It is September and, even though the equinox hasn’t come quite yet, it sure feels like autumn in Ohio. The leaves outside this window are turning yellow even now! Seems too early for it, but I’ll certainly take the low-70s temperatures we’re getting.
(And for those bracing for hurricane weather, be smart, be strong, and be safe!)
It seems like I had plenty to write about off and on over the last few weeks, but blogging and idle chit-chat just don’t have a lot of weight when I’m trying to decide what to spend my limited time on, you know?
My wife and I went to the movies and saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and I felt compelled to write about that.
(...Such as how it's basically a 2.5-hour nostalgia piece with no actual storyline. What the hell was Margot Robbie even in the movie for? All she did was go watch her own movie! So if you aren’t that into Hollywood or the 60s, save your damn money.)
I’m finishing up reading a SF trilogy, which I started last year, off and on. I’ve started three other books I am not likely to finish because they just don’t keep me interested. After not really being into comics for decades, I’m actually following a current limited series on the X-Men and could talk about those, and more reading material besides.
The new desk and chair that I bought last week and have yet to assemble for my new basement writing room. I plan to shoot pictures of the new storage room with the simple desk versus my very busy and messy office and discuss the difference and why I’m doing this. (Fascinating, I know...)
The new upside-down that is our family life right now with my wife going back to school in the evenings. (Thus even less time for blogging and writing and such.)
The next IDCU-SF-WWII novel I’ve finally come back to (lots of acronyms there), which I hope (hope!) to have out by Christmas (but that seems kind of unlikely, since I currently spend more time grading papers than writing them).
And probably a dozen other things I could offer my unsolicited opinion on.
But if I’m blogging or emailing out my personal opinions or mundane adventures in day-to-day life, then who the hell is making dinner for my son? Grading all those papers for my students? Who is going to write my books???
I envy bloggers who have the time for that stuff. And I hear (this is me, the crusty old luddite) that there are people who make a living at blogging??? Whhaaaahhh???!!! Who pays them???
Of course, I’m not totally convinced anyone makes a living at writing book yet either. But supposedly that’s a thing...
Anyway, maybe someday in the near future I’ll get around to telling you about some of those things. (Especially the books I’m reading. Or you could tell me about the books you’re reading. Feel free to email me!) But for now, I have too much else to do to blog/email out those day-to-day trivialities.
Which leaves me with mostly self-promoting stuff to talk about, which believe it or not, I also get very tired of! I’m not one to talk about myself. But I guess if I don’t tell people about my writing projects, no one will.
I do have an awesome new cover design for one of my Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) books. Invasion has needed to get with the program for a while now in order to fit in with the new look on the other series in that universe. And now it has--in spades!
Artist Henry Ponciano (https://www.deviantart.com/henryponciano) made the first Invasion cover for me years ago.
I had a vision of art deco stuff from the 1920s then, and ideas for all three covers for this eventual trilogy. (Invasion started out as a short story idea that wrote itself into a short novel, which easily lends itself to becoming a trilogy. Go figure.) This first cover, then, was to resemble the Statue of Liberty. Future ones would be take-aways from King Kong and that famous Atlas statue of him bearing a huge globe. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I think I am probably the only person who would get it...
But now to get with the times and kick a lot more ass, here’s the newest version! (I hope Henry doesn't mind me sharing his prelim sketches above.) He remade Ballista and her spider prey here and I did the rest of the cover. What do you think?
I freakin’ love it. Although I have had rough negotiations with Amazon these past few days in submitting the paperback version for printing approval. They don’t like the interaction with the titles and author name because they worry it could be mistaken for printing errors that they’d have to refund customers over... (Lame!)
But, hey, they print the books and have all the power, so what can I do? So if you happen to order a paperback, it won’t look quite as cool. Sorry.
(BTW, there's also an awesome audio version on Amazon, Audible, and iBooks! I like it better than the readable version--the voice artists are amazing!)
Okay, I have to wrap this up and go pick up my son from after-school daycare. (I’m writing this Thursday afternoon and hopefully I’ll get it out Friday sometime.) If you’re still reading this far, THANKS for doing so and I’ll be in touch later in the month or possibly October. After all, I should be writing the next novel, not telling you about my overly busy yet somehow not productive enough day. But if I get the time, I would like to tell you about these books I’m reading someday soon!
Happy September and enjoy your weekend!