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I think i’ll be cutting back on a lot of things i do. I don’t get paid to social network. i don’t get paid to help try to drive more business to my boss’s business. I social network because i like it but now it seems to be getting in the way of my book writing. But how do i book write when i can’t get any real help on editing. i have one or two people that help when they have free time but that’s not often. But is it worth writing when you can not get any artwork for covers. I’ve seen people willing to charge everything from 350 to build a website. to 250 to make a book cover for me. i found a great lady in New Mexico that did mine for 99 dollars and it was cool. But my book is struggling to make money and i can’t afford to pay to much for the work. so i started to look in to doing the covers myself. not something i have a passion for. this will be hard.

My first book, i had a passion for and i still do but my Sci-Fi is directed to young teens. and i placed it out on ebooks. how many teens are reading on Ebook anyway? or is my book just not interesting to this crowd? On that note i will be working on wrapping up the current projects.( 2 short stories and book 2) and moving on to a different series more adult driven. i still will work on the Native Protectors series but it will be on the back burners. I will start to push my self made web site. WWW.smashtowerbooks.com . Native Protector might do well in print if i ever get the chance to print it. So as my current projects start to drop i’ll be working on my steampunk and apocalyptic series. both that have been started. So if i look like i vanished. i’m working on my books. sorry for the Rant. i just had to get it out.

So i have not posted a blog in a long while. and there is some reasons for this. I’m a new author and i’m thin skin about my writing. i have never said that i was the greatest writer in the world.  I like to see my stories in print. i like the idea that someone else way enjoy my stories. I had a bad review and it took the wind out of my sails for a bit. and it did not help that my friends that have been editing my books. are not helping much. So i have started searching for a few local people that can help.

My first book has done poorly in sales but i expected that so. it is depressing that i’m not selling books like R.A.Salvatore . My stories are getting out there. About 700-800 copies of my book are out there. so i’m happy about that. Spirit Lance and the Native Protectors series will continue. but i think much slower. I have also changed my plans slightly. Rise Of The Harkon is written but not edited. i’m working on that now. It will be released when it is ready. i also started working on a second short story. Rise Of The Harkon and the second short story will be released individuality for around .99 cents. but i hope to fuse all three. Spirit Lance and Rise Of The Harkon and the new short in to one book called Spirit Lance Fusion.  And i hope to have this book in print (Hard Copy) being sold on my web site when it is finished.

I still have many book ideas in the works. i expect most will be like Spirit Lance (Short books). I will be writing many short stories or companion stories to go with the short books. Many maybe asking why don’t you just write longer books. I have a short attention span. i will try to plot out a book as best as i can. I will give myself goals and i will push to finish them. But in most cases i rush. i hope to cure this problem but it is a work in progress. Moving on to Gaming.

Gaming- I play Guild Wars 2.  My guild has about 15 players. And a few of us like to play World Vs World or PVP or RVR. how ever you like to think of it. i enjoy the PVP. This play is close to a game i used to play called Dark Ages Of Camelot. Many people think that the maps in PVP are too small and i agree to a point. it take a long time to run back where you were. to join your friends. i wish all keeps and supply camps had portals for the controlling forces. making it a little easier to get back in the game.

Local events and Podcasts- I’m a big fan and supporter of Western X. A web series that is filmed locally here in Arizona. The production campany Cazador Productions has several  projects in the works. they will be doing 24/7 internet radio soon which will be very good to listen to with some of the shows that they already have. Recently i was given the opportunity to record a podcast with Western X creator Michael Flores. This episode he is joined by Thomas Hinman (Film Composer), Actor David Staley and fans Robert Tabb (me) and Clint Felton. Called Weird West Radio. In this show Micheal mentioned a show on Cable Called Hell On Wheels . Which got me interested in the show. thank you Michael for that. i have watched all of the shows now and are all caught up. Sweet new one this weekend!!!

Well this the end of this posting for now but i hope that i caught you up on what i was doing recently. Hope to post again soon.

Later,

Robert Tabb

Ok so it has been a bit since i blogged. i have been busy trying to push sales of my book and trying to find a job.  Aug. 8th was my birthday and i but the book out for free and it did very well. I got almost triple the download than my total downloads to that point.

I’m still a very long way off from being a full blown Author. i think we ran the numbers . that i would have to sell 35 books a day to live only on writing. A few others say it will be when i reach the point when i have 4-5 books out. One of my Closer friends says it will around 8 books. i think the 4-5 is closer to being correct.

With my short story just around the corner. and the fusion with Spirit Lance. that will give me a total of 3 open projects out there for download. i also hope to have my books being printed locally and sold on my Website when it is done and i have paid to print my books. Book two is about 25 % done and i hope to work on it a bit today.

