SILLY DAD POEMS


My family has told me on more than on occasion that I'm a little odd.

That's okay, they're all a bit odd as well.

One of the reasons they find me odd, and there are many, is due to the little songs I sing or the poems and/or lymrics I write off the top of my head as I'm in the kitchen preparing dinner or some such.

For example, I'll hear something on the television, a word or phrase, and before you know it I'm singing a little dity centered around that word or phrase.

Last night, a four line poem about my daughter popped into the my head, something silly, and by the end of the night, I'd had four more of them.

I have four kids. In order of age from oldest to youngest there is my step daughter, my son, and my two girls.

One of those two girls, the one not the youngest, I have called Noodle since she was born. I don't know why, I just have.

So last night, this crept into my head:

Noodley-Doo
What's wrong with you?
Do you have the flu?
Noodley-Doo


Which then lead to the following:

Noodley-Doo
You do have the flu
I heard an "atchoo!"
Noddley-Doo


And then:

Noodley-Doo
Why are you blue?
Did you lose a shoe?
Noodley-Doo


Which led to:

Noodley-Doo
Where is your shoe?
Do you have a clue?
Noodley-Doo


And finally:

Noodley-Doo
Would you like some stew?
Don't forget to chew
Noodley-Doo


After reciting these to her one at a time, each time one would pop into my head, Noodle told me that I needed to write them down.

And so I have.

I return you back to your regularly scheduled day.



WHY YOU SHOULD READ FANBOYS OF DOOM

Okay, first word . . . .

ZOMBIES!!!!

Alright, that may not excite people the way it once did, but still . . . .

ZOMBIES!!!!

Fanboys of Doom is a short story that explains what it would be like for a comic collector to live through the zombie apocalypse and still want to collect.

Life following the zombie apocalypse is no bag of chips.

That is unless you're former Police Officer Alex Ringo and you've discovered the resting place of the most valuable comic book of all.

Desperate to add the Holy Grail of comics to his mobile man cave, Alex will risk being eaten alive by a bevy of zombie fanboys to gain his prize.

Like The Other Gunfight, Fanboys of Doom is free to read if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited. If you aren't, it's only 99 cents for your Kindle app.

Also like The Other Gunfight, for the time being, you have to have the Kindle or Kindle app to read it as it is exclusive to Amazon until September 23rd when it's going wide. Meaning, if you only use Nook, Kobo, Apple, or Google Play, fear not for the book will come to you soon.

(More after the cover)


Fanboys of Doom is fast paced, fun, and is full of zombies getting shot and blown up and such.

This isn't your average, dark, slow, grinding, gritty, everything is terrible, stark, depressing zombie tale.

So yeah, you should read it, and read it now. You'll have it read by the end of the day, easy.

You can pick it up by clicking here, or by clicking the cover image above.

Thank you for your time, and if you happen to live through the zombie apocalypse, may your life still be fulfilling like Alex Ringo's.



WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE OTHER GUNFIGHT

The Other Gunfight: A Weird Western Short Story written by me.

Why should you read it?

The most compelling reason is that if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free. But you only have less that two months. Come September 23rd it will no longer be available through that service.

If you don't have Kindle Unlimited, you can purchase it from Amazon, for your Kindle, for just 99 cents. But, you have to have a Kindle, or Kindle app, because until September 23rd, that's the only way you can read it.

Once September 23rd hits, however, it's going wide.

Another reason you should read it? It's short. You can have it read in less than an hour. So for 99 cents, that's a pretty good deal.

How about another reason? Okay. If you like a little time travel in your Westerns, then this is the tale for you.

Here's the blurb:

Time travel. They say it's just science, but it still seems like magic to me.

So when two fellas from the future come to see me in July of 1881 and tell me that I'm going to die, that they can hold off my fate for ten years but I gotta come work for them. Well, I can't say I wasn't skeptical.

But how could I say no?

Now I move about in time, fixing things.

What does that have to do with Wyatt Earp and the Shootout at the O.K. Corral?

Well, let me tell you...

So really, unless you hate reading, or can't stand short stories, or have nothing but disdain for a fun tale about a man from the old west who, using future technology, travels from the future back to the old west to stop something that shouldn't happen during the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral? Well, yeah, you won't like this tale.

Otherwise, what do you have to lose?

Ok, sure, 99 cents. But what else are you going to spend it on?

So go on, give it a read. If you are on Kindle Unlimited, spread the word to all your Kindle Unlimited friends.

(More after the cover)


Eventually this will end up in a collection. But not for a while yet.

So, go on out and get it.

Full disclose, I did have one person read it on their Kindle and they didn't like it at all. But then, they didn't quite know what they were getting into. Here's the only review I have for the book so far:

The book looked good until I started to read it.
As I like books about the wild west and Wyatt Earp.
Then it turned out to be about a person who was a time traveller

That means, as it stands, this book is not well reviewed.

Don't you want to fix that?

There you go, another reason to read The Other Gunfight: A Weird Western Short Story.

To get your copy today, just click here, or click the cover above.

WHY I AM NOT AN AUTHORPRENEUR

If the meaning of entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

Then an authorpreneur would be a writer who sets up a business for their writing career, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.


I'll be honest with you. That's not me.

I like to write. I like to put my stories out there for people to read. And yes, I do rather enjoy when I can make a little money from it. But in the end, if I'm going to be truly honest with myself, earning enough to support myself and my family isn't the ultimate goal.

