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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.

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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

A New Year of Jesse Haynes Author

Readers, I hope you are all having an incredible 2016! Creepers 2 is nearly with us, and I hope you are all as excited as me.  I am so stoked to get the conclusion of my first series in your hands, and especially to hear the feedback from all you! I write my books to tell stories to all of Haynes_revision (1)you, and hearing from you is the most rewarding thing. (Especially if it is good feedback, ha.)

Bad news, friends, this is also the beginning of a new semester of college, and that means I am starting 5 new classes. My schedule this semester will involve a TON of writing, and that means I’m not exactly positive how frequently I will be blogging. Fear not, readers, because I will definitely be working, writing, and blogging as much as humanly possible. It’s not like I have much of a social life outside of basketball anyway….

But this is the end of my short post, friends. I wanted to let you know that you are all on my mind, that I won’t forget you, that I will be blogging as much as I can, and I’m looking forward to 2016 with all of you. Let’s see how far we can take Jesse Haynes Author, deal?

Cheers to a good New Year!

– Jesse Haynes

How George Lucas Stole Christmas

Readers, let me start by first and foremost saying Merry Christmas! Don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season, and have a great Christmas Day! My last post was more Christmas-related than this one, however, so if you are just looking to teem with seasonal cheer, go check it out.

But as for this one, let me get into my biggest poiz - sw 2nt. As the Christmas season rose into full swing, a global phenomenon soared  to unimaginable heights. I am sure, unless you have been living in a box over the last month (and if that is the case, kudos to you for being able to read this post from presumably within your cardboard home), that you know exactly what I am talking about: Star Wars.

Yes, the Force was strong this Christmas season. Stockings were overshadowed by lightsabers. Who needs a wrez- swath when you can have Wookie slippers? Heck, even everybody’s favorite small green alien was competing with big green Christmas trees. “Global phenomenon” does not adequately cover Star Wars’s impact on the end of the year. The new, masked face of Kylo Ren was everywhere.

And all of that being said, here is the point I wanted to make: Star Wars has a huge fan base, and J.J. Abrams could have easily sluffed off a below-par movie that would have still grossed unbelievably well in the box office just because of the “brand” name. That was not the case, however, and that is what impressed me the most. Star Wars was given high critical acz - sw.4claim, and not only did it shatter box office records as expected, but it was a solid movie. It met expectations.

To bring this back to a much smaller scale, we look at Creepers 2 as it approaches its release year.  With my first book came no expectations. It was just me, my story, and zero interest besides anything that I created firsthand.

The sequel is a little different, however. Now there are a considerable amount of people who have read the first book and are expecting big things from the sequel. To all of those people, I say thank you, because those are the ones that are pushing me to make Man’s Worst Enemy the best that it can possibly be. Even now, as I edit the book for the final time before it heads to print, I have you in mind. I certainly don’t have the expectations of Star Wars, but I still will certainly try to make the book as good as I possibly can.

Thanks to all of you, and Merry Christmas!

– Jesse Haynes

 

The Freedom to Write

I hope all is well, dear readers, because this is a very special day. It was one of those days where I woke up this morning feeling blessed z - vetto be a novelist, blessed to have amazing fans like you all, and blessed to be able to pursue whatever, ridiculous, mind-numbingly outlandish idea that courses into my head and I decide to turn into a novel.

Seriously, life couldn’t be better. I have a great family. My friends are impossible to beat. God is constantly providing me with any provision I could need and giving me things I don’t deserve.  I even have  a great dog, although he’s on my list after trying to pull a fast one on me this morning (just email me if you want the whole story). I have amazing scholarships allowing me to go to a top-50 private university for an exceptional rate. My “job” is getting paid for doing what I have dreamed of doing my whole life. How insainocrazily cool is that? I am a fiction novelist – a professional liar – and I want to continue this until the day that I die. And then there are the side-jobs: The Tulsa World, substitute teaching, the eBay business. I couldn’t imagine a better life.

But the real question is this: have I done anything to deserve what I have? Have I accomplished enough that I should walk around like the world owes me? Did I earn this blessed life? Have I achieved enough to be qualified?

The answer to all of those questions, dear readers, is no. I have done NOTHING to earn any of the blessings of my life. Nada. Zilch. Zero. In fact, it has nothing to do at with what I have done, but instead everything to do with the sacrifices made by countless brave men and women. You see, today is November 11th (unless, of course, you are among that unimaginably small percent of the American population that doesn’t check my blog EVERY day of the year and you are reading this late), and that means today is Veterans Day! This is a day dedicated to the heroes of our country – the people that make what I do possible. No matter how many novel-worthy ideas I have, or how many friends I can make, or what dream university I want to attend, none of that would matter one tiny little bit if it wasn’t for the heroic men and women fighting for the freedom of this country.

So Veterans, this one’s to you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I mean it. I know that I am blessed, but more importantly, I know that I am blessed because of the daily sacrifices that each and every one of you make. You are the people who make living this life possible, and I am eternally grateful for all that you do. May God protect you as you strive to keep this country grand.

Readers, no matter what day of the year it is, if you see a veteran, please shake their hand. Give them a hug. Tell them they are appreciated. They sacrifice so much for us that we can never repay them, but we can at least show them we love them.

Thanks to all.

– Jesse Haynes

The Cost of a Dollar

I have a great idea! I’m going to take two completely separate ideas and mash them together in an attempt to give them some sort of cohesion and make a point. AKA this is my Greek philosopher impersonation.

So anyway, happy November! One month left and then we will be changing to another calendrical year. How exciting! With November comes three things that I care about: the NBA season starts to gain momentum, it is epilepsy awareness month… and Thanksgiving. As much as I’d like to blog about LeBron, I’m going to write about the latter of the two.

And now I’m going to talk about rap. Love it or hate it, rap is a very expressive form of art. I will be the first to admit that I don’t like many rappers, and I definitely don’t like explicit rap, but lately I listened to a song that really got me thkendrick-lamar-press-2015-black-and-white-billboard-650inking. The song is by Kendrick Lamar, entitled “How Much a Dollar Costs.” The point of the song is Kendrick, who is a rich and influential rapper, encounters a homeless man begging him for a dollar. Kendrick, who has a religious background, acts contrary to how he knows he should (even when the beggar asks if Kendrick has recently “opened up Exodus 14”, which offers a lesson on humility). He continually asks himself “how much a dollar cost” throughout the song, pondering the true value of money. When confronted with the beggar he becomes angry, claiming, “Crumbs and pennies, I need all of mine,” and that “Every nickel is mine to keep.” Basically, Kendrick completely snaps on the poor beggar.

The homeless man then quickly pulls a 180 on Kendrick, making a statement about how people should treat one another. He reveals that in face he is actually God in disguise, alluding to another parable of the Bible. He answers, “You’re lookin’ at the Messiah, the son of Jehovah, the higher power, The choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit, the nerve of Nazareth, and I’ll tell you just how much a dollar cost: The price of having a spot in Heaven. Embrace your loss, I am God.”

So the point of the song is that earthly wealth is never more important the eternal salvation, and people should always be thankful for what they have and willing to share if they have enough. Kendrick demonstrates that the figurative cost of a dollar can be much more expensive than the actual value of the dollar, and it is a very impactful song.

So, all of that being said, let me conclude: As Thanksgiving approaches, a time to express our gratitude for the things we have in our life, pay special attention to how blessed we truly are. Remember the priorities in your life and why they are important to you. Feel free to leave commentary/feedback on my post below. Keep pressing on, my friends.

– Jesse Haynes