Bogus thoughts bouncing willy-nilly through my head


It certainly has been awhile since I have posted. Career choices, perhaps, or unnecessary thoughts bouncing willy-nilly through my head have infected my ability to post.Yes, I meant to use the word infected.

There have been a multitude of career choices bouncing around in my head, infecting my thought patterns with bogus ideas of changing my career. I ask myself “What career are you wanting to change? You have no career. You’re retired.”

What my brain has been trying to sort out, probably, I can’t honestly say that I always understand what is on my brains mind, is what I can do with so much time on my hands.

I have tried different things:

Writing short stories

Writing ebooks a little bit longer than the stories. Longer short stories perhaps.

Voice acting, voiceover

Narrating audiobooks through ACX for Audible.com and Amazon, ten books in all, was fun but not very much money for the work involved. (Projects were done on a split of royalties, no sales)

Back to the point. None of these things have been actual career choices, because I am not looking for a career. I’m looking to offer my services, whatever they may and hopefully useful (above all legal, moral and ethical) on a full time basis.  With me deciding what constitutes full time. Not working for someone else but offering expertise where I can links other helpful resources where I can.

I also have a plethora of questions of my own. Many, at the moment, about the recent election. Not political questions but WTH (what, why, where or who the heck?) questions.

•WTH are these protesters protesting? The election was held, a winner was declared. If your candidate didn’t win it doesn’t mean your world will end or it was a personal attack on you. Look at it this way, if you are only protesting because you have no job, perhaps there will be one when the new guy takes office. Wouldn’t you feel silly then?

Anyway WTH said your candidate was supposed to win there are no hereditary rulers in this country, no matter what the losing party thinks. Besides, she will probably write a book about the experience and make millions while all these college students flunk out because they couldn’t handle the stress of their candidate losing and wound up permanently in a crying room with a coloring books and a box of crayons. How does that particular generation expect to handle the pressures of governing the future world when they can’t even handle the stress of someone they don’t even know meets reality face to face?

Oh my! Do you see what I mean? So many bogus and useless thoughts just bouncing willy-nilly through my head. Perhaps I could use a coloring book, a box of crayons and,just maybe, a hug. Sigh!!

Did I mention that I have toyed with the idea of writing a blog?

Next time. Hopefully.

 

Who Will Tell About Your Book Or Audiobook If You Don’t?


I have recently noticed a lot of email in my box telling me, because I am the one reading it, that I shouldn’t push my own products for sale openly. That I should hide the fact that I am selling books that I have written. That I should write about the books of other authors instead, while placing ads on their sites where they talk about their own books. Perhaps many of you are receiving some the same kind of help in your inboxes. Here’s one “Don’t waste your money buying advertising. Buy my half-hour internet course for only $350 on how to sell other peoples books and I’ll give you all five of my books that normally sell for $2.99 absolutely free. Wow!! A fifteen dollar value for only $350, o-o-ohhh-weeeeh. Get some!!!

Perhaps I am silly in the head, but that sounds to me like a lot of horse hooey. How will people know about your book or poetry or stories if you don’t tell them about it first.

I’m not saying that I am the person that has all the answers, but I’m not charging you for what I think on the matter either. I am merely an author who has written a couple of books, short stories actually, that tell good stories for your enjoyment, or at least the enjoyment of those who are interested in the stories I tell and write, and I don’t mind telling people about them and where they can buy a copy.

Allow me to tell you about Castigation, a story about actions that three young men took without thinking of consequences, then their families later in life to pay the price along with them for those actions. Although Castigation is a fictional supernatural story, many people have experienced similar circumstances either in real life, or in the nightmares that awaken them in the night. I think it is safe to say that most people don’t believe that people shape-shifting into dragons or other creatures has a foundation in reality, but while they are trapped in their dreams with these beings, reality has an entirely different meaning.

Dragon shifters, werewolves, vampires, zombies, engkanto, kapre, aswang, a few among many, are all creatures of the the supernatural we are told. We read about them in stories and watch movies about them, believing in our hearts that they don’t exist, yet they all become real when the creatures enter our nightmares night after night.

