Work and Play Everyday!

I’ve been away for a good few weeks now. I’m trying to get some things straightened out financially as well as experiencing a little bit of free time in my life. When I started this blog, I was expecting to write at one post a day, or four posts in a week, maybe give myself two to three days off. I realize now that sometimes “me” time is good. I haven’t really tried to have a lot of that in my life. I’ve always been stressed about work, money, relationships, success, school, or anything that might make me grow to be loved by many people. Why did I always feel the need to have this kind of attention? Honestly, I don’t know. I stopped looking for a relationship and I found my fiance. I stopped playing in a band and I found a job. Now, I’m a little confused about what’s next. I had a lot going for me as an assistant for a grocery store, but I couldn’t help feel this entity within me begging to push for something else. I wrote a book, published it, and have it on a few different retail sites, but I still don’t feel complete inside. Does anyone else ever feel like this?

I know I have been writing about 1,000-1,500 words a day for my new book Phantom Force. I’m really enjoying this novel, and I can’t see to break myself away from it. Well, I usually end up playing Destiny about 5-6 hours a day, which i know is a total waste of time, but it is very inspiring. There are many things that inspire me to write like books, games and movies. Yes, I do accidentally fall into that group of writers that will accidentally write a story based off of something I’ve seen or read, but I always break away from it and create something hopefully new and different.I appreciate the emails I’ve received from a few of you. Sorry, I’ve been a way for so long, but I had to take care of things that were going on in my own life to be able to sit down and actually give you guys a decent post. Or even a not so decent post, which ever you guys view my blog as. I did receive some criticism recently about one of my posts and it was on a subject that is sensitive, but I took that risk and I accepted it.

Anyways, what have I been doing the last month that I’ve been away. Well, Destiny is a big part of my life apparently now. I went to Ruby Falls and Rock City this last weekend. I’ll try to post some pictures later. Also, I found out the answer to all of life’s questions is 42.

So here’s a serious question to the people who have read my book and want to read more. Would you rather read a book in multiple posts on a separate blog, almost like a weekly episode type of deal, or in novel form? I’ve very interested to see what answers you guys have because I’ve been very interested in writing a story like in a season with multiple episodes to it. Well, I’m going to go play some Destiny and try to get 2,000 words in before then.

I want to leave a shout out to a friend blogger on here that finally broke me out of my Destiny shell this month. kateturville!!!

The Phantom Force

A new book I’m working on called The Phantom Force. Here’s a short description of it. Hope you guys are interested. Thanks!

 

We took refuge on Takua, a planet that orbits around the three stars of Orion’s Belt. We’ve been here for a decade after the fall of Earth. Now, we hide in Orion’s Belt awaiting the Zorthrax to exterminate the rest of us. It’s only a matter of time before we have another Intergalactic War, but will the Phantom Force be strong enough to uphold the human race. With our corrupt leaders hostage, the corporate world in shambles, and the citizens of the world forced from their homes; three heroes will rise from the darkness and take back what’s rightfully ours.

Reviews for Authors

I had a post a week or two ago about reviewing author’s novels/stories. If you are interested in receiving a review from me, you can contact me here, or through my email. The criteria I base my reviews on are: character development, plot development, and mechanics. I would be highly interested in helping you. I base my reviews on a 5 star scale.

5 Stars- Amazing, engrossing, page turner

4 Stars- Well written, nice plot

3 Stars- A balance between nice and needs work.

2 Stars- Needs work. Couldn’t finish it.

1 Star- Bored to death, needs editing, and terrible character development. 

That’s my grade scale, and I will also try to balance my likes and dislikes about a novel. Also I mostly review, horror/science fiction/literature fiction/occasionally romance. I am open for more genres, but those are my favorite ones to review. If you have any questions, you may contact me at anytime. It may take a few for me to respond, but I will get to you eventually, and if I don’t. Send me another request after 30 days.

I will post my reviews on the kindle website or which ever website you would like my reviews on. I will have more descriptive reviews on here though.

The Interesting Things I’ve Accumulated

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This is my display of some of my graphic novels from The Walking Dead. I also have an abundance of comic books on the top shelf in my office but they weren’t as appealing as this bad boy!

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Here’s my Lord of the Rings signatures. The top one is a screenplay signed by the cast, and the bottom one is the two actors I didn’t get signatures from in the top one. I got these 3 pictures/ screenplays at Dragon Con four or five years ago.

