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June 18, 2010 - 10:02am
posted by Joseph Langen in death, release, friend, John.

Immaculate Conception Garden

Immaculate Conception Garden

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I haven’t heard from you in a while.
JOE: My apologies. I guess I am still adjusting to my new busy life.
CALLIOPE: What’s going on?
JOE: I won’t bore you with the details. However one major event took place.
CALLIOPE: Tell me.
JOE: I am planning a trip to Long Island next month. An old friend there has wrestled with mental illness for years and I was wondering if there was anything I could do for him. In tracking him down, I found that he died in February.
CALLIOPE: Sorry to hear it. How did you learn of his death?
JOE: Through an online obituary. Then I found his sister and had a wonderful talk with her last night.
CALLIOPE: How did that help?
JOE: I learned that my friend had some good time in the last couple years, fell in love and then died peacefully after a struggle with cancer. His sister has been there to help him through the rough times. I will be forever grateful to her for that. Bow it’s time to let him go.

August 31, 2009 - 8:53am
posted by Joseph Langen in publicity, release.


 Erie Canal Lock

(Erie Canal Lock)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What's afoot this morning?
JOE: I was just thinking over my weekend.
CALLIOPE: Were you satisfied with it?
JOE: I enjoyed all the socializing and even got a little work done.
CALLIOPE: Such as?
JOE: Distributing my book announcement to my readers, thinking about my next book and planning my publicity.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more ab out the publicity.
JOE: I will notify all my contacts on various sites, do some videos for Youtube and ask for an announcement in the local paper.
CALLIOPE: What focus do you plan to take with the newspaper?
JOE: Distributing my book for free, it's format as a dialog which is unique as far as I know and what goes into being a writer.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like a good start. Do you ever pay for advertising?
JOE: I haven't yet and don't think that is a very efficient or productive approach at least for me considering the cost.
CALLIOPE: So you plan to rely more on word of mouth.
JOE: I do. At least for the time being. Talk with you tomorrow.


August 29, 2009 - 10:13am
posted by Joseph Langen in publication, release.

Flying Free

(Flying Free)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What's new?
JOE: Our book is ready. Here is the release information:


Just Released

Conversations with Calliope: A Year With My Muse

Joseph G. Langen

Have you ever wondered about the day to day life of a writer? Is it fun, exciting, frustrating? If you are a writer, have you thought about how other writers’ lives compared with yours. Follow a year in a writer’s life through frequent conversations with his muse about writing, marketing, publicity, inspirations and distractions. This book is available free of charge. Read a selection at http://www.slidingotter.com/conversations.html.


Ten Reasons to Read Conversations with Calliope: A Year with My Muse

  1. Find out where writers get their ideas.

  2. Hear what a writer does all day.

  3. Listen to what writers say about being a writer.

  4. I want my muse to be more helpful.

  5. See how to get unstuck when you write.

  6. Learn how to talk with a muse.

  7. Explore what else writers need to know besides how to write.

  8. Discover what keeps a writer going page after page.

  9. Determine who supports a writer’s efforts.

  10. Unearth the sources of writers’ inspiration.


Ten Reasons Not to Read Conversations with Calliope: A Year with My Muse

  1. Who needs a muse? Writing is the writer’s responsibility.

  2. I don’t care how things get written. I just want to enjoy what I read.

  3. I can write a book if I want to. Maybe some day I will. I’ll do it my way.

  4. There’s nothing magic about writing. It’s just hard work.

  5. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write anything good.

  6. Writing’s old fashioned. Everybody watches TV these days.

  7. I don’t have time to read, much less write.

  8. Most writers are just crusty alcoholics.

  9. Writers are like teachers. They can do anything useful so they just talk about it.

  10. If it's free it can't be worth anything.

Order a free PDF copy of Conversations with Calliope: A Year with My Muse by Joseph G. Langen from Sliding Otter Publications at http://www.slidingotter.com/order_page.html.

JOE: Happy reading. Talk with you on Monday.

December 30, 2008 - 8:05am
posted by Joseph Langen in Navigating Life, publication, release.


(Sunrise on Nantucket Sound)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Help me out a little. I'm more familiar with Greek than with Latin.
JOE: The title above translates as, "The book is born."
CALLIOPE: Sounds like good news.
JOE: It is. I received the revised bound galley of Navigating Life in the mail yesterday and am ready for my sales promotion.
CALLIOPE: Where do you start?
JOE: I sent a message to Booklocker saying everything looks fine. I am waiting for them to set up my sales page. I also have some personal orders to fulfill locally.
CALLIOPE: Congratulations. It seem like it has been a long haul.
JOE: It seems that way to me too. I don't seem to be getting any more patient as I age.
CALLIOPE: At least you know your limitations. What's your next step?
JOE: Publicity. I almost have my flier ready. Today I will work on recording a video clip to include.
CALLIOPE: Anything else?
JOE: As a matter of fact there is. Last night I ran across a wonderful little passage on Reflection by a fellow member of one of my online groups.
JOE: I have asked his permission to use his passage in my promotional materials. I'm waiting for his response. Talk with you tomorrow.
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