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I hate to get political...but

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on January 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Not writing related, but let me just say, I am getting fucking sick of partisan politics. I have friends both Democrat and Republican, but they’re constantly demonizing the other side. I find that highly fucktarded. Do people not realize that there is ONE government, and they can control us by dividing us amongst ourselves? Makes us easier to control. I don’t like to get political, because I don’t see the point in “left” and “right” ideas. People just need to pull together as a nation. This is exactly why George Washington didn’t choose a party. He feared the division it would cause among the people. The man was right. He’d be embarrassed and annoyed with how we treat one another based off of politics.

The Left accuses the Right of being primitive, bigoted, sexist, homophobic, etc. The Right accuses the Left of being anti-government, radical, and other crap I can’t think of at the moment, but you get the idea.

QUIT LETTING THE POWERS THAT BE CONTROL YOU! I’m not saying to not vote. Voting is a privilege that many other countries don’t let their people partake in. Many brave American men and women fought and died to help secure that right for us. What I’m saying is quit voting based off of political parties. And quit calling your fellow citizens evil because they vote for the other guy. Just because we have the right to be assholes doesn’t mean we NEED to be.

As for Donald Trump, we as Americans need to support him and hope he does a great job. People who want him to fall on his face, that is true un-American thinking. If the President fails, bad things follow for EVERYONE. Had Clinton been elected, I wouldn’t be happy, but I’d support her, as her success is only a good thing for us.

But shame on both parties for nominating a loud mouth asshole and an untrustworthy vile twat. We as Americans deserve a better quality of candidate.

OK, rant over. Sorry, I don’t like to get political, as I said, but sometimes this shit just really pisses me off and makes me want to start whacking people with a 2X4 with a nail on the end.

 

Come on 2017. Let's do this dance!

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on January 5, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back to the blog, my rabid readers. I have been away too long. Part of my New Years resolution is to write in Yoakum’s Ramblings more. Maybe once a week if I can discipline myself enough.

What has been going on…

First off, Redcap may be made into an indie film sometime in 2018. I have been talking to My Little Rascal Productions. They are looking for stories to turn into low budget indie films. It won’t be chock full of special effects, but the story telling element is what is more important. After all, Star Wars may have had 70s effects and hair styles and puppets, but it was the story telling that got a generation of kids into it. They are filming something else right now, but my book should be next. After the contracts are signed and all that jazz. I will be keeping you posted on that for sure.

What else? The Targothian: Book V is being written and will be published in late April/early May.

After that, I am working on Baba Yaga, a sequel of sorts to Redcap. Baba was a side character in Redcap and now she will be getting her own book.

I am planning on getting Photoshop or similar software to start designing my own book covers. Once that is underway, I will be making new covers for my already done books and hopefully I can do the books justice with a new cover. I can’t afford to pay someone $200 plus dollars to do them so I will be spending that money on the software and be able to do all the covers I want. Maybe I’ll eventually design covers for others if they want. Ok, that is all for the writing news. Now for the rambling.

I love my cell phone, and true, I’ll text someone before I call them. It isn’t that I don’t want to talk to my friends, but I’ve never been a fan of talking on the phone. I’d rather talk to someone in person. That is why I like texting. Pass the info and meet somewhere for drinks and karaoke. That being said, PUT YOUR FUCKING PHONES AWAY AT THE THEATER! You can’t go 2 hours without communicating with your fantastic friends? Seriously? You just have to Twitter during the movie? Knock that shit off! You paid good money for that movie. Pay attention to it, dingus! Damn chuckleheads can’t stay off of Facebook, and for what? So they can be political and think they’re making a difference in the world by sharing political posts?

I DON’T GIVE TWO SHITS ON THREE SHINGLES WHAT YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS ARE!

Partisan politics have ruined this country for decades. That is how they keep us under control. Divide and conquer. The Left slams the Right and demonizes them, and vice versa. Don’t give in, people. Vote for the person, not the party.

OK, I’m done for now. Hope to see you again here next week.  And, don't worry, I will ramble about more things besides politics and cell phones.  Plenty of shit out there pisses me off.

 


New books a comin

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on November 20, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, sorry.  I didn't realize I haven't posted a blog entry in so long.  I've been busy with my usual crap.

Right now, I am working on The Targothian:  Book V.  It will publish in March.  Every March will be a new installment until I am finished with the series, still planning on 9 books, and a 10th book of short stories with the origins of the side characters.  Book IV is still publishing in December.  I am doing that just because I don't want to push the date up to next March. 

But, after that, I am planning on an annual book signing every October in honor of Halloween.  I will be writng a new horror story and publishing it in September.  The signing so far is planned for the first weekend of October and I have another writer getting in on it.  I just want to find 2 more horror authors so we can start planning it.  It will be at the Half Price Books in Garland, Tx, near Firewheel Mall.

