A bit of a George

If you’ve been following Game of Thrones at all, you’ve likely heard by now that George R.R. Martin is behind on Book #6, The Winds of Winter, and it definitely won’t be released (or even ready) by the time the new season is out on HBO. I’m just as disappointed as the next guy but I definitely feel Martin’s pain.

Right now, I’m going through the same thing with the third book of the Graveyard: Classified series, albeit on 1/100000th of the scale. Plenty of folks have posted, tweeted, and emailed, asking when the third book will be released. As of right now, all I can say is… I don’t know, accompanied by an apologetic shoulder-shrug.

Martin, in his blog post explaining why WoW is going to be late, cited scheduling conflicts, travel, attending conventions, etc., along with internal conflicts within the actual storytelling process itself. He hasn’t been happy with some of the choices he was making for the characters and plot, which required extensive editing and rewrites…all that good stuff.

To which I say, “I feel ya, bro.”

September through December was insane. Family health issues, traveling, the holidays, more family health issues. My brain was in fifty different places at once every minute of the day. It was hard to focus on creativity.

“Hard” is an understatement. Let’s say, oh, “nearly impossible.”

For those of you who are interested in such things, I got about 40,000 words into the first draft for Graveyard #3, roughly about half the size of a standard novel.

In the midst of all of the aforementioned distractions, I kept dragging my feet to the keyboard every day, absolutely dreading the writing process. That’s never happened to me before. I hit a point where I’d peck out a few words here and there, go do some laundry, straighten up the kitchen, put away the dishes, write a few more words and call it a day. I couldn’t figure out why this was so hard. I wasn’t necessarily blocked. I was able to write the words…

And then it occurred to me: I hated what I was writing.

The storyline was NOT going the direction I wanted. It was too dark.

Not in the sense of “evil scary demon” dark, but moody. Depressing. Downright sad. Perhaps it had something to do with how hard Q4 of 2015 was, and that seeped into my writing. Who knows?

That’s NOT what I wanted for this series, nor is it what the readers want to see.

Needless to say, I want it to be right. This series was the most writing-fun I’ve had in years, and I don’t want to ruin that. I don’t want you guys to be disappointed by the story either.

Which leads me to this…

I’m going to start over. Maybe I can salvage some of the content from the original manuscript, but I don’t believe it’ll be much. I can’t promise when Book #3 will be ready, just know that you won’t have to wait years.

I have to pull a bit of a George here, paraphrasing: “It’ll be finished when it’s finished.”

It will also be RIGHT. And it’ll be right for you. I won’t sacrifice the quality of storytelling for a quick buck. You guys deserve better than that.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in reading more of my work, click the following link and see if any of these suit your fancy: Ernie Lindsey on Amazon. Desmond Doane, Ford, Mike, Chelsea, and Boogerface will all be back soon enough.

See you on the other side!

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Kindle Scout Review – Why I Chose This Path

Kindle Scout Review - The Dark ManIf you’re looking for a Kindle Scout review, give me just a sec, because first, I’d like to say thanks to every single person who voted for my title, THE DARK MAN, over the past month.

I wish I knew who you were, because like I said in my thank you email, it’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that not only did you take the time to read the sample, you enjoyed it enough to nominate it and read more.

That’s huge to me, I sincerely appreciate it, and if I could, I’d thank each one of you individually.

If you’re a reader and you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the mailing list to keep up with info on the Graveyard: Classified series. I’m working on book #2 right now, and depending on how the story plays out, it could be three to five novels total.

Or more. We’ll see.

Okay, so, if you’re an author, aspiring, seasoned, or otherwise, and you’re here looking for a review of the Kindle Scout program, I’ll try to explain why I went this route, especially since I’ve already experienced a certain level of success under my own name. […]

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Tales of Tinfoil – The Book Trailer

Serious props to Eric Tozzi. Fantastic work on the book trailer for Tales of Tinfoil.

Click through to watch it, and be fantastically wowed! […]

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Conspiracy Theories and Tinfoil Hats

A while back, editor extraordinaire, David Gatewood, invited me to participate in a new short story anthology he was organizing, and the topic was conspiracy theories.

I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We all love a good conspiracy theory, right? The idea that there’s some secret knowledge out there that we’re not privy to, because really, the truth can’t be that simple, can it? Was there really a moon landing? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Were the French somehow involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? The list goes on and on.

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I think the idea that the simple truth just isn’t enough is what compels us to hunt for a deeper truth. The government is hiding something. The Illuminati is hiding something. There’s a secret cabal of influential people hiding in some underground lair, pulling the strings all around the world. It’s both scary and intriguing to postulate about what could be happening out there in the world. For fun, after you check out the short story collection, you can read more about tinfoil hats here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory.

This collection has twelve of the top indie authors out there writing today, all of which have crafted some interesting and exciting twists on popular conspiracy theories. From Roswell, to Elvis, to the long-tentacle arm of the CIA, it’s worth reading just to find out what these authors think might have happened. Have we uncovered the truth, or have we simply created deeper layers to the conspiracy theories that are already out there?

You be the judge.

Oh, and by the way, my contribution is about light bulbs. Yeah, you read that right. Light bulbs. Bet you never thought there’d be conspiracy theories surrounding those, didya?

Check out the authors involved below, then hop back up here and check take a look at my other novels and short stories.

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I’m back to update this post. It just now occurred to me that I should explain who the authors are and what their stories about. Or…did I leave the information off on purpose the first time? […]

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To infinity and beyond. Rinse. Repeat as necessary.

We have the same routine around here every morning. Little Guy wakes up, the Mother Unit heads in to get him up and going, while the Father Unit trundles downstairs to get the morning sippy cup ready. Coffee pot gets initiated. Loving but troublesome-at-3:30AM kitty is granted parole from the garage. Then, we all settle in on the couch for a half hour of tv time.

Best part of my day, really, then everybody is up and moving. Off to work, off to pre-school, outside to stalk birds in the back yard. I could just as easily stalk them out front, but I get fewer awkward stares from the neighbors out back. (I’m kidding. I’m really the one heading off to pre-school.)

My wife and I were just talking about how amazing it is that we’ll sit there and actively watch a movie that we’ve seen roughly 847 times. Toy Story is the latest obsession but the list includes Turbo, Madagascar, Rio, Planes, Cars, and The Land Before Time.

(And, btw, Toy Story came out twenty years ago. TWENTY. Tom Hanks was as old as I am now when Toy Story was released in theaters. That’s…stunning.)

Let me repeat: we will actively watch them. As if we’re not seeing the exact same thing we watched yesterday morning. We still laugh in the same spots, and honestly…get choked up in the same spots.

I know this is the burden of every parent with a toddler (or multiples) scampering through the house, but my point is, that’s a sign of great storytelling, great movie-making, character development, etc. The longevity of any story is one of the strongest factors and whether that’s through seeing something multiple, multiple times, or a single instance that sticks with you thirty years later… is left up to your definition of “longevity” at the moment.

For me, personally, The Princess Bride will never get old. Probably lost count how many times I’ve seen it a decade ago with multiple viewings since. I read Lonesome Dove back in high school, one time, and it’s still one of those novels that absolutely sticks out in my head twenty years later.

I probably haven’t had enough coffee for this to be as profound as I’d like, but you get what I’m saying, right? Being endured (in a good way) or being remembered… I think that’s what every creator strives for. I know it’s how I approach my writing, and it was fun this morning to have that little epiphany over coffee while I listened to Buzz Lightyear say, “To infinity…and beyond!” for the 639th time.

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