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James Osborne

How About That!

This blog passed 13,000 visits recently, shortly after celebrating our fourth anniversary, thanks to all of you terrific followers! I hope you’re enjoying the short stories posted here, as much as I enjoy writing them for you. I’d love to hear your comments. More recently, we also posted our 110th story.  Milestones!

Photos: The photo at the top of this page was taken in the Rocky Mountains near Banff National Park.  And the photo that provides the background of this page is of a cherry tree in full bloom.  Ahhh, Nature!  Oh, that photo of me was taken near beautiful San Clemente, California.

Welcome

The purpose of this blog is to two fold; 1. to share information with you about my novels. and, 2. to share with you examples of my short stories and other writings. Your feedback is always welcome. I’d love to hear from you. Please return often to experience the new posts. You can receive notices automatically by clicking on the box to the right of this page. You’ll be the first to know… well, almost! 😉

While you’re here, please scroll down to a collection of quotes: some serious, some humorous, some profound.

Nice Things Happen

Wow: Three books, Three Awards!  It’s still sinking in, and it’s pretty awesome. My debut novel, The Ultimate Threat, was published in June 2015 by Endeavour Press Ltd. of London, UK. The novel will be scary to some — hey it’s a thriller about those psychopaths called ISIS — but the sales and the wonderful reviews have been heartwarming. You can check it out here: The Ultimate Threat. I’m delighted that it placed second as Best Thriller of 2015 in an international readers poll conducted by Preditors & Editors (www.pred-ed.com), a respected non-profit that exposes con artists in writing, music, video, publishing, etc.)

Speaking of heartwarming, my second novel is a murder mystery and a love story rolled into in one. The Maidstone Conspiracy was published in November 2015 by Solstice Publishing Ltd. of Farmington, MO. This is a story of passion and intrigue spanning the world, from the graceful beauty of the English countryside to the rugged grandure of the Colorado foothills. Writing this novel was great fun! Here’s the link, hope you’ll check it out: The Maidstone Conspiracy It tied for third as Best Mystery of 2015 in the P&E poll.

shortstoryIn between the two novels, a collection of my short stories called, Encounters With Life–Tales of Living, Loving and Laughter, was published last October, also by Solstice Publishing. The 34 stories will inspire and amuse you, and warm your heart.

Here’s the link: : Encounters With Life com.  It was named Best Short Story Collection of 2015 in the open category in the P&E readers’ poll.

EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!

Its a pleasure to tell you about a great anthology to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders.  Voices From The Valleys is a collection of 50 short stories, edited by Jodie Renner of Penticton, BC, an internationally acclaimed author and teacher.

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The anthology was published in November 2015 and I’m pleased to say it includes my favorite short story, Dragonflies and the Great Blue Heron. Here’s the link: Voices from the Valleys

Another delightful short story I enjoyed writing was chosen for the anthology Tales2Inspire-The Crystal Collection, created by New York editor Lois Stern and published in December 2015. The Pantomine Hunter has received a gratifying response from readers: Tales2Inspire-TheCrystal Collection

And just in case you need inspiration for next Halloween check out the scary anthology, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, from Solstice Publishing, which ironically accepted one of my  funny stories about a Halloween prank that backfired: http://amzn.com/1625262728.

It’s a pleasure also to let you know that two of my short stories have been published in another anthology called, Never Light a Match in the Outhouse: Funny Stories from Cottage Country. The book was published by Summit Studios and is available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0986685666.

Another of my short stories, The Salt Lick, published on this blog, was the runner up for first prize in a contest observing the 10th anniversary of the Word on the Lake writers’ festival.  The Salt Lick was included in an anthology published by the Shuswap Association of Writers.

Yes, we’ve enjoyed lots of good luck, and are very grateful! That good fortune includes an award for Dragonflies and The Great Blue Heron from an international competition run by Tales2Inspire.  The story was selected both as a finalist for first place and for publication in the anthology, “Tales2Inspire — The Emerald Collection“.  Hope you’ll have a read and tell me what you you think. You can check it out at: Tales2Inspire: The Emerald Collection

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Another short story entered in the same competition, Barbara’s Story, received an honorable mention from Tales2Inspire judges.Barbara’s Story

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Biography

My working career began in journalism and then teaching journalism, after which I took a detour through the corporate world before returning to writing. That detour included becoming vice-president of a Fortune 500 company — a mixed blessing — and then president of a management consulting firm for 10 years. Those experiences made clear that a varied life, filled with a diversity of good and occasional not-good experiences, provides a huge resource for creative writing.

Have a terrific day . . . You deserve it!

