Monday, December 23, 2013

In Which The Author Offers Various and Sundry Holiday Well Wishes

Merry Christmas, personally. Even though I'm an athiest it's my chosen yuletide festival. But whatever reason you personally choose to celebrate this particular point of the calendar, may it be celebratory.

Now on to business. You'll note it's kind of late in the month. Yeah, I noted that too. Thing is, it doesn't look like I'm going to make a Christmas upload deadline for the remainder of Honor. I don't even know if I'll make a New Year's one, but we'll see. The reason is that work on the book has been slow and painful. Coupled with the psycho boss adventures, the resultant unemployment situation, and stress levels last seen in 2011 when I had my snap, it hasn't been a good writing environment at all. I can't seem to find my zone, and the more I try the more frustrating it is.

I'm going to keep whacking away at it but I don't know when the rest of the book will upload at this point. It's kind of hard to concentrate on it, particularly the part that needs the most work, so I'm working on the easier sections first just to get them out of the way. I'd post one on Wednesday if everything at this point wasn't so dang spoilery.

Thanks for your continued patience and understanding. This year has been a disaster made all the more disasterrific because it was preventable. I took a chance at a situation that looked like a lifeline and got screwed, blued, and tattooed by it. Not only is there no Uncle Mikey*, there's no M. Madeleine, either. Especially if he says he is. Learn from my mistake.

I'll try and check in again before the end of the year. Meanwhile, may you stay warm and dry if you're on my side of the equator, and stay cool and comfy if you are not.

* Rock and Rule is still one of my favorite animated films, bite me.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

In Which The Author Updates A Little

Happy Decemberween!

Okay, between all the fragments of sections and possibilities put to paper I managed to eke out a Nano win. I didn't think I wrote near that much because of the work stuff but it turns out I did, so yay I guess. Now comes the hard part of turning it into useable material. I don't think I'm going to make my arbitrary Valjean's Birthday deadline but I will work like the Hugo* to make the Christmas deadline.

Remember, if you've already downloaded the short version of Honor, all you will need to do is redownload it to your PC or tablet or ereader, you will not pay a dime more.

If you were one of those who helped me out last year when I was financially ruined, i.e. worse than this year, email me so I can send you a promo code for a free download.

If you are neither and are just coming on board or just now picking up the story, I'll be putting up some kind of promo code for you as well, a holiday discount I'm guessing. So everyone get stuff, yay.

Also we're nearing the end of the quarter (aka The Quarter Quell**) so remember any sales I get by December 31 I will see in February, any sales after that won't reach me till May. So if you can buy early and often, that will help out a ton! Also remember any book bought before the new version goes up is half price, so get one now and by the time you get through with the half, the other half should be just about ready!

In the next week or so I'll be better able to start telling the goopy, soupy tale of my misadventures in the Mid Atlantic without fear of reprisals from the psychoest psycho boss that ever psyched a co. I thought about drawing it as a cartoon just for the manual therapy but maybe, just maybe, I'll actually do some writing instead. If it's any good by the end of it I might turn it into a book on its own. As if I don't have enough sordid miserable soap opera to write about, huh.

Time to kick butt and eat candy canes, and I'm all out of candy canes.***

*well I can't work like the Dickens now can I? :-3
**God I love The Hunger Games series. Hope the movie is good, going to try and see it soon. I say try because I have no transportation, so it's a little less spontaneous a decision for me
***On my short list of holiday traditions, the movie Santa Claus as done by MST3K. Santa versus the Devil. Oh and helped by Merlin. Santa I mean. The Devil is on his own.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

In Which The Author... aw screw it.

Quick update.

Once again, to (mis)quote Blackadder, fortune vomits on my eiderdown. I can't tell you all that's happening right now but I will, soon. It's not good. It's not good at all. But it's almost over, which means things will get better after that. I have to believe they will, because I can't even think about the alternative.

And you had better believe I will be writing about it the moment I am able to. It will be, shall we say, educational.

I don't know what the book status is right now, I wish I could have better news on that. But I'm slowly making progress. Whether I update my Nano page or not, is immaterial. All I have to do is keep swimming on the book and get that done. I've come too far to get sidelined now.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'll do my best to be worthy of it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

In Which The Author References A '70's Sitcom

by saying "Nano Nano"

This is the month I'll be finishing Honor and you can watch it being done here:

Honor's Nanowrimo Progress Page

I will post periodic, as in weekly, segments, maybe just scenes, possibly whole small chapters, as I go along. The "excerpts" function is one of my favorites. First one will go up this weekend because duh I haven't written anything yet. When I have, things will go live.

