Police Officer Frees Dog from Fence And Makes New Friend

Working on the edits for Book Four of the Oz Chronicles.  This is my first complete read through of the book, and the first read through is always a nerve-racking process because you may find that a story you thought worked well actually didn’t work at all.  So far I am pleased.  In fact, this may be the best one since The Takers, but take that with a grain of salt since I’m the author.

I leave you with a heartwarming dog video.  Get your “Ahhhhh” ready because you’re going to need it on this one.

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Could this be the Cover for The Land of The Dead? Vote!

So, the first draft is done as of yesterday.  Today, I’m going to take a break from the story and have some fun with the cover.  I actually threw this together last night.  What do you think?

My First Crack at The Land of the Dead Cover

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(The Land) of The Dead; Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles is Done!

First Draft of Book 4 is Done!

I typed an author’s two favorite words today, The End.  The first draft is done!  I have miles to go before I sleep, but completing the first draft is definitely reason to celebrate.  Final word count: 66,136, which I believe makes it the longest book in the series.

Major, major, major (possible) revelation in this book.  The only person who’s read it so far, (my wife) got mad at me. It had to be done.  It was part of the plan all along, and as much as I hated to do it, I had to go through with it.

Still debating on whether to stick with The Land of the Dead as the title or just go with The Dead.  I don’t want to tick off George Romero fans (of which I’m one), but I think I’m sticking with The Land of the Dead for now.  His dead and my dead are completely different animals.

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Current Word Count Meter for (Land of) The Dead; Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles

Originally, I had a targeted word count of 65,000 words, but I amended it to 60,000 shortly after.  Turns out, I should have stuck with the original estimate.  On pace to pass 65,000 words today and complete the book.

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There Hasn’t Been One Publication by a Monkey!

I’m powering through Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles.  I made a potentially major revelation in this book, and I’ve reached my total targeted word count.  Now, it’s just a matter of reaching a conclusion that will be intentionally open-ended.  That’s just the way I roll, kiddies.

Here’s a video clip of Ricky and Karl talking about the nature of infinity.  Karl’s beauty as a philosopher is that he finds a way to make awkward sense while being totally wrong.  Enjoy!

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I Found the Greatest Channel on Youtube Ever!

Ironically it’s called the Worst Channel, but it is friggin’ hilarious!  I’ve just scratched the surface of their offerings, but so far it’s music videos dubbed over by a band that can’t really play and the singer doesn’t know the lyrics… and he can’t sing.  My God, it is the funniest thing I have ever heard.  I posted Billy Squier’s “Everybody Wants You” earlier, but this one is even better.  I give you the greatest worst rendition of “I Love the Night Life.”

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I’m Laughing But I Don’t Know Why!

Okay, this may just be me, but the second this guy started to sing, I doubled over with laughter.  Listen and let me know what you think.  This is Billy Squier’s “Everybody Wants You” like I’ve never heard it before… except maybe when I sing along because I don’t really know the words.

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The King of Kong – A Fistful of Quarters

Still cranking out the last pages of Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles.  Everything is coming together.  I took a break last weekend and watched the documentary The King of Kong – A Fistful of Quarters.  I had heard about the movie before, and had been encouraged to watch it, but always put it off because it’s a movie about arcade games.  Not my thing.

So, I saw it on my Wii – Netflix Streaming setup and thought, “What the hell, I’ll watch it.”  It was awesome.  It’s about two guys who are the best in the world at the arcade game Kong.  One is a legend, the other is an upstart newcomer down on his luck.  The legend is a total jerk and reminds you of Bill Murray’s character in King Pins.  The newcomer is this sweetheart of guy who you can’t help but pull for.  The whole arcade community has totally bought into the legend’s crap and treat him like a god.  They shun the newcomer and ridicule him, but by the end you can sense that the legend has lost is luster because he chickens out on a couple of head-to-head competitions with the newcomer and just doesn’t show up. Great movie. If you haven’t seen it, see it.

Revenge of the Fish

This is billed (no pun intended) as a swordfish, but I’m not sure if it’s a marlin or a swordfish. Whatever it is, the poor guy is probably sorry he ever caught it.  I’m busy wrapping up Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles so expect a lot of posts like this in the days/weeks to come.

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