Procrastination produces groundless optimism

I am supposed to be editing One of 64. That requires some big decisions that I am putting off until I feel like it I have more certainty.

Meanwhile, autism + optimism have led to beginning Big New Stupid Projects:

At Curious Continuity (yes – it still lives) I detail the Multi-Fantastiverse:

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I have, partly through my own efforts, and partly from the efforts of friends who have lost the means or will to store such things, acquired shelves full of various RPG supplements. Many times I have stared at this wall of dead trees and for the most part abandoned projects and wondered if all of this could be combined into a single universe.

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Not my work. Not yet. Not by  a long way…

I have also re-engaged with Blender– with has a new – shiny update.

[Longtime readers will remember we have started up this trail before...]

The Tutorial Site – because it really is hard.

[Relatedly, I have just learned their is an Emily Padegimas who puts blender recipes up on Pinterest, and that will distort search value results.] {Pinterest links are only for Pinterest users, and against this blog’s policy.}

WORD COUNT:

I have proof edited 10k of what is now called The Secret History of Empress M. That should  be 5k right there.

I have decided that the transit time through wormholes is essentially instantaneously – but they add a several hour safety buffer. Now I am changing a bunch of references.

Among many other things.

Plus I wrote 1500 words about deep nerd Traveller settings, plus the 500 word bonus for posting.

Plus my writer’s group is a going concern on Zoom. So 500 for that.

Now we know.

Be well.

 

 

Lurching towards an author blog

I’m excited to announce the upcoming releases of my newest books!

Beanstalk and Beyond is volume one of the autobiography of Jack the Giant Killer and chronicles how a young chicken thief in Arthurian Britain grows into a young hero. This is due out from New Link Publishing.

One of 64 tells the secret history of that legendary force, The 64, who would fight interstellar crime and mayhem when our nearest interstellar neighbors were still the wild frontier. This is due out from Radion Media.

Towards those ends, we are reshaping this blog to be a bit more a functional author site, although my personal blog will continue here until I have some compelling reason to stop.

Hence the new look.

News and events are announced here, on my assorted social media holes (Facebook, Twitter, etc. ) and there is an e-mail list. If you want to be included on the latter, contact me at the e-mail listed at the bottom of the About the Author page.

 

My weird book contract dillema

So I entered my space opera novel (one of 64) in a contest and placed – I guess. Anyway, I “won” a publishing contract with the publisher, a small outfit that does mostly e-books (that I will decline to name at the moment). It is a surprisingly hard decision whether to sign t or not. So if you have a moment, follow me while I puzzle out the problem.

There’s no out of pocket for me. The Publisher covers or provides editing, cover art, printing and the like.

They are not asking for all rights, just license to publish.

There is zero advance.

The royalty rates are at the low end of acceptable, but acceptable.

I am required to complete their 3 month marketing academy (In lieu of an advance, they claim).

I would be required to establish a website that they approve, at my expense.

They want me to cut down from 130k to 110k words.

These guys are small, but they are not a vanity press. The money flows (or at least trickles)  in the right direction. I am resigned that no matter where I go with this, I will not see a sizable advance, and I will be called upon to do the bulk if not the entirety of the marketing work.

PRO’s

  • I could have a book out by this time next year.
  • It would be from an actual publisher that is not myself.
  • This offer is in my hands, right now. All other opportunities currently exist only in my mind.
  • I might actually learn something in their class.

CON’s

  • I’ve never heard of these guys, and likely, neither have you.
  • The contract is not as clear as I would prefer about which rights I am granting.
  • 20k words is about four full chapters, or all references to a major character. The plot has a lot of moving, interlocking parts.
  • I don’t mind putting together a website. I  mind getting someone to sign off on it that isn’t paying for it.
  • No sensible adult mistakes a required class for payment.
  • This is a small pond when I honestly think I could make it in the open ocean.
  • I could write a lot of fun books using this universe, unless I somehow lose control of it all right here.

There are logistical benefits to having a decision by Monday. I will update as thoughts occur.

UPDATE: This thread continues in my other blog “One of 64” (who would have seen that coming?)

 

http://the64.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/winning-a-contest-brings-up-red-flags/

 

Now you know.