More of writers being taken advantage of

Yesterday, I received an email from some entrepreneur in San Francisco who “offered” to sit down with me for lunch in San Francisco in a very expensive location (described in detail in the email as if that location was somehow a selling point of having a casual lunch with some woman I don’t know). Anyway, she was appealing to the … Read More

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Remembering the days when writer groups used to actually service writers

A year or so ago, I was a subscriber to Writer’s Digest, a magazine that has been around for a very long time and used to serve the purpose of helping wannabe writers become actual writers. When I was young, I used to tear through the pages of that magazine, reading the fiction process articles written by its editor back … Read More

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The Underlying Problem of Giving Them the Pickle

Just recently, I was working for a health care organization that seemed to be having some difficulty in customer service. As a result, the higher-ups thought it would be really beneficial if the education department (of which I was a part) took up the task of teaching customer service to the front line employees, specifically the people who engage patients … Read More

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The Final Days Are the Most Difficult

I have three whole days left of work at my current job. Well, three counting today, which means after this weekend, I only have to go to work two more times and this nightmare is over. So, today, I got one of those “Where’s the XYZ Project?” to which, I’ll be honest that in the last few weeks with all … Read More

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It’s not really charity if you want credit for your giving

Years ago, I used to work for a hotel that loved good publicity. It would volunteer for neighborhood “giving” things, and then recruits its employees to provide the ground work for what needed to happen. And then it would release a big press release about how much that hotel was doing for the community. One of the employee “perks” of … Read More

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Final day for giveaway for The Teddy Bear Conspiracy–goes on sale tomorrow

My book The Teddy Bear Conspiracy is in its final day of its giveaway contest on Goodreads.   Goodreads Book Giveaway The Teddy Bear Conspiracy by Duane Gundrum Giveaway ends December 09, 2013. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win The book goes on sale everywhere starting tomorrow.

duaneFinal day for giveaway for The Teddy Bear Conspiracy–goes on sale tomorrow

The problem of being asked questions that no one wants an answer to

Last week, I received an email from two separate sources at the school where I teach. The first one was informing me that I would be charged for parking, and it would be coming out of my bi-weekly pay. It also stated to inform them if I was no longer working on campus, as that didn’t require a charge for … Read More

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Jelly Bellies are for eating, so please just shut the hell up

One of the few givens in today‚Äôs society is that either some pop star is going to try to push the envelope by participating in some semblance of outrageous behavior (like saying the wrong thing, or forgetting to wear her clothes in public, or just having sex with strangers in church) or that some corporate executive is going to overstep … Read More

duaneJelly Bellies are for eating, so please just shut the hell up

There’s a difference between giving information and asking for money

I received an email from the place where I received one of my bachelor’s degrees. Apparently, according to the email, students from that school have been trying to get a hold of me to tell me about campus activities, important events and to inform me of all the great things that other alumni are doing to support the institution. Having … Read More

duaneThere’s a difference between giving information and asking for money

Martha Stewart loses it on Twitter and CNBC thinks it’s a big enough story to do an entire story on it

The other day, Martha Stewart lost it on Twitter. The upside (or downside) of it is that she dropped her Ipad and then threw a fit because she doesn’t understand how technical support works (in that they usually don’t send someone to your house to fix something you broke, especially when it was given to you for free, even if … Read More

duaneMartha Stewart loses it on Twitter and CNBC thinks it’s a big enough story to do an entire story on it