February Update Post.

This month has flown by.

Writing/Future Books: I got a good bit of writing on the third book done as well as a lot of research/design/thought into a new civilization that is going to make an appearance. Everything is going well though, and it looks like I’m still on target for this to be a four book series. I also elevated a secondary character from the first and second book to main character status in the third, so that’s been an interesting challenge. Luckily, they basically don’t get along with anyone, so it’s been fun to write about ’em.

Current Books: Racked up some more great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for West of Prehistoric, still rocking a nice 4.7/5 with 37 reviews. I also personally sold about a dozen more signed copies on the forums that I mailed out last week. I’m going to admit it, it you ask me to write something in the cover without clarifying, you’re probably going to get a cheesy 80/90’s movie quote from Starship Troopers, Tremors, or Big Trouble in Little China. That’s just the way I roll and besides, who needs a knife in a nuke fight?

I also got a nice shout out on the Books of Gab group on GAB, where I recently made an account:

That’s pretty cool, and I’m excited for the book to get passed on to his kid. When I wrote the book, I wanted to make sure it was something that my kids could read, so I specifically kept the swearing to a minimum with no F-Bombs and no sex or anything. And so far, I seem to have done a good job. My nephew and son were both 14 when they first read it, and I got their stamp of approvals.

Current Reading: I’m currently reading What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO by Mike Lindell…. the MyPillow guy. It’s pretty good so far. My reading this month has dropped off pretty significantly, even though I got a signed hard copy of Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John Brown that is begging me to pick it up. I’m hearing it’s fantastic, so I need to hunker down and get some reading out of the way.

Gun Stuff: I mentioned on the blog I was given a Ruger Bisley Blackhawk in .44 Special by my parents for my birthday back in November. Well, at the time I figured it’d be hard to find ammunition for. Boy, was I was right. Four months later and I still haven’t come across any. But luckily for me, my dad has an awesome dentist who traded him a couple boxes of Blazer JHP for some pistol primers. With any luck, I’ll get out to the range soon and give it a try. I’m pretty excited.

Personal Stuff: Well, I’m about to be 28 days older by the time this month ends. That’s okay. I’ve done a fairly good job of putting those days to work. I wish I had gotten about twice as much writing done though, I feel like the third book is dragging along at a lot slower pace then I originally envisioned. I think I have this whole writing thing backwards… I should get more done during the fall/winter and less done during spring/summer, but it appears to be backwards to how I do it.

Current Political/Social Culture: A few random thoughts…

-There’s gonna be a lot of, “I told you so” to the left for the next four years.

-Also, the left will persecuted you no matter what you say, so you may as well speak the truth.

-‘No – Go Fuck Yourself‘ is not used nearly enough against the left when they demand you conform to their lunacy and immorality.

-My ancestors being compared to current migrants is apples to oranges. My ancestors hacked a life out of the wilderness, building a civilization, while migrants simply crossed a border then demanded the free fruits of my ancestors labor and sacrifice generations later.

-I don’t know how to be ‘less white’ for Coca-Cola, but I do know how to buy more Pepsi. (This is in response to the ‘training’ Coca-Cola did for employees, requiring them to act ‘less white’.)

-If you’re a man who doesn’t own a gun, are you even a man?

The end.

Back Book Cover Text for the Sequel.

In order to get all my ducks in a row for the publisher to pick up my sequel, I wrote the Back Book Cover Text.

This is always hard for me to do, because you essentially need to boil down a 100,000+ word novel into a sub-250 word narrative that will intrigue a potential buyer without revealing too much information. It’s a delicate balance. If the front cover gets you to pick up the book, the back cover seals the deal.

But, I think this one turned out better than the first.

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After retiring from outlawing, Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith just wanted to be left alone in Wyoming with his guns and regrets.

But then he discovered an entrance to a lost world, a place full of grand adventure, as well as spectacular dangers from both prehistoric dinosaurs and a race of savage apes intent on conquest.

Now, a new fort has been established on the other side, and a strange civilization of humans and dinosaurs have been located. The people are descendants from another time, long trapped in prehistory, and with them a fragile alliance is created.

But will it be enough as Jed faces vengeance from enemies both new and old?

Will his savagery and cunning keep him and his love alive?

Or will they die, on a mountain of fired brass, amidst the guttural bellows of barbaric apes and roars of monstrous dinosaurs?

Jed doesn’t know, but he’s always willing to shoot first and figure out the rest afterwards.

***

January Update Post.

This month I received my first royalties check from the publisher.

I think that makes me an official author now. Woop!

Unfortunately, the e-book released on Sept 18th, and I waited until Oct 2nd for the Paperback to be released before I told anyone or announced that it’d been published. Which means I got royalties for only about 10 days in the 3rd quarter of 2020. (We get royalties quarterly.) So the sales were pretty slim since only people who follow Severed Press’s social media knew anything about it.

Now the 4th quarter of 2020 will be defining as that’s when I announced it on the forums and social media. I’m pretty excited for that check, which should arrive in April. I’m going to buy a helicopter.

As for writing, it continues of course.

I’m pretty excited about the third book, even though I’ve a lot more left to write, research, and figure out. But what I’m doing and introducing into the series is going to be awesome. I really can’t wait to finish it and get it in the hands of beta readers. I REALLY want to tell people about it, but unless they’ve read the sequel, it won’t make any sense.

Originally, as mentioned on the blog, I’d hoped to finish the third book in 6 months…

Glad I didn’t have an official deadline on that since we are finishing month 7!

In my defense, during that time, I spent a lot of time going over the sequel again in depth. (Even though I’d declared it finished.) I added another character and a subplot to ‘thicken’ the book some because it ended up shorter than the first. I made sure to do this in a way that matters so that it’s not something stupid, pointless, or overly verbose. It’s substance, not just superfluous length.

