CK Burch is the central hub for numerous alternate realities, most of them available on Netflix. While genuinely affable to this present timeline, often he finds himself on a starship far, far away, or in a silent world in the depths of the fog. In other realities he is Kanye West. Sometimes even in this one. When not scrolling past Wholockians on the Tumbloos, he spends time with his two children and enjoys listening to film soundtracks and reading sci-fi novels. And, of course, writing down his journeys through realities. All his novels have happened. Even this one.
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Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery. By Joe Haldeman  (via mirroir)

I have to admit that it’s frustrating to see legacy stories and games being remade/reworked/rebooted in order to either continue a series or to continue to make money from it.

For example: recently an Ubisoft employee tweeted a tease about a new Prince of Persia game, then had his account deleted. Deleting the account aside, a new Prince of Persia game? Why, why not, etc? According to Kotaku, the most recent PoP game came out in 2010, four years ago. To some, that might not seem like that long ago. But in the age of constant updates and new media, four years is an eternity…which is a shame. We are so starved for updates and new DLC/games/sequels/prequels that four years passing between entries is decades.

Once upon a time, there wasn’t master plans in gaming and movies. Today companies talk about sequels before games even release; look at Titanfall and Watch Dogs as examples. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be chased by TASM 3, Venom, Sinister Six, and then TASM 4. They have this written out. They have it plotted it. Same with Marvel. Same with Disney and the Star Wars movies. Franchises are born now, not created — it used to be that studios would take a gamble on a property, then roll with it, and sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.

Storytellers: take risks. Try something new. And don’t keep it going just because you can. God know how many Sookie Stackhouse books there are. Harry Potter ended exactly where it needed to, and even though the expanded universe is still being worked on, the main story ended. Which is fantastic.

Every story has an end, but not every publisher wants to see it end.

Happy World Book and Copyright Day! UNESCO yearly makes April 23rd a day of worldwide reading, dedicated to the book, and what better way can you celebrate by supporting indie books? There are a number of ways that you can research and support indie authors and bookstores, but for myself, allow me a moment to highlight something I’ve recently put out, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent.
Empire of the Serpent is an all-ages adventure novel set in 1934, with treasure hunter Dust McAlan on the chase for a hidden, mythological city. It’s designed for primarily eleven year olds and upwards, but anyone comfortable with a light PG-13 film would be a suitable audience. The book features nineteen black and white illustrations by my brothers, Casey and Shon Burch, and the total package was put together by myself and my best friend, Jenna Rae. Jenna has been my promotional director and helped me produce the best possible product we could — this is my first true emphasis on print, as I’ve focused mostly on digital books in the past. All of them took time away from work to help construct this work of mine, which would not be nearly the same without their influence, something I’m incredibly grateful for. If you desire, you can find the print copy at Lulu, and the Kindle version at Amazon.
Support indie bookstores and authors today. Go downtown and find that little bookstore in the corner you’ve always wanted to check out, but haven’t done so yet. Look at the local section, or find a book with a “local author” sticker on it. Reblog this post so others can see. Every book is special, the product of hard work and sweat. Support reading and books today, and find yourself something to keep you entertained on the couch and forcing yourself to read just one more chapter.

Happy World Book and Copyright Day! UNESCO yearly makes April 23rd a day of worldwide reading, dedicated to the book, and what better way can you celebrate by supporting indie books? There are a number of ways that you can research and support indie authors and bookstores, but for myself, allow me a moment to highlight something I’ve recently put out, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent.

Empire of the Serpent is an all-ages adventure novel set in 1934, with treasure hunter Dust McAlan on the chase for a hidden, mythological city. It’s designed for primarily eleven year olds and upwards, but anyone comfortable with a light PG-13 film would be a suitable audience. The book features nineteen black and white illustrations by my brothers, Casey and Shon Burch, and the total package was put together by myself and my best friend, Jenna Rae. Jenna has been my promotional director and helped me produce the best possible product we could — this is my first true emphasis on print, as I’ve focused mostly on digital books in the past. All of them took time away from work to help construct this work of mine, which would not be nearly the same without their influence, something I’m incredibly grateful for. If you desire, you can find the print copy at Lulu, and the Kindle version at Amazon.

Support indie bookstores and authors today. Go downtown and find that little bookstore in the corner you’ve always wanted to check out, but haven’t done so yet. Look at the local section, or find a book with a “local author” sticker on it. Reblog this post so others can see. Every book is special, the product of hard work and sweat. Support reading and books today, and find yourself something to keep you entertained on the couch and forcing yourself to read just one more chapter.

