Friday, January 27, 2012

Pet Peeves

This week I decided to jot down a few of my pet peeves. I don't know why because it's been a good week. My health is good, I sold some books, and beer didn't take a price hike, although it seems like everything else at the grocery store did.

Let's face it. As humans, most of us have a unique way of dealing with the large problems that life throws at us from time to time, but it seems like it's always the small, mundane things that really piss me off! Here are just a few of them:

  • People standing in the aisle of the grocery store gabbing and blocking everyone else from getting by.
  • Having to peel off the unnecessary stickers that are on fruits and vegetables.
  • Parents letting their children scream at the top of their lungs in public places.
  • People at the grocery store checkout who are talking on an expensive cellphones, and their bodies are covered in pricey tattoos and body piercings, but they are paying with Food Stamps.
  • My wife opens a bag of chips just enough to get her small munchkin hand in, but it's impossible for my man hand to retrieve any chips for myself.
  • People who smack and chew gum that eventually ends up on the bottom of someone's shoe.
  • Prisons that allow the inmates to lift weights, only to release them into society bigger and stronger than when they went in.
  • Women's handbags. Items (example: car or door keys) go in, but are never seen or heard from again until months later.
  • Rachel, the robo-caller from credit card services, informing me that this is the last courtesy call I will receive to get a lower interest rate. I begin to get a little irritated after receiving a thousand prior calls that woke me up from my afternoon nap.
  • Stepping in dog poop in my yard, and I don't even own a dog.
These are just a few of the irritants that invade my everyday life and I'm sure you have a list of your own. Fortunately, when these things occur, I have an outlet through writing. I just sit down at the keyboard and write, and I can assure you, in my story, someone is going to die!

Have some pet peeves to share? Comments are always welcome!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Liking, Sharing, Tagging and Reviewing

Readers like to support authors they like and other than buying their books, they may not really know what else to do to show that support. I found a great video tutorial on a fellow author's blog the other day that explains how to like, share, tag and post reviews of your favorite books on Amazon. The post is dated in September of 2011, but I just ran across it and wanted to share it with you.

I can't begin to tell you how important these things are to authors. Please take a few minutes to watch this short video tutorial that Michael Hicks shares on his blog. Here's the link to  Michael Hick's Blog and while you're there, browse around his website and check out his books. I found his website very informative and interesting!

Thank you, Michael for sharing this important information.

For more information on me and my books, please visit my website: Robert's Novels

Friday, January 6, 2012

Like Mysteries?

My second novel, Souls of the Desert, is published! If you like mysteries, you should read it so you can find out if Mark Sanborn ever finds out what happened to Iris Blue.