Saturday, November 10, 2012

Big Things Have Small Beginnings

They're here. Great gifts for children and parents!

Three new Picture-Less Picture Books are on sale at The Skinny Santa, The Troublesome Turkey, and The Green Nosed Reindeer.

Get ready to Draw Your Own Adventure! Read, Draw, Create, Share!

I had a lot of fun creating these three, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I had creating them :) Take advantage of Amazon's 4-For-3 Promotion and get 4 Picture-Less Picture Books for the price of 3!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy H-Day, everybody!

Be safe, and have fun today. Party, go trick or treating, or marathon your favorite horror flick or show--just enjoy yourselves!

FUN FACT: My first ever Halloween costume was a clown costume when I was six months old. FUNNER FACT? I have a memory of that day!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


A Paragraph a Day #25: Cinemassacre!

I thought I'd use the post before Halloween to promote one of my favorite Halloween video websites:!

Hosted by the always entertaining James Rolfe (aka, The Angry Video Game Nerd), Cinemassacre is home to all movies horror related . . . through the lens of nostalgia. James fondly reflects on classic horror franchises (such as Universal Monsters--The Wolfman, Frankenstein, and Dracula), campy cult classics, the big name villains (Freddy, Jason, Chucky), and everything in between. Each year during October, James uploads a video almost everyday commenting on some old horror movie in an often humorous--if not educational--manner. The videos are often short with most being under five minutes in length, and are real treats.

Give into the Monster Madness this year in style!

Monday, October 29, 2012

I'd Eat a Glow in the Dark Carrot, Would You?

A Paragraph a Day #24: I'd Eat a Glow in the Dark Carrot, Would You?

AS today's title implies, I'd eat a glow in the dark carrot. Why? Well, let me explain the benefits.

CARROTS are good for the eyes, teeth, gum, skin, and cancer prevention. Glow in the dark stuff is just cool. How do I know? Whenever anybody ever is wearing white clothing and walks under a black light--what does she do?--she stops and say "Whoa! Cool!" Whenever a person has a glow in the dark cereal toy or Halloween mask, what does she do? She cups her hands over the item, closes one eye, and squints like that is going to turn the sun off. The fact remains, we are drawn to the luminosity of glow in the dark items.

LET'S combine the two. Just think--barring a radioactive reason why a carrot would be glowing, that neon veggie would make your skin glow like you were torn from the pages of Twilight.  Your eyes would glow, so say bye-bye to the need for flashlights, interior lighting, and that pesky electricity bill! You can see in the dark, that's why. And your innards? Well, if you ever forget what you had for breakfast and you wanted a reminder, your organs would be pulsing with glow-in-the-dark rich Vitamin-A and beta carotene to the point you would be able to lift your shirt and see the nice green glow inside.

I'D eat a glow in the dark carrot, would you?
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Friday, October 26, 2012

My Father was a Zombie Vampire

A Paragraph a Day #23: My Father was a Zombie Vampire

MY deceased father was a flesh hungry zombie who turned into a chibi-sized, blood thirsty vampire in my dream last night. Yup. I've been watching too many Halloween movies lately.

MY two brothers and I were hanging out in our living room (an apartment we shared as kids just about twenty years ago--good job subconscious, for being so freaking behind on the times!) when my deceased father came running past the windows like some sort of rabid zombie-werewolf. Of course, I felt the dream-like "i'm about to die" sensation. I think my younger brother did, too. My father circled the home, running past the open front door and to a bedroom door window I was trying to escape out of. When I backtracked to the front door, my dad walked inside, ready to tear flesh with his sharpened fingernails.

THAT'S when I picked him up (because now he was a doll sized person, don't you know) and put him on the counter top. My younger brother insisted he could stay with us as long as he promised not to hurt any of his family--darn you, Dark Shadows the movie for inching into my dreams!

BIZARRE, wasn't it? How inconsistent writing my dream had. Sad day for a writer, really. I still don't know how my dad transformed from zombie-wolf to vampire-doll. The world may never know.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 36 Hour Day

A Paragraph a Day #22: The 36 Hour Day

I always wondered what it would be like if our days were thirty six hours long instead of twenty four.

MY hope would be we would all get twelve more hours of rest, play, and general romping around. Freedom! More time to do laundry and clean the house, hang out with friends and catch up on TV shows, and overall . . .  more time! Celebrate. No?

UNDER further consideration, and the knowledge most governments actually like its citizens to work, we'd all probably have to work longer shifts. Bummer. Which means at least four more hours at that ole job, or four more hours at school if you are of the student variety.I can only hope that are lunch hours would at least double and we'd garner another fifteen minute break. A boy can dream.

SO, maybe a thirty six hour day isn't as good as I thought it would be. More time isn't necessarily better; I suppose we just have to learn to use what little time we have now to its fullest. Plus, I'd probably just sleep away the rest of my extra hours, anyway.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If Body Odor Was Illegal

A Paragraph a Day #21: If Body Odor Was Illegal

IN MY fictional world, if body odor was illegal the justice system would not tolerate nostril punching odors.

PERSONS EMITTING a radius of overbearing funk (pure body odor, perfume, cologne, or any mixture of the three) would get citations in the form of sticks of deodorants. After three strikes, if you will, that person will have to take a mandatory shower every day for twenty years to life. That's right--with soap.

