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Who likes a good pizza party?!

You’re invited!

A&D Book Release Pizza Party

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Armed & Delicious… in your hands, in your hearts… in your mouths?

Unless one subsists on a diet of tree pulp and non-toxic black ink, then my DEBUT novel “ARMED & DELICIOUS” might not make the ideal midnight snack… so, I’m not sure why I titled my post thusly.

I suppose the gist of what I’m trying to get at, on this lovely summer eve, is that my novel, ARMED & DELICIOUS is now available in paperback form! Where? Well at Powell’s City of Books, of course! You can find it in store or order directly!

Powells shelf

Powell’s, for those who haven’t had the pleasure of browsing through an  actual CITY BLOCK worth of books, is a literary treasure, located in my current city of Portland, Oregon.  It’s a damn near labyrinth of words and volumes and to have my novel receive its own bit of real estate amongst so many great titles is an honor.

Did I mention that Powell’s is independent through and through? Oh yeah. Punk Rock to the core, my friends, which suits me just fine.

While most authors would want to have their paperbacks on “The Website That Shall Not Be Named”, I believe that the independent spirit of “Armed & Delicious” goes further than just bucking the trends of what’s “hot” or “popular” in fiction and to put it simply: I love bookstores. I also love discovering new books in said bookstores and if that bookstore happens to be owned and operated by actual people, then all the better.

Granted, Armed & Delicious is also available in e-book form HERE , HERE and the Apple iBookstore, but in this day and age I guess that’s just par for the course.

In closing, I encourage you to support independence in all its forms and to at all costs, stay sexy.

 

Your Pal,

Nate

 

 

 

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You’ve been waiting… and I love you for it.

 

Dear Friends,

As you may have noticed, my most recent “shipping date” came and went like a ship in the night and with nary a whisper of publication (Sorry!). But today, my friends, I am writing you to say that Armed & Delicious, the book which you have supported, is in print-production as we speak!

The e-book version is also in the publication phase and will soon be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and the Apple Ibook store.

This means that within the next 7-10 business days I should be receiving your books in the mail and shipping them directly! The additional reward goodies have already been coming in and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’ve turned out.

As always, feel free to contact me at armedanddelicious@gmail.com with questions, concerns and sonnets.

Your Pal,

Nate

You've been waiting... and I love you for it.

Dear Friends, 

As you may have noticed, my most recent "shipping date" came and went like a ship in the night and with nary a whisper of publication (Sorry!). But today, my friends, I am writing you to say that Armed & Delicious, the book which you have supported, is in print-production as we speak! 

The e-book version is also in the publication phase and will soon be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and the Apple Ibook store. 

This means that within the next 7-10 business days I should be receiving your books in the mail and shipping them directly! The additional reward goodies have already been coming in and I couldn't be more pleased with how they've turned out. 

IMPORTANT!!!! 

--I will be sending out a survey to collect your current mailing address (considering that half of you have probably moved since my last update). 

Please include the following: 

Name

Address

Which format you would like your e-book in (if applicable)

Favorite type of pizza (You're not getting free pizza. I'm just curious about you.) 

As always, feel free to contact me at armedanddelicious@gmail.com with questions, concerns and sonnets. 

Your Pal,

Nate
 
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Funzo Dunzo! We did it!

A&D FundedFor those who have been following my Kickstarter.com campaign, you may have heard that Armed & Delicious has surpassed it’s funding goal.

Well, it’s true! Armed & Delicious will soon become a physical book, available in Independent Bookstores as well as Online (in e-book format) and it’s all because of you.

The campaign has been a very unique experience. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve laugh-cried-laughed. But one thing I’ll certainly take away from this is that the generous and sincere nature of one’s friends, family and even perfect strangers can be absolutely staggering.

I will be posting updates to keep you apprised as to the status of Armed & Delicious.

In the meantime, I THANK YOU and can’t wait for you to read my little book.

Cheers,

Nate

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The First Chapter of Armed & Delicious

CHAPTER ONE A&DIf you are interested in seeing the book published please go HERE and support!

 

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November 8, 2013 · 7:06 pm

What Budget? / Making the Video Pt. 2

Making The Video Pt. 2:

If things go swimmingly in the coming weeks, a Kickstarter Campaign for my novel Armed & Delicious should set sail in the vast sea we call the “World Wide Web” (while typing that, I realized that I haven’t heard that term since AOL chat rooms were still a thing).

The video for the campaign has just gone through editing, a vital and intricate part of the process and one that I have little to no practical knowledge of. I do, however, know how to buy beer and pizza for folks who do.

