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Observations at a 20 Minute Intermission

It is said that writers are great observers of the nuances of life. The following is what I observed at a 20 minute intermission at a musical theatre production. It gives a great insight into the little details that make characters in novels relatable.

Observation: About 1,000 people. Mostly seniors and middle aged. Intermission begins, most everyone stands up.

Observation: About 450 smartphone screen light up.
Observation B: 90% iPhone, 8% Galaxy, 2% other.

Observation: Family of four. Mom playing Words with Friends on iPhone. Dad checking e-mails on Android phone. Youngest daughter playing game on Galaxy smartphone. Oldest daughter helping mom with Words with Friends. Minor interaction between mother / daughter. Father finishes e-mail checking, watches youngest daughter playing game. Mutters something.

Observation: Man next to me is 40s, black hair brown eyes. Pulls out smartphone at beginning of intermission. Stares into screen for the entire 20 minutes His wife doesn’t see to care.

Observation: Elderly man wearing white fedora and gray flannel suit. He is walking a few rows down from me. He pauses, talk to to a group of friends about the play, hugs them, and walks away. The gait in his walk suggests he has trouble with is right knee. His infectious smile spreads to all whom he speaks to.

Observation: A heavyset middle aged woman stands to my right, talking with her friends about the production. She has blonde hair (dyed), a red and black flower print dress, ad gold, dangling earrings. She enjoyed the movie, but thinks this particular production blows it out of the water.

Observation: Tech crew takes a break behind me. Mostly wasting time on a smartphone.

Observation: Orchestra reenters the pit about 15 minutes into intermission. Begins warming up. Conductor looks tired.

Observation: Young man, late teens or early twenties, looks like a woman from far away. His red hair is down the the small of his back and so curly that it extends a good six inches on all sides.

Observation: Volunteer ushers seem to be following the command of one elderly volunteer. Looks like she takes this thing very seriously. It’s probably her only hobby and now that her husband is dead, she devotes her entire life to it. Or so it seems. Being a volunteer usher at this theatre would not be a fun experience.

 

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Introducing Kyle McDuffy, Elementary School Investigator!

Hello, readers! Today, I am excited to introduce you to my newest character, Kyle McDuffy. He is an adventurous fifth grader on a mission to solve all the mysteries at Pearson Elementary. With the help of nosy Cindy and nervous Will, Kyle will investigate the greatest mysteries of his time.
First Case: ‘Principal Adams and the Toupee of Terror!’

Look for the first case to be released right here, for free, with new cases added every few weeks.
When a substantial amount of cases are revealed to the public, a complete case work collection will be released in one paperback volume.

Be sure to use the Search bar on the right side of the Home screen and enter keyword Kyle McDuffy to see all of the posts!

Dead Skin Dave Coloring Pages

Ahoy, mateys! Dead Skin Dave, the pirate, here! I’m just checkin’ in on ye to make sure yer enjoyin’ me book!
If yer into colorin’ I’ve got some pages fer yer parents to print out!
Color it in as ye see fit, and if yer feelin’ up to it, have yer parents post yer drawin’ in the comments section so I can see the amazing job ye have done.
Now, get coloring!

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Parents, print these out and present for your kids to color! Take them to school functions, picnics, car rides, hand them out to all of your friends and family!

I’m goin’ back to me book, mateys!

Avast there, junior pirates!

Dead Skin Dave here fer one last blog post. It sure has been fun gettin’ out o’ me book and tellin’ ye all about my fantastic adventure. I hope ye are all plannin’ on orderin’ me book and reading it very soon!
I hope ye enjoyed me posts, and I look forward to seein’ ye all inside o’ me book!
Alas, have no fear! I will still be sendin’ activities fer me junior pirates through my author! Ye haven’t heard the last from me! My author, Ryan R. Palmer has many fun things on the horizon for all o’ the fans of Dead Skin Dave!

Catch ye on the open seas!

-Dead Skin Dave

 

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate! is NOW AVAILABLE!
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Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate NOW AVAILABLE!

Ahoy, mateys! Dead Skin Dave, here! I am happy to announce that me grand adventure, Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate is now published! I look forward to meetin’ ye inside the pages o’ me book! Now, I turn ye back over to my author, Ryan R. Palmer.

Thank you, Dave! Without further ado, here is the ordering information for Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate!

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Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate!

Buy it now for $6.99!
Available NOW at CreateSpace or Amazon!

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2 Days Away, Mateys!

Ahoy, junior pirates! We are only two days away from the release o’ me new book, Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate. I hope ye are all as excited as I am. Just thinkin’ about me grand adventure for the lost cutlass of Captain Bo Ben brings a smile to me  peely face. Me life has changed so much from that one adventure. I went from a joke to a great captain, met me best first mate Tom Swiftfellow, and even challenged the fiercest pirate in all the world, Hairy Hazelroth. Well, I won’t spoil the story for ye.

Be sure to pick up me new book this Tuesday on Amazon.com! I shall let the author out o’ the closet I trapped in him so he can tell ye when ta buy the book!

Until next time,

Dead Skin Dave

Me First Mate is a Rare Find, Indeed

tomAhoy, junior pirates! First, I have a mission for you! Captain Dead Skin Dave is orderin’ you to come up with a pirate mascot! Have yer mom or dad leave me a comment here on this post, and I’ll be sure to see them all!

Today I’ll be tellin’ ye all about me first mate, Tom Swiftfellow. No, Tom, I didn’t call you. No, I don’t need anything. Grog? Well, if yer gettin’ some, that’d be great. I said IF. Yes, I want some, but only if yer gettin’ some anyways.

Sorry, folks! Tom sure is a rare find. A lot has changed sine I first washed ashore on the island of Brushwood and met Tom. Of course, I can’t be tellin’ ya about any o’ it, because I don’t want to spoil me new book coming out at the end o’ this month!

Without further ado, I shall do me best to describe what Tom looks like.
A tall gangly man with long brown hair and brown eyes. His outfit consists of a red polka-dot bandana, brown cloth pants tied with a piece of rope, and a white ruffled shirt that is torn in several places. A wooden sword is placed on his waist, held in place by the rope. His large nose looks like a squash sitting on his face, and a single silver earring hangs from his left ear. I feel awkwardly comfortable with the man’s cheesy grin.

I’ll tell ya, as annoying and, uh, not too bright as he is, he has saved me life on more than one occasion. And fer that, I owe him a place as me first mate for a long as I’m piratin’!

I look forward to checkin’ in with ye all again soon! Until next time,

Dead Skin Dave

 

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate coming April 2013!
Click here for my Books page and get ready for the order button to appear in the next few weeks!