A Post About Virtute

I wrote a Google+ post several months ago about how I love the aspect of storytelling through song, and a shared a link of a timeless Paul Kelly tune titled To Her Door. Well, last week I stumbled across last fall's release by John K. Samson, the lead singer of the (most likely defunct) band The Weakerthans. On John's latest album, Winter Wheat, he included two songs that finish the story of Virtute (yes, that's how it's spelled) the Cat. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute appeared on The Weakerthans' 2003 album Reconstruction Site and is told from the cat's point of view. It happens to be one of my favorite songs.

Over the years, John wrote three more songs in this sad saga of a frustrated feline and his flawed human who struggles with substance abuse. It amazes me how a fictional story set to music can be so powerfully compelling and feel like a punch in the gut at the same time.

I thought of writing more about the saga here, but discovered two wonderful blog post…

Leaving Smashwords and Other Tidbits

If you hadn't noticed, I gave my blog a facelift, mainly because Google offered some new free Blogger templates and you know I can't resist free stuff (or leaving well enough alone). If you spot any issues or can't find something that you liked on the old blog page, please let me know, and I will fix it.

All right then, on to the main topic. With the release of the third and final book of my trilogy looming on the horizon, I've decided to retool my marketing strategy. Because the majority of the ebooks I've sold have been through Amazon, I want to try maximizing the options available through KDP Select and plan on enrolling all three books through this exclusive Amazon service (currently onlyMirrors & Mist is enrolled). Unfortunately, this means I'll have to pull Crimson & Cream from Smashwords.

I like nearly everything about Smashwords - the publishing help, multiple sales outlets, the 'meatgrinder' book formatter, free self-help guides, custom…

Fantasy eBook Deal & Giveaway

My Kindle Countdown Deal for Mirrors & Miststarts today and ends soon. You can purchase Mirrors & Mist for $0.99 on Amazon and get a free copy of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords with this code: WA98P.

My Amazon ad starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday. If you happen to spot the ad, I'd appreciate if you'd let me know, and provide your thoughts/feedback. The details and planning behind this Amazon ad are discussed in this post.

If you want a free copy of Mirrors & Mist, I'll gift the first three responders to this post a free e-book on Amazon. And if you have a spare moment, please help spread the word of this sale. Thanks for your continued support!

Crimson & Cream, Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom TrilogyHunted by greedy mercenaries and ferocious monsters, a luckless teenage orphan risks his life to discover and reclaim his stolen birthright.
Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom TrilogyCan Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or …

A Progress Update

I'm quite horrible at providing updates on my work-in-progress via social media. People don't care whether I've written 1,000 words or revised a chapter or had grilled cheese for brunch. And tweeting about it (or posting a photo of my dairy-centric sandwich on Facebook) feels like a waste of time for all involved. However, a few precious souls are interested in when the third book of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be released, and to those wonderful folks, I thank you wholeheartedly. This post is for you.

If you follow my little author updates at the bottom of my blog posts, I try to provide brief progress reports. And if you look back at those snippets, you'll find my projections are consistently overly-optimistic. I've always been an impatient person, and have worked on overcoming that (among countless other shortcomings) my whole life, with scant progress. Combine my recalcitrant impatience with the fact that I'm a predominantly lazy person, who enjoys rando…