Inspired By OM

I see you there talking

you speak loud so all can hear

yet when it is my turn to speak

you quietly disappear

how dare you ignore me

how dare you shun me

how dare you use the words I write

you do this all in spite

in spite of the friendship that could be built

bury that knife of neglect to the hilt

my heart can take it

but soon enough another will read me, will share me

soon enough another will give me wind and you will see

that while you passed me over and did not share me

I was still able to be free

And at that time I will leave you

I tell you know so you will know

It was not for what I did not read but what you did not show

What it takes

In an attempt to not be the spam blogger but also find a balance with what I share the line has become very clear. So here I am sharing with you what it takes to get a rise out of me. What you need to have in order for me to like something, reblog something, comment on something.

Liking something.
I find it fun to like things. Even things that I know bother me but the fact that someone put it up and caused my brain to think about it, no matter how much I hate it or love it. I will like it. Posts that make me think are fun to run into. But that is as far as I will go. I will like it because it made me think.

Commenting on something

I comment on things when I feel strongly about the topic. When I want to bring attention to something or when I feel that there has been a violation. It does not matter to me that I may offend, insult, or basically make someone cry. I could care less. I am commenting my opinion and my thoughts from the research that I have done throughout my life. I do not apologize for what anyone else thinks about the words that I type. I work with words daily, in my writing, in my teaching, in my life. Which is why looking back through my posts I tell people to read, reread, and then read again to what I stated, as to often than not the misunderstanding is that the individual did not read or did not comprehend my words.  But back to the topic at hand. I comment on things that draw me in. And no, it does not have to be words. Pictures, video, heck even a good title has gotten me to read it and make a comment.


I reblog friends that talk to me. That means if we interact with comments the more that I will reblog you. I do not reblog everything as there would be not much time for my own posts to get noticed. I do reblog others more than some but this is due to the fact that some people post more blogs and make a larger signal. But still there must be that line of communication for me to reblog. If we have talked if we have even crossed paths on a post somewhere and started to follow the chances are I will reblog your stuff. Talking helps folks.

Do I expect you to reblog me. I would like it, to that extent I will not lie. But no it is not an expectation. Still the more I reblog someone I do hope they take notice of it and decide that some of my works deserve the notice to be reblogged, commented on and liked. On an interesting topic, my words are mine and if I insult you, treat you like crap, or all in all tell you to fuck off, it is not the responsibility of the post hoster, if I am doing a guest post, or mine. Should you know me then you would understand that I do not insult, treat people like crap, or tell people to fuck off unless they deserve it. And nothing is more deserving than talking BS, trying to tell me or anyone else to change the way they behave because it offends your sensibilities.
When it comes to comments on faith, spirituality, religious matters, I default to my atheistic position. Bring me proof, verifiable, falsifiable, and testable by anyone, anywhere in the world.

When it comes to science, medicine, engineering, theoretical or not, bring me recent published papers from peer reviewed magazines.

If it is just a discussion you want then that is fine. And the final note, just because I do not agree with you is not the reason that I may insult you. Agreement or disagreement on a topic is not enough. So think clearly and post clearly. It is the only way we can keep blogs from degrading to the twitter world where everyone just starts spamming and following for the simple fact of getting more views.

Getting followers is nice but if you have 10000 followers but only 10 views per day, then there is something wrong.

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Thought about suing George Lucas In short I have taken some time to write a flash fiction.  In this short story I have worked through the final day of what a trial with George Lucas would be like. It is a simple attempt at least to show how even during this bad economy we can see the rich suing the rich in order to get more money. At most it is a fun little what if story that would end of course with the most likely of verdicts.

To Sue A Lucas brings the most extreme of circumstances to life. Of course the media circus that would follow such a trial if it were to take place would only be comparable to the Jackson trial or the Simpson Trial.

There would be many who would ask where such a ludicrous idea came from. For me it was a matter of subliminal messages. Being that I am a fan of Star Wars I know some of the key images from the series. Everyday on my way to work I would spot a sign. The sign for the city of Suwa in Nagano Prefecture Japan. You can actually notice part of the city’s emblem on my cover. It is the blue part for those who have never seen the red mark of the Rebel Alliance. Well I got to thinking of what if I were to sue George Lucas, how far would I get. The first realisation was that I would not get very far. I have no money. I am broke. So zero cash = no lawyer which results in no lawsuit. Then I thought who would have the most to gain and could actually claim defacement or even brand misuse. A city would have that kind of money. A city could make it a case of honour.  Thus the idea was born. You can find my short story on Smashwords just click the link : To Sue A Lucas

Mr. Reviewer

Be warned this will be a rant.

There is nothing I hate more than a professional writer or editor coming along and stating that someone’s writing is just plain horrible. I feel that there are people out there who would like make every fantasy a knight and dragon one, every fiction a Grisham novel and every SF a star wars rip off.
I would and could excuse critiques on grammar, spelling and improper word use. For an Indie writer with no resources, writing after work, things do get missed. There are also times when we rush a project before we proof it completely. Yes these are signs that we are not pros. These are also signs that we do not have extensive budgets for professional editors. But we make do. We the Indie writers go back and correct, re-write and keep our work on an improving slope.

Our writing is our passion and that can be seen on how we are willing to take our work which has been criticized and edit it again.  Even to the point of putting off our current story.

