Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Childhood Monsters

Some days I wish I had a normal monster in the closet.  I had two.  Not your typical monsters in the closet, but childhood fears.

#1 Bad Weather - this can all be explained by my other website:  www.ruminationofthunder.com.  Conquered this one, no problem.  How you ask?  Face to face with a monster tornado while at a lake in a camper.  I did an article about it a couple years ago for a local magazine: http://www.verbict.com/2010/03/08/chase-storm-chasing-why-i-do-it/

The most memorable part was the pregnant lady running into the shelter crying that it was going over the top of us.
I sat between a washer and dryer, holding on for dear life in my Dallas Cowboys poncho.  Yeah, memories.

#2 was the unsettling monster.  Unsettling because he was real.  When I was young, about the same age when I saw the tornado, there was a serial killer going around near my grandmother's neighborhood.  One family of four was slain a couple blocks away.  I stayed with my grandmother a lot during the summer.  So there were nightmares of a strangler walking in the house.  One of those crazy nightmares where you're running and all you can see are the oversized shoes and large hands of the maniac coming after you.

We were fine.  Grandma was never a target and when I grew up, I met the man.

So force of nature and true boogyman.  I've made piece with one, and the other is locked away forever.

Now that you've found my inner demons, become one of my minions (linkon the right).  My novel "Hell to Pay" is available from Hellfire Publishing in book or e-book form.  My short story "The Ballad of Mercy Tyler" is available through Smashwords for free.

Alright you sadists, check out the rest of the nightmares:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Drought and A Slight Relief

Whoops, the problem with running several blogs.  I usually post this over at www.ruminationofthunder.com but sometimes other personalities break through.

Last month we received 0.22" of rain.  Cracks are staring to form in the soil where the grass has given up the ghost.  July tied for the 4th hottest in our history.  2011 was the 2nd hottest.  So as we are waiting for dustbowls and locusts a small cold front fired through last night.
Corn or what's left of it
At least something is growing

I thought I heard something and went outside to look, a bolt of lightning hit less than a mile from the house.  I miss lightning but in conditions like this, CG (cloud to ground) strikes can cause bad fires.

Starlight, moonlight, city lights

Moon breaking through

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Scourge of Social Media

Is Social Media a necessary evil?  Yes, unless you have one of the big six publishing house marketing juggernauts telling everyone how absolutely wonderful your new novel is.

Hello, my name is William Brian Johnson and my novel Hell to Pay is freaking awesome!

You don't know me, I made a comparison to nothing, I've used an exclamation point, that may be a link to a virus, and you probably clicked off this.

People like photos and catchy lines.

A man who thinks he's losing his soul, meets a man who has.
Hell To Pay
from Amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/4yzb32k

Did I grab your attention or did you just check your Facebook status?

I've talked on this blog about storm chasing, gateways to Hell, and my meeting with a serial killer.  Does that make me interesting?  Maybe.  I'm a regular guy that has some interesting stories to tell, looking for an audience to pay attention.  The question is, how do I grab you and keep you coming back?

Facebook talks to all my friends and family.
Twitter had me linked to a whole bunch of celebrities.
Tribrr has a good writerly friends that post each others blogs in hope that someone reads it.
Pintrist and Flickr are great for my photos and occasional strange grabs.
Goodreads are once again friends and writer folk I've met.
I've bloghopped and met some great people, but am I only meeting other writers also selling wares?

Don't get me wrong, I've talked with some great and interesting people in social media.  Some who I've followed for decades and received personal responses, but how to I talk to the readers?

That's what I'm still investigating.

Do you have a comment on this?  Leave one below, I would love to hear from you.

Why So Serious?

So what if two comedians decided to write a book like Fifty Shades of Grey and didn't edit or write any of it?  They asked for contributions and threw it up on the Apple site.  It's now number #4 in sales.


Hmmm, makes me wonder why I'm killing myself on worldbuilding.