Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Book in the Works

Working on Next 4 Survival Book


Right now I find myself working on the next book in the 4 Survival series. The new book title is Traps 4 Survival. I intended to write Fire 4 Survival next, but my situation has not been amicable at the present, so it will be next in line. As usual, I intend to make a topical book that is as in depth as you have come to expect from the rest of the books in the series. 

Traps 4 Survival will cover numerous types of traps, snares, and dead-falls, along with a variety of trap power sources. Special emphasis will be given to effective trap trigger types in order to cover every possible situation or scenario, since the trigger usually decides whether any trap is great in practical usage, or a total failure. I will also discuss effective trap theory and which type and where to use for various wild animals, along with particular trap limitations. 

Pictures and videos demonstrating  hundreds of primitive traps can be found all over the net, but I intend to go in-depth upon how to make a usable assortment of highly effective traps that actually work, not just photographs that appear promising, or a trap that looks good on camera.  Much of the information online, even from some seemingly knowledgeable sources, is often inaccurate or based upon a flawed trap design.

For my fans of the series, I have several still yet to be written. Some titles of upcoming books are:


  • Fire 4 Survival
  • Shelter 4 Survival
  • Cordage 4 Survival
  • Fishing 4 Survival
  • Hunting 4 Survival
  • Containers 4 Survival
  • Flintnapping 4 Survival
  • Primitive Weapons 4 Survival
  • Gear 4 Survival (shall also include a list of recommended books and information sources)


Some possibles I am thinking about adding, but haven't decided on yet are:


I do not intend to cover a few topics, though. The information required for some topics are either critical and requires a separate, intensive, in-depth  book to properly and safely cover the material (such as first aid or rock climbing), or the information varies widely from area to area and the information I could provide would be largely non-applicable to a majority of my readers (such as foraging wild edibles or hunting mushrooms).  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thoughts About Science and Skepticism

Science AND Skepticism in Respect to Logical Fallacy


Many people from various forums know me, often by name, as my hobbies and interests range the gamut from the mundane to the exotic, from science and logic to free thought and outright speculation. However, I am starting to distance myself from the concept put forth as supposed skepticism. Skepticism is a healthy thing when partnered with reason and logic. However, modern skepticism has been proving itself to be anything but logical or reasoned, but instead demonstrates a barrage of preconceived notions, anti-religious rhetoric, and bald emotional response instead of logic.

A close look at science is also showing the same trend.

"Big claims," many might assert. "Pure assertion," others may claim. "Nothing more than an attack!" A crowd could roar. 

Skeptics

Not true, I simply state. This is what I have personally witnessed in various venues from youtube to various skeptic sites and blogs -- over and over and over again. What I am seeing is such things as atheism posing as skepticism. A person can be both skeptical and religious at the same time, though many might view this as some sort of aberration or affront. To them I simply say, "get over it." Any statement over the existence, or non-existence of a god or gods is a statement of religious belief. To state it is a non-belief is a bald Red Herring logical fallacy. 

Skepticism is not believing or disbelieving in a specific concept, it is the application of logical probabilities towards the reality of a given concept.

There are Skeptics, for instance, that believe in the possibility of free energy, but themselves place a high probability of the lack of a creature known as bigfoot. I am sure there are probably the reverse as well, as it falls within the bounds of humanity. Skeptics are supposed to be skeptical of everything, applying logic and reason to ever subject, not just applying them only to things outside of the accepted mainstream. 

To cloud the issue, many of the supposed skeptics I have been seeing of late are only self-described skeptics. A person cannot claim the title of skeptic if they do not have enough information about a subject to judge the claims or proposed evidence provided to them. At that point they have illogically applied the Bandwagon logical fallacy as their sole reason for belief. This has another term -- faith.

