Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Last Day to Get “Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story” FREE for Kindle

Today is the last day to download my long short story Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story FREE for Kindle!

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“And then we were standing, rising up from the water, and as the droplets cascaded down my naked body I imagined myself as a mortal and less awe-inspiring version of Aphrodite, and Jesse as Poseidon, except with, um, only one prong in his trident.”

Cindy’s friend Jesse is great – especially when he gets out of her way after the “benefits” part of their evening is over. So when he proposes a weekend excursion at a nearby lake, she’s naturally suspicious – isn’t that the kind of thing “couples” do? Now she might never be able to get the smell of him off her…

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Last Day to Get “Waiting: A Story of Apocalypse” FREE for Kindle

Today is the last day to download Waiting: A Story of Apocalypse by Craig Reinhardt for FREE for Kindle.

This long short story was originally inspired by the History Channel program Life After People. The premise of the show is not to examine the potential causes of the end of humanity, but rather “what happens to the world we leave behind.”

It’s a fascinating program. It details the fates of our roads, our cities, our buildings, even our family pets and other creatures who depend upon us for a living. It quite often comes to the rather disturbing conclusion that in a pretty short space of planetary time – mere hundreds of years, not thousands – we will be completely forgotten by an Earth that may fare better without us. While in this story I ultimately chose not to focus on the mechanics of the destruction of the trappings of humanity, but rather on what it does to the main character, I think the former offers a world of interesting possibilities for post-apocalyptic literature and I look forward to returning to this subject in the near future.

“Waiting” tells the story of a middle-aged misanthrope who witnesses this degeneration, who lives long enough to see how quickly humanity can fail, how insufficient its infrastructure is in the case of a massive disaster. But what place is there for a person in a world without people?

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Last Day to Get “Managing Cash When You Haven’t Any” FREE for Kindle

Today is the last day to get Volume 1 of my business series, Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any: Practical Cash Flow Strategies for Small Business FREE for Kindle. Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.

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Are you struggling to make payroll?

Are your vendors going unpaid and threatening to cut off your supplies?

Are your subcontractors refusing to work unless you pay them up front, worsening your already precarious cash situation?

Are your company credit cards and lines of credit maxed out, with no hope of borrowing more?

Are your employees getting irritable because you’ve reduced their benefits, and it’s been years since they’ve had a raise?

Are you getting irritable because you’re constantly worried about money?

Are you racking up interest and late fees on your debts, making it impossible for you to ever catch up?

Do you find yourself thinking, “I know we would be fine if only we could only get out of this hole!”

If so, the Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any series is for you!

You’ll find no abstract theory here, no conceptual finance; instead YOU WILL LEARN PRACTICAL, REAL-WORLD STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING CASH WHEN YOU HAVE NEXT-TO-NO-CASH TO MANAGE. I honed these strategies myself over ten years of handling the finances of multiple companies that were at serious risk of going under during the recession. The failing businesses survived, the borderline ones thrived, and the reason was clear to us all – it’s because careful cash flow management really can turn around a desperate business, even when it isn’t making enough money to pay its own bills and those of its owners.

In this first volume of the series, I address the issue of Dealing with Vendors. I’ll tell you HOW TO TALK TO YOUR VENDORS, what they really want to hear to keep your account going, how to ensure that you pay them just enough to keep them from cutting you off. I’ll tell you how to schedule outgoing payments so that they better fit with your incoming cash, and how to compromise with your vendors so that your payment schedule meshes better with theirs. I’ll explain the CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A CASH MANAGEMENT PLAN and how having such a plan will ease the fears of your creditors even when you’re unable to pay them in full or on time. Finally, I’ll address how “BIG PICTURE” STRATEGIZING of your expenses and Accounts Payable can improve your cash flow, drastically reduce collection calls, and decrease strain on company personnel, making your business run more pleasantly as well as more successfully.

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REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to get Volume 1 of the series FREE for Kindle. Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.

 

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On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened on sale for $0.99 through 1/3

The Kindle version of my award-winning mental illness memoir On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness is now on sale for just $0.99 through Tuesday, January 3rd. As always, the book is FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

 

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Farewell to Carrie Fisher, One of the True Icons of My Generation

“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.”

On her father’s gossipy 1999 autobiography: “I’m going to have my DNA fumigated.”

“I always wanted to do what my mother did – get all dressed up, shoot people, fall in the mud. I never considered anything else.”

“You can’t find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well.”

“Females get hired along procreative lines. After 40, we’re kind of cooked.”

