Time to Get Your Pre-Order On

So, my next book is coming out in a month or so (as soon as the editor finishes destroying my dreams). Now is your chance to pre-order, and as a pre-order special I will have a limited number of hardcover books available. These will be signed by me and shipped anywhere in the world (though shipping costs will vary for international orders). Click here for the preorder!

Not sure what you are getting? Well, I wrote an Introduction you can read online or download (with a right click).

So There Is A New Book

I’ve never carried a child to term. I have, in my medical career, delivered eight (ten too many, I often joke). So, while I don’t know what it’s like to have that life growing increasingly uncomfortably in my lower abdomen, I have some idea what it’s like at the end.

There is a lot of screaming, some crying, assurances that everything will be okay, and an general sense of not being ready for everything that is happening.

Now, I know a book isn’t the same as a baby. I really do. But still, that feeling there at the end? Yeah, I get that.

So there is a new book coming out, now in just a few weeks. It’s the result of all the classes I’ve been teaching about Overland travel, trying to get people over the things that keep them from getting on the road. I have heard a lot of reason over the last 5 years, and I’ve done what I can (both in lectures and the book) to address all of them. While the book is still being beat near to death by my editor, it’s now close enough to be available I’ve decided to start taking pre-orders. Since I know pre-orders can be scary I have a double incentive. First, this will be a signed hardcover. I haven’t had a hardcover before, and I’m a little excited about it. Second, it will be less than the final, for sale for reals version of the book. You can only get this from this page, and only during the pre-order. Once it’s out there, the page goes away and you will have to pay the cover price.

So, $25 for a signed hardcover. Almost 300 pages of information. Seems like a no-brainer.

So I Messed That Up

When I got back from my road trip I published a book. That book was The Fall of Awesome, which sold pretty well back in 2012, before Super  Hero fiction became a thing. I’d written it the year before for NaNoWriMo while I was on the road traveling, inspired by comics and stories I’d written and roleplaying game adventures I’d had back in middle and high school.

Since 2012, I have published at least one book a year. Until 2016, when I didn’t publish anything. Part of that was trying to get back into freelance work, and part was just being busy, but 2016 was also supposed to be the year I transitioned to full time writer, so not getting a single book out is, well, pretty much totally failure. I don’t even have a bunch of awesome blog posts or anything to show that I was writing something. I really don’t know what I did all year.

2017 is looking better, with two of the books that should have come out last year almost done, and two more in the works. I have to do better, that’s all there is to it.

So There’s This New Website

So, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve done a little work around the ole’website. While I still have some links to add – so you can get from one page to the others more easily, this is what I’ve been working on recently (when I probably should have been writing). It was something that was past due time, and was more of an issue than I’d expected it to be.

A year or more ago, when my lovely partner in all things and I founded 721publishing, she wanted to do the website design. I said okay, and she invested in EverWeb, which is a website development program with hosting options. It was decent looking, and with the hosting attached it seemed pretty straightforward to use. She had a history of bad luck with hosting sites, and was comfortable with it, so I let her have at it.

When the time came for me to redo my sites, I went to EverWeb – I mean we were paying for yearly licensing and hosting, so why not. I was, less happy with it. I’d been using WordPress (both .com and .org), and knew that change was going to be hard, but I increasingly found that EverWeb just didn’t do the things I wanted it to do. So I started using small WordPress modules and pages to make up for the lack, and the realized I was just being stupid and should do the whole thing in WordPress to keep it simple.

Which meant, of course, that the couple weeks I’d spent building a site in EverWeb was totally wasted and I had to start over. I’d wanted the new site up by January 1st, and that date was already past, so I just worked on getting a framework up in WordPress, linked to the .com blogs that were already live (which saved me server space) and launched the whole thing – which seems to have worked.

I still want to add direct links between the pages (right now you have to go back to the home page), and have some better content (besides stuff like this), but I also have two WIP and want to get back into freelance writing (and some photography), so I have a lot on my plate. Or computer. Computer plate.

Stay tuned!

Restarting and Rebirth and Stuff

So, this is a new year. 2017 and everything. A lot of new things.

Okay, not so many new things. In fact, it’s a lot of the same old, same old. I work, I work more. I don’t get enough time with my loved ones. I try to find the time in my days and weeks to write, to make the videos I have mapped out, to finish the articles and blog posts I have started.

A lot of those things haven’t been getting done. I would like to blame this on a lot of things in my life, but that would only be blame. Responsibility is mine. haven’t been writing or taking the time to do the things I want to do, and no matter how much I complain or point out the reasons, reason I think are very good, those things still aren’t done.

So, it’s a new year. While I said it’s the same old, same old – it isn’t. In fact, there are so many new and exciting things in my life. I went part time at Bell Ambulance so I could travel and write and spend more time with my wife.

Oh, and I got married on New Years Day, 2016. So it’s been a year of marriage, more than that now. I still don’t get tired of spending time with her, and I don’t think I ever will. When I went part time it was to write more, but all that happened was I spent more time with her. It’s hard to give that up, but its something I need to manage better.

I have two WIP (writer talk for Works In Progress) right now. One is part of the Super City books – moving back in time to the origins of the Super Squad. The other is a non-fiction book on travel. The Super City book has a first draft, the travel book doesn’t but I’m working on it.

There is also this – a complete redesign of my websites in an attempt to get it all together and organized better. I had to learn how to do a lot of it, and some of the things aren’t as smooth as I want them to be (yet), but I think it will be easier to keep everything current and up to-date.

Probably. Hopefully.

So, now it’s 2017 and I want to make a new start on getting all these things done and covered and move forward with it all. Easy to say, this early in January. I guess time will tell.