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NEWS: Jack Kane 2 is underway!

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It’s been far too long since I mentioned Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty. Yes, this stand-alone book is wonderful and you would love a copy (you can get a copy right here). Mike Plested and I worked very hard getting that one out the  door and then both of us had life events that took up a majority of last year bleeding over into this year.

Suffice to say, we’re finally up and writing once more! Jack Kane 2 is under way. We don’t have a full working title yet, but that will be coming along any time I’m sure. We’re passing it back and forth so it should get done in a far shorter time than the first go ’round we had with Book 1. The writing and plotting will be tighter. The characters are already fully formed. It’s great fun so far and we’re nearly 20,000 words in! WOO!

So if you haven’t read book 1, now is a great time to get caught up. You won’t need to read book 1 to understand the events in book 2, but it’ll help get to know the characters.  As soon as this one is complete and off to the publisher, I’ll be sure to let you know. Needless to say, I’m very VERY excited to be back sitting at the keyboard. I think doing these little blogs posts are helping as well.

It’s an exciting time. I’m glad you’re still with me for the ride!

Until Next Time!

WOO WOO!

John Mierau (His Name is Hard to Spell) wants me to give you a free ebook.

John Mierau is a close, personal friend of mine. He produces a lot of content and it’s all worthy of your attention. He’s done a couple of KickStarters, and has a Patreon Account. Check him out! I support him!

https://www.patreon.com/servingworlds/posts

He asked me to give away some copies of his latest ebook, Farlost: Arrival, so the first 4 people to comment on this post with your email address and ebook type you prefer, I will send an ebook to you! Act fast. They will only be available for the next two weeks! If you don’t want to leave a comment, email me: jay@ofgnomesanddwarves.com.

Speaking of the next two weeks, don’t forget I’m still in a book bundle! It’s not around forever you know.

https://storybundle.com/scifi

I’ll be back with actual news tomorrow. Much is happening and I want to tell you all about it. I’ll also be posting more about things I’m reading, authors who are close, personal friends of mine, graphic novels I’ve read, Patreons I support, KickStarter campaigns I’m backing, things like that.

Stick around, there will be much to talk about in the coming days!

Until Next Time!

WOO WOO!

 

The continuing saga of a dying computer

Image result for windows 10 blue screen of deathAfter yesterday’s excitement (not good excitement mind you), I finally have the PC back up and running. Yes, yes, yes. I know Macs never have this issue. I’m a PC type of guy. I doubt I’ll ever change.

So I wound up reinstalling Windows 10. Then reconfigured Windows. Then reinstalled all my apps. Then reconfigured all my apps. Argh! Lots of time lost.

Thankfully, no data lost. Jay (yes, the J in JR is short for Jay, thrilling, I know) is a chronic paranoid and backs up data. The SSD that’s the master boot disk, and the one that was corrupted, only holds windows and the applications. All data, my documents, my downloads, my pictures, my music…you get the point, are all on other drives. Much of that data is backed up on external drives. So yeah, in the event of a catastrophic event, I could somewhat easily recover.

And recover I have. And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy mixed-up universe of ours, there’s still a little place called…Albuquerque

There’s always room for Weird Al lyrics in a blog post, I feel.

So more news? Probably not tonight. Jay needs to get to that writing stuff I wasn’t able to get to last night. It’s waiting for me, calling my name. And it’s also more of the news I’ll tell you about tomorrow!

Until Next Time!

WOO WOO!

P.S. Don’t forget I’m still in a book bundle This deal won’t last forever! https://storybundle.com/scifi

Windows 10 and the saga of msointl.dll

Windows 10 decided I had far too much time on my hands. So, it restarted my PC stating “Windows has encountered a problem and is restarting.”

Well, wonderful. It was quite odd, but hey, why not. Restarting sounds like a good time.

When the computer came back up, there was no internet connection. Well, gee, isn’t that odd. There was also no sound. I got an error “msointl.dll is missing” when I tried to open any MS Office applications. It didn’t seem like there was only one problem.

So I browsed several sites that gave me great advice, unfortunately, none of it worked. I couldn’t get the network to troubleshoot because I’d lost permission to diagnostic service policy. I could open some apps, but for the most part, everything appears to have been corrupted.

SO! I tried to to a recovery, a reset, a restore. All of those also failed. Each gave me very specific errors like “Windows cannot complete the reset.” or “Windows cannot perform a recovery at this time.”

Now I’m not throwing hate at Windows right now. This is the first major OS crash I’ve ever had with windows. It’s just frustrating that as I’m the busiest I’ve been in some time with my writing, something like comes by and throws me for a loop.

