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Goals for 2018, or listing future failures.

Happy New Year! Assuming you’re working from the same calendar as me… Anyway, I sat in bed this morning and contemplated my view of the future.

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Looks like the future is dogs.

As is traditional at this time of year, I have decided to lie outrageously about the things I absolutely intend to do this coming year, even though they’re things I have completely failed to do in the previous 365 days and no circumstances have changed at all. Well, other than my “Rogue One” Calendar being switched for a “Last Jedi” calendar. Cool.

1. Get fit. I mean, fitter. Well, less fat. Maybe lose weight. Get my blood sugars down. Eat more vegeta…wait, no one will believe that one.

2. Write that novella. No, not that one, the other one. Write it, make a really good cover, and then not sell any, just like the other ten e-books. Yes, ten. As has been previously noted, I spend more on toothpaste in three months than I make from e-books in a year. But this is a really GOOD idea, and I’m going to write it. Sometime.

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3. Write more plays. My plays have continued to sell well, with the last three months of 2017 being the best for TLC creative in several years. I’m chalking that up to my continued advertising efforts on Twitter, where I have over 600 followers. Although I’m not comfortable with the term “followers”. It’s not like I’m leading them anywhere. We’re all just sort of sauntering along in the same direction. So, yeah, write more plays. Format them properly. Get photos of people performing them*.

4. Finish some helmets. Not because I’m short of helmets, but because I’ve had the TIE Pilot helmet project under way for half a year, and I want it done so I can start the next one. These projects earn no money and have no practical use, so I call it a hobby, but it feels like more than that. A calling. An obsession. Or, as Mrs Dim puts it, “A complete waste of time”.

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5. Do things less crap. As part of our family engagement protocol, we’ve all adopted House Names and Words, Game of Thrones Style, to inspire us in the new year. I am now of House Bodger, whose proud words are “Doing things less crap” with our sigil of crossed saw and hammer over bandaged thumb. 1st attempt at producing a plaque for my new house has already gone awry:

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6. Encouraging the Weasels in their education. I think it’s ironic that I need to resolve to drive the Weasels to school after spending a year driving them to school. Apparently I should have been driving them to bike to school, then driving them to school themselves while at home. Parenting is all about learning. We also need to have the courage to let them fail, a courage they already seem to have in bucketloads, because failure is a great teacher, something I have failed to learn so far.

7. Social media wizardry. I’m going to try and blog more often. Or at least, more often than I have been doing, which shouldn’t be hard. For a while I was trying to project an adult, socially responsible Author persona through my social media platforms, in order to encourage readership. However, that meant that people would arrive at my books or plays expecting a socially responsible adult to have written them, and boy were they disappointed. So instead I’m going to blog about the things I want to blog about, I’m going to say them the way it occurs to me to say them, and if you don’t like it, you’re in the majority.

So, having wasted a large portion of the first day of the new year setting down how I’m  not going to be wasting time in the New Year, it’s time for me to have lunch. I hope 2018 is kind to you and your endeavours, and if not, I hope it gallops past on feathered feet and delivers you safely into the loving arms of 2019, when I intend to go to Disneyland.

 

*To put on my website. Not for any sinister, secret police-type purpose.

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Yesterday I started writing “With this ring”, my new romance novella and the last e-book I’m intending to publish for a while. To celebrate, I’m giving away “Troubled Souls”, my collection of short fiction from the male perspective, for a week starting on the 3rd Feb (Monday!)

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Book Launch: Tribute

Tribute cover version

I’m launching my latest e-book this week and I’ve run into a little snag. To really do good promotion work, you need to point the advertising at your target audience, and you do that by deciding what genre your book is.

And I have no clue.

I know what it isn’t. I know it’s not Sci-Fi, and it’s not Horror or Suspense, or Mystery or Erotica, or Adventures among the Bedouin… It might be YA, but I don’t know for sure what that really means anymore.

Tribute tells the story of Lisa, a teenage girl whose mother runs a management agency for musicians and whose father was Stone, the legendary lead guitarist of Zen Assassin. Lisa loves writing music and lyrics of her own, but could never win Stone’s approval. Now he’s dead, and she’s adrift, out of school and wondering where to go next.

Out of the blue, she encounters Pitch Blend, the one-time lead singer of the same band. He’s charming, and almost dissolute, but she learns that it was really him – and not Stone – who wrote the band’s big hits. Can she get him to help her with her own songwriting career? Can she re-ignite his love of music? Before she can find out, Pitch becomes embroiled in a local tribute band competition…as himself. Lisa explains to him why this is a bad idea, but he sees it as easy money, the adulation and reward without the hard work of touring.

Things get more complicated when Pitch meets Lisa’s mother and they discover some truths about their own brief affair a few years before. Not to mention the fact that one of Lisa’s mum’s clients is ALSO in the tribute competition as Pitch Blend…But a younger Pitch Blend. A less hung-over Pitch Blend.

There’s comedy, there’s beer, there’s Rock n’ Roll, but what there isn’t is a label on the cover saying “Suitable for….”

Any suggestions welcome in the comments below – you can download the book for free from Amazon during the 29th and 30th October.

FREE BOOK! On October 29th and 30th (Counting time in a Canadian, West-coast kinda way.)

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