Dealing with a Troll

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I think one of my favorite things on late night TV is on the Jimmy Kimmel show. He does a segment called “Mean Tweets.” The whole point of is it for celebrities to read and possibly respond to mean tweets that people write about them on Twitter.

My story isn’t about Twitter, but about this very blog. Two weeks ago I wrote about my sales for March of 2017. Well, someone was “nice” (cough cough) to respond to my blog. The gist of his comment was “You suck as an author. That’s why no one bought your book. Only your family and your girlfriend reads your books, which are shitty. So what do you expect?” This isn’t someone who is actually an author himself and doesn’t have his own blog for me to respond to. Weirdly, I checked the IP address and it’s from Russia. Maybe whoever it was has seen all my tweets about Donald Trump being an agent for Russia. Maybe it was Vladimir Putin himself. I don’t know. Regardless, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the person for taking five seconds out of his life to comment on me. It means so very little to me what your opinion is. I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. But to go out of your way just to be negative shows me more about what you’re like as a person than it does about my writing.

I do hope you will respond to this, but if you’re like a common bully you won’t since I’m calling you out on your BS. But I do want to thank you for showing me I’m on my way to being a celebrity. They deal with people like this daily. Good practice!

Have a good one everybody!

 

Bottom 5 (1)

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I don’t have a graphic for a Bottom 5, so yeah, you will just have to deal with my lightning bolt!

Before I go any further, remember that you can get some free books. Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 is free today and tomorrow. And Tomorrow through Wednesday The Time Traveler’s Journal will be free. So free plug right there!

Everyone has their favorite movies. But one thing I’ve learned is one person’s favorite movie is someone’s least favorite! There are several movies that people have told me about that are great that I just couldn’t stand. So we’re going to take a look at some of those movies. I’m sure my choices will annoy some people.

5- History Of The World Part 1 – I remember watching this about ten years ago. In fact, I bought the DVD because it was on sale.  And sitting through the entire movie I remember laughing a total of one time. “What do we always say? F*ck the poor!”

4- A Clockwork Orange – You know what? I couldn’t even tell you what the point of this movie was. I saw it back in college because everyone kept telling me how awesome of a movie it was. And honestly all I can remember is the thing with poking him in the eye with a sharp needle. I remember cringing at that. And yeah, that’s it.

3-Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks is great. I normally like his movies. But the fact that this is his second entry on the list slightly bothers me.

2- Pulp Fiction – It’s rare that I can’t sit through a movie. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I watched Pulp Fiction when I saw it in 1999. I got up to Christopher Walken’s first scene and I just couldn’t go any further.

1- Annie Hall. I had heard how great Annie Hall was, and how great Woody Allen was. And last year I decided to go head and finally watch the movie. Ten minutes into the movie, I was bored. And I remained bored throughout the rest of the movie. I finally have seen a Woody Allen movie that I actually enjoyed though recently though.

What about you? What movies do you hate that everyone seems to love?

State Of Sales for March 2017

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Welcome back. I started a trend last month where I’d give you some information about the sales for the previous month so we’re back for that!

February 2017 was probably my worst month as far as sales went. So I set a goal to increase sales. I started a new marketing campaign to hopefully draw some interest into my books. Guess what?

It didn’t work. How many sales did I have for all of March? That would be none. I got shut out for the month. Oh the thrills of being an independent author. It’s okay. There was a time that would have crushed me. Does it sting? Yes. Am I contemplating giving up the ghost and packing it in? To cue WWE’s Dean Ambrose.

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It will always be a struggle as an independent author. I knew that going on. I was warned.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have a release date for any new book? I don’t know. Whatever the case I’m still working on the new book. And at least I’m once again getting my name out there. How?

Yes, I know today’s April Fool’s Day. My birthday is in a few days, so I wanted to give thanks to the readers. My two most successful books each have a three day window where they are free. Going on right now Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 is free. That’s good from today until Monday. Monday through Wednesday The Time Traveler’s Journal will be free as well.

Here’s a poster for the free books just to help!

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Thanks for stopping by! New Top 5 tomorrow. As always if you have anything you’d like me to cover go ahead and comment on the page or drop me a tweet @Trel67 on Twitter. Have a good one everyone.

Second Excerpt from Kids Anthology

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Good Monday morning everybody. Hope you had a great weekend.

