Monday Musings 5/20

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Happy Monday, if there is such a thing for the majority of the world. I can’t help but think of Garfield when I talk about the start of the week. He doesn’t work. He’s just a cat. Why is he so upset? Speaking of Garfield, check out this creepy animation/game/thing this Lumpytouch person made on YouTube, click here. It’ll freak you out, in a good way.

  1. Above, I have included some images of cosplay from Spring Con here in the Twin Cities. Prior to this event I’ve been too shy to ask for pictures for my social media account, but this time I just decided to go for it. Enjoy. Yeah, I’m shameless and included my books in it. Except for the Night King, he grabbed someone else’s trinket. I don’t think he heard me right through all the silicon. I appreciate Melisandre drinking coffee.
  2. I have a free book today on Kindle. The Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100 is available at no cost to you. Click here to download it. This is the newly revised and polished version of this book. I’ve been trying to keep it free so people have the opportunity to get interested in my series. The monsters and environment are out of this world. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
  3. GOT Ended. No spoilers here. I’m in such a happier place than when GOT started. My life is completely different in all the right ways. I for one was happy with the way it ended. The showrunners had the impossible task of trying to make everyone happy, which like I just said is impossible. So what story will replace GOT in the grand narrative environment. My hunch is nothing can. GOT started the golden age of television. How do you replicate it? You don’t.
  4. Had an amazing time at Dreamhaven Books. Friends, family, and colleagues showed up. Thank you for all the support. I actually found the perfect balance of prep for my reading this time. In the past, I’ve just winged it and seemed really out there with my subject matter. I’ve also over-prepared and sounded like a robot. Having a small outline of where I wanted to go with my stories was perfect.
  5. Currently exploring the Greenland Diaries turning into an audio book series. A few friends of mine have been doing that recently. There have been some entries of it done on Bob’s Short Story Hour which you can find here, but that’s pretty much it. I do think audio books are a perfect fit for our complicated lifestyles. The technology to listen to them has gotten so much better.

Jottings:

  • My dark fantasy serial Chains is back on here. Part one has been released. More will be out this week. I love this story. Nice to go back and do some revisions to it as well. It was needed.
  • One Punch Man is the show to watch now that GOT is gone. Every episode has something new and awesome.
  • Attack on Titan will also fill that void.
  • I have to admit that I’m pretty excited for Super Mario Maker 2 for the Switch. Never played any of them, but the fact that it is has a 3D mode makes me very happy. Mario 64 is still one of my favorites.
  • Thank you again for the support everyone. Remember The Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100 are free today on Kindle. Click here for this freebie. Have a great and safe week!
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Monday Musings 5/6

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Happy Monday everyone! Because I’ve mismanaged my KDP Select promotions, I have tons of free book giveaways for Kindle. Today, you can get my collection of short stories called Seven Monsters for free by clicking here.

  1. In just a couple of weeks I’ll be at MSP Spring Con at the fairgrounds. It runs May 18th and 19th. To find out more about it click here. I love MSP Fall Con, but this is my first time at Spring Con, so I’m ultra excited. I’ve been trying to get in for quite some time. I’ll be posting more reminders about it as time approaches, so stay tuned.
  2. Next Wednesday (May 15th) at Dreamhaven Books in South Minneapolis I will be part of the Speculations Reading Series. I’ll be reading from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. To learn more about Dreamhaven books you can click here. Echoing the same sentiment as above, I’ve always wanted to be a part of this event. I don’t think I’ve done a reading in a year, so it’ll be nice to get back to it.
  3. As a “side hustle” I’m starting to take on some more editing and consulting jobs. If you’re interested in my services feel free to email me at basementsaid@gmail.com for more information. I’m actually looking forward to helping other people on their journeys. I spend so much time pouring over my own content. The break from it sounds nice, while still doing what I love.
  4. I’ve noticed on all the social media outlets I subscribe to that many writers and artists struggle overall with getting their work out there, staying motivated, and being comfortable with their life decisions. God, I’m really glad I’m not the only one feeling that way. Misery does love company I guess. I want everyone to do well with their work, but I don’t feel so hopeless knowing everyone deals with the same insecurities as me.
  5. One final bit of business jargon. This musings set is full of it. I did add some new combos onto my Square Store. You can get a variety of things now for good prices. I’m cleaning out my garage and inventory, so my shipping operation is going to be more efficient. Thank you everyone who has had patience with me during these countless business transitions. Logistics is not my specialty.

Jottings:

  • Finished Baki Season Two. It was fantastic. Still, it is only the second most ridiculous martial arts anime around, with One Punch Man still being number one.
  • I was really happy with the GOT episode “The Battle for Winterfell.” I know some people were displeased with it, which is fine. Considering what a massive culmination of plot it was (eight seasons of tension) I thought it hit on all the right notes. I don’t know that I could do any better as a storyteller.
  • Barry on HBO is amazing. I’m really, really enjoying it. Great anti-hero with excellent acting.
  • Finished my edit of the film script I wrote. Ready to jump into the next phase of production. Never thought I could write a screenplay. It was just a pipe dream. Just like the rest of this.
  • One last reminder that Seven Monsters if free today on the Kindle. Click here.
  • Have a safe and healthy week!