Kindle – A Contest to Win Oprah’s Favorite Gadget

Win a Kindle!

Win a Kindle!

Okay, a couple of months ago I posted a poll to see what prize you guys would prefer to win in an “Oz Chronicles” competition. The Kindle won over Playstation 3, Xbox 360, the Wii, and iPhone. And this was way before Oprah made the Kindle cool. So the Kindle it is. There will be only one winner, and I’m still working out the details. What I know so far is that the competition will center around five questions pertaining to The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles. I will be providing the PDF for free download on this blog soon for a limited time, but if you want to get a jump start, you can get the book on Amazon today.

Why am I doing this? I’ll let you decide with this really lame excuse to use the new WordPress poll function.

If you’re interested in receiving a notice when the contest begins, please send an email to with the subject line: Loop me in on the Kindle contest

Best Question of the Night

His feet were this big.

His foot was this big.

I forgot to mention this in my last post.  One of the Boy Scouts asked me “What was the first book you ever wrote?”  I told him that I wrote a book about Bigfoot a long time ago, and he looked at me wide-eyed and asked, “How big was his foot?”

Scouts and Books

I just did an appearance at a Boy Scout gathering in Daniel Island, SC.  I had a great time, and I really enjoyed all the kids’ questions.  I do a lot of talks and presentations for adults, and I never break a sweat.  I don’t have a fear of public speaking like most people, but for some reason, I get really nervous speaking to a group of kids.  These Scouts and their friends were very well behaved and courteous, so I settled in very quickly and just had a grand old time. 

My Favorite Book When I Was a Kid

My Favorite Book When I Was a Kid


They did ask me what my favorite book was when I was a kid.  I told them Durango Street by Frank Bonham.   It’s about an inner city kid that is trying to make it on the mean streets of LA.  It was written in the 60’s way before gang’s were a popular theme in movies and literature.  Now, if that subject matter is a little to stark for you, I also mentioned a Hardy Boys novel, The Twisted Claw by Franklin W. Dixon.  I read it a long time ago, and I can’t remember the plot, but I do remember not being able to put the book down. 

Thanks to the Scouts, their leaders, and their families.



Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel is returning to television with a new sci-fi series.  Joss Whedon is teaming up with Eliza Dushku with a new Fox vehicle titled Dollhouse.  Here’s the pitch:

DOLLHOUSE focuses on a secret organization that employs “Actives” — a group of operatives who have their memories and personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new ones, allowing them to take on various missions for hire.

And for your viewing pleasure, here’s a trailer for the new series:

Brain Teaser – The Missing Dollar

Less Math.  More Brains.

Less Math. More Brains.

Got this in an email. I can’t figure it out.

Three people attend a fund raising dinner. They pay $30 and go to their table. The hostess suddenly remembers that the table rate is $25 and gives $5 to a waiter to return to the guests.

On the way to the table, the waiter decides that $5 would be too difficult to split three ways so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each guest. Now each guest paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totaling $27. The waiter has $2, totaling $29.

Where is the missing $1?

The other odd part of this teaser is if you add $25 (what they should have paid) plus $3(What the waiter returned) you get $28 (plus the $2 the waiter pocketed equals $30).

As I’ve always suspected, math breaks things.

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Want to own a house that is worth one red paperclip?

The Redpaper Clip that Became a House

The Redpaper Clip that Became a House

Kyle MacDonald did the impossible. On July 12, 2005, he started a journey in good old fashioned bartering that turned one red paper clip into a house. It took him 14 trades and a little more than a year to complete the transaction, but he did what he set out to do – use the power of the internet to become a homeowner without investing anything more than a paperclip. Along the way the paperclip became a fish pen, a snowmobile, a meeting with Alice Cooper, a Kiss snow globe, a movie role and much more. It is a remarkable story, and one that has not ended. After living in the house for a couple of years, MacDonald is ready to trade it in. This is from his blog:

That’s right, Dom and I are trading the red paperclip house. With who? For what? Well that’s where things get interesting:

We have no idea yet.

I’m not looking for anything in particular in exchange for the house, other than maybe several 1990 Burgundy Dodge Caravana with low miles. That aside, it would be great to trade with somebody who:

-Plans to live or operate a business in the house.
-Understands the house is a tourist attraction in Kipling, and important to the community.
-Also, if you know who these guys are, it will come in handy in a tie-breaker situation. — Watch this video!.

If you’d like to make a trade offer for the house, please contact me at or call the number in the contact section of this website.

Really, I’m looking for nothing in particular, just to make a trade and see where this goes. So if you have anything you’d like to offer in exchange for the house, and I mean anything, be sure to send in your offer!

Details about the red paperclip house:
Located at 503 Main Street in Kipling Saskatchewan Canada
Fully furnished.
Two floors + basement
Three bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Refinished hardwood floors.
Fridge, stove, sinks, drawers, shelves…all the regular kitchen stuff.
Large grass front yard + large grass backyard.
Gas hot water tank + gas furnace.
close proximity to schools, restaurants, grocery stores, hospital, etc. Kipling has most services in town.
Giant red paperclip on the front lawn.
located a stone’s throw away from the world’s largest red paperclip.

Click here to see how you can make Kyle and offer: One Red Paperclip

Who Does the Vampire Genre Best?

I just wanted to test out the new WordPress feature, PollDaddy. Since you all seem to love Vampires and various other creatures of the night, let’s find out which you like best. There are no right or wrong answers, and you will win no prices. All you get is the satisfaction that you have made your opinion known to my bloggerhood.