Thursday, May 31, 2018

Writing time...

I'm starting to find a new groove in my writing. I found a nice little cafe with wifi and a great selection of coffee's teas and breakfast foods.

This still feels so bizarre, not going in to work in Frisco and dealing with the latest hair on fire issue. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed going into work and honestly I enjoyed working with everyone to help solve those hair on fire problems. I miss the feeling of accomplishment and excitement. But it was time to move to a different type of challenge.

This is my new 'work cubie'.

Have a great day, friends.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Life as a writer

This is one of my new 'remote' offices now.

Now that I'm retired from the world of ones and zeros, I'm trying to get out of the house at least twice a week and concentrate on writing and publishing.

This is my first day in this office, a small coffee shop in Lewisville, Texas. I'm on my second Cappuccino and honestly really liking this new life!

I've made another pass on my SciFi story 'Translation' and I think I'm ready to submit it to Analog. Setting up the account and getting the story submitted is a bit of a challenge but once I've done this one I'm hoping it will get easier.

I'm determined to not start/continue anything else until I've actually finished submitting 'Translation'. With any luck I'll finish today and I can look for the next story to work on. I need to finish book four of Arlo and Jake but I'm stalled in the story so I may have to pick up something else and wait for the Muse to strike me again.

Being retired feels very 'odd' to me. No pressure to finish anything because I have to go back to work tomorrow. Plenty of work around the house to fill my afternoons. Plenty of writing and game programming I want to do in the mornings. I've started to finally get my office desk in order. It has decades of 'I'll get to this later' folders everywhere. I guess 'now' is 'later'.

I have a dozen folders and notebooks with story ideas and game sketches. Just collating these is going to take me weeks! It's OK though, it's a lot more fun now. I can go as slow as I want and enjoy each little concept. Some of these notes I haven't read in decades. Time is such a strange concept.

My life as a software developer is already starting to fade, which I find unbelievable. I started writing software in 1980 and I haven't done anything else in 38 years. That is if you ignore the little heart attack incident of 2016 ;-)

I'll post my progress on submitting this story and others.

Be cool, my friends.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Amazon Giveaway... did it work?

I've tried it before without much luck, but I decided to try again.

This time I did all three books of my 'Arlo and Jake' Scifi series, one after the other. I ran 25 copies of each book, each over a week giveaway.

On the plus side, all three giveaways only lasted a couple of days before the books were gone! At least I got some immediate positive response.

Each book climbed above the 1000 'Best Sellers Mark' rating. And they stayed there for about a week! Then, back down the slide. Bummer.

So far there has not been a continued interest in those books. I'm hoping that some of the winners will leave a review and bring my books back into the light.

My giveaways were fairly small, I hesitate to invest hundreds of dollars in something that may not give me any return. But maybe that's my problem? Maybe if I do a 200/300 giveaway, they will climb above the 50 mark and move into the lime light, even for a while? I just don't know.

If you've had experience with this, please drop a comment.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Oh my. The boys just can't catch a break...

This is so much fun! 

The boys are sinking deeper and deeper into the Galactic goo. I'd say they're about waist high right now. I wonder how they'll get out of this one??

“Well. That seals that deal, Arlo. We’re committed now. We’ve got another problem to think about. How do we free Kasha? Crow has her on a short collar. We could get her killed trying to free her. Hell, we could get ourselves killed if anyone finds out we’re trying to free her.”

 Arlo snickers and says, “So let me recap, buddy. We have to sit back and watch a convoy of innocent traders and their FTG escort get destroyed, and we don’t know why. We have to stay alive during the fight. We have to find a way to free Starla’s sister from a bloodthirsty maniac. We have to contact Triumph again and try to set up another trap and then get away, with Kasha, before the FTG destroys the mercs. Is that about it?”

 “Well. Yes. That about sums it up. What? Is there some problem, buddy?”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Book #3 Give Away this weekend!

I'm setting up the last Amazon Book Give Away for this weekend. It will feature Book # 3 'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner'.

The response to the Give Away for 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' and 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Boot Camp' has been great! Thanks so much to my reading and writing friends and new followers!

If you missed it, you can still get Book 1 and 2 on Amazon or Barnes And Noble, just follow the links on the main blog page.

Book #4 is reaching it's final act, going boldly where no lizard has gone before! I think you'll really enjoy this latest adventure. New species, new bad guys and a huge twist for my heroes. Jake really doesn't enjoy his body morph.

Have a great day, everyone!

Arlo says, "Be Cool. Be Happy. Just Be!"