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I bought this piece because Charles Adlard (The artist for some of Kirkman’s Walking Dead Comics) made this. I still haven’t framed it, but it’s a fantastic piece for my Walking Dead collection!

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This is an Assassin’s Creed poster for Black Flag. I like this because it was made by Todd McFarlane (Another artist that drew for Robert Kirkman) 

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And my most prized piece is the Stormtrooper helmet. I won this baby from my photographer when I donated to her friend’s charity. I love this because I mean, it’s Star Wars, nothing is more beautiful than this sitting on top of the shelf in your office while you find those inspiring words.

As you can see, I’m a bit of a nerd, but I love collecting things. It’s growing to be an almost dangerous hobby! Hope you guys enjoyed!

The Walking Dead

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I freaking love the Walking Dead. I don’t know if it is because it is set in my hometown, or that it is nothing like the zombie norm that I have ever seen. I don’t want to say that I am intrigued by the drama but in all honesty, I am. I mean, Robert Kirkman is my hero when it comes to the comic books. Now, the show has even made me more in love of with the zombie universe that he has created. Let me take you through a few highlights of why I love the show and comic book so much… (SPOILERS!)

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Okay, if you haven’t noticed already from all three of these comic selections from the Walking Dead, THE GORE. I mean, what makes Robert’s world of Walkers so crazy is the fact the humans are actually killing each other. If you’re asking yourself, “Why the hell would they want to kill each other?” Well, the answer is…

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A safe place to shelter themselves from the grotesque creatures that want to devour the innards of the human body. Everyone in the comic is always on a constant journey to find a home. Somewhere they can be safe and not have to worry about being killed by walkers. It seems like there is never a place that anyone can hide from these things. The reason being is that we all have the virus inside of us. So say, an elderly man dies of a heart attack, he doesn’t have any bites, and it’s all from natural causes. He will still turn into one of the walking dead. It’s almost an endless battle to survive because once we kill each other, we just come back to life ready to rip a jugular from our enemies throat. It’s freaking insane!!

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Rick Grimes is the main protagonist in this story and the Walking Dead staff, producers, and directors did it right when they cast Andrew Lincoln. I mean, how could you go wrong with an actor with a British accent. Andrew plays the role perfectly. A sheriff trying to find his family in the midst of an ever growing apocalypse. He has to face a lot of challenges along the way, but he some how gets through them with his wit and survival skills. 

He also seems to be the only one that actually DOES WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SURVIVE! If you watch the show or read the comics, he is the only character that actually puts his group before anyone else. Except his son and wife of course. Them two are his main concern. He kills his best friend, he locates safe places and forces his group to keep moving on, he also has a knack from running into weird characters on the road.

There are so many things that I could write that explain how awesome this story is but it all is going to still come down to the things I have already written. The virus being inside us already, the character drama, and just the casting. The casting was almost spot on with every character. I would suggest at least checking out the show if not the comic book. Both have different story lines but they are both very fun and interesting. I know Nadine and I make it a point to have the show recorded or be off work during the marathons on television.

Just remember, “Kill the Dead, Fear the Living.” quoted by Rick Grimes. Be safe!

Horizon: Aaron Lambright

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I’ve had a few people ask me about my characters in my novel from their roots to becoming a character to reasons they do the things they do. I’m going to start this all off with my protagonist Aaron Lambright.

Aaron Lambright is a twenty-four year old male. He is about 5’10 and has brown hair. He has a brother named Landon, who is his twin. Aaron is your in the norm kind of guy. He is a marine biologist who has suffered some troubling times in his past. He originally discovered a ship artifact nestling deep within the crevices of the ocean floor in the Arctic Ocean. He had to be funded by the Captain Glenn, who is a multimillionaire that makes his money off the ideas and knowledge of other sailors and scientists. I’ll be getting into more detail with him later.

Aaron was originally born in Cordova, Alaska, where he played music and hardly could survive off the tips he was making at local bars. He left home because his father, Weston Lambright was forcing him to join the Navy. (His father is a Navy Captain). He ran away from Cordova and took a plane to Australia, where he built a whole new life away from his home. He lives in the boat he collected as payment from Captain Glenn and resides there in the harbor of Sydney, Australia. Over the years since the discovery of the artifact, he has lived his days as a drunken sailor, who occasionally drifts off the The Great Barrier Reef with his assistant, Sandy. 

