Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What's up with Colorado?

Drought. Beetles. Wild fires. They sound like biblical plagues and they're all happening to Colorado. Evangelical Pat Robertson said in 1998 that God would strike Florida with hurricanes, earthquakes and maybe go so far as fling a meteor at the state for allowing Gay Pride celebrations. He and Jerry Falwell suggested that liberals, feminists, and abortionists encouraged God to allow the 9/11 terrorist attack to happen.

So what did Colorado do to piss off God? And more importantly, why hasn't Pat Robertson or some other outspoken evangelical explained why parts of Colorado looks like the pits of hell? The Westboro Baptist Church doesn't count because they blame everybody for everything.

I wonder if the reason Pat Robertson hasn't claimed Colorado's predicament as God's punishment has anything to do with Robertson's recent support for Colorado's attempts at legalizing marijuana. Making the devil weed legal might warrant some heavenly retribution, but Robertson can't call them out for it.

I would say that if Robertson got hit by lightning or devoured by beetles, then that would be proof that God was angry with him for siding with the Colorado heathens, but I couldn't be sure if God did it because He just got tired of Robertson speaking smack in His name.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Upcoming Black Phoenix Events

I will be appearing under my pen name Allan Kemp to promote my urban fantasy novel, "The Black Phoenix" at the following events:

On June 29 at 3:00PM, I will be with Beth Dolgner for "Free Seminar: How to Successfully Self-Publish Your Novel and Live to Tell About It."

On July 7, I will be in the Artist's Alley at the Atlanta Comic Convention.

And once I have more information, I will announce when exactly during the AJC Decatur Book Festival I will be appearing on the Emerging Writer's Stage.

Hope to see you all at one or more of these events.

Monday, June 3, 2013

His latest book

I had dinner with a group of writers, which is always fun because writers have such a great perspective on just about everything. However, I began to notice that in any conversation with writers, you hear about how they are either finishing a book or in the middle of writing one. Myself included. This rift came to me as I listened.

I hear God is working on a new book. He'd been trying to decide whether to write a historical novel loosely based on real people or science fiction. He settled on a sequel to His first two alternative history books and He promises that this one will complete the trilogy.

So far, He has delivered a thousand pages to his writing group. Their comments were that it had too many characters, conflicting themes, and the main character is two dimensional and needs to be fleshed out. Plus, they questioned what this story was really about and that maybe God had some issues that He wasn't ready to face yet.

God also sent the rough manuscript to His agent. She said the story lacked reader reward and that fans of His earlier work would be confused that He was doing a sequel since the last book ended with the earth being destroyed. Hard to come back after that and still have a plausible plot. Also, His agent complained that the story was negative toward women and reminded Him that women purchase the majority of books.

Despite these complaints, the book is still in it's early stages and His publisher is confident that He can work out the bugs and deliver the final manuscript in time to get the it into the winter catalog as a holiday book.