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WENDY’S NEW BOOK IS OUT ONLINE

bad-boy2OK, kids, the new book is out! It is fiction, set in a bookstore (where did I get that idea) and based on a true incident. Jack came home from his prison visits one day with a napkin covered in drawings and figures. The prisoner he visited at Lee Penitentiary–a tunneler who had escaped several times– had drawn him a diagram of how to reinforce our bookstore basement. Jack felt this was safe because, “I didn’t tell him where we lived.”

I stared at Jack, “We’re the only bookstore for miles and I’ve never seen his face. What if someday he escapes again and comes here? He could pretend to be one of the Quaker prison visitors and I wouldn’t know if you weren’t here.”

Jack laughed, so that night I murdered him in this book. The rest, as they say, is history.

When you buy the book, you own the rights to sell it on. Seriously. You can put it on a platform of your choosing (Lisa Dailey, owner of Sidekick Press, can help but she’s a pro so value her time) and sell it from there. Or you can pass it on to a friend from your own download, but you cannot GIVE it away. The rules are simple: sell it for $4.95 if you sell it for money. You may also trade access to the book for a favor (someone going to the grocery store for you? Mowing your yard, dropping off meals?)

A lot of us have spare time right now and need something fun to read. Plus a lot of us have lost our jobs and need a little help. Lisa and I will be using 100% of the money paid for Bad Boy to help people in her native Seattle and my beloved Southwest Virginia. YOU can use the money for any good purpose – including keeping yourself afloat. Proceeds or barter, it’s yours to do with as you see fit. ENJOY

Purchase Bad Boy Here

Need a little enticement?

When Mary Ferguson’s beloved husband Henry dies, she quits her job at the college to run their bookstore and café in the tiny town of Bramwell, West Virginia. Resigning herself to the quiet life of a widow, Mary receives an email from an old friend of Henry’s–and something deep inside her catches fire. This friendly yet awkward and shy man says he was a fellow Quaker working alongside her husband, visiting lifers in prison whose families couldn’t or wouldn’t visit them.

He is still a good listener, and Mary soon feels alive again. Despite the dire warnings of everyone from her dog Ringo to the café’s cook Paige, Mary throws herself into a dark adventure that could have graced the bookshop’s “Romantic Fiction” shelves. Or was that “True Crime?” As her life plummets down a rabbit hole, Mary struggles to figure out what’s real, what’s imaginary, what’s literary, and what’s going to happen next.

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Power ain’t Necessarily – –

Jack gets way over his deadline but pleads Christmas recovery  –

I noticed that Christmas has become a very ‘on-line’ thing over the last few years and that got me thinking.

Random thoughts – – –

I got my first computer around 1998, just after the college where I worked began to introduce them. Prior to that I hand wrote memos, handed them to my secretary, who typed them, copied them and then sent them to the designated recipients. There was a whole protocol around memos including who was ‘CCd’ and how that could be used as a weapon! I learned – – –

Back then there was hardly an internet as we now know it. There was eventually an ‘intranet’ within the college, and on my personal computer at home (with great difficulty) I could eventually connect via ‘dial up’ with the college.

Ah – dial up! One of the guys at the college could imitate that sound perfectly

I joined ‘America on Line’ (AOL) and got an email address, which I still have. Back then, in Scotland, you connected to your email via dial up. They had three numbers for the whole of the UK and Ireland! So getting your emails was sometimes a frustrating experience. But that was just to get your mail and not to surf the internet. There wasn’t really any internet!

When I assumed the position of Head of Construction Trades, I found by accident that the Department had ten computers. The trouble was I couldn’t find them. After a search, I was told that the computer department had pauchled fifty by attributing them to other departments! So eventually ten Commodore Pets briefly were in my department as they were wheeled to the dumpster – – –

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The final story is much later. I had been promoted again, had gained my MBA and was teaching management classes. Like everyone else I had great difficulty getting any kind of urgent response from the IT team to fix any problem (check out ‘The IT Crowd’ on YouTube https://youtu.be/nn2FB1P_Mn8). Nicola was their manager and was in one of my evening class programs. That night we discussed the different forms of power within organizations – hierarchical, fiefdoms and expert. Expert was the one! As soon as I had explained expert power to Nicola I never had an IT problem again.

 

 

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