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Greetings, Bearers!

I’m still alive, working, writing (never will quit writing), and coaching!  Yes, that’s right: I’m putting my money where my mouth is.  I’m coaching a high school freshman girls’ flag football team.  Okay, so it’s not my beloved Michigan Wolverines (who are doing great so far), but it’s still coaching, and with the assistance of a couple of helpful fellows from the boys’ football team I’m putting this thing together for a game two weeks from now.

I’ve never coached a day in my life.

So pretty soon here we’re going to see if I’m Jim Harbaugh or Jim Tomsula (if you know anything about 49ers football, you’ll get that reference).

But new things will be coming soon.  So spread the word about what I’ve already got out there and what’s to come!

In the meantime, I think I’ll keep a journal/diary of my coaching.  And maybe I’ll share it, if I feel confident enough.

Or not 😀

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

So the waning days of summer are upon us.  Hard to believe fall is just around the corner.  On the one hand I’m happy, because it means that football is starting up: college (Go Blue!), pro (Go Pack Go!) and my son’s Upward flag football league (Go… Titans!?).  But on the other hand, it also means that I’m school-bound again.  Back to the classroom grind 😦

But on another good note that won’t require me to think about teaching right now, Alternate Endings is on its way to being done!  That’s right: soon my collection of short stories will be finished, and I hope to get it out to you in the next month or two.  I’m shooting for the beginning of October at the very latest, but am working my tail off to get it done before then.  One of the funny things about writing that I’ve  learned is that the deadline you set isn’t always the deadline you make.  I don’t know if that’s something unique to me, or if other authors have this trouble, but it’s not fun.  That being said, it’s good to get the work done, and get the stories to you.

As a little treat, I’m also including a short story which serves as a backdrop for the upcoming third novel in the Vein series The Summoning of Kran.  Think of it as a bonus in addition to the other stories included in the collection!

Also, I’m announcing a price change.  As of October 1st, I will be upping the price of my books to $2.99.  Looking at the marketplace, I’m seeing other books go for that much, some of them containing far shorter novels and stories than what I am writing (That’s not a negative criticism by the way; just an observation).  However, as I like to be given fair warning before experiencing drastic changes, I would like to give all of you (and in particular you who have downloaded free samples of the books) some time to get the books before the price raise comes, so if you go to My book links on Smashwords or Amazon between now and September 31st, you’ll still have a chance to buy the first two novels in the Vein for 99 cents!

So take advantage while you still can of the low price, because starting October the deal will be gone! 😀

Okay, back to writing and editing.  Next week I intend to put out another entry in the Vein Omnibus, so watch for it!  And get ready for some football, folks!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

A great way to start off the week, as my Michigan Wolverines ended up splitting the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes and Spartans in basketball.  Would’ve been nicer to take the title solo, but I’ll take what I can get with regard to this, especially considering how weak the Wolverines were as a basketball team prior to John Beilein’s arrival.  Go Blue!

In addition to this, I should be prepping my cover ideas with Sanjana (my new cover artist) in the next few days or so.  For those of you new to the world of the Vein and to my blog, I was having a little difficulty in getting a steady and reliable cover artist (I had this same problem with girls in high school…).  A fellow online author recommended Sanjana to me, and so far the ball has been rolling pretty good!  I’m looking forward to what she puts together!

But the main point of today’s post is to talk about the new love of my life.  Something I’ve admired from a distance, but have come to fully embrace with enthusiastic passion now.

Rugby.

That’s right.  If you like football but have never given rugby a chance, I would strongly encourage you to do so.  It’s a great game, very physical, and constantly moving (unlike football).  A week and a half ago my son, my mom and I sat down to watch a game (my wife and daughter were busy partying it up with a “girls only” slumber party for my daughter’s birthday.  No boys allowed: that was fine with me 😀 ).  Great game, Worcester vs Saracen.  The Warriors came out on top. 

Recently I’ve signed up with a rugby forum, so you may see me lurking around there from time to time, although I don’t have nearly as much time to post and read on forums as I would like to have.  That whole working-writing-eating-family thing tends to be demanding on time. 😉   If you like contact sports, or just sports in general, but haven’t given rugby a look-see, check it out!

And finally, as always, a welcome and shout out to those of you taking their first steps into the Vein and becoming first-time readers of my works!  I welcome you, and hope to hear from you!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean