Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

April 24, 2009

What would you do?

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 9:20 pm
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Today I went to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch. They specialize in Singaporean food and one of my favorites is something they call Basil Chicken. It is sauteed chicken breast, snow peas, onions, and fresh Basil, in a spicy sauce, that’s best served over rice. What can I say? It’s delicious. 

The restaurant is run by a friend of mine who is one of the best hosts you will ever meet. He is one of the most professional people I have seen in getting people seated, served, and taken care of. The combination of good food and great service is one of the reasons that I am a very reliable customer. I will go out of my way to take clients there, visitors from out of town, and especially my family. 

Our waiter was a nice Asian guy, probably in his early twenties, who was quick, efficient, and very well mannered. He seemed to anticipate our every request as our water glasses were continually full, dirty dishes were quickly whisked away before they ever seemed to be in our way, and all it took was a quick nod to get the check. Seemed like he was going to get a big tip. 

We finished our meal and I was getting set to leave. I had a drive back to the office so I decided to stop at the restroom before I left. When I entered I saw our waiter at the far urinal. I nodded. He finished just a moment before me, and left. I expected to see him at the sinks, but he had vanished out the door. 

Did he just go to the bathroom and not wash his hands? Was he going out to serve food now? 

I couldn’t believe it. Not at one of my favorite restaurants. Not in a place run by a friend of mine. But yes, it seemed that was the case. 

So now what? What would you do?

Here’s what I did. I searched for and found my friend who ran the restaurant. I discreetly pointed out the waiter and explained what happened. He was not amused. Far from it, he was angry. Not at me, but at the guy that I had just pointed to.

What did he do? As the professional that I knew he was, he thanked me profusely and said he would take care of it.

So there is probably a waiter that no longer has a job, and in the current economic times that can’t be good. I feel bad about that, but the way that I look at it, if you can’t do a job right you shouldn’t be doing it. 

 

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April 23, 2009

Editing Fun

Filed under: Stories,Writing — douglaslperry @ 12:04 am
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What’s the most fun part of the book writing process? I guess that assumes that you think any part of it is actually fun…

For me it is the first draft edit. I’ve spent the better part of a year writing all of the scenes of the book, and the first draft is when I get to put it all together for the first time. 

I get to rediscover some of the great, and not so great, things that I have written. Discovering the great ones are some of the best moments of writing. I have literally laughed out loud, or squeezed out a tear while rediscovering some of the best parts of a book that I have worked on, and I just love it. 

I print out a copy on paper, and get out my red pen, and read. There are lots of changes, especially in the first chapter, because it HAS to be great, or the reader won’t stick around. 

I rewrite entire sections, throw out entire chapters, and cut like a man in a butcher shop, in the hopes that the final product will be worthy for others to read. 

That’s right where I am on my latest and I’m having a blast. 

 

My latest book

My latest book

April 15, 2009

Do you Kindle?

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 9:59 pm
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I picked up a Kindle 2 last week and I’m liking it a lot. img_0163It’s a great tool for reading anytime, anyplace. Books are like that, but that Kindle is different. You see a book is a single pieced of work, while the Kindle can morph into any work you want, even something that you haven’t yet purchased.

There are times that I have brought a book and ended up not reading it. I wasn’t in the mood for that type of book. 

With the Kindle I can load books of all types and genres so that at any moment I can read what fits my mood. The Kindle dutifully keeps track of my place in each book so that at any time, I can go back to where I left off. 

The coolest thing though was when I loaded my latest novel on the Kindle. It’s shown in the picture to the right. It’s weird, but for some reason showing people my book on the Kindle still has a more cachet than the print version, even though the opposite should be true. 

If you don’t have one, I highly recommend picking one up. 

You can get the Kindle version of my book by clicking on the picture to the right. 

The print version is here.

April 7, 2009

I’m posting on Adventures in Writing

OK, we’re up and running on Adventures in Writing. We are seven writers who all have diverse backgrounds, styles, and methods of writing that we will share with you every week. Each of us will post on a different day, so there’s something new for you to read every day. 

Check it out here

As always don’t forget to pick up a copy of my latest novel. There’s even a Kindle version available now .

 

My latest book

My latest book

April 3, 2009

Kindle Version is out

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 4:50 am
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The Kindle version of Lost in the Sky is now available. Whether you use an actual Kindle device, or the Kindle app on the iphone, you can get access to the book through the Amazon Kindle store here

Let me know how it looks. I don’t get my Kindle for a few days.

April 1, 2009

Adventures in Writing is up

Filed under: Stories,Writing — douglaslperry @ 10:28 pm
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Adventures in Writing, a blog about writing by a group of authors (including me) is up and running. You can find it here

Stop by and say hello, leave a comment, and enjoy yourself. We will have tips, tricks, and stories from actual writers in the trenches, trying to make their way through the publishing battlefield, while dodging criticisms, reviews, and rejections lobbed at them from the front.

I will be the Monday post. The full list is available on the blog and includes some very diverse talent. 

See you there.

As always check out my latest novel. 

 

My latest book

My latest book

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