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nemoalter:

| #Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου |
   Η 23η Απϱιλίου είναι η Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου· μια συμϐολιϰή μέϱα ɣια τον ϰόσμο της λοɣοτεxνίας, ϰαϑώς σαν σήμεϱα το έτος 1616 έφυɣαν από τη zωή ο William Shakespeare, ο Miguel De Cervantes ϰαι ο Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Έτσι, η UNESCO επέλεƶε αυτή τη μέϱα να τιμήσει τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι να παϱοτϱύνει όλους μας, ϰαι ιδιαίτεϱα τους νέους, να αναϰαλύψουν τη xαϱά του διαϐάσματος. Αϰολουϑεί απόσπασμα από το επίσημο μήνυμα της ɣενιϰής διευϑύντϱιας του Οϱɣανισμού, Irina Bokova.
«Η ιστοϱία του ɣϱαπτού λόɣου είναι η ιστοϱία της ανϑϱωπότητας. Η δύναμη που έxουν τα ϐιϐλία όσον αφοϱά την πϱοώϑηση της πϱοσωπϰής ανέλιƶης ϰαι τη δημιουϱɣία ϰοινωνιϰών αλλαɣών είναι απαϱάμιλλη. Σε ένα οιϰείο ϰι όμως ϐαϑιά ϰοινωνιϰό επίπεδο, τα ϐιϐλία παϱέxουν εϰτεταμένες μοϱφές διαλόɣου μεταƶύ των ανϑϱώπων, μέσα σε ϰοινότητες ϰαι στο πέϱασμα του xρόνου.
Όπως η Malala Yousafzai, η μαϑήτϱια που πυϱοϐολήϑηϰε από τους Ταλιμπάν μόνο ϰαιι μόνο ɣιατί ήϑελε να πηɣαίνει στο σxολείο, είπε στην ομιλία της, στα Ηνωμένα Έϑνη: Ας σηϰώσουμε τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι τις πένες μας. Είναι τα πιο ισxυϱά μας όπλα.
Την Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου ϰαι Πνευματιϰών Διϰαιωμάτων, η UNESCO ϰαλεί όλες τις ɣυναίϰες ϰαι τους άνδϱες να συσπειϱωϑούν ɣύϱω από τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι όλους εϰείνους που ɣϱάφουν ϰαι παϱάɣουν ϐιϐλία. Αυτή είναι μια μέϱα ɣια να ɣιοϱτάσουμε τα ϐιϐλία ως την ενσάϱϰωση της ανϑϱώπινης δημιουϱɣιϰότητας ϰαι την επιϑυμία να μοιϱαστούμε ιδέες ϰαι ɣνώση, να εμπνεύσουμε την ϰατανόηση ϰαι την ανοxή.
[…]
Στο ίδιο πνεύμα, το Port Harcourt της Νιɣηϱίας έxει ονομαστεί Παɣϰόσμια Πϱωτεύουσα Βιϐλίου ɣια το τϱέxον έτος, λόɣω της ποιότητας του πϱοɣϱάμματός της, ιδίως στην εμϐάϑυνση στους νέους ϰαι τον αντίϰτυπο που ϑα έxει ɣια τη ϐελτίωση του πολιτισμού της Νιɣηϱίας σxετιϰά με τα ϐιϐλία, την ανάɣνωση, τη ɣϱαφή ϰαι τις εϰδόσεις, έτσι ώστε να ϐελτιώϑουν τα ποσοστά αλφαϐητισμού.
Σε όλα αυτά, ο στόxος μας είναι σαφής – να ενϑαϱϱύνουμε τους συɣɣϱαφείς ϰαι τους ϰαλλιτέxνες ϰαι να διασφαλίσουμε ότι πεϱισσότεϱοι άνδϱες ϰαι ɣυναίϰες επωφελούνται ϰι έxουν πϱόσϐάση στην ανάɣνωση, επειδή τα ίδια τα ϐιϐλία είναι πιο ισxυϱές δυνάμεις μας ɣια την εƶάλειψη της φτώxειας ϰαι την οιϰοδόμηση της ειϱήνης.»
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World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day- also known as International Day of the Book- is a yearly event on 23rd of April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is a symbolic date for world literature, as on this date in 1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. The World Book Capital for 2014 is Port Harcourt, at Nigeria. Let’s share an excerpt of the message from UNESCO’s Director-Generalthe, Irina Bokova, for this day.
«The history of the written word is the history of humanity. The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled. Intimate and yet deeply social, books provide far-reaching forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities and across time.
As Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, said in her speech at the United Nations: Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons.
On World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO invites all women and men to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.
[…]
In the same spirit, Port Harcourt in Nigeria has been named as the 2014 World Book Capital, on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates. Taking effect on World Book and Copyright Day, this initiative is supported by UNESCO, along with the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
In all of this, our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.
[*illustration by Jean-François Segura]

