May 30, 2022
The Capitals must address goaltending and the offense this offseason, especially with Wilson being out for a significant amount of time and uncertainty surrounding Backstrom. 😯 They have options in the system at least. 👍🏒🥅 #ALLCAPS #NHL— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) May 30, 2022
May 15, 2022
The Capitals exited in the first round once again, and have only won seven postseason games since raising the #StanleyCup in 2018. The window has been shut, and hard years and decisions are coming, but it doesn't have to be that bad. #ALLCAPS #NHL https://t.co/fDXGSjpQLV— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) May 15, 2022
May 11, 2022
Finally! “A Spoiled Game: A Jack Swift Case” is officially on the market. It’s available on ebook from most retailers now, and print will be soon, including in my shop when my inventory comes in. Keep an eye out for that, but in the meantime, here is the link for the ebook. Good times!
May 8, 2022
The Capitals took a 2-1 series lead over the Panthers yesterday. Solid showings by Samsonov, Mantha, and Jensen helped the cause. However, they have officially poked the bear, or big cat in this case. Keeping the pace is key. #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/OMuv24LjOb— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) May 8, 2022
May 2, 2022
Capitals and Panthers will start their first-round #StanleyCupPlayoffs series tomorrow night. If Washington wants a chance, they need to keep pace, and that means the offense needs to step up whether or not Ovechkin can play.#ALLCAPS #TimeToHunt #NHL https://t.co/cxOTgOuxCB— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) May 2, 2022
April 27, 2022
The Capitals missed out on jumping the Penguins for third in the Metro twice now. There’s no room for any more missed opportunities, and things just got a tad tougher with Ovechkin’s injury status up in the air. Someone has to step up. #ALLCAPS #NHL https://t.co/MO2J2FLz1F— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) April 27, 2022
April 26, 2022
“A Spoiled Game” is the third installment in the Jack Swift series. The ebook will soon be available; it’s just pending approval by the vendor. The print copy needs one last proof, and should be out next week!
April 25, 2022
My article on Washington’s name change was featured on the front page of the sports section of the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday. Thanks to all the amazing sources who made this piece very strong.
April 24, 2022
The Capitals had a solid 5-game road trip. Offense is playing well and so is the defense this month (minus 2 lapses). They get a chance to make up for one of said lapses against the Maple Leafs tonight. Either way, confidence should be high. #ALLCAPS #NHL https://t.co/Xf7NMvSNHo— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) April 24, 2022
April 20, 2022
Forgotten Kids has been on a journey, to say the least. It is going to be longer. When its original publisher asked me to change the entire novel to past tense and make significant word cuts, I did. I shaved nearly 10,000 words during the tedious process of changing the tense. The publisher folded due to the pandemic while the book was under contract, and fortunately, another publisher picked it up. After nearly a year of review, they have yet to do a line edit, but instead provided notes that I must change the narration to present tense and perhaps think about cutting words.
This is a perfect example of how subjective the publishing industry is on every level, and, once again, how disrespected the artist’s time is. This will be the 15th draft of Forgotten Kids. Most of those drafts have been directly related to the style preferences of people, not the actual editing process. There is no one right way to write a book, so keep that in mind.
April 17, 2022
The Capitals are very close to clinching a #StanleyCupPlayoffs berth, but seeding is still up in the air. No matter what, they will have a tough first-round matchup, but still winnable. #ALLCAPS #NHL #HockeyTwitter https://t.co/khaCTa0vfk— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) April 17, 2022
April 13, 2022
The final read-through is done for Jack Swift 3. Formatting and cover design over the next week, then a proof, then a release. Great stuff.
April 8, 2022
Getting in some good work with Jack Swift 3. Final edit should be done next week, and then just some formatting for the ebook and print version, as well as a cover, and it should be good to go! Looking at May for the release.
As a reminder, profits will be going to the people of Ukraine.
April 1, 2022
April is going to be tough for the Washington Capitals. Nine of their 14 games are against teams potentially heading to the Stanley Cup Playoff. They should still maintain their spot in the wild card, however. #ALLCAPS #NHL #Hockey https://t.co/GYCdKQW2cC— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) April 1, 2022
March 30, 2022
See story at https://t.co/xBEOI4jRKB— Albuquerque Journal (@ABQJournal) March 30, 2022
March 29, 2022
My first piece for the Albuquerque Journal ended up being on the front page. What a nice, unexpected surprise.
March 22, 2022
The Capitals have been hot this month. So has the rest of the Metro, so getting out of the wild card spot will be tough. They may be better off in that position anyway. #NHL #ALLCAPS #HockeyTwitter https://t.co/vGxJN1TqQf— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) March 22, 2022
March 18, 2022
Thanks to Notah Begay III for a great interview. The piece on the Commanders is coming together nicely, and I owe it all to the sources.
March 15, 2022
I made a #TikTok account and deleted it after one day. I quickly realized it may be the tipping point of society’s downfall. When asked by the site why I was leaving, I filled in my own answer, saying: I don’t see the point of this.
