Monday, June 29, 2015

How Alex J. Cavanaugh is Human

So I've asked amazing friend, husband, author, and blogger (and much more) how a day is like for him. His hard work is impressive and I just couldn't resist asking him how he survives. This is what Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh says:

The Balancing Act – A Day in the Life of a Ninja

Elizabeth wanted to know how I manage to do what I do without going insane. How do I balance family, work, blogging and writing? Plus music, church, and everything else in between.

I might joke that I have clones, but it’s just me. I have the same hours in a day as everyone else. Maybe it’s just how I chose to spend those hours. So, let me give you a rundown.

I do work full time, but I am able to blog from work, which is a big plus. Due to multiple computers on my desk (and my iPad) I can work and blog at the same time. My job is often feast or famine, so I might not have any work to do. (When I do have work, I get it done immediately though.) I also blog a little in the evening. It averages out to almost a hundred blogs I visit a day.

Several times a week, I hit the gym after work. Being out of shape can really add stress to a body. Staying in shape means I have more energy. Plus it’s a great way to relieve tension.

I’m also a musician and practice on my own or with the band at least six times a week. If I’m on my own, I do this not long after dinner and for about an hour.

If I am working on a story, I will spend another two to three hours writing once I’ve finished practicing. I’ve tried writing at work, but there are too many interruptions. I can only write in the seclusion of my office. Usually I can complete a first draft in two months.

Of course I spend time with my wife. We always eat dinner together and we spend time in the evening together. We’ll go visit friends, go see a movie, or just out to eat. Sometimes there are events at church. (Sometimes there is yard work. That I don’t enjoy.)

And let’s not forget sleep! I do like my sleep, even if I don’t get enough of it.

While that might seem like a lot, remember I don’t have kids. I admire those of you who have to juggle kids on top of everything else.

I think it all comes down to priorities. What’s important? Where will those hours be spent? And how can balance be maintained? There is a balance and rhythm to my life so I can stay sane. I can tell when it’s out of whack. (Plus my wife is quick to point it out as well.) And I will only push the boundaries for so long.

What do you have to juggle in your life?

Dragon of the Stars

By Alex J. Cavanaugh

Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military

Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057

Dancing Lemur Press, LLC

What Are the Kargrandes?

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

#Bookpirating, #IWSG

Like many writers, we all worry about our stuff being stolen, sold without our consent. This is how I found out about my book being pirated:

After several years of mulling over and finally deciding to upload my book onto Amazon's KDP Select, I receive a nifty letter from them, stating their discovery of finding Darkspell upon a site* and how it falls short of its exclusivity requirement and will result in loss of participation. It provided the exact link and I was stumped.

I've never heard of this particular site, but sure enough, my book was there!

I posted over on my author group, asking if anyone had ever heard of them. One said that it is a site that Smashwords goes through; my old publisher said she'd never heard of this place, and so I looked up names of many of my fellow author friends. Some have been through Smashwords, others not (disproving the Smashwords theory).

The results? They were ALL listed!

I posted my concern over on facebook and a friend, J. Scott Savage, left an unforgettable comment:

"Honestly, I don't worry about illegal download sites at all. First of all, many of them are actually malware sites that try to get people to download viruses by listing lots of books. Second, even the ones that actually do have real books to download are having any major negative impact on my sales. The people who download those files wouldn't have bought my book instead for the most part. Third, if people actually do download my book and read it, they may become fans and buy my future books. If I could wave a wand and get a million people to illegally download my book and read it, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Isn't that why people offer free books on Amazon? Isn't that essentially what happens with a library or when people share a book with their friends and family? I would recommend ignoring those sites and definitely don't visit them."

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J. Scott always has something amazing to say, wouldn't you agree? Have you experienced this? How have you dealt with it?

*It turns out that this particular site is legit, but the principle applies nonetheless to those that are not.