ANYONE WHO decides bathing is for suckers would be taxed to show them they're wrong and that second hand B.O. hurts millions of unsuspecting nostrils everyday. If you smell like perspiring milk, get ready to be taxed an extra ten percent or so at your favorite local restaurant. And if for some forsaken reason you decide to flee without paying, get ready to be hosed down by firemen and coppers equipped with Super Soakers.

BECAUSE, NO one wants to smell your signature stench in my fictional world.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If Potato Chips Were Currency

A Paragraph a Day #20: If Potato Chips Were Currency

IN MY fictional world, if potato chips were currency we'd have three denominations (*cough* flavors *cough*): regular, ranch, and the all-mighty BBQ.

REGULAR flavor (think Lay's Original, plain flavored Ruffles, or original Pringles) would be used for most essential bartering interactions. Paying the rent on a house would cost a family sized bag of chips, while an apartment or condo would take three or four snack sized bags. Original flavor would be used to pay for bus rides, gas for cars, and supermarket food.

People would carry plastic, ziplock bags around (filled with potato chips) instead of wallets. And if they ever got hungry waiting for a ride or business meeting, they would always have something to snack on. But be warned--those ten or so chips you're eyeing may have paid for your phone or water bill. Of course, it'll take the world great self control to balance saving chips versus snacking on them.

RANCH would be used for mostly everything else. Clothing, furniture  tires, video games, and shoes would all cost ranch chips. And, of course, you could go to any bank or store to trade a few originals for ranch.

BBQ could be used to pay for anything but would be, well, more of a status symbol. Because BBQ is objectively the most delicious flavor, it would be in high demand since most people would eat them instead of paying off their debt. And if a person had a safe filled with BBQ chips, that person would be considered a chip-illionaire. Someone to look up to in my fictional world.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

A Lot More Than You Think

A Paragraph a Day #19: A Lot More Than You Think

100 Things Your Parents Told You As A Kid . . . title is self explanatory.  Trust me when I say there is A LOT parents tell their children. A lot more than you think.

THROUGH research and consultation, I came up with more than one hundred things to write about. Some were era specific ("Get off that Call of Duty/Facebook") I mostly chose to steer away from and others were general ("Behave"; "Pee before we go") in hopes to resonate with the widest audience possible. I shrunk the list until I thought I had the "best" and the widest range collection. But this project simply grew and grew until there were four sections which includes a child log, a child at heart test with social networking interactivity, and--of course--the title section which makes up the bulk of the book.

CREATING this was fun work and I hope you readers laugh, chuckle, and become interactive with this book until you have so much fun your fun-o-meter hits MAX setting! 


100 Things Your Parents Told You As A Kid . . . 


FACE IT: Kids have a hard life, harder than we remember.

NO WORRIES. 100 Things Your parents Told You As A Kid . . . has you covered with a list of one hundred unearthly demands parents place on their children. Hopefully, one or two will bring you back to your childhood and have you smiling of a much simpler time.

SIMPLER? Who am I kidding? Being a child is hard!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

'Parents Demand their Children to do What?' Author Asks in Debut Book

100 Things Your Parents Told You As A Kid . . .The Zombie Who Didn't Fit In

100 Things your Parents Told You As A Kid . . .

FACE IT: Kids have a hard life, harder than we remember.

NO WORRIES. 100 Things Your parents Told You As A Kid . . . has you covered with a list of one hundred unearthly demands parents place on their children. Hopefully, one or two will bring you back to your childhood and have you smiling of a much simpler time.

SIMPLER? Who am I kidding? Being a child is hard!

* 100 Things Parents Told You As A Kid 
* Things Parents Asked You 
* "Child At Heart" Interactive Test 
* And More!


A Picture-Less Picture Book: The Zombie Who Didn't Fit In

You are the Illustrator in this Picture-Less Picture Book! Join Melvin the Zombie's journey while he tries to fit in. YOU draw the story with your imagination, page by page.
READ the exciting storybook one page at a time.
DRAW whatever comes to your mind
CREATE a unique story with your imagination then share with your family and friends!



The Jason Jack inhabits a small bit of space somewhere on planet Earth, living primarily in his fantasies. When not thinking of ice cream socials and candy bars, he’s probably taking a nap.

All Works above Copyright 2012 by Jason Jack
Cover art created by Jason Jack;
100 Things . . . cover Designed by Anamarie Alvarez
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekend Site-Seeing

IF you haven't already done so, kick back and relax and head over THEJASONJACK.COM!

I'VE added new reviews over the last month, changed the layout, and more.

WHILE you're there, check out the new BUY BOOKS section, read sample chapters of my novel-in-progress The Lantern Lord, and leave comments!

ENJOY the weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

aPad-18: Sushi Celebration

A Paragraph a Day: Sushi Celebration

$62.12. The cost of sushi for me and two of the most influential and important people (and women) in my life. Good eats.

A FRIED aroma filled the restaurant, and my nostrils, the moment we walked inside. Before hand, we grabbed a menu and circled every dish we wanted to eat then stood in line, prepared for action. The cashier was a young Asian girl wearing clean pressed clothes and a cheery smile. She recited each of the twelve or so dishes we ordered back to us with just one minor flub--she thought we ordered salad instead of miso soup! After correcting herself, she accepted our money and gave us our receipt.

