Sunday, October 28, 2018

DIY Marketing in a Slippery Field

Cornpone made me what I am.
Well, crap. Since my marketing blog (northtexasdrifter.blogspot.com) was hacked and taken down, I shifted my efforts over to Gab.ai. Now, Gab.ai has been effectively shut down by its internet provider. I had not planned on using Minds.com as a marketing tool but it may be the only way for me to get ads out about selling my books.

This cultural war we are witnessing is working against me. Publishing houses and social media platforms are notoriously Leftist. They don't like white guys from Texas who served in the military. In their world, we have nothing to offer. Of course, that's not true but after being in publishing and professional writing my entire adult life, I can say with surety the gatekeepers in New York and LA are deaf to the voices of white guys from the Southern US of A.

Oh, I have my own website at www.thomascstone.com (a nod to GoDaddy) but I'm all about the culture wars this season and do enjoy the rowdy debates and posturing on the Minds.com boards. Besides, these social platforms have a built-in audience. My website doesn't.

Anyhoo, if you're reading this and you get the notion, check out my author page on Amazon or Smashwords. My stuff is also available from Barnes&Noble, Apple, and most other fine ebook retailers. As always, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Same Three Digit Number

Think of any three-digit number in which each of the digits is the same. Examples include 333, 666, 777, 999.

Add up the digits.

Divide the three digit number by the answer in Step 2.

The answer is 37.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bellator Weekend

Mitrione vs Bader
All-righty then, tomorrow night in the Bellator Heavyweight Championship Tournament, we have Matt Mitrione going up against Bad Ryan Bader. Both are ex-UFC and big men. Matt is 6'3" and is listed at 255 lbs. Bader is 6'2" and weighs 205. Sure, he'll be considerably heavier for the fight but so will Mitrione. Bader is the current Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion. Bader formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Light Heavyweight division, obtaining an overall record of 15-5. He is currently ranked the #3 Light Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and the #15 pound for pound fighter in the world by MMAjunkie.com.

Matt holds a notable victory over Fedor Emelianenko in a previous bout. Mitrione gained fame playing college football at Purdue University and then professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. He has yet to win a championship but this may be his biggest chance.

Mitrione is a beast and is the big man left standing in the tournament. Mitrione is my personal pick to win the match with Bad Ryan Bader and go on to defeat the winner of the Chael Sonnen vs Fedor Emelianenko match-up to be held on the following night.

Emelianenko vs Sonnen
Sonnen vs. Emelianenko will be a great battle and could be over quickly if Chael doesn't keep his chin down. Chael is coming into the fight at 6'1" and 265 lbs, as listed, and I can't believe Sonnen is that big. We'll see for ourselves Saturday night, I guess. Chael has not yet won a professional championship but he has been close. Fedor Emelianenko is a legend, of course, and requires no introduction. Fedor weighs in at 225 lbs. and stands 6' even. Chael is going to wrestle him to the mat and attempt to hold him down. If he is successful, he'll win, otherwise, Fedor will land a heavy punch and put Chael to sleep. I'll pick Chael as the winner in a decision.

Monday, October 8, 2018

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Friday, October 5, 2018

I Me Mine


The Answer Is 2

Think of a number.
Multiply it by 3.
Add 6.
Divide this number by 3.
Subtract the number from Step 1 from the answer in Step 4.
The answer is 2. Every time.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Language


Language is more than words and syntax. It is perception and understanding, a window into the human soul. Short essay here.

The Notorious vs The Eagle

MacGregor vs Nurmagomedov Saturday night, October 6, 2018 -- UFC Lightweight Championship. Who ya got? The Irishman or the Russian?