Sunday, November 27, 2011

No Online Sales in November

While I sold four copies of Lucky Streak from my dwindling personal stock, no one ordered a either a printed or eBook copy from Amazon. I'm beginning to think that the price point for an eBook from an unknown author is $0.99. It would be an interesting experiment to change the price for a while and see what happens, but my relationship with my publisher is such that I can't even make the suggestion. Some fences can't be mended.

As I write this, I'm watching The Walking Dead. I love the characters in the show and the comic book. I hope that someday, I can write characters like that. Of course, that assumes that I actually write something else. I am beginning to believe that this will never be anything more than a time eating hobby. Maybe should practice my guitar instead. At least my ears provide positive feedback as I play.

I think that I'll be able to think more clearly about writing once I move in two weeks. I'll have more time for writing then and it will be considerably easier to establish a stronger support group.

Until next next, I remain, Dane Grannon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I was at my sister's house surrounded by over twenty relatives and one cat. While everyone else is inside, I was on the patio trying to prevent an asthma attack that would completely ruin my day.

My vantage point provided the first warning that something was amiss people streamed from the hospital across the highway. Cars and trucks raced across the parking lot colliding in a massive pileup that blocked both entrance and egress.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Future of Media part 1

I don't write non-fiction essays, but there is something that's been eating at me for a long time. What do we expect to pay for our various forms of entertainment? What forms will that entertainment take? This posting will ramble and I don't plan to edit because I want my true voice to come through. Maybe this will make sense. I'm betting that it will ramble.

To address the costs, it is necessary to examine what the public wants from the various media. I know what I want, but it would be the height of arrogance to presume that others want the same. So I did a little research and I do mean a little. I'm a geek or a nerd, depending on your definition, and concentrated on determining what my demographic wants. My research consisted of watching Amazon sales rankings and listening to the following podcasts, The Adam Carolla Show,The Nerdist,The Legion of Dudes,Half Hour Wasted, The Walking Dead TV Podcast, PDK Media Blackbox, Geek Dads Weekly, Comic Geek Speak, and last but probably my favorite The Film Vault. Have I mentioned that I have an extremely long commute?

This research led me to this conclusion, we want access to everything whenever we want it. This shouldn't surprise anyone. Society as a whole is completely centered on the now. I could go on about how young adults are living with their parents longer because they like the amenities of home, but that would lead to a discussion about the economy, taxes and the budget. I'm not qualified to provide answers on these topics, although I bet this site would receive more traffic. At what price, my soul?

If I was writing a formal paper, there would be footnotes documenting the following, but this isn't and I don't feel like fleshing this out into an article. Given my lack of reputation in the business, I doubt anyone would publish this in any form.

Network television is dying. Big surprise. I'm such a wonderfully deep thinker -- a true visionary. I truly wish for a sarcasm tag. The current ratings woes at NBC are a prime example. I saw a story on the web, that stated that something like 50% of their primetime schedule is below the audience levels of most of the shows that were cancelled last season. I'm certain that the other networks are facing similar struggles. The originality of the programming is declining. If there is a good concept, the networks spawns several replicas. Does anyone really know how many versions of CSI is running? With few notable exceptions, there is very little worth watching on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Go ahead and make a comment about a show that is truly worth watching. I'd be interested to see.

There are some television programs that I consider worth seeing, but, for the most part, I wouldn't let my younger children see them. I am a big fan of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. I also enjoyed the premier of Hell on Wheels. But here's a secret, I don't watch them at the scheduled time or even from on my television. I sit in front of my computer and watch them. I've even watched them on my iPhone. As I said before, I want programming when and where I want it.

As you probably guessed from my list of podcasts, I was a big fan of radio programs. The problem is, some are broadcast at times that don't fit my schedule. That's why I love podcasts. They are ready when I am. Adam Carolla calls his podcast "The pirate ship" and reportedly turned down a multi-million dollar offer to return to the airwaves.

Streaming content is the wave of the future. Unlike recorded shows, it is much more difficult to skip commercials. I'm willing to listen to the commercials in order to have the shows when I want them.

This post is getting quite long. I will continue the discussion in part two later this week.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I want to remind everyone that Lucky Streak is still available through Amazon.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I may have read my last Men of War comic

Yesterday I read Men of War #3. My fear of what would occur did. A person in the main story suddenly showed up with super powers. I know that the comic was firmly established in the DC Universe in the first issue but I held out hope that they would keep the team in the normal side of the action.

This issue is a "pants" which means that I wouldn't buy it.

AS everyone who has been reading this knows, I've been struggling with writer's block. As a cure, on November 1st at noon, I decided to start NaNoWriMo. I had no plot and only the most vague characters. So why am I writing this? Don't I have 1667 words to do today? I finished the words hours ago. I'm thinking about my plot some this evening. I'm ahead of schedule. If anyone is interested, my nickname is DaneGrannon.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon