A Few Words Concerning Special:

In Iceland, a headline recently proudly proclaimed that there would be “No More Downs Syndrome in Iceland.”

So they’ve found a cure, right?

Nope. Instead, doctors are using screenings and tests to detect which babies are most likely going to born with Downs so that they can be aborted.

Basically, they are–at a national level–saying that DS is so awful that everyone (family, friends, etc) would be happier if a baby is simply not born than to be born with Downs.

I’d love to introduce them to Isaac, the protagonist from my newest book, Special. Isaac has Downs, but he shows that in no way will he let that make him any lesser of a person. He is a messenger of love to both his family and friends, and in a week’s time I pray he becomes a messenger of love to my readers.

More than anything, Isaac is a symbol. He’s a symbol that represents every other person with Downs Syndrome or other disabilities. They don’t need to be condemned because they are different, but loved because they are special.

And that’s what Special is all about. Take notice, Iceland.

Here’s the synopsis, my friends:

“Isaac Treaux is special. His special is not like most people would assume, however. He is not special in regards of talent, physical gifts, or likelihood to succeed. He is the kind of special that made kids point at him and snicker from across the hallway. Isaac was born with a mild form of Down Syndrome, and with it comes constant bullying. This is why his classmates in the small town of Bryer Springs, South Dakota are confused when a beautiful cheerleader named Amber moves in next door to him, and the two instantly strike a friendship. Although Amber is almost the complete opposite of Isaac, the friendship becomes inseparable and Isaac begins to show how special he truly can be.”

 

Side notes: (Two Pieces of Exciting News)

For one, I concluded the revamping of Gifted, my YA action/adventure, magical realism, fantasy, dystopia, sci-fi, romance (I say that with a laugh). The bulky things ways in at about 100K words and is something I truly feel is special and has potential. Skye helped with the editing and revamping and also has fictionally adopted Marx, the protagonist, and is going to teach him not to have “the flirting skills of a baked potato.”

Second, I’m pumped to not only be going to the tremendous Louisiana Book Festival this October, but today I was invited to speak at the LSU Lab Middle School, where they will be buying copies of Creepers for every student! How crazy cool is that? I love to see my work in the hands of students, and I’m blessed that a lot more young readers will soon be diving into my debut novel.

Explosion of The Others

Happy May, my friends,

I hope all of you have been well lately! I’ve sure been busy, both with school and podcasts, plus some writing and other exciting stuff, but life has finally slowed down. At least for long enough for me to take about three deep breaths and crank out a blog post to update you fine readers on what I’m up to.

For one thing, my podcast, The Others, has been phenomenally successful. I’m blown away at how well it has done. The show can be found on iTunes right HERE and also on my sister website, www.theotherspodcast.com. (It’s nothing impressive, but it gets the job done.) Crazily enough, the show’s final episode, Episode 7, released on May 7th, and it received over 130,000 downloads in the following 24 hours. The show has totaled over 1,000,000 total downloads, and peaked in the top 20 overall on iTunes. I also made a Podcasting Page on my website (see the menu bar) to share my thoughts on the show. The Others has been nominated to win the Parsec Award for best new Sci-Fi Audio Drama, along with being nominated for the People’s Choice Podcast Award. (AKA the “Poddy”… who doesn’t wanna win a Poddy?) I’m seriously kicking around the idea of a second season, and I have a few companies who have actually reached out to me about buying season two.

More notes: Special, my upcoming chick-flick, is scheduled to release this summer. I should have a cover soon, yay! So be sure to follow me on instagram @jessehaynesauthor to get the first glimpse at it. But I will definitely put it up on my website as well, so don’t worry about missing out! Special has also been accepted as a book to be featured at the Louisiana Festival of the Book, which is a conference of around 20K book lovers where I will be speaking about both my books and podcasts. Looking forward to that in October!

Last thing. My new podcast, the Mazie Meadows Morning Show , is releasing June 1st , and I’m super stoked about it. The website is at www.themaziemeadowsmorningshow, and be sure to check out the blog.

