February 28th, 2011

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sheesh.

I’m watching the Help Nathan Buy Firefly campaign (spawned, if you missed it, by Nathan Fillion saying if he won the lotto the first thing he’d do would be buy back Firefly, make new content, and distribute it via the net) with some bemusement. And fantasy author Pat Rothfuss, who has done impossibly well with his first book and whose publishers apparently expect him to do similarly well with the next (out this week, I gather), has said he’d love to spend his royalties making Firefly happen. Lots of people are happily ordering his books just in case the madness all comes to pass so they can have helped out a bit.

The cynical side, of course, says “Great marketing ploy.” But actually I don’t think that’s what it is. I think Rothfuss is absolutely impassioned and would genuinely go through, given the opportunity. Perhaps I feel this way because that was genuinely how I felt when I launched the “Take A Chance” comic with the announced intention of giving everything I made on the first issue (over costs) to the CBLDF.

Apparently, however, I should have chosen to donate it to a Firefly Resurrection Fund, because then it might have actually sold some copies. *wry look*

Of course, I don’t actually know how many copies sold anyway, because, as you no doubt know by now, I still haven’t seen a red cent from the Dabel Brothers, despite them having been bought out by Dynamite over a year ago with the implication that Dynamite would be covering their bad debts, or at least pursing publication of the properties they’d acquired.

I don’t hold this against Dynamite, although obviously it would be nice to get some closure there. I am a bit resentful WRT the Dabels, but also sort of phlegmatic, because I was thoroughly warned about them. Ted’s feelings on the matter, however…well. We won’t go there.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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aaaallll gone…

February’s gone, and I am…actually, I’m only about 3500 words behind, which is a hell of a lot better than I expected to be given how much I was sick this month. I’ve gotten copy edits and a short story done, and, er. 25,000 words on the novel, which is actually quite a decent showing. YTD wordcount is in the region of 70K.

Also, I wrote two books this evening.

See, I’ve been looking at Young Indiana’s baby books, and a lot of them are just awful. Poorly rhymed or no rhythm, ideas I dislike (winning is everything, for example), etc, etc, etc. So I’d sort of started noodling down some rhymes of my own to counteract the bad books, and then I got carried away and wrote a counting kisses book and an animal alphabet book, both of which were really quite fun to do. The animal alphabet needs a bit of editing (and is perhaps aimed at Very Clever Children, since it features velociraptors, but c’mon, don’t all 5 year old boys, at least, know what velociraptors are?) but heck, I’d read it to my kid. :)

The obvious thing here is to do this for about a week and then look for a publisher for my broad portfolio of children’s books. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)