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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:56:11 PM
I thought I would wait and let them say who they are in case they don't want all the attention, accolades, pats on the back, congratulations for being one step closer to world peace.

Or they want to do a happy dance, curse my name for subjecting them to my prose, spit in the face of danger as they MacGuyver the book in a last ditch effort to save a sinking cruise liner, have it personalized to read 'To be read in only pretty pink pajamas',  plan to use it and every other zombie book they own in a suit covered with cockroaches to survive the Fallout 3 world we are destined for.

Or, just in case they want to say "I won and you didn't! Suck it!" Poehler-style.

-Crusis
962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 02:43:36 PM
The drawing is done, the emails are sent and there was a GT winner!  I went ahead and did 3 books instead of 2. Congrats to the lucky GTer!

-Crusis
963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:18:06 PM
I have already brought up the editing concerns with my publisher. He said the software picked up or missed some characters. I don't know, I went through 5 edits including a pro-editor but I'm disappointed in the final version. I think I am going to push to get a new one done and out if I can.

I appreciate any candid feedback, this will help me figure out what works and what doesn't in my future books. I think you have a good point about a lot going on. If I had a day like one of my characters I think I would just stay home sick.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny you mention Lester. I thought Kate was the most interesting to write but I have had several people mention Lester and Angela as the most interesting characters. I can't figure that out, he is basically a loser drug dealer with no prospects except getting laid, stoned and or drunk. Also, Alice and Ken were the first parts of the book written and almost got dropped several times but we felt the chance to do 2nd person POV was too good to pass up. Well, when I wasn't thinking it was career suicide.  icon_lol
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: August 12, 2009, 01:10:09 AM
I saw the movie over the weekend and it was simply outstanding. Others said it best - riveting.

-Crusis
965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 11, 2009, 02:53:58 AM
I now have my copies of my book and have placed them up for sale on my website via paypal. The cost is a flat $15 and $2 for shipping. This is for US shipping but if you are outside the US just drop me an email and we can work something out. If you purchase from me the book will be signed (and personalized if you like).

http://www.amongthelivingbook.com

You can now do the "look inside" feature on Amazon http://bit.ly/TKk1I if you want to get a look at the layout, fonts and stuff like that. Thanks again for everyone's interest!

-Crusis
966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearts of Iron III Demo - GT Hosted on: August 04, 2009, 07:18:27 PM
YES! There goes my evening.

967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 04, 2009, 07:14:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 04, 2009, 02:57:36 PM

So just how well is it doing selling wise? Smack me if Im too nosy smile I find the whole writing a book being publish thing very interesting Always wanted to have a book published. Watching Castle on tv doesn't help

smile

That is a good question. I asked on Saturday how it was doing and he said it has sold as much in a week as the first book he released last year sold in the first two months. He is very adamant that I don't even worry about sales for the first few months. Once some reviews are on amazon sales will pick up. Right now, shoppers go to the page and besides the truncated description there are no reviews.

Also, my publisher is barely a blip on the radar as far as the names go. Quite frankly I am just a few steps above self-published but it is all good. He has ads coming out for the books in a few magazines and websites. It will also be at Horror realm this year where he is going to be pushing the whole library.

Thank goodness all I have to do is write and not worry about the publishing side. Oh the other thing that will help is that I have short stories sold now to a good 8 or 9 anthologies which will be released in the next year. So if people like my short work then they may like a book.

Any budding horror writers out there want to test the waters, swing by the LOTLD forum http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/and check out all the anthologies that are open. The publisher will accept stuff from unknowns (like me) and if it is good and requires only a little bit of editing, he will publish that stuff.

In fact, if anyone wants to send in a story or talk about a potential one please feel free to PM me.

968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Malazan books] Crimson Guard - spoiler alert on: August 04, 2009, 01:14:18 AM

Quote from: Eightball on August 03, 2009, 02:04:18 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 03, 2009, 01:31:22 PM

Night of knives was pretty good so I can't wait to read this one. Erikson is without a doubt my favorite author. I have read his novels over and over again more than just about any other writer.

As a writer, I don't know how that guy can crank out 400K+ word books every year. Amazing.

You do know that Night of Knives and Return of the Guard aren't written by Erikson, right?  They're written by his buddy, Ian Isslemont.

