As everyone should have noticed by now, I have finished the novel and it is available on Amazon.com. I’m hoping to post some material about the book, why I wrote it and what I want people to take away from the book. Since publishing a book is rather stressful, I took it easy on the blog this month.
– This blog officially turns ten years old in February of 2014. Which makes me feel very old. I am trying to keep this page alive, the best I can. Thus, I’m shooting for 5000 posts. It’s one of my last writing goals I really want to fulfill, as odd as that sounds. It looks like Random Links might be my preferred vessel. And I don’t care if they’re boring and no one cares or if Random Links shouldn’t even count as a blog post. I do care that some people have unsubscribed from the email list. But they were bound to quit on me anyway, right?
– Please, if you’ve read my book, review it!
– William F. Buckley (Christian Encounters Series) by Jeremy Lott. This was a brief biography from a Christian perspective. Since Buckley played such a big role in my political development, I felt compelled to read this book, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It wasn’t bad, in fact, it was rather interesting. Well written. But sometimes the life of a writer is not as interesting as his writtens.
– The Wikipedia Grand Tour from Dailylit. This exhaustive, almost three-year long email series sends you the intros to nearly 1000 of the most important Wikipedia articles. And there’s a lot of variation in interest depending on the topic. I felt like it was worth it.
– Why Can’t I Use A Smiley Face?: Stories From One Month In America by Roosh V. Interesting book. I would recommend it.
– Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even. This book outlines a few new tools and new rules to investing in the post-Great Recession world. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend a few of Cramer’s ideas. They just take too much work. But, the new focus on dividends and gold hedging is a step in the right direction and people should be well acquainted with them. Still, people will probably be better off just getting an index fund (like VOO from Vanguard).
– Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey. Get it. Read it. Make someone else read it.
– The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss. The first books in the “PUA” genre I’ve read, but this is actually not a PUA guide. It’s a fascinating memoir, as Strauss goes from AFC to mPUA to burnout. Highly recommend.
– A Writers Bucket List by Dana Sitar. As I tell younger writers, you should probably read one or two books dealing with the craft of writing every year. This is a quick read with 99 solid goals writers should have going forward in their “careers”. Worth an afternoon.
– Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards by Dean Hanley. I liked the first book of Hanley’s I read (The Bubble Gum Card War) that I immediately purchased his first book. Big mistake. This short book provides the sort of information you can find in any baseball card catalogue.