THE WAIT for our food didn't last long, about eight to ten minutes or the length of the alternate version of the Gangnam Style music video (which this sushi joint had playing on their 32 inch flat screen which hung above a soda machine).

AFTERWARDS, we took our treasure trove of food back home and watched Dark Shadows (featuring Mr. Depp) to end an enjoyable Friday night meant to celebrate the joys of years of hard work and dedication among us. I can honestly say tonight was a wondrous night indeed.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

aPad-17: Stepping into Tomorrow

A Paragraph a Day: Stepping into Tomorrow

THE Present quickly becomes the Past, and we must start thinking about the Future. Tomorrow. What will we do next?

I JUST completed three books and am currently going through the process of copyrighting them, proofing, and submission. The next thing I plan on doing is creating another set of four or five books to finish writing, edit, and then submit. While I'm doing this, I'll be going over my LARGE novel for the Fall, line-by-line, until it's ready for submission by the end of the year (keeping my fingers crossed). And of course, I'll create more reviews for my website and blogs right here.

TOMORROW will bring more work, but fun work :) As it should be.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

aPad-16: Editor's Note*

A Paragraph a Day: Editor's Note*

MET with an editor of one of my novels today. Advice I took from our Starbucks meeting (ears open, writer's and creators alike): Be consistent.

YES, sir or madam, you heard it hear . . . consistency counts. Why? Many reasons, of course! Characters change in the span of a story, but they should act like themselves in any given situation. A jumpy character wouldn't be able to walk into a job interview without a couple of nervous twitches and jerks. Some sound advice I received was to imagine each of my characters to the point I'm able to have a conversation about any topic with them. This will then--hopefully--transmit onto the paper when I'm writing their scenes thus creating consistent characters who act, speak, and move just like they should (like how I imagined them too).

WE all want to craft stories that will suspend our reader's disbelief. Creating consistent, believable characters will help us do just that.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

aPdad-15: What if?

A Paragraph a Day: What if?

THE easiest way I know how to come up with an idea for a story is by asking a very simple question: What if?

I learned this story creating device from Stephen King, and if it's good enough for "The Man" it's good enough for me.

I'VE used it on many of of the novels I've written and went back to the ones I didn't use it to find the 'what if'. All stories can be trimmed down to this question. Harry Potter: What if a child was a wizard? Cat in the Hat: What if a talking cat wore a hat? Anita Blake: What it vampires openly existed in the world? Twilight: What if vampires sparkled in the sun? (joke-joke)

YESTERDAY, I thought of a new 'what if' I wanted to share. Most people ask, "what super power would you have if you could have one?" I ask, "what if everyone had superpowers?" Asking 'what if' is just the starting point. I'd follow up my question by asking more questions. What would it be like if millions of people had the ability to fly? Would there be mandatory training and licensing for them? Would there be special cameras and security for those who can turn invisible? Would the world be more productive or destructive? And, finally, in a world full of superheros, would a person ask themselves what superpower they WOULDN'T want to have?

ASK questions, create better story lines. Ask 'what if' if ever your'e creatively stumped. Be successful.

Monday, October 15, 2012

aPad-14: Through a Child's Eyes

A Paragraph a Day: Through a Child's Eyes

Today, let's look at the world through a child's eyes . . . your INNER child's eyes.

Let us not stroll but, instead, dash down memory lane to a time of unfiltered, uninhibited imagination. For the sake of today's conversation, let's say this is before the age of ten.

This is a time when "play" didn't mean fornication, inebriation, and clubbing-ation with spatters of reality television to fill the gaps. Play was coloring books, POGS, marbles, and catch. Play was recess doing four square hop scotch, tether ball, and tag. Jump rope, kickball, wall ball, and swings. Jungle gyms, SSR (sustained silent reading), holding your breath longer than your classmate, racing to the front of the school, along with show and tell.

Wishes and hopes were not wanting to win the lottery (for most youngin's). Wishes and hopes were waiting for a holiday just for the sake of having a three day weekend or hoping you could get your parents to let you stay home by acting sick. We hoped there would be a substitute teacher so we could watch movies all day or that our ten minute recess would magical become twenty minutes. And we all wished the the person in front of us would get off the water fountain by calling him a water hog!

This week, and every day forward, I would like people to remember they were a child once, and that your'e still the same person (albeit a tad older) today. Happy Monday!

Friday, October 12, 2012

aPad-13: That Old Adage

A Paragraph a Day: That Old Adage

WRITING is Rewriting.

THIS is true. The hours I spend on coming up with an idea, plotting it out, making a design skeleton, and writing the entire novel is less than the time I spend editing the piece (not to undermined the time I spend on creating the piece--that's dozens/hundreds of hours by itself!).

I always believed you can get better at your technical abilities and write more polished material the first go around, which will minimize editing, but there will always be an error missed that would need polishing.

AND that's okay. More experience will equate to more efficiency at writing which in turn will allow anyone to produce more stories. Plus, if you let yourself, editing is pretty fun!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

aPad-12: Lightning and Thunder

A Paragraph a Day: Lightning and Thunder

I REMEMBER when lightning scared me as a child. Now, I have my face scrunched against the glass patio door--with a handful of popcorn--waiting for the next bolt to light up the sky.

ZEUS SAID hi, and it's a glorious event! Lightning kind of looks similar to when you try turning on your lamp and the bulb goes out, a quick flash then nothing. Thunder, on the other hand, happens a little after ( I've heard each second you wait between the flash and the roar, the lightning originates an additional mile away). It's a rumble/angry stomach cramp kind of sound that is so fun to hear.

