I already have these books listed on My Book Shelf page, but most of you folks don’t visit that (the numbers don’t lie), so I figured I’d do something I rarely do these days, and actually post a link farm. I apologize for those hoping for a new, proper post from me, but I’m a little out of sorts and not feeling too chatty. Included with these links are the brief summaries I wrote for these books a week or two ago:
THE BACK ROADS OF LIMBO
A series of short stories and novellas about spies, sultans, genies, detectives, bad angels, a man’s best friend, the God of Squirrels, Christmas dinner for two, thieves, sorceresses, lost children, working while you sleep, writer’s block, soul-eating vampires, and a giant squid.
PRINT | KINDLE
TERMINAL MONDAY: a Dream of New York City
A man meets an old girlfriend who convinces him to return to novel writing, but not before his wife leaves him, he gets his old band back together, and suffers a nervous breakdown.
PRINT | KINDLE | KOBO | NOOK | SONY | APPLE | SMASHWORDS
ASHES: Infinite Redress
A scientist becomes infected by a space-borne virus that contains the soul of an alien missionary who bonds with her and draws her into solving the mystery of how the aliens all died.
KOBO | NOOK | SONY | APPLE | SMASHWORDS
The BRIDE of WAR
A knight falls in love with a young woman designated to be sacrificed to a mystical dragon, and undertakes a quest to learn how to defeat the dragon and break the centuries-old pact.
PRINT | KINDLE | KOBO | NOOK | SONY | APPLE | SMASHWORDS
LINKTALES volume one
(excerpts from The Dark Guild) A series of mysterious events lead to the old city of Londonis being invaded by soul-eating vampires.
KINDLE | KOBO | NOOK | SONY | APPLE | SMASHWORDS
You know what I’m asking you to do. Please. Thank you.
I’ve been a little negligent of a lot of things lately, including this blog. It’s a combination of things, really. My schedule is pretty hectic for a guy who technically speaking is underemployed; I’ve been fighting a lingering chest cold (kinda like last year, though not as severe at present); and I’ve been staving off a bout of low-grade depression just deep enough to slow me down and make getting things done seem less appealing than usual.
YOU LOOK LIKE A DERBY GIRL
I’ve been tooling around with a new demo my buddy James William Roy of The James Rocket sent me to listen to. It’s called Derby Girl. It’s pretty cool. I think you’ll like it. i ended up doing about twelve remixes of it, only to decide I had it best at version 6, with just a dash of multiband compression and mastering to widen and excite the track. The twelfth version is fun, but it’s overly clever and involves compressing and reverbing the intro tot he song to sound as if you’re walking into a club as the song starts. Considering the song is only two minutes and change, it’s a pretty lengthy bit of sound manipulation which would really only work in a rock performance video. I’d love to share it with you, but James says it’s not ready for consumption yet; he’s going to rerecord it to tighten up the vocal harmonies and any other fiddly bits he thinks need revisitation and remixing first. Maybe after he releases the tune.
LONG LIST OF GRIEVANCES
I’m also finalizing my list of PBW2 updates, which should have been put out weeks ago, ahead of Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr’s list, which looks a bit anemic by comparison. Ryan still has to report on about a third of the list, and several ‘completed’ projects offer little to no information. My list is, well, more in-depth, if a wee bit critical in places.
ROUND… LIKE A CIRCLE IN A SPIRAL
I’m deeply concerned that one of the projects (the Shamrock Park Labyrinth/Spiral Garden/Children’s Garden/whatever it is this week) may have to be taken over by a new team to get it done in a fashion that is both safe by City standards, and conducive to the standards of PBHamOnt. It’s weird saying that last bit, because we’re setting the standards even as I write this, but I have seen the current state of that project, and frankly, it looks bad, not simply because it’s incomplete, but because the overall ‘vision’ looks half-baked and under-planned. We can’t afford for one of the original proposals of PBW2_2013 to end up looking like it was improvised with a shovel and a few buckets of painted rocks. I fear the whole project will have to be bulldozed in the spring when the snow thaws and everyone sees the huge mud puddle left behind. I may be a bit pedantic on this point, but losing even one 2013 proposal to ego and/or ineptitude is unacceptable. That it might be gussied up a bit for the late spring and summer months is beside the point, if it will just wash away every time we have a good rain or snow storm. Plus, I hear that raspberry bushes have thorns. I need to look into that. Either way you look at it, it’s a PBW2-approved, resident-voted proposal in a public (read: City of Hamilton) park that needs to be salvaged before almost $2000 gets pissed away building a mini-earthworks that would be more appropriate in a certain someone’s back yard. Simple elegance is good, but mediocre half-assing it (with tax money) is both highly inappropriate and surplus to requirements.
