Air

Air

Rolling and raging, invisible but not unseen.

The altar shakes, the cup tumbles, verbal commands are shouted and heard.

The engine of change is at her fingertips.

Construction, or destruction, the choices and consequences are hers to decide.

Exploration of the self or the conquest of others, a decision would be made in moments.

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Weekend Update

Hey Everybody,

No story today just a quick update.

First let me say how much I appreciate everyone’s feedback about the new podcast.  My cohost Angie and I really are grateful that you all like it and we have some great episodes coming up.  Currently we’re debating JFK and next Friday we’ll be talking about Ghosts and why Angie believes and I don’t.

Though to be more accurate I do, I just don’t believe they’re ghosts.  Yeah, pretty intriguing right?  No?!  Whatever, just tune in…link to podbean is below and of course it’s also on ITunes.

My experimental novella The Eastern Road has gone off to the editor and will be out the third week of August.  It’s the first book under my new company The Chapel Perilous and I do hope you’ll download a copy from Amazon.  I’ll be doing a limited print run for you paperback lovers and will have details on where you can grab one of those bad boys shortly.

There’s gonna be more micro stories and flash fiction next week as well as updates on other projects and my release schedule for the coming year.

Two years in between books is a very long time but life has a certain way of complicating things.  However, after the novella, there will be a release of my sci-fi novel Blood Rebellious in early 2018. followed by an early summer release of my fantasy novel Night Mage.

Then in very early 2019 there will be the long awaited follow up to my pulp novel The Geek, currently titled Stillwater.

After that I have a long overdue nervous breakdown scheduled and most likely a nice vacation.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of The Geek follow the handy dandy links to goodreads and amazon.  Give the reviews and ratings a read.  If you think some hyper-violence and a pile of dead hookers might tickle your fancy download a copy or order a paperback from Amazon.

If you live in Los Angeles or coming to Los Angeles, then head on over to Skylight books and pick up a paperback copy.  Skylight Books is a great independent bookstore catering to indie writers and small press publishers.

So if you like paperback over ebook and love supporting indie writers, there’s no better place to shop.

Plus it’s down the  street from Fred 62, a most excellent diner so you might as well grab lunch, breakfast or dinner there and a copy of The Geek from Skylight.

And if anyone is curious or wants to swing on by the Marriott in Woodland Hills this weekend I’ll be doing a couple of panels and teaching a writing class on how to create strong mythology in your stories.

The event is called Whedon-con and it’s a really great time.  All the money raised is during the even is donated to charity.  Which is why I volunteer my time every year for this event.  It’s a great way to give back to the community I love while doing something really nice for people who need it.

And it is a lot of fun

What’s that?  You want links for my useless social media?  Why sure pal, here ya go.

Links!

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Amazon http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

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All right everybody have a great weekend and I’ll see ya’ll Monday.

Jonathan

 

The unbearable likeness of being Micro

Hey All,

As usual thanks for stopping by.  After literally tens of requests for some more micro stories that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.  So for around the next seven weeks I’ll be posting micro stories.

My goal with these stories is of course to attempt to tell a complete story in a paragraph or two.  However, they will also collectively tell one whole story…hopefully.

Once I’ve posted them as individual stories I’ll do one final post of all of them together so that the full story is laid out.

The two big, key words to keep in mind here are attempt and hopefully.

All the links to my other useless crapola will be after the story.  Hope you guys like it.

Best,

Jonathan

SOLACE

The wooden gate creaked only slightly when he opened it.

The smell of the blossoms was both intoxicating and relaxing.

For the first time in a long time he felt safe.

With every step toward the door, the shadows of his past fell further behind him.

The singular lamppost, glowing a soft yellow in the moonlight welcomed him home.

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Movin’ Groovin’ and Youtubin’

Well things happen and don’t happen in this town. Such is the way of the working writer.

Life, if we stop to relax and think about it, is a pretty good thing. Sure there are ups and there are downs but overall this little blue marble aint a bad place to hang out, all things considered.

My recently optioned screenplay seems to be going nowhere relatively quickly. The second option is coming up and I’ll have to decide on what to do with that. I’m really proud of this one and don’t want it to languish. I also really like the producers who are attached and don’t want to walk away from them, if they feel they just need a little more time to set some meetings. It’s a conundrum every writer faces at some point. Do I trust myself, or these people who have shown interest yet are unable to move it along?

Usually my answer to this is trust the other people. I tend to make bad, irrational choices for many different reasons, but am learning to control those self-destructive impulses the older I get.

