Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AWARD: Sunshine Award from p i c t u r e l e s s books


s u n s h i n e

Thank you Teffanie White of p i c t u r e l e s s books for giving me a Sunshine Award, which is for "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

Like many such online honors, the Sunshine Award asks recipients to do a few things:
-Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.
-Answer a few questions.
-Pass on the award to a deserving and inspiring blogger.

Sunshine Questions????
Favorite Color: Blues and purples.
Favorite Animal: Puddah cat.
Favorite Number: 13.
Favorite Non-alcoholic Drink: Tea.
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter.
Your Passion: Travel and writing.
Giving or Getting Presents: Both--I'm all about giving and receiving in equal measure.
Favorite Day: Saturday.
Favorite Flowers: Orchids and lilies.

My Sunshine Award Blogger
Jason Jack Miller for his series about eBooks and the Independent Spirit

Monday, April 22, 2013

EVENT: Lawrence C. Connolly at Morgantown Poets


Lawrence C. Connolly was the author guest at Morgantown Poets this month. He read from his Bram Stoker-nominated collection Voices, published by Fantasist Enterprises.

Heidi Ruby Miller and Lawrence C. Connolly

At Black Bear Burritos before the reading:

Daniel McTaggart, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller

At the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC):

Stephanie Wytovich and Lawrence C. Connolly

Lawrence C. Connolly, Heidi Ruby Miller, Stephanie Wytovich, Jason Jack Miller

Lawrence C. Connolly signing a book for Stephanie Wytovich

Daniel McTaggart and Jason Jack Miller

Heidi Ruby Miller

Scott Emerson

Friday, April 19, 2013

POEM: Glass Heart by Heidi Ruby Miller


As part of the ongoing RDSP Arnzstigations series, here's my poem made from Mike Arnzen's Fridge of the Damned magnets. I parted with the horror tradition associated with these cool magnets and offered up something a bit more romantic--it was quite the challenge when you consider the words from Arnzen's works.

To purchase a set of Fridge of the Damned magnets, visit the Raw Dog Screaming Press site - http://www.rawdogscreaming.com/books/magnets.html

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Secret Writers

Cary Caffrey

You know the Dr. Seuss story, "Too Many Daves?" It's the one with the woman who has twenty-three kids and she names them all Dave. When she calls out "You-hoo!" she doesn't get one Dave, she gets twenty-three...

Well, that's kind of how it is when you try to google my name. You don't just get one writer (me!), you get twenty-three.

I guess that's what happens when you're cursed with an uncommonly-common, good (solid) Scottish name. In fact, my name is so common amongst writers there's actually another writer out there using both my first and last name. To top it off, he even lived in the same neighbourhood as me, back when I lived in Vancouver. We even had accounts at the same Video Shop. For the record, those were not my late fees, and I always 'rewound' (rewinded?) back when it was necessary to do such things.

It's tough enough battling the ten-million-writer-high slush-pile that is Amazon (welcome to the world of ePublishing). But publishing under a name that's already claimed by scores of writers, lawyers, bricklayers, well, choosing to go with a pen name is pretty simple.

Coming up with a new name, however... Ugghh.

Finding a name I liked, and one that wasn't already used by another writer, wasn't so much of the problem. Finding one where I could still get the dot-com for... well, that proved quite troublesome. Every time I thought I had a winner - nope, taken! Ugh. Ugh.

It took a while, but I finally settled on the good (solid) Irish name of Caffrey. I might be Scottish by name, but (if you believe the rumours/gossip), I'm actually Irish by birth (the illegitimate Irish-born, bastard son of an ex-Quebec Senator, as the story goes). That would explain a lot. Not the Senator part, but the Irish part. Or, maybe the bastard part. I'm not sure. Either way, I definitely have a thing for all-things Irish - particularly the beer and the whiskey. Oh, and the tea is good too.

Parting Notes: If you don't know that Dr. Seuss story, dear gawd, go read some Dr. Seuss!

WEBSITE - http://www.eyeteaser.com/CaryCaffrey

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