Postcard online? Who knew that was possible?

Me...with a online printed post card!When it comes to advertising, I’m not someone who really says anything unless I really like it. I stumbled upon something really interesting that I had to try. Did you know you can actually send a postcard online? I had no clue!

The first time I realized that you could do things online that was originally regulated to the waking world was pizza hut. I remember sitting in my dorm room when I was the military hungry but too lazy to go out. Randomly going through google to see what there was, I stumbled upon their online order page. I was shocked! You could actually just type in the pizza you wanted and they automatically delivered it? Was this some sort of magic? It actually worked!

Since then I have just been amazed with the things you can do and sending postcards online was one of them. I was looking about for novelty ways to announce my new novella Star Traveler: Atlas Gambit and stumbled upon MyPostcard.com. I tried and I actually loved the quality of the product that I got (as you can see from the pictures). Honestly, let me show you in a bit more detail:

As I explained in the video, this card was really impressive and felt like a high quality print you would get from a tourist site.

One thing that really tickled my fancy is that you don’t actually need to go to the website to place an order. You can download their app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store and do it right from your phone!

I mean, how snazzy to just take a picture and get it sent as a postcard online? I know, I know. I’m very excited for a card but for anyone that knows me, I’m not the type to recommend something unless I actually like it and I love knick knacks! Just ask my beautiful wife who has to swim through all my weird collectables I got while single. So, take a moment to look at the website and see if can help you create your own mementos!

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Picture of the Postcard

 

Facts: I don’t care what you think, They’re Important

Pile of BooksAlright, I have reached the point to write the post that I swore to myself I would not write. Why? Because people do not seem to remember what facts are. Here are the two reasons why I loathed to pen this:

  • It’s politics and people are so blind even though they claim to be open.
  • Facts don’t matter to the modern American. Just what someone is saying.

So, why am I? Mostly to get it out of my system but also because it needs to be said, even though the majority is going to skim this.

The World As We know it

If anything, the President of the United States is the epitome of our present problem. A hyperbolic liar with no hesitation to bend or disregard facts that don’t suit him and his narrative. Everyone else has done it but not so obviously.

The United States has lost what the meaning of facts are and have confused the idea of fact with opinion.

From the beginning of the American election and just even today, it seems the majority of the populace prefer to believe what they are being told instead of looking at the facts. Why avoid the facts? Because they are pain incarnate. Our entire world view is built on this and a fact can destroy it irrevocably.

Do you believe vaccines cause autism? Well, there are actually hundreds of studies to prove that there is no evidence to support vaccines are linked to autism. If you just began to formulate a response to disprove it,  you just disregarded a fact.

I’m not going to go into a debate about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his fraud, follow the link. I just wanted to show you that people do it all the time and accepting that something you believe was actually incorrect is extremely difficult and painful. It’s a fact of life for being human.

Everybody now is a self-expressed expert in everything. Why listen to a doctor when Web MD told you the truth? Why listen to a pediatrician about your kids cause of people’s “experiences” on Tumblr or Pintrest? We have gone to the herd mentality of if everyone says the same thing, so it must be right.

Why Facts are important

Just look at our history. Everybody believed that sun went around the Earth hundreds of years ago. As we know now, it was not true. But everybody believed it so by that herd mentality, it was right.

The Dictionary describes a fact as a: “a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true”

Facts are what keep us grounded and able to function in the world. Facts are analyzed through logic and deduction. Not the unsubstantiated opinion of a person or organization. It’s pretty much, you ask yourself “Does A + B really equal C?”

Facts: Is Donald Trump Sexist?

Here’s an example of a common fact/opinion crap going around online.

Statement: Donald Trump is not sexist because he “respects women.”

Fact: Trump has claimed to respect women(1), Trump has been recorded to have sexually assaulted a woman(2),Trump has made sexually harassing comments(3)

Conclusion: The facts both past and present do not support Trump’s claim that he is not sexist. Conclusion is that Trump is sexist.

Will he like to know that? Of course not! People who support him will like that? Of course not!

