Tuesday, May 29, 2012

10 Rules for Writing by Karen Clark


‎Karen Clark, a literary friend, said I could share this list with attribution. Karen, consider yourself attributed. :)
 
Authors, take heed:
  1. DO use words. A novel that consists entirely of punctuation marks, numbers and spaces isn't going to be read. That kind of experimentation should be left until you're an established writer.
  2. DO put those words into some kind of order. This is often overlooked by the beginner.
  3. DO have an idea before you start writing. I get my ideas from a small village in Bhutan. They're handcrafted and quite expensive, but well worth it. Cheaper ideas can be found on the internet or even, if you're desperate, broke and don't have any ambitions to sell a single copy of your book, from your own head.
  4. Characters can be quite useful. DO try to include one.
  5. DO NOT use passive sentences. You can tell a passive sentence by the inclusion of the word 'was'. Just get rid of that word, or replace it with something else and you'll be fine.
  6. SHOW DON'T TELL. This can get quite involved and time consuming, as it means visiting each of your readers in person. DO rehearse your charades before you turn up and make sure you bring a bottle of wine.
  7. DO NOT use adjectives or adverbs. This can make for some _____ _____ writing.
  8. DO use lots of graphic sex. Sex sells. Give your main character a new and exciting sexual partner at least once every page. Use the word 'thrust' a lot.
  9. DO NOT overdo the sex. Nothing turns a reader off like a promiscuous main character who either thrusts, or is thrust at a lot. 
  10. DO put spaces between the words. Leaving out the spaces is a rookie mistake and one that is easily fixed by a professional and overpaid editor.
Good luck with your writing and remember - if you slavishly stick to these rules you can't fail!
 
Thank you, Karen.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Never Underestimate Your Friends

I have some truly amazing friends. 
 
Over the past few months since my book came out, the support my friends have given me has been nothing short of stupendous and has reaffirmed my faith in people. Some have bought the novel (and some will, when finances permit), some have promoted it and me, some have been able to show up at the Author Fair at the local library as well as the Evening of Literacy Through the Arts at my school, some have helped promote my Kickstarter project, some have pledged for it, some have offered their emotional support when they couldn't pledge (and that's totally okay, too).

That list isn't even remotely complete, by the way. My friends have been that warmth that nurtures my soul and helps keep me focused on the future. And, some of these friends are people I have never, ever met in person. My online friends mean as much to me as those people whom I know in person.

So, just when I feel despondent that something I'm doing won't work, or when I have monumental writer's block, or just feel down—someone comes to my rescue. I could go on, but it would be more of the same. I'm blessed to have the people in my life that I do.  And no words in any  language could ever show my gratitude, but I'll use the ones I know will suffice:

THANK YOU.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The "C" Word

Yeah, that word—CREATIVITY. (What were you thinking?)

When I was a kid, I used to paint—little canvases or big ones, it didn't matter. Water color or acrylic. I had a sketchbook where I would go outside, sit somewhere interesting and let my graphite skip across the vellum; I did that into college, too. My grandmother used to get my sister and me small needlework kits or rugs to hook. I even crocheted for a time and did macramé. In camp, I did lanyards (gimp), among other artistic crafts. I also put together models, from Star Wars figures to cars. I later got into writing, late junior high and beyond.

Back then, I was creative in so many ways. I also had unlimited time and no responsibilities. With so many outlets for my ideas, I would just feel so good about myself that I was a multi-talented artist.

And now? I only write. And there's nothing wrong with that at all. I just wish I had time to do more creative things. Or, maybe my writing just takes the place of all those other media. Perhaps now, in lieu of painting with acrylics, I paint pictures in the mind of readers, using my language and syntax to do the same thing. The same could be said of sketching; now, my words skip through the mind of others where my graphite did that before. All that yarn and needlework? Yeah, the whole weaving metaphor comes to mind. Models, too. 

Maybe, just maybe, all the other outlets for my creativity evolved into my use of words.

Do I miss all the others? Hell yes. But, I was a different person then. I was finding my way through a labyrinth with no string to guide me out. I'd have to fight against my own minotaur all by myself, and that creature symbolizes my inner demons and monsters: being the child of divorce, battling with my sexuality, having few friends, fighting with my stepfather, and the list could go on.

