Father’s Day is June 21st this year, which is coming fast! You might want to give your favorite dad a nice card; however, I would like to suggest an alternative.
A card can cost between $3 and $8 dollars. Most cards are read once and then set aside. Some people keep cards for mementos, but the reality is after about 3 minutes, they are rarely read or used again.
So instead of giving a limited use card, why not spend roughly the same amount of money and give a fun book. You can sign the inside cover just like a card. You can even write a personalized message. Unlike a card, however, a book will over more than a few minutes of enjoyment.
The perfect book to use as a Father’s Day card is the latest Dad Jokes book I pulled together:
The Dad Jokes book contains 366 dad jokes presented as one a day for a year. This means instead of being used for just one day like a card, the book can be a remainder every day that your dad is special.
With a virus causing people to stay at home, most people are spending more time with family. While I am getting to spend more time with my family, I’ve also used the time to create a few things to fill the time. Specifically, I’ve self-published two products to make the time a little more enjoyable.
The first product I mentioned before. It is a book that contains puns and jokes that use puns. The book, Punny or Not Book of Puns, is sure to make you groan, laugh, and otherwise be distracted from those around you. If you are a parent, then you can use a different pun each day on your kids to see if they think you are funny or not. In the area of being a Dad, punning the kids is one of the highlights because it can often result in smiles!
The second product is a book I created for my kids and me, but decided to share it on Amazon as well. This is a Dots and Boxes Game book. The book contains the grids used to play the game.
More importantly, the book contains a number of non-standard grids. These grids are in various shapes to make the game a little more interesting. Shapes range from an hourglass to a sailboat. There is a school house, a spider, a jet, a smiley, and even a flower. There other other shaped boards as well. All constructed to make the dots grid a little more fun to play! This book is available now on Amazon for less than $8!
Both of these products can provide distraction from pandemics. If there isn’t a pandemic happening, then they are also good for simple fun or interacting while waiting for food at a restaurant! In fact, these books are great fun regardless of what is happening around you!
My latest article has now published on HTMLGoodies.com. This most recent article is not technical, but is aimed at people running Microsoft Windows. If you are unfamiliar with the snipping tools in Windows, then you should jaunt over to the article at the following link:
In Spot the Difference in Fishers, Indiana (Spot) you not
only get to learn a little bit about the city parks that are within Fishers,
Indiana, but you also get to also have a bit of fun. For each of the parks
shown in the book, you are given two pictures that are very similar. The first picture
is a real picture of the park. The second picture is the same picture; however,
a few changes have been made and it is up to you to find those changes. Each park
follows a similar layout, which includes a few extra pictures as well as an
indicator for the number of differences you should be able to find:
Most cities have parks. These includes city parks as well as neighborhood and other private parks. Fishers, however, has a large number of city parks relative to the size of the city. There are two parks that include sledding hills. There are several parks that have fishing lakes as well as a couple of locations to fish in the White River. Several of the parks boast athletics including baseball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields, and football fields. There are also pickle ball courts as well as Frisbee/disk golf courses. One park has “off road” biking trails that wind through the woods as well as tree houses. There is a splash-pad in one park. There are docks and a public beach as well as a ton of playgrounds ranging from simple swings to complex contraptions such as those shown in the picture above.
There are two new parks being developed in Fishers. The irony is that both are easy to confuse with existing parks. One will be the Nickel Plate Trail linear park that will replace the existing Nickel Plate Railroad tracks. This is not to be confused with the existing Nickel Plate Trail that is a part of Cheeny Creak Nature Park. The other will be the Geist Waterfront park, not to be confused with the existing Geist Park that features trails, bird-watching, access to Fall Creak and Geist Reservoir.
If you are wanting to know what parks are around Fishers, this book will quickly give you a glimpse. As our newest book, we hope you enjoy it!
In one of the groups I read on Facebook, a person stated that they wanted to write a book and were looking for advice. In response, a few people commented that they would like to coach him or be a reviewer. My response was a little different and a little more detailed, even though quickly written. I thought I’d share what I wrote here:
My Facebook post:
Having published 20+ editions and having helped publish dozens+ of authors get published, let me ask the first question and most important question…..
Why do you want to write a book?
The advice that you get differs depending on the answer to this question.
you are writing to make money, then put the pencil down and step away
from the keyboard. If money is your motivating factor, then you would be
better off applying your technical skills in another way. This is not
to say you can’t make money writing a book – many have, but more have
made substantially lower amounts of money than they would have made
working at Taco Bell.
If you are writing to share
your knowledge on a topics then my advice would be to talk to a
publisher such as WROX, APress, etc. They have people that can work with
you and they will do the grunt work such as copy-editing, layout,
indexing, proofing, distribution, etc. They will, however, want you to
write on a topic that they agree with, and they will give you deadlines.
If you go this route, people in this group can connect you with
Acquisitions editors (the people that sign authors for publishers).
you are writing simply because you want a book with your name on it,
then you can still go the route of a publisher, or you can take on more
of the work and self-publish. This can be done fairly easily with online
systems such as KDP through Amazon. As has been stated, self-publishing
means you take on all of the work.
If you are going to publish on your own, recommended steps to make sure you include are:
Get a copy editor. (someone to check grammar, etc.)
Get a technical editor (someone to run through what you write and say it works.
Index the book if it is a technology book
Make sure you honor copyright and IP.
Set a deadline for getting things done.
Don’t try to be perfect with the writing (code does need to be correct). Many authors get stuck in perpetual revisions and never complete a book.