On Saturday, me and the family took in a show. It was Gravity, and we saw it in Imax. It was pretty darn good. Ok, ok. It was great! The cinematography was phenomenal. The acting, I thought, was pretty believable. It was an ‘edge of your seat’ movie, and I am certainly happy that we paid the extra to see in 3D. Totally worth it.
On that note, when did movies get so damn expensive? For my family of 3 to go to the show, including snacks and drink, was nearly $80 bucks. Seriously? Yes, I know it was Imax, and we certainly could have forgone the snack part, but still… That was an expensive matinee show. And until this trip, we have been reluctant to buy the Stubs card from AMC. We bought it before the show, and after $100 bucks spent, we get $10 bucks back. We are nearly there, just after 1 show. The more expensive movies get, the more that card actually makes sense.
On Saturday night, we celebrated an informal Novel Kickoff Party. We actually had it scheduled for a week earlier, to coincide with my FREE sale on Amazon, but seeing as my mother passed the week before, there was a serious scheduling conflict for that Saturday.
Anyway, we went to a exorbitantly overpriced Italian restaurant and had a great time. I say overpriced in jest, as there were 6 of us, and we had enough food for 12. At least… We had left over last night, and will have left over again tonight.
Sunday was spent refining my outline a bit for Part 2 of Linear Shift, and then attempt some actual writing on the manuscript. Good news is that I actually got the first scene laid down! It’s still in rough draft form, and I need to go through it again later, but the first scene of 17 planned is out! It’s not really the first scene of the book, but the third over all. I just started there, because the first 2 scenes need some research and planning before I can take a shot at them. I plan on writing a scene every day to day and a half. I’ve got my developmental editor lined up and ready to follow behind me, scene by scene, to make sure they sound coherent. Then, after all the parts are complete, we’ll spend a week polishing things up before sending it off to the final editor. I still think November 15th is a good target for release!
Today is the last day of the month. It’s been a crazy month, to say the least. Here’s a quick recap:
First, I celebrated the anniversary of my birth. Until them scientist can change how aging works, I gained a year in the age category. I have now been on this earth for 43 years. I can remember when I was young, around 11 or 12, that I so wanted to be my parents age. They would have made them 34 or 35 then. What the hell was I thinking? As soon as I hit 27 or 28, I feel each year of my life flies by so much faster. I can recall my 42nd birthday as if it were yesterday. There has to be some way to slow this shit down!
Second thing that happened this month was getting my first book published. Sure, it was a self-published adventure, but it was still a hell of a lot of work. Much more intensive than I would have ever imagined. I set the goal to be published by my 43rd birthday on July 3rd of this year. As the days and weeks ticked by, I really did not think I would make it. Add to that my moms illness, and I thought it was completely out of reach. It does amaze me how the human condition can accept and adapt to events that present themselves in life. Getting published at nearly the same time that my mother died is one event that will forever be on my mind.
The third thing was obviously my mothers death. The illness actually started many weeks ago, but her being a stubborn woman exasperated the condition. If she would have gotten the help needed 4 to 6 weeks earlier, she may still be with us today. Even after her death, she is teaching me things. The lesson I am learning now is that life is indeed too short. Okay, I already knew that, and I have tried to live for today for quite some time. She did teach me that doctors are not bad. They are needed to get along when you get sick. I am going to schedule a doctor visit in the next few weeks just to make sure everything is good with me. Seeing my mother pass away at 66 is not a pleasant experience. I do not want to have my loved ones go through that too soon. I want to die old and grey. Not so early like my mother. Passing at 66 is way too early.
Finally, my writing. I have wrote a ton this month. The most I have ever written in 30 days in a long time. I think it was November of 2011 that I last write a ton. Actually, Linear Shift, Part 1 was the story I wrote back then. I severely cut it and edited it to get it ready for publication. That first draft back then was almost completely useless. It was almost completely rewritten over the last 2 months. My stats for the month of September are as follows. Total words written: 24,193. Total days written: 30. Most written words in a day: 1,906. Least words written: 100. Average words per day for the month: 806. Also, I have not missed a single day of writing since April 12. And at that, I only missed that day because a big work deadline kept me away from my writing. Beyond that missed day, I hadn’t missed a day of writing going back to March 26th.
