PARALYZED

I’m in flux right now.  Frozen.  Unable to do anything.

Kinda.

Last week my PC laptop was dealt a paralyzing blow by McAfee “internet security” software that was offered to the military for personal use.  And now that their shit has destroyed my computer, they refuse to take responsibility.  So far, at least.  But I’m not done yet.  You’d think a zillion-dollar company could afford to replace one cheap laptop after ruining it.  And you’d think they’d not want headlines to read MCAFEE INFECTS NAVY FAMILIES WITH VIRUS.  You’d think they want to avoid that…

Meanwhile, I’m looking at getting a new Mac laptop (cuz mine is pretty much fucked).  This pause in business as usual has also given me an opportunity to reassess things, redesign, and see where shit’s going.

On top of all that, I also can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this phase of our lives.  I mean, BIG CHANGE A’COMIN’.  Not quite ready to let that cat out of the bag quite yet, but let’s just say I have a lot of stuff to do in the coming months.  LIFE related, not writing related.

So this post is basically nothing but cryptic nonsense, but just in case anyone is paying attention and wondering why I’ve been out of commission this past week, this is why.

Hopefully more constructive shit to say sooner than later.

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Mini-Review: The Thorne Legacy

Planetary Defense Command Reviews “The Thorne Legacy” — thanks for the kind words!

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I’m still being crushed (under a mountain of paperwork) at my job, so I don’t have time tonight to write up another magazine review and continue my last Four Apes story.   Instead, I thought I’d put down a few words about a story by fellow blogger JD Brink.

While thinking about what to write in tonight’s mini-review, I was reminded of my mini-review of Brandon Sanderson’s “Snapshot”.  The two stories don’t share plot elements or similar characters, but both are very short, very entertaining, and have story elements that other authors might learn something from.

The Thorne Legacy is a military sci-fi story that opens with some family drama.  Normally, I can’t stand family drama in my science fiction, but I thought it worked really well here.  So, maybe I don’t hate family drama as much as I thought — I just hate…

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Another EBook Bundle! Detective, Noir, Mystery, Scifi, and More!

Yet another awesome book bundle featuring some of my work: the “Watching the Detectives” bundle.

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Here’s the schpiel:

Watching The Detectives is a 9 boxset of mystery, magic, and science fiction noir by some of today’s best writers! 

Death Warmed Over By Kevin J. Anderson

Whisper Bound By Bonnie Elizabeth

Earthshaker By Robert Jeschonek

Floxham Island ~ Sinclair V-Log AZ267/M By Merita King

With Death You Get the Eggrolls By Russ Crossley

Eating in the Underworld By J. D. Brink

Thomas Hunter Files By Andrew Michael Schwarz

Rose Head By Robert Jeschonek

Cold Call By Dean Wesley Smith

Pay a minimum of $2.99 USD and receive all 9 ebooks. This option is also available at KoboAmazoniBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Click here to check it out on BundleRabbit.com.

 

 

Sample All My Audiobooks!

You can now find samples of all my audiobooks on the Fugitive Fiction website!

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Just click here to zap instantaneously to the “fiction gallery” page.  From there scroll down for cover images and descriptions of my FF books.  Right beneath the covers of those now available as awesome audiobooks, you’ll find playable audio files.  Each is under 5 minutes and gives you a good idea of what’s to come (without giving away too much).

Near the top of the same page, you’ll find buttons to some of your favorite retailers.  You know, just in case you decide to buy…

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You can also get a FREE DOWNLOAD of my newest audio release, Invasion, simply by asking for it!  Write me at jdbrink@brinkschaostheory.com and let me know that you’d like to get the complete 3 hour story absolutely free from Audible.com!  (But hurry, I have a limited number of these free codes…)

Free Audiobook: Superheroes & Space Opera Collide

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My super fun short novel INVASION has finally come out in audio!  It’s been literally a year in production, but the result has been well worth the wait!

The great folks at The Voices in Our Heads have turned INVASION into an audiobook with voice talents Anthony Bowling and E. L. Loren.  They have brought my characters to life in a way I never could.  It’s been fun working with them and listening to how they’ve improved upon the black and white words that I had merely laid down on a page.

You can find the audiobook on Amazon, Audible, and iBooks now.

But wait, didn’t I say something about “free“???

Well, I do have some promotion download codes I could give out.  But they are there for, as I just said, promotional purposes…  Which means, if you were to get one of these free download codes, I would kind of expect (well, not really “expect,” but certainly hope!) that you’d take a minute to rate the book and/or leave a short review.

That’s fair, isn’t it?  I give you 3 hours and 13 minutes of entertainment for free, and you give me just 4 minutes of your time to write a very short and honest comment about what you thought of it.  (And you might also tell your friends, blog audience, whomever about it too…)

So how do you get one of these free audiobooks?  Well, if you’ve managed to read this far down the page, you’re already on the right track!

The FIRST TEN PEOPLE to email me asking for a chance to listen to this book for free will get themselves one of these limited-edition, highly coveted download codes on Audible.com.

