What Type of Stoner Are You?

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What type of stoner are you?

We all know the Klutz, the Sneak A Toke, and the Newbie. I have been known to be a Storyteller who never passes the bowl!

Enjoy. And leave a comment letting me know what type of stoner you either are, or would be if you smoked marijuana.

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Stoners and Zombies

stoners and zombies

Stoners and Zombies go very well together.

Here is a short film about a group of stoners who survive the Zompoc in their car. Funny and gory!

httpv://youtu.be/aG3Rbyh03Bw

Nerf Zombie Strike Toys

Nerf Zombie Strike Toys teach kids how to defend against the Zompoc

When C. Che’s son was a toddler, we did not ever buy him violent toys. No guns, no weapons.

So what he did was turn anything he could find into a weapon. Legos, plastic kitchen utensils, plastic tools from the toy tool kit – all would become guns, lasers, swords, and other weapons.

Well, we figured, at least he had to use his imagination.

Fast forward 20 years or so, and now Zombies are all the rage, so of course the weapons to kill Zombies are also all the rage.

Now there are Nerf Zombie Strike toys. Nerf, makers of the first ball game I could play inside of my apartment as a kid, now make a full line of indoor-friendly Zombie killing weapons.

There is a crossbow, a machete, a sword, and several guns (and yes, you can carry the sword across you back, just like Michonne in Walking Dead).

Marijuana Tourism and Taxes

Marijuana tourism is alive and well in the US!

Back when I was in high school and college, marijuana tourism meant getting a passport and flying to Amsterdam. In 2014, it’s a relatively short flight to Colorado.

Legal marijuana combined with great skiing and hiking, and no passport necessary? C. Che and I are planing a trip as I type this!

Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are loosely tracking where their customers come from. So far they are seeing a lot of Texans, as well as residents of the Eastern seaboard. Yes, marijuana tourism in Colorado has begun.

January 2014 marijuana sales generated $1 million in taxes. Yes, that is $1 million towards education, infrastructure, maintenance, and tourism.

We predict that as quality of life goes up in Colorado and other states that legalize recreational, as well medical, marijuana, the rest of the country will take notice. These are the states that will have the funds to attract great teachers, doctors, and businesses.

Colorado is predicting an extra $67 million annually, which is nearly twice as much as the state receives from alcohol taxes.

As a side note, I find it interesting that nobody thought about the banking and cash issue.

Basically, since selling marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and our banks are regulated by the federal government, banks are refusing to do business with marijuana retailers.

This leaves the shop owners with a big security issue – namely, too much cash. Imagine having to bring $50,000 in cash to the state tax office. And the possibility of being robbed while en route.

The Department of Justice is supposed to be issuing a memo to the affected parties, clarifying the Federal government’s stance on US banks accepting money earned from marijuana sales. It is predicted to be too little, too late.

We are just happy that recreational pot is legal somewhere in the US!

Proof Copies of ZKS Are Coming

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Proof Copies of ZKS Episodes 1 & 2 are on the way from Createspace!

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that we were waiting for Createspace to approve Zombie Killing Stoners Episode 1 and Episode 2 for print publication.

Plus, we are old enough that we don’t really feel published without a physical book.

The novellas are short enough that Createspace cannot print title and author on the spine (110 and 117 pages, respectively), so maybe after we write a few more we will bundle a few into combined omnibus edition just to have some spine printing action. For now we want them separate.

It was interesting formatting the book interiors. Blank pages needed to be inserted where appropriate, page numbers added back in, and pages made smaller (5″ x 8″ vs. 8.5″ x 11″). None of this is crucial for Kindle, since there the text is responsive.

Anyway, we will have hard copies in hand one week from tomorrow.

We can’t wait!

 

 

Publishing With CreateSpace

ZKS book cover ep 1

Publishing with CreateSpace was easy.

Now we wait for approval, order some proofs, and release the paper version out to the world!

C. Che and I have been talking for a while about releasing the first two Zombie Killing Stoners Episodes in print paperback form.

I did some research on POD publishers, including Lulu, Smashwords, and CreateSpace.

Lulu seemed to charge more for less for the print book. Photos of the books show a lesser quality, and if you use their free ISBN, Lulu becomes your publisher (what happened to “self-published?”).

Smashwords looked OK, but we are looking for a high quality printer with a low price for us to buy copies to sell at ComicCon and other events this year.

So we settled on publishing with CreateSpace. Their printed books looked the best, including the cover. Publishing with Createspace has other benefits, too. CreateSpace allows free library and bookstore distribution, as well as listing on Amazon. And their free ISBN belongs to you as the publisher.

And it was easy. They walk you right through each step.

Once the books are approved, we will order proof copies and release ZKS to the world (it’s true – Amazon distributes the books internationally).

We can’t wait!