WIP: Last Bad Saturday

It was a typical Saturday. That’s the problem.

Saturday

Woke late. Partial morning routine. Family stuff. Had to run a poker tournament. Came back wiped out. Rested. Got a little work done late, but should have just slept. Tomorrow will be a little better, and Monday and the rest of the week will rock. Next weekend, I have to stick to my morning routine. Getting up and getting words in early will make the days.

Zombies Versus Comicon Screenplay

The simple excerpt of the beginning that I currently have on the ZVC Screenplay page doesn’t capture enough of the spirit of the story. I think a set of clips showing how the story develops might be persuasive, so I worked to adapt more of the story and to find the parts to assemble. It wasn’t much, but it was all I could do with the energy I had left.

5K/10K Results

  • Words: Can’t tell becuase of the adaptation process, but it wasn’t many.
  • Steps: About 4K.

WIP: Hard To Work

That guy sure is a good con man. 15% of the country can’t see it. At all.

Friday

Morning routine. Daughter to school. Lots of good work before being distracted.

Distraction of the day decade

Today, of course, one of the worst possible things happened. The wealthiest 1% managed to seize illegitimate control of my country, giving a ridiculous sociopath an irresponsible amount of power to get it, and taking us all to the edge of a dizzying precipice, all for their benefit alone—merely more money. Perhaps, at its core, it is irrepressible human nature and they can’t help it. Maybe. At any rate, I hope I never have so much money that my singular focus becomes getting more at any cost. And I hope I never become so controlled by propaganda that I can no longer distinguish facts from obvious cons.

Anyway, back to work.

Screenplays

That’s right, the day after I declared that it’s time to get busy cranking out books, I spent many hours working on screenplays. It sounds stupid, and maybe it is, but I’m trying to make something happen with Zombies Versus Comicon, and I’ve been meaning to add this to my website anyway, so today was the day to get it live. If you’re interested, the screenplay section of my website is at https://tftorrey.com/screenplays/, and the Zombies Versus Comicon page links from there.

Also, the screenplays page wouldn’t look very good with only one screenplay on it, so I added the screenplay for Compensation, which I wrote years ago. That one has an audio file of the script being read by computer-generated voices for the characters, which is a little annoying, and a little cool. Find that one, too, linked from the screenplays page.

5K/10K Results

  • Words: I don’t know. My process for doing the screenplay work doesn’t lend itself to counting words. And these are supposed to be new words anyway. Shame on me.

  • Steps: About 6K. I don’t know for sure, because my pedometer was confusing some from last night. I got in a good walk in the morning, and a shorter one in the rain in the afternoon. After that, it rained the rest of the day, a cold rain, and I didn’t want to go out in it. Step fail.

A New Era

So, our country has arrived at a turning point. I suppose it’s a happy day for the roughly 20% of eligible voters that voted for Trump and the 1% of the wealthiest Americans for who will benefit from the Republican policies. For the rest of us, however, at a minimum we are deeply embarrassed in front of the world, and we’ll be damn lucky if he doesn’t kill us all. None of the pomp and ceremony changes the fact that Trump has no interest in helping anyone but himself, no real idea what the job of President involves, and not a shred of the self-awareness needed to realize how far in over his head he is. What a mess.

Despite the very real danger, however, there is something of an opportunity. If Hillary Clinton were being inaugurated today, most Progressives in this country would have gone back to sleep, the way they did under Obama. The truth is, however, a Democrat in the White House alone simply isn’t enough to bring about positive change. Hillary Clinton’s policies were not very progressive in the first place, but any effort to implement them would have been completely stymied by the Republicans controlling the rest of the government, the way Obama’s mildly progressive proposals were.

The Republican Party’s policies truly only benefit the 1% of the country’s wealthiest people. Many others like their policies that hurt people such as the LGBTQ population, but despite their glee, hurting other people doesn’t actually help you at all. Nonetheless, the propaganda of the 1% has been able to fool another 19% or so of the rest of the country into embracing their policies, in spite of the fact that it’s against their self-interest.

The result is that every branch of government, in almost every state, is under the control of the party of the 1%: the Republicans.

However, while it can appear to be an insurmountable majority, it looks very fragile to me.

1% of the vote won’t win an election, of course, and even adding the 19% of the people that they’ve tricked only gets them to 20%, and 20% of the vote is not enough to win elections. It has been enough to get close enough to steal elections, and to use those wins to gerrymander districts and set up voter suppression laws to steal more elections and expand their power. But that can’t last forever.

If those idiots get too greedy and hurt too badly the 19% they’ve managed to fool, or if their idiocy motivates the ~40% of the voters who normally stay home to turn out and vote against them, or if Progressives can focus and rally more votes than can be suppressed or thrown away, the 1% and their Republican puppets will lose their seats. And if all of those things happen, they will lose completely and quickly.

And from where I’m sitting, all of those things look likely to happen.

And if it does, in just a few years we will be miles ahead of where we would have been had Hillary Clinton been inaugurated today.

Trump is a dangerous idiot, but his inauguration might actually bring about positive change, and quickly, despite his intentions.

As long as he doesn’t kill us all first.

Stay focused, friends.

WIP: Hello, 2017

Well.

Things sure took a nose dive at the end of 2016, and it’s taken me and us a while to adjust to the new reality, but I’ve finally reached a point where nothing captures my attention more than my own work.

It’s good to be back.

So, 2017. I’ve come up with a simple formula, a combination of two simple elements that will bring me both short-term and long-term success:

5 thousand words + 10 thousand steps, every day

Seems simple, right? Not easy, but simple. And though it won’t be easy, I think I can do it, and I am determined to do it.

