Screw a bunch of resolutions…

Let’s make goals instead. I suck at resolutions, but somehow manage to be pretty goal-oriented. So here are my goals for 2012. At some point I’ll take a look back at last year’s goals and see where I succeeded (number of novels written) and where I failed horribly (weight loss), but this is not that post. 1) Words per day – I’m quitting my day job, so there’s no reason not to ratchet up my productivity. My current goal is 2,000 words per day, or 10,000 words per week. That equates to half a million words in a year, which […]

We put the “Crisis” back in Christmas!

Short answer, everything’s okay. Long answer is that next year, all I want for Christmas is nothing that makes me say “Oh shit” and hop in the truck hauling ass to South Carolina at any point. I don’t mind going to see my relatives, but I’d like for their to be no catastrophe involved. No near-death experiences, no medical mishaps, nothing that could remotely smell of tragedy. Just wanted to log that request early. It will be made often this year. So if you’ve been reading here for a while, you may remember that last year on Christmas Eve my […]

It’s still Scalzi’s fault

But seriously, my cats are adorable.                               So Yeah, I’m having fun with the new camera. My old camera, a Canon Rebel Xti, was also really nice, and I had a very good 70-300mm lens with image stabilization built in. I was able to take this shot with it standing at least a 1/4 mile away from the stream in the picture. But that camera was stolen when my car was broken into in Atlanta. The first time. Yes, it happened twice. Not to the same […]

Inventory Reduction Sale!

I know, sounds like something a car lot does, right? Well, that’s kinda where we are at the Casa de Hartness nowadays. I’ve got a bunch of copies of The Chosen and Back in Black with the original covers hanging around my house. Since I have no copies of Hard Day’s Knight left with original covers, and Knight Moves debuted with the cover from Extended Imagery, I’d rather only have the books with the series covers at my signings and cons in the future. So you get a deal! From now until they’re gone, you can buy copies of Back […]

Winner, winner…

I’m not sure why the phrase “winner, winner, chicken dinner” annoys me, but it does. Perhaps because it makes no sense other than to force a mediocre rhyme. Maybe I’m just an ass. Whatever. But today we do have some winners to announce – the winners of the Kindle Fire giveaway! That’s right, two lucky people won a Kindle Fire last night, and they already know who they are. So now I can tell you fine folks. Our first winner is Valerie Huffman. She tweeted about the contest, bought books to get extra entries, took a picture of herself reading […]

Holidays rolling in

I had this long post about half-written whining about how my holidays were going to be all screwed up again this year (if you’ve been around a while, you may recall that my brother’s house burned down last Christmas Eve) because my other brother got a MRSA infection after his most recent knee replacement surgery. Then I got a text saying that he’d be able to leave the hospital tomorrow instead of having to stay there anywhere from two days to four weeks, like we’d thought as recently as yesterday. So now I’m happy again, and less likely to whine […]

Last Shopping Days…

If you wanna guarantee delivery before Christmas, and you want signed books, Monday is pretty much the last day you have any hope of making that happen. So put in your order now! I’ll be signing at the Charlotte ComiCon this Sunday, come on out and say hi! Don’t forget that the Win a Kindle Fire contest ends Monday, so get your entries in! One of my other sites, Red Dirt Review, has a new print and ebook out – check it out. Red Dirt Review is a literary magazine dedicated to bringing you the best in Southern-themed poetry, short […]

Kindle Fire Review – Part Deux

So in my initial review, I mentioned that I had a long flight coming up and that would be my test for the Kindle Fire and battery life. Well, I flew from Charlotte to Las Vegas last week and was perfectly content with the battery life on my Fire. I don’t know that it would have lasted the entire flight, but it certainly lasted the part of the flight I was awake for! I watched a couple of episodes of a TV show, and I was right that the smaller size with the stand-style case was a better size than […]

Guest Blog – Melissa Miller Book Tour – Irreparable Harm

When John invited me to write a guest post about the genesis of my favorite character in my legal thriller, Irreparable Harm, my initial thought was to write about my protagonist, a tiny but fierce attorney named Sasha McCandless.  After all, I like Sasha well enough that I’m writing a series about her!  After further reflection, I decided not to write about Sasha after all; before I explain why, here’s a synopsis of the book: Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she’s months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. […]