The type I just mentioned are the worst of the bunch, asserting that their basis for belief is both rational and local. I find it interesting when many of these do not even know what I am talking about when I reference the term "Logical Fallacy." So much for logic or reason, since applying logical fallacies to a discussion or debate is neither logical nor reasonable according to the science of critical thinking. These people tend to react emotionally in discourses since they do not understand what logical thought is. 

I wish these were only laypersons, but I have found a growing trend of people with college degrees asking me what I am talking about when I mention the term Logical Fallacy. Clue: I am not talking about a lie but a specific list of irrational arguments. They have undoubtedly heard at least a few of the terms before, such as Circular Reasoning, Straw Man, Red Herring, Argument From Incredulity, Begging the Question, etc., etc., etc., but do not have a clue where they come from or what they mean, or why they are important. I find that to be a failure of our educational system.

If a person chooses to be skeptical of a subject, they should make sure it is because they have enough data to make the judgement. Also, they should acknowledge their own limitations of knowledge, in that a degree in business, art, or philosophy does not qualify them to judge a matter of science. There are indeed laypersons who probably know more about specific subjects in areas outside that supposed skeptics field of expertise than them. 

There is a simple means to spot the self-imposed skeptics. They demonstrate by action and even openly claim in many blogs the illogical notion that abstract concepts such as science or atheism need defending. No, unfortunately I am certainly not joking, no matter how ridiculous or illogical the notion may seem. They are classical zealots, used in the negative sense. I also agree that a method of study and observation (science) does not need any defense, nor does a religious viewpoint, or any other abstract concept for that matter. 

Many skeptics I know are very nice people, who try hard to actually be logical. You can tell many of these as they tend to refuse to start arguments and do not rely on insults or sarcasm instead of logic. However, from those I have encountered (not a small group) these tend to be the minority of those claiming the mantle of skeptic in the 21st century.

The reader needs to understand that I am a skeptic myself, since a core belief of mine is to prove everything. However, it is illogical to form a stance of belief or disbelief on subjects that I do not have enough information on, or defend my stances using irrational arguments.

Science

I am finding myself pulling back from modern day, so called, science. Why, you may ask?

Modern science is not science, that's why. Whether intrigued by that statement or outraged makes no real difference, as I will qualify the statement. First, we must answer the question of what science actually is, and is not.

Science is an abstract concept, a logical system of study based upon an orderly method used to make determinations about the physical universe, in a grandiose nutshell. 

Science is NOT a physical thing. 

Science is NOT a specific theory (relativity, QED, evolution, etc.,) or even a group of theories. To be called scientific, a theory has to be falsifiable, and if falsified it is rejected according to the scientific method.

Science is NOT a group of humans who practice science, these are called scientists, or people charged with accurate implementation of the scientific method towards studying the universe.

Science is NOT atheism. Atheism is a religious viewpoint.

Science is NOT a "body of knowledge," though many try hard to claim such. That mass of knowledge is ever changing, with old notions of what is or is not true or plausible being either buttressed by new data or disproved by the same. Scientists, applying science have yielded a mass of tentative knowledge over time.

These are important concepts logically speaking. Logic itself is starting to become eroded in both those who assume themselves logical and/or those actively practicing the method by profession. Many modern theories are riddled with such illogical applications of thought such as circular reasoning, all three propositional fallacies, and any disagreement with a popular theory is met with a slew of informal and red herring fallacies instead of logical discourse. If someone thinks this is not true, I challenge them to examine any one of Richard Dawkin's debates (a famous modern skeptic and scientist) on a line by line basis as he defends science (IE atheism and evolution). 

Science has somehow become a living thing that must be defended, whose tenets in the form of indisputable (therefore non-falsifiable) theories are somehow written in stone as cold hard fact -- though the very notions are absurd, at least according to the scientific method, as well as the scientific application of critical thinking and the corresponding concept of logical thought.

According to he scientific method, ALL theories are disputable!

So, I shall now answer the question of why I would disassociate myself from modern science; to do otherwise would be hypocritical if I personally choose to remain logical. 

