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I’ve Done All That I Can

Welcome, my friends!  Today is Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and I have done all that I can to get the new novel, The Thorium Endeavor by Joel Wilson (ME!) out there and available for you all to enjoy.  

 

The book may be ready sometime tonight but I can’t guarantee it.  Amazon, Createspace and Barnes & Noble are at the controls now and I am just waiting on them to do their thing.  If it isn’t ready tonight, it will be tomorrow and I will post the various links on my blogsites and websites as soon as I receive them.  I will also announce the release of The Thorium Endeavor on social websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+,Chimein, Tumblr and Pinterest then too.  I will list if with Smashwords in the next few days as well. That may turn into a full days work for me, but I will survive and The Thorium Endeavor will be available on Smashwords too.

 

I know that many of you have told me that you are anxiously waiting for it become available and it will be in just a few short breath’s.  Thank you for your encouragement and your patience.  It is my hope that this book will be a big hit and I am certain that with the help of my faithful followers it will.  

 

Please, help me to get the word out to the rest of the web?  I do appreciate each of you very much.  Without you, I would have nothing to write.

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I Need a Little More Time

Hi Friends!  
 
Well, I didn’t make my deadline.  I surely thought I had, though.  I completed the “final edit” this past Thursday evening.  I felt great!  A great weight was lifted off of my chest.  So, I committed to Friday to design the cover.  It shouldn’t take but maybe a few hours.  
This was my first attempt to design one on my own.  I studied up by reading advice online and trying different software and programs, but I had problems with each one.  I spent the first couple of hours perusing stock photo’s for my cover image.  I finally found the perfect one, but I was having trouble putting the title and such on the picture.  I finally got it though, after I had downloaded Paint.net.  
I found this FREE program so much easier to use and I finished the cover around 8 p.m.  I was exhausted and disgusted with myself because it took me 14 hours of hard work to finally produce my cover.  I went to bed.  
I woke up on Saturday and decided to read my story one more time, just so that I could read it without the pressure of meeting a deadline.  While I was reading the first paragraph, I thought of a better way to say what I had already written in the first sentence of the book.  I made that correction and continued to read. 
Then I read another one that could have been better written and I changed that too.  I kept reading and as I progressed I noticed some punctuation errors.  How could I have missed all of this?  I can’t explain it, but I did miss all of it on the “final edit.”  
So, now I am up to chapter 7.  I am going through the book and reading it more intently this time.  I must have been speed reading during the “final edit” and that is why I missed so much detail.  I guess my “final edit” was really my “semi-final edit.”  
So, the cover is completed and I am going through this FINAL EDIT (caps to show that I really mean it) and I hope to have it readily available for you as an eBook on Wednesday, February 20.  The print version usually takes a little longer to produce, so it may be a couple of weeks before you can get the paperback.  I will let you know when that is available.  
I am so sorry that I didn’t have it ready for your enjoyment today, but I really tried.  I am very close now, though.  I hope you will not forget me.  
Please look for it first on Amazon.com.  I will post a link to it’s webpage as soon as Amazon has it ready.  You can look for it soon on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.  
Thank you for putting up with me.  I hope you all have a great day.

Thanks for Letting Me Vent

Maybe it’s the pressure of the deadline that I set for myself.  A few years back, I suffered a minor stroke that was due to the stress of my job as an IT professional.   My deadline is approaching like a speeding bullet train and even though I have time to get the work completed, I am feeling the stress that comes with dealing with deadlines.  DEADLINES! BOO! HISS! It will be okay.  It’s just that I am feeling it more this week.

So, I was working on the final edit of the last 4 chapters of The Thorium Endeavor, and focusing on the task at hand was, again, a daunting ordeal.  But I have to do this.  I haven’t taken my morning medicines yet, so I’ll do it now.  Be right back.

Okay, I’m back.  As I was saying, I am working on the final edit of the last 4 chapters of The Thorium Endeavor.  My deadline to have it available for all of you is this Sunday, February 17.  I still think that I can make it but stress is something that I don’t handle well.  Will it be okay with you folks if I use you as a sounding board?  To vent when I need too?  I hope your answer is yes.

I need to try editing again.  I do all my own editing with the help of some good editing software.  I go over my work many times before I unleash it on the public, making needed corrections and improvements as I go.  This final edit, for The Thorium Endeavor will be the 17th edit and it is now a much, much better story than when it began.

I’m going to try it again, now.  I’ll be back when I’ve finished editing a few more chapters.

