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February 2009 Blog Posts (25)

My New Collection of poems, SEXLESS SOLITUDE

Hi, I am pleased to share with members that my new collection of poems, SEXLESS SOLITUDE AND OTHER POEMS, is now published. For details, one may click:


Added by Ram Krishna Singh on February 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fluoride Harms Kidney Patients

Janet Lail learned to live for years with the constant pain she likens to brillo pads rubbed over scorched skin and monthly hospitalizations due to a kidney disease (chronic pyelonephritis) that requires she drink loads of water.

Then suddenly the pain disappeared and her hospital visits became fewer and farther between. Even the doctors were confounded-–nothing had changed – except the water-–it was no longer fluoridated.

Lail’s water provider, the South Blount Utility… Continue

Added by Sally Stride on February 25, 2009 at 4:39am — No Comments

"I Promise"

In any aspect of life, it's best to be honest and keep your promises. You know. Be a person of your word. Not implementing respectful teatment to others can be extremely dangerous. Sometimes immediately. Sometimes later in life.

This is a story of how not keeping your word and making false promises to others could be a HUGE mistake. Clearing your mind of anything you've experienced previously this day will make this tale the most beneficial.

Chapter… Continue

Added by Tim Blakely on February 22, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tell me about your comfort books....

I posted a new entry to my Blackwater Tales blog about our 'comfort books', those books we love or enjoy enough to read them more than once. Read it and come back and tell me about your own 'comfort books'.

Added by Robin Minnick on February 22, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Here we go!

I've decided to become an active writer, after years of teaching, studying for different diploms and certificates I think it is time to go for my real passion. I don't know yet how to start this because I also have another blog going, I mean why start modest and easy if you can start with a bang. I hope this will work out.

Added by Jose Louwes on February 21, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Book Review: Malice in Miniature by Margaret Grace

I've posted a review of Malice in Miniature by Margaret Grace at Bookstove.

Bookstove: Review: Malice in Miniature

Enjoy the review; enjoy the book!

Added by Robin Minnick on February 18, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Lions and Tigers and Blogs, Oh My

I'm giving in.

I've resisted the blog for years, but the time has come to acquiesce to the monster. And doesn't it sound like a monster? Blog. Or maybe something Gollum might utter when choking on a fish bone.

Either way, I guess it's caught up to me. I made the mistake of stopping to look back and it grabbed me by the neck. There's no escape now. See, in my day job I've suddenly been tasked with composing the company's profile on facebook, linkedin, and whatever else… Continue

Added by Sean on February 11, 2009 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment


Black and angry clouds fight to own the sky. Foolish clouds...convinced that their rolling blackness is powerful enough to win a battle against the sun.

Sometimes I feel as though the clouds are invincible. They puff up, great balloons of pridefulness, convinced that they have triumphed.

But the sun is a burning ball. It is power and fire and absolute light. When it is bored with their stupidity, it burns through their thin walls and all of their pride hisses out, lost in… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Benbrook on February 11, 2009 at 4:04am — No Comments

Fear in Mystery Novels

Today I have a guest post on the Dark Phantom website. I wrote a little post (an article, really) titled “Writing a Murder Mystery and Using Fear.”

I suppose with my background of writing horror stories, using fear in mystery novels comes naturally! But, read my post to see what I have to say. There've been a few comments already on the posting.


Dark Phantom

And as a last thought on using fear… Continue

Added by Doug Hewitt on February 9, 2009 at 7:27pm — No Comments

The Virtual Book Tour Gets Back In Gear

Tomorrow starts week 2 of my virtual blog tour. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's stop, which will feature a book review of The Dead Guy.

Visit the Literary Menagerie tomorrow to see how the review goes. This reviewer pulls no stops! If she doesn't like the book, she'll say so. Where's the drum roll?

Stay tuned as mystery author Doug Hewitt tours the internet with his novel The Dead Guy.

Doug… Continue

Added by Doug Hewitt on February 8, 2009 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Why We Look Into the Depths of Our Hearts

Recently I've been re-reading Pema Chodron's book, When Things Fall Apart. Her words reminded me of the Sheng Zhen movement from Jesus Standing Qigong, "Looking into the depths of one's heart." Perhaps I finally understand.

