Monday, December 31, 2012

Updates: Zero Angel's Mathematics, Warrior's Way and new urban fantasy

Hi guys!

It's been a rough month. One of the issues with not just having your own business, but being your only employee is that everything tends to revolve around you. Unfortunately, that means that minor catastrophes (such as getting sick, hurting your neck and being forced to live between three houses as your house is under construction) tends to derail any deadlines you might have had.

I am pleased to report that Section 1 is complete and gone through editing; unfortunately, formatting the equations properly so they will show up correctly on the Kindle and Kindle apps is bound to take a few more days.

Warrior's Way is shaping up nicely. This prequel novella is set in the century leading up to The Throne of Ao in my WotA multiverse. If you thought that the action was over-the-top in Throne, then be ready to have the roof blown off in Warrior's Way, which features the hume Warrior god as well as cameos by other gods and goddesses. I had been planning for a December release on that as well, but, well, I've already explained the deadlines were all missed this month.

I've also been working on a new urban fantasy. More mystery and investigation than action (although there is that too of course), I am hoping to turn this into a serial released every month.

Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Calculator Review: TI-30X IIS

Hello Everyone,

In my work as a math instructor and math writer, I am frequently asked what calculator is the "best" calculator. Although I hardly believe any calculator can be arbitrarily named "best", I believe that the Texas Instruments 30X IIS has the best combination of ease-of-use, utility and affordability and is the one calculator I recommend above all others.

 Although the picture above will link you to (one of) the product (pages) on Amazon, there are a few different versions available (seemingly all from Texas Instruments) and depending on the color/product page, the price may be different by $2 or so! It can generally be found between $10 and $20 and is available in stores as well.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Your Support Team

Writing's hard and not having a good support team to fall back on makes it harder.

It can be as simple as having people believe in you as a writer (regardless of how low your royalty checks are at first and the lack of publishing advances in your attempt to go it alone), believe in you as a person to give you the time to your insane hobby, or as complicated as an actual publishing deal with editors and agents involved. It can be a beta reader or an advanced reader. A reviewer or a fan.

But whatever it is, whatever they are, a good support team is necessary to be able to write at all, let alone successfully.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Math and Zombies

Hi everyone!

There's a chill in the air and it seems the perfect time for some horror.

I just finalized my first horror story and it is in the process of being published now. Should be available by the end of the day today or by Monday at the latest. (I'll add an edit when it goes live). Zero Angel's THE CHANGE will be $0.99. It is a short story detailing the descent of one man into an incurable disease (hint: it involves the subject line of this blog).
Edit: Available Now: Zero Angel's The Change on
(Note: Had some sort of issue with the cover not showing up. I've republished it again with the cover included a second time and hope the problem will be fixed now).

It was an interesting write and I hope readers are left wanting more. Definitely an experimental style for me though. Please note: it's not kid-friendly horror.

This also marks the first entry into my "Other Worlds" that I've been promising. There will be a few more horror shorts for "Other Worlds" coming out in the coming months before I move on to other genres.

In other news, I want to thank everyone that has been downloading the first section of my math book: Overcoming Math Anxiety and How to Be Successful in Mathematics. At the time of writing this I just got up to #2 in Amazon's best seller list in mathematics. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, it will be free all day Saturday. It's my first nonfiction foray and I'd love feedback from everyone! I'm really excited by how many copies I've moved with the free promotion--I never dreamed of breaking into the top 10, let alone the top 2! Now I just want to get to #1!

I will be publishing The "Basics" of Math We are Never Taught by the end of the month (at least that's the plan).

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas sale and updates

Hi guys!

Sorry for the long wait between posts--it's been pretty hectic on my end (although isn't it always?)

NaNo's been a bust for me so far. I'm split between a few different projects at the moment, so not enough time for a complete novel, but let me tell you about some of my projects.

First, Zero Angel's Mathematics:

This is my attempt to give back. Math is something that I am a certified expert in and something that I teach like no one else I've ever encountered. The series as a whole is designed to take students from no experience in math through calculus (and hopefully beyond). Each section of the series will be released as a single eBook for a low price so that people with specific concerns are able to only purchase the sections they need. Everything I've done with these sections has been done with the intention of trying to help people.

