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Weekend Update

Maybe I’ll head to a once a week post that wraps things up for me for the week.  Who knows.  At least for this week, that’s what I’m doing.

In one 24-hour period, I got three more reviews on Amazon for One Night in Bridgeport.  All four stars and all good comments.  That brings the tally to 49 reviews (do I have a party when I get to 50?), 28 are five stars, 16 are four stars, 4 are three stars, and 1 is two stars.  I can definitely live with that mix.  Meanwhile, I’ve got five reviews for Weed Therapy.  Need to get at least five more.

I’ve done a really stupid and petulant thing with Weed Therapy.  I’ve moved the Kindle price to $4.99.  Why?  Because nobody was buying it, even at .99.  If nobody is going to buy the book at that price, why not increase the price and not have anybody buy it.  Yes, it makes no sense.  But I was peeved at what was happening.  None of the promotional efforts I tried produced any sales.  So, $4.99 is it for the time being.  Of course, if I get ten reviews and get it featured on ereadernewstoday, the price will be coming down.  But not until then.

Speaking of reviews of Weed Therapy, I don’t think I will ever again conduct a Goodreads giveaway.  I offered three autographed copies.  After the giveaway, I got an email from a Goodreads member who did not win one of the giveaway books.  She begged me to send her one anyway.  She and her husband are poor, you know.  He’s a veteran, you know.  She reads books to him, you know.  The book sounds so wonderful, you know.  We’ll provide two reviews, you know.  Two months later.  No reviews, no comments.  Nothing.  From any of the people who got a free copy through the giveaway.

Sales of Bridgeport have definitely slowed down.  Two-thirds of the way through the month, I’m at 38 for September.  Not bad, but not as well as I was doing for the four months prior.  I’m not sure if the book has simply run its course or there’s more I could and should be doing to promote it again.

As I wrote a while back, Deviation is complete.  Northville Five and Dime is about half way there.  Carlota awaits her future as the third in my series of three longer short stories.

That’s where I’m at when it comes to writing.  Where are you at?

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I look at what the House Republicans are doing with funding government and trying to defund Obamacare and wonder if they’ll ever have a clue.  Ever.  Their grip on sanity seems to get weaker and weaker with each year.  I can’t imagine their hoped for shutdown of the government being a successful strategy for them, just like it failed in the mid-90’s.  What the people want is a functioning government, Republicans and Democrats compromising and moving the country forward.  What they’re getting is dysfunction and disaster.

And for my readers who claim that Democrats and Obama aren’t willing to compromise by agreeing to scrap Obamacare, let’s be serious.  This is the President’s signature achievement.  Something that much of the country has aspired to for decades.  Even Richard Nixon supported universal health care.  Demanding that Obama end it before there has been any opportunity to see if it will work is extortion not compromise.  Worse than that, it’s extortion based on a complete misunderstanding of what the law does.

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I’ve started running again.  A month before I planned on doing so.  I couldn’t help it.  The bad news is that I’m much slower than I was a couple of years ago.  About two minutes per mile slower.  The good news is that I’ve “run” five times in the last seven days.  Friday night’s run lasted for four miles without needing a walk break.  The ol’ groin seems to be stable, although there is soreness in spots I never had soreness before.  Soreness is OK, it’s when the whole thing collapses and I can barely walk that is problematic.  No collapse yet.  If I can run four miles three or four times a week, I’ll be incredibly happy.

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I’ve become addicted to Breaking Bad.  After months of people telling me I look like Heizinger, I started watching season one on Netflix.  I’m now halfway through season two, watching three episodes Friday night.  It’s a story that strains the limits of credibility, but it is definitely a fascinating and intense look at how far a man could go down a very dark path.

Here’s another thing I learned last night when I logged into Netflix to watch Breaking Bad.  Never, ever give your kids your account and password information.  What they do with it is provide it to their girlfriend and her family so they can use your Netflix account to watch movies and TV shows.  When I realized this was happening I changed my password.  I am monumentally disappointed with my son and with her family for doing this.  I realize it doesn’t cost me anymore, but it feels like theft, like being taken advantage of.  How many movies and shows have they watched on my account over the past week?  Sixty-seven.  In one week.  I didn’t go back any further in my viewing history.  That was enough.

