Woo Hoo! My First Book Royalty Check!


Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has deposited twenty seven cents into my bank account. Yeah, I know, but it’s a start.

I am a screenwriter, but I chose to publish a few of my screenplays as e-books. I am still learning the mechanics of converting screenplay files into book files. The format appears a little wonky depending upon which electronic device you read with. I am sure I will figure it out eventually.

In the meantime, here is a link to my latest effort.

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It’s Time to Die (movie)


A final message from an ex-military buddy brings Josh to a bar on a Chinese island where he is trapped in the perfect tropical storm.

Hey guys, we need your help. Please check out the video above and share with your family and friends!

Facebook is so “last decade!”


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300 Million People Use WeChat To Text With Strangers, But Most Americans Probably Haven’t Heard Of It

WeChat is a multipurpose messaging app made by Chinese Internet portal company Tencent. The app’s popularity is soaring overseas. WeChat launched in October 2010 and had about 5 million users by May 2011. By January 2013, it had exploded to 300 million users, according to Tech In Asia.

The app has a startling array of features. Users can make video calls and hold live chats with friends, host group chats, scan for strangers to talk to nearby, and so much more. Rumors have been circulating that the app could gain a new shopping feature in the future too, which could be a huge potential revenue generator for Tencent. (more)

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Throwback Thursday: The Sin City Singers!


The Sin City Singers - 1970
The Sin City Singers – 1970

My high school folk group from left to right: Dan Judd, Kevin Stephens, Wes Winn, Ron Hendricks and Jasper Winn. In 1971, Kevin and Jasper had gone off to college, so we were joined by Gary Knox. Here we all are in a photo from 2004 at the dedication concert for the Jack Williams Auditorium. Dan, Gary, Ron, Jasper, Kevin and Wes!

Sin City Singers 2004
Sin City Singers – 2004

Mr. Williams was our beloved Mac-Hi Choir Director, Counselor and Teacher.

RnR


story by Simon Edward Smith – reprinted by permission from that’s PRD magazine

Rocking and rolling around Guangzhou, Ridwan and Ron are currently causing waves on the city’s music circuit. Formed six months back after meeting via a mutual friend, the duo make up the aptly named RnR.

RnR photo by Dixon Chow
RnR photo by Dixon Chow

Ridwan Amir, from Singapore, has been here since 2009. Ron Hendricks, who hails from Walla Walla in Washington State, has been here since 2006. The former takes up the vocals while the latter supports on backing guitar. Together, they sing covers of a broad range of popular songs – according to Amir, the twosome has “a book of standard stuff geared toward Chinese audiences” – with a few original tunes thrown in for good measure. On any given night you’re likely to hear a rambunctious, jangling version of Jason Mraz’ ‘I’m Yours’ alongside a loud, balls-to-the-wall cover of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You,’ plus RnR’s very own ‘My Girl,’ a hybrid of early days Rod Stewart and Credence Clearwater Revival’s foot-stomping beat.

Amir has a powerhouse of a voice; it’s raw and unrestrained. Understandably, rock bands like the Smashing Pumpkins are a major
influence. As Hendricks says of his bandmate, “When Ridwan sings people focus. Audiences want to stay for the whole thing. My job is to harmonize.” It’s not surprising, then, that Amir was runner-up for best vocalist at Yamaha Asian Beat back in Singapore.

Hendricks’ tastes on the other hand are earthier and folksy; singers more mellow and subtle in delivery appeal to him, like Simon and Garfunkel, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger – an interest made evident by his free-wheeling, Dylan-esque phrasing.

A fun duo with good rapport between themselves and the audience, make sure to request their comical ‘No Man, No Cry.’

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// You can catch RnR at Hooley’s (Tue), Rebel
Rebel (Sat), The Brew on Jianshe Liu Malu
(Thu), The Brew Panyu (Friday) and Covent
Garden (Sunday) from 9.30pm.