Feb 11, 2010

The date doesn’t look real to me.  How has so much time passed?  Sorry I took a break for a while there, guys.  I think I’m back now.  At least for now.

I changed companies.  The new company really likes me, at least that what the paycheck tells me.  In addition, I’m helping usher in the new Global Strike Command.  Even dealing bomber issues.  I’m liking this stuff a lot, the only thing better would be having my books published on a regular basis, putting in 40 hours a week or so on the keyboard.  That’d be nice.

You probably remember the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest I’ve entered the last two years.  I’m back in for round three.  While my writing is better than previous years, I’d imagine the world is getting better at the same time.  Here’s my opening paragraph:

Pain, gnawing emptiness, hunger so loud it dominated all thoughts, not mine–even though I could feel it–it came from them.  To them, two girls in a chariot must have seemed like easy prey.  I prayed they were wrong.

The essential question is, “Would you read the next paragraph or put the book down and look for something else?”

Here’s the schedule for the contest:

January 25, 2010 Submission period begins; up to 10,000 Entries will be accepted
February 7, 2010 Submission period ends
February 25, 2010 2,000 entries moving to Second Round announced at www.amazon.com/abna.
March 23, 2010 Top 500 (Quarterfinalists) announced at www.amazon.com/abnaPublishers Weekly reviewing Quarterfinalists full manuscript

Amazon customers can download, rate, and review excerpts on Amazon.com, providing feedback to Penguin Editors about submissions.

April 27, 2010 Top 100 (Semifinalists) announced at www.amazon.com/abna.Penguin Editors reading Semifinalists manuscripts to pick the 6 finalists

Amazon customers continue to download, rate, and review excerpts, and read Publisher’s Weekly reviews of Semifinalists’ full manuscripts

May 25, 2010 6 Finalists announcedAmazon customers vote to pick the winners
June 14, 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winners announced

While my first novel is locked into this contest until they cull me from the herd, so I’ve started work on book number two.

But enough of that.

Anybody getting snow?  Probably not Ponch.  Rumor has it we’re going to get 4 to 6 inches of global warming tomorrow evening in crawdad town.  That’s just cool.

I could bore you, or depress you with woes of things less than perfect, but all things considered, it could be much worse.  I’m a lucky man.

I pray this 11th finds the lion’s share of you warm, fed, in good company, as free of pain as a bunch of old warriors can hope to be and with a jingle in your pocket.

Until the next time, stay strong my brothers.

The Chuck

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