Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hopes For The New Year

I'm sure anything I write here mirrors what most of us hope for but I have to say it anyway.

.I absolutely would love to see more humanity in 2013. I won't glorify violence by rehashing it but you all know what I mean.
.I hope our government actually works together for the good of those who put them in office.
.I hope all the haters stop hating.
.I hope to achieve a breakthrough in my writing and wish the same for many others.
.On that note, I hope people read more.
.I hope for health, wealth (not necessarily money either) and the fulfillment of dreams for everyone.

There are a lot of other hopes I could add but I prefer to leave something for the reader's imagination.  Add to your own list and let's make it a great 2013 everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Simeon's Promise

Simeon's Promise is a story that explores some very difficult themes. It also contains some hard language that is central to the characters portrayed in the story. Parents, I am telling you this outright so that you know it is not intended for minors. SIMEON'S PROMISE IS FOR ADULTS! I hope that's clear enough.

Now, having said that, the story is principally about forgiveness under the most extreme of circumstances and the language is not gratuitous nor is it the focus of the story. Nadine and Simeon's estranged relationship is. Of course there's action, and adventure, and intrigue intertwined within the sizzling interactions between the characters because I have to entertain and tantalize you, but there is also an underlying message. I would love to know what you think should you read it. And if you read the post before this one, you know that the story is free for the next 90 days to members of Amazon Prime. So if you are not a member, then join already and get some reading done... Reviews folks, please. How else can we writers give you what you want? I'm just saying...

Amazon Prime

I took the plunge and listed all of my books for free on Amazon Prime just in time for Xmas. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can read all four of my novels for free for the next ninety days. I may decide to extend the offer longer than that but that will be decided later. Happy reading everyone. Reviews are always welcome.

Condolences

My condolences to everyone in Connecticut first of all. I live in Colorado where two of the most talked about mass shootings have taken place so I am no stranger to the grief and sorrow those in Connecticut must feel. Our prayers are with you and may God comfort you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Editing...Editing...More Editing

Spicing things up considerably with Simeon's Promise. The readers have spoken and I listened. One of the great things about being independent is that I can make corrections, add/delete material etc. That's also something to be careful with so I'm trying to do that too. Considering doing the same things with some of my other work, I'll keep you updated on the progress.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just A Check In...

Grinding everyone. Editing is going as fast as I can get it done. No complaints but it must be interesting to be a full time writer and be able to set up your day to benefit your work. Someday...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Writer Needs To Know

Readers...how much detail is too much? We writers want to give you realism; grit where it should be gritty such as foul language in the case of a character who should talk that way because he's a thugged out menace, or high brow language when the character is a well bred gentleman. And when the story just needs to move along we want to do that well too. I ask because I've had reader comments all over the spectrum (yes, I know everyone is different and has different perspectives they bring to the table when they're reading). Some want the fluff, where you gloss over a particularly delicate subject, and others want to get down and dirty just like a certain character might really be in true life. We all know (or have come across) some nasty people with foul mouths and even fouler actions. Do you want that character real or not is my question as long as it adds to the story? In my novel Consider Job (e), one of the main protagonist is the devil. Now, we all know the devil ain't nice to put it plain. Still, there are some who think the minimal (in my mind) characterization of the enemy of all mankind is too much in certain scenes. I am still going to write the way I write and inject nasty/gentility/reservedness into a story wherever I think it's appropriate, but I do value your opinions...let me hear from you. In the end it may help shape how much detail I give you in the many tales floating around inside this brain of mine.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Disappointed but Hopeful

I have to admit that post election I am severely disappointed by the amount of ugliness out there. It especially troubles me that so many throw God's name into the mix when spewing their diatribes. I have no interest in adding to the negativity so I won't. Let me just say that my prayers and hopes for all of us are that we find a way to work together for the betterment of all of us. There are a great many bright and talented people in this country with gracious hearts... Here's hoping that all of you rise to the top and help someone else along the way.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hopeful

Like everyone else in America/the world, here's hoping that our elected leaders actually work together for the betterment of those that put them in office. It's not about one individual but everyone collectively. I don't live in some altruistic fantasy but the system is designed to bring the best and brightest together so that they can compromise and find the best solution for everyone...that hasn't been happening. No man made system will ever be perfect but I am certain we can do better than we have been. To you (elected) leaders...we will be watching.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Offspring Doing Great Things

