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Your Free Copy of My Novel

I released The Eighth Day back in April of last year. Since then, it’s won a couple awards, sold thousands of copies, and got 4.5/5 stars on Amazon with 94 reviews as of this post.

Subscribers to my newsletter get it for free. Why? It’s my way of saying thank you for being a part of this. I’ve also recently shortened it by about 16 pages, removed some (admittedly pretty cheesy) analogies, and tightened up the writing.

No strings. I promise. All I ask is that if you like it and you have a minute or two to spare, post a review on the retailer of your choice. And if you’re feeling especially generous, don’t forget to tell your friends, family, and strangers from the subway about it!

Joseph John?

I know, I know. I ain’t exactly famous, and it’s been awhile since last I got in touch. To avoid any awkward moments, I made a pretty simple author page to tell you a little about myself and my books.

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Books, Movies, and a Cruise in the Adriatic Sea

I wrote 50 pages of Democracy Inc. – An American Tragedy in the month of June. Total written so far is 330 pages, with a projected total of 354 pages when I’m all done. I should finish the first draft before the end of the month. I’ll tighten it up between now and September, which is when I send it off to my editor. More about her later! Barring a disaster, the book will be published in paperback and available for Kindle well before Christmas!

Books I Read in June

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (4 stars) – Second read through of the series. I wanted to refresh my memory about how Harry, Ron, and Hermione met and their interaction and dialogue as they became friends. I noticed that in the first book there’s noticeably more telling versus showing; Rowling sometimes describes what the characters talk about versus letting them actually talk, much more so in the first book compared to later books.

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Time Management for Writers

Being an author isn’t easy. I don’t mean sitting down at a keyboard and pounding out your daily word count. That stuff is easy. Unless it isn’t. But time management?

Not so much.

Sometimes, most times, it seems like the deck is stacked against you. Especially for writers that have a day job. And let’s be honest. That’s most of us. A day job alone is a major distraction. Not only do you have to work all day, which kills eight-plus hours of potential words-to-paper time, but by the time you clock out and get home, your energy is zapped and all you want to do is chill. Crafting intricate plot twists and character arcs that leap off the page? Forget about it. Now add in family, maybe kids, bills, laundry, mowing the lawn. The list goes on and on. Like karma, time management can be a real bitch.

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Habitica: Your Life the Roleplaying Game

habiticaI started reading The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott. Great book, by the way, and Hal also has a version of The Miracle Morning that’s applicable to anyone if you’re interested. One of the things Hal talks about is developing good habits, so of course the first thing I did was hop on the interwebs to research for the best iPhone apps to help me do just that. And lo and behold, I found the ultimate: Habitica.

Habitica gamifies your life and turns it into a roleplaying game: good habits and bad habits either reward gold and experience or do damage to you, respectively; dailies give you gold and experience for completing them or do damage if you fail to complete them; and items on your to-do list reward gold and experience, but cause no damage no matter how long it takes for you to complete them.

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Stephen King Live

Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Stephen King speak live during his book tour promoting the release of Revival. What an awesome experience.

I read my first Stephen King novel, Cujo, when I was eight. He’s been my favorite author ever since and is one of the reasons why I chose to become a novelist. I’ve read all of his books, many of them two or three times, and am currently working my way through them again chronologically on audiobook during my drive to and from work (skipping those that don’t have an audiobook version). I’m up to Nightmares and Dreamscapes, which conveniently breaks into parts 1, 2, and 3 so it eats up 3 credits with one book. Eff you,

So, yesterday.

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Macey 1999-2014

After graduating from West Point, I attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. I lived in a townhouse which I furnished with a futon, a folding table and chairs, and a television that sat on the floor. A real bachelor pad. After growing up an only child then having a roommate during my four years of college, it was nice to be alone again.

However, at the beginning of 1999, I met a couple of female firefighters who worked on Fort Rucker. They thought I should have a roommate, so they stopped by one day with a stray kitten that they’d found hanging around the fire station. They named her Macey after one of the fire engines.

God only knows what happened to those two firefighters, but Macey had been with me for the last 15 years. She passed away this August 2014. As a tribute to her, here is a list of things I loved about her and will always cherish, captured here in no particular order so I’ll never forget them.

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Twelve Years of Marriage

Yesterday was our twelve year wedding anniversary. The traditional gift is silk or linen; the modern gift is pearl. I chose neither and opted for this:

A polar bear.

Okay, not a polar bear per se, but a trip to the Kansas City Zoo and a chance to look at a polar bear. As an added bonus, other animals made an appearance. Also, it was my wife’s choice.

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Serialization of a Novel

I finished, my novel, The Eighth Day, back in 2008 during my deployment to Iraq. I paid a professional editor to critique it for grammatical and structural mistakes.

Five years went by.

And my novel remained unpublished. For whatever reason, I kept revising and reediting, changing and updating, or just letting it sit while work and other hobbies got in the way. It never seemed ready, never seemed perfect enough to publish.

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About This Website

Not long ago, blogging was the in thing to do, and pretty much everyone and their grandma was doing it. People blogged about work, their personal lives, their cats, their hats, and pretty much any thought that struck them, no matter how mundane. Now, we have websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ where we can over-share to our heart’s content.

So why start a blog now?

This is my homepage as an author. It is the central hub where you can find me. Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are my outposts in the world of social networking. They will, hopefully, direct you to here.

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