Where to even begin? Well . . . As you can see from the sticky post, War of Nytefall: Rivalry has been released. It went live on Friday and I’m hoping to see some movement over the course of the week. For those who haven’t noticed, check out the cover and click on it to go to Amazon:
There are going to be a bunch of guest posts going up around the Internet and I plan on sharing them all here. So, there’s going to be a high level of activity. At least when I can because I do have work and that life event. Really need to figure out when I can start calling that second thing by name. Anyway, let’s leave that alone because I sense that nobody who doesn’t know it really is has any idea. Some have even hinted that they think I’m being overly dramatic, but whatever. Moving on!
You might notice that the Goal Post is on Sunday instead of Saturday. Well, the secondary reason is because I wanted to announce War of Nytefall: Rivalry once it came out. The other reason is because I was in New York City hanging with a friend to just relax and have an early birthday celebration. We mostly wandered around and stopped at a bar for food and a drink from time to time. Had a lot of water too since it warmed up quickly and I couldn’t do anything about my jacket.
The big event of the day was seeing ‘SHAZAM!’ . . . I’m just going to say it. I’m already calling this my favorite superhero movie of 2019. It was funny, had great action, twists that I didn’t see coming, and the characters were simply likable. They also felt very human. Shazam is definitely a kid in the body of an adult. Freddie, his foster brother, has excellent comedic timing and the hyper, near obnoxiousness of him was countered by his utter honesty. These were believable characters to me, which is something I haven’t seen in a superhero movie in years. Also, the audience was laughing, cheering, and genuinely into the movie. There wasn’t a sense that they were doing it because they thought it was required. It was hilarious and had so much heart to the point where one revelation hits you so solidly in the gut. I expected something like it, but not to the level of bluntness that it was delivered. I highly recommend seeing because I don’t think we’re going to get many superhero movies that are this entertaining on a level beyond the spectacle.
Think I lost myself because this post became a movie review. The other thing I wanted to talk about is Twitter . . . Is anybody getting anything out of it? I was sitting here thinking up tweets to promote War of Nytefall: Rivalry and it wasn’t coming. The one that went live today didn’t even have the preview. I tried to switch the Amazon link with a new one, but still nothing. I had to retweet with an image attached. On days when I have 100+ retweets, I have no movement of the associated book. All I do is retweet on there too, so I’m not sure why I put so much energy and time into it. There’s really nothing coming out of there. I figure my options are the following:
- Only have one pinned tweet per week to maintain some activity.
- Use it for something else that creates interactions. Like pose a question every few days. This would require more work on my part, but you never know what will come from it.
- Get rid of it completely.
I might try #1 for a bit to see what happens and try #2 from time to time. The issue really has become that I have such limited time that putting effort into something with no real payoff doesn’t appeal to me. I have 22.2K followers on there, but I seem to be running into the same people. I have to hunt through my own feed to find things to retweet because there’s so much junk. There is hesitation since I did work so hard to build that up, which is why #3 feels like a tantrum. Maybe I’ll see how this week goes and make a post next Sunday about Twitter to get some insight. I have scheduled tweets until Tuesday, so the last one will be left up there. Then I’ll pose an author-based question one other day to see the reaction. That sounds good.
In other news, my 39th birthday is Tuesday. Getting older isn’t sitting too well with me because of how life is going. I mean, the job is great and I’m making new friends. Writing is still difficult due to time, energy, and emotions. It’s really that life event. I figure this is a rebuilding year. It’s going to be busy and I’m going to be here and there. Realized that I can’t use my cellphone during the summer job, so you guys might not hear from me until the evening on weekdays. That’s far into the future. Geez, this paragraph was supposed to be about my birthday. Did get a few sweet presents like Deadpool sleeping pants and a weighted blanket. That’s really it for now. You really don’t get a lot of presents when you’re in your 30’s.
The plan for this week is to finally finish writing Chapter 8 of War of Nytefall: Eradication. I need to get this book done before the summer, which is when I’m going to work on my super secret project. It’s something that I can tinker with at a faster pace than my usual fare. That reminds me that I need to pick up some pocket moleskine notebooks to work on it. My last one got blown out of my hand by the wind and landed in a puddle. You can’t come back from submerging and there wasn’t anything written in it anyway. I was simply counting pages. Beyond all that, I’m going to slowly work on the May posts too. Running out of topics for June, which means I’ll have to sit down and figure those out as well.
Goals of the week:
- Promote War of Nytefall: Rivalry
- Write more of War of Nytefall: Eradication
- Work! Always fun and worthwhile.
- Schedule May posts.
- Tinker with super secret project.
- Make a list of June topics (always up for suggestions)
- Sleep, eat, bike, and shower.