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.
Okay, quick update, because I have a LOT of work to do.
I’m going to finish Act Two of THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO in a few days. I’d be done by now, but things keep happening.
One of those things is, I’m back to work on STEEP INCLINATIONS, the 2-to-3-disc concept album I’m planning for Etcetera Thesis. Depending on how much work the band puts in on it this year, it may be our last album. It’ll certainly be the last album of mainly older material. There will be very little in the way of ‘new’ new music, as the concept album is being composed from many, many bits of cool jam material accrued over the last twenty years of Etcetera’s recorded history. With any luck, I’ll release it in two or three parts during the next year or so, and then as a complete set when it’s all done, probably in 2015.
I’m still getting over the mural thing.
We have a new Facilitator. Meet the new Facilitator at CIty Council Chambers on April 3rd between 7:00PM and 10:00PM.
More news to come soon.
OUT WITH DAD
I’m officially broker than broke, so I can’t attend tonight’s showing after all. I feel really, really bad about this. Sorry, Jason. Hopefully we’ll get to meet someday to talk about all of this.
And that’s all I’ve got. Thanks for reading. Have a great day.
So I guess it’s time to reassess my plans for 2014, since I was thinking I might be painting a mural this year, which it now seems clear I won’t be.
So the plan at this point is to finish THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO. But that’s almost done. I’ve decided that, if there’s a third act, I’ll write it later and add it to the mix. Hey, if Douglas Adams and Richard Bach can add to their original masterpieces, so can I. I’ll sell the third act separately (probably titles THE APPROXIMATE THIRD ACT), and also sell complete versions, taking the original two-act version out of circulation.
Speaking of circulation, I think I’m planning on taking UNDER OBSERVATION out of publication. It’s officially reached 100 samples to date, and it’s sold more than any of my other Smashwords titles, but it’s still not breaking double digits, and I’m thinking to hasn’t done what it was supposed to do, which was get people interested in TERMINAL MONDAY. So I think I’ll be doing that by the end of this week. In commemoration of this event, I’m going to offer folks one last chance to download it here, for free:
Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: KN98L
Expires: March 15, 2014 (that’s this coming Saturday)
I will be promoting this discount all this week, here and ONLY here. So if you have friends or family members you’d like to turn on to my work, this is the time. Get it while it lasts, gang. After this, I’ll almost certainly never do anything this stupid again.
I’m finally going to get back to work writing and organizing STEEP INCLINATIONS, probably the final Etcetera Thesis album ever, unless those guys finally get their shit together and make music again. It’ll be a big sprawling progressive rock concept album, two to three discs long, depending on how well I construct and edit it. I may even do a 5.1 version, just for my audiophile friends. And I won’t make the mistake of releasing it until I have a big event in meatspace to commemorate it properly. Perhaps the final hurrah for Etcetera Thesis. We’ll see. Who knows? Maybe I’ll finally do a Kickstarter campaign to fund having a SACD/CD set made of it, featuring hand-painted covers and hand-lettered and illustrated liner notes or something. Could be a big damned deal.
One thing is for sure: this time, I’ll take as much time as it takes to get the entire album absolutely perfect, even if it takes me a few years to record and mix it. I was really proud of my achievements on BISECTING A CIRCUMFERENCE and THE WHOLE OTHER HALF, but they are flawed i n places, and most folks probably took a pass on buying because of the flaws. I’m convinced the songs were good enough. The recording and mixing were much better than back in the bad old 4-track days, at least. Just needed better performances. This time, I’ll do whatever it takes to make those performances perfect. I may come to hate this album, but at least I’ll hate it for the right reasons.
I have to do the dishes, clean the kitchen, and go to Mom’s to clean the house. I also have to get Dawn up for coffee in a few minutes. And hopefully tomorrow, I’ll have enough money to pay the rent. Could get very hairy around here, otherwise.
Time to sign off and get the day properly started. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the book.
That IS how that line goes, right? I may have committed a mondegreen, there.
Anyway, I have done so many things so far today, it’s already a full day for me, and I have more to do.
TO DO LIST:
clean cat litter
- dishes (Dawn did them for me, and cleaned the kitchen; she Rawks)
submit request for service on the new freezer, which is not working as intended
- Buy Money order for EIWO Canadian (Property Management)
- Continue to draw Carter Park Mural submission (running out of time)
- shop for instant coffee (have to buy big jar of Folgers; still boycotting Nestlé)
- shop for liquid cleanser
- shop for milk
- shop for lasagna stuff
- shop for yeast
- shop for Splenda
- set aside money for Out With Dad theatre showing on Friday(?) in T.O.