I do have more than one PC, yes, but I need THAT PC up and running for many more reasons than just Gee, I’d like to be on that PC. So I’m downloading Windows 10, and will soon be reinstalling Windows on the PC. I did back up all my files. Once the install is done I can download all the apps again. I’ll probably lose my bookmarks as the PC no longer boots. But these things happen from time-to-time. It’s best to always be prepared for the worst.

Need a distraction from something like this? Why not check out a great ebook bundle! There are far more exciting things to do than read about me crashing a PC.🙂

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Promoted and promotion.

It’s been a long time since i blogged regularly and as I said yesterday, much news has built up. So, this is another post getting you all caught up with life events that have happened. Yes, I know I’ve been quiet and i will be rectifying that by getting back to regular blogging.

The next great piece of news I have for you: Promoted.

Before I was surplussed at work (That was nearly 3 years ago) I was in an organization that had little to no movement. Everyone was frozen and locked into their position. No one moved up or out of the org. Things were that tight. For about 12 years I was in that group and it’s been about 15 years since my last actual promotion.

Two team Leads left our group recently (one left the company, one got promoted). i inquired each time, and after some negotiation, I was moved up to Team Lead.

This promotion doesn’t come without a lot of effort on my part. I had taken leadership mentoring, I’d mentored with other leaders (Both Technical Directors and team leads). I took leadership training courses. Participated in leadership forums. I spent the last three years working with my Technical Director so he knew my motivations and goals.

Am I excited? Oh heck yeah! This is my first promotion in about 15 years. I’ve finally moved from worker bee to the first rung of leadership. There are still many years in my career left and hopefully this first step into leadership will be one of many.

Back to yesterday’s news, yes, the book bundle is still going on. Just a reminder here. I’ll talk more about it and the others in the bundle in the coming days. So much more news to talk about. It’s an awesome time right now.

If you have any questions about the bundle, please let me know. Thank you for all your support. It means the world to me.

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Until next Time!

WOO WOO!

Extreme Sci-Fi Bundle

 

You hear stories from time-to-time about the little guy getting a chance. A good player in the minors getting pulled up to the majors. A tough defensive back getting the nod to come off the practice squad to play his first game in the majors.

That’s how I feel. I’ve written a number of books. I feel great about the stories I’ve told, but getting noticed is so painfully difficult. So you can imagine my surprise when I got the nod, I got the tap on the shoulder. “Jay, I think you’re good enough, let’s see what you’ve got.”

If you’ve never heard of a book bundle before, they’re a great way to get a lot of ebooks for a little dough. $5 gets you 5 awesome ebooks (including mine!) and $15 gets you even more ebooks. Pay what you want! When I saw the lineup, I was blown away. Kevin J. Anderson (the guy who works with Frank Herbert’s son to continue the Dune series), Mike Resnik (How many awards has he won for his work?), Kristine Kathrine Rush and her husband Dean Wesley Smith, J. Daniel Sawyer, M.L. Buckman and Blaze Ward. Talk about a powerhouse lineup.

And included with those names is mine.It’s difficult not to be a little overwhelmed.

Each bundle has a theme. What’s this one about? If you haven’t caught all the sports references, it’s about extreme Sci-Fi Sports. You love Sci-Fi? You love Sports? It’s all right here waiting for you. Ten books that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat screaming, cheering, and leaving you exhausted.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to https://storybundle.com/scifi and grab an ebook bundle. If you have any questions, ask! I’ll be more than happy to help you out. All platforms are supported.

Until Next Time!

Enjoy!

P.S. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’m getting back on the horse and I have lots of news to share. So expect a lot more blog posts from me! Daily blogging once again? I just might have to do that. WOO WOO!

Golden West 2 now available!

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First off, Golden West 2 is now available. This is the sequel to Golden West which first appeared as a podcast with the Action Pack Podcast. Yes, it’s been a while, but I love where the story went after book one and I already know how the trilogy will conclude. To celebrate the release of book 2, book one is currently free for the entire week! So you can get started with the series at no risk.

Get Golden West 1 FREE!

Get Golden West 2 for only $2.99!

I’m so excited for this series. How excited am I? So excited that I already have the cover for book 3 and I hope to release it before the end of the year if the stars align and nothing prevents me from doing so.

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So if you grab a copy, thank you for helping me out. If you don’t own a kindle, you can still get the ebook. If you buy a copy (or pick up the free ebook) let me know and I will email you an epub version that’ll be usable on any other ereading device. Every sale helps push the book up the Amazon ratings. If you loved the podcast, please consider leaving a review. Those also help more than I can explain.