What do I have in store for next Halloween?  I am going to write about Baba Yaga, the cannibal witch who was a side character in Redcap.  Next Halloween after that will be the about the Daemon Cloak.  What is that you ask?  You'll have to read to find out.

I am getting ready for a short work week.  We work Monday and Tueday and have the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving.  I am expecting a very slow two days.  My company's customers do love their holidays off.

OK, that is all I have for now.  Keep on keepin on and stay tuned. 

It's Friiiiiiiday (Crap, just two more days until Monday!)

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on September 23, 2016 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings readers. How have you all been? I finally got my copies of Haunting On The Nobility for my upcoming book signing. Again, it is at Half Price Books, 3085 N George Bush Fwy, Garland, TX 75040 on Saturday the 8th of October from 1 to 3 PM. I have to leave pretty promptly after that because I’m officiating a wedding for a coworker at 5 PM. That Saturday should prove most productive.

Currently I am still reworking the relaunch of the Targothian series with the first book, The Targothian: Sargas. It is basically a retelling of the events of The Targothian: Book I but with more detail on what happened those first 10 years that Sargas served the Elginian Imperium. Won’t necessarily have exactly 9 books now. Not sure of how many. It will be what it will be. I will be doing one book a year of it until it is done, likely to be published around March or April. Then I’ll be working on my next book Baba Yaga: Cannibal Witch, and that is a loose sequel to Redcap of course. Baba was a side character in Redcap and I felt she deserved her own tale.

Later on this year, my wife and I are taking a cruise. We’re going in December, and I know what you’re thinking. Why the hell would I want to take a cruise in December. The Carribean won’t be the same as a winter here in the states. It might be cooler, but will not be cold. Plus we got a good deal on it. We’re forgoing buying X-Mas presents for each other this year as we are buying the all-inclusive alcohol package for the trip. That’s our present to ourselves, though I still plan on buying her some stuff.

So, that’s my plan. 2 books a year, one in March or April, and one for the Halloween season. Since I like to write horror and fantasy type stuff with mythological monsters and the like, Halloween is the perfect time of year for me to publish. I will do that in mid-September so if I can manage another signing I will have something appropriate to sell.

OK, now time for a quick rant. Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to eat lunch at work and people come up and ask you work-related questions? I’m off the friggin clock, people!

And with that, I shall talk to you later. Have a grand ol’ weekend.

 


Book signing on the horizion

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on August 24, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Seasons greetings, my rabid readers, and my season, I mean Halloween season, although we’re still a bit away from it. It is only August. But, soon, September will be upon us, which means two things: Oktoberfest in Addison, Tx (which they have in September, trust me, I’ve gone to it 4 times) and my book “Haunting On The Nobility” is being published. I am doing the book on the 23rd of September and will start promoting it a lot for the upcoming Halloween month of October. I even have a book signing at Half Price Books in Garland, Tx on the 8th of October. I am only going to have two books at the signing. Redcap, my monster story which many have told me is among my best, and my new haunted cruise story, Haunting on the Nobility.

I am excited about this book. I like a good ghost story, and I’ve been on enough cruises where I could draw on my experience from them for the book. A cursed painting and some kooky ghosts are the center of attention in the story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I love Halloween season. The cooler weather is a plus, for sure, but the best part is the candy. I always thought Halloween had the best candy. Christmas comes a close second, but Halloween is my champion.

Well, that’s about it for now. Got some stuff to do. I will try to blog more often. Wait, this is called Yoakum’s Ramblings, so here is a ramble. I’m sick of school zones already! People, it is 20MPH, not 10! And when you leave the zone, speed the hell back up! And why the hell can’t people move their asses when the light at the intersection turns green? Are you so into your phone that you’re not paying attention? GO!

Ok, that’s all for now. Catch you on the flip side.

 


Where have I been?

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on July 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings my rabid readers. Sorry I haven’t posted in quite a while. Been busy. Got a lot of writing going on.

I’m about to finish the fourth book of the Targothian series, and, once again, look for it in December. My haunted cruise ship story is still ready to publish, but I am just waiting on late September. I want to start promoting it for Halloween.

Speaking of promoting my books, I have unpublished everything except my poetry book from Smashwords. In a few weeks, they’ll be gone from Nook, Kobo, and other ereaders, and only being on the Kindle. I do this so I can run Kindle exclusive deals. Currently, Redcap is free all week. I am hoping this creates buzz about my work and encourages people to actually buy my other books. After all, my dream is to make enough from writing to quit my day job. I don’t expect to be a millionaire, but I’d love to be a thousandaire. As long as me and my wife can both quit our jobs and she can focus on her dream of being an ItWorks distributor. I’ll write, publish, and write some more. And, of course, I am an ordained minister and am always willing to help a couple out by joining them in matrimony.

