Nancy.

It is all coming together now; the well-arranging set design is a credit to live performances. How honorable to take note the craftspeople and artisans. They who function in the background using selective Victorian decorum to enhance the theater experience in the eye and ear sight of audiences.
Nancy and Inspector Roughly share a laugh with a cast member who likely served as one of the
law officers in the theater play. An unknown child of one of the production staff walks
out onto to the stage during a break from the rehearsal.

In the top photo, the woman who's back is towards us is the likely actress in the role of Elizabeth, a house cook and maid. You also see standing the actor portraying Nancy in a blue evening attire costume. The older lady wearing a lavender-pink t-shirt is possibly the director of the Northern Virgina art house play. The woman wearing eyeglasses in the second may be a theater assistant. My wish to have been able to recall any names of the participants of the 1938 play.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Is There Anything Beyond Film Extra Work?

In my book, The Deserting Caricature Artist, there is an inclusion of my background acting work in addition to details of my caricature and freelance cartoon artwork. There may be quite a few of us wishing to go back in time and remove erroneous decisions made and occupations worth avoiding. My admittance there are films I should not have any involvement in whatsoever.When the features were released, I would later be offended by the active content of sexuality, violence, and raw, foul language. 
It could same like other performers you wish your close family and friends do not become aware of the cinematic products of your participation. Movies that would trouble and affect their consciousness if seen. That consequence might be unavoidable if they decide to observe the films. In the book, I acknowledge my sense of sorrow of an intense action film I served as a journalist film extra, Salt starring Angelina Jolie. 
Photo by Yuganov Konstantin
You may be able to engage in it creatively as a minor actor or film extra, but if you are not part of storytelling process in writing, producing, and directing there are risks of being disturbingly surprised after the movies arrived at hometown theaters or are streaming online in someone's dining room. Background children actors currently are featuring in R-rated movies (example, The Boss, 2016) their parents and guardians might keep them from watching. Some youth performers might view it as an adult world step-up into Hollywood to be featuring in an R-rated film, especially taking a significant part in scenes of sensuality. Could there be a realization of career advancement, the difference between what is truthfully mature and beneficial and what is juvenile and impedimental for one's personal growth? What seems unfortunate nowadays are actors often to be placing in uncomfortable positions of accepting roles that are un-graceful, to say the least, to keep their metier, their "life's calling" on the super celluloid freeway.
They may find themselves portraying characters they detest with the motivations they avert having in real life. If you read the current films' advisory content on sites like Kids in Mind and Common Sense. It is easy to note chaste borderlines been a far crossing over. Of a recent superhero movie, did you ever thought Clark Kent/Superman would be living together with Lois Lane unmarried? I did not see the blockbuster film, Batman V. Superman; for sure, times are altering since Steve Reeves flew the skies of Metropolis. Perhaps, I should not at all be surprised. In lands of the domino effect, same-sex marriages are lawfully permitted with increasing civil rights, and people with animals or mannequins unions are prompting to be legalizing. There is a movie entitled Urge my learning being under production last year about a radical drug inducing people to engage in irrational behaviors including rampant fornication. That is what I read of a few casting notices. How would be a 'big break' in the acting profession if a person portrays an uncontrollable passion addict? It is unlikely a session therapy documentary for trendy drug addiction, but more likely a slick popcorn flick made to entertain millions to be earning billions of dollars in revenue. 

