Thanks to everyone who weighed in last week regarding branding as it applies to books and your awareness of them. I’ll keep you posted on developments. Please feel free to keep sending me comments, either on the post or to my work e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, I’m focusing in on the writing/editing side of things. Last week, Jim finished reading the manuscript for a novel I wrote on spec. The original manuscript was 54,000 words, but I recently expanded it to a tidy 72,000. One of my jobs this week will be polishing the expanded version and getting it to a few beta-readers.
I’ve also selected which of my out-of-print Avon novels I’ll be getting ready for e-book publication. Smoke and Mirrors, originally published in 1996, is a far future science fiction novel about what happens when a very unlikely person becomes among the few to realize that there just may be hostile aliens infiltrating human-inhabited worlds. It’s more thriller than war story, because I prefer the small picture to massive troop movements.
If you can’t wait for the e-book, I still have some copies of the original mass market paperback of Smoke and Mirrors. See my website bookstore for details.
I’m also writing a short story, because I’ve learned the hard way that if I’m not doing something creative, I get very, very grumpy.
This past weekend featured several fun and creatively stimulating events. Friday, I read my yet-unpublished short story “A Familiar’s Predicament” at the monthly meeting of the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society. I very much enjoyed the discussion afterwards. Particular thanks to the lady who cheered at the story’s resolution.
Saturday, Jim and I went to the New Mexico Archeological Council’s annual conference. Although Jim’s paper was the last of the day, we went early enough to listen to most of the other papers. Even though this is technically outside of my “field,” I find such events very creatively stimulating precisely because the papers are outside of what I would usually be reading and thinking about.
Many of the papers we listened to had to do with the crossing of the various cultures that have settled the region now known as New Mexico. In addition to the “alien invasions” represented by the incursion of peoples from Europe, there were culture clashes and cross fertilizations between the numerous indigenous peoples – many of whom spoke completely different languages and practiced widely varied religions. By contrast, modern “America” looks positively homogeneous. How many cultures have occupied this landmass is worth remembering, especially in these days when there is a rising myth that the United States was once a monoculture.
Sunday, I had a lovely time running my on-going roleplaying game. Running a game is an entirely different type of storytelling. I very much enjoy the stimulus of setting up a situation, then seeing how my players react as they discover something. This week in particular was full of discoveries. I can hardly wait for next time…
But, for now, I’m off to split my time between pen and paper and keyboard once more. The stories are calling, and I must come!