There, I have promoted my book Castigation and some other stories that I have written or recorded for other authors as audiobooks and I don’t feel a bit bad about blowing my own horn. I’ll even allow you to repost this post at no charge. Ain’t I a sweetheart? You can buy copies of Castigation by clicking the word Castigation or going to my author page at Amazon.com. There are other links in this post that will connect you to books that I have narrated as audiobooks.

Review of Blood On The Mississippi by Colin Webster


Behold: A fair and honest review.

Reviewed by Susan Voss . Be sure to check out other reviews by Susan  at http://dabofdarkness.com

The Review of Blood On The Mississippi by Colin Webster

Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it stood well on its own.

Clay and Maria are newlyweds and they are being constantly attacked as they travel up and down the Mississippi. Maria is a newly minted vampire and still getting use to her powers and how to control her thirst for human blood. Clay turned over a new leaf with his marriage, trying to earn an honest living (usually via gambling) instead of robbing trains. They have a pet vampire horse that was a pretty cool addition to the story. The Order hunts them with priests and guns; a stone angel wants Maria destroyed; and Clay has been invited to an exclusive (and shady) riverboat poker game.

This books starts off with action (a hunt through a moonlit graveyard) and only lets up well past the half-way mark when Clay and Maria are tricked into a deadly game of poker. Maria sleeps buried in the earth (snuggling her pet vampire horse) while Clay roams around buying new clothes, drinking whiskey, gambling, and usually trying to get himself killed. A rather spooky young priest leads the charge in hunting them down, flinging insults at them along with deadly knives. Just when it looks like the two newlyweds will get in some quality marital bliss time, the stone angel Michael finds them and attempts to destroy Maria (and Clay along with her since he is deadly earnest in defending her). While each action scene was well written, I found myself in a battle fatigue well before we get to the poker game that takes up the last third of the book. It started to all blur together for me.

The poker game itself had an interesting twist to it that I enjoyed even while the game itself lacked the intensity of the previous obstacle course of gunfights, knife throwing contests, and stone angel evasion. I am not much of a card game player myself, so I think some of the nuances of the poker game were lost on me and that another reader who enjoys poker games would take more enjoyment from these scenes.

The story was full of western clichés and stock idioms. At first, this helped set the scenery and gave me the impression that Clay was not from the Mississippi area (and later we find out that he is from the desert Southwest). But after a while, with repetition of the clichés and idioms, I was a bit dulled by them. Maria herself is from Mexico. She does fight hand to hand several times in the book, but later has to ask what to do with a gun (which might have been in sarcasm but it was unclear), has to be protected and rescued more than once, and doesn’t know how to play poker. I felt that her character was underutilized; she definitely played second fiddle to Clay. In fact, we didn’t have a single other female character until the poker game at the end of the book. So I guess there are no knife-wielding, vampire-arse kicking nuns out there to help out The Order.

The book was mildly entertaining though I can see how the author has left the door open for both character and series growth. There is potential for it to get better as the series continues.

The Narration: Hubert Williams has a deep voice that I enjoyed listening to. However, his accents came and went and were often muddled. Sometimes he seemed to get into a reading rut himself and there was no emotion to the performance. Also, several times throughout the book there was an odd background sound and I think it was the sound of rustling papers as he read.

Clay was not from the Mississippi area (and later we find out that he is from the desert Southwest). But after a while, with repetition of the clichés and idioms, I was a bit dulled by them. Maria herself is from Mexico. She does fight hand to hand several times in the book, but later has to ask what to do with a gun (which might have been in sarcasm but it was unclear), has to be protected and rescued more than once, and doesn’t know how to play poker. I felt that her character was underutilized; she definitely played second fiddle to Clay. In fact, we didn’t have a single other female character until the poker game at the end of the book. So I guess there are no knife-wielding, vampire-arse kicking nuns out there to help out The Order.

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