So instead of looking at these facts, they do everything in their power to obfuscate or deflect the facts by lying (also called alternative facts by the way) and trying to place blame on others. Just like a three-year old covered in chocolate saying that his younger brother ate the candy. The fact is the candy is right there on the face. We are just turning a blind eye.

What does that Mean for Us?

Actually, I really don’t care what you think of this or the arguments you are formulating right now. What it means is that we are in a lot shittier place when we accept facts.

The United States is being run by people who are lying, stealing, cheats who use patriotic words and expert deflection to keep the fact that they don’t care about us but only themselves.

The midterm elections are coming and I really wish I could tell you that you can make a difference, the problem is that anybody running for those seats are equally, if not worse than who is sitting there now.

Your only option is to approach the polls with the idea of “I know these are the problems but can this person help in the end? Does the evidence support it?”

If not, this stupid cycle will keep going on and on.

Struggles with My Wonderful ADHD Child

My Angel SimonADHD is not the sort of subject I write on. Actually, it does not have anything to do with writing but it’s on my heart. Honestly, I am only writing it to take my frustration and put it to paper, something that I have done for years to control my emotional health.

For those of you who know me well enough, you have heard me talk about my firstborn. My son Simon was diagnosed ADHD a while back. For the parents who have their own ADHD child, I know they can relate to the struggle and stress we go through.

My Thoughts on ADHD

At present, we are dealing with emotional control in Simon or the lack thereof. It has become so rough that we must look around for another daycare to take care of him due to both myself and my wife work.

It is just frustrating the amount of effort that we both pour into him with no visible change or improvement. We have followed many of the tips and advice from his myriad of counselors, the school district has been fantastic in hearing our concerns, and he still refuses to do what is needed and will lash out if he does not get his way.

I don’t expect a blog post to fix everything and I have no intention of giving up on him. It’s just hard for me as I share a lot of the same issues that he does and I get it out through writing.

Simon is a mirror copy of me in many ways, and it adds to the heartache of trying to raise him. He is a good boy at heart, and he wants to do what’s right, but when the emotions take over, he can’t control himself.

Wrapping Up

In short, it’s going to be a long day, but in the end, I believe it is worth it. He is a beautiful boy that I love more than anything in the world, and I know his heart is in the right place.

We just have to figure out how to find balance and how to teach him to understand and process his emotions. I can deal with the energy, the outbursts of anger and rage followed up by extreme joy are just so hard to keep up with.

He’s my boy, and I love him. That will never change no matter what. Thanks for reading.

2018 Book Release Schedule

It is becoming that time of year again where I sit down with my hopes and aspirations, then set out a schedule that would invariably disappoint me. This is also known as my 2018 book release schedule!

January – Ashwood Falls: Benjamin
February – Jassik Creed & The Meek Prince
March – Star Traveler: Atlas Gambit (#3)
April – Blood in Space: Harvest
May – Ice Storm Chronicles: Curse of Ice (#2)
June – Undisclosed Title
July – Undisclosed Title
August – Star Traveler: Plague of Setaris (#4)

Ashwood Falls: Benjamin – Coming Soon 2018!

You all know how much I love reading and writing. Sometimes I get hit with this feeling of a story because of a conversation or an idea just tickled my fancy. Now, it’s time for you to meet Benjamin.  I’m happy to announce my next novella and it’s based on the Ashwood Falls Series!

Ashwood Falls: Benjamin cover

“I know where you’re trying to go, Benjamin Holly. The question is: Will you make it there alive?”

You have met those in Ashwood Falls and the lives they live protected by those things on the outside but what about people who have yet to make it there or do not even know of it’s existence?

Benjamin Holly is one such man. Alone in the world and trying to find the place he sees in his dreams, he struggles to stay ahead of a darkness that’s following him.

Join Benjamin as he faces his nightmare in a little tourist trap where he must make decisions that could effect him and an entire race forever.

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Yes, Fan-fiction is Real Writing

I think one area of the writing world that gets a lot of flak is the fan fiction world. If you were like me (before my scolded me), I felt that Fan fiction was the dregs of the writing world. I not only found out that was unfair but rather cruel to the hard-working writers who live and thrive in that world. I’ll admit, I was one of those “writing snobs” until my beautiful wife put me in my place.

