Monday, April 2, 2012

I haven't disappeared... Again.

Well life has been put on hold for a while. My girls grandfather is in the hospital and not doing too great. So until further notice I will be away from home where I don't have Internet. Hopefully I can work on Baal's Puppet while I'm here and get it done. Just an update for everyone that peaks in to read my babble from time to time. Peace everyone. Tafe

Sunday, March 4, 2012

In Kentucky... Damn it.

So today I arrived back to bum fuck Kentucky. Land of the dip filled gravel parking lots, Wal-Mart hang outers, and no alcohol purchases within 15 miles(dry county.) Where teenage pregnancies are an epidemic and church is a cult.
If you don't notice I'm not happy about being back here, if only for two days. But I'll stop bitching so I can update everyone.
The new house is nearly done, just a bit of shit that will probably end up in the attic after they are gone over. I have finished a rough draft of the prologue for Baal's Puppet. A beautiful weave of dark natured chaos if I do say so myself.
As for Inner Horror being free, it no longer is and is still managing to sell a few copies here and there. In really excited to see if it continues and hoping for a couple reviews from people that don't know me from Adam.
For now I am focused on writing Baal's Puppet and reading C.V. Hunt's Legacy. Peace out everyone and thank you for all of your support.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Review of C.V. Hunt's "Endlessly"

This is one of the few books I liked from the very start, which is awesome due to the fact I had nearly no idea what it was about when I started it. The writing style made it easy to read, flowed nicely, and as a personal preference it wasn't written like an old literary with a stick up his or her ass. It read like how I talk and I liked that. The story is about a vampire, a real vampire that kills people and doesn't sparkle..., his memory of his life is a bit foggy, he is kind of a downer, and he likes music. He was my kind of character. He meets a girl and things pick up from there, with her being just as much of a badass as a vampire. It is a supernatural love story with enough action to keep me reading it from cover to cover in a day. The world that Hunt hints to throughout the story seems vast and complex with plenty of room to explore in the sequels. All in all this novel was great and I commend the author for a job well done. Looking forward to picking up the sequel.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Moving Is Over. Unpacking Begins.

Moved into the city with the fastest Internet in the US. Spent all day with a clip boarded marking off numbers as the movers called them off to me... Yeah, I'm exhausted, worked harder than all the guys lifting heavy shit up the stairs or down stairs into the basement. Tommarow I unpack my room and get shit set up. Writing tommarow would be nice, hopefully a review of Endlessly will be posted. And on another note, Inner Horror doubled in units today. Free, yes. But it's cool to watch the number rise. It's free for another two days so if you haven't gotton your copy yet then follow the link below! Peace everyone. Tafe Please enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Still Free and Still Climbing!

Todays units hit 150 plus in the U.S. and 30 plus in the UK. All I want is some input and again, to share my demons with the world. Hope everyone who has downloaded it will enjoy it and everyone else will give it a shot. It's free for a few more days and I am having fun watching the numbers. It's all word of mouth with a little social media on my part so I appreciate people's shout outs like you wouldn't believe. Peace for tonight guys. Tafe

Inner Horror is FREE!

My novel Inner Horror is now available totally free until the 25th! Reviews would be great but all I really wanna do is share my torment with everyone. Hope you enjoy it. peace. Tafe

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Day of Today

Finally slept in for the first time since this moving/vacation mess began. Woke up to a waffle and some oh thanks to my girlfriend, finished reading "Disturb" by Konrath which I will review below, and will begin working on the Baal outline shortly just as long as I find my always misplaced keyboared. First, here's my short review. Starts out nicely, keeps good pace from beggining to end, and is exactly what I expected from a Konrath novel. I liked it, it enertained me all the way through and thats a lot more than I can say about alot of the books I read. Wasn't a big gore fest like some of his novels and didn't have the comic wit that they normally have, but if you read his comments at the end of the book, that is exactly what he was going with for this ebook only novel. I personally would like some N-SOM (The drug the book is based around.) for the vivid dreams and I would hope my readers shared my opinion and would enjoy some as well. If you like Konrath, pick this one up. If you have never read Konrath and would like an easy introduction, pick this one up. If your dreams haunt you like mine, pick this one up. Peace for now, Tafe

Why's All The Rum Gone?

