2021 comes to a merciful end today, and I still haven’t finished my sequel to The “Volunteer”. When I started hauling RVs for a living, I figured on being able to write a little bit while on the road and even more at home. And since I only planned on being on the road about half the time, I thought my opportunities for writing would only increase from what they had been when I worked as an IT technician. But that hasn’t been the case as driving my eleven hours a day is exhausting and takes a toll on my eyes. I’ve been unable to read or write at the end of each driving day just because of the eyestrain and general exhaustion. It usually takes me a day to recharge once I get home from one my trips and another day to get back into the writing groove. However, I seem to be my four-year-old granddaughter’s center of attention on most of the days when I am home, and writing (and just about anything else) takes a back seat to her.
I generally loathe new year’s resolutions, but I am making a commitment to making more writing time in 2022, even if it means driving less than my eleven hours a day. I have to at least open my laptop and typed a few words each and every day. My sixteen-month-old truck already has 176,000 miles on it, and at my current rate, it will hit 300,000 miles by the end of 2022. While I’d like to think the truck will make it to one million miles (it is possible), I have to face the reality that I need to build more revenue streams than just that truck. I not only need to finish The Girl Who Stopped Wearing Clothes in 2022, I need to write several additional novels. I do have two other ideas percolating in my mind, one of which already has a few chapters written.
I would like to wish anyone reading this a very Happy 2022. I still enjoy my RV hauling gig though, and to demonstrate that, here’s a photo of me from early October in front of Stephen King‘s house in Bangor, ME (my first-ever trip to Maine). I had delivered a trailer to a dealership in Glenburn. I had no idea where in Maine that was when I booked the trailer, so imagine my surprise when I saw that it was about ten minutes away from Stephen King’s house. I’ve been reading Stephen King’s fiction since 1982, so a stop in front of his house was just something I had to do while there. And I ate a very tasty lobster roll right after this photo was taken.
I just saw that a review of the audiobook edition of The “Volunteer” has been posted on Audible.com. The review was favorable, giving the book four stars overall, and had good things to say about the narrator Loral Miller. The review was dated December 18, 2017, but I just saw it on the book’s Audible page today.
There have also been two new reviews of The “Volunteer” posted on Amazon in the past couple of days. I did notice that the first (and so far only) one star review had been posted on December 10, 2017, by someone who admitted in that review to reading an early draft of the book, so it is gratifying to see the two new favorable reviews posted since. I had long ago decided not to answer negative reviews in any way. The work should stand on its own, without having to be defended by its author, and authors have to realize that no book will receive universal praise. But I did notice today that that one star review had a comment attached to it by another reader, a rebuttal of sorts. That comment was posted almost a month ago, but I just noticed it today.
I would like to thank all my readers for every review of The “Volunteer“. The book currently has 41 reviews on Amazon.com, with an average rating of 4.5 stars, plus an additional 6 reviews on Amazon.co.uk and another 2 on Amazon.ca. And there is also the review on Audible which doesn’t show up on any of the Amazon pages. Thank you to everyone!
Judging from the running time of the audiobook version of The “Volunteer” as posted on the book’s Amazon and Audible pages, the corrected files have been loaded into production. If you’ve already purchased the audio version, just go back to Amazon, Audible, or iTunes and re-download the book. That should replace the uncorrected files with the new ones. The book is, of course, also available in paperback and Kindle editions.
Back in February, I posted that an audio book version of The “Volunteer” was in production. Due to a series of technical difficulties, that production was delayed for several months. I an now very happy to report that the audio version is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
My first granddaughter arrived on October 10, and I have been over the moon about her. My son and his girlfriend live with us right now, so I get to see the baby every day when I come home, and I have trouble putting her down.
November has, of course, arrived, and I am using the big National Novel Writing Month to motivate myself to write a huge chunk of the sequel to The “Volunteer”. I’m off to a good start, all things considered.
Here’s a shot which gives you a bit of an idea about my life right now. I am, of course, working on the sequel on my laptop…
Today, July 5th, is International Read Naked Day, and The “Volunteer” would seem to be the perfect choice of book for that. Today is also the one year anniversary of the release of The “Volunteer” on Kindle. It has been an amazing year, and I’ve learned a lot about book promotion. Hopefully, this will help me when I get the next book out.
The Fourth of July holiday week has been a good one since two new reader reviews have been posted to Amazon in the last three days. Both of them have been five stars. It is especially gratifying that so many people are coming back to Amazon to write about their experiences reading The “Volunteer”. Thank you all.