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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Giving Donations to Newtown Families

From now until Christmas I will be donating 50 ebook copies of my novel "Scammer"

To make it simple for me to track it will be available for Kindle only.
I will make the donation out of my pocket so you get it for free!
All you need to do is simply send you email address to

anthony102372@yahoo.com or you can put on this blog.

put scammer ebook in the title and let me know your email address.
I will then send you a copy via amazon on gift receipt. Simply redeem and you get the book.

I will then donate the money to the following charity
Newtown Youth and Family Services

http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/donate.php

The money goes directly to the families.

I'd been running a similar fundraiser and have now opted to do this since the reports on sales wont be in soon enough. Monies from that fund will also be donated as well contributing to the final total.

I will post all the names that helped and if you want to donate directly just click on the above link.
I will email you as I get your email and if you feel inclined please leave me a review afterwords on Amazon even if you hated the book! If not, thank you
I will also update each of the next few days with how this goes.
I will post a copy of the receipt of donation so you all know this is legitimate.

Thank you for helping me help these families and I hope to hear from you.

Anthony

ps--if this goes quickly I will donate additional copies by Christmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Do I need a dictionary to read my own book?

Howdy all,
     The holidays are fast approaching and I'am sure we're all getting into the festive season; at least I know I am. And while hanging christmas lights, watching Christmas shows with the kids and work, I have still made time to get some writing in each and every day. I just finished my first draft of my second novel, setting it down for a while (that's what I hear you're supposed to do before revising) and have already began outlining an new story. I also went back and looked over some of my unfinished stories that I never quite got around to writing. I was taken by surprise at the many different writing styles I've used and wondered who I was trying to impress by using such BIG WORDS. By that, I mean using words that I needed a dictionary to see what they mean. Of course with the Kindle Fire, I can tap on a word and get the definition which I use from time to time. And while I only have one story on Amazon and I hope to have many more; I thought that if having to figure out what a word means before using it in your writing, maybe it could offend the reader. Granted my stories are meant for a certain audience and I respect their intelligence while at the same time I don't think they need a master's in English to read it. I've come across this type of writing before in the past and I believe it can totally turn the reader off. The story is important and whatever wordage is used that drives the plot and moves it along should be good enough. I've been put to sleep literally by some stories I've read by bland and unexciting use of the English language. Many of these were stories I recall reading in school. While some people like this and maybe feel smarter after reading this, I surely don't and many writers I've spoken to feel the same. I want to be entertained by the story I'm reading and the faster the story moves the better. So I did a little exercise and went back to one of my old stories, revised it and it now sounds better and flows naturally. Maybe back then I thought it was the cool thing to sound smart when writing, but now I see that it detracts from what I'm trying to get across to the reader. Sure some big words are fine, but trying to prove you're smarter than your audience isn't smart at all. Any  thoughts?
As always, Have a great day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How to get those words down on paper fast!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
I was chatting with one of my friends the other day and we were comparing how our new novels were coming along. The last time we chatted was around the same time we were hit by Hurricane Sandy which was around Halloween. He was at about 22,000 words into his story which he said has been completely outlined and well thought out. I was at 31,000 words with the same outline (even though I wont be pompous and say it is well thought out!)
After chatting two days ago he told me he was at 28,000 thousand words and has been writing on the same schedule he has always used; after work, dinner and the kids going to sleep.
I am at 49,000 words with the same parameters in my life.
And he asks, "how many times have you sat down to write?"
And I answer, " five."
Dumbfounded, he goes on about how I can write so fast and why he can't.
So we talk about it and he tells me that I should share these ideas with others, which I am always glad to do.
Here's the story:
Now I am not going to tell you that my method is the best or that is any good at all. It works for me and lacks anything special. Basically what I do is open my laptop and write. I check my outline which I have to say is one of the most important things a writer can do. I think not having an outline is like driving from New York to Texas without a map or a GPS. I scan over the outline and write about what I've summarized. Sure, beforehand I have ideas of where I'm going. I usually listen to WFAN or ESPN radio in the car and when the commercials pop up; I lower the radio and rehearse some lines in my head( sometimes aloud ) and make a mental note so when I write later that day, I already know what I'm going to do. I think by immersing myself in the story, it enables me to write a better one. Sure sometimes other ideas come about and I change the storyline to convey my new thoughts. There are no rules that state that you absolutely must follow your outline. We broke rules as children (sometimes as adults too) and this is no different. Plus, if it enhances your story and makes it even better, why not do it!
Next thing is that I write and write, I type whatever comes across. Even if its the most basic sentence, I know I will check it later when I do my revisions. I wrote my first book in 4 months, spent another 3 doing revision after revision. I wasn't sure if I had completely succeeded in that I thought there were parts of the story that could've used more work or different ideas but I never would've finished it then. I wanted to put out the best story I could and by using these methods it enables me to do so.
I can't stress enough about the fact that you can't be too critical of yourself. We've all seen the writer on t.v. or movies typing on a typewriter a few sentences and pulling the paper out, crumpling it up and throwing it towards a garbage can filled with dozens of similar crumpled up paper.
You need to not be so judgemental cause as the Jedi say (yeah I'm a Star Wars nerd) don't focus on the negative. If you think to negative, it will show not only in your writing but in your life. Listen, my first book had it's share of good and bad reviews. While I am proud of my work, I do know there is need for improvement. In addition, people like different things. Some will love your work and others will hate it. I say---GREAT. At least they read it. That's the important thing. Thats what makes us unique and special.
 Don't give yourself deadlines either. Dont go home and tell yourself you're going to crank out 2000 words that night, only do 500 and become dejected. At least you did 500!
THINK POSITIVE---you're still writing and 500 words a day for a month that's 15000. In five months, thats a full novel--not too shabby.
Keep up the good work and as always--any questions or comments please write me.
Have a great thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Movie Review- The Devil's Rejects

