My book is now available!

Two years ago I wrote a book called “Calevan and Thoninas”, however I really didn’t do anything with it. In March of this year I decided I wanted to go ahead and publish it. So I went back into the story and made some minor changes and revisions and started working on a cover design for the book. With the help of my friend, Houston, who typeset and designed the interior of the book, I was ready to publish the book.

After doing some more reviewing, corrections and tweaks, the book is now finally done and available for purchase! But the story doesn’t end there. I was inspired, while working on preparing this book for publication, to write a sequel to it. So for the past several weeks I have been working on this new book. It will be available sometime this summer.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out my new book. Buy a copy and give it a read! You can purchase Calevan and Thoninas here.

Here is a picture of the book’s cover design, which was done by me in Illustrator and Photoshop.

What about them too?

Yesterday marked one week since the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. For the past week we have been saturated with coverage by the media about this horrible event. Everytime I turned on the TV or visited a news web site or turned on the radio there was talk about Virginia Tech. While I agree this event was tragic and deserved attention, I also believe that the media should consider this kind of coverage for every soldier killed in Iraq.

So what is the difference? These are Americans dying in a war that was lost the moment it began. These are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, our family of Americans, being killed. Why not provide more coverage? Are you saying that they aren’t worth it?

Ever since I did the DVD for the reporter at my office, the one which contained the interview with Staff Sergeant Darrell Griffin, I have had these strong feelings about what is going on over in Iraq. It needs to end now. Why are the futures of those soldiers any different than the futures of the students killed at Virginia Tech? They all had families who loved them, they all had dreams and ambitions.

But while we show concern for our own, we must also think about the Iraqi people. They too are suffering great hardships. There is nothing that we can do to change the course of events that will be unfolding in Iraq. There is something greater coming and we need to get out before it arrives. Many people speak of civil war breaking out in Iraq. I think it is inevitable. But I am not posting this to talk about that aspect of the war.

No, I am posting to say that I believe every life is special, every person who breathes is special. The innocent youth who lost their lives at Virginia Tech were special and they received a great honor from those who taught them, who loved them, who called them friends. I just think that our young soldiers who are fighting and dying in Iraq deserve no less than that. Instead they are just numbers, which occupy perhaps 5 seconds of an evening broadcast. Do they not deserve more than that?

I think they do.

Uh oh, time to get exercising!

Well I spent most of this weekend eating stuff I knew I should never have eaten. Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Chinese food, Olive Garden, Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper Trisquits with cheese in can (eeew). I was a bad boy…and when I stood on the scale this morning, I found out just how bad I had been. In less than 2 weeks I gained 10 pounds. So I turned from the bathroom, grabbed the two dogs and out the door I went for a walk. Twenty minutes later we returned and I got ready for work.

So from this point on, no sodas, no candy, nothing bad. I will fix myself a pasta salad tonight and enjoy it with a bottle of Deer Park water. No ice cream before bedtime, no snacks. It’s crackdown time!

Hopefully after I have kept this up for a week, I should lose something. I am going to get back to my morning walks and start doing the stationary bike.

Ugh…I hate it, but I’d rather not be fat.

Writing, writing, writing, no sleep

Well I am about a day behind in my blogging. I have been working hard on a new book, which is the sequel to a book I wrote two years ago. I have been chugging out about a chapter a day…that’s a lot of writing. So far I am really pleased with how the story is coming along, while I did have 60% of the story finished in my head, there were some bits and pieces I still needed to work out.

While I have been working away on that, the first book has gone to the publisher and hopefully within the next week or so I can approve it and say…PRINT IT! I am sending copies of the book to some friends, but for the most part it will be available for sale online.

On top of that add on allergies and allergy medication that wipes me out and you have the perfect recipe for exhaustion. So, I am going to be taking a break from the book tonight and sleeping. LOL!

More later.

Thoughts on Virginia Tech

Yesterday was a difficult day for me, as I watched the events unfold at Virginia Tech University. I was as shocked and dismayed as anyone else upon hearing the news that 30 or more young, bright, people had been shot to death by a rampaging maniac. I find it so hard to understand how someone could do something so grotesque and so wrong. How could their life be so bad as to force them into taking people’s lives? Was he teased? Was he ridiculed by these people? Was he having problems making it through school? So many questions and no answers.