Something to think about, at least. For more information on logical fallacies, Wikipedia has a non-comprehensive, but serviceable list of fallacies that will grant the reader a place to start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Writing a Story, a How-To

So, You Want to Write a Story?


These days, there are more and more people wanting to learn how to write a good story. Some want to write for their family or friends. Others want to write a story for strangers or internet acquaintances to read on forums. A good few even want to write stories professionally. 

Whatever your reason for wanting to write, as an author I applaud you. Writing a good story is a severe exercise in both creativity and logic.  

Writing is fun, yet telling a good story is a skill. Everyone who writes develops their own style, or way of telling their tales. One thing that must be remembered is that all tales one might wish to tell have certain creative writing skills that must be learned and mastered. 

As a writer of fiction stories, you must:

  1. Have good grasp of basic grammar, sentence, and paragraph structure.
  2. Understand basic story structure. 
  3. Effectively write dialog between two or more characters at a time.
  4. Describe events and objects clearly and succinctly.
  5. Impart emotion through the written word.
  6. Understand the difference between first, second, and third person.
  7. Understand the concept of story "flow" and dynamics as applied to writing.
This list comprises the very basics of the writing art used to tell a story. Failure to use these basic fundamentals of writing appropriately will ruin the best story ever conceived, or at least seriously degrade the reader's experience. Your desire as a writer is to tell your story in such a manner as to grip the reader, drawing them into your story, immersing them into your world that you create with the written word. Words are your paintbrush, grammar is your toolbox, the rest is your ability to paint upon the story structure which is your canvas. Let us get down to business and discuss the points above.

1.) A good grasp of basic writing structure and proper grammar is a must for a prospective writer. It does not matter what your end goals are, you need to understand these things to be a good writer. Every time your reader encounters misused punctuation, misspelled words, sentences which are hard to read or understand, or other basic writing no-no's it is like someone dashed them with cold water. 

Such boo-boos effectively yank them out of the story. The more the reader has to interpret your writing to understand what you are trying to say, the less they will enjoy it. If too many problems with grammar are encountered, they will become frustrated or bored, quit caring about the story, and then stop reading altogether. No writer desires that end result.

2.) Most everyone understands the concept of a title and chapters, but that is not what I meant by story structure. Every piece has a beginning, middle and an end, or at least it should. That is the most basic conception of structure as applies to a story. The structure of a story is actually:

Set up.
Defining event.
The quest.
Build up to conflict.
Resolution of conflict.

The set up is where the main character is introduced along with the supporting cast, and is where the universe these characters live in is described. Sometimes this section is called the back story. The defining event is an event which happens that forces the main character to make a choice and then react. The quest is the section of the story where the main character must do something to achieve a goal connected to the choice made. This incorporates most of the actual story. During the quest, the conflict must build up gradually into a crescendo. The last part of the story is the resolution, where the conflict is overcome or the hero is defeated in the case you are writing a tragedy.

There are different ways to define story structure. Some use four points, others as many as eight. You do not have to write according to a structure, but instead check your story as you write according to structure. This will help you keep the story in check. Another thing to consider is that each chapter should have a reason for its existence. It should also have a defined structure, with smaller events and minor conflict and resolution.

3.) The bane of many beginning writers is crafting proper dialog. The mechanics of good dialog is actually straight forward. Below are some examples in the form of a super-short story.

   I walked up to the porch and saw old man John Brooks rocking back and forth in his rocker. The brown wood of the deck squeaked as curved wood rolled over the red cedar below, a loose nail in the rough boards singing its merry song as the wood moved up and down.
   "Hey John," I said as I walked over to the old porch, and then leaned on the railing. "How is it going for you on this fine day?" 
   "Hello Bill," John replied, the old brown pipe hanging from the left corner of his mouth throwing puffs of blue smoke, faintly smelling of cloying cherry.
   John smiled, and pointed his pipe at me. "You look tired!" The old man sat forward with an expectant look upon his haggard face, short gray hair emphasizing his sunken brown eyes.
   "I know, John. I am extremely tired today," I replied.
   "What did you do today to make you so durn tired?" A friendly female voice asked from beside me, causing me to jump.
   "You startled me there Mrs. Brooks, I didn't see you come out."
   "You didn't answer my question young man. Why are you so tired?" She asked, a look of concern pulling the corners of her mouth down; the worry clear in her blue eyes.
   "Madam, I am tired because I got out of bed," I replied with a grin, trying to ease her concern but earning a reprising scowl instead.

