Friday, October 28, 2011

For those who can't wait

While I wait for Smashwords to finish approval of my book for general distribution, I figured I might try making it easier for the rest of you to read the whole thing now.

Luckily for you, there's a nifty piece of software out there that will do the trick. It's called Adobe Digital Editions, and can be downloaded for free off the main Adobe website.

Once you do that (follow their instructions), all you have to do is buy my book from Smashwords directly, and download the E-Pub format. Then open it with Digital Editions, and voila, you're ready to see why there's No Place Like Amestraton.

I'm pretty sure big companies like Amazon will hate my guts for doing this, but since I'm more interested in letting people read the book than making them go through the big companies, I'm figuring it's best that I post this little explanation and expedite the whole process.

Chris Mitchell, sticking it to the man, one e-book at a time. Heh.

As I promised, the excerpts are now available on DeviantART. As before, here is the link:

I've been thinking of doing some other random art to post there, so I'd wonder if some people would like to see it. If so, leave a comment or something. I promise I won't make anything too ugly.

Since I've been good about keeping baseball out of my blog for the past few weeks, I'll go back to it for tonight. It's an epic Game 7 of the World Series, with the Cardinals going for the final showdown with the Rangers. Winner take all baseball is as thrilling as ever.

If you weren't planning on following it tonight, you may want to change your plans. Winner take all baseball is as thrilling as ever, and even non-baseball fans should enjoy watching the ultimate clash of the minds - and the teams -  of managers La Russa and Washington.

As I head off to do other things, I invite all of you to contact me as usual. I'm wide open for questions at the moment, so I'd be happy to answer a few. Go ahead, I know some of you have burning curiosity deep inside you...

On that note, I bow out. Enjoy yourselves, and have a happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Live from Smashwords

It is done.  Finally.

Here, now, for your viewing pleasure, is my Smashwords account page, complete with an available copy of No Place Like Amestraton.

Or the direct link to the book:

And here is the plot summary:

For Henry, it's about avoiding a repeat of the desperate struggles he faced as a child. For Mary, it's about escaping the monotony of her work serving one of the wealthiest men in Amestraton. For both of them, the goal is simple enough: to build a better life together. But the conflicting politics of the city - and the arrival of a living legend - put everything they have worked for at risk. 

Within the next couple of weeks, you can expect it to be posted to other major e-book distributors such as Amazon, barring no problems.

All I can say is how thankful I am to various parties.  This includes my parents, who supported my decision to try to get this released (and provided some helpful proofreading along the way).  Without them, this would not be possible.

While a minor celebration is in order, this is not an end goal.  It's just another step forward, and hopefully I can keep up with the pace I'm setting for myself.  If I'm deluding myself, well, go ahead and mock me.  I probably do need my ego deflated right about now.  Heh.

Enjoy the reading.  I really hope you will, as much, if not more, than I enjoyed the writing.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New design, renewed purpose, and other news

I hope everyone likes the new background art, crude as it may be.  I did it myself, you know.

The final preparations are under way now, and I honestly expect to have my book out before the end of the month.  If you're half as excited as I am, you've got to be fairly ecstatic at this news.

Since the lack of information had to be frustrating, I'll provide some more now, since some of this information is now out there among certain people (if you're reading this, you know who you are).

The book's title is No Place Like Amestraton (the main setting of the book is the city of Amestraton, hence the name).  As for why it's called that, you'll have to read it to find out exactly.  I didn't pick the title just for grins and giggles, you know.

While I won't reveal the plot details (again), I am willing to give some basic ideas behind the setting.  Like I said before, it's not all that original, but hopefully it's entertaining enough.

The story is set roughly a century after a nasty plague wiped out most of the southern kingdoms.  The northern lands, long considered a more primitive frontier by comparison, were not as drastically affected, so a large number of refugees fled from the south to the northern towns and cities.  Amestraton is one such city, and one of the largest in the north.

With that tantalizing bit of info, I move on to real news: I'm now on DeviantART! You can find me at the following address:  I plan on uploading excerpts from the book there, and possibly other things as well.  Look forward to it!

Since apparently I'm so eager to get this post out that I accidentally posted half of it before I was finished typing it up, I guess I'll bow out now.

Good evening all, and hopefully you're looking forward to this as much as I am.  Until then, take care.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The next best thing

Well, I am in the position of having to wait on someone before I can release my novel.  So I've mainly been goofing around a little.

While I suppose it's not exactly fun being in a position where you can do much of anything other than wait, that's part of the whole deal (not just writing, but life in general).  Sometimes the best thing you can do is sit back, relax, chug a few sodas, and just pass the time.

Does that mean I've been doing nothing? In the words of the talented actor Will Smith: "Oh, hell no."

Part of my time has been spent working on a couple of ideas for another novel.  This novel is not a sequel or in any way related to my other novel.  More details than that, I cannot provide, especially since I don't know them myself.  Planning stages only.

Of course, there's always the baseball postseason to follow, and despite the elimination of the Braves, I follow it quite closely.  Good luck to the Rangers.

The rest of the time, I just relax, take a few walks, listen to some music, play a few video games, the usual.  There's no sense in getting all worked up over something I don't have control over.

I just check my e-mail each day, waiting for the moment when I can begin to move forward again.  The moment I get a certain e-mail, I intend to kick this thing into high gear.  At that point, I should be just a couple of weeks away from publishing.

It's a far cry from some people I've met, who just have to take everything into their own hands.  These people, sadly, seem to be missing the point.  You're only human (insert Billy Joel "Second Wind" joke here), after all.  Do what you can, and just let the rest take care of itself.

And with those words of wisdom, I'm going to go enjoy myself some more.  I could update the blog again in a few days, so if you want me to start updating this more frequently, let me know.

Chris Mitchell has left the building.  Or website.  Eh, you get the idea.