The Godfather’s Revenge by Mark Winegardner


Focuses more on Tom Hagen and his story and a man named, Nick Geraci, a former member of the family that has been in hiding for a number of years. Follows historical events but takes a few liberties on the details.


This book was hard to get into, and hard to stay interested in. I don’t know if it was because it wasn’t written by Puzo, but it took me longer than usual to get through a book.

Overall, the book was alright, but not even the surprise ending made up for it. I also didn’t like that there was no closure for the Hagen family. Not a book I’d thrust into someone’s hands, but I wouldn’t deny them the book either.

© Cori Endicott September 2011

Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs


Biker gangs and their murders are on for this installment, and sprinkle in a few innocent victims just for kicks.Tempe’s recently Harley-loving nephew shows up and a creepy journalist worms his way intoTempe’s life. Her own love-life is falling to pieces since Andrew Ryan has been arrested on drug charges. Can the authorities piece the murders together enough to arrest someone?


The whole situation with Andrew Ryan preoccupied me throughout the entire novel. The last ten chapters…I couldn’t put the book down. The history of biker gangs was also very interesting. Recommend.

© Cori Endicott September 2011

The Ideal Journal

After reading Writers and Their Notebooks, I’ve decided that if I could force myself to change my writing habits from bound journals to another medium-I would. And I would switch to a binder filled with loose-left notebook paper. While my reasoning is logical, I cannot bring myself to abandon the world of beautifully bound notebooks.

The ideal situation for me would be one of those Five-Star® Flexi-Binders (the ones that act like spiral notebooks), wide-ruled notebook paper, and my pen case full of every different color pen imaginable. My reasoning or logic or whatever is that if I’m working on a piece and a new idea pops into my head—flip to a blank page, grab a different color pen, and jot down said idea. The new idea can be moved around until I’m ready to work on it. I also like the idea of being able to add paper to stories and not be limited to how many pages are in a bound notebook.

But a plain cover or never changing patterned Flexi-Binder can lose its appeal to me. By changing or beginning a new notebook with a beautiful interesting cover, my passion for creating stories and building my characters is renewed. Each notebook, once completed becomes an old friend who has been on a journey with me. I can pick up a spent notebook and I remember not only the story within, but what was going on in my life at the time. Somehow the cover designs have been imprinted with subconscious memories.

But that’s just me. Maybe my ideal situation isn’t so ideal since it isn’t a natural inclination. Maybe somewhere this idea will help another writer get his/her act together.

© Cori Endicott February 2011

Book Notes: Writers and their Notebooks edited by Diana M. Raab

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]


Writers and their Notebooks edited by Diana M. Raab


Pg. 189-190: Different types of journals and their descriptions:

  1. Personal-growth journal: where the writer works out difficult situations
  2. Crisis journal: in which a crisis is used as a catalyst for writing. Use it during tumultuous times, or when life takes an unexpected turn or in flux, and it can help anchor you
  3. Therapeutic journal: which is similar to Crisis Journal except that it tends to be in diary format, chronicling day-to-day events
  4. Gratitude journal: a place to record what you are thankful for in life. This type of journal nurtures a positive outlook and is a good thing to have when you’re feeling down
  5. Smile journal: consists of things and events that make you smile and laugh. (Keep in mind that humor heals)
  6. Travel journal: a place to chronicle journeys and trips, and include impressions and reflections
  7. Dream journal: typically kept at the bedside and written in first thing in the morning, even before a writer goes to bed, as a way to tap into the subconscious mind
  8. Transition/Transformation journal: used during transitional periods such as divorce or relocation


Pg. 193-194: Writing prompts:

