The Buccaneer of Nemaris
Calendar of Events

Phew!  Its tough trying to find a use for this page!  So we'll use it as an update board for the book.
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6/15/18 - Twenty years ago today...

I'm just a sucker for old NES games.  If you get the reference, consider yourself awesome.  If not, you're just a tuna head - but don't take that personally.  (I might upset someone.  People who are upset have tendencies towards causing nuclear reactions, but again, that's all part of the reference.)

Just realized something - my last update last November I put in the wrong year.  I must be really off without a cat in my life.  But I digress.

Anyway, 2018 has been a daily adventure with a new job and less time for writing.  Making money takes time, and time costs money.  Just another irony in the game of life where the rules contradict each other and we all end up in traffic.  I guess nobody's perfect.

At any rate, I have a few events coming up.  This coming Saturday I'll be at my second Books and Beer Pop-Up Bookstore event in the Minneapolis Area.  This time, the event takes place at Summit Brewing, located on Montreal Avenue near W. 7th Street and I-35E in St. Paul.  If you're 21 and enjoy a cold brew, I'd recommend the oatmeal stout.  But just about any beer that Summit makes is going to be a good day.

The event lasts from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, June 23rd.  Check it out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/387433491740603/

Also next month I'll be attending Chapel Con in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  Located at the northern end of US Route 65, Albert Lea may not be as fancy a location as the San Diego Con (I mean, really, what is?) but I'm told it's as good as a con as any, and it's affordable enough for me to attend.  Plus, it's the second farthest I've gone for a book signing.  (That title belongs to Reno, Nevada.  Going to be tough to top that.)

That said, Chapel Con takes place over the weekend of July 21st and 22nd at a local convention center.  A local comic shop, Chapel Comics, hosts Midwestern comic artists and authors, and I'm excited to take a few days off of work to attend.  Hopefully one of my readers will find me there too.

Maybe two, you know, just to help pay for hotel fare.  Events are expensive.

Read about Chapel Con here.
https://www.facebook.com/TheRealChapelCon/

As for next year - although I haven't heard for certain yet, as I only submitted my application - but I have sent off paperwork to attend Word Play's first writing festival, put on by The Loft in Downtown Minneapolis.  It's being billed as the biggest celebration of writing in the Midwest, and that's saying something.  The Twin Cities has one of the largest writing communities In the country, and although I represent a very tiny slice of it (I think) the area is home to many talented and diverse writers.  With luck, I'll be able to pitch a tent and maybe even join one of the discussion panels.  Here's hoping.

It won't occur until sometime in 2019, but here's where you can learn more.

http://loftwordplay.com/

That's about all the news I can share here today.  To blame my inactivity and inability to write lately on my being catless, even a year later, would be cowardly and wrong.  Maybe that prize goes to my day job.  Whatever the cause, I am still trying to get Red Shoes published and also find enough money to scrounge out book three, Of Scimitars and Sands. 

I suppose I could always sign up for more hours, but then, there are so many detours downtown, and it's tough enough navigating the traffic that's there.

Hopefully I'll find a few readers at these locations and be able to report back with good news.  I keep reminding myself of Milt's advice - keep writing and doing what you love, and the money will come. 

If nothing else, I can share these stories with at least a few readers. 

I'll level with you, I drive a transit bus for a day job.  But I don't consider it a bad place to work.  That said, my route is rather lightly travelled for an express route.  But if it serves at least one person, I feel that I made a difference in that one rider's day.  So if one reader per day finds my stories, there's no reason to think that my writing can be considered a failure.

Now to get beyond one reader a month... or year... or decade... that's not optimistic... hmm... time for a new game...

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11/12/17 - Neglect    

While I don't think it's fair to say I've neglected this webpage, I haven't found many reasons to update it.  And since most of my activity occurs at the Deviantart blog - check out http://agent505.deviantart.com for more information - I don't update this page as often as I should. 