Wish me luck. After all, if I'm successful, it'll be done and the whole thing ready before the winter season gift giving excuse day of your choice. What I'm really hoping for is to have it live before December 14, which will be as you might be aware already Jean Valjean's birthday. So, here's to hoping!

ps: here's a little something to make you laugh or give you nightmares, your mileage may vary...

(from The Mary Sue)

Ready steady g--

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In Which The Author Attempts to Update Real Life News Stuff

I have good news! Wait, actually that's not something I can talk abou-- oh, well it's good for me, but... wait, what? What the heck happened this weekend? He did what? SHE did what? They did... WHUT. Oh hell no. Oh wait that's not so bad... or maybe not. Um. Yeah.  *whistles* oh boy.

(turns to camera) I'll get back to you.

Oh, working on final bits of Honor for Nano this year, to be sure it gets updated in December because PRESENTS. Literally that's the one thing going on that I'm pretty almost quite sure of. Well actually that's figuratively, but other than that...

I'll stop digging now. Carry on.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

UPDATE: In Which The Author has a Quick Question

Never mind, carry on, problem solved! Thanks!

Hey! Will the person who bought my last copy of Sanctuary back last spring, that I was to autograph and draw a picture in, please reply to this so I can get your name and finish the job? I just found the stupid book and finished the art but I can't find the email with your name and address on it so I can personalize it and send it on the way. I am so sorry about the delay, this had totally gone out of my head!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Update: In Which The Author Says It's Here, It's Here!

The cover to Pont-au-Change Volume 4: Honor. Thanks to Mirielle Sillander for the awesome work!

Click on the book cover, it will take you to the download page!

In Which The Author Says One Day More

Good news and not as good news. Good news is that tomorrow, fingers crossed, Honor goes live. Yep.

Not so good news: it's only the first half.

Good news part deux: half the book is still over 100k words. So it's book sized, just not the full piece.

Let me explain. No, that would take too long, let me sum up:

Honor is 90% finished. It will be done by the end of the year. But. I am in a financial bind of scary proportions. So I need to sell copies of book to build up some bank. I won't get it now, but I will get it next month with my royalty check.

That's the other reason for speed: the royalties are paid quarterly and the quarter closes September 30 to pay out the first week of November. That's why I need to be selling them now; books that sell after October 1 will not pay me until February and I can't wait that long. But I sure don't want to put the book out for sale when the last part of the book is still in draft condition and there's no way it will be ready in a day or so. Unless you want to read ugly. I sure don't want to sell ugly. It's been too long working on this thing, I'd rather release something I'm proud of.

So: here's how it works. The first half of Honor is posting to Smashwords tomorrow (Sunday). It will be offered at $2.50 each, which is a little over half the price of what it will be when it's done (it's a big book, like I said). I set the price at $2.50 because Smashwords will take a percentage but I should make around $2 of each sale that way.

If you buy the first half at the half price and download it, the way it works is that if the book is updated, you can redownload the newer versions--once you buy the book, the price covers all the updates also. So when Honor's second half is updated you will be able to download the rest of the book and pay no more to do it.

In short, early purchasers will get it for about half price, I will get the money earlier when I need it (I wish it would come in even earlier than that but at least I'll be able to know how much is coming in and budget accordingly). If you wait until the book's done you will pay full price. And again, the half that's done is about the same size as a standard sized genre novel, so you're not getting shorted at all.

So, that's what's going on and what I'm doing. Any sales between now and Sept 30 will benefit me greatly and help insure that I keep a roof over my head while I get the rest of it finalized. Literally. The situation is that bad. Rest assured that sometime by the end of the year I'll be able to explain the situation.

NOTE: If you were one of the donors last year and want to get your free downloads, please wait until the full book is available, as I'll be able to provide the free book code at that time. On the other hand if you want to chip in $2.50 anyway as a donation I won't turn it down and you can read the first half earlier.

If you frequent fan forums or anywhere else that fans of the original gather, any signal boosting you can do would help me immensely. 

I know it seems like I just got through one bad spell and have fallen into another one. Believe me, it seems like that to me too. This is not the way to live, but you know what they say about it beating the alternative, you know?

