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The adage that if you build it they will come did not take into account that a thousand other people were building it every day and waiting for them to come. Well, I built it, and unless it was free to come, not one came payingly.
That’s fine. That’s a lesson learned. You got to find out what works and what doesn’t and do something different. Well, me doing a cover is the first thing that was wrong. I like to say that if I made a button for a website, it would look like a developer made a button. If my wife made a button, it would look good. Well, she made a cover for my book and it looks awesome.
Now the rest is on me. Let’s go!
Well, I gave away 25 copies of my first micro-novel “To Find the Collector“. So that is the starting point. As I understand it, the hope now is one or two of the people who got a copy, read it and write a review for it. Not only is critique good for the future readers but also immensely important to the author, – me.
I have the second part of the story written but need to edit it and get it out there. My hope would be to get it out sooner than later. When I launch “To Become the Collector”, I’ll post that book to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords.. anywhere I frikin can. And then I’ll run the free promotion again for “To Find the Collector” trying to push the free book to lead into getting buys from the second book.
But I need reviews. I need to know what people think of it, and I feel a little like Microsoft shipping Windows. Windows usually has a couple thousand bugs with it when it ships. If it didn’t, it would never ship. Well, my first book has bugs in it. I’m just not sure I know what they are. Reviews will be helpful in finding them.
Let’s hope I get a bunch and they are more than “It’s great!” or “It sucks.”
So if it is free, is it a sale?
Well, for Friday and Saturday, my eBook “To Find the Collector” will be given away for free. The thought is I want people to read it and give me reviews on it. Also, since it is the first in the series, I want to get some buzz going for the sequel that should come out in the next month or so.
Ok, so I started this book in 2007 and had the bulk of it written for the last 3 years. But, I’ve never felt comfortable enough to publish and share it. I’m not sure why, so I decided what the hell. Let the book be read.
The story is solid with some great twists. There is good character development and some fantastic parts that all blend into an interesting universe. Oh, and the romance…
I have the second book, ‘To Become the Collector’ almost edited and ready to go. It should be out the first quarter of 2015.
But until then, I would highly recommend enjoying the first book, ‘To Find the Collector.’ It’s a great read. I should know; I’ve been reading it for the last 7 years.
So first game of the Spring 2014 season is upon us. And we have had ONE, count it, ONE team practice. Vitoria U14 Girls had one practice where all 17 members of the team were present. One practice where I was the sole coach. And what did we do?
It’s the first practice after the long winter’s break. Most of the girls stayed busy in other sports and five of them actually played soccer. The first practice isn’t about working with the center forwards on how to play with their backs to the goal or work on our defensive headers. I see the first practice as a quick refresher for the girls. Their bodies need to remember the patterns of how to kick a ball, how to trap a ball, and how to shoot a ball.
The drills were simple. Small square, everyone dribbling with a ball. Keep your head up. Don’t run into anyone else. Evolve that into a bigger space, changing pace with the ball. Break up into 3 teams and move and pass in a space. Then play keep away, two teams against one. Change it up to a shooting drill. Run around a cone 20 yards from goal, turn and shoot. The angle of receiving the ball slowly becomes more parallel to the goal. Move on to transition game where every time the ball goes over the end line, a new set of players come in. And then a game.
It was quck, fast pace practice. Some of the girls were having conditioning issues (track coach started running the girls to thin the number of girls doing track), but most of them remembered what they were doing. They moved to where they needed to. Remembered what they wanted to do with the ball, but, in some cases, their bodies failed to connect the synapses.
That’s fine. Their brains will remember it… eventually.
Over the last few years, I taught the girls to use their brains. Yes, technical skills are still part of it, but as they have gotten older, I’ve given their ideas on what they could do with or without a ball. “If you see someone in front of you running into the space you were running, run into the space your team mate ran out of.” I would never say, you go here and you go there. Ok, maybe on set plays, but once the game is on, the ball is placed for a free kick, what the girls do is basically up to them. I’m there to dole out the timing of substitutes and to state the obvious at half time.
The girls have to play soccer for themselves.
And then I read this quote from Jurgen Klinsmann:
“Soccer is an inner-driven sport. That means it’s a players’ game. So it’s very difficult for the coaches here in the United States who grew up with the other big sports to understand that actually the players make the calls. The players make the decisions. They decide on the field if they want to dribble, pass, shoot or whatever they want to do. As a coach you become more like a guide. You kind of are more like a helper. You have to give them the responsibility to get the job done.
