Tuesday, February 23, 2010

...'Author Blog Tour' to commence March 3, 2010...

Please mark your calendar—Wednesday, March 3, 2010. This date signifies my first interview of a new writing professional, Vanessa Leavitt. Vr, as she likes to be called will answer questions about her new writing project, a historical fantasy called, “Shaping Fate.” This will be the first in a series of ‘Author Tour’s’ or interview’s of up and coming writer’s—maybe even some you might enjoy. You decide. Please stop by the Character Happens! Blog and taste the styling’s of this new and exciting writer. Thanks, --gg
(bring your inquisitiveness as the author promises to answer any questions you may have)



  1. Hey, I didn't make any promises!! ;-) Just kidding! I look forward to answering any questions anybody has. Thanks very much Garry for the opportunity!

  2. Cool idea. I'm looking forward to the interview.

  3. Thanks for your visit Garry, yes tech is indeed awesome! I just want to be sure I'm clear as to how you and VR's interviews go. Is that time correct from your message 5:00 am? Is this working as a live chat, or are you compiling a list of questions, and then VR will answer in bulk?

  4. ...SB, how you doing? Why don’t you be my next candidate whereby you answer the questions I’ve proposed (or questions you’d like to ask yourself), and be the next writer interviewed. I’m thinking about the 17th with a posting. This will give me time to announce your interview on my blog, I’d probably do that (announce your interview of the 17th), on the 10th.

    To clear up the time question: I have scheduled the post to appear at 5:00 am on Wed., the 3rd. That way whenever people get up or have time to take a look at my blog, that day, it will be there for their viewing. Also, I suspect viewers will ‘comment’ on what the writer has said...so the writer has time (within the next couple days) to post answers to the questions the viewers have left. Neat huh?

    This method gives us time (something all writers have very little of), to participate in an interview-type thingy (other blog and reader exposure--yeh!), whenever it’s convenient for them. This way it doesn’t take much time away from what we typically need to do...write on our current project. Then, as part of the arrangement, you post my interview on your blog.

    I’ll send you some questions in private email. Hope this clears things up. Also, if any other writers would like to participate, email me. Thanks, --gg

  5. OK Garry, sounds like a plan! I'll email you too.


What are "The 5 Most Important--But Fleeting Virtures?"

Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Humility.

.....this is a portion of the "introduction" or prologue to the book (not yet completed)...email with your comments.

The books title; Character Happens! The 5 Most Important—But Fleeting Virtues, describes my belief these five important virtues (Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Humility), are sporadic in use and diminishing in personal character. The books message is in recognizing this “fleeting” nature and from that reinstitute a more virtuous choice in your decision making.

The paradox of the two words; Character Happens, with another two words: “S### Happens”* (decorum prevents use of actual word) is not without merit. My belief is that observed human character is much like, well...s###! This kind of observation can be disconcerting at times. So confusing that society can hardly make the distinction between the two words and there obvious different meaning. Individuals make virtuous and un-virtuous choices/decisions for innumerable reasons, both consciously and without deep thought. If we postulate; can an individual make a 'more' virtuous choice in life’s decisions should they want to do so? Answer—perhaps. How does one 'reinstitute a more virtuous choice' into their personal makeup...making the response more automatic? Answer—practice. With a concerted effort at 'practice' I believe...an individual might just develop a more 'repetitive' decent response...much like grooving a golf swing.

I love golf. I think the game is like no other. The five stories that make up Character Happens! have a golf storyline. Some readers may not be able to relate to the game of golf or its vernacular or for that matter, why people...a large number of people...love golf. Too bad! You should try it sometime...because it’s more than a game...it can be a life experience. The golf course environment alone is enough to put most people at ease.

Golf is a game played by the individual as opposed to being a member of a team, like baseball. Baseball has umpires who enforce the rules of the game. In golf you are the umpire. Because of this unique method of enforcing the games rules—golf is a “hotbed” for testing the players character...their honesty, their integrity, their courage and sometimes their compassion. And, because all golfers started from knowing nothing about the game; like how to swing, how to putt or chip... they also learn of humility. Now doesn’t it make perfect sense that a book about character would juxtaposition a storyline with the game of golf? Anyway, I thought so.

There are five stories, one for each virtue. The book has six main characters that make up a group of what I call 'golf buddies.' The storyteller, Spencer Madison, in reality is me. Well, somewhat like me...as I have a better golf game than Spencer. The five others vary in age, gender, education, religious beliefs and definitely personality. The 'binder' of the group or what brings them together; golf.

The reader will hopefully discover in their own lives a similar incident with one of the story’s in Character Happens! If not, that’s okay too...as the stories are earnest while humorous, carefree yet compelling. And, I believe each chapter or story makes a 'point' in this wonderful, wacky, dynamic world in the 21st century.

The stories are fictional as are the characters. Names, personalities or incidents are fictional and in no way resemble or refer to a living person. I’ve used paraphrasing of many authors’ ideas and concepts and have referenced them in a special section. Because of these references and the specific genre where the book is to be found, it’s categorized as a non-fictional, personal development book.

for the language but this word best describes the thought I want to convey. In Forrest Gump the term was used to describe situations that happen to all people for no particular reason.