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

Spin or Unvarnished Truth?

art-graphic-for-blog-jan-17-2017

Flipped on the TV this morning to GMA on ABC. The big news? The new polls on President elect’s handling of the transition. It was 40% on a graph comparing a half dozen other presidential transitions. Then the percent was higher for the two other polling questions on fixing the economy and fighting terrorism, both around 60%. Where do they get these? After the election and the exit poll debacle of all three major networks, and maybe four, how can anyone believe any poll results which are announced?
Back in the 1990s, George Stephanopoulos and James Carville in more than one documentary about the Clinton campaign and era, explain how they handled a problem by explaining, “How are we going to spin this.” Perhaps that was where the inception for the new TV show “SPIN CITY” with Michael J. Fox. 1996 – 2002
Is it all a matter of degree? While I have had a smattering of college classes in mass communication, political science, some history, oh, and don’t forget statistics ……several things come to mind. I am forced to dig up my old history by Garraty about Horace Greely and the 1860s press, Yellow Journalism and turn of 1900’s century Muck raking Press. Samuel Clemens comes to mind and his Virginia City journalism days in Roughing It make one wonder about truth in the press. Wasn’t there a raved about movie in early 1940s? Citizen Kane movie was about the negative influence of a press publisher, Supposedly about William Randolph Hearst who also supposedly ruined or sidetracked the career of Orsen Welles because of the film.
Then came TV and 1950s Madison Avenue, and the power of TV in the Nixon – Kennedy debate. It wasn’t even ten years after the 1960 election that CBS was spinning the false debacle of the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam.
I am not believing much in polls these days, exit polls or any others. No matter how you “skew the data.”
But a question still persists. At what point is SPIN turned into a LIE?

Let me know what you think.

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

Confederate Painting

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The Attack

The Confederate Flag painting and 2016 law suit made George Will’s opening item in his Washington Post column about the past year. The rest of his piece is great reading as well.

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/opinion/20161229/george-will-good-riddance-2016

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

Central Coast Writer’s

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Cora Ramos posted this yesterday, but to me it is huge, as I could not make it to the Central Coast conference. …. plus her site is beautiful.
I thought that was interesting about the business side, and needing both, but keeping separate … not mixing up.
This is short, so that you may hop over there now at:

http://coraramos-cora.blogspot.com/2016/10/central-coast-writers-conference.html

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

Author Marketing

Blog Graphic June 13 - 2016

Yeah. Well, as you can see from the photo, I’ve been at it a while. While I’ve always thought of the business side of being a published author [1st book in December 2005], so much has evolved in the print industry and all digital formats. Borders hadn’t closed yet, back then, and I thought they might have stayed longer as they had this electronic connection with Amazon. There was still one B. Dalton store, and I had plans to do a signing event there, and it closed very quickly in 2007.
Two sites I came across had me changing gears, even though I was already trying to practice some things over the past year. Last year was when I was learning about my fifth cousin’s 50,000 sales of his cross genre science-fiction and fantasy series. He was heavily reviewed and in one of hottest genres ever, both issues where my books are lacking. But, that’s all right, I understand all that.

So the first site is about using hash tags, which was a site I shared on Facebook, because it was from a source I thought I might lose. It is by Erica Verrillo at:
https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/04/225-hashtags-for-writers.html?showComment=1465856223346#c5409303558568151096

The second site is a little different and just as intriguing because of its negative premise approach. By Deborah Riley-Magnus, and titled 5 DUMB THINGS SMART AUTHORS DO , it is at:
https://rileymagnus.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/5-dumb-things-smart-authors-do/

Generally, we all have been aware of the term KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE, but the larger problem is REACHING YOUR AUDIENCE. Some of the things may have been touched on others, but one item was really eye-opening about the point of pitching “hooks” instead of genres. I realized when I am at a signing event and a visitor asks about the book, I begin with a hook statement immediately, without knowing their interest quite. So, yeah, it made sense, and there is more there.
What do you think?

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

Central Valley Talk Interview about Pappy Butler Story

The interview is very short on CENTRALValleytalk.com and the Artists and Authors Show is fairly new in their programming, as it was added in three or four months ago. While there are three others interviewed during the hour, the link below on YouTube is their edited version of only my portion.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond

