I Post Again

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

It has been a while since I posted a rant. Oh, I’ve have things to rant about, just not the ability to make it all public.

I’m going to just post something I find amusing, let’s call that good enough. I hope you like it.






Posted: February 23, 2013 in Rant

I lost 11% of my Twitter followers over the last couple of days. Okay, one person disappeared, but when you only have 9 followers, one person is a big percentage.

I don’t know how to generate more followers. I’ve gotten the link out there. It’s on all my web sites. Maybe I need to be more active. I just can’t think of a lot of strange or interesting things to say on a regular basis. I want to save the good stuff to put in my next story and right now it all seems like good stuff.

Maybe I could look through the files of my finished stories and see if there is stuff in there that I can send out now. Great idea! Why didn’t you suggest that sooner! Thanks.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled rant.

Self Examination

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Non-Rant

I had a chance to participate in an online discussion recently. It was very helpful and enlightening regarding writing and the whole ‘being published‘ thing. We even have homework.  We were asked to consider the following, and then to respond  I thought I would share my answers here. (and yes, I know I’ve been gone forever. Stuff Happens. I’m back.)

Your Personal Strengths and Your Challenges.

Sounds like I’m in a job interview. I’ve done so many of those in the last two years I had to stop and really think about what I was going to write, not just react.

Challenges First: I don’t have a job that provides me with any discretionary monies to spend on promotion. My story sells for $1.99 and I know I’d think long and hard before buying it, if I didn’t already know how it ends. I want desperately to go to conferences, to have ‘swag’ give always and pay for a blog tour to get people to notice me, but the economics of my life right now won’t permit it. This is the hardest challenge I need to overcome.

Also I don’t have minions. I don’t have a lot of connections on all the Internet locations. I know I can change that and that it will take time. I can handle that challenge.

My Strengths: I’m a good people person. I seem to be an interesting combination of writer, a mostly solitary activity, and vaudevillian. I don’t hesitate to talk to perfect (and not so perfect) strangers. I’ve spoken to large group. I stand in line and I’ll strike up a conversation with the people around me just as easy as not. I could do personal appearances, if the need arose, or even speak at a conference. No problem.

I also have an excellent grasp of technology, both old school as well as ‘bleeding edge‘. I think that helps me use all the tool possible to polish my stories. I think this cleans things up nicely so my proof readers and editor can focus on things beside format, spelling and the like.

Thanks for reading.


Mute This!

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Rant

Who invented the mute button? I really don’t know and I’d like to take them out for drinks and dinner in appreciation. I know Zenith had one of the first remotes, a contraption with a long wire connected to the television. Did it have a mute button back then?

Maybe I’m getting older. Maybe the times have changed faster than I have. Again I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m using my mute button more and more these days. Let me give you a couple of examples on how I’ve used it in just the past 24 hours. Here’s just a little peak behind the curtain at the man pulling on the gears of Rant.

A) I don’t begrudge the pharmaceutical companies making a commercial or two. Granted they are trying to get you to walking into your doctor’s office and tell him how to do his job. Unless you have your own medical degree that doesn’t seem like a smart approach to me, but it’s a free world. Go ahead, demand a drug from your doctor you saw on TV. Screw with your chemistry without a degree in medicine. It’s your life. Where my use of the mute button come in is the list of side effects which seem to be getting ever more graphic and long with each commercial. I think it was Jeff Foxworthy who had a hysterical routine on the subject. He ran through a list that ended with anal leakage. I think I’ve actually heard that commercial but I’m not sure any more. I have the mute button pressed. I don’t need your drug and I sure as hell don’t need to know it’s not recommended for adolescence and may cause internal bleeding, stroke or death.

B) When it comes to politics, I follow the philosophy espoused by House M. D. when he spoke of his hospital patients, Everybody Lies. Republican, Democrat, Unicorn-atarian, they all lie. Now we have huge conglomerates that can produce commercials without the candidates’ knowledge or consent. More damn lies, oh goodie. And this has been going on for at least a year and we still have (as of this writing) five more months of increasing assaults on our ear, eyes and tolerance. A couple of local news programs have tried to dissect some of the advertisements, showing us what is true and what is false in their claims. I enjoy those, but it just leads me back to my first believe, Everybody Lies. Until November I will keep the politicians muted and at the last moment read what I consider the appropriate literature and reviews and cast my vote.

 My name is Kevin Henry and I approve this message.