Archers and Heroes

Would there be a market for a children’s book on heroic archers of history and legend?

Chapter 1.  What is archery?  Describe types of bows.

Chapter 2.  Archers in history.

Scythian warriors, Egyptian bowmen, etc.  Biblical and Shakespearean quotes.

Chapter 3.  Native Americans.

Research legend of hunter who invented bow and arrow by tripping on a grape vine and vine threw his spear further than he dreamed possible.  Micmac, I think.

Chapter 4.  Robin Hood

Chapter 5.  William Tell

Chapter 6.  Danish legend that predates Tell.

Chapter 7:  Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Huntress

Chapter 8.  TV

Adventures of Robin Hood (Richard Greene), When Things Were Rotten (Dick Gautier), Robin of Sherwood (Michael Praed, Jason Connery) William Tell(Conrad Phillips)

william tell

Would there be a market for such a children’s book, do you think?

 

Writing Portfolio

I’m a wordsmith.  A writer , a proofreader, a copy editor, an occasional ghostwriter,  a journalist,  a blogger, a poet, and a would-be novelist.  If you’d like to hire me to write for you, here is a sample of some of my writing.  I ghost-write blogs and articles.  I do not write students’ essays: that’s cheating.  Forgive me for bragging, but I’m good at SEO.

 

Portfolio for writing clients

Articles

Dying from Exposure” – Is “Working for Exposure” an Opportunity or Exploitation?

The Dead Don’t Die – A Peek at the Trailer for the New Zombie Comedy

Levar Burton Granted Inamori Ethics Prize

Netflix Announces “Dreamworks Dragons: Rescue Riders”

This one was an SEO champion.  The first article Google showed when you looked up the new show.

Star-Lord to Marry Terminator’s Daughter

Hidden Figures Dr. Gladys West Honored

Mercedes Lackey Making Full Recovery from Poisoning at GenCon

This article went viral.

Fiction

The Kissing Bridge

Poetry

Macbeth and Gruoch

Black Agnes

Blog

Blog from February 20, 2017 My Favorite Place in Summit County: Keystone

I formerly worked for a content writing service.  Almost all my writings were anonymous.  The above is the only one I have the client’s permission to reveal I wrote.  Some of the others would be better references for my services as a ghostwriter, but I’m contractually obliged to maintain my clients’ privacy.

Political DataViz: Who Lies More – A Comparison (Robert Mann) – UPDATED

DJT is mendacious and unethical.

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

UPDATE – October 23, 2016

Readers:

I have updated my data from the latest data on Politifact.com for my interactive version of this chart that is published on Tableau Public. Click here to go to my blog post about this workbook.

Thanks,

Michael

UPDATE – September 21, 2016

Readers:

I have created my own interactive version of this chart and published it to Tableau Public. Click here to go to my blog post about this workbook.

Thanks,

Michael

UPDATE – August 6th, 2016

Readers:

The author of the chart below, Robert Mann, reached out to me today. Robert has created a website where he explains the methodology he used to create this chart and answer some of your questions.

You can visit Robert’s web site by clicking here.

Below is some information about Robert and his web site.

Best Regards,

Michael

The purpose of this blog is to provide accessible, data-driven analysis about…

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How to Make This Editor Happy

Reblogging so I can find again later.

Building Worlds

During the submissions period for Ye Olde Magick Shoppe, my current anthology project, I received around a hundred submissions. Some were of beginner quality, which is not a bad thing per se, since it means that the authors can improve their work through feedback. Other works were of higher quality, but didn’t mesh well with my own particular aesthetic preferences; other editors may well accept such work, even if I didn’t. Unfortunately, between the sheer number of submissions and my own time constraints, I did not give individualized feedback to the submitters—which is not fair of me, since they did put in the work.

I think it’s worthwhile, therefore, to write up a post discussing some of the common patterns among work that was not accepted for the anthology. That way, authors considering submitting their work to me in the future will know more about my preferences, and whether…

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Johnny Whitaker/ Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Johnny Whitaker’s Birthday … also the birthday of my book-sister Rebecca McFarland Kyle. We’Ve been in Two anthologies together, or is it three nw? Happy Birthday, Becky, ad happy writing!

(Travalanche)

December 13 is the birthday of former child star Johnny Whitaker (b. 1959). The red-haired freckled Whitaker was memorable as young Jody on Family Affair(1966-1971), which we wrote about here, and was memorable as the title character in the musical film Tom Sawyer in (1973). He was also in one Steven Spielberg’s first films, Something Evil (1972) with Darren McGavin and Sandy Dennis which we wrote about here.

But having already written about just about all of Sid and Marty Krofft’s shows, I thought I’d give a little attention today to Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1974).

In conception, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters represents a slight “sea change”, if you will, from the earlier Krofft shows, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos and Lidsville. It was less “psychedelic” than those previous ones, though it still had lots of humor. It was very much similar in conception to…

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Oh, fer cryin’ out loud… how do you keep screwing this up?!?

Once upon a time, Stan Lee was upset that he was a comic book scribbler, not a novelist (ie., a real writer) and he was thinking of quitting comic books. His wife Joan told him to do a comic book he was really proud of. The result was the Fantastic Four.

Steven Lyle Jordan

Fantastic Four 2015 movieWell, Hollywood has treated us once again to a movie about the Fantastic Four.  And once again, it has bombed.  And I mean bombedHiroshima-level bombed.  In a time when superhero movies are almost impervious to box-office failure—when special effects can give us realistic-looking monsters, other-worldly cities of the gods and flying aircraft carriers—when even obscure characters like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy can print box-office tickets at will—the FF drop like a lead balloon dumped down one of the Mole Man’s subterranean tunnels.

And my mind has just rolled out through my ear canal and flopped onto the desk.  (Actually, I bet Reed Richards could do that.)  Because I simply can’t comprehend how anyone could manage to ruin this idea.  Multiple times.  As if no one in the movie industry has the vaguest clue as to what they have here.

And I keep saying: Oh…

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Peter Falk: Solo Columbo

Atalented actor – the perfect match of actor to character – IM sure everyone would rather read a guest blog about zcolombo than listen to me talk about rehab therapy. My physical therapist called my muscle activation beautiful.

My speech therapist said we were able to check off several goals.

(Travalanche)

I confess to having something like a mental block when it comes to most of the screen work of the late Peter Falk (1927-2011). It’s entirely my hang-up. I’ll try to articulate what it is, or what I think it is. If you’ll read through to the end you’ll find that this is an essay very much in praise of Peter Falk, so don’t get your knickers in a twist.

We’ll start with his assets. Falk, intrinsically, was himself a character. With his gravelly voice, his glass eye, and his diminutive, scrappy stature, Falk had a very narrow range. So he made it his business to be extremely truthful, using the instrument he was given. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t create different characters. He played a different character for every role he was given to play, though the variations are often subtle given the idiosyncratic nature of his physiognomy. But…

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