Friday, December 31, 2010
I've written my 2nd article for the Mormon Times but it has not been edited yet. I haven't written anything new in the Ireland book for a couple of weeks but look forward to that opportunity when I start my new shift at work. Terminal A section A1...I'll be working on live planes again instead of driving or parking them.
Been an emotional week.....I hope the recovery comes quickly...
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This morning my first travel blog was published in "The Mormon Times" online edition. It's the story about my daughter Amber and I traveling to Thailand to see the tigers of the Buddhist Tiger Temple. I hope you will all read and enjoy the blog because there are many more to follow.
Because of my job with American Airlines, I have the opportunity to travel a lot. I love the other cultures I've visited and have tried to express my admiration and interest by writing my novels. Now I have another voice with the newspaper and I'm going to take every advantage of it.
Thanks to my beautiful wife Kim. Her encouragement and support have been immense. I could not have done any of this without her. Her knowledge of the English language and her own creative writing ability is THE reason why I'm published and why I love to write. Thanks sweetheart.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Next blog idea will be Ghent Belgium and the castle of the counts.....hopefully we can keep this ball rolling. Getting my name out there is a huge thing because I need help promoting my novels. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Friday, December 3, 2010
I have 25 copies of Whispers from the Past available. It would make a great Christmas present for teens or older. If anyone would like one please contact me or go to Amazon.com where its still available as a paperback or for the kindle.
Flew to Utah to see Connor three days ago. While I was attempting to get my rental car to go pick him up from day camp (he is off track from school) I was told my license had expired and they could not rent me a car. I had renewed online on November 1st but the new licnese had not arrived yet and I'd forgotten the one I've been driving with wasn't any good. I didn't get to see Connor and I still feel very bad about the missed opportunity.
Kim and Logan are in California celebrating Christmas three weeks early with family-wish I could be there but I had to stay behind to work. My days off don't coincide with theirs. Anyway, wishing and hoping Kim and Logan have a great time while I am working and trying to make extra money to pay off the plane tickets I've had to purchase for my kids to fly down here for Christmas....can't wait to see them!!!!!!
Hoping to take Connor to Portugal in February when he is off track again. I have all kinds of things planned. Lots of castles and palaces as well as a church made of bones and skulls and a marionette museum. I pray it all works out where I can get him a passport in time so he can enjoy the international travel his sisters have enjoyed for a decade.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Big weekend in football. I have to say that I'm so for the University of Utah beating their rival BYU even though my beautiful daughter Amber is a Cougar. Good luck to the Utes and best wishes for making a good bowl game. Probably the Las Vegas Bowl since TCU will be going to a BCS game.
Still writing "The Eye of Magog" and thinking its pretty good. I know some things I'll need to change even before finishing the first copy. Thanks to the people who have read my stories and offered feedback to me, its proven very helpful.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
For those who have read Whispers by now, please give me your feedback either using the email on my website or just making comments here on the blog. Bookmark the website if you like, I enjoy people that keep coming back. www.chrisahale.com
Thanks for checking in.....
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
It only took one day for "Whisper from the Past" to be available for kindle when the first copy was downloaded to a good friend I knew in the mission field in Georgia. I guess I did it correctly then. Yay me!! Thanks to the people who have been interested in reading my work....
Where did my work come from? I have to say when I first wrote Whispers it was for my daughters. My international trips with them were my inspiration and the places I write about are places I've seen myself. Very few locations in my book are fiction but there are some. These countries, The Netherlands, Peru, New Zealand, and now Ireland I absolutely fell in love with and I hope I've depicted them in a way that shows that.
What will I write about next? Hmmmmm. I will have dedicated a book to my parents, Megan, Amber, and Heather so Connor is next. He is going with us to Portugal in February so I guess we'll see.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
On a separate note...I'm just about half way through with "The Eye of Magog".....The book has taken an unexpected turn as I write.....I'm exicted about it though and look forward to finishing the first writing so I can put more attention to the previous 3 books and do what needs to be done there.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Inca Prophecy needs to have a final read through done of the manuscript. Once that is done the book cover and everything else is ready to go and we'll be ready to order a proof copy. My goal is to have it available by the end of the year if not before. If the ebook works with Whispers I'll obviously do the same for all my books.
The Kiwi Conspiracy is still waiting for an editor. I have some people interested in editing it but I need to rewrite some content first and its on the back burner until I finish the original writing of book 4 and also finish up on The Inca Prophecy.
The Eye of Magog, my Ireland book, is 34,000 words complete. I don't really have a goal for number of words but so far the previous 3 books are all around 75,000 words. I love the story and have anticipated writing it for years. Its still a long way away. After the initial writing I'll take a red pen and go through the manuscript and prepare for a rewrite....then editing and any changes that need to be made. This book will be dedicated to my daughter Heather.
