t. l. simpson

New book

March 9, 2011
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It’s still pretty early in the process, but I’m pretty amped up about it. I thought I would share a few things about the new book, which, I might add, is better than Children of Clay in just about every way.

I haven’t settled on a title yet, but right now the working title I’m going with is That Paranormal Cowboy Story.

Think: Tombstone meets Supernatural meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I set out to write the entire book in a month. It wasn’t officially NanoWrimo because we were doing it in October, but it was the same premise. 1600 every day for a month. Blam. Novel. I almost succeeded too. I think I missed my mark by a couple days, in the end. By then I knew I had my story and I knew I would finish it, so I pretty well quit caring about the month deadline. The finished work was more important.

You may have noticed the “we” up there. No, I did not collaborate with anyone. There were three of us aiming for the month mark.  At least, there was for a while. It went down something like this:

Week 1: 3 people writing

Week 2: 2 people writing

Week 3: 2 people writing

Week 3 1/2: 1 person writing

Week 4: 1 person writing

I’m not sure if either of them finished their work. I heard that work was being done toward it, but that was a couple months ago.

Anyway. Nothing much here. Just finished another marathon session of editing. This is some real work, but I’m making good progress. I’m thinking about passing around the rough draft to a few select people and getting as much input as possible before I begin the submission process.

I passed around Children of Clay too, but I did so when the book was nearly done already. This time I want to get the input early on.

That’s all I have to say. I’m running on 2 or 3 hours of sleep. No end in sight. Apologies if this is disjointed.

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Aaaand Back!

March 8, 2011
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And lo, I have returned. I told you I would. One day.

Except I didn’t.

By the time I got a laptop again, I all but forgot about this little corner of the web.

But I’m back, rising from the depths like a phoenix. A dag blame phoenix.

Let’s seeee…by way of catching up–

Things going on presently:

  • Misadventures in Fatherhood is going strong. I get quite a bit of positive feedback.
  • Book number 2 is being revised and worked on hardcore mode
  • reading great books
  • player hating

Mmm, a whole year past and that’s all I have to put in a bullet-list. Very sad.

Sadder is probably the bullet points I left off.


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May 11, 2010
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Well, I dropped and broke my laptop. Hence the absence from all internet related activities. I’ll return when I can. All apologies.

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Misadventures in Fatherhood and also, “Thanks”

March 18, 2010
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Well, I took a few days off from the blog. After the book signing and various other things going on in my life, I decided to take a week to relax, play video games, and play with my kids.
But I have been working a bit. I’m writing a column called “Misadventures in Fatherhood” that will be in the Courier on Sundays. I’m also going to be setting up a sister site to this one that will revolve around that column.
Misadventures in Fatherhood is mostly my observations on my absurd little family. My kids are great. They’re intelligent, creative, and imaginative–but I’ve got to face the facts. They’re insane.
My entire family is insane. Kids. Wife. All of them. I’m an island to myself. Send help.
Anyway. Keep watch here. I’ll be unveiling the sister site soon.
I also want to thank everyone who came to the book signing. I sold a lot of books and I appreciate all the kind words everyone has had regarding my…well…my words. You’re all peaches and I love you.
Especially you.
Yes, you.

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Book Signing Tomorrow

March 12, 2010
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Well, tomorrow is the book signing in Russellville Arkansas. If you’re in or near the area, I hope you’ll come out. I’m planning on drawing T-rexes on the inside of each book as well as signing them.

My logic is simple: there’s nothing in this world that can’t be made better with the addition of a T-Rex. Lost islands, theme parks, weddings, police-comedy feature-length films staring Whoopi Goldberg. All things made better by the king of the dinosaurs.


Come out. Show support. Be awesome.

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March 9, 2010
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The times for the book signing are slightly off. This is completely my fault. It is this Saturday, March 13th, 12:00 to 2:00pm and then again at 6pm to 8pm. Sorry about that!

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March 3, 2010
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Matt Dillman won the contest for his status:

Matthew Dillman so my wife knows I’m cheap, my best friends know I’m cheap, now facebook knows I’m cheap. But I want Travis Simpson to know I’m cheap and that’s why I deserve a free copy of your stupendously awesome new book. I also deserve a free book because I gave your wife a big ole tip when she was my waitress, I teach Ugandan kids how to play ice hockey, I can play stairway to heaven on my pants zipper, and I once saved a baby rhino from a burning building. If you think you deserve a free book go to https://tlsimpson.wordpress.com

More than anything, it was the playing of Stairway to Heaven on the pant zipper that did it.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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February 27, 2010
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Not really.

Just letting everyone know the book has sold out at Hastings. There will be more soon. There was also an issue with availability through Amazon, but that has been resolved now.

Also, about 30 copies of the book were sold with 2 very strange misprints inside. You’ll know if you got a copy that has it. I would apologize, but once I’m dictator of the galaxy the copies with the misprints will be worth more money. You can thank me later.

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Various Neat Things

February 26, 2010
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Amazon set up my author page a whole lot faster than they said they would. Which is probably a case of them over estimating so as not to have to apologize later. At any rate, you can view that here. Or, alternatively, you might be viewing it from Amazon already.

Children of Clay should start appearing in the Barnes & Noble’s Nook catalog soon. This is very exciting, but changes very little if people don’t know about it. If you like the book, or like me, or both–help a dude out and tell someone about the book.

I’m starting to get a little word of mouth feedback. It’s been quite positive so far, except for one woman who said, “that Isaiah kid was too scary.” I’m going to take that as a compliment since he was supposed to be too scary. She also said, “I don’t normally like creepy-scary things, but I couldn’t put this down.”

I’ve been considering making a youtube video or two to help promote my book. I don’t know the first thing about editing or cinematography or anything else that would be involved in making a quality short film. I don’t even have a camera.

If you’re reading this, and happen to know about all that and would like to help out–let me know! I would really,  really appreciate it.

**Don’t forget to enter the contest–it’s still open!

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It feels good to be a gangsta

February 24, 2010
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At least, that’s what I’ve been told. Actually, it feels good to be making money doing something that I love: telling stories.

Amazon tells me that within’ seven days they will have me set up with an “Author Page” right on their site, which will have all my books for sale, have a calender of events, and an RSS feed of this blog right here.

They also tell me that the book went up nearly 300,000 places in sales rank over night. I don’t have actual numbers here, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t share them–but what this does mean is people are buying the book. That’s only half of it, though. I want them to also love the book.

I’ve started blogging at Science Fiction Reader dot com. No one has asked me to. I just feel like it. They recently started allowing Author’s to have free blogs–so I’m going to take advantage that. If you like fantasy and sci-fi, you should check them out. Very nice site. Very nice for aspiring authors, too.

There will be a book signing at Hastings in Russellville, AR if you haven’t heard already. There is a  group on facebook that you can join if you are interested in coming. I would love to see anyone and everyone there.

As the quick readers among us finish the book, please take some time to write a review on Amazon. They really do help. Possibly more than any other marketing tool in the arsenal. Word of mouth is potent.

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