Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

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This award caught me by surprise so thanks to Alicia at The Cyborg Knight (http://cyborgknights.com) for nominating me. 🙂

The Rules:

They’re pretty straightforward so here they are:

•Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog

•Display the award on your blog

•Answer the ten questions sent to you

•Nominate ten bloggers for the award

•Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

The Questions and Answers:

1. When did you really get into reading? Was it at an earlier age or later in life?

My earliest memory was reading a high school science book at Age 6. Back then, I wanted to grow up to be an Astronaut so I read and memorized anything and everything about Space that I could get my paws on. Later, when I discovered that my near-sightedness wasn’t going to get me flying except in Coach, I read Fiction and discovered that Writing was more attainable and infinitely more fun.

2.What do you like to do when you are not reading?

Reading and Writing tend to go hand in hand so if I’m not reading something, I’m most likely writing. When I’m not writing (gasp), I can be found playing music, games, or just being out and about. I like to keep busy.

3.If you had to live in any world in any book, what would it be?

There was a book that I loved in my younger days called The Passing Bells, by Philip Rock, that describes an English family whose lives are changed by WWI. I always loved that early 20th Century world and would have loved to have spent time there.

4.What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you become what your 6 year old self wanted to be?

I kind of answered this question in #1, but I’ll add on that while I never became an Astronaut, I do write about them today. 🙂

5.What is your favorite Christmas or Holiday tradition?

My favorite Christmas Tradition is to sit and watch It’s A Wonderful Life, no matter where I happen to find myself.

6.What TV shows are you ridiculously obsessed with?

Sadly, I don’t watch much TV because I am usually deep into one of my books but I was a big Firefly fan once upon a time.

7.If you could have lunch with any author or actor or mentor/hero, who would it be?

Ernest Hemingway or Robert Heinlein. Hell, I’d ever pick up the check.

8.How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

If the Story really grabs my attention, I can power through a typical novel is about an hour or two. I once read War and Peace in six hours.

9.Do you have any pets? What pets would you like to someday bring into your home?

My current living situation doesn’t allow pets but I did have four house rabbits at one time which were a joy. If I were to have pets again, I’d probably get a Maine Coon Cat.

10.If I told you I didn’t like to read, but I was hoping to find a book that would change my opinion of reading, what book would you recommend to me?

This is a difficult question to answer because someone who doesn’t like to read will be a tough sell. First I would have to find out what their interests were before making a recommendation. One book that stands out for me is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It was the first Sci-Fi book that I read as a kid and it’s still a cute story today.

My Nominations:

1. Alex @ Glitchy Artist (https://glitchyartist.wordpress.com)

2. Fred @ Fred Colton (http://fredcolton.com)

3. Emma @ Blu Chicken Ninja (http://bluchickenninja.com)

4. Jess @ JessCombs.com (http://jesscombs.com)

5. The Tunnel of Thoughts (https://jeanixangel01.wordpress.com)

6. Kent @ Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha (http://dirtyscifibuddha.com)

7. Askyermom (http://blog.askyermom.com)

8. Isa-Lee @ A Bit to Read (http://bit2read.com)

9. Jnana @ Jnana’s Red Barn (http://jnanahodson.net)

10. Eve @ Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors (http://evemessenger.com)

My Questions for You:

1. When you started out with your Blog, where did you envision it going?

2. When you write, are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?

4. What Genre do you most like to read?

5. If you could change one thing in Society with no repercussions, what would it be?

6. Chicken or Fish? (There’s no wrong answer…hehe)

7. What do you like to do when you take a day off?

8. Humor is a subjective thing. What do you find funny?

9. What do you consider the greatest benefit to The Internet?

10. If you could solve one mystery, what would it be?

 

 

 

 

Promoting My Books

Allow me to be the first one to say that I am a Publicist’s Nightmare.

I often post things on social media that tend to occasionally raise eyebrows, involve spew warnings, and very rarely involve promoting my books.