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 2, 2013

in Which The Author Pops In, Says S'up


Yeah I didn't update the site in August. August is not a good month for me, personally. It's pretty much a landmine of anniversaries and remembrances I don't want to deal with so I tend to just lay low, set the engine to idle, and hunker down till it's over. Consider yourselves having been spared the angst. But now it's September, and you know what that means! (and now you've filled in the blank from "Look Down"* and will have it in your head all day, you're very welcome)

Book status update: I have one and a half sections left to proof/edit for Honor. That's the good news. The bad news is they're the last part of the book and you know that's where all that denoument stuff is supposed to happen so, it's complicated. However, it is being worked on as we speak. All I know is that it's Almost Done.

So, watch this space. When it goes live, news will be posted here. This is the turning point book, which is why it's been the hardest. Some characters we know and like (mine and Hugo's) are not graduating into the next one. Choices will be made, and consequences suffered because of them. Mmm, consequences.

Speaking of which, allow me to now put my flat little lecture cap on, lean over my desk, and push my glasses up the bridge of my nose at you. Allow me also to hide it behind a cut because yeah, it's t to the l.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In Which the Author Announces A Sale of Sorts

Hey there! Have you picked up the first three volumes of Pont-au-Change? If you haven't yet, now's the time: If you buy directly through the Smashwords site (link opens up new window), you can get 25% off each of them for the month of July! In whatever ereader format you choose! Just enter the code SSW25 at checkout. Summer beach reading for the northern hemisphere, winter cozy fire and hot cocoa reading for the southern hemisphere.

Also: book edits are still chugging away. Will have a bigger update for the 20th about that.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

UPDATED: In Which The Author Apologizes for Another Delay

UPDATE: The check taketh, the check giveth back. Apparently after I was told about the additional health insurance cost, what the payroll person did NOT tell me was that I was also getting a 2% cost of living increase. 2% does not seem like much but it should offset most of the additional insurance, so, my budget readjusts once more. Nice of her to tell me this, huh. Anyway, what this means is that debt gets paid off with no further inconvenience to my living expenses and, when I get the Q2 royalties sometime toward the end of the month, I can use part of that to get Honor's cover done and the book into the e-book store. So, bit of a silver lining. I'll take it!

I can't catch a break, can I.

I'm going through the second to last draft, just one more round; I have beta reader plowing (slogging) through the morass. If I really stretched myself in a writerly way I'd be making my self imposed July 20 upload for book 4.


I am once again in a financial bind. My razor thin budget just got annihilated by a $20 increase per paycheck of my health insurance. That's $40 per month. Which means I can't pay the cover artist the $40 to make the next book cover (and no, my Photoshop Fu is not up to the challenge. I have none. I can't even find the fricking dojo, so yeah). It costs nothing to put the book up on Smashwords but I'm not about to put up a half assed coverless book and ask people to pay me for that, so.

What happened, you ask? Short story short was I got hit with an unexpected bill that I had been told I wouldn't owe and had made arrangements to pay it off one way (slowly) that then got changed on me at the last minute so now I have to pay it back, quickly. Combined with the loss of income on the insurance side, I now have negative discretionary spending allowance. This includes being unable to afford the meds that keep me mostly cough free. Which further means that publishing the book in the next couple of months becomes a luxury that I absolutely cannot afford. Yeah I could point at the Paypal donation button but I've already done so much asking and I'm still paying back/off things that were promised/paid for during the spring. I am all out of ask.

I'm sorry for the continued delay. Hopefully I can use the extra time to get one more good polish on the manuscript, but frankly financial BS ups the depression which kills the writing drive, and coupled with no meds? Yeah, not promising. Still we shall cross our fingers, toes, and eyes, and we shall see. I just want this book out of my head and finally out for sale so I can move on. But the fates hate me and that's okay, I think they suck too.

Monday, June 10, 2013

In Which the Author posts another thing from someone else (Les Mis movie related)

Because reasons. Well specifically the past few days I've been rib-crackingly sick (worst coughing ever, and coming from me that's something) and haven't had much luck finding something from the book I thought deserved to be posted.

Which is ironic because this is probably the laugh out loud funniest thing ever. Especially at time marker 4:42. Also 5:39. And the very very end. Seriously. If I were going to review the movie it would be hard not to crib this entire thing.


ps yes still working on Honor. Yes still planning on a July 20th e-book release. Also planning one more thing but I'm not telling because JINX.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In Which the Author posits a quick question

I have had a report from someone that the site will not let them join, and another that even though they are signed up for alerts when new posts are made, they are not getting the alerts. Is there anyone else having a problem with joining, or notifications, or anything else?

