I had high hopes for things to get done in May. And now it's over! Where the hell did it go?
Well, working two 60+ hour weeks for the Navy sucked up the last half. Today was supposed to be a "half-day" for the holiday weekend. That worked out for most people, but not all of us. So chalk up another 12+ hour work day with no writing opportunities.
It's been a relatively rough month for me, but could be a lot rougher. I could be with my shipmates getting shot at in the war zone.
Memorial Day is about more than hot dogs and camping trips. I hope while everyone is enjoying their holiday, they take a moment to think about those who don't have the luxury of doing so. Remember those who sacrifice, those who serve, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. People working a lot harder than I am, despite my long weeks overseas.
Happy Memorial Day everyone.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Hungry Gods has been invited into a third book bundle this month! This one is all about teen and young adult aged superheroes! It also has three tiers of books you can buy for an average of under a buck a piece.
Click here to go there directly.
Here's the description:
A quick share about a series The Fussy Librarian is running.
They ask the question, "Why pay for ebooks?"
One answer is, "Because the writers are people too."
Check it out by clicking here and see what I mean. It's a very nice idea they have here, and it helps illustrate the rant below.
This also comes on the heels of me discovering that some Russian-based pirate site has stolen some of my work, which has been downloaded over 2000 times! That's 2000 times that people have preferred to pay a pirate for a subscription of ill-gotten material rather than the writer who made it! I probably haven't sold 2000 books total over the last three years. I pay for cover art and editing services to make my work the best it can be, and 2000 people read it, enjoyed it (as evidenced by the 96 positive comments), and happily paid some Russian mobster for that entertainment over me, the humble author who invested time, money, and soul into the work.
PIRACY IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME, PEOPLE.
I am not a wealthy conglomerate that can get by without the money. Eventually cyber-readers are going to realize that by supporting thieves instead of writers, they make us less able to write more material. If I need to work 50+ hours a week to support my family and pay my bills, I have less time to write more books for you to enjoy.
Next time, consider making your own cup of coffee at home, and redirect that four bucks toward paying an artist for the week of entertainment you're going to get from their book.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Final few days to grab these great book bundles!
The Zombies and Monsters and Gods Bundle
The Zombies and Monsters and Gods Bundle
The is for those who love zombies, monsters, gods, superheroes, and all things supernatural.
$62 worth of fantastic fiction for a price you choose.
Indulge yourself in the ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ bundle and, while you may not sleep tonight, you’ll enjoy every delicious, spine-shivering moment. From zombie-meets-superhero mash-ups to ghost detectives, banshees, psychopaths and vampires, the ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ collection is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.
Click the titles above to go check out these great deals and discover some of your new favorite writers. Both last for a limited time!
I'll be breaking these down more while the sales run. But you don't have to wait for that. Just chck them out for yourselves!
Friday, May 6, 2016
I just came from seeing Civil War. Being in Japan, I'm 13 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast, so it was a late showing here and still probably before most folks in the States could see it. In fact, I could have gone to a midnight showing last night, which would have been Thursday morning/afternoon back home. But only getting a few hours of sleep before a training course Friday morning didn't sound like a good idea.
So how was it? Well... It was good. I hesitate to say very good, but it WAS very good. Just not great. Not quite as great as I'd hoped it would be. I actually liked Winter Soldier better. There was more of a cool conspiracy plot to movie #2. The main pay off of #3 is the volume of characters and seeing them all together, even if they are fighting each other. But it was very well done, no one was eager to slug it out. Very well done, and you could even draw some political overtones from it all if you were so inclined. It just wasn't GREAT. I didn't leave as jazzed as I had arrived.
I hate spoilers. I'd much rather enjoy the surprises in the theatre than get them ruined by someone on the internet, so I'll leave none here. I will say that one of the aspects I had the most doubts about going in--Spider-man--was all very pleasantly surprising. Really, really nice the way it all turned out, and way more screen time than expected.
The movie blended both the original comic series (which I have stashed somewhere, probably stored away with most of my other possessions) and the new Cinematic Universe very well. And the movie left off in a similar way: with irrevocable changes to the Marvel Universe. They broke it, but that's good!
Certainly a worthy, emotional, fan-satisfying superhero flick, but it didn't quite the meet the hype for me. But I guess they rarely do.
So go see for yourself!
Obviously the best of Civil War was the battle between twelve mighty Marvel characters, with humor interjected and the best Spider-Man take yet. And what I really like about it was how it wove superheroes into the really real world of international politics and spycraft. (Something I want to do with my own work.)