Just as a reminder, I'll be a guest at CONtraflow this weekend. Here's a list of the panels I'll be on:
How to Write Your First Novel, Friday, 1pm, Event 1 The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 4 American South as a Setting in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sunday, 10am Event 2 Skeptics vs. Believers, Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 2
Or you could also find it here. I really like that feature, nice job by the con organizers.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Who the fuck am I to
Jim (35) and Chicken (9 mos.) at World Horror Con 2013 in New Orleans
Coincidentally I was going to make a post about the next convention I'll be going to. I'll be a guest at CONtraflow New Orleans the first weekend in October. The picture above is from the last one I went to. Bringing your tiny baby to a con is not such a great idea if your wife likes to co-sleep and breastfeed. Everyone slept like crap and as a result by day two I was already exhausted and feeling sick. I didn't
This was originally going to be a different post about other shit. I can't really do that, though, until I do this.
Norm died Wednesday, 9/9/2015. He was a great guy, probably my biggest fan and I didn't really deserve him.
A proper obituary should be about the decedent, not the guy writing. The problem is that I don't really feel like the guy to do that. So I can only tell my story. Sorry, I guess that's pretty self-centered of me. Let me see how much I can talk about
So almost a month ago "Anthony P." wrote me a great review for SMARTASS. Some comments I had on what he wrote:
1. I actually, swear to God, had never read any Leigh Brackett until I was about 3/4 of the way through the book. I want to say I finished the first draft before I'd even heard of this lady. And I'm old enough that I should've already. To be honest I can't completely remember. Anyway, I was glad to be compared to her as she was doing a lot of the stuff I wanted to do fro
Hadn't checked my KDP reports in a while. It's looking pretty good! After the book bomb hit towards the end of May thanks to all the morons at Ace of Spades, my sales have been pretty consistent - one or two a day since then, with some off days.
I am a little disappointed that I didn't get any more non-US sales. I guess I haven't leveled up enough yet to get the "BIG IN <SOME NON-US COUNTRY>" cheevo. My wife is rooting for Italy. Me, I'd take just about anywhere. Maybe eve
I should also mention that I've re-formatted HBVK and ARENA as well to bring up the standard. Sorry if you bought a crap copy. Just email me and I'll send you the new version and you can sideload it onto your device (you can't get the new version "officially" without buying it again, sorry).
I don't think I'll be writing any more novellas unless I'm compelled to just for the sake of art. No one seems to want to buy ARENA at $2.99 -- but that's the lowest price I can offer and sti
Thanks to all who bought both HBVK and SoM yesterday. For those who aren't aware, on the weekends the well-regarded blog Ace of Spades has lots of non-political threads for people to discuss gardening, cooking, guns, booze, all that kind of stuff. Oh, and books.
I've read the blog for a long time and really enjoy it. It hits that sweet spot of insightful commentary without being stuffy and easy to pin down. Great podcast, too. So the other day I saw their book thread and thought I'd give i
Sent out some marketing emails tonight. Doing this stuff gives me the agita because no one likes pushy people and no one likes spam and no one likes people who are like BUY MY BOOK BOOK BOOK but I have to try something. Sales on Amazon are OK, better than I expected really but still pretty low -- and I think this new book is revolutionary in a couple of ways.
Why? First, understand that as far as I can tell NO ONE has done a book like this. And I read just about every sword-and-planet I co
Still "in review" at Amazon -- I just hit the "Publish" button. It should be there by the time you read this. Since I can't provide a direct link, you can find it on my Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JEVPZEM
More to come, but I'll be working until the weekend and I won't really have time to post. I plan on putting up a sort of "post-mortem" on this book, why I wrote it, what I set out to do, and some other things. Thanks to all who he
(Trigger warning: this post is self-indulgent).
We had a flash flood recently. Nothing major, but it hit my storage shed hard. Along with some things of my wife's, I lost a bin full of momentos and half of my comic book collection -- the good half, arguably.
The momentos were, as you might imagine, things like certificates I got in grade school for being good at math or "language arts" whatever the hell that is, the keepsake book from my First Communion, things like
One year ago we discovered that my daughter had celiac disease, which means she can't eat gluten or it makes her very sick (gluten is a protein found in many common grains like wheat). After 1 year of dealing with it I have to say I think I would rather we had discovered she had some other problem, like being born without a foot or something like that.
People can at least understand when you don't have a foot, and you just get a plastic foot and you're good.
Possibly my least-favorite horror novel trope is what I call a "Dead Ned".
This is a character whose sole purpose is to die in the first chapter, killed by the Big Bad so that you will know that Dr. KnifePenis or whatever is SERIOUS BIZNISS. Usually described with Tom Clancy levels of detail regarding his appearance, life history, thoughts on current events, etc. Almost always some kind of lower-class white person, dumb as a bag of rocks and just as cliched in their portrayal.
