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Great Fires Aren’t Good

This column did get printed in time for Fire Prevention Week—it’s just late getting online. But really, shouldn’t something like this be all year round?Meanwhile, the new publisher has allowed me to write a farewell column for the newspapers I’m no longer employed by, so you’ll see this once more … maybe twice. SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              The National Fire Prevention Association would like to point out that, if your smoke detector is not working, it won’t work.             Sure, it seems…See More
22 hours ago
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A poll: My future as a humorist

This might as well serve as the official announcement: With my newspaper job gone and thanks to my paranoia about deadlines, I have around thirty unpublished humor columns. After talking it over (and crunching the numbers), Emily and I are turning them into a book entitled, yep, "Slightly Off The Mark". But what of the future? I still need to make up for lost pay, and I do love writing humor. So although I have an idea of the way to go, I thought I'd ask your opinion, dear readers, because…See More
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Goodbye, Cruel Newspaper Publishing World

Well, it appears I’m now a former newspaper writer, and my humor column is an orphan. Ironically, I didn’t find out KPC News bought the papers I wrote for until I read it in the paper. But while I considered the possibility that they might use their own reporters to gather local news, I held out hope that they might like my humor column, and maybe even use it elsewhere. Instead, my first official contact was a phone call informing me I had become a “duplication of effort”. On the one hand, it…See More
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The Fall of The Conservative Lawn Mower

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             With the purchase of a brand new lawn mower, only the third new one I’ve ever bought, I said goodbye to my conservative lawn mower.            (So named because it stopped working whenever it tilted to the left.)            It had a good, long run. In fact, the conservative lawn mower wasn’t one of the three bought brand new—I got it used, just like my house and my cars. If it’s good enough for Pontiac/Ford/Dodge/Buick/Chevy/Nissan/Ford again, it’s good enough…See More
Oct 16
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Bleeding Fire Engine Red

The editor of the newspapers I work for asked me for a fire service related article for our Fire Prevention Week insert last week, and this is what I came up with:              It’s not easy to say how a first generation volunteer firefighter like me got into the business.            For many of us, firefighting becomes such a part of our lives that we bleed fire engine red. Okay, bad example. But if your father was a volunteer, and maybe his father before him, it’s easy to see what turned your…See More
Oct 14
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Hacking Up An Internet Sickness

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             A computer genius/loser at life recently spent several months slaving away, night and day, to hack into the iCloud service and swipe nude photos of numerous celebrities.            This goes to show you, some guys will do anything to see women nude. You know it was a guy. And apparently a guy who wasn’t satisfied seeing most of these people nude—or close enough to nude—o n movies or cable TV.            I’ve never cared for this “cloud” idea, in which you send…See More
Oct 2
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The New Nude Boob Tube

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK             There’s some irony in the fact that I’m not as thrilled about naked people on TV now as I was decades ago, when it was almost impossible to find any.            When cable TV first came to Albion, it excited people in many ways. You could see music videos! You could watch movies on Home Box Office, almost as if you had a box office in your home! They had an entire channel devoted to the weather! How cool is that?            Another exciting thing was that you…See More
Sep 24
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Supernatural crossover: A Poor Choice of Alias

The latest of my stories featuring the main character from "The Notorious Ian Grant" as he begins a cross country trip toward the events of the novel. My next might be delayed for about a week and a half due to a wedding and a book contract (!); I have one more fanfiction crossover done (everyone's welcome to suggest another one), and also an all original short story we'll be giving away later on my website. Title: A Poor Choice of AliasAuthor: ozma914Summary: Determined to drive to Indiana and…See More
Sep 21
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Frozen Feasting At Fall Festivals

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              This time of year, as leaves turn to glorious multicolor, steamy hot days of summer vanish, and autumn decorations go up, I can often be found … crying.             But it seems everyone else can be found at harvest festivals.             Harvest fests, as you might imagine, are annual celebrations that take place around the time of the harvest. Makes sense. This would be the harvest of food crops, you understand, not the biannual politician harvest that’s…See More
Sep 19
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Ian Grant rocks ... no, wrecks an interview with DM Yates

DM Yates interviews the titular character from “The Notorious Ian Grant” … and things quickly spiral out of control: http://dmyates.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-the-notorious-ian-grant  “How about you, me, and my publicist go off and make beautiful money together?” “She (Ian’s sister) lost her best sunglasses in a volcano. A volcano. I lost my best sunglasses in a bar fight with Shia LaBeouf.”See More
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The Notorious Unknown Release Date

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              People may think I brag too much about having written five books (some people think I don’t brag enough, but they’re other writers). If I do, there are two good reasons: First, hey—I wrote five books. It takes some effort, even to write a bad one.             Writing a good one is harder, of course. What I don’t often mention is that I didn’t write five books—I’ve finished lots more. The others are the bad ones. In the business they’re called “trunk books”,…See More
Sep 4
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Guest blogging: a glimpse of Ian Grant's past

