Draft 2 of Book 3: halfway done.
First draft was fun but, ultimately, too rough around the edges, as first drafts are wont to do.
Hey look, this isn’t a post about politics. Pffft!
I’m still writing my little heart out when I have the time. Did not mean for things to go so dark on my blog.
Part ownership in a new business, a technology start-up, is now a new add to my already over-loaded schedule. It’s exciting! But now I have three careers: my day job, which is related to the new business, the new business, and my writing career. I may be crazy, but it’s a productive type of crazy. Unfortunately my brain just turns off when I do a lot of writing in my day job, and right now I’m typing a lot of–stuffs.
Last year I doubled my book sales. I’m in this for the long haul. My imprint, Deep Mountain Studios, is all set to feed readers and listeners and is a viable business. I simply need to give it quality content.
Book wise, Death by Lingerie has seen big improvements in the re-write of the opening chapters. I’m eager to finish the book and get it to my editor.
All the best,
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking the title of this post is chocolate porn.
You would be right.
I had these at a restaurant and I went home and came up with my own recipe.
Grand Marnier Injected Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
20 clean and dried strawberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 shot glass of Grand Marnier
1 lb quality dark baking chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Purchasable from Amazon or a drug store (ask the pharmacist), obtain a packet of 8mm (or longer) needle-size syringes. You do not need a prescription to buy these, at lease in the United States.
Pour a shot of Grand Marnier and fill your syringe with this liquid goodness. Being careful not to stab yourself, inject each strawberry with Grand Marnier by inserting the needle from the top of the strawberry near the stem. Stop injecting each strawberry when the Grand Marnier starts squirting out the pours of the strawberry.
Chop the chocolate into small chunks and in a glass bowl, melt in the microwave with the butter for 1 to 2 minutes (or use a double-boiler if you are unsure of how to melt chocolate in the microwave).
Once melted, add the heavy whipping cream and stir thoroughly (but not so long the chocolate hardens).
Dip each strawberry by the stem and set on wax paper. Let harden in a cool, dry place.
Enjoy. The blissy look most women will give you when eating one of these is classic.
Barnes and Noble is closing their flagship Washington D.C. store in December.
Borders was the herald of the mega-bookstore apocalypse and everything after it is simply the end-game, including the inevitable B&N death spiral.
Borders and their other chain stores used to be the place you can go where you had local people buying and selling books of regional interest and popularity. At that one magical moment in time, they were just the right size with all the wonderful books. I could browse for hours and frequently spent $100 or more.
That gradually changed when the older bookworms were all fired because they cost too much and replaced by hippsters who would look at you funny if you asked for help. If you could find one to ask for help. Soon the store was stocked with books that didn’t mean anything to the people who used to shop there. Then they added DVDs just when digital distribution of movies started to take off (dudes, really?) and toys. Toys.
While the staff at the local B&N is actually friendly and bookish, Amazon remains a very reader-centric place to buy books. Barnes and Noble is not. They have a horrid frequent-buyer’s discount card that cost money and while they are less prone to the Borders centralized stock list, the B&N’s around here don’t stock and display their wears like the indie bookstores with their reader-centric focus on book clubs and regional best-sellers list.
And the problems with their customer service, especially with the Nook, is legion.
B&N can’t compete with Amazon’s “buy any book you can find and you can find anything.” They can’t compete with prices, and they can’t compete with the indie bookstores and their personalized customer service. It is just a matter of time, and if I was a landlord I would boot B&N out of my space as soon as their lease was up, too, because at some point they won’t be able to pay the rent.
It’s not just the landlords who need to plan ahead. If anybody has a business model that relies on B&N, now is the time to really start planning an exit strategy.
This is all very sad. And predictable.
Most social justice outrage, aka, political correctness, expressed on social media falls into the Karpman drama triangle so strongly that it may as well been a Drama Singularity.
In the drama triangle there is the victim, the persecutor and the rescuer. Only, the victim is not truly helpless and usually enjoys agency, the rescuer has different motives other than trying to help and the persecutor does not have a valid, factual complaint against the victim.
This unholy triangle is self-fueling. Often the victim, who isn’t really a victim, will trade places with the persecutor. Or the rescuer turns into the victim. Sometimes these roles are three different people. Sometimes they more, sometimes even less.
It’s called a drama triangle because it has no real purpose other than to refer to itself. Nothing gets solved, because the roles are only based on perception and feeling, not an actual event of significance.
The drama triage is a lie because each of the three roles went after a need fulfillment under the cover of something else. It is a major social dysfunction, because the triangle winds up doing more harm than the original victim narrative.
Here we go:
The Lexus Toulouse Mystery Series
Who doesn’t love a science fiction murder mystery? Or libertarian science fiction? The Wælcyrie Murders goes live on Amazon as a Kindle book on January 30th. You can pre-order it now. At long last!
Between January 30th and February 4th the first book in the series, Armageddon’s Princess, the Kindle version, will be free. Although if you are a Amazon Prime member or a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can get the book free now.
In February, I’ll start the production of The Wælcyrie Murders audio book. I have not worked out with the audio producer when she can fit it in her schedule, but it should be sometime this year for sure.
Also in February I will release the hardcover of of The Wælcyrie Murders. I don’t make much money off hardcover sells, but they sure are nice books and I use them in promotions like mad. There will be a Goodreads giveaway in March using the hardcover.
