The Madness of Ambition

Evening, all. Always a delight to sit down and share my thoughts with you. Some of you might have noticed something of a shift in tone on the blog lately, and to you I say: very perceptive! This site has been witness to several transformations in both tone and purpose over the 18 or so months that it’s existed, and I expect it will see a few more before its day is done.

See, the thing is, I was having trouble motivating myself to write here. Kind of funny when you consider that I’ve posted something like 25 posts in the last three weeks. I kept pushing myself to get those posts done and make sure you guys had something to read, but I had failed to account for something: a blog is essentially a form of dialogue, and in the rush of trying to bring a book to market and finishing a short story I had gotten mentally exhausted and put my emotional walls up. The site had become something of a monologue, rather than looking to you for inspiration and ideas.

In the process, I also erected a wall between Jonathan the person and Jonathan D Allen the author. This is unfortunate, as one of the main benefits of being an indie author is being able to present yourself as you are to the readers, without a middle man or a false layer of formality separating audience and creator. It’s something that I’ve valued in the past and something that needs to be resurrected on this site.

So here I am at the very beginning of the Room 3 release experience and I find myself…well, scared is not the right word. Frustrated might be a better word for it. The best metaphor I can think of for how I feel right now relates to my weight loss situation. Probably not a surprise to you, but I’ve been overweight pretty much all my life, to varying degrees (believe it or not I was an athlete once upon a time). Now, it turns out that my weight issue is likely related to my celiac disease, but much of my life has been defined by my battles with dieting and exercise.

One of the biggest things that has sabotaged my previous efforts has been a desire to do it all at once. For example, back in 2005-2007 I lost about 100 pounds, and by the end of that cycle I was working out twice a day and food monitoring had become something of an obsession. I had to get the weihgt off now or all would be lost. Now, we can debate methods all day (and my fault there was eating for weight loss and not good health), but I think we can agree that such an approach is destined for failure. Success is really only achieved through a slow, steady accumulation of good decisions. Continue reading

The Mad God: Viracocha in Rural America

Good evening, steady readers. Hope everyone’s having a great week; my own has been crammed with updates, marketing, and writing. Writer’s dream, right? It’s actually kind of a relief to think of writing an ordinary update/entry, but here we are. First, just a reminder that my latest book Room 3 is out there, and I mean way out there. Heh. Seriously, if you like sci-fi, paranormal, urban fantasy…anything like that, I do think you’d enjoy it. Basically, I’m saying that I believe in the book and hope that others will eventually come to recognize what’s on the page.

In the meantime, I’m having a giveaway, because it’s what the cool kids are doing. If you want to get to the meat of this post, just scroll down until you see this bad boy: =====. Then you’ll know you’re past the icky promotional nonsense.

I’m offering a special 2-for-1 deal and giveaway. Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase Room 3 between now and Midnight on November 18th on any qualifying site. Really, I’m happy with anything, even through this site.
  2. Send me an email at crimnos@gmail.com with the receipt and/or screenshot of the receipt.
  3. Indicate your preferred eBook format and preferred eBook (The Corridors of the Dead, The Kayson Cycle, or The Station).
  4. I’ll send you a copy of that eBook for free! I’ll also give you two entries into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Pretty straightforward, right?
Now, I know – I’m not just using the giveaway as a tool to puff up my sales. Since memory is so important in Room 3, all you need to do to gain one entry is comment on this post and share one of your favorite memories. That’s it! I look forward to seeing what you have to share.

Now, where do you get it? Why, I’m glad you asked…

  • Smashwords is my current favored e-store for purchase, just because you can get it in so many formats with such little fuss. I’m offering a 10% off discount if you purchase it through Smashwords, in fact; use PL77Y as your coupon code at checkout and you can knock a little off of the price.
  • I’m sure many of you are looking for the Kindle version, and you find it at Amazon. Go go go!!
  • Barnes and Noble also offers the print edition and the Nook version, if that’s your cup of tea. I can’t offer you a discount there, but you’re welcome to check it out.
  • You can also purchase signed and unsigned print editions through my site.
  • The print edition is also available on Amazon and Createspace.

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So anyway, tonight I’m on the cusp of finishing the first draft of a story that I mentioned awhile back called Passage of the Mad God. I originally wrote the story back in 2004 and serialized it on the Something Awful forums (http://forums.somethingawful.com) in an effort to elicit some feedback.

Let’s just say I didn’t like what I got, and I never did it again. Thing is, eight years on, I dusted it off because I thought the premise itself was so appealing and so close to my heart that I just had to take another shot. You know what? Those *assholes* had the temerity to be right all that time ago. Damnedest thing, right? I was not ready. 

Am I today? Well, I like to think so, and I hope that you read the story when it’s finished and out in the wild next year. Today, though, I’d like to talk a little bit about that “mad god” in the title. His name is Viracocha, and he’s based on this guy:

Now, according to the Incas, this dude was the founder of civilization itself. Continue reading

Room 3 Launch – Get the Details Here!

Hi readers! I am proud to announce that Room 3 is now available on all major eBook and print platforms – and coming to many more in the near future (including an audiobook that’s in the works).

I have a fun promotion and giveaway going on this week, but first, let’s look at the current lay of the land with where you can pick up my second full-length novel:

  • Smashwords is my current favored e-store for purchase, just because you can get it in so many formats with such little fuss. I’m offering a 10% off discount if you purchase it through Smashwords, in fact; use PL77Y as your coupon code at checkout and you can knock a little off of the price.
  • I’m sure many of you are looking for the Kindle version, and you find it at Amazon. Go go go!!
  • Barnes and Noble also offers the print edition and the Nook version, if that’s your cup of tea. I can’t offer you a discount there, but you’re welcome to check it out.
  • You can also purchase signed and unsigned print editions through my site.
  • The print edition is also available on Amazon and Createspace.
More editions are coming soon (I’m trying to work something out with Google at the moment); it’s just taking some time to get them into the pipeline, as usual. In the meantime, I’m offering a special 2-for-1 deal and giveaway. Here’s how it works:
  1. Purchase Room 3 between now and Midnight on November 18th on any qualifying site. Really, I’m happy with anything, even through this site.
  2. Send me an email at crimnos@gmail.com with the receipt and/or screenshot of the receipt.
  3. Indicate your preferred eBook format and preferred eBook (The Corridors of the Dead, The Kayson Cycle, or The Station).
  4. I’ll send you a copy of that eBook for free! I’ll also give you two entries into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Pretty straightforward, right?
Now, I know – I’m not just using the giveaway as a tool to puff up my sales. Since memory is so important in Room 3, all you need to do to gain one entry is comment on this post and share one of your favorite memories. That’s it! I look forward to seeing what you have to share.
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Official Announcement!

It occurred to me that I had posted this announcement everywhere but here. Now to share with you. An official date has been set! The Corridors of the Dead will be available as an eBook on 11/18 at Amazon, Smashwords, or B&N. Look for details on a print copy and a second cover (yes, two for this one) coming soon, as well as details on a few publicity tours for which I’ve signed on. Spread the word!