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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2012, 09:31:09 PM »
Ok let's get some questions going.

1)will the series enlighten us to tactics and tips not seen in other prepper porn novels?

2)will the writing style NOT contain vomit inducing language such as "thou art hath knelteth and prayed before blowing off the cannibals' heads who defiled the sanctity of survivalism".... Or something like that...

3) what age level would be sufficient for reading these books?

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2012, 05:33:26 AM »

Ok let's get some questions going.

1)will the series enlighten us to tactics and tips not seen in other prepper porn novels?


Absolutely.  One of the informative things about 299 Days is that it shows how to build a community.  It's done through characters describing things that are happening; you won't even know you're learning stuff until you're done with the books.  But when you put the book down, you'll have "aha" moments and start jotting down notes on how you could apply the lessons in your own prepping. 

There are a couple (I think) clever tactics used like "Operation Head Fake" which appears in Book Four.  A new tactic called "hammer and tag" that I think will be useful in a collapse appears in Book Nine.  Great uses for small items like little notebooks and uniquely colored beads come up in Book Eight.

I don't know if it counts as "tactics and tips," but 299 Days is very different from other prepper novels because it describes exactly how the collapse will come, how it unfolds, and how the good guys can overcome it.  Again, it's done through characters describing things that are happening.  It's not some cheesy scene where a guy is listening to the news that describes what's happening.  In 299 Days, many of the main characters are government people who describe what's going on at work.  There are also non-governmental characters who describe what's going on around them.  There are plenty of colorful and everyday descriptions of life during the collapse like when a character in a city describes what he had to do get a box of Pop Tarts, how good sweet things taste after not having sugar in a while, and what the Pop Tarts symbolize to his family.  The thrill of eating a Pop Tart shows how much life has changed and how much they want their normal lives back.  This is how I show the effects of the collapse. 

Another thing that might not be "tactics and tips" is how to motivate people in small and large groups to do what needs to be done.  I hate the "p" word (politics) but it's the only word that applies.  Not "politics" in the sense of "vote for me"--I hate that kind of politics.  The book describes how a leader (the main character, Grant Matson) keeps people together and focused when there are distractions and challenges.  It also shows how a leader uses politics to get a large group (the community) to do the right things.  And by "politics" I mean that the leader figures out who the free loaders are and understands that many in the community will have sympathy for the freeloaders; the leader crafts a plan to get the community over its sympathy and get the free loaders off the dole. 

Another "political" lesson is how to not be political.  Yep, that's right.  The leader wants the community to be Patriots but knows that he if starts talking about the Constitution and Federalist Papers that most people won't have any idea what he's talking about and will even get scared that he's a "radical."  So, instead of political speeches, the leader starts demonstrating to people that the Patriot way--being fair, rewarding hard work, following the Constitution, providing security and food, and boosting morale--works while the Loyalist way (the government way) doesn't.  Demonstrate to the people that they're better off doing it your way and they'll follow. 

A friend of mine in the special operations community (for real; I am not in that community by the way) told me that 299 Days is the best description of an American insurgency he's ever seen.  He said it's a "guide" for how to recruit, organize, and grow a community during a collapse.  That's what you'll learn from 299 Days--and you won't even know you're learning it because it's just the story as it unfolds.

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2)will the writing style NOT contain vomit inducing language such as "thou art hath knelteth and prayed before blowing off the cannibals' heads who defiled the sanctity of survivalism".... Or something like that...


Oh, hell no.  I hate that stuff.  Remember that I have never written anything before and--this is key--I don't even read books.  Seriously, I've read two books in twenty years.  So I don't have any "standard" language for a novel in my head.  Since I don't know "standard" novel writing style, I couldn't imitate it.  I just wrote it like I talk--a lot like this post.  The editors cleaned up my West Coast informal manner of speaking a bit to make it even smoother and flowing, but there is never a moment where you'll say, "Uh, no one talks that way." 

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3) what age level would be sufficient for reading these books?


I would say mid teens on up.  There is a little bit of swearing because the people in the story naturally swear.  I kept the "s" word spelled out but used asterisks for "f***."  I did this because, as much as I swear, I don't like seeing the "f" word in print.  There are no other bad words than the "s" word and the asterisked "f" word.

Drug use is portrayed negatively.  The main character does get a little drunk once but not for fun but for business.  I don't think alcohol is glorified at all. 

As far as sex goes, it is implied in a few places but almost always between married couples.  Things like, "The night went very well."  Nothing explicit or detailed.  In Book Five or so, there is some unmarried shackin' up with some twenty-something guys (the Team) and their girlfriends (the Team Chicks).  And by "shackin' up," I mean committed couples who are basically married but it's just that there's no government marriage certificates (because there is no functioning government anymore).  Marriage is touted by showing that, especially in a crisis, men and women need each other and need a strong relationship.  There is no casual sex by the good guys.  The downsides of casual sex in the old collapsed society are briefly noted.  In fact, the Team Chicks talk about how casual sex in the old society was a dead end and now they're glad to have committed boyfriends who are real men and treat them very well. 

Thanks for asking these questions.  Keep them coming.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2012, 08:39:53 AM »
Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2012, 08:47:55 AM »
Our own Heavy G, AKA Glen Tate, is interviewed by Jack today (prerecorded) on TSP.

And thanks for the mention on the show, G!  ;D

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #34 on: August 10, 2012, 08:56:58 AM »
After we get our hands on these books, we'll need a new thread: which character are you and who will play you in the movie :)

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #35 on: August 10, 2012, 09:42:19 AM »
Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?