The ending punctuation should be within the quotes, as you notice in all cases. The quoted section of a dialog is part of the overall sentence, and should follow proper grammar as if the quotes were not there. If multiple sections of dialog are used within the same line, the overall usage should be like any other paragraph. Try to avoid using too much dialog within a single paragraph. 

For instance:

I walked up to the porch. "Hello John," I said as I climbed the stairs. The old man looked up at me and smiled. "How are you doing, old man?" I asked jovially.

The paragraph above is okay, but for clarity it is best to keep multiple sections of dialog on their own lines. 

Never do this:

I walked up to the porch. "Hello John," I said as I climbed the stairs. The old man looked up at me and smiled. "How are you doing, young man?" He asked jovially.

Only include the dialog from one person in any particular sentence or paragraph. It can rapidly become quite confusing.

4.) Description is easy for some people and hard for others. When writing a story, remember that plain description is boring by itself and should be used like salt and pepper on your food, sparingly and to taste. It is meant to accentuate the situation or describe events, and makes a poor substitute for action or dialog, Some people insist on the concept of "show don't tell". However, show don't tell often leaves a story only half told and is comparable to whipped cream in that it has the appearance of substance but is all fluff, leaving you wanting more details. For those not familiar, show don't tell is a concept of writing in details by indirect reference only. Tell uses detailed description. Good writing in my book actually uses both methods, putting the whipped cream on the cake, so to speak. I call it show and tell.

Examples:

Tell - The wooden stick George held was six foot long by two inches thick. With his six foot frame, he easily swung the staff in a figure eight. His long reach combined with the long staff easily knocked the five foot staff out of his opponents hand.

Show don't tell - George swung the staff in a figure eight as he looked down into the eyes of his opponent and easily knocked the staff from his opponent's hand.

Show and tell - George swung the rough wooden rod in a blindingly fast figure eight. His greater height and reach along with his longer staff gave him a huge advantage over his opponent. He looked down into his opponents eyes and then struck with lightning speed, easily knocking the staff from his opponents hand.

No-one really cares about all of the details. Enough should be present to clearly place the moment and enhance the story. Without it, the story loses -- something. Too much and the story loses that same something. However, too much emphasis in detail is often applied to what you see, and ignores the other senses. Remember, you have five senses; sight, smell, taste, touch, and hear. The best authors I have read were capable of drawing the reader in with several senses at once.

Example:

George swung the rough wooden rod in a blindingly fast figure eight. The smell of sweat and blood burned in his nostrils as he circled his opponent on the hot yellow sand. His greater height and reach along with his longer staff gave him a huge advantage over his opponent. He looked down into his opponents blue eyes and then struck with lightning speed, easily knocking the staff from his opponents hand with a loud 'clack'.

As you noticed, each sense invoked make the scene clearer and more realistic. Colors, textures, weight, smells and sounds all combine in any real situation to form the total human experience. Everything in your arsenal that can be used to draw the reader in deeper will make your story more realistic and your scenes more vivid in their mind. In this conversation, only one more thing is lacking -- emotions.

5.) The ability to impart emotions well using the written words takes some practice, but is not as difficult as it first appears. Emotions are as much a part of the human experience as the senses, and good use of them takes a good story to even greater heights.

