My interview with Norm Goldman

Norm Goldman, the Publisher and Editor of Bookpleasures, recently invited me for an online interview. One interesting thing I found out was that Norm went to Concordia University (when it was called Sir George Williams University) in Montreal a few years before I went there in the 70s.

Here is my interview with Norm. There are many other author interviews and book reviews available on the site so you may want to stop by for a visit.

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Around our garden

It’s currently 30° and feels like 38° Celsius in Toronto. Apparently 35.6° C was the record high set on July 29, 1949.

Although it is hot here, our family is really enjoying the remaining days of the summer, spending much time outdoor on the swing on our deck that overlooks our garden. I hope you are enjoying your summer too!

backyard @ www.because.zone

backyard @ www.because.zone

backyard @ www.because.zone

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because travels across seas

Last week when my daughter was creating the image with a saying about how books let you travel without moving your feet, my wife looked up from her computer and asked, “Hey, talking about books and travelling, I wonder how many countries has our book travelled to?”

I made my way behind her and we started to count as my wife shouted out the names, “Holland, India, Tunisia…” A couple of minutes later we shared a huge smile and congratulated each other. “Wow, we made it to 17 already!” Then our daughter laughed, “Yeah, that’s great, guys…  You only have 177 more countries left!”

Okay, we still have far to go, but it was such an amazing feeling looking at the  diverse list of countries that the book has gone to. Can’t wait to travel farther!

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Holland
  • India
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

around corners across seas

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It is really happening!

As you know, back in January we signed an agreement with Fiberead to translate because to Chinese. A team of five translators lead by an editor have been working since April. They expect to finish translating the book by June 15, 2015.

I’ve exchanged emails with some of the translators. Apparently each translator received a part of the book to translate and each person is at a different stage of completion. This process has been quite interesting so far and I hope to keep you entertained while it unfolds.

because - fiberead

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Did you know this 823-word sentence?

The longest sentence ever printed is found in Chapter III Volume IV – Saint-Denis of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (by the way, Les Miserables was mentioned in because during a conversation between Seema and Robert). And according to an old Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” book, there were 823 words, 93 commas, 51 semicolons, 4 dashes in the sentence but here’s a version that’s available on the Internet:

The son of a father to whom history will accord certain attenuating circumstances, but also as worthy of esteem as that father had been of blame; possessing all private virtues and many public virtues; careful of his health, of his fortune, of his person, of his affairs, knowing the value of a minute and not always the value of a year; sober, serene, peaceable, patient; a good man and a good prince; sleeping with his wife, and having in his palace lackeys charged with the duty of showing the conjugal bed to the bourgeois, an ostentation of the regular sleeping-apartment which had become useful after the former illegitimate displays of the elder branch; knowing all the languages of Europe, and, what is more rare, all the languages of all interests, and speaking them; an admirable representative of the “middle class,” but outstripping it, and in every way greater than it; possessing excellent sense, while appreciating the blood from which he had sprung, counting most of all on his intrinsic worth, and, on the question of his race, very particular, declaring himself Orleans and not Bourbon; thoroughly the first Prince of the Blood Royal while he was still only a Serene Highness, but a frank bourgeois from the day he became king; diffuse in public, concise in private; reputed, but not proved to be a miser; at bottom, one of those economists who are readily prodigal at their own fancy or duty; lettered, but not very sensitive to letters; a gentleman, but not a chevalier; simple, calm, and strong; adored by his family and his household; a fascinating talker, an undeceived statesman, inwardly cold, dominated by immediate interest, always governing at the shortest range, incapable of rancor and of gratitude, making use without mercy of superiority on mediocrity, clever in getting parliamentary majorities to put in the wrong those mysterious unanimities which mutter dully under thrones; unreserved, sometimes imprudent in his lack of reserve, but with marvellous address in that imprudence; fertile in expedients, in countenances, in masks; making France fear Europe and Europe France! Incontestably fond of his country, but preferring his family; assuming more domination than authority and more authority than dignity, a disposition which has this unfortunate property, that as it turns everything to success, it admits of ruse and does not absolutely repudiate baseness, but which has this valuable side, that it preserves politics from violent shocks, the state from fractures, and society from catastrophes; minute, correct, vigilant, attentive, sagacious, indefatigable; contradicting himself at times and giving himself the lie; bold against Austria at Ancona, obstinate against England in Spain, bombarding Antwerp, and paying off Pritchard; singing the Marseillaise with conviction, inaccessible to despondency, to lassitude, to the taste for the beautiful and the ideal, to daring generosity, to Utopia, to chimeras, to wrath, to vanity, to fear; possessing all the forms of personal intrepidity; a general at Valmy; a soldier at Jemappes; attacked eight times by regicides and always smiling. Brave as a grenadier, courageous as a thinker; uneasy only in the face of the chances of a European shaking up, and unfitted for great political adventures; always ready to risk his life, never his work; disguising his will in influence, in order that he might be obeyed as an intelligence rather than as a king; endowed with observation and not with divination; not very attentive to minds, but knowing men, that is to say requiring to see in order to judge; prompt and penetrating good sense, practical wisdom, easy speech, prodigious memory; drawing incessantly on this memory, his only point of resemblance with Caesar, Alexander, and Napoleon; knowing deeds, facts, details, dates, proper names, ignorant of tendencies, passions, the diverse geniuses of the crowd, the interior aspirations, the hidden and obscure uprisings of souls, in a word, all that can be designated as the invisible currents of consciences; accepted by the surface, but little in accord with France lower down; extricating himself by dint of tact; governing too much and not enough; his own first minister; excellent at creating out of the pettiness of realities an obstacle to the immensity of ideas; mingling a genuine creative faculty of civilization, of order and organization, an indescribable spirit of proceedings and chicanery, the founder and lawyer of a dynasty; having something of Charlemagne and something of an attorney; in short, a lofty and original figure, a prince who understood how to create authority in spite of the uneasiness of France, and power in spite of the jealousy of Europe. Louis Philippe will be classed among the eminent men of his century, and would be ranked among the most illustrious governors of history had he loved glory but a little, and if he had had the sentiment of what is great to the same degree as the feeling for what is useful.

Photo Credit: Elliott Brown

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because is now published through Tolino

I was delighted to get my book available there because Tolino is a cooperative of five German tech and media companies who teamed up to create a response to Amazon’s Kindle in their home country. They offer their own proprietary eBook readers that tie into a shared infrastructure.

The German eBook market is the third-largest English language eBook market in the world. And recent reports suggest that Tolino has as much as 42% of it. In addition, Tolino has recently made moves into other European countries as well. Through partnerships with Belgian, Italian, and Dutch booksellers, Tolino now has a significant footprint in central Europe.

 

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because is going to China!

We are super thrilled! because is going to be translated and marketed in China through Fiberead. Although the process will take some time, it’s exciting to know that my book is going to venture into foreign marketplaces. It would be a new and interesting experience for us to work with Chinese translators, editors and proofreaders. We can’t wait!

Fiberead @ www.because.zone

 

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because is now available (almost) everywhere

You can get your copy of because from www.because.zone or the retailer of your choice.

PAPERBACK LINKS:
Amazon CA | DE | ES | FR | IT | UK | US | Lulu | Walmart

Paperback version is also made available through Ingram Book Group that distributes to more than 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, internet commerce companies, and other channel partners, including Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), and other well-known book retailers and wholesalers around the world.