Creativity was, and maybe still is, my coping mechanism. All of the ways I communicated before took the place of my ability to tell people my thoughts and feelings—now, writing tells people pretty directly.

Am I good? Well, I certainly like what I write, but my readers will have to be the judge of that. I just know that, no matter what, I will continue to mold and shape and weave and sketch my words into something that makes me feel happy.

Word of advice? Be as creative as possible in whatever way you feel you can. And don't look back.

Live THAT "C" word :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

People With Vision—Supporters!

Should the Task Force: Gaea Kickstarter project be funded, the following people (so far) would have had a hand in making this photographic graphic novel come to life:

Michael D'Alessio
Charles Rhodes
Bobbi Wellner
Samantha Allen-Turner
Sam Highfield
Phil Dear
S Price
Artie and Doe
Craig Mayers
Kelly Murphy
Viktor
Coleby Friedland
Cassandra Short
Dr. Dr. Thayer
Samantha Fagan
Elizabeth Ilson

Thank you all so much. I sincerely hope this project gets funded so I can thank you properly.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Yearn for This.

Heroes in the world—firefighters, doctors, police, teachers... you.

I'm a teacher. It's my passion in life. I don't want to do anything else. I try to be as much of a hero to my students as I can be, to inspire them to be heroes to others.

Please take four minutes to watch this video to see why this project and heroes mean so much to me:




If that doesn't work, try this:


That was the real me.

You can sign in through Facebook (no need for a Kickstarter account!) and the minimum pledge is $5 (Rewards start at $15).

Parting Messages from My Students

Today was my last day with seniors (all my students). Here's what I found on my board:




I'll miss them, too.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Revving My Engine

Like cow paths meandering through pastures, ideas for the sequel have been moving along. I can only get so far with ideas while the school year is still in session. I get into my groove and then—WHAM—I have to grade papers or plan for a substitute while I've been proctoring AP and IB exams. The seniors finish tomorrow, and then I have until June 6 before the year ends. I hope to get into the outlining more once I can focus my attention on the details that really will make this sequel go forward. This time, I'm leaning more toward a darker, Lovecraftian tone, with elements that carry a singular resonant storyline along with a few plot lines criss-crossing at prescribed places, and now that I have established the abilities and backgrounds of the main characters, I feel confident of the foundation. But, changes will come. I like upsetting the status quo. ;)

In a utopian world, I could take a long weekend and go to a cabin on a mountaintop to write, undisturbed, until this next book is finished. Well, my current world is hardly ideal for writing, so it'll involve ekeing out a few moments here and there until June 6 to get the gears a-grinding. When school's out, I'll just lock myself away in my office. And not leave until I've generated thousands of words. That's the plan, anyway.

CTHULHU
Having this yearning to finish the sequel of Task Force: Gaea has really kept my mind revving. I feel like one of those toy cars you pull back and pull pack to wind up, and when you set it down, it speeds away. I'm ready to speed! I can see the road before me opening up, leading me just where I need to be, and the images, concepts, and plot elements just keep circulating around my mind. Soon, David, soon.

I may do a little reading while I'm writing, something about Cthulhu. Ever since I came across this Lovecraft entity back when I played Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, I've become intrigued by the mystical and primordial energy emanating from him. Now, I won't be using Cthulhu specifically, although I do like his monstrous appearance, but I want the underworld to be a much more horrific place this time. I think that's why I want this second book to be darker, more chthonic*. Once time befriends me once more, I'll go into more detail.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Reward Details—Read This!

Pledging any amount of $15 or more at Bring TASK FORCE: GAEA to Life! gets you one of the following reward packages. Help make heroes happen.

$15 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
$25 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
$35 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
  • Task Force: Gaea T-shirt
 $50 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
  • Task Force: Gaea T-shirt
  • SIGNED poster of the cover
$75 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
  • Task Force: Gaea T-shirt
  • SIGNED poster of the cover
  • Recognition in the Acknowledgments in the sequel (in progress)
$100 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
  • Task Force: Gaea T-shirt.
  • SIGNED poster of the cover.
  • Recognition in the Acknowledgments in the sequel (in progress).
  • A portfolio of the photos taken of the Task Force members.
$250 or more:
  • SIGNED paperback copy of Task Force: Gaea.
  • Your name on the Donor web page.
  • Ebook version.
  • Task Force: Gaea T-shirt.
  • SIGNED poster of the cover.
  • Recognition in the Acknowledgments in the sequel (in progress).
  • A portfolio of the photos taken of the Task Force members.
  • Written into the sequel as a named character.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Come Visit My Squidoo!

