Affliction: Isn’t it Pretty? How I did it.

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Affliction is available online now! See below for details!

Hey.

Happy Summer! Where I am (Minnesota) we’re on the first full day of summer and almost all of us are happy about it. I hung up my spring jacket, bidding it a fond farewell until the temps are consistently below 55. Enough of that mess.

I’ve neglected to promote the release of my dearest, prize possession here on WordPress. The rerelease of my artistic baby, Affliction on all the larger book-buying sites. I may have mentioned it earlier but I want to be clear that you all, my writing friends have a chance to see it for yourselves and purchase it if you’re so willing to be entertained by me for a few hours of your life. My publication story is not all that complex though it took time in order for me to be satisfied. If you’re both immediately satisfied with my cover above and you’re interested in publishing, the next few paragraphs are going to be of extreme interest to you. Let me reiterate an idea for you: You can self-publish your own quality work and be an author…

I spent two years of my writing ‘career’ that amounted to nothing more than a waste. You can scroll back to earlier posts from me years ago and witness this yourself (if you wish to waste your time, but I hope not). There’s some good articles written by me no doubt but my promotion of a particular publisher who shall remain nameless from now on was a complete robbery of my time, in hindsight. For some reason, I felt that finding a ‘publisher’ was a natural step to prove to others that my writing, ultimately my time, was worthy of a higher platform. That somehow no other ‘higher’ platform existed. This perception is highly subjective and pretty much unwarranted in 2017.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing traditional publishing.

If you’re so inclined you can probably find my celebratory post claiming that I’d gotten umpteen rejection letters from agents but finally piqued the interest of a publisher who was willing to bring my precious work (and time) front and center, giving it its moment to shine. I’d been through so much and was going through so much that I turned to writing. Writing gave me freedom. After my work was finished I was encouraged by others to seek a higher level of existence for it. Enter the world of publishing…

I’ll skip the story of my frustrations- you can also go back in my archives if you wish to read that mess. Instead I’ll fast forward to the part where I found that anyone can use some of the same services your publisher would use and keep your royalties while experiencing great service and give your book an equal opportunity on the shelves along with some of the traditional publishing “greats.” Enter Bookfuel.

Bookfuel used their design artists to develop the cover for Affliction. Affliction is a great story but anyone will tell you a book is nothing without a decent cover. Wait until you hold this edition in your hand and you’ll see its quality, you’ll see their talent and most importantly, you’ll see it’s what I wanted in a design. Signing up for their services is easy. After going to their website you’ll know what to expect (and get it) from day one. Editing? Okay. Distribution? Okay. Promotion? Okay. It’s all there. They have it and authors are satisfied. It’s not free (they are a business) however they are reasonable and of quality. If you put effort into it you’ll begin to see some of the results of those in the big league. I invite you to take a look at what they do and what they can possibly do for your work.

As for me, I saw my finished product, Affliction and I’m impressed with my first novel. It took a second round of me finally taking control and from what I see, there will be more from me. You can purchase Affliction here on Amazon. I hope you act on my advice whether you choose services such as Bookfuel or not and chase your author dreams. You too, can produce marketable, quality work.

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Have a great day 🙂

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I’m a brain aneurysm survivor who went through many months of speech therapy to deal with issues including short-term memory loss as a subsequent side-effect. I wanted to write after I survived. I soon after pushed myself through a full-time day courses (including all the sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) at a local private college while working night shift 32 hours a week at a hospital. No wonder I ended up focusing on zombies. While remembering details was one thing, writing was something I felt I had the most control of under so many other variables- so I went with it… and I kept going. (Image courtesy of Google)

Travel Whoopty-doo’s

Hey. 

I’m reflecting upon my current and past efforts now as I align myself for a return trip home… 

Why is it that airlines like Southwest would love nothing but high-praise for their service when you can get nothing better than a “B” boarding group after you meticulously put effort into a check in? 

Anyone who’s flown Southwest Airlines will know exactly what I’m referring to. You may have done nothing at all to claim a spot to line up on one of their many birds but if you’re like me and want less to do with eye-balling a last minute seat as they’re telling you to hurry up… like me, you’ve probably set an alarm and logged on and been there with your confirmation number and full name already filled out with your finger on the submit button while eye-balling the clock on your computer as it chimes into the official 24 hour pre-flight status so you can hopefully not have to do battle with finding that last open seat and then you click and get…. 

a “B”… 

Finally, a Release.