Pizza and beer are the ultimate barter when finances are unavailable. Friends helping you move? Beer and Pizza. A buddy lets you borrow his tent to go camping and you somehow manage to rip it to shreds? Beer and Pizza… and possibly a new tent. If some good pals help your vision for a short video become a reality, give them that Beer and Pizza. Your friends don’t drink? Non-Alchoholic beer… sorry, I’m shaking with laughter right now. Nobody should do that to their friends. Just give them Pizza and Ginger Ale.

My personal rule is, even if those helping you produce your video are close personal friends, or they owe you one, etc. – keep them fed dammit! Pizza is the ultimate food. Pizza makes magic happen. Hell, half of the premise of Armed & Delicious is based solely on the stuff.

A sneak peek from the video shoot:

Pizza Feet

Pizza Feet

During the two day shoot, I must say we had a very interesting and often enjoyable time improvising with the numerous variables which having no budget and a crew of four provide.

Some of you may be familiar with the terms “Sound Mixer” and “Key Grip”, but how many of you have heard the term “Key Sound Grip Mixer”?

Making it work.

Making it work.

Could be an industry first.

Despite my odd photography, these fellows, as well as a few not pictured above are real pros who generously donated their time to a buddy for little more than pizza and beer.

On a different note, I came across this little gem at a house party in Portland:

In my mind, every day is Dre Day.

In my mind, every day is Dre Day.

-Cheers

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Campaign Champagne / Making a Video – Pt. 1

Armed & Delicious….

Campaign Champagne:

For anyone setting out to launch a Kickstarter.com campaign, making a video presentation for the project is a considered a must. Now, browsing various campaigns, I’ve seen a fair share of video presentations; some good, some not so good and some that just about violated my inner child.

While a well-developed, and innovative product should be enough to inspire the generosity of strangers, I believe that a well-executed video is to one’s Kickstarter campaign, as a fine champagne (Not Cristal. Apparently dude is racist) is to a hip-hopping video – it makes it that much better.

On the website itself, the fine folks of Kickstarter.com make a number of helpful suggestions as to what might make your video more enjoyable and/or informative to the viewer. What they DO NOT suggest however, is riding your bicycle to a friends house the evening before, getting drunk on red wine and playing card games till midnight. (Thanks Elise)

That’s a little rule I made myself and only recommend if you enjoy speaking to a camera at 7am while your head feels like Dionysus just took a sock full of quarters to it.

A screen grab of how NOT to look or feel while making your video.

A screen grab of how NOT to look or feel while making your video.

Pre-gaming for a video shoot should consist mainly of non-alchoholic refreshments.

Cheers!

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Scratching Some Back:

Scratching Some Back:

When asking for favors there’s a general rule of thumb: pay it back or forward – or side to side.

I’m not saying you need to pay your neighbor money for feeding your cat, dog or kangaroo every time you leave for business, vacation or tax evasion puposes, but one should make it a point to return the favor.

They’ve got a pet goldfish? Offer to babysit it some time. You’re allergic to goldfish? (no idea how that works) Offer to collect their mail while they’re out-of-town. Do not go through it. You have enough credit cards already.

Favors are what makes the world go round. The Godfather figured that out a long time ago in fictional 1930’s New York. It’s simple, you scratch my back, I scratch yours. It’s a win-win etc. Throughout my years of needing something from someone, I discovered that when asking for a favor, one should make a conscious decision beforehand that they would (without hesitation) be willing to perform a favor of equal or lesser value in return. It’s the best way to do things.

I rarely ask favors of strangers but as I set out to publish my book, I’ll be asking for a lot of favors… approximately 4,500 of them.  Fortunately for me, I have something to offer in return, which you’ll just have to wait patiently to see.

This is my favor asking face:

Favor Photo
Judging by the dispondency in my eyes and the presence of a female, I can only assume the favor in this case is sex. 

Until the Armed & Delicious Campaign is in full swing, there is no word to describe the gratitude (besides gratitude) which I am feeling for the lovely people who are doing me favors as we speak, to help get this Kickstarter going. I consider them all friends and know that without a doubt, I’ll be owing a few favors before this thing is through.

In fact, I’m looking forward to it and am definitely not allergic to goldfish.

Cheers-

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Here we go…

Like the maiden voyage, the first steps of adventure or the first kiss, this is the beginning – the beginning of the blog which will follow my experience as I set out to publish my novel:

Armed & Delicious.

It’s gonna get weird…

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Cheers!

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September 2, 2013 · 8:34 pm