I CAN'T believe I used to cry and cover my ears as a kid whenever two of nature's coolest events took place. I guess I was more child than writer back then. Now, someone hand me my blankey--I have authoring to do . . . after a short nap, that is.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

aPad-11: That Time of Year

A Paragraph a Day: That Time of Year

FRANKENSTEIN. Dracula. The Wolfman. All classic Universal Monster movie characters, yet I have never seen the classic movies they're from.

I KNOW. It's that time of the year again when it would be more likely for me to marathon through some old classics. I just watched Young Frankenstein for the first time. Although it's not a "serious" movie, it's a classic in its own right. A Mel Brooks film with Gene Wilder--how could it not be a memorable flick?

I OFTEN look to any medium to find story-flow. Movies are just one of many, and they are a good source to analyze story progression, character development, and overall writing. Just make sure you have fun watching while your'e working :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

aPad-10: A-Maze-ing Corn Maze

A Paragraph a Day: A-Maze-ing Corn Maze

53 ACRES. 1 bottle of water. 1 hour and 47 minutes of fun!

I WENT along with the misses to the Largest Corn Maze on earth yesterday, and I could not come up with a solid, non-cliche story idea. The long, narrow rows of twelve foot tall corn--along with the feeling of being along--just leads itself to hockey mask killers with machetes. Suffice to say, all of my first pass of ideas had to do with horror tropes.

THE MAZE itself was awesome. The smell of husk and dust filled my nostrils, not too strong, while the sound of swaying corn and muffled voices surround us. The ground was mostly sturdy dirt with a few instances of divots to trip up a person's step. I actually said excuse me to a teen girl and she jumped and screamed like I was some hockey mask wearing psycho. Well, my name is Jason, after all. . .

IT WAS a fun filled first attempt at the corn maze with my significant other. I would surely do it again.

PS: I finally came up with an exciting corn maze story idea just minutes before going to sleep last night. I cant' wait to write it!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Columbus Day!

OF COURSE, for those who celebrate it :)

AND HAPPY Columbus Day for all who just enjoy a day off from work and/or school today!

GO LIVE and experience life.

(History of C-Day)

Friday, October 5, 2012

aPad-9: Watch and Read Everything

A Paragraph a Day: Watch and Read Everything

WHAT types of media have you consumed in the last week?

I think that's an important question. After all, our writing is what we eat--experiences we've had whether we lived through, read , watched, or listen to them. I traveled to a place called Watsonville and I wrote an entire novel in a fictional representation of the town. And I've always enjoyed Dragonball Z's "there's always a greater threat" theme. I've used this many a time.

I watched Cabin in the Woods and came up with an idea for a novel. Joss Whedon might not have directed it, but his writing still shines. I've viewed many Chris Rock specials on YouTube, movies The Raid: Redemption and The Five-Year Engagement. I also just finished the first Harry Potter and Anita Blake novels.

OVER this weekend, before you spend your night and morning away at some club or party, consume some media. It's good for the creative brain.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

aPad-8: One Liners

A Paragraph a Day: One Liners

"YOU MIGHT THINK what I do is bad, but that doesn't mean I can't be good at it."

THIS IS MORE OR LESS what a villain in the movie Raid: Redemption says about an hour and seven minutes into the movie. What an epic line!

THE LINES MOST WRITERS need to worry about are the opening line, the ending line, and the finishing line (look at me, making up terms). The opening line serves for the first sentence in the entire book and the first sentence for each chapter. I would argue the most important words in a story are the ones that open the book. The very first words better be epic and interesting if you want your readers to remain hooked and then buy your novel. You want your chapters to start just as strong and end with great sentences, ending lines, that'll keep them hooked and ready for more.

TO TOP IT ALL OFF, the last line of the novel should be fulfilling for the reader. After all, they just spent time and money invested in your story. Give them a good send away, will you.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

aPad-7:Drunken Details

A Paragraph a Day: Drunken Details

DRUNK PEOPLE do all sorts of crazy things. Such as directing traffic, calling a limo b****, and simply trying to remain standing without falling over.

THE DEVIL'S not in the details, it's in the alcohol.

AS FAR AS learning real life character traits, inebriated people are one of the most educational to watch. If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I would have never thought of writing about a character standing in the gutter, talking to her boyfriend for five minutes about how stupid her shoe was. Drunkards also seem to think what they're saying is WAY more important than it actually is. I had trouble coming up with a response!

GETTING CHARACTERS to act just the way you want them involves technique and imagination. But sometimes, experiences can add a lot more to ones writing than ever thought.

PAY ATTENTION to everything around you. Mind the details, because they might just wind up in your next piece.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

aPad-6:Hate is Such a Strong Word

A Paragraph a Day: Hate is Such a Strong Word

"Can we go to Barnes and Nobles, mom?" the teen girl asked her mom.
"No. I hate books."

THIS IS A TRANSCRIPT of a real discussion, and all I want to say is . . . I hate you!!!!

NO. Maybe I don't, I just don't understand how someone can hate imagination in writing. That's like hating your own mind, story telling, and words. I assume if someone in that woman's family was crushed to death by a full shelf range of thick Stephen King and Tom Clancy novels, then I can understand. Be vindictive against books, for sure. But, and I only assume because I don not know either the mother or daughter from the above quote, saying you hate books is not cool. It's actually a little too strong of a word choice to use.

