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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2012, 05:44:01 PM »
I am a little behind on TSP so I just heard the interview. Great job, but there is a problem.

Now I want to read that book immediately and it is not available!! I have a trip coming up and the book would be a perfect read while on vacation.

Great job and I look forward to reading your work. I don't say this lightly. Those books needed to be written. Thanks for doing it!!

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #61 on: August 15, 2012, 10:52:58 AM »
If I could buy this in an audio form... then I could listen to it on my 1.5hr drive to work. But reading while driving doesn't mix ;) Seriously love the idea behind the books can't wait.

Owwww... And the Mods could each be different characters if they helpped with reading!!!

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #62 on: August 15, 2012, 12:24:28 PM »
Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #63 on: August 15, 2012, 01:35:14 PM »
Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.

I like where this is going..

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #64 on: August 15, 2012, 07:29:23 PM »

Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.


While that sounds sensible, it is extremely hard to pull off. 

Hey: any theater or drama majors out there who want to have a master's degree project?  I'd be happy to let you organize this and produce; I'd even pay you a little bit. 

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #65 on: August 16, 2012, 01:58:39 PM »
Not to sound like a curmudgeon against audio books, but actually reading text effectively is a sensible skill to practice pre-collapse :)


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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #66 on: August 16, 2012, 02:57:49 PM »
To me, the very best way to enjoy a book is to hold it in your hands and turn the pages as you go.

Audio books do have a place, such as entertainment on car trips. We drove to Florida and back, a total of 2400 miles, and the audio books made a HUGE difference.

Also, I enjoy Nero Wolfe mysteries as my bedtime story every night. Really helps settle me in.

I intend to hold this series in my hand and enjoy it as books were meant to be.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #67 on: August 16, 2012, 04:04:06 PM »
i like paper books, the smell of them, the feel of them. you can read them in the sun, can read them in the shade, can read them w/o batteries, can read them in strange positions, no problem if you drop it.... and can use it for toilet paper if you dont like the author/story...

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #68 on: August 16, 2012, 04:36:40 PM »
I read the bonus chapters and am hooked already.  Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #69 on: August 16, 2012, 05:12:56 PM »
Lately I've switched to reading novels* on my iPhone using the Kindle app.  For this series, however, I'll make an exception, and go back to paper. :) 

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*All reference books are always in paper editions - no batteries required! :D

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #70 on: August 16, 2012, 07:03:17 PM »
Anybody have any luck with downloading the bonus chapter on the iPhone, I've signed up and got the Email back,  but the link dose not download...

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2012, 07:13:26 PM »
I read the bonus chapters and am hooked already.  Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D

I second that request...  I'm hooked too...

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2012, 08:05:10 PM »

Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D


Dude, September 1 is just two weeks away.

I'll give you a hint about the first chapter (the Prologue): it's the same as the last chapter (Chapter 299).  Because the things that are described in the Prologue seem so unlikely to occur... but by the last chapter, everything in the Prologue makes sense.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #73 on: August 16, 2012, 09:02:37 PM »
The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me. 

Public book signings and prepper OPSEC clash head on!  I think we should have one in a cave with invitations issued by incrypted ham radio messages and requiring a challenge coin for entry.!

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #74 on: August 16, 2012, 10:55:40 PM »
So excited to get the books on my Kindle!  :excited: Ok, that was the important part, ignore the rest of my post if you want :)

I know this is a little off topic, and I hope this isn't detracting from how awesome HeavyG is, but I'm going to be a brat and stick up for Kindles:

  • It's sometimes cheaper than a used print copy
  • you can get hard to find books more easily
  • they are great for travel: it saves room in your luggage and you can secretly read your guidebook and nobody knows that you are a tacky tourist
  • I read lots of PDFs for my work, I don't like reading on the computer, the Kindle keeps me from having to print off and keep a stack of papers around to lose and disorganize and generally clutter up my desk
  • nobody wants to be that 50 year old who is caught reading Twilight or Harry Potter (or, Dear God, Fifty Shades of Gray) in public. The Kindle has your back!
  • you can get a new release at midnight without having to wait in line with those people in costumes
  • you can still support small press publishers with Kindle by buying directly from their website in Kindle format
  • Many libraries allow you to check out books and audiobooks that are Kindle compatible

