4th Book Holiday Release

California doctor Henry “Hank” Houston thought the ugly past was behind him, but he and his wife Jennifer are soon pulled right back into turmoil and danger. He becomes focused as never before after Jennifer is abducted by agents of what the media refers to as the “deep state.” Shifting through layers of federal security forces and secret biochemical laboratories, searching for Jennifer, Hank worries about what she is going through. He knows exactly what the federal contractors and workers in hidden agencies are capable of—with his memories of illegal detainment and chemical torture. With people disappearing every day, including agency workers like his once old friend Doctor Terry Graff, Hank’s deepest concern is that what he has learned is all too true…

The major buy links are also included below.

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PBRRB1
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/delete-doc-tim-desmond/1127302115?ean=9781626947832
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/755701
KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/delete-doc
BOB: https://black-opal-books.myshopify.com/products/delete-doc
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/delete-doc/id1301122460?ls=1&mt=11
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/364834713/Delete-Doc

Tim

Product details
Paperback
Publisher: Black Opal Books (October 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162694783X
ISBN-13: 978-1626947832
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Delete Doc released

For you fans of medical doctor, private pilot, straight shooter, and civil war reenactor a new problem arises.

California doctor Henry “Hank” Houston thought the ugly past was behind him, but he and his wife Jennifer are soon pulled right back into turmoil and danger. He becomes focused as never before after Jennifer is abducted by agents of what the media refers to as the “deep state.” Shifting through layers of federal security forces and secret biochemical laboratories, searching for Jennifer, Hank worries about what she is going through. He knows exactly what the federal contractors and workers in hidden agencies are capable of—with his memories of illegal detainment and chemical torture. With people disappearing every day, including agency workers like his once old friend Doctor Terry Graff, Hank’s deepest concern is that what he has learned is all too true…

This book is available everywhere: Black Opal Books – blackopalbooks.com -, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Amazon, Kobo, Kindle, All Romance, PDF.

Product details

Paperback
Publisher: Black Opal Books (October 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162694783X
ISBN-13: 978-1626947832
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Desmond @ Barnes & Noble – August 13

Nine day notice. I’ll be book signing at Barnes & Noble in Fresno on Sunday, August 13 at noon.

Mainly for “Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory,” but I understand that copies of “The Doc” will be there too.

This is either a midway event of the 2017 summer book tour or – as said last week – an early start for the fall tour. I may talk a bit about the books, as they are setting up some chairs in the music/CD area. It is only …. NINE days away from the SIGNING at BARNES & NOBLE – FRESNO, on Blackstone and Nees, by the B of A and Elephant bar..

AGAIN – THAT IS SUNDAY – AUGUST 13 – AT NOON.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Black Opal Books Author Page at: http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Blog at: http://www.timdesmondblog.wordpress.com

Writing at: http://www.timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://www.artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Writing Craft Question

I came across this blog article and just had to give it a boost and share it with you here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

By DM O’Byrne ……….. it is here: …….

http://dmobyrne.com/great-writing-art-or-craft/

It speaks for itself.

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

California Confederate Flag Law Settlement

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It seems a long time since the painting was finished two years ago first shown at the Sorenson Studios & Gallery’s 2015 Black & White show. It was shown there for all of May 2015. For the October 2015 Big Fresno Fair Art exhibit, it was not allowed. That prompted advice from a friend to contact CIR – Center for Individual Rights.
Yesterday, May 2, the settlement and stipulation was finalized with the attorneys at California Department of Justice. Below is the KCRE 3 Sacramento Facebook posting based on the AP release about the case.
AP had requested a photo of the painting from me for their release. There may be another piece released about this.
Here is that May 2 posting below …..

May 2, 2017
“SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —
California’s ban on displaying the Confederate flag doesn’t apply to individuals even if they are on government property, state officials said this week in settling a free speech lawsuit.

Fresno artist Timothy Desmond sued after his painting depicting the flag was barred from the 2015 Big Fresno Fair. His painting shows Confederate soldiers fighting in the 1864 siege of Atlanta, led by a soldier carrying the battle flag.

California’s 2014 law says the state cannot display or sell the Battle Flag of the Confederacy or any similar image unless it appears in a way that serves an educational or historical purpose. Fair officials used that law to ban Desmond’s painting a year later, but they let him display the painting during the 2016 fair.

The settlement signed by the state attorney general’s office on Monday says that the ban applies only to the state government and not to private individuals. Individuals are still free to carry, display or sell the flag on private or government property.

“The First Amendment is clear: the state may not ban the expression of certain points of view simply because some find them distasteful,” Center for Individual Rights President Terry Pell said in a statement Tuesday. “Freedom of speech has costs, whether in the form of hurt feelings of those who are forced to listen or the cost of police necessary to protect against the riots that sometimes result.”

The nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based center represented Desmond in the lawsuit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office referred requests for comment to the state Department of Food and Agriculture, where the media office was not accepting messages after business hours.

Desmond himself wasn’t commenting on the lawsuit or the settlement, a spokeswoman for the center said. The center’s website describes him as a retired high school science teacher who regularly entered his paintings in local art fairs.

It says his relatives fought for the South during the Civil War, so he became interested in their lives and the battles in which they might have fought. He found that his great-grandfather’s brother may have fought in the battle for Atlanta.”

