Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rolling out the new year.

Happy Holidays! I hope all yours have been…happy? I guess I already said it, demanded it. But I didn’t ask it, how rude of me.
21st came and gone...role call. Everyone still there? Good, good. Will try again next year.

I needed to mail something for the first time in … forever. Meaning I had no stamps. Meaning a trip to the post office! Walking through the door, I found they’d removed the stamp vending machine (I blame budget cuts) making me wait in line with the other three people needing to mail things out of Milton. I was standing there admiring the different box sizes when the lady before me said “I need a roll of stamps.”

Immediately my mind went “WOW” the very idea, a ROLL of STAMPS, was the coolest thing since the invention of shock therapy (something else I may need). I marched right up to the counter and asked for my very own roll of stamps. Forty-five dollars later I was sitting in my car hugging my stamps and saying, “Now what?”

Only I could find a way to make an impulse buy at the post office.

A roll consists of a hundred tightly rolled (obviously) stamps for your mailing pleasure.
Isn't it beautiful?
Don't worry they leave you in the end.

I’ve used one, and at my current rate of use. My son will inherit this roll.

I’ve started to come up with some ideas of how I could better put this roll to use.
One idea is “Strippers” I just love the idea of twenty dollar stamps that you can just sick to a strippers…umm…butt. Maybe I could mail girls about the room to my friends, just by “attaching” a stamp.

Mail me other ideas, better yet. Give me ideas and I’ll mail them to myself.

I don’t think I’ll get another blog out before 2013 so here is my list of things I’ve done:
  • Finished and published my follow up book: Corporate Policy
  • Put out both my books in one paperback volume: Dinatech Series Vol:1
  • Read more this year than ever before.
  • I’ve put down 100 books against my list
  • Drove across the US
  • Went to three writing conventions
  • Wrote more blog post than last year! – I did slack off through the end, but all for good reason. Something had to give and I needed my book out.

I’ve got a few goals for next year, and unlike last year; I don’t have complete control of them, the master goal is find an agent. Everything beyond this will be gravy. :D

What I’m reading:
Song of Ice and Fire will be on the list for like the next half year, so I’m going to just assume you know this.

250 Thing You Should Know About Writing by Chuck Wendig – I follow his twitter, I follow his blog, I can blame on a friend of mine. Buying his books I can only blame on Chuck, because they’re funny as hell and filled with quick, sweet wisdom about writing. If you are thinking about writing anything I encourage you to give it a read. Get used to hearing the word “motherfucker” he likes it, and uses it like most people use salt.

What I’m listening to:
North by Matchbox Twenty – More specifically “Put Your Hands Up” They got a little digital on this CD, and while it shocked me at first. I enjoyed it. But I find that one song seems to get stuck on infinite repeat…


Monday, December 17, 2012

It's time for a change!

Today, any typos I make I’m going to blame on the Microsoft Surface

I thought I would give it a try and see how well it could work as my mobile authoring tool. If I find that I’m liking it, I might replace out the Mac Air as my mobile tool of choice. There are still some major issues that would need to be figure out. Like right now I can’t use Scrivener on the RT. I’d have to upgrade to the pro when it comes out early next year. I’m also not sold on the windows version of Scrivener, I’d have to take a better look. But it might be fine to when I’m on the road and I can use the Mac version when I’m at home and ready to do final work on a story.

The week has been amazing, I’ve gone from looking at my first proof copy of my paperback book to seeing it for sale on Amazon. I hope to do some promoting of the book as I go, but I’m going to be happy getting back to doing the pen monkey work more.

The irons in the fire right now are; a Young Adult book, a comedy, a magical fantasy, and I’m working on a Vampire romance book per my wife’s requests. Already decided, I’m going to be finishing the YA book first, I’m already 90k into it. Once I have that done, I’m going to sit back and see what’s next. I want to submit some work to for feedback for Westercon, which needs to be done by May. I also hope to run or be part of a panel this year. It’s another one of my goals.

But all of this is just steps to my goal of getting published. This is the next real hurdle. The money be damned, if I can get a book on the shelf with a publishers’ logo on it. My goal will be made. I’m not going to be delusional that I could make King like money or something, just I’d like to say for sure that I’m a published author. I’d like to go to a party and say “Yes, I’m published.” And I don’t have to say “self-published”.

In other news I’m trying to relax a little more, I even spent a few hours over the weekend playing video games and I cooked dinner. I haven’t done much of that as of late.

I’ve also been thinking about dropping coffee as a drink again, I don’t like my dependency on it. But to do so would mean breaking contact with some people I have come to think of as friends. It’s a tough decision to make.


