Writer’s Block

July 15, 2022

Had a great chat with Dan Holmi, host of Locked On Capitals podcast. If you have a moment, check out the episode, Caps fan or not! It almost sounds like I know what I’m talking about.

June 28, 2022

Unfortunately, Forgotten Kids has been presented with another obstacle. It has been under contract with publishers twice now, and both have ended up folding close to its targeted release date. Perhaps it’s a curse. That doesn’t matter, for it needs to get out; it’s important content. After this next draft, the 15th in the yearslong tedious process of changes based on suggestions by multiple editors and beta readers, there will be one last read-through, and then it will be released by Universal Butterfly by the end of the year. No exceptions, no obstacles. No more industry bullshit.

June 23, 2022

It’s not every day you get to interview one of your favorite artists. Truly appreciate Frank Turner sparing what little free time he has while on tour to talk to me about his upcoming show in Albuquerque. Great musician, great guy. Loved the talk, and looking forward to the concert on July 27 at the Sunshine Theater.

May 11, 2022

A Spoiled Game by Carl Knauf

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!

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 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 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.

March 29, 2022

My first piece for the Albuquerque Journal ended up being on the front page. What a nice, unexpected surprise.

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 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.

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 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 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

The highly anticipated cyberpunk novel by Jason DeGray, 3vE, is now available. You can find the ebook on Amazon and other retailers, or you can pre-order a copy through UB’s shop!

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.

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