I truly would hope and pray that other youth think hard about this horrible event in our country’s history. Think hard about how 30 or more young adults, their futures ahead of them, now are gone. There are no problems in this life which can be SO BAD that it requires such a violent response. We all are here together on this planet, living together. We all have our good days and bad, we all have adversity in our lives which we must deal with. And when the challenges of life becoming daunting and overwealm us, there are people who are there to help us. Many see going to a therapist a sign of weakness or an indication that you are flawed in some way. You couldn’t be more wrong.

When you get sick, you go to the doctor. He or she then will diagnose your ailment and prescribe medication, if necessary, to make you feel better and get you on the road to being healthy and happy again. Our physical health is so important to us and yet many people neglect something even more important, mental health. Therapists, phychologists, councellors, etc. are nothing more than doctors for your mental health. They are not there to hurt you or to make you feel uncomfortable, they are there, just as all other doctors, to help, to make you feel better.

I hope young people all around the country learn from this event, that violence is never a solution. The gunman who killed those students has now left behind shattered families, and I don’t mean just the immediate parents, I mean the parents, their parents, cousins, uncles, nephews, etc. All of them are affected. And then there are their friends, whose lives are now lessened by the loss of people they loved, people they studied with, and in the case of some, people they loved in a way that goes much deeper than friendship.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their friends yesterday, to the parents who lost a child they nurtured and cared for, for so long, with such pride. My prayers go out to those who died, that they may be forgiven of any sins they carried and that they may know the joy of Heaven. And lastly I pray for this country I so dearly love, that we may come together and make sure nothing like this ever happens again. That young adults and teenagers everywhere will stop and think about this event and realize that anger, violent thoughts and depression are just as serious as cancer, kidney failure or diabetes. They don’t affect your body, but they require the same attention. If you need help, go talk to someone, don’t destroy your future and the futures of innocent people. We are all your family, and we are all here to help.

Meet Calevan and a new book

Meet Calevan, my Blood Elf Mage in World of Warcraft. Calevan marks my seventh character that I have created in a game that, for the past two years, has kept me glued to my computer at night. Calevan, however, was not always a Blood Elf Mage. He started life out on a role-playing server 2 years ago as a Night Elf Druid. But my time there was short-lived, only because my attention span started to grow shorter and shorter, and I found myself unable to role-play. I got bored. So I left. Now he is reborn into a new form, which has prompted the creation of a book.

I started writing this book, a sequel to a story I wrote two years ago this summer. The new book, entitled “Dark Resurrection” will be finished sometime this summer. But the first book is about to be published. It’s called “Calevan and Thoninas.” I will be sure to post where you can buy it when it is done.

The story for the sequel book is really exciting and I have been typing away at very high speeds over the past week. I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

<3 you know who you are!

There is someone special out there, in the great northwest, who I care for very much. I haven’t felt this way about someone in a while and I just wanted to throw it all out here on my blog because it matters so much to me. You know who you are and you know how I feel about you. There are moments during the day when I am hard at work, busy troubleshooting some computer problem and I stop and think about you. I wonder how your day is going, if you had a good sleep and if I will have a chance to talk to you later on.

When I think about you, a lump forms in my throat, my stomach tightens up and I just feel like I need to be with you, as if part of me were missing.

I am sure you will ask why I am doing this, dumping all my feelings for you out for the world to see. It’s because of my pride in you, I want everyone to know how incredible a person you really are. I mourn for those who don’t know you because they are really missing out on the most incredible person I have ever known. Your laugh, your sensitive side, the side that slaps me silly when I misbehave. All these and much more are what make up the recipe that has me captured and held.

And where else could I find another person like you who also is allergic to celery? I mean, that’s got to be some kind of sign.

Well enough is enough, I just wanted to spill my guts so you and everyone would know that you are so special to me. While I do treasure you, I have made mistakes, including one which hurt you. It was a stupid mistake, one that should never have happened, and for that all I can do is say I am sorry and make sure I do everything I can to make it up to you. I am touched and moved that you spent those months looking to find me again, it tells me that somewhere in your heart there is a place reserved for me. My heart is dedicated exclusively to you. Without you I would wither away and die.

You already know all this, now everyone else does too. But before I end this entry I wanted to say those words which I feel are so important, that convey all of this blog entry into a simple, refined, statement of devotion…

I love you Rachelle.