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Day 24 #authorlifemonth – Challenges Overcome

Day 24 #authorlifemonth is challenges overcome. I’m always up for a good challenge, and I attribute much of my happiness in life and success to having little to no negativity. There will always be hard times for everyone on different levels. There will always be haters or negativity along the way. There will always be bumps in the road, and unexpected things. There will always be people with strong opinions that don’t know how to discuss sensitive topics. None of that matters. In order to succeed at anything you have to remain positive. There’s always a brighter side to things, and if you can’t find the light in something then cast it from your life. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Mr. Mandela was right. Just do it! I wish you all success and happiness.

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Philly Current Magazine chooses it’s 2017 picks :)

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been chosen as one of Philly Current Magazines PC picks 2017. There’s a batch of really great people in this issue, and I’m honored to be selected among them. Preorder a copy today.  Simply hit up phillycurrent.com/subscribe ! Issue drops on 03.06.17 – come get it, folks!
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Day 23 #authorlifemonth – 5 Star reads

There’s a few 5 star books I’ve read recently, and they range in genre.

First up is “The Patchwork Girl of Oz.”  I’ve been reading L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels along with my daughter.  I have her choose a character in the book to be, and she reads those lines, while I read the rest aloud to her.  For this book she was Scraps, the patchwork girl; Bungle, the glass cat; and Dorothy Gale.  It’s one of my favorite books in the series so far, second only to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Second is a return to my childhood, as I read “Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage” with my son.  He is the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and has loved every page.  It’s one of my favorite Spidey stories to date.

Next is H.G. Well’s “The Time Machine.”  It was the first classic movie I remember watching, and one of my favorite all time books.  When I began writing my next novel (A COURSE FOR HUMANITY – will be available next month), I wanted to check out some already existing time travel stories, and this was one of them.  I always find researching through fiction is just as important as through fact, because you don’t want to do something someone else has already done.  What fun would that be and where would be the originality?

As research goes, I do always try to base as much of my Fiction work in fact, so I also read “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy”.  If you’re a science geek, then this is for you, but if you aren’t this is still an interesting and informative book.

What is on your shelf?  What have you read recently?  Share in the comments below.

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Day 22 #authorlifemonth – reader/fan love

I received this email back in September, and it makes my day every time I read it.  I’ve received some kind words from readers over the past couple of years, but this was the most recent full letter to me.  I had to repost it because it is fan love day of #authorlifemonth.  Thanks again, Jared.

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Day 21 #authorlifemonth – non author photo

I took a few days off from writing to get some much needed work done around the house.  I’m currently finishing half of my basement, so amidst me building the frame, I had a surprise pic taken.  I’ll share the room when it’s completed, but so far so good.

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Day 19 #authorlifemonth – Bookish Bucket List

Day 19 #authorlifemonth is what is on my bookish bucket list. It’s my goal to have one or more of my books made into a screenplay for tv, movie or video game adaptation. #itwillhappen #intheworks

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Day 18 #authorlifemonth -Research

When I was writing DEVIL’S DESSERT I did a lot of research into the Bryn Athyn cathedral and castle for one of my settings. I often go back just to visit because of the amazing architecture and history. #research day 18 #authorlifemonth

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Beyond Human Trilogy

The BEYOND HUMAN Trilogy is available now at lulu.com in print, on Amazon in digital, and Barnes and Noble (in the next 2 weeks).  It contains the novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS, and a teaser of what will be coming soon.

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Day 16 #authorlifemonth – dream writer retreat

placea-16This is where I’d like to go for a Dream retreat. Bran castle in Romania (top) is what inspired #dracula castle #bramstoker. Either there or the Stanley Hotel (bottom) in Colorado, which was the inspiration for #stevenking #theshining . I’d love to spend a few nights in either and write or brainstorm away. Heck, I’d enjoy almost any retreat, but these would make the top of the list.

Where’s your dream getaway? Comment below.


Day 15 #Authorlifemonth -Pub Sib

While these authors are not necessarily with the same publisher as I, they are people whom I’ve met over the years, become friends with, or acquaintances.  If you’re looking for something to read, this list of authors has all genres covered… Plus, they are just awesome people.

Jonathan Maberry, Lucas Mangum, Bob Mayer, Janice Gable Bashman, Bryan J.L. Glass, Mike Yowell, Jen Talty, E.C. Myers, Jeri Walker, Olivia Stanton, H.N. Sieverding, Michael Thomas Knight, Joe McKinney, Diane Prokop.  and of course my mother Charlene Pipito, who has taught me everything I know about writing and been my biggest inspiration.

Who are some authors you like to read or have met?  Please share in the comments below.


DAY 14 #authorlifemonth – Write list

Here’s a list of what’s in the works at the moment.  Of course it goes beyond that with much more planned, but I’m active on these projects:

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What do you have in the works for the coming year or two?  Feel free to share your work links in the comments.