My pulp novel continues to grow in popularity which I am incredibly grateful for. It will never be considered a classic of literature, nor should it. It’s a pulpy, hyper-violent and semi sexually explicit bit of fun. But, people are having fun reading it and the feedback warms the small, dark, thing that rests where my heart would be. If I had a heart, but I don’t, that thing is fucking useless.

And you do need to be heartless when it comes to writing. I’m not saying you should wake up every morning, have a hearty breakfast, a nice strong cup of coffee and then go find the nearest puppy to kick. You shouldn’t do that, that’s not cool.

The kicking the puppy part, not the hearty breakfast part, you should definitely eat breakfast.

I had the really awesome opportunity to speak at Whedoncon this past weekend and I have to say for my first time speaking at a sci-fi con, I had a great time.

One of the things I did was give a short seminar on writing and creating strong mythology within your work; which is incredibly important. I also talked about being heartless and how important that is.

By heartless, what I really mean is that you cannot grow so attached to your characters that you refuse to do things for the greater good of the story simply out of “love” for this fictional person or persons you’ve created.

I’ve received emails and DMs from readers who seem incredibly shocked about the death(s) of certain individuals within The Geek (that pulp novel I was talking about…out now!) and how these deaths broke their heart and they didn’t understand how I could kill them off.

My response is always the same. “Do you feel it worked for the story? Do you think their deaths were necessary?”

And luckily, for the most part, their answers are the same. “Yes.” They didn’t like it, they thought perhaps a narrow escape would have been better for these characters, but all admitted in the end, that the overall story would have lost quite a bit of its realism and intensity if these two characters had survived.

Now I will say that while I didn’t mind killing off one of these characters, because I wasn’t all that attached to them. This other character’s death in the book was troubling. I loved him (or her, no spoilers). I really did. I wrote a few chapters where this character survived or got the upper hand in a few different ways but it just didn’t work.

Within the mythology of The Geek, if this one specific character had survived, it would have changed everything. Gary (the main character) would not have been as affected as he was. The world would not have felt as real and/or desperate as it does.

If I had betrayed the mythology I created, because I listened to my heart, it would have been a disservice to the ultimately, poor, dead, son (or daughter) of a gun whose death, while evidently tragic was incredibly important.

Heartless. One must always be heartless. Break the rules of the world you create and you break the story.

Speaking of which, next week I’ll be starting a series of micro-stories, which I haven’t done in a while and people have been asking for. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them.

In the meantime, why not go grab a copy of The Geek. It’s available on Amazon.com in paperback and ebook. It’s also available now in paperback in both the UK and Canada on amazon as well.

Of course it’s available as an ebook from every place you can get an ebook, be it itunes, B&N and Kobol to name a few.

Here’s a link to amazon.com http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

And Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/1NM5GUN

Wanna ask me a question? Wanna nerd out together with all us cool book nerds. Well then come on over to goodreads and hang out.  http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Would you like to hear me whine, complain and bitch? Well then the Stuff n Stuff podcast is exactly what you’re looking for. Once a week, for about thirty minutes I sit down with my bro-host and we pick a topic to discuss. We then stay on topic for about 30 seconds before the whole thing derails, it’s quite fun.  http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

I’ve launched my incredibly mediocre Youtube channel and continue to work on programming and content for it. I hate to say it, but I really am having fun so come on by I’m doing a myriad of things, none of which make any sense.

Here’s a link to click  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN  and then why not subscribe and like my videos, don’t cost nothin’

Follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless you’re a porn bot or trying to sell me followers.  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And there’s facebooking to be had cuz that’s still a thing.  http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

And hey, why not instagram which I occasionally post on, when I’m not looking at pictures of food or cosplay hotties (don’t judge me! Don’t you dare judge me!) http://bit.ly/1XgDJfc

I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope you have a great rest of the week, an awesome weekend and a “not suck as crap” Monday.

I’ll see you all here next week. For now I’m off to kick a puppy. Shit! I mean breakfast, I’m off to have a hearty breakfast…um….yeah.

Best,

Jonathan

Going all in.

Hey All,

Thanks for stopping by the mother ship.  It’s pretty crazy around here still and I’m trying to keep my head above water while juggling my personal and professional life.

I still feel confident in saying that I’ll be on schedule in launching my next series as a kindle exclusive and am aiming for an early July release date.  I of course will keep you all posted as the time approaches.

I’d like to thank everyone for the mostly warm reception my pulp novel The Geek has received and would like to also answer the question I get asked the most.

Yes, I am planning a sequel to The Geek…of sorts.  The next book in the series will be called Stillwater and is centered around the character Marion Stillwater who seems to be a fan favorite from The Geek.  Gary will play a prominent role in that story as will the goings on of “the family” but it will most definitely be Marion’s story.

