Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Walking Dead

Yeah, we're watching it again. In fact, I just ordered the last season - season 6. I like it, but it bugs me at the same time. I like the characters and how they develop, how they go through the different stages of dealing with a world gone to shit, quite literally. That's the best part - the characters. Did you know that Rick - what you hear in the movie - is not what he really sounds like? He's very good imitating a southern accent. I didn't know that until I watched one of his interviews. Even the tone of his voice is different. haha It was rather startling.

What really bugs me is the timeline involving the walkers. At first Rick got shot and he went to the hospital. The world was fine at that point. Sometime shortly after that things went to hell in a handbag in like the blink of an eye. Here's my reasoning behind why I say that.
  • A wound takes roughly 10 days before the stitches can be removed. 
  • It takes 3 days to die from lack of water.
  • When Rick finally woke up he was real thirsty, and real sore, but he never bled. 
These facts tell me that Rick's IV bag ran out, I'll say 2 days prior. I'll also guess that he woke up somewhere between one week and ten days after his surgery. I say that because when he met that first man who helped him, Morgan, he felt the need to change his bandages, meaning that maybe his stitches weren't quite ready to be removed yet.

So this world-wide epidemic wiped out 99% of the human race in less than ten days. That's a pretty awesome accomplishment for a bug, don't you think? Of course, in the series, there is never any hint as to what caused the epidemic, nor is there anything that might indicate how it spread so fast. Of course, the whole movie isn't about the bug even a little, it's about the people and how they deal with it all.

My next gripe about the timeline is how long these walkers are 'living', or remaining animated. So far the movie covers at least 18 months. We know this because of a nine-month pregnancy and a baby who is somewhere around 8 months old - she can't walk yet, so she's less than a year old.

I wasn't sure so I looked it up, and this is what I found:

How Long Does It Take for Body to Decompose?

  • Timeline
What Happens
  • 24-72 hours after death
Internal organs begin to decompose.
  • 3-5 days after death
Body starts bloating. Blood-containing foam begins leaking from mouth and nose.
  • 8-10 days after death
Massive decomposition of organs in abdomen accumulate massive gas; body turns from green to red because of blood decomposition.
  • Several weeks after death
Nails and teeth begin to fall.
  • 1 month after death
Body starts to become fluid.

So Rick found out at the CDC that everyone was infected (who knows how that happened so quickly either), and we have learned how if someone dies from any cause, they turn into a walker in a matter of hours, so I'm sure walkers will be generated constantly to a certain degree, however the biggest population of them would have degraded to liquefied goo in a month or two at the most since none of them sought shelter from the weather, unless it was by accident.

And bloating - I never even thought about bloating, but have you noticed how none of them are even fat? Let alone bloated. So they should have been completely beyond mobility in a relatively short amount of time.

And the eating: Why give them a drive to eat? Biting I can understand. That would be a means for the disease to spread, but to eat when there is no means for digestion. I mean, once what they consume has been shoved beyond the throat and down into the belly, what then? I never saw one pair of pants loaded up with whatever might pass for crap.

So anyway, things like this is why I will never buy a zombie book. I'll read and review one if it's given to me, and people do give me books to read and review, but I won't spend money on a zombie book. And so far, no one has offered me a zombie book to review. I do have a rule though. I will always give an honest review, no matter what I'm asked to review. Not a fan of romance either, and even less so of erotica. It doesn't matter though. I will give an honest opinion, for only an honest review will truly help the writer be a better writer, whatever they write.


Friday, October 28, 2016

The Sales Conundrum

I learned from a friend today that she'd told a friend of hers about my books or that I was an author (no idea which), any way, this other woman's son bought a kindle edition of The Guardians. Good news for me, but it got me wondering. Why don't I get more such sales? Why is it that so few of my family's friends buy my books? Or maybe they do and I just don't hear about it.

Anyway, I wonder if it's because it sounds kinda cheesy when you say, "My sister is an author. You should check out her book(s)." or something similar. Does it? More than once in meeting people at work, when the subject comes up that I have written books, say how cool it is to meet a real author, and that's whether they buy any of my books or not. Not everyone is into reading, and only a fraction of those enjoy what I write, but I usually sell at least one or two books to staff every year. I was thrilled when my boss offered to display my books at the lodge. I mean really, they have nothing to do with Alaska or with fishing. They went up too late to get many sales this year, but they'll be there all summer next year, and with a new one to be added to the list. Keep an eye peeled right here. I'll be putting up a post all about it sometime soon.

So, how are your sales? Do you get more sales through family, or through strangers like on Amazon or whatever other platform you publish on?


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer Sales

This summer I sold 19 books from here. Or maybe I should modify that a little - six of those books I sent out of here were a gift to a wonderful online friend who has trouble collecting the necessary funds all at once to buy a book. I couldn't resist, and her reaction when she got them was a sweet reward.

This book is my first book - first published - first written - and soon to be the first to be turned into a script (one of these days). As a first it will always hold a special place in my heart, but as a first it also has a few issues. As a first, this is the book that was where I did all my learning and made all my mistakes, and I'm talking about publishing mistakes. Not that I know it all, but it's rough when your first baby ventures out into the world and it's not treated with the care you think it should be. That is why I will never recommend a subsidy publisher to another writer; they don't care about the book, they want the money. Don't worry, this story isn't completely dead. It's still available from me under this cover, and will be until I run out.

At first, when it was all alone, having 50 books on hand was really cool. Knowing this box sitting in the corner held a book I wrote was an amazing thing. I mean, really, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I never imagined I'd write a book let alone publish it and people would buy and read it, and above all, enjoy it. Even though it has issues that bug me, I never got a bad review, and this is the book with the most reviews.

As I published more books, I was slow in learning the lesson about how many books to order. Through a mailing mishap, I started out with 100 of this books. When I published The Fortunes of Magic, another first in that I did it all by myself, I ordered 50 just because it was a nice round number. In the mean time, getting the books of my trilogy was hard, but I ordered 25 of the first book. It wasn't until much later that I could get the other two. When I published The Speed of Dreams, in order to make the book available in paperback, I had to order 50. By now, I was accumulating quite a stack of book boxes. But I did learn my lesson. When I discovered I was running out of my last two books, The Trials of the Youngest Princess and The Guardians, I only ordered 10 each. I have a stack of book boxes in the corner of my room that is waist high. My days of ordering 25 or more per book are over.

I still have over 30 of King by Right and Speed of Dreams, and more of Fortunes of Magic, but the rest are down within manageable numbers. Perhaps it's time for another give-away. I do love my readers.