Howdy,
I just rewatched Rob Zombies The Devil's Rejects( I originally saw it in the theater back around 2005 I believe)
 
This movie is the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and is a completely different movie than it's predecessor. It follows the continuation of the Firefly family as they are attacked by Sheriff Wydell (played incredibly by William Forsythe) and go on the run while being hunted down by the Wydell.
Along the way, Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding encounter an innocent band and have sadistically torture them (these scenes are not for the weak). The acting is superb and Bill Moseley's potrayal of Otis is amazing as are the other actors. Not wanting to give away too much but by the time Wydell catches up to them, I almost felt myself rooting for them to get away (how sick of me right?). The film has that 70's feel to it and Rob Zombie did an excellent job making this movie. In addition, as a wrestling fan, it was nice to see Diamond Dallas Page in this movie as well. The comic relief from the farmer selling the chickens is priceless too. Go get this movie today, you wont be dissapointed.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Movie Review---House of 1000 Corpses

Hi, now that the power has returned and things are getting back to normal after Hurricane Sandy I've decided to start reviewing stuff such as books and movies. In my previous post on conquering writer's block, I stated that sometimes reading a book or watching a movie can spark interest and light the creative juices thus inspiring you to write. I am a huge "Halloween" fan (the movies) and I love the movies, I was left sometimes with a feeling that there could have been more to the story and I would drive home from the theater telling myself, "What would I have done differently?" It's fun to do and I realized I was getting my mind rolling therefore making me brainstorm new ideas for my writing. Now, I'm not saying to ripoff these franchises but coming up with these ideas is a great thing for us writers.

So what I'm going to do is review movies, shows, books and more along the way in addition to my regular postings.

House of 1000 Corpses---a film by Rob Zombie

I first stumbled upon this movie back in 2003 and loved Rob Zombie's 
style of film-making. The use of cut-ins with the characters and the quick
run and gun style made this a great movie. The casting was fantastic with 
Sid Haig as the wild Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis, Sherri Moon as Baby and the rest of the cast did a fantastic job of being believable villains called the Firefly Family; as the four travelers run across their path and end up being victims of their insanity. There is also the mysterious Doctor Satan and his group of underground monsters who make an appearance too. This movie will do much to stir your senses. At times you may laugh and other times you'll shy away from the screen from the horror and gore. There are parts of this movie that makes you forget what you're watching such as the part where the Firefly family puts on a show in their barn with grandpa doing a lewd standup comedy and Baby singing a cabaret style song. You almost forget you're watching a horror movie. I don't want to reveal too much this way if you go and watch it you'll be surprised. If you're a fan of horror and don't mind too much gore then Rob Zombie made a great movie for you too watch. Check it out. 
I am watching the sequel "The Devil's Rejects" and will post a review shortly.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Get Scammer for Free in November

Hi,

Hi everyone. Hope you and your families had a nice Halloween. Well to get down to business I am making my novel Scammer available for free for the month of November. If possible, after you read it, if you could leave me some feedback or review via this blog or other outlet(amazon maybe?). I would be most appreciative.

