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Book Review: The Monster In The Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis

the-monster-in-the-closet-and-other-stories-by-k-kris-loomisHello, Dear Bloggites.  As you know, I have been working on honing my writing craft this year and one of those goals is to take at least one writing class each month.  One of the best things, aside from learning some new techniques on honing the craft, is getting to meet other writers and authors.  Every person is at a different point in their writing life and this makes for some great connecting and friend building.

In the class I took back in January, I met a wonderful lady who sweetly offered two of her books she has already published to whomever wanted them.  I, of course read the title of one of them and immediately wanted to get that one.  This book review is on that book.

The Monster In The Closet and Other Stories is the title of the book I received from K. Kris Loomis.  This book is different from my normal reviews because it is a book of short stories.  Normally, I do not review short story books but I wanted to provide some feedback to Kris as well as promote a dear writer I had the privilege of getting to know and learning from her in the process.

There were a couple unique characteristics to this short story collection that you normally do not find in other similar works.  These two characteristics are: 1. The stories are broken down into five different categories that have three stories each & 2. The stories were written specifically for busy people on the go.  You also find that each story has a moral purpose behind it that anyone can learn from.  I am going to break this book review up into the different categories in the collection.  Here we go, Dear Bloggites. 🙂

The Park Stories Group: This group of stories all take place in a park of some type.  The three stories are titled Lovely Horns, Friday Afternoon, & The King Stomper.  In this collection you meet a variety of people who either never met but impacted each other’s lives, had a rocky relationship where communication never went past the surface level, & two people who met online but once the first meeting in person happened a shock was found between the two.  I like this set of stories because it reminded me that we should never take people for granted that we have in our lives or who we may share a brief moment in life.  Too many times people are so busy moving to the next thing that they forget to stop and appreciate and SEE what is actually right in front of them.  You know the old adage, “Stop and smell the rose,” well this set of stories reminds us that not only do the roses smell good, but they also contain a new mystery to be found.

The Café Stories Group: This group of stories all take place in some café.  The three stories are titled Self Improvement, The Gossip Grind, & Backgammon Buddies.  I really was entertained by this group of stories.  In these stories you meet the standard people in the 21st Century who are just sharing space instead of spending quality time due to an obsessive attachment to technology, people sitting around judging others with their gossip while believing they were actually spending some quality time together, and good friends who has one trying to make amends for past wrongs while the other is distracted by the game on the table.  These stories reminds the reader that, no matter how grand technology is, you still have to take the time to cultivate your personal relationships with communication of the lip speaking kind.

The Funeral Home Stories Group: This group of stories take place in funeral homes.  The three stories are titled Now at Peace, The Makeup Artist, & Granny Gertrude.  This set of stories cover the loss of a parent where the children have to make arrangements, a person that has to prepare a body of a classmate while coming to terms with the past, & a person who learns more about someone after they are dead just by the memories friends share.  This set of stories hit near to my heart because I read the book on the six month anniversary of my Dad’s death.  The take away you get on this set of stories is to never take life for granted and always live in the now because you never know when someone won’t be there anymore.

The Bus Stories Group: This group of stories take place on a bus.  The three stories are titled Glue It to Your Butt, The Orange Scarf, & Say Something.  This group was a thought provoking read.  When you read this group you meet an unlikely friend who helps someone remember the answers to a test, a unique look in the life of a mother and child from the eyes of an observer, & a life lost too soon.  These stories gave moments to pause and consider situations I came across in my life and I dealt with them.  This set reminds you to be present in the life of others because your presence make be the defining factor on an outcome for someone else.

The Bedroom Stories Group: This group of stories take place in a bedroom (not in a sexual way).  The three stories are The Monster In the Closet, Marks on the Ceiling, & The Santa Debacle.  This group of stories cover fear of the unknown, feelings of worthlessness, & the extreme measure new parents’ make.  This set will definitely give me pause to really assess my life and how I handle situations.  It reminds you that nothing is so bad that you cannot find a way to overcome.