I’m back again!  During my absence I received a phone call from my 80 year old mama back in Arkansas.  I had given her a copy of my first novel, Rescue of the Heart and she just wante to let me know that she had just finished reading it and she thought it was so good that I need to write another one.  So, I hope you are paying attention to her and take her advice and get a copy and read it.  If you have yet to do this, you are missing out.  (You can get it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Kobo)

Well, talking to my mom must have done me good because afterwards I finished the final edit of The Thorium Endeavor!   It feels so good to have that behind me now.  Tomorrow, I will work on the book cover and then publish it.

Telling you all of this has been a real help to me.  Thank you for being there and for putting up with me.  Now, go and buy your copy of Rescue of the Heart!   And be on the lookout for the soon to be published, any day now, The Thorium Endeavor!

The Mind Doth Wander

Happy Monday to you all!  I know that many of you have been regretting this day’s coming, but it’s here and the best you can do with it is to put a smile on your face and bend over and take it.  Go ahead.  It’s coming anyway so you might as well get it over with.  The sooner you do it, the sooner better times will come.

Let’s see……I have less than a week, according to my schedule to complete my newest novel.  Up to this point, I have been calling it The Thorium Endeavor, but I am considering changng the name just in time for publication.  My goal date to have it availble for everyone to read is this coming Sunday, February 17, 2013.  I’ll keep you all informed as to the acutal title, but for now, just get ready for The Thorium Endeavor.

This book is full of action and adventure.  The story is based on the life of the worlds most dangerous spy, Agent 355.  Be prepared to be thrilled at her encounters with the worlds most deadly terrorists.  That’s correct, I said she.  This story is about a heroine in the not too distant future.  She is unlike any heroine we have seen up to now.

Like I said in the title of this blog, my mind doth wander today.  MS is playing with my mind today and it is difficult for me to keep focused, so I’m going to keep this short.

I will update this blog later in the week.

We Survived the Apocalyptic Year of 2012

Hello and a very Happy New Year to you all!  

If you are one of the billions of people who managed to, somehow, dodge the apocalypse of last year, congratulations!  If you think you might have escaped it but are now somewhere other than on earth, let me help you understand your predicament.  You are still here, with the rest of us.  This is not the Elysian Fields.  This definitely, is not Heaven.  This is the same old earth that you have, to now, tricked yourself into thinking that you could see, but were no longer a part of because you have moved on to another dimension.  That is not a cloud that you are floating on.  It is the bed that you are refusing to get up from and lest you think that the moisture that you feel is proof of the clouds existence, let me set the record straight for you.  The moisture you feel is not the moisture you might experience from being in a cloud.  You have wet the bed.  Its’ time to get up now.  Take a shower, drink some coffee and go buy a new bed.  No one is going to share that bed with you now.

Welcome to 2013!  It is a new year that offers the promise of many good things to come, or it could simply be a rehash of what we just went through, minus all the ridiculous bombardment of political ad like the ones we just suffered through last year.  The same players are in place and it looks like we are reading the same book.  Only difference is the hope for new and better lies and what we make of the new year, ourselves.

Now, if you are the superstitious type, even though you may be hopeful, let me point something out if you haven’t already done so yourselves.  It’s 2013!  It is the 13th year of the new century!  Think Friday the 13th to the hundredth power!  For the superstitious minds here, that could mean that you are in for a world of hurt this year.

However, for those of us that are not superstitious, it simply means that 2012 is over and it is a new year.  We may be in for a world of hurt, too.  That remains to be unfolded, but we have hope that this will be the year that we have all been waiting for; the year that all our ships come in.  Probably not, though.  We humans are stupid by nature and the people we have decided to allow to lead us will undoubtedly find a way to screw us and make life unbearable.

I, personally, have hope.  I’ve always had hope just because I know that Jesus is my Savior.  But this year I’ve added direction to my endeavors.  

I will write more books and each will be better than the one before.  I’ve often said that I may not become famous in this lifetime, but someday, after my time is up, I will be recognized as one of the greatest writers of all.  Then someone will get rich off of my efforts.

So, there.  You all have something to look forward to.  Agents. Publishers.  Did you hear that?      

I’ve been working on a new a different novel this past year that I hope to have ready in mid-February.  The working title of the book is The Thorium Endeavor. It will be an action-packed introduction to a new heroine, Agent 355.  That’s right, I said heroine.  She is a lady and a warrior.  Her touch can be gentle and sensuous or it can be brutal and deadly.  

Be on the lookout for news about its release and how to get a copy.

Happy New Year Everybody!!