As 2015 comes to an end we tend to look back over the year and ahead to the future. This year was filled with a lot of change in my personal life. I lived in 3 different states and touched every state west of the Mississippi except for Oklahoma and Texas. I finished up the majority of my contract work with MLB and would be surprised to see anything from them in 2016 as a lot has changed since Manfred took over. I wrote a lot this year, almost all of which you’ve yet to see. The Final Book is virtually complete, I’m currently in the midst of the last chapter! To be honest, I can’t believe I put it down to update the site... Finishing this novel will be a major accomplishment on many fronts and at the very least a symbol of dedication. Proof that I am able to finish something if my heart and mind are in it, haha.

2015 was a significant changing point in my life, and will continue on into 2016. A lot of things came to an end, but out of that came resolution. Feelings of resisting change and holding on to that which has been lost are fading. I see the future once again, and I’m excited about it.

2016 really is a blank slate. I have the ability to finally choose where I want to live and create a home, instead of having it dictated by circumstance or arranged for me. Of course I’ve had my own places in the past, but they always had an end date before they started. 3 months here, 6 months there, if I made it 8 months it was a miracle. I’ve never hung a photo or piece of art because I knew it could be coming down in a matter of weeks. Stability is an exciting proposition, but still ahead of me a bit. The thought of being able to make and keep some friends, getting to know the people who work at the grocery store, and buying a real bed is now starting to sound like an adventure.

Hell or high water, The Final Book will be released in 2016. I love the story and it will become a trilogy, but it will also be nice to work on something else! I have lots of ideas in the wings that need some attention. The website here will see growth in the coming year. There’s a web series I’d like to work on as well as putting myself on strict schedule of creating articles. Ambitious but reasonable with dedication.

The ideas and ability are all in place for 2016, now it’s a matter of funding, haha. C’est la vie, right??

I make an effort to reply to those of you who reach out individually, but I just wanted to say thank you once again. Thanks to everyone who stumbles across my work or takes an active interest in it. Your shares, support, and involvement is invaluable and I truly appreciate it.

Cheers to everyone! Have optimism for the future and gratitude toward the past.

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It’s come to my attention and has been recommended that I create an “author” Facebook page. Reluctantly, I’ve accepted. Truth be told, I’ve had a “personal” Facebook page since it was exclusively available to college students in the early 2000’s, and I’m over it. It’s so exhausting… It may be the single worst thing to happen to American culture, not to mention I know way too many people on there in “real life” so good luck getting an ounce of honesty out of me.

So, with that glowing endorsement, aren’t you so excited to LIKE my page???

SW Hammond Facebook Page

It won’t be so bad. I’ve already gone through and scheduled 2 months worth of posts. They’re all memes, so at least that will be entertaining. The page is also linked to my Twitter account, so those of you who don’t tweet can get in on the action. I’ve also promised to play nicely and post bits of exclusive and “interesting” material several times a week.

Any tool I can use to get closer to readers, I’ll do it. I do appreciate the one-on-one interaction and hope the page will allow me to connect with those who otherwise may have had no interest. You are who this is all about and that truly matters, and I’ll kick back up my MySpace page if it helps talking with you!

Lastly, if you’d be so kind, I invite you to “get in” on the ground floor and help me share the page to your friends. Your efforts will be significant and greatly appreciated seeing as I have 0 Likes (seriously, this page is brand new and I haven’t even personally liked it yet!).

Damn you, Zuckerberg.

Post Alley Gum

The traveling bug continued- I was gone part of June and almost the entirety of July. Good trips- half work, and half play. Had an epic road trip that started in Salt Lake City, took the long way to Colorado Springs where I spent a few days with family, then on to Nebraska where I visited friends for a week. Always love my time in Albion. From there it was on to Chicago where I met up with a baseball buddy. We both desperately wanted to get out of the city so we drove north to Wisconsin checking out Kenosha and Milwaukee. Heading back inland, we stayed in Madison and had tons of fun downtown. From there we went to Delavan Lake and stayed at nice resort on the water. Finally it was time to drop my friend back off in Chicago and started the drive west. It had been a while since I had been in that area so I added a few miles to the trip and avoided the I-80 corridor. I cut back northwest through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and finally back to Salt Lake.

