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
Many years ago, the wife and I had a favorite Sloppy Joe mix that we would occasionally have for a quick meal. It was also a cheap fix, so it was all good. I would guess about 8 or so years ago, they stopped selling our preferred brand at any of our local stores. It was called Not-So-Sloppy-Joe by Hormel. We looked everywhere, but not in Colorado anymore. We tried a few other brands, and they were just horrible. so, we have been on a Sloppy Joe hiatus ever since.
About a year and a half ago, I decided to try my own hand at mixing up a Kohler version of sloppy joe’s, and the first few meals were not that bad. Then there was last night. I reviewed past experiences and read a number of other recipes to arrive at last nights perfection. Now, I give you the Kohler’s version of Sloppy Joe’s!
Now, if you have not tried Peppadew peppers, you are in for a treat. They are sweet and spicy and are laced with crack! Well, probably not the crack part, but you cannot just eat one. They certainly give a new flavor to the dish. Even though Alicia has become an EXTREMELY picky eater, she managed to clean her plate, either out of satisfaction or not wanting to kill the moment of our cooking triumph. I am hoping the first…Read More