I didn’t think of Taxi Adventure as a time capsule when I was writing it. However, the television lineup always changes, and some of the celebrities mentioned in the book are no longer on television here (that I know of), and even the television station talked about is has been bought out by another. And, a couple weeks ago, I noticed that the houses and buildings where Race stops next to Hance park have been bulldozed, and apartments or condos are going up in their place. Even the adult book store where Race picks up a fare in the first chapter is now gone.
If you’ve read Taxi Adventure before, now is a good time to visit the places mentioned in the story—the Westward Ho, Durant’s, Majerle’s, Char’s Has The Blues, Canyon Records, Cooperstown, Postino’s, and more—before the winds of time blow them away.
And if you haven’t read Taxi Adventure yet, you’re in luck. You can get it this week for 99 cents at Amazon. Get it today!
Also, if you like it, please leave a review at Amazon. I need more reviews to enable promotions on other sites, and every one helps. Thanks!
Summer is here, and it’s time for a big summer adventure. I suggest Taxi Adventure, my rollicking 24-hour novel of off-beat adventure. It’s a fun story, and it’s 99 cents this week at Amazon. Don’t miss out! Get it today! Also, if you like it, please leave a review at Amazon. I need more reviews to enable promotions on other sites, and every one helps. Thanks!
Taxi Adventure, my rollicking 24-hour novel of off-beat adventure, is FREE Thursday through Saturday. With my slate of coming new releases, and I will soon have the content I need to enact the next phase of my promotions plan, which will not include free books. That means that this might be the last time Taxi Adventure is available for free, so if you haven’t read it yet, you should jump on it. Also, if you have read it, please leave a review at Amazon. I still need reviews to enable promotions on other sites, and every one helps. Thanks!
Continuing my push for more reviews, I’m making Taxi Adventure free today. It’s a fun story, but it’s been largely overlooked since its release. If you don’t have it yet, get it today, and either way please leave an honest review of it on Amazon. The reviews are said to help eliminate “pre-buyer’s remorse” by providing social proof if a book’s value, and having reviews is a requirement for many promotions. So today, you get a free story, and I get my book on better footing. Win-win! Thanks!
What was supposed to be a change to simplify my book and website maintenance wound up throwing a wrench into my production and promotions, and it took me weeks to undo the damage. In the end, I really did get to a place of simpler production and promotions, but I sure took the roundabout way!
Today I’m getting things back on track with a quick and dirty sale on Taxi Adventure. If you haven’t read it before, this is your chance to get a fun adventure at a great price. It’s only on sale through Sunday, though, so don’t delay. Get it today!
Also, if you could leave an honest review of it on Amazon, it would really help. I’m working to promote this book on other sites, and many won’t display a book until it has a few reviews. Thanks!
In 2006 I participated in the 3-Day Novel Contest, and to my surprise, I actually wrote and finished Winter Kills in the three days, a prequel to the Crusader series I was writing at the time. I was floored that I had completed the book in only three days, and amazed at how good it turned out.
So, in 2007 I decided to give the contest another go-round. This time, I wanted to write a neat little mystery featuring the drivers of a quirky taxi company: Taxi Adventure. I sketched out the preliminary details ahead of time, then blasted into the work at midnight on the Friday beginning Labor Day Weekend. I kicked off the story with driver Horacio “Race” Rivera picking up a quirky fare, and jumped from scene to scene bringing more drivers and subplots into the story.
I tried to stay positive, but by Saturday evening it was clear that the story was bigger than I had imagined, and by Sunday it was obvious that I was looking at a full-length novel, and my chances for finishing that by Monday were non-existent.
After the contest, I put the book aside for a time while I focused on completing the Jack Trexlor books. Later, when I joined a writing group, I used Taxi Adventure as my group project. I managed to work out the details of the subplots and thread the narrative together, but I also tried to appease all my reader feedback. I revised and reimagined the beginning several times, and the work got out of control. It was a nearly hopeless tangle, and I still didn’t even have a single complete draft.
