Method of Life has a new cover and is back on sale on Amazon.
So it was my plan…intention to have my next book (Orbital Defiance, the first book in the New Haven Chronicles series) done by the first of march. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Progress has been slower than I expected and it’s taking me longer to get through my second edit/revision than I had hoped. And it still has to be given a look over by my newly acquired editor. Yay, for fewer typos and grammatical errors. I could try to rush it and do it half assed, but I really want to do it fully assed…what I mean is that I want to get it right. I’m by no means a perfectionist, but there is certainly a line between good enough and the best you can make it. And I’m not there yet. Soon, but not yet.
Additionally, this has also pushed back a few other things. A revised copy of Method of Life is coming…soonish, along with it being available through additional vendors as well as in physical copy. There won’t be any story changes…probably. So if you’re looking for that, than too bad. This is mainly just another revision, from the editor I mentioned before. It always helps to have another set of eyes, smarter eyes, look over your work. When working on something for so long, you can begin to ignore problems that have been right there staring you in the face. You also have to admit to yourself when you’ve done the most you can on your own and find outside help to get you to that next level.
I sort of want to add some things to Method, story wise, but I don’t know when I’ll find the time to write them. It wouldn’t change the story, but rather expand on a few of the character relationships.
And then there is the issue of having two versions of the book out there. Though at this point, so few people have bought it, read it, that it might not even matter. I’m not exactly getting Harry Potter numbers here. Not yet anyway. You’re going down Potter!
A short story might accomplish the same thing, while not having to try and shoehorn two or three more scenes into the flow of the book. I like that idea better I think.
Thanks to everyone who downloaded my book during the free promo. I hope you enjoy it and by all means leave a review.
Leaving a review on the Amazon sale page is very important, so if you did download or have bought it already, than I urge you to leave a comment there. It really helps…and even if you didn’t like it, let me know.
Method of Life
Another shameless plug.
My book, Method of Life, will be free beginning Christmas day, through 12-29-12. If you haven’t already purchased a copy, than this is your chance to get it for zero dollars. You’ve got nothing to lose and it would help me out immensely if you download it, even if you never read…though I hope you do. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093JL7ZQ
Also a reminder, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the kindle reader app for your your phone, tablet, or computer. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771
On another note, I finished the Walking Dead Game. I’ve had videogames effect me emotionally before, but never this strongly. I teared up during the big death scene in Gears of War 3, and was left feeling gutted at the end of Mass Effect 3, aside from the gut wrenching deaths of more than a few characters throughout that game. That being said, never before have I had a game push me emotionally through every stage. The instances I cited, were short and once done, they were largely over and I could begin to move on. That wasn’t the case with the Walking Dead.
There are moments when Clementine looks at you, and she breaks your heart. People die and it’s like getting punched in the stomach because you don’t see it coming. And the end…I’m not sure I can put it into words.
Sure, there are parts of the game that are clunky. A few times throughout the game, the facial expressions don’t match up with how the character is actually responding, though it becomes less of an issue as the game progresses. I’m not sure if I stopped noticing, or if they simply got better. Either way, it’s a minor part. The game is fun, trying, and the story hits every mark it aims for, often surpassing those goals.
As far as storytelling in games is concerned, The WD, has to be near the top of any list, which is an achievements all on its own. Forget that the game is fun to play, looks uniquely stylized, and is fully fleshed out. The mere fact TellTale achieved a story on par with anything the Tripple-A studios have done, speaks volumes, not a=only about their capabilities but where the future of story telling in games can and no doubt will go in the next generation.
If you like games at all, you owe it to yourself to play this. If you like zombies, play it. If you like the Walking Dead, play it. I doubt you will be disappointed. It’s not only the best game I’ve played this year, or in recent memory, it may very well be my favorite game of all time.
I hope there is a Season 2.
I don’t post here as much as I should, or as much as I need to really justify even having this blog. So in the coming weeks and months, I’m going to make a distinct effort to post as much here as I do at other social media sites.
And to start off:
I’m a big fan of the Nerdist and Smodcast network series of podcasts. Run by Chris Hardwick and Kevin Smith, respectively, they cover a range of geek and nerd subjects. And both podcast services also have Youtube channels, that offer material far beyond their podcasts. If you’re in need of a good laugh, or looking for good interviews with a wide range of guests, than I highly suggest checking them out.
And now for the shameless self promotion portion of this post: My book, Method of Life, a tale of post apocalyptic survival and sacrifice, is available on amazon, for download on the kindle, or your PC, or a smartphone, or a tablet like the Ipad and many other devices, for 3.99. So buy a copy, you’ve probably got four extra dollars lying around somewhere, and help make it possible for me to not get a real a job.
I forgot to add that if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow the book for free. And whats better than free? Not much really, unless you’re getting paid to read. I suppose that would be better, but that’s not the case here.