No Longer Here

Posted: October 19, 2012 in General

I have moved my blog stuff over to a new full-on website at http://samuelmayo.com. Please go there to keep up to date with what I’m doing as I will no longer post any updates here.

Thank you.

Hey everybody! The website’s been pretty neglected for the last few months, but I have remained busy as ever.

Before all that, I have a little business to attend to: book signings. Taking advantage of the holiday rush, we’ve scheduled signings to support Project R on three back-to-back weekends this month starting tonight. It’s short notice, I know, but if you can make it to any of these I would love to see you there even if you don’t buy any books.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2011 from 4pm-7pm
    -Mead’s Corner, 430 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS
  • Saturday, December 10th, 2011 from 10am-2pm
    -Hastings Entertainment, 316 North Main Street Stillwater
  • Saturday, December 17th, 2011 from 10am-2pm
    -Hastings Entertainment, 316 North Main Street Stillwater

I love love love hosting book signings. It gives me a chance to interact with folks as an author and really connect with people who enjoy books in general, not just my own. And, writing being a solitary affair, it gets me out of the house every once in a while which I’m told is good for me ;-)

Other Projects
2011 has a been a strange year for in terms of writing.  It has been a year of starts and stops.  I have at least three novel scripts started that I believe are fantastic.  I have at least twice as many rough outlines for new projects.  On top of all that, I’ve started dabbling with writing comic book scripts.  The problem comes from deciding what gets priority, which I prefer to the opposite problem: having no projects to work. 

To give you a little background on the script-writing thing, a while ago I wrote a script for a short film that my brother and a few of his friends worked on.  While the movie never saw the light of day, writing the script was a nice exercise in a medium I had never tried before.  I figured I would give comics a shot for the same reason.  That, and I really love comic books.  It’s been pretty fun.  I’m roughly halfway through a planned 4-issue sci-fi series which I aim to pitch to several publishers of creator-owned works.  My brother and I also have our own projects, the first of which I’m hoping to unveil in the early part of next year.

For you Black Armor fans, don’t worry, Book 3 has not been ignored.  I have part of a draft finished and, once we get through the craziness of the holidays, I plan to make it my top writing priority.  Promise.

Late, but Still Worth It

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Writing
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As an apology for the lack of updates, I give you the following penance…

Project R is now available for purchase!

Adam has never felt as though he belonged in the little commune nestled in a back corner of the megacity, a world of concrete and metal. Life is easy enough. He is respected and admired, but his own sense of purpose eludes him. When he and a group of scavers – the provision gatherers of the commune – break down the door to corridor fifty-eight in search of more supplies, they unwittingly release a swarm of terrifying creatures and Adam‘s world is torn apart. The commune is attacked, and he goes on the run with a handful of survivors. When they are rescued by a pair of scientists, Adam learns the truth about the megacity, the creatures, and, to his shock, the role that he specifically must play to restore life to a dying world. Only, Adam isn’t so sure he wants the job.

As with my other books, availability at the various outlets will be in stages.

To buy it today for $11.99 (+S&H), visit CreateSpace

Once it’s up on Amazon and in its various e-book formats, I’ll make another announcement.

Man, this one took a lot longer than I expected it to.  I started with a very structured approach and was very brutal with the book during the editing process.  My initial edit run chopped out something like 20 pages.  I wound up adding that much back in and then some.  Then I went back and hacked away again.  I lost count how many times I ran through the manuscript, tweaking, changing, deleting, and adding to shape it into something I was really proud of.  And when I got the proof from CreateSpace, I realized it was all worth it.  The way the book feels in my hands, the way the fonts look on the inside, and the coloring on the cover, all of it exceeded my expectations.

I poured a lot of work into this little book and it was a lot of fun to make.  And now, you guys get to enjoy it with me!  That right there is the best part for me.  I love hearing back from folks who have read my books and what take away from them.  And be completely honest.  Don’t worry, I’ve got pretty thick skin :-)

I was glad to see folks enjoying the last few blog posts.  I hope you guys know that I write this stuff for you.  I’d be pretty conceited if I spouted this nonsense because I thought you should live the way I do.  My whole focus for writing to begin with is to relay my own personal experiences with things and maybe, just maybe, someone else out there might pick up a nugget or two that will help them as well.

As an FYI, for the next issue we’ll take a break from the book writing topic and pick it back up the following issue.  This book-writing series has many facets to it, I want to make sure to still give time to other topics along the way.

The Outline is Crucial, but it Also Isn’t
I’ve read a ton of different books on writing and was surprised to find that the outline seems to be one of the most disagreed-upon topics.  I wouldn’t call it controversial because to me the whole argument seems rather silly.  From what I can tell, the debate seems to boil down to personal preference.  One person will construct a detailed outline before ever typing the words, “Once upon a time…” while another will start with a single thought and just go.  Even the heavy hitters differ on this point.  Best-selling author Thomas F. Monteleone has never done an outline whereas Ted Dekker will generate a 40-page ‘story document’ for each book that describes every major plot point and provides background to every setting and character. Read the rest of this entry »

Apparently, this last week I had a major brain malfunction (see Vol. 3, Issue 4) and forgot to post this.  No excuses, no busy schedule really.  I just flat out forgot.  My apologies for the mental lapse.  Hopefully, we can keep it from happening in the future.

The Writer’s Greatest Resource

Ideas won’t keep, something must be done about them. – Alfred North Whitehead

I spoke last issue about having the right mental attitude.  While I spoke on it as a first topic, it’s usually not the first thing people think about when they want to write.  A person will get the itch to write when an idea of some kind strikes them, and they want to turn that idea into a story.  I started with attitude because it must must must be there before you can carry an idea through two or three hundred pages. Read the rest of this entry »

I could have titled this post, “How Sam Blunders His Way Through Writing His Books And Now Tries To Explain How To Do The Same,” but I dislike long titles.

Learn from the…erm…expert?
There are two things that people always seem to say when they learn you’ve written a book. The first, and most common is, “What’s it about?” My reply is usually, “Read the book and you’ll find out.” My wife is working with me to change this approach (thankfully). The next thing usually said, and to me the more curious of the two, is something like, “I could never be that creative,” or “I could never do that.” I find them curious, in either version, because they’re downright wrong. Read the rest of this entry »


Whoops, I was enjoying the 4th so much I almost forgot to post this. Next week’s should be earlier in the day.

Four-letter Words and Such
I do my best to keep a clean mouth. Really I do. From a communication standpoint, swearing rarely enhances any particular point you are trying to make. The overuse of profanity shows a marked lack of intelligence, too, as it’s far easier (and lazier) to just throw in a cuss word than to actually take the time to articulate your thoughts.

From a Christian’s standpoint, we are taught that “from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” So following that line of thinking, what does that say about us when we swear? Read the rest of this entry »