Heavenly thoughts for writers

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A lot of communities are now known as “Gated Communities” which simply means nobody gets in unless they’re invited. As I entered one of these communities, I suddenly realized according to general religious consensus, Heaven is a “Gated Community”. The Pearly Gates keep out unwanted visitors and protect the residents from bad people. I guess St. Peter is supposed to be the “cop at the gate”. Hmmm, for what’s supposed to be a friendly place to live, it doesn’t sound so good from that perspective.

Anyhow, the reason I got into thinking about heaven was a joke a writer friend told me. Goes like this:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

Sad but true.

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

Visit his website at www.JTTwerell.com or go to Amazon.com click here

Audiobooks – friend or foe

audiobooksAudiobooks –

I have had several discussions with other writers in which we shared our opinions about audiobooks. Personally, I like them and have set a few of my books to audio. One author complained audiobooks were a prostitution of literature and should not be categorized as books. Not sure what he meant, but his statement was said in a manner that precluded discussion.

It is reported in the western world, only ten percent of the population over 21 actually buy and read books. If true, it is a sad statement. It went on to report over fifty percent of the same population watch a movie. I guess the remainders are watching Honey Boo Boo or something.

Anyhow, If audiobooks can reach more people, then I say bring them on and develop more “readers”. What are your thoughts on audiobooks and please share your experiences as an author or reader either as a comment on this blog or on one of the links. My audios can be found at Audible