This year I was able to release Of Forests and Friends onto Amazon's Kindle platform.  (I'll admit few people have discovered it.)  In this age of internet excitement, I'll also admit that my strategy of putting content on the web and hoping someone discovers it isn't working as well as I might have hoped. 

But I don't consider this an admission of despair.  My publisher, founded by the late Milt Adams, once told me that writing isn't about money or fame.  It's about dedication to an art form that is as old as communication itself.  A writer writes to tell stories, to educate, to inspire and to dream.  Thus, every story is simply another adventure and a step towards whatever end.  (Milt passed in 2012, but those words still hold roots.)

Earlier this year, my books became featured on a local website (are websites local?) called Discover Independent Books.  You can find it here:
http://www.discoverindependentbooks.com/
A local author named Benjamin Ellefson, author of the Land of Color series, was kind enough to feature me and my published works.  I also attended a Pop-Up Bookstore, which is a bookstore that 'pops up' at brewpubs around the Minneapolis area.  Hosted by Scott Burtness, it is a way for independent authors like myself to be featured in places you wouldn't normally expect to find books for sale.  When I was a part of this event, I joined the group of about 25 authors at Lake Monster Brewing and met several readers, most of whom had a beer in hand.  I'd say it was a successful event, and Scott has since hosted another event since that time (I believe it occurs every six months or so; feel free to Google him.)

In other sad news, I did lose my beloved Boxer this year.  My old grey tabby gave up the ghost in May, ending what was an almost 17 year relationship. I have since been catless, but slogging along as best I can.  I find it ironic that while I received so much from Boxer - there's no describing how good a feeling it is, knowing there is one creature in the world who depends on you and adores you with all their being - I have often had a tough time adding cats, dogs, and other pets into my writing.  Perhaps it's because it's tough to capture their loyalty, and almost an injustice to include these characters and not do their characters the justice.  I'd fail to capture Boxer's sense of love and comfort in just about all of my writing, save for this simple memorial.  

Next week I will be attending a local book fair in Apple Valley, MN at the Galaxie Library near Galaxie Ave and County Road 42.  (I hear there's bus service if you don't wish to drive there yourself.)  Come on by and say hello if you're in the area.

Before I go, I should mention somewhere on this page that I have been working on a school project that has developed into a new manuscript.  This project is called "The Red Shoe Adventure Club" and is a departure for me, featuring modern fantasy in the real-world location of Friday Harbor, Washington and the San Juan Islands.  I have submitted a manuscript to one publisher, but have to remain persistent that the story will be able to find an audience and make it to print.  While I will still continue to release books in the Buccaneer of Nemaris series as money and time permits, I feel that I will have to publish a book through the traditional method to find new readers.  

As it goes, life is indeed an adventure and the future generally holds something that surprises us.  Like my best friend's wedding last night.  Or what's-his-name still being in office, even a year after he became president-elect.  Or how Star Wars is going to play out in Episode 8 even after Carrie Fisher's untimely death. 

Now there's a story series that has inspired people.  So many, in fact, that even though the Skywalker saga is one storyline, there are thousands - if not more - other story arcs that can be found.  Will Gaia ever be as large as - gasp - a galaxy far, far away?  Probably not.  In the meantime, we'll just have to keep writing in this universe and make things work as best as we can.

If you've been coming to this site and continuing to follow my updates, thank you.  Please drop me a line at buccaneer@earthlink.net or visit my regular blog at agent505.deviantart.com.  Enjoy your adventure, wherever it leads. 


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10/12/16 - Calendar Caution:  Event Coming to Twin Cities

While a lot has happened since my last update, sadly, not much else has.  I spent most of the spring completing my program at Hamline.  As useful and challenging this process was, it left time for little else regarding marketing and such.  Therefore, my goal was to get featured at the Twin Cities Book Festival again.  In 2013, it was such a successful day and I got a chance to meet many loyal readers.

