Monday Musings 1/ 14

Insert traditional Monday Musings comment here about how I’m back and I don’t know what to do with myself and how your writing career is like one snarled clump of hair you find in the shower drain or something. Yeah, I went ugly with that metaphor.

  1. Writing film is hard. I wish I were a little bit more prepared for it, but what can you do. If you want to be involved with any project or do anything, there comes a point where it feels like you need to learn how to ride a bike without ever having used training wheels. That’s me right now with this film I’m writing. I’m simultaneously terrified and exhilarated. Those two emotions tend to coincide.
  2. Plotted out the outline for This Living Cage, the sequel to Beware the Ills. Pretty excited about writing it. Happy with where I went with the plot and characters. Haukter was a great villain in Beware the Ills, one of the best I’ve ever created, but in This Living Cage I think I’ve surpassed him with the new antagonist. Beware the Three Clawed Man. Half the book is written from his perspective as well, so you’ll get plenty of his voice.
  3. This week I’m launching a new serialized story in The Greenland Diaries universe. It takes place in Key Largo, Florida (where I got married and one of my favorite places to go in the world). It is about sisters that have survived the onset of the drum and are hiding in a hotel along the Saltwater Everglades. This story features the Water Unnamed from The Greenland Diaries, which is a major character in book three (Days 141 – 200). This will hopefully be starting this week. It’ll be over 10 parts, at about 500 words each. It will probably be biweekly, but we’ll see how it goes. It is sort of a fluid project, but at least it’ll be free to read on here.
  4. Didn’t get into a big convention for the summer, plus another one I was going to do was cancelled due to low attendance. It sucks. I thought this sort of stuff might happen. A bunch of new cons started up, but only a few managed to survive. I think with geekdom firmly bonding to popular culture, cons rampantly spread. However, as people address how much they want to invest in their individual fandoms, they’re more careful about what conventions they’re willing to spend money on.
  5. I will be shutting down my online store for paperback books this week. Unfortunately, in terms of a business standpoint, the model I’ve been using to sell physical books online has been flawed and unprofitable. I will be selling them chiefly on Amazon and not really anywhere else except personally at events. If you need to specifically to order a special edition or signed copy, I will still do that, but the prices will vary. To reach me you can email me at basementsaid@gmail.com. I will post links to Amazon so they’re easy to find. Preorders will also still be available; I’ll just be doing them through Amazon. Thank you everyone for supporting this store, it just isn’t feasible from a cost standpoint anymore. You’ve got till Friday to make your purchases before the lights go off.

Incoherent Ramblings:

  • Today via the Kindle my short story collection I Sing Constellations is free. Click HERE to get it.
  • SPOILER ALERT. Watched Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch on Netflix. I liked it, specifically the choose your own adventure format, but I didn’t really like the lack of resolution whether it was happy or sad. The story as a whole was great.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Mario games. Got Mario 3D Land for 3DS during a Nintendo sale. It is such a positive game to play. I like the bright colors. Lol.
  • Still haven’t gotten to Birdbox yet.
  • Castle of Caligostro can never leave Netflix. I will cry.
  • Cooked Fettuccine Alfredo for the first time from scratch. I officially feel like I can cook now.
  • Loving Super Smash Brothers. Not as much as I love the Hasbro collection of Monopoly, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit on Switch.
  • Everyone have a safe and healthy week. Visit that online store before it goes kaput.
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Monday Musings 11/19

Three weeks in a row doing musings? I must be crazy, or productive, or a little bit of both. You’d be surprised how often those two tend to coincide.

  1. My book event at North Hennepin Community College went amazing. That school and institution still has a special place in my heart. Going back there to talk to current students, ask about their lives, and hopefully relate to them is pretty much amazing. It keeps you tuned into how important it is to give back to the communities that helped mold you. I was in a very dark spot when I first started going there. If it weren’t for that school, I might not be here.
  2. The holidays are in full swing. I will officially start decorating my house after Thanksgiving. I’m not a religious person at all, but I do enjoy letting my kids experience these traditions. We’re making some changes to our celebrations right now with my extended family. Lot of toxic people in that group. Before, and maybe it was like this for other people, you were expected to deal with volatile and abusive family members because you only saw them once or twice a year. Life is short however, and to hell with being miserable during the holidays.
  3. Pretty quiet on events till February. I will be at 13 Gears, sharing a spot with a bunch of other authors. December and January are a bit of a black hole for events for me. It is like this every year. I wish there were some holiday con or something for authors and artists to peddle their wares, but nope. Minnesota is such a great state for events, I can’t really complain about it too much. There are many places were no cons happen at all. That fills me with sadness.
  4. I will be having a Black Friday Sale this year. It will be released on Black Friday around 11 am. It will essentially be like a loot crate for my readers, only I’ll call it a “Loot Envelope” and it’ll be built around the same premise. You pay a flat price and you get a bunch of items. The price and everything else will be revealed on Black Friday. It is a really good deal, and I’m offering some merchandise that’ll only be available in the Loot Envelope. Stay tuned for more details.
  5. This week on Craft Corner I really wanted to talk about not having the answers, especially when it comes to public speaking. I just did an event this previous week at my old college. I do get nervous about talking in front of large groups, but after doing it for the last six years; I feel a certain level of comfort. I love to answer questions at the end of a presentation. I try to be as honest as possible when responding. I’m asked things about self-publishing vs. traditional, writer’s block, and how I outline each story. I try to tell them what really happens, and I think this directness is relatable. I don’t know the solution to any of their questions. I think me expressing my misery over these conundrums is oddly comforting though. They’re not alone in their suffering. We’re all in this together.

Jottings:

  • My short story collection I Sing Constellations is FREE today on Kindle. Click HERE to get it.
  • I did not like how House of Cards ended. That is all I’m going to say.
  • If you want to see something truly amazing on a nature show, watch the River Monsters episode where he swims with a pair of Oar Fish. It was amazing. YouTube it.
  • I’m working a seasonal job this year in retail. It is brutal. It takes a ton of people to keep the shelves stocked at Target. Wow.
  • Outlaw King was pretty good on Netflix. It was filthy, violent, and disturbing, but it was accurate to the time period.
  • Everyone have an amazing Thanksgiving!