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Thoughts While Waiting On My Jeep Maintenance– some free audio

I’m wrapping up Valentines Day (Time Patrol),  which takes a nice zig-zag in the series, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. I’ll have it out next month. My web site is being completely redesigned and hope to have it live next week.

I’ve also put together a Readers Guide with all my books, in order, with some author notes, and all links. That will be out shortly. Talk about tedious. With around 70 titles or so, multiple platforms, etc. I had to do every single link by hand. I’m having someone else who is better at tedious check my work today. ‘m not good at tedious and detail work, which my wife will be glad to tell you about.

She came home from the food store yesterday and had me unpack the bags because she knew if she did it, I would have no idea what she bought, nor would I look. I’d simply starve. Well, not exactly. I do have my Soylent. Which is not a great name for a product, but it supposedly contains everything you need to live. A drink that looks pretty nasty, but doesn’t taste too bad. Drink a cup of that and eat a banana and your system will be cleansed. Full disclosure– Deb would say ignore me on the Soylent.

Anyone ever put an ipad or ipad mini in their dash? All I’ve got a GPS in the Jeep is my small iPhone which, while worth the same as my health insurance, is really hard to see.

My wife, who is smarter than I, came up with an idea for a new book. From Gus’s point of view. I kind of like the idea. Especially given the fact the cartoon on the right is true. Anything about Cool Gus gets a lot more hits on social media than I do.  Actually it would be a series of short stories that Gus would tell. More to come.

Nine-Eleven is now live on audiobook here. I’ve got around 10 free download codes for it so I’ll go with the first ten who email me for those. But you do know you can get it for free if you don’t have an Audible account just by signing up for one for free? Then if you don’t want to pay anything, just cancel the account?  It’s a thought.

Deb and I are also looking for a new, funny, TV series. We do Big Bang and Modern Family. We watch Santa Clarita Diet’s season and that was different. We’re thinking of going back and re-binging something like Frasier. But anything new? Any suggestions? 

The Ides of March

Julius Caesar. George Washington. Tsar Alexander. Christopher Columbus. King Odoacer.

The Ides are significant to all of them.

Caesar, of course, met some blades. But, he was already a very sick man. And it was hard to keep a secret in Rome. What if he went that day knowing his fate?

Washington faced a coup among his officers at their winter camp in Newburgh. They hadn’t been paid in months. The war wasn’t technically over as negotiations dragged on in Paris. He made an epic speech few have ever heard of. But what if he hadn’t?

Tsarist Russia ended on 15 March 1917. The world has never been the same. But what if Alexander hadn’t abdicated? What if the Tsarina had come up with a desperate plan to turn the people against the Communists? An appalling sacrifice?

Columbus returned to Spain on 15 March 1492. But, he brought more than word of the New World back with him. His crew also brought Syphilis, previously unknown in the Old World. But what if that Syphilis was something more deadly?

King Odoacer, the first King of Italy after the last Roman Emperor in the West, was assassinated by Theodoric on the 15th of March 493. But what if the tables were turned?

In honor of this momentous day in history, I’ve made the Ides of March free on Nook, Kobo and Google Play.  It’s loading on Apple and should be live shortly.

Eagle’s mission to Washington’s camp which turns out to have much more than a speech at stake is free in all modes, pdf, mobi and epub HERE.

The MP3 audio of any of those missions is available if you email me at Bob@bobmayer.com.

More great giveaways are exclusive to those who are on my email list which you can sign up for here.  My web site is being completely redone in order to make it easier to find my books and the orders they’re written in. I’ll also be uploading a new Readers Guide on all platforms soon which contains all my titles and information about how they’re connected.

Valentines Day (A Time Patrol novella) will be out next month!

Nothing but good times ahead!

 

 

Passengers– an intriguing scifi movie with a moral question mark at the center

First, Jennifer Lawrence was paid 20 million to star in this while Christopher Pratt got 12 million.  When I think of Jennifer Lawrence, I always go back to Winters Bone, a superb movie, which was one of her breakout roles. If you haven’t seen Winters Bone, check it out. The way she stalks those hills– superb.

Anyway. This movie was not well received from the reviews I’d read and the overall reaction. So I have to be contrarian and say I really liked it. I actually liked it better than Arrival, which was well reviewed and everyone thought was the cat’s meow, whatever the hell that means, and Cool Gus doesn’t like cat’s meowing anyway. That’s just my weird brain, which we’ve discussed.

I think the core problem with Passengers is the decision Pratt makes. When I workshop writing I talk about how redemption is the strongest character arc, but there are times when the hero isn’t redeemable. A lot of people think his decision fell into that category. I think its on the fenceline. The bottom line is, the way the story played out, he was certainly redeemed; twice.

Maybe it was just me the writer– I liked how it was obvious the writers had really looked at a lot of issues and answered them one way or another. Some people might not have liked the answers, but at least they were addressed. The climax felt a bit cliche, but it’s sort of like writing a thriller– you’ve only got so many ways to threaten everyone.

I also liked some things that weren’t done. No children at the end. That was interesting. I knew what the crew would see walking out after they woke– told my wife about halfway through what that would be, but I was wondering about kids.

One thing is that science fiction allows us to showcase moral issues in unique ways. Reality is grey. Decisions are hard.

We watched it in our new den, with the fireplace going and Cool Gus snoring at our feet so maybe that helped too. Cool Gus makes anything better.

I’ve currently got my web site being rebuilt and am excited about that. A cleaner, simpler look, where you can find books in order, links, and the key info. No bells and whistles. Just the deal.

Also, I’ve been redoing and adding a bunch of slideshares. I put all the years from the Time Patrol missions sort of together and have been linking things and cleaning them. Feel free to check out the free slideshows here.

I’ll be presenting for the Chattanooga Writers Guild on Tuesday evening if anyone is nearby and wants to stop by.

Nothing but good times ahead!

 

 

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