What I have I been reading:

A Clash of Kings (Book two of a Song of Ice and Fire) by George RR Martin – This is a big enough book that I’m going to be reading it for a few weeks.  I hear how heart breaking this series is, I’m firm believer in loss for gain. I wonder what I’ll be saying at the end of book 5. If you can put up with the ups and downs I recommend giving it a read.

What I’m listening to:

Lana Del Ray – I found her through some cheap MP3 deals and I’ve been really happy with what I found. I went back and picked up her first album. I will warn you, I don’t think her music is for everyone. But it is for me.  Her voice is quite lovely.


Monday, December 10, 2012

I'm back from the grindstone!

Has it been a while? 
Yes it has!  
I've been working very hard for you! 
The last time we talked I was deep in editing hell! My time with the Fairwood writer type authors was very eye opening, but it left me with the ragged tatters that was once my (almost ready) manuscript. It was no longer almost ready and it was in need of some serous updates. I'm sure I've talked about this before. The further I got behind in my release date the more I felt I should cut back on other activities. So I cut the blogging, the reading, the writing. Everything went into getting the book to my copy editor!   
But it's done! Now released on Kindle, Nook, and within a week you can buy both the first and second book together in a 5x8 paperback that you can really hold and stain up with coffee rings. It's about 375 pages, that's thick enough you might be able to read the title on the spine and it will do some damage when tossed at a misbehaving loved one. My physical book will have many handy uses, and if all else fails, you could … I don't know … read it?  
My proofs are in the mail and I thought; What should I be doing now!?  I checked my blog and blanched at the fact I'd not talked to you since September, early September.  
It's December now, exactly 2 months after I left you. I hope you've gotten all your shopping done and are fretting about how in the hell you're going to get these damn boxes wrapped! Even that really weird one with the round sides!  
Late October I flew to the east coast and I got to meet some friends that I'd only ever talked with on the internet. It was her wedding and while she didn't make me the Made of Honor I was honored to have been invited.  While I was there I bought a new car :D Most people can't say they own there dream car. I do!  

She was named Asuka, after much debate in the family. She's a 400+ WHP RS to STi conversion. I named her Asuka, because of the color, and if you don't play nice with her she'll kick the shit out of you! I've made a website for my Subarus, you can follow the  blog at: 
In my trip of driving across the United States, I got to see a lot of neat things, also I didn't get to see as much of it as I'd like. I'm going to have to do the drive again sometime in the future. I'll have buy my next car on the east coast and plan to take a little more time off to do tourist like things. 

I found a new channel "The Smithsonian Channel" All I ever watch in Military Channel and History Channel. This one is on the same lines but it's in HD and covers some other areas of the past that I also enjoy. They had this one feature on the Concord and I couldn't stop watching. If you like this like of programing, I strongly recommend it!  

Moving forward I hope to get back to a more active presence on my blog, I'm going to go back under the hood and start looking at getting a manuscript ready for traditional publishing. I've done enough of the work myself! I want someone to do all the work for me! 

What have I been reading:  
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - Ok at this point I have to admit, I'll take a read at anything! I was sure I was never going to read this series, now here I am! I just finished this book and turned directly to the second book. It's an impressive read and I think there are lessons to be learned for anyone that wants to learn to write.  
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong - This book is the end of the Woman of the Underworld series, I've been reading her work for near a decade now. I've always liked her books, but this thirteenth should have never been written. It feels so mailed in, it hurts my feelings that she doesn’t seem to care. If she wanted to be done with the series than she should have just stopped till she was ready to come back and do it right. it's been said in the community she was looking to focus on her YA carrier. I'm fine with that, but don't effect your integrity to move on. I'll be very interested to see how her next book looks.  

What have I been listening to 
M83 - It's a band my brother has been talking at me about for a few months. I at last got a chance to see them live at Deck the Hall Ball at Key Arena. While the sound in that place sucks ass, M83 sounded really good! They looked to be a lot of fun. I'm going to have to get tickets to their next concert for sure.  Also Grouplove on a side note. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

As the summer ends

It’s been a few!
Life has been busy, the summer proving to be far more active than I expected. I never thought much of the summer; many people say summer is the busiest part of the year, with is long day’s warm weather. I can’t say that holds true for me normally, this year would be an exception. I had a ton of activities and many trips starting from April. I’m actually hoping things can slow down through September and most of October. Because starting October 25th through the end of the year things will be crazy busy.
I’ve got one east coast wedding, plus a drive home from said east coast, if everything works out the way that I want.

Adding one more thing to my list of too much to do; some how I got talked into participating in two damn fantasy football leagues again. I always say I’m not going to do any. By doing so, I hope I only get dragged into one. But once again I failed to keep it singular. At least these ones are free.