Well, it is time for me to get back to it. I hope you all keep reading my books, and stay tuned to my blog, or follow me on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram, all as LarryYoakum3.

Oh, by the way, I am working on a loose sequel to Redcap, called Baba Yaga: Cannibal Witch.  She was a side character in Redcap, now it is time to focus on her story.  I will conclude the tale with a third book called Daemon Cloak.  Not sure when I'll be publishing those, but stay tuned.

Catch you on the flip side…

 

Book IV in the works

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on June 7, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings.  I have about five chapters complete for The Targothian: Book IV.  Look for it in December of this year.

I am still planning on publishing Haunting on the Nobility in September in hopes of getting it hyped up for Halloween. 

Ah, it was great to drive to work this morning.  No school zones!  At least I hope we're done with them for the summer.  I think school is out now.  That means I don't have to deal with chuckleheads slowing down to 10 MPH in a 20 MPH. 

Well, not much going on right now.  Just waiting on the day job to end.  Mondays suck.


The Targothian: Redo canceled

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on May 28, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I have decided to not redo it.  I am continuing with my plan of 9 novellas, 2 a year.  Once it is all done, I might put them into one big collection.  Mayhap so.  Down the road so I'm not worried about it right now. 

This is Memorial Day weekend.  Everyone, please remember what the day is about.  To honor those of our service men and women who are no longer with us.  Our freedom is secured by those who wear the uniform and answer their nation's call.  Enjoy your time with your family, but remember, there are some families out there that have an empty seat at the table.

That is all for now.  I will catch you on the flipside.

The Targothian: Redo

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on April 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all. I have some new crap to report.

I am going to unpublish The Targothian: Book I and II. I’ll be revamping the series, and combining books 1, 2, and 3 into one, then the same with 4,5,6 and 7,8,9. Still planning on doing a short story collection of the side characters.

Also, I am going to be doing that sequel of sorts for Redcap. Baba Yaga, a side character from that book, will be in her own called Baba Yaga: Cannibal Witch. A third installment called Daemon Cloak will be the third and final in a loose trilogy.

I am considering collaborating with other authors and doing an anthology of stories. Not sure how to play that one out. We shall see.

OK, my rabid readers. I’ll talk at you all later.

 


Great...I'm 41 now

Posted by Larry Yoakum III on April 5, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello again. Yep, just turned 41.  I am no longer 40, but I am now IN my 40s.  Been working a lot on The Targothian: Book III, and it will for sure be published this June. Or is it July? Either way. And, of course, IV will be in December. OK, onto more interesting things. I made a few sales in my Kindle books. A few copies of Redcap and one of The Targothian: Book I have been purchased. It is always great to introduce new readers to your work, as well as keep on entertaining the current readers. If people keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them.

At the end of the month (April 30th to be exact) I am still participating in the Dallas Book Festival at the public library. I hope to see you all out there. Besides myself, there are a bunch of local authors, as well as some out of town celebrity authors as well. It will be a great day all around.

OK, now, as you know, this blog is called Yoakum’s Ramblings. It wouldn’t be a complete blog post without a ramble or two. Here’s one. I am tired of hearing about Hillary and Sanders and Cruz and Trump. They’re all politicians and therefor untrustworthy. Well, Trump isn’t a politician, but I still don’t trust him. The one thing I like about him is that he is not answering to anyone in the corporate or political world. He may be a loudmouth and an asshole, but at least he doesn’t try to hide it with political promises and double talk. I might not vote for Trump, but I WILL NOT vote for Hillary Clinton either. And as for Sanders, well, he reminds me of Doc Brown from Back To The Future, but with a weird face.

Here is another rambling. Raise the minimum wage to $15? Are you friggin serious? Most businesses will only have two choices if forced to do that: 1 – let a lot of people go, there for creating a more demanding workload for those who stay or 2 – raise prices on things and lose business to competitors. Example: McDonalds…bye bye dollar menu. People will have to pay even more for those insipid sandwiches. Same for Burger King and Wendy’s. Probably end up with a five dollar frosty. Well, for my own job, if they did that, I might have to quit here and go flip burgers. Make about the same amount of money. Or go back to bagging groceries like I did in high school. In 1993 when I was a senior in school, I made $4.25 an hour minimum wage to bag groceries. Sure, raise it up to $15. I’d be happy to bag your shit for you, then.

OK, that’s it for now. I have to get back to work, so, my gentle readers, I bid you good day.

I SAID GOOD DAY!

 


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