Day 13 #authorlifemonth – Dedication

My upcoming novel, A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, is dedicated to mankind as a whole.  Truer words couldn’t be said, no matter what your beliefs may be.  Here’s my dedication:

 

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Day 12 #authorlifemonth – Inspiration

As an author I get inspiration from a lot of my own personal experiences, but it also comes primarily from the people I need to impress.  My wife is a very critical person.  She’s had to be, and it is a great asset as it has taken her to amazing places, and continues to keep her name achieving new heights.  When I write, I know I have to impress her.  Even if I don’t particularly write in a certain genre she likes, I know that if she says “it sucks,” then it does, so for me, passing my work onto an editor, must pass her screening first.  It’s what helps me improve and learn.

Of course I also have to include my son and daughter.  They are both direct inspiration for the characters I created in my 2 children’s books: A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, and A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS.

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Day 11 #authorlifemonth – Swag

Nothing says writing like a cup of coffee.  It’s an author’s best friend.  Mine this morning is in a mug I was given as a gift.  It shows a few of my book covers, and makes the sip even tastier.

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Day 10 #authorlifemonth – Reviews

I’m always in awe at some of the amazing emails I get from readers.  This one popped up recently, so I figured I’d share it for #authorlifemonth.  I am a little behind in posting from the weekend.  Oops.  🙂

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Day 9 #authorlifemonth – Killed Darlings

*spoiler alert* For Day 9 #authorlifemonth I made a little memorial post to some killed off characters. I admit shedding tears when they died as I’ve grown with them over the years since my first book. I do get recurring questions from readers… “Are they really dead?” Hmmm good question indeed.

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Day 8 #authorlifemonth – Awesome moment

Today’s #authorlifemonth post was hard to narrow down.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have many “awesome moments”, so singling one out is too difficult.  Each stands alone with individual meaning for me.  I’ve got news to share soon, but until I’m allowed to say something, these are a few of my fondest writing moments.

I collaged the following: Seeing my books at major retailers, being placed in the top 25 of independent authors, and heartwarming reviews will always keep my spirits high.

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Day 7 of #authorlifemonth – Cover Inspiration

The cover for my upcoming novel A COURSE FOR HUMANITY is better understood when reading it, but for the design I was inspired by this sculpture in Washington DC.  It is called “Continuum” and couldn’t be more appropriate, as that is a government entity within the novel.  Book will be released in March 2017.

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Day 6 of #authorlifemonth – writing music

More times than not I enjoy listening to silence while writing.  This past weekend, the music I enjoyed while writing was the sounds of water flowing at Crystal Springs Resorts.  #authorlifemonth feels so serene.crystalspr


Day 5 #authorlifemonth – Writing place

Although I’ve my main office at home, I have been writing in some amazing places lately.  This week I had the pleasure of spending time at Crystal Springs Resorts.  Here’s my in suite view.

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Day 3 #authorlifemonth – art

Here’s a design Dan Pipito came up with for the trilogy release cover, on which I’m working.  It is obviously a take on DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man, but really captures what is going on in the Beyond Human Trilogy.

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Review: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

resident-evil-7-biohazard-cpy-cracked-1I won’t go too in depth here because I feel that this game surprised me so much, that I don’t want to spoil it for others.  I’ve been a huge fan of the Resident Evil game series since its beginning.  After 6 I was left satisfied at a storyline that sort of closed out.  7 brings a fresh take on the franchise that is so much better than zombies.

This game scared the hell out of me at times, gave me anxiety, and had me so involved in the mystery of the story that I couldn’t put it down.  If I claim that this is the best of the franchise, I don’t think I’m exaggerating.  It IS the best one.  The switch to a first person perspective, and the tweaking of inventory items is a loveable change.

With barely any ties to the other games at all this really does feel like a new adventure, and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.  There is DLC coming out in the Spring, and I’ll be sure to check that out because I was left with a question or two.

My main question is a big spoiler, so skip this paragraph if you don’t want to know…. Maybe someone can give me a theory on it… Was that really Chris at the end?  I don’t think so, because 1) he looked different, 2) he referred to himself as his last name, and 3) He was enemies with Wesker, so why name a gun after him?  (If you missed the name of the weapon he throws you it is called “albert”.)

End spoilers…  Anyway, overall the game gets 5 out of 5 sCrypt coffins in my book.  It is the first game in a while that has really impressed me, and the introduction of all new characters was a relief.


Day 4 of #authorlifemonth – WIP

Day 4 of #authorlifemonth is a teaser of my current WIP (Work In Progress).  The novel (A COURSE FOR HUMANITY) will be released next month, and the selection I’ve chosen to show is more appropriate now than ever.

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#authorlifemonth day 2 – author pic

I’ve decided to update my Author pic for day 2 of #authorlifemonth.  A little more gray and maybe a little more wisdom in this one?

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