Here is a summary: Mazie Meadows is a comedy/thriller show, broadcasting from a “small radio shack in New England.” Mazie Meadows is not the cute, little town it appears to be. It’s full of the unexpected and paranormal. From pleasant peculiarities like the unicorn that lives in the city park, to the mysterious creature that lives in the trees and has been feasting on the residents, the first season (12 episodes) of Mazie Meadows has it all.

Keep checking back for more updates, and don’t forget to go to iTunes on June 1st to “tune in” to the first broadcast!

 

New Year, New Adventures

Friends,

Please, please, please forgive the cliche title of this post. It literally hurt so bad to type. I cringed some and I don’t really know why I didn’t cut it.

First, I want to begin by thanking you for making 2016 the best year of Jesse Haynes Author yet. I know, I know–I didn’t post as much. But that was because I was so busy doing other stuff! Writing books and podcasts (60,000 downloads! Are you kidding me!?)

2016 saw the premier of Cryptid Creatures. The peddling of merchandise. Seriously, people across the US were wearing black hoodies with those yellow eyes and drinking out of mugs that read “What Do You Believe?” That’s still crazy to me. Be sure to check out the show on iTunes if you haven’t already.

2016 also saw Creepers 2 recognized on the Daily Oklahoman’s best seller list, so many thanks to all of you who helped get it there by word of mouth.

But as you might have noticed by this point, we have entered another calendar year. (However, if you had yet to notice… HAPPY 2017! *confetti pop.*)

So what does 2017 mean for you? Do you have any big New Years resolutions?  (New Year’s Resolution, noun: the things you do the first week of January.) I have some big resolutions… or maybe plans would be a better word? Regardless of that, I can’t share those big announcements yet.

So on to my other BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, (surprisingly literate) cats and dogs, and anybody else who might be giving this post a gander. Here’s some huge stuff I wanna share.

*drumroll*

JESSEHAYNESAUTHOR’S 2017 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

#1) Book 3 is coming.

Most of you already know this, but the biggest announcement I have is that I just signed a deal for my third book! This one is a CHICK FLICK. Crazy, I know. Girl drama, boy problems, romance, friendship, and cute football players (Yeah, some parts were hard to write. 😜) Still, I am thrilled with this touching story and can’t wait to share it with you this year. Here’s the synopsis.

“Isaac Treaux is special. His special is not like most people would assume, however. He is not special in regards of talent, physical gifts, or likelihood to succeed. He is the kind of special that made kids point at him and snicker from across the hallway. Isaac was born with a mild form of Down Syndrome, and with it comes constant bullying. This is why his classmates in the small town of Bryer Springs, South Dakota are confused when a beautiful cheerleader named Amber moves in next door to him, and the two instantly strike a friendship. Although Amber is almost the complete opposite of Isaac, the friendship becomes inseparable and Isaac begins to show how special he truly can be. The two unlikely friends learn life lessons from each other in a story that teaches about kindness, friendship, and loss.”

The book, Special, will be out by next October.

#2)  Podcast 2 is coming.

After you wonderful human beings downloaded Cryptid Creatures over 60K times, I finally can share huge news: I am teaming up with the University of Tulsa, which has agreed to fund a podcast lab for me, and I will be releasing a brand new audio drama podcast early next year. It’s basically gonna be a free movie… for your ears. I cannot wait to share this project with all of you! Here is a summary:

“When globe-trekking adventure Aaron Doss’s plane crashes into the ocean, he is washed 1600pxashore on a small island in the pacific. Doss is the only survivor of the wreck, other than an old-timey cassette recorder. In an attempt to keep a level of sanity, Doss begins to record journalistic summaries of his stint on the island. It is his way to fight off the loneliness.

Except he isn’t alone. The longer Aaron is on the island, the more mysteries he unlocks. Why does he feel like he is being watched? Who are the shadowy humanoid figures he continues to see lurking in the trees? And the biggest question—what dark secrets does the island conceal?”

The Others is loosely scheduled to premier on iTunes on Feb. 17th, with a new episode every other Friday.

#3: More Projects are in the Works

As you probably have figured out by now, my creativity just can’t stop. Even when I want to turn it off sometimes, that is no use. So that being said, I am going to be working on more projects. I can’t tell you much more right now other than I will be revisiting my favorite manuscript ever, and I am already writing my third podcast series. This one will be an indefinite thing, Lord willing. I have almost 20 voice actors who will be working with me to help bring you my best audio work yet, and time spent editing and writing will hopefully create my best book so far.

