Literary Humor 😁

Why the book is always better! LOL

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New Book Coming Soon

I’m currently working on the edit corrections to my upcoming book. The new book will be titled, Desperation Kills and will be available in November 2021.

The fact that it’s being released just before the holiday season is of course, a complete coincidence. Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink!  

Just do me a favor and remember to make sure that it’s on your holiday shopping list. 🙂

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The Long and Winding Road

When I began to take the craft of writing seriously about 10 years ago, I didn’t have any lofty goals in mind. I had heard (and read) from other Indie Writers that it would take several years and more importantly, several book releases to build up a consistent and substantial readership.

I was told to be patient and to keep my expectations low and that over time sales and readership would increase. As a newbie writer, I was quite happy just to complete each book, and totally amazed when people around the world would be interested in one of my books.

So, for the first 4 or 5 years, I spent most of my time and effort writing the most entertaining books I was capable of writing. The initial release of my first few books did not sell well, but I was happy to see that with each new release my writing abilities showed positive improvement. Some of my books and stories even made the Semi-Finals and Finals of the Annual Florida Writers – Association Royal Palm Literary Awards, and although I never got to take home an award, it was still a very gratify experience.

Book sales continued to trickle upwards with each new release, and the accolades from the FWA – Royal Palm Awards convinced me to keep going… I was so sure that the breakthrough was coming.

Book 5, 6 and 7 saw a slow but steady increase in sales, but I was beginning to wonder if the time, effort and cost was worth it. The time spent writing, the cost of editing and the price of the cover design was increasing with each project, and so was the expense and time I spent promoting and advertising each book.

Unfortunately, self-doubt has begun creeping into the back of my mind. Maybe my writing isn’t good enough? Maybe the lack of interest in my books and the lackluster sales is trying to tell me something that I don’t want to hear?

After completing my most recent book ‘Elevated Madness and Other Stories’ which I released in July of 2020, I honestly thought, it was the best book I’d written thus far. I was so proud that in the midst of a pandemic I was able to turn out what I thought was a really good read.

Well, here I am one year and 4 months later, and Elevated Madness hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Sigh!

Anyway, to the handful of readers who have asked… yes, I’m working on a new book and I’m hoping to release it sometime before Christmas.

Will this be my breakthrough book? I won’t be holding my breath. LOL!

Happy Reading My Friends!

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Literary Humor 😁

Book Club Bouncer is my part-time job! LOL

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Love the lyrics to this song!

The Trees

There is unrest in the forest
Trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light

But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream, “Oppression”
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
They say, “The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light”

Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw

Songwriters: Geddy Lee / Alex Lifeson / Neil Peart

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Why aren’t you writing?

It’s been a little over a year since I released my last book, Elevated Madness and Other Stories. Since that time the laptop I use to write my books has been sitting on my desk waiting for me to get my act together.

Whenever I walk past it, I can almost hear it screaming at me, ‘Hey dude, what’s going on? Why aren’t you writing?’

I wish writing were as easy as sitting down at a desk, opening up a laptop and banging out a story. It’s not, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was!

Every story or book begins with an idea, a plot, ‘What if such and such happened?’ Unfortunately during the past year, the ideas have been few and far between.

Then a few weeks ago as I was re-reading three stories I published back in 2016, I realized that with a few tweaks, some plot changes and rewrites these stories could be fused together into one cohesive whole.

They will still be presented as three separate stories, but the plots are now interconnected and the same familiar characters will occupy each story. I like what I’m reading and I hope you will too.

The first story has already gone through the editing process and the others will be ready for edit very soon.

I’m hoping to complete the book over the next month or two, and I’m shooting for November/December release date.

I’ll have more details as I get closer to completion.

Thanks for reading my books and supporting this Blog.

Happy Reading!

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My Cup Runneth Over

Just when I thought my coffee, tea or hot chocolate couldn’t taste any better! LOL!

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Elevated Madness and Other Stories – Paperback Discount

I noticed that Amazon has discounted the paperback version of ‘Elevated Madness and Other Stories’.

The retail price is normally $7.99, but Amazon has discounted it to $6.40.

I’m not sure how long this discounted price will last, but if you’re interested in getting a copy at this lower price… please do it soon!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08C7G9WDM

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

This is a story about a poem..

Today August 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.

Anyone who owns a pet (or has owned a pet in the past) and doesn’t get a bit misty reading or just thinking about this day… well, I can’t help you.

Anyway, the story goes like this.

Interestingly, the origin of the concept of the Rainbow Bridge is believed to be a poem, although the author is unknown. The poem described a beautiful, lush meadow with plentiful food and water, just outside of heaven, where pets were returned to good health and could play while they waited for their owner to arrive. On that day, it is said, the pet stops playing and races to where their owner awaits, reunited forever, crossing the Rainbow Bridge to heaven together. 

An addendum to that story is that those who have rescued pets during their lives are allowed to take an unattached pet who has no one to wait for with them and their own pets into heaven.

CatWatch Newsletter – Aug 2021

BTW – If you want to read some great stories about our feline friends, check out my book, A Very Fury Christmas. Available on Amazon

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Damn Those Professionals!

Just as I suspected (see my August 14th post) my book Elevated Madness and Other Stories did not make it into the finals of the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition.

Here’s a portion of the email I received informing me of the sad news.

Hi John

On behalf of the RPLA team, we’d like to thank you for entering Elevated Madness and Other Stories, General Catch-All, in the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition—and congratulations again on making the semifinals. 

Lately, a lot has been going on with RPLA: the entries are increasingly professional, and the judges are more selective than ever. It’s an understatement to say that competition is stiff, and we are sorry to say the entry cited above is not a finalist.

Wow! I guess if the other entries hadn’t been so ‘increasingly professional’ my little ol’ book might have made it into the finals!

Not sure whether to be amused or insulted by that comment. LOL!

EMadness

BTW- If you’d like to purchase a copy of Elevated Madness and Other Stories, it’s available here:

Elevated Madness and Other Stories: $0.99 – Amazon.com.

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