Thank you.

You can download for Kindle, Ipad, Nook and other readers or even on your computer.

Just go to my publishers page
https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000001449/Scammer.html

and type scammerfreecode

select your format and you're good to go.
any issues, email me directly or via facebook or twitter or this blog and I will be sure to get you a copy.

many thanks

anthony

Monday, October 29, 2012

Conquer writer's block part 2

Here are some ways I've found to get over writer's block--

1. Read the newspaper or read news on the internet. Some stories will fill your head with new ideas for your writing. Watch a movie or tv. Someone was behind the story you are watching--why can't it be you?

2. Drop what you're currently writing and start a new project. You can always come back to what you were originally writing and there is no written rule you can't write two stories at once!

3. Write someplace else. Go to Starbucks or the beach or anywhere that can stir up your mind.

4. Write to background music. For some people this works. I try and put on something good, yet not to loud. Depeche Mode seems to do the trick.

5. Write in  a journal. Write down what you're doing, what you're feeling and anything else that is on your mind. Freeing yourself to write down anything can sometimes cure yourself and open up new paths.

6. Talk to people. Conversation can sometimes free your mind and lead to new ideas or relax one so they can get back to what they are trying to do.

7. Exercise. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Get your blood pumping and get out of that stuffy room. Taking a break after writing for hours (or trying to write) can help you.

8. Comment on your friends facebook or twitter pages. Commenting is writing and that is a possible cure.

9. Read blogs of your favorite authors to get inspiration.

10. Last but not least--don't be a Mary. There is nothing wrong and you're being lazy. Get those fingers on the keyboard and write!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Conquering writers block!

Hello friends,
     I've had a bad case of writers block for about 8 months now. Yeah, laugh it up and say, "how can you have writers block for 8 months?" Well I did. And how might you ask that i got rid of it? It was easy once I decided to stop being lazy. Sure there were numerous distractions; some unavoidable like work and my kids. Others were avoidable like watching way too much tv and seeing every movie in existance (amazon prime with streaming movies on my kindle fire is so addicting; as is angry birds).
So I told myself that I had to vanquish this demon once and for all. After all, my sequel to my debut novel was nearly half completed (minus editing of course) during Christmas of 2011 and I figured that I would've had it done by Spring of 2012. Yet the dreaded divorce and moving out delayed the project a bit and now spending as much time with my kids and being semi-liberated took away the time i usually spent on writing. Now, I'm not telling you not to spend time with your kids because I believe that it is very important to do (especially while they're young). But while I was watching the Knicks get ousted in the playoffs again, seeing the Dark Knight Rises five times or stuffing my face at Carraba's (the chicken parmigiana is sooooo good) I could have been---correct that should have been writing. Someone purchased my book in June, read it and loved it. They emailed me and asked when the next book was coming out. This got me going again and I am happy to say that I am nearly finished with the first draft and hope to have it edited and out by February 2013). When I say in front of the laptop and started to write I was sort of lost. I had been so in tune with what i was doing before that it was almost like I couldn't write anymore. I did some reading and hit some blogs to get some inspiration and got back to it. The writing was okay at best and I couldn't really say it was what I wanted. Then I figured," Hey, as long as I'm getting those words down on paper (or in this case the screen) I was making progress." Little by little, the pages grew and grew and as I've gone back and reread some of what I've written, I have to say that it is pretty good. I seemed to just open my mind and let the words flow. I have rehearsed some lines from the book while I would be driving (which may not be the smartest thing to do) and then transfer those thoughts down when I would get home. I think we as writers sometimes are too critical of our own work. Yes, sometimes it isn't the best but other times when we think it sucks, it really is good. My advice is to just keep typing away and typing away and go back and look it over at a later time. Sure there will be typos, miswritten sentences etc. etc. but at least the work is there and when you go back and rewrite and edit new thoughts will come into play and you as an author can shape it into something beautiful.
Any thoughts of this subject? Please share.
And on a side note-------------Go Giants (football and baseball)




Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back to writing finally!

