Picking Up Steam

Now that futureproof is back up for sale and the website has been overhauled, things are really starting to look up. Over the weekend I went back to my alma mater in Kentucky and spoke with the school about promoting futureproof there, and they really seemed excited about it. I’ll be doing a reading and book signing there some time this summer. This is really fortunate and welcome news because as we move into this next phase of exposing futureproof to the masses, I wanted to start where my writing career really took off in the first place. Now I’m going to focus on getting the book into stores in the Atlanta area, as well as cities and colleges around the southeast, most likely starting in Nashville, TN, then moving on to Birmingham, AL, Tampa, FL, Savannah, GA and Raleigh, NC.

Also, this past week I signed with a small Atlanta-based literary agency. This is obviously a great development, because while I will be working with them to put futureproof into the hands of prospective publishers, they will be handling the lion’s share of that work, which will give me more time to focus on getting the book in front of readers. This is where my true passion lies.

Finally, it was a great feeling to go to James Frey’s website when I got back from Kentucky and see that he had plugged the book in the news section of his site. James is a great writer and a great supporter of futureproof. Thank you James. And thanks to all of you who have and continue to support the movement to get this book a larger audience. Talk soon. ~NFD

Oh, and check out my eerily prescient horoscope from FreeWillAstrology this week:

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)There was an indignant uproar after revelations that James Frey’s bestselling memoir A Million Little Pieces contains fabrications. Hearing about it prompted me to ruminate on whether there’s any such thing as a completely accurate account of any person’s life. My conclusion: no. In every autobiography and biography ever written, the author imaginatively strings together selectively chosen details to conjure up artificially coherent narratives rather than depict the crazy-quilt ambiguity that actually characterizes everyone’s journey. If you and nine writers set out to tell your life story, you’d produce ten wildly different tales, each rife with subjective interpretation, misplaced emphasis, unintentional distortions, and exorbitant extrapolations from insufficient data. Your assignment this week, Aquarius, is to celebrate the malleability of reality. Regale listeners with stories about the time you worked as a pirate in the Indian Ocean, or rode the rails through Kansas as a hobo, or gave Donald Trump sage advice in an elevator.

That says it all, doesn’t it?

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