Reviews of Pickled Bananas and Other Schwartz Stories:
"Highly original and entertaining." Verna M. Rose (August 03, 2015)
"I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh, a quick pick me up, or just enjoys using their noggin while being entertained." Christina McMullen (August 31, 2014)
"Pickled Bananas is full of wit and whimsy. Fantastic things happen to normal people, and normal things happen to fantastic people. The book contains lots of surprising situations, turns of phrase, good humor, fun characters, and silliness -- mixed with some heartfelt, poignant moments and life lessons. The style and tone remind me a lot of Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman. If you like them, you'll like this collection." Ryan Pollack (June 15, 2016)
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Writing, Writing, and More Writing 2019-10-09 10:52:19 What have I been up to since my last update? Let me think...Hmm...
I have written a bit of code the last couple of weeks making several changes to this website. You can read more about it in my latest blog.
I have done a bit of writing embarking on a new freelancing career. It was this decision to do freelance work that sparked the initial changes to the website.
A few weeks ago, I met with my editor who put me in touch with his publicist. We are still finding time in our schedules to meet. I'm hoping she can provide some good insight into my writing career.
In this time, I created a bookmark to help promote the Friends of the Wells Branch Library. I will be handing out these bookmarks at this year's Trunk-or-Treat event in our neighborhood.
Also, I wrote and submit the next entry for the NYC Midnight flash fiction contest. My prompts for this story were a horror story, an airport terminal location, and the object of a rainbow.
The other day, I came across this Business Insider article about good habits of self-made millionaires. I'm pleased to see that I already exhibit many of the habits in my daily routine. Although, I am still not a millionaire, I refuse to give up, which is one of the good habits.