While I'm an eBook fan (can read almost 2x faster on a kindle compared to paperback print for some reason), but I'd drive down to Olympia from South King Co. for a meetup/book signing.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2012, 07:54:46 PM »
I KNOW which character I am. :)

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2012, 09:36:49 PM »
I am excited. I can not wait to get my copies. Congrats on all the hard work you put into it! I think it will make a big impact on all who read it.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #38 on: August 10, 2012, 09:58:07 PM »
I am excited. I can not wait to get my copies. Congrats on all the hard work you put into it! I think it will make a big impact on all who read it.
Couldn't put it any better, Coldhaven, so I'm seconding your post.  Will listen to the interview tomorrow, but reading Jack's write-up makes the books sound even better.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #39 on: August 11, 2012, 05:52:38 AM »
I'm traveling today so I am going to listen to that podcast on the way. I have actually been waiting for the podcast since I heard that they had a session a few days back.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #40 on: August 11, 2012, 10:41:01 AM »
This is definitely a book or series that needed to be written.

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A friend of mine in the special operations community (for real; I am not in that community by the way) told me that 299 Days is the best description of an American insurgency he's ever seen.  He said it's a "guide" for how to recruit, organize, and grow a community during a collapse.  That's what you'll learn from 299 Days--and you won't even know you're learning it because it's just the story as it unfolds.

I certainly hope that there are tips for growing a community before the collapse. That is what I struggle with since I am so busy and anti-social on top of that. And yet, I know that I cannot hope to come out the other side if I don't have a community to help me.

I look forward to reading the book. Thanks again!

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2012, 11:36:34 AM »
I KNOW which character I am. :)
No fair, you had a head start.  :P

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2012, 11:44:05 AM »
I'm afraid of what character I am.   :-[ :-X :o

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2012, 12:35:30 PM »
You should be. YOU SHOULD BE.  :excited: :excited: :excited: :excited:

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2012, 06:48:16 PM »
I'm afraid of what character I am.   :-[ :-X :o
i think you are the one armed, tutu wearing goat herder...

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2012, 06:48:45 PM »
I KNOW which character I am. :)

i'm not in it yet.....

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2012, 07:12:00 PM »
My character dies from an infected hangnail and is used as an impromptu sandbag in a firefight.  :o

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #47 on: August 12, 2012, 12:26:22 AM »
I can't wait to read all of them! 

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #48 on: August 12, 2012, 10:54:13 AM »
cant wait for this book been waiting for a good book on this subject without the typical spin that always gets put on everything.  Looks great really excited for this one.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #49 on: August 12, 2012, 11:04:50 AM »
My character dies from an infected hangnail and is used as an impromptu sandbag in a firefight.  :o
Darn hang nail. ;D

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #50 on: August 13, 2012, 07:22:00 AM »

Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?


The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me.  I could do beard/hat/sunglasses and maybe do it at the Lacey Cabelas.  None of the government-loving crap bags that might recognize me ever go to a place that has guns, so Cabelas is probably safe.

Cabela's has conference rooms they let groups use, so we could be a little secluded. 

Dusti: You wanna organize that?  Maybe in October after Book One and Book Two have been out for a few weeks?  I'd love the help, man.  PM me if you'd like.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #51 on: August 13, 2012, 08:32:28 AM »

I certainly hope that there are tips for growing a community before the collapse.


Lots and lots of tips for growing a community before the collapse.  A few tips on putting together a pre-collapse community, but it's mostly a post-collapse community I focus on.  But the tips for community building would apply to a pre- or post-collapse situation.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #52 on: August 13, 2012, 09:20:26 AM »
The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me.  I could do beard/hat/sunglasses and maybe do it at the Lacey Cabelas.

Like this?


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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #53 on: August 13, 2012, 09:58:09 AM »
Lots and lots of tips for growing a community before the collapse.  A few tips on putting together a pre-collapse community, but it's mostly a post-collapse community I focus on.  But the tips for community building would apply to a pre- or post-collapse situation.
I think it Ferfal's who recommend a network consisting of a doctor, lawyer, police officers, a judge, money/currency changer, electrician, plumber and some farmers. Especially when the rule of law breaks down, having a good lawyer and knowing some police officers is a good idea.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #54 on: August 13, 2012, 01:25:23 PM »
Just heard the interview and I'm very excited to read the book.  I've always respected and enjoyed your comments on this forum and can't wait to get it. 

Not sure how things work with your publisher, but if there is any additional funding needed to get this done and out, you may want to investigate Kickstarter.  It could assist you with taking pre-orders and getting the project out to a wider community.  I've backed a number of projects there and am impressed with how it works.  The upside, when done right, you can reach a really big audience and get purchase commits in early.  The downside is they take their cut from the money raised. 

Thanks for your contributions, here on the forum, with your book and out in the world.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #55 on: August 13, 2012, 02:39:10 PM »

Not sure how things work with your publisher, but if there is any additional funding needed to get this done and out, you may want to investigate Kickstarter. 


Thanks, Jesse.  We are keeping the overhead super lean on this so I don't think we need any capital.  That way we can keep the price of the books low.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #56 on: August 13, 2012, 03:15:10 PM »
Congrats on the achievments Heavy G. Enjoyed the interview very much. Cant wait to get a my copies to read.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #57 on: August 13, 2012, 07:28:39 PM »
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Heavy G,
Enjoyed the interview with Jack and reading the intro on your website.
Congratulations and looking forward to the release.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2012, 09:48:38 PM »
I can't wait! I hear the interview on TSP. I hope there will be an audio book.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #59 on: August 14, 2012, 06:30:59 AM »
Thanks to everyone who has said something encouraging on this thread.  Each one means a lot.  You know that part in the Story Introduction that talks about how I never understood why authors thank readers?  I truly understand it now.