Thursday, October 29, 2009

CLADE JOSSO now available on Smashwords

Greetings, fellow Bearers!

I'm very excited to report that I have just updated CLADE JOSSO and have re-sent the manuscript to Amazon. But more exciting than that... wait for it... wait for it.. I'm on SMASHWORDS! Yes, that's right. THE SUMMONING OF CLADE JOSSO is now available on Smashwords for just 99 cents. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Smashwords takes book texts and supplies them in digital format for people who use computerized readers like the Sony or Kindle ones (I, unfortunately, am not quite wealthy enough to afford one; got this thing called "eating" that I have to prioritize first :D ). However, there is also an option which allows you to purchase the book and read the text directly on your PC or Mac, which is a nice alternative to have available. 

At the end of this blog entry is a link to the Smashwords site.  Check it out and enjoy!

In the meantime, I'm still waiting with bated breath (or is that "baited" breath?  Might need some Scope) for the short story analogy to be published.  Keep an eye out for VIRTUAL IMAGININGS, which is supposed to be available in both digital text and hard copy.  All proceeds for the short story analogy go toward research for a cure for breast cancer, so when the book comes out, I'll link that as well so we can buy a copy for a good cause and a good read! 

Well, next update will (hopefully) be in a few days.  Until then, check out the Smashwords link!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend calling...

Well, didn't get a whole lot accomplished in writing this week, unfortunately. But I have been working on the re-edit of CLADE JOSSO, still cleaning it up for publication on Smashwords for the kindle owners. Hopefully, that will broaden my audience a bit as well, since Smashwords gets in with Barnes and Noble.

Inspiration comes in the funniest ways for a writer. For me as a teacher, it's the lives of my students which they share in detail with me-whether or not I want to hear it. Got another inspiration from a student who apparently has no love at all for anything scary. That's giving me some great ideas *evil grin* although horror isn't really my strongest genre.

Something I've learned about writing, though, is that if you know how to cross genres and do it tastefully, you can get a much broader audience. CLADE JOSSO is hardly a "horror novel" per se, but it does have within it elements of horror. Same with the science fiction; I'm much more comfortable labeling it as "fantasy" than science fiction, but there IS an element of scifi to it. You've got to be careful doing this, though, because if you're too scattered with your work, you'll end up attracting nobody. There's a saying that goes "A master does not do a thousand things; he does one thing a thousand times." Pick and master a particular genre, and THEN you can move on to expanding your genres.

Well, that's all for now. I'm still waiting for the votes on putting up sections of my Omnibus for perusal, but from what I've gathered from others personally, it's a good idea to do so anyway. Let me know your thoughts on this!

And now, it's time to get ready to ditch work and say hello to two days of family, fellowship, and FOOTBALL!!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Addendum: Our collaboration website discussion.

Almost forgot-if you're curious to learn about the update of our Short Story Anthology, you can follow along with it here at,14396.0.html to see how it's going.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Writing, writing, exhaustion, and more writing.

Oh man, this is what I get for working too much...

Last Saturday, I decide to go out and take care of yardwork. Good idea, right? Sure-until it leads to sinus problems :-( . Well, that's what I get for doing my house duties. Gotta shake it off and keep going.

Good news on the short story collaboration I'm involved with-the stories are collaborated! I believe the proofreader is finishing the once-over, and the cover designer put forth her ideas for the cover. It's pretty exciting, being a part of this. Not just for the exposure it will get all of us (nice though that is), but also because the proceeds will be going to a worthy cause, which is a good thing for everybody as well! The authors I'm working with are very good indie authors, and although I've not read all of their works, I get the impression (based on the postings they do) that they know how to write and write well (I don't have a kindle yet. Me too poor right now) :D

On the other hand, things have slowed down a bit for CLADE JOSSO right now; I'm trying to get my foot in the door regarding book clubs. If you happen to know of any book clubs that enjoy fantasy/scifi and have a flair for the unusual, send them my way! Again, those of you who have begun your descent into the Vein, thank you very much! Those who haven't-come on in!

By the end of this week, I should be putting up a few pieces from the Omnibus, which is being written along with the second novel of the Vein (Fish or cut bait, right?). Hopefully they'll serve to pique some interest in the distant observers of the Vein world, and draw them in to my nefarious trap!... *pause for maniacal villain laughter*

Ok... back to work.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Thursday, October 15, 2009

C'mere, I've got a question for you...

Greetings, fellow Bearers! (If you don't know what a Bearer is, you need to get a copy of CLADE JOSSO to find out! :D )

I'm working on a few side items, and would LOVE to have your input on a couple of matters.

1.) I'm in the process of putting together a sort of Omnibus of the world of the Vein. The entire Omnibus is going to take quite some time to finish (I'm going this alone for now, and at this point I don't have an artist to help me create images-believe me, you don't want to see my pitiful attempts at pictures!), but I've considered pasting finished sections of the Omnibus up for people to read. If this sounds like a good idea to you, let me know.

Which leads me to my second matter...

2.) If you or anybody you know is good at art, and you think they'd do a good job at putting to image the elements of the novel, feel free to send them my way! I'm afraid I can't pay a whole lot right now, as the book needs to sell some more copies so that I can get some $$$ to pay people for services and.... well, you know the cycle. But for those of you who have the novel, tell others about it, especially if they have artistic abilities!

Well, that's all for right now. Again, those of you who have bought the book, thank you for doing so. For those of you who haven't-what are you waiting for? Come and join us in the adventure!\

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean




Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New site and Exciting news!

So here we are, with a new blog site! I welcome those of you who are first time visitors, as well as those of you who are carry-overs from the myspace site! I'm pleased to bring to you a new place for blogging!
How much nicer it is to have a blog site which doesn't get blocked at work! Don't worry: for those of you who are productivity-minded, I only work on this on downtime. Same with the second novel, which is getting closer and closer to being finished every day (Pause for cheers and applause).
Right now, between the next novel, the three bands I'm working with (,, and a third teacher band whose website I don't have right off the top of my head), my full time teaching job, and my family, I'm one busy fellow. Nevertheless, I will certainly keep you apprised with updates on the Vein Project, including progress on the novels, booksignings, etc.
Right now, some great news to share with you. Currently, several authors-myself included-who publish works for Kindle readers are in the process of putting together a short story anthology and putting it out for people to purchase, with all proceeds going to a charity or worthy cause (I think that we're putting the profits toward breast cancer research, which is certainly a good cause!). My submission is a short story called "The Accordion", a semi-horror story inspired by a humorous incident that happened in the life of one of my students. With her permission, I shaped what she told me and turned it into an eerie short story, which I hope you will soon be reading.
So for those of you who have purchased THE SUMMONING OF CLADE JOSSO, thank you for doing so, and keep telling others about the book! If you've not yet done so, The book is available through, or if you are a kindle reader, an earlier version is available through Kindle as well (The direct links are provided at the end of this blog, under my signature). And hang in there, Old Velt is on his way!
See you in the Vein!
J. Dean
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