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Triptychs – Coming Soon

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here and updated this place with the cacophony of thoughts residing within my head. Well, I’ve been busy; constructing my newest novel which is going to be a humdinger if my inner critic is to be believed.

Also, I’ve been busy writing some short stories which I was honoured to be asked to do for the upcoming anthology, Triptychs, which you can pre-order here for .99 cents. It will be $3.99 on its release on March 16th. So PRE-ORDER NOW!
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The concept behind the short story collection is simple. I received two photographs which I was to use for inspiration to create my short stories. There are eight photographs in all with three authors writing stories or poems on each photograph.

It’s a real neat idea and the quality of the stories is top notch. I’m delighted to have been asked to take part and I’m equally delighted now for the people who have my enjoyed my writing to get to read some new material.

So, pre-order now if you can and I’ll be giving more info and updates the sooner we get to the release date of March 16th.

Hope all you guys out there are well.

Why choose me?

Fastian

In the world of independent publishing, we, the reader, are confronted with a barrage of short stories, novellas and novels of every genre imaginable (and even some that aren’t). So how do we choose what to buy and what not to buy? Continue reading

Fastian is now an ebook.

It’s taken longer than I had imagined, but finally, after receiving my hard copies, Fastian is now available to purchase on Amazon. It will be up on other online stores in the coming weeks but most people tend to use Amazon so I’m happy that it’s finally up there.

I haven’t written much here in the past while, what with being busy preparing for a book launch, getting the books delivered and sorting through the tedious process that is independent publishing. And believe me, it is tedious. Perhaps frustrating is a better word for it. Being a writer is fun; it’s fulfilling, it’s hard work but highly rewarding. The process of promotion, funding, formatting and all the other niggly little details involved in independent publishing are not my forte. But, these are the things that one must learn if being an independent author is what one wants.

However, the struggle is now over. I can now sit back and check Amazon hourly like an obsessive Mother looking over her darling son. Yes, this is now my life. Perhaps when I begin work on the second book in the series I can learn to let go of Fastian just a bit. But for now, I will fuss over him like I have earned the right to do.

So, it’s Christmas. Treat yourself or a loved one to a wonderfully entertaining gift and purchase Fastian online here

New dawn, new day, new life, feel good?

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life … for me … and I’m feeling good!

Oh it’s not that easy, people! Or is it?

The new year comes around once a year, just like every other day of the year, yet we somehow treat a day whose only significance is that it signals a new year on a calendar based upon the birth of a 2,000 year old deity, as a time to make those life changes we promised ourself all year we would make. Perhaps the winter solstice is a more appropriate day for new beginnings? Or what about May 28th? Why May 28th you ask, well why not. This idea that we wait for a certain day of the year to make changes and resolutions is a bit silly when in fact, we can make changes any day we like.

Now, I am not attempting to shout down the changes that some people hope to make in the new year. I wish you well with them and hope they bring about a positive change in your lives; it’s just … well … why wait? Why not make the change as soon as you see it needs to be made. And if you attempt to make a change in the new year, and perhaps by April, you slowly start to slip back into your old ways, why wait until the next new year before you try again?

Again, this is not a critique of said behaviour, just an observation. I have been on either side of the change fence lately. On the 12th of November I quit smoking. I contemplated waiting until the new year to do it, but I just decided (while having talked about it for months previous) on the 11th that the next day, I would quit. And I did. Yet, come the new year, I was still making a list of goals that I was hoping to achieve within the next year. Not that that is a bad thing, just if I want to make a change in my life, I don’t see why I should have to wait.

So, in conclusion to this pointless piece of ‘prose’, if you want to make a change in your life, no matter how big or how small, don’t wait. Just do it. As Ghandi once said: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ or in our own less world-saving-cases, be the change you want to see in yourself and be it today.

Newest review

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1VJGTKM18FRO0/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_asr_myBfE.09TKEQN

 

Newest review of one of my ebooks. Smiles all around!

Many apologies

Ladies and gents, my sincerest apologies for being so ‘lack’ lately on my posts.

Things in the life of Jay Finn have been a bit hectic lately and now, November, is Na-No-Wri-Mo which means I’ll be stuck heavily into getting the novel as close to finished as I possibly can.

As an update on that, it seems the it the novel has taken a drastic turn in terms of plot. I’m not sure how most of my fellow authors plan their novels, but for me, apart from a very loose outline, it’s very much ‘flying by the seat of my pants.’ Not always a good thing, but at least it keeps it exciting for me. I couldn’t sit down every day and write, knowing what the outcome of the days work will be. I couldn’t be a writer if that were the case. I like to write my stories the same way as I read them: not knowing (but having a vague idea) of what comes next.

Anyway. I think I’ll be relatively quiet here over the next month or so. I’ll try drop in and let ye all know about my progress and how I’m getting on. For anyone else in the same boat, best of luck over the following days.

Write on!

Ebooks are FREE!!!!

If you look to the left on my page, under ‘blogroll’ you will see the links to my two ebooks. Both are available for the next 2 days to download for FREE!!! Yes, for FREE!! So go have a look yourself, reblog this post, tell a friend. Get your hands on them for FREE!!! Also, if you do download them and you enjoy them, please ‘like’ them on the amazon page and/or leave a review 🙂 Thanks guys. Hope you like them. Jay.

School Daze

Coming home from the library today (where I was busy working on ‘As the Black Crow Flies’) I passed by my old school. It was lunchtime and the minions that are know as students were making their way up and down the street; going to get some lunch or gather somewhere for a cheeky smoke. I couldn’t help but look back to my own school days.

I thoroughly detested school! Continue reading

Being Quoted Already


Now all I need is for people to know who I am. ‘As the Black Crow Flies’ better get out of my head, onto paper and into bookshops quickly!

Choosing the Life we Live

How many of you out there feel yourselves compelled, or even forced into, living a life that you don’t really want?

It’s something, from as far as I can tell, that most people seem to do. Not so long ago, over a beverage or four, a friend of mine said to me: ‘I couldn’t live my life the way you live yours, Jay. I wish I could but I can’t. It’s just not in me. You do things your own way and it always seems to work out for you. I wish I could do that.’

This from a guy, who is financially successful, has a beautiful wife, a lovely home and a wonderful work ethic. To say I felt a mixture of emotions would be an understatement. I felt a real and tangible sense of pride that he knew me well enough to know that I march to beat of my own drum. Yet, confusion also. I am not well off. I am a struggling writer. I am single, with no home of my own. From the outside looking in, I often found myself envious of him. Yet, as it turns out, he envies my way of living life compared to his own, if not the material rewards.

Sometimes, choosing to follow your own rules is tough. Hell, it’s more than tough. There are moments of despair, depression and angst. A longing to be just like everyone else. Part of the herd. Yet when he said what he said to me, I could only conclude one thing: if I did follow the worn path that most people follow, I would live the rest of my life wondering ‘what if?’ Something I can never find in myself to do.

I am not saying I am better or worse than anyone else, nor am I judging peoples choices on the type of life they ‘choose’ to live. I am merely stating, that living the life you truly want is the only way I can truly live. For if we are not creating the future we truly want, are we living at all?