Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad; whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.
- John le Carre
- John le Carre
It's your friendly neighborhood letter puncher here. Life's been busy. Good, busy.
I've pencilled in a new schedule as of this weekend. Something that will keep me sane in the coming months.
For those of you in my twitter stream and facebook shuffle, you already know that I'm back in school for a second degree. This year is critical because I'm competing to get in a program with very limited seats. So the pressure is on. Good for me that I thrive under pressure.
I've also set up a publishing schedule for 2011 that involves some very exciting projects. No guts, no glory. At this rate, it seems like an impossible task but even if I fall slightly short, I still win. The point is to keep writing and to keep producing.
Good vibes from Bad Juju: Vol 1
As far as Bad Juju: vol. 1, I'm happy with the sales so far. It's been nice to see it crack the top #100 under the Kindle books>horror>short stories category at least 2-3 times that I know of.
I actually took a screenshot of it (because it was such a headrush and made my day). It's exciting to see my book on the same page as King and Gaiman. Two writers I admire very much.
I have some amazing reviews up on Bad Juju as well. Despite a bad experience in which some reviewers that originally signed up haven't bothered to even update me so I've assumed that they have no intentions of ever submitting a review. Not the first time it's happened but screw it. I have no time for bullshit. You can either do it or you don't. All I ask is that you let me know either way. But enough of that.
Big props to those that came through. Thank you!
On to bigger, better things.
Revision for the novel number 1 is underway.
Bad Juju: Vol. 2 - stories are forming, trying to assemble a good balance to complement the first volume.
I also have a secret project I'm working on. It's something that I probably won't reveal until it's ready to hit the shelves. Jus because. You gotta keep things mysterious sometimes.
Photos - I've been taking more daily pics of just random things these days, usually with my phone cam. I'll probably end up posting them at my newly revived Tumblr site called...dun, dun, dunnn...
SCRAPS (notes, clutter bombs, and stimuli)
It's just a place for me to empty out the gray matter. Feel free to follow me there too.
Let's see...what else, I feel like I'm missing something...I'm sure I'll remember it when I hit the "publish" button.
Anyway, a big thank you for those of you who have purchased any of my books, have bookmarked my site, signed up for the list, followed me on wherever social media dive bar I happen to be in.
What about you? What kind of shenanigans have you been up to these days?
Read an e-book week is March 6-12 and during then I want to give people a chance to purchase my latest release of short stories.
So head over to Smashwords and use the coupon code: CS62U
This reduces the price from $2.99 to $1.99
I hope this will encourage people to take a chance on an unknown author.
What people are saying about Bad Juju: Vol. 1
"The scope and style of writing will grab you by the coat tails. A guaranteed fun ride. Perfect for a cold or wet day inside, not so perfect for a short train or car ride as once you start the story, you won't want to stop." - Lee Pletzers
"Endings were unpredictable, just the way I like them. Once I started each short story, I could NOT put the book down until I had finished. Word play was masterful." - M.E. Anders
"R Van Saint has created a collection of stories that will want you coming back for more. Bad Juju is hopefully the first of many from the author (i think there is a second volume on the way). I have read and reread this collection a few times now since picking it up and every time it leaves me smiling." - Barry Skelhorn
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy!