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Entertaining Stories

Well, it’s one of the days. My newest book The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II is now available for purchase on Amazon. It’s a pre-sale, and the books will deliver on August 31st. That is the other day.

I wanted to do a short pre-sale, but Lisa my robotic assistant must have messed up. Let’s talk about the actual book.

This is similar to the first Experimental Notebook, in that it’s a collection of short stories and micro-fiction. It’s also similar in that it’s priced at 99¢.

I decided to make the alchemy wheels into a kind of theme. The first Notebook has one, this book has two, and should there be a third volume it will have three wheels. That way the covers are similar, but also unique.

This book has some science fiction, some paranormal, and one that barely qualifies as fantasy. I love fantasy, but…

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First Book Jitters

Well I finally did it. I published a book for the first time. I uploaded a short novel on Amazon. Yes short and it still took me nine months to write and edit. Actually it took longer to edit than write. I think it was seven months of editing. Sheer torture, as I wanted to be writing other things. I know this is nothing new, it’s part of the process so I will try to embrace it. Anyway it’s out there now for all to judge and that’s the fear. Once I clicked publish my first thought was ‘what have I done’. It’s all fun creating the story in your head and typing away but when you make it public it’s is no longer your story. It is open to praise and criticism. But at least nobody can take away the fun of writing it. 

So it went up and I did what a swore I would never do. That was to check  my rating or how many downloads I had. Sometimes I would check twice a day. I know, sad right? I need to get a life. After a couple of days I had to ban myself from going online and checking. I have to look at it as children flying the nest. You can’t be ringing checking up on them every five minutes. Well, maybe not such a great comparison but you get the idea. 

I did two promotions one with bknights and I got a couple of paid downloads. The I ventured on with free for five days promotion. Of course I got a lot more but one day I combined it another bknights promo and I was amazed  at the results.

The days have passed and I don’t feel as nervous, even if I there are hardly any downloads due to the promo ending. I have decided to take a different approach to when I started. I will enjoy the process of writing and publishing. If people enjoy my work that’s a bonus and if they don’t it won’t stop me writing. 

Is there anyone else out there that has just started out? Even feel the way I do? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Sam 

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Sticks and Stones

Oh the shame

It’s just a name, right?

This might be a very uncomfortable topic to talk about. If you are squeamish then read no more. But if you are curious as to why I was given this bizarre name then read on. Why kids insist on giving you names that you only hope they do not repeat in public. Not every one is blessed with regular toilet motion. I wish I could go everyday but I am lucky if it is every other day. Not happening. So when I do finally go, I very rarely, well sometimes I clog up the toilet. It is very unpleasant. Being discrete so the kids don’t find out is my main objective. In my failure to unclog the toilet they are faced with the evidence that I have huge problem that can not be flushed away.

“You need to go every day”

“Twice a day”

They scream between fits of laughter. I am horrified and embarrassed but even more so, for the times that I have had to call the plumber out.

“There is something wrong with the toilet” I implied.

“These eco toilets are no good, the pipes too small” said the plumber.

“More like the poop is too big” My youngest whispers.

After the third time the plumber was called out, he was no longer convinced that the toilet was to blame. I hung my head in shame and accepted that I had a problem and grudgingly accepted the name my kids assigned to me.’Volcano bum’.

Update:

I am happy to say that I do not have this problem anymore and now go regularly. They now have other names for me.

 

The Power of Visual Aids

I’m struggling this morning.

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In fact, for two weeks I’ve lacked the motivation to go to the gym. I still manage to go but it’s hard. Yes, I am physically tired but normally I’d be eager to go.

As I lay in my bed I ask myself the question, why? Why am I finding it so difficult? The first few weeks were so easy. I’d be excited the night before to go to the small gym, get sweaty and feel my legs and heart burn. I even had to force myself to go back to sleep, as I was too revved up to get on that treadmill.

Now today, I’m having to really push myself. Why? I ask myself. Then I remember something. Something small that happened nearly two weeks ago.

One afternoon my Son decides to take a fancy at the fridge magnets that are placed at the side of the fridge. One of the magnets was holding my Gym Tracker which I designed to track how often I went to the gym over a six-week period. The goal I set for myself was to go no less than 3 times a week.

Every time I went to the gym I would tick the box. Silly really, as I would feel a sense of satisfaction from seeing a week filled with four or more ticks. Just a tick that’s all but it brought me back to my school days, when ticks would bring me joy.

I had already reached the fourth week when I found my son standing by the fridge. The funny thing is, my Son could have picked any magnet, as there are so many but he had to go and play with the one holding my Gym Tracker. There was no time wasted telling my Son to put the magnet back but it was too late. My family and I watched as my Gym Tracker fell between the thin gap between the fridge and cabinet. They all turned round to me. I rewarded my Son with ‘You are in big trouble’ look. They couldn’t even laugh as they know how important it is to me. Actually my daughter did laugh, as she seems to find most things funny.

“Oh well, you best go and get it, as I need to tick that box”. I said, as I walked away, confident that my Son would be able to retrieve the tracker.

It’s now today and I still don’t have the Gym Tracker. Every attempt my family made to get it has failed. There was nothing thin enough to get it. Even a ruler wouldn’t fit, as there is no wiggle room between the fridge and cabinet. So no tracker, no tick, no sense of achievement, no motivation.

That’s the reason why I am finding it difficult to go to the gym. Yes, I can easily print off another tracker but the other tracker had all my achievements on. Seeing it beside the fridge encouraged me to go to the gym. I never really understood the power of visual aids until this morning. I have a list of goals in my head, on a spreadsheet but none of them have any visual aids. Mind you, I don’t think I’ll have enough fridge magnets for them all.

Anyway I am currently dressed for the gym. It appears that writing about my experience can also motivate me.

So today I learnt that if I have a goal, I have to have a visual aid.

Wow, am I the only one that’s new to this?

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Start Something New

Well this is embarrassing.

How is it that it seems like the whole world is blogging and social sharing? Then here I  am struggling to put up my first post. What happened to me? This used to be my thing. I was the one always on Friends United, My Space and I had a You Tube channel. Sadly now I don’t even know what Snap chat is. I have heard of it but never experienced snap chatting.

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I refuse to be left behind. I will ignore my children rolling their eyes at me when I ask what’s the proper protocol for social media. They have left me to my own devices, so naturally I will get it wrong, I’m certain of that.

With all that said, I would like to welcome you, especially if you have managed to find me.

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