So all that being said, Happy 2017, readers!

— JH

Absence

Hi friends!

I am super sorry that I haven’t posted in a long time. I wanted to provide you with an update, as I have been busy with my newest project.

Criptid Creatures 1600x

As I am sure most of you know, I have recently released “Cryptid Creatures,” an iTunes podcast that I’m blessed to say is soaring up the charts.  If you are hear to learn about my podcasting, please go to www.cryptidcreaturespodcast.com and subscribe there!

If you are here to check out my writing, I appreciate the support greatly! I will be speaking at the OTA Encyclomedia conference in October of 2016 again, so if you are going to be there, stop bye and say hi!

I have another book publication  in the works, but I don’t want to announce anything until things are a little more concrete.  I hope you understand!

More coming when more exists!

Thanks all.

– Jesse Haynes

Horses and Burgers:

Hello, friends!

I want to begin by saying thank you to all you lovely followers for blowing up my last YouTube video (Vlog 13).  It was a “country music Screenshot (39)video,” and my lack of country experience means it is just as wacky and silly as you can imagine. Matching that with my inability to hold a rhythm, and it’s a wild-good time. Check it out by clicking on the link to my YouTube. I made a promise on social media that I would make another video is the first got  200 views, and it did, so another video is in the works. Here’s a hint: It’s gonna be a lot of Fun.

Next point of interest: I want to talk about doing the impossible for a minute. I have always believed you can do almost anything you set your mind too, and ironically enough I am about to set upon a challenge that will push me to my physical limits, challenge everything I have known about myself, and maybe turn me into a whole new person…

I’m going to eat (or at least attempt) the Fat Guys Burger Challenge in Tulsa.  A few of my friends were jokinScreenshot (42)g about the amount of food I can eat (when I want to, that is–I’m not normally a complete glutton). That being said, the “Fat Guys Burger Competition” popped onto my radar.  Here is the challenge, straight from Fat Guy’s website:

“FAT GUY’S BURGER BAR CHALLENGE IS: TWO POUND PATTY, ONE POUND OF
BACON(15 SLICES) TWO (4OZ) HOT DOGS, 8 SLICES AMERICAN CHEESE, 
LETTUCE, TOMATO, ONION AND YOUR CHOICE OF CONDIMENT. ALL OF THIS
TAKES PLACE ON A ONE POUND BUN. DON’T FORGET TO EAT THE POUND OF
FRENCH FRIES! ALL IN 60 MINUTES.”

 

If I can do it in under an hour then the meal is free and I get a place on the Wall of Fat forever (my crowning achievement, right?) And of course, this journey will be covered in my next video blog.

That’s all for today, good friends, but thanks for always supporting me! Until next time!

– Jesse Haynes

Upset of the Century?

Happy summer! By this time, the vast majority of you who are reading this are probably out of school for the summer (unless, of course, you are beyond the school-age and if that be the case, kudos to you). That deserves a congratulation! It takes a lot of work to make it through a school year, and that is something of which to be proud! To celebrate, buy yourself a copy of my newest book!

I was debating whether I wanted to write about sports or summer, and—true to my heart—sports cavswon out. As most of you probably know, the NBA Playoffs is reaching the home stretch. Sports-wise, this is my favorite part of the year. There’s so much drama and action you couldn’t make this stuff up. I am a Miami Heat fan, personally, but losing Hassan Whiteside in the conference semi-finals really hurt us and we lost, so now I am jumping on the Cleveland Cavaliers bandwagon, which I will be riding until it crashes.

Here’s a brief recap for all of you who haven’t been keeping up to date on the NBA drama: The Cavs and Raptors are playing for the Eastern Conference finals, and the Warriors and Thunder are playing for ththunder.1e West. This year the Warriors set the record for most wins in a season (73-9), Stephen Curry emerged as the apparent god of basketball (or at least shooting), and they seemed to be the most stacked team ever. However, as of right now (and this could change tonight), the Warriors are facing elimination. The Playoffs are best-of-7 series, and Oklahoma City got up 3-1 over Golden State. The record-breaking team is in deep trouble, playing in Oklahoma City tonight. Although the Warriors managed to squeak out a victory in Game 5, their magical season could very well end tonight.

