Some additional PREACHER thoughts

preacher-season-1-post-103-Jackie-Earle-Haley-Odin-Quincannon-1200x707.jpgWe’re, what, four episodes into PREACHER now?  Five?  You may remember I had some quick, mostly ambivalent thoughts about how the show was going after the first episode aired.

Well… I haven’t missed an episode yet, and I’m probably not going to be starting anytime soon, but I’m still not exactly hooked.  Two definite pluses have revealed themselves as the show has gone on, though: Jackie Earle Haley’s performance as Odin Quincannon is wonderful, and what initially appeared to be a minor lack of concern with the source material has evolved into full blown “Fuck it, we’re doing it live”-level disrespect.  PREACHER doesn’t care at all about the source material beyond vague character descriptions (Tulip is nothing like she is in the books) and is just kinda gleefully throwing whatever it wants at the wall to see what sticks.  It’s as if they’ve been told that they get two seasonsmax, but that if they don’t work in at least one plot detail from each graphic novel of the series Garth Ennis gets to take all of their money.  I thought THE WALKING DEAD was a loose adaptation of the source material.  Nah, son.  TWD is an amateur compared to PREACHER.

Is that a plus?  Right now, I’m going with yes, because I have absolutely no idea what’s coming next, and the first half-season of an adaptation doesn’t usually do that to you.  I kinda knew what was going to happen to Ned Stark at the end of Season One of GAME OF THRONES, y’know?   I just hope the show has an idea what’s coming next, and I’ll admit I have some doubt.  But I’m still watching.  We’ll see where we are at the end of the season.

A recommendation

osaki-executive-zero-gravity-massage-chair-black-29.png.jpegEvery place where the employees have to spend all day on their feet should have access to $5,000 massage chairs that do foot massages.  Because holy shit.

I have determined that five minutes in The Chair at the end of each shift is now a perk of my job.  I have never really been a Massage Person because I dislike people who I can’t see touching me.  This dislike apparently does not apply to mechanical objects.  Like, it’s two hours later, and I’m at home in my shitty La-Z-Boy recliner, and I can still feel the damn thing working my lower back.  Highly recommended.  If Trump made getting one of these things for every American family a campaign promise I’d vote for him.  Bernie Sanders would be all like “Fuck free college, just give errbody a chair.”  Clinton would promise one too and then everyone would get all shitty and accuse her of pandering to the “likes good things” demographic.  That good.

In other news, it’s been confirmed that my training wheels come off on Monday, so I’ve only got a couple more days of training left.  The last couple have been really intense compared to last week, and tomorrow and Friday promise to be even worse.  Still having fun, though.  I like the feeling of having a shitton of stuff I’m supposed to learn and absorb, and I think I’m doing a decent job at it so far.  But I’m still ready to kick those trainers off.  Just a few more days.

Some book news

cropped-img_3273.jpgAll of my books other than Searching for Malumba have been re-submitted to Smashwords, and should be available there soon and propagating to the various other online bookstores soon afterwards.  Malumba comes off of Kindle Select in late July and will be popping back up everywhere soon after that.  This marks the third time, I think, that I’ve gone back and forth from “Amazon exclusivity” to “available everywhere,” and I will obviously let you know the next time I change my mind again.

What’s made the difference?  Mostly that my books aren’t selling for shit on Amazon right now anyway, and so there’s no good reason not to broaden the number of places they can sell poorly at.  🙂  I feel like I’ve done enough free giveaways over the last six months or so of Amazon exclusivity that I’m reaching a saturation point with people I currently reach who might download them, so it’s time to spread my reach out again and see how well that works for me.  At least BA Vol 1 will be showing up on OpenBooks again, and it is, notably, once again permanently free on Smashwords and the Smashwords affiliates if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Also: I’ve hinted around a bit at this, but it’s official now: I have a cover artist in the early stages of working on the cover for Tales from the Benevolence Archives, and the characters will be on the cover.  I am so fucking stoked for this that I don’t even know what to do about it.  Who’s the artist?  His name is Jamie Noble Frier.  This guy.  I cannot wait to see what his early sketches of Brazel and Rhundi look like; we’ll see how much he’s willing to let me post of the early stuff.

I, uh, guess I ought to go work on getting the book finished now.  🙂