Red over Red

Red over Red

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Signing Hell

I read this the other day on my Classic Dave Barry Tear Off Calendar. This will resonate with any authors who have suffered through the humiliation of a less than stellar book signing:

The way a book signing is supposed to work is: You sit at a table, people come up with books they've purchased, and you sign them. Except that sometimes nobody buys your book. This is Author Hell. You sit there, at your little table, and people stare at you as they walk past, or ask you where the astrology books are. Or sometimes they pick up your book, examine it, and and then put it down as if its a piece of goat dung. After a while, the bookstore employees, feeling sorry for you, start lying. "Don't feel bad!" the say. "We had Madonna in here last week, and nobody came to see her, either!"

To Dave Barry's most accurate portrayal of Author Hell I would add one other issue - you are trapped at your table and thus considered fair game for every wacko who wants to expound on his political positions. I have a new policy. I will cut them off after the first sentence and ask, "Are you going to buy a book?" (they never do). Then I explain I will only listen to political rants if the rantee can first produce a copy of one of my books along with a receipt or some other proof of purchase.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wifely Outrage!


In a fit of unreasonable passion, my wife made me get rid of these perfectly good Carhart pants, which for years had been reserved almost exclusively for ship work. Every tar stain and splatter of toxic bottom paint told a story. Ah, good by old friends! I'll wear you again in Fiddler's Green!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dubh-linn - Coming Soon!

The literary world is abuzz!


Dubh-linn, the long-awaited sequel to Fin Gall, should soon be available as a Kindle download or paperback. Dubh-linn (the original Gaelic spelling for the city of Dublin) continues the adventures of Thorgrim Nightwolf, his son Harald, Ornolf the Restless and the rest, along with some new characters I genuinely enjoyed writing. After all the trouble they encountered in Fin Gall, Thorgrim (who only really went a-Viking to please Ornolf, he having done enough of that sort of thing to satisfy himself for a lifetime) is eager to get himself and Harald home to Norway. But when Brigit, heir to the throne of Tara and the object of Harald's passion, comes to them pleading for help in her effort to take the reins of power, the Vikings once again find themselves enmeshed in the bloody struggles for power that the Irish wage against one another.


And, on a completely different note... Frequent visitors to this blog might have noticed (or would have, if there were frequent visitors to this blog) that it has not been updated in a while. Technical difficulties. I don't seem to be able to post pictures anymore, and I hate making blog posts without pictures. Not sure why, I just like posting pictures. So, I'm trying to figure out the problem in my spare time. Which does not exist. Stand by...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Author Interview!

Writer Mary Jean Adams has posted an interview with me on her blog, aptly named Mary Jean Adams. In the interview I discuss some of the issues of self-publishing, pros and cons. My thanks to Mary Jean, I appreciate the opportunity to write about some of these issues I have been thinking quite a bit about.


I just got an e-mail from a BBC reporter who wants to do an interview about Ann Bonny and Mary Read. That should be fun. A number of my books were done as audio books by a British company. Amazing how much better one's writing sounds when it is read with a British accent!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Readers Doing it Right!

If you are going to read Fin Gall (and you should read Fin Gall) then reader John Budd demonstrates how to do it correctly. His father, Russ Guibord, of Bristol, Maine gave him a copy to read on a recent trip to Ireland. John sent some pictures of the book in its proper setting....

Here's the book at Kilfenora Cathedral in Kilfenora


And it's truly proper setting, O'Connor's Pub in Doolin, County Clare.
The bloody book gets bought a Guiness and I don't!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Do You Love This Guy, or What?



For some reason I was thinking of this quote. It's one of my favorites, and  every time I read it, it inspires me to drag my sorry butt off the ground and do what needs to be done.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who
is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without
error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great
enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best
knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least
fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt
April 23, 1910
 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interview With Maritime Author Lincoln Paine

Here's a recent interview with Lincoln Paine, a friend and fellow Maine author. He's talking about his new book The Sea & Civilization, a monumental work that looks at world-wide maritime history from the time that there was such a thing. This is a book that you have to buy at the very least so that people can see it lying around your house and marvel at your erudite reading material.