Another Win!

My latest novel, Invasion, has won its second book award!

Creativity and Mental Illness

Is there a link between creativity and mental illness? Some in the psychiatric profession and other mental health practitioners seem to think so. Of course, this doesn’t mean one has to be mentally ill in order to be creative. Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison wrote a book, “Touched By Fire,” that explored this connection. She examined the lives of several famous artists–poets, writers and visual artists–such as Samuel Coleridge, Lord Byron, and the like. Her research delved into the letters written not only by the artists, but also from friends and such. Her conclusion was that these artists had various mental disorders. You should read it–whether you agree with her or not, it is quite interesting.

I’m an author, in case you haven’t noticed from the postings on this blog. I’m also bipolar. I don’t talk about it because I’ve found, through bitter experience, that mental illness still carries a stigma in our society. Does being bipolar help my creativity? Sometimes I think so. I wrote the first six chapters of my latest book “Invasion” in three days during a manic phase. I didn’t sleep at all during that time.

My mania is pretty low key as far as manic episodes go. I mean, I don’t get naked and climb on statues. I have grandiose, unrealistic ideas, some of which I’ve acted upon to my detriment. And I spend money, lots of money. It’s like there’s this other person doing things that make no sense. Like blowing through my IRA. Almost… Continue reading

December Doings

Here it is December, already. November went by like a slap in the face.

I did a video interview this weekend in Connecticut. It went well, at least I thought so. Hope I didn’t flub it in places too badly. It snowed, too. I hate snow. Having to clean it off a car is the pits. Scared to death to drive in it, too. I’m just not used to it anymore. Lucky for me, the roads were clear by the time I set out for the airport.

Have I ever told you how much I hate cold weather? Well, I do. Seems the older I get, the less I’m able to deal with the cold. I just don’t want to go out in it. I’ve even been known to forego grocery shopping, just so I won’t have to go outside.

So. Invasion is doing well, lots of 4 and 5 star reviews. I’m making sales, too. About 40 or 50 so far, which is not bad, considering I’ve done hardly any marketing on it. The other two books–The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground–are doing pretty good, too.

Will be making my yearly trek to Boston in January, to the Arisia sf/f convention. I think I’m also going to say the hell with it and go to Boskone, too, in February. I’ll be taking the train, and it has wi-fi, so I can work.

That’s all for now. Pretty much worn out after my trek this weekend.

Ciao!

On The Book Of The Day Campaign, Part II

Well, Saturday is coming to a close, and my Book Of The Day campaign is too.

What did I get out of it? A lot of exposure, that’s for sure. Seems like folk were coming out of the woodwork. Then again, OnlineBookClub claims to have something like 300K members. So maybe that’s it. But very few sales.

Anyway, I did see a good deal of enthusiasm. The majority of responders said they were interested. Of course, there were the few trolls who felt it necessary to proclaim that The Moreva of Astoreth “wasn’t their cup of tea,” “don’t like epic fantasy,” and whatnot. Well, then, don’t read it. Oh, yeah–and they don’t like the cover.

Tomorrow’s Book Of The Day should be VERY interesting. It’s featuring The Underground. The warning is in BIG, CAPITAL letters, but we’ll see how many people actually pay attention to it. Never mind that it’s 4.4 on the Amazon scale. I can see a lot of people complaining to the club about it. BET I get a note from Scott Hughes either banning me from the site, or at least banning me from participating in BOTD in the future. Whatever. I’m not sure I’m going to follow it like I did today. For one, I’m going to the movies tomorrow. For two, I need to get some WORK done. I don’t even know what my topic is going to be. If I don’t get SOMETHING done tomorrow, I’ll be up all Monday and Tuesday nights,… Continue reading

On The Book Of The Day Campaign

This’ll be short.

The campaign itself is going fine. Lots of reactions. But they’re not translating into sales. Four books sold today. That’s it. I suspect many of those fantastic numbers come from free or 99-cent downloads.

It tickles me that so many of the readers are congratulating me on being “Book of the Day.” Trust me, guys–we pay for that shit. Through the nose.

And We’re Live!

Invasion is published! All the links are live, the print copy is available! On Amazon, at least–I don’t know when it’ll show up on BN. If BN gets their stuff from Ingram…it may be well into next year.

I found out this time around that Smashwords puts their “imprint” on ebooks distributed by them. I really don’t like that. I thought about changing my preferences so to stop that shit, but soon realized I’d miss out on their distribution network. They’ve got one, I don’t. So I’ll just have to grit my teeth and bear with it until I do.

Aaaand…Invasion received its first 5-star review yesterday! Said some nice things about my story. And I also made a sale! I don’t consider that too bad for a book by an unknown that’s been out for a week. A harbinger of things to come? Please?

And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As Monty Python would say. Love those guys. Wish I could have seen their last show, even if Graham Chapman was there only in spirit.

So. What’s so different, you ask? Well, I’m now a rock collector. No, really. Rocks. Or, perhaps I should say, gem rocks. Emerald, sapphire, ruby…you get the picture. Mind you, these aren’t “gemmy,” that is, suitable for being cut and polished into jewelry stones. But an emerald is an emerald, you know? I bought a huge, 5-pound chunk of obsidian that I’m going to put goodness knows where. I also bought a Herkimer diamond. These are crystals that are found only in Herkimer County, in upstate New York. This one has a water bubble in it. I mean, there’s water in there. And that water would be 400 to 500 million years old. But I would dearly love to have a blue garnet. Very rare, these stones. They’re blue in fluorescent and sunlight, but purple under incandescent light. They are wildly expensive, too. I found a site that sells them, and they have some lovely specimens at lovely prices. I hold myself back because even though I have the cash, I’m not certain I have the money. I mean, I’m trying to promote my books, and I’ve got a third one coming out. I dropped $1200 just yesterday to promote The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground on ONE site.  And who knows what’s coming down the pike?

At any rate, I suppose this means… Continue reading

More Promotion!

Okay, here we go again…

And here’s the link to The Moreva of Astoreth! <a href=”http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/science-fiction/15416″ target=”_blank”>The Moreva of Astoreth</a> Click this link, and you can purchase the book from Amazon!

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion!

Wow–I’m getting really into this promotion stuff. Right now, it’s just for The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground. I really should create some buzz for Invasion. Well, let me finish with this round first, and then I’ll get to work on it. So check out below, and see what’s happening!

Here is the link for my book on AskDavid.com. <a href=”http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/paranormal/15415″ target=”_blank”>The Underground – Second Edition</a> You can make a purchase right from the page, too!

Getting There!

Received the cover for Invasion from the illustrator. Needs a tiny bit of work, and then it’s good to go. Then I can send it off to my formatter, who’ll do the ebooks and whatnot.

I’ve scheduled the paperback version of Invasion to drop on October 15. If all goes well, the ebooks will drop before then. Whew!

Stay tuned!