I took my fantasy baseball book off of Amazon. This was a pretty easy choice, although I waited a bit longer than I wanted to because I wanted to see if the beginning of baseball season boosted sales. The increase was miniscule, but every sale counts for something. I still have the Zenyatta book up and running, although I have taken it off of KDP Select. I am transitioning toward a new phase in my career as a writer, and although writing and publishing these books was a very worthwhile process, I’ve since learned that they were just the beginning.
You can expect some big things from me this year. I have a poetry collection that I will be publishing in the coming months, and 3 novels that are each more than half written. I still have a few old chapbooks that I had printed several years ago and if anyone wants them, let me know. I am selling them online for $1 each, and $4 each at various shows. Just send me a message if you’re interested.
A lot of my free time has been spent exercising and not writing as much as I did over the winter. I am training for a duathlon and it has been a lot of fun. I am still writing, just supplementing my days with some fitness work, too.
I really enjoy reading apocalyptic fiction. When it’s well done, the messages can be quite powerful. On the Beach was probably the first of this type of book that I read. I think this was sixth grade. Since then I’ve read many books in this subgenre, some well written, some not.
Right now, I’m reading Robert McCammon’s Swan Song. So far, this is the best apocalyptic book I’ve ever read–it’s even better than Stephen King’s The Stand. I think this is because, supernatural elements aside, a nuclear war such as what happens in the beginning of the book is quite feasible. Think about the Cuban Missile Crisis, for example. The world was only the push of a poised finger away from nuclear war. McCammon’s story is so powerful because it shows just how delicate the balance between peace and war can be.
I think this type of writing serves a much bigger purpose than just entertainment. It shows the consequences of an irresponsible approach to diplomacy and it shows just how widespread such a decision’s impact can be. It serves as a warning to those in power and it enables us to speak out more clearly about the prospects of peace. It shows us what could happen if we are not careful.