Now that I have covered a very brief summary of the tales you will read in this book, I am going to give you my view on how the stories were written.  The author did a wonderful job at creating a realness to each character in such a short block of time.  This is usually hard for writers when dealing with a short piece of work but K. Kris Loomis did a wonderful job and creating well rounded believable characters that the reader can relate to in their life.  The only negative I could find was that I felt the story Say Something did not quite fit with the feel of the other two stories in the group.  I think it would have fit better in a different category even though it did take place on a bus.  Overall, I loved this short story novel and I am grateful that Kris offered it to us to read.  Go visit her website & see other works she has written, as well as, get your copy of this book.

I give The Monster In The Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  Go read this book, you will be entertained and enlightened.

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Dave! The First Trilogy by Marc Richard

Smarmy, snarky, and silly makes for a great read Every. Single. Time.   These words describe my latest book review read, Dear Bloggites.  I had the pleasure of receiving a request from Marc Richard to read his Dave! The First Trilogy novel.  Marc was a doll and gifted this fun story for free with the most intriguing description.  Marc said that the story was described as, “Douglas Adams meets South Park” or “If Christopher Moore had a job at Cartoon Network writing for Adult Swim.”

dave-the-first-trilogy-by-marc-richardI giggled at this story from the get go.  The storyline is about some unexpected heroes planning on saving the world in 2030 from the new President “Uncle Mel” Gibson.  You have the typical dumb butts that everyone loves even though they are annoying as all get out.  You have your lovers who found, lost, and found love with each other in a time of crisis.  You have the typical serious type and all the mix in between. 🙂

Marc Richard does an amazing job at writing each of the main characters with such realness and blunt opinions.  Throughout the book, you meet the minds of various people who shamelessly promote Marc Richard’s books and he even does a cameo appearance interacting with those he created.

This novel had some unique points of view from the characters and the author does a great job with helping us feel how they feel with the different situations going on.  The entire story was as if The Three Stooges had a baby with Laurel & Hardy and birthed Dave!  The ridiculousness made this story the most fun reading I have had in a long, long time.  The only negative I could say about the book was how it started out with the email chain mail.  That was funny on its own, but I did not see an easy transformation from the email chats to the real-time world that was going on once we started following the different characters on their quest.

Thank You So Much, Marc, for this fun book.  I LOVED this silly story and I am so sorry it took me so long to finish it due to life getting in the way.  I plan on reading more of your works and will recommend your writing to anyone looking for good, mindless fun in a book.

I give Dave! The First Trilogy by Marc Richard 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  If you love a good laugh and entertaining storyline, this book is for you, Dear Bloggites! 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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Author Site Up & Running

Hello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  Now that my website and blog site are talking to each other, I was starting work on my Weekly Email Chats Newsletter for my Author Site, pacwordsmith.com, but I ran into a slight issue.  The issue is: “What can I call my readers/followers/network?”  Here, I lovingly refer to you all of you as my “Dear Bloggites” but that would be a little weird to continue that pet name for my readers…or would it?

What if I gave a long backstory on how I came up with the term Bloggites and then continue to reference all as such?  Currently I reference the readers following my Author site, P. A. Corino, as “Dear Friends” but I want something more unique and amazingly fun to say and read because I consider all my readers/followers/network as my Unique Friends.

Heeeeyyyyy, what about that as a pet name, “Unique Friends”?  I think my first poll is taking shape in my mind for my first official Email Chat Newsletter.  I am going to brainstorm a variety of names that will tie into me and my sites and let the subscribers vote on their future name from me!  THAT IS A GRAND IDEA!!!  Thank you, Dear Bloggites, for talking this through with me.

Make sure your voice is heard on what you want me to call you by subscribing to my Weekly Email Chats here.  Be sure to check the box or just click on any other page on the website and you will find a handy-dandy subscribe button for you to put your email address in. 🙂

I am going to sign off for now, Dear Bloggites, and start creating names to vote on.  If you have any special name you would like me to start calling you, just drop a comment below and I will consider the suggestions.  After all, there is only one UberGoofy World of P, and all of you are part of my UberGoofy Journey.

