Friday, July 6, 2012

Link Butter and Jelly Sandwich

I don't normally do this, but I've been YouTubing all night, so it seemed appropriate.

  • You may not know this, but you share a birthday with a famous fictional character! Check out this list at Flavorwire to find out who! (Trivia; I share a birthday with the video game namesake of a certain fantasy novel protagonist whom I may or may not idolize.)
  • The Lizzy Bennett Diaries. Much girlier than my traditional fare, but having adapted P&P myself into a three-act stage play for cash, I appreciate the work's originality (ironically)
Dat's all I gots fer ya.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


As I twarted earlier today, I don't quite understand everybody's kerfuffle with Brave. I thought it was excellent.

Perhaps not exactly up to Pixar's loftiest of standards, maybe, but still, an incredibly solid outing. Great performances, great script, gorgeous fucking visuals (Even I was jealous of Merida's hair) and, overall, extremely entertaining.

Pixar's main problem simply seems to be setting the bar too high. At the point at which near-perfect films like Brave are being called "lackluster" or "boring", I think perhaps audience might have become a little entitled. I'd apologize that Brave doesn't feature cute animals voiced by celebrities but then, I'm not really sorry.

Probably my second favorite Pixar, behind WALL-E.

Also, grotesque undead bears are cooooool. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hot Cakes

While we're on the topic of wild commercial success, I guess Hull Damage is climbing the Amazon Best Seller Charts!*

We're currently #27 – go check us out and maybe download an extra copy to keep us in place! I'm in such esteemed company as 80AD – The Tenket of Anuket (Book 3) and 80AD – The Hammer of Thor (Book 2).

Soon, I'll be snorting caviar and passing out in the diamond punch bowl.

*Well, Best Selling Free Science Fiction eBook Charts, but still.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wild Commercial Success

As most of you know, Hull Damage is available for free from the vast majority of my retailers (Smashwords, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Diesel eBooks and our own humble website). I'm only too happy to give the book away, both as a marketing strategy and because I believe in free fiction.

Amazon, however, was a slightly different story.

The minimal price for an eBook there seems to be $0.99. Hence, the one place where I'm likely to turn a profit would be Amazon sales, at 35% royalties. 

Hence, as I currently have a single Amazon download, I've made $0.34 on Hull Damage's publication.

If I had a day job, I'd quit it.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


I was planning on sharing my thoughts on Aaron Sorkin's new series, The Newsroom, tonight.

I then realized that Warren Ellis more or less beat me to it.

I more or less agree with his take, except that I feel I'm more willing to watch, despite knowing the show's flaws. At the end of the day, he's still Aaron Sorkin and he's still a fucking genius writer, if occasionally somewhat transparent, and I still have lots to learn.

Plus, there's Alison Pill who, in an ideal world, was always my first choice for Moira Celebrity Casting.