I have been contemplating moving this and the whole nine yards over to a Wordpress account. This may be the hat that goes over the fence, if this is the case. Nevertheless, feel free to drop a comment if you're also being blog-blocked.

Yes I am still posting something tomorrow. Haven't decided what yet. Probably will be minor characters, although... there's this one bit with You Know and Who that might be pretty fun, even if it is still in first draft form. Hm.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

In Which the Author wishes everyone a Happy June

We are a week away from barricade day and things are starting to move here at Book Central.

Ever think you're a kite that's being held down to reality by the rock of friendship only to discover when you cut the tie that the kite is a lie they told you to keep you down, and you're really a muthafuckin ZEPPELIN?

*or airship, if you prefer

That's been me lately. I am the Graf Zeppelene! 

I mean, sure, I may be full of hot air and explode now and then but I am a grand majestic balloon capable of propelling myself across continents, not a flimsy paper construct that requires constant ground control.

Especially when that control consists of things like telling you how fat you are in one sentence and they buying you cheap ass dollar store chocolate in the next.

Or when you are broke and destitute "generously" giving them half a bag of stale pretzels and then getting pissy when they turn you down because first of all you don't eat pretzels to begin with and second of all are you fucking kidding me?

Or dragging your ass all over London and Brighton at breakneck speed and then getting huffy when the person you're with can't keep up. Instead of, you know, walking WITH someone.

Or at a convention in Canada, where the hotel and the con are a mile apart, and then announcing afterwards that "for your own good" you're not allowed to go to conventions anymore if you can't keep up.

Little stuff like that.

It's amazing how clear you can see stuff like this once you're outside it.

Needless to say with the drama llamas crowding around I didn't get much writing done this last month. That's okay too. I've been saving it up to now. It's been stewing in my head for months. It's ready to start pouring onto the page.

I will keep posting excerpts here on the blog while I'm working, both to keep you all amused and me working. Goal has been set for July 20 (Javert's birthday). Oh that reminds me, I was going to put up the math I did for figuring out Valjean's birthday relative to Javert's. I will go look for that.

I will put something up next Friday for the anniversary. Something that has not been posted before.

Beta readers, still interested? Message me. I will soon have work for you, if you still want it.

Happy June indeed. Now if you'll excuse me, this bag of wind is going to take a spin around her book.

ZOOM putt putt putt putt putt putt

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In Which the Author Checks In

Wow, I didn't even realize I hadn't posted a thing in April. Sorry to leave all ten of you hanging :-P

The move is complete, the job is pretty good, I'm finally getting stuff unpacked (yeah yeah I know) and things are returning to a state of normalcy (or what passes for it around me).

Quick bio of where I am: right in the middle of historic downtown Richmond, VA. It's a huge college town and there's a great mix of historical old stuff and new trendy young urban professional stuff. The building I live in is converted lofts, it was originally built in the 1850's (!contemporary to PauC!) and is a historical landmark. Then again it's hard to swing an imaginary cat around here without hitting a protected building. But anyway. I have a great view of the heart of the capital, I'm about 10 blocks away from work (so I walk or bus depending on weather) and two blocks from the James River. In short, I'm smack in the middle of Pocahontas Central. As well as Civil War central. Oh and there's an Edgar Allan Poe museum three blocks in the other direction. And two blocks perpendicular? The church where Thomas Paine adasdfasdf Patrick Henry dammit! made his famous "Give me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech.

tl;dr, this place is awesome. Bonus: it's not in a frickin' desert. High fives all around.

Now, on the book news front. Needless to say I got no writing done at all in April. I told myself I better get off my duff and write in May and I'm starting to roll that out again. I don't think there's any hope in hell of making the June 7th anniversary. So, the next anniversary would be Javert's birthday on July 20th. Failing that, it would be Marius's recovery date which I think is Sept. 7th, but honestly, who cares about Marius right? ;-)

So because I have nothing of my own to share I have a couple of links for you. This was something I was going to do once (and may dust off again because AWESOME) but this other guy is doing some and he's really good:

Les Misérables Paper Dolls.

I know, right? SQUEE COSTUME PR0N!! I promise I will do some PauC and LM paper dolls at some point. I have the blank figures, I just need to draw 'em some clothes.

bonus link I just found while surfing DA. Stunning.

