I told myself I wasn't coming back here until I had something worth talking about. See below the list for that.
- Pup1, Kitty1, Pup2, Kitty2, Miss Kitten, my sister kitty, and a couple geckos have left us. Some from disease, some from paralysis due to old age, some due to storms causing long-term power outages. Fun.
- Same year - flooded house (on top of biggest hill in town), lost pup2, lost miss kitten, lost uncle (not that uncle), the last two both to cancer, both slow degeneration.
- Gramps and Grandma are gone on mom's side.
- Mom's husband is gone suddenly this year. Heart problems of the escalating variety took him.
- I'm sure there's lots more, but most of it's pretty mundane.
It's fun how the bad news sticks, and the good news sorta flows around us and disappears in among the bad. That said, still kickin'. Sorta. Aside from the busted toes. (Did I miss that part? Don't kick with right foot no more.)
Wrote a couple books in the "so bizarre nobody really knows what to call them" category. Not really that bizarre, but it's a blend of enough different things that I'm 99.99% sure traditional publishers would scream "pick a lane" at me so loudly it'd kill me. I decided after all the things I've written that really didn't feel like they amounted to anything, I'd release these on my own. That decision was after my wife told me this story feels different from anything else I've ever written.
That may come from the fact that it's the first thing I've written where I essentially created a "clear all the rules" rule when I started and let the story dictate the rules. I lean heavily on things I've read, watched, listened to, or otherwise absorbed in making my rules, of course, but I'm not above skewering expectations, or anything else, as I go.
So, Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, romance, comedy, and then taking all the tropes of those genres and either making them so over-the-top it's funny, or riding the trope so hard that people begin questioning their own sanity as they read it, is the name of the game. (That sentence is awful, but I take great pleasure in that when not writing in the books. *SHRUG*) If you're the type to say, "Dragons and fairies on a spaceship? GTFO." Avoid. However, if you always thought D&D was just missing laser cannons, giant space ships, and angels? Climb aboard the Brigadier and prep yourself for some crazy.
Shitty temp site up for them, with sample chapters in PDF format. (Look under "Episode Guide" for samples.)
I spend so much time writing and editing that I haven't bothered spending much time on the site. Just popped up a template and filled in some info, plus a php board that my one fan has posted on. LOL. I shouldn't say one fan. I have several older folks reading, but they tend to avoid the internetwebz.
But hey, thus far my list of readers include everybody from teenagers (which may be concerning) to my dad and my wife's mom. And some crazy bastard up nort' (as he says). About twenty hardcovers have gone out. Zero softcovers. One eBook to someone in the UK that didn't want me to bother looking into shipping to them.
So, yeah. Work is work, life is life, I do this writing thing to avoid all of it whenever possible. Yup.
I've lurked around here over the years. Other than a couple comments as a "can't remember password" lark, haven't posted.
How's everybody been? We dead yet?
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