Frankly, I started to wonder if I would ever get it sorted out.
But, in time, I found focus and the writings of Dean Wesley Smith.
A while later, I rolled up my sleeves and I finished it. It would have saved me a lot of trouble if I’d listened to Dean Wesley Smith first, but in 2007 I was still several years from learning of him. I’m happy with how it turned out, but not with how long it took. Even now, my brain still usually remembers it as a project on the back burner, not one that’s been finished.
Today, because of a leftover quirk in my promotions setup, you can get the book that took me years to finish for FREE at Amazon. And no, it won’t hurt my feelings if you get it for free. It hurts my feelings if you don’t read it.
After the late night work last night, I got a late start today. It was another day with my daughter, and we went swimming around noon. Somehow I missed sunscreen on one shoulder and got a little burn, which was more weird than painful. I spent most of the day taking care of some loose ends that I have been neglecting in my rush to complete Taxi Adventure.
In the evening, I allowed myself the luxury of playing live poker, which I’ve been too busy to feel good about doing lately. I didn’t stay long, though. I wanted to go home to spend the evening with my ladies.
I’m still not happy with my tools, and the more books I finish, the more I learn about what specific capabilities I need and which areas my tools are weak.
When I created the epub for Taxi Adventure, I discovered that the developers of my current tool had made many significant changes in the past few weeks, including some that broke my own tools and required me to figure out what they were doing and change my tools accordingly. If what they were doing was making improvements, that would be perhaps not so bad. But, they were not. Instead, most or all of what they are doing is making the system match the expectations of the developers, who don’t seem to be actual users of the tool, over the objections of actual users like me. The result is a system that, in many ways, gets further from practical all the time, needing more compensation from my own tools to get a good product out. Even worse, I think the steady changes mean that my older documents will no longer export correctly until I go over everything and figure out why. That is not a good use of my time.
All in all, I’m thinking that the unique benefits of my current tool have proven less useful than they seemed they would, and the export glitches have proven more troublesome than I expected or want to deal with.
If these complaints seem familiar to you, you can imagine how tired I am of them.
I’ll have to think about this, but the custom system I created based on Markdown may well be the best for my ongoing work and long-term viability. At least I won’t have it doing something different every time I go to use it. For now, I think I’ll use it for writing Threshold of Vengeance and see how it goes.
In total, it was a day of loose ends and development for Threshold of Vengeance, and I got zero words of new fiction done.
Taxi Adventure, the story of how a taxi driver changed the fate of himself, his girlfriend, his company, and his state, all in the space of 24 hours, while making friends in the comedy and porn industries and helping inspire other drivers to reach for their driams, is finally here!
And from Thursday through Sunday, it is FREE at Amazon. Have a fun read for free this weekend, and tell your friends.
As has been standard lately, I spent the day with my daughter, squeezing work in where I can. There was a lot of cleanup here from the big storm Monday night, but we were not affected too much personally.
Finishing the checks of Taxi Adventure took much more time than I thought it would. I thought I would find few things to fix, but instead I found more everywhere I looked. In the end, I had to work late into the evening, but I got it done. I even pushed publish to get it into the Amazon system. It should take about twelve hours to go live, at which point I’ll be able to schedule a free blast for it Thursday through Sunday.
I also took a walk in the evening, during which I worked out the plot arc of Threshold of Vengeance. A few days ago I was wondering what project I would work on next. It seems now that Threshold is determined to be next, so I’m glad I decided to let it. It’s going to be a fun book. I should get started on it tomorrow.
Another Monday making it work with my daughter on board. We went swimming in the morning. She likes Project Runway, so we sketched a vest then made it out of paper. It turned out okay, but she really liked it. I tried to adhere to my schedule, and I managed to get some work done.
As I’m still working on the final smoothing of Taxi Adventure instead of plowing into Threshold of Vengeance, I’m already behind. I did at least get to the end of the smoothing phase today. Tomorrow I should finish the checks, and depending on how that goes, Taxi Adventure may go live.
For the record, though, zero new words of fiction today.