I don’t have a whole lot to write about today, but when I don’t post, I don’t hear from my friends, who are always so gracious to comment, so I thought I’d throw up a quick post.
In Stan’s world, life is great! My book sales are up! Yay!!! And I’m making some of the best progress I’ve made in weeks on my next Nick Wood’s novel — you know, the one currently titled Mexican Heat. (Here’s the scoop on it for those who haven’t been taking notes…)
A powerful drug cartel, led by a madman, threatens to topple Mexico’s government.
An American Seal Team sent to handle the situation is ambushed and decimated.
Can one of America’s greatest warriors stop this madman?
My great friend — really, my bestie — April Snellings has been motivating the hell out of me of late and we’ve been reporting word counts each night to each other so we can track our progress — she’s got a novel well underway, as well. Best of all, April has agreed to edit Mexican Heat when I finish it.
Of course, that will probably be the last I hear of her because she’ll have finished her book by that point and I’ve read the beginning of it and holy shit is it good. Not only is she a way better writer than me, she also has the kind of big-shot connections you can only get by working for an international magazine.
Of course, if I knock Mexican Heat out of the park, then maybe she’ll still at least take my calls. So far … it feels like it’s on the mark. Shit-tons of action. Ripping pace. And gripping tension.
So, my writing is going well and I’m having a blast on this work.
In other matters, the newspaper business is going great and my wife and I have added two new employees in the past month. Plus, we got a week off for Christmas, which after two years without a vacation, was direly needed! Recharged business owner = more bling in the bank. Cha-ching!
Finally, I’ve been adding some serious weight lifting in with my martial arts training, so I feel more energized and and the ladies seem to be noticing, which is always nice when you’re like three feet tall like me! (Okay, I’m the same height as Tom Cruise, but I don’t have the special shoes…)
So what’s up with everyone else? I love hearing from you guys and since I’ve said so much about myself, why don’t you guys give me the latest down low with you all? And so help me, if I get a “I’m-doing-well” type comment, I’m sending Nick Woods after your ass.
I want specifics. Like, how the writing is going. Whether you’ve avoided the flu (ahem, Gus and Phillip…). And how many copies of my books you’ve been selling out of the back of your trunk. (Speaking of which, I need like a Mary Kay type program where you guys get kickbacks on that shit or something…)
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.
P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Out, has also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.