After a few months of healing my hurt pinky, I think I’m going to a specialist after all. I don’t think it’s going to heal any better than it already has without help.  Just mark it down as one more stupid thing I’ve done to my body in the name of sports!

I feel the end of my edits for Corporate Policy coming on! I can’t wait be done! There is going to be a little celebration around here! It will feel good to compile it up and send it over to my copy editor! I’ve been itching to just enjoy sometime with new writing, but I’ve been good and not started till I get through these edits!
There is just so much discipline to being creative!

What I’ve been reading:
Assassin Series by Robin Hobb – This covers the three books, I’ve just finished the last of them. It really felt like a long read to me. Like I was loosing progress on my goal of 100 books this year. But I’m right on schedule and there is nothing to be worried about.  This series has a major muddle in the middle and it doesn’t go away easy. It’s most of the third book. I’m shocked to be honest because the first two books were awesome. I have to say some of the story in the books is shocking if you’ve actually met the writer! I’m going to take a break from the world Hobb writes, but I will come back soon. Promise.

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan – This book had me laughing on the first page and it had me in hysterics at points. It was one of the funniest things I have ever read. It’s one you really should add to your reading list. If you’ve enjoyed anything by Max Berry, it’s a good match. My only disappointment is, the book was written in 2007 and he’s never written another book (that I can find) after. I hope he does at some point; I think I’d enjoy it.
I get the feeling after his first book was so good, he’s gotten a case of the writers block.

Definitely, Maybe – My wife and I have been buying all the movies of one actor as kind of a joke. I started doing it with Rachel Leigh Cook and so her actor of choice was Ryan Reynolds. It was her night to pick and her choice was this gem. I don’t mean that sarcastically, I really enjoyed the movie and I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard anything about it before Amazon delivered it to me. It was a sweet movie, with a real edge about how couples can separate and a unique look on how it doesn’t have to be all drama.

18th Angel – this was my movie with Rachel Leigh Cook starting.  It was rather bad and total cheese. Never own it, never watch it.  I’m happy it only cost me three bucks! I will miss the Spock hand clock.

Beacon by Two Door Cinema Club – All the bands I like or even know about are releasing new albums this year! It’s been a great year for my iPod and a bad year for my pocket book! This band I’d only first heard about a few months ago. I picked up their first album and I was already begging for more! Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long. Their second album released on the 4th of September. If you haven’t given them a listen, take my word for it, worth a spin. Very fun happy music.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A man's wealth

A man’s wealth cannot be measured in gold or jewels, nor can they be measured in any other kind of currency.

All wealth falls.

All possessions crumble to dust.

The weight of a man can be found in the people he stands by, in the family that he chooses, and the world he shapes with them.

These are treasures, worth more per ounce, inch, or denomination.

Because when they are gone, they are missed the most.

No body cries for a dollar spent, yet it’s gone just the same.

A man builds this wealth and he takes pride in watching it grow.

Love matures better than any interest.

May you always be wealthy, in this life and the next.

Dedicated to:
Mike Barrett
April 1, 1971 - August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer bug

Once the Olympics are over I’ll be able to sleep! I keep finding myself staying up all hours of the night to watch live events. Thank goodness this only comes once every 2 years; I think I’d die from a lack of sleep if this continued.  Not that I sleep much anyway, but I need what little I get.
Besides living on caffeine, I believe that these Olympics have been very successful, even with few black marks that I’ve read about.
The criticism I’ve heard the most is that NBC’s only showing online content to those spending more than $100 on their cable/satellite subscriptions. I do, so I didn’t think much about it till I talked with many of my friend’s that don’t even have a TV setup. So those in the US are left blacked-out while the rest of the world has access to free, easy to use, streams.
I don’t think that anyone should have to pay to watch the Olympics, sure if you go see it in person you should pay to have a seat in the arena.  But having to pay for the televised coverage? No. It’s  so monetized with ads already it’s almost painful.  Every time the ads change it kills my video for a few seconds, which sucks when trying to watch basketball.

Articles about the issue:

Project Subaru 25b

I’m getting the bug again. It’s an evil and expensive bug when I catch it and my immune system is ill fit to handle it.
It’s time for another Subaru project!
So I’m going to take my heavily modified Subaru RS and make it a different heavily modified Subaru.
I want something that looks a little different and is easier to use on the street than the current configuration.
I’m looking at a company in the UK that makes 22b body kit, my current plans are to import it and then have it repainted in the traditional 22b blue.  Then I want to update the engine to a 2.5 STi Spec engine and tranny and set the wider stance on the tires. I will label this the first 25b.
My first plan is to find a 05 -07 STi donor car for the base parts I’m going to need for the mechanical work.