Then over the holidays I greatly slowed down my writing, as appears to be my usual custom for the last couple of years.

But now we’re back in full swing and making progress.

One little thing to add to this post- If you’ve been reading/watching the news, you may have seen this latest bit of intolerant garbage:

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/literary-agency-fires-employee-for-using-parler-gab/

Basically, a literary agency, fired an employee for STATING that they use Parler.

Not for what they said on Parler, but for simply -using- Parler.

This is crap.

I’m thankful I have a publisher who only cares that I write good books and make them money. Which is how it should be.

So long, 2020. Hello, 2021.

2020 was kind of a strange year… (Is that an understatement?)

Overall, I consider myself and my family rather blessed. Our jobs were affected very little by the Chinese Plague and we stayed fed, warm, clothed, healthy, and happy.

I’m certainly not digging all the societal ‘norms’ that we’ve come to with COVID, but they’ll end at some point I’m sure, like previous pandemics, we’ll move forward still. (At least this wasn’t the zombie apocalypse.) I look forward to never wearing a mask again, but I’m glad everyone is learning to wash their hands diligently after they go potty.

I’m anxiously awaiting longer days, warmer weather, knowing the actual numbers of my book sales, going back to church, and socializing again.

Lows of the year – Too many big picture ones, but the Presidential Election and Covid certainly top the list.

Highs of the year – Getting my first book published. That was awesome. We also sold our old house and paid off the majority of any debts we had. (So long student loans!) Now all we owe on is our minivan and house. I highly recommend becoming debt free, it’s the only way to live.

Going into 2021, what do I expect?

In America – Chaos. Lots and lots of Chaos.

In Writing – I’ve slowed some as I wait to see if sales were high enough for the publisher to accept the sequel. I’m pretty confident they’ll take it, but it’s hard to be working on a third book in the series while the second languishes on a thumb drive. I do need to write a ‘teaser’ for the back of the book still, so that may get posted here once it’s finished.

I’ve got a map for the series to be four books right now. Which works well, since I’m considering using West of Prehistoric/East of Prehistoric/South/North etc as titles. Then yesterday, after some delicious BBQ and a trip to the local gun store to see the barren ammunition shelves and thinning gun racks, my dad gave me a brilliant idea for a 5th ‘offshoot’ book for the series. So that’s a good possibility as well.

And I’d love to do another series on the same world, based about 20-25 years later. The early 1900’s was pretty cool when it came to weapons. 🙂

At some point I need to get cracking on my WWII Monster Book, the outline is finished on that. Then there’s the Space Marine Book I want to write, nothing is done on that. And I’ve a word file full of possibilities for other books that I’ve written down and forgotten about. At any rate, I need to finish the third book and hopefully get most of a fourth book written as well before 2022.

In Blogging – Probably gonna post less. Politics is to chaotic to comment on right now and societal upheaval seems around the corner. So I’ll mainly be sticking to writing updates, some book reviews, and such that tickles my fancy.

So… 2021.

Bring it on, cause it ain’t stopping for us.

Let’s hope for the best, know that Gods Will shall be done, pray hard for the guidance of our leaders, and keep your powder dry.

And I’m gonna start writing my little fingers off.

Writing, writing, writing… A Random Update.

Work on Book Three continues. It shows great promise.

Book Two awaits the publisher, and Book One is racking up great reviews on Amazon and Goodread. (Currently 4.7/5 on Amazon and 5/5 on Goodreads!)

But I’m really tempted to begin work on another project.

The concept of ‘Dropship Troopers’, ‘Starship Troopers’, ‘Space Marines’ etc has always been a personal favorite. Of course, this interest probably all started reading the famous Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein when I was like 14 or so. Then the superb pseudo-sequel ‘Armor’ by John Steakley soon after. (He wrote it because there was too much politics and too little fighting in Starship Troopers.)

And can I just take a moment to say that the cover of Armor is my favorite book cover ever? Check it out:

There’s something just undeniably bad-ass about a man in an armored suit beating an alien to death with his plasma rifle.

And then we had the most amazing movie of all, Starship Troopers. Which had almost nothing to do with the original book and everything to do with awesomeness.

So awesome in fact, that it’s the movie I watched the night before I shipped out to USMC Boot Camp AND used it to announce my book release, C’mon you apes! Do you wanna READ forever? (Book PUBLISHED!).

Anyways.

I think I want to write a book in that sort of ‘realm’ of military science fiction. Because I always think of that cover of Armor and how awesome it is. And it really inspires me to want to write in that genre along those lines of Arachnid type aliens versus men and women in armored suits slugging it out intergalactically for the survival of the species.

As for other projects – I’ve also still got a plot outline finished for a story in regards to a Japanese Island being held by Marines in WWII and ya’know, sea monsters, and things show up. I’ve had that for some time, and the biggest hold up has been the design of the sea monsters. But that’s something else that has been fascinating me… the fact that over 70% of the planet is water, and only FIVE PERCENT of the oceans have been explored. That’s just incredibly cool to think of what I could come up with knowing that. Such great possibilities are out there. It’s a big wet sandbox to ‘write’ in. And adding in flame throwers, Thompson sub machine guns, M1 Garands, and such is just gonna be fun. The ending I’ve got set up is pretty great as well.

So, I dunno. I’ve got thoughts and ideas and such, but thinking is easy. Writing is hard.

No pressure.

Luckily I just got a new laptop, because I was about to smash my old one to pieces trying to write on it. This new one is a really sweet gaming laptop and the keyboard actually lights up! I went with a gaming version because I’ve come to realize that if you’re going to get something, get something good enough that you can kill things on/with.

So let’s get a writing.