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Am I The Only Jerk?

*Warning: This is an honest post, which have become rare for me. I’ve learned that friends and reviewers believe they “know me” after reading a post and try to provide insight. I’ve consciously avoided writing these posts (whether about my novels or about me) for the past two years due to sheer annoyance. But I could care less what people assume at the moment. Just being honest: Abstract When I was in high school, I learned the benefit of keeping my mouth shut. Funny, I actually acquired more friends by…

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Translation of “We” in Marriage

As a writer, I understand the importance of language barriers. When my friends and family talk, I often find myself observing their mannerisms and analyzing their speech. This all plays a large role in my writing because with language, it’s not what you say but how you say it. For readers to understand the how, the writer must be clear and concise. You’d think these rules apply to marriage too, but they don’t. Couples rave about the importance of “communication” but we don’t realize its limits or functions. For example,…

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Barcode1 Writing 

Should Authors Respond to Reviewers

This week has been really rough. I spent most of my time in the woods, attempting to sleep on a thin mattress with a lawnmower worthy snorer on both sides of the room. Then, I return to the city to discover that my old apartment complex is working diligently to bend me over and shove various objects in my rectum (metaphorically speaking that is). Now, I check my book stats and discover new reviews. But before we get into those, let me tell you about a gentleman I met this…

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Deus Ex Machina

Recently, I found a new review for one of my novels, Barcode: Cavern of Youth. The review was actually written by someone that I respect as a reviewer. His opinion is always firm and factually based. I enjoy reading his criticism of my work. In my personal opinion, he didn’t enjoy Legend of Apollo, and I knew the series wasn’t for him. However, I still wanted the reviewer to read Cavern of Youth because I could learn something from his critiques. Because I respect this gentleman and he knows I…

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Why The Hell Is COY Free?

Originally, I planned to write a 7 series story, Barcode. The series were meant to follow the life of Kode, the villain of the first novel. Even from the story’s conception, I always intended to make Legend of Apollo free. I learned from other up and coming writers, that the FREE stamp helps authors gain exposure. However, I recently set my second novel on fire, Cavern of Youth. Though the novel’s sales were increasing monthly, I decided to list it for free as well. Why? Is there any benefit? Don’t…

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Anyone Can Write

It’s true. Anyone can put a pen to paper and develop a story. And honestly, it doesn’t take much skill long after to develop the story into a best seller. All you need is dedication. In fact, anyone can do anything. Sure. That’s the Flower Child thing to say, but dammit, I’m a hippie. I love the smell of the outdoors and believe that everyone is a genius in their own right. So do whatever you feel inspires you. Right now, you probably have a dream to develop the next…

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Fabulous

I have a problem with this lifestyle. I try not to judge people, but I hate when someone can be considered “fabulous.” If my son or daughter were to ever say, “Hey, pops. I’m gay.” I’ll reply, “So?” If my kids were to admit that they were serial killers, I’d have a long discussion, but I’d still love them. If the geniuses that emerge from my wife’s womb plot to take over the Earth, I will high-five them and lay out a blueprint for my schemes. But if one of…

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Reading Is Fundamental

Recently, I met a gentleman that moved from the South to California in order to find better opportunities. In other words, he’s looking for a job. His objectives and personality remind me of a short story, Of Mice and Men. He’s both George and Lennie in one body. Though savvy and capable of being intelligent, he’s such a massive brute that he destroys his own life with his bare hands. His size draws attention to him and seems to make his life somewhat difficult, but inside, he’s a big teddy…

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Planning and Writing Books

Everyone has their own style when it comes to developing a manuscript. Some people flop in a chair and begin typing. Others plan every detail for their story before writing. You may write 10,000 words per day while your friend can only crank out 10% of that. I’ve said it before, but you have to do what works best for you. Yet, I’m not here to talk about that today. I want to focus on evolution. When you write, you may discover your planning and writing process evolving. When I…

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Legend of Apollo Rant

Some reviewers piss me off. Yup. I said it.   Today, I’m going to discuss the burning rage I have for reviewers that are angry when they discover the death of my main character, Spencer Colt. For those of you who have not read the novel, don’t worry. It’s supposed to be a known fact that Spencer dies in the novel. A well known fact. First, if you write reviews, you should read reviews. Don’t write them if you’re too busy or stupid to read them. My reviewers have made…

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