Inspiration Break: Doctor Who

I didn’t get on board the TARDIS until 2011, after a few months of listening to The Nerdist Podcast. So many episodes began with the hosts chatting about Doctor Who, and it persuaded me to check it out. Episode one of the 2005 reboot/continuation/revitalization was nothing special.  But episode two blew my mind.  In it,…

Cover Evolution

No, that first picture is not a child’s drawing.  It’s my attempt at sketching an idea for the cover of The First Kingdom.  See, my friend was willing to draw the cover, but she wasn’t about to read the novel.  So I had to come up with the idea.  I knew I wanted Aros, Rikki, and…

Inspiration Break: Political Science

If there’s one specific area that has defined me since high school, it’s politics.  I find the subject intensely fascinating, from the campaigning to the actual governing.  When I got to college, Political Science was the major everyone assumed I would take up, and I did.  And I loved most of my political science classes. …

Looking Back at July

It’s been one month since The First Kingdom officially launched.  Given that, I thought I’d take a look at the statistics for the entire month.  How many units were sold?  How many pages were read?  And did I get any reviews?  Let’s find out. Amazon’s dashboard groups all its stats by country.  I’ll break it…

What’s Next?

With the initial launch behind me, I still feel that there is tons more to do.  It’s like this whole being-a-writer thing is a never-ending process. My main objective over the next six months is to obtain reviews.  Reviews are apparently hard to come by.  I’ve read that for every 100 sales, you can expect…

Launch Post-Mortem

The Kindle Countdown Deal is over.  The First Kingdom is back to its original $3.99 price.  The advertisements have ended.  The official launch has concluded. So how’d I do?  I can’t say I’m impressed, but I’m not depressed either.  Before I started this, my unspoken goal for this launch was to sell 100 copies.  I…

Phase Four: The Official Launch, Here We Go

Tomorrow is the day.  I’ve spent several months putting this together (years if you count writing the novel).  Though the last few weeks have been fairly quiet, they’ve all been leading here.  I didn’t realize what a turbulent week it’d be, especially due to some family issues that were beyond my control, as they often…

Perspiration Break: Exhaustion

When I was younger, whenever someone asked me how I was, I often would reply “tired.”  My response has changed since then, but the feeling stays the same.  I am almost perpetually tired, and that makes writing all the more difficult. This is one of the reasons finding time to write is problematic.  I am…

Inspiration Break: Star Wars

I remember watching Star Wars when I was really young.  I mean days of VCR and no Internet young.  My parents had recorded the original Star Wars trilogy off some channel that was showing it, and for years that was my only copy.  It wasn’t until we bought the trilogy at Sam’s Club that I…