Check out the review for my sons EP (CD). Very positive with good feedback. I'm biased but his flow and style is unique. The subject matter will change with time so that doesn't phase me because I know who he really is as a person. The thing that's important is that the talent is there. There's no substitute for that. Give the review a look

http://www.hiphoprollcall.com/2012/11/reviews/rebel-minority-x-j-carey-for-now/


Also... Check out my baby girl's debut as a baller at Old Dominion tonight. She just keeps getting better because she puts in the work. Proud of you baby. Go Lady Monarchs!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Where The Auslander Series Is Headed

I wanted to answer a question about the Auslander series. The intent is and always has been to highlight the common humanity of the characters. I've already posted about the multinational makeup of the principal characters. All of them have viable, important background stories to be told and that will be done. As I've also posted, Elise will be first and then other stories will follow as I can create them. I am very much looking forward to telling the stories of Petra, Benjamin and Nayda for example.  They are the three Jewish children from the original novel who are trapped living underground in Berlin for the unaware. Their story will receive the same detailed attention as all the others. In the end, what I intend to do is bring all of them back together for some more riveting adventures and to continue their story as a group while the years pass. My hope is to portray the commonness of our struggle as human beings no matter our backgrounds. Particularly under the most trying circumstances...stay tuned.

Comments

My bad! I thought I had checked the comment button when I set up my blog...I didn't. Now you can make comments...sorry.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Womens Contributions During WW2

I had a great conversation with a dear friend today (female...hello Lynn). The subject of women during the war years of WW2 came up and I relayed to her that several of the reviews and comments I got back about my first novel (Foreign Son, formerly Auslander) mentioned their dislike of some of the contributions to the story by the female lead and others. Let me say first of all that reviews are useful to an author in many ways, letting us know that the story is resonating with readers for instance so they are appreciated. However, my reason for this post is to point out that several males in particular had a problem with women doing anything more than minding the children and keeping the kitchen clean until daddy/boyfriend etc. returned from his heroes role at the front. I will cover the motivation for the Auslander series in another post so I won't go into it here. What I will say emphatically is that women...ladies...females...girls, played a huge role in the war effort. The most well known fact here in America is that women went into the labor force and produced many of the planes/tanks/arms/munitions that their husbands and sons etc. were using to win the war (i.e. Rosy the Riveter). That was far from their only contribution however. The Russian military employed female tank crews, pilots and more during the war. Women acted as spies behind enemy lines at the cost of their lives, participated in the French resistance, served on the home front in England and numerous other countries. Acted as code breakers, sifted the enemy for vital information in numerous countries... I could go on for some time but I believe I have made my point. Ladies, you will get nothing but a shout out from this writer. I did a tremendous amount of research to write my Auslander books even though they are fictional (and there will be much more to come with all the main characters getting their own stories) and I will scream from the mountain top that women, you handled your business with grace, grit and boundless courage in the midst of one of the worst periods of evil the world has ever seen. I will continue to give you your due no matter what some narrow-minded males believe. First up in the cue will be Elise's story (I'm guessing around January in the new year before it's complete). I think you're going to love this lady. She is full of fire, passion, righteous indignation and fury when the time is right. I do want to thank my male counterparts before I end this post. They have proven to this writer that I was on the right track when I felt that women's contributions to the war effort absolutely had to be highlighted in any series I created. For that I am very grateful. Here's a link to Amazon's page featuring Women during World War Two. Read about some of these amazing heroines and see if you aren't as impressed as I was. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=women+heroines+in+world+war+2

Lewis

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reviews

Okay folks, it has to be said. I have two books listed for free on Smashwords, https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LaSalle. Foreign Son and Consider Job (e). I thoroughly and sincerely appreciate those who have downloaded copies. I would really appreciate a review when you finish reading. Please do so on Amazon.com.  As a writer, I crave feedback so that I can take it to heart and tweak and perfect my craft. All you readers out there are the best, I just need to know what you think once you have read my work.  Life is busy for all of us, I understand that. Mine is crammed with activity too, but I would love your feedback when you can get to it. In the meantime, keep reading and God bless.

