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!

Buy from Amazon Kindle

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!

Buy from Amazon Kindle

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.

Get it today!

Buy from Amazon Kindle

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!

Winter Sale: Winter Kills E-Book FREE and Angel of Death HALF PRICE

Winter is here! My world has been shaken, and it’s taken some time, but I’m finally getting things back in order. Today, I’m restarting the weekly promotions with a double special on Victor Storm books: Until Monday, Winter Kills is FREE, and Angel of Death is marked down to $2.99. Just in time for the holidays!

Victor Storm #1: Winter Kills

 [Cover of Winter Kills: A Victor Storm Novella by T.F. Torrey]
Buy from Amazon Kindle

Winter Kills marked Victor Storm’s first appearance in book form, as a random act of terrible violence shattered his world and set him on the path to become a vigilante. This has been one of my most popular books, and this is your chance to get it for free and find out why.

Victor Storm #2: Angel of Death

 [Cover of Angel of Death: A Victor Storm Novel by T.F. Torrey]
Buy from Amazon Kindle

Angel of Death continues Victor Storm’s journey, following the action as he slowly comes to realize that he has a unique ability to bring justice, and the moral obligation to do it. As Victor figures out who he is and what he is doing, we see his world expand to include the things that will twist and develop and build into the problems of later books in the series. Don’t miss it at this great price!

And please, if you like the book, post a review of it on Amazon. And tell your friends!

Thank you for your support!

The World Turned Upside Down

Several months ago, the week after the Democratic Convention, I thought my world would be a certain way by this time in December: we looked sure to have our first female president, and I was hoping to complete several books and finish the year with a bang.

Since then, it feels like the world turned upside down. Things went horribly wrong, and we’re left in this experience that for most of us a waking nightmare. In fact, except for those who have more money than 99% of everybody else and those who’ve been frustrated at having to hide their inner racist, pretty much nothing good has happened since then.

But it is not a time for lament or melancholy. It is a time for action. My power to change the country is small. But my power to change my own life is very big. The very best thing I can do right now, for myself and maybe even for my country, is to get back to work executing the plans I made, and that’s what I’m doing.

I’ve made all the promises before, and I won’t make them again now, except to say that I’m fully back to work, and now, more than ever, I’m on the cusp of something big.

Recovering

The family medical emergency sure destroyed my productivity. Fortunately, though I still can’t say more about it, a corner seems to have been turned yesterday, and we’re feeling cautiously optimistic about the situation.

This week is also fall break at the local elementary school, which means it’s daddy-daughter week. This isn’t great for productivity, but I’ll take it.

In short, it has become critical for me to be more productive than ever before.

Let’s go.