Using the example from point four:

George swung the rough wooden rod in a blindingly fast figure eight. The smell of sweat and blood burned in his nostrils as he circled his opponent on the hot yellow sand. His greater height and reach along with his longer staff gave him a huge advantage over his opponent. A feeling of supreme confidence flooded through his mind washing away any hint of uneasiness. The feeling suddenly combined with a raw wave of aggression that sent a hot jolt of adrenaline pumping through his veins. He could smell the acrid scent of the other man's fear. With a smile, he looked down into his opponents blue eyes and then struck with lightning speed, easily knocking the staff from his opponents hand with a loud 'clack'.

As you can already see, the combination is powerful, drawing the reader into the scene as if they were there.

6.) First, second, and third person are different forms of narrative point of view used within a story. A narrative point of view is comparable to a camera in a movie. What is described is seen through the eyes of the point of view, or narrator. Only one narrative type should be used in any given story, or it becomes confusing in the extreme. 

First person narrative places the narrator (the person telling the story) as a character in the story. For instance: "I walked into the room and sat down. George came up to me and smiled." This is an example of first person narrative. What can be revealed in the story is directly limited to the experience of the character. The first person is easily distinguished by reference to the main character(s) as I, or in a group first person as we.

Second person narrative places the reader as the (a) character within a story. It is easily distinguished by the use of the word "you", as in "You walk through the woods and find..." It is almost exclusively used in such works as which way adventures, etc. It is never used in regular fiction, though it is common in how-to or self-help type works.

Third person narrative is the most flexible of the writing viewpoints and is the most commonly used narrative modes in writing fiction. When the main character is referred to as he or she, then third person narrative is being used. The narrative in this case is an unspecified entity (the author) and is not connected to the story. As such, information not available to the characters in the story can be conveyed to the reader. 

Both first and third person are usable to write good fiction. However care must be taken if using first person to weed out accidental usage of the 'god's eye view', in that what that character knows cannot be omniscient, unless the character is supposed to be clairvoyant or something. A good character can easily become an unbelievable one in this case. With the third person narrative, you can describe someone sneaking up behind the main character without the main character knowing. This is impossible in true first character narrative. I have seen a few hybrids using first person dialog with third person descriptive sections, but they tend to be confusing.

7.) Story flow and dynamics can be compared to the flow of a fluid. Your story should not be jerky, jumping from place to place or from scene to scene at a whim. One paragraph should flow naturally into the next with the plot of the chapter, and one chapter should flow naturally with the next toward the main plot of the story. Random jerking from scene to scene tends to break the reader story connection, unless such is actually necessary to the story. Before you attempt it, remember that it is almost never necessary. You want smooth progression from one scene to the next, and one character to the next. 

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I hope that this short tutorial has helped you in some small way, and that you have found your time here well spent. Good luck on your writing adventure. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below. 

Paul Andrulis 


Monday, June 16, 2014

50% Off Coupon Codes

Coupon Codes for Smashwords


Want something good to read tonight? Do you like science fiction, apocalyptic books, or do you want something more practical like survival information? Well, I am running a five day 50% off sale on many of my books through Smashwords. All codes are good until June 21!

Do you own a Kindle? 
No problem, as they carry the .mobi format.

You do not have a kindle, but instead another book reader such as a Sony or a Nook? 
No problem, as they carry .epub format.

No book reading device at all?
No problem, as they carry .pdf and .html formats for your computer.

Science Fiction / Apocalyptic Books


Meet Bill - Enter code HS83S at checkout.

Surviving in America: Under Siege 2nd Edition - Enter code QE36S at Checkout.

Survival How-To


Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me? - Enter code TS26L at Checkout. (100% off!)

The Basics 4 Survival - Enter code EQ29U at Checkout.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Smashwords Affiliates

For Smashwords Affiliates

Or how to make money off of my books!


Today, I just realized that Smashwords has an affiliate program -- Wow.

What is an affiliate program? (Paul Andrulis <- clueless. I truly had no clue.)

