What’s Your Favorite TV Show?

This month, The Walking Dead returns to AMC, and next month, Game of Thrones returns to HBO.  I’m thinking about reviewing the episodes every week with the hope that they’ll generate discussion of the shows.

However, I’m familiar with several TV series, and I’d like to get an idea of what you guys watch so maybe I can add another show or two to the list.  Check all that apply.  Thanks.

By the way, I put all the episodes (including the two never-before-posted final episodes) back on the blog, conveniently scrolling across the top of the page.  Hope some new readers will pop up.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on Book One.


Take My Book, Any Format. It’s Yours.

Now that the new year is upon us, we plan to start promoting a lot to draw in the biggest crowd possible for the premiere of The Object: Book Two, Episode One.

In the spirit of that, we’re now offering a free digital copy of Book One in any ereader format.

(Damn!  That dude did get hit in the head!)

Wait, there’s a small catch.  Since Book One is enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select until February 1st, we can’t give away or sell digital copies of the book until February 2nd.

So if you would like to sign up for a free copy of Book One in any format, fill out the form below, and it will be emailed to you on February 2nd.

(NOTE: For Kindle readers, Book One will go free on Amazon a few days after these copies are delivered.)

When you’re done filling out the form, feel free to tap on them there share buttons.  Thank ye.

Winston Chadwick Van Emmerstein III

Beware of Santa

Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

Christmas is almost here and once again we’re all faced with the terrors of St. Nicholas, the supernatural interloper who demands entry into our homes once a year to eat our food and, if we’re lucky, leave us gifts under the evergreen we sacrificed for his pleasure.

If you don’t have a chimney, you have to leave your door unlocked on Christmas Eve.  Otherwise, if Santa is hungry, he’ll break in, and if he’s not hungry, he’ll move on to the next house, leaving no presents.

And where does Santa get his elves?  Those are children he stole from their beds, enslaved in the eternal winter of the North Pole as punishment for being awake when he peeked into their rooms.  Like Francis Wolcott, the serial killer of prostitutes in Deadwood, Santa doesn’t like to have been seen.  Wake early on Christmas Eve, my friends, and spike your eggnog in the early evening.

You may want to distract yourself from the whisper of the wind and the clomp of Santa’s boots on the roof.  If so, I recommend getting lost in a good book.

Merry Christmas!  Now do this:

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Get Your Copy of The Object: Book One

We begin the serialization of Book Two in May 2013.  Check back for some exciting announcements about a new dynamic we’ll be introducing to the reading experience.

In the meantime, download the book!

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The Object: Book One, Kindle Edition

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Some Sleep This Month? No?

The past three weeks have been insane.  I set myself a tough deadline for finishing and publishing The Object: Book One along with scheduling guest posts and interviews to help promote it.  Now that I’m done with everything, it’s time to kick back and relax for a while before undertaking my next project, right?

Wrong.  I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I tried last year and failed, but with the writing marathon I endured in October, I think it’ll be pretty easy to keep up the momentum.  (Though I am three days and 5000 words behind already.  Hoping to catch up today.)

A while back, I asked you guys which book you think I should write next.  You can see the results here.  If you haven’t voted on this poll yet, please do.  While I’ve already decided what I’m going to write this month, your vote will help me decide what to begin working on in December.  (In January, I’ll be committing myself to Book Two of The Object.  I plan to have the entire novel done before the first episode posts this time.)

I’ll be posting updates on my word count and maybe some sneak peeks at the story.  I won’t tell you which book I’m writing yet.  The voting I mentioned above is pretty close, and I’d like to see some more opinions weigh in first.

Check out my interviews at LouisvilleKY.com and Tales of the Wolf Queen and also my guest post at JadeKerrion.com.

53 Hours Until It’s Over

The good news is in 53 hours I can stop talking about it.  I just hope we cross the finish line.  The Kickstarter campaign has racked up $715 of our $1,000 goal.  We need $285 more in the next 53 hours.  With a few promised pledges on the way, we still have a chance to make it, but these won’t get us all the way there.

If you haven’t pledged but think you might be willing, take a look at the rewards we’re giving.  This is our final plea.  The next post you’ll read concerning this campaign will be the results, and then we’ll move on to more interesting things.