Hello friends,
Finally the daily grind of the regular job, watching my kids and everything else has slowed and I can get back to doing what I love; writing. I published my debut novel ,"Scammer" back in January 2012 and had written nearly half of the sequel around the same time. Then came the divorce, the busy season at work ( I'am a pest control technician by trade) and moving out of my house which had zapped most of my time for writing. I have to admit that I could have made more time to write, but I get distracted easily and keep telling myself that I'm going to do it tomorrow. But just as Apollo Creed said in Rocky 3, "there is no tomorrow!" I would find some time to write while at the laundromat or if nothing was on t.v. that night. I was denying the audience by playing way too much golf and working two jobs. Every day the will to write was there but for some reason I could not explain, nothing ever got accomplished. I had added about twenty five pages since Memorial Day which is a far cry from what I usually am able to write (normally I can bang out that many pages in a week). The solutions to the problem at hand was to eliminate some of the distractions that were occupying my time. Instead of watching reruns of Family Guy, I would write. Instead of going to the driving range and hitting a couple of hundred balls, I would write. It's nice now to have a healthy balance between life and writing. Has anyone else had these issues? If so, please share them. Thank you for reading as always.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Big mistake!

Hi everyone. Hope spring is treating you all well and 2012 has been good for you. Sorry I haven't been posting any new blogs due to some personal issues, but all is normal now and it's time to get back to doing what I love; writing. For the past two months I've been slacking; no writing, watching sports and family guy re-runs and not much else besides working my day job. I was sitting around and went on Amazon and saw I received two five star reviews and suddenly it was like a switch turned on. I've been working on  the sequel to my novel "Scammer" and had about a third done around christmas and was editing that part for some reason before proceeding. Then some issues that had been building at home for the past few months took their toll and derailed my drive to write. Everyday I wanted to write, but couldn't make the time or came up with some other excuse to put it off. "I'll do it tommorow," I kept telling myself. Well Rocky 3 was on one day and if any of you saw it you remember Apollo Creed telling Rocky, "There is no tommorow."
This was good to hear and I began little by little doing some work again. I felt that I've been cheating my audience (what few there are!) since I had been slacking and not working diligently on book two. Well with that behind me I have been forging ahead and cranking out book two and am close to three quarters done. The whole time I realized what a mistake I had made by putting this off. I think to be a better writer, one must write constantly and practice the craft of writing and storytelling so one can put out the best possible novel for their reader. The reader is the one who makes or breaks you to some degree. While it's great for the author to love his/her own book; receieving praise that the reader enjoyed is even greater. I hope to my next novel out so I can continue to entertain any readers who like my stories. With that behind me, I realized my mistake was a selfish one and hope I don't become lost again from doing what I love---writing.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Social Media and Making your readers happy!

Well, my book "Scammer" has been out for one month now and has been selling better than I expected it to do. This first day it was out it sold a few copies (most to friends and family--ie. mercy sales) and a few others. Jumping the gun on the social media part, I also offered a couple of free download links to numerous devices so people could read the story. My goal here is not to become rich by selling this book, but to get my name out there. I'm Anthony Newman. Who am I? A nobody in the world of publishing.  But i believe the more and more my name gets out there, the better chance I will have that my second book will be anticipated by readers, hence spreading the word and increasing sales. I think all of us indie writers have a goal. That goal can't be reached without hard work, dedication, good story telling and using various methods to get the word out there. I mean...nobody is going to come up to my front door and tell me that they want my book! Enter the world of social media. Through the use of twitter, facebook, blogs and email us idie authors can get the word out about our novels and connect with readers and other writers. I can't stress how important its been to actually connect with followers and friends. You cant treat them as a name or number and through your friendships, they cant be phony. If your goal is to be a transparent writer who is only interested in selling books and not giving a crap about the reader, then you may fail. But if youre honest and genuine and appreciate the reader; they are the ones who can make or break you---then you may succeed. I write to my audience. My novels are suspenseful with a touch of sarcasm, some humor and the language isnt always clean. But thats who i write to. I dont expect someone who reads romance novels to like my stories and vice versa. You dont go to the movies to see something you dont want to(unless your're forced too!) and the same goes for literature. I like to read many different genres, but there are some I wouldnt touch. Our goal as writers is to entertain our audience and prostituting this art for money is fraudulent. I believe we as authors owe it to our readers to make them happy, especially if your writing a series. I have emailed back to some of my fans (wow never thought i would have fans) and asked them what they wouldve like to have read in the book and any ideas for future novels. Give them what they want and they will come back! Make them happy and sales will eventually come. Do the right thing by your readers and they will follow you always.