I’m back with one of the latest chapters I’ve written in my new book. I know I’m not doing the Word Count Wednesdays like I used to. I should try to get more into the habit of that again!

Look for some free books coming next from me. I know it will at least be one book possibly two. We shall see. More on that later this week.

Also expect a new Top 5. Or I guess this time around it will be a bottom 5. I’m sure I will get some flack for it too, but I am prepared for it!

In the mean time here we go with another chapter from the Kids’ anthology. Hopefully soon I will have a good name for it. What do you think?
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Kayleen pulled the hood of her shirt over her head. It was very early morning in her village. Most of the town was still asleep. Something had been bugging her since the day before. She couldn’t shake it. It would probably get her in trouble, but Kayleen didn’t care. She wanted answers. And no one in the town would be able to give it to her. So she headed out.

She pulled open the flap to the hut. She glanced back to make sure that everyone was still asleep. There was a part of her that almost woke up her brother, but she knew he wouldn’t be quiet enough to sneak out of the village. So she would do this alone.

Kayleen stepped out of the hut and looked around. There was no one around. Luckily for her everyone was still asleep. The flap closed behind her. With her hood covering her face completely, she took off running.

Because her hut was close to the outskirts of the village it didn’t take long for her to get out without being seen. Still, she would look back behind her just in case someone woke up. The only sounds Kayleen heard were the birds above her head and the sound of her feet running against the ground.

Once she cleared the last of the huts, she knew she would be safe for a while. At least until someone realized she wasn’t in her bed.

The forest was thick around the village. It was by design to protect the villagers. But there was a small cleared out path that made walking in the woods much easier. Kayleen and Willie took that small path each time they left the village. It was a narrow walkway leading out from the village through the woods.

Kayleen ran as fast as she could. She had never disobeyed the rules of the village, at least not to this level before. Her mind kept going back to the ball that Willie had seen. She had never seen anything like that before. It certainly was too big for any human to play with, let alone lift. So who did it belong to? And more importantly where did it go after Willie saw it?

She had a hunch. But there was no way she could be right. Or was she? There was only one way for her to find out. Kayleen stopped running. She was out of breath. Her teenage body leaned against one of the tall trees as she caught her breath. She listened carefully, but heard nothing out of the ordinary for the woods.

After about five minutes of rest, she continued on her path. This time though she didn’t run. She walked faster than she normally did though, determined to get to where she was going.

It took her about fifteen more minutes before she reached the clearing. Kayleen stood there, almost paralyzed with fear. Even though she had crossed the line into the clearing before, she did it to chase after Willie. This time she doing it completely on her own. After another glance over her shoulder to make sure she wasn’t being followed, Kayleen took a deep breath. She stepped over the imaginary line from the forest to the clearing. She was out in the open now.

The mountain on the other side loomed over head again. The sun was just rising beyond the mountain. Kayleen shielded her eyes from the glare of the sun. Her feet were in motion again. She ran to the spot Willie had seen the ball last time. There was nothing in the spot still.  Her eyes looked at the spot and then into the woods in front of her.

Her eyes studied carefully. She was waiting for something to move in the woods. Something big had to have carried the ball away after all. She didn’t see anything on the ground in the woods.

But suddenly the sun was blocked out. Kayleen looked up in the sky. She couldn’t believe what she say. Kayleen fell backwards in shock as she watched in amazement.

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Ahh another weekend is over. Hope you are gearing up for a good week ahead of us. I know I am. At least I’m sure as heck going to try.

So quick update, I wrote two chapters for the Kid’s Anthology today. It’s coming along quite nicely. That outline definitely is helping me when I get stuck. Next week there will definitely be a little bit of an excerpt coming from it, I think. There’ll also be an update on some free books coming your way as well. Because I can.

So there’s a new Beauty and The Beast movie out in theaters. I don’t know if you heard. I’m sure you did, unless you’re living under a rock. That’s the new trend, take Disney movies and make them live action. We’ve seen it with Pete’s Dragon and Jungle Book among others. And there’s more coming. I know they are making a live action Mulan and Dumbo movie too. So we shall see. But I thought right now we’d take a look at some of the classics as I rank my Top 5 Disney or Pixar movies.

Honorary Mentions – The Incredibles,  Wreck It Ralph, Up

5. Toy Story 2 – Confession time, I haven’t seen Toy Story 1 or 3. I own 3, but I haven’t watched it. I have my reasons for not seeing it, but I hope to change that soon enough! But 2 is very good. Such a unique concept. As great as Hanks and Allen are, what makes this movie for me is the supporting characters.