I am fleshing out the details as time permits and will most likely go whole hog into the writing process of that one sometime in August for a January/February 2017 release date.  I know that sounds far off but it’s really not.  Again I will keep everyone posted.

My sci-fi screenplay “Ur Perfekt” has started making the rounds to producers and studios.  As with all things entertainment industry that will either end in triumph (payday) or misery(with still a possible payday)

Now let’s get on with the whoring.

I’ve gone all in with the social media insanity and continue to grow my online presence which evidently is a thing now and even though it’s a lot of work I am enjoying it.

The most recent addition to the mediocre empire that is Jonathan Latt Amalgamated is my Youtube channel  I am slowly beginning to upload videos and there will be a new one tomorrow and Sunday.  So go ahead and check it out if you’re stuck between cat videos and people getting hit in the nuts.  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN

There’s a new podcast up and streaming over at podbean and ITunes. Amongst other insanity I regale the audience with my attempt at intergalactic diplomacy by engaging in this thing humans call intercourse with a proud Klingon female. http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

My novel is continuing to trend nicely and if you’re interested in seeing what others have to say stop on by goodreads where you can check out the listopia, ratings and reviews of The Geek before you buy. http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

If you’re not into goodreads you can swing by amazon.com http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6 where I think there are over 20 reviews for it at this point, mostly positive ones.  That may not sound like much but for an indie writer it’s not bad.

If you’re in the UK I’ve got some good reviews on amazon’s UK site as well, and it’s also now available in paperback and ebook.  No reviews yet on Canada’s amazon but it’s also available as paperback in Canada now and I was told this morning that people seem to be ordering it in paperback which is cool.

Or, if you live in the Los Angeles area and just want to take my word on how awesome The Geek is (sucker!) head on over to Skylight books in the Los Feliz area.  It’s a great indie bookstore and those really need to be supported.

And hey why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless your a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter or instagram followers http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And let’s facebook because that’s still a thing http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well thanks for stopping by, I’m off to do some shooting for Youtube so that should be fun.

I do hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

See you all next week.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Well if it were easy everybody would be doing it

Hey Everybody,

Thanks for stopping by the old mothership.

I was supposed to have my audio book version of my novel published this week but unfortunately there has been about a two to three week delay.

It was a steep learning curve as I’m doing it myself but the main problem has been all of the construction and work going on around my neighborhood and specifically in front of my building.  I’ve sound proofed as much as I can but when there’s a guy with a jack hammer 30 feet outside your door there’s only so much you can do.

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However, I am changing up my schedule starting next week and will be getting up around 4 in the morning so I can record before the busy bees start buzzin’.  This should give me about 4 to 5 hours in the morning and then hopefully another couple of hours late in the afternoons when things settle down for a bit.

Then it’s a good long cry and off to bed to do it all over again.  I should be able to have it all done and out soonest.

I have a lot on my plate but am putting all of my efforts into making this as professional as possible.

Now for some fun stuff.

The Stuff & Stuff Podcast is back to a weekly show and this week we’re kicking things off with a special guest.  It’s my first Skype in interview, so I apologize for the mix and the stuttering but Skype can be tricky.  However, the guest is just awesome.  I spend a half hour talking with the incredibly talented and oh so friendly writer Squid McFinnigan.

We talk a bit about his great novel Honeysuckle Lane, then move on to his short story collection and what he’s working on for his next novel.  The half hour just flew by and I had an absolute blast.  He’s an incredibly talented writer and great guy so you should do yourself a favor and pick up his book on amazon.

Here’s the link to podbean http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH and it’s also available on ITunes.

And hey here’s a link to Squid’s goodreads page, drop by, say hi, he’s Irish and very friendly http://bit.ly/204aUks

I’ve been very fortunate enough to receive largely good reviews of my little pulp novel The Geek.  David Royce of Horror Cabin gave it a good review and that made my day, let it make yours http://bit.ly/22s8hw0

And hey here’s a fun interview I did with Kelly Smith of Kelly Smith Book reviews http://bit.ly/1VcO5vV

Well I’m off to  try and record a little it’s quite quiet at the moment.

Here are some locally sourced non-gmo links if you’d like.

My Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

Facebook: http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

My Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you all next week.

Best,

Jonathan

Good Days & Bad Days

Hey all thanks for swinging by the mother ship.

So I’ve been very fortunate so far with my little pulp novel in that it has received mostly positive reviews and at times even mind blowing amazing reviews on websites, blogs, amazon and goodreads.

I’ve been preparing for the inevitable bads and have received a couple and will receive more but as prepared as I am, it doesn’t mean they don’t sting.

It is part of the deal I made with readers and I knew that going in.  However, I will say that there is a big difference between negative feedback when it comes to a screenplay and negative feedback when it comes to a book.

