Tuesday, May 21, 2013

News, A New Story, and Ben!

Hey all, after taking some time off to recoup from the A-Z thing, I might be back.

I say might, because life has a way of sucking up more of my time than the internet does. I did spend the weekend in sunny Florida on a spur of the moment decision to get away for a few days with the family. It was frustrating, wonderful, and eventually disastrous. But I suppose every trip can't be perfect.

So, moving on...

A reminder that I've promised that every dime I make in book sales this month goes towards helping young Ben Wolverton, the teenage child of Author David Wolverton that had a skateboarding accident that left him with about $1,000,000 in medical bills.

Since sales have been slow, I decided to put a short story up for people to purchase to help out during the month of May. Going Home is a tale of one of the last human soldiers left after an alien invasion. So please read, again, for the rest of the month - anything purchased will see whatever I get in royalties go to Ben's fund.

Click here to purchase.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Let's All Help Ben!

Brian Pagel recently caught wind of the plight of Ben Wolverton, the son of Author David Wolverton (who also writes under the pen name, David Farland).

Ben had an accident while skateboarding. That accident left him in a coma and in need of some serious medical attention. To the tune of around $1,000,000.

And there is no health insurance to cover these costs. Since the father works as an author in a place where you can only get affordable health coverage through your employer, he’s stuck with the bill.

I’ve gone without insurance for long periods of my life. And one of the main reasons I have the job I do now is for the health benefits. Ironically, they were amazing benefits to have a decade ago, now they’ve become so expensive and with so much less actual benefits, that we’ve been forced to drop my employer’s offered plan and go with my wife’s, which I used to think were horrible.

Anyhow, I have a son about the same age as Ben, and he has, at various stages of his youth, decided to be a skateboarder (watch an episode of Ridiculousness and see how horrid those accidents can be), a parkour practitioner (again, watch Ridiculousness), and a football star (um, watch a football game to get a view of the violence).

At any given time, my son is nursing any of a host of injuries, bruised ribs, sprained wrists, pulled hamstrings,  sore back… and those aren’t just during the season, offseason workouts, spring practice, it’s a yearlong thing nowadays. I’ve seen broken bones, noses, torn ligaments, and even one life threatening injury in the past couple of years since my son has been playing.

Risky behavior just seems to be a part of being a young man. When I read the story about young Ben my thoughts immediately went to my own son, and how devastated I’d be if something similar happened to him. Add to that a million dollar medical bill and I’m not sure what I’d do.

I bought a copy of David's recently released enhanced novel (for tablets only, I believe) as soon as I read about the incident. It’s only $10 and was told that this is probably the best way to help him outside of a direct contribution (which can be done as well).

Since Brian Pagel got word of Ben, he immediately begin throwing around some ideas to help. As of now, he's asking for authors to contribute proceeds for May sales to help Ben. I signed up right away. So, for the month of May, any story of mine that earns any amount of royalties earned will be donated to a fund for Ben Wolverton.

If anyone else is willing to commit, please let Briane know… Click here to join the cause. Or see all the info below:

But if you'd like to get something in return and still help out, you can buy a T-shirt for Ben.  The shirt is $20, and has this design on it:

Ben's dad is an author, too, and if you buy his book, it'll help him directly and you'll get a great book to boot.  There are two books, in fact: Nightingale, a speculative fiction book about a young man raised in foster care who learns he can sing and affect evil, andMillion Dollar Outlines, a nonfiction book to help writers learn to write better outlines.  The books start at $6.99 in pretty much every format.

Other authors are joining, too.  Author J. Leigh Bralick, author of "The Lost Road Chronicles", is donating all the sales proceeds from her book for the month of May to help Ben.

You can read her post about why she's doing it, here, or you can go to her page at Amazon and buy one -- heck, buy ALL-- the books she's got.  (The "Lost Road" Chronicles begin with "Down a Lost Road," in which a 16-year old uncovers family secrets and gets swept into Earth's mystical past.)


I couldn't just sit and watch others do something.  When Mr F was going in for surgery, I reached out over Twitter and my blog to ask people to pray for him, and people's words of encouragment helped me over the roughest time I've ever had.  I can imagine how much worse it is for Ben and his family.  So I'm pitching in to help out by creating


ere's how it works:

1. Be an author.  Indie or not, we'll take you.
2. Pledge to donate all profits from sales of your books for the month of May to Ben Wolverton.
3. Spread the word, frequently and with enthusiasm.
4. Post a post encouraging people to visit Ben's site, and to buy all the books from all the authors who are participating.