nemoalter:

| #Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου |

   Η 23η Απϱιλίου είναι η Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου· μια συμϐολιϰή μέϱα ɣια τον ϰόσμο της λοɣοτεxνίας, ϰαϑώς σαν σήμεϱα το έτος 1616 έφυɣαν από τη zωή ο William Shakespeare, ο Miguel De Cervantes ϰαι ο Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Έτσι, η UNESCO επέλεƶε αυτή τη μέϱα να τιμήσει τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι να παϱοτϱύνει όλους μας, ϰαι ιδιαίτεϱα τους νέους, να αναϰαλύψουν τη xαϱά του διαϐάσματος. Αϰολουϑεί απόσπασμα από το επίσημο μήνυμα της ɣενιϰής διευϑύντϱιας του Οϱɣανισμού, Irina Bokova.

«Η ιστοϱία του ɣϱαπτού λόɣου είναι η ιστοϱία της ανϑϱωπότητας. Η δύναμη που έxουν τα ϐιϐλία όσον αφοϱά την πϱοώϑηση της πϱοσωπϰής ανέλιƶης ϰαι τη δημιουϱɣία ϰοινωνιϰών αλλαɣών είναι απαϱάμιλλη. Σε ένα οιϰείο ϰι όμως ϐαϑιά ϰοινωνιϰό επίπεδο, τα ϐιϐλία παϱέxουν εϰτεταμένες μοϱφές διαλόɣου μεταƶύ των ανϑϱώπων, μέσα σε ϰοινότητες ϰαι στο πέϱασμα του xρόνου.

Όπως η Malala Yousafzai, η μαϑήτϱια που πυϱοϐολήϑηϰε από τους Ταλιμπάν μόνο ϰαιι μόνο ɣιατί ήϑελε να πηɣαίνει στο σxολείο, είπε στην ομιλία της, στα Ηνωμένα Έϑνη: Ας σηϰώσουμε τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι τις πένες μας. Είναι τα πιο ισxυϱά μας όπλα.

Την Παɣϰόσμια Ημέϱα Βιϐλίου ϰαι Πνευματιϰών Διϰαιωμάτων, η UNESCO ϰαλεί όλες τις ɣυναίϰες ϰαι τους άνδϱες να συσπειϱωϑούν ɣύϱω από τα ϐιϐλία ϰαι όλους εϰείνους που ɣϱάφουν ϰαι παϱάɣουν ϐιϐλία. Αυτή είναι μια μέϱα ɣια να ɣιοϱτάσουμε τα ϐιϐλία ως την ενσάϱϰωση της ανϑϱώπινης δημιουϱɣιϰότητας ϰαι την επιϑυμία να μοιϱαστούμε ιδέες ϰαι ɣνώση, να εμπνεύσουμε την ϰατανόηση ϰαι την ανοxή.

[…]

Στο ίδιο πνεύμα, το Port Harcourt της Νιɣηϱίας έxει ονομαστεί Παɣϰόσμια Πϱωτεύουσα Βιϐλίου ɣια το τϱέxον έτος, λόɣω της ποιότητας του πϱοɣϱάμματός της, ιδίως στην εμϐάϑυνση στους νέους ϰαι τον αντίϰτυπο που ϑα έxει ɣια τη ϐελτίωση του πολιτισμού της Νιɣηϱίας σxετιϰά με τα ϐιϐλία, την ανάɣνωση, τη ɣϱαφή ϰαι τις εϰδόσεις, έτσι ώστε να ϐελτιώϑουν τα ποσοστά αλφαϐητισμού.

Σε όλα αυτά, ο στόxος μας είναι σαφής – να ενϑαϱϱύνουμε τους συɣɣϱαφείς ϰαι τους ϰαλλιτέxνες ϰαι να διασφαλίσουμε ότι πεϱισσότεϱοι άνδϱες ϰαι ɣυναίϰες επωφελούνται ϰι έxουν πϱόσϐάση στην ανάɣνωση, επειδή τα ίδια τα ϐιϐλία είναι πιο ισxυϱές δυνάμεις μας ɣια την εƶάλειψη της φτώxειας ϰαι την οιϰοδόμηση της ειϱήνης.»


World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day- also known as International Day of the Book- is a yearly event on 23rd of April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is a symbolic date for world literature, as on this date in 1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. The World Book Capital for 2014 is Port Harcourt, at Nigeria. Let’s share an excerpt of the message from UNESCO’s Director-Generalthe, Irina Bokova, for this day.

«The history of the written word is the history of humanity. The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled. Intimate and yet deeply social, books provide far-reaching forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities and across time.

As Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, said in her speech at the United Nations: Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons.

On World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO invites all women and men to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance.