In less than 50 days i hope to add Smashword to the locations where my books are available. I would also like to thank all of my followers that helped me get over 5k followers on Twitter.

Anyway was hope to give you a update and now i have. keep listen for other news.

later hope to chat soon.

Robert Tabb

aka Smashtower

So a lot of stress can be reduced this week. Tomorrow is the start of my two days off.(My Weekend) but it is not a normal time off. because my mother is moving to Portland. i get to spend the next two days packing her stuff in a moving van and seeing her off on Thursday.

Also my website designer will have a prototype site for me to see. that’s on Wend.  that will be cool . i hope to make paperback copies of my book and sell them from my web site, as time goes by.

I have two bills that about to be greatly reduced saving me about 200.00 a month. for me that is a lot of money and comfort. and i hope to release my book soon!!!!

One of my editors is about 10 pages from being done and the other should not be to far behind her. So i’m getting excited!!!!

More info will be coming soon.

Well the PHXCC12 is over. Now it is time to prepare for PHXCC13 hehe.  i have a year to get ready will i be ready? Every year i realize there was something that i would have changed. I would see the stars away from the panels that they were on and even say hi! but i walk away instead of getting a picture with them. Some times i wish i was that forward. I Saw Dina Meyer. in the lobby of the hotel and said hi shook her hand and left her alone. This is one of the women of Sci-Fi that i love to watch. and it helps that she is one of the Prettiest Actress I’ve ever seen. A missed opertuneity .

I was walking in the hotel one morning and meet Ed Asner in the hall and all i said when he asked a question. was no i have no clue.

my wife and i went to have breakfast one morning and had Phil Lamarr sitting 2 tables away. Wil Wheaton was standing and talking to a few guests. Then SALLI RICHARDSON-WHITFIELD came in and sat down 2 tables away. I like to know that i left them alone for the reason that they are people first then the Stars they are. Maybe next year.

this time i will be getting a room for the extra night. i will get the better camera so that my memories are not blurry. i want the HD video camera. so if James A. Owens sings again at the Geek Prom i’ll be ready. And a digital recorder for the Authors that can tell me how to be a better author.

i only collected one business card from a local group and that was Captain Blackstrap Gennie from The Dreadfleet. Which i have a few short chats with on Google Plus.

I did get the chance to talk to and get a picture with Kevin Hearne the Author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. there are 4 books out as of now but i think 9 are planned.

I added a few new people to my twitter feed that i follow.

But for the most part i got to hang with the cast and crew of Western X. this i have talked about before. they are a local group of actors that are working on a western web series. www.westernxtheshow.com. I got to meet with the main actors and a few of the supporting actors. Vernon Wells is the big name on the project and he is one of the producers. The main creative head is Michael Flores. He wrote , edited and lives and sleeps this project. it has been in his blood for a few years. Michael was nice enough to get the crew to sign a shirt for me that is now hanging on my wall till i can get a few more of the cast to sign it.

i guess that is it for my comments on PHXCC12. it might not sound like i had a great time but i did. the concrud has gotten a hold of me and i’m still tired from it. i’m really getting ready for next year. i will be prepared for it!!!!

Now for my book (Spirit Lance) this is the first book that I’ve have tried to write. There are 6 that i plan to write in this series. I have 31 book projects in my head and some well under way to becoming books. the Native Protector Series may be a young adult book series. but it may also have a few things that most adults may like in a book. So please give it a try when it is released. on that note i am hoping that it might be released later this weekend but now it is looking to be pushed back again to next week. Please follow me on twitter under the user name of @Smashtowerbooks . to keep up on how the book is doing. and my other projects.

I have 15 pages of my short story done. this short story is a different view leading up to a big battle in my book Spirit Lance. and will be released a few months after Spirit Lance is released. at the same time i’m going to try something different and re-release Spirit Lance with the short story Fused with it. I believe i will name this book Spirit Lance fusion. Keep an eye open for it.

I’m also about 1/4 to 1/2 way done book 2 in the series which its name is Goliath. I hope to release Goliath near the end of the year.

On another note the second series that i’m starting is a SteamPunk series. This project has taken hold and won’t let go. There at least 12 books in this planned project and maybe will go even farther than that. I see a character rich book series. I’m seven pages into the first book of this series. and still writing the Plot for book 2 in that series.

Ok, I guess I’ve been babbling abit. so i will cut this short. keep an eye out for what is coming up. Oh i’ll be rebuilding my website soon hope to have lots of info and stuff on there when it is ready.

later all.

