Monday, June 27, 2016

Michael J. Sullivan

Today we have a terrific guest post in IWSG blog by Michael J. Sullivan. If that name sound familiar it could be that you're read my raves about him before on this post. Or it just could be because he is a very, very successful hybrid author. And he's sharing tips on how he became so successful.

You can read about his journey to becoming a full time writer at IWSG. Though he doesn't mention it in that post, he is a very hard working writer. Not only does he write a lot of words every year, but he attends to his readers. He's a model for how writers should interact with their supporters. He answers emails, keeps up two blogs, tweets out his news on twitter and appears on blogs. If you reach out to Michael, he will answer.

It's no secret that I love epic fantasy. Michael's first series, The Riyria Revelations, is one of my favorite all time series. In my busy life, I don't have time to reread many books, but that series is falling apart from all the beloved readings. His characters are complex, fun and darkly heroic. I looking forward to starting Age of Myth, the first book in his next series when it's released tomorrow.

Spend the weekend attending graduation parties. One outstanding neighbor who will be going onto college on a football scholarship. Guess he won't be around to help shovel snow next winter. The other for a nephew's son. Made me fell a little old but he's the last one in the immediate family for a few years.

Writing is going pretty good and I'm finally catching up on the outside work. I'm wearing my hiking boots to do yard work to protect that darned ankle. Looking forward to Killjoys coming back on the SyFy channel this Friday.

I'm avoiding all talk of politics on this blog and on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Mostly because like most of the would, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. No wonder people are intrigues by so many post-apocalyptic stories and why we love the super-heroes genre.
"An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi

And a disturbing fact for today. 25% of all vegetables consumed in the USA are french fries.

Do we really have to wait almost a year for Game of Thrones? Will Martin ever finish writing the book series? Do you even consider french fries as a vegetable? Have you read any of Sullivan's books?

29 comments:

  1. And Michael's post was great!
    I think once they hit the deep fryer, French fries cease to be a vegetable.

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    1. Deep fried veggies do kind of miss the point.

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  2. I'm with you on keeping politics out of blogging, etc.

    And I am so going to miss GoT! Might need to start back at Season 1 and watch them all over again. :)

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    1. Same here. Watching them all over again might help get us to next season.

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  3. I'm also with you on keeping politics out of my blog and Facebook and mostly Twitter, too.

    I really don't want to wait 10 months for the next season of GOT. Last night—and the entire season, really—was so good. I want more now!

    I haven't read any of Sullivan's books, but I'm now making a note to check them out.

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    1. Sullivan's books are really good and he writes much faster than Martin.

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  4. That is a sad fact indeed. Martin is soooo slow it's rather umm pathetic.

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  5. I haven't read any of Michael Sullivan's books. Might have to do so soon. Neat with all the accomplishments of friends and family graduating and their parties in honor of that achievement. Wishing them success in the days ahead!

    That is sad about french fries, lots more education about healthy eating I guess is needed.

    Wise idea not to talk politics; too many differing opinions this year.

    betty

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  6. Wonderful to read. I wish Michael all the best with his writing.
    Yvonne.

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  7. I am definitely popping on over to that post!

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  8. I am definitely popping on over to that post!

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  9. I think I'm the only person on the planet who hasn't watch GofT. Am hopping over now to read Michael's post on the IWSG blog.

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  10. The GoT finale was awesome! I had no idea about french fries. I consider them a starch rather than veggie! Heading over to the IWSG blog. :) Have a terrific week.

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  11. I've only seen a couple episodes. I did get an email from Think Geek this morning featuring Game of Thrones cookie cutters.

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  12. I don't have HBO so I stay behind on Game of Thrones. I figure I'll catch up about the time they finish the series. So, for me, it'll all work out about right time-wise.

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  13. Michael has written eight books with five new First Empire books due out in June! This is Amazing - blow me down.

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  14. I'll have to go check out Michael's post.
    I think I heard that fact about french fries. I can believe it, even though I'm not that big of a fan of the food. I like them, but can only eat so many.

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  15. Graduation season is coming to a close now! I can't believe my nephew is out of school. He's just a baby.

    I've never considered potatoes to be very good vegetables. I guess it's because I think of vegetables as supremely healthy but potatoes always turn into something bad for you!

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  16. I wonder if adding catsup helps make French Fries more nutritious? Just kidding, of course. Great news about the writing progress. I don't have TV, so I can't comment on anything that people see on it. Out of the loop, I am.

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  17. What happened to leafy greens? What percentage do they make, I wonder? French fries!! All that saturated fat! Ugh! Give me a plate of steamed veges any night!
    I've been glued to the tv watching the world implode. Can't help myself. Always been a political junkie. Yes, no wonder people want to live in a fantasy world. Good for fantasy writers for sure!
    I haven't watched the first season of GOT yet, so Martin can take his sweet time while I catch up! LOL! :-)

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  18. Avoiding political talk is a great idea! Nothing good to see or say anyways. ;)

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  19. Darn -- I hadn't thought about French Fries in a while. Now my mouth is watering. I don't consider them a vegetable but a wonderful, rarely-indulged-in treat.

    I vowed to avoid posting about politics on Facebook and Twitter for the whole year. I also don't read the political pontificating, even if I follow the person. It's pretty easy to ignore stuff by perusing the notifications to select those I really want to see.

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  20. I've never watched Game of Thrones. I'm not much for tv. But I'll check it out, and I'll go visit Michael at IWSG.

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  21. I'm sold now - I'll check out Sullivan's books right away. :)
    And no, French Fries are not vegetables. I've joked about it, but I've never thought that they were seriously.
    I'm trying hard not to go political anywhere, although I did state I was disappointed a few times on facebook and it was interesting how many ways that was taken.

    I know how you feel about the graduation announcements and parties. I didn't make it to many, but I am feeling a bit older these days.

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  22. I definitely don't consider french fries a vegetable, and I'm pretty sure my household defies that percentage.

    I just read something that said they have confirmed there will only be two more short seasons and then GOT will wrap up. 15 more episodes total. Not sure if they'll stick to that or not, but I'd like to see it come to a satisfying conclusion.

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  23. My wife would be happy to consider fries a vegetable. It's about the only vegetable she eats. I haven't been able to get my wife to watch Game of Thrones, and since we usually watch television together, that means I haven't watched much of the series.

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