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Like it or Not, Life keeps Rolling On

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In Retrospect, Like it or Not, Life keeps rolling on 

  Christmas again.  Concerned? Edgy? Anxious? It matters not.  Surprise! Life keeps rolling on, regardless what our  personal aspirations may be. What our personal posture may be.  Even during celebrations like Christmas.    It may be unsettling to recognize it matters not what we perceive or feel.  (It matters not either, what others think, feel or say, isn't that delightful?) Although such details may seem important. In time, in retrospect, absolutely insignificant.  Be advised,  be surprised. Get ready. Get out the gift wrap and unroll ribbons.  All the way to infinity, life rolls on, you get the idea.    

Life Keeps Rolling On in Spite of...Us

So, Christmas comes along,  like it or not, and life keeps rolling on,  in spite of ...well, mostly  us.   With or without  hallowed big presents, thoughtful opinions, tears,  inventions, fears,   gaffes,  genius, great writing,   work ethic or professional schmoozing. Tied with ribbons, life happens. Without our  tendency to butt in, procrastinate, advise,  or willingness to put out the lights. Acquiesce, agree, or butt out entirely.  The expenditure of effort,  Herculean or  Lilliputian input and output. Lights blinking,  elves singing merrily. Songs without meaning.  You have heard of people living but never having lived?  Perhaps fretful lives, teeter, balanced,  chained equally to an  idealistic, modern win-win, but in reality, a boring, bland existence.  Life is what happens while you're planning decorations, making naughty and nice lists, and all that.


Subscribing to Reality

You and you alone  subscribe to reality,  you set the parameters for  joy and success,  twists and turns  with inexplicable luck, happiness,  tolerance of  intolerance,   love, peace or angst.  Whether one simply, merrily defaults to sublime apathy,  twitched to the next level of tongue-biting, beautiful, sparkly gift-wrap or not.   Or without gift wrap. Schmooze peacefully in the silence of winter fog, choosing the same old —same old,  with the razor-sharp urge to willfully disregard inspiration, instinct, values, tradition, feelings.


Yes,  since we are each ultimately alone (and dispensable, ready or not, just as  life itself ) we get to choose, although we may naturally waver in cold December winds.  We may wish to shirk our sworn duty to turn on the lights, decorate the halls, get out the ribbons,  step up as members of humanity. No. Unacceptable. Our ideals and schemes are vanity, but...

Our duty is to contribute to society, to life itself, give brightness, lights and happiness to those we love and to others less fortunate. Share. Sing Christmas carols.

** We can do this.   After all, life keeps rolling on all year, not just at Christmas.




A new 5-STAR review for Mordigoo's Christmas Carol: The Bells of Blister.

Note:  A moment ago we said  "We can do this! "

Imagine that,  no sooner said than done, and  like a Christmas miracle,  another 5-star review rolled in, posted  for   "Morgidoo's Christmas Carol: The Bells of Blister "


On Amazon!

See the new review and check out Morgidoo's Christmas Carol: The Bells of Blister  on Amazon! Available in Kindle and print editions.

A unique and timeless Christmas classic for all ages that can be read every year...will the beautiful sound of bells ever be heard again?    Join Morgidoo Morgan in his search for the Great Silver Bell ...and the truth of a  timeless legend...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Cover Artwork for 'Morgidoo's Christmas Carol: The Bells of Blister" Morgidoo's Christmas Carol 3rd edition Cover Artwork by Whitewood Forge Publishing    [/caption]   Photo © by R.A. Kukkee - all rights reserved  Is that Incoming I hear?  


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Authors Vote for Freedom

©2016 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee


Authors Vote for Freedom and Independence

Today, in significant numbers, authors vote for freedom and independence  in a booming trend to by-pass traditional publishers. Migrating to  independent methods, it seems authors vote for freedom and independence Heady stuff.

Why? Change in the industry was inevitable, considering the arrogance, economics, and straight-jacket  limitations of  traditional publishing.  Loss of project control, fine-print contracts,  bad editing,  deadlines, unrealistic promises of miniscule royalties.   As authors in larger numbers move to self-publish, it seems  something substantially more important is involved; the underlying wish and dedicated vote for  freedom and independence.


Freedom in Voice and Content

If you have ever published a book, you know the routine.  Publishers beta-read, edit,  crop,  switch the order of chapters,  introduce  arbitrary changes , smile like Cheshire cats, —then inflict what  they think —or perhaps even believe—is the best treatment and decision for your book. Even, in the extreme—to forgetting content, adding errors,  and altering your unique writer's voice.  Hmm.... we have even heard authors using foul invective  in discussions on this subject.