Robert Tabb

@smashtowerbooks

@EastValleyinfo

@Rtabb

Blog- Short update

Ok. This will not be long. The first book in the series is still being edited. i’m thinking after i release it that a month or so after i will release the short story that goes with this series. But i’m also thinking about merging the two into one book called Spirit Lance-Fusion. this book i’m think about printing in paper back. this is a thought.

PHXCC is coming. damn i’m ready to be there. Room is reserved. tickets are paid for. photo opts. paid for except one. that will be on the next pay check.

getting ready to explode. can’t wait. if your going i might see you there.

oh and Guild War 2 is coming. looking forward to that too.

See you then.

So for the people that don’t know me every well. my name is Robert. i live in Mesa, Arizona. I am a geek. i love playing computer games. Chatting on Ventrilo, or Mumble. I like listening to Music while at home alone gaming or on the social networking sites. My favorite music right now is Halestorm, and Airbourne, Nickleback .

The game i’m waiting for is Guild Wars 2. My friend and i are already getting our guild ready. even though it is still is a little ways, away. our guild was large in World Of Warcraft a long time ago. but fell apart over time. we have at least 6 ready but hope the old guildies will come out of hiding to play.

I like social networking i run 4 twitter accounts, mine is @rtabb don’t tweet to much from it. second is one i set up for my place i used to work. @Sourdoughpizza1 they have the best pizza. @EastValleyinfo this one i set up to help support local events and companies. i support local authors from this account like: Kevin Hearne , Tom Leveen ,Lisa McMann. i also support a web series called Western X. Filmed locally and most of the crew and actors are from here. eastvalleyinfo is also on Facebook and Google Plus. and smashtowerbooks is also on Facebook.

My fourth account is @Smashtowerbooks . this account was to support my book writing. since this is the first time for writing books it maybe a pain but i’m hope for alot of fun. My first series is called the Native Protectors. and there are 6 books planned and maybe a few short stories.

this is the break down.

Native protectors   Steampunk  Western    Fantasy

6                               12                   3                 1

ok well now i’m spending the next few weeks getting ready for PHXCC . i hope to enjoy myself and meet new and see old friends.

Later for now.

 

First i got to say i was very happy to see that i had 20 people view my blog last week. this is more than double any other day I’ve blogged. Thank you all.

This will be a busy week.

1. the temperature started really hot 105 degrees which the average is in the 80’s. So drink lots water.

2.My friend and i made some head way on editing book one. Spirit Lance from the Native Protector series. we are about 1/3 rd of the way through. Hoping still on the release in early May.

3.Have two book signings that i’m going to to support the authors. one was last night in support of Tom Leveen for the book release of Zero. and the second book signing i’m going too is for Keven Hearne for his new book Tricked from the Iron Druid Chronicles this Saturday. Both authors will be at PHXCC.

4. then there is work, getting caught up on my shows that i missed.

5. today is the podcast for NOELFINWAY. at 12pm. with special guests Michael Flores and Victoria Paege.

6. and now i’m hard at work writing a plot line for a new book series that will be a steampunk series. first outline done working on the outline for the second book now.

this is my week. thanks for stopping by!!!!!

Ok i’ve been a gamer for a long while. i’ve always enjoyed the games but recently all games come to a end game and most players just hover there or quit.

So this is my idea of the perfect game.

Part 1:It will take parts of alot of different games some you might have heard of. The core of the game would be like WOW (World of Warcraft)vast landscapes,good graphs,Mods, mail boxes,auctions,mounts,and flying mounts.

Part 2:Remove PvP from WOW and replace it with RvR from DAOC (Dark Ages of Camelot)Realm ranks, and realm skills. Add guild and personal housing. with the house merchants. Crafting close to DAOC style. you become a master crafter but then have to stay at that level crafting for a time period.(exp.3 months,6 months,9 months,one year) each period you would have to craft 1000’s of items. then go on a quest to receive  a super rare pattern for crafting a great piece of armor.only so many crafters can make this piece per side. And 3 realms to fight.

Part 3: Character creation.More detail .like Istaria .There are 11 playable races in this game.

Part 4: a new expansion every year. free one year. pay the next .(Purchase download) new free zones twice a year.(dungeons)add new level cap.4 times a year(new expansion new level, new zone new level.)

Part 5: Team RvR . Arenas First person viewing.Every class sees some thing different.(Exp. mages staffs and hand magic )

Well these are just some of my thoughts. this would be a game that would stand the test of time.

 

(Correction) Ok . i guess while life goes on . i was not aware of Guild Wars 2. I’ve done some reading and it looks like this game maybe the new Wow  .For Me but as it is still in Beta i will have to wait to find out.