I'll try to do a better job keeping this updated as to what is happening with my writing.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
31,000 words into "The Eye of Magog" and I really like the story so far....I hope it continues to write this easily.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
The lady, I did not get her name, was one of the most informative and intellectual people I've ever sat next to. She is also an aspiring writer and I wish her luck.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I get to see mom and dad too...staying there tonight. Be on my way back home to Kim at this time tomorrow. Hopefully. I hate airports.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The University of Utah Utes beat Wyoming 30-3 in Laramie on saturday and this was even after the Utes had the ball intercepted 3 times. I think good things are in store for the Utes this year again. They are 6-0 and have some tough games left to play at Notre Dame, Home against TCU, and Air Force in Colorado Springs. I think they very possibly could go undefeated again and play in a BCS bowl.
In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the twin cities. Now this means my favorite NFL team won because that team is whoever is playing the Cowboys....Can't stand em...never have been able to. Their fans drive me nutz with their "America's Team" crap. :) Well, I can say with some confidence that the Cowboys are probably the best 1-4 team in the NFL. (pffft)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
On Tuesday, we flew there. On Thursday, we flew home! Oh yes, there was some stuff in between. For instance, we stayed in the Chateau Bourbon Hotel and are balcony looked down on Bourbon Street. Even though it wasn't Marti Gras....it was very noisy until 2 or 3 in the morning but it was fun anyway. The first night we even had a acapella gospel singer right below our window...actually had a good voice too. We not only went on a ghost tour the first night, but we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, drove to the Laurie Plantation about an hour north of New Orleans up I-10. We went on a courtyard garden and history tour. We also did a lot of walking around to see things on our own. I do need to mention Kim had a crayfish omelet and I warned her I would not kiss her for two days after. I think she still has a leg trying to pry itself out between her lips even now. Good trip, lots of fun with my young bride. I do reflect back to several years ago when I first started taking my kids on trips that I took all three girls to New Orleans for the day. Wonderful city and its truly like visiting a foreign country. Unfortunately this will be our last trip for a while do to finances but I can't complain, we've had a wonderful year so far with traveling.....Amsterdam, Atlanta, San Antonio, Belgium and now Lousiana.....thank you Kim!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Kim and I just returned home yesterday after two nights in the Big Easy. We had a wonderful trip as we always do when we are together. Our hotel was in the French Quarter with a balcony overhanging Bourbon Street.
One of the things we did while in New Orleans was take a walking ghost tour of the French Quarter. The pictures posted here are of the Lalaurie Mansion and you can read accounts of the terrible things that happened at this location on April 10, 1834. Now look at these pictures and tell me what you see.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Also today, The American League Western Division Champions play game three in their Division Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game is in Arlington Texas after the Rangers won both games 1 and 2 in Tampa.....Can you say sweep?
Okay well the Rangers didn't pull it off losing at home 6-3. My opinion, Washington really mismanaged the bull pen. The UTES are ahead of Iowa State 41-14 at the half in Iowa. I can live with a Rangers loss with a college football team like the UTES.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I've ordered another box full of "Whispers from the Past" because I've had mechanic friends buy a copy that I really didn't expect. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the interest that has been generated in my writing.
Go Texas Rangers !
Texas Rangers 5 Tampa Bay Rays 1 Let's get 'em again tomorrow !!!!!!!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Kim and I have talked for over a year about writing a story together, she is much more eloquent with her language and would be a beautiful writer. Maybe we'll take on this project after my Ireland story is intially written.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Second, Connor received an award yesterday from the principal of his school so here is the blury picture I was provided of him with his work. I sure wish I could have been there and would have been if I'd known. I love my kids, all five of them!!!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Whispers is selling on Amazon.com which I'm grateful for. Thanks to those who have purchased it and I sincerely hope you enjoy the read.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
also.....The University of Utah is playing San Jose State at Rice Eccles Stadium, sure wish I could be there. The Utes are 3-0 so far this season with some very tough games still on their schedule including Notre Dame, BYU, Air Force, and TCU.....Go Utes !!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
On another note....the 3rd proof of "Whispers from the Past" was waiting for me in my mailbox when we arrived home. One quick glance and then approval which will make my first story available on Amazon.com at this link http://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Past-Chris-Hale/dp/1453724249/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284779522&sr=1-13
Saturday, September 11, 2010
In Belgium and having a great time. We spent the first night in Ghent and saw the coolest castle. The castle of the counts or Gravensteen Castle for those who speak Dutch. My favorite castle I've seen. We also took a canal cruise and climbed a huge tower that overlooked the entire city....252 steps. Now in Brugge and doing a lot of the same things, canal cruise, towers etc. Ghent and Brugge are both Medieval cities and we've enjoyed them a lot.