Tag: self publishing

What Two Years of Edits & Notes Looks Like

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Two years is a solid amount of time. Days come and go in silent flocks, barely brushing against your face as weeks and months cast shadows in the sunset of a year. Past time blends and smears into a whirlpool that, for the present you, makes it almost impossible to decipher how you ended up at this viewing platform, scratching your crotch in a state of proper dumbfoundment while trying to see your own reflection in the maelstrom. This is especially true when crafting a book. Years down the line you end up with a draft, probably in a digital form, and say “How the fuck did this happen?” The experience of writing a novel is easier to reflect upon, I think, when you have artifacts from the past to inspect. Little fossils of ink on scrap paper or notebooks you excavate from files and manila folders, maybe a forgotten back pack or underneath your car seat.

The image above is about half of the material I had physically edited or scrawled ideas and blips of dialogue upon for At Eternity’s Gate. Stacks of notes and doodles and around 90 pages of pen edited manuscript will remain forever lost to dimensions unknown. But here, for my own amusement, is a brief dive into the relics that remain. Imprints of a strange past consciousness influenced by worlds both imaginary, and real. Read More…

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Cover Art

At Eternity's Gate CoverIt seems as though I may be zeroing in on the final cover art for At Eternity’s Gate. I’ve gone through several renditions to date, and each time I’ve discarded their amateur scented carcasses into the overflowing well of mediocre shit I’ve crafted over the years. That said, I think this one is looking pretty fresh. I can’t really take much credit here though. My lovely and talented girlfriend, Allie, collaged this vector by Fernando Michelotti and I used some photoshop magic (with control of the colors fully in Allie’s paint-stained hands) and it turned out better than expected. The font is High Tide and had a poster quality to it that tickled my rune-ish aesthetic. I’m not sure if I’ll make any changes from here on out, but if I do make any I’m sure it will soak up another twenty hours of my life like this one did.

I’ve also reformatted the first three chapters of At Eternity’s Gate, and inserted the new cover into the PDF. You can download that spiff jazz in the book or download section of the site, or click right here: At Eternity’s Gate 1-3.  I also fought through the night with Smashwords Style Guide. It was terrible and if equated to a medieval battle my limbs have been severed and my head is being gnawed voraciously by an overgrown saltwater crocodile lurking in the moat surrounding Smashwords’ castle. Ultimately I failed to convert my word document to Epub and Mobi files for reasons that I can’t even begin to understand. I will try again another day, after my memories are assimilated with that crocodile and I have my vengeance through the double eye-lided peepers of an ageless aquatic reptile. Chomp chomp, mother fuckers.

Also of note: My Download page is looking better. You can find At Eternity’s Gate, a desktop background and a short story there. I’ll be updating that with more stuff as it is made. I hope you enjoy the graphic I made for the page.

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Exploding Dinosaur Laser Battles (Stop Writing What You Hate)

dinosaurs-lasersI had a great post whipped up about writing and editing and the passage of time, but honestly I don’t feel like crafting that sort of post right now. The wonderful thing about working with the written word is that you can create whatever you want. Lately I’ve felt as though I have to write captivating lecture-esque posts about the craft of fiction so that people will come to this site and learn something. Maybe even check out the book I’m working on and fall in love with it, recognize it as bonafide surrealist sci fi literature. That’s not what I should be doing though, and who am I to teach you anything anyways? Put mildly, it’s not as if I’ve obtained literary enlightenment.

So instead of the aforementioned boring post full of borderline pretension and the acrid scent of academia that makes me puke up skittles and motor oil, I’ve written a potentially meaningless article on the logistics of engaging in prehistoric warfare with advanced laser weaponry grafted to blood-thirsty dinosaur skulls. Read More…

Random Late Night Update

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When life comes at you like an antediluvian blood-thirsty invertebrate follow Captain Nemo’s lead: grab yourself a tomahawk. Growing a beard or drawing one on your hairless face might also help you out.

The Texas road trip clocked in at just over 3,000 miles. Roughly three cases of craft beer were consumed and seven miles of river were kayaked/tubed down. Nine thunderstorms were braved and one wild boar peed on our tent. One concert was attended with two bands you may like: Yellow Ostrich & Alex Napping. Much laughter was had and even more mold spores were spread throughout the battered fabric interior of my Honda Civic. I was also subjected to BioShock style plasmid experimentation in Pedernales Falls State Park. My bee powers are slowly blossoming.photo (10)

Back on the ranch At Eternity’s Gate continues to be mercilessly edited. Fifty-two unnamed heroes were slashed from existence, or really, just integrated with another group. A transformation of one character’s helmet has taken place, from a typical sci-fi space pilot helmet to that of a smooth and sleek killer whale head, and every scene involving this character now has to be adjusted. Oh, the things we do for the sake of mystery and seemingly illogical badassery. There are roughly eighty pages left to be edited/rewritten before, you know, I read through the thing again and jam my frantically anxious surgeon fingers into its guts. Read More…

Road Trip: Austin, Texas

Look out Mr. Herbert on the road.

Look out for Mr. Herbert on the road.

It’s my 111th  26th birthday on Monday and for the next week I’ll be driving down through the Yellow King’s country into the Lone Star State. We’ll be scouting out Austin to determine its worth as a habitat in the future. While in and  around the city our activities will include:

  • Camping
  • 17 hour drive (one way)
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Kayaking/tubing
  • Art Stuff
  • Watching the Yellow Ostrich play at Stubb’s
  • Drinking

photo (8)If I find some time I may whip up a post about writing while traveling, something I don’t do well and have allergic reactions to. I’ll be jotting down notes on At Eternity’s Gate (free download btw) and potential character convos in my tiny lion notebook. There is some weird shit in there, including but not limited to:

  • Memories displayed in a dust storm
  • Michael Crichton’s Sphere if the sphere hunted you
  • Upside down platypus in a dumpster with a stack of pancakes on its head

Hopefully more pulitzer prize winning material will appear in it over the next few days. Happy monster slaying and dream-crafting to you all, stay tuned for more action here.

Editing with Physical Copy vs. Word Processors: A Battle of Swords & Lasers

Laser vs swordLasers: A laser is weightless and has no recoil. It’s just a bunch of excited photons all having a party as they beam straight toward your eyeball while your older brother has you pinned to the refrigerator. They’re super fun to use because they go pew pew pew and make pretty colors while severing limbs, incinerating three-legged kittens and blowing up planets. But after you’ve used ‘em for a while it can leave you feeling kinda empty, like you want some heft and recoil, real life feedback. I find that using word processors is about the same as wielding a proper sci-fi laser gun. Yeah, of course it’s awesome but relying solely on coherently phased monochromatic light may not be the best way to gear up for your editing assault. Read More…

At Eternity’s Gate Chapters 1-3 Ready For Download

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At Eternity’s Gate (1-3) PDF

 

Ah, the hour has arrived. At Eternity’s Gate is the first book in a trilogy called Singularity Playtime. I’ve been physically writing and editing the book for over a year and a half and have been thinking about it for the last seven years. You can head on over to the book page for more information about the novel and another download link as I’m going to spend some time here talking about where the book has been and how it’s coming along.  Read More…