The needy artist: Equipment and wares

gig equipment
Photo of gig equipment/Indie Art South

I have memories of doing book tours, and some of those memories aren’t the stuff sweet dreams are made of.  Even though I had a traditional publisher, if I was speaking at a small event, it was up to me to transport books, bio materials, and any other handouts related to my work.

I quickly learned the importance of transport, a matter I’d never thought about as a budding writer. Continue reading “The needy artist: Equipment and wares”

Author brought unique libertarian series to children’s books

What do you do when you care passionately about something and you want children to understand why it’s important? In Connor Boyack’s case, he came up with a book series based on tales about characters named the Tuttle Twins, Emily and Ethan.  Continue reading “Author brought unique libertarian series to children’s books”

Concert at Stetson to benefit Jax musician’s daughter

It was bad enough their daughter was in a terrible car accident. Making it worse, the accident happened on the other side of the country. Additional challenges involved care for the victim’s small  children and an ever-present search for resources to help her.

A concert to benefit the victim will be held at Stetson University in Lee Chapel (Elizabeth Hall) on Wednesday, April 19, from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Most families would be overwhelmed. Kent Smedley, his wife Amy, and their younger daughter Kaitie chose to meet the crisis head on.  Continue reading “Concert at Stetson to benefit Jax musician’s daughter”

‘I used to be French’: Irreverent and a perfect summer read

About this time of year, we book lovers keep our eyes peeled for potential books for summer reading. Maybe it’s the extended daylight hours. Maybe it’s just the feel of summer in general. Either way, choosing good books for our summer leisure is a tradition we keep.

If you’re looking for a book that will at times make you laugh out loud as well as inform you about what it was like to grow up in France in the aftermath of World War II, I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography is well worth your time. Jacques Delacroix penned an unflinching account of his very interesting life, holding very little back.  Continue reading “‘I used to be French’: Irreverent and a perfect summer read”

Insurance adjuster’s self-pubbed book has enduring shelf life

Goldwich 'Uncovered'
Goldwich’s ‘Uncovered’ helps consumers navigate the insurance claims process.

Some books are read and soon forgotten while others remain relevant for years.

The latter is the case for a book by Mandarin (Florida) public insurance adjuster Mark Goldwich.  Uncovered is the sort of book you’d want to keep on your shelf because ultimately, most of us will probably file at least one claim on our property in our lifetime. Continue reading “Insurance adjuster’s self-pubbed book has enduring shelf life”

With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition

Cara Burky Blue Jay Listening Room
Cara Burky, a musician, has come up with a novel idea for musicians and their supporters by founding Blue Jay Listening Room. (snip: Video bluejayjax at Kickstarter)

Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing.

Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too. Continue reading “With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition”

Indie author Dawson rejected traditional route to self-publish

author Mark Dawson
Bio pic of Mark Dawson from his amazon page.

Add Mark Dawson to the list of authors who opted to self-publish after dealing with traditional publishers. Dawson’s path to hefty earnings from his books involved a great deal of work and patience.

And a freebie.  Continue reading “Indie author Dawson rejected traditional route to self-publish”

Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?

When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to.

I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest.  Continue reading “Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?”

Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’

Aaron Watson bio pic
Bio photo of Watson from aaronwatson.com

Aaron Watson is defying the pop culture model again as his latest album Vaquero tops country music charts within two weeks of release. Watson has been relentless in his efforts to take his music directly to his supporters, and he’s done it without the artificial persona and synthetic sounds most big studios create for their entertainers.  Continue reading “Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’”

Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith

Breakin' Clay
Breakin’ Clay will captivate you with their harmonies. (Facebook image)

Kentucky bluegrass group Breakin’ Clay’s video popped up on my Twitter line this morning, and it took only seconds for their voices to create a welcome moment of joy in my workday. When it comes to bluegrass and gospel, the vocals seem to be a challenge for many bands. Not this one.  Continue reading “Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith”