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… 

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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Character Profile: Charlie

NAME/AGE: Charles Foxglove Reeves, 40, born on April 3 JOB: Graveyard Sergeant for the sheriff’s office for the central part of the county. STORY ARCH: Charlie is one of the main deputies for the county and is staying at work for extended durations. He is witnessing...

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Character Profile: Carmen

NAME/AGE: Carmen Martinez, 20, born on August 7 JOB: Cook in the Navy on the carrier USS Halsey STORY ARCH: Carmen bands with a doctor she met at the airport to try to get back to Slaughter County together. They trek with each other for several days and then a bought...

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Food Storage, Part 3: Buckets o’ Fun

Food Storage, Part 3: Buckets o’ Fun

Continuing our series, we may have a slight recap of O2 absorbers and mylar bags. Be warned. The #1 rule for buckets is to only use food-grade plastic. “Isn’t that the ‘2’ inside the recycle-triangle?” Kind-of… While that happens to be on every HDPE plastic bucket, it...

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CHARACTER PROFILE: STU

NAME/AGE: Dr. Stuart Schwartz, 47, born December 31 JOB: Plastic surgeon to the stars. STORY ARCH: Stuart must work with Carmen to get from SeaTac Airport back towards Slaughter County. They spend several days trekking south, then stay in the woods with some homeless...

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CHARACTER PROFILE: SANDY

SANDY MCCALLISTER, 62, a 5’ 0”  leader of the Slaughter County DEM MOTIVATION: Sandy was just a few scant months from retiring. Her motivation shifts from living a normal life, to shaping the local government the way she thinks it should be from now on....

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Food Storage, Part 2: Mylar Bags

Food Storage, Part 2: Mylar Bags

As we transition from O2 absorbers to mylar bags, don’t think we’re completely done talking about the little iron packets! Like a toothache or a bad episode of 80’s television, they’ll be back around. People often wonder when to use a mylar bag... when don’t you have...

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Character Profile: Tony

NAME/AGE: Anthony Wendell Manners, 37, born on February 3 JOB: Delivery driver for Azul-Aqua, bottled water and cooler service STORY ARCH: Tony was delivering water to Phil during the initial quake. He makes his way south to check on his wife, who reminds him that...

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