Happy days,
Lewis

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Busy Weekend Watching My Sons Perform

I had a great time this past weekend watching my sons, Dominique and Isaiah perform. Dominique was one of the finalists in the new faces contest at Comedy Works: he had a great set; in fact everyone did. And then from Thursday through Sunday, he was the MC for Tommy Davidson's five shows at The Improv (yes, the Tommy Davidson from "In Living Color" with Jamie Foxx, JLo and the Wayans family back in the day). Dillon Garcia from Comedy Central was featured as well. Good times and lots of laughs for everyone. My other son, Isaiah, besides being one of the actors employed by the Natural History museum here in Denver where he is currently bringing to life characters from the Pompei disaster, is also featured in a production of Edgar Allen Poe's work at the Byers Evans Theater. That show was also slamming: the cast did a great job of bringing Poe's admittedly dark works to life. Now I just need the Women's basketball season to start so I can see my daughter, Shae, play for Old Dominion. And I absolutely will be in Las Vegas in December when the Lady Monarchs are there for a tournament at UNLV. Can't wait!

Now...I have writing to do.

Peace

Friday, October 12, 2012

Change Of Plans

I'm changing up the format a little bit due to a persistent and very loud voice telling me I need to. Elise, my spy novel will not be ready for Xmas. I will definitely keep working on her but it will be at a slower pace. My energies will instead go primarily into another project. It's hard for anyone to understand unless they write but sometimes there is a little voice in your head that tells you that you need to do something first. Only this voice isn't so little, so I'm listening. I'm going to leave the subject matter as a surprise for a little while but I will say that if you had to label the project or put it in a category it would be YA, or young adult. However, I have always intended to write for all people so I am certain that everyone will find the story line entertaining and relevant as well. I'm excited about it (and everything else I'm working on).

I'll keep the updates coming,

Lewis

Monday, October 8, 2012

Encouraging Message To The Young

Some among us older folks understand your apathy and disgust with the way things work sometimes. You've worked hard, gone to school, toed the line and done what you're supposed to. Your reward when you arrived in the 'Adult' world was landing in the middle of a grip of self-serving, backstabbing, miserable people who wouldn't help a fallen person up out of the gutter. I just want to tell you that there are many among us who are your biggest fans. Don't let negative experiences (or people) define your outlook on life or others. You've all got dreams. Don't let anyone tell you you can't achieve them. It's your journey. Guard your heart against bitterness and if someone knocks you down emotionally, spiritually, physically, keep getting up. They'll fade away eventually and you'll be the one standing. I'm looking for great things from a whole lot of you. And by great i'm not talking material gain, I mean you fighting the good fight, taking care of others and being someone with enough strength and fortitude to step away from the herd. If you don't like the way the world works, then don't be the world. Be better...be who you were intended to be.

Peace and Blessings,
Lewis

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Progress

A note about where Elise is (my spy novel with the female double agent). I'm laboring hard on it but I have a phenomenal amount of work to do before it will be ready; i'm still shooting for a Christmas release though.

I'm also finishing the sequel to Simeon's Promise. And if anyone is wondering, no it isn't a great idea to be working on two novels at once but that's the task I set before myself. The fortunate thing is that the stories are so different that they require two separate mindsets to create.That may sound odd for anyone that isn't a writer, but what it means is that I have to go to two disparate places while creating. That distance from one another makes it possible to do though not easy. I have read about numerous methods that author use for inspiration but I know what works for me and am sticking to it. If it ain't broke don't fix it so to speak.

Back to work now.

Peace,

Lewis

Monday, October 1, 2012

Putting Horn Players on Notice (Especially you Marsalis People)

I mentioned in an earlier post that I keep my alto and tenor saxophones next to me while I write and how much the study of music aids my creativity. I say all that so that I can put all you world famous horn playing people on notice. Some day, like in ten or twenty or seventy five years I am going to get good on these instruments and then I'm coming for you. So you Marsalis brothers, you established and ridiculously talented jazz geniuses like Joshua Redman, David Sanchez and the like, and also you smooth jazz artists like Gerald Albright and Boney James and Paul Taylor, I want you to know now that you better watch your backs (I just hope you'll take it easy on a brother when I do eventually challenge you and not embarrass me too bad). Wait..that's not supposed to be in there when I'm trash talking... Shoot, I already hit publish.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stop Hating and Start Loving

Just a quick post tonight on the writing process. I finally got to one of the major plot points in my Simeon's Promise series that took nearly two books to set up. Hopefully, I did it right. I'm sure someone will let me know if I didn't. And if they do and they're right, I'll fix it.

