Monday, November 26, 2012
Because this is a limited edition of 150 copies, I feel it necessary to point out that the book is now here. Also, I'm just delighted. Here's pictures to PROVE that the book exists.
In the event that you could not get to ordering a copy before they sold out (hey, it happens), you can also go to the website for Doctor No's Comics, where I have been known to shop, and so has my co-author, and try to get a copy there. Naturally, there's a Link.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Now I just have to be patient. I can't go jumping the gun and announcing things when they haven't been finalized.
But I am pleased.
I recently had the publisher in question asking if I could manage to hand in the next two novels in the series within six months on each book. A friend of mine, co-author Charles R. Rutledge, came close to laughing milk out of his nose at the question. He didn't actually laugh milk out of his nose, because he wasn't drinking milk, but if he had been, there would have been a need for tissues.
Why? Because Charles has worked with me. When I am in the mood to write, I tend to produce a great deal of words. Most of them are even coherent, and happily there are editors to help me fix the ones that aren't. More news soon. First, however, I get to pace nervously whilst the agent and the publisher begin the Dance of Money and Rights.
I hate this part. I love reaching this part, but I hate this part.
Okay, but I only hate it a little. Mostly i'm delighted. I've sold a trilogy of books and that makes me happy.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The link below is Tom writing about his brain tumor issues.
The link is on Brian Keene's blog.
I'm sharing it because it's the sort of thing I think everyone should read.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I'm currently at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. I'm having a wonderful time. I was having a wonderful time last night, too, when my roomie at the con, Christopher Golden, actually referred to me as a word whore. He was speaking to Allison Pang, who contributes to a blog called Word Whores (that's okay, I don't mind sharing) and I nodded and gave my usual answer. I have, for the record, used this answer since I was beginning my career. My pat response, while nodding, has always been, "I will gleefully write Doctor Doom Versus Barbie if there's money involved, but I'll make it the best damned Doctor Doom Versus Barbie story you've ever read."
Allison Pang, upon hearing my comment, looked right at me and said, "I've got five dollars I'd pay to read that." While I was laughing it off, Chris Golden looked over with THAT look on his face. Anyone who knows him knows the look. He is that kid. The one who looks at you and says "I double-dog dare you." But he takes it one step further. He's the ultimate enabler. It isn't the first time he's gotten me in trouble it likely won't be the last.
Chris smiled and said, "Hang on a minute." We were at one of several parties and Chris went off in a flash and came back a moment later waving Canadian bills. "We're up to twenty dollars," he said. And went off again. I just started laughing. I mean, seriously laughing. But because I know Chris, I also started plotting.
A few minutes later he comes back with $55.00 dollars (US and Canadian alike) and a coupon for a free popcorn. And the next thing I know, I have 40 minutes to write a complete story, at least two pages long. I went back to the room and turned on my computer.
The audience was substantially larger than the original 11 people who had put their money up to see if I could, in fact, write the story. I handed my laptop to Chris (I had no printer with me, as I'm not THAT anal) and made him read it aloud instead since he'd gotten me into this mess.
In his finest reading voice, which, to be fair is pretty damned amazing) he recited the tale below. Technically this is a professional sale as I made more than five cents a word (in US and Canadian both), so for the consideration of all literary awards, the Stokers and the Hugos I now offer you....
I need to clarify that I know there are typos in here. I get that. I'm not cleaning them up because this is EXACTLY as it was written and as it was read.
According to Chris, this event will be repeated in Brighton next year. I will have no idea what the story is, only that I will have 40 minutes to write it.
This story brought to you by Chris-Starter financing