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Bi Monthly Digest

Hello!

Well this update is coming about a month late, but January has been a very busy month for me filled with some setbacks but I do have some legitimate and exciting news for my dear readers! First off the usual stat update.

104 likes on Facebook (went down one because Facebook page has been a little unkept)

734 followers on Twitter (My rate of change has gone down from my last two updates but still 100 + more is better)

Your juicy news is served in a blog post:

Operation Hammer edition 1.5 is now available for sale via Kindle, CreateSpace, and Smashwords! Amazon in print form will be available in 5 to 7 days. Things to look for: much better POV, fixed plot holes, clarity is increased, decreased rambling, and fixed grammar issues. All the appropriate links are under the books page by Operation Hammer. Also distribution via CreateSpace’s Expanded Distribution has been widened to include libraries and bookstores, but do not get your hopes up it takes 6 to 8 weeks for my book to appear and there is no guarantee you can go to your local store and pick it up.  For the disappointing news: I have not had time to finish Dogs, Cats, and the Future of Humanity. So the February release date is now unattainable. I can not make any promises so be tuned for the next update (might even have it before 2 months!) to see when the novel will hit the internet.

Thanks for reading!

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Bi-Monthly Digest

Hello all!

Yeah this post is coming a bit late partly because I’ve been really busy with NaNoWrimo, writing, Book N Tech, new stuff (as seen below), and school. I mean did y’all really expect an author to keep his blog up to date?

Well for the stats:

105 Facebook likes (not much really changed there)

650 followers on Twitter (nice and explosive soon to be at 1,000!)

Now for the juicy stuff. The amazing Massimo Battaglia an Italian artist responsible for the Gymbot and boompack decided to make me an awesome science fiction cover! Since you my dear readers are nice people I will show you a low resolution version of what appears to be the final cover choice!

Dogs, Cats, Future of Humanity cover

Since it is NaNoWrimo I should be finishing Dogs, Cats, and the Future of Humanity by November 30th and well general availability is slated for January – February 2014 alongside a brand new highly edited version of Operation Hammer. Obviously stay tuned to the next bi-monthly digest, possibly a blog post (Oh my God right?) and some other goodies!

 

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Bi Monthly Digest

Hello!

    I know I am barely active on my blog here because well I have a lot to do and not much time for the blog here. So really so little happened it terms of mass numbers but I’ve crossed some milestones. 

100 Likes on FB page

55,000 words written on new novel and rapidly working on Operation Hammer

And almost 400 Twitter followers. 

Still working on a speedy re-release of Operation Hammer which will be followed by a week of the book being free on Amazon plus some blog coverages. Alright hope y’all have a good day out there!

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The Pixar Theory Timeline

This goes along (partially) with my Case for Characters post.

Jon Negroni

Pixar Theory TimelineSince the initial release of The Pixar Theory, there have been countless changes and updates to the timeline. Since it can get a little complicated (and nutty), I put together a new and improved outline that follows the book and includes all of the recent and upcoming Pixar movies. Enjoy!

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Science Fiction is tomorrow’s reality

100 years ago the thought that you could go from New York to Chicago in several hours was inconceivable. If you said that man could fly 100 years ago you would be discredited as a lunatic. 50 years ago if you said you could watch a movie at your house that someone made across the globe instantly you would be considered insane. Unless you were a science fiction writer. Airplanes, YouTube, and many other commonplace luxuries people in first world countries have were yesterday’s science fiction today’s reality. The latest advance/craze/fad is 3-D printing and 3-D technology. It is pretty hard to believe that you could print out a wrench for example in mere minutes with a proverbial press of a button. Some have discounted the 3-D movement saying the hardware/software is too complicated for the average user. Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 just added 3-D printing ability natively leaving it up to an app maker to build an app that will let anyone make what they need out of plastic in a few minutes from the convenience of their home. What I’m saying here is: don’t discount science fiction as the mere rambling of senile people. It is a dream of the future of things possibly to come.

The Case for Characters

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Many science fiction authors like yours truly try to make their characters come alive in books, and now social media. Now that might be hard to digest, a fictional character tweeting, messaging, or sending an e-mail in the real world. I originally was opposed to it when a fellow author did the same. Isn’t it just me (the author) talking through him? No, its not. People don’t realize what goes on in author’s minds. It’s not me talking through him, its my character’s personality that I created talking through me as a kind of middleman to the outside world. Obviously fictional characters aren’t real in a tangible way, but I try to make them as round and “real” as possible whether its in the pages of a book or on a social media site. 

 

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Why I joined Camp NaNoWrimo

Camp NaNo participant, Operation Hammer, Ezekiel Carsella

Ever feel like you needed some help from fellow authors? Camp NaNoWrimo.

As a fledgling indie author (currently) I obviously haven’t made it to the New York Times bestseller list yet. Or have I sold a thousand copies yet. My debut novel is just going through a rigorous editing process now. (more on it later.) So now working on my next novel I decided for this one I was going to get some help. Where did I turn. To Camp NaNoWrimo. Camp NaNoWrimo is where authors go to a virtual “camp” where you have 6 to a cabin with a messaging board so you can talk about your novels, etc etc. The point of Camp NaNo is to let authors post the word count of their novels and ask for help or help other authors. So far I like the concept. The Camp runs two months a year free to the camper unless you want to make a donation. So if you are a fellow author and want to sign up for camp I fully endorse it as a tool to make better authors and novels.

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