Holiday Hangovers

Christmas has come and gone. The world didn’t end…yet…and I’m still here blogging.

I had a few days off from work to spend time with the family and relax with my beautiful girlfriend. Fun fact: we just celebrated our 6 year anniversary together. These days, 2 years seems to be a lifetime, but 6 years with the Mrs. have gone by too fast. I guess that’s a good sign. Since all of our friends and everyone else in the world seems to have gotten engaged this December, I guess I’ll have to get my life together faster if I’m going to pop the question some day soon. Although, we decided to go out shopping the day after Christmas to the Sawgrass Mall and I nearly lost her due to her almost spontaneously combusting from all of the people walking into her. I will never leave my house the day after Christmas again. Ever.

Love life aside, I do have information related to my fine and few readers. I’ve made the decision to try Kindle KDP Select for 90 days and see how it goes. I get 5 days to post the book up for free during those days so anyone with a Kindle of Kindle App will be able to download the book for free those days. Don’t worry, there will be updates. I’ve already taken steps towards this decision and unpublished Daylight Hours from Nook. It was a tough decision, but at least for 90 days, the Nook version of my novel will be no more. Don’t worry, if you’ve already downloaded it, you’ll still have it. And the paperback will continue to be sold normally.

I’m still not sure whether I’ll have to suspend the free chapters I’ve been posting lately. I hope that I don’t, but to be honest, I’m not bringing in many readers with the free postings anyways.

The sequel to Daylight Hours is still coming. It’s a much larger book–nearly 130,000 words–and I want to make it better than the last.

That’s all for now. I hope everyone had a great Holiday and a good year. Good luck with New Year’s Eve.

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Monday: And It Was A Day Just Like Any Other…So Far

Christmas Time

I don’t know about you people, but I have this weird fascination with anything that’s free. I don’t know why. It’s strange. If I see that something is free, it instantly becomes more valuable to me. Take the free chapters of Daylight Hours that I’ve been posting up every Monday and Wednesday for the past couple of months for example. They’re 100% free and reading them that way makes the novel even better. Especially since all you have to do to read them is click right here.

Shameless book promotions aside, I stayed up until 1 o’clock in the morning watching both the season finale of Dexter and Homeland last night. Finally, a great episode of Dexter that had me wondering what would happen next. (That hasn’t happened since the season with the Trinity Killer)

I typed up a review of sorts with my friend on Homeland. You can read the joint-review here if you’d like to see two asshole’s opinions and thoughts on the really great season 2 finale. How was the Homeland season finale? Here’s a hint: it was really great.

Christmas is right around the corner. I’ve got 8 days to…wait…8 days?! Jesus. Great. I have a week until Christmas Eve and I have ZERO presents. Spoiler to any and all relatives/loved ones. It’s fine. No, that’s cool. A week is plenty of time to desperately search for gifts. Waiting in line is half the battle and I love nothing more than standing behind bitchy customers at the register for twenty minutes.

Christmas…there’s nothing like it. I think I will be hitting up Walmart at 4am. Lines shouldn’t be too bad then.

Thursday Morning

I’m sick. Not only of working for “The Man” and trying to make sense of everything while trying to find my place in a society that says I had to get a college degree, but doesn’t give you the opportunity to find jobs immediately after graduating. I’m sick of all that, but I really just have a cold. Hopefully not the flu.

I’ve given out a few copies of the sequel to Daylight Hours to some test readers and I’ve gotten some really positive feedback. It’s definitely helped revitalize my creativity. I was worried that anyone who read/enjoyed the first book, wouldn’t like the second in the series. So far, things look good.

As all of my test readers will attest to, I need to fix a lot of grammatical errors, but I feel that the novel is right where I want it to be. I’m still doing another couple of revisions because I battle with perfection. You all do see the problem with being a perfectionist when you know that nothing you create will ever be exactly the way you envisioned it. Look at that. A paradox.

I’ve been posting new chapters of Daylight Hours here for free every Monday and Wednesday for the past few months. Spread the word, people. Chapters 1-22 are here to be read for FREE. Considering that I’m considering trying Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing services, read the chapters here while they’re still up. Trying Amazon’s KDP Select would would make Kindle the only way to read a digital copy of Daylight Hours. It’s got it’s benefits, like being able to promote the novel for FREE downloads for 5 days out of every 90. I’ve heard positive things from the sheer number of readers who download Kindle books immediately simply because they’re free. Hopefully this would be a good way of getting Daylight Hours to more people who will hopefully enjoy the novel enough to write a review.

There are some cons: No more Daylight Hours for Nook and I’d have to take down the free chapters I’ve posted up so far here on the website. The paperback will still be available at Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon.com so that’s good.

Decisions, decisions…Who knows what I’ll do because I sure don’t. All business aside, I’m looking forward to Christmas because two days after I get to celebrate my 6th year with a certain amazing woman who somehow manages to put up with me.

This cold better vanish before then.