…at the old homestead. Hard to find a quiet moment.
The working, 99.9% sure I’m using it, title is Closer Than You Think and I’m planning to have it ready for pre-order as an ebook in November and released in December in time for Christmas!
I have over 50,000 words of short stories and novelettes ready for it right now, and if a couple more stories come together I hope to release it at 60,000 or more. That’s on top of the serial I’m doing over the next couple of months. And tweeting too much. And my coursework in my second master’s degree (Communication / New Media — the first just wrapped up in June and is in, surprise surprise, English / Creative Writing). And Patreon pieces like SciFi News Network and thirteen word stories. And homeschooling our 3 and 5 year old sons with the help of my wife and adult stepson. And any work the ugly, rickety trailer all five of us live in needs to keep it from falling apart before we can move the hell out at some as-yet-undetermined date in the future which will be sooner rather than later if you are kind enough to buy, read, and review some of my stories or head over to my Patreon to help me improve my life and income and readership by establishing some reliable and significant income from this writing thing I’m doing.
Um, hint-hint. Seriously, if you can, do the stuff I just said. Because living in this little crappy trailer and having next to no money is stressful and makes it hard as hell to write anything at all because DISTRACTIONS and WORRIES and from the list of stuff on my mind in the previous paragraph I’m also WAY TOO BUSY but everything has to get done if I want to make sure MY FAMILY DOESN’T END UP LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER. *cough*
But I was supposed to be telling you about the collection so let’s do that: Closer Than You Think will focus on human stories on or near Earth. No aliens, no space travel. Just the future of humanity right here in our cozy ancestral home which we’re currently polluting and crowding up and apparently baking with this climate change thing we’ve done to ourselves.
The stories will progress roughly from near future to far future — from tomorrow to a couple thousand years in the future. There will be stories of failure, disaster, ambition, success, mistakes, and just plain weird futures where humanity has become something most of us would consider just a bit… alien. Despite the lack of “Little Green Men” in the stories.
It’s going to be awesome, and you’re going to love it.
Once in a blue moon, I rate a book on Goodreads. On the bluest of moons, I write a short review of one. There’s not much rhyme or reason to which books I choose to review, but I have found that I am most inclined to review books that have been around for awhile.
I’m not opposed to reviewing something newer, or reviewing fellow self-published authors. I just… haven’t yet. C’est la vie.
In any event, here is a link to my review of Robert Heinlein’s For Us, The Living.
- Robert A. Heinlein (enderra.com)
- Heinlein’s Rules on Writing (lanternpost2012.wordpress.com)
- Jane McGonigal on Collective Intelligence, Heinlein on Scale and 600 Miles of Hair (projectmona.com)
- Interview: Otis Chandler of GoodReads Talks about Amazon (goodereader.com)
(Edit 1/25: The book is now available on Createspace. Woo-hoo!)
Today, the proof copies of my Hunger anthology arrived. It is, of course, still available in ebook form from just about any of the links to the right of this post with the possible exception of Collins Booksellers of Australia which seems to have to wait a bit longer than the others for new titles.
But that’s not the point. This is the first time I have held a physical book with my name on it as author.
Feels good, man.
Barring any major problems—and I haven’t found one yet—it should be available fromin a few days and from Amazon about a week after that.
If you choose to read it, ebook or traditional hard copy, I hope you enjoy it. I know I have enjoyed creating it and putting it out there.