As for Linear Shift, I uploaded it on September 18th on the Kindle site, and on the 20th for the print book site. Through this writing at 8:00 a.m. on the 30th, I have sold 20 ebooks, and 3 print books. I just wrapped up a FREE sale on Amazon, and had given away 435 ebooks over 3 days. I SO wanted to reach a 1,000 giveaways, but I honestly did not plan far enough ahead to promote the giveaway. Next time will be better. I just know it! Now, to the reach of the book: US – 617 books. UK – 25 books. Germany – 12 books. Canada – 3 books. Brazil – 1 book. Of those stats, Germany surprises me the most. I also though the UK would have had more.
Now that the monthly recap is over, I am going to look forward to October. I plan on having the first draft of Linear Shift, Part 2 complete by the end of the month, with publishing commencing on the 15th of November. Here’s to living the dream!
Also, don’t forget to sign up for my print book giveaways! First one is easy – Join my email list on the upper right corner of the page. I’ll be randomly selecting 5 subscribers to each receive a signed copy of my book. Second, submit to my raffle, where 5 additional copies will go outRead More
I have to say, K-Mart one-up’d everyone on that ad. Too funny. I’m not sure how likely I will be to go shop there, even after the ad, but it certainly is garnering a lot of internet chatter. Good for them.
Now, I’m off to ship my pants!
Why do I do this to myself? I load my life up with so much “stuff” and I wonder why I never have any time for myself…
So, CampNaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what I am going to write about. I have a ton of story ideas to rol with, but not a single one of them are jumping out at me, saying “WRITE ME!”. I have a few that do keep coming into my mind, but they both need so much plotting work, that I am not sure they will play well in a 30 day writing exercise. Maybe that is the whole point – to allow unplanned direction to unlock the mind to be free. So be it. I will probably roll with the Shelter story, as that is the one that continues to invade my mind, even though I cannot seem to get a good story arc to fit the idea. I hate just writing in circles.
I had totally planned on plotting and outlining last week, but as I expected, the vacation took up most of my time. I was disciplined enough to actually write daily though, so that was good. I basically wrote about the trip and only occasionally wrote about story stuff. I did have a new story idea that I jotted down – oh great!
Now, I need to get my cameras’ memory cards cleared off and organize the photos from the trip. I am notorious at taking a few hundred photos from a vacation, and not opening them back up for some expended period of time. And with NaNo starting up tomorrow, it looks like I will be again putting off sorting those photos. The vacation was awesome though, so it will be a pleasure stumbling onto them in 3 or 4 months, and recalling the great times with my family.
So, I am off to try and work out some sort of semblance of a plot for my story. I will leave you all with a shot from our drive up the coast in California from last week.Read More
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And on that note, I have to say I spent a sick amount of money this year doing online shopping for the holidays. After I wrapped up the spending spree, I realized I am missing the boat here. I had been selling my handmade items on Etsy, but have not had a single thing listed there for close to a year. I have some 75 handmade pens sitting in boxes, and they certainly could use a good home. So…. I have pulled the trigger and have started the process of setting my own eCommerce site up! Yep. I am putting the final touches on my online store! I will post a link for everyone to see once it is ready to go. In the meantime, feel free to see some of my work on my Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/DesignByKohler.
For as long as I can remember, shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving has been something I have always taken part of. It seems that it’s just a part of the Holiday season or something. I am not very ‘anal’ about it though, as I am not out the door, standing in line to get one of 50 DVD players for $3.88. No, I am a casual Black Friday shopper. I get up, shower, eat some breakfast, and I’m out the door around 10:ish.
The last few years, I have noticed that stores are competing with opening time for Black Friday shoppers. I think the term is called “the creep”, as the opening time continues to creep earlier and earlier. I can remember hearing some stores opening at 5:00 a.m., and there were lines at the door to shop. Crazy, I thought. Why would anyone need to go through such extremes to save a few bucks?
Now, this year, I think the big stores are a bit out of control. I heard that Walmart and Target were now opening on Thursday (YES, Thanksgiving) night! Seriously? The first thing I thought was ” those poor employees”. They get to spend a few hours with their families, and that right back to work, to serve those greedy bastard companies.
Then, I read THIS story about some Target employees pushing back to their employers. I think it is GREAT! First off, I would never get out on Thanksgiving night to start my Christmas shopping. I think it is just the opposite. I am contemplating boycotting those stores that are so greedy to force their employees to work on such a recognized holiday. I will either shop at their competitors or buy online instead. There is no reason for this foolishness, seeing as the reports I have read state that there will be no recognizable increase in sales opening the night before, but just to generate interest. I call BS either way. I will not be shopping there this year.Read More