Site-Map / Directory
A book lacking a table of contents or, at least, an index of some kind, well... just doesn't make sense. Right? You don't always want to begin from the beginning; sometimes you just want to get to where you want to be. So too, a web-site that lacks a "Site-Map" just becomes a collection of "pages". And though it would be appreciated if you'd spend the time to browse about, well... sometimes you just want to get to where you want to be, and that's why this "Site-Map", the table of contents/index is provided.
The page upon which, you entered the site. (And yes, the "Welcome" is most sincere.)
Those little details of my origin and a few bits of what I consider "accomplishments" related to author-ship.
Yes, believe it or not, some-times some-one takes an interest in the workings of an author's mind and here's the evidence... "interview(s)".
Just some random thoughts, notices of works in progress, and other tid-bits of what "rambles" through my mind when I give thought any freedom to wander, mostly aimlessly.
•• BLOG ARCHIVES
Instead of loading the main "Blog" page with continuing blither and blather, these "archives" are broken-down to annual installations, just in case you've an interest in the ever-building saga of what happens in the other-wise mundane life-time of this particular author.
Blurbs and descriptions of books written and published.
•• CURRENT AND PAST BOOKS
The latest and the still-available books completed and offered for sale or preview.
•• PREVIEWS (EXCERPTS)
From time-to-time, there will be "previews" (in PDF format or general text) posted on this site; some might be multiple chapters, others will be snippets from a particular chapter or paragraph. In all, this is a small way of telling you what the book is about and how it's written... a bit of "try before you buy" (or not).
•• SPECIAL OFFERS
Occasionally certain works are offered at reduced price or even free. I've a particular penchant for making offers to readers (and non-readers) with whom I correspond on certain social media sites (which are listed on the "On-Line" page). Notices are posted, with "discount codes" on the social media sites or, for those of you who come here to keep current, you don't have to wait for the social media postings, so it's your advantage. Copy the provided code(s) and click the link to the sale page. On "check-out", just "paste" the code where applicable to benefit from the offer(s).
Have you a comment on anything? Have you a review of a book you've read? Have you a greeting to send and share with others? Have you a few words you'd like to present to the world? Here, on the "Contact" page, you can either get in touch with me or post your thoughts to the global public. And yes, maybe it's foolish of me to do so, but I've set this up so that you don't have to divulge your personal information, your deepest secrets, your identity. You can use a "nom de plume" (or "guerre" if that's your intention), and the e-mail address, though necessary to post, can be anything you choose, provided it appears in the proper format: email@example.com/org/etc. I'm particular about the extent of my own information that I post to the Internet, particularly because I was a victim of "Identify Theft" some years before it became a popular occupation, so I don't expect others to spew their own information here. But do feel free to either contact me directly or publicly; either way, it's truly appreciated.
Over the course of time, I've discovered sites that are beneficial to my own works, efforts and endeavours, and, like-wise, through trial-and-error, I've discovered others that are merely detrimental to reputation, safety, security and privacy. I DO participate in social media, primarily to keep abreast of current affairs on a variety of subjects and topics, and I enjoy being able to discuss and debate just about any of them with as vast a participatory group as possible. So here, on the "On-Line" page is where I list the places I might be found... excluding, I will and must say, Facebook and the likes of that (you can refer back to the "Contact" comment I've posted for an explanation on this matter). If you're already on any of these venues, I look forward to "chatting" with you there. If you've not joined some of them, I invite you to come by, browse about and hopefully, we'll "meet" there one of these days.
mote: noun (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/13150#view=definitions&word=mote
ort[awrt]: noun Usually, orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal. Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English; cognate with Low German ort, early Dutch oorete; compare Old English or- out-, ǣt foodhttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ort
As the title implies, this is a page of "bits" of items associated with and related to writing, language, vocabulary and the likes. As I write, there are moments when a particular word or phrase catches my attention (like spotting a butterfly in the midst of a serious debate on current political affairs and... OH LOOK! BUTTERFLY!) and I careen off into yonder field in heavy pursuit of the origin(s) of what-ever it is that caught my attention at the moment. Here, on this "Orts" page is where I'll post my findings, just on the off chance that somebody else might find the information of some sort or degree of interest. (Ponder, if you will, for example: "dialogue" was, originally, a "noun", it's recently become a "verb". Like-wise, "ort" is rarely ever used in contemporary conversation - or dialogue - considered "archaic"; why did it fall into disuse? AND... Why don't some people know the proper use of the words "there", "they're", and "their"? These are the types of "orts" that get posted on the "Orts" page.)
I ADORE "reviews", readers' comments on what I write, whether it be complimentary or other-wise. I'd begun selling by works on Amazon, through their "Kindle" service. But as time passed I came to learn that it wasn't the best venue available. For example: shortly after my first publication was posted, a quite negative "review" was posted to the Amazon site by some-one who'd obviously not bothered to read the book, had a personal vendetta and needed to give "voice" to his personal bias. (Sadly, the name of the "reviewer" was posted, clearly, so I speak here on what I know to be fact.) So I now encourage readers (of my works and this site) to post their reviews and comments here, and have since removed my works from Amazon/Kindle and the likes. I'm open to ALL critiques, understanding that not all genres of writings appeal to all people. Besides, if we pay serious attention to current affairs, circumstances and conditions of the world in which we live (or reside), it proves the old adage to be true:
"Negative publicity is better than no publicity at all."
Please, comment freely! If you truly want a reply, please be sure to make that known. I tend to respond to all posts... in due course, but if you want a reply to a particular comment, question, review, let it be known. I'll surely do my very best to be expeditious.
• SELECTED SHORTS
A "mood" will strike, a memory flash to mind, an anecdote, a thought, an inspiration... fiction, non-fiction, biographical-essay, some-thing, not long enough to dedicate an entire tome, but some-thing that may (or may not) be of interest to a reader. Perhaps amusing. Maybe enlighting. Could be amusing. They're short stories. Sh-orts, as it were, several.
(I believe this page has explained itself by now. No futher comments except: Thank you for reading all the way to this point AND more-so, for coming to the site!)