Posts Tagged ‘writing’

The New King

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

It is with the sounding of trumpets and great fanfare that I announce the arrival of my latest novel, The New King. It is the third book of my Castle series and I was able finish a few details from the first two books (like will Jon ever get married?). That doesn’t mean there won’t be a fourth book. I created the world of Domum and it really is too good to just stop using it. However that brings up a problem I have with my writing production lately.

My writing has slowed down a tad during the past few months. The problem is the amount of time I’m spending on my liquor business. Nasty stuff like getting records in order for my accountant and using a spreadsheet to calculate new prices. On the plus side I also get to sample new wines, but that also leads to less time for writing. I have found my writing ability suffers a bit after the third glass. By the second bottle it’s gone completely.

Anyway I hope to get back on track soon as I jotted down several ideas for a new story besides another Castle book. I have a few paranormal story ideas, plus a couple of science fiction stories I would like to write. When I sit down with my trusty laptop I’ll see which one wins out.

Back to the new novel, which I hope readers will call a fantastic read (I’m ever optimistic). I had fun writing it as I had to develop a couple of battle plans, not normally something I study but it was interesting to look at battle strategies of the past. I also was able to explore the town of Vegrandis where Gilbert and other dwarfs live. I took the opportunity to show their culture and beliefs that makes them unique from the rest of the human population. Lastly I was able to crown a new king, although in fact no less than five men claimed the title of king during the story. You may be surprised who finally was able to win the title at the end (Unless you cheat and skip to the end. Shame on you.). So if you have read the first two books in the series, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. Love to hear your comments on this book and series. 

Okay, I’ll have just one glass of Pinot Noir and then get back to writing.

even the Roadrunner went beep beep

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

My car goes beep. No, there isn’t anything wrong with it. It’s just that vehicles today are sensitive to anything out of what it considers normal. This includes doors ajar, the temperature dropping near freezing, low fuel, low tire pressure, seat belts unfastened, low washer fluid and maybe the stereo on too loud. To complicate matters the key and remote starter (Marvellous device for those in cold climates. You can start your car from the inside of your home and let it warm up first before you venture into the cold night.) also will beep. It beeps when you unlock or lock the door, start the car or leave the car running with key in your hand.
The car manufacturers may think these beeps add to safety, but honestly all these beeps make driving confusing. Yesterday I heard a constant beep while driving and after a thorough investigation the culprit turned out to be my wife’s mobile.
I don’t mean to make a big deal about this, but the whole world goes beep. Microwaves, mobile phones, laptops, watches, ATMs, retail cash registers and a dozen other devices. I hope that someone can come up with a more musical tone someday. If you can think of one, call me and leave me a message at the sound of the beep.
I was interviewed a few weeks ago and if you’re interested you can follow this link
I am also a sponsor for a fashion show through Kiwi Imports. If you’re interested, here’s another link
This is my first blog on my new updated blog site with WordPress. I hope you like the small changes on it.