Cascadia Blog

If somebody ever tells you writing their first book was hard, slap ’em. That’s somebody who wasn’t much interested in selling it. Writing may be difficult, and somewhat enjoyable – if you can find an editor you trust to fix your punctuation and tense issues – but the real challenge lies in learning to promote and market.

Writing my first novel was fun, but I still want it to succeed, and the measure of that success is people willing to buy it and give it a good review. That’s the trick: finding people to entice to read it and review it.

You’ll notice a pretty decent gap in the blog articles from March to May. That’s the phase where I went and hired someone to design my cover, format my interior and re-build my flailing website. When becoming an indie-author, you’re not just a writer – you become an editor, a business planner, a marketer, a social media influencer and a web-master. All that before you even release the thing to sell. 

Anyway, I will be turning this blog into my personal brain-dump, spewing my humor and thoughts onto the inter-webs in a fun and unique way – JUST like everybody else… 

Aint No Cracker Jack Compass

Aint No Cracker Jack Compass

Some law-nerds demand that I tell you I have affiliate links in this article and that if you purchase through them I’ll get a small cut at no extra cost to you. In just a few days, I’ll be refreshing at an entry level map and compass class, a student of a guest...

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CHARACTER PROFILE – “Sticky” Wood

CHARACTER PROFILE – “Sticky” Wood

CHRISTOPHER “STICKY” WOOD, 40, born August 8th JOB: Involuntarily committed “resident” at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center for high-risk sexual offenders. He used to make cash doing basic under-the-table construction. He was also a full-member of the Risen...

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CHARACTER PROFILE: Earl Garren

CHARACTER PROFILE: Earl Garren

NAME/AGE: Earl Leland Garren, 42, born November 13 JOB: Retired SFC from 75th Ranger regiment, 2nd Battalion (1998-2019); Works at Bass Pro shops and tends to the kids so his wife can work on her career. STORY ARCH: Earl and his family wait for his best buddy and Army...

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CHARACTER PROFILE – LEGION

CHARACTER PROFILE – LEGION

NAME/AGE: Campbell “Legion” Wood, 43, born June 17th JOB: State President for the Risen Dead MC. Earns his known income from an auto body and specialty motorcycle customization business. STORY ARCH: Immediately after the disasters strike, Legion enacts a years-long...

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Blog Plan Update

Blog Plan Update

Writing this quick update reminds me of a joke at work once. A bunch of us juveniles come up with a "Jeff Foxworthy-ish" list of "ways you know you're a yardbird." We got it up to about 185, but if memory serves correctly, I took about 5 of those back off the list,...

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Whose “Fault” Is it?

Whose “Fault” Is it?

I did my due diligence researching earthquakes and tsunamis for Tahoma’s Hammer. We had a few “felt ‘ems” in the 90’s, a real eye-opener for this native Texan. The one that worried me, though, came in February of 2001—and it was a 30-mile-deep M6.8! I think what...

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WHAT’S IN YOUR VEHICLE?

WHAT’S IN YOUR VEHICLE?

I’m sure one of these days I’ll break down and blog about the “Get Home Bags” in our vehicles. But it SHALL NOT be THIS day! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—bags have been done to death. In prior posts, I’ve highlighted “The Can” and “A Cool Way to Store...

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Character Profile – Payton

Character Profile – Payton

NAME/AGE: Payton Olivia Walker, 30, born March 19 JOB: Swing-shift deli worker at Safeway STORY ARCH: Payton is a 20-week pregnant mother going through a break-up when the disasters strike. Even after the Hammer hits, she lives in denial about the state of things. A...

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Who Starts a Blog in 2019???

Who Starts a Blog in 2019???

Well, I'll answer that by saying I don't always have the best judgment. Case in point: I have a tattoo of the nickname "Cooter" on my right forearm. I guess deep-down, I'm one of those "negative attention is better than none" kind-of guys... Anyway, the more I learn...

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Vehicle Gear 1: “The Can”

Vehicle Gear 1: “The Can”

As the book release approaches, I’m tempted to take a small break from the food storage series to discuss items that Phil has in his truck in the early chapters. What is this… “Can” you mention??? Get-Home Bags and Bug-Out Bags have been done…all over the internet…to...

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