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Here it is!

 

Hey.

A dream of mine finally came true (again). My novel Affliction is finally available for purchase on all the major outlets (Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, etc.). It still feels like an amazing, first time achievement! I liken it to the claim of one losing their virginity (again) only this time to a true love. That love for me goes by the name of independence. Ahh, sweet, self-ownership… Now the real work begins.

I’ve worked hard to have this baby consisting of 252 edited pages from which I spent months upon months of my free time often after 2am concocting, dreaming and theorizing plots- ultimately formulating sentences to bring forth the idea of a story involving a believable character and world under unbelievable circumstances. I’ve also suffered the hurdles of being a traditionally published author and the disappointments which ultimately makes one pull up their bootstraps and get even more serious about achieving their goal.

Enter the zombie (again).

Yes, those hideous, undead things that 10 years ago I would not have taken any more of a particular interest in than any other genre. Somehow though, things often not considered become center stage and become the catalyst for the completion of an amazing challenge. I get to present the sum total of this challenge I placed upon myself and I hope you get to enjoy it. Blood, sweat, tears…

Plus, I need reviews 🙂

I’ve read in many places that reviews are the lifeline to the survivability of any product from cars to shoes to vacuums.

The Kindle version of Affliction is only $1.99, I repeat less than the cost of Starbucks fancy drinks so believe me- I’m not planning any retirement. I just want the world to be able to enjoy the fictional world I’ve created involving a lead character by the name of Seanna Burges. I’ll hit the keys again soon to wrap up the sequel because believe me, you’ll want to know what happens next.

I must thank those who’ve always encouraged me: family, friends, co-workers, social media pals as well as other authors I’ve met and have not- who’ve day by day, graciously done their thing, publishing their best work for us all to see but have undertaken the same path as most all of us undiscovered authors and have built their platform successfully.

I’ve included a few links to view and purchase Affliction below, if you’re so inclined:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble (‘see all available formats’ for Nook $1.99 version)

There will be more to come on this project soon. I highly suggest signing up for my email list. Not often will you get them (4x a year, maybe?)- I like being generous and will do giveaways exclusively from there soon. I’ll be posting more about my own process of self publishing soon as I want others to be able to replicate any self-publishing efforts.

Let’s Get This Over With…

Hey.

In case you’re wondering what I’m referring to, I’m talking about the election. Thumbs up if you already knew from reading the title- congratulations, you know me well. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or my bullshit detector is unable to be turned off but I cannot wait until the polls close today and my sincerest hopes that everything goes uncontested so we can get on with our lives. I don’t know about you all but I’ll have to go to work tomorrow regardless of who wins.

Can you tell I’m not into politics?

Everyone is so passionate about this whole election. I can tell 20 people that I don’t care about who gets to live in The White House the next four years and I’ll still get to listen to some commentary from 19 of them- the remaining one will probably force a discussion at some later time. “I believe most all major candidates are full of crap,”<— that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

For the most part, life goes on.

This is when one of those 19 folks I mentioned earlier will say, “Yeah but how’d you like it if … gets in and your life’s a living hell afterwards?” It’s when I roll my eyes and remind them that it’s pretty much already been a living hell for most any other group of people and we’re just tardy to the party. I still have to report to work everyday, there will always be bills to pay, we’ve all pretty much already been in modern day wage-slavery, wake up folks, freedom has never been free…

I will still vote.

I just might write in a really, really funny name though. President Fuddlely Duddley or MacIntoshin McRighty-Tighty sounds awfully pleasant after listening to our major party candidates sling much mud at each other in the most un-hip sort of fashion, especially these last six months. It’s a shame and it’s revealed more ugly than answer any question about anyone’s leadership capabilities.

Nevertheless, I hope you’ll vote too.

Fuddlely Duddlely really is a hipster and will completely lift the whole country out of this mess we’re in. Write them in and you’ll see. Seriously, I hope you’ll exercise your right to vote and I’m not gonna tell you who to vote for because as I said earlier, I believe all of them are full of crap, ha. Just go and vote with the hopes of moving this country forward- including every man, woman and child. May the good Lord help us all.