Now for the title of this point I'll be brief and to the point. Entirely too much hating, backbiting, using, abusing and all other forms of nasty going on in our society right now. Those things have always been there but it seems to be accelerating. Good people stand up and keep being you. We need more of what you bring to the world and less of what the dividers, biters and haters add. That's all I've got for the night.

Joy to everyone,

Lewis

Friday, September 28, 2012

J.K Rowling and The Casual Vacancy

I took the time to check out reviews today for J.K Rowling's new book. First of all let me say that I haven't read the book. I have read a great deal about it and I also picked it up and browsed through it in a store yesterday to get a feel for the writing. I plan to read it when I am not so engrossed in trying to finish two of my own stories before Xmas. It was obvious to me instantly that Ms. Rowling has developed herself some serious writing chops from the brief exposure I had to her newest offering. But that is not what this post is about. I wanted to tackle the fact that most reviewers really took her to task for daring to write something so different from what they were used to from her. I don't have to mention her last effort here for anyone to know what I am referring to so I won't.

Rather, I want to say emphatically that I completely understand her need to write something different at this point. As someone who writes, I can empathize with any writer needing to keep the inspiration and imagination fresh. I haven't achieved one millionth of the success that Ms. Rowling has and may never (but i'm not believing that), but for those of you who have not considered her reasons for endeavoring to jump all the way out of the box many have placed her in as a writer, you have to realize that she absolutely and unequivocally had to in order to give you what you want from her down the road. Stagnation is a writers worst curse and when you have achieved what J.K. Rowling did with that one mega-million selling series, no matter how much you love your muse, firing up that wonderful imagination that she possesses means taking a risk; burning down the box; and departing from what everyone else expects, etc. As I said, I will read the book, and even offer a review for what it's worth. But I will also judge "The Casual Vacancy" on its own merits.

One more thing I do have to do is mention that My own novel,"Simeon's Promise," is a departure for me as a writer. There is profanity, sex, and some intense dialogue and interaction because that is the world of the characters that are featured. Convicts do not as a rule speak in colloquial, high-brow English so I did not depict them that way. In fact, it was my reviewers that directly told me that the original language used by some of my characters wasn't realistic. Most asked me to make it more real! I added all this to point out to anyone that might pick up "Simeon's Promise," you will encounter the aforementioned reality. The books overarching theme, however is forgiveness. Sometimes that means that the characters might be profane, nasty and downright unlikable, kind of like real life. Which is my point for anyone that has a problem with J.K. Rowling keeping it real so to speak. Nasty human beings use nasty language and do nasty things to one another. But you all knew that.

Still, and forever loving everyone,
Lewis


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's the Point of the Auslander Series

In answer to a question I have gotten more than once, the point is that everyone's story is relevant. I always want to entertain when I write, but it is possible and my intention to do more. There are universal themes in human interaction that have relevance in any era. The heroines and heroes in "Foreign Son" and "Flight" and what's to come, are multinational and multiracial. All of them have a story worth telling. The idea and reality of the series is that all the main characters (and there are many just so you know because that was how the war played out) will have stand alone stories as well as combined adventures that unite all of them. If you can't find a character to empathize with in this series then I have missed the mark as the author. Elise, will be first up among the principals as I have mentioned here and elsewhere (excited about what this lady brings to the table). There is history and drama, racial tension, scintillating sequences of adventure and more as everything unfolds. It's kind of like real modern life which is my point about relevance. Anyone who reads this got all of that much more succinctly than others who asked me that question in person so count yourself lucky.

At any rate, Wednesday night, it's getting late, and I will have more for all of you tomorrow.

Hasta Manana, mis amigos.

Lewis

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Musings From the Mind of the Author

A brief and admittedly rambling update. Learned about a disturbing new drug that has come to the world today at work by way of my continuing education as an EMT. I won't even mention the name here lest anyone vulnerable stumble upon this post and get any ideas. Needless to say, praying for everyone to stay free of such a devastating and ruthless path to destruction. Just know that I am interceding for everyone to find peace, love and happiness in this life without turning to something that will strip you of everything.