If anybody has any comments on this post...please do!  have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to handle a poor review...and be happy!

Well, I just received  a review for my novel, "Scammer" on Amazon and while it was a One Star review and could have made me feel down in the dumps; I changed it up and put a positive spin on it.
Here's a copy of the review: (and my comments at the end)


1.0 out of 5 stars 
No redeming CharatersJanuary 26, 2012
This review is from: Scammer (Kindle Edition)
I really do not know what to think about this book. Normally an author creates a character that people can identity with and relate to. However, in this book I 
couldn't identify with any character in the book and I found them to have no redeeming qualities. After the first few pages I found myself 
wondering if the author's intention was to create an extremely unlikeable character. Jeff, the lead character, not only created a Ponzi scheme but also took money from from Arab terrorist groups, "Right Wing Militia" groups, the mob, and other enemies of the United States. He creates a lifestyle by stealing from the ruthless characters of the world and uses middle class investors to keep his company going. 
Jeff had several unlikeable friends, one being Sal. Sal talks about women has if they are sexual objects and makes sure to use them as such. He's crude when describing the way he would use the women, which once again made me question the author's intentions for creating a book with so many unlikable and unsavory characters. 
Jeff is a huge dirt bag and I kept hoping the more I read I would find some things that would allow me to connect with the author's lead character. Instead I only hoped Jeff would die at the end of the book in a very slow and painful way. Everything Jeff did was for only himself and he really never thought of the effects his decision had on others and loved 
ones.

Throughout the book we meet Jeff's right hand man Mark, this character was a little bit of a surprise. He was not only Jeff's voice of reality 
when things were going crazy but he would appear and disappear constantly.

The author threw everything in this book that he could think of and at one point I though he might actually have someone throw the kitchen sink. The book had affairs, 
Government conspiracies, dealings with the mob, killing someone he loved to save himself, torture, rape, murder, bombs and terrorists sleeper cells. 
unlikeable characters I have ever read.

A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the paI was so 
happy to finish this book because I couldn't find any redeeming literary qualities. I am trying really hard to be nice but the author wrote the most yment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk. In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors and to use for personal expenses, instead of engaging in any legitimate investment activity. Taken from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


My thoughts---Well first off, I thanked this person for reading and told him that I was sorry it wasn't his cup of tea; in my eyes, not everyone will like what they read. The title of his review was mispelled and there were numerous other typos littered about; not a big deal but still visible. He said how my book lacked any moral characters which is entirely true; this is a book about a bad man and the other bad people associated with him. He went on to state how other players are just as bad; hey this isn't a Disney book of month club read so sorry, this is about bad people doing really bad things. He said how he couldnt like my main character Jeff. In my eyes, who could like him? He is bad and this is his story. In the movie Scarface, Tony Montana is a bad man and people seemed to like him to some degree; so that's my rebuke to that. 
NOW COMES THE MOST IMPORTANT PART AT LEAST TO ME ABOUT HIS REVIEW


"I was so 
happy to finish this book because I couldn't find any redeeming literary qualities. I am trying really hard to be nice but the author wrote the most unlikeable characters I have ever read."


