The third book

So, one of the issues I had going into book 3 was the number of secondary characters that had grown into the novel.

I am wondering who some of your favorites are and I promise I am not asking so I can kill them.

 

Light at the end of the tunnel

Hey folks, I know I’ve been pretty quiet these days, but I am nearing the end of the first draft of Kadestown, aka book 3 in the Primal Age Chronicles. As I transition to editing, I will need something to feed my writing side so I will be returning to my social media. Stay tuned for many ramblings about many things.

Also just in case you are new to the game, book 1 and 2 are available on Amazon, and if you would like a signed copy just shoot me a comment.

Foamers

Strays

1000/1000

Dear folks,

2017 is upon us. Hard to imagine it had been so long. The first idea for foamers came about back in 2009. It has been one hell of a journey. Sometimes good sometimes bad.

Two things that happened in 2016 that I would like to remedy is I didn’t write enough and I got fat. I don’t say that for everyone to jump in and say you aren’t fat, you look fine and all that yada yada. I am a firm believer that each of us should feel beautiful in our skin. Size doesn’t matter as long as you feel that way. Unfortunately for me personally I don’t feel good when I am heavier and it affects many areas of my life. I am currently weighing in at 204 pounds. The heaviest of my life. 40 pounds above my BMI and 30 pounds above what I call ideal. My 30th birthday comes this year, and my goal is to get down to 175 by then.

The second thing is the writing. I had a lot happen in 2016 that derailed me, but I am not going to let that happen in 2016. I am finding my groove again and will soon be nearing a rough draft.

So to solve both these problems I give you my 1000 1000 goal. Before I rest my head for sleep I will burn 1000 calories and write 1000 words.

Why am I telling all of you this? Well, I need website content. And I am hoping the more people that know the less likely I am to be derailed. Nothing like some good old fashion shame to keep someone on course.

May your 2017 be awesome.

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Strays or Foamers

Curious. Which book was better.

 

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July 12th 2016

River: Little soul, big world. Eat, sleep, and eat. Many souls.

Mal: Cattle on the ship three weeks, she don’t go near ’em. Suddenly we’re on Jianying, and she’s got a driving need to commune with the beasts?

River: They weren’t cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see sky, and they remember what they are.

Mal: Is it bad that what she said made perfect sense to me?

 

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Strays: Book 2 of the Primal Age Chronicles

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Sorry for keeping it quiet when I got the contract for book 2, but I have tried to live my life by the logic that you can’t drive through a stop light until it turns green, even though you know it will turn green. But in case you missed the last message Strays will be releasing Spring 2016.

Plus a few more surprises to come. Stay tuned.

The Primal Age Chronicles Book 2: Strays

Looks like it is time to dust off the ol’website again.

Sorry for disappearing again for the summer. Seems to be a trend. Last summer I had done all kinds of cool things, but not as many experiences this summer. I went back to coaching swimming which makes travel pretty difficult. However back in May I did help my sister move from Estes Park, Colorado to Aliso Vejo, California(I may have misspelled that). Along the way got to see Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, the part of Joshua Tree that doesn’t have the Joshua Trees, and I think Ryan Bailey at breakfast(That’ll mean something to my water polo friends).

Summer progress with my usual living at one pool or another.

Then had a few life changes.(new house)

Along with the contract for THE PRIMAL AGE CHORNICLES II: STRAYS getting signed, and for all of those who have been waiting for a release date…you’ll have to keep waiting. But the ballpark is February to March of 2016.

Two other tidbits of information about the book that are pretty exciting, but you’ll have to wait for that cause I’ve got some writing to do.

But here is a picture of my dog eating a tomato(she’s a rescue and her name is Gem(Amusing I know)):
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Til next time,

Justin

p.s. if you haven’t tracked me down on facebook, twitter, or goodreads, and you’d like to, just click the links.

I’mmmmmmm Backkkkkkk

Dearest folks,

I know I have been away for a long while and I apologize for vanishing on everyone without notice. Being busy is no excuse for not being present. As of this post I will return to being an active member of social media society, and hopefully society itself. However I don’t want to leave you guys with something as empty as just an apology with my first post back.

So, let me tell you about everything I was doing while I was gone. Early in the summer I returned to Wilkes University and had the opportunity to read from Foamers as an alumni of the program. For anyone out there wishing to be a writer who just needs that extra push I strongly recommend Wilkes University’s low residency M.A./M.F.A program.

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During all of this I was working a full time job at the happy Hampden Pool, coaching water polo, landscaping, and teaching private swim lessons.

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Shortly after my reading I broke free of all my jobs and made it to a wedding of a great friend and long time team mate, Ox and his new bride Staurt. Met up with an old college friend Meredith while there as well. (Ox is in the center, Meredith is on the right, I’m the guy in the thrift store vest)

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Meredith happened to bring along this guy…

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and I got to punt with an NFL punter. (Might not sound that cool, but for being a soccer goalie for many years it was pretty awesome to punt again, let alone with someone who does it for a living)

On my way home 9 hour drive home I got to swing by and see another college friend. (The one dressed like the Easter Bunny)

 

 

 

 

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After that it was mostly just work for a while. I’m picking my brain real hard to think if I did any out of the ordinary trips in July, but I can’t seem to think of any at the moment. Any who July turned into August. August was busy.

I’m not positive I remember the order properly so please forgive me if I mess anything up.

I went to the Naval Retirement party of a man I have so much respect for I shaved for the event. Got to see a great deal of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Overall had a great day.

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Shortly after that my first ever royalty check arrived. SEE PROOF, Just assume it’s for millions. Also note to my publishers I’ll be cashing it real soon. My apologies for keeping it a month.

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And right after that, Foamers was selected for a Daily Deal on Amazon, which sky rocketed sales and made me the number 1 best seller in the Amazon store for a few days. (This was an early photo before I thought it would do better…it did)

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Shortly after that my old roommate/teammate/might as well be blood/also know as Siegfried and Roy/ convinced me to come out of retirement from playing water polo. This is what I look like after an all night 10 hour drive, then two days of water polo, but before the next ten hour drive. Don’t regret it.

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Following that I ran my first 5k. There was beer at the finish line. This made me happy and due to limited supplies of beer made me run faster.

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These people were there too…

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All in all a pretty eventful and rather fun summer. I even came up with some new story ideas. Only downside was I didn’t make as much forward progress on the sequel to Foamers as I would have liked. However, it’ll be done soon. You have my word.