Author Archives: James Allen Willis

About James Allen Willis

Husband, father, internet marketer, VP marketing, telecommuter, former Reagan White House and Capitol Hill staffer living in beautiful Upstate NY.

Calling All Trekies: You’ll Love Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek BeyondWe’ve all heard the trite but true phrase: Be careful what you wish for. That’s the sentiment behind the newest Star Trek movie, Beyond.

I grew up in the late Sixties and Seventies. I still recall my first memory of watching the original Star Trek series at a neighbor’s house–when I was around five years old. It was magic. It fired my imagination and along with NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon, instilled in me a life-long love of space and technology. A few years later I watched re-runs of Star Trek (the original series) after school in the afternoons in my tween and then teen years. Syndication is a wonderful thing. Over and over and over again I would watch those episodes. I still recall the plot lines for many of them. I learned important life lessons from those old episodes. I’m sure Gene Roddenberry would be happy.
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Slideshare is this Blogger’s Best Friend

slideshare-logoI was raised on many tried and true “old sayings.” One of them was: Self praise stinks. So I guess this post will stink! In the vein that I’d like to help other bloggers who want to one day make a living from their writing, however, I want to share a happy moment with you.

In case you’re not familiar with me and my writing, I write a Monday to Friday blog called Marcellus Drilling News. It’s all about shale gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region of the U.S.—roughly stretching from mid-New York State to Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio. I work hard each weekday to find and share news about this important topic.
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Carnival Sent a Cruise Ship into Hurricane Irene – And I was on it

Hurricane Irene at 10:10 am Saturday, Aug 27My wife Judy and I have been married 25 years this August (2011). Our Silver Anniversary! While planning how we might celebrate, we both decided a cruise would be the thing to do. We’ve never been on one, although we have a number of family and friends who have. They rave about it. So we took the plunge and scheduled a cruise with Carnival. Nothing overly glamorous—leave from New York City and cruise to the Canadian Maritimes. Make a stop at St. John, New Brunswick, and a second stop at Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a day or so spent getting there and another day back, the entire trip would take five days in total. We would get to see some of Canada, gorge ourselves on delicious food and watch live shows and listen to live music along the way. Perfect! Or so I thought.
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Being Present in a World of Distraction

No Blackberry On a recent trip to New York City I was (yet again) struck by how millions of people crammed onto a small island can be so efficient at isolating themselves from millions of their fellow humans who are literally inches away from them. I’ve also noticed the same thing in London, and to some degree in smaller cities, like my native Binghamton. Walk down the sidewalk through Times Square, or get a coffee at one of the ubiquitous Starbucks in New York, and you’ll see more people than not with their noses stuck in a Blackberry, iPhone or other communication device—often texting—completely oblivious to those around them.
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Friday the 13th – Remembering Laurie Bartram

Laurie Bartram On Friday the 13th I always pause to reflect on someone I once knew. Her name was Laurie Bartram. If you’re of a certain age you may remember the original “Friday the 13th” movie released in 1980. Laurie was “Brenda” – one of the camp counselors in the movie. Before becoming a movie star, Laurie played Karen Campbell on “Another World” (soap opera) in 1978-1979.

Laurie decided to give up her acting career and instead attend Liberty University, which is where I met her. We were both on the same singing team (called SMITE back then).
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Nicholas Negroponte Predicts E-Books Will “Kill” Physical Books within Five Years

Nicholas Negoponte Nicholas Negroponte, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab and also the founder of the One Laptop per Child Association made a rather bold prediction at the Techonomy conference in in Lake Tahoe, CA last week. His prediction? Printed books are “dead” within five years. Here’s a summary of his comments from CrunchGear’s Devin Coldewey:
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Jazzed About Helping Authors Create Their First Blogs

blog One of the highlights of this year’s Montrose Christian Writers Conference (MCWC) for me was the opportunity to work one-on-one with a number of talented authors and writers to help them establish a blog for the first time. One such author is Marsha Hubler, bestselling author of The Keystone Stables Series of books for young people. Marsha writes about kids and horses—and what young person doesn’t love horses! Marsha is now blogging at:
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