In any case, I liked both books quite a lot.  Night of Knives was definitely written in a different way, but upon my second read of it, I found I appreciated that different voice.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was also shocked to read about Laseen.  Seriously, that's a gigantic game-changer...and more impressively, Erikson isn't the one who wrote it.

Hehe, yes. I have actually met Steven a couple of times. I have not, however, met Ian.

-Crusis
969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: August 03, 2009, 07:06:22 PM
BLP - hah!

It's something he found in the water the first day on the island. A sea cucumber thing. That is how he described it a BLP.

-Crusis
970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Malazan books] Crimson Guard - spoiler alert on: August 03, 2009, 01:31:22 PM
Night of knives was pretty good so I can't wait to read this one. Erikson is without a doubt my favorite author. I have read his novels over and over again more than just about any other writer.

As a writer, I don't know how that guy can crank out 400K+ word books every year. Amazing.
971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: War in the pacific: Admirals Edition out on: August 03, 2009, 12:14:21 PM
I got $20 off for owning WitP but yeah, their prices are too ridiculous. Then again they are still in business so they must know what they are doing.

-Crusis
972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: War in the pacific: Admirals Edition out on: August 03, 2009, 03:08:06 AM
After swearing I wasn't going to buy this - I bought it. Got the super-duper-ultra-cool version with the printed 330 page manual. Ahhh manuals. I've tried the Guadalcanal scenario a few times and this game makes WitP look like a cake walk. Shoot me now.

-Crusis
973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: August 03, 2009, 01:48:41 AM
The new one is up!

zombie-wilson.blogspot.com

-Crusis
974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 03, 2009, 01:42:05 AM
The book will be on Kindle in 2 weeks for $5.99.

Thanks for everyone's interest in the book. I really appreciate it and it makes me want to make my next book that much better (assuming my first one doesn't suck!). My follow up is about a quarter done and it is a horror/urban fantasy.

-Crusis
975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guillermo del Toro’s Novel The Strain may become TV Series. on: August 03, 2009, 01:40:46 AM
I have this on my kindle primed and ready to read, right after I finish Greg Iles new one.

-Crusis
976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 02, 2009, 09:30:03 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 01, 2009, 05:13:42 PM

i'd actually be happier buying it from you directly.  you get the money up front and get a larger share of the gain.  are you still in the city you so carefully destroy, or did you get uprooted to somewhere safer? 

I work in Seattle but live out by Sumner. Once my author copies arrive and I figure out how many I have left I'll see if I can part with a few. If no I think I can order them at cost.

I'm still new to all this stuff ...

-Crusis
977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 02, 2009, 09:28:25 PM
I'm checking on the kindle version today. I think it will be priced around 5 or 6 bucks.

I love the kindle version, I get 50% in royalties from sales.

-Crusis
978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 04:20:31 PM
Hmm, might be kind of a spoiler. Lets just say they sort of evolve.

BTW the word zombie only appears 2 or 3 times in the book. paranoid

-Crusis

979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 03:31:38 AM

Quote from: kronovan on July 31, 2009, 11:14:05 PM

I just sent my "If it's undead..." reply and then went and checked some of the online bookstores I use. I noticed that both amazon.ca and chapters.ca don't have it listed; is it not going be distributed in Canada? I know other books in the 'A Zombie Novel' series are available on those sites and local Chapters stores.

I'm now crossing my fingers that my name gets drawn on the 14th. slywink

I'll check with my publisher. The book has only been out for a few days so that may have something to do with it.

I am expecting a box of books so maybe I can send it to you if you send the cash to my paypal or something like that. I will be happy to cover shipping. Shoot me a PM if you like.

Actually I'll do that for anyone if you are having trouble. Hell, if you want to read my book I'll do whatever I can to get it in your hand.  icon_biggrin
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 03:25:42 AM
Well it's not really a scientific way to do it but I was going to print each name, put them in a bowl and have my daughter draw them so I will only print one name per person. But feel free to add more. I am planning to put the best up on my site with credits to the ones that sent them in.

-Crusis
981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 31, 2009, 04:42:56 PM
Thanks! This one is just for fun but I have already been approached about putting it in book form when it is done. I was all "Hells to the yeah!"