You may ask yourself well what does this have to do with anything. The point is clear and it happened to me as I am sure that it has happened to many of you. My short teaser, character snapshot, was critiqued. And I pretty much agreed with the reviewer. I had rushed it and I admitted it. I took it down and fixed grammar and spelling. Then came review number two, clearly someone who was just trying to start something but still he gave me a clear good review though it was in spite of the other.
Marcus the person who reviewed my first work that I commented on to being correct and I apologized for the mess I had released the first time took the second review in stride. Yes he did not miss a beat in insulting me by claiming that it could be me who would dare to make another account on Amazon in order to post reviews. Though the insult did not stop there. The facts as Mr. Marcus pointed out that my work was just plain awful. The writing was terrible and that I would have to change my writing drastically before he would give me a thumbs up. Then in a glib last statement he quoted the point that my teaser was just four pages long knowing full well that it was an eleven page teaser.
I have since edited the work to make it more standard and re-worked the grammar and spelling. Though I refuse to put my writing back in the box. As I have stated countless times I am trying something new with the Amber Light series and I will not stop. I will improve the writing for there are some rules in composition that can not be ignored. But to revert back into a confined style, I think not.
As for this review and the reviewer Marcus. I gave him my pound of flesh as atonement. I conceded that the project of the teaser was rushed and have since fixed it. If he does not like the writing because it does not match any form he is used to reading or can not handle reading something in a new style. That fault lies in him. I am writing to challenge the reader into new territory. I am giving something new to experience and that is what Indie writers bring to the table. That is what Reviewers seem to forget. We are a new flavor and just as I got used to and even like the flavor of green tea ice-cream. I think readers will eventually be able to like the writing for what it is and review it as such. Though there will always be the pros out there, readers who are in fact editors and professional writers in real life ready to tear down a new form. To them I say have a coke and a smile and STFU.

All comments are welcomed but as you can see even I did not spell out bad words.

The magic of 10,000 readers

What a world it would be if a writer could just sit back and write. This would make it fun for everyone, wouldn’t it?
I mean what fun would it be if there was no one else around to critique you and you were granted an audience of 10,000 readers.  Yet getting this many readers is not so easy. In fact getting the first reader is just as hard as getting the 10,000th reader.
As writers we must constantly be pushing for a new and exiting way to capture the imaginations of our audience. Whether we are writing for fun or trying to teach something. There is always someone out there that has done something similar.
You must be asking then, why should we try?
Well the reasons are simple. The first part is basically money. We want to have a career in writing so therefore we need money to sustain our lives. Now very few are expected to hit such heights of such as Steven King or even Dr. Seuss. Yet there we are hacking away at keyboards and stories that keep popping up in our heads hoping for the following of just 10,000.
That does not seem like much of a following. I mean you will not get mobbed when you step of an aeroplane yet that number is the logical number for a base yearly salary.
Consider that a fresh Indie writer such as myself can write a book in about a years time and have a schedule where I have stacked my writing in a way as to be able to start releasing my books on time to be able to keep my audience interested in my works.
But let’s say that I have one book a year. Just one.
And with the power of Kindle and the ebook craze I can reach a world audience. Well almost considering there are some countries that block any kind of outside influence but that is a story for another blogg.

Ok I have my book. I post it on Amazon just like any other Indie writer at the average price of 2.99. that doesn’t sound like much but when you cut out the cost for Amazon we get about 2 bucks or so for each sell. Don’t worry I am rounding down in order to keep this as simple as possible. But say 2 bucks with that I was lucky enough to get 10,000 sells this year. Well there I would get about 20,000 dollars right. Well that would depend on how fast my book sold those 10,000 copies.

A better way than going for the 10,000 number of readers is to basically call it about 1000 new readers a month. That is a doable number. And for a fresh face like me I am expecting at the very top to only get about 400 readers and half of those being from free promotions.  yet if I get just 200 readers a month for the first year I can see an income of 4000 dollars for this year. Not bad considering that I could get food and such things that my family would need to make ends meet. Yet I could not write full time on that.
Now if I had ten books out right now and each was getting 200 readers a month then I could sit and write rather than getting up every morning at 5:30 to start driving to work at 6 and get there at 8am. Yes a two hour drive is common for people in my line of work and that owns a home.
So when dealing with getting to the Magic number 10,000 in readers just remember that you can dream of it but it would be smarter to spend time writing something of quality and building a fan base that will not just buy one book and say eh this was not worth the 2.99.
Another reason is because there are the constant writers out there that I would call piecemeal writers. For them it is not the fan base but the actual money that counts. For them they scour the Internet for tidbits of ideas. They fill books with links in order to try and garner as much income as possible from every single sale.
It is sad but true Indie writers are lumped among them. And for us trying to break out in the Ebook market because of the difficulty of landing a publisher. We are seen just like that. We are not seen as true writers. That is why we must care about our fan base. We must turn out quality books to show people that Indie writers are not money whores but actual writers.
There is nothing wrong with making money from Affiliate programs. We all most make ends meet. There is something wrong with publishing a book that is little more than a new way to market to people.

Please feel free to comment. Tell me if you think that I am wrong. But more importantly show me in your writing that you can turn out a good book.
The only thing I ask is that people use respectful language towards each other and avoid the use of profanity.

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