View from my hotel window

…because why the heck not.  This might be pretty in summertime:


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Welcome to Infinitefreetime!  I’m Luther Siler.  I’m the author of Skylights, available for $4.95 from Amazon, and The Benevolence Archives.  Benevolence Archives, Vol. 1 is 99 cents from Amazon.  Volume 2, The Sanctum of the Sphere, is $4.95.  All three books are available in print as well, and the print edition of Sanctum includes BA 1 as a bonus!   Autographed books can be ordered straight from me as well.

My newest book, a nonfiction book about teaching entitled Searching for Malumba: Why Teaching is Terrible, and Why We Do It Anyway is finally available!  The ebook is $4.95 and the print edition (which is gorgeous, if you ask me) is $15.95.

Here’s where to find Luther Siler on the interwebtron:

  • You can follow me on Twitter, @nfinitefreetime, here or just click the “follow” button on the right side of the page.  I am on Twitter pretty frequently; I use it for liveblogging TV, whining about anything that strikes me as whine-worthy, and for short, Facebook-style posts.  I generally follow back if I can tell you’re a human being.
  • Sign up for my mailing list here.
  • My author page on Goodreads is here. I accept any and all friend requests.
  • I have a Tumblr!  I don’t actually know what Tumblr is, because I’m old, but I’ve got one.
  • My official Author page on Amazon is located here.
  • Feel free to Like the (sadly underutilized) Luther Siler Facebook page here.  It’s mostly used as a reblogger for posts.
  • And, of course, you’re already at, my blog.  You can click here to be taken to a random post.

Thanks for reading!

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Proof of life

The con hasn’t killed me yet.

It may have driven me insane, though.

I need a salad.


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GUEST POST: Jette Harris, Author of COLOSSUS

Still at the con!  Maybe I posted 20 times yesterday, maybe I didn’t!  Either way, have another guest post.  Jette Harris is the author of COLOSSUS, and made the mistake of asking for advice on Twitter about how to sell more books.  Ten minutes later, she had to write a guest post.  Ha!

A slight warning: the cover and the subject matter of COLOSSUS could potentially be triggery.  Author’s smiling, pre-nuptial face therefore included first.  

JetteAs an adolescent, I was always attracted to the dark side of fiction: My favorite movie was The Wall and TV show was The Maxx (You actually see a lot of Mr. Gone in my antagonist, and a little of Julie Winters in the protagonist). The topics that could bring me to tears in real life are enthralling in fiction (although they bring me to tears in fiction as well). When I started writing, my content was no different, exploring the demons – literally and figuratively, sometimes even both – that haunt humanity and manipulate people’s actions.

Here is the difficult part: Writing a description that entices readers and does justice to the novel in a short amount of space…

COLOSSUS is the nickname four young adults call the man who has abducted them. Although initially in a position of trust, Avery Rhodes reveals himself to be capable of unimaginable cruelty, both physically and psychologically, to amuse himself and punish missteps. Each of the hostages must navigate their intertwined histories in order to maintain their sanity and attempt to survive. Before the end they all learn, including Rhodes, that they are in over their heads, with far more than just their lives at stake. COLOSSUS is the first book of the My Name Is Not Heather Stokes series.

51NVmPCR7LL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_I had a vivid image of the over-arching plot, which was supposed to take the form of several short stories. That didn’t happen, obviously. COLOSSUS was actually the last story I came up with before I buckled down to write, and before long presented itself as three separate novels: COLOSSUS, Two Guns, and RUIN (inside the house, outside the house, and after the house). The content as it played out in my mind was horrific, and it began to far more horrific than what readers will encounter. Two things dialed it down:

  • Some things I just didn’t want to write. I didn’t want Avery Rhodes to be Professor Umbridge; I wanted readers who usually root for the bad guy to be willing to root for him.
  • Absolute evil is absolutely unrealistic. Rhodes began as a flat, sociopathic, emotionally-controlled character, with one goal in mind. In uncovering why he developed that goal (you don’t discover that until RUIN), and why he is the way he is, he became the opposite in several ways: He became an emotionally- and psychologically-complex character who believes he can control his emotions, but in reality causes far more damage (to himself and others) than good (for himself).

Despite this, I’ve only had two readers (out of several) who could not finish it. Many others wished they could put it down, but were too invested in the characters to give up on them (If I can do anything right, it’s well-rounded engaging characters). Whether they finished or not, they all reported enjoying what they read. I recommend taking the risk and letting me know what you think!

Jette Harris was born and raised in the greater metro-Atlanta area, where she lives with her husband and their pets (dog, cat, and four snakes).  She graduated from Mercer University in ’08 with a BA in English Literature and German Language & Literature, and a certificate for teaching secondary Language Arts. After three years of teaching, she ran away screaming with her hands over her head. She is now happy to sit at a desk, surrounded by other geeks, answering phones, and writing while she thinks her boss isn’t looking.

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God I’m glad I did guest posts

The view out my hotel window is unimpressive and it is dark and rainy.  This is the pizza the hotel Italian restaurant just served me, because I am insanely tired and the thought of going out and finding somewhere else to eat was more than I could bear:


While getting to the con was ridiculous– I forgot my banners and had to turn around after half an hour and go back, damn near ran out of gas, and wasn’t allowed to check into my room when I arrived, and the aggravation combined with the stress of gaslessness and a very serious need to poop compromised my ability to think clearly and I just made them hold my bags all day rather than going back to my car and putting them in there.  Then when I finally did check into my room after the dealer’s room closed at 7, neither of the keys worked and I had to haul all of my shit back downstairs because I’m here alone and I couldn’t exactly just leave it in the damn hallway.

But: pizza.  Good pizza.

The con itself is going quite well.  I sold a book in the first five minutes the dealers’ room was open.  That’s awesome.  I’m not setting sales records, but I’m damn close to paying for my table already.  Considering I sold zero the first day at InConJunction I’m gonna call it a win.

Weird thing about this convention, though: I can sell books to people, but hell if I can get anyone to take a free bookmark.  Free!  Take a fucking bookmark, people!

Okay.  It’s 8:15 and I say that makes it okay to go to sleep now.  Perhaps tomorrow I will be able to do a thing connected to the con once the dealers’ room closes; I can’t bear the thought of spending another second on my feet right now.

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