Regardless of what happens—a crazy comeback by the Warriors from down 3-1 or the Thunder dropping them in the conference finals—there is something to be learned from this. Nobodwarriorsy thought the Thunder would win this series. On paper it seemed impossible, but still they showed up and played fearlessly. To them, this wasn’t a David vs. Goliath battle, it was a winnable series. Same as in life, sometimes we are pitted in “match-ups” with grueling odds. Don’t give up, no matter how unlikely success might seem. If you keep your head up, keep some fight in your belly, and stay determined, then anything is possible. You just have to believe, like the Thunder did (even if they somehow lose the series, which I honestly don’t expect.)

(Disclaimer: I don’t like the Thunder. I think Westbrook is a possessed ape, Durant is secretly a serial killer, and Adams was drafted straight out of the Stone Age.)

Carry on, my readers!

Jesse

Interviews of Past and Present

 

Readers,

This will be a short little post, but I just wanted to share some exciting news, friends. For one thing, I was recently intScreenshot (33)erviewed by the Skiatook Journal, and the story is available right HERE if you would like to read it. (Or click on the Skiatook Journal logo on the “As Seen In” section–that will take you to the link.)

Another exciting development is that I have been invited to speak on the Mix96 (Tulsa 96.5) Morning Radio Show with KC and Lindsey, and this will be a super exciting audio interview with my favorite Tulsa morning radio show. Don’t worry, I won’t be singing. Stay posted on this one, I will keep you up to date!

Until next time, my friends,

Jesse Haynes

Building Bridges

In 1820, ferry services began crossing the Pacific Ocean from Marin County to San Francisco Bay. By 1860, said services were operating on a set public schedule. The business was booming, but competition was fierce. The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company launched in 1867, and it because of it’s reliability and consistency, it took the vast majority of the business and eventually became known as the Golden Gate Ferry Company. By the 1920’s, it was the most prominent and profitable ferry company in the world.

And still, the demand was simply greater than could be met. The need for an even more efficient way to cross the bay arose, and it was met by one of the most architecturally ambitious projects to that date–builScreenshot (21)ding a nearly mile-long bridge to connect the two land masses. Many thought it couldn’t be done, but in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public, and since then it has been one of the most dazzling bridges in existence because it defied what seemed impossible. The iconic bridge encapsulates integrity, strength, and an American drive to defy the odds.

I didn’t realize how big of a deal this bridge was until lately. You see, my dear readers, I have a good friend who is in college learning to be an architect, and she recently finished a five-week long assignment of building a bridge model. She worked on it many more hours than should be humanly possible considering the schedule of a college student, but the end result wScreenshot (19)as simply one of the most delicate, breath-taking things I had ever seen in my life–a wooden small-scale model of what promises to be a stunning but functional bridge if ever build. A couple pictures of her work are attached. The only way I can describe it is by saying it looks unbelievable, like hand-crafting work of that precision and beauty should not be possible–a true work of art.

So maybe we aren’t all blessed with the ability to literally design, conceptualize, and create these beautiful bridges, but still we are capable of building our own bridges every day. A bridge is simply something that connects Point A to Point B and helps somebody move between the two, so I argue that we should all be doing that anyway, right? If we are at Point A, and we see our goals, dreams, and ambitions at Point B, how can we reach them?

It’s time to take this to another level, my friends. I started thinking about this even further, and this is what I concluded: There are two kinds of people in this regard: There are the watchers, Screenshot (20)people who are content to sit down in the grass of Point A, stare across the bay, and longingly watch Point B, gazing upon the happiness and prosperity that will never be known. Then there are the bridge-builders. These are the people that know where they stand and not only can see their dreams of a better future, but are also willing to build the bridge that will get them there. This means putting in work, practice, prayer, and anything else that will help realize those dreams. That’s how you build a bridge, even if you aren’t a striving architect. What kind of person are you? Will you emptily dream of a better tomorrow, or will you build the bridge that will get you there?

Build bridges, my friends.

