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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cutthroat Heroes (new book)

A woman controls the love of a soon-to-be-married man by literally injecting her “love ghost” into his heart...but as a result ruins his fiancee's life, turning her into a crazy person addicted to ice and motivational speakers.

New one I'm currently working on. It's a Comedy Fantasy Romance. At least, I think it's a Romance. Does it still qualify if it has a tragic ending?

I guess so.

And yes, it's "fiancee". I checked, lol.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Book Release - Ghost City

Trapped on an island of ghosts, a surviving zombie hunter writes about his early training days, his stint as an exorcist, and run-ins with a gangster Pope.

An Ebook By Raymund Hensley

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005PDEWSS
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91564

Super thanks to everyone who already bought a copy! ^_^

Thursday, September 15, 2011

When people give you crap....

Let this be your mantra:

"You know, the very fact that you oppose this makes me think I'm onto something." - Seinfeld

Updates - Stuff

Finishing up Ghost City -- a book about a zombie hunter on an island with just ghosts, who starts writing about his interesting past.

I rediscovered the coolness of outlining. Think I'll stay with it. I need to be directed. Otherwise, my stories tend to branch out in weird directions. I mean, more than usual. As they say, "Know your strengths, but also your Weaknesses."

I got another idea for a book. Kind of like Inception or Nightmare on Elm Street, or Eternal Sunshine. It's a Romance-type of book...for the ladies. We'll see how it goes.

I'm actually kinda excited about it. Thinking I'll call it Cutthroat Heroes or Eater Uppers. One of those.

'Til next time!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Been Selling on Smashwords....

This is weird, and confuses me a little.

So everyday I've been checking my amazon account, hoping to see sales. But, no. Not for weeks now. But then, deciding to rewrite my biography, I go to my Smashwords page (they distribute to Sony and Apple and B&N, etc.), and...what the hell...I sold 64 books. I've been selling, and no one told me. Is my email not working??

That's great and all, selling books, but now I'm confused on what to focus on in terms of marketing: Amazon or Smashwords. I thought Amazon would be better (directing people there), since it's so popular, and all.

I don't know.

Both would be the obvious answer. I guess it's useless to try and figure out. Like trying to guess when you'll wake up one day with a cockroach in your mouth.

Who knows?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Writing a serious horror book

I was listening to the audio book of Frank Mccourt's 'Tis (Angela's' Ashes 2), and I thought:

It might be fun to leave comedy aside for a while and write a horror book.

Not that 'Tis is horror, but it got me thinking about writing a serious book. And for that to work (for the horror to work, for the FEAR to work), it might be that I'll have to write about "real" people doing "real" things. You know, take a stab at what Stephen King does best: Writing characters readers care about.

But what to write?

Got a few ideas.

I'm a fan of Silent Hill (which is inspired by the great film Jacob's Ladder). Maybe do something like that? But in Hawaii?

I like space horror, like the movie Event Horizon and the game Dead Space (which pretty much was Event Horizon: The Unofficial Game). Maybe something like that? But on the water? Outer space, the ocean, they're kinda the same. Biiiiiiig open spaces are scary, if you're alone in them.

Also playing around with the idea of Nazis in Hawaii -- you know, just hiding out, Nazi scientists making Nazi zombies, waiting to start WW3. Think I'll call it...Nazi Hawaii. Duh, lol.

I might go with my Born on The 4th of July meets The Exorcist thing, about a Vietnam vet that goes back home to Hawaii and is haunted by the image of a wounded soldier being "sucked" out of a chopper.

Or maybe I'll just combine them all into one book.

We'll see how it goes!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hermione Granger stole my birth-date

It's coming up.

September 19, 1979.

We share the same month, day, and year. What a groovy coincidence. I wonder if it's a sign. Maybe it means something awesome in the grand scheme of things!

In related news: I could never get into Harry Potter (that's what she said). I mean, I tried reading it...really tried to love it, but I just couldn't. I feel like a jerk, or an idiot, or jerkiot. Here we have something very popular. Something that (almost) everyone in the world loves, and I just can't get into it.

I guess I'm just weird.

