Farewell Playstation (and XBOX, although you’ve been gone for a while now). Earlier today, my son informed me (as only a child can) that we are going to be a “Nintendo family” from now on. I’ve gotta admit, I’m gonna miss games like Destiny and Uncharted, but I’m also excited to get back to the games I grew up to. “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” the old man said. Yea, he wasn’t lying. You see, as a full-time writer I have to limit things like my social life, sunlight and video games. That’s the reason I’ve gotta kick the rest to the curb.
Anybody out there a Nintendo gamer? I need to find out everything I can about these Amiibo – my son’s orders.
What’s a young man supposed to do? The Legion threatened war today as the newly-formed Colonial Movement started announcing their own government. Ain’t no higher education in my future and I damn sure don’t plan on being a ditch digger like my daddy was. No sir, I signed on for military service with the Colonials and got a two-thousand credit bonus for doing it. Hell, everyone I know is signing up. I reckon this whole thing might blow over eventually, but it’s looking more like war each day. The hunters sided with the Legion almost immediately, which didn’t hurt my feelings none. I never did have much of a liking for the undead, especially vampires. The husk are with us, at least that’s what the newspapers are saying.
Truth is, I ain’t got a dog in this fight one way or another. My home planet just happens to be on the Colonial side of things and they’re paying a king’s ransom to fight, so that’s what I’m doing. I ship out in three days and they’re gonna train us on Glimmeria. A lot of guys are bitching about it – they say the heat there is ridiculous. Well, this farm boy is about to find out. Until then, two-thousand credits oughta bring me a fair amount of whiskey and skirt. More soon.
As work continues on the brand new series that will chronicle the First Glimmerian War, get caught up by reading about the Second Glimmerian War and its aftermath!
OK, my biggest regret when it comes to writing. This isn’t some romance confessional here, and I’m proud to say that my life has turned out pretty much the best way it could have. I married the right woman, did it for the right reasons and we have two of the greatest kids you could ask for.
No, I mean if I could go back in time six years and change one thing about my time as a writer, what would it be?
I would have went in with the knowledge that my Gunship series was going to catch fire right out of the gates. In fact, I would have written the first few books prior to publishing and I would have went with my original idea. Honestly, I had planned to break the crew (Roman, Dalton, Adam) up and begin three spin-offs. Instead, the night before I published Legendary, I went back in and completely rewrote the ending.
Technically, I’m already there, but I’m actually investing time and effort into a brand new YouTube Channel that should debut sometime this August!
Let’s face it, authors on YouTube are a dime a dozen, so I am hoping to make my channel a little different. Sure, there’ll be plenty of writing tips, but I won’t be reviewing books or begging for buzz through Kindle giveaways. Nope, I’ll be doing pretty much everything that I think is cool. Things like workout tips for us normal guys and which coffee to buy (and enjoy) on the cheap.
I’m not sure about you guys and gals, but some of my older book covers are like bad yearbook photos.
I mean, they seemed like a good idea at the time (just like tall hair or parachute pants). The thing is, not only has my writing improved over the past six years, but apparently my eye for art has, too. So for you longtime readers out there, plenty of changes are on the horizon. Good changes, not classic movie reboots that end up sucking hard.
Also, my upcoming novel:
I wanted to put everything on a single page, just in case you’d like to chat! No, I currently don’t do Facebook, Instagram or anything else. I’ve made a conscientious decision to stick with only two – it’s an effort to focus on writing, and not fall into the social media sinkhole that so many authors find themselves in. That said, I love to hear from my readers! When it comes to Twitter, I’m online hit-or-miss, and my YouTube Channel will be getting updated regularly starting this fall. I’ve also left my email, and take pride in the fact that I respond to every email I get. Seriously, even the folks who hate my writing and want to tell me about it – I send them warm wishes. So, if you have feedback, my (online) door is always open!
I took the plunge. For the past few years, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a fantasy book (or series). Well, after writing almost two chapters I’m proud to say that this story is going to be awesome! I mean, if fantasy is your thing. It’s certainly my thing. This is a story about some very unlikely heroes coming together to face an army of the undead (known as the burn).
As of right now there’s no official cover, heck, I don’t even have a name for this story. It’ll come with time. All I can tell you is that I’m having a blast writing it, and I certainly can’t wait for you guys and gals to read it.
I’m often asked what Gunship is. Well, aside from being my first published work and the story that brought me to the dance (two best-sellers and a series total of 125k downloads and counting), Gunship is best described as a mash-up between science fiction, fantasy, western and pulp fiction. The first book is actually free and should you enjoy it, there’s plenty more available.
There’s even a sweet band in London using the moniker Gunship. Fans? Perhaps.