  1. Write a letter to someone, dead or alive
  2. Write about a transforming moment in your life
  3. Write about a trip you took that left a huge impact on you
  4. Write about a loved one, colleague, or mentor who has been influential on your writing life
  5. Write about what worries you
  6. Write about an accomplishment
  7. List memorable moments in your life. Choose one to write about.
  8. Write about a special occasion where everything didn’t go as planned
  9. Write about your happiest and saddest moments
  10. Recount a personal experience that lead to personal growth
  11. Write about something you collected
  12. Write a sentence beginning with “I remember…”
  13. Describe a smell that brings back fond or unpleasant memories
  14. Describe a moment of utter desperation where you felt so low you didn’t know what to do
  15. Describe a significant quarrel between you and a family member
  16. Describe losing someone you really loved
  17. Write about a strange family member
  18. Write about what you remember about the sixth grade
  19. Write about a memory with a bicycle
  20. Write ten ways you felt different as a child
  21. Write about what you are grateful for
  22. Write about a song that has had a great impact on you
  23. Write about your favorite book
  24. Write about one of your grandparents
  25. Write about something you want but cannot have
  26. Freewrite or write for at least fifteen minutes, never lifting your pen; ignoring your inner critic; write about anything that pops into your head

Book Notes: Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business by Donna Partow

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]


Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business

by Donna Partow

  1. Creating a Brain-Nourishing Environment (42-45)
    1. Remember, the factory of the information age is the human mind.
    2. The best ideas start with a passion to solve a specific problem or to find an answer to a burning question.
    3. If you want to generate great ideas, “ready, fire, aim” should be your motto.
    4. Newspapers, magazines, and books are filled with idea fodder.
    5. Most ideas come when you’re not trying to hard.
    6. Break mental blocks.
    7. Whether you have a fleeting notion or a product concept you just can’t shake, you’ll never know whether or not it’s a good idea or a fluke…until you put it out for all the world to see.
    8. Don’t re-create the same dull, stark environment that has stifled corporate creativity for years.
  2. Top 10 Idea-Generating Moments (44)
    1. Sitting on the toilet
    2. Showering or shaving
    3. Commuting to work
    4. Falling asleep or waking up
    5. In a boring meeting
    6. Readingat leisure
    7. Exercising
    8. Waking in the middle of the night
    9. Listening to a church sermon
    10. Performing manual labor
  3. If you hope to succeed in a home business, you must become the kind of person who walks, talks, eats, and breathes the subject around which you’re building the business. (68)
  4. Top 10 Ways to Conquer Time Wasters (155-157)
    1. Have a daily quiet time
    2. Learn to say no
    3. Avoid perfectionism
    4. Remember Parkinson’s Law (Work expands to fill the time available for its completion)
    5. Stop procrastinating
    6. Stop Stewing
    7. Stop shuffling papers
    8. Tame the telephone and television
    9. Schedule shopping trips for off-peak hours and seasons
    10. Make the most of your waiting time
  5. 5 Bonus Time-Management Tips
    1. Set annual and lifetime goals
    2. Establish checkpoints
    3. Carry a daily planner
    4. Develop good habits
    5. Apply the 80/20 rule (20% of your clients = 80% of your business)
  6. Link up your blog with search engines:
    1. Google (
    2. Yahoo (
    3. Open Directory ( )
  7. EzineArticles ( (203-4)
    1. You can post your article and system notifies publishers
    2. GoArticles (
    3. Web Source (
    4. Article Alley (
    5. (
    6. (
  8. Elements of an Effective ResourceBox(204)
    1. Your name
    2. Your business name
    3. Your micorbio—why you are qualified to write the article, and why the reader should look to your for further info
    4. Your full URL
    5. A free offer
  9. Top 10 Article-Marketing Tips (205)
    1. Research your subject an hour a day to stay current
    2. Write 20 headlines for every potential article
    3. Write short, pithy, power-packed articles with lots of bullets
    4. Share valuable info and resources in every article
    5. Register at 5+ article directory sites
    6. Post at least 1 article a week
    7. Post your articles on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites
    8. Include links to other related articles you’ve written within each article
    9. Make sure your resource box is as effective as possible
    10. Recycle your articles into information products
  10. How to Price a Product
    1. Decide the Minimum wage you’re willing to work for __________
    2. Determine the amount of time invested in each product __________
    3. Calculate your material costs _______
    4. The minimum price you need to charge is AxB+C
    5. Evaluate the market, Can you get that price?  If not, don’t lower your price. Choose another product.