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.