"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Friday, January 21, 2011

Great Time Wednesday in West Boylston

Had an awesome night Wednesday moderating a panel with Tracy Carbone and Morven Westfield at the Beaman Memorial Library in West Boylston. Special thanks to Mark Baldi and everyone at the West Boylston Arts Foundation for sponsoring the event.
Pictured above: Me, trying to give picture-taking instructions (which invariably ruins the pose, lol) holding Solomon's Grave, Tracy Carbone holding her novel The Man of Mystery Hill and Morven Westfield holding her vampire novels Darksome Thirst and The Old Power Returns.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Reading / Panel Discussion tonight!

Reminder:

Morven Westfield (Darksome Thirst, The Old Power Returns), Tracy Carbone (The Man of Mystery Hill) and I (Solomon's Grave, Christmas Trees & Monkeys) will be taking part in a reading, signing and panel discussion on using local settings in their works of horror for the West Boylston Arts Foundation in Massachusetts, tonight, Wednesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Boylston’s Beaman Memorial Library. All are welcome and attendance is free. Learn more about the WBAF at www.wbaf.org. For directions, visit http://www.beamanlibrary.org/directions.html

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some Life Lessons for the New Year

My friend Martha sent this out as an email, and a lot of you have probably read it recently or in the past, these emails have a way of traveling the e-globe, but it was pretty cool, so I thought I'd pass it along:

Some life lessons to read once a week.

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. (This may or may not be true, of course, but doesn't really matter.)
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: "

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Books Read in 2010

Nick Kaufman posted his books read in 2010, and I thought, hmm, yea, well, I should do that ... then the list will be here and I can reset my "Books read in 2010" to the new "Books Read in 2011" list.. I know, it's complicated, but let's just go with it. So without further ado...

Books Dan Read (whether or not I actually finished them is another story) in 2010:
(most recent first)