Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29

My global domination of the paperback market begins…now!

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My UPS guy loves me. And not just because my kids look like him (hey, wait a minute…) but because he brings me cool stuff every few weeks. Today was a toner cartridge (those of you who caught my inadvertent tweet through Amazon when I bought it the other night know how exciting my nightlife …

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Feb 29

New Update: Steadily increasing Nook sales due to not doing KDP Select?

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UPDATE AS OF 2/29 – SEE BOTTOM OF POST I took a peek at my months sales figures for Barnes & Noble Nook ebooks this morning, and something caught my eye. I looked back at January’s numbers, and figured out what it was. As of February 17th, my Barnes & Noble sales exceeded January’s entire …

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Feb 28

Excerpt from Gabriel’s Revenge, Book 3: Spy Ship Brings Data…and Questions

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“NAFN Richard Marcinko, this is Corporal Lewis Grienke aboard the MDF packetship Shadow. Coded message for Commander Gabriel. Please respond.” Gabriel turned to McTiernan with his eyebrows raised. “There’s a man in that thing?” McTiernan nodded. “Yes, we were as surprised as you. Damned thing is less than five feet across. Must have been like …

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Feb 27

A little moment of panic regarding errors, thanks to Microsoft Word

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Just a quickie – quickie post, get your mind out of the gutter… I was setting up my complete trilogy for a CreateSpace paperback printing (warning: shameless plug ahead) over the weekend, using Word to copy/paste the individual manuscript files into one large combined file. The trilogy itself, Gabriel’s Journey, looks like it’ll top out …

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Feb 27

Excerpt from Gabriel’s Return, Book 2: Heavy Weapons in Action

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When Escobio Armory Ltd., a small company based in rural Mexico City, started producing weapons for the North American Federation military forces, they at first specialized in handguns, small caliber long range rifles, and man-portable light machine guns. They did not begin to manufacture pulse weapons until 2172, not long after the disastrous raid on …

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Feb 26

Excerpt from Gabriel’s Redemption, Book 1: Back Office Troubles

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When Santander arrived, Gurnett and two other security men had two plant workers seated in chairs in a back office. One of the security men was training an odd-looking handgun at them. As Santander approached, one of the plant workers stood up and pointed. “That’s him, that’s the guy who set me up for this!” …

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Feb 22

Using profanity in writing – is it necessary, or even missed?

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I woke up this morning (but unlike Jim Morrison, did not get myself a beer) to a very complimentary 5 star review on Amazon for Gabriel’s Journey, the trilogy collection: “The reviews for it were fantastic, but you know how that could go. I’m in between reads so I bought it. What a pleasant surprise! …

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Feb 20

On 50th anniversary of first American to orbit Earth, Glenn pushes for manned Mars mission…and so do I

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From Space.com: Former NASA astronaut John Glenn is pushing for manned exploration of Mars and other farflung destinations. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earthwhen his Friendship 7 capsule zipped around our planet three times, then splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. Glenn’s flight put the United States back on …

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Feb 17

Update on the word count rising & weight falling

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It’s been five days since I decided to get my fat butt in gear and make it smaller, while getting my lazy butt in gear and making my WIP larger. The good news? In five days of removing the crap I always eat, and putting in a minimum of 30 minutes per day exercising (cold …

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Feb 16

Excerpt from Gabriel’s Redemption, Book 1 of Scifi Trilogy – Hand to Hand Combat

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Meanwhile the titanic struggle between Brevik and Rheaves had reached a crescendo. The two bodies were crashing into workstations, chairs splintering under their combined weight. Rheaves was slightly larger, but in the clumsy Chinese battlesuit lost out to Brevik in dexterity. Realizing this, Rheaves attempted to keep the fight close to overwhelm Brevik, but each …

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Feb 15

If everything is bestselling, can anything be bestselling?

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I was rereading an old blog post by my dear friend* Joe Konrath the other day about the “Myth of the Bestseller“. It’s a really good, quick, to the point article that says essentially who cares about being a bestseller? * Actually Konrath has no idea who I am, but after reading his blog for …

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Feb 14

Watched The River last night…yeah, creeped me out. You?

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Yes, finally watched the premiere of The River on ABC last night….as you may remember, I’m a timeshifter (no, it’s nothing scifi – I just always watch shows on DVR, never live…can’t stand commercials, which is ironic considering I have a marketing background). I have to say – I loved it. I heard a lot …

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Feb 11

Getting back in gear…dropping pounds & laying down wordcount

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After a week spent in Mexico, unsuccessfully trying to suck in my gut during the day on the beach, and unsuccessfully staring at my laptop screen hoping words would appear each evening, it’s officially time to get my butt in gear. Starting Sunday, February 12th, I’m taking the next 50 days and doing two things …

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Feb 03

It’s been a humbling, exciting, wonderful Year One of writing

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Today is Friday, February 3rd, and tomorrow morning I’m getting on a plane to Mexico with my family on a week’s vacation, one we have done for the past seven years this same week (a Super Bowl party on the beach is better than hanging in some dude’s basement watching it). Today is also the …

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Feb 01

Typos, spelling errors, plot holes, oh my! Gabriel’s Redemption takes two shots to the chin

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Those of you who know me (or as well as anyone can be “known” in an online, social media world) know that a huge pet peeve of mine is making an error. Whether it’s a typo, or a spelling error, or a missing dialogue tag, or misplaced apostrophe, or even a factual mistake or inconsistency, …

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