On merchandising for Star Wars: “I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”

“My father (Eddie Fisher) was a short Jewish man. My husband (Paul Simon) was a short Jewish man. Go figure.”

Describing working with Harrison Ford on the original Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope (1977): “Mark was 24, I was 19 and he [Harrison] was 33. He was like the big man on campus. You looked at him and you said to yourself, ‘He’s going to be a star.’ “

Explaining why gaffer’s tape was sometimes used under her Princess Leia costume in Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope (1977): “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”

“Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence. People-pleasing, going on those interviews and jamming your whole personality into getting the job, ingratiating yourself to people you wouldn’t f***ing spit on if they were on fire.”

 Describing the filming of Star Wars, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980): “Mark [Hamill] was off on Dagobah while Harrison [Ford] and I were getting drunk in Cloud City.”

“I think of my body as a side effect of my mind.”

On success: “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’ “

On time: “Instant gratification takes too long.”

On experience: “Maturity: A stoic response to endless reality.”

[When asked if the character Princess Leia was the dark side of the force in her professional career] “Oh, no. It was fun! I was young. People want it to be a problem for me. No. Those are great movies. Why shouldn’t I be proud of being in that? The dark side? You ever see Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) or The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)? How about Under the Rainbow (1981)? Was Star Wars the dark side? There’s so much competition for that one.”

[About what her father, Eddie Fisher, did to help Elizabeth Taylor after her husband Michael Todd’s death] “He rushed to her side, gradually moving to her front… He consoled her with flowers and, ultimately, he consoled her with his penis.”

[on the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney] “I’m now a Disney Princess!”

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Quotes courtesy of IMDB.com. Photo from the 1995 video release of Return of the Jedi.
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Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story FREE from 12/27-12/31

My long short story Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story, is FREE for Kindle from 12/27 through 12/31. Download it on Amazon today!

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“And then we were standing, rising up from the water, and as the droplets cascaded down my naked body I imagined myself as a mortal and less awe-inspiring version of Aphrodite, and Jesse as Poseidon, except with, um, only one prong in his trident.”

Cindy’s friend Jesse is great – especially when he gets out of her way after the “benefits” part of their evening is over. So when he proposes a weekend excursion at a nearby lake, she’s naturally suspicious – isn’t that the kind of thing “couples” do? Now she might never be able to get the smell of him off her…

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Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any: Practical Cash Flow Strategies for Small Business

NOTE: Volume 1 of the series, Dealing with Vendors, will be FREE from Monday, 12/26 though Friday, 12/30! Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.

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Are you struggling to make payroll?

Are your vendors going unpaid and threatening to cut off your supplies?

Are your subcontractors refusing to work unless you pay them up front, worsening your already precarious cash situation?

Are your company credit cards and lines of credit maxed out, with no hope of borrowing more?

Are your employees getting irritable because you’ve reduced their benefits, and it’s been years since they’ve had a raise?

Are you getting irritable because you’re constantly worried about money?

Are you racking up interest and late fees on your debts, making it impossible for you to ever catch up?

Do you find yourself thinking, “I know we would be fine if only we could only get out of this hole!”

If so, the Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any series is for you!

You’ll find no abstract theory here, no conceptual finance; instead YOU WILL LEARN PRACTICAL, REAL-WORLD STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING CASH WHEN YOU HAVE NEXT-TO-NO-CASH TO MANAGE. I honed these strategies myself over ten years of handling the finances of multiple companies that were at serious risk of going under during the recession. The failing businesses survived, the borderline ones thrived, and the reason was clear to us all – it’s because careful cash flow management really can turn around a desperate business, even when it isn’t making enough money to pay its own bills and those of its owners.

In this first volume of the series, I address the issue of Dealing with Vendors. I’ll tell you HOW TO TALK TO YOUR VENDORS, what they really want to hear to keep your account going, how to ensure that you pay them just enough to keep them from cutting you off. I’ll tell you how to schedule outgoing payments so that they better fit with your incoming cash, and how to compromise with your vendors so that your payment schedule meshes better with theirs. I’ll explain the CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A CASH MANAGEMENT PLAN and how having such a plan will ease the fears of your creditors even when you’re unable to pay them in full or on time. Finally, I’ll address how “BIG PICTURE” STRATEGIZING of your expenses and Accounts Payable can improve your cash flow, drastically reduce collection calls, and decrease strain on company personnel, making your business run more pleasantly as well as more successfully.

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REMINDER: Volume 1 of the series, Dealing with Vendors, is FREE from Monday, 12/26 though Friday, 12/30! Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.