Friday, December 9, 2016

Movie Night: Rehearsal for Murder

This was a made for TV movie from the 80s that was a star-studded mystery, from the actors to the writers.

The writers are Levinson and Link, the men who created Columbo and Jessica Fletcher,

The lead actor is Robert Preston (The Music Man), starring as a writer who suspects that his wife's suicide was really murder. A year after her death, he has assembled the men and women of his wife's final performance in order to not only prove she was murdered, but also prove who did it.

This stars Lynn Redgrave (yes, one of those Redgraves), William Daniels (1776, Night Rider) as the producer, Patrick Macnee (Steed of The Avengers) as the last leading man she worked with, as well as a very, uh, uh, very, uh, young uhhhhhh, Jeff Goldblum.

This is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing you will ever see. And I know it's not Christmas-themed, but I'm not able to post Die Hard on the blog.




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Apathy is a Superpower

This is how a lot of conversations go in my life. In fact, I will say that this is a conversation I've had with about 90% of the friends I've ever had
Me: "Are you okay?"
"I'm fine"
Me: "Yes, but--"
"I'm told you I'm fine, I can handle it"
Me: "Are you--"
"I'M FINE DAMNIT. I CAN DEAL WITH IT! STOP SMOTHERING ME."
Me: "Okay, if you say so--"
"Something's wrong."
Me: "Too late, I stopped caring."
Add variations for dating, personal issues, health issues, and criminal offenses, et al.
You can, of course, add variations for dating, personal issues, health issues, and criminal offenses, et al.

And now you know why I have a 10% friend retention rate.

I'm sure there will be some idiots out in the world who will read into this, and they're free to. Why? Because they're idiots and don't know any better.

Conversations and experiences like the one above are why I've become very stingy with my friendships. I try to filter our the crazy, the stupid, and the deranged, but it never always works.

Thankfully, I've had a great ability to not care about people I'm not close to. I believe it was Cardinal Spellman (or was it Newman?) who spoke out against reading too much, when caring for the people in books take you away from caring for real people all around you.

To which my reply is: Dude, have you met real people? Books have been better friends to me than most people in my life. In fact, I'd say that my social life expanded dramatically over the past two years, but that's not saying much considering the life that came before.

There are some people out there who are acquaintances who could probably die tomorrow, and I wouldn't feel all that much. I'm certain they feel much the same about me.

We won't even go into the ones who have so alienated me, browbeat me, and talked me out of giving a damn about their existence to the point where I could step over their lifeless corpse without caring.

And a lot of that is going on right now. And I mean a lot of it.

Can you tell that I've had a hard day today?  I mean, it's one of those days where you wonder: "Why the Hell am I doing all this? Why am I fighting so hard for so little? Why can't I use a flamethrower on everything?"


The long and the short of it is that I am just so tired. I'm tired of fighting. I'm tired of screaming out into the darkness of the internet and getting crap back. Because the crap of the internet is piling up. Personal crap, professional crap, unstable psychotic crap -- and that's just with people I work with. You should see what my personal life looks like.

I then spent hours playing tag with FedEx, because an employee in Iowa decided to return a package I sent from DragonCon because the package was "bent" or "dented," depending on what the handwriting experts say. What's that you ask? DragonCon was in September? Why, yes it was. And the bastards at FedEx never warned me that there was a problem until I hunted it down. And guess what -- the f**kers of FedEx DESTROYED THE PACKAGE.

So that was fun. And futile.

This was all while filling out an interview sheet with someone who wants to interview authors on Gab.

So, I've had a very long day.

Here, how about this: click on one of the books below. Either buy one and try one out, or just share it around the internet. Perhaps I can get my sales in at the start of the day, rather than the end.

Until the End: A Dog's Story

I original stole this for my personal page -- I know longer recall who from -- and I even posted it on my Facebook page. 

But, considering how many people seem to find it touching, I think I should post it here too.

Basically: In the dog world, humans are elves that routinely live to be 500+ years old.
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And now the quotes from the dog's point of view;

=> “They live so long… but the good ones still bond with us for our entire lives”

=> “These immortals are so kind, we must be good friends to them”

=>”Now I am old, the fur around my muzzle is gray and my joints ache when we walk together. Yet she remains unchanged, her hair still glossy, her skin still fresh, her step still sprightly. Time does not touch her and yet I love her still.”

=>”For generations, he has guarded over my family. Since the days of my great-great-great-great-grandfather he has kept us safe. For so long we thought him immortal. But now I see differently, for just as my fur grows gray and my joints grow stiff, so too do his. He did not take in my children, but sent them away to his. I will be the last that he cares for. My only hope is that I am able to last until his final moments. The death of one of his kind is so rare. Then ending of a life so long is such a tragedy. He has seen so much, he know so much. I know he takes comfort in my presence. I only wish that I will be able to give him this comfort until the end.”

Music blog: Ave Maria

The male lead from Nightwish, and the female lead from Amaranthe, singing Ave Maria.

