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This is going to be a fairly short post compared to what I was planning to write.  I have a headache and am not up to writing everything I wanted to.  This is probably what will be just be the first in a series of posts though about Mr. Andrew Smith, a very talented and not well known enough writer.  When I planned to start these posts about Mr. Smith I went online and googled his name to get an image of his newest book.  I found no posts even mentioning his newest book.  I found some that mentioned his book before this “The Alex Crow” but nothing about his new book that just came out.  I don’t know if that’s due to poor publicity on his book company or what, but it’s a shame.  I was able to find an image of it by going on Amazon.com and pulling the image from the sale info.

His newest book is “Stand Off”, the sequel to the very good “Winger”.  The main character of both books is Ryan Dean West.  In the first book Ryan is a 14 year old Junior at Pine Mountain.  The second takes place a year later after some major events in Ryan’s life and the after effects of these events.  Ryan Dean (as he likes to be called, not Ryan) is an amazing real character.  I am not finished with the second book yet, but am enjoying it as much as I did the first one.  (I will admit that for some reason I don’t like the covers of either book.  Not sure why, but they just don’t make me want to read the books.)

Mr. Smith is what would be considered a Young Adult writer.  All his books reside in that genre.  I want to write more about that in future posts too.

What I want to get across with this post is how good these two books are and how good Mr. Smith’s books are overall.  I will admit to not being as crazy about a few of his books and I’ll get around to talking about those and why in future posts.  Read these books and make sure you really read “Grasshopper Jungle”!  This book is nothing short of a masterpiece.  But like I said, more to come.

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How did we end up on Season 11 already?

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The last season I watched was the seventh.  That was the one where….do I mention it with a Spoilers warning?  It was five years ago, you would think it was no longer a surprise, but I’m sure there are some people out there that hasn’t seen it yet, so I’ll refrain from giving the name of the person who dies.  But that’s how long it’s been since I watched Supernatural.  I’ve been a big fan of this show for the first six seasons.  I watched Season 7 and did not find it up to the quality of the previous seasons.  But I still hadn’t meant to stop watching it.  A lot of shows have a bad season, doesn’t mean I’m giving up on them if I really like them.

Supernatural was one of those shows I never watched when it first aired.  Between my work schedule and trying to find time to write and somehow squeeze in a little time for other things I rarely watch television as it airs.  There are some shows I make it a point to.  Or as close to possible as I can.  Most of viewing today is done on Netflix or Hulu, which means I’m watching a day late, but that’s fine.  Even when I had Direct TV I didn’t watch Supernatural as it aired.  I would wait and buy the DVD collection when it came out and than spend a week binge watching.  I know binge watching is a thing now, but I was doing this before it was coined for some shows.  Some shows just watch so much better when you can go directly from one episode to the next and not have to wait a week inbetween.  Supernatural was always one of these shows for me.

So when Season 8 came out I bought it.  Somehow it was put on the shelf and I never got around to watching it.  Season 9 comes out and I do the same thing.  I don’t think Season 10 has come out yet, if it has I haven’t bought it yet.  I was trolling Netflix the other day for something to watch and realized I was way behind on my Supernatural viewing.  So I’ve started watching Season 8.  I have a lot of binge watching now, three Seasons to catch up on.

The good news is that I’m really enjoying this season of Supernatural.

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How much Social Media is too much?

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Another blog?  I can hear the clicking of escape now.  How many blogs, pages, sites, etc does one person need to have?

That’s a good question and unfortunately, one I’m not prepared or equipped to answer.   If I had to guess I could say you can always have one more, since that seems to be my method.  Whenever I think I’ve hit the ceiling of how many I need I seem to find a way to add at least one more site to the list of ever growing media that I keep chugging out.

Still in today’s world it’s hard to get your word, music, art or whatever creative endeavor you’re trying to get out in front of people.  It’s a proven fact that today’s generation, and more than likely the previous generation too, have a shorter attention span.   We can talk about a million and one reasons whey this is so, but it’s kind of like the snake eating its own tail.  The media flashes by our eyes so quick now that it’s hard to stop and focus on anything for any length of time.  Blink and you’ll miss it.  It being just about anything nowdays, from something important to that new link to a comic story or that artist with a great new song.

So what’s the answer?

Put yourself out there in as many different ways as possible.  If someone reads Facebook you want to be there so they can find you.  If they only scroll through Tumblr you don’t want to miss out someone finding you there.  I could go on and on here, but I think we all get the point.   You want to put yourself out there as much as possible, in hopes that if someone sees any of these sites, posts, etc. it will lead back to what you want them to see.

I’m adding this site as sort of a hub to everything I do.   I’ll post links to all my upcoming webcomics and when I update them.  I’ll post to any other writings I’m doing and link to them.  I’m also going to use this site to just write about whatever I feel like.  It might be comics, it might be writing, it might be music, it might be anything that I find worth talking about.

Right now the sites I have are my Facebook site here.   My Facebook writing site here.  My twitter feed here.  My Tumblr page here.  My shop here. My music site (which is seriously in need of updating) here.  And I’m not going to even list the old blogger blog I used to write in just about daily, but probably haven’t updated it in years.    So that’s quite a few sites right there.  I’ve actually pared down somewhat.  I had another comic site and a site that I was using to look for artists.  I also used to have a Facebook page for every comic I was working on, or was planning on working on, which was quickly growing.  One thing that helped me realize is that I don’t need to be creating sites for comics that haven’t come out yet.  Too often these things don’t work out and some of them might never come out.  Also it takes a lot of updating with that many sites.  When the comic series I’m working on at the moment come out (and I’m feeling pretty confident about a few of them) they will have their own website and I’ll be making posts there on days I’m not putting up pages, but when you add a Facebook page for the same site and want to contribute new material there.  Well, it all just becomes too much.  You can spend so much time updating your sites to publicize your work that you don’t have time to create the work itself.  So pages like this and the overall writing Facebook page are where I’ll try to steer readers to updated sites and talk about whatever is on my mind.

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