Book 3’s schedule is determined by A) finding a new editor and B) finishing the book. Mostly B. However, the cover reveal will be on February 5th. And what a cover it is!
And finally, sometime in 2015, not exactly sure, I will release The Woman, a novella about when Lexus and Arune met.
The Lightning Giver
This is a completed New Adult contemporary novel near and dear to my heart. It’s about gender, guns, guts and God. I’ve never written anything quite like it. While the book has gone through heavy editing from critique partners, I also need a new editor for this book. Once the edits are complete, The Lightning Giver will be released in paperback, hardcover, kindle and audio format this year.
I believe you all will like this book. It’s quirky and there is nothing quite like it on the market.
The Blessing is Space Opera. There will be aliens, a kick-ass dad, stuff blowing up in space, spaceships, snarky protagonists, and all-around butt-kicking under a humanity-positive thematic guaranteed to be so uplifting that I’m sure some dogmatic political correct asshole will leave me a 1-star review for being a non-leftist white guy that I will print out and frame. I’ve fully outlined this novel, but I’m not going to work on it until Death by Lingerie is in editing.
Leave it below in the comments. That’s it for 2015.
While it may be a bit silly to write a blog post on a blog post, I feel some explanation is in order for the incoming short story.
I have a world-building notebook that sometimes I type in when I’m stuck with a concept, plot detail, characterization, or thematic. Sometimes I realize I need to ramble a bit on-topic but off the rails in order to solidify my thoughts.
Blog wise, I’ve had this ongoing series about cases Mr. Scott, a character in the Lexus Toulouse Mysteries, solved when he was a Constitutional Enforcement Officer. I do it mainly to explore libertarian concepts in the future.
The next blog post is one of those “case files.” As such the whole is intentionally all tell and no show. But, strangely enough, there is a lot of showing by this telling. It’s long, but as I work towards finishing book two, I thought a few readers might be interested in my thought processes around the world Lexus and Mr. Scott live in, and receive some entertainment at the same time.
The story is over 6,200 words and has mature, provocative themes.
Well then. I did an all-day push on Sunday and finished a new draft of The Lightning Giver, my New Adult novel about a young couple whose lives are turned upside down, literally and figuratively, when they are hit by lightning. While smooching in a millet field. It is a story of love, devotion, gender relations, perseverance, and guns.
Lots of guns.
I had a literary agent give me some stellar advice on the manuscript. While I won’t actually submit it because I’ve sine left the manuscript submission cha-cha, the novel sat around waiting for me to get my A-game on.
I gave this book everything and beta reader feedback on the prior draft was stellar. And now the book is better.
The next steps are to go through the manuscript and tighten up the prose and then hand it off to my new editor for an evaluation. I think she is going to love this book. It’s right up her alley.
This is an eggnog recipe perfected by me. It is a cooked eggnog recipe.
Now, many consider cooked eggnog blaspheme. And I would tend to agree. However, I would assert that people just get sick on the holidays. This way, they can’t blame your uncooked egg yolks!
Hardy-har-har. Actually, adding heat into the process departs a nutty flavor that is delicious. The egg whites remain uncooked, so exert caution and only use Grade AA, whole eggs.
Anthony Pacheco’s Libertarian Eggnog
Makes 10 to 14 servings.
8 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 pints whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, with some nutmeg added later
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated cinnamon, with some cinnamon added later
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
8 egg whites
18 ounces of Kraken Dark Rum
Carefully separate the egg yolks and egg whites.
In a large mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk until slightly lightened. This is a non-frothy eggnog recipe, so cowboy up and use a wire whisk. Do not over mix. Once the yolks have turned a slightly lighter color, gradually add the 2/3 cups sugar. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Now add the milk, the heavy cream, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the vanilla and almond extract. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Pour the yolk/milk/cream/goodness in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally and bring to a mild boil. Do not overcook and burn the milk. The flavor of the eggnog will also change if you bring to a hard boil and not in a good way. Pour into a large measuring (mixing) bowl and refrigerate until cold. Set the egg whites aside in the refrigerator.
Once the eggnog yolk half is cold, it is time to mix in those egg whites.
In a clean mixing bowl, add the egg whites and brown sugar. Simply beat with a whisk until mixed. The goal here is to mix the whites and the sugar. Forget about peaks, froth, what-have-you. Just mix it, Baby!
Now whisk in the egg whites/brown sugar mixture to the rest of the eggnog. Serve chilled.
This recipe adds the rum after the fact, and also adds extra flare for both presentation and taste. For the kids, skip the rum.
In a glass, add the eggnog and 1 ounce to 1 1/2 ounces of Kraken rum. Stir until mixed. For a strong drink use the 1 1/2 ounce option. Adding more will change the flavor of the eggnog and mute the complex flavored goodness you just created.
On top of the eggnog, grate fresh nutmeg and less of the cinnamon. You don’t want to overcoat it, but you do want to add a punchy nutmeg flavor to the top. If you do not want to add nutmeg to the top of the eggnog. then change the recipe to 2 teaspoons of freshly ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
But I do not recommend that. Because this recipe will rock the socks off. Serve to family members and 17 to 22-year-old nubile Christmas Girls standing under the mistletoe.