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Quotable Quotes

Theodore Rosevelt (This is timely):

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

John Heywood, 1546:

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

(His quote paraphrases a biblical proverb: Jeremiah 5-21)

John Wooden, American basketball player and coach:

Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be. Your character is what you really are.

Charles Darwin:

Survival of the fittest has less to do with being the strongest or the most intelligent, and almost everything to do with being able to adapt to change.

Ann Landers:

No one ever drowned in their own sweat

Mohammed Ali:

I feel no need to be what you think that I am.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Thomas Jefferson:

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

Harry Truman:

My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

Plato:

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. 

Robert Burns:

O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us.

Bishop Desmond Tutu:

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.

Washington Post:

Bozone — A layer surrounding stupid people that prevents intelligent thoughts from coming through.  Source:  Washington Post annual Mensa create-a-word competition.

Albert Einstein:

Einstein once defined genius as the ability to recognize the obvious.

1. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all that we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

2. The significant problems that we have cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness with which we created them.

3.  The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and do nothing.  

Regina Brett:

Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

Lord Dunstan:

Only the closed mind is certain

Authors Unknown:

  • Trying to blow out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.
  • Seeing clearly sometimes means opening more than our eyes.
  • Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.
  • You become a mature adult when you learn to forgive your parents.  That’s when you come to understand they did the best for you that they knew how.
  • A great sense of humor allows us to overlook the annoying, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and outlast the unbearable.

Winston Churchill

Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling it to the public.

A Former Mentor:

The very best writing invites you in so completely you become unaware that you are reading it.

Mom’s Favorite:

It’s better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.

George Washington:

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter

Attributed to an RC Bishop (Name Unknown)

 Religions that are mad or sad and not glad, are bad.

— 

To My Children and Grandchildren

Everyone is born with certain abilities, but it is from the ‘nourishment’ of parental guidance first, and then from other life experiences, that these inate blessings will grow and flourish.  

— James Osborne, 2012

A Few of My Own:

  • A peculiar feature of democracy is that once we’ve elected someone to office, many among us thereafter choose to vilify the person we’ve elected, regardless of their performance. The consequence is that many accomplished people who we might want  to lead us, quite rightly decline to expose themselves to the abuse and falsehoods heaped upon those in public office. Such behavior places democracy at risk.
  • Free speech should never be considered a license to utter criticism, or falsehoods or misinformation that is not substantiated by fact.  Those who chose to do so reveal more about their own shortcomings than about those of the people they seek to belittle. It is always so much easier to criticize what someone else has accomplished than to demonstrate that you can do it better.
  • Sometimes the answers to perplexing problems lie not in our capacity to invent solutions, but in our ability to recognize what lies within our reach.
  • Those who carry a grudge bear the heaviest burden. 
  • On Being Different: Those who would believe in a higher power, by whatever name they choose, must also believe this same higher power made all things. On that basis, people of good character will recognize that some people are different from ourselves, in color, gender, speech, opinion, lifestyle, religious or spiritual beliefs, etc. Different is not an an evaluation. As I taught my children while they were growing up, “Different is only different.”
  • Celebrate differences, for therein lies the basis for much of what we learn in life. 
  • With a book in hand, you are never alone.
  • I have come to understand it is better to measure who you are not by what you own but by how you treat yourself and others.
  • About the Monarchy in Canada: I would suggest that most Canadians view HRH & Co. as something of an historic anachronism likened to a harmless old aunty we occasionally invite to family events. The fact is that precedent has relegated the  monarchy in Canada to a largely ceremonial role.  We can blame all sorts of ills on the monarchy should we feel compelled to do so (mostly sins of the past), or we can take a more constructive view by appreciating the value of the positive international attention the younger royals have brought to good works around the world. Bottom line: those who feel oppressed by the monarchy — or by anything/anyone else for that matter — are indeed oppressed; those who don’t feel so, aren’t. 

On Getting Published

Daunting Numbers:

Literary Agent Sara Megibow  once worked for an agency that in one year received 36,000 queries from aspiring authors. From among those, the agency requested 839 partial manuscripts, considered 98 full manuscripts, and from all of that signed just 9 new clients.  Evidently, huge odds are not confined to lotteries.

Copyright 2012-2017 by James Osborne  All Rights Reserved

30 comments on “About This Blog

  1. Stimson Elizabeth
    March 13, 2012

    Looking good Jim! Will be looking forward to seeing updates as well.
    BA

  2. sandra tyler
    May 4, 2012

    boy, those are quite some daunting numbers. Nice blog. Visiting after your helpful comment to me on linkedin about publishing posts from blogs.

  3. I love your blog site, James. Well put together and I can appreciate the work that must have taken. Just subscribed and looking forward to your posts!!