I’m 35 now! It’s been hard days of drinking and having a good time. Part of the celebration was enjoying a cabin with friends.  Of course none of this helped with how far behind I am with my writing. I’m going to buckle down this whole weekend and get another chapter or two done before Monday.

Online classes
I’ve been taking an online Sci-Fi and Fantasy class, but the format revolves around peer grading. It’s a free class, so my peers are just what you’d think. I’ve talked with others that have been taking the class locally and we all agree we aren’t getting  what we want out of it. Sounds like we are going to drop and never look back.
Things I'm reading:
I Have a lot of books that I’m reading right now that I’ve talked about before, but because of the class I’m in I’ve not completed them yet.  But here is the new one.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – The first book was good enough that I needed to start up the second right away. I’ll get right into the third book next for sure.

That’s it for now, just some quick points into my summer.

I’m off to get a little more drinking in before my weekend. J

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

Olympics, Olympics, OLYMPICS!
Man I have been waiting a long time for them and now they are here! Ten full days of international sport at some of the best and strangest games that the world has to offer! I have to give big props to NBC and all the work they are doing to make sure that viewers get to see every minute of it. I'm guilty of using all my laptops and my TV to make sure I have as many games on at once as I possibly can. Saturday alone, I had Men's Doubles Badminton, Archery, and Woman's Handball all at the same time.
A second issue that I'm having; I don't think that I'm going to be seeing much sleep. This next week, games start at 1am and go ALL NIGHT LONG. I've already stayed up to 3:30am opening night to watch the first sports and Sunday at 6am the US Men's Basketball played.
Of all the sports that are currently being played, I think that they should make the TV show "Wipeout" as one of the sports they run. They could do use three different obstacles as "heats" for elimination into the metal round (AKA: the Wipeout Zone). They also have to keep the hosts of the show. I believe that it would make Japan and the US as the favored countries going into the Olympics.

Other games I believe should be Olympics sports:
Indoor Soccer -
Note: I'd like to see it with turf though.
Skateboarding -
Yo-Yo -
Note: The Flog also has a part on Yo-Yo tricks.
Human Tetris -

What better way to get some editing done than to go to the beach!
Sunday we took a trip out to Ocean Shores, the weather was amazing and I had some of the best company ever. 

I'm not going to say I got a lot of editing done, but...a little. :)

Pulp fiction:
Checkout this article from the UK.
Pulp fiction -
Chuck Wendig is quickly becoming one of my indecent, independent, writing heroes and is mentioned in the article.
Pulp Fiction is something that I've been pushing myself to do for just over 3 years. The Dinatech series is pulp fiction, I started book one wanting it to be set of novellas, and when I write book three I'll be keeping to the same format I envisioned.
When I saw this article I wanted to say something about it, maybe even something profound. But what can you say? He's right, the pulp of the past is gone, everything has changed and it will keep changing. You either get on the damn bus or you sit on the porch of your house and yell at the kids. "Get the hell off my literary lawn!" Don't need a book to tell a story or even words. You don't even have to be the one telling the whole story either, video games tell stories and let the reader (for lack of a better word, I thought about experience-er) find their own path. There are even other ideas that this article doesn't talk about, there are so many YouTube famous people out there now. Everyone of them has a passion they want to fulfill and everyone of them is a creative artist. Blog, Vlog, Flog, so many people sharing so many ways.
The other point I think the Guardian's article tries to talk about is how e-book writers are want to become the next pulp authors. The writer suggests that the idea of what makes great authors is still very much still up for debate. I think about it and say; you've got legends of the past and then current literary icons like JK Rowling (that are now even celebrated in the opening of the Olympics). Then you have writers like E L James, and others that are first getting noticed through fanfic. They are putting twists on stories like Cinderella, and adding zombies to Pride and Prejudice, vampires to Abraham Lincoln's days. Even stories where all they do is add the word "f*ck" to every other sentence. But people keep saying that they like these things and who am I to say they can't have what they want? Who am I to say it's not good when they obviously enjoy it.
My point is, it's always going to be in debate

What I'm reading:
Household Stories by Brother Grimm - This is for a class that I'm taking online that debates Fantasy and Sci-Fi, you're going to see a lot of strange books here over the next 10 weeks. Sorry. So far, I'm the only one that I know that's enjoyed reading these.

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong - I'm not really reading this yet...but it's just sitting in the middle of my table watching me, asking me to read it. It's the last book on the Otherworld Series. Has it really been over ten years now? I almost don't want to read it, if I don't, it will never end.

Nothing this week, and nothing next as the Olympics and edits are to be obeyed at all times. Lame I know.

The Delgados - An older band that broke up, but I found them in my iPod and every time that I do I always find myself putting their collection of work. 

See ya next week!