The Positive spin on that is that he hated the book, but at least he finished it. I've read novels that were good and never finished because they were boring or the writing style put me to sleep, but if what he said was true; at least he finished it. It reminds me of when watching Howard Sterns movie "Private Parts" when people were saying how the listeners that hated him listened to him because they wanted to hear what he was going to say next. All I'm trying to convey here is that even though someone may not find your work favorable; at least you got them to read it from cover to cover and you sparked something that made them want to let someone know about it. There's democrats and republicans; why do we pick sides. Coke or Diet coke? Rib steak or sirloin? So many choices and why we choose what we do. I've seen reviews on some of my favorite authors books and some people will give 5 stars and other 4, 3, 2, and 1 even though I thought the book was excellent. 
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from anyone on this topic. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Idea for Making Cool Characters

Hello everyone. I have been working on my next book and the research I've had to do on locations has been a labor. I dont want there to be any inaccuracies with the locations, roads etc. Well, after I finished spending countless hours (maybe not that long!) on that, I was thinking that I don't spend that kind of time developing my characters in my stories. Afterall, they are probably more important in my eyes than the setting. The story I believe is still most important, but I would put ,"believable characters" a close second. Now I thought about how I was going to make some of these people more interesting and worth caring about. I came up with a series if questions and other items that I put on a sheet and fill out. I printed them out and kept them near my laptop so if I needed to know something about that person...it was right there. I know writers have done this before and its not like I've made some great new discovery but anything I can come across to help other writers I think is worth sharing. Hope you find it useful.                                                                     Character Interview and Info Sheet
Name-
Age/Dob
Height/Weight-
Hair Color-
Eye Color-
Body type/build-
Tattoos/Scars etc-
Family-
Occupation-
Religion-
Dress style-
Marital status-
Ethnic background-
Current Address-
Likes-
Dislikes-
Hobbies-
Future Aspirations-
Any other information vital to character-

Monday, January 23, 2012

Joined this great writing site! Book Blogs.

Hello everyone. First of i have to say I am excited that the Giants are going to the Super Bowl. With that said I discovered this great site called "Book Blogs". I have to say that this is one of the best sites I have been on. The people there are warm and genuine and really seem to care about writing and reading. The site is easy to use and
has loads of information. There are links to many of the user's blogs and a lot of useful information that any writer could use. I joined this site and have been very happy so far and I believe most of us would benefit from the useful information on this website.
Thanks for reading and here is a link to the site! http://bookblogs.ning.com/

Friday, January 20, 2012

Make time to write!

With all the excitement of having my first novel completed and published, I've been working hard on my next book which is a sequel. It's hard juggling a full time job and a family and finding the time to write. A good thing is that my wife now gets up at 4:30 am and leaves around 5:30. The kids aren't up until 7 or so and most days I dont have to leave until after that. I ca usually squeeze in an hour or so which has been helping. I have also been driving with the radio off in the car, this way I can think about future chapters and characters.
I was interested in knowing what anyone does to make time to write under these types of circumstances.
Please share if you can.
Thank  you.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

For all of my followers a thank you!

Thank you for your support. I am putting my story up for my followers for free with a code.
All you have to do is go to this site:
https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000001449/Scammer.html

and enter this code: anthonynewmanfreebookcode

You should be able to get a copy on epub, mobi or pdf from there.

Thank you so much for all the support and I hope you enjoy the story. If anyone needs a beta reader; I am out of stuff to read so if you need someone to review your work-- let me know.
Have a great rest of the weekend.
Anthony

Saturday, January 14, 2012

So awesome to have my book available

Well, its been a long journey, but my novel Scammer is finally available. I hope it will entertain those who read it.
I am getting a download code and will send it to all followers of my blog....it will be a free download. I really do appreciate all those who have supported me.
Thank you ---------anthony

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year's Resolutions for Writing

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, Chanakuh , Kwanza or whatever else is celebrated along with New Years. I must say that I've been slacking a bit lately when it comes to writing. I recently finished my novel "Scammer" and it is currently being converted and uploaded to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and other sites. My cover was designed by Ronnell D. Porter and it came out just as I wanted it too. I had begun work on my second book in the series and was jamming along when the week before Christmas came and I had last minute shopping to do and I dressed up as Santa this year to surprise the kids on Christmas Eve. With all that going on, the NBA is back and my favorite team  the Knicks look like they could contend this year and now the Giants are in the playoffs. Between taking care of my wife and three kids, I was thinking the other day that I had been lazy when it came to writing.  I tried hopping back on the horse the other day and then AMC was running a slew of great movies and then I get invited  to see Mission Impossible 4(was a great movie). I tried getting some writing in last night, did some for about 15 minutes and crashed. My resolution is to try and carve out a time of day that's exclusive to writing. I wanted to know if anyone reading this has the same issues when it comes to finding the time to write. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks again----Anthony