Monday Morning Randomness 02.03

A few links to start the month:

I examined if self-publishing is really worth in my monthly Adventures in Indie Publishing column for Nerds Feather.

Along those same lines, Chuck Wendig wrote an amazing post on what self-pulished authors need to do to get over the stigma of being, well, self-published authors. He hits on a lot of points I have raised and agree 100% with, mostly relating to the ‘gatekeeper’ issue. Read it, it’s spot-on.

I also wrote a thing for BookSnobbery about Middle Earth and world building.

My fellow author and friend-up-until-yesterday E. Catherine Tobler wrote about how authors should, you know, get paid by those who say they will pay them. OK, we’ll always be friends- her initials are and ampersand. How can I resist? You should also read her stuff.

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Links & Goodies from the last couple weeks:

Hot Damn Scandal

Hot Damn Scandal

I went to a Hot Damn Scandal show last night, and they were awesome as always. If you like folk and/or blues, you need to be listening to them. They’re new album, Different Tongues, is out now and it is amazing.

And Marian Call is coming to town this Friday, so if I can get Vance and SciFi Romance up here, my folk-band-obsession will basically be sated. So if you’re in Bellingham, hit up Cafe Adagio Friday at 6:30. Free show, $10 suggested donation.

I reviewed Gerry & the Gin Factory by Kirk Battle, and, basically, you should read it. It’s five short stories, all very solid, that range in tone, but are all good. For someone who writes a lot of them, I have a hard time getting into short fiction, but this drew me in.

Speaking of my stuff, still plowing away at both more 3024AD stuff, plus another new project. This is the part where I tell you to go pick up my book, or get it for the price of a tweet (links to the right). If you need a reason to, Scott Whitmore wrote an excellent review, plus interviewed me. Enjoy.

That’s all for now!

MMR: I’m Back!

I hope you enjoyed the interviews last week! If you missed them, SC Barrus, EC Tobler and Megan Paasch all contributed. Thanks to them for letting me take a break from blogging.

I have a new post up over at Nerds Feather, talking about the damage Amazon does to the literary and bookstore community, and how indie authors can circumvent that.

If you want to help spread the word about my books with a few quick clicks, your votes on these GoodReads lists would be much appreciated.

Also, 3024AD is $2.99 for the month of July, so if you don’t have a copy yet, make with the clicky over to the right.

I wonder if I would still type it backwards every damn time if I had named it 3042AD.

I did a reading with S.C. Barrus on Saturday at the Pioneer Cafe in North Bent, basically kitty corner to the cafe from Twin Peaks. It was an absolute blast, and I think he took video, so I’ll share that as soon as I can. Everyone there was really cool, so thank you if you were among them. The reception to my reading was fantastic and heartening. It’s growing slowly, but that every new reader seems to fall in love with my work gives me a lot of confidence for the future. So, to all you readers, thank you (to those of you who haven’t yet, get on it!).

Me @ The Pioneer Cafe

This is a couple weeks old (fourteen years in internet time), but for authors, this post over at Insatiable Booksluts is a must-read. Basically, don’t be spammy. For those of us who don’t want to fill out social streams with hashtag-riddled ads, it’s a fine line to try to walk. You don’t want to spam, but you want people to know you have a book out. I try to limit my self-promo to what can be filed under ‘content’, i.e., something your readers will want to know (like the price of the book dropping, etc)- and then not telling them every five damn seconds. In any case, a great read, and if I ever get spammy, feel free to call me on it.

EtA: This spam thing is seriously out of control. I have recently joined a few scifi forums, with the basic thought of putting a link in my sig and, ya know, interacting with people. Every post has at least one post from a person who does nothing but link their book, and there are several threads from people saying BUY MY BOOK- and that is their only post on the forum. Dear lord.

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If you want to do a guest post or interview for my week off next week, let me know!

The paperback version of 3024AD: Short Stories Series One is out now. I’d love it if you picked up a copy. If you want to buy it from your local indie bookstore, please send me their info and I will see if we can make that happen (I’d prefer this, BTW).

But if you want to save some money, you can enter to win a (signed!) copy in three places: Nerds Feather (soon!), the Cult Den and GoodReads.

In not-me news (pfffft I know you’re just here for me), E Cathrine Tobler has a new book out, which you need to read. It’s Rings of Anubis: Gold & Glass. I’m a bit more than a third of the way through it, and I highly recommend it. GoodReads | Kindle | Nook |

A great io9 post on low-budget films.

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Some linkage and other fun stuff to get your week started:

I told sj of Book Snobbery that I kinda fought the urge to link to every post she writes, because her blog is a must read, but here are two posts you need to read:

Don’t tell her what to read.