I love my time on the road- I find it soothing. Reflecting, thinking, cranking music. Clears the head- so does topping out the car at 142 mph on a few back roads! I was only “home” for a few days until it was time to head further west- this time to Washington. Seattle, Olympia, Ocean Shores, and then down the coast to Oregon through Astoria and Rockaway Beach.

I got to spend the majority of the trip on the water and it was exactly what I needed. The last few months have been overwhelming trying to figure out life, money, and my next step. With MLB’s western ops office closing, the baseball journey had officially come to an end. While I’m fortunate enough to still be doing some contract work with them through my new media company, it’s safe to say that it is time to move on. I have little desire to work in the Commissioner’s Office in NYC and I haven’t pursued any jobs with clubs. I figure if I’m ever going to make an honest go at my own ventures- now is the time!

Not that I didn’t know that before my trip to the beach, but it sort of reaffirmed everything and made me feel okay about it. It reminded what’s important to me, what I’ve always wanted, and put me back on the path I was on before I got distracted with baseball. Adventuring, writing, geeking out- sand, trees, water.

So, what have I been working on? Well, I have a few websites I’ve been building (one particularly large one). That has kept me busy throughout all of this travel. I also did some formatting of The Final Book, figured out how much I’ve written and how much more I have to go. I’m currently over 90k words and suspect it will take another 20-30k to finish. Did squeeze in another chapter or two, but need to devote more time. I also have a new article / web series I’d like to tackle discussing internet morality.

By the looks of the calendar, most of my travels are over for the summer (small trip over Labor Day) and I should really be able to crank on this stuff over the next few weeks. Most importantly I feel good about things again- I’m back in the gym, fell back in love with life, and am reconnecting with the muses!

Map of Mesopotamia

The last few weeks have been busy and I think I’m finally crashing- losing motivation! Did a bit of traveling- nothing terribly “exciting” but a couple road trips is good to clear the mind. Listened to a few audio books on ancient philosophy- always so enlightening but I struggle putting any of it to practical use.

The major update is that things are once again moving forward with The Final Book. After a long dry spell of only rewriting, I finally pushed forward and completed six new chapters. I’m finally to the climatic arch and there is a well mapped route to the finish line. However, now I’m just lacking the motivation to work! I looked at a blank screen for 45 minutes this afternoon before wasting time on Twitter and Facebook, haha.

I’m sure it will pass and when I do catch my stride the book isn’t that far out. I’ve reached out to a few beta readers and solicited their help. Really looking for beta readers that have a strong interest in religious / historic fiction (target demo)- let me know if that’s you or you know someone. I’d be happy to share an advanced copy and take suggestions before it goes to the editor.

Anyway- the site has gone through a few updates as well. New domain name, new social media integration, and new evergrowing Friends section. Go take a look!

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What a week! Things have been going crazy with the release of Mojo And The American Female. The support and feedback has been fantastic- thanks so much to everyone for checking it out! All of your notes and emails mean a lot.

From here on out it’s about promotion and getting the book into the hands of the reader. Pretty easy, right? I’ll just call up Oprah and get into her book club, haha. I need help turning the snowball into a snowboulder.

Every little bit helps- a shoutout on Twitter, a post on Facebook, mentioning it to your friends at the bar. Anything you can do would be appreciated!

If any of you would be willing to give an honest and objective review of the book and post your findings on the major websites, that’d really help a ton. I’m a big softy so drop me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll see about giving you a free copy of the book for review.

Well, I can’t believe it’s “done” and finally out there! It turned out to be a lot more work than I expected, but I’m happy with it. A lot of technical issues getting it work on the different devices / tablets. You'd think there'd be a universal standard language for all readers like HTML is for web browsers. ePub 3.0 is trying, but it has a long way to go... But, overall I think it’s a quality product and proud to put my name on it! Wish I could sit back an enjoy the release, clear my brain for a few days but my mind is already racing- time to jump back into The Final Book series!


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