Two recent reviews of BSAC on Amazon

The first was a 2-star. This person felt talked to death by Frank. Okay. I can sort of see that. First person personal often comes across that way.

The one from 53 minutes ago was that the book was too slow. I have to say, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that.

Reviews, positive, negative, or otherwise, give you insight into who reads your books. It also lets you look at your writing style from “outside” yourself.

So, the “talked to death” reviewer reminds me that I do have a tendency to write more dialog than is absolutely necessary. I know where that comes from: me. I’m intensely verbal, prone to speak my mind, and have a 7th grade sense of humor. Oh, and I’m a serious nerd.

As for the too slow comment, that could dovetail into the talked to death. Interesting points of view.

So, to my latest reviewers, I appreciate your comments. It doesn’t mean I’ll change things, since #3 is coming out in 2/15, but it allows me to think about how I write in connection to other projects.

Cheers on Digestion Day/Black Friday.

Blood Soaked and Gone revised release date!

Blood Soaked and Gone, Blood Soaked #3 will appear on 2/17/15!

Would life be complete without a teaser? Probably not!

Blood_Soaked_And_GoneTeaser: Blood Soaked and Gone

My right arm stands out. It is matte black, the way that stretched latex is. In fact, some people have asked me if I’m a rubber fetishist.

I’m not. I wouldn’t know what a rubber fetish is if it sauntered over and stuck it’s tongue in my ear.

Truthfully, I’d probably squeal.

When you take a closer look at my arm, you can see the fibers and crystal-like formations that spread across the surface of the “skin.” Then it is completely apparent that my limb isn’t rubber, silicone, or some high tech textile wizardry; it is something else.

The same goes for my right eye, except that it behaves in typical ways, and for the most part, looks normal. Yet, if you pay attention, you’ll notice that the pupil doesn’t react to changes in light—it doesn’t need to. That’s been known to bother people. All I can do is shrug because I can’t do anything about it. I’m just happy it looks like a normal eye most of the time.

There was a time that it was just as black as my arm. You’d think I mugged a gothy teenager in a shopping mall. Luckily, I convinced it to look more like a regular eye. The arm, on the other hand, resists persuasion.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked myself if these body parts are me, or if they’re something else. I imagine if they were traditional prosthetics, it would be an easy answer. You pull your artificial limb off, stand it in the corner, or lay it on the bedside table, and you know you stop where your physical body ends.

What are these parts? They’re not prosthetics, even if I can detach the arm—I can still move it, even when it isn’t in the same room as the rest of me—I know how I got them, and where they came from, but defining them eludes me.

Don’t ask me about seeing with my fingers. I don’t like talking about it.

Jinhao X450

Jinhao X450I got a new pen off Ebay, a Jinhao X450. This is a Chinese style calligraphy fountain pen with a bent nib. This lets you make brush-like strokes as well as write with a lovely bold line.

It takes a little getting used to, but I’ve found that I really enjoy the range of line quality that the nib provides. The width of your strokes are directly related to the amount of pressure you use and the angle the point touches the paper. If you like a range of styles from a single nib, then this is for you.

This is NOT a note taking writing device, let me be clear. The best use of this is for calligraphy, embellishment, or some of the most flamboyant signatures you’ve ever written.

A note about the design…the Jinhao X450 is an ink hog. Be sure you’ve got a bottle of your favorite ink nearby if you use this pen on a regular basis.