As a full time writer. Actually, it was September 17. The day, one year ago, that my regular paychecks stopped, my cell phone allotment ceased, my ridiculously generous healthcare insurance ended, and “the man” quit paying for my car (and gas). ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE! Life has been hectic…no doubt about that…but I have never once looked back. Probably because I don’t have the time! Here’s what I’ve accomplished in the past year. Published 423,772 words broken down into: 3 Novels—The Perseid Collapse, Event Horizon, Point of Crisis 3 Novellas for Kindle Worlds—First Contact, Last Betrayal and Sanctuary (coming very soon) 1 Non-fiction collaboration on personal readiness and disaster preparedness—Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. Pursued several franchising opportunities: Re-edited and re-issued 2 books—The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged. Launched 4 audiobooks through Audible—The Perseid Collapse, Event Horizon, Point of Crisis and Black Flagged Redux. The rest of the Black Flagged franchise is on the way. Signed a deal with Amazon Crossing to translate and publish The Jakarta Pandemic in German. E-book and hardcopy. Signed a deal to translate The Perseid Collapse into German. I’ll publish it as an e-book. Sounds like no time for fun and games, right?
A welcome break from writing, and an interesting morning in my fourth office (Scarborough Fish and Game Association). Author and magazine writer Tim Queeney chronicles my efforts to help a couple choose an effective, but manageable firearm for their sailing trip through the Northwest Passage. The catch? They’ve never touched a firearm before, and their choices are limited by Canadian and Greenland federal laws, which requires them to carry a shotgun or big game rifle to protect themselves from polar bears. Not exactly beginner firearms. Check out Tim’s recap of our morning at the gun range. Polar Bear Protection
Where do you spend most of your time? Day Job Writing Job Dream Office (Occasion summer location for now) Research (lots of research for Black Flagged)
In my dream office. It’s pretty hard to complain about bringing work along on vacation, when this is your early morning workspace. While everyone else snored away below deck, I sat here and typed away to the sound of distant lobster boats, seagulls and the occasional splash of a frolicking seal. I can’t begin to explain how productive this time was for me. 82K words into Black Flagged Apex. I can see the finish line. I just need about three more weeks out on Casco Bay to finish it.
And I’m not talking about trading in my Sabre 28′ for a Pearson 34’…though an extra six feet would make all of the difference on our two-week trip up the Maine coast. Always a thought I suppose. No, I’m talking about one of the greatest lines in movie history, delivered flawlessly by a terrified Roy Scheider. Oh, it’s such an awesome scene! Take a few seconds to refresh your memory. It’s a classic, from a timeless film: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Timeless, because every year we try to sit down and watch this movie as a family, and every year we get about twenty minutes in before pulling the plug on the idea. It has become a family tradition during Shark Week…to almost watch Jaws. We usually pass on St. Patty’s Day, forget Cinco De Mayo, lazily throw out plastic eggs at the last-minute for Easter, and this year as you know, we bagged on the Fourth of July fireworks. But we never miss Shark Week! I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw Jaws, but I can confidently say that it scared the shit out of me. The movie did, but the whole fear