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SHOW 6: BUSSY Is In The House

ON TODAY'S SHOW ... we are honored to have Tammy's kid brother Tim, the Strength & Conditioning Coach of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, in the studio today.

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TIM BUSS aka BUSSY

CHICAGO CUBS STRENGTH COACH

In case you've been living under a rock for the past decade and a half, and you don't know who Tim Buss is, perhaps you need a refresher. Click to read (but stay with us):

During the next half hour, you'll hear tantalizing tidbits of raw (and Rated-R*) storytelling. You'll enjoy hearing Brother & Sister catch up on old times, sharing stories from their past. You'll hear Dave, Tammy & Tim pay tribute to the late, great Gregg Allman.

Be sure to stick around to the very end to learn what Tim's favorite movie and most quoted line is. As you can imagine, it's a natural classic.

Finally, learn what Makes Tim Tick on & off the field, Tim's favorite ballpark song, his favorite wine, and witness as Tim discovers San Diego's own Saint Archer Beeras evidenced in this quote:

It's the best blonde I've ever had.

                                                      -Tim Buss

Side Note: What began as a podcast (as found in the Podcasts Menu), turned into a real "Walk Down Memory Lane," as we celebrated our World Series Champion Chicago Cubs all over again.

THANK YOU, TIM for taking time from your tremendously busy schedule to spend with your family. In a very short time, I have find you to be an awesome talent, a genuine man of your word, whose love for family and work is an inspiration to many. I'm grateful to call you brother.

Now, let's get on with the show!


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WATCH THE SHOW OPEN HERE:


ENJOY many of DAVE + TAMMY'S FAVorite PHOTOS OF THE WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS HERE:


 

One of the sweetest moments of watching the Cubs win the series was the phone conversations going on between Tammy, her Aunt Kathy and Momma Karen. Don't let it distract you, because it's precious and well worth the attention. After all, these girls have been Cub fans for decades!

As I sign off today, I realize I've left you with a good deal of media. But I've also let you peek inside my world ... to my love (Tammy), my brother-in-law-equivalent (Tim) and our World Series Champions (Cubs).

I'm a grateful man, blessed with a good life, the perfect partner, wonderful family & friends, and talents that allow me to pull together a wide assortment of media in order to tell some pretty awesome stories.

Thanks for stopping by.

#itellstories


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His reputation expands faster than the universe. He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels.Tim Buss is one of the most interesting men in the world...as far as we know. 

 

"I don't drink beer every day," Tim says, "but when I do, I enjoy Budweiser. Stay a Cubs Fan, my friends." 


 
 

No beer was hurt in the making of this podcast & the *Rated-R material is all in fun.

FLASHBACK WEDNESDAY ON FACEBOOK

One year ago this week, my novel BEHIND THE 8 BALL debuted and I offered it on Facebook for all Kindle readers.  This afternoon, as Facebook pinged to remind me of this event, I recalled the enthusiasm with which I shared my novel. I was, and still am, so very proud of this book. Not only is it a major accomplishment, as many of you writers know, but it's one of the books I feel represents a sizable shift in my writing skills; I hope so, anyway.

As a THANK YOU to my readers who have already devoured it, send me an email below and I'll give you the same Kindle pricing for the follow-up Carter Matheson novel, KNUCKLE DOWN, which according to @thetammyscott (one tough critic), feels is good if not better. You be the judge.

Watch the book trailer below, then take advantage of this special, as I do my part as a Good Santa and make this Special Holiday Offer between now & Christmas for all KINDLE readers.


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Get BEHIND THE 8 BALL for only

$1.99 through Christmas! 

*Get a Stocking Stuffer for Yourself -- It's Great Reading During Holiday Travel!

CARTER MATHESON IS BACK.

Carter and his best pal Mack return from their last mission with barely enough time to unpack, when Washington calls them to carry out another job.

Lt. Colonel “Bulldog” Matheson and longtime bodyguard Mr. Black have been kidnapped, and it's Carter & Mack's mission to bring them home.

The action heats up in Havana, Cuba, where the legendary Dr. Leonard Caprese has traveled into dangerous territory and infiltrated The Underground with a drug & arms dealer known as “The Scorpion.”

