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Before Steven J. Daniels realized his dream of writing his first novel, he traveled the world working in professional sports, law enforcement, commercial aviation, politics and the entertainment industry. The end result is his own unique perspective, which he utilizes in his writing to enthral and entertain the reader. Though conceived during a U.S. vacation trip, Steven J. is a proud Canadian living in beautiful British Columbia with his wife Jill. If he is not working on his latest story, you can find him walking on the beach, grilling a variety of vegetables and animal body parts or indulging in his favorite pastime of pampering his wife like the Queen of Sheba.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Favorite Comics Vol 2 - George Carlin Baseball v. Football

Here is the undisputed master of intelligent comedy ... George Carlin.  Carlin was respected by everyone in the biz for his unique perspective on life.  Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to work with George, but those who did made sure they mentioned the fact in the green room, backstage and forever in their promo.

This particular bit is one of my all time favorites.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Favorite Comics Vol. 1 - Irwin Barker

Welcome to first installment of "My Favorite Comics".  Each of these blogs will feature my personal comedy favorites ... some with whom I've had the pleasure of sharing a stage and others I only wish I had.

First up is an old friend, Irwin Barker.  We both hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba and started comedy around the same time.  I learned so much about writing intelligent, clean and funny comedy from Irwin.  Also, he was one of the nicest and funniest guys to be with on the road.  Everywhere he went, he brought joy and laughter just by being Irwin.  He couldn't buy a butter tart without cracking up everyone around him.  One of the most hilarious times I remember was being with Irwin in a sex toy store on Robson St. in Vancouver.  I still laugh when I think about it.  Sadly, Irwin passed away in 2010, but I hope and pray his comedy never will.

So here he is "doin' the Fest" in Montreal ... Mr. Irwin Barker!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I can't believe he's doing this!

Due to the heavy demand (just kidding) ... my novel "Weeds in The Garden of Love" is on sale in all ebook formats for $1.25 ... Hey! that's 75% off !  This offer is only good until July 31, 2011.

Here's the link:

How can I do this you ask?  Well, ebooks save trees, ink, shipping costs, shelf space, etc., so indie publishers like  me can pass the savings on to you.

Tell your friends, neighbors and relatives ... anyone who enjoys a mystery and a great summer read!

That's it ... end of commercial.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Free ebook download

Now this is exciting.  Well, for me anyway.  My novel "Weeds in The Garden of Love" is available in ebook format for FREE until March 12, 2001 at:  just use coupon code  RE100 at the checkout.

I really hope a lot of folks take me up on this offer.  This is a great read, but like many other good stories by new authors, it suffers from lack of exposure.  If you read this and use the free coupon, please tell your friends, relatives, followers, hangers-on, entourage (if your have one) or anyone else about this offer.

Thanks and happy reading!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Empty Page Syndrome

I have never had writer's block.  Now, I'm not talking about the writer's block from lack of experience or talent or from illness, depression or the end of a romantic relationship.  Those you can deal with yourselves.  

I'm talking about normal everyday garden-variety writer's block where you sit and stare at an empty page.  That kind, I have never had.  What's that you say?  This guy is either lying or he's crazy.  Every writer has faced writer's block.  How wrong you are.

I have never had writer's block because I refuse to expose myself to it.  If my plot freezes and I have no idea what to do next, I refuse to sit and think about it.  That's right.  I leave.  I walk away from it.  Sometimes only as far as the kitchen to get another coffee, other times to my local coffee shop or I read a book, watch TV or go for a long walk.

The point is:  writer's block is not the problem.  Your plot may be.  If you're stymied, your characters are trying to tell you something.  There's something missing in what you've already written or the story is not going in the right direction.  In either case, that's why your characters are all just standing around.  They're waiting for you to figure it out.  It sounds weird, but our characters know the story better than we do.  They know where to go and how to get there.  They should because, after all, they live there.  Here's the best part.  You just have to get out of the way and listen.  They'll tell you.

So go for a walk and think about your plot.  If that doesn't work, go for a walk and don't think about it.  Just walk and enjoy nature, feed the ducks or watch people at the mall or in Starbucks.  You will be amazed at what happens.  Something or someone will trigger a random though that will lead you to a plot twist or an idea you hadn't even considered.  It may not come into your mind right away.  It may hide in your subconscious until it jolts you awake in the middle of the night. 

I hope you give this a try.  It may not work for you, but at least when someone asks if you've ever had writer's block you can look them in the eye and say:  "Writer's block?  Me? No, I'm lucky—never had it." 

Oh, and try to keep a straight face when you say it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Here we go ...

This is my first blog on "Stop me if you've heard this ... ".  Every stand-up comic has heard someone say that after a show ... so that's why i picked it as the name of my blog.  

I will try to keep my blogs interesting, funny and like my writing, as laconic as possible.

steven j.

p.s. sorry about "laconic" - couldn't resist