I GET IT. Not all people read, not all people play games, or watch movies, or play sports and I support this. Hey, I could not be considered a sports fan, but I don't say I hate sports. Everyone has their own leisure activities and can do as he or she pleases.

FOR ME, I don't know what I would have done without books in kindergarten up until now. No Amelia Bedelia, no giving mice cookies or finding some stalker named Waldo, no goosebumps over my arm, no bloodied Carrie, and the list goes on. I'd probably go crazy. Maybe, I'd even start disliking books to the point I'd rig some book shelf to collapse.

MORAL OF TODAY'S STORY: Don't hate books. Drink Milk.

Monday, October 1, 2012

aPad-5: Party the Night Away

A Paragraph a Day: Party the Night Away

WHEN A DRUNK GIRL gripped onto my wrist for stability, and after some random dude rubbed his drenched arm against mine, I knew I was having fun at the club.


I DID IN DEED HAVE FUN going to my first club over the weekend. As a writer, I try to remain very aware of details I could use in stories while, at the same time, I make sure to immerse myself in the experience. Both external and internal details are good to learn in order to create more life-like characters and descriptions.

I'VE WRITTEN party and club scenes before, and it turns out I was pretty much on the money. Loud noises, sea of people, bright lights, and soft-core porn like atmosphere. I would now say the loud sounds from the speakers numbed the ears, the flashes of color from the strobe lights were piercing and momentarily blinded ones vision, and the amounts of debauchery boobs, butts, legs, and massive grinding against grinding pushed the envelope of what soft-core cold be considered (sans nudity).

I THINK I was the only person stopping in the middle of dancing to tell his girlfriend to turn around to "Look at that! I can use that in a story!" Sucks for everyone else. More story ideas for me.


Friday, September 28, 2012

aPad-4: The Importance of Naps

A Paragraph a Day: The Importance of Naps

WHEN I WOKE UP at nine this morning, the first thing I thought about was taking a nap when I got home at 5. Wake'n up just so I can sleep.

I SPENT ABOUT twelve hours yesterday authoring, and I have also been putting in mad hours for the last month or so. When I'm feeling drained, or if I feel I'm in need of a break, I take it. I think that's common sense when pushing yourself creatively, physically, whatever. Take a nap--it's refreshing.

OKAY. Maybe a nap is not the clarity or refresher you need. Maybe, you can relax and recharge by going out with friends, watching a movie, reading a book, playing a game, working out, going to the opera, eating out. The list of things you can do to recharge your brain, and thus your creative mind, is endless.

THE MOST IMPORTANT part of leisure is to let loose and shut off your brain so it can return to proper form. Your stories, your writing, your creative endeavor will be much better for it.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

aPad-3: The Host with the Most

A Paragraph a Day: The Host with the Most

MOST OF YOU writer's out there in the digital-sphere most likely have a web presence. Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Tumbler? YouTube? Etc? Yes!

AND SOME OF YOU  may have blogs and even websites. I started THEJASONJACK.COM two years ago as my official website. It's hosted by the free blogging/website creation site So far, it has worked for me. I intend on getting a real web host, one day.

THE PROBLEM with hosting services is the upfront fee (usually one, two, or more years multiplied by a monthly rate that has to be paid upfront) I know I don't have in the budget, for the foreseeable future. This made picking a free, but with WAY less customization, "host" a much simpler choice.

WHERE TO START? Do you own your domain name (the "")?

Go to,, or (the most trusted sites, from my experience and research) to buy one. I've used Namecheap for the last two years and never had a problem, although LuckyRegister has killer prices at the moment.

WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE, you'll be able to use your shiney new domain at WordPress or most hosting sites. Now, go out and register your domain name, start building a site, and make a name for yourself!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

aPad-2: Today's Subject--I Predict a Predicate

A Paragraph a Day: Today's Subject--I Predict a Predicate

"The family enjoys eating and playing with the animals."

MY COWORKER HANDED ME a slip of paper with this written on it, asking whether or not this was a compound subject and/or a compound predicate. And of course, as a writer, I froze. My mind blanked and I totally forgot what a predicate was.

WHY? Candidly, I learned more about grammar in my first semester in college than during my four years of high school. My college English professor was WAY more invested in what she was doing, and I was too. I bought a little maroon book called The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need then preceded to teach myself what a subject and predicate was among other grammar rules.

THIS WAS BACK in 2004/2005. When I was asked to analyze the sentence above, of course I was rusty. I already knew what the subject was, and it took a few minutes to remember that the predicate modifies the subject (usually the predicate being the main verb of the sentence). In the example above, the subject is "family" and the predicates are "enjoys", "eating", and "playing".  One subject, multiple predicates.

IF ONLY I was taught this in school, at a younger age, I would be so much better for it. Maybe. Which is funny, because my coworker went on to tell me her son's teacher told her students the word "animals" was also the subject of the sentence. Funny, because that's what's called a direct object.

