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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Thoughts 8/21 (my 30th birthday)

In honor of the greatest day of the year let's take a look at some of the history of the AzarRising blog this past year:

Obvious places like US and Canada rank as some the most frequent visiting countries, with some surprising spots in the top 10 like Latvia, Sweden and Israel.

Also worth noting are some of the odd Google searches that resulted in a visit; "Azer Uma Rising" (not even sure what they were looking for but they spelled my name wrong) "Alex Azar wife" (either someone knows something I don't or I've got a secret admirer) and my personal favorite "Azar sexy" (and mind you this was searched more than once)

That's it for now, I'm going to return to my stress free birthday, but stick around there's plenty of reading material.  As always keep reading, and enjoy.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

AzarRising Pages

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to remind you all of the pages that I have available on the blog along with the posts I make.

The first page is a list of all the rejection letters that I've posted (including a brand new one) as a show that all authors have been rejected, and even though I've been published several times it still happens.

The next two are lists, one of my Top 5 most overrated things, and my 25 favorite books.  I'm looking to do more lists, so please feel free to suggest a topic.
Overrated Top 5   and Top 25 Books

The next page is my "bookstore" which has links where you can purchase each of my books (which should have an update in October, *hint*hint*) Show your support and purchase a book, or if you really love me, you can track down the AzarRising Mobile Bookstore (my beat up Dodge) and purchase a personalized signed book for cheaper.
AzarRising Bookstore

And finally is the ever growing Alphabet Project page.  Here you can find links to each of the posted stories of the project (up to 'M' as of this writing, 'N' coming soon)  Once completed these 26 stories will cover a wide breadth of genres and emotions.  Two of the stories are actually going to be published shortly, and the ultimate goal is to publish a book collecting all 26 in a single volume.  Enjoy it for free while you can...
Alphabet Project

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Free Thoughts 8/15

I turn 30 in six days and I'm sick, if that's not some cruel reminder that I'm getting older I don't know what is.    Mind you, I'm laughing as I type this so don't take this too seriously.  Since I started doing these Free Thoughts I flirted with the idea of writing about my birthday, but I don't want it to come off as mopey or emo, but now I feel like crap and am ok with however it comes off as.

I'm happy with where my writing is, I've had nine short stories published to date, and I have another two coming in a single anthology due out in October.  That will actually be the first time I have two stories in a single anthology, and I'm very excited about that.  Late last year I published in two anthologies that my good friend was also in, which is the closest we've come to being published together, so far.

I'm working on a novel that's taking a lot longer than I had anticipated.  Initially I planned on having finished my first full novel by the time I turned 30, but that's not going to happen.  I've taken comfort that I'll finish at the age of 30.  The major draw back of writing a novel after working on short stories for so long is that I don't have that (near) instant gratification.  I've actually been tempted to post samplings of the book here on the blog, but don't want to spoil it or rush a sample before the novel's even finished.

Aside from the writing, I have a well paying job, although it's just that, a job.  My career is and always will be as an author, I just don't really make money off of it yet.  My company has had me at some great locations in NYC, such as; Columbia University, Rockefeller Center, The Chrysler Building, and currently in the middle of Times Square.

People ask me how I feel about turning 30, and while I joke about it, I'm actually ok with it.  I would rather not be single, especially when I see 80% of my graduating class is already married with kids...

...I just reread what I've typed so far and it really sounds like a personal add for an online dating service, so let me switch it up.  I may be turning 30 in 6 days, but my body feels 10 years older, and my mind is 15 years younger. So, in my opinion I'm ahead of the curve, ladies apply within ;)