The writing is humming along. So much so that I don't want to cut it off at night. I've promised that my Simeon's Promise sequel, along with "Elise," the first independent character release from my Auslander series, will be ready by Xmas so I've got work to do. Ladies, I'm going to work to make you all proud in this one though I won't omit the fellas either. Elise is a British double agent who first appears in "Foreign Son". Her story is about to get deep to say the least, and highlight the ladies contribution to the war effort during the second World War. There's nothing typical about me, my characters,or Elise so if you think you've seen this story line before, you're wrong (that's as polite as I can put it). My heroine is about to "do some things" if I can put it in slight street terms. That's why I am asking for you ladies help in particular. I need all of you to make your stories relevant so I need your support when this thing kicks off. I'll be letting you know exactly when that is so stay tuned.

Have to do the work thing again tomorrow so off to shave, cut my hair and all of that other business.

Love and peace to everyone,

LK

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

When to Quench the Writing Bug

The hardest thing to do sometimes is bring an inspired moment to a halt because you know you have to get ready for tomorrow's work day so you can be reasonably aware and alert and productive. I am in one of those moments right now. The words and creativity are flowing to the pace of the scintillating rhythm of the instrumental jazz I always listen to when I write. (Did I mention that I keep my saxophones next to me while writing also? The greatest thing I have learned about myself as a writer is that the study of music aids my writing. When I need a break, I will blow on my tenor or my alto sax and practice reading music...it works for me like nothing else as far as inspiration but I digress). My point with this post is to communicate how hard it is for a writer to cut off that flow . Often I won't but I haven't made it to the big time so that my writing pays the bills yet so I continue to do what I do, which is labor as a firefighter. And yes I value what I do before anyone doubts that reality. However, I am more than 20 years into this phase of my life and am transitioning slowly into what I will do for the rest of my years, which is primarily write. At any rate, that is a glimpse into a small portion of my world...I'm going to to get ready for work now. Have a good night everyone.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Upcoming Titles

A few things to report on from the writing end of things. The sequel to Simeon's Promise, Homecoming, will be out in time for Xmas. I'm working hard on it and a couple of other projects. If I keep my nose to the grindstone I may have as many as three more novels completed in the next four months...we will see.

In answer to a question I got about the Auslander Series, Foreign Son and Flight, thus far, it is so much more than a story about a black soldier (Vince LaSalle) during WW2. It was the era of serious discrimination and segregation so that's included of course, but  there's a love story intertwined and characters that span the globe. The Scott Danny Keaton, Magda and her Polish compatriots. Petra and the Jewish refugee children that Vince rescues, my French contingent, Guy, Margaret and Julia. And ladies, you rightfully get your due with characters like Vierna, Jan Holling, the double agent Elise, who by the way will be the first supporting character to get her own stand alone novel which is the plan for all of the main characters. The idea is to highlight the various contributions to the war effort by so many different groups and people and then bring them all together for some adventures as a group. I also want to highlight their common humanity. The saga will go on for a very long time so if any of you television-series types are paying attention and looking for something different and universally appealing, I can put you to work for a number of years with that one series.

More in the way of Elise; the woman is bad, as in a soldier's soldier. She is one I want to make available for Xmas so wish me luck. Her story is also one that takes her deep under cover into the midst of the hell that was the Third Reich. Watch for her, I know I'm excited about what my creative brain is coming up with for her.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Comedy of Fishing Errors Gone Right



Just returned from the beautiful Colorado high country from my first fishing trip in a long time with my wife. Needless to say we were a little rusty. However, after much deliberation, agitation, and downright bumbling, as a team we landed a monster rainbow trout that almost stole my pole as I changed into my rain gear when it started sprinkling. A subsequent mad chase along the lake shore in the mud in my stocking feet soon had me fighting what felt like a very big fish. The battle raged, and ended with me pulling my prize from the water just in time for my line to snap. Fortunately, my wife had galloped back to the car and retrieved our net. Only problem was that the net was too small. So...while I slipped my feet into my shoes, she flipped our thrashing, very po'd supper up onto the sand where I could finally get a hold of him. And you know what? We got him and he is now filleted and in my freezer for future consumption. So you see, in the end the Kelley's won and the monster fish and the elements lost (this wouldn't be a fish story otherwise).So I would have to call it a victory. Next time, we'll be ready. Oh, by the way...just under 22 inches long and slightly more than four and a half pounds.