He discovered when he was nineteen that his mother was suffering from cancer and within months she had passed away. All of the lost time and vague memories brought Aaron to a point of inner destruction to lead him to where he is today. His father wants nothing to do with him because of his refusal to join the military. He is struggling with his relationship with Abigail and after a few events, emotions get rocky between the two. This leads to Aaron tilting his bottle of run more heavily and blacking out more often than not. 

 

The reason I wrote Aaron Lambright, in my own lost drunkenness years ago, was because I wanted to build a relationship with a character that was based off me in the past and in the future. His ship the Chanda II was a symbolic relationship between my ex-girlfriend at the time and how terrible I wanted to make things work, but she was so crazy I couldn’t make sense of anything she thought. I made the ship so dirty because my relationship felt dirty with her. It was almost like I was sucked into this black hole and couldn’t find a way out. Abigail saved him from his growing demise but their relationship has been a struggle. This relationship is based mostly off of some past relationships, but occasionally I’ll add bits of positive things that have happened presently in my own relationship.

I hope you guys enjoyed the insight on one of my characters. I’ll post more characters bios later. 

 

Everyone Needs a Good Eye

I haven’t been on here much today. I’ve been posting so much the last two weeks, I had to give myself a little bit of a break so i could get back to Eversoul. I also woke up at 4 am this morning to go to work and at 3:30 pm I was out like a light bulb. Terrible and overused metaphor, but I think I’ll be able to look passed it for this post. 

I had someone bring this to my attention today because my editor recently took a job with a company, and she is bombarded with work. Anyways, I’ve been searching for an editor for Eversoul, and a fellow author asked me, “If you do your own editing services for people, then why don’t you just edit it yourself?” Well, duh! I edit my work about four-five times before I even send it out to a second pair of eyes to look at, let alone an editor. I found that the best practice is to have a second, third, and even a fourth pair of eyes look at your work before you even think about publishing a novel. This is so that you don’t happen to accidentally miss something. I know I’m not perfect, so I definitely want that peace of mind knowing that someone is caring for my work and giving me their attention to detail as I would with any other author. So yes, you maybe an amazing editor, but you will still make a few mistakes here and there. Even is your missing that simple “s” on random pages.

Anyways, time to go get some groceries. I’m starving and Nadine is waiting for me to leave the computer. So here’s my post for the day. if I can fit another one in, I will, but I enjoyed all of your responses on the last few posts I’ve done. Thanks for taking the time to read and appreciate your thoughts!

Day Off

I spent most of my day today cleaning the house, mowing the front part of the lawn due to the rain, and sleeping. I did get to show you guys a little bit about my side project, Alan Dread. I think I may post that story on here instead of doing a full fledged publication into a novel and book. After proofreading it, I’ve realized I don’t know if I’d be comfortable letting my mom or grandma read it. Has anyone else had those feelings about their writing? Where sometimes you write in detail about grisly and heinous scenes that may make your mother disown you?

Well, I’ve been reading ALOT today on my day off. I’ve managed to find some time to write a little bit of Eversoul, as well. I’m pleased to announce that my release date for Eversoul will be December 6th. I hope you guys enjoyed Horizon because this second installment of the series is going to throw you for a loop! 

Anyways, I’m going to spend the rest of my night working on Eversoul. I may post one more time before bed. Hope everyone is doing well!

What am I reading?

Well, I hate to say this, but I have 2 different books I’m trying to read, but I seem to get pulled into a new book every week. At this moment, I am reading The Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler. He is a fellow blogger that I came in contact with on here, and I ended up reading his synopsis on some of his short stories. I’ll review this book later once I’m finished with it, but here’s his blog if you want to check him out infinitefreetime.com. Also, so far from what I’ve read, this is actually a fantastic collection of science fiction short stories that really grabs the reader from the get go. If you like goblins, ogres, elves, and many other fictional characters, plus space rides through the universe. Definitely give Luther a go.

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I’ve also been reading James Patterson’s 1st to Die. This book is very eventful and is a real page turner. I’ve been wanting to get back to it, but I’ve been really trying to organize my reads this week. I’ll try to review this one when I get a chance, but a short synopsis: it’s a CSI novel with a death of two newly weds. The police are trying to keep the media out of the picture, but one reporter finds a way into the crime scene. 

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Also, if you have any other suggestions, or you are fellow author. Please feel free to send me the links to your books. I’m an avid reader and really enjoy multiple styles and genres of writing! 😉