THANKS, The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need. I'm not saying I'm a language guru, because I'm not, but maybe teaching myself the rules of grammar was a good thing.


aPad-1: Do it Yourself to Get it Done

A Paragraph a Day: Do it Yourself to Get it Done

TWENTY FOUR HOURS AGO, I wouldn't have guessed I'd come up with a novel idea I'd be finished with a day later. The thing is, no idea is too small. Sure, the word count may not be the length of Tom Clancy novels, but the idea itself is way more important than the page count, the word count, and the arbitrary prestige that comes when writer's write tons. What good is a story, one page or one thousand pages, if the core idea isn't fleshed out to its fullest? Answer: it's nothing.

In the coming days, I hope to share with you the culmination of twenty four hours of work (twelve straight hours of labor on the keyboard with pizza in hand), a project I did not know existed that has now found its way into my heart.

When no one else will write the novel for you, write it yourself. When no one else will do life for you, do life yourself. Don't give up. Just get it done.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interview #1: Camera Shy

Welcome to author The Jason Jack's blog, a stand-alone supplement to WWW.THEJASONJACK.COM!

TheJasonJack: Hello! It's Your magnificent host of all things creative bringing you my first ever interview with the man who created all of this.

(waves arms around implying the virtual world of this blog and

He is also my father, so to speak. Or God? Which one do you prefer, Jason Jack? Or, can I just call you JJ?

Jason Jack: Uh . . .

TJJ: Don't be camera shy, now.

JJ: There are cameras here? You didn't tell me that . . .

TJJ: (laughs) No, silly! Of course not. But if there was, I wouldn't tell you.

JJ: That's reassuring.

TJJ: Ooh. Sarcasm from the writer himself. Digression--I'm just going to call you Jason from here on out. And I'll make that change in the margin. TJJ and JJ are a little confusing, don't you think?

Jason: I think you interviewing me is kind of confusing.

TJJ: (laughs) You always were a jokester, Jason. Not!

Jason: Again, not helping the vibe here.

TJJ: How is this confusing, if I can ask? Of course I can--this is my show!

Jason: Alright, Mr. Ego. Well, for starters . . . you are my creation. And you are interviewing me. In fact, that's why this is confusing. You're my creation--

TJJ: But I have taken a life of my own, haven't I? And soon, I will be a five star act closing in on ruling the world.

Jason: By doing interviews on a blog nobody knows about with an author who has yet to be published?

TJJ: Wow. What a downer, Jason. We're going to remedy both of those soon. I heard you've been working hard on a few novels over the last two years and you're planning on publishing them (hopefully) by the end of this year. Tell me more about that.

Jason: I've wrote five novels, actually--

TJJ: Fascinating! And you've even gave me credit for all of them.

Jason: (sigh) You really wouldn't have it any other way, would you?

TJJ: (smiles) Nope, nope, and nope.

Jason: So about those novels . . .

TJJ: Sorry! That is all the time we have today, Jason. But I will make sure you're invited back for more. We have lots to talk about, and I have lots to say. People just can't seem to get enough of me.

Jason: What have I created? This The Jason Jack is more than a monster . . .

TJJ: What was that?

Jason: Oh. Nothing. I was just wondering if we could put up the article I recommended. The list of things people would not normally know about me?

TJJ: I will see what I can do. I'm a busy creation, don't you know?

Jason:  . . .

TJJ: Well, followers, thanks for stopping by and reading my first ever interview. Come on back, because there sure will be more articles, interviews, and exclusives right here on this blog. And don't forget to check out WWW.THEJASONJACK.COM for more! Good day and goodnight!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Turning Point

[I sent two novels to just about forty agents a few months ago. And?]

Well, twenty or so rejections later, I was still smiling. But boy was I burnt out.

Spending a year writing five novels then another year editing them about a dozen times, researching the industry, writing brain warping synopsis and queries, building a website, and starting a website proved taxing. That's without mentioning the ramifications of my often times draining personal life. So, I did what any sane full-time author would do. I walked away. Yeah, you heard me. Want to fight about it?

I don't. I was done fighting. I knew I was. I felt myself needing a break, to press the reset button on my life and career. Two months later, I’m here to preach the benefits of starting fresh.


Nutrition: If I’m going to write well, I needed to eat well. Keep my brain filled with all of those good nutrients to help me craft five-star novels. I went from college-esque meals full of Hot Pockets, chips, sandwiches, and sugary bottom shelf kids cereal to homemade pizzas, pastas, oatmeals, and top shelf cereals such as granola. I started my new diet at the beginning of the year (burning and keeping off thirty pounds) but I have increased healthy choices over the last sixty days. Yams? I eat that. Carrots, whole grain bread, and bagels? I eat those, too. Non-Instant oatmeal with cinnamon, fruit, vanilla almond milk, protein powder, and applesauce? For sure! As soon as I’m done writing this, I’m going to have me a bowl. Bottom line: eating right=writing right.

Exercise: Just after nutrition, is working out. My stamina was drained and I knew I needed it to return if I was going to continue being an avid author. Plus, getting rid of my love handles wouldn’t hurt the ego, either. Thanks to my Wii, which has transformed from being my "Gaming Machine" to my "Gaming Machine and All-in-One Workout Adviser", I have found software that’ll get my heart pumping. For the last four weeks, I have been performing increasingly difficult workouts four times a week by playing EA Sports Active 2. The two week prior to that, I was playing Zumba 1 and 2 and have continued to do so whenever I have the time.
Bottom line: increased stamina=increased awareness=better focused while writing.