And it's not like I don't think fantasy is cool. Labyrinth is awesome, and I love Lord of The Rings (wayyy more than Star Wars). So I like the fantasy genre, I do. But that Harry thing...I don't get it. If it's about wanting to live in a whole new world, I'll stick with Final Fantasy, which is kinda like LoTR anyway.

I enjoy the worlds of Silent Hill and Resident Evil and Fatal Frame and The X-Files, too. But I ain't gonna go living in those worlds.

Mama didn't raise no fool!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tempted to copy Twilight

BEFORE: Didn't we all see this happen with writers when Harry Potter came out?

I'm tempted to write my own teen vampire romance, just to get my foot in the door.

But I won't do it.

The road I'm taking might be a "dumber" one, because I'm not doing what obviously is working so well for other authors, but my road is "funner". I don't care for teen romances. Vampires or not. I love what I'm writing. But let's get real. I'd also like to make a living writing. They say horror sells, so tried that. I mean, like, real horror. Zero laughs. So I tries it, and...couldn't do it. I got bored. It's just not for me.

I like comedy. Surreal stuff. The monsters I throw in, I throw in because monsters are interesting and, come on, just silly in general.

So I'll stick by my guns.

One day, I'll be able to say, "I didn't write a vampire teen romance. I wrote what I loved. Even when the market wasn't ready for me, I wrote what I loved."

Strength to you, fellow writer!

Next book: PMS Super Soldiers

In other news, I have an idea for another book, maybe after Weredolphin. Something about the military kidnapping all the women in the US (ALL of them) and turning them into ultimate killing machines for WW3, against...well...everyone outside the US of A. Super women with scientifically, religiously-altered PMS. It'll be far from having a "period". Thinking I'll call it Exclamation Point.

It'll be a comedy horror surreal adventure. Yup. Sounds about right. Will it be sexist? Not sure. I mean, it's not my intention. But it might be anti-men. Just for laughs. It's interesting. What would life be like with switched gender roles? Anyone watch Futurama? Er...never mind.

Exclamation Point.

Although, I do have a soft spot for the title PMS Super Soldiers.

Maybe I could do a part 2 later. Maybe focus more on one character. A "life after the war" type of thing. At that point, women would be more tough than MEN. I wonder how the male and female relationship would work. How would men feel about being kicked around by women? What would men do to, as they say, "man up"? Sounds like a fun little novella.

I'd like to write it.

Mahalo for reading!

Friday, September 2, 2011

1st Draft, 2nd Draft, 3rd Draft, 4th Draft

My first draft is just a mess. Pretty much a big mess. I treat it like a sculptor, in that it's a deformed lump of clay (it kinda sorta looks like a person). I just need something to work with first. That starting draft is all right brain work, just an explosion of creativity. I keep my hands moving. Ideas, ideas, just let the ideas come. Let the right brain do what it does best -- imagine. Writing, for me, gets hard when I try to fix things as I write. I hate that whole stop-and-go feeling. I just wanna run wild, run free. Many mistakes when I write like that, and the whole time, my left brain is begging me to stop to fix that typo. But I resist. This 1st draft is the right brain's time to play. Just keep writing. You don't have to fix anything. This isn't Math, and no one is holding a gun to your head. This is fiction. Creative writing.

The 2nd draft is when I let the left brain be boss, fixing story lines, really just a lot of deleting, shaping the story into something fun and interesting.

3rd draft is for typos. You can't trust that automatic spell check option in your word processor. Yea, it'll pick up on a misspelled word, but it doesn't say if you accidentally used the wrong word. So you pretty much have to start from page one -- read through it with a fine tooth comb.

4th draft is when I send it out to my friends in search of typos. They write what they've found on a separate document, they send it to me, and I fix, fix, fix.

And right before I convert my file into a PDF (for Amazon), I read through it one more time...just to be on the safe side.

Typos are a real pain. Just do your best to correct them!

In the end, I always end up with my finished sculpture being a nice-looking lady.

And then I break the arms off, because it looks more interesting that way.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

King's advice: Kill'em Off

Remember that Stephen King story where he was having trouble finishing The Stand, and his answer was to just kill all those people off?

That was interesting.

And I wonder just how much different his Dome book is from Stand.

Writing Weredolphin

Working on Weredolphin.

Fun so far!

Reminds me of Forrest Gump meets American Werewolf in London.