Four of my books are now available on Smashwords including my newest sci fi short story, Meet Bill. I did some checking on exactly what the affiliate program is and how it works. If you are already an affiliate then you already know. Me, I didn't know, but now I do and I think it could be a great idea.

A Smashwords affiliate is someone with a website or a blog who makes money referring people to books on Smashwords. You got that right, you make money by referring books, that is -- providing links to books on Smashwords. An Affiliate gets a percentage of the purchase price of the book. The standard amount is 11%, but I found that the author can increase the affiliates percentage by sharing some of the authors own percentage.

I increased mine across the board from the standard 11% to 25%, and one title to 40%.

That means if you help promote my books at Smashwords, you will make a whopping 25-40% off of each sale! What is worse, if the person who clicks your link buys other books from either myself or other authors on Smashwords, you get a percentage from those sales as well if made within 48 hours of clicking your link.

To become an affiliate, you have to sign up with Smashwords and get an affiliate account.

Then, you have to use affiliate links. For my books (erase yourScreenName at the end of the links and add your actual Smashwords Screen Name):

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321485?ref=yourScreenName
(The Basics 4 Survival 25%)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/439195?ref=yourScreenName
(Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me? 40%)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/440771?ref=yourScreenName
(Survival In America: Under Siege 25%)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/448010?ref=yourScreenName
(Meet Bill 25%)

Where yourScreenName is the name that is shown on your Smashwords profile in the address bar. It will be in the format of:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/yourScreenName

Simply erase yourScreenName from the links after you paste them to your site, and add your own real Smashwords Screen Name.

I take a cut in the pocketbook, and you get that cut in yours. I call the cut to my paycheck advertising costs, and good advertising can be hard to find. If you make money then I make money, though a lot less than I would have otherwise. The extra sales will help my books in rankings, so it is worth it overall, I think -- I hope.

If this sounds good to you, then try promoting my books. You have my permission to link to the covers here at my blog, since you will be actively promoting my books.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Faked Images of Giants

How 2 Fake a Giant

In other words, how to be a sham artist


There are tons of faked pictures of gigantic human skeletal remains coming out of the woodwork. The fakes are usually a supposed archaeological discovery of nephilim. The problem is that some of the fake photographs are done as a joke, some as an attempt at five minutes of fame, and others are faked to discredit or ridicule 'believers' of that sort of thing. The cost is that fakes discredit real photos, making any photo at all questionable to science as reliable evidence.

These faked photos are ultimately a sham, an insult to science, human intelligence, believers, and nonbelievers.

These photos hurt everyone.

I intend to show everyone just how easy it is to fake such a picture, and then show you how to spot such fake images.

Faking the Photo. 

First, you need a real photo of skeletal remains. In this case we shall use this one:



However, these skeletons in the picture could be any size. The brain requires something more, something of a familiar size to give scale to an image. In this photo, these skeletons could be four foot tall kids, or forty foot behemoths, and no one would be able to tell. Therefore, we need another object, such as a human being, or an object of known size, to give us the scale we need. In this case, we will use a basketball.



Any familiar object of known size will give scale. We make the background of the basketball transparent, and then we re-size it to give the overall picture the scale we desire. Next, we paste it into the original picture and add a hand drawn shadow to make it seem realistic.

The Fake

Now we should have a completed image. This one is obviously not real, as I used an object which is out of place. However, without blowing up the picture, the reasons for it being fake are hard to spot.



All of a sudden, our two friends became NBA players, buried in the sand with heads three times the size of a basketball. All that was added to the picture was something to intentionally throw off your brains perception of scale. Had I wanted this to look perfect, I would have placed a darkening mask over the basketball to blend in better. 

How to Tell It's Fake

You look for mistakes, pure and simple. Using the right tools, someone can make a convincing fake, if they wish to spend the time. I spent less than a half hour doing this one, where a near perfect fake that even duplicated correct pixellation of the original would take hours, days, or even weeks depending upon the complexity of the inserted picture, how perfect I wanted the shadows, light source, pixel integration of the edges, etc.