~4-Ever, P

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Poem: Rainbow

A game of hide and seek I play hoping to catch a glimpse today.

Lightning booms, thunder rolls, rain falls down while the sirens toll.

A game of hide and seek I may catch that glimpse today.

Lightning and thunder blow away, the rain eases up and the sirens stay.

A game of hide and seek I play finally caught that glimpse today.

 

Burleson, TX

January 15, 2017

~4-Ever, P

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Domain Rejoice Dimension

The transfer is complete and it only took 6 days. 🙂

hallelujah-squirrelNow what?  I have been researching how to incorporate my blog into my author site since I first shared the Domain Transfer Dance post.  I have the concept down on how to make the sites communicate, but when I go in and try and make it happen, it tells me I am talking Klingon to the site.  Ghay’cha’! (Damn It!).

I listed a few Grand Ideas I have for my site I want to make after the transfer in my mid-wait blog post, Domain Streamline Direction, and until I figure out how to get the system to understand the Klingon coming out of my mouth, I feel like I am just treading water.

I currently have a bunch of tabs open on my browser to continue the search for the magic formula with the magic words that will breathe life into my webpage art, Dear Bloggites.  I shall keep you posted on my journey of this next phase in my writing career and I hope to see you on the flip side! 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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Domain Streamline Direction

Hello, Dear Bloggites. 🙂 As you can recall, on Thursday, January 19th, I posted about my fun time transferring my domain from Word Press to GoDaddy.  If you missed the post, Domain Transfer Dance, just click on the link and you can be entertained by my pain (of sorts).

There is a reason behind my madness for doing this.  Two of them I listed in my post and am going to expand on these two reasons now.  The first is because I plan on expanding my blog into other areas and want the freedom of the domain at GoDaddy to create it into the image I see in my head (we shall call this one the Expansion Experimentation) and the second is because I am CDO (the proper order of OCD) and do not like having my domains owned between two different providers (we shall call this one the Method to My Madness).

Expansion Experimentation

science-experimentBeing a writer I am learning as much as I can on the craft.  With my current domain being hosted by Word Press, I am limited on how I can tweak the site.  I say ‘limited’ because I cannot for the life of me figure out how to take the different categories of my posts and move them to a different tab to make access easier.  I know there are links to the side that will compile all of those specific posts into one accessible group, but my CDO is not accepting this as a sound set up.  My goal in the end will be a formatted website that satisfies my readers visually and systematically with the format (not to mention the dread CDO monster I suffer with must be satisfied, too).

After transfer is complete (YES, as of this blog post it has been 3.5 days since I gave permission to move the domain and the Word Press email said 5 – 7 days), I plan on testing different site formats to see what appeals to me.  The new site will showcase my writing in a more streamlined way and will help me grow my current Dear Bloggites count bigger.  I adore all my current Dear Bloggites, however, I love to ‘meet’ new people and reach new readers, so the growth is wanted.  The new site will have a fun email feature (once I learn how to do it) that will give the readers more insider tips and glimpses into the world of my novel I am writing as well as up-to-date activities of the UberGoofy World of P.

The Expansion Experimentation will also follow my journey to going from writer to best-selling author (YES, I have BIG DREAMS that will be realized with YOUR HELP).  I will not only continue to provide book reviews on the books I have read but I will start sharing my journey along the way as I take classes, training, and attend conferences that deal with the craft of writing.  In these blog posts, you will receive links to the different items I will talk about and how these items helped or hindered my journey to best-selling author along the way.

I will also start sharing some of the characters from my novel I am writing to help you get a deeper understanding and relationship with these characters on a more personal level.  I hold all my characters close to my heart, so go easy on me, Dear Bloggites, I have a tough skin, but even the toughest of skins still bleed occasionally.  With your feedback about the characters, I will be able to tweak my novel in a more appealing way for you to enjoy.  Once the novel is finished, I will offer beta testing to a few of you.  If you are picked for the beta testing, you will receive a free copy of my novel and provide me constructive criticism and pleasurable praise on what you thought about the book.  Pretty cool, huh?

