As part of my effort to start a career as a writer I am trying to build a list of email addresses of people who are interested in receiving updates about The War Chronicles series. The signup form is here. Yes, I get the irony of me setting up a form to capture other people’s email addresses.
It’s been over a month since I posted here. Which is ironic because this blog used to be my primary outlet for writing, and now all I do is write, but I never write here.
I have to decide if I’m going to keep this blog going or not. I’ve been struggling with that for years now.
Warrior has sold 327 copies since I put it on the Amazon Kindle store on Jan 18. In the past two weeks it’s gone from a couple sales per day to an average of over 10 per day. In fact I sold 100 of them in just the last week. If that pace keeps up, I’ll be happy.
Warlock (Book II) is well underway. I’ve got 42,000+ words so far and have been averaging about 3,000 words per day. At that rate I’ll hit the 125K mark somewhere in the early to mid April timeframe. Just about when taxes are due. I expect at least a month of edits and proofreading. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to self-publish again, or if I’m going to try for a traditional publisher once more. A lot will depend on how well Warrior is doing by then.
I’m a bit less than 60 days into my 90 day Kindle Exclusive agreement. When that is up I’ll have to decide whether to do another 90 days or if I want to try Smashwords, Kobo and other self-publishing avenues. The thing is, Amazon is just destroying those options in terms of potential sales.
Not paying much attention to politics these days. It all sucks. I despise the Democrat leadership, but not a whole lot more than I despise the Republican leadership. And there really isn’t any other alternative. The prospect of a Hillary Clinton campaign for President positively nauseates me, but that’s probably where we’re going. Unless Elizabeth Warren can knock her off, then we get the prospect of a female Obama clone whose career was entirely based on lying about her heritage to get into a top university and get a lucrative law position. Sheesh, this country deserves to decline.
I feel like all I’m doing these days is promoting my book, but whatever…
Here’s the link to my book website for anyone who is interested enough to go check it out.
Yep, it’s out there. Here is a link:
Here is the blurb text I put on the book description:
The Testing Time has arrived. The world is falling into darkness. Lirak, a young forest-dwelling stone-chipper has become a pawn in the eternal battle of the Gods. Born of an outsider mother, feared by superstitious villagers, distrusted and resented by his own brother, Lirak must fight back an invading army while learning how to control the destructive powers that boil inside him. Lirak’s path from simple stone-age villager to heroic warrior is only the first part of a much longer and more dangerous journey.
Dunno if anyone still checks on this blog, but if so, I would love to get your thoughts.
I haven’t commented much about the NFL this year. Too much else going on, and I had honestly decided last year to let go of my final long-frustrated desire to see the Dallas Cowboys do well once again. And for the most part, I’ve done that this year. I commented briefly back in the first quarter of the season about how Tom Brady was being called “old” and “washed up” after a bad early game, and, of course, he’s now squarely in the middle of the MVP talk, an MVP he deserves in my opinion.
But someone else probably deserves that MVP too, but he’ll never get a mention, in fact he will probably be behind his own teammate in the final MVP analysis. Of course I’m talking about Tony Romo. The same Tony Romo who shattered my hopes last year, of course. I swore then I’d never defend him again. And yet here I am. I am quite frankly stunned by today’s results. I was taking my dog for a long walk when the game began, deliberately, and I was spinning scenarios in my head of how the Cowboys might possibly go toe-to-toe with Andrew Luck and the Colts. By the time I returned from my walk, the Cowboys were up 28-0 and continued to pour it on after that. Tony Romo completed a Cowboys franchise record 90% of his passes (18/20) including four touchdowns with no interceptions. Those are remarkably Aikman-like numbers. Both in quality and quantity. While everyone, including Jason Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff, rightly call the Cowboys a “run-first” team, Tony Romo has completed 10 touchdowns with no interceptions in the last three games. The most-maligned December quarterback I can think of has performed so well in three games this December that he has risen to the #1 spot in accuracy, yards per attempt and QB rating. Yes, I said QB rating, which Aaron Rodgers owned a more than 10 point lead just a month ago.
And Romo has done all this with broken vertebrae in his back, torn cartilage in his rib cage and back surgery less than a year ago. The list and severity of injuries Romo has played through has become so long that it has almost become unnoticed.
I still don’t believe in the Cowboys though. I want to. Maybe I even should. But just winning the NFC East isn’t enough to convince me these Cowboys are for real. I need to see them beat Green Bay in a playoff game, or even Seattle, before I really will accept that they’ve become a legitimate contender.
But at least for today, I have to acknowledge what the Cowboys accomplished to get to this point, with one game left to go. I think how they do next week, in what will likely be a meaningless game against a team in chaos with nothing but pride on the line, will tell me a lot about their real toughness.
Yep, my year plus drama at work with layoff, no layoff, new layoff, no layoff, etc. has finally officially ended for good. Today I sent in the papers that officially ended my tenure at the multi-national financial services company I have worked at for seven plus years. I’ll get seven months severance (not in one lump, it will be paid out as a continuation of my paycheck for seven months or until I get a new job, whichever comes first) to live on while I figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
And, of course, what I WANT to do is be a writer. So it’s time to start getting really serious about that.
This week I’ve seen three separate stories about three different fusion “breakthroughs”. This story is about an announcement from Lockheed’s “Skunkworks” experimental development team. Luckily it includes a cool technical looking photo that probably has nothing to do with the actual fusion reactor, but it looks great.
If this story, or one of the others I’ve seen, pans out, this could be the biggest thing that has happened to the human race since the industrial revolution. Maybe even bigger.