The other thing to share is something that has been on the old site for awhile, but needed showing off again. Way back when I was first starting out the series I sent a videotape of the TAC to comic book illustrator Colleen Doran (after we both declared our mutual love for the musical 1776, I sent her LM because she hadn't seen it) and shortly after she did a short comic in her long running series A Distant Soil which referenced Les Mis in the most awesome way. So the punchline refers to Philip Quast, obviously, not Russell Whatshisname. Just saying.

Also, for those not in the know, Father Mario (priest) and Tony Minetti (cop) are brothers.

Colleen gave me generous permission to repost this to the blog. I'm still in possession of the original artwork. It had been sold, but I'm in the process of buying it back from the buyer because, well, yeah. Sorry my scan is so crappy, it's a product of the technology I had when I did it originally. The tones are not well represented at all. It shall be redone, one day when I have space on my ginormous to-do list. Meanwhile, here:

And that's it for the current update on the State of the Arlene. I will post something more book like next time.

Thanks for sticking with me.

EDIT: Dang it, I knew I forgot something! You may have seen this on the news but here's the link anyway: some guy took old maps and overlaid them on Google Maps so you can travel back in time or something like that. The upshot is:

Paris, 1834.

Have fun with that XD

Sunday, March 24, 2013

In Which the Author makes a bigger announcement

Okay, secrecy veil lifted! Here's what's been going on:

You all know that I was having a bad time this past year with no job and no prospects. Then I moved to another state to go live with my ex roommate, who promptly bailed on me within a month leaving me broke, jobless, AND alone, AND in goddam Phoenix.* I sold as much of my collectibles as would sell to keep afloat but had run out of sellable things and was looking at eviction. Then some kind people put up notices on their own sites/blogs and a donation drive came in and saved me at least from immediate oblivion. But still, the long term solution was eluding me.

What happened next was literally life changing, if not life saving.

This guy wrote in, we'll call him M. Madeleine.** He donated some money and said "hey, if you need a job I can always hire you to sort beads in this factory I have in Montreuil-sur-Mer." and I said "um, yeah, I'd love to, but that's all the way across the country, I'm stuck in Toulon" And he said, "What if I pay to move you out here?" and I went "ookay," in the way you go "ookay" when weird internet things crop up and you back away slowly from the keyboard and then RUN.


He repeated the offer and was serious, and as we knew people in common I did some background checking, and they told me straight up that the dude is the real deal, and the offer was totes legit. And I finally just said, "I'm crazy enough to accept this."

Let me put it this way (and I did, to several concerned parties, who all laughed and nodded agreement): This wizard knocked on my door and asked me if I'd like to go on an adventure with some dwarves. Could I leave the safety of my hobbit hole, dank and decrepit though it be, to go out into the great big unknown?

Oh hell yes. Sign me up and issue me a pony.

The last month has been dealing with the hoops to jump through, background checks, emails back and forth, etc. They're moving my stuff out there. They're flying me (and the cat!) out. Apartment has been set up and downpaymented, I just have to pay rent when I get there (why hello there Mr. Tax Refund check, so nice of you to finally join us, we have a new assignment for you). I have a job guaranteed for a year, and if I like it, longer. But I wanted to wait till everything was crossed and dotted and accented and umlauted before I went ahead and posted the big explanation.

So here's where it stands. Tomorrow this computer and everything gets loaded on to a truck headed eastward. On Thursday I, and the cat, fly out overnight, to be met by new employers and settled into new apartment. New job starts almost immediately. New home, new job, new atmosphere, new people. I'm still available over on Twitter in the meantime. I should have some computer access before this one arrives so I'll be able to keep posted.

But yeah, it's been incredible. De Profundis indeed.

And this book may get done on time after all. I'll probably miss the April Nano, clearly, but I may participate inasmuch as the whole writing deadline prompt thingy.

Also, note to the people who are still expecting things to get mailed, yes they're still here. Would it be okay if I waited till after the move to send them? Just message me either way. Thanks.

Okay, time to strike the set and pick it up. Next stop: Richmond, Virginia!

oh wait. *looks at map* hey that's very close to Norfolk, isn't it? Isn't that where Thénardier.... AAAAAAAAAGH


*my mother once said to me "DON'T move to Phoenix" when I was considering it several years back (she lived in Arizona in the 1950's and it was a bad time for her in a lot of ways). Remember, kids, listen to your mother, even if she's not around anymore to say it again. Seriously, y'all.

**bear with me on this. He won't let me make his real name public so we'll use some relevant aliases. My initial idea was to say I was going to work with Dr. Cid in Draklor Laboratory in Archadia***, which technically is closer to the actual job situation, but then I remembered, even though Cid was right about the nethicite, he's still an asshole, so let's go with M. M. instead shall we?