Publishers are, after all,  as you will be told,  the publisher, and  marketing expertswise decisions  by such informed persons,  by default,  should be beneficial upon occasion.  Besides, someone has to be the whip-snapping boss.  There can be only one flashlight in the dark, one direction, one captain on a ship, blah blah.  Regardless of  subsequent success, or the dismal sinking thereof.

For some inexplicable reason some writers  erroneously accept, imagine or assume  that official publishers should automatically be  smarter and more knowledgeable  than  garret-bound,  lowly scribblers of fiction or even those genius, highly-respected, bespectacled authors of  enormous, non-fiction tomes of significant stuff.  You get the idea.

We observe and must concede that sometimes publishers and editors  are wrong, or actually prove they are more right and clever. Kudos to shining, diligent, and wise editors when they are right,  may their stubby candles at head office always shine brightly.  Sadly, being right or 'being in control' does not always guarantee an optimal outcome —for any book.

Does this conundrum sound familiar to you?  Has your book publishing  experience been   a) surprisingly successful,   b)  produced paper-weights collecting dust , or c) _____?  you fill in the blank.

In all fairness, let us analyze  logically. If your book  fails   in the marketplace  and success expected is not achieved, something is, or was wrong. The question is, what?  You have to decide. It is very simple.  Sparkling, original content written well, with excellent professional editing work, fault-free publishing, and thoughtful promotion into the right market has a reasonable chance. Was your book a quality offering to the world of readers?   We hope so.  Was it dreck destined for failure, regardless of your publishing choice? We hope not.

Questions ultimately must  then also be asked, 'Are publisher  decisions  always  best for every book project?Are publishers compatible with every author?  Is genre a problem?  Timing?  Marketing? Did the formatting work? Is success ever guaranteed?  Of course not. Are your own publishing decisions right for the project?    The correct answer may  be based upon circumstance, karma timing and luck.  And a gazillion other factors.  Think for yourself. Don't feel bad if you are wrong.

Myriads of simple mistakes  are made every day by both authors and publishers —even before  that first draft.  Wonderful premises may be abandoned by discouraged writers, never to be explored.  Publishers may reject a timely,  impossibly good manuscript. Writers  may ignore the advice of  those rare, brilliant, and helpful editors.  Equally, bad editors may discourage writers or ignore, miss, and worse, even introduce mistakes.  Fantastic authors of potentially stellar works are routinely  sent rejection letters —or are told "go take a writing class". Wow—yet  happily end up eventually selling millions of copies.  Believe it; some excellent books never see daylight.    Such contradictions defy logic.

The hard truth is, to publish your book by any method, bravery is required. Publishing a book may be comparable to a crap shoot. Courting Lady Luck. A calculated gamble,  perhaps, but still a gamble.  Timing is everything —sure, we believe that, but how about quality content, originality, beta input, perception, presentation, reviews,  marketing, classification, publishing methodology, sales venues,  change in societal markets and reading audiences?   ...But don't forget luck. It all counts.

Personalities  involved in publishing may also rise,  cement, develop, bloom and  grow —or clash, fester, and fail with bad communication and people skills. You, the author,  —and the publisher —may realistically and justifiably have  completely different visions, ideas, and targets for the project. For better or for worse.

Both votes  to self-publish and the vote to publish traditionally are incredibly complex choices,  —and are only two choices of many which must be made. Hard decisions.  It is your book. Your responsibility.

So,  what to do?  Writers, scribblers, poetic persons and all,  if publishing is in your future, pick a straw. The best part is, now you do get to decide. Be brave. We observe that a vote for freedom and independence coincides nicely with a vote for personal satisfaction even if success is optional.  Read that again.

Here at Incoming Bytes we say step out there if you dare.  One thing is'll never know until you try.  It's called the writing life. 




*An update on my most recent publishing project:

I have voted for freedom and independence in republishing  Morgidoo's Christmas Carol, —originally published in 2011.

We're now up and running.   Morgidoo's Christmas Carol (Subtitled The Bells of Blister,  3rd Edition  is now  published,  in both  eBook and print formats available  now  at 

  • Print:  ISBN  13: 9781523683826   167p.,  6"x9" paperback  b&w )
  • (Kindle  eBook format, ASIN: B0063EWU9G   Full colour )  
[caption id="attachment_3753" align="aligncenter" width="200"]Cover art for Morgidoo's Christmas Carol (the Bells of Blister) 3rd edition Cover art for Morgidoo's Christmas Carol (the Bells of Blister) 3rd Ed. 2016[/caption]

 ©2016 Cover art  All rights reserved.


Yes... Christmas, we do observe,  may  still appear to be 9 months away, —but go for it anyway. Why?  Morgidoo's Christmas Carol is classic literature  for all seasons.  All year.  Written to be enjoyed  by readers of all ages.  Adults  and publishers included.

Is that Incoming I hear?

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