The eBook format also really has the benefit that future editions can be updated and students can get the new edition for free.

The first section focuses on math anxiety and ways that our anxieties with math can be overcome. If math anxiety is something that affects you or concerns you, then please check it out. It is a KDP Select book, so that means if you are an Amazon Prime member you can borrow it for free. Otherwise, it is $0.99.
It is titled Overcoming Math Anxiety and How to Succeed at Mathematics.

The second section, Arithmetic and Number Sense: The "Basics" of Mathematics We are Never Taught should be released in the next 10 days. Keep an eye out for it! Depending on the final edition, it will retail for between $1.99 and $2.99.

The next project I've been working on is a horror story, which has been an interesting departure! I've actually quite enjoyed it and I think I am going to continue to write more horror stories. Once I opened this Pandora's Box I kept coming up with more and more stories that creep the crap out of me or downright terrify me. Even though I'm easily scared, I think if I am able to transmit the merest iota of terror into the writing that I feel thinking about these that they will be spectacular. This story should also release this month. (Yay!)

The third project that has been occupying my time has been revamping the website to have offerings for the different series and features that Apocalypse Designs offers (currently still all mine, but it keeps me busy). I am planning on getting a good launch page into place tonight, so if all goes well you can check it out by the morning!

The fourth "project" I've been working on was another read-through my published novel, The Throne of Ao. Just like any first edition, there are usually typos that make it past beta readers and editors alike. This project's been completed! Based on feedback I've received from some reviewers and readers, I've made some changes to improve readability and make the entire experience more enjoyable.

Also, as a special Christmas sale, ToA is being offered for $4.99, a full $2 off the original list price. The sale won't be here long, so if you've been going back and forth about the purchase or not, please consider it!

The book makes a great gift, for the person you're giving it to AND for me :) Remember that you can read the novel on computers, smartphones and tablets with the free apps as well as on a Kindle or Nook.

My fifth project is NaNo. This has been the one that's been neglected the most unfortunately. I'm still optimistic about getting this done by the first or second week in December, but the editing process may take significantly longer and I am unwilling to publish a novella that is not up to standard. That means Coming of the Comet probably will not be released by the end of the year.

My sixth project was the article I hinted at in my last blog post: Agriculture in the Apocalypse. This article is turning more into a dissertation. I believe I will end up doing a synopsis / abridged version for here and make my full paper available through my website.

I have a few other projects in the works, and feel free to ask about any, but these are the main ones I've been working on.

Remember comments, shares, +1s, likes and everything else all help get the word out. Thank you for your support!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: The book that promises everything...

Book Review: The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)


Rating: A- 9.0 / 10

Buy, Borrow or Pass? Buy this book.
If you are a fantasy fan, this book deserves to be on your bookshelf next to Tolkien, Jordan and Lewis. If you are not a fantasy fan or if you only read short stories, then you may want to pass on this book. Although it is spectacular, it is 1000+ pages. For most fantasy fans, I would assume this to be a good thing.

You can find the Amazon review here: Zero Angel's Amazon Review; I try not to rehash things between different reviews, so feel free to check it out--I hope you find it helpful!

Quick Review
Brandon Sanderson has created a book and world that is one of the most interesting and apparently fleshed out creations that I have ever read. I have never experienced a world that felt so connected and alive with supposed history and relationships between kingdoms that date back beyond memory.

I say "apparently" and "supposed" because a lot of the information is only hinted at. This book promises us the answers to all of the questions that it raises, but by the end of the novel, there are more questions unresolved than questions answered.

This leaves you having read the longest "tease" ever created (at over 1000 pages, although some of that is front matter and back matter). Still, like any foreplay, this book is exciting and will take your breath away. Also, it is important to note that although over 1000 pages long, the book never felt drawn-out (with the possible exception of some flashback chapters).

Friday, August 31, 2012

Obligatory Introduction

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the first post of my blog.

For those of you that don't know, I am the author of The Throne of Ao, the first novel in Zero Angel's War of the Ages Saga, known as WotA. The novel is available on Kindle and Nook.