Archive for January, 2009

Oaken Rings

January 26, 2009

I learned that on the fourth of December the ranking of Oaken Rings actually got as high as 5400 on Amazon.com, according to a friend of mine who checked. Those are great numbers! Thanks to you all and Keep reading!

Flight of fancy ( Flight of the Writer )

January 26, 2009

Keeping all the things “up in the air” at the same time is compellingly entertaining.
Working on my flying, I’ve decided after talking to a wonderful friend the smartest thing to do to motivate me is to get a plane, so I’ve begun to look for a nice trainer. A two seater most likely will fill the bill, one that will allow me to get back on track.
On a similar note (About being on track) I realized after being asked about the sequel to Oaken Rings that it is not the book I’m working on. True, on the back cover of Oaken Rings, it says (to paraphrase) I’m working on the sequal, titled Acropolis. As any author might tell you, other projects come up. I finished my second book (a spy thriller) which is in editing, and am working through my third book, which is a story about a group of modern day witches. Somewhere down the road I’ll hammer away at the keys to create the sequel. Until then, I hope you, the reader, will indulge my creative bent. I’m open to all queries and suggestions that lead to that point.

Sport Aviation Expo – Sebring

January 23, 2009

Made it to the Sebring light sport / experimental aviation show hosted in part by EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association).

Experimental is something of a misnomer which suggests folks cobbling together things that just might fly with the right gust of wind.  Here’s one example: If an aircraft has been built and certified outside the US and then eventually comes to make its home in the the US, it is considered Experimental.  So….

Truth is, Light Sport is a regulated industry, just as the remainder of  the standard General Aviation community is, with certifications and the ultimate airworthiness directives handed down by the FAA.* 

The EAA from time to time has to battle absurd over-reactive regulations handed down simply because some administrative advisor feels the infectious desire to satisfy the “thumbprint syndrome.”  Heavy handed governmental agencies all seem to live by the rule, “Legislation, not education.”  And they are often influenced by whomever has their ear.  That’s as diplomatic as communism. 

If you have ever flown in anything other than a commercial aircraft, and you enjoyed the sensation and feeling it conveyed, it would behoove you to plug into the issues from time to time and write letters voicing your opinion to the FAA.

I have often told people who have a less than wonderful experience at a restaurant, theme park, or other event:  To the organizers or sponsors, no news is good news.  When they don’t hear objections, they presume there are none and folks are fine with the way things are going.  It’s one of the great things about a democracy, the freedom to voice your opinion.  Do it.

But I have digressed.

The Sport Expo is an opportunity for aviation afficianados to spend time in and around all sorts of flying aircraft.  You can attend seminars, check out the latest in technology, and even get demo flights in aircraft.

It represents the begining of the aviation community year that builds in crescendo to Oshkosh.

When I’m flying I am filled with the same sort of wonder that I discover when I am writing.  Whether flying over the terrain beneath the aircraft, or floating over the lands I bring to life, I am filled with a sense of amazement.

Go to an aviation expo or fly in, read a book, and see the world.

*as there are thousands of pages dedicated to definitions of Light Sport and Experimental, I’ll leave it to the curious reader to probe further through the cyber pages of offerings and resources.

a quiet day

January 20, 2009

as all eyes are on Washington, D.C. I took time out from my normal activities to watch history, which, when you think of it, is pretty amazing. I think everyone has the same optimistic hopes. For once. All right – I am turning my attention back to my other writing (the third novel currently under construction). Be well, be fair, and be kind.

The mind of a writer continued…Oaken Rings as a study in history

January 16, 2009

I am continuing my journey as an entertainer of the spoken word and the written word.  I flesh out my own curiosities as I explore my drive to further my offerings,  and I’m delighted to have discovered so much support from a great number of people who have come forward to offer their assistance as proof-readers and general readers.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you.

At the risk of sounding cliched (and perhaps too late):  The pen is only truly mightier than the sword when sharpened by the trained and callibrated study of the many hands that go into the forging of its mettle.

And to those of you who continue to purchase Oaken Rings for your reading pleasure, thanks and enjoy!

Write for the mind – a thought from the author

January 11, 2009

I’ve discovered something unintentional in my writing – people who have purchased my first book Oaken Rings, who did so to support me, have found themselves encouraging their friends to order the book.  and these people have contacted me to share their experiences with the storyline, and what they’ve learned.  I want people to read the story and let it unfold around them, without them thinking about who wrote it.  And that’s exactly what is happening.

Sure, the story is fiction, but it is placed over a template of history that I wanted to be as living a thing as possible.  As a result people continue to go to my website and order the book, as well as just visit and let me know what they’ve been doing, or where they are in the book’s contents.  I like to share with people parts of the creative process, which I found interesting because unlike a magician revealing the secret behind the illusion, my revelation has no such negative impact on those who enquire.

So I’d say to anyone who has a story banging around in their head to start jotting notes, and let the story flesh itself out.  That has pretty much been what I’ve done, and it’s worked for me so far.

Keep writing, and keep reading.

Oaken Rings Update

January 3, 2009

I just learned from a friend who tracked the progress of first day ranking numbers on Amazon for Oaken Rings that the ranking actually got to 54oo, which is a significant number in terms of ranking and much better than the number I originally mapped.  This started on December 4th, and while things have quieted down a bit, I’ve enjoyed the emails from people who were directed to pick up a copy of the book from someone else who ordered the book and thought enough of it and the story to recommend it.  The book is naturally available at www.RonaldFox.com.  as always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

The author and his art

January 2, 2009

as another offering, or a teaser,  the artwork from the cover of Oaken Rings…

A note about the artwork – the person who did it was coaxed out of retirement to do the illustration, which she did entirely by hand.  It was the last complex example of an Illuminated Manuscript page she did, and I was tremendiously fortunate to have her services available.  Examples of her craftsmanship can be seen on display in museums throughout the world.

The mind of an Author / Actor / Stuntman

January 2, 2009

I’ve often been asked what my first books is about. I have described it so often I’ve really narrowed the “elevator pitch” to a succinct hook. (an elevator pitch is a destinct and brief description that you might ostensibly make to a group of people whose attention you might have for thirty or so seconds). But I’ve never described it here, so here you are:
Oaken Rings is a story about a young guy who lives in contemporary times who starts having dreams about the middle ages. He wakes up one morning in his dreams, and finds himself in Medievel England. it could be classified as historical fiction / fantasy, with swordfighting, chivalry, romance, political intrigue, magic, and epic battles. The back cover, which you can read if you go to my website, offers a more detailed introduction.
It is available from Amazon.com, and the easiest way to get it is to go to my website, http://www.RonaldFox.com, click the author tab, and get a copy! Happy reading!

a new day

January 1, 2009

ever since I have reconnected with flying, I always look at the sky the moment I step outdoors. The clouds and their form, and any breeze capture my imagination. I wonder if I should make flying a steady theme in every book I write? Might not work on historical tomes, but I think it might not be a bad idea.