Tuesday, May 21, 2019

solar stuff

My yard light quit working. Our HOA requires we have one. My dilemma was I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working and I didn't want to pay some guy to come out and fix it. Solution, for five bucks I got a solar light and put it in the casing where the light bulb had been. It works great. Problem solved. I noted there are simply gobs of amazing solar lighting options for just about any lighting need.  

Sunday, May 19, 2019

another one

Another review came out in something called Nameless Zine.

http://www.thenamelesszine.org/Books-2019/Fallen_Angel.php


Overall, positive although a few comments had me scratch my head.  This was written and sold as a novella, the reviewer seems to think it's supposed to be a novel.  And the date of 1963 should be 1863.  Like I said, a little strange but overall a nice review. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Brand loyalty

Companies spend a lot of effort, time & money to keep customers to them   In my case it is all for naught.  In the past two weeks I have dumped a credit card in favor of a different one, dumped my cell phone carrier, and replaced both my car and homeowners insurance with other companies. I don't know if the old companies are sorry to see me go, but in each case i got a better deal and I took it. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

insurance yum!

Ah, it just so happens that my car and my homeowners insurance come up for renewal in early June. So I've been talking to insurance companies.  It clearly pays to shop around.  I saved $200 on my car insurance and $190 on my house by switching companies.  Yay!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Goodbye computer

My old Dell computer died yesterday.  It was 10 years old--ancient by computer years. It was a good computer.  Fortunately, I was fairly well backed up.  I'll miss it. I certainly got my moneys worth.

Monday, May 13, 2019

I don't know.

Why are my book sales dropping? I don't know.

More importantly, does anyone actually read anything?  Take this blog for example.  It usually has around 200 people visiting the site each day with site visits up to 500 folks now and then.  But what do they want?  I don't know.

I mentioned last Sunday, not yesterday but May 4th, I had a nice review of my latest book, Fallen Angel, in the Arizona Daily Star.   Is my "Quirky little novel" going to see an increase in sales?  I don't know.  The Star supposedly has circulation on Sunday around 350,000.  Well, that's a lot of folks who could have read the review.  But how many actually did?  I don't know.

Last year my book Legends of the Dragon Cowboys  was reviewed in the same paper.  I saw no appreciable increase in sales.  It had some other favorable reviews, but that did not generate much in the way of sales.  So, while people won't buy a book if they don't know about it, that does not mean they'll buy one if they do.  The sad reality is my overall book sales have been dropping.  That is especially true of Science Fiction Trails, where I am editor.  Sales of each of the last three issues have been 50% lower than the previous issue.  The issue just released has gotten positive feedback from readers, quite a bit of positive feedback, yet the sales are still way below the previous year and super way below what they were five years ago.  Has the reader changed that much or is something else going on?  I don't know.

See a pattern here.  I don't know what's going on, but something ain't right. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

rain yay!

Got some rain last night. It was a decent amount. Living in the Arizona desert, rain is a big deal. We can go quite a while between rain showers.  It's really good for  out plant friends.  And I won't have to water my yard for a few days.