[…]

In the same spirit, Port Harcourt in Nigeria has been named as the 2014 World Book Capital, on account of the quality of its programme, in particular its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates. Taking effect on World Book and Copyright Day, this initiative is supported by UNESCO, along with the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

In all of this, our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.

[*illustration by Jean-François Segura]

A quick post for the evening crowd: you can now purchase Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent in print and Kindle versions for $19.99 and $4.99, respectively. The print version can be found over at Lulu, whilst the Kindle version can, obviously, be found at Amazon. Both versions feature nineteen gorgeous illustrations and a rollicking adventure tale that is aimed at an all-ages group, but is suitable for those who can withstand a light PG-13 film.
I’m extraordinarily proud of this book, and as such, I’ll try hard not to push it in front of everyone’s faces at each chance I get, But in all honesty, I hope you’ll check this one out. I have plans for this hero, and with your help, it will all come to light. So click the appropriate link, and come join the adventure!

A quick post for the evening crowd: you can now purchase Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent in print and Kindle versions for $19.99 and $4.99, respectively. The print version can be found over at Lulu, whilst the Kindle version can, obviously, be found at Amazon. Both versions feature nineteen gorgeous illustrations and a rollicking adventure tale that is aimed at an all-ages group, but is suitable for those who can withstand a light PG-13 film.

I’m extraordinarily proud of this book, and as such, I’ll try hard not to push it in front of everyone’s faces at each chance I get, But in all honesty, I hope you’ll check this one out. I have plans for this hero, and with your help, it will all come to light. So click the appropriate link, and come join the adventure!

Happy Monday! I’m so very happy to announce that my latest novel, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent, is now available for purchase.
Dust McAlan is an all-ages adventure novel, aimed at teens, but would rate a light PG-13 for those who are more cautious with what they have the kids read. Minor language, fast-paced adventure violence, and some scary fantasy moments. If you or your kids enjoy Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, then this book will be perfect for your library.
You can find the print copy over at Lulu, and the Kindle-exclusive digital version over at Amazon. This is a very important book for me and my brothers, who did the beautiful illustrations, so come join the adventure and check it out.

Happy Monday! I’m so very happy to announce that my latest novel, Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent, is now available for purchase.

Dust McAlan is an all-ages adventure novel, aimed at teens, but would rate a light PG-13 for those who are more cautious with what they have the kids read. Minor language, fast-paced adventure violence, and some scary fantasy moments. If you or your kids enjoy Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, then this book will be perfect for your library.

You can find the print copy over at Lulu, and the Kindle-exclusive digital version over at Amazon. This is a very important book for me and my brothers, who did the beautiful illustrations, so come join the adventure and check it out.

Today is the last day to preorder Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent. What do you get if you preorder? Well, for starters, you get a signed copy of the novel. You also pay only $15, skipping tax and shipping and handling; I’ll pay all that as a thank you for your pre order.
By this time tomorrow the novel will be out on Lulu.com and Amazon.com, as print and Kindle versions respectively. I’m really excited for this release, and I think that you will be too. If you’re a fan of adventure, of thrill rides, of old-school excitement, come check it out at www.ckburch.com and preorder your copy before time runs out!

Today is the last day to preorder Dust McAlan and the Empire of the Serpent. What do you get if you preorder? Well, for starters, you get a signed copy of the novel. You also pay only $15, skipping tax and shipping and handling; I’ll pay all that as a thank you for your pre order.

By this time tomorrow the novel will be out on Lulu.com and Amazon.com, as print and Kindle versions respectively. I’m really excited for this release, and I think that you will be too. If you’re a fan of adventure, of thrill rides, of old-school excitement, come check it out at www.ckburch.com and preorder your copy before time runs out!

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While I’m certainly no apologist when it comes to Starbucks, anyone who works there knows already that Sbux base wages are better than minimum wage. In fact, Schultz’s comment on the $15 minimum wage in Seattle was concern for smaller, independent businesses who might not be able to afford that high a wage. Furthermore, he stated up front that larger businesses — like Starbucks — wouldn’t have an issue with paying employees that base wage, only the smaller businesses that don’t bring in as much money as larger corporations.It’s one thing to meme, its another to get facts straight, Tumblr. The Google search bar is your friend.

While I’m certainly no apologist when it comes to Starbucks, anyone who works there knows already that Sbux base wages are better than minimum wage. In fact, Schultz’s comment on the $15 minimum wage in Seattle was concern for smaller, independent businesses who might not be able to afford that high a wage. Furthermore, he stated up front that larger businesses — like Starbucks — wouldn’t have an issue with paying employees that base wage, only the smaller businesses that don’t bring in as much money as larger corporations.

It’s one thing to meme, its another to get facts straight, Tumblr. The Google search bar is your friend.