The next entry is called "My Girlfriend Does the Hula" and should be up tomorrow.

-Crusis
982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 03:18:00 AM
WOW, thanks man! You are my new hero.

-Crusis
983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: July 31, 2009, 01:45:28 AM
The thing about having a $300 netbook is that it is a portable work station. I take mine everywhere and if I abuse it for a year and it survives I will consider that money WELL spent. An $800 iPad looks great and it is the kind of thing you show your buds "Wow, look at this." Then you show off your $50 case, and your $15 protective cover. How about your $60 add on keyboard and $40 mouse.

So .. yeah, I will still want one.  Tongue
984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 01:25:10 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2009, 07:16:02 PM

too cool.  did you get it released into old B & M's?  i'd love to hunt down a copy if it's out locally. 

Not yet but we are working on it. Permuted Press started out this way and they now have a pretty sizable selection of books in Borders. In fact they just signed a deal to bring 7 zombie novels to Pocketooks. WOW! My publisher literally works out of his basement and is the most driven man I have ever met.
985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 01:21:36 AM
Had some AWESOME replies, here are a few:

If its undead....do NOT take it to bed!
If its undead, fill it with lead!
If it's undead, I hope it's been fed!
If it's undead, don't hang around to settle the slow versus fast debate. (best one so far - LOL!!)
It it's undead, ask it if it is politically correct to call it a zombie or a living impaired person.

A LOT of these have come from GT, thanks a lot for everyone that sent in a entry AND for checking out the website. You all are great.  thumbsup

-Tim
986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 30, 2009, 08:21:10 PM
Howdy GT'ers!

The latest entry in the ongoing saga of a man stuck on a deserted island with only a (once) hot zombie girl is up. This weeks entry pushes 'disturbing' to new levels. Although I must say I giggled like a 12 year old when I wrote it. The site also has a new (and I think) professional look. Swing by:

zombie-wilson.blogspot.com and check it out if you get a second.

Don't miss out on winning a free copy of my first novel: Among the Living. Swing by www.amongthelivingbook.com and enter. I have received some really fun responses from the GT crew.

-Crusis
987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 30, 2009, 01:33:18 AM
That was my problem as well. I wondered right away how much 'reality' was even in that show.

-Crusis
988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 30, 2009, 01:32:07 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on July 30, 2009, 01:28:10 AM

Any chance of Kindle edition? 

YES!  icon_biggrin Should be out in a couple of weeks. I have a kindle and I just love that thing so I asked for it to be part of my contract.

-Tim
989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 30, 2009, 01:20:40 AM
I hope folks enjoy it!

My favorite parts of post apocalyptic stories are always the beginning. The 'how did this happen', kinda like the early parts of superhero movies. I read a lot of zombie books and most of them take place right at the outbreak or after. It's usually about survivors and I LOVE those books. Wayne Simmons, Eric S. Brown, Dave Dunwoody, J. L. Bourne and of course Max Brooks. These guys have all been inspirations.

Anyway I wrote a book all about the people on the ground, the men and women trying to make it through two days when their entire world is turned upside down. Just everyday people with everyday problems. What sets it apart (I think) is the oddball characters.

I also experimented with 2nd person POV. Before you groan it is a very small part of the book and it starts a little something like this:

The splash of burgundy is shocking against the carpet, red on tan like a tie dyed t-shirt gone wrong. You try to roll over but the pain makes you pay for the effort. Your hand is pressed to your neck so that you can still feel spreading warmth against your palm. It flows in a pulsing rush and if you had a throat you would probably scream.

How long until you pass on? How long until the blood stops pumping through your heart? It's going to sputter to a halt soon. Sure you've had murmurs before but this is going to be the grand-daddy of them all, the last shuddering pulse of the most complicated muscle in your body running on E.


-Crusis
990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 29, 2009, 08:39:47 PM
Hey all - I'm the author of the Zombie-Wilson diaries that some have enjoyed. Many thanks to all of you that stopped by the site. I was asked to post when my book came out, sorry if this reads like spam. I kinda feel like a proud Papa.

To celebrate the release of my first novel, http://bit.ly/TKk1I Among the Living, I am giving away a couple of signed copies. Swing by my new site for details.

