Yay for Hunger Games!

Dystopian craze here we come!I haven’t seen the movie, but I am a fan of Suzanne Collins’ books, and I am happy to see The Hunger Games had a huge opening weekend at the box office.  The Hunger Games series is more than an excellent Young Adult series.  They are excellent books for all ages written by a gifted writer. Collins deserves the success, and bonus for me, since the series centers on a dystopian theme her success can only be good fo the Oz Chronicles, my Young Adult dystopian series. Kudos Suzanne Collins!

The songs on The Man Who Saved Two Notch’s virtual soundtrack so far

Here are the songs that I’ve included on my The Man Who Saved Two Notch Virtual soundtrack.  If you like any of the songs, I encourage you to help the artists out and buy the song or better yet, the entire album.  They haven’t read or endorsed The Man Who Saved Two Notch, but their songs remind me of the tone and feel of the book.

Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers

 

Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers

 

John Prine’s classic That’s the Way the World Goes Round performed by Jeffrey Foucault

 

Goodbye by Steve Earle

 

The Cave by Mumford and Sons

 

Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore

 

Woe is me, I’m ruined by The Lonely Forest

 

Dream a Little Dream performed by Eddie Vedder

 

 

 

Another song for the Two Notch virtual CD – Eddie Vedder sings Dream a Little Dream

I just heard this on the radio, and I couldn’t wait to add it to my list of songs for The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD.  Eddie Vedder released a solo album of just him and his ukulele.  Right, I know.  It sounds crazy, but once I heard his cover of Dream a Little Dream I was sold.  The haunting vocals and simple instrument make it a perfect fit for Two Notch.

The Man Who Saved Two Notch update and new song for the virtual CD (Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore)

Well, it’s out of my hands now.  I sent the synopsis and manuscript for The Man Who Saved Two Notch to my agent a couple of days ago.  It’s not a young adult novel and that’s the original genre his agency signed me up for, so I have no idea if he’ll want to represent it.  It’s not an automatic just because he’s my agent.  I like it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s marketable.  I don’t have the brand name recognition to carry a book through the vagaries and pitfalls of the market unless it is a primo property.  Publishing a book is a huge risk for traditional publishers.  It kind of parallels the big studio film industry.  I once got feedback from someone in the film industry about The Takers that went something like this, “It’s better than 95% of the stuff that comes across my desk, but I’m looking for something that’s in the top two percent.”  And, I can’t blame him for that. The publishing industry is in the same position.  So, unless it’s in the top two percent, you’d be a fool to take the risk.

That’s not to say that I won’t self-publish if he says no.  Thanks to Createspace it won’t cost me a dime up front.  I have a strangely strong gut feeling about this book that I’ve never felt before.  I’m not talking about the quality of the writing or my abilities as a storyteller.  My ego’s not that out of control.  It’s more like a feeling of total immersion whenever I even think about the story.  That suggests to me that I found “the zone” with this book when I was writing it. You more or less don’t write in the zone.  You simply record what you’re witnessing.

Anyway, I’m adding a new song to The Man Who Saved Two Notch virtual CD.  This is nothing more than a collection of songs that remind me of the story.  Today’s selection is Old Devils by William Elliott Whitmore.  BTW – If you enjoy on any of this songs, I encourage you to let your friends know.  Help an artist out and spread the word.

I’m getting closer….

When the world ends, the lawless old West will rise again!

… to new book nirvana.   I’ve gone through the first draft, made my initial edits, and now, I’m ready to hand it over to my first reader (Mia) to get her input.  Who knows? I might be able to get a little sleep now…. Nah, who am I kidding!  But this isn’t a bad sleeplessness.  It’s a hyperfocused lack of sleep.  I tend to lock onto the story at night and look for holes.  Oh, those maddening holes.

Still a celebration is in order.  Maybe a weekday matinee.

New Mock Cover and Title Change

Well, day one into the rewriting process, and I’ve already made one major rewrite.  The title has changed, and I’m pretty confident this is the permanent title.  Previously, I titled the book Saving Two Notch.  I thought it was okay, but it didn’t really speak to me. 

As I reached the end of the first draft, a new title suddenly came to me.  The new book is now called The Man Who Saved Two Notch.  Here’s the mock cover.  What do you think?

When the world ends, the lawless old West will rise again!

I don’t want to alarm you, but the aliens have begun their attack.

Turns out my "Welcome to Earth Blackbird pie" for the aliens may not have been the best choice.

In an omen that does not bode well for the Razorbacks in tonight’s Sugar Bowl,  around 3,000 blackbirds fell out of the sky last week in Arkansas, and 100,000 fish died in a nearby river.  No big deal, right?  Right?  C’mon, say right!

Things are getting freaky.  Turns out hundreds of birds fell out of the sky in Louisiana this week, too.  What is going on?  The only reason I’m fixated on this right now is because I was on a red-eye last week that flew over Arkansas, and I got sick on the plane.  I never get sick on planes.  I wrote it off to there being something wrong with the cabin pressure because it felt very much like altitude sickness (which I’ve had numerous bouts with), but now I’m starting to think maybe the same thing that got the birds and the fish got me, too.  I had a migraine yesterday without the head pain (people who’ve had migraines before will know what I mean), and a nose bleed.  And, to top it off, my wife and I both haven’t been able to sleep very well since we returned.

So, either the aliens are running tests on me, or I got zapped by some secret government weapon, or this is all just a big coincidence that I’m blowing way out of proportion (what are the chances of that?).   I think the answer is clear.  The aliens have arrived, and their probing doesn’t agree with me.  I wonder if they’ll let me take the non-probing tests.  Aliens, if you’re reading this, I do much better with essay questions than anal probes.

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