Well, the eye thing is probably just age + lack of sleep.

Guess who has to be in bed before midnight from now on? Yay. The kicker is, compared to multiple sclerosis, aneurysms, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, nerve damage to the optic nerve, and the classic brain tumor, “Your eye muscles get tired faster because you’re old and have always had one eye worse than the other” is good news. Unrelated note: don’t look up medical sh*t on the Internet until after you eat. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but it’s not, really.

So, I have to deal with eye stuff today.

I’ve been having a little trouble with double vision in the morning, and when I went to go get glasses, the eye doctor insisted I get that checked out with meaningful but not panicky speed. Fortunately, there’s a place just down the road that can do tests today. After looking up everything, I’m pretty sure it’s not diabetes (would have shown up in the retinal pictures), multiple sclerosis (no other symptoms), an aneurysm (ditto), or a stroke (either my wife or I would have noticed that). It’s almost certainly because I go to bed too late and get up too early*, but best to check it out anyway.

*I mean, I’m yawning as I write this. I was proud of myself because I got just over six hours last night, for once. Guess who’s going to no longer hear the chimes of midnight, dammit?

GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND now available for Kindle pre-order!

It drops Saturday. Just in time for Fright Reads!

Science Fiction! Horror! Adventure!

Something murdered the Galaxy. There was no warning, no explanation, and no mercy… except for humanity. Humans were the only sapients spared, and nobody knows why. Now Earth and her colonies gingerly explore the Tomb Worlds, picking through the ruins of dead civilizations for answers, or at least treasures. The researchers sent out can bring back wonders. If they survive.

Pamela Tanaka is the Chief Pilot for a research outpost on the terrifyingly comfortable world of One-Eighteen, and she is precisely where she wants to be. But when madness, murder, and mass sacrifice profane her chosen home, she must search for answers on her own – but not “before it’s too late.” Everybody who goes to the Tomb Worlds knows ‘too late’ has already come and gone.

You can pre-order GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND here.

The ONE PIECE Honest Trailer.

Apparently fans all over the world are bemused at the revelation that ONE PIECE, despite being the live-action adaptation of an anime, is not actually… bad? This is a startling development. One wonders if Netflix intended it to happen. Sure, there’s no reason for them to do it… but then: you could say the exact same thing about greenlighting the first live action version of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. Hollywood is weird, man.

My table at Stellar Con!

I will be at spot 12! Reasonably close to the entrance, and not up against the programming at the stage. I’m still not entirely certain what the primo space actually is, but I did pretty well here last year. I’m not worried about it.

Stellar Con will be October 7-8, in Bel Air, Maryland. I had a good time at it, last year. No, really. It’s not the venue’s fault that I had my car die on the highway, and then I got Covid…

Moe Lane

PS: Can’t go? Buy my books!

Now is *not* a great time for KDP to break.

I have spent the last few hours trying to upload GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND to Kindle, and failing. Apparently I am not the only person having this problem, which is only nice to hear because it means I probably don’t have anything wrong with the manuscript itself. I’m using Kindle Create to make the file in the first place: it had better work, honestly.

Still. Gah.


Just got back the second and final round of edits on GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND. My editor informed me that there were parts of it that she wished she hadn’t read before bed, so I’m going to score that as a good omen for a science fiction horror novel. I plan to spend the rest of the evening burning through them, and making what changes were necessary. They should just be hyphenation, typos, and my personal nemesis: semicolons. Although it’s a relief to just let a copyeditor flag those.

Now comes the processing work. I will not have the book ready for Fright Reads, but I might be able to get the Kindle version published by then. Thoughts on doing that, or waiting until the paperback is proofed to release the book? I already know that GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND will not be on Kindle Unlimited. I want to see what the alternate revenue streams look like on this one.

Busy couple of days either way.