Nobody likes the font on the last image. OK. Any of these better? And can you tell me what #4 is reminding me of?
The headline of this piece is Thomas Jefferson’s last words, in case you didn’t know. He died on July 4, 1826, on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which he had mostly written. John Adams, who provided Jefferson with copious notes on the text and could probably fairly be regarded as a co-author, died the same day, a few hours after Jefferson; his last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives.”
Jefferson had died five hours ago, but Jefferson was in Virginia and Adams was in Massachusetts. It being 1826 and all, the word hadn’t made it up there yet.
I love that story.
It is five o’clock in the morning and I have been up for an hour.
Happy Independence Day, chirren. Tomorrow is my birthday; I missed being born on America’s bicentennial by about fourteen hours, and my mother went into labor during the fireworks. I am therefore more patriotic than you. Read something, in between bouts of blowing stuff up.
…beyond the fact that I can never remember how to spell “embarrassing.”
So the new Mad Max movie is getting hella good reviews. I startled myself after the first trailer when I realized I wanted to see it, because, and this hurts to say, because as a proud geek this shouldn’t be true, but I’ve never seen any of the Mad Max movies. I don’t even think I’ve seen parts of any of them. I have a hazy awareness that Tina Turner is in the third one but that’s it.
My wife feels that this cannot be allowed to stand.
I know I’m not the only one of my people out there. What have you not seen, or not read, that you really ought to have seen or read by your advanced age?
(Here’s the trailer. This looks good! I am surprised.)
I am, for no clear reason, tired as hell, and have been all week, so the tl;dr here is “That was fun, I look forward to doing it again, and I need to do a better job of driving traffic to it.”
The longer version? I got the entire challenge written in March, and April was an insanely busy month, and so while I got the thing completed I wasn’t really able to put any energy into visiting other people’s blogs and leaving comments and actually interacting, which is what the Challenge is actually supposed to be about. It showed in site traffic; while April of 2015 was up over April of 2014 by about 2000 pageviews, it had less traffic than March of 2015. And the posts really weren’t getting much attention. Check this out:
You’ve got to go way down the list to get to the most popular A to Z post. Anything with an orange bar next to it was written in April. (That goddamn Snowpiercer review will never die. Why are people still Googling this fucking movie?)
But anyway. I know exactly why this happened; it’s because basically all I did as part of the Challenge was write the posts and participate in one Twitter party that just happened to be going on while I was online. I didn’t really participate in any of the other social aspects of the thing, and that’s sorta supposed to be the point. So maybe I try and get my spring 2016 book out in March so that I have more time for this. The writing was fun; I just gotta nail the other stuff down.
(I have seriously been a dead man walking once I’ve gotten home from work all week, dying on the couch or going to bed excessively early. I still want to review Avengers; I have no idea when I’m going to get around to it, though. The signing is Saturday; I’m glad I’m already bald or I’d have pulled all my hair out from general anxiety by now.)
Man, but this was an uneven month. This will be entirely unreadable if you don’t click on it:
On the plus side: 73 downloads, which is about 20 more than last month, and with fewer days in February besides. Also on the plus side: Feb. 7th was the first day I have ever gotten a double-digit number of people to pay me for stuff I wrote, which was a nice little barrier to break through. Another milestone: a streak of seventeen days, going back into January, with no 0 sale days. That’s great.
“Sales” at Smashwords also went pretty well– that three-day streak of five downloads a day was especially gratifying. I also found out I had some movement at OpenBooks, and even made some money off of it. Note that they’re currently in closed beta; I don’t know if you can get in without registering yet. I’ll tell y’all more about them once the beta actually ends.
Not-so-good stuff: even without clicking you can probably see all the red on the back half of the month. The back part of January and the first part of February were fantastic; the back half of February, not so much, and I’m currently on a three-day slide with nothing happening. So blech. Also, no sales of the print edition of Skylights, which is disappointing but really not surprising. I suspect for me print sales are going to be mostly a vanity project for a while, although I’m starting to ramp up for my first signing event and those sales will appear on here when they happen.
On to March! Hopefully the overall upward trajectory will continue.