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What If?

I've been reading Stephen King's latest novel, 11/22/1963. The story is about a guy named Jake Epping who travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination. No doubt, one of the great what if scenarios of all time, and at least for the first half of the book he has come up with an engrossing story within a story, as Jake falls in love with a girl, a town, and a time in history that I remember oh so well. This story has particular resonance for me. I was 18 years old and a freshman at…See More
Mar 8, 2012
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The following is an essay from A Misunderstood God. It seemed appropriate in the wake of yet another series of devastating late-winter, early-spring tornadoes that periodically afflict portions of the midwest and south.Some questions can’t be answered. Like the time I was home on leave after my tour in Vietnam and I went to the funeral of a local boy who had been killed in action and his mother asked me…See More
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Feb 23, 2012
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In Your Dreams

I woke up this morning with the images of a very powerful dream resonating in my head. I was walking with two other men along a stretch of empty highway. We came across a man lying on the ground. We stopped and looked at him and then continued on. A few moments later, one of the men I was walking with was attacked by the man who had been lying on the ground. My companion delivered several defensive blows and knocked the attacker to the ground. We continued on. The man got up again, and this…See More
Feb 16, 2012
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Three Days

Years ago, I heard a psychologist give a simple trick to figure out basic personality types. Ask someone what time it is. If they answer, "10:47" that indicates a detail-oriented mind that likes order and structure. If they answer, "Around a quarter to eleven" that indicates a big picture person who is unconcerned with details. Put the two together in a work situation and it could get ugly. Here's my own little mind game. I'll ask a very simple question. The only answer that counts is the one…See More
Feb 12, 2012
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Seeing the Story

I'm sure everyone has their own way of getting in to the story they are writing. For me, the trick is to see what I'm writing. To "see" what I mean, think about what happens when you watch a play or a television show. A writer comes up with an idea that is put into words. Set designers provide a place for the story to unfold. Actors take the words and put them in motion. The curtain rises, the story unfolds, and, with luck, the audience applauds wildly at the end. Then come the critics.As the…See More
Feb 9, 2012
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What to Write?

I have blogged for years on a variety of topics. My goal is to dedicate this blog strictly to the topic of writing. I don't pretend to have any unique insights, but I have learned a thing or two over the last couple of years, and I'm certainly interested in hearing what others have to say.Let's start with a fundamental issue: deciding what to write  A friend remarked that it was better to stick to one genre and develop a name in that genre, be it fantasy or true crime, whatever. Jumping around…See More
Feb 2, 2012
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The Newbie

I have just joined Book Blogs and am still trying to figure things out, mostly by clicking on links and seeing where they take me. I noticed a link for "Blog Post," and here I am. Since I don't know anyone and no one knows me, I thought my first post could legitimately be all about me. Won't happen again, I promise.To simplify things, let me paraphrase my bio from Amazon. I was born in a small town near Boston. After…See More
Jan 25, 2012

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Jan 23, 2012
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"Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site. I have found it very helpful in many ways. I would like to invite you to visit my book review blog over at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com. Lots of fun things going on over there! Christina"
Jan 22, 2012
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"Hi there, Welcome to Book Blogs.Technically, I am new too. And I can say its a really nice thing being part of this friendly community. So I hope your experience will be the same. You are always welcome to visit my blog Read & Tell by Yla…"
Jan 22, 2012
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"Thanks to those who welcomed me aboard. I’m busy prepping paperback version of my latest effort. Trying to figure out what to write next."
Jan 21, 2012
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"Hi GJ,Welcome to Book Blogs! When you have the time, please come and visit me at Reads, Reviews, Recommends by clicking on my blog button below:   There you will find Review Request from authors who are willing to give copies of their books…"
Jan 20, 2012

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Moby-Dick
About Me:
G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. He was raised on a steady diet of family, politics, and the Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Viet Nam in the 1st Infantry Division. He worked in as a radio operator and had the opportunity to serve in many varied locations including a battalion night defensive position, a special forces camp, and an indeterminate piece of real estate populated by scorpions and Montagnards. He then worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. Since then he has done a stint in retail and now works in elections. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hotline listener and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in a small city just far enough from Washington DC to be somewhere else.
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G. J. Lau's Blog

What If?

I've been reading Stephen King's latest novel, 11/22/1963. The story is about a guy named Jake Epping who travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination. No doubt, one of the great what if scenarios of all time, and at least for the first half of the book he has come up with an engrossing story within a story, as Jake falls in love with a girl, a town, and a time in history that I remember oh so well.