Goals and Good state of mind: I created concrete goals for the rest of this year. I will publish (self or otherwise) 3 to 4 novels by the end of 2012. I will start receiving income from my novels in the range of 5 and 10 thousand dollars by the last day of December. And I will be confident in all of my actions. I will not let negative thoughts sway my course and I will continue forward and take breaks when needed. Creating concrete goals, with a positive mindset, will help you work hard to achieve said goals. After all, you can’t achieve something if that something isn't tangible. So, I made my goals as real as I could, sitting on a dry erase board on my wall. Being negative will only slow you down.
Bottom line: Happy goal driven persons=success

Two months later, I’m back to blogging, writing reviews, editing, and planning my next couple of novels. And now I’m eating healthier, creating new goals for myself, staying positive, and working as hard as I need to in order to be the prolific author I know I am. Giving up is not an option for me. And so, I’m ready to fight again. Gloves off this time. Let’s make it hurt.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Friend's Review: Vanished, by Joseph Finder

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[Written by Ms. Moo]
GENRE: Thriller/Mystery

Lauren Heller and her husband, Roger, are out to dinner one night when they’re brutally attacked. Twenty-four hours later, Lauren awakes in the hospital to find that her husband has vanished without a trace. The only one who has any chance of locating him is his brother, Nick, the investigative head of a private intelligence firm.

If you like Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” novels or David Baldacci’s “Oliver Stone” novels, you’ll get hooked on Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller. Trained in the Special Forces and armed with a set of deadly skills, Nick still believes in honor and integrity, even when digging up dirty secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden.

Finder’s novels are fast-paced and pack a good punch. You’ll find yourself rooting for his character, Nick, as he overcomes lies, deceit and deadly obstacles to get at the truth. Hollywood loves a good story too, which is why his latest novel, Buried Secrets is now in theaters.

Review Time!

Hello! The Jason Jack Here!

Coming at you from post birthday celebrations! Yay!

Man, do the weeks fly by. Been finding my "legs" so to speak over April. That is, enjoying life while getting back on the writing train. In fact, I wrote 3k words today :) Which I'm pleased by. The rest of April was spent on reading, reading, and reviewing.

3 reviews, to be exact.

Hop on over to my website and check out my mini reviews for Amanda Hocking's Switched, Stephen King's Under the Dome, and Nora Robert's Naked in Death.

But while you're here, continue reading for my FIRST EVER "Friend's Review" post where a person other than myself Reviews a book I might or might not have selected to read myself.

This first Friend's Review comes from an intelligent woman I will call . . . Ms. Moo :) Ms. Moo has many credentials including degrees, important sounding title positions, and editing. Now, onto the show!

Until next time, read THIS POST :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Editing is a Man's Best Friend

There. I finished uploading my fifth chapter of the novel I'm currently writing on my website.
And it only took two hours to do it.

I woke up this morning with the intent to uploaded the chapter at 6:30 in the morning.   See, I already had it written about two weeks ago. In the mean time, I've been sprucing up other novels for their debutante submission process. Digression aside, the chapter was done. Complete. An advertisement in a GQ mag, it was so fine.

Now here's when things went wrong.

I woke up at 10:20am. I planned on waking up early and making Saturday an entire writing day, but I didn't get to sleep until 1am. Counting sheep is crappy advice, especially since I got a degree in accounting (1 sheep; 2 sheep; 3 . . . wait. Did we cosign the first 2 or did we pay cash? What's our Accounts Payable like after we took on the first 2 fluffs? Do they have any salvage value after their useful lives?)
At least I received about 9 hours of sleep :) Plus side, for the win!

Editing is a man's . . . worst friend. Don't get me wrong. Editing's awesome, but it can always sneak up on you. I have plans today, so a surprise two-hour editing for a single chapter (which is not unusual) just kind of stinks. The writing in the chapter wasn't terrible; it was actually quite good. There were, however, those pesky little problems that you don't see until you go back a while later. But I suck it up, because good writing is what I strive for.

Now, here's some tips to find and get rid of what I like to call pesky little problems:

1. Needless Words. They like to show up in the form of "that" (He wanted to know whether that the tree was green. I said that the tree was brown), "to" in some instances (he tried to sing; omit the word to, and change to sing into singing), and never use "the fact that" or "all of a sudden".

The theory, concerning omitting words you don't need, is (that) it makes smoother, faster prose. Try rereading your writing a few days after you wrote it and give it another shot with an honest eye.

I recommend exporting your document into a PDF if you can't print it out. The PDF version looks, at least to me it does, more like a finished novel. In this fashion, it becomes easier to see mistakes because the product looks more like a book than the same screen you've been (desensitized to so you won't see errors as easily) typing away at for hours on end. You might be surprised what you find.

2. Adverbs. -ly words should go (sourly, grouchily, hungrily, etc). The author's number one goal is to show and not tell. Adverbs tell and not show. Thanks, Stephen King, for the good advice :)

For example, writing "Give me back my son!" the man hit the tree mercifully" is lame writing. What does that even mean?

How about this: The man punched the tree trunk without concern for his well being; his knuckles were raw and splintered, and the trunk's bark had been stripped, yet the mans's assault continued on throughout the night and into the morning. "Give me back my son!" he yelled, driving his now bloodied fist into the oak without the intent of stopping no matter the sacrifice to his own body.

Much better.