Method to My Madness

"We're all well aware of the madness, Phipps...where's the method?!Living with CDO (the proper order of OCD) I am always tweaking things in my life to balance and satisfy the method madness.  Having all my websites provided in one specific location will help me to produce more written works for you, Dear Bloggites.  I will no longer have to toggle between locations which wastes time.  I will have the freedom to open up the site and tweak away until my little heart is content.  After the tweaking the writing begins and new, entertaining posts will be shared for you to read.

Last word on Method to My Madness, I really do not mind having this issue with CDO, I am not so far gone with this disorder that it impedes my normal routines, just impedes my need for balance and control.  I can still go out in public and live a normal, albeit, goofy lifestyle that I love.

Okay, Dear Bloggites that is it for now.  I shall continue to update you on my progress from Word Press to GoDaddy and all the fun in between. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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Domain Transfer Dance

I have been reading up on blogs daily, Dear Bloggites, to get some insight on writing and writing styles and just because I love to read.  I came across a wonderful blog by Jenny In Neverland about When Your Blog is Getting Too Big for It’s Boots: Getting a New Domain* about, you guessed it, expanding your blog into an actual domain.  Now, I already own my domain goofycorino.com that I purchased through Word Press so my blog UberGoofy World of P has an actual domain name.  This blog post, among many other good tidbits, made me think I need to just go ahead and transfer my ownership from Word Press to GoDaddy because GoDaddy already hosts two other sites I own.

transferToday was the day that I decided to get this transfer taken care of for two reasons: 1. I do plan on expanding my blog into other areas and want the freedom of the domain to create it into the image I see in my head and 2. I am CDO (the proper order of OCD) and do not like having my domains owned between two different providers.  So the transfer of hosting ownership from Word Press to GoDaddy took place and man ‘o man was it a race between providers for me.

I have to purchase the domain transfer through GoDaddy then I have to get authorization from Word Press to transfer said domain after GoDaddy verified I do indeed own goofycorino.com with Word Press.  Then, after all this is verified in the ether-world of the internet communication highway, I had to wait for an email from GoDaddy to authorize the transfer.

This authorization confused me some because I thought I was very clear when I PURCHASED the transfer that I was authorizing it to get moved.  So I wait for the email.  I get an email telling me that the email is invalid (tech put in the wrong email address) and I had to go update the email address before the transfer could take place.  So I go back to GoDaddy and update the transfer all the while the site is informing me the transfer is paused.  After the back and forth on the authorization, I then had to go to Word Press and make my site public for GoDaddy to get the domain information.

pocketwatchBack to Word Press I go, click the icon to make me public (“Yes, indeed, Word Press, I want my information to go public.”) and then I had to wait for my email from Word Press confirming I did truly want my information public.  Once that email was acquired, I toggled back to GoDaddy (yes, I got smart after opening and closing then opening then closing my browser windows up until this point), checked my domain transfer name, requested they resend the authorization code to the correct email address, and guess what?  Yep, you got it!  I waited for another email.

BINGO, BANGO, BONGO the email arrives with the authorization code.  I go back to GoDaddy and input the information all excited that this transfer is taking place.  GoDaddy says, “Thank you.  Your changes may take up to 15-minutes to complete.”  No problem-O, GoDaddy.  I can wait.

I receive three more emails after this.  Two from GoDaddy: terms and agreements email & a verification that my transfer is under way; The third email is from Word Press which informs me that a transfer has been authorized for my goofycorino.com and it can take up to 5 – 7 days to complete….WHAT!!!!!???say-what

After all this time (not too long, but long enough)  I now have to wait for the email telling me that the transfer has been completed so I can go in and link the blog to GoDaddy’s hosting.

Know what I am going to do for the next 5 – 7 days, Dear Bloggites?  I am going to wonder if my goofycorino.com site will go dark and my blog will be hard to view…gotta love progress!!!

~4-Ever, P