This story has particular resonance for me. I was 18…

Continue

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 7:02am

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The following is an essay from A Misunderstood God. It seemed appropriate in the wake of yet another series of devastating late-winter, early-spring tornadoes that periodically afflict portions of the midwest and south.

Some questions can’t be answered. Like the time I was home on leave after my tour in Vietnam and I went to the funeral of a…

Continue

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 11:50am

In Your Dreams

I woke up this morning with the images of a very powerful dream resonating in my head. I was walking with two other men along a stretch of empty highway. We came across a man lying on the ground. We stopped and looked at him and then continued on. A few moments later, one of the men I was walking with was attacked by the man who had been lying on the ground. My companion delivered several defensive blows and knocked the attacker to the ground. We continued on. The man got up again, and this…

Continue

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 7:53am

Three Days

Years ago, I heard a psychologist give a simple trick to figure out basic personality types. Ask someone what time it is. If they answer, "10:47" that indicates a detail-oriented mind that likes order and structure. If they answer, "Around a quarter to eleven" that indicates a big picture person who is unconcerned with details. Put the two together in a work situation and it could get ugly.



Here's my own little mind game. I'll ask a very simple question. The only answer that…

Continue

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 7:45am

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At 12:42pm on January 23, 2012,
Author
Ron Wyn
said…

Hi GJ and welcome! Hope you enjoy Book Blogs as much as I do. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know. Also, when you have the time, please check out my blog at irregulartherapy.blogspot.com and website at www.irregulartherapy.com.

 

Best!

 

Ron

At 9:21am on January 23, 2012,
Author
Deidre D Havrelock
said…

Hi! Welcome to Book Blogs—if you are in the oftentimes horrific proposal / query letter process and are hunting for that elusive agent OR… if you have decided to go the ebook way…then join me at The Agent Challenge. After all, the proposal process isn’t just for agents. A proposal is your marketing strategy! Also, I’m giving away the 2012 big book of agents or a book from one of our mentors. Drawing from followers at the end of February!

http://www.theagentchallenge.blogspot.com

At 7:23am on January 23, 2012, TheDaydreamer said…

Hi ! Welcome to Book Blogs.I'm fairly new here too:)
Please check my blog if you have time :http://thedaydreamer3.blogspot.com/

At 11:44pm on January 22, 2012, Intoxicated by Books said…

Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site. I have found it very helpful in many ways. I would like to invite you to visit my book review blog over at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com. Lots of fun things going on over there!

Christina

At 7:09am on January 22, 2012, Yla said…

Hi there,

Welcome to Book Blogs.Technically, I am new too. And I can say its a really nice thing being part of this friendly community. So I hope your experience will be the same. You are always welcome to visit my blog Read & Tell by Yla and my FB page.

At 11:45am on January 21, 2012,
Author
Kelli Wheelwright
said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!

I am so glad you have come to join us! It can be a bit overwhelming around here at first, Don't hesitate to ask questions- At least until you get your bearings! I am more then happy to help!

We are also looking for any one interested in being a regular contributor on our blog! Monthly, Weekly, Bi- Weekly... we are flexible! Choose whatever book you would like to review, unfortunately we do not provide the books at this time. Know someone (adult or child) or are you interested in writing book reviews for our site? Family Friendly reviews of any genre are considered! If you are interested, email me at ekfamilybooks(at)yahoo(dot)com so that I can send you a copy of our blog post template to get you started!

Have a great day!

Kelli

http://www.ekfamilybooks.blogspot.com

At 10:52am on January 21, 2012, Amber Lane said…

Hi and welcome to Book Blogs! My name is Amber and I run the book review blog, Fall Into Books. Book Blogs is a terrific place for authors and bloggers to network. If you have any questions or need any help figuring things out, please let me know!

Please check out and follow my blog when you get the chance! http://falln2books.blogspot.com 

Leave a comment on my blog with a link to yours, and I'll follow you back!

Thanks!

Amber

At 9:29am on January 21, 2012, Silvana said…

Hello G.

Welcome to Book Blogs,I hope you will enjoy here.If you have any questions please let me know.

At 9:54pm on January 20, 2012, Jean Vogler said…

Hi there! Welcome to Book Blogs. I have been part of this community for just 3 months now, and I must say this is the friendliest bunch of bloggers you will ever meet. I would love for you to come by and visit my blog, Finding Your Gibbee.
Jean

At 7:44pm on January 20, 2012, The Coffee Bar said…

Hi GJ,

Welcome to Book Blogs! When you have the time, please come and visit me at Reads, Reviews, Recommends by clicking on my blog button below:

 

There you will find Review Request from authors who are willing to give copies of their books away for free to readers willing to review them. 

 

Hope to see you there,
Kate

 
 
 

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