Yes, I currently have four books on Amazon in both Print and Kindle Versions:

Corona

The Three Safeties

Vessel

Parallax

That’s usually the extent of how I put the word out and I’m basically fine with that. The Truth that I’ve found is that there are tons of people out there who engage in relentless campaigns to push their books and I can understand why. They spend exorbitant sums of money on “professional” editors, cover designers, book trailer producers, etc and they want to recoup some of their investment with book sales. I don’t have a problem with that.

When I am on social media, blogging, and whatnot, I am only promoting one thing: Me. I am the Brand, Platform, Product, whatever you want to call it. I’m a guy with a lot of ideas, a slightly twisted sense of humor, and a passionate love of words and wordplay. I don’t have the kind of money (yet) to invest in flashy book covers and promotions so I do the next best thing. I make friends. I share ideas, thoughts, and jokes to get people to recognize me and by extension, the work that I’m putting out there. My books aren’t the prettiest girls at the dance, but they’ll get the job done and in the end, isn’t that the point?

I’m a Writer, not a Salesman. 🙂

The Story Idea: First Flash

I find that I have two favorite parts when it comes to writing a story: The First Flash when I get the original idea and the next when writing the last sentence because by that point I’m tired of the story and want it finished.

But let’s rewind…

The First Flash is when that idea pops into your head. Anything can spark an idea. Something you read, a random conversation, anything at all can plant that seed in your imagination. It’s a lot like meeting that special someone for the first time. You get excited, a little light-headed, and your entire being opens up to the possibilities that lay ahead.

It’s an intoxicating feeling to say the least.

The Original Story Idea is important because it is probably the purest and simplest form you will ever get for the story you are about to create. It can also be the most ambitious because it hasn’t been filtered yet through Research, Revision, and the necessary planning involved to turn it from a simple idea to a fully developed story.

Write. It. Down.

No matter what form the idea will eventually take, you should write it down in its initial state because you want to capture that original thought. I consider this an important step because you want to consider it as the foundation for what is to become and it’s pretty cool to look back at the finished story and remember where it all came from.

The most important thing to me is to fall in love with each story idea. Granted, most ideas have the potential to languish in the Idea Folder for a while, but that can have a positive effect because when we revisit something with a fresh perspective, we often come up with new ways to write about it. That’s always a good thing.

Did I mention writing your ideas down?

Monday Surprise

This morning I got an expected surprise when the Day Job Owner advanced me the funds to buy a new AC Adapter. Suffice it to say that I was extremely grateful and immediately ran to my local computer store to make the purchase.

What have I learned from this brief experience? Well, besides that the old adage “Shit Happens” is true on many levels, I learned that our perceptions of people are filtered through our experience and that people are full of surprises. Also, that Surprises are not always bad things so keep a little unpredictability in your Life.

I also learned that I suck where it comes to Downtime. I love keeping busy and when I am forced to stay still (except when sleeping), I don’t feel like I’m making a difference with my world. Don’t get me wrong, relaxing is important.

I will leave you now with The Saying of The Day:

“Vomiting is your stomach’s way of saying that it’s sending the meal back to the Kitchen.” 😉

Announcement: Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By

This is a little embarrassing to state because I’m usually better at handling unexpected difficulties, but I will be offline until 9/30/15 to deal with a computer problem. The AC Adapter for my laptop has given up the ghost and I don’t have the funds to replace it until at least that time. I suppose I could blog using my phone app temporarily but rest assured that I should be up and posting new articles very soon. At least this is happening while there’s a slow period. Thanks for your time. 🙂

Chaos Poetry Time

I like to play with words. That being said, it’s time for a poem:

“Chaos Poetry”

I watched a mime get hit by a truck

Too much speed, not enough luck

He didn’t make use of the time he’s got

If he were a dog, his name would be Spot

Radiation in the Atmosphere

God, I hope it doesn’t come over here

If it does, it may cause harm

If I’m really lucky, I’ll finally get that third arm

Aliens in Space are avoiding us

Confusing we are, unable to suss

One day we may meet them out there

By then I’ll be dead so it’s hard to care

A page at a time a book is written

One then two until the last

To Createspace and Amazon the manuscript goes

What was once the Future then becomes the Past

This poem has gone on too long

If it had music, it might have been a song

I’ll say one thing if it’s the last I do

This kind of chaos is hard to undo