Nothing new for me to read.
This month, as for most of my time with Draft2Digital, Draft2Digital has outsold Amazon.
This statement is not to say that I am doing well on D2D, but that I am doing atrocious on Amazon. My bestseller on Amazon has sold on average three copies a year; this is because twice, "Did we see him?" sold several books in one day. Without those sales my bestselling e-book would have only sold on average one and a half copies a year over the decade I have been selling on Amazon.
Gmail has been breached.
They keep coming, young girls, young enough to be my daughter keep trying to scam me.
Some men may be arrogant/stupid enough to believe that a young lady in her 30's could be after a date, not me, long ago I sussed them out and now I play along for fun; they don't realize they are being played until I hook them.
Twenty years ago, I may have considered them but not now.
I had one who thought that as she was young, colored and had large breasts I had to like her.
She could not have been further off the mark, as I like firm breasts, but not huge ones.
Gmail is now the main focus for the scam artists, I am not surprised as the protection on tGoogle is so bad even writers like J.K. Rowling get pirated.
We need Brexit desperately.
We need Brexit so we can pay English doctors to work in our hospitals. I have gone from been seen by an Asian heart "specialist," to have an appointment to see a "specialist" who comes from Cairo. What next, a witch doctor with juju beads?
I think I'd rather have cancer than follow where this path is going.
A Writers Life
In my decade as a writer, there have been some ups, such as Chronicles of Mark Johnson winning an award, and the success of my Forgestriker series. But there have been far more errors of judgment, not the least was joining the German site Bookrix, which to this day is why I think Chronicles never sold after winning the award seven years ago.
While I was in Bookrix, I was involved in several running disputes with some of the other writers, mainly because I became popular though I never sought the popularity they did. It was one of these people who trashed my award-winner online, I cannot prove she did the damage, but in my mind, the proof is there because she later leads an online cyber-bullying campaign aimed at me; to the extent, I was forced to leave the site.
Another aspect of being on the site was I got asked to join an anthology of writers who were writing for a children's charity book, while writing for the publications was not an error; putting the book links on my Amazon page was a grave error as the non-sales of these books drags my ratings down to this day.
A result of winning the award several people who I used to chat to in the US stopped talking to me. I think their reaction was because I won the prize even though I never took any courses in writing, or went to a college, and that made them annoyed as they're always telling me how good they were.
Surpassing those errors is the one I made two years ago when I bought a book cover, I don't think I will see enough sales for me to recoup the outlay for the cover of A Homecoming.
I would rather see happy people.
I know people will disagree with me, what;s new, but I don't think gay love is wrong. I would rather see two people happy to show their love than two unhappy people afraid to be themselves.
One of the characters in my romance - A Homecoming www.draft2digital.com/book/235628 - is gay.
I may not understand how gay people feel, but I will not deny them the freedom to have their love.
If you feel gay love is not Christian, remember that outside of New York the largest gay parades are in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Reunion is almost completed.
The Sequel - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/the-reunion - to my romance short story - A Homecoming www.draft2digital.com/book/235628 - should be ready by the end of the month. The story has been almost completed for months, but with no sales, until this month for the original story I saw no need to finish the sequel.
The lady in the middle is Jewish actress Hannah Laszlo who is the face of the mystery lady who entices the hero, Kim, back to Israel to solve the mystery. The other lady is Danish actress Benedikte Hansen who is the lady I had in mind for Kim's friend, Hannah. I haven't chosen a lady for Adrianna - Kim's love interest - yet.
For greater value to the reader, I decided to bring out the sequel and the first e-book as one copy - www.amazon.com/dp/1722412739 - rather than two as nobody has bought the first book.
The double issue is completed and for sale next week www.draft2digital.com/book/453841, the book will be my largest complete work at 160 pages, and will feature an exclusive ending after the end of the current ending to "The Reunion."
My interest in Scandinavian cinema/TV goes back well before the current trends started by hits such as The Killing, Borgen, and The Bridge. I am glad I took the time to hunt other series down because to me, The Bridge is uninteresting when compared to the characters in other series.
My interest goes back to the days of B&W films made by Ingmar Bergman, life is not black and but shades of grey and we need to make choices that on the surface appear wrong to people outside the events going on.
I think to a large part, this is why I wrote stories more in the mold of Harry Palmer than James Bond. Though often inaccurate, I also enjoyed the French New Wave films of the late 1950's and 60's.
I am not sure whether to continue the blog after the Summer.
I am not sure how long I will continue this blog, or if I shall extend my use of it after this contract ends in September.
I took this month off to see how it would fare if I didn't use the blog; the pages read, and the number of readers went down as I expected them to, but the average pages read by each reader went up slightly.
I am enjoying the freedom of not thinking people expect something to read for free each day from me; as a writer, I still get many ideas for stories I could write, but at the same time I think why should I write them as nobody buys my e-books www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI?
One slight problem I have is my fondness for Scandinavian Crime stories, not many series are getting streamed to the UK, and getting DVDs of the series has become almost impossible.
Yesterday I joined the site Give as you Live www.giveasyoulive.com/ ; this site enables me to donate to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund www.rafbf.org/by purchasing items from online stores.
I am pleased that I found the site as the RAFBF has been a big help to me in the last two years, and I have been trying to find a way to donate to the charity.
The missing series.
I knew the task would not be easy as my target, the original series of Maria Wern has been out of stock for eight years, but with dedication, I found the four parts on video, all I need to do is edit the ads out and transfer the footage to two DVDs.
I tried several sites in Sweden where the series is set, plus many in Europe to get the official DVD set, but there are none for sale.