Monday Musings 8/14

Knee deep in my revision for the Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200. Ugh. Wow, I’m surprised Microsoft spell check knows that word. Anyways, that is small example of how fragmented my thoughts are these days. I’m excited to get this book done and out there. I’ll be able to take a deep breath, then jump into the next project, a sequel to DOL 39 along with a sequel to Beware the Ills.

  1. If you haven’t preordered your copy of The Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200 then I highly suggest you do so without delay. The first run of the paperback copies I will have are very limited and I have bookstores, patrons, and conventions already wanting a slice of this pie. I’m trying to holdout so all my readers can get a copy of this book. I have created a preorder option in my Square store. You can reserve your copy of the Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200 by clicking HERE.
  2. Have you ever found you can’t play a video game or watch a tv show or film if that piece of media shares a physical representation of a season you dislike? I’m a bit late to the party, but I just got Skyrim for my PS3. I’m playing as this armored, free-roaming elf thief in this winter wonderland, and I find myself not wanting to enjoy it because the physical setting you’re dealing with is winter. Here in Minnesota, you get enough winter just by living here. I mean, currently sitting in my van writing this blog entry while my twin boys sleep, and I can see the leaves already turning on the tips of branches. I don’t need virtual winter. I don’t need simulated frost and ice. I’m all stocked up in reality.
  3. I don’t talk about it too often because I don’t want pity, but besides writing fulltime, I donate plasma for extra cash. I have countless stories about doing this, and plenty of fodder for nonfiction essays. One funny thing I wanted to mention about donating plasma is that the techs who drain my blood, whirl it around in a machine, then give it back to me minus my white blood cells, remember me by my vein and not by my name. Instead of knowing who I am as a person, I’m distinguished by my flat strips of blood-pumping sinew tucked into my elbow. The pressure of my blood meeting the point of that needle is our introduction.
  4. I’m just starting to write a podcast. I’m very excited to be writing in a different medium and not just the typical medias I travel through, though I do love books, blogs, and short stories. I want to grow as a writer, and pushing myself into creating a podcast is another way to test my voice and abilities. The podcast will be a combination of science fiction and horror, with a dribble of thriller and conspiracy mixed-in. I should be launching sometime in the next year. I must start listening to podcasts a well to get a feel for the style. Please leave a suggestion in the comments.
  5. This week for craft corner, I wanted to focus on being passionate about the process of writing. One thing that can’t be understated enough, is that if you’re going to be a writer you need to love words in all points of the process. Creating, editing, whatever you’re doing with your piece of writing, you need to enjoy words, and be passionate about working with them. How do you get this passion? I don’t know, but sometimes you just should imagine yourself as that enchanted storyteller hovering above a campfire with a bunch of wide-eyed children. Whenever you tell a story to a kid you use your words very carefully. Think about any situation where you pick your words cautiously, whether it was a break-up or asking someone out. You take that level of detail to your writing and you’ll be holding that passion.

Jottings:

– I’m all caught up on Rick and Morty. I’m a big Dan Harmon fan. Community was my favorite television show, often because the writing was so clever and the plot devices complemented themselves so well as the episode developed. Every piece of story and dialogue had a point. Rick and Morty is also well-written, with no inconsistencies. I wonder if Dan Harmon ever knew he would become a brand?

– I care more about the dragons getting hurt in Game of Thrones than any of the characters at this point. What does that mean?

– Fargo is my new favorite television show. Wow. Great storytelling. Plus, it is a “local” story for me.

– Any new shows to suggest? Please leave in my comments. I have access to Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. Tv time is sacred in my house. It is the time my wife and I can relax and indulge in a bit of adulthood.

Sales of the Week: Currently, I still have four books on sale for a buck on the Kindle: Beware the Ills (my first novel and my favorite)The Greenland Diaries (my most popular story)Seven Monster (my first short stories I got the rights to), and DOL 39 (Kindle exclusive story that rivals The Greenland Diaries in creativity). THEY WILL NOT BE ON SALE MUCH LONGER SO ACT NOW. Also, I’ve updated my Patreon rewards.  Give it a look. Click HERE to visit my Patreon page. It is the best way to support me. You get free books too.