Yet, most fakes are quickies, a spur of the moment thing. If not, then the attempt was done intentionally to deceive people, and the motive in such cases is never good. At that point it is not a joke, nor was it a childish attempt to poke fun at someone. At that point it was a deliberate hoax.

To find the fakes, examine the photo quickly and pay attention to the things which seem odd. In my photo, a slight halo exists around the basketball which should not be there. It is hard to spot, as I modified it quite a bit. 

The photo below is an actual hoax which claims to be of a 30 foot Romanian skeleton. A quick scan demonstrates that the man in the picture looks weird. With closer examination, you realize he is partially transparent and you can see the background rocks of the original image through his head.




Check shadows and their angles, and check for odd colored or hued halos around objects. Such are obvious signs that the items have been cut/pasted into the photo. I have seen some photos where they were so realistic, only one or two details were wrong in the entire picture. However, those details will be there if the photo is faked.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Titles For an Old Blog

New Titles Available!


For those interested, I have written a few more titles than are published on this blog. I will list the titles I have below.

Fiction:

Surviving In America: Under Siege (the 2nd Edition)(Apocalyptic)
Surviving With Joe (Post-apocalyptic)

Non-Fiction:

Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me? (Wilderness Survival)
The Basics 4 Survival (Wilderness Survival)
Water 4 Survival (Wilderness Survival)

The Amazing Wood-Gas Camping Stove (DIY how-to)

Monster Catfish: Fishing for Whales (Fishing how-to)

Coming Soon in Fiction:

Meet Bill (A Sci-fi short story)
Surviving the War (Post-apocalyptic)
Surviving Death's Kiss (Post-apocalyptic)
Death of a Digital World (Apocalyptic)
The Kings of Olde (Sci-fi)

Meet Bill is close to completion and the rest are hovering between 20,000-30,000 words each (~20-25%).

Paul Andrulis 

News Update

News Flash!


I have always wanted to have my books available to whoever wanted a copy, yet contractual obligations prevented me from doing so. Previously, all of my eBooks were available in only one format, for the Amazon Kindle line of e-readers. This irritated me, as I follow a principle of 'no reader left behind' which states that a person wanting to read or enjoy my books should have options which work for them. If they want my book(s) in a common format, or have special needs, I have tried to accommodate them as much as possible. I have books in print, large print, eBook, as well as audiobook.

With some books, such as my how-to lines, this has proven somewhat impossible for all titles yet I have done as much as possible. Some are only in eBook as they would be of an exorbitant cost in print form, yet others cannot make an audiobook due to integral and necessary images in the books.

One issue that irritated me was that my eBooks were by necessity locked into Amazon's KDP Select program which prevented me from publishing elsewhere, limiting my eBooks to only one of several common e-reader formats available. This meant that someone wanting a copy of my eBook who did not own a kindle was out of luck. Also, what about readers who do not have an e-reader tablet, yet do not want to pay for a paperback version?

I have decided to change this.

I am letting the contracts per title run out on Select, and I am publishing them to Smashwords as well as Amazon. Smashwords distributes books to many of the other major book sellers, such as Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and Sony, as well as many others.

Smashwords also sells books directly, allowing people to buy in many e-reader and computer friendly formats, such as epub, mobi, lrf (old Sony e-readers) for the e-readers and pdf, rtf, txt, and html for those without a reading device.

This opens my books to practically everyone who may want a copy.

At this point in time I have two titles already available at Smashwords.

Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me?
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/439195

and

Surviving In America: Under Siege (the second edition)
 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/440771

I will not be able to have all of my books available at Smashwords until they come off of Select, which is in August for some of the titles. Several come out of the program in July, so check often. I will reformat them in order as their terms expire.

Paul

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Book - Surviving With Joe

It's Published!

