December 25, 2006

Christmas Revelations

It started last night, telling Marion the story of Jesus' birth, and it ended today with me meditating by the tree, trying to silence my overactive mind. Christmas 2006 was quite different than any before, at least for me.

We're at a new home, we're determining what our family traditions will be, and we're trying to fit into the traditions each side of the families we came from. My sister had to spend much of the past week, including Christmas day, in the hospital. It's hard to buy gifts that are meaningful, and interesting, and worthwhile. It's hard not to be disappointed.

So much.

I just want to quiet my mind a bit. I don't want to be drawn towards diplomacy, and fantasy football, and games, and email, and worthless time-waters. There are too many things pulling at me, and I need to have some focus.

Do what you're doing right now. Plan for the future when you're planning for the future, not when you should be playing with your children. Check on the Monday Night Football game when you want to see what the score is, not when you should be cleaning the house. Do what you're doing.

Meditate. Meditate to help focus the mind, and to keep the mind from wandering so much.

Oh yes, and in the words of my wife, when offering suggests to Marion on where she should use her new watercolor paints: "Don't paint on the cat"

December 17, 2006

My Family Will Eat You

Everyone but Henry is ready to eat the camera-man. Henry is thinking about eating the toy car in his hand.

December 14, 2006

The Book Arrives Tomorrow!

Vahan has been printed and shipped, due to arrive tomorrow. Even faster than I expected, and so I'll be able to pass them out during all the holiday get-togethers.

December 09, 2006

It's Done

Vahan, my second novel, is done. It's up for sale at Visit my storefront at to preview (and buy!) the book as well as my first novel.

Yes, normal books take a lot longer, that's because their authors don't write them in one month, and they actually spend a good deal of time revising them. I spent about eight days. Hey, I'm only kinda a writer.

I'm putting it to bed for a while, not gonna write for a bit. There are a bunch of other things that I'd like to do, and a bunch of people I've been neglecting. Let's get to them.

December 02, 2006

Book Pre-Orders Due Dec 7th

If you would like your Jeremiah novel (yet to be named) before Christmas, please let me know ASAP since we are sending it to the printer on December 7th. The cost will be $10 per book for pick up from me. I am using a higher quality printing this year so the cost is a little higher. If you would like it shipped directly to you instead of getting it from me, the cost is roughly $17 including shipping. For delivery after Christmas you can use super-slow shipping and get it for about $12. You'll be able to order a copy anytime you want after I get it off to the printer since it will be on sale at their site. More details on that later.

For pre-orders email me or leave a comment: book(at)openappledumb(dot)com