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Monday, February 18, 2019

A Huge Question

I got my book rights back!  My plan is to first begin shopping Supervillain to agents in the hopes of getting them into bookstores with a major publisher.

But it raises a major question.  This Vanity Rose book is pretty early on.  I could scrap it and recycle some of Vanity's personality into a new Supervillain world book.  I only started her book because I felt like I needed a replacement property.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Still In Limbo

I'm... well, it would be unprofessional to say exactly what's going on, but my publisher hasn't given me my rights back.  I want to try and get the Supervillain books a new publisher as fast as possible, definitely.  I'm not 100% sure who would want to pick up a book series that had a previous publisher, but on the other hand it's a proven seller.

While I fight with that, do you guys want chapter four?  It needs a lot of clean-up, but if I don't post while I'm thinking about it, I never post.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

End Of An Era

Subtitled:  I Hope You Downloaded In Time

My books have all been taken off Amazon.  I'll leave this as the top post for at least a day or two, since people need to see it.  This is part of my canceling my contracts with Curiosity Quills for not paying me royalties owed.  When the official releases arrive, I will begin seeking new representation for my books.  So far, no luck on the Rag Doll book, but it's so exotic I figured it would be a hard sell.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Three Strange Serieses I Like

I have been introduced to a new genre that I am seriously digging.  Mostly, I dig them because they're weird and each one unique and require a lot of thought.  They are not conventional entertainment.  But hey, maybe my fans don't want conventional entertainment!  So I will share them with you.

The genre are stories told by YouTube animated videos.  Usually they're shorts a few minutes long, but some serieses have much longer episodes.  The format allows for a freedom of creation you can't get in television shows, and effects you can't get in books.  The animation is inevitably basic, and instead the creators focus on exploiting the potential of those basic formats.  So, the three I've gotten into so far...

Ratboy Genius.  This is a series of heavily music focused videos in the 3-5 minute range by 'Ratboy Genius.'  Ratboy Genius is not a visual artist.  His 3D art skills improve as the show goes on, but he's going for a weird 'children's scribble' flavor anyway.  It's all one story, but presented in miniserieses that follow different main characters and subplots.  It's all pretty surreal.  I started with the Little King John miniseries, and I love that arrogant mostly beneficent god-creator of his own little Minecraft world.

The big thing with Ratboy Genius is the music. I don't have enough of a background to describe why it is good, but the creator is, well, a genius at electronically produced music.  If you're inclined to that, throw yourself at Ratboy Genius immediately.

Petscop.  This is a fake game Let's Play, telling a story by having a YouTuber play a supposedly rare, forgotten Playstation game and recording it for some unknown friend.  There is no actual Petscop game, and the most brilliant part of the series is how flawlessly it looks like he's recording a game, instead of animating videos.  It's meant to be creepy (I don't creep out, so I don't know if it is) and a puzzle for the audience to figure out.  So much so that there are whole (dysfunctional, of course) online communities dedicated to doing so, and meta commentary on how the YouTube page is structured and possibly outside websites.  There are YouTube serieses just about analyzing Petscop.

Important:  Petscop has obvious symbolic themes of child abuse, and contains references to real life cases of fatal child abuse, if you put together the pieces.  It's all presented that way rather than blatant actions, but knowing that theme can help decide if a viewer will love it or hate it.

It is much slower than the other two shows I'm discussing today.  Episode length is mostly 10-30 minutes.  Unlike the other two, Petscop is ongoing, but releases at a tremendously slow rate, sometimes months between episodes.

Finally, Kuroi_Channel!  Man, what a head trip this series is.  27 episodes, most less than two minutes.  Are you aware of the 'virtual YouTuber' phenomenon, where voice and sometimes video sync animation programs substitute a cartoon/anime character for the YouTuber?  Well, this is about one of those.  Or three of those.  Except they're not substituting for anybody, they're nearly incoherent artificial beings who've had their third dimension destroyed in a war and are trying to learn 3D modeling to get it back.

I... think.  Kuroi_Channel is nonstop glitch aesthetics, one of the purest and most brilliantly evolving portrayals of that aesthetic ever.  If you particularly liked Portal because of how obviously broken GlaDoS was, Kuroi will be the thing for you.

Unlike the other two, Kuroi_Channel does not have a big fanbase.  It is tiny and relatively unknown.  If I can point a few people towards that freaky armless glitch cat and her two sisters Homebody and Thumbnail Witch, I'll have done a good deed.

That's it for today!  I'm trying to get back to using this blog, because what stopped me was mostly stressing over my publisher.  Maybe in the next day or two I'll review She Ra.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Real Sample

Okay, folks.  Here is the test.  I have written what I intend to be the first chapter of the currently untitled new cyberpunk book.  A dropbox link to a pdf is the best I can give you.  If anyone wants to read it, I would appreciate knowing if I have a Property, something that people will want to read if I write a full book or books.

Serenity Rose, Chapter One

EDIT - DANG it.  I knew Serenity Rose sounded familiar.  It's the name of the heroine from Heart Shaped Skull.  I like that comic, and I'm absolutely not going to copy the character name.  Oh, well, I'll come up with another.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Exploring The Cyberpunk Writing Tone

This guy really wanted you to know how tough and experienced he was.  Everything he wore was scratched and frayed at the ends from use, but still intact and completely functional.  His dull orange pants were just loose enough to tuck into the tops of his combat boots, and dusted with sand despite the pouring rain outside.  Metal armor plates protected his thighs, letting you know he was the kind of guy never completely comfortable without armor, and I guess also that he really valued his thighs.

His faded maroon shirt didn't match his pants, because hardened, cynical soldiers don't worry if their clothes clash.  Don't worry, you couldn't see much of it beneath the empty bandoliers and the leather jacket.  Thick leather, of course.  A man with his past might face a knife in the back or being thrown against a car at any moment.  Same with the black gloves.  You never know when you'll have to settle things with your fists.

Shoulder guards attached to the jacket?  Of course.  The ancient scarf around his neck was a good touch, no doubt hiding ugly scars from a dramatic combat while reminding him of a woman who died in his arms.  Mysterious pouches on his belt and bulges in his jacket assured you he was armed, and you could take it for granted he had a knife in his boot.  Streaks of grey at his temples marked not-quite-black hair.  You know, because he was old enough to have seen decades of combat but young enough to be strong.  Finally, a couple of patches on his jacket had faded into unidentified landscapes and illegible logos, letting you cleverly figure out that he'd been everywhere and seen everything, which always resulted in shooting people.

The first words out of his mouth would include a reference to his days as a mech pilot, so you'd know he had the skills to battle against the teenage girls with direct nervous interfaces who normally piloted mechs.