Tuesday Stuff

Apparently yesterday I had one of those long overdue moments of insecurity where I felt I needed to vent. Thankfully, those moments don’t happen very often and today I am back to my usual cheerful and fairly optimistic self. Let’s blame yesterday on Monday and move on, yes?

Welcome to Tuesday, the end result of when Monday finally gets its act together and goes with the program. I have a number of things planned today and getting up early goes a long way toward making it a productive day.

A sleepless night of fussing and fretting jogged some interesting scene ideas loose for Lights and Shadows so I’m incorporating them into Chapter 9. Yes, I’m still working on wrapping up Number 9 but it’s looking really well and the story is moving forward again.

I’ve decided that I will be taking a break after all, but at the end of December after Lights and Shadows is edited, rewritten, and released on Amazon hopefully with a snazzy new cover that better fits the story. I’ve also been reminded that worrying too much does little to solve any given situation and the best remedy is to simply roll up your sleeves and get down to it.

On the Sales Situation, I really can’t do much more than I currently am with regard to generating interest so I’m going to stick with I do best: writing kickass SciFi/Adventure that I’m proud to share with you all. As long as I don’t give up, the good stuff will come with time and that’s all any of us can ask for.

I had some time to think about my Writing Schedule, so here’s a brief listing. This is a preliminary schedule so it’s possible that adjustments may be made, but I wouldn’t worry about that too much:

1. Lights and Shadows: On track for early December 2015 release. The story’s been planned and plotted already so I just have to write it.

2. Parallax: Genesis: Book #2 of the Parallax Trilogy will be written during the First Quarter 2016 and released by March 2016. This installment will continue Pratt and Dubois’ adventures and will feature a glimpse of 2223 Earth. Should be an interesting time.

3. Future Finders: A standalone book that is set in The Present and will center around Michael Grey, a young playboy who is forced to grow up and assume some new responsibilities when he inherits more than his industrialist father. The novel will feature secret societies and an ancient enemy out for revenge. This book is planned for Second Quarter 2016 and should be available by June 2016.

4. Parallax: Darkfall: The final book in the Parallax Trilogy, where Pratt finally confronts the aliens that have made his life SO much of a laugh fest up to this point. This will be written during the Third Quarter 2016 and should be available by September 2016.

5. Falling Stars: Another story that I have been trying to finish for a VERY long time. All I will say about this one is that it involves time travel and is set within the same world as my novelettes, Corona, and The Three Safeties, but different locations and  with different characters and situations. In fact, this story is the one that inspired both Corona and The Three Safeties in the first place even though they were ultimately finished first. Funny how these things happen.

6. Past Prologue: This is a planned sequel to Falling Stars that will finish out the Last Quarter 2016 and I anticipate having it out by December 2016. Yes, I am ambitious but Life without something to strive for isn’t much of a Life. So kick it in the butt.

Anyway, that’s where I am on this Tuesday. As always, thank you for being patient readers and loyal blog followers and I will endeavor to keep from disappointing. Have a great day and a creative week. 🙂

Available Now on Amazon

Yes, it’s one of THOSE articles. The shameless kind where I put out the word on my books and hope they spark either some kind of discussion or boost some flagging numbers.

Parallax has been out for a month now and it’s still available (along with my other works) either from my official web page at http://www.wwcassjr.com or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00Q7KWITS.

This is more to reinforce the word already out there because my promoting efforts aren’t bearing as much fruit as I am hoping. I’ve only been publishing since January and I still have the mentality that if things aren’t moving along then I must write and publish another one. Of course, I am anyway, but spreading the word farther from time to time never hurts.

For obvious reasons, I hesitate to do these articles but when you’re a one-man band, you have to update the playlist now and again. Thanks for your time. 🙂

Giving My Books a Final Facelift

If there is one thing I do NOT enjoy doing, it’s making changes to my books. I’m not talking about clearing up a typo or fixing some questionable grammar that I missed during the original edits. That’s part and parcel of being your own publisher.

No, I’m talking about the cosmetic stuff.

I like the current book covers I am using and here they are:

Corona Paper Big    The Three Safeties Paper Big    Vessel Paper Big    Parallax Paper Big

As you can see, not great but not terrible either. To be honest, I feel a little shallow discussing this but I’m not sure that my limited budget is doing these stories justice. We work with what we can. However, there comes a point where one has to dig a little deeper to make the necessary sacrifices to get their work out there and that’s what I am leaning toward. The only downside is that the last time I did this, it screwed up the reviews and I ended up with extraneous drafts that wouldn’t go away because they had previously sold.