Hey! Come see my Squidoo for Task Force: Gaea and leave me a comment and like the page (if you do!).

What is Squidoo? Well, here ya go:

"Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus. Like the lens of a camera, your perspective on something. (You're looking at a lens right now)." [http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo]

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Round 1: Ask Me Anything

Two posters, fire starlight and Ryu Long, were the first two to ask questions, so here we go. If you have a question you'd like to ask (about anything!), either leave it as a comment here or email me at tchrofengl@gmail.com.

firestarlight:

At what point did you begin writing Task Force: Gaea?



I began Task Force: Gaea in high school, actually (circa 1985). In English class, we had to write a creative short story, and mine was entitled “The Olympus Corps.” It encompassed heroes in starships, flying around the galaxy, encountering gods and monsters on various planets. The story evolved over the years, and I abandoned the outer space setting for a more earthbound one.

How did you come across the artist that created the cover art for Task Force: Gaea?



I met Michael Hamlett on a comic book artist website. Currently, he’s on deviantart, but since we met back in 2002, I don’t remember the actual site where I found him. I really liked his style, as it was the more realistic style that I wanted, so I asked if he could do some artwork for me. The rest is history.

Did you base any of the settings used in your book off of actual locations? If so, what locations?

Well, I tried to be as real as I could (for a fantasy novel), so I researched everything, down to street names. I wanted to make the locations as real as possible so that if a reader had been there, he or she would feel a connection. I think that, sometimes, if the world is too unfamiliar, readers don’t always picture things the way we as writers intend. When I wrote a chapter where Apollo was in Windhoek, South Africa, I found streets and locations so I could plan his journey through the city. Part of the novel takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as Boston, Massachusetts—both places were researched quite well.

Even the mythological settings, like Arkadeia and Athens, have their origins in Greek myth; again, I wanted to strike upon the familiarity of the reader’s past experiences so that prior knowledge would make the reading more pleasurable.

Ryu Long:

Being a former student of yours who knows that you used to tabletop game, I'd be interested to know if you remember any of your characters. Did you have a type you liked to play, any memorable moments, basically anything in your old gaming career that stands out in our head.

As far as character names? I’m afraid not. Those are lost to time. Somewhere, in my mother’s house probably, I have my old character sheets, but they haven’t made the journey to Florida. I remember playing a few types: paladins, sorcerers, and Amazons. Like those of the character names, my memories of playing Dungeons & Dragons are vague, but I do remember playing DM (Dungeon Master) as well being a part of campaigns. These experiences, certainly, deepened my love for fantasy fiction, a love that coursed through me so much that I had to write about what I couldn’t stop thinking about.

UPDATED Kickstarter Video for SuperHero Project

I realized that seeing ME might help people understand my passion for this project and my desire to bring Dan, Aleta, Brandon, and Sarah to life, just like Pygmalion did for Galatea. Any support your can give would be appreciated!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Earthsteel and the First Fires, Gaea's Gifts

In the novel, Gaea creates a sword, Thyroros, the PortalBearer, from Earthsteel, a metal forged only in the First Fires. Just what is this mystic metal that Mother Earth alone forges, and how do the First Fires play a role in the molding of such a metal?

In the world that encompasses TASK FORCE: GAEA, Khaos, the cloud-like and ethereal primordial being from whom all life sprung, brought forth on her own such entities as Gaea, Nyx (Night), Erebos (Darkness), Aether (Upper Air), Hemera (Light), and the Moirae (Fates). After bringing the other Protogenoi, or Primordial Ones, into existence (she herself being the first one), Khaos burst into an all-consuming flame, becoming the First Fires of creation. Gaea took her mother's creative spark within herself, hiding it so far within herself that no god or mortal would find it. It was from this sacred forge that Gaea created Thyroros. By doing so, this substance was tempered with the same energy that shaped the cosmos, making anything heated within it impervious to harm by anything forged thereafter in any other flame. Only a weapon of the same origin could damage the sword, and Gaea protected her mother's remains with a vengeance. Not even Hephæstos can work metal in such a forge without the guiding hand of Gaea.

