Archive for April, 2011
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, after many months of re-tooling, re-working, and practically re-booting, I Zombie I is finally ready for your reading pleasure.
One of the writers worst enemies is chaos. Not that chaos can not play a useful part of our lives as writers, I am a frequently flyer of the Chaos Airlines when writing scenes and stories (a little chaos will go a long way in creating roadblocks for characters.) But as a general rule, chaos does one thing — prevents organization. And if there’s one thing necessary, when it comes to managing published work, it’s organization.
Yet again, it’s Sample Sunday. Here is a portion of Chapter 2, from my up-coming book “I Zombie I”. This book will hit the e-shelves in about a week and then, shortly after, will be available in paperback! Check back for more details.
Being a geek I know a thing or two about backing up files. In fact, I make part of my living managing backups. And as a writer, I know how crucial those backups are. So crucial are backups, I always backup to multiple sources — at all times. I’m paranoid. I refuse to let the accidental death of a computer take my precious manuscripts with it. With that knowledge in hand, I though I would give my fellow indie writers some backup tips. For anyone who hasn’t been backing up their digital manuscripts — read carefully.
My life has become so incredibly busy. I basically hold two full-time jobs, have a family, oh — and I try to write and promote my books. Needless to say, it’s exhausting. On the book front, I have three books going at once (all three at different stages) and have to figure out ways to promote the books that are published. It’s not an easy task, managing all of these duties, and I’m starting to realize, with regards to my books, there is one aspect far more important than the others — writing.
With my soon to be released apocalyptic, distopian, zombie-rific book about to be released, I thought it might be good to interview one of the characters from that book. Although the book takes place in Munich, Germany, the language of the zombie is very much akin to the launguage of love — it’s universal.
So, without further adieu, I present to you one nasty, undead German male.
It’s that time again! My inbox is flooded daily with questions regarding the first book in my “I Zombie” trilogy. So I figured it was time for yet another zombie update.
To each of us, the one tool we can not work without is the word processor. Oh sure some of us (me included) start out with our books in old-school ink and paper form, but eventually that work must be transferred to digital format. When this happens, it’s always best to intimately know the ins and outs of your word processor.
Since many people aren’t quite as familiar with technology as others, I thought it best to do a quick article highlighting some of the short cuts that can be used to make your work with a word processor more efficient.
Cowardice be damned. I had to go look. When I arrived I immediately noticed Flaky had disappeared. The man bled out from hundreds of bites when I saw him last, but somehow he managed to pull himself up and amble off.
My first thought regarding Flaky’s disappearance was someone must have carried his gnawed-up carcass off the street. After a second look I realized that wasn’t possible because because there were only two sets of footprints – one coming toward the body (mine) and two sets leading away (mine and, well, probably belonging to Flaky). No one else could have taken my friend away.
I suppose I should follow the other set of footprints. After all, it’s better I give myself something to do before my brain has time to process everything that has happened. I can’t allow myself to do that. I am afraid if I do I might just lose it –
It’s been a frustrating week for our dear friend Jack and his book I Zombie I. Why is that? Well, after much consideration and attempts to salvage the digital recorder Jacob used in the book, it was ultimately decided the device simply didn’t work. After three or four attempts at re-tooling the text, the recorder became more and more confusing.
Thanks to Jack Wallen for allowing a still-finding-my-way-around Indie writer to post a few thoughts. Here are a few of mine.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a Get Jack’d giveaway! I want to give readers the chance to read my first novel, A Blade Away for free. Free! What else can you get for free?
It’s been a while since I have had an update for my first zombie novel I Zombie I. But today, I have one!!!! The update isn’t an announcement that the book is now for sale (patience, patience)…but it’s still a good one.