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Figures of Speech

A few years back, in an early blog, was a discussion of a metaphor for nervousness. It seemed that it had received a lot of response over “butterflies in the tummy” type of cliché and writing something new. What might have been reported in following blogs as a list of possible inventive examples never happened. Perhaps it was expected to appear here, but, I confess, I did not report that. What I can say is that while there was a huge response of viewer numbers, there were no comments from those readers.

Perhaps there was nothing more to say. But, it always irks me, somewhat, when I read a new author and there appears in the text a cliché of ancient metaphor or simile. I may have mentioned that if one must use a simile, then try to be original. There was a TV episode of M*A*S*H once, when Colonel Potter used a half dozen terms, consonance, and alliteration all for substitutions for a clump of horse manure. Funny episode.

It is also comical in the advice of Strunk & White’s book, The Elements of Style, [Macmillan Company 1959], Chapter V, page 66, … “Use figures of speech sparingly.” And, .. “similes coming in rapid fire, one on top of another, are more distracting than illuminating.” There was something more about not mixing up metaphors by using different comparisons for the same object.

The important thing is to be inventive and original, which is not easy. It is work, and there is simultaneous invention by others. Still the best advice holds. TRY to be ORIGINAL.

No, I don’t have butterflies in my tummy, and by the way is “tummy” a chick term, instead of stomach? But, I do admit I am a bit of a wreck at the beginning of an interview. It’s not jitters, but something else. More like … like edgy loins.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Iris of Roberts Ranch

Copy of Blog - Photo - Iris of Roberts Ranch - Apr 2017

There was an older photo or two of the iris plants, planted by my mother. I had done several shots of them in black and white with a 35mm Argus. Most people will not know or care that I shot those with Tri-X and Plus-X and experimented with using several different Wratten color filters. The plants were in an isolated corner of the fence on the west side of the house, near a strip of half dry Bermuda lawn. There was a bit of barbed wire on one side and white boards on the other side, of the clump of four or five bulbs in flower. My guess is that it was around 1962 that I made that study.

We had moved there in 1959, to the 1880s era farm house of the grain ranch. I left for college in September 1964 and never moved back. The folks were there until 1972. The address was then 24245 Raymond Road, and the property has a great Madera County history and is now in ruin. It was quite an operation with large chicken coops and a new feed barn on the north edge of the ranch group, a granary barn, a bunkhouse, blacksmith shop. A dairy and stock barn was on the east edge of the place, which barn was “the shop” when we were there. That’s where I began welding and doing metal sculpture. I witnessed that barn burning down at the end of harvest in August 1964. Mom liked violets, and is perhaps why she liked iris. I never discussed that with her, but perhaps it was because of the pre-World War II Madera High School colors of being Purple & White. So, here it is Easter and iris seems right. Iris always reminds me of The Roberts Ranch.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

“The Doc” book Reboot

Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside

The Doc novel reboot was the main topic of this short interview on Central Valley Talk’s  live stream webcast of Authors and Artists segment on Thursday March 30.  I also gave the host, Carole, a signed copy of the Pappy Butler novel as the last time on her show I had not received my copies of the book. A brief blurb about Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory is retold to Carole. Black Opal Books publisher is also mentioned. While the sequel to The Doc book is titled Delete DOC, and is briefly summarized, not too much is given away. Carole Love Forbes is a gracious host in this short ten minute segment at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJW94WZ4huY&feature=youtu.be

 Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO

Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com

Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Authors & Artists

Art - final cover by Jack - Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory

New this year at Madera County Library’s Author’s Day is the inclusion of works of art done by the various authors participating. I have to admit, right up front, that I had nothing to do with this event, now called “Authors and Artists Day.” It will be in two weeks on Saturday February 4 at Madera County Library main Branch, 121 North G Street, Madera, California.

So, this event kicks off the spring book tour for Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory. Plus The Confederate flag painting called The Attack which I painted in 2015 will be on display there too. Besides seeing this painting, which is not small at 48 x 48 inches, it will be interesting to meet other authors and seeing any other art being shown. To view The Attack painting up close, mark your calendars and come on down, Saturday February 4.

Tim

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Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Hacking & Media

Interesting stuff this morning. On the news, there was a release of actor’s video encouraging the 2016 electors to vote their conscience, as their view of the US Constitution. Also the Intelligence community refusing to respond to a Congressional request for a closed door Intelligence Committee briefing on hacking. Also the news of the 2013 hacking of Yahoo. On top of that a short mention of hacking pointing to Turkey not Russia.

On the first point, there was also a brief mention that NOBODY is listening to or watching the major media. On the second point, the actors are asking the electors to ignore the will of the people in their respective states. The intel community is, well, who the hell knows, right? But the Yahoo thing hits closer to home. But, why released this now, three years later? Now, we don’t have a Yahoo account per se, but have AT&T.net, which uses Yahoo, so I suppose that means us. We have been hacked in the past. Yes, and our Facebook page also.

The email hacking is interesting because here is a history of our hacking which seems to coincide with the 2013 thing: January 7, 2013, September 18, 2014, April 17, 2015, June 30, 2016, December 6, 2016. I cannot remember the dates of the two Facebook hackings, but have received many phishing requests from hacked friend sites.

The Turkey location piece did ring a bell also. Our VISA was hacked last February and it was from a source in Instanbul, Turkey. So, yeah, that news was interesting, personally. Our VISA was also hacked again this past October from a store in Stanislaus County which is ninety minutes north. We have no control of protecting ourselves from institutional or business systems like Home Depot, VISA, and Target.

Regarding major news media? I quit watching them as a source years ago. But, that’s just me, one guy.

Merry Christmas.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com