Well I am no longer on a boat, unfortunately. It is nice to be back to people who speak English and not everything announced has to be said in five different languages. I had a good time And am happy to continue a semi vacation for a few more days in a hotel waiting for the new house to close so we can move in. I did manage to work on "Baal's Puppet" and it's coming along nicely. It will be gruesome, it will be unnerving, and the characters are all bad ass in their own right. A kind of funny note, my most popular post in the last few weeks was one I vaguely remember posting, "Mexico Can Afford Internet?" I'm glad you all liked it and thank you to everyone, hit 1,000 hits while I was gone. Cheers mates, peace for now. Tafe

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mexico can afford Internet?

Apparently señor frogs has wifi so I will make a short post. Drinking Sol, eating a burger, iPad on the boat, my girl in my lap. Life is good. See you all stateside.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cigars, Beer, where's my iPad?

Rockin' a fedora and sublime shirt in Key West for a few hours eating conch at margerittaville. Cigars are everywhere and finding tequila tomorrow in Mexico. Me and my girl are having a great time without phones, and my brother in law is keeping us laughing. So I tip my bottle, munch my nachos, and will talk to everyone back in florida, provided our boat doesn't crash haha. Peace out.


P.S. Song for the weekend, Sorry for Party Rocking!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm On A Boat, Man... Almost.

I leave in the morning for a week so my posting will go on pause. For some reason cruise ships have not caught up to motel six with their free wifi. But there is plenty of other shit to do so I can't complain too much. Done alot of fishing in the last two days, smoked plenty of cigars, and gotton a little writing done. I am really happy with my newest work and it is coming together really easy. I will keep this short, post again in a week, peace.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Bought Every-"Thing"

The digital copy, ultraviolet copy, blu-ray, and DVD. All of it bundled up in a pretty $30 bundle. I was really enthusiastic to begin with, tearing it out of the ridiculous amount of packaging, putting it in the player, watching the title pop up in the opening scene. And throughout the whole movie I was kind of waiting for something. Something that would make it that awesome movie I'm glad I actually bought instead of renting. Unfortunately it never really came. I loved the monster creation, the first scene that the "Thing" reveals itself is pretty damn great, that the main weapon in the movie is a flamethrower, awesome, the FIRST ending was something that made me enjoy the movie a bit more. But then the movie started again and ended a minute later in a dumb fashion.
I wanted to like it so I do like it, but really it wasn't worth it. Rent it and enjoy it, if you differ from me and feel it was good enough to get the big bundle I got then more power to you.
As for updates, I have 3 chapters of outlining done and am leaving for Florida early in the morning with a little over 10 hours in car time. Writing will be inevitable and hopefully I have something to share by the time I post again. Peace out everyone,


Monday, February 6, 2012

The Days Drag...

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. Went to dinner around 5, watched some of the Super Bowl, watched plenty of big bang theory, and watched Shark Night. My girlfriend likes animal movies, for example her favorite movie to date is Pirahna. And I have to Admit I have developed a liking towards them. Shark Night was okay. Proved that some people just like sharks haha. I have begun writing Baal's puppet and it's coming along well. Anyone hoping to read it, be prepared for a lot of carnage, the story is strong, but so is the killing. Today will probably be more of the same so I have plenty of time to write, in hope of having a rough draft by the time I get back from vacation.
That's all for now guys, peace.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

What Day Is It?

Still on leg one in my opinion, spent an entire day (7am-5am) painting my girlfriends grandparents living room. How my brother in law and I kept our sanity painting panels and stripping wallpaper glue I do not know. Perhaps the fumes from everything had something to do with it. With that done he went to visit a friend while I stayed with my girl and watched bridesmaids, the dress fitting is by far my favorite scene haha. On the writing side, I finished my characters, ready for a quick outline, then the novel begins. Pretty excited. We leave for Florida on Wednesday and from there I don't know where I will find Internet or time to search for it. If I disappear for 2 weeks then imagine me sitting on the beach in some foreign land with a drink, writing my newest novel, "Baal's Puppet." Probably with my brother in law in my ear begging to go do something fun haha.
Peace for now everyone,


Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Leg.

