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

Author & Artist Day

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This is a shot of the set up last Saturday. It was a huge success as twenty other authors and artists were setup there also. As well as always selling a few books to new readers, what was of interest and what many came to see, was the Confederate Flag painting of California lawsuit fame. It is on the back, wall over my head and left shoulder. It looks small here but is actually 4 feet x 4 feet in dimensions.

The next event – books and showing – will be at the CWRS sponsored Civil War Reenactment at Mooney Grove Park, Visalia – March 4 and 5 weekend.

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

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

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

The Painter & The Commission

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The Painter & Commission
Flowers Painting – 1973 – 33 x 72 inches Acrylic on canvas. – Current owner: American Cancer Society Discovery thrift store, Fresno, California

Money green and gone
Sales also sail away
Years of oil on canvas fail
With mystique of public critique
Not real, bizarre, surreal

And hope and light escape
In shade of sycamore jade.

Artists always crazed
Stroke or slash is asked
Or splash of brush or knife
Slash canvas, slash canvas
Commission at last

Shown to her in jade shade
Aahhh nooo, no pay today

Bitch hums her critique so cool
“Won’t go with my mauve mood”
No ‘lectric, no neon, no power
No painted nude or lady laid
“Too white, too pink, too blue”

Yes hope and light escape
In shade of sycamore jade.

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

Salty Green Beans

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Salty Green Beans
Stopped everything. ..COOKIN’ UP A MESS of SALTY GREEN BEANS.
4 to 6 strips of bacon in bottom of pot or crock pot. – OR 8 to 10 Tbspns of bacon grease + add crisped fried bacon. ..
2 pounds green string beans
1 yellow onion sliced thin, all of it
Half cup water (optional )
1 tspns salt
1 tspns pepper
I cooked it on high in crock pot 5 hours. Could cook longer, can’t hurt ’em.
Salt to taste after done cooking.

Here is a poem I wrote with salty green beans in it.
The Forage

After Atlanta’s black clouds
Those of us left, and the whole corps
Were roused to march back
West, into the Alabama route.

There weren’t no railroad
In that direction; for three days
And three nights we carried
Our roll and tramped our own.

“Take water, take water,”
The First Corporal he yelled.
“No vittles for you.
‘Til we get where we’re due.”

On the third night
The thoughts filled my head
Momma’s fried chicken, salty
Green beans, and corn bread.

We drove cattle with us now
The sergeants said soon,
We would set up a camp
And have steaks and stew.

The river was high, as we crossed
Back into Tennessee
The cattle lost footing, and
Floated by, all were lost.

On the fifth night
The thoughts filled my head
Momma’s fried chicken, salty
Green beans, and corn bread.

We halted and set up camp after
First sergeant sent us foraging
With Thomas, Henry, and Jacob
And me they called Jasper.

We found a farm
And a barn had been torched
The house stood quiet
The widow smoked on the porch.

On that sixth day
The smells filled my head
The widow’s fried chicken, salty
Green beans, and corn bread.

She told us and pointed,
“The Yankees got the hogs,
My cold cellar is yonder,
By the creek and the logs.”

Near the bank a door we found
Then a buzz and a crack
Sharpshooter smoked drifted down
While Thomas fell on his back.

At a time like this
I had no thoughts in my head
Of Momma’s fried chicken, salty
Green beans, and corn bread.

We loaded and rammed
And for a cap I fumbled,
I drew down on a head
The stilled Yankee tumbled.

In the cellar we found cold
Stacks of melons, apples,
Peaches and ham, we filled sacks
For the boys, back in the camp.

As we ate onions
It will always be in my head;
Momma’s fried chicken, salty
Green beans, and corn bread.

As a sequel to Atlanta Campaign
Tim Desmond
October 15, 2004
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

Author Marketing

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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

Pappy Butler Book Tour

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

The first book signing for the Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory, kicks off this Saturday, JUNE 4, 2016 at the Postal Annex Store on Figarden Blvd., Fresno California. 8:00 AM until noon.

It’s sort of a “book-and-a-chocolate doughnut” event this time. Drop by for a visit. Hope to see you there.

Future stops planned, Madera Ranchos Library, Madera County Library, Clovis Book Barn, Cake Shop, Sonora, California, Kearney Civil War Reenactment, Fresno, California, Fresno Library.

Tim

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

Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com