If you own an eBook reader, I’m here to offer the series to you (cheap):
Amazon Kindle – Barnes & Noble Nook – Smashwords
So the Retron company is releasing this sweet console just in time for Christmas!
OK, so not everyone will be as excited about this as I am, but this is a fantastic piece of information. First off, I’m old. There’s no denying it. I still remember video games cased in plastic cartridges that played with the press of a button. No patches to download and install, no online connectivity requirement – none of that. Just video gaming the way it was intended. This puppy is rumored to accept original control peripherals and games, which is fantastic! I’m hearing it will sell for around $80, but that may change as Christmas draws near. I’ll let you know.
I’m often asked how I’ve managed to stick around for the past six years. I’m going to be honest, writing full-time isn’t easy. As in, it’s no joke. Be that as it may, I’m going to lay out my own personal advice for the aspiring author.
- Understand why you write. If you’re doing it for the money, quit now! Seriously, this is one of the poorest gigs on the planet. If you are writing in order to feel “accepted” by the cornerstones of this industry, then I’m here to tell you that traditional publishing has become about as necessary as the pay phone industry. Use your time to hone your craft, rather than ass-kiss, schmooze, attend writing conferences and send query letters. You need to be writing for no other reason than the pure joy of writing!
- Have your cover done professionally and find yourself an editor. Passing your work back and forth with an editor is a strange experience. This person will read your thoughts long before your dedicated fans do. You need to find someone who will call you out if your work isn’t up to snuff. The professional cover goes without explanation.
- Blog. This one hurts because I hate the internet. I mean I seriously, absolutely hate the internet. Social media is the biggest waste of human life, so I was reluctant to start blogging (and still don’t do it enough). That said, blogging brings attention your way and if you’re an aspiring author, attention is a good thing.
- Six hours a day, six days a week. You need to understand that each day, thousands of new authors show up in hopes of pitching a tent in the industry. These folks are talented and hungry to succeed. The only way you’re going to keep your spot here is to absolutely work your tail off and then some. If you plan to do this full-time, then this is your job. Six hours a day, six days a week is usually more than enough to keep the stories churning out. Personally, I like serialized pulp fiction. That’s where I’ve found success.
- This will likely be an unpopular one, but pray. Don’t pray for success or even the ability to write better. Instead, pray that God will take control. You’ll begin to understand that you don’t control the ship as much as you’d like to think you do, which is fine. You don’t have to. All you need to do is remain humble, be willing to work very hard and trust that you’ll make it…which you will.
I carry two different pieces of advice with me and both have served me well over the years. Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard. The truest statement you’ll ever hear. I’ve consistently outsold more talented writers because they’ve shown a tendency to be lazy, whereas I’ve written my tail off. Hang around a barber shop long enough and you’ll eventually get a haircut. Now this one speaks volumes. I literally stumbled into the profession of writing and knew absolutely nothing about publishing. I had no computer, no professional writing program and began with ambition and a stack of notebooks. Since then, I’ve written two best-sellers. I hung around the right people and most importantly, I paid attention.
I’m happy to reveal the Wicked Dead cover! This baby is coming soon (it’s currently in the hands of my editor) and will be my first full-sized novel. Yes, the master of serial pulp fiction wrote a big one. It’ll be placed into the Kindle Scout program with fingers crossed. I’ll have plenty of details soon, folks!
First off, I gotta say it: this official console title is garbage. “Project Scorpio” was much better, and this falls more in line with “Wii U”. If you also take into consideration the fact that this game system looks very similar to the original XBOX ONE, I already see a lot of consumer confusion.
Launching on November 7th for $499, this is obviously a gaming system that is being pitched to a very limited crowd. Sorry, but your average gamer is not going to shell out $500 for a gaming system (study a little gaming history) and they certainly aren’t going to do it for a system that looks damn near identical to the system that came before it. With 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, I gotta admit, the games look great. Do they look $500 great? For about 90% of gamers here in the U.S. the answer is going to be no.
In the end, this gaming rig says a few things to me. First, Microsoft is now getting its ass kicked in the hardware industry. According to Video Game Charts, which publishes a weekly hardware sales chart, the Nintendo Switch is now outselling the XBOX ONE at a 5 to 1 pace. This new system is an admission on Microsoft’s part. Yes, tech junkies will devour this system come November, but they make up a very small percentage of the market (as most of them are PC gamers).
My advice is simple: pass on this system. It makes me wonder if the original XBOX ONE even needed to exist. This launch, the fact that the name basically mirrors the last XBOX and the botched price tag all spell one thing for me – Microsoft is in trouble, and I honestly believe they’re about to become the next SEGA.