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The joys and confusion of working from home

The joys and confusion of working from home

In case you don’t know, my primary job is being a writer. The coolness factor in this is A. I get to say that I’m a writer or author when someone asks what I do and  B. I get to work from home and make my own hours. Now, I’m relatively new to all of this so I’m still adjusting but all of this in and of itself is a lot of fun… A LOT. It does have it downside though such as having to try and set yourself a schedule and adhere to it so that you don’t feel like an unproductive douchebag. You also tend to become more of a recluse if you don’t have to change out of your PJ’s to do work.

All of these things can be overcome with a bit of discipline and a little flexibility. Every now and again though something comes along to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Today it was my dog Lily. She’s a wonderful 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd and normally she just curls up on the couch and does doggy type things to while away the day. Today though she’s been feeling especially needy. She watched me get all set up to get to work (I don’t have an office yet so I work in the living room) and Lily decides it’s time to spend some quality time with dad. She hops her 63 lbs self up onto the couch, nudges the laptop out of the way and spins around so that her butt is pressed up against my shoulder and flops down onto the couch and stares lovingly up at me with her big brown eyes. Needless to say dad melts. Read the rest of this entry

Shameless self promotion

Shameless self promotion

I’ve been trying to do this whole self promotion thing where you pimp yourself out on facebook, Twitter, and any number of author sites that have forums or discussion boards. I understand the need for it. If I want to sell books I have to get my name out there. I for some reason just happen to suck at this. Which is odd because to do it well you only need to be able to talk to other people. I love talking. I can talk all day… as long as I like what being talked about.

That seems to be the problem. I have no idea what to say on facebook. I see everyone else doing it but for some reason I can’t get all worked up to tell people about how I went to the store or picked up my morning coffee. So it ends up being some stupid blurb that sounds like “BUY MY BOOK” cuz well basically thats what it is.

Then I try twitter. I have to admit I am doing better there than I was. Up to 38 followers now… poor saps, if only I had something interesting to say to them. I mean seriously what the fuck am I supposed to talk about? No one care what my opinion is or what I’m doing today. Hell, since I’m a full time writer now it basically means I sat in my fucking house and stared at my laptop for a few hour. made a sammich, ate said sammich, went back to staring at my computer screen. I see people on twitter tweeting away and their stuff seems interesting with links to articles and yada yada. I just can’t seem to get myself into that self promotion type of mode except for “BUY MY BOOK” That’s about all I got on that front for some odd reason.

Oh and as for the book sites like shelfari or goodreads. I check in often and occasionally find a message board to throw something up on. I will admit I haven’t seen much on shelfari to pique any kind of interest but it has a nice smooth set up, wish I liked it better. Goodreads rocks and it’s where I find most of the discussions I do take part in. I’ve joined a few groups and they all have tons of conversation threads going. I just scan through some and then realize it’s been like 20 minutes and I still haven’t found anything worth commenting on. Which is just a huge waste of time considering how many threads there are to go through.

Maybe it’s just me, I always thought I talked a lot and could always hold up my end of a conversation. Maybe I’m getting older and can’t keep up like I used to. Then again maybe it’s the fact that with all these new forms of communication millions of people are now spouting off about everything and nothing and it takes forever just to find a conversation worth getting into, but the problem is that by the time you find it you’ve wasted so much time that you no longer have any to enjoy said conversation. I’m gonna go with the latter just so I don’t feel old.

And now back to work.

Enjoy the day!

Don

P.S. “BUY MY BOOKS” 😉

http://www.amazon.com/After-the-Storm-ebook/dp/B006KYE8FS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325091847&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/After-Storm-Book-Boston-ebook/dp/B008S22NMU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1343982524&sr=1-2&keywords=after+the+storm+book+2

Release day!

Release day!

Book 2 is now up on Amazon for kindle. The paperback version takes a bit to catch up so that should be up sometime in the next couple days. In the meantime it can be found in paperback at createspace.com for $7.99. Barnes and Noble seems to be taking a bit longer with the nook version but it will be up there as well as soon as it’s ready. 

It’s funny I was so anxious for the last couple days and today it’s here and now I’m looking around like what the fuck? I think I may have been over prepared because now I’m sitting around checking off my list of places to post it and I’m already done and it’s not even noon. This was much more difficult and time consuming the first time around. If I got that much better at this part of it I can only pray that my writing got that much better the second time around… Probably not but one can dream. 🙂

Anyway I guess this frees up a bit of time to go mow the lawn or something else that seems not as fun.

Enjoy your weekend all and don’t forget to pick up Book 2! 

http://www.amazon.com/After-Storm-Book-Boston-ebook/dp/B008S22NMU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1343982524&sr=1-2&keywords=after+the+storm+book+2

 

Don

 

P.S. Oh yeah, book 1 is free this weekend on kindle as well. If you haven’t picked that up do that as well!

http://www.amazon.com/After-the-Storm-ebook/dp/B006KYE8FS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325091847&sr=1-1

Oh yeah, the book

Oh yeah, the book

For those that have read the book I’m telling you now this is just to fill people in who may not have read it yet.

I Suppose I should actually post something about the book “After the Storm”.

It is a post apocalyptic novel set five years after a meteor has crashed into Earth. 95% of the population of the US has been effectively wiped out between the meteor, earthquakes, volcanoes, lack of food, sickness and riots. I say US because the main characters have no idea what has happened to the rest of the planet since there is little to no mass communication anymore. The government took it’s best and brightest and hid them in bunkers across the US for two and a half years while the general populace has had to fend for itself.

The story picks up five years after the meteor and is told from the point of view of Duncan Mackenzie or Mack who is the head of a clan that lives in a town just outside of Boston MA. The government has come back in a much smaller capacity and the man in charge is not really someone who should be in charge. In some areas of the country the governments aid was welcome and much appreciated, but in some places, such as the north east it was shunned and met with disdain and violence in some cases.

The story follows Mack and his “clan” as they try and survive in a harsh new world and remain free at the same time.