Friday, January 17, 2020

A sad day

I wrote the following on Facebook yesterday:

"With arms wide open, God welcomed a new angel into Heaven this morning and Jesus wrapped His loving arms around her.  Melissa (my wife) was the absolute love of my life, my best friend, the epitome of greatness, and the most bravest warrior as she fought her illnesses right up to the very end.  I am truly blessed to have met her and her loving family.

The last movie she and I ever saw in the theater was "I Can Only Imagine" in early 2018.  She also listened to that song as she crossed over into Heaven this morning."

I knew the day would come when she'd pass away, and mentally and spiritually prepared myself for it.  But even that doesn't make the loss any better.  The only way to get through it all is with God.  Without Him, life is meaningless.

And life certainly isn't meaningless.

Friday, January 10, 2020

The stigma of self-publishing / Happenings In The Outhouse 10-Jan-2020

Okay, are you ready for a link-filled post?

The other day, I was having a conversation and the person was talking down on someone else for self-publishing her book--keep in mind, this individual either didn't know I also was an indie author or knew and completely forgot.

So, I proceeded to educate this individual on how crappy author contracts are nowadays, how many of their rights are exploited for as little money as possible, and how many traditional authors are actually turning to self-publishing.

When pressed as to why he felt that self-publishing was so bad, he told me, "Well, obviously they weren't good enough to get published."  Now that may be true.  However . . . there have been many examples where that wasn't the case.

So, here are some links to educate yourself on indie publishing:

Dean Wesley Smith

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (check out her business resources)

The Creative Penn (blog/podcast)

That's enough for now.  Seriously, people.  The game has changed.  Our cheese has been moved.  Do a little research before spouting off that all indie authors can't cut it.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Create instead of criticize / Happenings In The Outhouse 03-Jan-2020

I've never really been one to criticize a creative work (i.e. movie, TV show, book, painting, music).  It either worked or it didn't.  It's something I feel in my gut.  Typically, my criteria is simple: did it entertain me?

Take any of the negative controversy over The Last Jedi.  Sure, there are parts of it that made me scratch my head.  But I enjoyed it.  Heck, it was Star Wars for crying out loud!  I also found Solo: A Star Wars Story as equally entertaining and enjoyable.

It always amazes me the ones who criticize a creative work, and they have never been brave enough to create their own work.  It's possible they're afraid of the same criticism they've bestowed upon others.

I have two words of advice for all the creatives out there: be brave.

Go out there in the new year, the new decade, and create something new.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Thinking Ahead to 2020 / Happenings In The Outhouse 27-Dec-2019

Everyone's talking about it.  The decade is nearing its end.  The 2010's will soon be the 2020's.

It may be difficult to fathom, but look back on the past ten years.  Where were you then, comparing yourself to now?

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

Now, look ahead ten years.  Whoa!

Dream big and write down some lofty goals.  It doesn't matter how crazy they sound.  Write them down anyway.

Finished?  Probably not, but pick one.  Now, think of what needs to happen in order to achieve that big dream.

Now put it into action.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Another short one today / Happenings In The Outhouse 20-Dec-2019

My apologies on the short post today.

As far as writing is concerned, I'm nearing completion of the prologue to my latest thriller.  I'm excited to jump into it with both feet, yet at the same time it's been difficult with the deteriorating condition that my wife is in.

My wife is the strongest, most bravest person that I know.  I think she would even give General Patton a run for his money (grin!).  Tuesday, she was no near to death that I called all of her family and mine to the hospital to prepare for the inevitable.  As of Thursday, she's still at the hospital, but out of ICU and hanging in there.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Back in the saddle again / Happenings In The Outhouse 13-Dec-2019

With all that's going on in my life, it's a wonder that I even have the energy to start a new book.

But that is life.  Life goes on.  It has changed dramatically since May, and what may come of it I don't know.  One thing I do know is that I can't just sit and worry about something I have no control over.  The only thing I can do is work on something I love.

And I love writing.

I am currently writing the first words to a new thriller--the 5th novel in the Central Division Series.  In the weeks to come, I'll pass along some year's end wisdom and future planning.  For now, I'm keeping this short.

Friday, December 6, 2019

My Heart Was Not In It / Happenings In The Outhouse 06-Nov-2019

I came to the realization earlier this week that my heart is just not into my current work-in-progress.  It's weird too, because it's a story I came up with long ago while playing catch with one of my daughters.

Not to worry, I'm not abandoning it completely.  With everything going on with my wife, it's been difficult to focus on something new since I've never written a YA story before.  I might revisit it next year.

So, I started work on the next book in the Central Division thriller series.  That seems to be where my heart is right now as far as writing is concerned.