Before the Titans emerged, Gaea made the holy raw material from which would eventually come the substance know as Earthsteel, a crude translation of the original name that hearkened from an unspoken language only the Protogenoi know. Mother Earth taught Hephæstos how to create another form of Earthsteel, using less divine fires, that would adorn the halls and armories of Mount Olympos.

Sharpened to a razor edge, an Earthsteel blade can sever a marble column with barely any pressure, leaving no jagged edge on the stone whatsoever. Heated to different temperatures (of the First Fires or Olympeian forge fire), the metal can take on different hues, from a soft gold to a shiny silver to a dark steel.

Earthsteel appears in TFG: Finding Balance, and will show up again in TFG: (the sequel). Stay tuned for more developments.

Join the Virtual Book Club Chat on July 14

In July, TASK FORCE: GAEA will be second virtual book club selection at the Independent Author Index on July 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

This will be the first virtual book club for my debut novel, so I hope you will attend and participate in the conversation (or at least take a look at the comments!).

If you're planning to join in, please let them know by adding a comment to the post.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Student Appreciation Gift... WOW.

This doll was knitted by a student of mine (she knits all the time, even during class). She created the character of Aetos (Aleta Halston), complete with javelin of Zeus and all. I'm just speechless. She and her mother, along with their book club, read Task Force: Gaea. You can read Elayna's review here. Her mother, Mimi, reviewed it here.

Wow...

Aetos (Aleta Halston) is on the left. She's the one the doll is modeled after.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Towel Capes and Tin Foil Bracelets

hunguponretro.blogspot.com
In the 1970s, we had live action heroes like The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, Captain America (Remember Reb Brown?), Captain Marvel, Isis, the Incredible Hulk, The Man from Atlantis... even Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. These heroes taught us lessons about how to do the right things, how to respect people, and how to aim higher.

mamapop.com
My fantasy novel has its origins from television shows just like those. Heroes inspired me. I mean, who didn't tie a towel around his or her neck and fly around the living room? Who didn't put aluminum foil bracelets on and pretend to deflect bullets? Who didn't wear superhero Halloween costumes?
 
Those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s did. I know you did. 

comicbookmovie.com
So, now, I'm a 44 year old man who not only collects comic books, but I also STILL believe in heroes. You heard me—I believe people can rise above circumstances to reach out and help people, either literally or figuratively. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, we didn't have the Internet, reality television, or cell phones. We had those Saturday morning cartoons, movies, and live action heroes to look up to. I became a teacher to be some kind of a hero to young people, to fight for them, to protect them, to help make them better people.

Those childhood heroes were real people dressed in costumes who fought crime and gave children—like me—something to look to as a role model. Today, we have them, too, but not as many as we used to.

I want to change that.

Task Force: Gaea
We have live action movies today for both Marvel and DC properties, and people FLOCK to them: partly because of the special effects and visuals and partly because people are still enrapt with superheroes. The heroes of Task Force: Gaea, brought together and created to protect the world—Mother Earth—have the same motivation as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Buffy, Ironman, etc. 

Aegis, Aetos, Aether, and Zodiak want to make their world a much improved place, and they can be the heroes for another generation. Bringing Task Force: Gaea to Life, my Kickstarter project, can help do just that. By making my characters human, we can create a photographic novel with superpowered beings who want to make a difference.

Don't you want kids to have heroes they can believe in? I know I do. Help Adam Jay (Superhero Photography) and me change the world one hero at a time with a photographic novel about Task Force: Gaea.

Please pledge something to help me revitalize heroes.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bring Task Force: Gaea to Life!

I want the world to believe in heroes again!

My friend, Adam Jay, of Superhero Photography wants to help me redefine the fantasy novel/comic book genre by producing a photographic novel. This would involve photo shoots of models in various locations (with some background images), making human that which has been in text form in my novel, TASK FORCE: GAEA.