With a screenplay you may not ever sell it and people may in fact tell you why they think it’s shit, but this tends to be a private affair between the writer and the executive or producer who has read the script.

It still hurts and will always happen way more than hearing about how much someone loves your script but it doesn’t end up on the internet.

Not so with books.  And it is in fact this public praising/shaming that leads to a roller coaster ride of emotions (and occasionally about a half dozen doughnuts).

For example here’s a great review I got for The Geek http://bit.ly/1nimk7v  When I read this review I basically lost my mind.  I mean this is one hell of a love letter for a book I poured so much of my soul into.

But then I woke up yesterday and this was waiting for me http://bit.ly/1M7bs2F  Yeah, ouch!

The tweet of this review was retweeted like 12 times and that stung even more, but such is the world we live in.

Did I take the reviewers opinion of my book as a personal attack?  Of course not.  Did it suck to be me yesterday?  Oh yes, it sucked big sweaty donkey balls.

This was basically my expression all day yesterday 20150926_151118Tell me, honestly, do I look happy to you?

So now here’s the big question, which review is right and which review is wrong?

Unfortunately, they’re both right.  Which sucks but it’s the truth.

A sincere review is an opinion and you can’t invalidate a person’s opinion just because you don’t like it.

Now if I may be uncharacteristically optimistic for a moment there is in fact something positive I took away from the bad review and that is simply this:

The person (Ben Walker) didn’t just write “This book sucks don’t waste your money” in fact that’s not what this review is at all.

Ben obviously read my book and it seems to me he certainly didn’t skim through it, but actually took the time to read it from cover to cover; and man he did not like my book that much.  But then, he wrote a very thoughtful and detail oriented review of it.  He didn’t just shit on it, he really seems to go out of his way to explain why the book didn’t work for him.

And you know what?  That’s totally fair and quite honestly, greatly appreciated.

He gave it a four out of ten so yeah not thrilled but at least it wasn’t a two out of ten, so hey, positivity!

Suffice it to say I really like the review by The Two Gay Geeks a lot more than I like Ben Walker’s review of my book.

But I honestly respect both reviews equally.

Tomorrow I’ll wake up and there may be another good review of my book, the day after that another bad.  The roller coaster will never stop and this is the life I have chosen.

And even though yesterday was not an amazing day to be me, it’s still better than having a real job.

Seriously those things suck.

So if you’re a writer or thinking about writing just keep that in mind.  A good review is great but a bad review (while not so great) is just as valid.  Unless the bad review is just filled with personal attacks in which case you can probably take that personally.

Anyhoo if you’d like to take a shot at reading The Geek it’s available in paperback from Amazon in the USA, UK and Canada and is also available as an ebook from amazon worldwide, ITunes and pretty much everywhere you can get a wifi connection.  But hey here’s a link to my amazon author’s page http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6  I also have a tiny short story collection available from Amazon.  It’s ebook only but is free if you have kindle unlimited and only .99 cents if you don’t.

You can also stop by goodreads and check it out over there.  There’s links to lots of different outlets other than amazon from that site.  And if you have a question, feel free to ask I’m always happy to interact.  http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Over on Reluctant Joy I’ve posted the last original post on that site as I begin to move everything over here.  It’s a little micro-story called STATION and I hope you like it http://bit.ly/1CzTcZn

Currently over on Podbean and ITunes we’re talking about JFK, 9/11, aliens and masturbation…don’t ask http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH  A brand new podcast will be up and available next week.  I certainly appreciate how much everyone loves the new format and hope you keep coming back.  We’ll be switching back to a weekly schedule most likely in May as my personal schedule should allow for that by then.

I’m almost done with the initial recording session of the audio book version of The Geek (which is one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever had…ugh!) and that should be available by the end of the month and I’ll keep you all informed.

I’ve also been asked to speak at a local con here in Los Angeles in mid-may and once that’s all set in stone I’ll let everyone know what it is I’m doing and how you can get involved if you’d like.

And I’ve finally set up my Youtube account and will begin posting videos in April.  They will be a mix of vlogs, sketches (if I’m being honest mostly masturbation and fart based humor) opinion crap and a few other random things I find fun.  The goal of the channel is to simply be a place where a viewer can come and watch something to take their mind off the stress of the world and hopefully have a laugh.

In the meantime why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless you’re a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter followers.  Seriously people, if I wanted to buy twitter followers I’d have way more twitter followers.  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And hey, let’s do some facebooking because it’s there and I made the bitly link for it http://bit.ly/1CuSZqA

 

All right folks, thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone  has a great rest of the week and a really fun weekend.

See you next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan