Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  Over 200k.  I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished.

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, Alice, Daina, Daniel, Yolanda, Trace, Books4me, Vince, Laurie, and DAE for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!  I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review).  Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em!  (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors.  Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so!  And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review.  If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)

News:  Volume 2 is much smoother; I plan on continuing to trim and snip at it (sometimes add a bit here and there) and uploading a new version this Wednesday.  As far as Volume 4 goes, I’m in the beginning throes of the Big Battle, trying to make everything as cool and novel and suspenseful as I can possibly manage.

I saw the Dark Tower yesterday, knowing full well that it was going to be a disappointment.  Some of the moments were cool, but it felt like they were just churning through plot so they could check events off a list.  The film was missing that touch of beautiful insanity that Roland has in the books, as well as the malevolent, incomprehensible horror that Mid-World is supposed to be pervaded by.  Where’s the damn desert????  I’m not looking for a hobbit-town full of psychics; I wanna see Roland lay waste to the depraved-ass, life-sick town of Tull!  I wanna see some gross-ass Slow Mutants chasing Roland and Jake as they make through the endless subterranean dark upon a battered, hand-cranked cart!  Meh, hopefully they’re just straightening things out for the sequel and TV series.  Anyways, it’s time for me get back to work!  If you are a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!

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