Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cover Art Gun Follies #5

Watch that trigger finger, dammit!!!!

For a Larry Correia novel, I really expected better of the cover artist.

Maybe Larry didn't get to see it before it went final? I so hope so.

It's a series so I'm hoping the cover art in the later books is more cognizant of these blunders.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Coming to Terms

Recently I've come to terms with the extent of my writing career. A few weeks back, I tweeted:
To elaborate:

1. I embrace myself as a hack sci-fi pulp writer. These are the kinds of stories I like to write and the kinds of stories I enjoy. Essentially, a good action movie in prose. (Oh, I enjoy other kinds of stories, too. But these are the ones I find myself gravitating towards.)

2. Getting an agent will never happen. No agents are interested in short story collections or episodic fiction (which is what KAT AND MOUSE is, in essence). I've checked their submissions policy and they've said as much.

3. By extension of #2 above, getting published by a name publisher or even a smaller imprint publisher will never happen. They aren't interested in a short story collection, episodic fiction, or something already "published" online. Hence my self-pubbing route.

4. The long hoped-for membership in SFWA will not happen. I don't meet any of the membership qualifications, for starters. And I don't write anything that would even appear in a SFWA qualifying market for a 1,000-word story sale (none of them publish sci-fi pulp).

So where does that put me?

Probably on the fringes.

But that's okay. I'll work the fringe element. I'll just carry on cranking out pulp sci-fi tales.

And I'll keep blowing my horn. There are folks out there listening and enjoying what I offer. I'll keep writing stories that they enjoy.

Maybe that's you, Dear Reader.

And if not, maybe that will be you.

If so, welcome aboard. Glad to have you along for the ride.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

KAT AND MOUSE Season 3 Boxed Set Is Coming!

That's right, Gang!

The Season 3 "boxed set" is finally on its way.

I am in the midst of putting everything together and formatting the ebook.

Yes, ebook for the moment. When I find a suitable print format template to use, I will release Season 3 (and Season 2 for that matter) in print format.

Until then, ebook.

So when is the release date?

April 2nd.

Mark your calendars, KAT AND MOUSE Fans!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Welcome Back and Progress Notes

Hey, Gang! Welcome back to the blog.

Been lots of Personal Things going on since the last Progress Notes post. Let's just say Life kicked me in the crotch and then whacked me in the head with a lead pipe. And I'm not talking about the stroke. That was in 2016.

No, the Crotch Kick happened in April last year and the following Lead Pipe Bashing was this past December.

But that's past now.


Onward to new things

* * *


To tell y'all the truth, the same projects I talked about in the last Progress Notes post are still in the Hopper as we speak, namely:

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Season Four
Ideas have gathered themselves and I am in the midst of sorting through and doing plotting and breakdowns. I won't get specific here yet until things narrow themselves down into something resembling an episode (or episodes).

Steampunk Pulp Adventure Yarn
Worlduilding and backgrounding as done as it'll get. Plotting stage. I already have fun bits partially worked out.

Bay City PD Story
Preliminary opening down. Character backgrounding more or less finished. There may be more, don't know yet. More plotting to do. Also time to look over my map and notes for Bay City for story purposes.

Steampunk Military SF Yarn
Taking another look-see. Possibly tweaking. Will have to go back to my stack of notes.

Now before I dive in to tackle these, I have one more thing to do.

And I'll talk about that in tomorrow's post so stay tuned.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Black Widow"

Black Widow (Natasha Romanov) - THE AVENGERS

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Tale of Two Pants

(EURIPEDES PANTS enters from right, crosses to center. Enter WOMAN from left, wearing slacks, blouse, and blazer, crosses toward down center. Euripedes sees her, crosses toward her, hand outstretched as if to shake hands)

Euripides Pants.

(Woman stops and recoils in horror)

I did no such thing! Look, not a scratch on them anywhere. Who are you?

Euripides Pants.

(Woman slaps him, starts to cross to right, stops, looks back at him)

You cheeky thing.

(pointing to slapped cheek)
This cheek.

(Woman exits right as NARRATOR enters from right and crosses to down right)

And so begins the tale of Euripedes Pants, wandering clapper, and inventor of the square.

(to audience)
I tell you, with this I'll corner the market. I've got the right angle on this.

(MAN runs in from left holding two pairs of pants, crosses to center, holds up pants)

Two pants!

(Man drops pants and runs off right)

(to audience)
That man dropped his pants.

(SECOND MAN runs in from up right, stops up center, points offstage right)

He's naked under his pants!

(Second Man runs off left, screaming in terror) 

I say--

(Second Man runs in from left, screaming in terror, and runs off right)

(to audience)
The Doppler Effect.

Meanwhile, back at the farm...

(FARMER enters from right, with a bucket)

Old Macdonwald was a traitor
Och aye och aye oh
And then he went and fought--

Don't say it!

(beat, then resumes singing)
And then he fought the Scottish Play
Och aye och aye oh

(Euripedes and Farmer link arms and skip in a circle while continuing to sing)

With an och aye here
And an och aye there
Here an och
There an och
Gaun yersel' och aye
Old Macdonwald now is dead

(They stop singing and dancing around)

Who are you?

Euripedes pants.

No I didn't.
(holds up bucket)
I'm going to Grandmother's house to take her some treats.

(Euripides looks inside bucket)

The bucket's empty.

Aw, shit.

(Farmer puts bucket over head and shuffles away to exit left)

(looking after Farmer)
I'm Euripides Pants!

(MAN enters from right and crosses to Euripides, taps him on the shoulder. Euripides turns around.)

I'm your brother, Under..

(They smile at each other and exit left, skipping. Narrator watches them go, then turns to audience.)