WWWW: Nevermore…For Now

I think I’ve done fairly well in keeping up with my weekly blog commitments. So, now it’s time to change things up a bit. For the moment I’m going to stick with the Male Model Monday posts, but drop the World Wide Web Wednesdays. The Friday WTF? posts might also be¬†sporadic, just depending on if there’s something I want to talk about any given week. I’m also going to start a new Saturday post called, SK Saturday Update. Those will be review posts about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. The newest installment is out, but I need to reread the entire series before I attempt to tackle it. There will be an intro post for that with a schedule if you’d like to read along with me. Thanks for hanging in there and continuing to read my random ramblings. ūüôā

WWWW: Oops

I really did mean to add a regular WWWW post yesterday evening to go live at 6 am this morning as is my norm. However, I was reading this pretty good book and got distracted. So my post is a little late, but it comes with awesome news! I’m going to be interviewed on the radio tonight.

Growing up in Houston in the 80s and 90s meant there were a lot of different radio stations over the years for me to find rock n’roll music. But the one that stands out among all the others is 101.1 KLOL.¬†

Most people who lived in Houston from 1970 to 2004 and listened to the station will be familiar with the name Outlaw Dave. He will be interviewing me tonight at 9:15pm CST. I met him once in an elevator at the Clear Channel office. I was too tongue tied to say much but I did smile. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk tonight.

WWWW: RIP Maurice Sendak

There aren’t many books I remember reading in my childhood. The ones I do remember stand out for different reasons, but usually because of the illustrations. We lost not only a wonderful author, but a phenomenal illustrator on Tuesday. Maurice Sendak passed away at the age of 83, from complications after a recent stroke. His passing is the ending of a chapter in children’s literature history, and he will be missed.

WWWW: World Press Freedom Day

From the website:“Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

World Press Freedom Day is tomorrow, and I think this a time to reflect on exactly what that means.

What is “free press”? According to Dictionary.com, it’s a noun that means¬†“a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.”

Wikipedia says:¬†“Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through vehicles including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.”

So do we have “free press” in the United States? Really? This being an election year, I think I can safely say hell no, we don’t!¬†As anyone can see, the media is under the mistaken belief that there are only two political parties. There aren’t. The media in general is also overly obsessed with actors, musicians, professional athletes and people who somehow have found their way onto our televisions. In the grand scheme of things, every little thing those people do is not news. It’s gossip and I’m sick of seeing it on the front page of anything. So while I think World Press Freedom Day is a great idea, and certainly should be acknowledged, I also believe the general press in this country needs to reevaluate. Just what does freedom mean? While it means they can report on absolutely anything they deem worthy, I think they truly need to stop and think, But should we?

WWWW: A Puzzling Dilemma

I’ve been addicted to puzzles of all kinds most of my life. I have a collection of completed jigsaw puzzles gathering dust beneath my bed, and a box of various puzzles sitting behind me on my office floor. So, discovering an online outlet for my addiction was a really, really bad thing. It’s the ultimate time-suck. Not only can I do various themes but the site even offers a multitude of cuts for each puzzle. It’s amazing and horrible at the same time. I can’t get other stuff done once I click on the site, and I’m too weak to resist visiting at least once daily. Honestly, it’s worse than Twitter and Facebook combined because it actually relaxes me. I’ve written almost a complete book in my head while mindlessly completing a puzzle

 Now I need to wrap up this post and go do a puzzle!

WWWW: This Dad is Doing it Right

Most everyone who even glances at the internet from time to time heard of the father who shot up his daughter’s laptop and posted it on Facebook. There was a huge outpouring of support for his tactic as well as quite a few critics. However, I found this photo and article¬†in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday and have to wonder why it hasn’t gone viral yet. The article mentions a psychologist who claims this sort of humiliating punishment doesn’t work. I call bullshit on his claim. I guarantee if I ever had cause to make my daughters do something of this nature, they would never commit the crime again. And why is that? Not just because this punishment is humiliating. But also because it fits the crime to some degree and my daughters would realize there are dire consequences to those actions. I think what a lot of parents don’t realize, or forget, is that children sometimes just need to know there ARE¬†CONSEQUENCES! Maybe because the parents were never held accountable for their actions, or still aren’t as adults.

WWWW: Shameless Self Promotion

Just in case you missed it, (where have you been? Under a rock?) I’m in the midst of a blog tour for my newest release, Two Dates Max. Today’s post is over at Cassandra Carr’s blog, where I interview Sean Maxwell from the story. Don’t forget to leave a comment there too. One winner will have their choice from my back list. Good luck!