I haven’t blogged in awhile. There are a handful of reasons for that. First, my new business keeps me pretty busy, so finding the time to blog has been a challenge. Second, I just haven’t had a whole lot to say. Also, I’m not entirely sure anyone wants to hear the things I do have to say. Finally, the current climate in our country, the extreme partisanship and witch hunt culture and mob mentality, has so disheartened me that I don’t feel there is currently any room for thoughtful discourse, rationality, or even silly sarcasm.
To the readers of The Brotherhood of Dwarves, I offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for the delays in releasing book five. I had hoped to have the book out well over a year ago, but for whatever reason, I struggled to find an editor who would actually follow through with completing the work. Therefore, I ended up editing the book myself, which to me is not ideal. However, the final draft is now complete and ready for publication. Unless something happens, The Kings of Dwarves will be launched Wednesday, October 31.
Hopefully fans of the series will find this to be a satisfying conclusion to the story. Personally, I’m pleased with it. All of the major story-lines are resolved, and the emotional intensity of this book will take many readers on a fairly impressive ride. I’ve said many times over the years that Molgheon is one of the most underrated characters in literature, and the resolution of her story should prove that to be true.
As promised, here is the new cover for book five. The art was done by Marc Guerrero, who is a rock star and a pleasure to work with. I’ll reveal the title sometime next week. Please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.
For most of this week, a nasty viral infection knocked me out of commission. The lymph node on the right side of my jaw swelled up to about the size of a golf ball, and the pain from that was pretty severe. I’m on the mend, thankfully, and was able to get back to work today, but the illness put me pretty far behind where I want to be on clearing the new section of vineyard.
I’ve gotten back the first set of edits from my editor, so the book is that much closer to coming to life. Also, he is pleased with the quality of this book. Now that I’m getting over the infection, I will get on my part of the polishing. Sometime this coming week, I will reveal the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I want for the final installment of this series.
Finally, today my beloved Memphis Tigers knocked off the #25 Naval Academy. For the first time in team history, the Tigers have defeated two ranked opponents in the same season and have now beaten three consecutive ranked foes. When I was a student there, we were pretty much a basketball school, and I never dreamed I would see the day that we would legitimately be the best college football program in the state of Tennessee. Go Tigers go!
In the last year, I’ve completed manuscripts for two different books (both to be released soon), launched a vineyard, and begun the process of clearing more of the property to make it usable. I’ve taken advantage of my improved health and embraced the time allotted to me each day. I’ve marched forward to the best of my ability, and while I’m still a long way from where I want to be, I’ve lifted myself up from the rock bottom.
My apologies to those who wished ill upon me or believed the worst about me or turned your backs on me. I’m sorry but I won’t remain in the past and won’t allow anyone or anything to define me wrongly. I will always strive to live a positive and optimistic life. I will always choose love over hate. My apologies that I won’t wallow in the mire.
To those who have believed in me and supported me and encouraged me over the last year, thank you from the bottom of my soul. You are the ones who matter to me and the ones I consider family. Here’s to the next year of achieving goals and writing books and building something special to pass down to my kids.
Happy Independence Day, my friends. My apologies for not posting sooner, but the last few months have been a whirlwind. In addition to finishing up book five (editing is almost complete), I’ve been in the process of starting a vineyard here on the farm. It will be far easier to show you the process than to attempt to describe it, so here is the journey in pictures:
Many of my blog posts are meant to be motivational and inspirational because the world is so overrun by bad news, and I have lived my life in an effort to serve as a source of light for others. I don’t always live up to that standard, but I never set out with the intention of hurting anyone or merely fulfilling my own self-gratification. As I take my final breaths, I hope to feel as if I’ve lived a life of substance. Hopefully, this blog reflects my wish to be more than an illusion of superficial benevolence.
One point I wish to stress, and this applies to anyone struggling with negative people in your life, if you want to find peace and serenity in your heart, you absolutely must purge the influence of negative people from your life. It doesn’t matter what your relationship might be–friend, lover, parent, sibling–you cannot allow someone else’s pessimism to erode your outlook on life. You cannot allow ungrateful people to drain you. You cannot allow other people’s selfishness to steal your tranquility.
You must give yourself permission to erase those people from your life. You must give yourself permission to be free from their influence. Life is too fleeting for you not to seek happiness and contentment, so find the courage to stand up for yourself. Find the strength to rid yourself of those who want to drag you down into their own misery and despair. Stand strong and be the light you seek.
If you want to change your life, you have to change your mind first. One of the most important steps is learning to think positively, especially in negative situations. When you learn to see opportunity in every moment and teach yourself to make the best of your circumstances, your life will begin to improve. Seek the positive throughout each day, and cherish all of your blessings.