EBOOK LINKS:
Amazon AU | BR | CA | CN (Chinese version) | DE | ES | FR | IN | IT | JP | MX | NL | UK | US | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Nook | Page Foundry | Scribd

FOR LIBRARIES:
Library Services Centre LSC  | Library Bound | Baker & TaylorOverDrive (self-published section)

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kobo       page foundry scribd

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Amazon Best Sellers #24 in Inspirational Fiction

Our first promotion with ebooksoda.com landed because on spot #24 of Amazon.com’s Best Sellers list in Inspirational Fiction category today! I am quite proud of this milestone, albeit modest, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that had supported us in reaching this point. There’s still a long way to go but we are very excited and happy with our first month’s accomplishment and our future prospect!

because novel best seller rank #24

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Acknowledgement

ac•knowl•edg•ment

  1. acceptance of the truth or existence of something.
  2. the action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something.
  3. an author’s or publisher’s statement of indebtedness to others, typically one printed in a book.

Okay, great! Here is where I can make my statement of indebtedness to others. Here is where I will express and display my gratitude and appreciation for something. Here is where I will accept the truth and show the existence of something. And that something is this: without these people in my life this book could not exist.

And I really want to thank them because—Ah, I love that word because: It’s a word we use multiple times daily and yet, sometimes I don’t think I always see the weight of its meaning. We use because to answer almost everything. Why do I climb a mountain? Why do I write? Why do I love? There’s always a ‘because’, isn’t there? Why are you doing something? Because of this or because of that. I guess when we say because, we are really saying: That is my cause to be.

All right, so let me start with my cause to be. I want to thank:

Yvonne and Rich, because you opened the door to show me all the great things I could become. (Good Morning Starshine)

Greg, because you helped me reach somewhere I never thought I could. (We are the Champions)

Elia, because you always showed me inspiration lies in the doing. (The Impossible Dream)

Gabe, because you trusted me enough to take your life’s journey as a climber and help you find purpose in telling your story to others. (Born to Run)

Linda, because you teach me so many things—things I sometimes forget and things I would never know if you were not my sister and friend. (I am Woman)

Vera, because you climbed all the mountains first so you could show us how to do it. (Do You Believe in Magic)

Jim, because you held onto my hand and didn’t let me fall. (Redemption Song)

Pamela, because you let me into your world and become a part of the care you show and give your students—that world is more awesome beyond any stories ever written. (Imagine)

Linton, because you helped me create, by letting me experiment over and over again without doubt. (Man in the Mirror)

Monica, because you brought me hope that I should continue becoming. (Both Sides Now)

Sandy, because of your care to make a difference. (Beautiful World)

Peter, because you always made me feel I was living the dream. (Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For)

Brenda, because your perspective and honesty and willingness to learn raise me up. (Bridge over Troubled Waters)

Morgan, because you helped a blank screen look better. (Respect)

Shawn, because your teaching and caring inspire me to believe that teaching is such a noble profession. (How to Save a Life)

Celestine, because you always make me feel and see my worth. (In My Life)

Ashley, because you helped this story grow into a healthy tree of words. (Changes)

Willow, because of your inspired thoughts. (Calling All Angels)

Jessica, because your belief in me instills a perseverance that keeps me growing and learning. (Stand By Me)

Michel, because your creative spirit inspires me to always keep creating. (Firework)

Starr, because you helped me take a step when I didn’t see the path. (Jump)

Christina, Bridget, Marilyn, Barry and Maureen, because of your openness to read something new and different. (Help)

Loraine, because your eyes helped my words smile. (Won’t Get Fooled Again)

All the teachers and students who allowed me to be in their lives, because without you, I wouldn’t have found this incredible purpose. (All My Life’s a Circle)

And last but not least…

My parents, because you always held hands. (Spanish Eyes)

My family, because without the feeling that I belonged to something, many of the wonders that have happened in my life would never have had a chance to exist. (Que Sera, Sera – Whatever Will Be Will Be)

Candace, because watching you become teaches me constantly. (Carry On)

Virginia, because you smile and share everything with me, and because you give me more causes to be than I could ever wish for, and mostly because of you, I love who I’m becoming. (If)

And…

To anyone who listened, because we all really need that. (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

To everyone who made me feel I belonged, because that’s where love begins! (Every Song I Love)

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