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Mar 23, 2013 - General, News, Updates    Comments Off on Wii Archery is paying off!

Wii Archery is paying off!

For those of you not on Facebook I’ll repost this here… ¬†ūüôā

Bought six bales of hay yesterday and made my archery backstop. Set to 35#, the bow was sinking those arrows 12″ and deeper into the bales. The archery cube/target thing I ordered hadn’t arrived yet so I tacked up a flyer from a local grocery store.

I actually said this to my wife: “I hit the ad, babe! I’m going for the pot roast!”

It’s a lot of fun. I had planned on returning my bow back to 60#, but seeing how strong that damn thing is, and since I’m in my backyard, it’ll stay where it’s at. I looked up medieval long bows. They were anywhere from 100# to 150#. Simply incredible!

Mar 13, 2013 - General, News, Updates    Comments Off on Site Revamp

Site Revamp

I figured it was time for a change.¬† I wanted to do something different for the site, so I started looking for another WordPress theme to use.¬† Trust me, there aren’t many fantasy-themed, well, themes out there that I liked.

Then I came across this “Desk Mess” theme.¬† I thought it looked nice and that it had a “homey” feel to it.¬† So, until I can find a theme that I really like, I’ll give this one a try.

Now, the point of this.¬† I have an excerpt ready for you guys!¬† This is taken from the first chapter of The Lost City.¬† Please bear in mind since nothing has been finalized, there’s a chance that the text could change before it becomes publicly available.

Because of the length of the excerpt, I created a separate page for it.¬† You should be able to see it listed along the top links, but in case your browser is being difficult, here’s the link to the page:¬† excerpts!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it!

Mar 6, 2013 - General, News, Suggestions, Updates    2 Comments

I need another name!

Hi everyone!

I just finished another chapter of The Lost City. Really having fun with this. A couple of new species making an appearance… water sprites and a new (ancient) class of dragon that has the misfortune of having two heads! Infused with action, adventure, and a healthy dose of humor, the latest tale set in Lentari will be sure to please many fans of the fantasy genre!

Hey, I have a question for the fans. I could use a name for the general classification for the two-headed dragon. Not an individual name but a name for this “variant” of dragon. Any ideas?Just finished another chapter of The Lost City. Really having fun with this. A couple of new species making an appearance… water sprites and a new (ancient) class of dragon that have the misfortune of having two heads! Infused with action, adventure, and a healthy dose of humor, the latest tale set in Lentari will be sure to please many fans of the fantasy genre! ¬†Hey, I have a question for the fans. I could use a name for the general classification for the two-headed dragon. Not an individual name but a name for this “variant” of dragon. Any ideas?

 

Feb 4, 2013 - General, News, Tech Help, Updates    Comments Off on A quick word…

A quick word…

To those of you that might be wondering why there’s a Protected page here (see the last post), I wanted to give an explanation in case anyone thought I was acting like a snob.¬† ūüôā

Another author from the book club that I co-moderate, Indie Book Club from Goodreads, asked for some help on his book that I’m presently reading.¬† The problem was, he didn’t want what was being discussed out in the public in case it gave away any details of his book.¬† We tried to create a private thread in Goodreads, but apparently GR doesn’t have that capability.¬† I know WordPress does, which is what this site runs on, so I volunteered to move the conversation here.¬† And it’s password protected.

For those of you who don’t know, like the character Steve in the Bakkian Chronicles, I am a Microsoft Certified computer tech.¬† I go around to residences and businesses and fix whatever is ailing their computers.¬† So tech problems, formatting problems, software problems, you name it I’ve seen it.¬† I’ll even go so far as to make this offer to any¬†fans of the series…¬† got a computer problem?¬† Ask away!¬† I’ll be more than happy to see if I can point you in the right direction!

Hope everyone is having a great week!  Back to work on The Lost City!

J.

Jan 23, 2013 - General, News, Updates    Comments Off on It’s hard to write on days like this…

It’s hard to write on days like this…

It’s Wednesday.¬† It’s my duly-designated day to write.¬† I don’t see clients today.¬† I typically won’t run errands today.¬† Just write.¬† Seeing how I’m now relying on the royalties I receive as a way to pay the bills, I figured it was the least I could do so that I can continue to release stories in a timely manner.

What’s holding me up today, you might ask?¬† Writer’s block?¬† Nope.¬† Sick dog?¬† Nope, although it’s happened before.¬†¬† Ate too much?¬† Aha!¬† Therein lies the problem.¬† Damn Chinese food.¬† That all-you-can eat restaurant certainly didn’t make their money on me today.¬† It was the first time my mother and I visited that restaurant, so clearly I had to try a little of everything, right?¬† Well, I’m paying for it now.¬† I want to curl up into a ball and take a nap.¬† However, my wife is working and I¬†believe in equality.¬† She works, I work.¬† Since I won’t take clients today, that means I write.

I know what you’re thinking.¬† Suck it up, take your punishment, and get back to work!¬† Yeah, yeah, yeah.¬† Easier said than done.¬† It’s gorgeous outside!¬† 70 degrees!¬† I’d much rather be insde.¬† I can’t wait for it to get dark again and I can play with my telescope.

Now wait.¬† Before¬†you jump to the wrong conclusions,¬†and I have to tell you to pick¬†your mind up out of the gutter, I want to say that I meant that literally.¬† I have an 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain Meade telescope that I can control wirelessly from my iPad.¬† It’s awesome!¬† I¬†have an astronomy app that shows me what the sky looks like from my location (I input my lattitude/longitude), and my wife bought me the wifi adapter that plugs into my telescope, and then my iPad connects to it wirelessly.¬† It’s a lot of fun.

But, it’s a toy.¬† I have work to do.¬† I am really enjoying how this story is developing.¬† My wife is pointing out flaws in previous chapters (which I’ve corrected), so hopefully when I get ready to give the story to the editor it won’t come back to me resembling swiss cheese.¬† I guess what I mean to say is, I really love writing.¬† I might not be the best at it, but I sure as hell will strive to be better.¬† That’s why I tell everyone who reads my stories that if you find something that is wrong, or else you didn’t like something (concept or execution), let me know and I’ll see what I can do!¬† The fans are what makes this possible and I enjoy interacting with you guys!

Kendall, just wanted to say that not only is Athos armed with a crossbow, he is also armed with a dragon-shaped collapsible boomerang he keeps strapped to his left forearm!

J.

Jan 9, 2013 - General, News, Updates    6 Comments

Thinking about releasing an omnibus…

I posted this question on my Facebook page, but I also thought I should post this here.

I have a question. Since I have released all three books in the Bakkian Chronicles, I’m thinking about releasing an omnibus, namely all three books as one ebook.

I was also thinking about including the short story I wrote, Bakkian Chronicles – the Disneyland Debacle, with it. It’s a story I wrote for an anthology to benefit Lyndsey Roughton, a young woman dying of cancer.

What do you think? Should I or shouldn’t I? And if I do, what price should I charge?

I’ll also mention that The Lost City is progressing nicely! I’ve since restructured my week to allow for nothing but writing on Wednesdays and Fridays. You know what? It’s working! I’m really enjoying how this story is playing out! I’ve used quite a few of the name suggestions and I’m nowhere close to being done. Thanks again for all the help!

I’ll keep everyone posted with progress updates. Got questions? Suggestions? Or find a typo? Please let me know!

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