Hello, dear reader, and welcome to my blog post for November the eighteenth. I've been unable to post for a couple of days, because it is the second time this month that there was a power outage in my hood, and I had no Internet access. Hopefully this time everything has been fixed by Verizon. In any event, I'm back on Blogger in time to give a shout out to Mickey Mouse, as today is the anniversary of the first appearance of this well known cartoon character.
Many sources, including Wiki, state that he made his debut on this day in 1928. "Mickey first appeared in a test screening short (Plane Crazy). Mickey officially debuted in the short film Steamboat Willie."
A balloon rendered in Mickey's likeness for a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade can be seen in the image atop this entry. You might recognize this photo because I included it when I wrote about Mickey and the Macy's parade last year (here on Blogger) saying: "in November of 1934, Mickey agreed to have his image rendered into a Macy's ballon, in order to be represented in The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade..."
This year's parade is five days away (including today) and I'm not very enthusiastic, due having been very disappointment by Macy's in relation to a book project. Moreover, high winds are predicted for this Thanksgiving holiday, and the balloons probably won't be able to peer into windows as they usually do, for they will have to be much lower to the ground as they make their was along their way slog the parade's route. Moreover, I'm having a two-three hour surgical (oral) procedure two days prior to the Macy's event and I may not feel up to standing in the cold for three hours.
Be that as it may, even though Macy's has disappointed me re a book project, I am most grateful that the hard-cover version of Words In Our Beak Volume One (pictured below),
is now available for the general public on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble On-Line, and is slowly making its way into brick and mortar book stores via Ingram Content. Should you want to get this book, the ISBN is 9780996378529.
And now before I leave you, dear reader, I must say in reverence to Mickey on his day, I'm not certain why Mickey Mouse's name is "Marine slang meaning anything stupid or senseless (as used in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket."
Then again, it should not surprise me. After all, I helped my visiting cardinal, Cam write her story when she confided in me that ornithologists often dismiss her due to her "dull-coloring."
Additionally, I've been dismissed for having the condition Neurofibromatosis, as well as for issues with my eye-sight, that cause my left eye (where only have counting fingers vision).
Therefore since Cam has been dismissed, and since I have been dismissed and since Mickey Mouse can be dismissed when associated with slang, we're all in the same club.
ADDENDUM FALL 2018:
The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.
Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.
Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.
ADDENDUM SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2021:
When the third volume of the hard-cover version of Words In Our Beak was released, I withdrew from promoting my former versions of Words In Our Beak.
The very first one is an iBook and went into Apple's book store in 2015.
This was followed by an ePub version...
... that is available on Amazon and was also published in 2015.
Subsequently, Words In Our Beak's digital versions were published as a soft-cover book (with slight variations) by MagCloud in 2017.
Its press release can be read by clicking here.
Now with the release of BIRD TALES....
... I've been advised to make mention of my early versions of volume one of Words In Our Beak, they do vary ever so slightly in content from the hard-cover version of volume one.
As of this addendum, I do not intend to create digital or soft-cover versions of Words In Our Beak Volume Two or Words In Our Beak Volume Three.
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