So HBVK has been on Kindle for about a month. It hasn't quite exploded the face of the Internet, thanks to my Taoist marketing strategy of refusing to go against the flow of the Universe by promoting my book all the time. That's wu wei, baby. If it's gonna happen, it'll happen.
Yeah, well. I haven't squared the circle yet on how to tell people about my book without being annoying. Everyone I'm connected to on Facebook already knows about it and maybe already bought it. I'm back on
Beloved pet and long-time candidate for Best Dog in the World Jasper passed away quietly in his sleep on the afternoon of Tuesday the 8th of July from an overdose of barbituates, in the company of his owners. He was approximately 16 years old. His health had been declining for some time and doctors advised that euthanasia would be more humane then attempting heroic measures. He was preceded in death by Jezebel, his wife and dam of his litter. He is survived by his issue, two of whom, Buster and
Yeah, and so is everything else. Hey, I'm still excited. More excited than I've been in a long time.
So now you can get it here. It also includes a preview of ARENA OF THE WOLF for those of you who haven't read it yet. For an older book I think the price is fair, the KDP (that's Kindle Direct Publishing) seems to be trying to move away from $1.99 and $2.99 books with some success. Turns out if your book's too cheap people will think of it accordingly.
Note: all Amazon links in this blog post are affiliate links that make me some small amount of money. I am given to consider this venial as I'd rather you buy my books but my wife insists and anyway I'm warning you now. It doesn't cost you anything, after all and it's better than shitty ads that might put malware on your computer.
So Slate dropped this article before the weekend. It caused a kerfuffle, as it was intended to, but not a huge one, because no one really gives a damn abo
Or as the Iron Sheik might say, "Game of Who Gives Fuck? More like Game of I Fuck You and Break Your Neck Like the True Bubba." He gets a little carried away but you get the idea.
I've read all the books AFAIK. I'm pretty sure the appearance of a new one would be big enough to get through the wilderness to my own private hermitage. Remember this series was started something like twenty years ago. To be honest I can't say for sure why I read through them all. Something abou
In keeping with my resolve to avoid posting on wastes of time like Facebook as much as possible, here instead is the kind of stuff I would put there. Mostly what it says in the title.
Last weekend I watched an awesome movie, Rigor Mortis. Its original Cantonese title is "geung-si", literally "stiff corpse", translated to English as "Hopping Vampire". Chinese aren't great with snappy titles, if you didn't know. While they are rightly famous for the poetr
My problem with writing these blog posts is that I hold very strong opinions but don't really have the cred to back them up.
I read, write, listen, Pay Fucking Attention (PFA, it's like my version of TCB, which I also use but of course don't own), no one will give a shit until I am receiving my Please Fucking Die Already Award from the Association of Asshole Writers. DOUBLE CANES, BITCH. I'M USING TWO CANES.
I'm sure most would count this a sign of total ignorance. They
I don't know how else to write about this, so how about I just tell you a story. I'll try to keep it to the good parts.
When I was in college, they had this program they called "the Experimental College" or EXCO for short. EXCO was one of those idealist hippie ideas that my alma mater was (and is) famous for - a school with no rules! Students teaching classes about any subject they wanted! TOWNIES teaching classes! The lion laying down with the lamb! etc., etc. It was dead
No, not the movie. Not the book (what, no Kindle?), either. Both of those were damn great, BTW.
I've been pretty invisible lately. I got frustrated with it, didn't see the point. I'd keep writing these long screeds that you couldn't even finish in the time it takes to have a bowel movement (my theory on the available attention span of people who read things on the Internet), feel stupid about it, try to write a short, snappy one and end up going crazy again.
I'm sorry for those of you that actually follow this blog. I didn't post the last episode of my podcast. Check out my stream at SoundCloud if you want to listen to it. This is the new one I promised after the last one was a bit late. WARNING: when I start talking about Dr. Who, you might want to turn down your speakers.
I've been blogging and reading blogs for long enough to know that it's pointless to write too much about how you don't post often enough. It starts to make you feel like a deadbeat dad, always promising to show up for your kid's birthday but then just sending a card in the mail.
I hate blogging. All the things I want to say take a long time to read and ain't nobody got time for that.
So I thought podcasting might work well for me. I figured that people might be more wi
Hey folks. I should've mentioned this earlier but you know how it is. Anyway, my novella ARENA OF THE WOLF is now available in limited hardcover editions. Yes, it's been in Pre-Order Hell for a long time, but it's out now, with a bus ticket in one hand and a garbage bag full of personal effects in the other. I don't have any word on when paperbacks will be out - I'll have to remember to ask DRP. You can find it over to your right there, just click on the cover. If that link is broken you can al