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

Kindle Version Giveaway – Pappy Butler novel

Last March I did a print version Amazon giveaway of Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory. That was done on and as a “email friend only” offer. In an effort to reach out to the ebook and Kindle readers, this new giveaway is now “LIVE.” This is going out here on WordPress blog and to both Facebook and Twitter.

The link is:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/7e274e3af9379beb

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory (Kindle Edition).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of May 20, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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

March is here

March is here. The two Irish flags in the back are faded and have been flown the most in past years. The other one with the red cross is also an Irish flag. It has been mistaken for the Alabama and Florida state flags, though Florida has a state seal in its center. The Alabama flag, created in early 1890s, was described as “a crimson St. Andrews cross on white field.
In Ireland the coat of arms of the ancient Munster family of Fitzgerald was described as “a red saltire on argent field” or [translated] “a red cross on silver [white].” I suppose that was symbolic of the royal house at the time. The Geraldines were a succession of Earls of Desmond. The Coat of Arms of Desmond is not always displayed as Desmond, probably because it was a place before it was an Irish surname. But, the place was Munster and under the control of Geraldines and called the House of Desmond. The Coat of Arms was “a red saltire on argent ermine.” The black marks are the symbol of the ermine which had black tips to its tail in winter. There is an old ruin of a stone church on the road in Adare, west of the town center. On the stone façade are two Coats of Arms carved in relief. On the left is the saltire cross on a shield shape which is plain on the four fields between the bars. On the left is another shield with a saltire cross, but the four fields between the saltire bars has the ermine marks. Both Coats of Arms on the same building.

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

Sun On Our Face

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Coco and me – February 2017

Sun on our face, the wind at our back …… on our walk this morning.

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

Pappy on a Roll

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Cover by JACK at Black Opal Books

Today’s interview was the second time for the novel PAPPY BUTLER & HIS ZERO TIME THEORY on Central Valley Talk studio in Fresno, California. It ran longer than planned as two other guests in the hour did not show. Besides the talk about the Pappy Butler story for any new viewers, I told a little bit more about Pappy’s theory. The other thing mentioned was the upcoming sequel to THE DOC novel, with answers to loose ends from that book. Called DELETE DOC, it is scheduled for release in May or June. There is no cover design yet. There is more on …….. Enough. The interview is on YOUTUBE at:

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

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

E-book Audience Share

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Family -Tim Desmond at Captain Tony's

This didn’t turn out the way I expected. When I was searching for a comparison of an audience share of these type of users of Kindle formats versus Nook readers, naturally the term “reader” did not mean the noun of a person to the search engine in the machine. An interesting site popped up about comparing Kindle tablets to Nook tablets and Kobo. Not exactly what I was looking for but I learned about the virtual ink process or design called “E Ink Display” that allowed for daylight reading and how that works. The site has more product information and comparison at:

Kindle Voyage vs. Nook GlowLight vs. Kobo Aura H2O: Battle of the ebook readers

Also, along this vein ………

https://www.cnet.com/news/kindle-vs-nook-vs-ipad-which-e-book-reader-should-you-buy/
And: ………. https://pickmyreader.com/kindle-paperwhite-vs-nook-glowlight/

Getting back to the main question is there a trend in the users between these three types of e-book readers as an audience?
The answer I found is a year old, October 2015, but is comprehensive in its scope and detail. I could recreate the data and graphs, but why? I’ll just send you to the site which is ……. A must lesson for any author, and, well, any striving writing.
I feel fortunate that my publisher provides most of these platforms. That site is HUGE and at:

http://authorearnings.com/report/october-2015-apple-bn-kobo-and-google-a-look-at-the-rest-of-the-ebook-market/

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