Go to http://www.amongthelivingbook.com/

The contest is pretty simple. Complete the sentence "If it's undead ..." and send the answer to me along with your name. Full details are on the site.

-Crusis
991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 24, 2009, 10:55:23 PM
The latest entry is up. It's called My Girlfriend likes to Play House.

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com

-Crusis
992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 22, 2009, 04:35:32 PM
The first entry was read on Dr. Pus's podcast which went up over the weekend. I love the way he reads it and I got a fresh chuckle out of hearing it.

http://dr-pus.podomatic.com/

-Crusis
993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 21, 2009, 02:21:21 PM
It's a "Pre-Apocalyptic" novel set in Seattle. Read - Zombies!!

It's about three main characters struggling to survive. The book is about the characters, three real oddballs, it's not really about the zombies. It's also pretty long for a genre novel like this, around 350 pages.

I can post the synopsis if you like. It should be out within two weeks. Just waiting on the printers and proofs or something, I stay out of that side and just write.  icon_lol It's safer that way.

edit: My publisher got the book into 250 pages. Single spaced, and dense. I am a happy camper.
994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 21, 2009, 04:05:39 AM
I put up the latest two entries over the last few weeks. This weeks titles is My Girlfriend Hates to be Left Alone. I'm finally starting to get some decent traffic through the site. Enjoy!

-Crusis
995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 05, 2009, 08:49:50 PM
Thanks for the comments. I'll update as I can and will hopefully be able to keep the gag rolling. I plan to keep it up until it is either un-funny, or I plain run out of ideas for my protagnist. I'm doing the blog as a promotion for my upcoming first novel.

I've actually been a lurker and infrequent poster here and GG before it for years but never had a lot of time to get involved in the madness.
996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bloodbowl - Warhammer/American football/fantasy football on: July 05, 2009, 04:55:29 PM
Thanks for everyone's comments. I purchased this on Friday and finally played the tutorials and my first match this morning. The game is amazing looking, fun and wow - what a ruleset.

I was pounded in my first quickmatch so bad that I quit at half time. Time to try again.

-Crusis
997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 05, 2009, 03:15:14 PM
I write a humorous diary about a guy stuck on an island with just a zombie girl as his companion. Nothing serious here - and no ads. If you take a gander be sure to jump back to the June archive and start at the beginning. The first one is called "My Girlfriend has Crabs".

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com/

-Crusis
998  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: List for Demigod 50% Coupon Codes on: May 28, 2009, 09:59:51 PM
I have one available. PM me.

-Crusis
999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 03, 2009, 07:21:06 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 03, 2009, 04:14:28 PM

Quote from: Crusis on March 03, 2009, 04:01:39 PM

Someone should design a plastic cover for the back that would make it easier to grip.
...
I can't believe this thing doesn't come with some sort of cover! For $360 they need to include something.

Amazon wil be happy to sell you a cover (or this one or this one).

They already got me for $30. The minute I opened the box I placed an order for the overpriced leather case.

1000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 03, 2009, 04:01:39 PM
I received my Kindle 2 yesterday. Opened up the slick package, plugged it in, marveled at the display and then was called into a meeting.  ARGH!

The device is a marvel, I can't get over how good the display looks. I mean for $360 I was worried that I was spending too much money on something that didn't offer a color display, doesn't have a touch screen - I mean a basic touch screen would make this thing so badass. But it would also kill the battery. Instead the e-ink is just like looking at a page in a book. The screen could have been a lot bigger.

The white is nice, not jarring. I wonder how it would look in black. The Next Page buttons on each side make it great for reading in either hand (John Stewart did a funny bit on this with Jeff Bezos the other night). The device is very slim but has a very solid feel to it. The metal back is odd, it is burnished but still feels a little slippery. Someone should design a plastic cover for the back that would make it easier to grip.

So over the weekend I went through the Amazon kindle library and added a few books to my kindle. As soon as I turned it on they downloaded. It's shockingly easy to buy a book, so much so that you have to be very careful since all books are one click-insta-buy. I can't believe this thing doesn't come with some sort of cover! For $360 they need to include something.

Oh, for the sci-fi lovers, they have an Iain Banks book for $1 this month called Use of Weapons.
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