4. Hercules – Speaking of supporting characters, Hercules is guilty of this too. I’m a fan of Pain and Panic. But to me the movie is made because of James Woods as Hades. He’s absolutely brilliant with his deadpan delivery. He would definitely go on my list of Disney villains.

3. The Lion King – While the first two on the list is about the supporting cast, this is primarily about the two main characters. The Good vs The Bad. Simba vs Scar. Sure Timon and Pumbaa make great comic relief and Rafiki is awesome too, but Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons were absolutely perfect in their roles.

2. Lilo & Stitch – Is Stitch a perfect movie? No. It slightly drags a little in the middle. But from the moment Lilo punches her classmate at the beginning of the movie, you know you’re watching something much different from the usual Disney movie. And when she meets the chaotic but adorable Stitch, it’s on. It’s an a-typical movie as well since it doesn’t have a romance in it.

  1. Aladdin – Without Robin Williams, Aladdin is a great movie. With Robin Williams, Aladdin is an amazingly awesome movie. A hero is only as good as his villain. Jafar is a power hunger villain who will do anything to get that power. Scott Weigner is great as Aladdin. And of course the music of Aladdin is great too. Jasmine as a character is a strong female character who is willing to oppose her father to get what she wants. Plus she has a pet tiger. Who doesn’t want a pet Tiger?

There you have. My top 5 Disney movies. Thank you for reading. Have a good one everybody!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (2017)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. I hope you all have the Luck Of The Irish today. Even if that means starting your day with some Lucky Charms.

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A lot going on here. I’ve been talking with Austin Graves about his follow up to The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants. We definitely have some big plans going on over here. Plus in addition to my children’s novel, I have plans for another book to be written as well. So yeah, things are looking up over here.

I started a new marketing campaign on social media recently. I’m hoping to get a few more buys with it.

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Each book has it’s own quote. So look for them all over my social media accounts. Let me know what you think!

As far as the Children’s anthology, I started writing an outline for one of the stories and it definitely helped me get my thoughts out. So work is progressing quite nicely with it.

It kind is amazing how much life can change in a year or two. Two years ago I recorded the first podcast for Two Dudes, Brews & Books. We churned over several great podcasts over the year and a half that it was up and running. Good times.

Well that’s it for updates for the week. I will keep you posted as I reveal more. This weekend will be a new top 5. Any ideas for one? Shoot me a tweet at @Trel67 or my Author page on Facebook. Have a good one everybody!

 

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A few weeks ago I made a top 5 of concerts I want to see. At # 1 was Garth Brooks. Well, I need to update that list because later this week I will be seeing him in concert! I’m sure it will be an amazing show. So with that in mind, it’s time for me to give you my top 5 Garth Brooks songs:

Honorary Mention – If Tomorrow Never Comes, Shameless,  Standing Outside The Fire

5- Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) – There’s hardly a time I don’t think that about myself. I’m not even 40, but there are times I feel like I’m 80. But age is just a number, right?

4-Unanswered Prayers – This is such a beautiful song. I don’t honestly think I can give the song it’s due. Sometimes the person we want most is the person that in the long run isn’t best for us. Again it’s a song we can all relate to.

3- The Dance – One of the most ballady ballads there is. I think we all know the feeling. We’ve all lost someone that meant so much to us. Break ups are hard, but it doesn’t take a way from the great memories you shared. That’s the whole point of the song. I think I’ve always connected with this song.

2- The River – Sentimental values aside it’s just a great song. It’s a very inspirational song to me. Yes, there’s a bit of religious overtones to it. But it’s not in your face, and I’m okay with that. It still inspires me to keep going. And that’s what matters.

1- Friends In Low Places – Really could it be any other song? Other than it being one of my BFF’s and mine song together. But regardless, it’s just a fun awesome drinking songs. (ooooh, that gives me another idea for a future top 5 list!) And if the studio version of the song wasn’t good enough, the live version’s better. Though I heard he retired the 3rd verse now. Which is a shame. I guess I will know for a fact on Friday.

Work on the Kid’s Anthology (Unofficially untitled just yet) is coming along. I had been struggling with it, but I sat down this week and wrote out an outline and it certainly helps. I will keep you posted! Have a good one everybody!

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