Neil O'Donnell

Neil O'Donnell

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Buffalo, New York, United States
Nationally certified career coach with expertise in writing résumés and cover letters for professionals around the world. 15+ years of focus helping new graduates and seasoned professionals find good jobs.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book sale

My publisher, A-Argus, is selling most ebooks, including most of mine, at just $.99 cents.  So, whether you have a Nook, Kindle or other reader, you can probably find a book for your tastes. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Return of the Sagan - OCD in Space

Return of the Sagan is my next work-in-progress.  After this book, I will finish the sequel to PEOPLE OF THE SWORD.

Return of the Sagan is about a generation-space ship, the U.S.S. Carl Sagan, which returns to Earth after nearly 300 years of space flight to find the Earth void of human life.  The book itself follows a group of marines and scientists who land on the planet in the Great Lakes region (Buffalo-metro area) to try to determine what the frak happened (had to throw in some Battlestar Galactica words).  The marines and scientists are guided by an anthropologist who suffers from OCD (shocker, huh?).  This anthropologist, Francis, long found comfort in fantasy novels, which were his means to escape the obsessions brought about by OCD.  Once on Earth, away from the technology that triggers much of his OCD, Francis sees Earth through the eyes of an explorer, eager to immerse himself in the natural settings where OCD fails to harness control.  This is very much an outlet for me to deal with my ocd while also letting others know what the disorder truly entails.  It's also my first foray into sci-fi.  I will post the 1st chapter latter this month.  Take care.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ever onward...

The writing continues.  With CALLING WREN finished, I have begun my next project.  Titled RETURN OF THE SAGAN, this next manuscript will be sci-fi, a new genre for me at least in regards to my writing.  This will be the last project before I return to my fantasy series.

That aside, I wanted to add a note about reading.  For those looking for a good read, there are a lot of independent publishers that are releasing books that are on-par or better than what is being realised by the big publishers.  My publisher, A-Argus, has many great authors (genres) on its book list.  Given the amount of typos I've seen in books I purchased (from the big publishers), it's a mistake to think that independent publishers are a waste of time.  Just something to keep in mind.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Calling Wren Finished!

Hi everyone:

Sorry so long since last post.  So, over lunch, I finished the first draft of CALLING WREN.  It's a novella length historical fiction manuscript about an Iroquoian nation that lived in the Niagara Frontier 500 years ago., a nation of Native Americans where women controlled resources, decisions and the chiefs.  I will no be having readers go through the book and start edits/rewrites.  I'm hoping to have the finished product sent to my publisher by year's end!  I hope you all enjoy the end of the summer.

Best regards,
Neil

p.s. I completed and published a companion book, non-fiction, which details my archaeological research of the Niagara Frontier (being an archaeologist is an amazing career).  The book is available in ebook and paperback formats at Amazon and is titled:  The Niagara Frontier's Unwritten History.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Writing and Ramblings

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the delay in posting. My newest book, HOPE IN A BOTTLE, has been released by Argus Books. It's a tale of a priest who ends up marooned on an island. In an attempt to still help people, he puts messages of hope in plastic bottles that wash up on the beach. The bulk of this novella is about those who find the priest's messages and how they impact their lives.

For me, the message of Hope is something we all need, and I hope this novella encourages readers to stay strong during even the most difficult times, because Hope is always there.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Writing: Finding Inspiration and Guidance

For me, David Eddings and Dennis McKiernan remain incredible guides to the writing process. Not just because of the words they place in their novels, but becuase of their publishing of their experiences while developing their works. Their honesty in prologues and biographical statements made their writings more tangible, accessible. Through social media, I have now started to interact with other authors, some of whom have been similarly forthcoming with their experiences, which I think is a great learning tool for all authors. Two writers in particular, Kristen Lamb and Bob Mayer, consttently post advice that I have found useful (see http://kristenlamb.org/ http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ http://www.bobmayer.org/). If you are looking for writing direction, their websites are a great place to start.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hope in a Bottle


Happy New Year! The cover is in for my coming book, Hope in a Bottle. I will post details of publication dates as soon as they ae available.
So, did everyone have a great holiday season? Me, I spent much of my time sick and curled up on the couch (yeah, writing did not get done to any extent - it's hard to write when you have a sinus headache). As for the new year, I also didn't come up with any resolutions. For my part, just trying to be an all-around better husband, brother, uncle and person are daily objectives (no, I'm not always successful, but I do try). If you have set 'resolutions' for the year, I hope you remember one thing. We are all human, and any goals we set should leave room for change, change no only in circumstances but in our hopes and dreams. There is nothing wrong with falling short on a goal. Just make sure you take pride in your effort, dust yourself off, re-evaluate your objectives and move on. Best wishes to all!