She shares my hatred for Peter Jackson’s LotR/Hobbit. Seriously, every time I hear about that damn movie or some stupid gif pops up in my Tumblr, I die inside.

I have a new Adventure in Indie Publishing up over at Nerds Feather, which is primarily occupied with a review of Planks by SC Harrison.

It is mostly occupied with that review because I don’t feel like wading into the sh*tstorm that my good friend E. Cathrine Tobler started with her resignation from the SFWA due to their wildly inappropriate columns and sexist comments. I think it’s been debated enough in enough media outlets that anything I add would be of little consequence. However, I will say, if someone feels discriminated against and has the gumption to stand up and you send them hate mail… You suck. Seriously.

We should instead focus on the fact that she has a new book coming out next month, Rings of Anubis: Gold & Glass, and I hear it’s really good.

sj has to read it twice.

In the self-promotion theater, I am humbled, grateful and a little overwhelmed by how positive reviews have been for 3024AD. Many thanks to all of you who review and recommend it. As a huge book geek, it’s a great feeling to know I provided people with a book they enjoyed, if that makes sense.

Couple o’ Updates from things that happened today:

If you are running a Kickstarter, have a plan. Actually, have several plans- if it is funded, if it is not, if it is overfunded and if it is way overfunded. Don’t be this guy.

And then this load, from Good Ereader (via The Passive Voice), saying that “self-published authors are ruining literature”. OK *deep breath* *rubs temples*. First off, no, they are not. Literature is just fine, thank you very much. What you are saying they are ruining is a distribution platform and online bookstores. And to that, I agree. I have harped on this for a long time (see: Writing as a Business, Quality Control). Self-published authors should not just publish an unpolished, unfinished piece of crap.

But guess what? They’re going to.

But if you want to speak to literature, I counter that the mass-produced garbage of Stephanie Meyer and EL James do far more to ruin literature than someone living out the dream of finishing a novel and taking advantage of the ease of the options that are out there.

And if you don’t want to read any of the piles of crap crowding the Kindle store? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and sh*ts like a duck, guess what? It probably is. Also: Many of these self-published people who aren’t putting in time and effort to have their work edited or have solid cover art designed aren’t putting in the time and effort to put it on, say, Kobo. Just sayin’.

On final point: this is a hole traditional publishing has put themselves and us, as readers, in, but offering less and less money to the authors, not supporting them and being completely risk-averse. So, the fault is hardly in the stars, my friend.

MMR: Liebster Award Question Thingy

Emily Moore, author of the exqusitley-titled blog A Cup of English Tea (which I am drinking at this very moment) (actual tea, not her blog) (maybe I should have used that for the fact list?) nominated me for a Liebster Award, which is more of a social thing, so I suppose I should stop checking my mail for a trophy.

Ahem, anyway, thank you, Emily. I am really glad you enjoy the blog. I feel I should say one of my best friends’ name is Ryan Moore, and his wife is Emily, but not this Emily, which made me very confused for a moment (maybe I should have saved that for the fact list too).

In any case, the deal is that I am supposed to share 11 facts about myself, answer Emily’s 11 questions and nominate some other people to do the same. So, here goes:

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I love the rain, cold and snow and hate the heat (heat= anything above 70f)
  2. I share a birthday with Alexandre Dumas
  3. I am terrified of open water.
  4. But I love to kayak.
  5. I love to cook.
  6. I love to drink- not just alcohol (although I do love gin). I always have a cup of water, tea or coffee close by.
  7. I am obsessed with airplanes and aviation history.
  8. I own the entire run of M*A*S*H on DVD, and only watch it if I am drinking a martini.
  9. I don’t dance, but Safety Dance is a total guilty pleasure song, and that always makes me feel like a tool.
  10. If I met a genie, one of my wishes would be to make Dan Brown and Nicholas Sparks fight to the death.
  11. I love jackets and coats, and can never have enough.

11 Questions from Emily:


1. What started you blogging?

I am honestly not sure what my first blog was, but it was probably one of the several sport blogs I started. I love sports and geek out over them a lot, so I love writing about them.

2. Favorite season and why?

I covered this in facts. Always read all the instructions and questions first, kids. Winter. Snow, snow, snow and snow. I don’t want to see grass between October and May

3. Give a book vs. movie description of your choice. What did you like or dislike?

See this post.

4. Coffee or tea? Or neither?

Both? I actually stopped drinking coffee for a couple years, but I enjoy it. I love tea, though. I have a pretty massive tea collection.

5. You can have dinner with any literary character of your choosing. Who do you choose and why? (If you’re not a reader for some reason choose a movie character).

Holmes, and not the current bastardized versions of him that are floating around. Holmes has always been my hero, although our interests and applications are very different, the thought process is one I identify with, I just apply mine to engines and spacecraft more than solving murders.

6. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

This is a tough one, I have a lot of really good memories. When I was 12, we went to visit all our family, in Ohio, DC and Florida. It was an amazing trip, I got to go to Space Camp, the Smithsonian and all kinds of awesome places, plus seeing all the family.

7. What is the issue you are the most passionate about?

Crappy, too sweet martinis are ruining everything. That, and people reading junk like 50 Shades and Twilight.

8. You are stranded on a deserted island and can only bring three things, what do you bring?

A knife, matches and rope.

9. Rain or sunshine?

Dang it, I cover this in facts, too. I’ll pretend you asked my jacket size. 42R

10. What is one thing that you are the absolute worst at? (We brag too often on our blogs, so what’s something you can brag about doing poorly)

ABSOLUTE is a tough call. I can’t draw to save my life, though. You literally cannot tell the difference between something I draw now and when I was three. Also considered: Singing, dancing, putting up with other human beings.

11. What is your greatest goal for your blog? What would make you most excited to see happen with it?

I want it to be a resource for writers, old and new.

You’re Next:

Apparently I’m supposed to nominate some other peoples. Here ya go:

Answer These Questions, You Must:

  1. You can have dinner with any three historical figures- which three?
  2. Same deal, but with three twitter followers who you haven’t met in real life.
  3. Favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
  4. The greatest album of all time is:
  5. You win a two weeks, all expenses paid trip to the city of your choice. Where do you go?
  6. The fictional character I identify with is: (and why)
  7. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  8. What’s your favorite season?
  9. What is you guilty pleasure song/movie/food?
  10. In the film adaption of your life, you will be played by:
  11. My favorite quote of all time is:

Teh Rulez:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 (I do not read that many blogs) other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you.
  • You must post the blog symbol in your post/on your blog

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From 'The Crucible'

From ‘The Crucible’

Linky goodness for your Monday:

  • If this SciFi/Horror IndieGoGo gets funded, it will have a story by yours truly in it, plus a host of others. So chip in, yo.
  • BookRiot is doing Start Here 2: Start Harder (it’s not really called that), but you should ALSO give that your monies.
  • UPDATE: CaffieneForge has an excellent post on some miniature Kickstarter projects going on now.
  • It has come to my attention that you haven’t bought my book yet. Yes, you. Go buy it now: Kindle | Kobo | Nook
  • Then tell your friends to buy it, too
  • The infamous ‘Inner Goddess Journal’ by EL James is out. Read the sterling review here.
  • Saturday was May the Fourth, but today is Revenge of the Si(x)th, so for those of us of the Dark Side persuasion, this day is MUCH better.
  • I love the whole steampunk look SO MUCH. I’ll probably blog at length later, but it’s always hard to WRITE (and read) steampunk because it feels like you’re going out of your way to describe monocles and whatnot.
  • Related: Guess what my latest side project is?
  • It’s not really steampunk, but has some elements.
  • Even more related: I need more vests.

This has been your exceptionally random Monday Morning Randomness.


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My new Adventures in Indie Publishing is up over at Nerds Feather, and I talk about small, hybrid-style presses and their growing popularity. Enjoy.

In Kickstarter-related geekiness, the Machine of Death Kickstarter ends today, and will hit nearly $500,000 (with a push, will clear it), while Veronica Mars continues its quest to take all the money in the world, now nearing $3.7 million. Craaazy. As usual, Chuck Wendig has a must-read post on the subject.

OK, I’m gonna speak to that point for just a second, RE: everyone who is freaking out. A lot of people like Veronica Mars. So far, 55,365 have chipped in at an average of $65 apiece. This is obviously higher than the average $25-35 pledge, but it doesn’t mean people are taking their Kickstarter dollars and forgetting everything else. Most projects don’t need tens of thousands of supporters or millions of dollars. If every one of those people takes $10 and throws it to some other projects, a lot of projects will get funded- and that’s what is likely to happen. So keep your pants on.

Not a huge mixed drink guy (extra dry martini, please. And no, martinis are not made from vodka), but the Bicyclette is something I’ll mix up this summer.

I want a room decorated in oversized books.

More on this in a bit, but April 23rd is the release date for 3024AD: Series One. I’ll have some cool promo stuff this week, as well as review copies. If you want to write a review (preferably a glowing, five-star one), let me know.

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EL James is coming out with a writing guide. The jokes write themselves, but we should write them anyway. Share yours on the twitters with #ELJamesWritingTips

Comixology announced its self-publishing service. This is really cool, and will hopefully lead to a lot more good indie comics (and a deluge of crappy ones).

Fireside Magazine will open for flash submissions on the 15th. Brian will be reading them blind, so my attempt to bribe him silly failed. HOWEVER, there will be a 3024AD/Fireside themed giveaway next month, so stay tuned.