Spotify, Round II

Literally the best.

(This is more-or-less of an update to my original blog post in July.)

While I guarantee that, out of the maybe five six readers I have, maybe two or three of you will pay attention — or maybe! — even listen to the Spotify playlist.

Of course, since my original Spotify post, the playlist has grown far beyond what I originally had, so instead of typing out each and every song and artist (with my thoughts about each), I’ll just be linking to the playlist which I literally just published before publishing this. (Yes, literally.)

Called Evernote Nightsit consists of a mix of instrumentals, covers, acoustic, quite techno-esque music and a few 40’s-50’s era music. Obviously, tastes differ with each person, so I don’t expect you to enjoy each and every track, but there truly are some beautiful tracks in the mix.

Whether you’re listening to it for homework, writing, parties (because who doesn’t want to hear Bon Iver while getting drunk?), writing parties, sleepy-time, sexy-time or all of the above, feel free to subscribe and listen.*

* Be warned, however, some of the tracks I’ve included, such as 4 Minute Warning by Radiohead are not available on Spotify, meaning you will have to have those files already on your computer to listen to them with this playlist.

(This took entirely too long to upload, ShareMyPlaylists.)

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“I’d rather be a comma, than a full-stop.”

It’s nice being back here, dear internet. While I would love to inform you that Dreaming Wide Awake is not only published but a number-one bestseller, alas, I cannot.

But, instead of that (because who really wants to hear me nag about how I’ve been busy with work and my internship?), I am here to tell you I have, once again, polished up the site. If you lists, and not a giant paragraph, you are in luck, as I am in a tidy mood tonight, and below is everything listed out for an average  a better viewing experience.

1. Portfolio: For the first time since I created this site, Portfolio actually carries material. I have posted a handful of articles I’ve written for my college’s newspaper, The Ranger, and have neatly put them in (some) order, that I don’t even really know of.

Once the Fall semester starts in September, I’ll have more stories from this past Spring posted up.

2. About Me: A lengthy, somewhat decent overview of my writing. I hate writing these things, but it’s an always-changing overview, so it’s fun in that aspect.

3. NovelsI used to have three different pages for each of my novels, but not only does putting these pages into one neat and tidy Novels ‘folder’ clean things up a bit, but I now have more space to put whatever I want put in on my limited-blog-space. Literally nothing else is new, except:

3a. For Those Who Don’t Learn From History: Inspiration: I’ve updated this part quite a bit. When re-reading through the original posting, I had awkward, unfunny humor which is definitely still there, parts that didn’t go anywhere and new ‘updates’, per say, that have developed my post-apocalyptic novel t0-be. Go read it. I am very excited for this novel.

4. Theme: I like it, and so should you.

But seriously. I’m working on it. Once I figure out how to take out the hilariously-outdated ‘About Me’ widget off, it’ll  be off. Until then, visit the About Me page for a better, more professional take on myself.

5. ‘Like’ me on Facebook: I understand most my readers come from Facebook, but there isn’t any way of telling. I’d love for you to stop by my Facebook page after reading up on everything here. It will not only get my book more attention, but will 100% encourage me to update this site more often.

And, I do believe that’s all.

Until next time,

Joel

“Fifties On-Demand”: My third novel.

It feels like just yesterday when I announced my second book, For Those Who Don’t Learn From History, and that has been over six months now! It also feels like yesterday when I was thinking to myself, “Well Joel, what if this is it? What if For Those Who Don’t Learn From History is my last book for a good while?”. I was scared that something would never come to me, but alas, it did.

Fifties On-Demand is going to be my take at experimenting in genres. I am leaving the sci-fi and thriller world behind and taking on a challenge only good books can accomplish: general fiction. It’s ironic for me to be writing, because I previously thought I had to have some type of highly-entertaining genre helping me along the way, in both writing the story and coming up with the ideas. I can happily say I am venturing out of my comfort zone and cannot wait to get this novel started.

Fifties On-Demand, a simple story about a man, his uneventful life and death, is my attempt at a great piece of literature. Nowadays, however, this is a near-impossible task, because of the flooding of trashy tween novels filling the earth. I carry hope, though, like I have since my beginning days of Dreaming Wide Awake.

As I have only just started working out the details in the past two weeks, I will give you a small preview of what I have come up with thus far.

“Logan* was not afraid of death hitting his heart. He was not afraid of a car hitting his drivers-side seat, he was not afraid of a crazed psycho-maniac murdering him in his sleep, nor was he afraid of a horrid, gory death in a train accident. Logan was afraid of the goodbye’s that lingered over the death of other’s. That last breath that left a soon-souless body was a haunting moment in time that frightened Logan to his sleep every night. With each new addition to the population was one-less soul and Logan was going to conquer his fear — even if it leaves him dead.”

* Logan is a temporary name.

I have created a page for the book and will soon be updating with more specific information. Until then, stay classy.

Joel

Covers.

Since last posting the front cover, a couple of changes have been made. By “a couple of changes”, I completely mean one thing was removed, but I personally like it more. I also cannot believe I have yet to post both the front and back cover, so consider this the formal announcement of such.

Below is the original cover, with thebelow ‘Dreaming Wide Awake’.

I would personally like to thank Allie Osterloh for the creation of these, and I cannot express how much greater this has made my journey to publishing Dreaming Wide Awake!

Which cover do you prefer, dear readers? Post it in the comments!

Reviews

A couple friends of mine today gave me an idea. Whether or not they were kidding around, I think it could be potentially cool.

Give a few people copies of “Dreaming Wide Awake” while I’m typing it designing the book’s final steps and have small reviews on the opening page. Of course, I doubt all would positive, but how cool would it be to have reviews on a self-published book? Better yet, the “Spotlight” review could go on the cover!

Just a few things to think about. ;)

Joel

Official Description!

Ah, the joy of finally creating an official description for a book I’ve been writing for two years. You’d think something like this would be a simple process, but alas, no. See, the description is what pulls customers in to read your piece of work. I believe it is appealing, but then again, my opinion will differ from the reader’s.

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
– Mary Manin Morrissey

Fear is an ever-growing presence lurking in the depths of our everyday lives. Whether we accept it or not, the process haunts us; waiting for a moment to attack. For Mac, each moment passing by forms life to a daunting, living blotch of thoughts. It attacks; Mac succumbs. Dreaming is no longer the normality it used to be. Mac has become victim to a curse, one which inhabits the mind and invades the soul. As fantasy merges to reality as dreams end, just how clear is the difference between the two? Mac’s lurking fear soon becomes the nightmare of the century as he begins DREAMING WIDE AWAKE.

Feedback would be highly appreciated. Highly.

Joel

…and a Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Mine was good, but,
went by all too quick. Over the break, I have managed to, for lack
of a better word, avoid any writing, except a couple of pages. I
plan on having it finished somewhere between January 28 – February
10, 2011. After “Dreaming Wide Awake” is completely finished, I
will begin using Blurb – a self-publishing software/site – give it
a final edit, and have it released somewhere between late-March or
early-April. Post-“Dreaming Wide Awake” is where things get
interesting; fun. “For Those Who Don’t Learn From History” – my
second book, set in a post-apocalyptic world – will begin probably
in June. So, two months of preparation. Speaking of FTWDLFH, I got
this nifty little gift for Christmas. Called “Paper Blanks”, they
are unusual, yet cool-styled journals. Yes, while built for
journals, I am going to use it for my first draft of “For Those Who
Don’t Learn From History”.

For those
wondering, the title is based off of George Santayana’s quote,
“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Have
a good day. Joel