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I Saw My Name in Print!

So we go home last night, and guess what’s in my mailbox…

No, really… guess. Nope! It was a proof copy of my book in paperback. I’m still excited to see my name in print. I know… I’m not famous. Heck, I had to pay $8.00 to order the proof just see my name in print (and check for errors, too).

Anyone could pay $8.00 to see their name in print, right? But it’s the principal of the matter. I’ve actually finished a book, and seeing a finished work in your hands feels pretty good.

I’ll let you know where you can buy the print book when it comes available. Until then, just keep checking in on me. =)

Day Job Blues

I’m back at my day job. It’s an amazing job. I really do love it.

But the problem is, no one is here. I don’t have much to do today because 99% of the company took this week as their vacation week. So, here I am. Waiting.

Oh, I have work to be done. I have documentation to write, but that’s not nearly as engaging as writing a novel. Writing a novel is fun. Juicy. Like eating your favorite candy. It’s sweet and exciting, but doesn’t do much for you other than give you cavities.

Documentation is dry. Crusty. Like eating graham crackers without milk followed by wheat germ and granola. It’ll fill you up and keep you healthy, but boy is it dry and hard to swallow.

I need to find a happy medium. I want to get paid to write and do what I love to do… but not the dry, boring, milk-less times.

Almost Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

I’m just sitting down today since i have the day off from my “day job”.  New ideas about where to take Brodie in the second novel are taking shape today. I don’t want to give away anything, but suffice it to say that Brodie is going to encounter his own issues in a way that only he can.

I’m also planning on moving the scene from an undisclosed city as in the previous novel to a specific city, give that city a name, and allow certain landmarks from that city to appear in the pages of the book. Does anyone have a specific place in mind that they would like represented?

What city, to you, is ominous, foreboding and haunting?

I’m PUBLISHED!

It feels very strange… like I should be glowing now, or I should be able to levitate or something. I’m a little freaked out right now, to be honest.

I’ve reached the status of “published author.” I was even able to google my own book title and find it. Google already has it indexed!

For anyone interested and for those fans that have visited here often, you can find my book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34088. If you use the promo code XX32D, between now and January 1, 2011, you can download the book for FREE!!

It’s just my way of celebrating and saying Merry Christmas to all!

And even if you discover this post after January 1, I’m only charging $2.99. Come on, people. That’s not all that much for a full-sized novel! Right?

Anyway, the trip to this point in my writing “career” has been fun. This is my first book, and I’m very excited about it. It’s been a challenge learning all kinds of new rules about where you can put “he said” instead of “he replied with a stick of string cheese hanging from his lips.”

While I still prefer the second form, I am beginning to see exactly how using simpler structures actually does improve the flow and readability of the story. It’s crazy how such a simple change in the text can alter the flow in a person’s brain.

Well.. it’s nearly 1a.m. and I still have a “real job” to go to in the morning.

Goodnight all. Oh, and if you do use the promo code, send me a review of the book (a short 1 paragrap that just tells me what you think of it and why.) Maybe your review will get on the back cover of my next release! =)

UPDATE: After reading a bit on author boards, the price (without coupon) has been reduced to $1.99. You can’t beat that with a stick… well, you could but it’d mess up the electrons.

Another one?

Okay… I know what you are thinking. Why start yet another blog when you have “Jerry’s e-Thoughts

Well, this one is a bit different. While the e-Thoughts is still valid (and I’ll be posting there more often), this is for those interested in following my writing, without having to read through tons of my random thoughts on politics, life, and love.

My goal here is to make at LEAST 1 post a week, so check back here often. I will make small short-story posts, ideas about my characters and plot lines (warning… I may post spoilers for my books!! Read at your own risk.) And finally, posts questions for feedback about what you think makes an interesting story. After all, that’s why I do this; for you.

So, sit back, grab a warm glass of milk, a blanket and a cozy sofa. I’ll be posting scripts and snipets to be reviewed, read and enjoyed.

–Jerry