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Archive for April 2011


SCRIBBLERS’ RETREAT WRITERS’ CONFERENCE MAY 12-14, 2011 Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for adventure, suspense, mystery and history.  Our May Conference is sure to tantalize and inspire you on your own writing journey.  If you have been wondering about how to make your writing a true success story, you will really get a lot…

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Amazon Ratings!!!

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! I just received my updated Amazon sales numbers and ratings and, like all authors, I DO watch them. I had noticed that my Kindle sales were increasing rapidly…but I had no idea how well I was doing. I had always just looked at my rating number against ALL Kindle books that Amazon…

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FAA knew controllers nap, ignored fatigue issue

Editor’s note: Charles A. Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., is Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and director of the Divisions of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also chairs the National Institutes of Health Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board for the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in the National Heart,…

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NTSB urges fatigue-fighting strategies for air traffic controllers

NTSB urges fatigue-fighting strategies for air traffic controllers By Paul Courson, CNN UPDATED: 05:25 PM EDT 04.25.11 The National Transportation Safety Board hopes air traffic controllers may soon benefit from long-standing research into worker fatigue by implementing strategies that include intentional sleeping on the job, the use of caffeine and other methods shown by science…

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How do you feel about Point of View?

How important is point of view to you as a reader? What about as a writer? How do you feel when an author shifts the point of view character without signaling to the reader? Looking for some input on point of view for a conference, please leave me your thoughts!

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FAA falls short on plan to aid fatigued workers

FAA falls short on plan to aid fatigued workers By JOAN LOWY, AP 13 hours ago WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration told a government watchdog nearly two years ago that it was prepared to let air traffic controllers sleep or rest during work shifts when they weren’t directing aircraft. It still hasn’t happened. When…

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Air traffic controllers need fortitude in demanding job ‘To be good, you have to have some kind of compulsive behavior,’ veteran controller says By Bill Briggs contributor When Miami’s clouds turn foul and a parade of incoming pilots start demanding new routes, Jim Marinitti stares hard at the string of white blips on his…

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Repost from "Get the Flick" by Don Brown

What I Wish I Had Said For those that didn’t hear it, yours truly was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. Besides the live show I was on at Oshkosh one year, it was my first radio interview. I guess it went well enough. After the taping, I saw some non-aviation friends last night and…

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Meet The Characters From THE SAVANNAH PROJECT

Jake Pendleton Vitals: 5-10, 185 pounds. Sandy blond hair, fair complexion, and blue eyes. Our hero, the sometimes-naive NTSB investigator has an unprecedented memory and extraordinary reasoning skills. Born in the affluent Newnan, Georgia, Jake graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy before serving four years in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer. Still in…

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Spotlight Fan-Kathy Norris

I first met Kathy Norris at the Decatur Book Festival  over labor Day weekend in 2010. Having worked for a company dealing with helicopters, the aviation interests in The Savannah Project grabbed her interest from the onset. When I later heard from her, she expressed her joy over how much she enjoyed my book. She…

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