My newest TEOTWAWKI novel, Surviving With Joe has been finally published. This is the sequel to Surviving In America: Under Siege 2nd Edition. It has been a long road, but the book has received the extra attention that it needed, and is now ready. For those of you reading this, that are unfamiliar with the title.


It is currently available in hardback (though only through Lulu.com at this time), and from Amazon.com it is available as a Kindle eBook, Paperback, and Paperback-Large Print. The cost for a Kindle eBook is currently $3.99 (On sale for only $2.99), as this is a large novel, topping 108,000 words and 470 pages for the paperback version. 

Get a copy today!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Surviving In America: Under Siege 2nd Edition is out!

Surviving In America: Under Siege 2nd Edition

Available now on Kindle and Paperback


Just released yesterday, and available for purchase right now. After six months in re-write, the rewritten and  expanded 2nd Edition takes you through the nightmare world of Joe Anderson.


First mini-book published, more coming soon!


This survival mini e-book (only) is not for those already practicing wilderness survival. It is for the newbie who is curious as to what wilderness survival is, whether it is right for them, or whether they would like to get into the fascinating sport.

If this means you, then read on!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Survival topics mini-books coming out soon

A New Idea

Occasional I suffer from a brain fart, and this is one of them. Numerous books concerning wilderness survival have come and gone, yet here I am writing one. What makes it better than any of the others available? What could I possibly contribute besides my perception, skill, and knowledge which is unique and valuable to potential customers? Then the answer hit me. Most of the books available are huge... and expensive. Provide quality information in a manner that people can afford, in a format to give them choice.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Book Monster Catfish: Fishing for Whales

NEW BOOK AVAILABLE AT AMAZON

Monster Catfish: Fishing for Whales


The new book I have written, Monster Catfish: Fishing for whales is available for purchase HERE at Amazon.com for only $3.99 $2.99 in kindle e-book format. See the "My Books" page in the tabs above for a cheaper paperback price, as it is available directly from the publisher.



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Learning wilderness survival, where to start?

Wilderness Survival: What to Learn
Where to Start

Wilderness survival is a complex subject, covering hundreds of topics and subtopics. Therefore, when researching wilderness survival, where do you start? The sheer amount of information available has filled numerous books, and some topics can take a lifetime to completely master. Though the topic is complex, the answer is simple... after it is closely examined.


Monday, March 25, 2013

The basics of wilderness survival

Wilderness Basics in a Nutshell


Wilderness survival is a complex subject. It involves the knowledge based skill sets of shelter construction, basic material and tool fabrication from natural materials, hunting, fishing, trapping, animal behavior, wild plant characteristics, fire building and usage, among many others. It is a truly vast subject of study which can in fact be greatly simplified as a concept.

If I had to wrap up the concept of wilderness survival into as simple of a numerical nutshell as humanly possible, it would read:

Survival is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit


Friday, October 26, 2012

ON RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES!


How many of you have been wondering about the numerous rechargeable battery options which are available from sources such as Ebay and Amazon? Anyone whom has searched discovers a bewildering plethora of choices facing them. From Nickle-Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMh), Nickle-Zinc (NiZn),  to SOME rechageable Lithium ion (not all), and these various batteries may even be rated in mAh or mWh for capacity as the seller or manufacturer deems fit.... Just what IS the actual meaning and difference, and are rechargeable batteries even worth their generally prodigious cost?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Quick Note

Many have asked, so here is the answer.


Wilderness survival is sort of a passion for me, yet it sucks overall. Survival should lead to living, otherwise it leads to death. I really enjoy wilderness living though, as it is quite enjoyable. Here is a thought for everyone.


“Wilderness living is fun and rewarding. Wilderness survival sucks, as it is pure hardship and semi-starvation. The longer you are engaged in survival at any one time the greater the chances you will not actually survive. The goal in any emergency is to get from survival to living as fast as humanly possible...

However, if you do not know how to survive in an emergency, you won't have to worry about living anyway.” - Paul Andrulis