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They Come in Threes

Each song has to do with three. 1. "We do everything alike/ We look alike/We walk alike, we talk alike, and what is more we hate each other very much... 2. "And what I feel in my heart, they say sincerely..." 3. "Thanks for the times that you've given me..." 4. "...we've danced the whole night through..." 5. "Hey, girl, what you doin' down there?"  Answers: 1. "Triplets" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjW_yvrC0cE 2. "Three Little Words" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxVaBu5i1QE 3. "Three Times a Lady" www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaFJcJO3RH4 4. "Three O'clock in the Morning" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCQaZ0URnLA  5. "Knock Three Times" www. youtube .com/watch?v=k7Jvsbcxunc (I'm willing to bet Tony HATES this video!)

Ode to Billy Joel

Fill in the lyrics to Billy's songs. (BTW, it was REALLY hard for me to pick only five!) 1. "You had to be a ___ ___, didn't ya?" 2. "What's the matter with the clothes I'm wearing? Can't you tell that your ___ ___ ___?" 3. "We met as soulmates on Parris Island. We left as ___  ___ ___ ___." 4 ."In the middle of the night, I go ___ ___ ___ ___." 5. "If you said goodbye to me tonight, there would still be ___ ___ ___ ___" Answers: 1. "Big Shot" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEea624OBzM 2. tie's too wide "Still Rock & Roll to Me" www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eAQa4MOGkE 3. from an asylum "Goodnight Saigon" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CABCIseO8Zo 4. walking in my sleep "The River of Dreams" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p66Q5btJ9ak 5. music left to write  "The Longest Time" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nR0dkiHEW8

Giveaway on GoodReads: Killing Despair

I'm doing a giveaway on GoodReads for copies of KILLING DESPAIR from now until September 2nd (That seemed so far away at the time!) The widget is on the side...If I did it right. Otherwise, just go to Goodreads and figure it out. That's what I had to do! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105511-killing-despair-loser-mysteries Note: My recommendation is that you read at least Book #1 before this one, which is Book #3.

Polite Songs

These songs have "please" and "thank you" just like your parents taught you! 1. The Beatles: "Why do I always have to say, Love? ___  ___ ___" 2. Jim Croce: "Thank you for your time, Well, you've been so much more than kind." ___ 3. The Marvelettes: "Please, ___ ___, look and see." 4. Andrew Gold: "Thank You for ___ ___ ___" 5. Bob Hope: "Thanks for ___ ___" 1. "Please Please Me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h43nuGSd1m4 2." Operator" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPu_G-T28iU 3. Mr. Postman www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4    4. Being a Friend www. you tube.com/watch?v=ZN3E9Yyd1HA 5. The Memory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPu_G-T28iU    

Feet on the Ground, or Butt in the Chair?

One of the crazy things about being an author is the wide disparity in what's expected of you. The writing part requires long hours of--well, writing. Composing, revising, re-writing, and editing take time and concentration. On the other side of the coin, you're expected to promote your work in order for publishers to have anything to do with you. That means public appearances where you smile a lot and try to stir up interest among readers. I don't mind the public stuff, but it often feels like time I might have spent writing. Let's say I sign up to visit a bookstore on Friday (This Friday it's Purple Tree Books in Cheboygan, MI.) There's no way to tell if there will be people in the bookstore. If the sun is shining or if it's raining really hard, probably not. There's no way to tell if they'll be mystery readers, either. So two or three hours plus travel time gets me no guarantees that I'll even meet a prospective buyer, much less convince him