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December 16, 2018

Yesterday, while at B&N, I finished reading PHP and MySQL Web Development. This was the last book in a large series of books I've been reading to increase my knowledge of how to build a web page. I've only scratched the surface and I doubt I will ever need even the small amount of stuff I've learned so far. But, it was something I wanted to do. I plan on putting some of this knowledge to work on upgrading my author website. But, now that I've finished my reading assignments, it's time to get back to writing.

Peacekeeper 4 has been simmering on the back burner for a long time now. The itch to write is returning. I start my Christmas vacation next Friday and that's when I will be getting back into writing. I hope to write every morning until I return to work in 2019. If all goes well, I should have a very good start on the book by the end of my vacation.

The price drop has caused a small increase in sales. Based on this, I will keep my books at $2.99. This is where I had my books priced for a long time. Several years ago, I read that books priced this low were not viewed as being worth buying because readers assumed that the author priced them so low because they weren't that good. Even though I found this to be a bit odd, I decided to follow the article's advice and priced my books to reflect the fact that I have had good reviews and I am an active member of SFWA. Sales did seem to go up and I was happy.

Several months ago, sales began to fall and then hit a low I hadn't seen since I uploaded my first novel back in 2009. The reason, I believe is people have come to expect rock-bottom prices on Amazon for fiction. I'm not greedy, so I dropped the price to $2.99. This is the lowest price I can place my books and still collect 70% royalties. I've been toying with the idea of putting the first Peacekeeper book at $0.99 to see what happens. I'm still undecided at this point.

I think one of the things that has interfered with my desire to write is the current political situation in the United States. We have a President and a government that seems intent on dismantling every rule and law that has been put in place to protect the environment. This government acts as if they were elected to serve large corporations instead of the people they are supposed to be representing. In my opinion, they are nothing more than a bunch of rich, greedy, narrow-minded people who have no ability to care for the hard-working people who elected them. Big corporations are not interested in anything other than profit. They are driven by greed and they are sending this world into a climate disaster that will affect everyone on the planet.

We need a government that believes in science. That understands the long-term consequences of their actions. That cares for the people they were elected to serve. We need laws and a law enforcement organization that holds people accountable for their actions including the rich. We need to tax the rich so they are upholding their fair share of the burden of running this country. The rich are not privileged. They think they are because they can buy their way out of trouble and bury the truth of what kind of people they really are. I wish there was a way to outlaw greed.

It's time for me to go back to my own universe. To immerse myself in a society where most of the people actually work toward the betterment of everyone instead of looking out only for themselves. Time to start writing again.

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