Many pop culture-cine-seeking patrons will line up, paying to see those kinds of movies. How much would you accept monetary to act in such unblushing parts; a couple of million, several thousand or a few hundred dollars? It may be easier to rationalize persons deserving occupations that do not diminish their healthy esteem and values. Of course, there are nobler film productions than this year's The Boss and the forthcoming Urge. Some several years ago my siblings inquired about getting into background acting. I truthfully revealed to them it isn't worth it and warned them of the pending letdowns. Why paint a pie-in-sky scenario of the film industry if it didn't exist for you? A reason likely moving me to reflect in The Deserting Caricature Artist the advice aspirating screen artists may want to investigate personally and honestly if a film career is a worthy pursuit in life.
In 2007 on the set of the Judge Lopez show I was listening to a fellow background actor who contributed to 2001 Spiderman and 1971 The French Connection with Gene Hackman. The aging film extra is of many who established a career in background acting. By his expressions, he for sure enjoyed the work relishing the experiences and the long line of films he participated. Little to wonder in a couple of recent films Hackman was starring in, his paychecks and stature may surpass the life's work of that still unknown gentleman. Not too startlingly today a much younger superstar actor may have the same effect at the box office. There appears to be an open entry for anyone to stride through. It may not swing open door for every hard-working and dedicated artist; countless ones might find it sealing shut then waiting for it to be reopening for them, to squeeze in a tightening space to accomplish recognition. There is a lot I do not know. There is so much of the film and acting profession unknown to me, do you nonetheless sense a bleak picture of reality said here?
The answer smacked me hard, but I should not be answering for everyone else because each person eventually must decide and bear their burdens. Perhaps someone out there believes,"it will be different for me, I'll win over Tinseltown!" Please ponder not making the same mistakes I and various others achieved in accessing those factual conclusions. In spite of the pending loss of glamor, fame and riches you may spare yourself hurting disappointments, abasements, uncertain competition, save much time and expenses. Nonetheless, it is your choice. Recently I found online a dated blog post (circa 2007-2009?) about my first speaking role and am re-posting here below. It was originally from my deleted blog site, Curtis on the News. Peoples' expectations in living happy lives future-wise can change for the better.

"It was already and for so long beknowing an illusion. A subsequent realization is the choosing whatever or not to be experiencing like that as a modernized fable."

Abhidya: My First Speaking Role

During the year 2006, I contributed to a short film, Abhidya. It is a drama which exposes a conflict of interest between two female associates amid a broad social concern regarding the poor of India. The film was directed by Sudhir Venkatesh (or A.V. Sudhir) and produced by Larry Kamerman. I was brought on the project by associate producer and casting director Miki Holiday (director of Stolen Love, 2006) after responding to her online classified posting seeking background actors.We exchanged communication over the phone and soon I was on my way to the film set. So I took the train to New York City thinking what Abhidya could be about. Of the movie title, Abhidya is an Indian-Sanskrit language word meaning desire. It also serves as the last name of the main character.
At the time, I was seeking film experience and Abhidya provided it unexpectedly for me. I ended up having a speaking part. But it was just a couple of words or so in one scene. In that scene, I introduce myself as a guest at a small social gathering honoring a professor. My friends and family were wondering if they would ever see me in a film production. I had wondered too and was surprised to find the finished film, Abhidya online from its website, Genco Film Company. Since this is a news commentary blog, it was not much of a bad idea to highlight the fictional film here. It includes social concerns including poverty and immigration.
You will not see me too clearly when the actress, Collen Summa (portraying Lizann) greets answering her door. It is inside a darkened entry as I walk in Lizann's apartment. But it is likely you'll remember my film name given by the director; Doug Bracket. It was forming from my nickname Douglas. You should hear my voice. My minor, minor role here is uncredited. The film stars Indian actress, Ami Shulkia as Chita Abhidya, a young social worker addressing an immediate plight of an immigrant laborer.
Please by aware in at least two scenes the film contains considerable profanity, one in an argumentive discussion. I had no control over that. Someone worthy of this movie production the public might wish to acknowledge is the costume designer, Cassidy Mosher. Her service to Abhidya adds to the film's overall style and texture. There are other hard working film crew members. If you are inquiring, I had another minor speaking part in the independent feature, Writer's Block (director by Jazzmyn Banks, 2009). My acting resume is not very extensive.

In the image above of the Apple iPad, you see a caricature of Daljit Dhaliwal. She is the Indian newscaster featured in The Deserting Caricature Artist. Depending on what e-book app you might be able to zoom out or enlarge the individual pictures. Not all apps will do this and may the keep the drawings at the same unchangeable pre-formatted to the screen size of the device.

Apologies are thus standing if you do not understand Mandarin Chinese language.