SILVER LININGS and GRANITE PATHWAYS
At least the Metcalfe sculpture prototype will see the light of day after all, thanks to the Multicultural Garden project at Bayfront Park. THAT will be a world-class installation worthy of the city’s money and our hard work.
LINKS TO THE PAST
Game development has slowed to a crawl, as you can probably imagine. I dream of sitting and rendering the tiles and cards in the next while, but I’m thinking I have to put it on the backburner for the moment and get this PB stuff done first. I also planned on working on my novels, with the third act getting started in a couple of weeks during NaNoWriMo… but now I’m not so sure I’ll have time. VERY frustrated by this.
THE NEW KITTEN
For those who know and are wondering, we have a new kitten (named Stevie Nicks), and she is a very sweet nuisance. At least she has stopped peeing on the bed at night. The many sets of bed sheets we went through in the first week or two was getting ridiculous. Here she is, sucking my wife’s earlobe, because she was weened from her mother too quickly, for whatever reason (I can think of a few):
Okay, that’s enough for now. Apologies and all that; it’s been a stressful, cash-strapped month.
Okay, not a lot of work has gotten done on the game, and the truth is, I’m so pressed for time, it’s a wonder anything got done at all:
The thing is, it’s starting to feel a bit derivative to me, and I still haven’t gotten to the part where I add buidlings and such. There’s still a LOT of work to do, and usually, I’m much faster at this stage. But anyway, I’ll press forward when and as I can, but don’t expect monumental progress for a while.
And I’ve got a StinZine cover I’m working on that I have to finish (before I can show you), along with some haunted house doodles for the latest revision of the StinZine map I haven’t completed yet, and the paper is overdue at the printers *sigh*.
On top of that, I still haven’t posted my list of PBW2 2013 proposal updates.
So yeah, really busy. BIAB.
I’ve started posting paintings and stories about them over here:
Originally posted on CLEAR Art Gallery: Lee Edward McIlmoyle paintings:
I’m still trying to settle on the name, but so far, it’s Birth, Mirroring Life, or just Life.
They are dedicated to the memories of Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Don Pardo, and as a birthday wish to Vernon Reid of Living Colour, because hey, life goes on, and this is what it looks like… to me, at least.
And THIS is the same pair of paintings at the ‘midway point’*, looking more like Wassily Kandinsky than Jackson Pollock on steroids, which is how I tend to think of my abstract work.
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* In truth, the midway point is hard to measure without filming the entire process, which I might do someday, if I can get an able-bodied assistant to record the process. The thing is, the midway point is where I know it’s working, but that it needs…
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I have work to do. A lot of it. My infographic wasn’t good enough. The PB sites are up, but the email hasn’t been written or sent, and the survey hasn’t been composed yet. RETURN TRIP, the second act of THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO, is fighting me to the last breath. I have two more abstract paintings to devise and execute. I also have to find an audience for these paintings, which sadly no one wants to buy after all. And there’s the little matter of a concept album I keep saying I’m going to write and record.
So I hope everyone is doing alright. Thank you for reading.
Okay, super short one.
I published a book the other day. You haven’t read it yet. Only one person has, and it’s changed a tiny bit since she did, so belive me, none of you know this one. And I have another act coming in about a month, and I’m hoping to have the third done for Christmas.
I’m starting to noodle with STEEP INCLINATIONS again. Can’t recall if I’ve done a page here or not fo rit. Probably not. Soon.
I’m going to do a major abstract expression piece. I think I’m ready, and I’m thinking it will be sort of the spiritual grandchild of Neo, the little black and white painting I sold last month.
I’m thinking about how I can do it without really falling far short of the glory, and without overdoing it, as well. It was and is an important piece to me, but it’s found a nice new home, and I’m thinking it’s time to see what I can do with the basic concept in 2014. I already have the board selected and prepped. It’s going to be on wood this time; no more art board curling up and needing to be glued down to wood after the fact. I’d do it on canvas, but I think that even relatively tight canvas will have too much bounce for what I’m trying to do. My techniques reward a really stiff surface best.
Okay, I said super short, and I meant it. So have a great weekend, and if you want something interesting to read, go buy my new book. Or, you know, go buy one of my prints. Honest to goodness, this stuff is great work. It’ll be worth something someday. I just hope it happens before I die. That would be depressing.