Want to know why I went funny with “The Notorious Ian Grant”, and uncover a little of Ian’s notorious background? Then step over to my guest blog at Jana Denardo’s LiveJournal: http://jana-denardo.livejournal.com/144345.html complete with snippet, bio, and ordering info, but especially silliness.See More
Sep 3
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Lost In The Amazon … Rankings

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK              Like many published authors, I’ve developed a psychological disorder known as OCA: Obsessively Checking Amazon.             This happens when you get a book listed on Amazon.com, and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night just to check the book’s ranking. When you don’t sell many copies (that would be most writers) your entire day can be made with one sale, or broken by the precipitous ranking drop that comes after that one sale.             My…See More
Aug 27

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The Wizard of Oz
About Me:
My novel, Storm Chaser, was released by Whiskey Creek Press in June, 2012. Next May I have a short story collection coming out, and I have a humor column, Slightly Off the Mark, published in three northeast Indiana newspapers.
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http://www.markrhunter.com

Mark R Hunter's Blog

Great Fires Aren’t Good

This column did get printed in time for Fire Prevention Week—it’s just late getting online. But really, shouldn’t something like this be all year round?

Meanwhile, the new publisher has allowed me to write a farewell column for the newspapers I’m no longer employed by, so you’ll see this once more … maybe twice.

 

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

 

            The National Fire Prevention Association would like to…

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Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:30pm

A poll: My future as a humorist

This might as well serve as the official announcement: With my newspaper job gone and thanks to my paranoia about deadlines, I have around thirty unpublished humor columns. After talking it over (and crunching the numbers), Emily and I are turning them into a book entitled, yep, "Slightly Off The Mark". But what of the future? I still need to make up for lost pay, and I do love writing humor. So although I have an idea of the way to go, I thought I'd ask your opinion, dear readers, because…

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Posted on October 19, 2014 at 4:53pm

Goodbye, Cruel Newspaper Publishing World

Well, it appears I’m now a former newspaper writer, and my humor column is an orphan. Ironically, I didn’t find out KPC News bought the papers I wrote for until I read it in the paper. But while I considered the possibility that they might use their own reporters to gather local news, I held out hope that they might like my humor column, and maybe even use it elsewhere.

 

Instead, my first official contact was a phone call informing me I had become a “duplication of effort”. On…

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Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:42pm

The Fall of The Conservative Lawn Mower

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            With the purchase of a brand new lawn mower, only the third new one I’ve ever bought, I said goodbye to my conservative lawn mower.

            (So named because it stopped working whenever it tilted to the left.)

            It had a good, long run. In fact, the conservative lawn mower wasn’t one of the three bought brand new—I got it used, just like my house and my cars. If it’s good enough for…

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:30pm

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At 4:33pm on July 3, 2014,
Author
Brenda Sorrels
said…

Thanks for the friendship Mark!  I am sooo slow here on Book Blogs, but I'm really happy to meet you.  I just received my first newspaper review from The Bismarck Tribune so I'm pretty happy right now!  Here is the link if you want to check it out:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/review-n-d-native-s-the-bachelor-farmers-a-good/article_4ca470e0-ff47-11e3-9726-001a4bcf887a.html

At 3:54pm on July 18, 2013, Maria Behar said…

You're very welcome, Mark!!  Great stuff!!  : )

At 2:17pm on September 20, 2012,
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Sally
said…

Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

At 11:34am on September 23, 2011,
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Samantha Jillian Bayarr
said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!

Please visit my blog to enter my latest giveaway for my one year Blogoversary!

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and 10 kindle copies of my new ebook, The Anniversary.

http://livingstonhallpublishers.blogspot.com/

Good Luck!

Have a great day,

Samantha
At 7:37am on September 9, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
I hear you on pictures, believe me - which is why mine is a goofy one rather than an attempt at serious!  :)
At 12:08am on September 7, 2011, Intoxicated by Books said…
Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site and all of the AWESOME people here! I would like to invite you to visit my blog at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/ I have a giveaway going on right now as well as some tours available for readers. I also have a promotion page available for authors.Christina
At 11:10am on September 6, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
Someone else just told me they had trouble with that too - mine worked pretty predictably, but I did it a while ago so am not sure I know how to help...  Sorry!
At 11:25am on September 5, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!  I'm rather new myself - still figuring things out, but so far have been quite pleased with how much support/feedback/help are available...  If there's anything I can help with just let me know - I can't promise answers (well, I can technically promise answers, just not that they are correct/useful - teehee), but I've managed to pick up a trick or two that I'm happy to share!

And if you have a second, please stop by my blog - www.Jill-Elizabeth.com - I'm always happy to get comments or new followers!

Best of luck to you - 

jill-elizabeth

At 7:58am on September 5, 2011, The Coffee Bar said…
You're welcome for the welcome, Mark! :-)
At 9:21am on September 4, 2011,
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Mary (BookHounds)
said…
Hello Mark
Welcome to Book Blogs. Let me know if you have any questions. Be sure to check out Network Your Blog if you are looking for new followers! Please stop by my blog at http://maryinhb.blogspot.com & my YA blog: http://foreveryoungadult.blogspot.com when you have a chance!
Thanks, Mary
 
 
 

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