You don’t have an Audible account yet?  No problem! It’s an Amazon company, so if your Amazon account doesn’t get you access (I’m actually not sure if it does or not), you at least know it’s a trustworthy and reliable distributor of entertainment.

So email me at jdbrink@brinkschaostheory.com and just ask for it.  It’s yours!  (While supplies last, that is.)

p.s.  There is some adult content in this one.  I’d rate it at least PG-13, maybe R, for language and a few bouts of brief sexual content (nothing explicit, but I wouldn’t read it to my 6 year old, I will say that.)

Kickstarter Broke My Heart

I have hit a snag.  Multiple snags, actually.

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After putting quite a lot of effort into crafting a Kickstarter project for Deus Ex Machina (that’s the sequel to Hungry Gods) over the last several weeks, sweating about making a damn dumb video and then up till 4am two nights in a row making and editing one, I have now confirmed with more than one email Q&A that I cannot launch my project.  Like many businesses, Kickstarter for some reason does not recognize my American Forces address (meaning, a U.S. base overseas), despite the fact that we have legit U.S. postal addresses here.  Their system simply will not accept my zip code as valid.

I would also have to verify my bank account with said system, which is also tied to this address.  And I can’t just use some other address or put it in someone else’s name.  It has to be mine.  (Otherwise, I’m sure, there’d be some potential fraud thing with doing online business and money transactions using some else’s info.)

Long story short, I’m screwed.  Lots of work, big dependence on this (for exposure more so than even the assist with funding) and…  Ka-Boom, blowing up in my face.  Or more accurately, falling flat onto my face.

Huge disappointment.  Sucks.

I will, of course, continue to write the book.  And still hope to have it done before the end of the year.  But I’ll publish it at relatively higher cost than most of my books.  (And the writer’s coffers are already empty, as I’m spending more than I’m taking in—and I ain’t spent that much.)  And when I do publish it, no one will even know it’s come out.  It’ll be one of a thousand indie books that same month, a drop in the vast sea with no more audience or recognition than any other.

So yeah…  Disappointing.

There is a silver lining though.

The breakdown.

No, not a nervous breakdown.  What I mean is, streamlining.

This has kind of convinced me to cut back.  To (temporarily, at least) give up on the business venture, the marketing, the hopes of making any solid income from writing in the near future.  (Like 95% of writers out there, I won’t be waving bye-bye to a day job anytime soon.)

I know that doesn’t sound like a silver lining, but it’s actually kind of liberating.  If I cut all the extra bullshit, then I stop stressing myself out over these things.  I stop expecting a 12-man work load out of a one-man show (i.e., me).  Cut the extraneous obligations I keep adding to my own plate.  And I heap that shit on pretty heavily.  And then hate myself for not accomplishing it all.

I’m really a slave driver—to myself.  Maybe it’s time to give the lash a rest and relax a bit.  Take a more realistic stance on all this.  Accept that it may be 20 years before anyone notices the stuff I write.  (Maybe 30, or 50.)

Really.  That’s a much more realistic view.  Sucks, but it’s actually a less stressful way to look at things.

To that end, I will also suspend my Patreon page that I started a few months back.  I see folks on there with a hell of a lot more following than I have, and they aren’t exactly rolling in support over there either.  (Unless you’re making videos about video games.  The video game and mind-numbing app industry is knee-capping the literate world, if you ask me.  Apparently I need to start spending more time playing other people’s games and just talking about that shit, rather than trying to make anything original myself.)

Maybe some years from now I can reboot the Patreon endeavor and it’ll work out.  Right now, that’s just one more iron in fire that I feel obligated to keep up with, to force a time slot for, when it’s doing absolutely nothing for me.

You might have noticed that I don’t respond much to Facebook stuff, or Tweets, or any of the social media stuff.  That would require time, and if I spend time on that, I’m not doing more productive things.  And with a 50-hour a week job, a family, and trying to write multiple series of novels, when the hell am I going to find time to “like” a comment on Facebook?  That shit falls way down on my list of priorities.  (Actually, it’s not even on the list…)

This whole post is really more of a venting for myself.  The kind of passive-aggressive pity party that folks have by the millions on Facebook everyday.  Also helps make it real when I “say it out loud,” so to speak.  But no one reads this shit anyway, right?  I’m safely talking to myself here.

This letting go of extraneous tasking doesn’t change my ultimate goal, though.  I will keep writing.  I have more ideas every single day, be they new adventures or just further developments for ones I already have in mind.  (In fact, I developed a new story while swimming with my son at the pool today, just based on observing the people around me.)  So the dream goes on.  I’m just going to pull back on the reigns a bit and forgive myself a bit more.  It’s a good thing.  Honest.

(And the graphic above…  didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned it.  It’s based on the one from the other day.  You know, the one that would have been the banner for my Kickstarter project.)

Speaking of images, I am going to roll now from here to the next ebook cover, coming out  as soon as we nail down a nice cover…

See, I’m not giving up the ship.  😉