***Final Fantasy XII reference for the non gamers. And yes I just nested footnotes. Asteriskception. Problem? #trollface

Thursday, February 28, 2013

In Which the Author makes another small announcement

Can't announce all the details right now, but: I have been offered a job, it's great pay, and frankly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Also requires that I move again. Not a problem, already tired of Arizona anyway ;-)

Still in the planning stages. As the month rolls on I'll have more details. But this also means that this month I don't have to go looking for job here or trying to find roommate here, so I have more time freed up for WRITING. Yeah, you know, that thing I do on occasion.

Will I make my self imposed deadline of June 6 to roll out Honor? Stay tuned! But honestly it looks more possible right now than at any other time in the last year. Not a hoax, not a dream, this time it's real!*

*which means of course it's a robot. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Which the Author Sheds Some Light on Certain Questions

Okay, here it is, about half of the fourth section of Honor. You know posting these tidbits reminds me of the old days when I would just post the book as I wrote it on the website and then collect it all up and publish it when I was using that one POD publisher. It's kind of fun that way. Yes, I'm considering posting more as I go. Maybe a little more immediate feedback will help get the rest of it on the page? Couldn't hurt...

FYI, this section is in the second to third draft form. Not completely polished, but getting there. Don't be afraid to point out anything if you see something that needs fixing in the next draft. I know it's not perfect yet :-) and of course as always if you haven't been reading already this will be massively spoilery, just saying.


In Which the Author Says Merci Mille Fois

Okay, thanks to a huge outpouring of donations, kind words and good wishes, here's where I stand as of right now:
  • back rent for this month: paid
  • electricity caught up, not just the deposit but the actual bill: paid
  • phone: paid (cheapo semi smart phone, but it's become like my lifeline so I wouldn't consider it non essential)

  • internet access: paid (I could drop this but it's only $30 a month to be able to do ebay from home instead of the library, so again, kind of necessary)
  • monthly bus pass: bought (and good thing too, rates are going up March 1)
  • March rent paid entirely without having to go the partial payment route like I did this month. 
(in case anyone is wondering, I don't have cable, so no cable bill. I'm one of those don't-watch-tv-much types.)

This means that I am able to concentrate on getting a job and a roommate and everything, without having to look over my shoulders, until those happen and/or that check gets here. I have enough to make it, and a little to spare.

(just a quick fyi, in case anyone was wondering why I haven't tried going on public assistance or anything: I did, or what I can get of it. The one thing I don't have to worry so much about is food, because I did qualify for EBT, I just don't qualify for any other assistance like housing or cash benefits because I'm not elderly and I have no children. If I were still in California or even Nevada I would have more resources but I'll take what I can get. And I've worked since I was 16 so I've more than paid enough into the system to be able to use it now that I need it, in case anyone is thinking I'm spending their tax money, no, I'm spending mine.)

Donation codes for books went out to everyone who donated even a little bit, because every little bit helps.

Tonight I'll post that section I have been teasing. I just wanted to let people know that the goal is met and that I appreciate every one of you, even those who just sent kind words of support and encouragement. You are fantastic and wonderful and a thousand other words that fail me right now.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

SECOND UPDATE: In Which the Author has a Quick Reminder

Yes I am offering free downloads of the books for any donations if you haven't read the books yet. Just please be sure to let me know you want them, I have to set up the download codes by hand.

While I also do appreciate the book sales I've been getting lately (yes, I've noticed the huge uptick in sales lately, seriously thank you so much) I get paid quarterly on those, I won't see that money until the first week of May. So please consider making a donation if you're of a mind to. Thanks!

UPDATE: Oh you guys, you are so incredibly awesome. The outpouring of help has been humbling. I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not Thénardier with the sewer grate key.

Also: because of the outpouring of donations I will be posting that piece of Honor I've been teasing you all with. It's only a few chapters but they're kind of important. I hope you like them. I'll get them formatted and posted later today.

What follows below is tl;dr drama, violins, tigers come at night, etc. Just so you know.

