Red Sky Anthology’s Newest 5 Star Review


5.0 out of 5 stars
Jack London’s personified nature meets Mark Twain’s wit and characters
ByAmazon Customeron February 22, 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
As a Michigander, the Up North settings are refreshing without feeling forced.

The Lawnmower Club is my favorite excerpt and I would recommend it to any man. It’s clever, unique and you will laugh.

Evans has excellent word choice describing people and scenes with clarity and humor. For example, Leo’s mouth reluctantly smiled like a wound opening. In another story, a sweating fruit shaped business manager slides into his chair like wet concrete.

A common thread emerged of taking chances after being duped by perceived societal rules.

At a Petoskey luncheon I listened to the author read excerpts from this book. First he read part of the autobiographical story of living with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Then he read a portion of Leo Zitzleberger’s utopian Lawnmower Club. I found myself reading with Evans’ steady auditory cadence, which accents his subtle humor. I could imagine Bill Murray’s or Jerry Seinfeld’s voice behind the words with their patient timing and dry delivery.

Evans’ public reading was emotional; there was not a dry eye in the room. Then everyone was laughing out loud about lawnmowerians. With knowledge of what to expect, I was still misty eyed reading this book. Hearing the honesty and imagining his challenge to recount that period with his family makes for chapters that must be finished before putting the book down.

Between the varied literary styles of poetry, theatre, short stories, memoir, and humor, there was a feeling of being an observer while the author explored his own writing limits and comfort zones.

I’m glad I bought this book and will order the next three books in the series.

Coloring Inside the Lines

What a wonderful new hobby for my favorite person in the whole world!

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Coloring Inside the Lines – Adult Coloring as Meditation

I’ve always had trouble with any form of meditation.  I once attended a workshop where participants sat in large circle while the facilitator intoned soothing words and encouraged us to drain our minds and count our breaths.  My mind raced and I found myself checking off the lengthy list of things I had to do and becoming hyper aware of the aIMG_5085nnoying music playing softly in the background.  Where did she get that awful CD?

So imagine my surprise when I read an article about the newest fad – adult coloring books. Apparently in addition to providing hours of fun, coloring allows one to focus on the intricate patterns rather than intrusive thoughts and nagging problems.  Additionally, coloring brings back a simpler time.  As I unpackaged my fancy pencils and markers, I couldn’t help but think back to the days…

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20 Things I’ve Learned about Self-Publishing . . . so far

  1. Read out loud everything you write.
  2. When you think your manuscript is done, keep working six more months.
  3. When you think your manuscript is done a second time, keep working six more months.
  4. When you think you are ready the third time, edit 10 pages a day.  The next day, review the prior day’s edits with fresh eyes. Edit 10 more pages.
  5. Editing can be fun.
  6. Writing and editing are two different skills.
  7. Read the work of others while you write and edit.  The best writers read.
  8. Creative writing and writing promotional copy are two different skills.
  9. Get signed releases for photographs (both author photos and cover photos).
  10. You CAN tell a book by its cover (use a professional cover designer).
  11. A year before you publish, create your own author website and blog (see
  12. Build your social network (see Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube).
  13. Give away your writing with free excerpts.
  14. Don’t start promoting your book until you know it’s available (buy copies to check online availability).
  15. If you don’t market your book, no one else will.
  16. Vist local independent book stores to let them know about your book.
  17. Once published, readers own your book (embrace the feedback!).
  18. Start writing something new.
  19. Use what you’ve learned to live creatively (see Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear by Gilbert).
  20. Relax, and live with the fact that what you have created will remain lovingly imperfect!

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