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I don’t talk about it all that often around here, but Watership Down is one of my very favorite books of all time. I mean, anyone who has been reading me for a while can probably list some things I’m a fan of, right? Star Wars, various comic books, etcetera.
I have a Watership Down tattoo. I don’t have any superhero or Star Wars tattoos, although the inscription on the One Ring from Lord of the Rings is wrapped around my left calf. I’m enough of a fan of this book that I have a tattoo of El-Ahrairah from the 1978 movie on my left shoulder blade. So I’m gonna be paying very close attention to this BBC miniseries. I am … cautiously optimistic about the first trailer? The animation’s not great. It may not even be good, if I’m being honest. Okay. It’s hraka. But maybe it’s not done yet.
But a shiver went down my spine at the line all the world will be your enemy. And right now that’s all I need. I’m in, guys. But I hope y’all did this right.
(If you’re wondering if I have anything to say about the other trailer that came out yesterday, yes, yes in fact I do, but I’m hoping to combine that with the Avengers 4 trailer that supposedly is coming out later this week. We’ll see.
I had two different people look at me today and say “Is it always like this?” in reference to my job. One was my boss. The other was a student. The answer was yes. Yes, it is always like this. Every day. And y’all are lucky that I am the greatest gatdamb multitasker on the planet, or shit would never, ever get done. And that’s all I have to say about that. It was a very, very, very long day, but it ended with Chipotle and I have something to look forward to soon, so hell with it. Tomorrow’s new comic book day. Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire.
I’m trying to 100% Spider-Man PS4, which has mostly meant letting the boy take over every now and again so he can go catch criminals;
I’m losing steam on Red Dead Redemption 2, which is suffering from a not-moving-fast-enough main story and way too much to do in the rest of the game, leading to option paralysis;
I’m rereading the Broken Earth books by N.K. Jemisin, which continue to be awesome, and are in fact better now that I’m rereading/binging them;
I have heard that we get both a Captain Marvel and an Avengers 4 trailer this week, which … well, prepare for enthusiasm on my part about that;
I had a dream last night about The Goddamn Skylights Sequel, where someone else wrote it for me and published it and it was OK for me to take all the credit;
I am starting to think about the annual 10 Best New(*) Books I Read This Year post, and kind of wish I had thought to do a 10 Best New(*) Books I Read From 2013-2018 post last year, when it would have been a nice even five years. Maybe I’ll do that this year for the past six.
I need about 5000 pageviews in December to have had more blog traffic than last year. That ought to be a very achievable number the way things have been going lately so long as traffic doesn’t crater too hard around Christmas.
Work is fine, but I have way too many meetings coming in the next couple of weeks and I’m not remotely prepared for the one I have tomorrow. Hopefully there’s going to be a way to compress the schedule for the pre-meeting training (yeah, that’s a thing) that I looked at once and abandoned once I realized how many 20-minute videos they wanted me to watch.
The fastest way to get me to abandon doing anything is to expect me to watch videos of any length at all, by the way, and I can’t believe people don’t realize that. I can’t speed up a video and I don’t have 17 uninterruptible minutes right now, so you go to hell and I’m not gonna watch any of it.
I’m working on doubling my Twitter following. 20K or bust!
I discovered today, in the process of reading about and laughing at Tumblr’s decision to set itself on fire on the 17th, that I still have a Tumblr. So I fiddled around on Tumblr for a while. I still don’t know what the hell Tumblr is.
None of that was worth a post on its own, but hopefully all together there was something interesting in there. What’s going on in your end of the world?
It’s kinda always the same booth picture, at this point; only the number of books I have on display changes. I decided not to bring Searching for Malumba with me for this one, because despite the fact that every kid mentioned in the book is college-aged now (and I don’t use anyone’s real name) I still feel like keeping it from spreading too far out in the town I live and work in isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And I sold more than enough books to make a nice little profit on 3 hours of sitting in my free booth.
I can stand to do more free author events, frankly.
An interesting fact: after a couple of years of doing sci-fi and comic book cons, my last two events have both been specifically author events, and at both of them I’ve had more titles available than anyone in the room. It was especially apparent at this one– there was no one else there who I saw who had more than three, and most people there had only one or two books. The really weird part to me was the number of people who, upon being told that my first book came out in 2014, expressed surprise at how I’d been able to write so fast as to have all those books out already.
And it’s like, damn, folks, I am slow. I regularly go weeks without writing a word of fiction, because for whatever reason shit has to be straight in my head before it gets set down on paper. How long have I been saying that the Skylights sequel is my next book, for God’s sake? Hell, how many entire other books have I written while telling people that the Skylights sequel was next? And yet I’m sitting there with twice as many books in front of me as anyone in the room, and I’m visibly one of the younger authors there, too.
Things I need to do before my next show: I need some sort of thick cardstock-printed price placards to put in each of the front-facing books, preferably with some sort of “Like Lovecraft? You’ll love Balremesh!” or “Like Scalzi? You’ll love Skylights!” text on them. I also need a new banner or two, preferably something that folds down into its own stand, because my Skylights banner is starting to lean in a way that I don’t understand and can’t fix. And my front-of-table banner (not used at this show) can probably stand to be updated, too. No one knows what Prostetnic Publications is anyway so I need something other than just the logo. I’m gonna have a lot to do over winter break, I think.
I’ve got some time to worry about it, because right now I’m not signed up for anything else until next summer. I tried to get into ConFusion, which is in January in Detroit, which was a communication clusterfuck so bad that by the time they told me I hadn’t passed the jury stage of things I didn’t even want to go any longer, and I found out about the Northwest Indiana Comic-Con, which is a one-day thing in February, but they were closed by the time I got to them too. So if you hear about anything in the next couple of months, let me know, ‘k? I don’t wanna wait six months until my next show.
I’ve picked up three new Patrons over the last week or so, and just added a $100 goal to the site. I’m getting close enough to the $50/month target that I can sorta see it from where we are, so I feel like a little more pushing and we might hit that, especially since I seem to be on a bit of a roll lately. Remember, anyone pledging more than $2/month gets a new novel immediately, and I’m adding new content all the time– I’ve been working on a new short story over there, The Caretaker, that I ought to be finishing this weekend sometime. It’s becoming a better deal all the time! Join us!
Sorry for the super last-minute notice (because I know y’all work your weekend schedules around what I’m doing), because I just found out about this event yesterday and they managed to fit me in anyway, but:
I will be at the Read Local Author Fair at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library THIS SATURDAY, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. I’ll have all of my books with me except for Searching for Malumba. It’s a quick event, free to the public– as far as I know, you don’t even have to have a library card– and featuring a couple dozen other local authors in addition to me!
(In fact, I got added so late, my name’s not even on the list. I promise I’ll be there, though.)
If you are nearby you are commanded to come. If you aren’t you are also commanded to come. So I’ll see ALL OF YOU there, right?