Thursday, December 23, 2010

Beware of frauds

Many up and coming authors should beware of frauds. They are usually easy to point out, but that is not always the case. Some seem quite sincere. Many also falsify credentials that makes it even more difficult to generally suspect them. One main point in identifying them is they usually exaggerate their ability, how many clients they have, and so on. They usually are very aggressive to get someone to purchase their services without wanting the person to look into what they are actually purchasing. And, this is the most important, they habitually put their personal lives over their profession and use this as a justification for not getting anything done on their behalf. Before considering doing business with anyone claiming to be a publisher, all up and coming authors should take a little time to get to know who ever it is they intend to work with. When and if it is considered, the next step is to get some form of written contract into play. If anyone ever suggests that you pay before any such document is concluded, that is a sure sign that they are only out to scam you. As with anything, all writers should make sure that all bases are covered. The well being of your finances, your work, and your sanity may just depend on it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hard to relate

I must admit that it is indeed very difficult for me to relate to the majority of other people. It's not that I don't understand them, it's that I don't think that they understand me. I am, for the most part, extremely different from most of them. I have my own ways of doing things. I may be wrong, but I feel that the majority of people are so similar, that they are all almost the same. The monotonous and the mundane mean very little to them because they are so busy living it. I, myself, have always considered being such a way to be regressive indeed. Sometimes I feel that I am so unique that it makes me virtually alone. And for anyone, that should be painful. I think we, as humans, all share a basic need to have others be interested in us and to feel that we are cared about. But, perhaps being alone is just an inevitable reality that even the most stouthearted of us has to deal with.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A question of Life

I have often asked myself the questions 'Why am I here? What purpose does MY life have? What is life?' To this day I still have no idea. It's almost as if I'm stuck in this rotating land mass of a planet with no idea as to what pertains to me. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this aspect of thought. The funny thing is that there are virtually no clues to answer such a question. Religion claims to have a correct basis of truth, but it doesn't even come close. All it does is throw even more confusion into the fray and leave everyone just as hopeless as before they found it. Being human definitely has it's difficulties. The physical and mental limitations that we all face is no cakewalk. But to think that the majority of us live our lives and pass into the great abyss without ever truly knowing who we are and why we are here is mind boggling. It almost makes you want to give up on life entirely. All I can really do is try to accomplish solely what pleases me, regardless of how others feel about it. After all, I'm the only one that I know living THIS life!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Productive Year

Now that 2010 is almost over, I'm happy to say that it was a pretty productive year. First off I got a company to make a book trailer for my first book 'Praise the Shadows' and then I actually published my second book 'Blessings of Death'. I went to Europe and promoted both of them with fair results and did the same thing in Northern California when I returned. I also managed to finish two more short stories this year as well 'The Alchemist' and 'One Night in Csejthe'. I also have enough material completed to publish a third book next year. As far as 2010 is concerned, I have nothing to complain about!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

You are what you choose

I've always had the belief that you are what you surround yourself with. Whether it be the music you listen to, the movies and television shows you enjoy, what you read, which friends you have, and so on. What you bring into your life usually has a profound effect upon you as a person. I've noticed that a lot of 'ordinary' people all watch the same movies and listen to the same music, all doing this while at the same time mocking more unique souls with different tastes. I find it absurd just how many simple minded people are influenced negatively by movies and music that are socially accepted. I feel that anything that gives praise to any sort of crime or violation of anyone else to be not only unnecessary but also ridiculous. Hopefully I am not the only person who feels this way