Fingers crossed.


The Object: Book One Official Release Date

We Have an Official Release Date!  Officially!

This has been a great week.  So many good things are going on right now I don’t know where to start.  I suppose the first thing is to announce the official release date for The Object: Book One.  It will be available for Kindle and in paperback on November 1st, 2012 and the Kindle version will be available for free sometime that week.  (I’ll let you know ahead of time.)

Together with the Facebook Release Event, I am currently in the process of scheduling a blog tour, all centered around one very exciting author interview and guest post I’ve already landed.  More on that when it gets closer to time.

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I have a great feeling about the coming weeks.  Opportunities are piling up.  My boss even sent me home from work today with pay and the instruction to “get that book finished.”  It feels like all our hard work and effort might be about to pay off.  I’ve been waiting for this kind of exposure for a long time.  Just the idea of being able to write full-time, with even a very meager income, is something I’ve been dreaming about since I first started writing short stories in high school.  I haven’t shared much about my life on here because I’ve always worried it would come off that I’m trying to throw myself a pity party, but let’s just say it’s been tough, for an American white boy, at least.  Plenty of people in the world have had much harder lives than I have, which is part of what makes me so hesitant to mention it.

But enough about the past.  The future is looking strong, and now is the time for me to start reaching out to all of you for help.  This is my dream.  The only one I’ve ever had.  I know this is what I’m supposed to do.  Authors, you know the feeling very well, and in the spirit of the dream, I hope you’ll throw me a bone and trust that, for your help, my door will always be open to you.

Bloggers, I’m looking for author interview and guest post spots.  I don’t care if you have 10 followers or 10,000.  If you can find room for me on your blog between November 1st and November 14th, I will do my best to drive as much traffic your way as possible, and I extend the same open-door policy to you, subsequently.

Readers, I need your help the most.  You are the ones who decide if a writer succeeds or fails.  Word of mouth recommendation is the strongest promotional tool in this entire industry.  No amount of marketing gimmicks and advertising dollars can stand up to a reader’s love of a book.  If you believe The Object deserves to knock on the door of the mainstream, no one else can make it happen the way you can.

On behalf of Matthew, Justin, and myself, I just want to say how thrilled we are to see Book One so close to release.  We had a rocky start (mostly my fault), but you guys stuck with us.  We want to begin the serialization of Book Two in January and plan to have the entire book finalized and set to auto-post to ensure that you no longer have to put up with delays.

And we hope by then that thousands of people have subscribed to read, discuss, and participate.  We have so many ideas on how to make this story more interactive and engaging.  All we need is the capital.

Thanks, everyone, for being part of this exciting time in our lives.



If you want to help, you can do any of the following:

Join the Facebook Event and invite your friends.

Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. using the buttons at the bottom of the post.

Reblog this post.

Recommend The Object: Book One to your Goodreads friends.

Invite me to do an author interview or guest post on your blog.  You can contact me at winstonemersonATgmailDOTcom.

Subscribe to The Object and be ready to download Book One for free upon release.  The free promotion will run for several days.

Tell anyone and everyone about The Object.

Print off the image below as a flyer and drop it from an airplane over the city of Louisville, take a handful and spread them around at work, or ask your local bookstore to hand them out to customers.

Flyer to distribute in Louisville, Kentucky for The Object: Book One's release

Download this, print it, and spread it around Louisville, Bowling Green–anywhere!




All Episodes Available on the Blog

Now that their KDP Select enrollments have expired, I am able to return Episodes One through Six to the blog, complete with their illustrations and musical scores.  You can now read all of The Object for free in its original format.
My current goal is to make The Object: Book One available for sale on Amazon on October 7th, 2012, with the paperback to follow in the next week or two.  I will be running a free promotion shortly thereafter, giving the book away for two days, and I will need all the help I can get to yield as many downloads as possible.  The more people download the book, the more exposure we get and the more fun things we’ll be able to do to make this place more interactive.

I’ll be calling out to readers, bloggers, and anyone else to help spread the word about The Object‘s free promotion.

In the meantime, check back here later today for Episode Nine, “Mergers”.