The Illusion of Success

The author is Larry Winchester’s daughter!

Renea Winchester

Recently, someone told me, “I didn’t by a copy of Outbound Train because (on Facebook) it looks like you’re doing so well.”

I paused for a moment, not understanding the rationale behind the statement. Why would someone ever think I am doing so well that I don’t need help? At that moment I knew I needed to immediately clear up this misunderstanding, while not breaking the unwritten rule: Authors don’t talk about sales.

Today, I’m going to talk about sales during the time of COVID-19.

Outbound Train debuted at number 22 in Southern Fiction. Because I thought I knew how many books it took to receive that ranking, I was elated. The reality punched me square in the gut.

Five years ago, this ranking meant a novel sold approximately five to six hundred copies in a week.

Two years ago, this ranking meant a novel sold approximately two-three hundred copies…

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I’m Famous

As many of you know I am addicted to genealogy. Been at it hard for 20 some years. I haven’t looked for famous (or infamous) persons but I have kept an eye out. Just a few days ago I found someone. Alfred Pinkney Panther 1865-1912. He was known at various times as Alfred, Al, Alf and Pink. Have you heard of him? Or maybe seen him.

Pink Panther

Pink was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. My father’s great-grandmother’s sister’s boy. I might find others but so far he is the most famous relative I have found.

Bread Dread

Do you eat “light bread”? Or hot dog and hamburger buns? Do you eat them because you like them or do you like what you put between them?

I wonder if it’s called Wonder Bread because you wonder if it is. I wondered what was in it but couldn’t intrepet the ingredient list. I bought it, I tasted it, I still don’t know what it is. So I did this………….

They ain’t so pretty, they are all different sizes but I know what’s in them ’cause I put it there.

Do you make your own bread?

Mine is called Ed Bread!

Boiled Eggs

It’s only a coincidence that I noticed this at Easter. I was merely boiling eggs to go in a salad for supper. I put them in a little saucepan on low heat since they were right out of the refrigerator. I didn’t want them to break open. Nothing unusual!

Later I went back to check on my eggs and noticed streams of bubbles escaping from the surface of the shells. Again nothing unusual.

Then I noticed the bubbles were coalescing on the surface. What I saw next sent me running for my camera.

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Now look at the shape of the eggs! Remember they are still in their shells and hadn’t even begun to boil. What’s up with that?

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Are the bubbles trying to force themselves back in?

Have you ever experienced this phenomenon? Do you have an explanation? If so, I’d really like to know. I like boiled eggs but after this I’m kinda skittish about eating them!

Coffee and me!

I drink coffee every morning. My favorite mug


has gotten crackled inside.

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I didn’t know if it was safe to drink out of since it was made in China and because my grandson gave it to me, I decided to put it a display case and get a new one. So, it’s off to Wally World and here’s what I bought.


Nice big mug! Right? Holds about 2/3s of a 5 cup pot.

Notice: I am left handed so the above is what I see when I reach for my cup. Got it?

So here is what I would see if I were a rightie.

new coffee

Here’s my quandary. Why does it say “COFFEE” only on one side?

After much delibration I have reached a conclusion. Right handed folks have to have it spelled out for them before they know what they are drinking!

Do you agree? Let me know in a comment.