Thanks for reading.
Okay, so I’m ALMOST done revisions and editing and SUBMITTING my novel to Smashwords AND Createspace. It’s a pretty involved process. Digging up all of the information to get every detail just so before submitting is pretty much impossible, so I’m having to submit first and revise after they tell me what I did wrong. Frustrating, yes, but it’s coming along. I think I’ve pretty much got it licked now, save for the spine of the cover, which will once again have to be edited on their end, because I couldn’t find the table on spine thickness this time around. I really thought I had that bookmarked.
So I had to revise the cover this morning because… get this… I misspelled my last name. Too many ‘ells’. Laughing my balls off right now. It’s not often I miss a detail like that, and especially in my own name, which I’ve been publishing under for a few years now. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why it’s dangerous to do everything yourself, without at least a little bit of oversight.
Anyway, the book is submitted and waiting for review. Could be a day before the thing is approved by both sites. The print version will be HERE, and the ebook version is already more or less up and available HERE.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. What have you been up to?
TWO TONE CRISIS
Not sure I’ve got the words quite right there, but as the title suggests, I’ve been on a bit of an English Beat jag, listening to their entire discography, but in particularly the two polar points of their career, ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ and ‘Save It For Later’. I have even undertaken the task of learning to play the latter song on acoustic guitar, working out an arrangement I can play that sounds like the right elements of the song for me. I’m trying to learn it properly as well, but I’m not convinced that I can achieve both at once. David Wakeling already does a pretty nice acoustic take of the song on his own, and Pete Townshend and Dave Gilmour did a stellar cover of it using a more Townshend-like arrangement, so I know it can be done, but I’m not enough of a guitar player to really conquer the intricacies of the song, in or out of DADAAD tuning. I did an early demo of me banging away at a rough approximation that doesn’t really sound much like the song, which I posted on Vimeo:
I joked last year about starting a Progressive Ska band. I called it The Rhythm Assassins:
I meant it as a joke, but I tell you, there are days and days when I think this may have been my best off-the-cuff fake band idea of them all. I may have to actually try to put such an act together someday. I still don’t know precisely what it would sound like, but finding out sounds like a fun thing to do. I can be so deadly serious when it comes to music, I have to deliberately devise methods to make it fun for me.
IN OTHER NEWS…
I have SO much stuff to do right now. I have a newsletter to arrange (layout), ‘edit’ and draw (I’m doing my issue as a comic book). I have PB proposals to organize, research and write about. I have to house/dog sit for my uncle and aunt, as a somewhat distant relative died the other day. I have two more chapters of THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO to write to get the second act complete. I HAVE started planning the third act, but it’s too soon to tell if I’m going to publish the acts together or separately. I also really want to get back to work on PASSAGE TO BUJAH, which still sounds like a really good commercial/oddball idea, but I have to hurry because the whole dystopian YA thing may be overdone by now. I have almost no time to work on STEEP INCLINATIONS, but I’m still incubating how to resolve my problems with the album concept (mainly, I’m worried that it’s still a bit contrived sounding). And the Tarot painting series and the Stinson mural (which I didn’t get the gig for, but I have plans for it nonetheless) projects are languishing, watercolor paper and canvases piled up by my drawing table/easel. I really want to work on all of these things, but even I am only one man, much to my chagrin.
On the band front, Gary has been moved into the same building complex Derrick and I live in for just over a month now, and we’ve done absolutely no work. He’s already got a new girlfriend, so of course, he has no time for us. Derrick is waiting for us to get things together. I need money to buy a headphone amp for the three of us. I’m probably going to have to buy it myself, if and when i can. I want one that will allow me to tweak mixes for each player, so they can hear exactly what they need to hear to play right. I also want to make sure there is just enough space for perhaps one more musician, as I live in hope that, if we can’t get it together as a power trio, that we might at least find a lead guitarist or keyboard player who can carry some of the slack.
These old riffs I’m planning on reviving and reworking are a lot of fun to listen to once I get them cleaned up, even though they are FAR from polished enough for serious listening. Problem is, I have a workaround method for cleaning them up which takes time to do, and I haven’t had much of that. I particularly enjoy listening to Big Dave’s bass playing. He was such an underappreciated contributor to the band sound. I miss him.
Time to take the meds, get dressed, and choose a job to work on. Probably the news letter. Thank you for reading.