I've been asked to detail why I'm making this big donation push: the fact is I'm broke, unemployed, and stuck in another state. I moved here to move in with someone I thought I knew and had lived with before, but within a month of being here she decided she wanted to move home with her parents instead and left me to fend for myself. It's more complicated than that, even: apparently I ruined her life by moving here even though we both agreed to it, and instead of helping each other out like we were supposed to she decided on a me-first strategy and left. Then her parents--who kept buying us furniture and stuff at Goodwill for us, which I thought was generous-- came by and took it all, even though they have no place to store it, saying that since they'd paid for it it's theirs to do with what they want. (ETA: okay, they left the couch only because I begged them to, and still they're more concerned that the couch is okay than that I am okay.)*
They wouldn't even let me use it till I got my own stuff to replace it with. They even took the fucking silverware, I'm not kidding. I had to stay with them for a month before we got the apartment and yeah, those stories will make it into the book I'm sure. I never met people before who would give their kids iPads for Christmas and yet take their own drinks with them to the pizza parlor to avoid buying them on site. But anyway, enough about that.

So between Ebay and some sales here on the blog I had almost managed to cover my butt in a 2 bedroom apartment and was waiting for my tax refund check to deposit, which would have given me another 2 months to get employed and stable and to look for another roommate. But I chose to direct deposit my refund check to Walmart's new Bluebird debit card, like a payroll card (and I only did that because I wasn't sure if my bank accounts would still be open because I was dangerously close to blanking both of those out as well). I had my taxes done mid-January and was all set to go, then February 1 I get a message from the card saying, "we rejected your refund because we don't take government checks." That's right, Walmart doesn't take government checks. Laugh ironically here. I went down to the local IRS office that same day and was told there was no way to change it to my bank's routing number, I would have to wait for a paper check, which I haven't done in what, 10 years or more? And the paper checks are second priority so I'm looking at mid-March if I'm lucky. Meanwhile the landlord's wondering where the rent is and the power company is poised with its hand on the button waiting for me to fail to pay the rest of the huge deposit they asked for so they can cut me off.

So I put out an ad on Craigslist for a roommate. Here we run into another problem: this apartment complex I'm in? It's not the best. It's safe, but that's about all that can be said for it. It's tiny, run down but being fixed up; finding someone who wants to live a) here and b) with me in tinyville is proving to be a bust. But if I don't hang in here till at least April my check will never find me. I'm stuck here till at least then. Otherwise I'd be more than happy to break this lease and get myself a small studio away from the ex roommate's family that live half a mile down the street, way too close for comfort.

And that's why I'm raising money by selling my collectibles and asking for donations. It's a hard thing to put your hand out but there it is. I'm out of options. I'm literally fighting to keep a roof over my head and the power on while I learn to live in this strange new city where I have no friends and no support system. This is a once in a lifetime event, but it is an extinction level event. So those of you who have already donated or bought things from me, you have helped save my life. And I will do everything I can to be worthy of your generosity.

*UPDATE 2 apparently completely not at all having anything to do with this post, or the fundraiser, or anything, they've suddenly decided they want to come get the couch this weekend Even though they have no room for anything in that house, I guess I'm not grateful enough to have the use of a used couch so I'm being taught a lesson. All righty then. I have a TV  and an area rug and that's more than most people have in this world so I'm going to be okay. But damn, petty much?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

In Which the Author says Happy Anniversary

It's Marius and Cosette's 180th wedding anniversary today! The appropriate gift would be Unobtainium.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

UPDATED In Which the Author has more to post

I found the Christmas story! I can't believe I misfiled it. But here it is. I can't believe I wrote it 10 years ago either XD I'll be including it in the ebook version of Honor as an appendix; I was considering blending this into Adrift but I think it works better as a short story. Consider this a thanks for the people who have been helping me out of this rough patch.

Please consider making a donation if you're of a mind to; the donation button is right over there on the side. Or buy yourself a WWJD shirt or coffee mug; I'm working on more designs, sorry I'm so slow and scatterbrained. I am so close to making it past this crisis I can almost see the finish line.

Click through to enjoy the story.

ETA: by special request, here's the image of the Dove Bar fortune from the old Oddities section:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

UPDATE 2: In Which the Author lists the things for sale

UPDATE: two items sold. Three more to sell and I will post another section of Honor pertaining to the denouement at the barricade.

UPDATE 2: the last Sanctuary is sold. I have one copy of Adrift left. Two more items and I put up another section of Honor :-)

Okay, here's all my Les Mis collectibles I'm selling, they're mostly different media versions that I've reviewed. Post a comment if you're interested; I won't publish it but I'll be able to get you the Paypal information to pay for them.

All funds go to keep me from getting evicted. Literally. 

Donations also greatly appreciated; anyone who donates to the cause will get coupon codes for free downloads of the first three books if you don't already have them.

