Since the discount codes for my books are being discontinued by CreateSpace on November first, I decided to create 50% off discount codes for anyone to use before then. Just go to https://www.createspace.com/5147540 and enter the code RZ92GPYH to get a print copy of "The Timkers--A Stitch in Time" my five-star new adult novel. Or the code … Continue reading SALE! 50 Percent Off
I regret to inform you, my readers and fans that the popular CreateSpace Online store will cease operation October 31, 2017. As I write this, that's less than two weeks from now. What does this mean to those who want to buy my books? They'll still be available, but only through select bookstores and from … Continue reading The CreateSpace Online Store is Closing
Not being a parent, a fellow author asked if kids nine to twelve would typically have cell phones. Several folks answered in the affirmative—one reminded us of a Federal program to give flip-phones to seniors and underprivileged kids. This got me thinking. How many people today take this level of connectivity between parents and kids … Continue reading Trusting our Kids and the World
If you can see this page, you've seen the new Beta V website. We hope you like the new look. As we're still designing and improving the site, I expect you'll see lots of changes over the next few weeks as we all get used to the site and we respond to feedback.
I'm reminded of the book "On the Beach" (Nevil Shute, 1957) published when I was ten and read when I was twenty. The people in Australia could only sit and wait while the radiation cloud approached from the north. There was nothing they could do but take that last vacation, drive in that last race, … Continue reading Fallout
About two months ago, my spouse announced she’s going to visit our daughter (George) in Florida for Christmas. She didn’t expect me to want to go because of… well, let’s just say “issues.” Our other daughter, Fred was also going. “Count me in,” I said, without a lot of enthusiasm — as when agreeing to go to … Continue reading On Holiday Travel
Our Christmas letter this year was…well, bland due to my wife’s insistence that I not make it more interesting. I offer this to my friends who really understand my penchant for exaggeration and frivolity. Another year has passed for the Redmond Vaughn’s. At least we survived. I would like to announce my YA series The … Continue reading The Other Christmas Letter
It occurs to me, the uproar about Muslims, terrorists and madmen coming to American to end life as we know it, is all about fear. The Daesh (what I prefer to call ISIS or ISIL) wants us to be afraid. The NRA, your local gun store and the arms industry as a whole, wants us … Continue reading Be Not Afraid
And then again, a large complex of stores might not make much sense in the future, but in the future… I’m working on The Timkers — Borrowed Time, where the story is set in 2084. The world is a very different place for people as computer “personal assistants” anticipate our every (as in every) need. If we … Continue reading Are Shopping Malls a Thing of the Past?
Since I live within artillery range of Microsoft, I got up at 06:30 to attend the annual shareholders’ meeting. I showed up early and got a cup of tea to chat with other stockholders (many were my age or older). Perhaps I would find a publisher for one of my books. I found very few … Continue reading The 2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting