Monthly Archives: May 2012

My book, now available in paperback

All right guys, you can now get my book (Little Man, and the Dixon County War) in paperback form.

I hadn’t planned on printing it, since I really wanted to get my next two novels finished — both are action/adventure and will appeal to a larger audience, plus they’re nearly done.

But, the book has done so well — and the demands have been so insistent — that I got it formatted and proofed.

So, if you want to buy it in paperback, it’s $9.99 and you can do it here. (The company is owned by Amazon, so you can trust them.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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The latest on a couple of big-name, chump football players

Time for a quick NFL update.

First, we’ve got Cam Newton admitting he was “very immature” and a bad teammate last year.

“I’ll be the first one to tell you, the pouting and the moping, I kind of overdid it. I know that. I was a bad teammate.”

Yeah, tell us something we didn’t know.

I can’t stand Cam Newton, primarily because I’ll never, EVER believe he “was not aware of his father’s illegal activity.” (Yep, I’m referring to his father seeking $120,000 to $180,000 from Mississippi State in exchange for Cam Newton’s athletic services.)

Oh, and his dad is a pastor. A bishop, in fact. Yep, one of those Christians… Probably judges me and you for everything.

And then we’ve got Terrell Owens — one of the most talented wide receivers ever, who was a constant ego and usually in the news more for his antics than for his actions.

Anyway, he just got cut from an Indoor Football League team for — wait for it — a “lack of effort both on and off the field.” The team said even the fans complained.

So no matter what your dreams are, remember this: Hard work often does beat talent, so go hard after your dreams. Those who intimidate you and make it look easy are usually the talented ones who’ve never had to work hard at it.

Believe me, they won’t last long.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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Can Facebook fall any faster?

Facebook plunged another 9 percent yesterday.

I hadn’t planned on posting on this, but Facebook is my number one read subject the past couple weeks, so apparently you guys care about it.

As I wrote in the beginning of May, Facebook is going down, and fast. In that post, I laid out why I thought all the analysts were wrong — remember, back then, everyone was yelling and screaming about how awesome Facebook was and how big this could be once they went public on the stock market.

After I wrote that post, another blogger who’s way smarter than me had this to say (well over a week later):

This puts Facebook’s market cap at approx. $100 billion or more. To put that in perspective, Facebook is:

• Bigger than McDonald’s
• Two and a half times bigger than Ford
• Bigger than FedEx and UPS combined
• Bigger than Kraft Foods and General Mills combined
• Bigger than Boeing and Lockheed Martin combined

This is insanity. (Link.)

Let’s not forget the $10 million a year GM yanked in advertising from Facebook, nor how the stock price dropped 10 percent after they had a totally lame stock offering. (See story: Facebook stock plummets on second day of trading.)

At this point, Facebook is no longer a giant who’s feared. It’s looking increasingly weak, and these lawsuits aren’t going to help…

So, the moral of the lesson is this…

If your stock broker was raving about Facebook before it went public, fire him. (I’m a nobody and I saw this coming, as I laid out in the dated posts above.)

If the news you rely on was raving about Facebook before it went public, change the channel or get a different source. (The New York Times was highly skeptical in almost all its coverage.)

If your blathering friends or family was raving about Facebook before it went public, remember that the next time they’re yelling and fired up about something. Most people are idiots, and your friends and family probably fall into this category.

Just as you should network up in your business life (instead of down), you should also listen to those who show more wisdom. And more than likely, your broke friend or family member with the High School degree is NOT who you should be listening to.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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