3 DVD set "le theatre de la jeunesse" $25
Japanese Les Miserables cartoon (1970's) VHS $25
matching graphic novel version of the above movie (in French!) $20
CD music score from 1934 French movie, music by Arthur Honegger $10
CD music score from Claude Lelouche movie starring Jean-Paul Belmondo $20
hardcover French graphic novel, part one (part 2 was never produced) by E. Paape: $20
original souvenir program booklet from silent movie from 1925, full of photos: $35

assorted videos people sent me of different movie versions, most of them bad. $5 per VHS (some of them span 2 or 3 videos) or $40 for all 10 of them.

cassette tapes of CBS radio mystery theater from the 80's $10
assorted CDs of other radio versions, copies made for me $30 for all of them
DVD copy of laughable French cartoon version $5

SOLD antique Les Miserables book volume 1 (I don't have book 2), leather spine (a bit worn) with illustrations.  $20

SOLD one copy left of Sanctuary $30.95
one copy left of Adrift $33.95

JAVERT license plate: $100 or best offer.

SOLD one miniature black jet bead rosary, stamped "made in France." yes, it's real. $10

If you want to make an offer for multiple items I will entertain that also.

add $3 shipping for first item; will combine shipping on multiple items. (whoops, books are $5 because heavy)

When I sell five items I will post another section of Honor that has not been published. A good section with some information that some might want to know. Here's a hint: how did Victor Hugo find out what happened inside the last stand of the barricade if everyone who survived (Valjean, Javert, Marius) had already taken off? Where did he get the information from? 

Thanks for reading.

Friday, February 1, 2013

In Which The Author sells more things

So yeah, my life has taken another turn for the crap. Long story short, I'm selling off as much of my collection as I can. All my books, dvds, videos, cassette tape versions. If you're looking for a copy of any of the stuff I've reviewed, please let me know. Also I have a few more of Hugo's books and other alternate versions of Les Mis. When I get it all catalogued I'll list it, meanwhile if you have anything on  your wish list let me know.

UPDATE: I still have one of my Nevada license plates that says JAVERT. It's no longer valid but it makes a nice wall decoration. They may reissue the personalization one day but this is one of the nice imprinted kind of plate, not the new flat boring printed kind. It's a one of a kind. The other one got turned in. Make me an offer.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

UPDATE: In Which the Author has an Emergency Sale of some Things

I have one copy each of the original trade paperback editions of both Resurrections and Adrift that I need to sell ASAP as in yesterday. Until the new editions come out this year these are it. Both are at cover price (17.95 and 33.95 respectively) plus $5 shipping because they're heavy (buy both it's still $5 combined, btw). I do have access to a Sanctuary that was autographed to someone else, though, if you want the whole set; that one is 30.95 and again, no added postage above the $5. That's all domestic shipping; international rates would depend on the country and we could figure out something.

Interested parties may post a message for one or the other or both here; it won't publish. I will then send Paypal payment information to complete the transaction. Autographs by request, or I can send them without. They're slightly used and covers have some dings but interiors are excellent. Buy them now while they exist. The ones on Amazon are way overpriced, and are also ripoffs and I make no money from them and Amazon is doing nothing to stop it, so, yeah.

I'll be selling off other parts of my Les Mis collection too in the next week or so, old movie versions that I reviewed and whatnot. If you're looking for anything drop me a line.

UPDATE: Good news, bad news. The copy of Resurrections is sold. However I have also found another copy of both Sanctuary and Adrift. The covers are a little dinged up from reading, moving, etc, but interiors are great. Autographed/personalized on request, no extra charge ^_^

Thanks to all who have inquired so far, it's really helping me out right now, you have no idea.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In Which the Author offers a small aperatif

I totally messed up the Christmas posts I promised, so I've decided instead to post a little something that has not been posted before (to my recollection; if it has been, I apologize; I will make the next post something I know has never seen the light of day, "beyond the beta-cade"). It is the approximate halfway point in the series, or just past it; it is appropriately enough titled "Entr'acte." It should prove enlightening both to new readers and current ones.

CAVEAT: If you are a new reader, there are spoilers for the second and third book present. This constitutes the only warning.

On another note, good news: although I did finish writing the book in first draft form last summer, I have not been happy with several key sections. Now I am beginning the process of deconstructing parts which I am not happy with, and refitting them back in ways which are much more pleasing. Hope springs eternal.

Meanwhile, click through the link to enjoy.