Starting tomorrow, January 20, 2017.

In the near term, the next three months, I want to complete five new projects that may likely change my life. I will need to work hard for that, but I know that I can do it, and it will be awesome.

In the long term, the rest of this year and everything beyond, I want to complete a book a month. I need to complete a book a month to do the work I want to do.

Beyond the words and steps, I plan daily new content on my website, weekly promotions, and frequent new releases of things worth reading.

So simple, all of it. Not easy, but certainly possible.

I get started in the morning.

Zombies Versus Comicon 99 Cents Through Sunday 1/22

 [Cover of Zombies Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Here we go. I’ve committed to a massive action to kick off my 2017, beginning with completing Vampires Versus Comicon quickly and now. That book references the action in Zombies Versus Comicon quite a bit, so if you’re not into spoilers, and you haven’t read Zombies yet, you should get to it.

And right now is the perfect time, because it’s on sale this week at Amazon for the amazing price of only 99 cents. Wow. Time to fight off those zombies!

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Also, if you’ve read and enjoyed Zombies Versus Comicon, please leave a review of it at Amazon, to make it easier for others to find, read, and enjoy. Thanks!

The Crazy Jack E-book 99 Cents This Week at Amazon

 [Cover of The Crazy Jack: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] Maybe with all the preposterous things going on in the world you’d enjoy a story about someone else in a dire dilemma. If so, you’re in luck this week, because until Monday my Jack Trexlor Novel The Crazy Jack is discounted to 99 cents at Amazon. In this brooding and dark story, Jack tries to “rescue” a girl, and it all goes horribly wrong until his whole life has been turned upside down and he’s driving out of town with a body in his trunk. And it only gets worse from there.

My Jack Trexlor books don’t have to be read in order, but if you haven’t read any of them, this is a good one to start with because it establishes the elements that Jack exhibits in the rest of the series.

Also, if you read the book, please leave a brief review at Amazon, where their overaggressive purging seems to eat my reviews once in a while.

Thanks for your time, and happy reading!

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Second Wind E-Book FREE Until Sunday

 [Cover of Second Wind: An Anthology by T.F. Torrey] It’s a new year, and things are, you may have noticed, an order of magnitude crazier than usual. If, like me, you’re finding it hard to devote long pieces of time to anything, I may have just the thing for you. My latest anthology, Second Wind, is FREE until Sunday. The stories are a mix of serious and silly, and they’re the perfect length for short entertainment breaks.

Note that this book contains many stories that were previously sold separately: Uncle Victor and the Toy Store, On The Beach, Larry Harrison’s Night Shift, and several others. Now, because of a quirk in promotion scheduling, the entire collection of 48 stories is free for what is expected to be the last time ever.

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Goodbye 2016

Well, it’s that time again, another year gone. This has been one crazy year. Though I began the year optimistic what the year had in store for my work, my country, and my world, few of the good things I was hoping for materialized, and things I had not even known to worry about came to pass.

From the start to the end, we had a lot of celebrity deaths. We have them every year, of course, but 2016 seemed worse than others, and especially cruel at the end.

Most incredibly, a candidate for president of my country, a man with objectively no qualifications whatsoever for the job and a tremendous number of disqualifications, was declared the winner of the election. What made his “victory” possible was the discarding of hundreds of thousands or millions of minority voters by the Republican-controlled states, together with the support of the proudly ignorant and the unabashedly racist. This is not what I thought my country was. And now, even though the incoming administration has abandoned the pretext of doing something useful and isn’t even trying to hide their profiteering, a large chunk of the country doesn’t care. I thought we were better than this.

And probably worst of all, it was a terrible year for medical issues, with my father-in-law experiencing an event that changed all of our lives in ways of which we still don’t know the full extent. And when that seemed bad enough, we found that my mother needs open heart surgery—that she should have had it already, and she will get it within days.

In all this distracting mess, I still tried to get writing things done, and though moving put me in the role of full-time childcare provider, some of it actually worked out. I had much bigger plans, of course, but I still managed to release a couple good books, first Long Way Home and then Angel of Death.

More importantly, I think, I figured out some things about improving my productivity. I discovered the Miracle Morning routine, and I got into the habit of daily meditation and gratitude. I also discovered the ultradian rhythm concept and how to mesh the Pomodoro technique into larger scale productivity. And I’ve become more of a disciple of Dean Wesley Smith (and Kristine Kathryn Rusch), and I think that bodes well for my future.

Perhaps the best thing is that my daughter started kindergarten this year. She is very smart, and she has been a good reader for quite a while, and I was afraid that she would be put into a classroom where the lessons started with letters and colors. And that happened. However, they started the year by doing assessments of the children, and they reported to us that our daughter tested above the first-grade level for reading and above kindergarten for everything. They recommended that we move her up to first grade, and we did, and she has been very happy there. She is already reading chapter books, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Looking forward at 2017, I’m excited. I plan on getting a lot of books finished and out, and I think I have the pieces in place to make it happen. That actually seems to happen every year, but this year … well, we’ll see. As I said, I’m excited.

These are interesting times. I hope I can make them more so. I have plans to.

Long Way Home FREE Through Monday

 [Cover of Long Way Home: A Ficlet Novelette by T.F. Torrey] Here we are at the end of the year. From my point of view, this year has been a long journey with lots of loss and precious few dividends. It is ironic that one of my few bright spots this year happens to be a book about a long journey with few dividends: Long Way Home. To finish 2016 and kick off 2017, that book is free at Amazon.com through Monday.

If you haven’t read Long Way Home yet, you should check it out. It’s a fun little read, and it ends well. Get it today!

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