Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In Which The Author Shares A Neat Thing

So today I found this website that has t shirts. Big deal, I hear you say. These are t shirts that are designed after classic books. Big deal again, I hear you say, again.

What if I told you that the design actually consists of the entire text of the book it's about?

Buh? I hear you say.

Here, let me show you something that might be relevant to the discussion: Hunchback of Notre Dame, the entire (English) text, on a tshirt:

Yep, all that design is text. The whole novel is on that shirt. Isn't that awesome? There are about 100 classic books in Litograph's catalog right now. Unfortunately Les Misérables is not among them but hey, that would be like 5 tshirts, right? But they do have A Tale of Two Cities also. Seriously, check the catalog, it's amazing.

So guess what I'm going to be getting when I get my first paycheck. Or my royalty check. Whichever comes first. Yep, you betcha.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled waiting around for me to start the next volume.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In Which The Author Rings A Triangle And Yells, "Come And Get It" UPDATED

It's done, it's done. Honor is complete and live on Smashwords. One day late for Javert's birthday, but it's not like he minds. Much.

There are some formatting issues I can't fix right now but they don't affect the story, just the navigation in the second half with regards to the Table of Contents and stuff. That should get fixed in a few days and I'll reupload it.

Now if you have already bought the book, you can download the complete version at no extra charge, just re-download the file to the reader of your choice. f you haven't bought it yet, guess what, there's a sale on the website! It's a promotion through the publisher, save 25% by using the coupon code  SSW25 at checkout. It's good through the end of July. Come August, not only will the books no longer be on sale, but they will be at a higher base price, as I raised the rates across the board to get me just a little more in the royalties department. So if you've waited, don't wait too much longer to get them, seriously.

But wait, I can hear you crying. What's next? Well I'll be spending the next few months dealing with life stuff and trying to get stabilized. I have already decided to use this year's Nanowrimo in November to start laying out the next book and getting a lot of the interacting storylines down in a semblance of order. Between now and then, most of my creating is going on the back burner to percolate into something useable.

So, I'll let you all catch up on what's been going on. Meet me here when you're done for tea and sympathy. Welcome to the big ol' clusterf**k that's been in my head since I first came up with the idea for the series. I knew these things were coming up. You may think you know things will be okay because you've seen the main characters after this point during the Guernsey sequences, but, well, without spoiling things, you'd be pretty wrong about that, for varying values of "okay."

Honor is in the bag. Next stop: Inferno.

Thank you for reading.

PS: if you are so inclined, may I point out the link to your left that reads "The Bishop's Fund" which is connected to a Paypal donation link. If you feel sufficiently entertained by the current installment, kindly consider throwing in a couple of dollars to buy a starving writer a cup of coffee, it would be greatly appreciated.

PPS: Hey, this is my 100th blog post! Congrats again to me! Gold stars for everyone!

ETA: If you are one of the people who donated funds in February 2012 who were offered book download codes as a thank you, I don't have email addresses to send them to, just a list of names. If you are one of those, reply to this post with your name and email address(they will NOT be published as all comments are moderated) and I will send you the code for the free download. Sorry about the wait and the confusion. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

In Which The Author Shows Up Late As Usual

I can sum up the last few months in the following:


Let's get down to business. Honor is 98% completed and will be uploaded in its entirety either on July 14 (Bastille Day) or on Javert's birthday (July 20). The main factor in the schedule is how long it takes me to code the second half for e-book publication. If you have already purchased the first half of Honor, when the upload shows up and the price doubles do not fret; all you need do is re-download the thing. You've already paid for it, you will not be charged more. If you have been waiting to download Honor, you will be paying the new price for it. It's up to you.

However if you haven't downloaded any of them, Smashwords is having an across the site summer/winter sale (depending on your personal hemisphere) and I will be discounting the first three books from whenever Honor uploads through the end of the month. Starting in August the prices will go up across the board. Again, it's up to you.

Also, I'd like to draw attention to the donation button to the left, aka The Bishop's Fund. If you like the finished book and would like to tip me a cup of coffee for it, it sure would be appreciated.

I have not started Inferno yet, though I've been meaning to for awhile; I think I had to get Honor done before Inferno let me near it. Inferno is the one I've been waiting fifteen years to write; it's the pivotal book, the one with all the stuff I've been dying to share. I'm just so darned glad to be finally getting to it.

I don't have anything in the way of extras to share at this point, so I'll just share this. It's informative for the second half of Honor, because, well, history and politics and stuff. Also it's funny.

 See you in a few weeks.