June 26th, 2013


Year of Miracles update

Okay, so for a very long time, YEAR OF MIRACLES, which is the collected stories of the Old Races that I wrote a couple-three-four years ago now, has been sort of malingering because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. My publisher didn’t want it, and for various reasons other people don’t either.

Now, here’s what happened: when I did the ORRSP, I told those patrons who supported both it and the YoM crowdfund that if and when a publisher picked up the book for publication, I would send those patrons who supported both signed copies of the books. I made an offer to ORSSP patrons to add $15 to their ORSSP subscription to be upgraded to the “get a signed book” version of the project, for if and when the book was published. My expectation had been that a publisher would accept the book and I would just ask for an unusually large number of free author copies, and that the extra payment to upgrade would basically cover postage costs.

That, unfortunately, hasn’t happened (which is why the entire proposal was based on the caveat that this would happen if and when a publisher picked up the book: I had not sold it at the time and I wasn’t about to make an absolute promise based on a theoretical sale!). But I want to get the book out there for the general public, and I hate to feel like I’ve left my patrons hanging in some fashion.

So I’ve been talking with my patrons and I think we’ve come up with a solution. I’m going to do a special edition for them (if you were a patron of either the ORSSP project or YEAR OF MIRACLES, you should have email about this; if you don’t have email about it, you’re probably one of the 12 or 15 whose addresses bounced when I sent email out), for which I’ll probably write a couple more stories. For those patrons who don’t want to order a print edition, that’s fine; I’ll send e-versions of the stories out too. :)

Then YEAR OF MIRACLES will be made generally available as a print-on-demand book through Amazon/CreateSpace/ExtendedCreateSpace. I’ll probably compilate the current 3 small e-books into one larger edition as well. All of this will happen on a date to be announced later, dependent on other factors.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


holy mother of mercy.

We have done so much work. And there is so very, very much more to do. However, at this stage, we’ve both collapsed into the couch and there’s not much chance we’re getting up again until bedtime (except actually we need to go make up the bed so that at bedtime we can just drop into it).

This morning a nice man came and put a new carpet down in Young Indiana’s room. That took him about 35 minutes. Not very long after, two more nice men came and put a new 6×8 shed into our back garden, which took them just slightly longer than an hour.

With those things in place it became much more possible to start unpacking. After working on it pretty literally all day long, the kitchen is nearly unpacked. Ted, in a heroic effort, fought his way through the Goblin Kingdom living room and found the modem so we could have internets.

Tomorrow, with any kind of luck, we’ll get the Big Bookcase put together before Ted goes to Cork to see ZZ Top in concert, and then I’ll be able to make more headway, because an appalling number of these boxes contain books.

In the meantime, I should do laundry. And the following, although not necessarily in the meantime:

at this house:
- measure windows for blackout blinds
- get blackout blinds
- get mattress pad/protector for Gulliver bed
- get room-sized rugs
- get shrubbery
- get bird feeder
- get new pillows
- get childproofing stuff
- jumbletown:
» large wardrobe
» table & chairs
» that one desk
» our computer desk what don’t fit wah
- repaint upstairs bathroom
- 2nd coat on downstairs bathroom
- many, many, many other things as they occur

at that house:
- get trees, bike tent, green man
- clean
- paint ceiling in that one room

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)