Chodron first quotes Thich Nhat Hanh's words, "Suffering is not enough." She goes on to say that though discipline and honesty are important, those qualities without compassion and kindness are just plain mean.

I like that: I like the simple… Continue

Added by Vicki Goldsberry on February 7, 2009 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Freelance Writers Must Pick Their Topics Well If They Want Their Work to Sell - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Thinking about becoming a Freelance Writer? Well, you'd better consider carefully what you will write about - after all, not every topic or subject is worthy of mass market appeal. You must consider what will sell, otherwise you will join the ranks of depressed writers and poor authors.

Not long ago a young writer spoke to me about trying to decide what to write. This young up and coming writer had… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on February 5, 2009 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Mystery Author Doug Hewitt Guest Blog at Book Marketing Buzz

I had a great post over at Book Marketing Buzz. So far, there have been seven comments. There is general agreement about The Dead Guy--it has a great cover!

Tomorrow, I appear on Fictionary. I have a post titled "Why write a novel? What's in it for me?"

I think it has some great insights into the mind of a mystery writer, so be sure to check it out!

See ya on the blogging trail ...

Doug… Continue

Added by Doug Hewitt on February 5, 2009 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Benefits of Freelance Writing Jobs Online

Writers are born to be proactive. They don’t just want to commit themselves to a long-term service for a particular employer like publications, advertising companies and business process outsourcing, but they also want to lift their writing skills out of obscurity. Factors like finance, boredom from writing the same type of articles and autocratic bosses make writers resort to freelance writing jobs online. On the general perspective, the job offers writers promising results in their careers… Continue

Added by Laura S. Kight on February 5, 2009 at 12:45am — 2 Comments

Mystery Author Doug Hewitt Guest Blog at Book Marketing Buzz

The virtual book tour continues!

For anyone trying to promote a book, I have a guest blog tomorrow at the Book Marketing Buzz website. The title of the blog is Three Strategies to Promote Your Book. It's my first guest post, so I appreciate the opportunity.

To see what I have to say about promotion, go to:

Book Marketing Buzz

See what mystery author Doug Hewitt is doing to promote The Dead… Continue

Added by Doug Hewitt on February 4, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Mystery Author Doug Hewitt Interviews Jack Thigpen

I enjoyed my virtual tour stops today, and it just keeps getting better. One of the promotional ideas I had was to have an interview with my main character in The Dead Guy, Jack Thigpen. Let's face it; I didn't really give Jack a fair shake, giving him a fatal, untreatable disease in Chapter 1.

And so what would Jack have to say to me?

Read my interview with Jack Thigpen, and see what he has to say to mystery author Doug Hewitt.

It's here at:…


Added by Doug Hewitt on February 3, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

February 3rd Virtual Book Tour Stops for The Dead Guy and mystery author Doug Hewitt

Today's virtual tour stops were great, but tomorrow's are even better!

You can read a wonderfully insightful review of my mystery novel The Dead Guy at:

Roxi's Random Ramblings.

And there's an excerpt from The Dead Guy (with some of my personal comments) at:

The Plot.

And of course, as a mystery author, I would… Continue

Added by Doug Hewitt on February 2, 2009 at 7:06pm — No Comments


The day is shorter
the night longer
and yet sleepless

suffer the dark
in the air in bed
I listen to roar

or whisper of
wingless worries
no high poetry

but nightmares trimming
the sun and the sky
that could never be


Added by Ram Krishna Singh on February 1, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments


Goes awry
the electrical circuit
in the brain cells

in my drugged sleep
I utter expletives
unmindful of

the victims:
I can’t help my sensory


Added by Ram Krishna Singh on February 1, 2009 at 8:58pm — No Comments



My window opens
to the back of a garage
where guards make water

at times show their dick
to the maid in my kitchen:
they care for none

how can I complain
if boys and girls make love
in the bush between

the children’s park and
my backyard? They are distanced
by a barbed wire fence


Added by Ram Krishna Singh on February 1, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

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