The clock is ticking. Suspense is building. And lives are on the line as money, drugs and power form the divide between good and evil. Dangerous men with dark intentions threaten both the lives of Carter, his crew, and our national security.

If you missed LUCKY STRIKES, do not miss the follow-up thriller, BEHIND THE 8 BALL.

 

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Just write, dammit!

 - Photo credit belongs to my "wife-equivalent" Tammy whose support fuels my creative spirit.

I was sitting in Encinitas, CA yesterday, just outside San Diego, working on my latest novel #seductionatdaybreak, when I came upon a mental bump in the road. What was the bump, you ask?

Writer's Block? No. Story Failure? Hardly. Brain Fart? Likely.

That's when I got to thinking: Why am I, just like YOU, so hard on ourselves when it comes to our daily writing? Several thoughts came to mind; see if any hit you the same way.

We are afraid we suck.

So what if we suck? Do you think Hank Aaron gave up from swinging his bat the first time he tried to hit a home run? Do you think Michael Jordan, who he tried out for his high school varsity team but was cut because he wasn't tall enough, gave up right there? No. And, no. They kept practicing until they mastered their craft. 

Question: How Badly Do You Want To Master The Craft? 

Even when I started in Radio at the ripe age of 17, I sucked. Sure it was an "AM daytime station" with very little audience, and I played "beautiful music" on LP's, but that's what I really wanted, so I kept at it. Side note for another time: My childhood goal of hosting Morning Radio Shows in at least five of the Top Ten markets in America eventually came true. (Hint: LA, NYC, CHI, DET, PHIL)

Question: How Hard Will You Work To Become The Best? 

Point is: Practice Makes Better. I know the saying is 'practice makes perfect,' but what's "perfect?" Perfect to me is Really Very Good. Better yet; it's when I am personally satisfied that the piece is as good as I can make it. You ask another person; their opinion is different. I say, Whatever.

Who are you writing for?

Are you writing to get noticed? To get sponsored? To become one of the Biggest Bloggers on the planet? Are you writing just to get an agent, thinking they will do all the work later? Hope not, because that couldn't be further from the truth. Are you writing just to get published? What if it never happens. Do you find personal satisfaction with your work? Do you enjoy the creative process? Is that enough? Only YOU can answer this. For me, the joy is in the CREATION.

You're afraid you'll ever be good enough.

Good enough? In whose eyes? Who defines "good?" And is what they do (write/build/teach/etc.) "good" in your eyes? What if you simply "get a hoot" from writing? Maybe that's enough.

That's already been done before.

I know, I know...NOTHING is original anymore. True, but look at E. L. JAMES' FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Her grammar, punctuation and over-used cliches leave much to be desired. Does she care, as he driver backs her Escalade up to the bank where they offload all her money? NO! She felt a void and filled it, and continues to fill it. Read: The insatiable desire for more naughtiness.

Question: What If "They" End Up Loving Exactly What You Love To Write?

Do you think Nicholas Sparks worries about being a guy who's sweet, sappy love stories are original? Do you think he concerns himself with things like: What if they don't like it...What if they've heard something like this before...What if get tired of sweet, wholesome stories. NO! He just loves to write. And I'm sure he loves having them all turned into Hollywood Movies!

It’s All Been Done Before.
— Everyone

Your friends & family won't like it (or write a review).

Big deal. SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE will like it. And they will be the ones to buy, read & review. Note to self: Don't hang your hopes on friends/family to post a review for you. While I don't have the perfect answer for this, I'll just assume either (1) they don't want to hurt your feelings if they don't like it, (2) they're worried they aren't good at writing reviews, or my personal favorite, (3) they're "too busy."  Whatever.

My Bottom Line.

Write for the FUN of it. If you find any PLEASURE at all in writing, DO IT! Write for the PRACTICE of it, because you know if you put in the time, you'll get better. And who knows, eventually you'll be writing for the PROFIT of it, as people start lining up to buy & read your latest work.

You can’t be a writer, if you don’t put your butt in the chair. It takes Seat Time!
— me

Whether you write part-time, full-time, as a hobby, as a freelancer, or as "someone else," just be sure you're doing it because you ENJOY THE CREATIVE PROCESS.

#writeon

Seduction At Daybreak rolls on...