In 1978, I went to the movies to see the world's most famous hero—SUPERMAN. Christopher Reeve, in his blue and red tights, really made us believe a man could fly. His physical attributes, his charisma, and his desire to be a hero convinced us that this last son of Krypton could save humanity from those villains that tormented our world.

Now, in 2012, Adam Jay has turned hero-creation into an art form through his photography. He has taken some of the world's most popular heroes, like Wolverine, Lara Croft, and—more recently—Wonder Woman, and produced heroic images that inspire anew. After hearing about my novel from my friend, Michael D'Alessio, Adam contacted me with the idea of doing a portfolio project with the main characters from the book. Hoping to redefine the genre by producing a director's storyboard of images, Jay wants to bring Aegis, Aetos, Aether, and Zodiak into the real world.

And, I want that, too. The world needs heroes!

We've started a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to raise the $5,000 necessary not only for the models, costumes, equipment, and time, but also to be able to provide the rewards to the contributors, ranging from a mention on a Donor Page, signed copy of the novel, a t-shirt, a poster, and—ultimately—a copy of the portfolio and even being written into the sequel as a character.

Please help me bring this project to fruition. It'll end 29 days from today (May 7, 2012), and I really want to help inspire others by bringing new heroes into the world.

I appreciate anything you can do to help. Here's the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1925508120/bringing-task-force-gaea-to-life

Here comes a teacher rant... be ready.

For as much as this blog is about writing in general and my own writing, it's also about me, and I'm not just an author—I'm an educator. And, I have to get something off my chest.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I teach Advanced Placement English Literature and IB English, both to 12th graders. These are college level (college credit bearing) classes that are rigorous and demanding. They require a devoted mindset, an understanding of time management (for the most part), and a willingness to learn.

Why, then, do you suppose that students who have no real connection to an AP work ethic or desire to learn take such a class? Torture? They see themselves having erred heinously in a past life, so they sit through an elevated course for the entire school year to reaffirm their mortality and flawed personae? They want their GPA bumped a little, no matter whether they do well or not?

I come into the classroom with a passion for learning, for writing, reading, discussion, insight-gathering, challenging minds, and pushing people to think beyond their comfort zone. Imagine how frustrating it must be when being in a room where some people have absolutely no interest in success. Currently, we were reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, a labyrinthine tale to say the least. Joyce's stream-of-consciousness style could make even someone with Attention Deficit Disorder cringe. However, that was the novel I chose for my students because I believe that Stephen Dedalus' journey through his younger years definitely has relevance to our seniors who are departing high school at around the same age as Stephen departs Ireland. Anyway, it was the required reading.

With all of the challenges that this novel brings, no one came to see me with questions outside of class. No one emailed me. No one called. It was as if they didn't take me seriously when I said, "Your final exam will be on this novel." In addition to that, people don't seem to take seriously the idea of personal responsibility for when they don't understand something. The expectation is that I will just regurgitate everything from the novel so they don't have to do anything. And then, there's SENIORITIS. So, the day of the final comes (today!), and one of my AP students basically writes how he doesn't really know what to do with the novel.

Really? Did you seek help? (No.) Did you ask questions in class? (No.) Did you... NO, NO, and NO.

We've only been talking about analyzing texts all year. We've only been discussing diction, syntax, and other devices ad nauseam all flippin' year. I've been trying to get you to PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS all year.

I long for the day when students come in yearning to learn about Joyce or Shakespeare or Jonson or Conrad... where has intellectual curiosity gone? where has work ethic gone?

Alas, this year is coming to an end, and I will watch these students go soon enough, but there will always be a twinge of remorse in my heart for those students who chose to be in my class with no higher purpose in mind. Sad.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ask Me Anything**

**Rather than post a list of questions I won’t answer, I’ll just say that I just won’t answer questions if I feel they are inappropriate for my blog.

I've been interviewed by some fantastic people over the past few months for a few different blogs, and I’ve enjoyed the experience immensely. I’ve shared some things that tell readers more about me, but now—I'd like to push the envelope a little.

I’m inviting those who read this blog to ask me anything, as a fellow human being, a teacher, an author, etc. Politics and religion are even fair game. (see the above disclaimer, though).

