Posted in Thoughts

Hi Again…

emoti 3So it’s been a while. I keep promising myself I’ll get back into writing regularly on this blog. I just don’t keep my promises. It’s not like I haven’t been busy. Since I got into doing my books I’ve just spent more time on them and other projects,not even thinking about my poor, nearly abandoned blog that started me in the direction of writing in the first place.

Even this weekend I set up a Facebook event with free books and prizes. I invited all my Facebook friends, posted in groups, shared on twitter. Then this morning it hit me. What about your blog? All those followers who supported you starting out and your ramblings for a couple years. You just went and forgot about them?

All I can say is – I’m sorry!

The event is still live and my books will be available (3 free to download and the rest on sale) until the end of today). You can visit the event here or go to my Amazon page for the freebies here.

I miss all my friends I made here in the blogging world and I really want to get back to sharing. No promises this time though. Maybe if I don’t set any plans out I’ll do better.

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments. I want to hear from you.

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Posted in Secure Files

Been busy, busy

So hi all. What’s been going on? As the title to this post says I’ve been busy, busy.

At one time I was posting here on this blog nearly every day. Then I found my way to attempt book writing and I was caught up in the excitement of something new. I figured maybe it was time for an update.

The books have not made me a millionaire yet, but I do have a few pennies that I didn’t before. I’ve managed my way to completing six books now. Three in the Dragon in my Garage kids series I started with along with a short companion story that I offer free to hopefully interest people in the others. I’ve also published two rhyming picture books for smaller kids about a friendly, imaginative monster.

I have big plans for this year too. A couple new series, two more dragon books and an attempt at writing for an older audience with a sci-fi novel.

Some of the reason I haven’t been blogging here was I was trying to decide where I wanted to go. Being that I want to let people know about the author stuff this blog didn’t quite fit. It was designed originally as a place I could write, vent and just be creative with complete anonymity. I even let my address lapse so it’s jedsplayhouse.wordpress now. Did I want to keep blogging here, create a new page or change the blog name? I couldn’t decide.

In the meantime I still found a way to be creative. I started a new site to help out fellow authors I met and hopefully myself. It’s called The Jed Says and is a place to see books for kids promoted, reviewed and lots of other great info. Would love to have you’ll check it out.

I finally decided to establish a place those that read my books and wanted to know more about my author side could go to. It’s not a blog necessarily, it’s more an advertising, informative site under my real name John E. Dorey. There you can find out about all my books and future projects. Also I don’t have to constantly push them here when I have a separate author site.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. What’s everyone else been doing? Have you missed me? Actually don’t answer that. Just stop in and say hi and I’ll be happy.

See you soon with my next post.

Posted in Thoughts

Still I try…

chimpanzee-751238_640The days come and go. No matter how hard I try to slow them down they leave me in the dust. Why is there never enough time in the day to work, sleep, eat and play?

Still I try. I grab my laptop and find projects to occupy my mind. I discover new worlds to explore and new friends to share my thoughts with. When my eyes become heavy and my brain goes numb I know it’s time to rest and get ready for the next day.

Lately the heavy eyes and numb brain are happening more and more. The exploring new worlds less and less.

monkey-645049_640Still I try. I lean in and type words on the screen. I think about how a dragon might battle a wizard. I think about how bad a zombie might stink. I wonder, I contemplate then I wonder some more. I read then listen to my own thoughts. Are they good or are they leading me astray?

It doesn’t make sense, or does it? I can no longer be sure. My mind is too random. I’m not sure what direction to go.

Still I try. I start a new line, a paragraph or two. I read til it pleases me, then I write a bit more. The clock is against me. It’s staring me down. Sleepy it asks, you know nighttime has come? Tomorrow is near and there are things for you to do. Why must the day end so soon?

Rest is a must, yet my mind won’t stop. I lay in bed counting sheep dragons hoping for sleep. If only my brain had a printer attached maybe I wouldn’t be in need of an extension of time.

Still I try. I find a way. I laugh at the dark closing in on me. I-am-a-writer. No one can take that away.

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Posted in Secure Files, Thoughts

Blogging and writing, writing and blogging

You know it really shouldn’t be this difficult to blog. In the last couple weeks I’ve fallen into a rut when it comes to blog posts. I have a list of excuses that are good ones, some animal related and some family related but I won’t bore you with the details.

Then of course there is a little project I took on with writing my own book series. As I said in an earlier post, writing is the simplest part of the whole process. It’s everything after that becomes an ordeal.

It’s the process of marketing that is mainly a hassle and pulls you away from the things you enjoy but if it’s not done you may find yourself and your book buried under the mountain of new releases in the days following.

I’ve worked on growing my twitter following, my Facebook likes on the book series page and even put up book trailer videos on YouTube. All were not bad to do just time consuming. I’ve spent time on boards about writing trying to learn any ways to market my product other than what I’ve already done.

The thing so far I’ve been the worst at is face to face marketing. It has been suggested I go to the libraries and schools in my local area to talk about my book, possibly set up a signing or just talk to a class. This is a great way to create a buzz locally that will hopefully lead to some reviews and spur sales.

Sounds great other than the fact I work a full time job spending 50+ hours most weeks in another state. How can I find the time to push my book when I can’t even find the time to mow my grass? Just the life of an aspiring writer I guess.

And yes I know I missed this past week on my comic (first time since it started) but I hope to get back on track this coming weekend. Maybe even participate in a few of the flash fiction challenges I enjoy. They say timing is everything but I think time is, not timing! Everyone could use a little more time.

With the little time I can find I am working on book three and have hinted at the fact I want it to be Halloween themed. Here is a possible illustration to be used in the book.

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Yes that is the evil wizard and he has a troll just sitting waiting for orders. What do you think? Does it interest you to where the story may lead? If you have been along for my blogging the last couple of years you may know how much I enjoy the scary stories and a touch of horror. I’m hoping to reflect this in my new book but still keep it fun for kids.

I also have been working on the cover for the third book along with the backcover blurb. What do you think? Any changes I should make?

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I’ve got the story idea in place and most of the first chapter done. I think it’s going to be another fun installment and build on the legend of Spark.

I have a lot going on right now but I’m trying not to let it detract me from what I enjoy, the writing and sharing with other bloggers. Be back soon.

Posted in Flash Fiction

Snow Day

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“Snow day, Snow day” the kids all shouted.

“What?” Maggie looked outside. “No, it can’t be.”

“No school right mommy?” the littlest one asked.

“I guess not.” Maggie replied reluctantly.

As the kids ran out into the cool air and began to make snowballs Maggie couldn’t help but smile. The girls were too cute for their own good now that they were getting… they were getting…

Wait Maggie thought, I don’t have kids!

The last thing she remembered she was in her college dorm playing beer pong with a bunch of other students. Yesterday she was worried about final exams and today she was yelling at kids to make sure they wore their gloves.

It was a real life Twilight Zone.


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt and inspired by the photo above.