Death From Above in KDP Select

I’ve enrolled Death from Above in KDP Select. To do this, I had to remove the ebook from all of the other electronic platforms. Almost all of my sales have been on Amazon so that’s not a big deal at this point and I’ll reevaluate in 90 days, but it does give me some additional promotion options.

In truth, the book is getting great reviews, but it needs more exposure and going wide wasn’t getting it done, so I though I would see how well going exclusive can work.

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, you can now read Death From Above for free. If you have a Kindle device you can borrow it for free too.

Where is Word Count in MS Word for iPhone?

If you’re in a hurry, Hit the Font/Setting icon (an A with a pencil), tap Home and select Review. Word Count is under review.


I’ve hit the point with Lizard Wong book 2 that I want more writing time. One way to get that is to be able to write on the go. In this mode I tend to write anywhere I get stuck in line. We were stuck waiting for about 45 minutes the other day at Cheesecake Factory so I pounded out a couple of hundred words while my wife checked Facebook. I use OneNote to hold all of my outlines, characters, locations, beats, etc. so that’s always available on my iPhone. I tend two write in Word and sync the files to OneDrive. My publisher wanted everything submitted in Word for my non-fiction books so I’ve gotten very good with it.

I use Writing Journal on the iPhone to track my writing productivity and wanted to write using Word on my phone. It works great but I couldn’t find the word count feature. It was driving me nuts. So I did some searching and found the location in Word for iPad. That gave me enough clues to get digging.

It under the  Font/Setting icon (an A with a pencil), tap Home and select ReviewWord Count is under review. I’m adding this a much for me as for anyone else. That way when I forget I can find it again.

Lizard Wong Book 2 is underway

Well, I’m 8,000+ words into the second Lizard Wong novel. I’ve been helping Belinda with her GP book and that has slowed me down a little. Prepping for Convergence slowed me down too. Plus I think I hit a point in the book where I was a little unsure of how I was going to tackle it. I’m past that now and very happy with what I have so far.

I’m happy enough that I wouldn’t mind showing it to a few people who aren’t afraid of alpha code. The first four chapters are rough, full of missing words and typos but I think you’ll get the idea. If you want an early look, email me at or leave a comment on this post with your info.

Plotting the next novel

I’m working on plotting the next Lizard Wong novel. This will be book 2. It’s actually going really well. I’m trying to do a tighter outline and some scene prewriting to think through any issues and speed the actual writing. So far, this book is going to be a blast.

Realism in Fiction

My 19-year-old son and I tend to dissect whatever movie we just saw as we’re walking out of the theater. It drives my wife nuts. She just wants to get lost in the story and ends up mad at us for ruining a good movie. What interesting is that the things that bother us generally come down to the little things that aren’t realistic.

Say for example you’re watching a movie about giant transforming robots. By going to the movie you’ve already accepted the premise. If the unreality of giant transforming robots bothers you, you don’t go see the movie. You go see something slow-moving and emo where nothing blows up instead.  Where things break is in the non-fantastical parts. Things like when the soldier shooting at the giant robot fires 50 consecutive shots without reloading…from a handgun. Our basic shared knowledge of how the world works tells us that this is a problem, even for folks who’ve never fired a gun.

Brian Sanderson refers to this as your world’s magic system and by ‘magic’ sometimes he means physics. When we introduce ‘magic’ into a contemporary world, the magic should really be pretty narrow. Giant transforming robots, monstrous lizards or cloned dinosaurs don’t change the range of a soldier’s rifle, how many bullets it can hold or its ballistics performance. To change those, you need to move to the future or introduce enhancements, but even there, tread carefully.

If you create you’re own complete world a la middle earth you get more control over the magic, but you also get an increased responsibility to explain to the reader how your world works. Which at least partially explains why so many science fiction works are so long.