Dec
31
2016
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‘Auld Lang Syne.’

Happy New Year, folks.

Dec
31
2016
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There is apparently RAMPANT skulduggery going on with All Romance eBooks.

It’s the kind of skulduggery that, a hundred and fifty years ago, would have ended with somebody getting stabbed during a dinner party.  I’m not entirely joking.  Writers can get really intense over getting screwed over their publication rights:

On Wednesday, December 28, All Romance eBooks–a romance-specific ebook distributor and publisher that also distributes general fiction and nonfiction through its OmniLit imprint–dropped a bombshell. In mass emails to customers and authors, ARe’s owner, Lori James, revealed that her company was closing, and that in lieu of full payment, authors and publishers would be offered a fraction of what they were owed.

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31
2016
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I figure that regular posting can start up again tomorrow.

New year and all that. In the meantime, I’m going to get myself a nice cup of cocoa, ponder how to start more effectively marketing my Patreon in the coming year (that’s my sole New Year’s resolution), and wait for 2016 to end. Because it was a year.

Dec
31
2016
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Dec
31
2016
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Tweet of the Day, Go Make Some Art edition.

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Dec
30
2016
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‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning.’

I think that this is going to be a tradition, going forward. I love this version enough that I’ll play it as many times as people will let me. Sean Rowe, if you somehow missed me putting this up before. And, hey, he’s going on tour in 2017. Year’s looking up already.

Dec
30
2016
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Book of the Week: The Maker of Men and His Formula.

This one is a bit of a self-indulgence: this edition of The Maker of Men and His Formula (by Jules Foche) comes across as exactly the sort of conceit where a modern writer (in this case, Brian Stableford) pretends that the book he’s written is actually a ‘translation’ or ‘adaptation’ of an obscure book from the last century.  It’s a harmless conceit, in my opinion, but in this case apparently Jules Foche was a real author of 19th Century French science fiction.  Which makes the whole thing rather meta.

And so, adieu to The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.

Dec
30
2016
4

The Patreon goals have been updated.

I’m now much more comfortable with making a 3K word count on short stories, so I’ve updated my Patreon.  Now if I hit $150/month, the short story count goes up according.  It’s a bargain! …And also a good way to generate useful stories for eventual self-publishing.

Speaking of which: if you want a good, horrified laugh then check this out. did you know that self-published writers aren’t REAL writers? …Seriously, if there is a better method of keeping me engaged and writing than letting me know that somebody out there bitterly resents EVERY DIME I SEE FROM IT, I don’t know what it is.  Aside, of course, from getting dimes from it.

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Dec
30
2016
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It’s time for Dave Barry’s Year In Review!

Here you go.  It will take more than a resolute shift in focus in both this blog and my professional life to make me give up the pleasure of reading a Dave Barry Year In Review column; and this one does not disappoint.  Besides, it’s not politics: it’s a year in, well, review. So, again: here you go.

Dec
30
2016
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Monotony Money [Unknown Armies]

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Monotony Money [Unknown Armies]

 

It’s sometimes referred to as ‘Meta-Money’ by those members of the occult underground who know something about roleplaying games (a surprising number of them don’t).  It typically takes the form of a piece of fake $20 currency from a certain board game, suitably inscribed with an increasing number of sigils and mystic runes; the only rule for the writing seems to be that it also has to involve the number 20 somehow.  Nobody knows who started the first one; but you just know when a proffered piece of Monotony Money is the real deal.

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