Having said that I own three bookcases of regular print books and am more likely to buy a used print copy than a Kindle copy... and well, you know, I'm a regular at the library.  As for audiobooks, I started listening to them about two years ago and I always check them out from the library. I listen to them at work and in the car, and when I'm out doing distance running. The ability to multitask using audiobooks has greatly increased my consumption of books, which, can't be a bad thing. I feel like Audiobooks/Kindle books/print books are all equally valid but have different niches.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #75 on: August 17, 2012, 07:26:24 AM »
I am not a book reader. But may have to make the extra effort. My 10 year old who reads at a 16-17 age level loves them. Didn’t get it from me. She reads the hunger games, Twilight series etc. She listens to Jacks show and would rather listen to it than the radio in the car. Thoughts on introducing it to her?

I got an hour commute each way and would love an audio book, and would definitely love to see a movie, but not sure a 2-3 hr would do the series justice. Must be a multi-parter.

What about the use of Kickstarter? www.kickstarter.com I have seen people get CD’s and movies made using crowdsourcing. If you were willing to put it on there, I am willing to put my money where mouth is and help support it to get it made. Lots of fans here….

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #76 on: August 17, 2012, 08:27:13 AM »
...nobody wants to be that 50 year old who is caught reading Twilight or Harry Potter (or, Dear God, Fifty Shades of Gray) in public...
I am over 50 and I read the Harry Potter series in hard back while waiting around on jury duty. Didn't bother me. Famous quote from my Dad, "Boy, we don't give a damn what anybody else thinks." 8)

Man, I can't wait for these books. Come on Sept. 1

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #77 on: August 17, 2012, 08:44:11 AM »
On the beach this summer I walked past an elderly lady just starting 50 Shades of Gray. Laughed my rear end off, but also thought "you go girl!" too. Hope she knew what she was getting into, otherwise she's in for quite a shock!

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #78 on: August 17, 2012, 10:17:47 AM »
On the beach this summer I walked past an elderly lady just starting 50 Shades of Gray. Laughed my rear end off, but also thought "you go girl!" too. Hope she knew what she was getting into, otherwise she's in for quite a shock!

Someone told my Mom that her book club should read 50 Shades. She didn't know what it was and she bought it to check it out and then was super embarrassed once she started reading it. I didn't ask if she kept reading  ;)

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #80 on: August 17, 2012, 10:47:54 AM »
This was disturbing for me to hear:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fifty-shades-grey-replaces-bible-british-hotel/story?id=16853389
I heard that too. Hotels are a business though, and customers seem to be satisfied with the change.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #81 on: August 17, 2012, 10:50:57 AM »
 :rofl:
Someone told my Mom that her book club should read 50 Shades. She didn't know what it was and she bought it to check it out and then was super embarrassed once she started reading it. I didn't ask if she kept reading  ;)
Bet she felt pretty  :o by the time she got to cheaper 3! Lol

Back on topic- will Heavy G come out of the shadows and reveal his true identity of these books become the next cultural phenomenon?

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #82 on: August 17, 2012, 10:52:07 AM »
:rofl:Bet she felt pretty  :o by the time she got to cheaper 3! Lol

Back on topic- will Heavy G come out of the shadows and reveal his true identity of these books become the next cultural phenomenon?
i would say only if he makes millions and millions off of the books..

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #83 on: August 17, 2012, 11:22:48 AM »
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #84 on: August 17, 2012, 12:25:41 PM »
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

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I am leaning towards this outcome also.  ;)

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #85 on: August 17, 2012, 01:27:57 PM »
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

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that is ok as long as i get included on the island and dont get kicked off...

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #86 on: August 17, 2012, 02:59:43 PM »
... Famous quote from my Dad, "Boy, we don't give a damn what anybody else thinks." 8)
My Dad never said it, but I say it to my kids all of the time ;D

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #87 on: August 17, 2012, 03:05:57 PM »

If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.


Yep.  I have no desire to be famous, especially when "famous" means the government is really, really pissed at you.

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #88 on: August 17, 2012, 04:23:05 PM »
Yep.  I have no desire to be famous, especially when "famous" means the government is really, really pissed at you.
She said nothing about famous.

...If HG makes millions and millions...
She said rich. I don't imagine you would turn that down.  ;)

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Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
« Reply #89 on: August 17, 2012, 07:59:53 PM »

She said nothing about famous.
She said rich. I don't imagine you would turn that down.  ;)


Oh, yeah, I'll take the money.  If there is any...