Thursday, March 29, 2012

Robert Chute offers us a glimpse into his life

A Poet on the Verge of Science: The Tie That Binds Us Stretches Thin But Is Holdin...: Diminishment Death was not supposed to be like this. A stroke or seizure, a fall into unconsciousness. A bed-bound patient, compassionate ...

Robert Chute is a wise man.  (He would never say that--much too humble.) He is traveling a road that many have passed and many more of us will travel yet. Through it all he continues to write his third novel and poetry.  Here is one.


Death was not supposed to be like this.
A stroke or seizure, a fall into unconsciousness.
A bed-bound patient, compassionate shadows hovering.
These alternatives we could, almost, accept.

But not this unadorned, undignified diminishment.
One day you're an unmanned sloop cast adrift.
The mist thickening, the fading figure on the shore
so familiar it might once have been you.

Life should not have been like this. Diminishing
if not afloat, afoot, as you walk without sound
down an endless corridor of doors, all open,
all identical as perspective disappears.

At least that's how it appears to us whose
footsteps still resound, who can yet turn around.
We hope you're unaware you cannot turn now.

------Robert M. Chute

I'm hoping that you might read it and share it with others.

Robert M. Chute's recent work is published by Just Write Books.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Guest Post ~ 

Top Ten Reasons to register for IPNE's April 27-28 Publishing Conference Reason # 3...

Hear about the marketing and distribution choices of three quite different publishers at 4 p.m. on Friday:  Helpingwords' publisher, psychotherapist, author, and poet Kathy Brodsky has written and published  seven children's books since 2001;  Editorial Director Deborah Balmuth, will tell us about Storey Publishing, publishers of do it yourself books for country living since 1983 with over 400 active titles;  Steve Carlson's Upper Access Books founded in 1986 is a small traditional book publishing company of non-fiction books sold to the national market.

That’s just one piece of IPNE’s Second Annual New England Publishing Conference “BOOK PUBLISHING TODAY: Embracing the Past, Imagine the Future”, April 27-28 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough MA!
In addition – Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness  editor and columnist, and writer on Friday, Chris Morrow, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester VT on Saturday, sponsoring publishing services exhibitors, and sessions on Marketing and Distribution; the Digital Media Landscape; Publishing Options; Targeting Specific Markets; and the Business of Publishing – with ample time for networking.

This conference is for anyone associated with the book publishing industry: authors, small and mid-size publishers, booksellers, designers, illustrators, editors, students in publishing programs, publicists, and printers. You'll get information to help develop your business strategy and the opportunity to network with successful large and small publishers from across New England.

Register by April 1st to take advantage of low early-bird prices! To register or for more information visit and click through to event details.

We look forward to seeing you there, Best Regards, Dan Nigloschy, IPNE Executive Director

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

15 Grammar Goofs that Make You Look Silly

Thought this might be useful for some folks.  The graphic can help you easily remember.15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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