If it were, then I would be out there doing all the things a self published author is supposed to do in order to sell their books.

But I'm not.

Most importantly because I'm at a point in my life where I am unwilling to take even the smallest of financial risks.

I'm in my mid 40's. I'm married. I have three kids. I have a dog and a cat. I work two jobs. My wife works one job. We can pay our bills. I'm not going to put any of that at risk.

But still, I like to write.

So I do what I can with what I have.

Now, I'm going to say a few things that tend to make some self published authors angry.

First off, I don't use an editor. I can't afford one. Yes, there are people that will tell you that there are alternatives. Such as trading services. Maybe there is something I can do for a struggling editor so that they will edit my book. Well, as stated above, I work two jobs. I barely have time to write. I can't add other tasks to my list because in the end, I do need to sleep.

So yes. I have books out there for sale that have only been edited by me.

And with the exception of Holliday's Gold, I do my own covers. Because again, I can't afford it. Holliday's Gold was lovingly donated by Harold C. Jennett, and I thank him for that.

So why would those two statements make some self published authors angry? Because, there are folks out there that feel that if you aren't willing to invest in your "craft" then you shouldn't even bother. They feel that we pollute the electronic book shelves out there and make it harder for them.

And that's probably true. But I've found that I don't care.

Well, I do care. I'm not a monster. But, I have just as much right to put my stuff out there as they do.

Now, not all self published authors feel this way. I've seen many that encourage those of us with no money to do all that we can within our means and put our stuff out there. And that's what I'm doing.

But I'm not doing it in the hopes of making a career selling books.

I don't like saying that, however, because I feel that people will get the impression that since I'm not writing to make a career out of it, that I don't care enough to write the best stories I can write. Well, that's just silly.

I love writing and love it when people read what I have written. But most of all, I love when people read what I've written and enjoy it. So why would I put crap out there on purpose?


And don't get me wrong. This isn't a Down With the Authorpreneur post because I think the Authorpreneur is an amazing person. Some of these people are making more money, doing it themselves, then if they got signed to a book deal by a big publisher. And they own everything they write.

That's amazing. If you are one of these people then keep on keeping on.

This also isn't a Feel Sorry For Me Because I'm Poor post. Because I'm not poor. I'm happy. What else can I ask for?

No, this is just me finally admitting to myself that when it all comes down to it, when all the cards are on the table, I'm not, nor will I ever be, an authorpreneur. And I'm okay with that.

See, here's the thing. A few years back I decided that I needed to really take this writing thing seriously. So I started listening to all the podcasts and reading all the books and blog posts. Everything from the act of writing, to formatting a book for publication, to how to best market and sell your book. And, for me, it's all just a bit too much. I don't have the time, nor the resources to fully devote myself to making this a full fledged business.

So I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. Writing and publishing my way, with what I have available. And hey, maybe I'll sell a couple off books along the way.


PAPERBACK WRITER

I have what is, for me, an exciting update.

I'm in the middle of getting The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Volume One ready to publish as a paperback.

I got my first proof copy this past Wednesday:


I'm not going to show you a picture of the cover, the spine, the back, or any of that.

Why?

Well, I didn't order the proof with the final cover. Mainly because I hadn't picked the final cover. I knew that I should use the cover I'd created for the ebook, but I wasn't sure how that would print. Meaning that the two images behind Norman that are on the current cover, I wasn't sure how their resolution would work out when it came to the whole printing thing.

So I used Amazon's cover creator, which is terrible, and slapped the ebook cover on top of it.

The print quality is pretty great. So I set out and put a final cover together.


But here's the thing. I had assumed that the original cover wasn't going to work, so while I was waiting for the proof to arrive, I put together this cover.


Now, I'll be honest with you. I felt that this cover was vastly superior to the other. So even after the proof had come in, I had decided that I was going to use the cover with the minotaur.

I felt that it showed that Norman fought monsters, or at least you could look at the cover and see that a monster was going to be in the book. I didn't feel the other cover showed that in any way.

But then, when I showed the proof to my kids, and then I showed them the "new" cover I was going to use, my youngest told me she didn't like the cover with the minotaur.

I also showed the minotaur cover to a friend as well. While he liked it, he didn't think it was the better of the two.

So now I was torn.

So, I sent both covers to a number of people, and the top cover was more liked over the minotaur cover by over half.

OK, well, that made my decision then, right?

Not quite. One more thing I had to keep in mind was how would the book cover look on the web.

See, if you go to Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or Apple Books, and such, you see the book covers at about 220 pixels in height.

That's not very big. When folks are browsing these sites, that's what they see, these tiny little covers. So, if you want to pull those people in, you need to ensure that your cover looks good at that size.

So, I took both covers, made them tiny, and looked at them side to side.


Well, to me, the minotaur cover looks better at that tiny size. But then, I don't know if I can trust myself anymore.

So what do you think? Which do you like better? Which one should I use? Leave a comment and let me know.

In the meantime, I've order a new proof, and I've used the minotaur cover. I should have that in the middle of next week.

Maybe, when I see it, I'll just know if that's the cover I need or not. Regardless, it's the last proof I'm ordering because I know already that the interior is good.

That means that there's a good chance that by this time next week, I'll have a link for you to purchase your very own copy!

Then maybe I can get back to writing Volume Two.