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I’m spending my Sunday running, writing, doing laundry, watching football, and baking bread.  I have this incredible bread book called Artisan Baking Across America.  It’s more like a coffee table book than an actual cook book.  It’s filled with incredible pictures of bakeries and dough and bread.  Fortunately, it’s got a lot of recipes as well.  As the title should make clear, this is about making bread in a very old fashioned way.  Mix a bit of flour and water and yeast together Saturday night.  Let it sit over night.  The amount of yeast, however, is so tiny as to be almost non-existent.  In the morning, mix that (it’s called a poolash) with more flour and water and maybe some honey and a few other things.  And let it rise.  Because of the small amount of yeast, the rise is 3-4 hours long.  Then you shape the bread and let it rise for a couple more hours before baking.

The end product is this incredible, crusty, airy, bubbly bread with more flavor than you know what to do with.  I’m making two loaves of tortano and two loaves of semolina fiolene.  Pictures later.

What are you doing with your Sunday?

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Almost forgot … if you’re looking for a little writing challenge, head over here for the second installment of the We Drink Because We’re Poets Seven Day Story Challenge, sponsored by yours truly.


22 responses to “Weekend Update

  1. Carrie Rubin September 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I’m with you on the political ridiculousness. Drives me crazy. No, the law may not be perfect, but it’s clear we need to do something, so let’s get moving on it, tweak things where need be, and get everybody healthcare coverage once and for all. Too many people are listening to the inaccurate vitriol against the law and not understanding its myriad of benefits.

    • kingmidget September 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

      The misinformation is the worst part of the opposition but then there hasn’t been a whole lot of honesty from Republican leaders on anything over the past decade.

      • Carrie Rubin September 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

        It comes down to who can bully and grunt the loudest.

      • kingmidget September 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

        I don’t disagree with that to a point. But I’ll stand by the proposition that more than Democrats, the Republican Party leadership of the last decade has somehow lost touch with reality and honesty. They seem so monumentally desperate to counter an inevitable tide.

      • Carrie Rubin September 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Oh, I agree completely. I was being facetious because bullying and ranting seems to be the way many on the right function. I agree there’s been a loss of reality.

  2. ioniamartin September 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Netflix misuse and politics? Ahh America!

    On the other hand, I always wonder what happens with good reads giveaways. I keep a pretty rigid schedule with reviews and have a list of what book I took when so that I can get the review out at the proper time. Do you suspect the giveaways are often a sort of “welfare” type thing for many readers?

    People just don’t understand how hard it is to be an author and get a single fucking review, do they? Curse the handout seekers.

    4.99 is still more than reasonable for Weed Therapy.

    • Vince Dickinson September 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

      I gave away five copies in my Goodreads giveaway.I did get one review. Another person said they would and haven’t, yet. The other three I have not heard anything from. I sent messages to all of them asking to confirm they got the book. But only those two replied.

      • ioniamartin September 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

        That is so crappy! I wish people would stop taking advantage!

      • kingmidget September 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

        I’ve thought that there is value to the Goodreads giveaway because it at least gets people looking at your book and adding it to their lists. But, between Bridgeport and Weed Therapy, I’ve given away six copies of my novels and got one review out of it.

    • kingmidget September 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I think the giveaways are hit and run and “hey, I’ll sign up for every one with the hope that I get something free.” I’ve looked at the lists and reviews for the people who have won my giveaways and the genres they seem to focus on are nothing like what I’m writing.

      And, I agree that 4.99 is a fair price for Weed Therapy. Only problem is that nobody is paying it.

  3. TamrahJo September 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I arrived here from Ionia’s review and was pleased to be able to read the beginning of Weed Therapy over at Amazon – – I’ve dubbed it wonderful already and can’t wait for my monthly pittance to arrive so I can purchase! 🙂 So glad I found my way here and look forward to your future works.

  4. Help Me Help Holly ♥ September 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Weed therapy has six reviews now 🙂 Loved it Mark!

  5. sknicholls September 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I have to apologize here. Ionia’s review has nudged me to move yours up on my list. I thought I already had Weed Therapy on my iPad either through iTunes or via my Kindle app, but I don’t find it…so you have at least one more sell coming. I have been horribly busy of late. I am taking Scrivener classes in hopes of becoming a better organized writer. I just put a book aside last week that I had promised to read and I feel terrible about it, (the book had a myriad of problems IMnotsoHO [how do you tell an author that?]), and I haven’t picked up another since. I will get you that review ASAP!

    • kingmidget September 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Please don’t worry about it. I know that everybody else has busy lives and their own reading stack. As I mentioned to somebody else today, who just posted a review, patience is a virtue I need to work on.

      • sknicholls September 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        No, I really have been wanting to read it. I need a more mature theme…I don’t think I am ready to critique children’s sci-fi/fantasy. I should have never agreed to read it. It will be my pleasure…trust me.

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