Update…WHOA!!! Has it really been that long!?

Well, it has really been a long time since I’ve updated this thing. I should hire an assistant to do this for me, but that would cost money and as we all know, teacher/writer/musician/photographer really just means I’m a renaissance man of the lowest paying jobs in the world. So, yeah, quarterly updates it is.

As I finish up the school year and the book, I’ve been looking for inspiration and motivation and a way to de-stress. What that boils down to is that I’ve been watching so much Star Trek that Sarah actually requested no Sci-Fi for our movie night last week. Star Trek–as odd as it sounds–is sort of my go-to catharsis. In the the past three weeks I’ve watched Star Trek II (I actually watched this one twice in two days), III, TOS (3 episodes), 2009, and even Into Darkness (which was AWESOME!!!!), and that’s not counting the Enterprise episodes we watched a month ago. I don’t know if anyone else has a preferred method of unwinding, but if you do, let me hear it in the comments, I’m curious.

I’ve done it, yet, I haven’t finished. While I’ve reached my goal of more than 115,000 words (currently sitting at 118,000+) I still have yet to finish book two, but WAIT! Put down the pitchforks and torches, I’m almost there, really, I am. I imagine about three more chapters to finish it up. Two weeks, maybe three… I think that’s feasible. I guess we’ll find out. Once school is out, I’ll have a lot more time to figure out the time line for editing and getting it out to the betas.

As for the content of the book, ¬†I’ve gone through a few versions of a few different ¬†characters and scenarios (which drives Sarah nuts because I’ll tell her one thing will happen and then the characters decide that’s not what they want to do and I change it as I write). This book is going to be a lot more complex than the other in that it follows more characters in more time periods. There’s a lot to it, so I hope it goes over well with the Betas.

I’m excited to finish the book. I think it’s going to be great. I can’t wait for you all to read it. Stay tuned for a beta-reader opportunity. If you think you’d like to be a beta-reader, hold that thought because I’ll need a few more after Sarah and my mom read it; I’m thinking late summer or early fall.

Thank you all for your support and I’ll try to update more frequently.

-John

It’s been a while, where have I been?

HAPPY NEW YEAR and HAPPY MLK DAY!!!

Well, I looked at the last post and was absolutely appalled at the date; November 11th?! That’s jsut a little bit unacceptable, so here I am to post, yet again about where in the holy heck I’ve been for two months.

As you all know–from reading my bio–I am a University of Oregon Alum (GO DUCKS!!!), and I would do just about anything short of killing my great aunt Tilly (I don’t really have a great aunt Tilly, but you know what I mean) to get access to my Ducks. Well, I’ve had just that kind of opportunity lately. A friend of mine got me a photo gig working with her significant-other shooting pictures of Oregon Duck sports. I’ve been hanging out at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene sitting courtside on the floor shooting pics of my boys in the Green and Yellow (and white and gray and black…). The basketball team has been doing fairly well considering their “rebuilding” status and it’s been a blast. For a look at my pics go to www.duckterritory.com. Next football season I’ll be on the sidelines. I can’t wait.ImageIn Book News…

So patience is the name of the game these days. I have to admit I haven’t really been pressing hard on the industry. With work, I’ve been sort of swamped; however, I’ll be taking a month off while Sarah does her student teaching and I hope to finish Book 2 of IMMORTAL LIGHT. I’m really excited about it. I’ve had a large group of readers of late and the response to Book 1 has been very encouraging. In fact, there hasn’t been much by way of negative feedback. Either it’s that good and I’ve selected my target demographic perfectly, or no one wants to hurt my feelings. It might be a little of both.

I want to share with you something to look forward to about book two. Someone important is going to die… I know that most people reading this haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about because I still can’t get adults to want to represent my work, but Book 2 is going be good!

Being that today is MLK Jr. Day, I had a great story idea pop into my had that combined the themes of civil rights, sports, and time travel. I’m excited about getting this one down on paper.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you all are well. Wish me luck with the agents and publishers.