Left the house yesterday after one trip to the dump, packing a mario kart (kia Soul) and a truck till they are about to bust, oh and one missing cat that was in the empty house the whole time. How he managed to hide himself when there is nothing to hide behind is beyond me. needless to say, his ass was bound to purgatory (his travelling cage) for the rest of the day.

Now in Tennessee for a little over a week, sadly without internet. So daily trips to starbucks will have to be made. What a shame...
I have noticed an awesome spike in hits since I started posting again. Thank you to everyone for reading my meaningless babble, hopefully I'll have something to preview from my work in progress by next week. peace out.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Just got done watching it and while it may not be horror it is science fiction and I like it just a bit less than horror. The movie was fuckin' awesome. *Spoiler Alert* just for anyone that hasn't seen it yet, I'll try not to give much away.

It is a true origin story and yes it does have plenty of story. But never felt slow, always had you hungry for more story and back story to the events of the other movies. It builds from the first scene, getting more and more awesome until you just want to see some monkey carnage and then... they give it to you! This is the first movie in a while I have actually gotton everything I wanted, not even expected, just simply wanted. With the end of the movie I can't wait for the next one and to see what they will call it. maybe, "Planet of the Apes: Guerilla Warfare." Or maybe even more precise, "Planet of the Apes: Fuck Shit UP!"
I watched mine on Vudu because its extremely conveniant. If by chance you have a sudden urge to watch the movie after my raving review then its the impulse buyers delight haha.

More packing tommarow, leaving town tommarow night, peace.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Update and Review

Just want to let everyone know that I will be missing for a little while. Tommarow the movers will be here, Tuesday we will be going to my girls grandparents to stay until we go to Florida and then on a cruise, and after all of that shitmwe will be moving to the new house and dealing with all the fun that comes with a new house. I will post when I can and write plenty without any Internet so I should have plenty to update when I get going again. So I leave with a review. Enjoy.

Nightjack by Tom Piccirilli.

This is the first book I have read from this author and hadn't really heard a whole lot about him prior to reading Nightjack. I saw the awesome cover and saw the name "jack" (the ripper) in the synopsis and bought it immediately.
It starts out pretty strong, well paced with pretty good diologue and a bit of action. Unfortunately after about the first quarter it gets a bit slow, taking the characters on a long road trip basically where not much happends. It took me a while to get through this part, picking up my kindle and reading 5-8 pages at a time. I didn't really think it would pick up, and if it did, I didn't think it would really peak my interest.
In the last 15% it finally does, revealing a concept that I really wish I would have thought of haha. And the rest is pretty good. I did like how the book was all kind of abstract, things the characters say and do are crazy and can be interpreted in a lot of ways.
Bottom line. I liked it. Isn't one of my favorites but I did enjoy it for the most part. 3 stars and a stamp of "put on your read list" from me.

Thanks guys, see ya in a month.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

My hard drive lives!

As I posted recently, my MacBook ceased to live back in November and I thought all of my unpacked data was lost. Primarily my first few rough chapters of ZAMN. Well I got my hard drive encasement today and after a little Jerry rigging, it lives! I'm happy as hell and tidying everything up plus clouding it all just in case. Fuck yeah!

Haha, Tafe

Keep it simple?

Which do you notice more when looking for a book? The cover? The binding? Or do you go straight for the synopsis on the back of the book or for an ebook, scroll down a little?
Personally, if I am in a book store I will scan the shelves for a binding that catches my eye. Scanning for names or titles or even the backdrop on the binding will stop me. Online, however, is completely different. Amazon's "customers also bought" is a infinite yellow brick road that will take you all over a variety of genres but will generally give you things that spark your interest,at least enough to read the whole synopsis.

Now to more to the point of my post title. Simplicity. If the cover is too busy or too graphic novel looking it is kind of, for me anyway, a turn off. When it is too busy the thumbnail view is normally way to small to make anything out and most (not all) are a sloppy mess. Meshing too many topics or characters from the story (that you wouldn't know anything about) and then trying to squeeze the title of the book somewhere into the chaos. As for why I don't like graphic novel looking covers... Not really sure haha. I guess I buy books to read books, nothing but a treasure trove of words on a page, and I buy graphic novels to let the pictures tell me a story with a little dialogue. Basically my reason is rooted in shit but it's only my opinion.