Twenty-four hours from now hopefully we can all begin to find something else- another hot button topic to argue over (sigh). The major news networks can begin to look for other (hopefully non-violent) stories to cover and we can all get back to whatever else is truly important in each of our individual lives.

Let’s get this thing over with!

 

What a Beautiful World…

Until I watch any news/media source…

Hey.

It’s been awhile but a busy life has a way of moving things around. I have a favorite song of mine in mind (hint: IGY) so I’ll go ahead and leave it here for your listening pleasure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every time I hear it 🙂

I hope you haven’t forgotten about me- I’ve missed you all, really. I’ll have some exciting news about the re-release of Affliction here shortly as I work to get things in order. I’m really impressed with the process and will be blogging all about it- especially as I work to release the sequel in 2017. Being an Indie author is absolutely empowering! If you’re willing to put the work/effort in- there are no limitations except the ones you place on yourself. That pretty much goes with anything.

If you haven’t signed up to get on my email list already, I highly recommend it because I’ll be focusing most of my energy toward communications/ giveaways about Affliction through that method of media- plus my emails will be both few and to the point. I’m thinking t-shirts, books, mugs are a good starting point, what do you think?

 

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Why I Hate Vacation.

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Okay, so I didn’t go anywhere tropical. It was tropical enough in Minnesota with the temperatures and heat indexes both in the 90s. Image courtesy of Google.

Hey.

There’s nothing really to hate about vacation, really. Who doesn’t enjoy not living by the clock, being available for spontaneity, kicking back and seeing the world when you’d normally be at work?

I usually don’t hate it at all except…..

I’m with you, enjoying about 90% of the time off that we’re talking about. I usually have a great time and reach out to people I know I wouldn’t otherwise- because I work odd hours and don’t call people as often as I should or would. Aside from being social, I’ve truly enjoyed pretending to be unemployed without the income issues of actually being unemployed these last five days but tonight, my vacation sucks. Why?

Because I’ll have to go back to work tomorrow. Which means back to solving problems I didn’t create and people I’m only being paid to deal with- otherwise I’d never cross paths with them. I know they truly would rather be at home as well so there’s no hard feelings. Life.

You know the feeling….

Time to rest up and get ready.

Already looking forward to the next opportunity to be on an extended break.

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Admit it, you’ve been there too… Image courtesy of Google.

 

National Night Out (Minneapolis)

Hey.

Earlier this week I got a flyer in my mailbox regarding today’s activities for National Night Out (NNO). I chose not to attend, opting instead to be kind and move my vehicle to the back driveway and let the kids (at least 15 or more) play in the blocked off section we have, while I write, blog and occasionally peep out of the window. It’s always welcomed to see children out playing together while their parents congregate.

I saw a police officer chatting up with residents earlier and I was glad to see this. With the news stories of late involving the deaths of citizens at the hands of law enforcement and vice versa, we need a week of this kind of respite, in my opinion. Our block is home to a demographically wide range of residents in both age and color and the one’s closest to me I’ve already met and wave to often as I’m going about my daily routine. I chose not to co-mingle today because I felt shy and the 2 hour event I feel usually involves the line of questioning I wasn’t up to answering. Usually people think I’m in my twenties and thus the “Where do work?” “What do you do?” barrage of questions is always something I have to encounter. I prefer the small talk and anonymity of crossing paths and just waving and saying hello.

Truthfully, we need more National Night Out days. I don’t speculate and guess a lot about my neighbors but some people truly need the opportunity to get to know their neighbors and build trust to know that others are equally concerned about the safety and well-being of the neighborhood, including law enforcement. It’s also a great excuse to pull out the grill and ‘let the people come’. If you live in the U.S and missed out on this year’s NNO due to it not including your block, I’ve included the link here so you can perhaps get one going in your area. Next year, the day will fall on my birthday and thus I’ll be in a more festive mood. I’ve been in party mode for the last three days and by today I was truly partied out. If you were able to enjoy NNO let me know- so far, Minneapolis has been the leader last year in NNO participation. Represent your city!