— Jesse Haynes

The ‘Parable’ of the Farmer and His Sons

Readers, I hope all is well! First, let me start by saying Creepers 2 has arrived! Yay! If you would like to buy a copy, you can click on my new “buy a book” tab above (unless you are reading this in mobile view, in which case you need to click on the menu bar).

Also, I wanted to let all of you know that my newest Author Update YouTube Video is up! My friend Tristan and I went on a hunt for sasquatch nearby my house, and we discovered some crazy stuff! Check it out HERE to have your view of bigfoot’s existence permanently confirmed.

And I want to share a story with you. This is an original. Think of it as something of a parable with absolutely no moral lesson, ok? Without further ado, here we go:

Two cowsOne time in the near-to-distant past there lived a farmer. The fact that the farmer was a farmer is in no way symbolic or significant to the story, so get that out of your head. Being a farmer is just cool, that’s all.

The farmer had a first born son and he was like, “Wow, now I have a kid. He can help me plant corn and stuff. Corn is cool.” So as the boy grew up, he was taken around the farm, sharing his corn seed-things with the earth and watching them take root.

Now the farmer never expected much of the first son–in fact he thought of walking around the farm wChickenith him as nothing more than a recreational hobby. However, it turns out that the first son did much better at planting corn than the farmer ever expected.  His friends showed up at the farm, watching the boy and proud of the farmer for raising such a successful corn-sower.

He drew quite a crowd, and then the question came: will there be another son?

The farmer, realizing how much the first son had done for him, went on ahead and had another son, exclaiming, “Yee-doggies” the day the second son was born, as all farmers do. He then looked out his barn window and added: “Wow, what a delightful chicken.”  He taught the second son how to sow seeds as well, using the lessons he had learned from the first son and putting all of the talent, thought, and work he could dream up into the second. The farmer was much more proud of the second son, feeling that the first came when the was too young to teach lessons of the farm very well.

The second son learned not only to plant seeds, but also drive tractors, lasso cattle, and do other farmer stuff, and it made the farmer happy.

“Nifty,” he said. “I personally like the second son way the heck more than the first, so I want to take him all around the big, wide farm.”

The end.  That’s as deep as I get.

So what does this mean? It means that the farm is the world, metaphorically, and my two books are my sons. I never thought the first book would be as successful as it is, and I am super fortunate to have just released another. I am even more proud of the sequel because I think it is a more mature read, and I can’t wait to share it with the world. I will just end by saying this: everybody check out Creepers 2! I think it will please!

And remember, my dad always told me that you should never walk through a rainstorm in socks.

Press on, my friends.

– Jesse Haynes

Steps in the Right Direction

Greetings friends, readers, and others who happen to be reading this!

How are you doing? It has been a long time! Did you miss me? Probably not, but I can at least pretend, right? Anyway, I will tell you a little bit about what I have been up to, and it’s a happy story, let me tell you. The semester began with dark days–dark days my friends. I didn’t have any time to do anything apart from study, eat, and sleep. That was literally it! Devastating, right?

Well here is the good news! I can now study, eat, sleep, and be a human being! I actually have the time of day now to do a few things that I view as recIMG_20160201_134717-1reational, hot diggity dog. To be more specific, I am playing on a co-ed basketball team with one of the dorms on campus, Hardesty Hall. I know what you’re thinking: “Jesse, you commute. You can’t play with a dorm.” Well… turns out you’re right! The team of 12 has 10 people from the dorm and 2 stowaways, myself included, and we’re leading the charge to an intermural championship, a free shirt, and eternal glory. No, we haven’t actually played a game yet, but it’s coming. Pictured above is the “Hardesty Hall Ballers” (lame name, I know) at a team dinner.

Next point of interest: the demand for YouTube content. My number of YouTube subscribers has doubled over the past 2 months, and I love hearing from you all about what I should post next. Here is something I have heard a lot: “Jesse, at the end of Episode 8 you said you and a friend were going to look for bigfoot.” It’s coming, and soon, my friends! Rest assured that within the next month, we will find bigfoot (or at least look very hard) and document the thrilling adventure in the way of a 10 minute video. I also have a few more ideas for videos in my head, but I would love to hear from you if you have any more!

Thanks to all of you who constantly inspire me, every day. Where would I be without you?

Press on!

– Jesse Haynes