Monday, October 29, 2012

Trying to just chill-

It's vacation time again.  Steve and I are both off this week.  We don't have anything really concrete planned, but that's good.  We're just gonna do whatever comes up.

I managed to finish Inanimate Object Friday night.  I was so glad that I did, this way I can truly do nothing while I'm on vacation and try to chill.  The key word there is TRY. 

I wanted to stop writing for the week, thought my brain deserved it.  I've been going and going for most of the year. 
In January I was working on the final polishes for Luthor and then worked on getting published.  Once that was done, I started working on the sequel to Blue Moon, The Rise of the Son.  And once that was done and published I worked on Inanimate Objects

So, yes, I need a break.  But needing one and convincing my brain and heart that I'm on one is another thing entirely.  All day yesterday I had the nagging feeling that I should be doing something.  Felt as if I'm avoiding my duties.  Then I had to consciously remind myself, "No, Pol, you're on vacation.  You're not supposed to be doing anything.  Remember?"

But this morning I had to at least do a blog entry so that I may possibly calm that nagging feeling a bit. 

Steve and I are planning on starting the Twilight movies tonight.  We're gonna watch them all from 1-4 (pt1).  The final movie comes out on the 16 and we can't wait!  Although I know we'll have to wait until all the screaming little girls have gone to see it.  Then, it'll be time for the screaming adults. 

Okay, that's it.  I just wanted to get this little blog entry done and appease the nagging in my writing brain.  Let's hope it works.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Plenty of stuff to come-

Well, just wanted to drop a line and say hi.  I've been making great headway on my current project.  My goal is to finish by mid week.  Then it heads to three rounds of edits and we can put it in the can (movie talk for finishing a film).

I hope everyone bookmarks my website www.polmcshane.com so you can keep up with me in the future.  I have lots of stuff planned. 

Here's a list of upcoming books in order of their release:

Inanimate Objects-

Squish-Squash-

The Son and the Moon (the final installment of the Blue Moon saga)-

Reunion-The Children of Lauderdale Park-

Hell on Earth (Inanimate Objects pt2)-

Love Me Beautiful-

So stick with me and enjoy the ride.  It may get a little scary . . .


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life of Pi-

Well, I just finished reading Life of Pi and I loved it.

It's weird, I had never even heard of this book before. Then, one day, Steve and I were at the movies and he was in the concession line and I was looking around at the upcoming movies. There it was: a tall thee-sided display for a movie called Life of Pi.  One side was covered in meerkats and the other had a whale and the third had a lifeboat with a boy in it and a Bengal tiger. Of course my interest was peeked.  As soon as I got home I looked up the trailer and the movie looked amazing.
Something told me that I wanted to read the book. So I went on Amazon and purchased the eBook. I devoured the story.
The weird part is that I have heard so many people tell me they, too, love the book and had read it long ago.

Now I can't wait for the movie to come out even more so. I just have to make a conscious effort not to continuously compare the movie to the book, since there are inevitably going to be differences.

I had to keep telling Steve about the book while i was reading it, so now, he wants to read it, too. I love that because it will be something we will share.

Life of Pi- what a great book!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Busy, busy-

Yes, I know I haven't been blogging as much as I should be.  But I also haven't been sitting around on my duff, not doing anything.  I've been busy, busy. 

During the week, when I get home from my tedious day job (that seems to get more tedious by the week), I take care of Buster and get to writing.  If I don't get to writing right away, I have to get to the gym first and THEN get to writing. 

And on the weekends, after I get up at the buttcrack of dawn, I write for a while, head to the gym, come back and, either start writing right away, or take care of Buster and some housework and THEN get to writing. 

Needless to say, I've been writing a lot.

On top of all the writing, gym, fatherly duties, and housework, I've been doing whatever I can to continuously promote Luthor and Blue Moon and The Rise of The Son.

I have also recently managed to get all of the Johnny & Joey books onto Kindle, so they can reach a whole new audience.

I was hoping to be finished with my current project, Inanimate Objects, by this weekend, but it didn't work out that way.  I will (fingers crossed) do it this week.  Then it will go through a few rounds of edits.
I would love to get the book out before Christmas, because I just don't feel comfortable releasing a book about the devil during the Christmas holidays.  It seems wrong.

So, I'm off now to walk Buster and when I come back I will be . . . you guessed it: writing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A new era-

Ain't life strange?

Things change from one year to the next.  Things change from one DAY to the next, more like it. 

I'm not one for change.  I've had the same job for 23 years, the same man (thank God) for 21.  But there are times when change is good.  Yes, I know that's what they say.  But I've never bought into it.

What the hell am I talking about?  I'm talking about publishing.  I'm talking about books.  I'm talking about eBooks.  I'm talking about paper vs. electronic. 

Now let me start by saying, I love my printed books, and always will.  When the whole eBook thing started, I took it with a grain of salt because I knew it would never effect me.  I didn't see the appeal of reading a book on a screen.  I'm very OCD about my printed books and love to hold them in my hands.

But then . . . things started to change.

I purchased an iPad, fell in love with it, and wanted to use it in as many ways as possible.  So, I downloaded the free Kindle eReader app.  Then I purchased a few eBooks.  (Hey, they're cheaper than regular books, too.  Bonus.)
I found the pages of the eBooks turn like regular pages (relatively).
The reader saves the spot where you last stopped reading without a bookmark.
If you don't know what a word means, you no longer have to write it down so you can go look it up later, just tap the screen and a dictionary appears. Hmmmmmm, nice.
And an added plus is that you have all your books in one easy-to-carry-around device.

Then one day, I had an epiphany.  I had spent years trying to get published by a large publishing house.  I was simply 1 author in 1,000,000,000,000, and was spinning my wheels.  I had several books sitting on shelves that were yearning to be released.  Though I had self-published to print copy before, it can be pricey.  I had recently gone through the time and cost for Luthor because, well, it was Luthor

Things began to change further for all independent writers because they were discovering that they could publish books in eBook format and they were making money because so many people were hopping on the eBook train.  I realized I could do that, too.

The long-awaited sequel to Blue Moon might still not have been available if it were not for this new era.  But a few weeks ago, I published my first eBook, The Rise of the Son.

This has opened the gate for many books to come.  In the future months/year there will be new books from me the world may have never seen if it hadn't been for my new insight on the world of eBooks, eReaders, and ePublishing.

If it hadn't been for change.