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Jan
2014
20

Films about The Troubles

I saw a movie the other night that was set in Northern Ireland during the time when British soldiers patrolled Belfast, and the television news had nightly reports of bombings and killings. “Good Vibrations” despite its bouncy title, is one of the better movies I’ve seen that chronicle that turbulent time. I watched the film with my number one beta…

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Jan
2014
3

New Year, New Website, Everything Else is the Same…Kinda

I’ve had a blast this year. I’ve spent most of it writing, but I did do some other things too. Here’s what I got up to professionally in 2013. I published three new books: Lies I Never Told – A Collection of Short Stories http://tinyurl.com/q7w7vu3 This collection helped introduce new readers to my work. How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s…

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Jul
2013
29

A NOTICEABLE ABSENCE OF BLOGGING

Yes, I am still here, oh website of mine. I know I’ve neglected you these past few months, but even though you may not have noticed it, I did check in on you from time to time. Really, I did. Usually, you were sleeping. You’d have one eye open, waiting for emails to arrive, with your cute little spam filter…

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May
2013
6

THE PERFECT SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP

I’m doing two things right now that I never thought I’d do. I’m putting together a workbook, that I’ll publish in a few weeks, on how-to self-publish professionally, and I’m organizing a weekend workshop on how to self-publish and reach the maximum amount of readers. I never thought I’d do either of these things because I saw lots of other…

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Apr
2013
1

MARTIN CROSBIE-RADIO STAR!

I’ve had quite a month. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been presented with numerous promotional opportunities during March. It’s been three months since I released my new book, “My Name Is Hardly” and, along with my first book, “My Temporary Life”, they’re both selling great and new readers are downloading both books every day. So, maybe the folks who…

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Feb
2013
25

HOW TO NEVER, EVER BE “THAT GUY”

When I was a young lad, barely out of high school, I moved from small-townsville, on the west coast of Canada, to the bright lights of Toronto. It was one of those “have to get out of the town I grew up in” moments. My intention wasn’t to find a career. It was to find loud music, plentiful supplies of…

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Jan
2013
21

POST-PUBLISHING DEPRESSION

On Monday December 10th I hit the upload button on Amazon’s site and gave birth to a two hundred and forty-eight page novel. MY NAME IS HARDLY is book two in the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy and the minute I released it out into the world I started to feel depressed. I wasn’t “pulling the covers over my head and pass…

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Dec
2012
21

STORY BEHIND THE STORY

A few years ago I met a retired British soldier who served in Northern Ireland during the time of “The Troubles”.  I remember seeing on the news, back in the eighties, British soldiers patrolling the streets in Irish towns, and bombs going off in Ireland, as well as in Manchester and London. The soldier told me about missions he was sent…

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Oct
2012
23

THE MORNING AFTER-SURREY WRITER’S CONFERENCE

There’s an old Van Halen song bouncing around my head and there are feathers everywhere. A small area of the hotel room has been roped off using the drawstrings from the complimentary robes that the Sheraton kindly supplied, and there are small scraps of paper spread on the floor. I pick one up, and in barely legible writing, it says,…

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Aug
2012
23

COUNTRY MUSIC, GROSS GENERALIZATIONS, AND MY IMAGINARY WORLD

Several years ago, I was manning a booth at a trade show in a small town, and a group of young people were walking down the aisle towards me. A country music song started playing on the muzak, over the loudspeakers. The three young couples, who didn’t seem to know each other, impulsively joined hands and line-danced down the aisle,…

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