March 14, 2022
The Capitals went 2-0-1 during their Canadian road trip last week. They’ve won four of five since the beginning of March, and it’s because the top-six has been producing. #ALLCAPS #NHL #Hockey https://t.co/v90hhaymv8— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) March 14, 2022
March 6, 2022
The situation in Ukraine is tragic and hopefully will be resolved soon. As a disclaimer, the third Jack Swift novel is set to be released in May, but the content does have heavy Russian, Ukrainian, and nuclear references. I know the matter is very sensitive at the moment, and it’s not my intention to take advantage of the situation. The first draft of this book was written last year, well before any talk of Russia invading Ukraine was high. It also has nothing to do with invasions.
I wanted to clear the air just in case criticism comes after the book’s release. Please continue to find ways to support Ukraine. I will be donating profits from the novel to help the Ukrainian people as much as I possibly can.
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March 1, 2022
Great talk with Benny “Big Benny” Martinez, local comedian and former radio personality, about the Washington Commanders’ upcoming season and his reaction to the name change. Hopeful to get my piece published in the Albuquerque Journal soon.
February 22, 2022
Ilya Samsonov has been solid in his last 5 starts after Vitek Vanecek was put on Injured Reserve. Has he been solid enough though? The Capitals have some decisions to make with their goaltending situation still. #ALLCAPS #NHL #Hockey https://t.co/2ne3fEloJF— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) February 22, 2022
February 16, 2022
Very appreciative of Dr. Ives Goddard for taking the time to chat with me about the Washington Commanders name change. The Smithsonian linguist had great insight into the origins of the term “redskin.”
February 15, 2022
The #NHL trade deadline is a little over a month away and the Washington Capitals are usually busy buyers at this point in the year. They should be cautious this season, however, and perhaps balance out any deals by being sellers as well. #ALLCAPS #Hockey https://t.co/WFs5FmEjZ2— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) February 15, 2022
February 8, 2022
The Capitals have a short window to figure things out before the trade deadline. There are certain role players who need to step up, and others who have been solid, but collective production is vital for a postseason run. #ALLCAPS #NHL #HockeyTwitter https://t.co/wp2GZaC63J— Carl Lawrence Knauf (@carlLknauf) February 8, 2022
February 4, 2022
Wonderful interview with retro-soul-pop artist Ali Angel. The fresh voice in the industry is ready to break through. Feature on her to come soon.
October 21, 2021
I was discussing the industry with a couple who are good friends of mine the other day. The woman has a coworker who writes romance novels and brings home upwards of $5,000 a month in supplemental income for her work. That is fantastic. However, it poses questions.
Said coworker, judging by the woman’s status, has a nice-paying, stable career. She also has a contract with Amazon to produce a book a month. Hearing this, my immediate thought was twofold.
Fold 1: A contract with Amazon isn’t a contract with a traditional publisher. This means she has spent enough money through their ad services to gain a lot of exposure, therefore, making money through advertising, not necessarily the book’s weight itself, that it benefits both parties.
Fold 2: Who writes a quality book in a month? That is, of course, a rhetorical question based on jealous assumption. Though, it’s something to consider. With outlines, edits, and drafts, it takes someone like myself almost a year, if not more, to produce what I can only say is contentment of the final work.
It appears that to be financially successful as an author, you must be willing to pay the platform and spit out some drivel in return. Advertising controls the world, not art, and it’s a shame. I remember when authors were these mystical, well-respected, intellectual individuals who people wanted to have a discussion with. Now, we beg for audience approval, and focused advertising brainwashes the new celebrities that social media has molded, the average person, giving them a sense of delusional fame that spreads beyond their circle.
I hope I’m wrong.
October 8, 2021
To further on Raymond’s autobiography, closely relating to the below post, the author criticized critique before it became out of hand as it has in the modern era.
“This means that art has got to be controlled, and by the very people whom I wish to God had never ever heard of it – those terrible, negative, purposeful people who, like a child with a scab, cannot leave art alone. They ridicule and criticise it from a sense of drowned guilt, vaguely aware that what they are reading, looking at or hearing either embodies beauty, the opposite of the horrors they perpetrate or else, by presenting itself as extremely ugly, it satirises and underlines the state of the world as run by bores and so, naturally, the bores themselves. (p. 124)”
Something to think about and discuss if you feel the need to.
October 5, 2021
I’ve come across two vitally important quotes to share from Derek Raymond’s autobiography, The Hidden Files.
“It isn’t the language that’s dead; it’s the people who use it… A language that can’t be spoken can’t be written. You must be able to hear what you’re writing. If you can’t, no matter how much noise you make with it, there is somehow silence. (p. 62)”
Yesterday’s Facebook outage should make us think about this and how social media has created this “dumbing” of language and a reliance on something that is unstable.
“People will rarely if ever pay you for creating something they cannot understand, or can see no immediately profitable use for. (p. 63)”
More and more I experience the fact that people do not value the artist or their time anymore, but it has clearly been going on for a while.
October 5, 2021
Even if you’re in doubt of your talents or path, as long as someone still thinks the dream is a possibility, it remains alive. A friend said something like that to me the other day.
March 13, 2021
3vE by Jason DeGray
March 10, 2021
It’s been a while, but a rebrand is in place. This will soon become my main “social media” feed. I’m working on cleaning up the site, so please be patient! New things are coming and I shouldn’t be long.