Monday, March 30, 2009

Earl Schenck Miers

Quote of the day, found in "Book Reviewing" by by John E Drewry, 1946

From Earl Schenck Miers:

"Bring into a room two statesmen, and very likely you will have a war, two churchmen you will have a schism, two businessmen and you will have a merger or a panic, two murderers and you will have a murder, but bring into the same room two men who work and live with books and the walls will ring with camaraderie."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Year's Oddest Titled Books

A really nice friend sent me this today. She noted that I am the only person she knows who would appreciate this. Now that might just be because my book is oddly titled "Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?" Or it could be that she knows I enjoy oddities in all forms. Anywho- I bet some of you will get a laugh too!

Cheesy book takes prize for year's oddest title

Mar 27, 12:05 AM (ET)


LONDON (AP) - A heavyweight study of the future of soft cheese has won Britain's annual competition to find the year's oddest book title.

"The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais," by Philip M. Parker won the Diagram Prize, awarded Friday by trade magazine The Bookseller.

The runner-up was primate study "Baboon Metaphysics," by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth.

Horace Bent, who runs the award, said Parker's volume was a surprise winner given the competition from racier-sounding finalists like "Curbside Consultation of the Colon" - a medical manual - and hobby handbook "Strip and Knit With Style."

Bent said "Fromage Frais" was a worthy winner that had "turned the supermarket chiller into the petri dish of literary innovation."

Fromage frais - literally "fresh cheese" - is a dairy product that originated in France and has a similar consistency to sour cream. The book is a 188-page study of the global retail market for the product.

Parker's book is published by Icon Group and sells for a hefty $795 (euro589.)

The Diagram Prize was founded in 1978, and the winner is decided by public vote.

This year's other finalists were "The Large Sieve and its Applications" and "Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring."

Previous winners include "Bombproof Your Horse,""Living With Crazy Buttocks" and "People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Now see, here's the thing

In trying to promote my book, I've been advised to join Facebook, Twitter and to do an Author's Blog on Amazon. All well and good. I drew the line at MySpace since I hear that is yesterday's news.

Now see, here's the thing: trying to keep up with all this is killing me ever so slowly. I know, I know, I can do one blog and have it both here and on Amazon. I can have my Twitter Posts also be on Facebook....leading to the problem of what if I say something on one that I don't want to share with people on the other??? Hmmm??

So I guess I just limp along and do the best I can and update each now and then. Twitter is easiest except when it tells me that I am locked out for tying to log on too often, when I've only logged on once the whole darn day!

There are a lot of other "things" that I could blog about, but who knows who is reading this blog and how they might use it against me? They might not buy my book!
Egads- they aren't anyway. I evidently have written a book that is best used to pass around from friend to friend, and to take out of the library.

Now the other thing is: To Sequel or Not To Sequel?

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Purchase a copy of "Are You Gonna Eat That Banana" from Amazon using this link:

Email me at with the date of your order so I can verify it. I get a count of how many books sell on any given day. When you email me, be sure to give me a mailing address for you and you'll soon receive a personalized bookmark in the mail!

Write a fair review on Amazon, send me a copy, or the direct link to your review, and I'll also send you an autographed bookplate for your copy of "Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?"

Contest ends March 31st.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Google Goulash

I'm finally inspired to work on Google Ghoulash and am pleased with this mini success story of the morning. Drum roll, please: