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Latest White Trash Picture Learnin' Book Update and other stuff of little interest

I recently was notified my story, The League Of Homely Women, won an honorable mention from Writers Digest.

My novel, Nisei, won second place in the SouthWest Writers 31st Annual Contest.

Announcement: I will be giving an hour long talk on my book: Death's Twisted Tales at the Palm Bay Library on 01/08/2014 at 6:30 PM. I will serve my wife's chocolate chip cookies and will be passing out free books and free toys and no-doze.

Addendum to My White Trash Picture Learnin' Book:

By Karrielynn Jackson

This is my White Trash Picture Learnin' Book and I am six and I have two brothers and 1 sister and none of 'em knowd as much as me.

There are 4 things on the kitchen counter an one of  'em is dead.

The others you kin eat.
If Becky et one and Joshua et another, and the dead one is still dead, how many do you got left?
Answer: One-that ain't dead.

Animal Sounds
Neighbor's dogs go Bark, Bark, Bark and don't never…

The Importance of Titles in Classic Literature or How to Change a Plot with One Lettter

Check out my short  story, Mathers Bridge, published on Akashic Press, Mondays Are Murder Noir Series:(Then come back)

Mondays are Murder

Kudos to my wife for today's blog. We were looking at a schedule of events at our local library where one of the upcoming programs was an in-depth review and analysis by the book club of the book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Unfortunately, the flyer had a typo where the title instead read: Anne Frank: The Dairy of a Young Girl. My wife, trying to be clever, my job, by the way, said that would be an interesting book-a girl and her dairy farm during the war. I chuckled to appease her and then wondered how one would rewrite the synopsis of the book for the dust cover, considering the new title. Then I thought, what if a typo by the publisher of only one letter changed all of the dust covers for the classics? Then you'd have to rewrite all of the book's synopsis, which I did of the following. Each of the titles have only one letter…

Experimental Post

If you were routed to this blog by a search engine with the intention of seeing something absolutely different, like Britney gyrating or Miley twerking, I apologize, though I’d like to think of this as an Experimental Blog with the intent of hijacking innocent browsers for my own purposes, those being to promote myself. Go ahead and leave if you must, but be aware by ignoring my creative writing  you risk hurting my feelings as well as the feelings of my dear departed mother, God rest her soul.

What I’ve done is listed links to my writing on the web as well as links to places my book can be purchased and also a Goodreads Giveaway page. With these links at your beckoning, you can spend the next half-hour or so entertained instead of wasting it on Solitaire or Grand Theft Auto. Seriously, how many people can you kill with your mouse before the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome surface?
Anyway, the technique I used to lure you here probably has a name, like Search Baiting or Search Slamme…

My Life as a Literary Prostitute

UPDATE: I was pleasantly surprised to see two cool e-mails when we came back off vacation:One was an award for Second Place in the Mainstream/LiteraryNovelcategory of Southwest Writer’s 31st annual contest for  my novel, Nisei. The other was from Akashic Press saying my story, Mathers Bridge, was accepted for publication in their Mondays Are Murder series. And a third update. My entry to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst first line of a novel, won a Dishonorable Mention Award in the Romance Category. My mother would be so proud. Fourth Update-(when it rains...) My story, CARROTASTROPHE, was published in Green Prints magazine two and a half years after I wrote it.

back to whining and self-absorption:

All authors have that overwhelming desire to proffer their work to others, to see what the reader will think about it, to receive their sagacious advice and criticism. At least that’s what the author says, anyway. In truth, the author wants only to hear praise for his or her wo…

The High Cost Of Writing

I’m Back. Heeer’s Johhnny! I’d like to apologize for ignoring my blog for so long, but as the title infers, one makes little money from writing so one must work for a living. I’m too old to sell my body so it’s trudge, trudge, trudge to the office and work, work, work.
I’ve been busy putting together a collection of short stories about death which will probably cost more to produce than the pitiful income it brings in. Here’s the cover so far and when it comes out it will be available both digitally and in paperback on Amazon, B&N etc. So stay tuned and prepare to fork over four bucks for the Kindle copy or maybe I’ll price it at $3.99 like the gas stations do. Available now on:

Back to the theme. Don’t give up your day job. Not yet, anyway. The hobby of writing can be quite expensive or dear, if you’re British. I do have other hobbies that on the surface seem like they should cost more than writing: Golf: About $2000 a year if you don’t include the $1000 t…

Listen! Don't Read!

Update: Some good news. My story, Rat Baiting, won first place in the Arizona Mystery Writers short story contest. And---- my story, A Shadow The Length Of A Lifetime, was accepted and published in the Bacopa Literary Review magazine.

Now back to pessimism and sarcasm:

Irreverent, you say. A writer who tells you not to read? Blasphemy! What is the number one answer that all successful authors give when asked for the best advice to eager, fledgling writers? The answer? Read. Read a lot. Read a lot of everything. Read everything.
Quite true. They know what they’re talking about or they wouldn’t have the modifier: Best Selling Author in front of their name now would they? These great authors were the nerds in school who always had a book in front of their noses during lunch and recess. Everybody picked on them but they’re getting their revenge with every best-selling novel they pump out. So if your child says he or she is being picked on in school, assure them they will have the last laug…