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

Expression

A few months ago, or was it years now, there was a local restaurant owner who put a sign on his business front. It was a rude comment to the President – for you news crawler fans otherwise called POTUS. His sign was in protest of the President’s news conference comments about the need for the government, in the matter of businesses and public utilities infrastructure. With regard to business owners, it was said, “you didn’t build it.” Meaning that the business owner didn’t build it, the government helped because of the highways and roads, and such.
Locally, it became a news item on TV, and then on a local legislator’s Facebook page. I agreed with the business owner, rude or not, and jumped into the fray on the Facebook site. That exchange got nowhere and degenerated into an economic discussion on gross national product figures. I took another step later, and blogged about all of this on another site, along with some other points. It went out, published on that site, but I had a comment from the site host owner advising me, “don’t be a demagogue.”
Frankly, I really didn’t think that I was that strong in my opinion. I may have been a touch dogmatic , but a demagogue? I wasn’t running for any office. I was always going to comment back to the chap, but never did. It occurred to me that it would not have mattered, as it was a political and government view which differed in the purpose and powers of government control. They read my view or comments, and didn’t like it, or didn’t agree with me.
It reminded me, still later, of when I was in another discussion, on a group email exchange. It had to do with the water situation in central California this year. The group, mostly ranchers and farmers or connected to agribusiness, were eloquent about the gripe that legislators and state leaders had reneged on promises of which crops would be allowed to be preserved. Mixed in with this was the discussion on vegetarians, beef production, and others, and how to be civil with the arguments. Apparently, almonds were now discussed as a crop that used to be preserved as now a crop that had to be deleted. It was asked by one fellow, “How can we reason with those leaders to understand these things?”
I emailed back an answer. And the fellow replied, “Can we just write them off and cut them loose from our efforts?” It was something like that.
My answer was, “Well, yeah. How can you convince a group of vegetarians who want to destroy the world’s greatest source of plant protein. They’re idiots.”
There was no reply from that person. He may have been a vegetarian. One other in the group made a positive reply, but I have not heard from them since. I think I may have been dropped from the group. I guess I wasn’t diplomatic in my, uh ………….. expression.

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside
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Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Jitters Coffee House

Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside

Teaming up with me again at another Sanger Art Hop Saturday, will be Steven Hammond. This time we will be at the JITTERS COFFEE HOUSE, at 1317 7th Street, Sanger, CA. This is just half a block off of Academy and 7th Street. We will be there from 10 AM to 4 PM. Yes, it’s a long day. Yes, it’s the Saturday after Christmas Day. Yes, we are signing our books for any who have not ordered before from our publishers or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. In spite of the fact that places no longer exist in our area like UPSTART CROW, the FORUM coffee house is too far away in Berkeley, and our regional district of the leading coffee places called Starbucks does not allow signing events, here is a place that does. Amazing. Drop by for a coffee and visit and I’ll sign a copy of THE DOC conspiracy thriller for you.

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

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

Authors at Sanger Art Hop

Art - Steve Hammond book cover
This is Steve’s banner from his Rise of the Penguin’s site.
As mentioned earlier this event was for Sanger’s Art Hop. It was a cool fall day, and the day after “Black Friday” which in our area makes it called “Small Business Saturday.” Two of us, local authors, made it over to Sanger, California’s “Hinds Hospice Thrift Store” to set up for a six hour day. Yes, a wee bit long from 10:00 to 4:00 but well worth it. Modern fantasy author Steve Hammond signed books and talked about his series The Rise of the Penguins.
Again, the important thing was authors helping each other.

Author - Steve Hammond and me Nov 28 - 2015

Tim
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
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The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Art Banned in California State Venues

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THE ATTACK

3rd Confederate Infantry Regiment in Cleburne’s Division in late Atlanta Campaign 1864.

On Thursday, September 24, the artist was called to pick up the painting with the explanation that under California’s state law, the local fair district cannot hang the painting to be shown. California’s fair districts are a state run entity and fall under the 2014 law AB-2444 and cannot sell or display Confederate flags and symbols.
As a consolation, the artist was told, “the painting was allowed to be judged” and, “ had it won a place or prize, those would have been awarded to the artist.”
The fair people the artist talked with were sympathetic and showed the June 2015 letter from the State of California that was mailed to all fair districts and to all vendors and concessionaires who are operating their business at California fairs. The artist asked if he was considered a vendor or concession as he was not selling the painting. The reply was no, that the fair cannot display it. He asked for a copy of the letter and was told that they would mail him a copy. He was also told that the fair people had petitioned by telephone call to the California Fairs Director in Sacramento, that the painting depicted an historical scene, and also contacted the state Attorney General. It seemed that everyone’s hands were tied by the legislation. At some point someone in Sacramento had to have decided that the historic depiction did not matter.
Here is the law:

Assembly Bill No. 2444
CHAPTER 538

An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to the Confederate flag.
[Approved by Governor September 25, 2014. Filed with Secretary of State September 25, 2014.]

legislative counsel’s digest
AB 2444, Hall. Confederate flag: sales: government property.
Existing law regulates the sale of certain merchandise, including political items and sports memorabilia.
This bill would prohibit the State of California from selling or displaying the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, or a similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with those images, unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Chapter 2.9. Confederate Flag
8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
(b) For purposes of this section, “sell” means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. “Transfer possession” includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.

As well as the legislature not understanding the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, notice also, that the law erroneously refers to the “Battle Flag” as the “Stars and Bars.” In the painting is the “Second National” Confederate pattern.

This is the “Battle Flag:”
Art - Blog photo - Battle flag

This is the “Stars and Bars” which is the First Confederate States National Flag:
Art - Blog photo - 1st national flag

While many may discredit Wikipedia as a source, there is a good discussion of this there at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

The black and white painting was done for a local art show called “Black and White Show” in May 2015. Red was added to the Confederate States’ Second National flag’s canton in June.

Tim

Tim’s book also:
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

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