- Hope we’re not broke
I haven’t ordered any new print books. Maybe I will, if I get any nibbles for more customers who want personalized books.
I have started to finish Act Two of THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO, despite missing the contest deadline. I may write a third act before issuing it. I have to think about it. I only have an inkling of what I want to do in the third act, and I haven’t plotted it yet. Might need to do some serious work on it after Friday afternoon’s mural deadline passes (come what may).
The new PB Facilitator is…
…going to be chosen tomorrow night. We delayed the selection to research one or two things before committing to our choice.
The superintendent has just been to look at the freezer. Serviceman will be around tomorrow.
Guitarist Gary Falkins was by this morning to talk about getting the application for the apartment coming available in our complex. Well, it’s one way to reunite the band, at any rate (Our erstwhile drummer, Derrick Rose, has lived here for almost fifteen years, and I’ve been here for twenty).
Time to get stuff done. Have a good day.
TO DO LIST DU JOUR (in no particular order):
shave/brush teeth/ dress
Finish reading resumés/ranking applicants
- Work on Mural Submission
- Work on THE APPROXIMATE DISTANCE TO LIMBO
- Work on StinZine cover concept
- Vacuum carpets/clean kitchen/clean bathroom/remove old kitty litter
- Receive printed resumés from councillor’s office
I’m behind again. 11,000 words in one or two days is all good and fine, but when you don’t touch the book for two days following, you are no longer Getting Things Done™. The problem is still trying to make Act Two as relevant to the plot and theme as Act One. I’m looking for some inspiration, but it’s been hard to come by with my present workload. The novel is due in about a week. I’ll be lucky if I finish it by the weekend and spend the weekend reviewing it for errors.
I sold my last two sets of printed books. I’ll be ordering more soon.
The mural concept is coming together, but I’m still shy on details, and haven’t started my finished drawings. The submission is do in a week or two, so I have to hurry.
Gotta get these resumés reviewed and ranked, so I can submit my list and get the interview process under way. More I cannot say.
I’m listening to 80s Genesis. The Brazilian is just winding down. Next up: 90s Genesis.
Dawn still apparently has a dry, hacking cough and nasal congestion, and probably still has tonsillitis. Coffee soon, methinks.
I think I’m gonna start privately rewatching Doctor Who. I’ve been jonesing. Not sure if I’ll do the classic series first, or just review New Who. My time is pretty limited.
And that’s all I’ve got. Have a good day, and thank you for reading.
Okay, I haven’t been posting. You seven or eight regulars have probably noticed. I’ve been so busy that, even when I’m in front of the keyboard doing nothing in particular, I can’t seem to wrap my brain around a blog post. That’s not going to change any time soon. I have an absolute fuck-tonne of work to do, and no time to think about it. Very frustrating for me, especially since there’s really no extra money coming in for it.
So what shall we talk about today? Well, I suppose I could tell you that I’m listening to Peter Gabriel, thinking wistfully about my lost, much-lamented TV-series-that-will-never-return, Farscape *sigh*, and trying to decide how to reintroduce the main plot to my novel-in-progress, The Approximate Distance To Limbo. See, the second act is all sort of vignettes, which works with the flow of the book because each chapter of the first act is told from the point of view of a different supporting character. That worked great, but it peaked too soon, and now I have to consider either rewriting the whole thing, or continuing as originally planned and finding some clever way to tie all of the disparate strands together and resolve my original plot. I have a final chapter that is supposed to do that, but I keep thinking the separate chapters of act two are kind of failing to advance the main plot. Doesn’t bother me precisely, but I worry that it will bother others. They’ll see it as needless filler, so I need to get the main plot back on the horizon somehow. It didn’t bother me in 2012 when I wrote the first act, but the second act sort of fizzled, and I need to get reinvested and finish the book so I can enter it in THIS.
TO DO LIST – 2014 02 20:
1) I have a PB article, cover art and a style/layout guide to finish for the Stinson newsletter, rebranded and reconceptualized as StinZine. First issue out 2014/04/01.
2) I have to contact Ward 2 Councillor Farr about all of these Facilitator applications that have no resumes attached. Can’t judge what I can’t read.
I need to do the huge pile of dishes dominating our currently-deconstructed kitchen.
4) I need to finish the laundry and
pick up my meds.
5) I need to contact a friend about getting together for a scotch-drinking session/PB status update.
