Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rules of the Game

I just realized there were some things I should have posted with my first blog.  My apologies to readers for not doing this from the start.  Since this blog is open to both positive and negative comments, I would ask that those who post critiques, criticisms or negative reviews please follow the following format as a courtesy to other readers.

1.  Please quote the sentence or paragraph with which you are disagreeing and give the book and page number where the quote is found.  For Kindle readers, please give the location number.

2.  Briefly state why you disagree with the quote.

3.  Most importantly, please give evidence to support your opinion.  If you use the Bible, give chapter and verse.  If you use other books or articles, give the title, the author, the publication date and the page where the evidence you are using can be found.  If you are using something from the Internet, include the link so that other readers can find what you are using.

4.  Please keep your posts no longer than 400 words.

And for all those who post comments, whether positive or negative, I would ask you to refrain from any personal comments about other readers.

Any posted comments which do not abide by the above will be deleted.

Thank you to each of you who will help to keep this blog an open forum for thoughtful courteous discussion, and a source of information for those wanting it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The First One

Why I, as an author who studies, writes about, and revels in 1000 BC, am now blogging on the internet is a question I haven't been able to answer yet.  And why I decided to begin this blog just as I am ready to turn into a pumpkin and put down roots in front of my computer while I work on the next Dahveed book is also beyond me.  Yet, here I am doing it!

I guess it grew out of the questions I hear from readers who want to know how the next book is coming and what I am working on now.  To be perfectly literal about that last comment, I'm listening to William Tell Overture and writing this blog.  Do I always listen to music when I write?  Yes.  99.9% of the time.  Classical only, no words, at least not in English.  (Dahveed 1 will forever be connected to Rachmanioff. ) By the end of the summer I won't be able to listen to classical music without my fingers itching, and my brain beginning to plot---something, anything!

The blog also seemed to be a good way to provide a forum for readers to communicate with me, and with each other.  So, I hope you enjoy it.  As far as I can see right now, I won't be posting a lot, too busy writing, but I will try to keep current with what's been put on it by others.  I will also try to keep my web page updated with significant news. 

To those of you who have purchased my books so far, THANK YOU!  Remember, Dahveed 3 is now available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.  And for those of you without Kindles, "Kindle for PC" free application should be of help.  See "Ordering Information" on my web page. 

Back to writing!

P.S.  Anyone got a good name for this blog?