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When I worked at the bookstore, I ran into a coworker in the break room. Megan was always reading something interesting, so, when I saw her with a new book, I asked, “What are you reading?”
She looked slightly away from me as she held up the hardcover in her hands. It was one of those vampire books that a lot of people read and everyone makes fun of now. “I got on the bandwagon.”
Valuing her opinion, I asked, “Is it any good?”
Megan’s answer: “No.”
A few weeks later, I caught her again with a hardcover. “Still reading it?”
“No,” she said, lifting the book. “I moved on to the next one.”
“So it got better?”
“No. It’s awful.”
I can’t make this stuff up.
In the movie Galaxy Quest, Tim Allen’s character has a line he delivers at the end of every mission. “Never give up, never surrender.” Sure it can be a bit hokey, but there’s a truth to that line.
I’ve had things to say about Game of Thrones. Good or bad, it’s because the narrative and the characters are so engaging. While a lot of people are going to sing the praises of the male characters, I’m going to share a few thoughts on a character I’m enjoying more and more, Brienne of Tarth.
Given the recent conflict between Amazon and Hachette, I have made a realization regarding the future of traditional publishing. I am posting this as an open letter to share the idea, since it is one I think would be vastly successful.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in a few days, I’m going to take a moment and share some of the reasons why I love these characters.
Musicals have never been my thing. I doubt they ever will. When these characters pointlessly burst into song, I want to slap them, not cheer for them.
Yet, I saw Frozen and my biggest complaint was, big surprise, there’s too much singing. I wouldn’t purge all of it, because there’s one piece that must stay.
There’s an old saying about writing, that nothing is ever finished, just abandoned.
On July 6, 2012, I posted Vitamin F for sale on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It’s been an exciting experience just having an e-book available. I’ve even managed to get a number of sales without doing much on promotion.
I had another reason for holding back on promotion.