Saturday, December 31, 2016

I Do Not Want to Go to Heaven

People ultimately have faith in order to get into heaven.  Heaven offers eternal life and pleasure.  So why not?  Imagine eating bowls of your favorite ice cream without worries.  As someone who has a sugar intolerance, that sounds wonderful.

But what gives you the most pleasure?  For me it is crossing the finish line after struggling to get there.  Maybe it's reading a thousand page book (wow, did I really just read that).  Or finishing a 5 K (those daily runs paid off).  Or going on vacation (after months of saving, working, and planning).

So for me, and I assume most, the best pleasures come after months of delayed gratification.  So if that is true, then heaven would be filled with work, sacrifice, and suffering.  That's why we invented purgatory and stories of angels trying desperately to save the downtrodden - because we instictively we know it's true that pleasure equals work and heaven has the ultimate pleasure.

Why do we ever get off the couch on earth when we can play video games, watch movies, and eat until we can eat no more?  Because that is not the ultimate pleasure.  And listening to angels play their harps in heaven for all eternity isn't the culmination of pleasure either.

So I do not want to have a heaven of nothing I have to work for ...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Why I Skip Church

My family wants me to go to church, especially on Christmas.  They say it is the least I can do to show respect for God.

But I do not want to worship a God that is so insecure that he needs me to go to church to honor him. I do not want to worship a god that is so insure that I needs to kneel in front of him.  I do not want to worship  God that is so insecure that he needs constant affirmation about how grand and wonderous he is whether it is a prayer or attending church.

My mom used to beg me to go for the children, but that seems hypocritical to me.  How can I bring my children to church if I do not believe in it?

My mom has gotten too old to make those demands anymore. I wish she could get better, but I won't pray for it.  It's impossible - part of God's plan, as they say.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

No Comprendo Spain

I have just released my latest book - sort of. 

Part one is out and should be available for free.

However, Amazon only allows a book to be free for five days. 

How can I offer my book for free?

By publishing it again and again and continually using the promotion to allow it to be free for five days.

Today is Dec 1st.  This verison, No Comprendo Spain Part One, will be free until Dec 5th.  On Dec 6th, I will release the same book but call it No Comprendo Spain Part I.  Notice how I changed the "One" to "I".

Then on Jan 1, 2013, I will release No Comprendo Spain Part Two for $2.99.  Or the whole book for 4.99.  Of course Part One, Part I, P 1, etc. will also be available for 2.99.

Name Change

Saint Peter Killed God turns people off.  It sounds....too harsh. 

I've decided change the name of my book to something that sounds more pleasant.  Something that noone would be embarrassed to read.  Well, plenty would, but it does sound more innocent.  I've changed the name to If Jesus was Alive Today. 

I don't love it, but it's less of a turn off.

The problem is I've had trouble find my original verison.  I've changed the title on the book, but official, I cannot change the title without republishing the book.  And now the book is really confused: SPKG is the title it's listed under.  The cover says it's IJWAT and the pages list it as SPKG. 

Oh well.  My apologies for my lack of professionalism.  I'll change it soon.  But with two babies, papers to grade, and a missing flash drive, it may take longer than I want.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Now Out in Print Form

Saint Peter Killed God is finally available in paperback at Amazon and in 6 weeks elsewhere.  It's a long time coming and it's good just to get the book out there.  BTW, what do you think of the new cover?  Does it look like it was done by an amateur or does it look professional or somewhere in between?

http://www.amazon.com/Saint-Peter-Killed-God-Kron/dp/1449911900/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331251007&sr=8-1-fkmr1

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Reaction to My First One-Star Review

I knew it would happen eventually – a one-star review for Saint Peter Killed God on Amazon.

I’ve been begging Christians to give me low reviews saying things like, “I just don’t agree with the premise that Christianity must change.”  I must have asked a dozen people, but they were all too polite.  So when the reviewer said that obviously my friends had stacked the reviews in my favor, I saw his point.  My book needs some balance in its reviews.  Having ten nice reviews to one bad one, well, that’s pretty good odds and I deserved to be called on it.

Most of the review I can live with.  Skipping pages to get to what was happening in the psych hospital, etc. – all fine.  The one thing that got me was the claim of grammatical mistakes.

I recently got into an argument with a blogger.  He asked for my permission to post a review blasting my book for its horrible punctuation.  He didn’t know the rule about speeches.  It’s kind of an odd grammatical rule.  If you have one person speaking for more than one paragraph, there are no end quotes at the end of the paragraph but new quotes at the beginning of the next one.  I remember learning about that rule when I read To Kill a Mockingbird.  Atticus Finch closing remarks are punctuated that way. 

I wonder how many people even know that rule.

The blogger finally figured it out and apologized.


And I wonder if that’s why the reviewer gave me one star.  Did he not know the rule?  I say that because he blasted my book – and yes, I’m sure there might be errors within the book.  But nothing that warrants such criticism (I did panic when it was first published and my wife caught more than a dozen errors – after it was edited twice professionally).   And while this review doesn’t make me panic, it does frustrate me.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Saint Peter Killed God - Update

First - thanks to Daily Cheap Reads for promoting my book here: http://dailycheapreads.co.uk/2012/02/07/saint-peter-killed-god-contemporary-fiction-1-02/

Also, Saint Peter Killed God will be available as a paperback book by March 1st.  It really should have been much faster.

Nothing major to report - sales are up and down. Thinking about offering SPKG for free for five days to promote it...

On the home front, Xavier keeps growing.  And I am thinking about writing another book - Living in Spain Without Speaking the Language.  Of course a dozen or so ideas have popped into my head and haven't seen the light of day - I'm hoping this one does.

Thanks for visiting and say hello in the comments and I'll try to pop by your blog sooner or later,
KJ