The Day After

2013 is here. I know, who’d have thunk we could’ve made it this far, World?

I spent the New Year’s with family, something I’m not proud of. It was my father’s first time home for New Year’s Eve in my entire life, so I only had one choice if I wanted any part of the inheritance. And if you think I’m kidding, that’s what he threatened me with. Considering I had no other plans, me and the girlfriend spent time with the family and now when my father does pass away, I’ll get some sweet Bonds worth $50.

I hope everyone else had a great year –minus all of those shitty times– and a safe New Year’s Eve.

Hopefully 2013 is better than the last. We survived another apocalypse and are looking forward to a dismal future where PSY’s Gangnam Style and Ryan Seacrest rule the airwaves.

I feel like Joss Whedon is writing our lives.

Fun fact: my auto-correct changed “Seacrest” to “Seaquest” which makes me happy.


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 I’ve already taken steps towards this decision and unpublished Daylight Hours from Nook.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.

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 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.

Thanksgiving Break Is Over

That damned holiday where you’re thankful for three day’s worth of leftovers is finally over. The turkey’s gone. The relatives have all gone back to their own homes. It’s finally time to get back to work. *cracks knuckles*

Thanksgiving wasn’t too bad. I somehow managed to get more days off during this chaotic holiday than in previous years, which I’m thankful for. I got to spend time with the niece and the family. I survived, which is better than I was expecting. I don’t really enjoy eating so much food and pie when I’m attempting to be healthy. I mean, I had no choice but to eat that Berry Blast pie, and the Apple Pie…and the Pumpkin Pie…

Black Friday was atrocious this year. I still can’t believe that Walmart’s doorbuster sales started at 8pm. What the hell happened to Thanksgiving dinner? I don’t know about other states, but I guess in light of recent events, Florida will have to start doing everything early so we can get done on time. There wasn’t even anything worth going out for this year, but tradition of going out with the Mrs. and meeting up with my friend brought me out until 2am.

As I said, Thanksgiving is over, the weekend is gone, and it’s back to work. I have a few people test-reading the sequel to Daylight Hours now. I’m hoping to hear back from them soon. It’s nerve-wracking and exciting all at once to let people read your work. Especially if it’s a sequel and they enjoyed the first novel. I stepped away from The Kris Grant Series for a bit and started drawing up notes on a new story idea. It was a beautiful morning here in South Florida and it was refreshing to wake up and write in a notebook with pen and paper with the sun on me and no cloud in sight.

Monday is almost here. That means another free chapter of Daylight Hours. We’re up to Chapter 17 so far. I’m hoping that any new readers keeping up with the chapters is enjoying the novel so far. It gets better. I promise. Although, I wrote it, so you can’t really trust me. I guess you’ll just have to keep reading and make your own conclusions in the end by writing a review of the novel online. But what do I know?

I hope everyone out there had a good holiday. I’m glad I got to see my family–despite any attempts to end their lives–and I can’t wait to see them again.