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Picking Up The Pieces And Putting Them Away

March 9, 2014

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.

APPROXIMATIONS
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.

OBSERVING
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:

UNDER OBSERVATION
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.

MUSIC, ETC…
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.

OTHER STUFF
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.

Lee.

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