This coming Saturday, I'll be among the many local authors and writing groups at the annual event hosted by the Rain Taxi review of books. 

Some of you may have noted my name among a group of editors on a literary journal.  I have been involved with the Runestone Literary Journal, an online undergraduate journal hosted by Hamline University, for most of the spring and also this fall.  As an active member of the fiction board, I have been experiencing the challenge of approving or rejecting entries for the journal.  It is an exciting process, but a slow process.  Most journals waste no time in rejecting authors - something I've discovered in the publishing process. 

At any rate, Runestone Journal as well as the Waterstone Review - Hamline's graduate level print literary journal - will also be at this event.  (They were in the past, too, weird.)  As Runestone's been in existance only a year and a half, I guess they're fairly new to the scene.  (So am I, really.) 

Anyway, if you're in the area and free this weekend, October 15th, We're at the Progressive Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  Admission and parking is free; come between 10 AM and 4 PM anytime.  There's food, there's fun, there's readings, and books. 

BONUS:  If you come to my booth and say this word -

PIXIE

- You might be entitled to a free poster of one of Gaia's lovely ladies.  Just saying.  (Plus you can get a bookmark or a signed copy, if you're into that.)

So come out to the festival this weekend and say hello!

Otherwise, please continue to follow my regular blog at www.agent505.deviantart.com as well as my other urban fantasy short stories.  I hope I can meet a few of you this coming Saturday.  Keep reading!


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3/5/16 - Successful Launch... A Small Rocket, At Least

Sometimes you plan for fifty, and only ten show.  No matter what you do to get the word out, it's not enough.  The launch party fell on a Friday, and on campus, college students value that Friday night.  Even when there's free cake involved.  But the old adage is still true:  you can lead a college kid to Old Country Buffet, but you can't make him go to the salad bar.

(My hometown was home to the first OCB ever and it closed.  Sad.)

But hey, like all things, you say "oh well" and move on.

We're going to try a few things around here.  I've added a few links that direct you to Goodreads, a site that is the home of bookworms on the web.  Think Facebook meets Books, if that makes sense.  It's what Amazon might be like if they didn't try to sell you something on every turn.  Go to the Links page to check it out.

I am reminded that this effort is an ongoing process.  I'm there, on top of a hill, inside of a ball of plastic, like the ones they have in New Zealand, waiting for someone to push me over the cliff - and when I roll over the edge, I'll gather all kinds of snow, and when I finally stop I'll be a snowman. 
Maybe I'm trying to equate that to some kind of poetic symbolism related to being noticed by the greater writing community.  Maybe I can quote a bunch of famous places and see if their name comes up in a Google search.

Or not, and I'm just babbling.  Anyway.

But hey, the site on Amazon is live for book two. Go check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Buccaneer-Nemaris-Forests-Friends/dp/1592989101/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457225656&sr=8-1&keywords=nemaris


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2/18/16  -  Adventure Returns to Gaia

I seem to recall we were talking about how things can happen in a day.  Tomorrow, a lot will happen.  At last, the moment you have all been waiting for, the release of book two will occur.  Soon afterwards, you will be able to find Of Forests and Friends available at your local Amazon (bad joke, I know) or through the Ingram website.  With luck, a few local retailers might also carry it.  Either way, you should seek out Gaia's second adventure.

If you are in the Twin Cities area, come to the launch party!  Here's the link again:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1267362639944413/

Tomorrow will be a long day, so I'll leave you with these parting words.

"When darkness plagues the landscape, the pure of heart shall right the course of Gaia."

Find the fountain.  She is waiting.

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As always, feel free to check out my regular blog!www.agent505.deviantart.com





Just a reminder, here's that lovely cover from Book Two.  Look for it on your next visit to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  If you don't see it, ASK!




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s always, feel free to visit my regular blog at www.agent505.deviantart.com and drop me a line.  Or if you'd like a signed copy, contact me at any time at buccaneer@earthlink.net

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