It wouldn't surprise my friends.
What made me move from Science Fiction where I had earned a good reputation in the USA for writing to Christian Fiction where I have to start from scratch?
One factor was a personal challenge to see if I could sell an e-book in a new genre for me. Which I have as A Homecoming www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 has sold three e-books. This book was written with an audience in mind (Jewish), that is why the story is set in Israel.
My other venture into the realm of Spirituality as I wrote the e-book Nerja www.amazon.com/dp/B007ODWS4C several years ago. Nerja holds the distinction of being the only book of mine to earn a five-star rating on Amazon.
Nerja has also appeared in the top 20 e-books on Spirituality twice over the years.
Nerja is set in conditions as far from the heat of Israel as you can imagine, it is set in Canada.
In my innocent days, I entered contests thinking I was at least fighting on a level battlefield. Over the years, I quickly learned that many contests ARE rigged.
The issue is - In-House- favoritism - IHS is what happens when editors seek stories by people they know, being unknown you may as well not enter.
The only story of mine that did well is Sea Ghosts - www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QERF2E/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4, a short story based on the life of a Yorkshire pirate called John Adam.
Sea Ghosts came third several years ago in a contest run on Facebook. I did have a story that should have been third in another Facebook contest, but that contest was hacked by a rival in the last week, and I got pushed to fourth by a "ringer," the person already had a writing contract.
I know the contest was fixed as the person got 274 votes, not 270 or 275, each day for the final week of the contest, meaning he had enough to oust me and no more. The lady whose friend he is already was involved in a hacking case in the Los Angeles courts.
Even though I have stopped writing I get invited to enter writing contests but I never accept, partly because I cannot afford the fees being an Indie Author, but mostly because life has taught me the contest is rigged, this may appear cynical but I have noted the same names appearing in the top three of several contests I used to enter.
The Goodman revival
I am pleased to see that one of the DVD's I ordered https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/songs-in-the-key-of-happy-4460609.html has arrived. The other one is coming from America as it's not available in the UK.
The group has an interesting history as Tanya Goodman is the daughter of Rusty Goodman from the original group, The Happy Goodmans.
Today, I face the same demon I faced several years ago. The demon is depression and he keeps dragging me down with doubt.
Several years ago, while writing the Chronicles of Mark Johnson, I hit a dark week and was prepared to kill my hero to appease the darkness in my soul; the weird thing is that as much as I wanted to end the story in a vicious battle, I found that something in me wouldn't allow me to writer and I sat for hours staring at a blank screen. In the end, I got talked out of it by some close friends who were fans of the series, so I wrote a darker Mark for the second book (shown here).
He was still alive but his soul had been turned into an evil man's soul through betrayal.
I often sit for hours looking at the screen wanting to write, but thinking is it worth while I listen to www.sonlifetv.com/.
High winds and rain
This is an apt tune for the UK today as high winds and rain lash the country again.
I am glad all our furry friends are safe in the house today.
Peace is better than war.
While my life could be viewed as living in a Christian way, I do not profess to have made the decision to live as a Christian;I am a man of peace, if this is the Christian way then I am a Christian.
A need for calm
One of the many reasons I have not been able to write a lot in the last two years is the amount of distractions my life has had with endless appointments and interviews.
To write, I need a calm mind and my mind has been anything but that in the last two years.
So many tabs are open.
Somebody posted an image on Facebook some time ago, the message said "A writer's mind is like a laptop with all the tabs running."
There has never been more true words written, even though I don't do a lot of writing, I have many ideas for stories that I could have written.
Ten years after.
When I started my blog a decade ago I used to write three or four blogs a day, now I find it hard to do two or three.
That is why I said a few days ago that one post would be my last post