“If you talk about American football, everything is a set piece. It’s the next play that we study and we kind of learn inside-out, and they have to execute it exactly the way I told them to. It’s not going to work in soccer. Soccer is a very kind of intuitive and improvised game. My biggest challenge here when I talk to coaches is to make them take a step back. Let the players decide. If they make the same mistake five times, eventually at the sixth or seventh time they’ll think, ‘I’ve got to try it a different way. I’m not getting anywhere.’
I think I just said that, but it sounds more valid coming from him.
So today, at 6 PM CST Vitoria will play their first game of the season. They’ve had one practice this season. But, if I did my job correctly over the last few years, they’ll do fine. Their brains will get a workout while their bodies try to keep up. First games are always about remembering you know how to ride a bike. Sometimes, you have to wobble first.
Since my ebook is flying off the shelf, I figured I would share with the few people who have not purchased it, what they are missing. Here is an epic poem to wet your taste buds..
Ink blots are like clouds
What I see isn’t necessarily what u see
A pile of poo
Skid marks provide a new media
New content daily
New canvas generally daily as well
Sometimes it’s a streaming media
Toilet paper could display much content to gaze at and wonder what is there
Creativity that could impress your friends,
Amaze your love ones,
Post to Facebook to remember the vision you had.
A vision of a finger poking thru would be cool,
As long as not true
A vision of an epic struggle between good and corn would be epic
So the next time you sit on the toilet
Check out your skid mark
Check out your toilet paper canvas
Imagine what you could learn about yourself from what your mind could see
Is it sick to find art in shit?
Or just sick to talk about finding art in shit?
To get more amazing crappy poetry, you can buy my book here.
Look, I published my first collections of crappy poetry. Enjoy.
So I’m going to try something. I want to write. I have lots of ideas wallowing around in my brain which I think would be cool to get down on paper… er, in 1’s and 0’s.
Anyway, when you play soccer, it’s always good to warm up. Whether it is stretching in a circle like my team did when I was a kid, to the Brazilian warm up where you sing and dance like X’s team does.
So when I write, I need to warm up. Thus, I am hopeful to use this blog to warm up. See, I just did it. Now to write. Or revise. Or something other than staring at stupid people on the web.
My U9 team won today. They won 18 goals for us and nothing for them. I think the other team had 6 shots around our goal.
At U9, it’s really hard to get the kids to play keep away and not try to score. I mean… they’re 9.
I once had a U10 girls team play 5 touch before they could shoot, but I thought them screaming out “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “We can shoot” was kinda of not sportsgirllike. (They made boys cry!)
Tomorrow’s team that my U12 team plays lost 8-1 to a U11 team.
I don’t like whomping games.
Us. Them. They are entertaining. Who will win? Will we tie? Both teams are in it to the end? Even 3-1 is good up until the end.
We played a game last year where we were up 3-0 after 4 minutes.
4 minutes gone, 26 more to play. 3-0 us…
As a parent, you want to see your kid score a goal. Parents, who have not played soccer, think scoring a goal is the ultimate validation for their kid’s overwhelming skill.
Yes, scoring goals is the point of soccer. But when the game is gone, as it was today at 8-0 at the half today, is another goal more important than teaching the entire opposite of what they have been taught since age 4?
What I mean, at 8-0, scoring is obvious. Yes, their goalie is a kid in a pinny. She is not a goalie. Their defense will collapse on one player leaving others to dribble and score. A shot at goal will more likely be a goal than anything else.
What does our player learn long term? Shooting. Yes, but in the grand scheme of things, what have they learned?
At U12, I can switch out the players from their normal positions. I can try to help the other team to get a goal.
The NFL guy inside me says it is up to them to play defense, not us.
The 12 year old in me, who once got beat 17-1, says they are little girls. Don’t spoil their growing love of the sport.
My 12 year old daughter wants to match her sister’s score. I want to play a half of keep away. But the parents want to see their kids score. It’s a good problem to have, but the reality is today’s 18-0 win will eventually end up being our 10-0 defeat. The kids, and parents, reaction on that day will be…