Almost time for Comicon! Today in the Passport * The Latest News From Booktrope * Ben's world * Authors Awesome * Latest From the Writers Block Latest News From Booktrope * Check out other great books from booktrope http://booktrope.com/books-by-genre/ * Runaway goodness: the place for all reading greatness http://bit.ly/1RDwM1f Ben's World Holy shit, it’s the end of March. Where has the time gone? Seriously, who took it? I can’t believe it’s slipped by so fast. Well, I can believe it. I’m just never quite ready for it. It’s been a busy, busy seven months since After Day One came out. Busy on all sides of the cube. The boys are getting smarter and bigger, and hungrier. No, they’re not zombies yet, but they eat like them; by that I mean they eat a lot, not that they eat humans. They are alive and healthy, and that is always good. Patti has been keeping us all in line, even though I have decided that the best way to get through this year is to jam pack our house and our world with as much crazy life as possible. Lots of exciting adventures this year: We got new puppies, which brings the total of our animal family to three. Bam Bam (our five pound Yorkie) gained two sisters, Cam, and Shadow, a German Shepard-lab-pit bull mix that Patti and I rescued from a crack house. I want everyone to remember that this was her idea. Let’s just say that Bammers was none to happy about the arrangement, he’s even less happy now that they’re fifty pounds and want to play all the time; he really has turned into a bit of a grump. Slow mornings are gone, that is for sure. All that being said, the house is still standing, we are all healthy, and an extra bit of adventure has been added to our lives! It’s been seven months, and I have been way to delinquent on promoting my first book. Okay, so I’ve been way to delinquent on most things. I find that what I am best at, is filling my schedule with so many things that I don’t have time to finish any of them¾I do have them started though, so ha! AFTER DAY ONE is still doing great and soon FD will be out! I plan to do one event a month to promote all my author-ity, and hope to catch more and more steam as I go forward. It is all very exciting, and I am sure you are all shaking with anticipation, quaking evening. Ha! Be well, be happy, and be adventurous! B Authors Awesome A few pretty cool author things happening. First, two of my favorite authors to read right now; Peter Clines, and Myke Cole have new books out. Ex-isle by Peter Clines http://amzn.to/1LTOamb Javelin Rain by Myke Cole http://amzn.to/1PyveEj Second, a local author, and mentor has just signed a new deal for some pretty 'Magical' books. I have gotten a chance to listen to some of this speculative tall tale, and I can't wait for them to come out. It is truly a fantastical story that is gripping, daring, and leaves you wanting more at the end of every page. Here's her blog about it http://bit.ly/1MKBzgb Latest From the Writers Block After Day One is out a doing good. Everyone who has read it seems to be enjoying, and that is really all I ever wanted. I can't thank you all enough for your support and kindness on this wonderful adventure I've been on. Cindy and I are working as hard as we can on Fractured Days, book two in the series, and that will be out this summer.
I often wonder how we can fix America, fix this world; I think about it all the time really, so much so, that many nights it keeps me up, and lately has consumed much of the conversations that I’ve had with others. The usual conclusion is that we can’t, we’re fucked.
Lately, I’ve been thinking we’re not as bad off as I thought. Yes, our political landscape doesn’t look so hot, and who knows where our overseas agendas lay, but here, at home, we have a chance. I say that because I see people everyday working their asses off to try and make this place better for those around them. I see parents raising beautiful, brilliant, fantastical children. I see young humans helping older, more frail humans. I see almost magical new discoveries in science and innovation daily. And I see problem solving in small groups, that breed thoughts and ideas that turn into life changing actions.
So here is what I think we can do: Quit bitching and take action. Make yourself better. Be the best person you can be. Be healthy, be fit in mind, body and spirit, then help others achieve that same goal. Stop worrying about what the things that you can’t change, and work on the ones you can. Take a good look at yourself, a real look. Are you happy with what you see? Can you be better? How can you possible think to change the world around you if you aren’t the change yourself?
Be better, because you aren’t helpless