Sunday, December 2, 2012

Free E-books on Amazon

Wayman Publishing just came out with an anthology of short stories, Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales. My contribution to the anthology is a sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood as if she lived in a time of intergalactic flight and lunar colonization. To commemorate the release, Wayman is making some of their titles free for download from amazon for a limited time.

Please consider purchasing Open Doors while your at it. A large portion of the profit will be going to gifts for kids at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

My book, Middle Damned, is one of the titles up for free download. It's up to #9 in the genre of Epic Fiction, so if you haven't gone over and gotten your free copy, do it now!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pachelbel's Canon in D

My good friend, R.K. Grow, over at the blog RK Grow: Author in the Making asked if I would do an author interview and I gladly obliged. I recommend you go over to her blog and check it out. If you don't know already, my book is Middle Damned, an adventure in the afterlife.

To commemorate the occasion, I thought I would post a video of yours-truly playing the guitar. Now that I have watched said video a few times, I must say this is one of my more ill conceived ideas. But, that's never stopped me before, so why start second guessing myself now. So enjoy the music, or get a laugh, whichever.

Pachelbel's Canon in D (a work in progress)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here

With the craze going on over vampires and werewolves, wizards and demons; I got to wondering about the zombie apocalypse.   And, given the current political time of year it is, I realized that it has already arrived, and we didn't even know it.

It would be all too easy to spot if people turned white and gnawed each other's faces off. No, the apocalypse has manifested its self in a much more subtle way. It has arrived, but not in the mindless consumer allegory envisioned by George A. Romero in the original zombie classic, Dawn of The Dead. Instead, it has come in the form of Political Zombies catering to the whim of the amorphous masses, ready to change their stance on policies in any direction the latest polls blow. 

They all seem the the same to me, hungering for power, inching ever closer with their half truths and veiled lies, until elected when their ravenous hunger can be satiated by gnawing our faces off. 

The politicians are all zombies in disguise. They are all partisan, lining up in little rows on either side, pretending this ideal or that social issue belongs exclusively to them, when, in reality, its just a vast illusion to curry favor from the greatest number of people available. The desire for big government, or small government, states rights or centralized government isn't inherently tied to abortion or being pro-choice, gay marriage or the biblical definition of marriage, environmentalism or pro-drilling. But, like the zombies our elected officials are, they follow the party platform and vote accordingly. They don't even have the decency to be pasty faced, with blood dripping from their mouths.

But how do they get there in the first place? It wouldn't be an apocalypse without hordes of mindless flesh-eaters working collectively together. That's when I realized it. We have all been bitten, by every skewed statistic they've fed us, by every dollar spent by the super pacts, by every union or committee or think-tank seeking to impose their will over the air-waves.

So, we as a nation line up on either side and fight, when we should come together. And like every one else, I will go vote, and I will vote for either the incumbent or for a specific party if I have no idea who either person is. 

I have become a political zombie, and I disgust myself. It is too difficult to understand all the issues or really get to know the candidates. Besides, in the end, it has become more about winning than doing what's right. How about you?

A zombie's a zombie, no matter its color. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Signing at SLC Downtown Library, Oct. 20th

I am going to be at the Salt Lake City downtown library this Saturday, October 20th, signing and selling books. My sister will be manning the booth with me and I hope anyone with the time and interest will come down to support us! We will be in the main thoroughfare, the Urban Room. This is my first event, and to commemorate the occasion, Wayman Publishing had some bookmarks made up to give away with the books.  The Utah Humanities Council has events scheduled from 11:00 to 5:00, so there's a lot to do while you're there. There will be multiple booksellers, publishers, authors and more.

I hope to see you at the library!

Here is the link to the Utah Humanities Flier for the National Book Month events occurring in Utah.

Our event is Saturday, October 12th, at the downtown SLC library
210 East 400 South, SLC
You can also check out the library's website if you need more info on directions and parking.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Purple Mashed Potatoes

I cannot deny it, I am an avid fan of the mashed potato. So when my wife insisted I choose two of the dishes to be served this week, mashed potatoes were naturally at the top of the list. Now, I admit, I have long underestimated the ingenuity of my wife regarding the culinary arts and this week proved no different. I sat down to eat this evening and to my delight and then despair, there lay the mashed potatoes. No ordinary mashed potatoes were these, these were PURPLE mashed potatoes. Holy Grape Juice Batman! Potato Sacrilidge. MASHED Potato Sacrilidge no less.  Despite this, I am a tolerant man, for I've read Green Eggs and Ham; I picked up the fork by my plate. My wife quoted a line from the story as she saw me eyeing the side dish warily. It did not seem to agree with the baked chicken beside it. "Could you would you..." she said and left the rest for me to fill in. You should know that gravy has the unique ability to make almost anything palatable, and in this fact I took great comfort as I spooned up a man-sized dollop to my lips. I opened up and put it in. The bite in my mouth was creamy, yet hearty, mixing with the gravy to a most satisfying conclusion. I smiled at my wife. She had once again transformed the most improbable of dishes into a gastronomical sensation.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Middle Damned Video Trailer

This puppy took way too long to create. See the new video trailer for Middle Damned below, the book is available at amazon. Middle Damned is the story of Blake Stillwater; sometimes it takes the afterlife to understand what it means to be alive.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cat Norris: Kime

Yoko Geri Kekomi or perhaps Ura Mawashigeri?

This is a perfect moment of 'kime', pronounced key-may.

Kime (Japanese: 決め) is a Japanese word. It is the noun form of the verb "kimeru," which means "to decide," "to conclude," etc. In English, it's general meaning is "deciding."

Kime is very important in the japanese martial arts. In shotokan, applying the proper kime, the proper power at that one critical moment is all-important in deciding the conflict.

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