November 10, 2006

Book Giveaway, Readings, and More!

Today is a day of many celebrations!

Shara McCallum's, “In My Own Words,” brought me over the mountaintop. I’ve reached another peak in the life of this blog which began so innocently in December 2005 when my daughter (who is graduating this semester from FSU, summa cum laude) said to me, “You know, Dad, you should be blogging.”

This is the 200th post and I've had over 10, 000 hits since I started measuring on April 6, 2006. Yaaay! Where's Kermit the frog when you need him?

During the past year, the blog (while it has strayed sometimes) has remained true to the original mission: To highlight the work of writers from the Caribbean and South Florida. Of course, now that I have become a blog maven (as they say in my neighborhood), I’d like to hear what you think. Just answer these two short questions:

What would you like to see more of on this blog?
What would you like to see less of on this blog?

Now to prove that this is a REAL big-time blog, leave a comment below with your name and choose a number between 1 and 101. Choice of numbers is first come, first served. You can't choose a number that someone else has chosen and say, "I thought of it first!"

The number that you’ve chosen will be entered in a random drawing courtesy of

The drawing will take place after the Miami Book Fair International. Winners will receive a copy of Iron Balloons autographed by Colin Channer, Marlon James, or Geoffrey Philp. Or perhaps all three of us will sign a book?

I’ll then announce the winner and I’ll ask the winners to send me a snail mail address, so that I can mail it to them. If you just want to win and don’t want to send me your address, then I will donate the book to a worthy cause.


I’ve finished writing “Who’s Your Daddy?” and Other Stories and I now begin the fun part of editing and passing the manuscript around the dinner table for revision.

With the Miami Book Fair International coming up, maybe I can find a home for “Who’s Your Daddy?”, so I can move on to other some other projects I have in mind. Say a prayer for me.


We had a great reading last at MDC with Preston Allen, Joe McNair, and Joanne Hyppolite On Monday, I'll be posting the podcast of Preston Allen's reading from his new collection of short stories.

Have a great weekend!


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Stephen A. Bess said...

Congrats to you Geoffrey for your accomplishments and your daughter's graduating with honors. That's fantastic! By the way, I'm almost finished with Benjamin, My Son. So far so great! I showed it to a young lady on the train yesterday. She is from Jamaica and said that she wants to read it. She lives in my neighborhood but I'm reluctant about giving up my copy. :)We'll see. Enjoy your weekend and be blessed.


Geoffrey Philp said...

Stephen, as Toots and the Maytals used to say, "What's your number?"
Nah, don't lend her the book.
I mean that. Publishers look at book sales to determine an advance, etc. for new contracts.
Writers use money to buy time.


Anonymous said...

Pah! You don't need to prove anything. We know that is a REAL big-time blog...

You seem to be in the thick of everything all at once, what with all these activities coming at you.

I love 12. I've always liked 12, and when i played football, that was my jersey number. So I choose 12.

Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

well 3 is a magic number so i choose 3 and i better win, it's my bday after all :)

i think the blog is fine just as it is, nothing i would want to see more or less of.


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Geoffrey Philp said...

Thank you, Rethabile.
What are you doing up so late? What time is it in Paris? 1pm?


Jdid said...

big up on reaching this milestone.

What I'd like to see more on this blog? not sure. there are writing and publishing questions i do have but not sure they are for this forum so continue to highlight the Caribbean writers. nuff respect.

Not going to enter the draw as I already am lucky enough to have a copy signed by both marlon and colin :-)

Geoffrey Philp said...

Jdid, check over by my web site, and check out the writer questions and links. If it's not answered there, then ask the question and I'll try to answer it as best as I can.

ikkinlala said...

I'm not sure if I've gotten to this in time to enter your giveaway, or even if it's open to Canadians, but I wanted to congratulate you on the milestones.

I can't think of what I'd like to see more of on your blog - I like reading about books and writers, but you already include quite a lot of that. I also can't think of what I'd like to see less of - I can't listen to the podcasts, so I could do without them, but they're easy to skip over.

(If I'm eligible, I'm going to choose number 51.)