Short story number two: Mary’s Secret
As I mentioned in my last blog, I intend to include on my web site–on approximately a monthly basis–some of my short stories. And those stories will be available to both read and listen to. “The Curious Miss Crabtree,” a humorous tale of two boys delivering Christmas cookies to a scary neighbor lady was the first.
My second story is “Mary’s Secret,” told from the point of view of a six-year old girl who has mysterious friends who visit every night in her bedroom. You can decide for yourself whether those friends are real or not.
New Website Feature: stories you can listen to
At book signings, I’m sometimes asked if there are audio versions of my books available. I say no because the expense would be too great to justify hiring a professional to read the manuscript inside a studio. (Early on, Becky and I did buy equipment and set up a small studio, and we did record a few podcasts that I included on my website. But, we soon learned how time consuming that process can be, as well as the fact that neither of us have experience as professional readers).
But what I learned from Ed Barker (Monterey eSolutions) over the past five months of website development was how far text-to-speech technology has advanced. I had NO IDEA that current technology was as good as it is; I can only imagine the boon this is to those who are sight-impaired!
As I’ve stated before, I learned to write fiction via short stories. I did this for five years and ended up publishing fourteen of them in a small book entitled, The Errant Ricochet: Max Raeburn’s Legacy. Long story short, I’m planning to convert each of these to an mp3 file using text-to-speech conversion software.
For openers, I’ve included on my website “The Curious Miss Crabtree,” a humorous tale of two boys who must take Christmas cookies to a scary neighbor. Over upcoming months, I intend to include all my stories, one at a time on an approximate monthly basis: click on Short Stories. For your listening enjoyment, I plan to include both a male and a female speaker.
As I move forward with this new feature, I’m also thinking of adding a spoken version of the first couple chapters of my novels to supplement the written versions that I provide.
Postscript: If you go to the “Crabtree” page, you’ll see that I’ve uploaded three voices, Heather, Ryan, and Alice. If you have the time, could you tell me please which of the two females you prefer, Heather or Alice? They come from two different companies. Thanks!
GRAND OPENING: the new paulmarktag.com
As noted in a previous blog, over the past five months my web site, paulmarktag.com, has been undergoing a complete redesign. My old website was showing its age compared to new designs. In particular, my home page was much too wordy and unnecessarily complicated. The new design is simpler and easier to navigate. Still, nothing has been lost from the old site; in fact, there is more content, and I will be discussing one particular new feature in a separate blog.
Please take a gander (www.paulmarktag.com) and see what you think. As with all web designs, a major concern is making the content appear the same on different platforms and browsers; that is not an easy task, Ed tells me. Some new features necessarily require the latest versions of browsers. FYI, Internet Explorer 11 has difficulty with the flipping books on the home page. If you encounter difficulties, please tell me about them and which browser/platform you are using. As well, over the coming months, as this shakedown cruise proceeds, additions and improvements will be on tap.
My sincere and grateful thanks go out to Ed Barker and Nancy Brennan for the perseverance and talent they brought to bear to my web site. This project was a lot of work for them. Obviously, I highly recommend Monterey eSolutions to anyone considering a makeover or new design to enhance their Internet presence.
Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?
The following is a copy of an essay I wrote that just appeared in the April 2014 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). The American Meteorological Society is the professional society for us meteorologists. Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction Paul Mark Tag For those of you who jumped here after… View Article
Coming soon: Monterey eSolutions redesign of paulmarktag.com
My current web site has been around since 2007. Created by Monkey C Media (Jeniffer Thompson) out of San Diego, it was thoughtfully created and has served me well. However, over the past year, a friend of mine* who shall remain nameless (out of fear of retribution) has told me that it looks dated. To… View Article
Author Marketing Experts, Inc. chosen as publicist for How Much Do You Love Me?
As noted in an earlier blog, my new historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? revolves around the Japanese internment of World War II. It will be released by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media on August 12th. I’ve chosen Penny Sansevieri to be the official publicist for my book. Her company, Author Marketing Experts,… View Article
Cedar Fort to conduct Blog Tour for How Much Do You Love Me?
Cedar Fort Publishing & Media will conduct a blog tour, from August 10-23, for my upcoming historical novel, How Much Do You Love Me? If you would like to participate in a review, click here.
My first historical fiction novel due out 8/12/14: How Much Do You Love Me?
Three years ago, after finishing a trilogy of thrillers (Category 5, Prophecy, and White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy), I switched genres; I chose historical fiction. Historical fiction, as most of you know, is fiction set in the past, usually within a significant or interesting period of history. The story is fiction, but it draws upon… View Article
A luncheon date with Joel Myers
Once upon a time, a half century ago, fresh out of high school, I began my study of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Compared to many, my professional growth was relatively boring; I majored in meteorology from the start and never deviated from that professional track. I worked for the same research facility over a… View Article
In publishing, maybe the cliché is true: It is easier…
I know why you’ve read at least this far. “It is easier…” to do what? First, a little history. Since I retired thirteen years ago, I’ve been living my life’s dream of writing fiction. I’ve completed a trilogy of thrillers and a book of short stories. Still, with none of my thrillers have I been… View Article