Fan Fiction is Real Writing

Writing is writing. I never thought fan fiction was more than self-gratification  until my wife began to tell me some of the stories that she had read. I could not believe how much detail and dedication that fan fiction writers have put in to their works. There was even a story that was over a million words! I’ve never broken fifty thousand, let alone a million.

There is a lot of dedication to the fan fiction world, more than maybe some of freelance writers have ever put in to our own work. Even though it’s not an original world, many of the stories bear the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated writer.

It’s No Different than a Professional or Aspiring Author

When in terms of dedication and being a writer, fan fiction writers are exactly the same as a professional or aspiring author. Many writers, including myself, got started in other people’s worlds and pour the same amount of dedication and heart in to their works. Many times they do not have the ability to get an editor or professionally proof read their works.

Independent publishing can suffer the same amount of editorial error and proof reading mistakes since a lot of us are in the same boat as a fan fiction writer. Unless we’re established with a decent fan base, many of us cannot afford hiring an editor.

They have feelings too

Fan fiction writers are people just like you and me and the horrible amount of critique I have seen from other authors is saddening. There are people behind the story no matter how bad or good it is. To attack a writer’s work is never acceptable. That is why critique is important and should be taken seriously. They deserve the same amount of feedback as we do.

Fan Fiction Writers are a strong knit community

And I am glad of that. My wife has given me a tour of the fan fiction world and they care for each other a lot. They have the advantage of not only having the bonds of being a creator of fan fiction, they also have the love for the world they are writing in.

So the next time you see a fan fiction story, why not give it a shot and if you find issues, give feedback like you would any writer of any story.

[Short Story] Question of Survival

This is a story that I wrote two years ago. It has made the rounds to magazines, e-zines and other sources. It’s time for it to see the light of day as it was my first flash fiction I had written. Enjoy

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Honestly, survival had never been promised or guaranteed. Actually, David’s recruiter had expressed the sentiment in no uncertain terms, but he still decided to sign up. Was it his youth that made him think he was invincible? That nothing could kill him?

Well, the answer was obvious now, sitting on a dying world, watching the last friendly dropships race for the sky, without him.

The world was broken, the mission had failed, and three minutes to slow to the dropship made him a permanent resident. Now, the only friends in this world were broken, red, exotic trees among the eon worn rock and the irritating beep of the low oxygen warning as his new friends.

Had it all been worth it? That was the question that was running through his mind as he made himself comfortable on a low rock. Honestly, David was surprised he was not feeling more emotions about the fact that he was going to be dead in thirty minutes or so. He had fond thoughts of his family and their smiling faces over Christmas dinner, but there was no fear. No sign of the aching panic that would well up inside.

Maybe it was the cross he wore around his neck and the continued promises of his mother that there was something on the other side of this life. In a way, he hoped that she was right. That was the only emotion that flitted across his tired mind, his mother. Should would be devastated when they got the notice of his MIA status. Missing in Action, what a way to end his life.

David sighed and let the pulse rifle slide out of his hands as he mulled over what could be on the other side. Actually, in a way, he was rather curious to see what would be waiting for him. Another final frontier that he could explore just like what drove him to join the Terran Stellar Army. Maybe, there would be a way for him to see his mom, just one more.

There was only one way to find out.

David reached for the clips to his helmet.

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Dead in Space – Released!

It is finally time. It has taken quite a while to get it done but I am finally able to release it. I am proud to announce the release of the second book in the Star Traveler Series! As of this post, Dead in Space is available both on Smashwords.com and Amazon.com!

After taking the leap into deep space, the crew of the Icarus must traverse the long void between star clusters. Everything would have gone according to plan if it was not for a simple error on the part of a manufacturer. Facing death in space or an ancient trap, Captain Sinclair Barrett must make decisions that could seal the fate of the entire crew. Will he make the right one or will they be forever stuck in orbit of a dead world?

Where  can you get it?