Stephen D. Lalonde

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I Want to Share

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM

The characters speak to me. The more a storyline develops, the more the characters become dimensional as they deal with the events that boil out of my mind. Dealing with those characters and their challenges, pushes me to consider their dilemma and it reveals to me what my values, core beliefs and sense of justice are. In that sense, writing contributes to se...

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Legacy

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 12:00 AM

Yesterday I found out that one of my past students is now the next principal of University High School, where I taught for 26 years. His father was hired as a teacher at UHS the same year that I was. I have literally dozens of past students who are now teachers, many of them in the same district they attended as students and some even at University High Schoo...

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Business Issues

Posted on May 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM

I have a new problem with sales. Because of the increases in costs (paper mostly), printing of ANISSI will be $6.00 a copy plus tax because I don’t sell enough copies to qualify for reseller tax deferment. I have it priced at $10.95 which is what seems appropriate compared to other books on the market. If I do a book signing at a bookstore, they will ta...

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Archery in My Books

Posted on May 24, 2022 at 12:50 AM

ANISSI starts in Nubia also referred to as Ta-Seti (Land of the Bow). Archery plays an important role in MENTU THE NUBIAN and even more so in ANISSI. Archery is significant in much of Greek mythology. Apollo is the god of archery. His sister, Artemis, is the huntress for the gods. He is the light of the sun and she is the moon. Both travel in an ‘arch&#...

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I Wonder

Posted on May 22, 2022 at 10:05 AM

When I was teaching, I developed a couple of board games for my mythology classes. The games served as unit reviews, and I assembled enough sets of each to allow the whole class to play (4 players per board). My thinking was why can’t learning be fun. I think that most of the students enjoyed that method of reviewing the material and the test scores imp...

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Reviews

Posted on May 21, 2022 at 9:35 AM

I have been honored to have many good reviews on the books I have written/published. I have the first one on ANISSI posted on my website along with the others for each of the earlier books. I still have not figured out how to capitalize on those reviews besides mentioning them on my Facebook page. I continue to try to figure out how to appropriately promote m...

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Supplemental Items

Posted on May 21, 2022 at 12:45 AM

Bookmarks…that is what I am working on today. I have done special bookmarks for each of my novels. All of them include the chapter listing. Some of them have room to list the characters. Some have maps or other graphics. I use cardstock and I print and cut them myself to keep the cost down. I am considering some other ‘premiums’ if I do a Ki...

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Another Presentation

Posted on May 20, 2022 at 12:30 AM

Yesterday I had the privilege of presenting virtually to a group, the journey I have been taking in becoming an author. I enjoy talking about it as much as doing it. I have two more presentations scheduled for next week.

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Writing and Waiting

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 11:45 AM

ANISSI has gone to the production folks. Now I wait to get the finished product in my hands. Meanwhile, I have two writing related meetings today. I am giving a virtual presentation on my journey in writing and specifically my books and the research behind them at 2:00. Then at 7:00 I get to attend (virtually still) the Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild. ...

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Technology Tempest

Posted on May 17, 2022 at 9:45 AM

I blew a gasket yesterday. My Outlook program apparently stopped working without notice. The emails I was sending appeared to be going out. They showed in the sent list. But no one was receiving the emails I was sending (even one I sent to myself). So the Zoom meeting that I was hosting didn’t happen and the final pdf file I sent to the printer looked l...

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Ham Story

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 10:25 AM

I have been an amateur radio operator (ham) for over 51 years. I have had the opportunity to help with emergency communications on several occasions. At least two other authors have written books featuring amateur radio in the storyline. Amateur radio has also been featured in at least two television shows; ALF and Last Man Standing. I am considering writing ...

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Not Joking

Posted on May 15, 2022 at 11:25 AM

The issue of book-banning is getting some attention right now, as it has in the past and should at any time. Banning books is just another way of suppressing free speech. If a book espouses violence against society or any segment of society, I would hope that it would die on the vine of marketing for lack of appeal to a sufficient population to be economicall...

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Imperfection

Posted on May 14, 2022 at 11:30 AM

I have given my best effort to a clean reading experience with ANISSI. By that I mean I have been through the book many, many times with it expanded on my 27 inch computer screen. Reading it as carefully as possible. I would love to be able to pay to have an editor go through it, but that just isn’t in the budget for me as a retired person on a fixed in...

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Proof Copy

Posted on May 14, 2022 at 12:00 AM

Yesterday I picked up the proof copy of ANISSI. I spent the day reading and, sure enough, found a few things that I had to change; one extra word, an incorrect attribution, and several punctuation issues that I changed my mind on (again). I also needed to add a phrase in the appendix-glossary to make the reference on Hades more complete. I have sent the corre...

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Anticipation

Posted on May 12, 2022 at 11:40 AM

This is the time my writing is in limbo. I am waiting for the proof copy of ANISSI and I don’t want to start the next book until I get this one into print. In addition, this is when my woodworking season starts. The shop is warm enough to work in and I am anxious to do that. I continue to enjoy retirement through these and a couple other activities. I a...

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The First Step

Posted on May 11, 2022 at 9:40 AM

When I started writing SINON OF KIRRA, I had no idea where it would take me. I just knew that I wanted to write a story in ancient Greece. I looked through lists of ancient Greek names (male and female), and chose Sinon. I wanted the story to be a coming of age story and I wanted to deal with gender equity and racial justice. Mentu provided the opportunities ...

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Tetradrachm for Your Thoughts...

Posted on May 10, 2022 at 9:10 AM

I had to fudge some on the dates of currency in ancient Greece, but not by much; maybe a decade or two. I will be discussing coinage in an upcoming HISTORICALLY SPEAKING newsletter (scheduled for the September issue.) Meanwhile, I am doing additional research on the money, mining and metals of ancient times. I have incorporated a little of what I have found i...

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The ANISSI Page

Posted on May 9, 2022 at 10:20 AM

I updated the ANISSI page on my website. I included the promo video, the front cover, the prologue, author comment and ancient Egyptian art depicting Nubian women. I look forward to posting reviews after I get the book printed and out to people who are on the waiting list to receive it. I am still hoping to get the website migrated to the new host which will ...

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What's Next?

Posted on May 8, 2022 at 9:40 AM

I intend to write a book featuring Strymon, but I am not ready to start that project yet. I want to stay in roughly the same time period as the last three books, but maybe with a new set of characters, and a setting involving something other than so much time on ships. I want to continue to incorporate mythology into the story without making it about mytholog...

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Hackers

Posted on May 7, 2022 at 10:20 AM

Somehow a hacker managed to get through my two factor security on my email account and has been phishing through my contacts with the gift card scam. I hope that everyone is aware of that scam and just ignores that email. I have made two quick password changes that should secure my account again. I hope that karma catches up with these evil people very soon. ...

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