Saturday, August 27, 2011

My ship has come in...

... I only have to swim out to it.

Success/Paradise/Happiness takes at least enough effort to indicate you really desire it. Make yourself available for good things to happen.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

President Obama's Retirement

Anytime any of us works long hard hours, gets flak from our competitors on a daily (or hourly) basis it can conjure up thoughts of retirement. When a vacation plan gets you grief from those saying there is too much left undone at the end of the day ( i.e. hoping you'll keel over dead from exhaustion) you might let the thought of retirement linger a little longer.

Some personalities thrive on the pressure though, enjoy the challenge and find reward in the small victories. Air traffic controllers must take some pride I imagine in getting every plane on the ground safely, every Police/Fire/Rescue/Military employee relishes the lives they do manage to save and I am going out on a limb here but I suspect the President of the United States of America has his own personal rewards.

I give all of these people total respect and admiration for even attempting these jobs. Agree or disagree with their processes but you must admit the workloads are incredible. Most of us could never, would never given the chance, want any of these jobs. Too stressful, too much sadness, too many people hating every breath you take. How do these personalities do it?

I am here to tell you - every one of them frequents Tiwaka's Tiki Bar & Grill. Granted most of them do it unconsciously and for the most part wouldn't know the place if they stumbled up to the thatched roof koa-wood bar with a talking parrot guarding the liquor bottles. Yet, they do so in a virtual way, as a matter of survival.   In a world fraught with stress they know how to go to “their happy place.” They may call it the local bar, or listening to a favorite song, or hanging with family, but it's all the same place. A brief moment in time when they are in control of their own happiness. It's a temporary reprieve from the chaos of the world  called paradise.

I write books that take my readers to just such internal paradises, places where their own mind can sooth the edges from a crazy world. I love the quote, from a song somewhere, “We all have wings, but most of us don't know why”. Tiwaka the Parrot can show them why.

I hope that President Obama, originally from Hawaii, finds the magic of Tiwaka's Tiki Bar & Grill when he is freed from the clamour and divisiveness of Washington D.C., be it 2013 or 2017.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book 1 Review (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar)

4.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertainingAugust 14, 2011
This review is from: The Parrot Talks in Chocolate (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar #1) (Kindle Edition)
I was enchanted with the Tiki bar and all the patrons, human and animal. We meet Tiwaka, the parrot that answers your questions when he eats his chocolate and who wouldn't love Ococ, the "backward dog. As far as the human patrons we met a official Tiki bar inspector, a elderly man who may or may not be a ghost and of course the story teller who runs the Tiki bar. The bar specially is a Coco Loco Moco in which the ingredients are added according to the answers given to questions during the preparation in order to personalize the drink.
This story was a perfect "take me away" from life, a place were I would love to live and experience the beautiful imaginary that was created by the author. A quick short book but long enough to keep you interested and wanting more.
If you crave a reader's paradise for the mind this book is the one for you to read.
Thank you Mr. Peacock, for the complimentary copy and a great story.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happiness take effort

"Happiness takes effort. You have to make yourself available to happiness. That is probably the best definition of faith that I can come up with."
— Everett Peacock (The Parrot Talks in Chocolate: The Life and Times of a Hawaiian TIKI Bar)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Quick Question

what are you doing right now that is keeping you from enjoying Maui?  Seriously, what?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Short: My Life as a Fraction

“My Life as a Fraction”

Fraction:  “I tell you, it’s hard being 9/2 (that’s 9 over 2) because 
everyone is always trying to convert you.  I mean, I don’t want to
 be a Mixed Number, I want be myself.  Some people even go so far as to call me 4 and one half!!!  Can you imagine that?  Once, when I was traveling in a foreign country some people pointed and told 
their children, "there goes a 4 point 5".

Interviewer:  “But, don’t you feel so, well, I don’t know.  I’m looking for the word, let me see, oh yes -  complex?”

Fraction:  “Hey, my parts may always be equal to the whole, but I always feel like I can be whatever I want.”

Interviewer:  “What?  How could you be something other than an unsimplified complex 

Fraction:  “Dude, DUDE, don’t you see the cosmic beauty in it all?  I can be 2 ¼ plus 2 ¼.   Can you imagine that?  I can be two equal parts!”

Interviewer:  “Wow!  That is quite amazing.  It’s like you’re twins or something.”

Fraction:  “Oh yeah, baby!  I can even be Triplets.  That’s right:  1 ½, plus 1 ½, plus 
another 1 ½. “

Interviewer:  “I don’t know how you do that!  It’s like you’re smaller but there are more of you?”

Fraction:  “Indeed!  I can be many things.  In fact, there is probably an INFINITE amount 
of combinations that I can take.  I’m like a ShapeShifter.”

Interviewer:  “I get it now.  You could even be 1 plus 2 plus 1 plus ½.  Or, 3 plus 1 plus ¼ 
plus ¼.  You sure are flexible!”

Fraction:  “It’s all about equality dude!  You just need to put that equals sign, =, in between all my variations.”

Interviewer:  “So, that sounds pretty cool.  You can be whatever you want, as long as it is 

Fraction:  “You got it!  Anyone can be whatever they want, but they are always themself.” 

(written for a math class and copyright in 2009 by Everett Peacock)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Classify Your Book In a Sub-Genre

Amazon's Top 100 Lists.

I always wondered HOW would I get my titles featured there?  Featured...being on such a list would no doubt encourage sales and so my desire, and confusion, persisted.  I was, and still do, monitor my Amazon Bestsellers Rank daily, generally watching my Kindle Store rank bounce around all over the place.  Honestly, my sales on my best title are generally less than 10 per day.  What to do?  When your title is moving slowly how do you kickstart it?

As any Indie Writer will confess, marketing and exposure for a title that has garnered good reviews already is of utmost importance.  Most products would beg for an advertising budget, but as an Indie, where your profit per sale is relatively low, paying 75cents a click on Google makes little sense, especially when only 2% of those clicks might convert to a sale.  Making an Amazon Top 100 List though....that would be great!  And FREE.

So, I started checking out the subcategories under Kindle eBooks > Fiction.   There are dozens and I found that some titles in some genres were selling LESS than my title yet they made a Top 100 List.  Naturally, my title might not fit into their genre, but there had to be one where it would.  Something like Fiction >Literature >Genre Fiction >Amazing.  Why wasn't my book showing up in any of those?

It was because I had inadvertently classified my own book as General Fiction in the KDP dashboard .  That may be a good place for it, but it will never make one of Amazon's Top 100 lists.

For instance, this morning the title "The Parrot Talks in Chocolate" is a not too impressive #16,874 in the Kindle Store (a listing all books get) but is a more impressive #23 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical.  I also listed it in a category I liked, called "Visionary Fiction" where my title would fit around #6 if it gets into that list.

Of course, you must be honest about classifying your book.  Don't put it in Romance > Dark Times > PreColumbian (which doesn't exist by the way) just to make it #1 if it is a story about Female Swim Coaches.

Enjoy!  Marketing is more fun than you might think!

The Parrot Talks in Chocolate at 8 A.M. Hawaiian Standard Time August 1, 2011
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)