Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing

I’ve been working like a beast to get the sequel to Daylight Hours edited and published. (I know that this is becoming stale news since it’s taking so long). However, I am putting up the final touches on the final draft and rolling it out full steam ahead. I’ve gotten back into a good groove since I’ve found some sort of inner peace with the way my life is at the moment. Things may not be perfect, but I’m making the most of it all and focusing on being creative and feeling good.

And when I haven’t been sitting in front of a computer doing irreparable damage to my eyes, I’ve been watching HBOGO religiously at least one hour a day like a good Christian. What have I been watching, you may ask? A show that I only watched in passing every now and again in my younger teen years: The Sopranos.

I will say one thing: The Soprano’s makes me appreciate Boardwalk Empire’s cinematography and story-telling more.

I love Boardwalk Empire and Terence Winter played his part with The Sopranos enough for me to trust that the hype was true and that the show was worth watching. I’ve been hooked. I plowed through the second season and now I’m starting the 3rd. I’ve got, what…only three more to go? That’s not too bad, I guess. The problem is making sure that I stick with editing and writing and not get sucked into Tony Soprano’s “family” drama and veg-out in front of the TV.

For any and all other television/movie buffs out there reading this, I started FX’s new show, The Americans last Friday. I’m two episodes behind, but I’m telling everyone out there that you need to start watching this show if you haven’t started already. I loved the pilot episode and I hope that the series lives up to its potential.

Jesus. They’re making way too many good shows out there these days. It’s impossible finding the time to watch everything. Between Shameless, Girls, The Walking Dead, and now The Americans and The Sopranos, it’s a wonder I get anything done at all.

Oh wait. I don’t…clearly. You can tell by how long it’s taking me to get the second book out there.

I have failed you, Self. But I will make it right. Soon, I promise. You shall see.

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How I Sold 813 Copies of My Novel In One Day

Kindle, je t’aime.

It’s simple, really.

I have no idea…

I sold the Kindle version of my novel, Daylight Hours for free yesterday and sold 813 free copies. Eight hundred and thirteen…Jesus. All I can say is that I’m incredibly grateful for even one person buying my novel. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning waking up and looking at the sales reports. It was a gift that I hardly believe and I owe it to everyone who supported me.

Daylight Hours was #1 in Top Free Kindle books at one point and #2 for Kindle Fantasy-Paranormal genre. I didn’t hold the place long, but it stayed #11 and #13 for a while after that. This is beyond me. I promoted the book for my birthday for one day only and I was expecting to sell fifty, maybe one hundred at the most. I could have never hoped for what happened. I can’t wait to see reviews start popping up. Good or bad, I take criticism well and feedback only makes me a stronger writer. I can’t put into words how excited I am right now and how seeing those sales has invigorated my writing spirit.

I’ve got two more free promotions to use up and I’ll make sure the world knows when.

Thank you again everyone, especially all my friends and family who wished me a happy birthday and bought my book.

Now, if I can get half of those people who bought the book to review it, I might be able to get The Kris Grant Series picked up by a publishing house.

Down Time: Some R&R Before Suicide-Shift

It’s been one strangely stressful week, but alas there is a minor vacation on the horizon. It’s a good thing too, I’m gonna need it before my big interview next Wednesday. Nothing like a trip with the family to Disney World to distract from being prepared for a very difficult interview.

There is only one thing standing between me and a stress-free couple of days. A 15 hour-long shift. Sigh. I’m going to be working–willingly–between 7am and 10:30pm tomorrow. That’s what I like to call torture, kids. But I’m something of a masochist, so I guess it’s okay.

This amuses me.

I have to use the time tomorrow for a meeting, interviews for other employees, and then working a closing shift. Will I get anything creative done at all? No. Will I die? Potentially. But work needs to be done and I’m taking work seriously at the moment. Plus, I have to make sure that I’m prepared for my interviews a week in advance.

Moving on…

I spent thirty minutes of my life watching one of the greatest American films of all time: Point Break (RIP Patrick Swayze). That was the highlight of my day so far. It is also the start of a peaceful evening before I have to hit the hay. I’m not editing tonight, or writing. My brain is beyond exhausted to do anything that involves thinking. Hence Point Break.

I’m in the mood for television. I’m stuck between watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or starting Deadwood. Decisions, decisions. Maybe I’ll just sleep instead like a responsible adult?

…Deadwood it is.

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.