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Books for Dads: “Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl!”

9781440545450_p0_v3_s260x420As boys, we grow up trying to get far away from girls. As men, we try our hardest to make up for that lost time in an endless quest to understand women. Somehow, we actually get a woman to marry us and even have our child! Well, guess what? That child turned out to be a girl. That’s right – that elusive gender you know pretty much nothing about! Have no fear, Brian A. Klems is here to help you through it!

How do you have a tea party? Potty train a girl? How does a man deal with so much pink in his life? All these, and other questions, will be answered in humorous anecdotes from a man who is raising not one, but three, girls. Brian A. Klems is a true man’s man. He loves Sportscenter, Fantasy Baseball and having a drink with the old college buddies. You’d think I know the guy, but I don’t. That’s how forthcoming he is in this book and, as a result, is very relatable to the average man.

My message to new fathers of girls: sit back, try to relax and read this book. You will be more knowledgeable for it and have a few extra joked to slip into your repertoire. Thank you for this wonderful book, Brian A. Klems.

 

“Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl” by Brian A. Klems
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Happy Birthday, Egdar Allan Poe

deasf39aOne of the most imaginative writers in American history, Edgar Allan Poe, was born on this day in 1809. His stories have always had a great influence on me, one I hope to share with you later this year for a short Halloween spooktacular story that will be published exclusively on this blog.

Most know the general story of Edgar Allan Poe, including his history of alcohol abuse. What most people do not know, is that the famous image of Edgar Allan Poe that accompanies his obituary is probably the most unflattering picture of the man ever taken. The man who wrote his obituary, Rufus Griswold, had quite a beef with Mr. Poe and painted him in the worst possible light. It is Rufus who cemented the image of Poe as a drunkard and womanizer in the mind of the public. Of course, his real life was much more tame and normal, but that doesn’t make for as good a story does it?

Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe. Your stories live on!

Still alive, mostly

still_aliveSorry for the lack of posts lately, folks. Apparently the holiday rush has yet to end for me. Between balancing life as a full-time dad, writer and general housekeeper, I have not scheduled the proper time for my blog. Alas, I think I may have to throw getting sick into this mix. I may or may not have an impending fever and upset stomach. We’ll see what happens!

Rest assured, as part of my new year’s resolutions, I have officially scheduled time to be at “work”. I am continuing work on my two novels, and now that I have scheduled work hours I hope to be extremely productive and creative with both my novels and this blog!

I’m really looking forward to sharing my stories with you, as well as Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment, and other tidbits I happen on along the way.

Please leave a comment if there is a particular feature or idea you would like me to cover on this blog. I am always open to suggestions.

See you all (virtually) very soon!

 

Ryan R. Palmer

Happy New Year

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Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful 2013, and I hope 2014 will be even better. I had mostly ups and a few downs  in 2013 in regards to my writing.

2014 is shaping up to be a great year. I have resolved to read and write more often, and I hope to have two books done by the end of this year. Perhaps there will be a new release by the end of this year, if the books gods are smiling down on me.

As always, you can purchase Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate and Jeremy, the Jack-o’-Lantern all year long on my Books page.

Stay tuned for more Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment, great blog posts, and a few surprises here and there.

Lastly, what would you like to see? Let me know in the comments. Happy new year!

Does the Perfect Holiday Exist?

christmas-tree-decorations(9)We’ve all seen the movies and TV commercials, family and friends all wearing Christmas sweaters, an impeccably decorated house, snow falling to the ground and everyone laughing, drinking hot cocoa and having the time of their lives. When you think of Holiday parties, what comes to mind? It’s probably something similar to what I just described. But how many of you have actually experienced the Holidays in this way? Are we all trying to live up to some lofty expectation that can never be met? If so, how did this happen? Card companies? Norman Rockwell?

Of course the next obvious question is, does it matter? Perhaps we should stop searching for that one thing that will make us “feel” like it is Christmas and focus instead on what we have. Take a moment and look at your children or grandchildren as they run through the house playing with their new toys. Do they have any trouble finding the Christmas spirit? Forget all of these notions about the perfect holiday party and focus on creating your perfect holiday party. What do you want at your party? Who do you want to see? What do you want to eat? Where do you want  to be? Go out and make it happen! Give your kids a safe, engaging and fun environment and I’ll bet the rest of the pieces will fall into place.

Enjoy the season!

 

The Holidays: To Break or not to Break?

The easiest part of the holidays is taking time off and lounging in front of the television. With the little downtime I get these days, sitting in front of the television with my feet up is very enticing, indeed. Of course, there’s always that neglected story I started writing and let slip away. And then the guilt starts seeping in. You should be writing and creating rather than sitting here watching the 80th episode in a row of House Hunters. And so goes the dilemma.

While it is easier to just kick back and relax over the next month or so, I have decided to try a new tactic this year, and I encourage others who are also writers to do the same. Ay time I think about writing while I am in front of the TV or otherwise relaxing, I will get up, go to my computer and write a few sentences. It can be two sentences. Five. Eight. Whatever it takes to end a dialogue exchange, thought, scene etc. This way I am still writing and it only has to take a few moments of my time. Come the new year, I won’t be sitting there staring at a manuscript I haven’t touched since November.

So don’t give up, you can do it, live long and prosper, and all that jazz.

I’ll let you know how it goes!