Don’t Panic

Final Notable Quotable of 2013: Study Greatness

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“Study! Do your homework! I used to always tell you, do your homework. Get footage! How the fuck are you going to know how to be great if you don’t study GREATNESS?!” ~Tracy Morgan, 2012

Well, here we are. Closing out a third year of writing and telling narrative. This year was a very, er… MIXED year. I won’t really get into that, but I think it was successful in some choice aspects. The first book of The Twisted World came out, and we’re well on our way into the next book with hopes that it will also be out this summer. (more…)

Twisted World Book I: The Dusk Harbinger Sample Available For Your Consumption!

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It’s been a long, LONG time coming (4 years, actually. WOW), but today is the day that we start the gravy train on this. As of right now, the first 10% of The Dusk Harbinger is up and available for you to read, FOR FREE. No catches or anything ridiculous. Just jump on over to the sample page and enjoy it.

We’ll see you in July when the full book is released!

Enjoy, won’t you?

~Oliver & Danika

Notable Quotable: It’s Up To You to Make It Happen

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I waited there outside, and I was the first person when he pulled up. He got out of that car, and he was so beautiful. He looked right at me… and I didn’t know what to do! I mean, I couldn’t say anything, I couldn’t even move. I never even talked to him and he was RIGHT THERE… I still have that red bandanna.

The thing is, you never know, you know? Had I at least said SOMETHING…. you never know.

Anyway, the point is I totally realized, fate! There IS fate. But it only takes you so far, because once you’re there it’s up to you to make it happen.

~Jenna Elfman, Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

What is fate? What is opportunity? Are they not the same thing? Maybe fate isn’t as complex as a series of events that will always play out regardless of the actions that you take. Maybe fate is just a synonym for opportunity, moments where everything is positioned JUST RIGHT for you to take an action, to move forward.  (more…)

Defining And Conquering Fear

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The thing that draws people subconsciously to Batman is that Batman has taken his life fears and transmogrified them into a weapon. A tool, as it were.

Let’s have a conversation today. Let’s talk a little bit about fear.

You may have heard me say this a few times before: “Courage isn’t having a lack of fear. Courage is continuing to act in the FACE of fear.” (more…)

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I’m at the base of a towering mountain. My tour guide stands before me, telling me about the beautiful lake 10 miles up the trail. It sounds perfect.

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“I forgot my glasses, my compass, my map,” says the tour guide, “And I’ve also never been here before.”

Not so perfect.

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Put Up Or Shut Up

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I’m the best basketball player there ever was, I’m sure of it. Even though I won’t practice, won’t dress out for games, and won’t study game tapes. Oh, and I don’t actually play. Don’t worry though, I’m totally the best. Just you wait world, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Hey folks, it’s been a while. Been finishing up with The Dusk Harbinger, started a brand new video game review site with a whole gamut of talented first time writers, and have been hustling every day. But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about.

I wanted to talk to you about cowardice of many writers, and why you need to knock that shit off. I’m going to give you some sternly and profanely worded truths. And if you can’t handle it, then you seriously need to ask yourself if you truly want to write, and want to be successful at it. Hold onto your butts, and if you think you’re brave enough to go on… then do so. (more…)

Rabbit in the Road Anniversary Freebie Giveaway: The Customer Is Not Always Right, But Is Most Important

You get a Rabbit and you get a Rabbit and WE ALL GET RABBITS! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!*
*Oprah totally did not read this book, does not endorse it, and probably has no clue what it is. But photoshop hilarity is fun.

This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of Rabbit in the Road being released (specifically, October the 14th)! Because of that, I thought it would make good sense for us to come out of our hidey-holes and talk and do some fun stuff!  I decided that the best course of action would be to… give it to you guys for free again all weekend! That’s right, same as before. No catches, no funny stuff. Just go grab it and enjoy it (and by the way, I’ve already seen what it looks like on the Kindle Fire HD; it looks FANTASTIC).

But there’s more! We also decided to drop the price of the paperback PERMANENTLY to $9.99! Wow! (more…)

An Open Letter to the Reader That Hated Rabbit in the Road As Much As The Lord of the Flies

You hated my book? THANK YOU!

Dear Annette M.  from San Francisco,

Thank you for taking the time to read my book on Amazon, Rabbit in the Road

I noticed that after you finished reading my book, you left a one-star review that said the following:

“Haven’t hated a book so much since 30 years ago in high school when they made us read “Lord of the Flies”. Terrible book, bad plot, not logical, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. Blach!”

And after that, when another reader raised questions about your review, you said the following:

“So, if I understand you, my overwhelming feeling after finishing the book to punch the authors, needs more explanation? Because it was a terrible book!”

I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with Rabbit in the Road. Not every product can please every customer, and for that I apologize. I noticed that you said you wished that you could get your time back. It pains me to tell you that unfortunately, I do not believe that Amazon provides refunds on time lost.

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The Tale of a Wizard: How A 9 Year Old Girl Got Published


You read that correctly: A nine year old child, with just a few ideas and a few very short stories scrawled on a few sheets of line paper, is now a published author. How did she do it?

The simple answer? She did the work.

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You Are In The Business Of Customer Service or; The Buck Stops With You

Howdy gang! Wanted to talk about an important issue today that just happened here over New Year’s Day leading through to today. Namely, the issue of customer service. I can tell you that so far, this is the first major problem we’ve encountered regarding end customer issues with picking up Rabbit in the Road.  The reason I bring this up, is because you are the FINAL LINE OF DEFENSE on customer satisfaction. It’s not the guy that ships a customer’s order, and it’s not the vendor of your product. It’s YOU.

Whether you understand it or not, you are a manufacturer of product. You are the wordsmith, you are the one that puts the words down, you are the one that puts that product into a position so that it can be consumed by a readership. You need to be willing to not only take responsibility, but also fight on behalf of the people who WANT to partake in your experience, even if it isn’t necessarily your fault.

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