What would you want to know? What would you like to hear me comment on? What inner most thoughts would you like to see me reveal? Avoid “yes/no” questions since they don’t allow for any real explanations. Feel free to skirt the edge of crazy, too. ;)

Here’s some stuff to get your started: I’m 44, Jewish, gay, a teacher, and a liberal Democrat.

I will choose the best question from the list to give the questioner a free copy ebook version of TASK FORCE: GAEA and a T-shirt.

Make it a good one. And, I’ll only answer one per person, and as of right now, there’s no end date.

(I need to have at least three questions submitted so I can actually decide the best.)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Long Live Literacy Night!

Sometimes when you least expect it, things work out. Last night was the best example of this.

Our high school had their 2nd Annual Evening of Literacy through the Arts, and I was the local author-in-residence. Amid the tables of art student creations, a Hunger Games-inspired activity ("Literacy Games"), the concert band kicking butt and taking names, the culinary arts students cooking, ASL students signing to songs, and a throng of over events, I sat along the edge of the Commons Area with my table and wares—some TASK FORCE: GAEA t-shirts, signs, and other props. And then, I waited.

After the concert band finished playing, over a dozen people throughout the course of the evening came up to purchase novels and shirts (THANK YOU), and I had the chance to talk about my book. Now, that may not seem like many people, but for a high school function where I wasn't the main focus (and I was only expecting maybe two or three customers), I feel I did rather well.

This was just the elixir I needed after a long week, and I can go into the weekend feeling a little more empowered. More energy for the sequel!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm so done. Cooked. Fried.

[vent]

I am D-O-N-E with being at school. And, no, I'm not finished with the school year. YET. Let me pre-empt this by saying, I love my students. They are THE reason why I go to work every day. It certainly isn't because of the paperwork, the pay, the legislative disrespect and drama, or any other myriad things that whittle away at my sanity. But, my kids are my sanctuary.

Yes, even the ones that push every button and jump on my last nerve.

As of today, my IB students start their exams, and as much as I enjoy working with them, the days when I get a few class periods to finish grading papers or just drink coffee uninterrupted help save my sanity. I don't think I have "teacheritis" (for as much as the seniors have "senioritis"), but I do feel like Sisyphus pushing that ever-growing rock uphill. Teaching is my passion in life; it's not a "job" to me or just a means to pay bills. I am always thinking about teaching SOMEthing. When I'm browsing at Barnes & Noble, I vacillate between books for pleasure reading and the "Oh, I would have so much fun teaching THAT." What can I say—I'm a lover of books.

My "doneness" has more to do with the level of disinterest of some of my cherubs in wrapping up the year strongly. We're reading Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which is definitely a challenging read, but it's not beyond their ability. The issue is, they've convinced themselves that they don't really need to work anymore. They already have their college acceptances, scholarships, and post-high school plans all set (or so they believe), but they don't really believe when I say that colleges can and will rescind acceptances (and scholarships) if grades drop too much.

I'll keep giving 100% to them until their last day (which is about a week or so before school actually ends). I just wish they could dig deep within themselves to find the impetus to stay strong.

In other news: I'm working on a few writing projects that help keep my sanity. One is the sequel of TASK FORCE: GAEA, the other is sort of hush-hush at the moment, but it's a phenomenal experience. Also, I have a project that will take my novel to another level, and I will be promoting that soon.

So, seniors, perhaps beefing up the ol' work ethic wouldn't be a bad idea, at least until May 23.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Special Event Prices for LOLHS Event, May 3

Thursday, May 3, from 6 - 8 p.m., I will be at Land O' Lakes High School as the local author-in-residence as part of the Evening of Literacy and the Arts. Unfortunately, I won't have physical novels to sell, BUT I will be selling them [cash, check, or credit card] with a sign-up sheet. Students who purchase them will need to give me their English teacher's name and how they want their book signed. I will deliver it to them in school once they come in.

I will also send them to those people who are not students, on me (book rate).


SPECIAL EVENT PRICE

If you order a paperback copy from me,
you pay a REDUCED price of:
$12 
(down from $15—what it costs on Amazon.com).


If you order a paperback copy and a Task Force: Gaea shirt,
you pay the SPECIAL EVENT PRICE of:
$20 
(normally, $15 for the book + $12 for the T-shirt). This is a GREAT DEAL!
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