Vintage Fly Reels: A Pricing Guide for Everyday Collectors

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Vintage Fly Reels: A Pricing Guide for Everyday Collectors is now available through bookstores,, Barnes &, and elsewhere.

This book is a practical pricing guide for buyers and sellers of vintage and antique fly fishing reels. It is the most current price guide for vintage fly reels in the $25.00 to $300.00 range, and provides reasonable parameters for everyday collectors so fishing enthusiasts can buy and sell fly reels with the confidence that the ultimate sale price will not be outrageously low or high. Vintage Fly Reels: A Pricing Guide for Everyday Collectors will assist collectors and would-be collectors buying and selling their prized possessions while enjoying a fantastic hobby.



Some Good News At Last!





Some Good News At Last!


Finally, I caught a break. As most of my followers are aware, I have been having some difficulty over the last three months with the anticipated release of my latest book. As a result, I was compelled to delay quite a few books signings, marketing events, etc., all of which combined to create a bit of misery.


This morning, the glitches were corrected and the book have hit, Barnes& Noble, and other retailers, making for quite a happy day!


A special thanks to all my well-wishers.

7 Writing Tricks for the Clueless! Magical Improvement of Writing Skills





7 Writing Tricks for the Clueless! Magical Improvement of Writing Skills

Perhaps, you did not get the promotion
you sought, or the job you wanted. Maybe,
you were not admitted to the college of
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Many people enjoy writing on a web log,
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Others discover that people often
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spend more time explaining what they
meant than they do actually writing. Emails
are particularly problematic.
The truth is that many people never
reach their life goals and believe it is
due to a lack of ability, skill, or
intelligence. If this sounds like you,

It might not be your fault at all. My
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Allow me to share seven simple tricks to
clean up your writing painlessly!


New England Authors–Harriet Beecher Stowe






New England Authors–Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is possible that this author had a greater effect upon American society than any other person of her era. After meeting with her, Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “So this is the little lady that made this big war.”

Born in Connecticut in 1811, Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 and crystallized Northern abolitionist sentiment prior to the American Civil War. After reading the book, people who previously harbored slight anti-slavery sentiments were stirred by her vivid portrayal of injustice, and became committed to its elimination.


Indeed, Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman with a strong moral purpose. Her conscience dominated the second half of the nineteenth century in the United States.

Hemingway Days – The Positive

Hemingway Days – The Positive





As most of you who follow regularly are aware, I recently visited Key West, Florida for the Hemingway Days celebration. I present here some of the highlights of my trip. The negative side is presented on my other blog, JJ Botta – Freelance Writer.

We always have a blast whenever we visit the Keys, especially Key West, because it is not a place. It is a state of mind. Being a huge Hemingway fan, I always try to visit during the Hemingway celebration, and I learn something new each time.

I love the era of the 1920s. I love studying the lost generation. I enjoy the music, the art, and the literature. Indeed, the expatriates of that time were disillusioned with their government, much like many of us are today. They visited Paris, Madrid, Florence, and other European cities to learn more about life. Hemingway led the pack.

There were a couple of events we attended this year. Meet the Papas was particularly interesting. About 30 or so gentlemen who purported to be Hemingway lookalikes spent all week vying for the title as the closest looking to Ernest. I still do not know who won, and it doesn’t really matter. They were all caught up in the spirit of the bygone era.

The Key West Art & Historical Society Museum is always a favorite. The curators change the exhibits continually, and this year I got to see some new photos, writings, and other memorabilia dealing with Hemingway. Photos were permitted, so I took as many as I could for my collection.

Of course, we once again visited the Hemingway House and Museum on Olivia Street. The home is the site of origination for some of Papa’s greatest writings, and I was able to take new photos of typewriters, briefcases, pens, books, and artifacts that made me feel a connection with the times.

Of the several book signings I attended, only one dealt directly with Hemingway himself. Author Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of the Nobel Laureate, did a reading for the audience, which always makes people feel in sync with the living EH. I had met her on two occasions in the past at similar readings. It is thrilling.

Finally, my wife and I visited several art galleries and museums, where we captured in photos (where possible) not only the spirit of the early twentieth century, but also some of the visions of pre-Castro Cuba that forced us to reflect upon the brilliance of that old culture, which we hope to someday be able to experience first hand.

All-in-all, it was a fabulous trip, and a great cultural experience, replete with food, drink, and festivities that made us promise to each other we would return to Key West soon.

Hemingway Days

Hemingway Days

JULY 19-24, 2011 marks the 31st annual Hemingway Days celebration in Key West, Florida.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Ernest Hemingway, had a zest for life, and Key West formed a huge part of his persona. He worked from his studio on Whitehead Street, and fished regularly in the aqua-colored waters surrounding the island.

Hemingway socialized with the local people, as well as his literary cohorts, so every year they come together to commemorate his larger-than-life personality, exuberant lifestyle, and energetic enthusiasm for Key West.

This year, fans will enjoy look-alike contests, museum presentations, memorabilia, and literary competitions in honor of the 20th century’s most famous author. It is always great fun.