  4. bee richards
    July 15, 2012

    Thank you for your comment about creating blogs/website et., they were very helpful. Tank you so much Bee

  5. David Murphy
    September 14, 2012

    The site looks good, James. keep up the good work!

  6. Julie Krantz
    October 1, 2012

    Nice blog, James–good luck with your books!

  7. darlenecraviotto
    October 21, 2012

    Looking forward to “following” your website here and checking out your books. Best of luck to you!

  8. Colleen Arrigoni
    October 24, 2012

    I look forward to having you sign your first best seller for me. Miss you & think of you often

  9. Jayne
    November 1, 2012

    Yep! Those numbers sure are daunting. But I’m living proof that if you hang in there, keep honing your craft and submitting your work to publishers, the golden ring is attainable. (Mind you, it took me twelve years!)

  10. val sharp
    November 8, 2012

    James:

    Like your blog and writing. Just signed up to follow. Wish you would check out my website, blog and book also @ http://www.thelavallecollection.com

    Val Sharp

  11. Nora Weston
    December 2, 2012

    Hi! Your blog is wonderful. 🙂 I really like the quotes you’ve posted too. The one By Albert Einstein is my favorite! I’m off to check out your stories.

  12. elainecougler
    December 13, 2012

    James, I’m so glad I wandered over to your blog from LinkedIn! You write with a happy, insightful tone, and I love it. Your famous quotes are telling, too. Pithy sayings are so spot on sometimes, aren’t they?

  13. Madison Woods
    December 24, 2012

    Thanks for the nomination James! I’m late to the party, but will see about catching up 🙂

  14. ianmooremorrans
    December 30, 2012

    Interesting blog, Jim. We will continue to follow it. Just so you know, we are currently blogging a children’s chapter book entitled “Jake, Little Jimmy and Big Louie” and invite you to check it out. We’d love any feedback you could offer. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and we send best wishes for the New Year. Gayle and Ian

  15. Andy McKell
    April 8, 2013

    Hi – I have nominated you for a Liebster Award, see http://andymckell.com/2013/04/08/liebster-blog-awards/
    Keep up the good work!

  16. ianmooremorrans
    November 8, 2013

    I like the new look of your blog, Jim. (If it isn’t new, then I’ve not checked it out for awhile – just read your posts as they come into our email.) I don’t remember the blossom background. Keep up the good work. Here’s an invitation to visit our blog and vote for Ian in the current Authors Show contest “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.” Hope to reconnect with you at our next Vernon writer’s group meeting..Best wishes. Gayle Moore-Morrans

  17. GP Cox
    December 11, 2015

    Thought I’d drop in and have a look-see. A pleasure to meet you.

  18. cmblackwood
    February 17, 2016

    Lovely blog, James! Always exciting to meet another author. 🙂

  19. amo
    March 22, 2016

    Hi Jim, nice to see your web presence! It was good to meet you tonight.
    amo, aka Angelika

    • amo
      March 22, 2016

      Thanks for the re-follow! 🙂

  20. Hugh's Views and News
    May 23, 2016

    Hi James,

    Thank you so much for contacting me via my blog, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

    I’m currently snowed under with requests to do book reviews. I’m also about to start the process of self publishing a collection of my own short stories. Once the book is published I’ll hopefully have much more time to do book reviews, so please do keep me in mind.

    I’m meeting Olga at a Bloggers Bash in few weeks time and I’ll mention to her that you’ve been in contact.

    The very best of luck with your writing and books.

    Best wishes,
    Hugh

    • James Osborne
      May 23, 2016

      Best wishes with you short story collection. Best regards to Olga. Fabulous lady!

  21. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    November 3, 2016

    I like the look of your blog James nice to find you today via Winnie the Pooh!

    • James Osborne
      November 3, 2016

      Thanks Marje, and welcome! Hope you find time to some explore my blog.

  22. ellenbest24
    November 3, 2016

    I follow now and found you via chris the reading ape’s blog. I look forward to connecting and perusing your site. Pleased to meet you. 😇

    • James Osborne
      November 3, 2016

      Hi Ellen
      Welcome aboard! Hope you enjoy the stories you’ll find on my blog. They’re mostly light-hearted/feel-good stories, like Winnie’s story. I’d value your further comments.

      • ellenbest24
        November 3, 2016

        As i would your follow… *wink wink*

  23. Andy McKell
    November 4, 2016

    13 thousand? Well done, that man. I wish you continuing success !

    • James Osborne
      November 4, 2016

      Hi Andy. It surprizes me, for sure. We’re closing in on 14K now. Keep you posted. BTW: If you scroll down, you might enjoy some of the quotes I’ve collected near the end.

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