Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

June 28, 2009

Costco is Evil

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 2:53 am
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Everytime I walk into that place I spend too much money. Today it got worse. I had planned on finishing the query for my latest book this afternoon, but as I walked by the movie section there it was…. 

Ultimate Matrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, you see it. It’s the Ultimate Matrix, Blu-Ray edition. 

The Matrix is one of my favorite movie trilogies and the fact that it is available in Blu-Ray, well…. I couldn’t resist. That 85 bucks flew out of my pocket so fast I think my hand broke the sound barrier. 

That was problem number one. Problem number two is that I am now stuck in front of my HDTV watching it. 

I guess that query letter is going to have to wait until another day. 

Costco is so bad.

June 18, 2009

Going a little too far you think?

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 11:10 pm
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Very few things in the news get me excited enough to actually sit down and write about it. Mostly because I know that the news is all about selling papers, or getting you to stick around until 11. Most of it is dramatized stories, or facts taken out of context, that don’t really inform me, but fuel the fires of my cynical viewpoint. 

One story that I found on Twitter, really struck a chord because even though I know that it’s all about these people getting more press, I don’t think they really realize what it’s doing to their image. 

During an interview President Obama swatted at a fly, and killed it. (Hey North Korea, you better watch it) I thought it was pretty darn good that Obama actually got the bug, and I found the whole incident humorous. 

Well apparently these PETA morons saw this and found it offensive. Excuse me? Killing a fly is wrong? 

So again, I realize that they are just trying to get their name in the press again, but I think there’s a limit to the old axiom “Any press is good press”. 

By coming out against killing the fly, these morons are not saying, “join our noble cause because we’re saving animals”. They are saying “Look how stupid we are. We don’t know the difference between bad press and good press” and “You too can look like an idiot if you join our cause”

I mean where do you draw the line? If you are a member of PETA are you not supposed to kill a mosquito? What about the microbes that live on your body? Can you not wash your hands anymore? Can you not take a shower? 

So they may think that their strategy worked. I’m talking about them. But in my mind it just cements the image that these guys are a bunch of wackos with too much time on their hands, trying to come up with any way possible to promote their cause. They may think that the increased press might gain them a few more members, but my bet is on the other way around.

June 13, 2009

Scary Rock Incident

Filed under: Stories,Writing — douglaslperry @ 1:27 am
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I’m sitting at work when my cell phone rings. 

“Dad, I’ve just been in an accident and don’t know what to do.”

It was my son. 

After dropping everything and running outside the building so I could get a better signal, I asked him what happened. He was driving to San Diego with a friend, they stopped for gas, and pulled onto the Hwy 5 southbound on ramp to get back on the freeway. They were following an eighteen wheeler going slow up the ramp, when suddenly the truck launched a rock about the size of two softballs into my son’s path. He tried to swerve to miss it, but he didn’t have enough time. It went under the front of the car, impacted the subframe, and launched the car in the air. 

The impact sensors thought the car had been in an accident and blew the airbags. 

 

Both bags blown

Both bags blown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When airbags blow, it is actually quite a lot of force. Check out my poor son’s face.

 

Smacked in the face by an airbag

Smacked in the face by an airbag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the case of my son’s car, the design of the passenger side airbag cover is stupid enough, that if the airbag blows, it also frags the windshield. Way to go guys….

 

Windshield fragged from airbag

Windshield fragged from airbag

 

 

So now my son is sitting in the middle of the on ramp, with a blown airbag in his face, glass everywhere, and not quite sure what happened. Luckily he was able to pull off to the side and wait for me to get there. 

I wonder whether or not airbags actually cause more damage than they protect from. I’d sure like to see the statistics.

June 11, 2009

Edit Complete

Filed under: Books,Writing — douglaslperry @ 12:00 am
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Finally finished the editing process on Blind Power. I am currently reading it to my wife.

I thought I would read a couple of chapters, but she didn’t want to stop. We ended up reading 11 chapters and the only reason that we stopped was because I was tired of talking. She loves the story so far and I couldn’t be happier.

I know that she is a biased listener but she will tell me the truth. And the truth is, she really likes it.

I will post up the first couple of chapters on my website tonight.

June 4, 2009

Indie Book Awards revisit

Filed under: Books,Writing — douglaslperry @ 7:03 pm
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My book won

My book won

Well I didn’t win, but I did tie for second. I still don’t have a good idea how the judging was performed, but I’m glad that I got third party validation of my work. To me that’s the most important thing. 

So if you haven’t picked one up yet. Go for it. 

There’s even a Kindle version.

June 2, 2009

Someone to watch over me

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 12:44 am

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