Monday Musings 11/25

Moving Christmas decorations, getting Disney+, The Eye in the Lace, personal worries, and preorders.

  1. With the holidays coming up, I can’t help but think about what Christmas was like when I was a kid, but not the wonderment aspect of it, which was plentiful at times, but how stressful unloading the Christmas decorations from beneath the stairs was for me. Worst part about it was my dad’s patience towards the whole thing. He had this strange tendency to describe which direction to move with the boxes, but without using any actual directions. He’d nod, grunt, or turn his head where I should be moving. Where in the grand scheme of things could be pretty much any location in our path. I think this was my first hint as a child that the holidays can be stressful for adults.
  2. Disney+ is now out and I can’t get it. I’m too locked into other streaming services to make that switch or addition. I feel like the sheer volume of options is becoming more and more like on demand cable television. I think as a society we’re approaching a saturation point with all these choices. Maybe I’m just bitter that I can’t get Disney+. Regardless, I can’t be the only one feeling slightly overwhelmed by options.
  3. One thing you didn’t know about my new book The Eye in the Lace: A Collection of Short Stories from the World of the Greenland Diaries, is that there is a very large section of the book dedicated to tales many years removed from the Drum and the events of the main narrative. The concept of unexplainable loss produced by a supernatural event has always fascinated me as a storyteller. I think that is why I want to watch HBO’s show The Leftovers so badly. In my book, I explore how society has changed decades after the Unnamed has appeared. Despite the events from the Greenland Diaries, they are still around in some capacity, and sometimes a part of your daily life. How do you make peace with such monsters after the human race nearly went extinct?
  4. No real existential crisis this week. Just personal ones I guess. Financial worries with the holidays coming up, but I know I’m hardly alone with that concern. Last week the existential malaise was so thick you could cut it with a knife. This week is a little bit better. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just too focused on the everyday nuisances of reality to really notice any abstract wanderings. Now that I’ve said that, I’ll be contemplating the mysteries of the universe while setting up the Christmas tree.
  5. Today, I’m just reminding you to preorder my new book The Eye in the Lace: A Collection of Short Stories from the World of the Greenland Diaries. You get a free gift if you preorder the book. It also helps me out because I have a difficult time managing inventory, and this lets me know if you for certain want to commit to the book. I operate this little business of mine with very little money, so preorders always help me out a ton. This is an awesome collection of short stories. The best one yet for this universe. Visit the bookstore here.

Jottings:

  • My dystopian, monster-containment story DOL 39 is free today on the Kindle. Click here to take advantage.
  • New season of the Crown on Netflix. Binge time. One of the best intros.
  • I’ll start publishing new sections of Chains on here at some point. Not sure when, but soon.
  • I’m craving a reread of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf. Such a great version of the story.
  • The Drum is now available on KDP Select.
  • Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom, I sometimes lament not getting a real Christmas tree, but in the past my wife and I have been terrifyingly allergic to them. The last one we had we covered with towels because the scent was so irritating.
  • Have a great week everyone. Be safe on Thanksgiving and I hope you have easy travels. Don’t get trampled on Black Friday.