So I'm in.  If you want to join, leave a comment and I'll add you to the list.  I intend to update frequently across all my blogs -- I won't promise daily, I've got a trial coming up and that takes some time -- and Tweet about this.

I'll even help you out: the remainder of this post can be cut-and-pasted and put directly on your blog. No muss, no fuss.  Just add your own details at the end.  Here we go!


Help young Ben Wolverton recover from a bad skateboarding accident by buying books from these authors, who have pledged that all profits from their sales in May, 2013, will go to Ben's recovery fund:

Nightingale, (sci-fi) by David Farland.  David is Ben's dad, with two books to buy.  Nightingale, a speculative fiction book about a young man raised in foster care who learns he can sing and affect evil, and Million Dollar Outlines, a nonfiction book to help writers learn to write better outlines.  The books start at $6.99 in pretty much every format.

To buy either of these books, CLICK THIS LINK.

The Lost Road Chronicles 
(ya/speculative fiction) by J. Leigh Bralick, The "Lost Road" Chronicles begin with "Down a Lost Road," in which a 16-year old uncovers family secrets and gets swept into Earth's mystical past.)


Books by Briane Pagel.  Pagel is the indie author of books like

Eclipse, a harrowing sci-fi story about an astronaut who wanted nothing more than to reach the stars, and did so -- but it took murder to get there.  Or did it?

the After: Saoirse's life didn't begin until she died in a plane crash. But with everything perfect in the After, why is she so unhappy? With the help of a possibly-unfriendly William Howard Taft, Saoirse looks for, in her afterlife, the meaning she never had in her life.

The Scariest Things, You CAN'T Imagine: short horror stories that will leave you lying awake at night wishing you'd stuck with something lighter.  Try "The Grave-Robbers," in which New Sam learns that there have been a lot of prior Sams born to Mom and Dad.  And they're all down in the catacombs...

All these books and more, just $0.99 on your Kindle.



Rusty is a master artist and the author of several books:

A Dead God's Wrath (spec fic/novella): A mysterious stranger shows up to help avenge a brutal murder, unlocking magic of the best, and worst, kind in a sleepy 1895 western town.

War Angel: Like your romance with a bit of adventure and history? In this story, a young man learns of his grandmother's remarkable escape from Nazi Germany with the help of a dashing stranger.


Friday, May 3, 2013

A to Z Reflections Post

It’s reflection time. How did a month of daily posts change me as a person? How did it make me grow?

Well, like last year, I spent all my prep time not doing prep work, and instead was doing work daily in order to post. Anytime something came up at home and I couldn't make time to sit down and do a picture then that day just got pushed back.

At one point I was posting my L or M when everyone else was posting Q or R… it was a real struggle to keep up the pace.

But I wasn’t willing to skip a letter, so I ended up double posting on some days, and in one glorious day of insanity, I would work on my image, post my progress, then get back to work, post again a few hours later… I managed to get four posts done that day.

It was all a bunch of stressful fun, the sort that I was freaked out about in the middle of it all, but really enjoyed in retrospect.

There was however, a down side. The purpose of the challenge isn’t just to post, but to go out and meet other bloggers. There were thousands of people participating and I probably didn’t get to 50 of them over the course of the month – too caught up in my own drama to pay attention to anyone else. So in that sense, I didn’t do what I wanted with my time.

Lesson learned for next year. I will NOT be doing an art related project if I can’t have some posts ‘in the bank’ before I begin. A lot of posts, ‘in the bank.’ Next year, it’s all about visiting others.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blither Me This... An IWSG Post

Once, in the early days of internetonia, Alex J Cavanaugh created the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the one day out of the month that I can whine and complain about whatever writing related issues I have without fear of judgement.

This month, it's time management that gets me riled up. I've whined about this one before, but it does cause me great concern. I simply can't function as a father/husband and do all the peripheral things that would-be authors are expected to do. Especially when my job decided that I needed way more work to do on a daily basis.

Instead of acknowledging these things and having a plan. I half-ass all of them and hope no one calls me on it. It's burnt me on more than one occasion.

So what to do? I have no idea. I want to do it all, and have been reluctant to cull back on my commitments in some vague hope that I'll just 'figure something out' and not have to give up anything. But the first step in solving a problem is admitting one exists. Wish me luck.