Even my own Inner Horror's cover is a little busy for me. The two ideas I have in my head are much simpler but conveyed everything I want them too. I am just hopeless at any sort of drawing so I did what I could for a cover. I really wish I had that amazing artistic talent, even tried hard a couple times, my mother was a painter in college even! But I still draw stick figures most of the time.

Title is another eye catcher. Has to look good in text, has to fit nicely on the cover, has to be what you want it too without being so long that people lose interest before the damn thing. I find it funnier than hell when a books title looks more like a run on sentence, four word long title with a five word series name right behind it in parenthesis. Really? Keep it simple! I love it when books don't even have a series name, sure you have to do an extra search to figure out which book is first in the series or if the book has a sequel when your done reading it but if your going to put the trouble in then you probably loved the book! Hell, a single word title without an series name behind it is like a statement by the author, "your going to love this book so much you are going to wiki my ass just to find the sequel!"
Case and point for me was David Moody's "Hater." I had been looking around on barrens and nobles website, browsing out of boredom, making a list of books I might buy in the coming months. Stumbled upon a book with a glossy white backdrop cover with beautiful deep red blood splatter on it. Not a whole lot, but definitely enough. And "Hater" written in blood. I barely needed to read the synopsis, I wanted it. It went on my list and went forgotten for a few months until my mother in law got it for me for my birthday, (she saw the cover and the name. It's cool. She knows there's something wrong with me haha.) I read it in two days and the moment I put it down I looked for the sequel. Same cover scheme, more blood with the title "Dog Blood" on it. Bad ass book. Enough said.

Now off of my tangent, I'll continue to the last thing most readers will look at before buying your book, the synopsis. If if I scroll down and there is two thick paragraphs for a synopsis, the cover wasn't that great, and the title didn't light a spark in my head, then I am already clicking the back button. Some people like too know every plot point before jumping into a book, I do not. Give me an outline, If I like it then I will show faith in the author that the book is probably pretty cool. Some authors will just put a few lines. "jack ran from the zombies to find his wife. Jack couldn't find his wife so killed some zombies in a rage. Jack found his wife, she was a zombie, so he killed her too!" hahahaha. A synopsis like that is cool too, short quick and to the point, let's me know enough about the story to decide if I want too spend a few bucks on it. Especially if you have read the author before and like his work.

These three things are the biggest factors on whether a reader will buy your book, sure I left out a few tid bits like adding a word count or having a trademark character name instead of a series name after the title. And all of this shit is just my opinion, but I think most readers would agree with me. People love simplicity when shopping online or in stores. Leave the complex twists and turns for the pages. I've made this post ridiculously long and I'll have to send people donuts or some shit if they manage to read up to this point haha. Thanks for reading,


Monday, January 16, 2012

Side note

On a side note to last nights post I am also working on a new sadistic bastard of a character I am thoroughly enjoying writing about. So while I work on Inner Horror's revamp I will also be working on a small novel that is coming together with ease. I will most likely post all of it on here before putting it on the kindle store so stay tuned!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back Up And... Crawling.

Hello to everyone that may still poke onto my blog, and thanks for staying loyal in my prolonged absense. My computer kinda died, and by that I mean got fed up with being dropped and will no longer boot up haha. With it went most of my notes, which were mostly backed up to one extent to another but I did lose what I was working on (ZAMN) and I am pretty pissed about that. But shit happends and It lasted me a steady three years before it got tired of me.

Now, after going a few months without any computer at all in any shape or form, I bought a Ipad with a nice little keyboared, that I am using to write this post with, (Not the easiest to hold in your lap and type with a keyboared but I think I'm getting the hang of it.) I have had some time to start reading recently, (Nightjack, by Tom Piccirilli) and after picking over my own Inner Horror a little bit I see how badly it needs a good proofread. Hopefully I will start posting a little more, even if it is just some stupid shit that I thought was a bit above interesting, I want to get my blog going again. And maybe my twitter, or maybe I should leave it alone since I seem to get followers by keeping my mouth shut haha.

Like always, Talk to me if your a new Indie or just a fan of horror novels, (maybe a fan of MY novel? Do I even have Fans with my book of horrid typos? Haha.)

Peace for now,