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Thursday, November 1, 2012

As Dale Carnegie Said

 

   One of the great quotes I got from the Dale Carnegie course was "If you lay an egg, all you can do is step back and look at it". It appears I have laid an egg!

   One of a writer's best tools is a website. It can go miles to keep the writer in touch with the reader and I had a BEAUTIFUL website, probably one of the most   beautiful websites on the Internet. And, this week I received an email from a long time reader telling me just how beautiful it was. Problem was it took almost a half hour for the older computers to download!  No one, and I mean no one, is going to sit there for a half hour to watch a webpage download and lots of people have the old dial-up modems.

   So, my beautiful website's value was only a fraction higher than no website... for several years!

   As much as I would love to point a finger at somebody... anybody... it was nobody's fault but mine. It was right on the screen when I design my website. Download time 1520 seconds! Do the math. It's almost a half hour! Oh yes, I laid an egg... a big egg.

   Everybody isn't going to pay thirty-five or forty dollars a month for cable Internet service. If all the Internet is to you is an email from your grandchildren every two weeks or so or a few recipes from Paula Dean every so often, it would be stupid to pay such a price. And, there are lots of people whose idea of high-speed internet is still the old dial-up modems on a phone line. (I too still miss those old ya-woo-ya-whee sounds).

   So, rather than wallowing in my own stupidity, Dan has a brand new website. No, it's not as beautiful as the old one, but at least it only takes a few seconds for the slowest computer to load and it conveys the message.

   Try visiting it today at http://www.danweatherington.com , it'll only take a few seconds. (Just an embarrassed attempt at humor!)

Have a great day,

Dan

 

Monday September 23

 

In the next few days, my latest book, The Priest and The Parson will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fantastic venues. It's a good book. I hope you enjoy it.

Then, back to book # 3 of the Thrill Seeker trilogy The Longest Night. I have always wanted to do a horror project and this will be it. In order to get primed, I am rereading Stephen King's The Shining.

 Actually, Salem's Lot would be a good selection and it is probably the scariest book I have ever read, but I'm just not that into vampires. The Longest Night will allow me to combine my favorite genre, historical fiction, with the Logans, two people I fell in love with The Thrill Seekers. Over the next week or two, I'll be reading and reworking my web page. A web page is worst than an infant child. They have to be changed constantly.

Oh, we have a new addition in the family. Ray, actually Ray-Ray the gay stray. His name is Ray, he was a stray, and the way he crosses his legs when he lays down brings out the gay part. And, he is the sweetest dog have ever seen and I really miss something brown and furry laying beside me while I'm writing.

Have a Great Day!

Dan


 

 

 

 

THE THRILL SEEKERS

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THE THRILL SEEKERS II

       Mattox Is Missing

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  BRANDYWINE BAY

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BLEMISHED HARVEST

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KILLING MARTIN LUTHER

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WILLIE - THE STORY OF AN AUTISTIC CHILD

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THE PRIEST AND THE PARSON

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RECOGNIZING PRINCE HALL

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THE SEVENTH GIFT OF GOD

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LOAN MAN

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KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN

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THE VAMPIRE VASQUEZ

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