6) I need to contact someone about a huge pile of boxes of outdated documents that MUST be shredded.
7) I believe there is a meeting tonight for SCA committee chairs that some felt I should be at, given my current PB Startup Committee SCA Rep status. I may have to contact Joanna to confirm.
8) I need to buy some food for the next three days, as money is so tight around here right now, I can bounce imaginary quarters off of it.
I need to contact two people who have requested copies of my books, to see if and when they want to purchase their books from me.
I need to sit down and do a buttload of writing, both of the novel and of a few other projects that I have been promising to finish (reviews, mainly) for a long time now.
11) I MUST work on my mural design. The deadline is weeks away and I haven’t finished a single panel.
12) I should contact my beloved Faehold friends to see if they still need to put up drywall or sort out their home recording studio woes.
I think I’ll go get dressed and start work at long last.
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more… or don’t. Hey, it’s still a free country, for the moment. Get it while you can, folks. Harper’s gonna take it all away if you don’t.
If I haven’t miscounted, I’ve written 11,000 words today… or perhaps in the last two days, If I’ve misremembered when I finished chapter seventeen. But still, that’s 11,000 words closer to the end of the novel, and with just over a week to go for the Amazon contest (Mar 2nd) deadline. The Second Act is really saucy in places without actually getting graphically porntastic, so that’s a plus, too, I think.
Unless folks were holding out for more porn, at any rate.
Tomorrow, sell some books to a dear friend and draw a mural, if I can.
Dishes almost done. One step closer to civilization.
Gotta take care of the PB stuff, I think.
Thanks for reading.
Okay, so, as I was saying yesterday, I’ve been up to my armpits in busy (there’s an image for your early morning breakfast browsing).
First off, my wife appears to be getting sick, after resisting for over a month. No chest muck, as of yet, but she has a runny nose and a very sore throat. Very worried about her. And my throat appears to be getting a little sore as well. Hmmn. [ETA: my wife now informs me that she has tonsillitis]
Second, I am trying to prepare a neighbourhood news zine, so far with no content. Fun times. The logo looks good, even though it’s essentially someone else’s font and basic idea. I DID gussy it up a bit, though, as it my wont.
Third, I have meetings to go to again. Not sure if that’s something I’m proud of, or leery of. I had been hoping to have a steep reduction in civic involvement meetings to go to this year. Ah well.
Fourth, I’m trying to design and render my submission for the Carter Park Mural.My concept is teasingly just out of my grasp, and I have multiple sheets of paper prepared to help get it all sorted out.
Fifth, I am considering rushing to the finish line on The APproximate Distance To Limbo, so I can submit it to the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
Sixth, I’m back to doing the house cleaning and occasional driveway shovelling for my mother’s house. I earn a few bucks this way, which are much needed, so I don’t complain, but it IS a bally strange situation, on the face of it.
And finally, I’m planning to go to the season 3.2 opening event of Out With Dad. To prepare for this, I’m trying to get through the first part of the season, as I still haven’t had time to finish it, and it’s stressing em out because I know poor Vanessa gets it in the neck. I don’t know how I’ll react to sitting in a theatre watching the second act without a pause button to press.
So as you can imagine, blogging has become a bit difficult. I plan to rectify this by writing some reviews, but even those are hard to crank out right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get on top of it some time today. First, however, I’ll have to move these hard drives off of my desk, and set aside another day to finish moving all of the pertinent data onto the 3TB hard drive our friend Dave donated to us.
Anyway, I could comment about the sad events of the last week or so (Phillip Seymour Hoffman dying was a total bummer, and I actually thought I’d catch flak for taking the low road and defending him for what was no doubt a serious problem with depression and addiction, rather than ‘just some junkie asshole’ like I expected a lot of people to do; I couldn’t have been more surprised when that proved to be the tack that most people took, and the more traditional ‘what a jerk’ attitude proved to be the unpopular one. How the worm has turned…), or I could comment about the state of sexism and discrimination in the Spec Fic Publishing industry (I’m ashamed of Raymond Feist, and I think Sean P. Fodera should be run out on a rail for his insensitivity and clear aggression towards feminist women, and in particular toward Mary Robinette Kowal, who can dress any damn way she pleases, Sean, thank you very much. Kudos to John Scalzi for taking him to task. You were almost too nice, John, but I get it. We all slip up ans say stupid stuff. But some of what he said is a strong indicator that there is something a bit wrong going on there.), but it’s time for me to get some work done.
Thank you for reading.