In the End, it’s all about the stories.

Free Promotion Monday

I haven’t done this is a while, but I’ve decided to run a one-day Amazon free book promotion for the Kindle Versions of Corona, Vessel, and The Three Safeties on Monday, 10/5/15. The promotion will last the entire day and I invite you all to download and check them out. Thanks. 🙂

My books can be found at http://www.wwcassjr.com or on my Amazon Central Author Page at http://www.amazon.com/author/wwcassjr.

Me and My Writing

It occurs to me recently that I haven’t provided much in the way of getting to know me and my writing. Of course, there’s the “About” section of the Blog (Thoughts, Musings, and Storytelling), but that boilerplate will only take you so far. So, without further ado, here’s some things about Me and My Writing:

1) Who am I?

My name is Wallace W. Cass Jr., and I am a Sci-Fi Adventure Author who works a Day Job when he’s not publishing books on Amazon.com. I served seven years in the US Navy, worked in both State and Federal Government, and currently make my home in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I enjoy good friends, good food, and good times. Sometimes a little too much but I also put in my fair share of exercise time to keep the tonnage under control and to save me from being a target of U-Boats and marauding bands of environmentalists who often try to push me back into the water when I’m at the Beach. 😉

2) How long have I been writing?

My earliest memory of doing stories was making up fictional battle logs that I got the idea from reading old WWII books at the Age of 10. As I got older, I got into Music and learned to play a number of instruments like the French Horn, Trombone, Baritone Horn, and on to the Guitar, which I still pick up and strum every now and again. I used to write song lyrics and compose music, but when the Novel Bug hit me at Age 17, I knew that while I loved playing Music, Creative Writing was where it was at for me.

3) Have you been published?

Traditionally, no, but I tried to interest publishers and agents for a long time and have a nice collection of rejection slips to show for my efforts…hehe. At the suggestion of a friend back in 2014, I explored the possibility of self-publishing on Amazon.com. I have never regretted that decision and though I am new to the field, I feel that I improve with each book I put out. Plus, it’s fun.

4) Where can I find your books?

My official website is at http://www.wwcassjr.com

I have an Amazon Author Central Page at http://www.amazon.com/author/wwcassjr. There you can find the latest information about current releases and sign up for notifications when my next book will come out.

I’m also on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10492009.W_W_Cass_Jr_

5) What about Social Media?

Glad you asked:

LinkedIn Profile Page: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/wallace-cass/60/353/53

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/WwCassJrAuthor

Facebook Personal Page: https://www.facebook.com/wcass1

Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/116428164774862303727/about

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/WallaceCass

6) What are your Writing Goals?

My goals are what they’ve always been and that’s to write quality stories that I am proud to read and share with the world at large. I would rather deal with the slings and arrows of putting myself out there than feel the regret of not having done what I love most.

This is obviously not a complete list, but I think it’s enough to get an idea of who I am and what I do. Please feel free to check out me and my work.

7) Do you have any unusual quirks that you would like to share?

Yes, but only one for now. Every New Year’s Day, I like to pick a personal motto that will sum up the year to come. In 2015, my motto is “Ever Forward”. 2014’s was “Gravity is Oppressive”, but that one neither inspired nor motivated me…hehe.

8) Do you plan on doing this again?

Probably, but this is the first time I’ve put out so much information at one time so I want to see what effect it will have. It really depends on the response I get.

9) Wrap Up?

Well, that’s it for this article and I want to thank you for reading and following. Have a great day. 🙂

Make It Your Own

Apparently I missed a day with the recent reblogs so here’s a little catch-up. WARNING: If you haven’t read the following stories, they are available on Amazon and of course, I highly recommend them. 😉

Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of original creative works and by original, I mean the execution of an idea using the Writer’s own style and voice.

The Title of this particular article is “Make It Your Own”. It refers to an old saying where you take something that may have been coined by someone else and use it as part of your personal identity. As I have been known to do in The Past, I like to put my own spin on things.

For Example, when I wrote Corona, I took the garden variety Ghost Story in a Hotel and added a twist by making it more high-tech in nature. In essence, I made the idea of supernatural goings-on my own.

In Vessel, I took a Detective Story and set it in The Future with Spaceships and Aliens along for additional flavor.

In The Three Safeties, I took the trusty Time Travel Story and added my own particular spin on it.

Ideas are free game. Only the execution determines how individual to the Writer they become. I’ve always found it helpful to think of Beef Stew. The dish is a very simple and basic recipe to follow, but there is probably an infinite diversity in what you can add to it. Ideas are the same thing.

Remember to season to taste. 🙂