The one… where I admit I’m a slacker… kinda.

I just moderated a comment from a new fan and I realized I have not posted to this blog in forever. I’m getting questions about what I am up to and what is coming. I can only say I am very sorry. I guess it is time for some confessions and an update.

Last year I lost my day job. Since then it has been a financial struggle to keep my home and so forth. Trying to find another job is difficult since my experience knocks me out of opening positions, and equal positions are often jealously guarded. It has, however, allowed me to work on more novels than I thought possible.

I am working on a contract for Heroes’ Tears. The novel is a Fantasy, set in a war torn historical era of this RPG. It should be out next year.

I finished the sequel to I Know Not, the Legacy of Fox Crow. This one, The Opus Discordia, deals with Crow after leaving (running) from his recent successes and gets saddled with an apprentice, gets involved in a three hundred year old plot to overthrow a kingdom, and is haunted by a ghostly composer as well as a new crop of assassins. It is in the hands of the Publisher, who has it out for editing, and is awaiting the cover still.

That being said, I have not been resting on my laurels (such as they are). I am working on a sequel to Whispering of Dragons called The Clash of Souls. It is in progress, and I hope to have the manuscript in the hands of the publisher soon

Next I finished a new fantasy novel, a whole new story in a new fantasy series. This one is a departure from my standard fantasy work, and I hope to have it ready by April 1st. I say departure and I mean it: It is epic fantasy instead of dark fantasy, it is going to be self published (mostly due to my desperate need for cash, pretty fast), and it has… other qualities that set it apart. More will be announced soon, but for more updates keep an eye on THIS PAGE.

So I’m working pretty hard, and a lot of stuff is falling by the wayside. This blog amongst them. I want to do another Radiation Angels Novel. I want to finish another Fox Crow. There’s a lot to do, and now it is all very important.

See, every purchase used to be an important acknowledgement of my work. Now it is my life blood. I eat, my lights stay on, depending on my wife going to work, and the work I put out to give everyone a few minutes respite and entertainment. You are all keeping me alive, and for that I want to say thank you. I am truly humbled.
Now, if I can ask, please leave a review on goodreads or amazon. Please blog about what of my books you have read, recommend them to friends. I feel like I am imposing on friends and family, but I have to ask. I’m just starting to climb and air getting thin out here already.

Always remember you can keep up with my work on my Amazon Author Page.

You can like James Daniel Ross if you facebook.

But, overall if you have bought books, I thank you.
Now it is my mission to write faster than any of you can read.
And do it so well you curse me for it.

Wolf

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May I have another piece of coal for the fire, sir?

Ok, this is talent: Playing 5 degrees between ICP and Christmas. Seriously, though, I understand that ICP is about as highbrow as Beavis and Butthead, still, I can find a few songs that have some redeeming value. Though they are now most famous for wondering how magnets work there is one of their songs, done in conjunction with the cottonmouth kings called Pumpkin Carver.

Yes, yes, yes, it is festive in much more a Jack Skellington way than a Kris Kringle way, but my favorite  lines are:

What? You don’t like this rhyme?
I can’t be on point all the time.
F#@% it’s Halloween!
I gotta make a living somehow,
I’m a professional pumpkin sculptor.

Yeah I know, I know, it’s not Shakespeare, but this is exactly how I feel, sometimes. Until my books really take off (did you know if you buy them on after-Christmas clearance it still counts!) I still have to keep a day job. Of course it’s retail, and of course this means I lose the six weeks before and two weeks after Christmas because I’m putting in super-mega-overtime.  That means that even on Christmas day, one of five days off over the last five weeks, I am looking at an old blog post, and my hands itch for the traitorous laptop that will only expose my taxed and empty brain to the world. It’s the holidays, and I feel like my blog has been stagnant too long, but I can’t be on point all the time!

That is why I bring you this:

HOLIDAY ROAST BACONATED TURKEY

  • Take 1 turkey – thaw completely.
  • Put in a turkey tray.
  • LIGHTLY score the skin, do not cut down to the meat, just slit the skin so that as it bakes, the fat can run out. This is best done with an extremely sharp knife which is pressed with the flat side against the skin and then pulled sharply.
  • Put in an oven preheated to 500 degrees (yep, 500, not a misprint. Trust me.)
  • Wait 25-30 minutes until it starts to brown.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Put vegetable mix into the tray surrounding the turkey. I like to pile it high since the veggies will naturally shrink as their water content is turned into steam. Personally I go with quartered mushrooms, chunked carrots, sliced onions, chunked potatoes, and celery rods. You can do stuffing as well, but I like crispy stuffing made outside the turkey rather than inside.
  • Salt veggies and add 1 can chicken broth. (If your bird is moist, or you plan to tent the thing with foil, skip it.
  • Baste turkey with high smoke point oil… peanut being my favorite but any will do.
  • Take 2 ounces of NATURAL bacon bits (not the brick red soy-bits) and sprinkle them all over the veggies and turkey.
  • Sprinkle the whole deal with 6 cloves of garlic, minced fine.
  • (Cover with foil if you fear a dry bird or have no chicken broth.) If you have a probe thermometer, this is the time to use it.
  • Bake as normal. (This being 15 minutes per pound at a MUCH LOWER temp than 500 degrees, 350 being my preference.)
  • Cut and enjoy!

This is the best turkey I have ever had, and should serve your hunk of poultry proud.

Enjoy everyone, and Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

 

 

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