I love a good challenge. That's why I've begun my next book SEDUCTION AT DAYBREAK, starring Detective Patricia Norelli, a bold, beautiful and ballsy cop with a passion for bad boys, a weakness for good wine, and a nose for violent murder.

Thanks to @javamancoffee for the caffeinated assistance while crafting @seductionatdaybreak while listening to @hansfzimmer and #interstellarsoundtrack.  (click to enlarge; the photo, not the soundtrack ;-)

For those who've followed my #nanowrimo progress, it's true; I dropped out of nanowrimo. But it was for two perfectly good reasons: I've already proved to myself I could write 50,000 words in only 30 days. Look at LUCKY STRIKES and BEHIND THE 8 BALL. And I wanted to take my time to get it right. After writing the third book in the Carter Matheson series, KNUCKLE DOWN, I knew it was time to branch out into something that would stretch me.

So, while waiting to hear back from an interested agent I met at a recent Writer's Digest Novel Writing Convention here in LA, I decided to follow the advise of her (and several other agents in attendance) and begin my next novel.

Stepping from my comfort zone, I began by taking on three new challenges:

  1. Female Protagonist. Telling a story from a woman's perspective. That's a first,
  2. Mystery Genre. Crafting a story where the reader doesn't know the bad guy. Another first,
  3. Research First/Words Second. Building Plot & Structure before volume of words.

As for my "voice" (personal signature), I believe I'm still refining it. You can be the judge, after reading my latest work. When will it be ready for consumption? Not exactly sure, but I'm aiming for early 2017; no need to rush the art. #substancetakestime

In the meantime, want to enjoy some of what I listen to while I work, listen to Spotify below.

Cheers!

 
 

 

 

Officially withdrawn from NaNoWriMo

WHY? The answer is easy, and has two parts:

(1) I've proven to myself that I can write a 50,000 novel in just 30 days. If you don't believe me, check out my last two November entries: LUCKY STRIKES and BEHIND THE 8 BALL. The MOST IMPORTANT Lesson to learn here is that, in my opinion, #NaNoWriMo teaches you to see IF you have the Discipline. I have the discipline. I write pretty much every day. Some days, I'll scribble out 500 to 1,000 words; others, I'll bang out 2,500 to 3,000 words.

What Writing Takes Is: SEAT TIME

Well, a healthy dose of self-discipline, tenacity, courage, patience and freedom to create. But that's for another, longer blog.

(2) With my latest book, KNUCKLE DOWN, I learned some very, very important things about myself. 

  1. Good stuff takes time. It's like a really good spaghetti sauce. I make mine from scratch. It includes: tomatoes (locally, or imported from Italy, if possible), sausages (pork and lamb), fresh garlic, thyme, oregano, fresh cracked peppers, the best EVO I can find...okay, that recipe? Another time...
  2. Proper research ups the ante. I like to interject just enough research (like a good sauce; see above) to let you know that I know what I'm talking about, but not so much as to distract you from the story...
  3. Strong support from your partner. I know, it sounds simple. But let me tell you, if you don't have the (loving) support from your (life) partner then when (a) the shit hits the fan, (b) the bills need paying, (c) tensions run high, as patience runs low...etc., then you're just up the creek with less than a full-length paddle (feel free to insert any other tasty analogy here)...
  4. Spend the dime for a good cover. Yes, it's true, we DO judge the book by it. Shitty covers get sketchy eyeball time...
  5. Spend the dime for a good editor. Okay, so there are a few mistakes I made in this book that both I and my editor (hey, I was on a budget) missed, but moving forward, I will go this extra mile. (I love you, Editor Scott!)...
  6. Take a little extra time to LIVE & BREATH with the CHARACTERS & LOCATIONS and, best of all, ENJOY THE PROCESS. Pretty much says it all, right?

In closing, I'm backing out of NaNoWriMo. And for those of you who know me, know I am NOT a quitter, and that stopping short of a goal is something which will gnaw at me for weeks (if not months) to come, but I feel it's best for my latest work.

What is my latest book, you ask?

SEDUCTION AT DAYBREAK - Is a MYSTERY with a FEMALE LEAD who is a DETECTIVE and the story is set in LOS ANGELES.

Thus far, I have written none of the above (mystery/female protag/detective/LA), so I'm anxious to see what happens next. And you can look for #seductionatdaybreak to be released sometime in early 2017.

Cheers and #writeon