In which this duck is my entire life

anigif_enhanced-buzz-2410-1369939749-19It’s been an exhausting few days, both at work and elsewhere, to the point where all I’ve really got in my head is fog and hell if I can think of anything worth talking about.  My 4th of July celebration involved eating buttered noodles with my wife and now we’re watching an episode of last season’s Fear the Walking Dead.  At least I think I’m only a season behind; I’m losing faith in the entire franchise, if you want complete honesty.

(Other than Nick, who is the smartest character in either this show or its parent show’s history, and is actually interesting to watch.)

Balremesh and Other Stories is still available for pre-order, for a few more hours at least before the birthday launch tomorrow.  Surprisingly, it was my most successful pre-order yet– by 50%!– despite only being available for about a week and a half.  The project for the next couple of days is to get the print edition ready, and then polish off Tales from the Benevolence Archives, which I’m still projecting for late August or early September.  It’s close.

And then, in October… well, I’ll hold off on that announcement for a bit yet.

I need some sleep, y’all.


mblile-72dpi-1500x2000…I am putting the finishing touches on Balremesh and other stories RIGHT NOW, and it’s out July 5th at Amazon.  I’ll link to the page once it’s up; preorders ought to be available pretty damn soon– like, probably by Tuesday or Wednesday.  Yep, that’s right.  New book!  In, like, TWO WEEKS!

(EDIT: I think it’s gonna be here; in the meantime, Amazon’s 404 pages are adorable.)

Why July 5th?  Because it’s my birthday.  So I assume y’all know what you’re going to get me.

Now, that said: an important thing you need to realize about this book is that nearly all of it is on this site, for free, right now.  Those of you who are regular blog readers may want to give this a pass, and that’s okay.  (Then again, it’s only 99 cents.  Raid your couch.)  The total wordcount is currently a noodge over 25K, and I expect that to go up a bit– there are a few other stories I’m considering including and haven’t decided 100% yet, but honestly the book is releasable as it stands.  I’m planning on using Balremesh as another nearly-risk-free way to get a sample of my writing without digging through my website, and when the print version comes (stand by) I’m going to price it as low as I possibly can without actually losing money on it.  Now, none of these stories have ever been available in an ebook before, and there are going to be a couple in there that aren’t on the site, so if you’re a regular reader you’ll get at least something new for your 99 cents.  But I don’t wanna mislead anybody: most of this is still out there.

What about Tales from the Benevolence Archives, you ask?  Stand by.  But I expect it out by the end of August, maybe early September– no later than that.  I’m done with all the stories but one, and my wife has started her editorial readthrough.  My artist is finalizing the digital cover and I’ll have him working on the print cover pretty damn soon.  It’s coming.

The drought is ending.

I promise.

And I think you’re gonna love what I’ve got planned next.