Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Goodreads giveaway

Hey everyone! I'm very excited to announce my first ever book giveaway on Goodreads. Yay!

Enter to win an autographed paperback copy of my debut novel Paradise Squandered. The contest starts tomorrow (May 1) and runs through May 4.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Paradise Squandered by Alex Stefansson

Paradise Squandered

by Alex Stefansson

Giveaway ends May 04, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, April 26, 2013

Yeah, I Reddit

Anyone use Reddit?

I've been hearing about Reddit for a while now (especially from this one guy named Aaron), but these days I'm pretty reluctant to subscribe to any new forms of social media. It just feels like too much of a commitment (time is money).

Today I finally gave in and became a Reddit user. So far, I'm pretty impressed. It's like a peer reviewed forum for smart people that actually has content relevant to, well, pretty much anything you can think of.

If you'd like to find me on Reddit, my user name is alexstefansson. (How's that for creativity?)

If you were a Reddit user and also happened to stalk me, you would no doubt already know that for this weekend only, my epic train-wreck of a coming-of-age novel, Paradise Squandered, is free all weekend as an eBook on Smashwords.

Yeah, that's right. Coupon code VQ82Z will let you download my book for free through 4/28/13 in any eBook format from Smashwords.

And then 4/29/13 is my birthday, so (because once you begin reading Paradise Squandered, you won't be able to put it down) you can repay my generosity then. :)

And also, train-wreck in the aforementioned instance is a positive description. If you've already read the novel, you probably understand.

It's like that line in the movie, Burn After Reading:

For some, coming-of-age isn't all that enlightening.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Running in circles

Running is way more healthy for you than walking. And walking is way more healthy for you than running.

That is what scientist Paul T. Williams of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently discovered. He used the same data set to publish two opposing findings.

This is great news for me, because running hurts my knees.

This article on Slate.com explains these findings somewhat better than I just did: "Run, Don't Walk." "Don't Run, Walk."

I think it's all pretty irrelevant, though. Exercise is good for you. You should do whatever exercise you enjoy most. I like riding my bike. I feel like a child typing that sentence, but it's true. It's my favorite type of exercise. I actually really enjoy it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

William Shakespeare: Hoarder, Money-Lender, Tax Dodger

“By combining both illegal and legal activities, minus a few fines for illegal hoarding and tax evasion, Shakespeare was able to retire in 1613 as the largest property owner in his home town, Stratford-upon-Avon…”

Jonathan Gunson posted an amusing and informative article about William Shakespeare on his Bestseller Labs website today: William Shakespeare: Hoarder, Money-Lender, Tax Dodger.

Apparently, Shakespeare was not only a brilliant poet and playwright, but also a ruthless business man and terrible neighbor.

The Huffington Post has a good article on the subject of authors' day jobs: Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before They Were Famous.

Jack London was an 'oyster pirate,' stealing oysters from the beds of large farmers and selling them at the Oakland markets. He also did a little gold prospecting, and may or may not have spent time as a hobo.

Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership in Cape Cod after publishing his first novel, Player Piano.

Steven King was a janitor in a high school before his work was published.