Carrots in January!

We left some carrots in the ground over the winter to give to the goats as treats every now and then. With all the rain we’ve had and the ground staying wet for most of the winter, I figured they would have rotted by now, but I went out this afternoon and dug a few up and was pleasantly surprised they are still in good shape!

Cory Doctorow on how to build cities that aren’t dystopian

Insightful as always, Doctorow lays out a thoughtful argument on how cities can be designed to maintain its citizen’s privacy and still provide metrics and insights that make them more efficient.

Imagine your smartphone knew everything about the city – but the city didn’t know anything about you. Wouldn’t that be truly ‘smart’?
Source: The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states | Cory Doctorow | Cities | The Guardian

“Secrets of the Road” Re-Released on Amazon

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Back in 2014, I wrote a small little book called “The Tao of Running: Lessons on Life From Miles on the Road.” It was one of the first writing projects I published and I have to admit that the overall process and product was a bit kludged together.

About six months after I published the book, I pulled it off Amazon with the thought that I would eventually get around to cleaning it up and re-releasing it. And here we are, 5 years later.

The good news is: the book has a little better flow to it than the first edition. The first edition had chapters with sub-sections throughout which made the flow seem choppy and distracting. So, one of the things I did for this edition was to rewrite each chapter into more of an essay format that centers around one or two topics, but is a continuous narrative, rather than being broken up into multiple sub-sections.

Also, I was able to add some new content from some of the past few years that I’ve been thinking about. This included a new chapter at the end to help summarize and pull out some of the lessons that I believe serve as pillars for the book.

Anyways, I’m glad to finally get this project back out into the wild. It’s been haunting me for years now and I finally get to purge the little nagging voice in my head that was constantly hounding me about getting it re-written.

So, “Secrets of the Road” is now available again on Amazon. I hope you enjoy!

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Update: As of January 29th, 2020 I have also renamed the book “Secrets of the Road: meditations on running.” After doing some looking around, it turns out there is already some well-established content around the title/name “The Tao of Running.” It was easy enough to change the title and cover, so I swapped them out and moved on down the road (pun intended!). Chalk this one up to bad luck and poor research on my part.

“Prototype” now available on Amazon

For those of you who read novels, I’ve released a new techno thriller called “Prototype.” It’s only available on Amazon at the moment, but I hope to have it ready to go on other platforms in 90 days or so after the KDP Select timeframe expires.

KDP Select allows the book to be available to Kindle Unlimited users as well. So if you are a KU member, you can read it for free as a part of the program.

I’m still trying to figure out all this self-publishing stuff, but it feels good to get some momentum started.

Now that I’ve got this project out, I plan on circling back to my non-fiction book “The Tao of Running” and get it updated for a second edition release. The goal is to have it back in the Kindle store by the end of the month.

Anyways, if you decide to pick up the new book, be sure to let me know what you think. I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft, so I’d love to hear your feedback.

Here’s the book blurb:

The Great Riots are over, but the struggle has just begun…

From the ashes of The Great Riots, a new technology has emerged. With the promise of peace and security against future uprisings, the U.S. government has taken the unprecedented step of granting a high-profile technology company full control over a small town in Eastern Oklahoma to test the prototype implementation of the City Network Efficiency Tracking system, also known as CityNET.

When Jason Drake, a brilliant software developer, unearths a menacing secret deep within the shadows of the organization, a desperate race ensues to uncover the sinister truth behind the technological nightmare that now rules the town. In a story laced with fear and broken loyalties, Jason finds himself head-to-head with the firm’s tyrannical CEO who is hell-bent on ensuring his company’s success at all costs.

You can purchase “Prototype” here.

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