Thank you so much for your support.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

A Sale and getting back at it!

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V&A SHIPPING 1 & 2! One is free, the other is on sale for only 99 cents! That’s right. You can grab two books for only a buck!

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Get V&A Shipping for 99 cents on Amazon.com!

Okay, enough yelling. So I’m have a giveaway and sale on V&A Shipping. Pick up a copy of V&A Shipping if you haven’t already, pick up V&A Shipping 2 for only a dollar. This will help push both books up the Amazon rankings. If you’ve already bought and read both books, consider leaving a review. This helps far more than I can explain. If you do leave a review, let me know and I’ll send you any of my other books absolutely free!

As for the ‘getting back at it’ part of this post. I’m almost done with the editing on Golden West book 2. I’d forgotten just how powerful this book is. It gives me chills as I read it, knowing what’s coming up next. It also gives me chills as I hope to have book 3 completed before the end of the year. As soon as I’m done editing book 2, I’m all about book 3.

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I’m also poking away with Jack Kane book 2. You’ve heard about Jack Kane, right? It’s the book I wrote with Mike Plested. You can grab a copy of that one here (http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Statue-Liberty-Michell-Plested-ebook/dp/B00Y4BIY8Q). He and I are working jointly to get this book done. It’s a hoot to be back in Jack’s head. It’s probably as fun for me as it is for Mike to be back in Felonious’s head🙂 An inept hero versus a psychotic (and equally inept) villain. What’s not to have fun with?

So much writing will be happening. I also plan on getting back to the whole blogging thing. I want to try and do one or two a week. Not much has been happening that I’ve felt like writing about, but it’s time to get back at it.

I’m off to go make words happen.

Until Next Time!

STAY AWESOME! and thank you for all your support!

FREE BILLY!

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BILLY IS TRAPPED AND NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Wait, no, that’s not right at all. Instead, Billy Barbarian: Welcome to Sethopolis is FREE! Yes, that’s right. I’m giving away Billy Barbarian all week long! Got a kindle? Awesome! hop on over to http://www.amazon.com/Billy-Barbarian-Sethopolis-J-R-Murdock-ebook/dp/B00FM9VPWG to pick up your copy. Don’t have a kindle, you can get it for the kindle app on any device as well. Don’t do kindle at all because you hate the Amazon? I will email you an epub absolutely free! Just drop me a line.

Already have a copy of Billy? Hey, drop me a line and let me know what you’d rather have and in what format. I’ll get it in email to you straightaway. Share the link, I’ll send you any two of my books! FREE! All you need to do is tell me where you shared it and what two books you’d like to add to your collection of Murdockian goodness.

As always, thank you for your support. It means the world to me.

Until Next Time!

Stay awesome!

P.S. Favorite Daughter Update:

My Favorite Daughter has been making her own YouTube videos. Check out her latest here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtsSrDQTTes). She’s a nut. Not sure where she gets that from.

WhArt have I been doing?

Whart, see what I did there? oh, wait. No, you don’t.

I haven’t just been misspelling words (well, i have, but you know, that’s an everyday thing).

I’ve been learning me some photoshop. Yes, I know some. I taught myself all I know. I did my book covers. I’ve had a great time working on them.

I need to learn more. A lot more. There’s so much about photoshop that I don’t know. The more I learn, the more I find that I need to learn. i started watching a lot of time-lapse painting and I would love to learn how to paint. It’s something that’s always called to me. Yes, i create art with my words, but there’s something about the visual aspect. Paintings have always drawn me in.

So begins another hobby. Yes, I will still be writing, I’m just adding this on as something else for me to work on a little here a little there. You will get to see what I’m doing as I post my progress and my projects, be they good or bad. for October I want to do a piece a day. Or at least try. Odds are I will create a few small, fast pieces, and I will create other, more difficult pieces. The goal is to spend a little time every day working on a piece and making it look the best I can.

So here are the first few pieces I’ve done. First is a football field. Not just any football field, but the original field of the Galactic Football League Ionath Krakens. Their original field was orange.

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But I was informed that the field was no longer orange. How quickly I forget. The field is now blue!

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Then I pieced together some pictures of me from the past. WOO WOO!

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Finally I watched a youtube video on how to make a quick, simple space scene. Yes, it’s got a lens flare in there. That’s something I won’t use much or often.

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My next piece will likely take me longer to create, clean up, and make look good. It’ll be a fun one, I assure you that.🙂 I’m laughing just thinking about it. So get ready for more art. Once I get further along with my skills I’ll be starting my own tumblr blog and my own deviant art page. Should be a hoot!

I’m off to go make more art!

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!