3. Check names. Always check you have written your character names correctly throughout your entire draft. Someone named Billy can end up Bilyl or Bllyi without you ever noticing. Hey, it happens to me all the time. And that is just embarrassing.

That's all I have for today's editing lesson. Number one thing to remember while editing is taking your time and reading each sentence, line by line and word by word. Reading slower should help you catch these critters and help you create a better end result.

Oh, shoot. It's 1pm, and my day is just beginning :) Have a nice weekend.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Craziest Woman to Ever be Crazy

Hello! The Jason Jack here!

For this Friday night treat, I thought I'd share a little story my brother sent me years ago. I hosted this on my website at first, but I thought it would fit better here :) Enjoy!

The Craziest Woman to Ever be Crazy
(What follows is a transcript of a real phone call taken by my brother, Cojiro. All true, except names and private information have been altered)
May 9, 2008
3:45pm – 4:10pm

Cojiro: Thank you for—
Woman: (interrupting) –customer service at the bank!?
Cojiro: Excuse me?
Woman: Is this customer service at Trustus Bank?
Cojiro: Yes. This is customer service, my name is Cojiro. How may I help you today?
Woman: How can I be sure that this is actually the bank and not the market trying to scam me?
Cojiro: Well, you know that number you just called? 1-555-555-5055? That reaches a live operator at the customer service line for the bank.
Woman: Okay. I just got out of the Lucky Market and the woman ran my check through really quickly, but I wanted to pay with my food stamps instead so she charged me twice. I took the check and ripped it up, but is there any possibility that they already got my money from my account? I mean, they are trying to double-dip my account and that’s just wrong.
Cojiro: Sure; I can help you with that. May I have you account number please?
Woman: Yes it’s 4264-67263-0
Cojiro: Thank you, one moment please.
(Enters number)
May I have your name please?
Woman: Uh, well, why should I tell you that? Why don’t you tell me what you see there?
Cojiro: I just need to verify that you are really you so I can’t disclose any information until you give me your information.
Woman: Well, something’s fishy about all this, but okay. My name is [name deleted].
Cojiro: Thank you. May I have the last four of your social?
Woman: 5000
Cojiro: Thank you Ms. [name deleted]. What I can do for you today is place a stop payment on the check so it won’t come out of the account. Fortunately you called before 8pm so we still have time. Do you have the check number?
Woman: There’s not gonna be a charge right? Because there’s no way I’m gonna get charged twice when it’s not my fault.
Cojiro: Well, there is a $20 charge for placing the stop payment to make sure the check you said the woman grabbed from you doesn’t clear the account.
Woman: Are you kidding me? $20 to stop a check? No sir. I’m not gonna do it. You shouldn’t even charge me since this isn’t my fault at all.
Cojiro: Well it’s your choice after all. Since you said you received the check and tore it up you may be fine, but—
Woman: So you’re tellin’ me that those crooks are gonna get my money and they got my food stamps if I don’t give you $20?
Cojiro: If you don’t place a stop payment and you are concerned that the woman ran your check through, then yes, they will get the funds both times.
Woman: No, no, no, no. I don’t think so. If anyone should pay, it’s those crooks at Lucky Market! I mean, they’re double dipping my account. Why should I have to pay you $20?
Cojiro: Well this seems like a problem you may be able to take up with the manager of the Lucky Market. If this woman did disrespect your wishes and charged you twice—
Woman: She was the manager. She had a pin on saying so. And then the funny thing was the 1st time she ran the transaction through, she got $67.44, but then when she did it again for the food stamps she got a different total for the cents. Like 55 cents. And there her workers were just egging her on to quickly scan the food and confuse me so I wouldn’t know they were trying to scam me.
Cojiro: There has to be a manager above her. Maybe you could see a Store Manager. Or if that doesn’t work, you could talk to her Regional Manager.
Woman: You know what? I’m going to get to the bottom of this. I’m gonna call Scotland Yard and get an officer to investigate.
Cojiro: (stifles laughter)
Woman: And you know, I’m gonna call, uh, what’s it called? The international police men, the…
Cojiro: Interpol?
(Stifling more laughter)
Woman: Interpol, yes! And they will get all this sorted out. I’ve got their direct line and all I gotta do is dial them up.
Cojiro:  Okay, well it seems like you have things sorted out on your end. So will you be doing the stop payment or not?
Woman: Instead of paying you my $20, I think I’m going to hire a detective to follow my sister Tracy, who really isn’t my sister, around because she’s the cause of all this.
Cojiro: (Motions to co-workers that this woman is crazy)
Woman: Then I’ll follow these crooks, all of them and find out, um, why you all are doing this to me.
Cojiro: Okay…Is there anything else that’s bank-related I can help you with?
Woman: No and you know what? All of you are in on this together and I’m gonna have the investigator follow you all around.
Cojiro: (Chuckles) Okay…umm…
Woman: You think it’s funny? That I’m kidding?
Cojiro: No. I just don’t appreciate being threatened.
Woman: Oh, no, no, no. I’m not threatening you directly, I’m just telling you all that I will get to the bottom of all this and that I won’t let you take my money like that. You and the Lucky Market are in cahoots on this one and I won’t let you double dip my account like this.
Cojiro: I assure you, we have noth—
Woman: No, no. It’s alright. I know what I have to do.
Cojiro: Okay. Is there anything else I can—?
Woman: No. ♪ Thank you. Have a nice day. ♪