I think I've fallen into an alternate reality.

Yes, it's not technically Christmas music ... shut up.






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Sunday, December 4, 2016

I'll sleep when I'm dead

I really don't feel like posting anything right now, for several reasons. For one, I'm busy working myself to death over a space opera series that I want to submit to ... various and sundry people who shall remain nameless.

I'm also working on book 3 of the Love at First Bite series, Live and Let Bite, which will be my own personal preference for the Dragon Award in 2017. Seriously, if you thought Honor at Stake was that good, I will submit that this will blow book one out of the water.

Think I'm bluffing? You're obviously new here. Heh.

... Anyway, you might want to finish Murphy's Law of Vampires before then.

In other news, it briefly looked like Sarah Hoyt had a heart attack. She didn't, for the record, but she seems dead set on having one before the year's out, so we'll see what happens, shall we? Don't believe me? Go through the last six years of her blog at random. My money is that you'll come across a post with her and medical problems every six posts. At a guess. She's charge of Sad Puppies 5, so we'll see if she survives that. Granted, I suspect she will, even if her fans have to tie her down and make her relax once a week.

Yes, I know, I have a heart of gold, don't I?

... No, I don't.

I have a cap on working myself to death: March.

The schedule looks like this.

October: Codename: UnSub
November: Murphy's Law of Vampires and Set to Kill
December: It's Christmas ... time to sell books like they're going out of style.
January: Build up for Live and Let Bite. That's when the sample chapters will happen on the blog. Also, submit the damn space opera.
February: Live and Let Bite will hit stores. Hard.
March: Pass out.
April: Wake up. Start campaigning for the Dragon award. And RavenCon ... maybe
May: Finish book 4 ...Edit A Pius Man for Silver Empire.
June: Publish book 4, and maybe A Pius Man.
July: LibertyCon, if they will let me play as a guest again. Bang the drum for the Dragon award and A Pius Man.
August: Vote in the Dragon Awards. Probably edit A Pius Legacy for Silver Empire.
September: DragonCon. Rejection or acceptance of January submission. If the former, I start handing out review copies, and get to work on publishing them.
October: Start promoting the reissue of A Pius Legacy.  Probably.

....No. Not like I"m busy or anything.

This is, of course, while I'm doing daily blogs, a weekly radio show, a monthly podcast with the Superversive SF roundtable, a mailing list--

Did I mention I have a mailing list? I do. Please sign up for it, so it could make my life slightly easier. Thanks ever so much.

--and on top of that I have the gig over at The Catholic Geeks blog.

Wonder where the Hugos fit in with all of that? They don't. Yes, Set to Kill is hilarious, and should be Best Related in the Hugos. I think it's even better than Sad Puppies Bite Back, but I'm not delusional. I'm not going to waste my time with them, unless I really think I have a shot at winning. And I won't know about that one way or another for months.

Wait, what was that? You want more of Kevin Anderson after Codename: UnSub? I'm so sorry, but my coauthor has had second thoughts about even releasing that. So place the odds of there being a sequel at 100 to 1 against.

Anyway, you know at the end of this, I'm going to ask you to at least look at some of my books. So ... if you haven't already, check out some of the books below. I really do need to eat.

TONIGHT, on The Catholic Geek: Christmas Carols

The Catholic Geek: Christmas Carols 12/04 by We Built That Network | Music Podcasts:

At 7PM, TONIGHT.

It's our first Christmas themed show EVER! Host Declan Finn brings in Moira Greyland and Alfred Genesson back to the show to discuss the music of Christmas, including Christmas Carols, live versus recorded music, and we'll probably see if we can get at least one of them to sing. With luck, that 'one' will not be Declan.

Moira Greyland plays stunning harp solos and sings beautiful songs including selections from the repertoire of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. She also presents a Celtic program featuring the music of Celtic Woman. A master teacher, and founder of two opera companies, Moira can teach you to sing, or to play the harp. Lessons are available via Skype or in person in North Texas. Email Moira at moiragreyland@me.com for details. If you love Celtic music, Moira's harp and traditional Irish stylings have earned her praise from some of the best known Irish singers in the world. Mary O'Hara said 'Well done' of Moira's album 'Avalon's Daughter, and Margie Butler of Golden Bough said 'I wish I could use my high voice like she does.' Kristoph Klover of Avalon Rising said of Moira's original composition 'Guinevere's Song' 'Man! I wish I had written that!' James Meredith, director of Sonos Handbell Ensemble, called 'Avalon's Daughter' 'Rollicking fun!'




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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Movie Night: Death of a Doxy

Another Nero Wolfe novel adapted for A&E many moons ago, Death of a Doxy went a little dark. But then, Nero Wolfe started dark, just look at Fer de Lance.

It also ties in, after a fashion, to A Family Affair, the very last Nero Wolfe novel.

How? Well, read both of them, and find out.






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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Changes to the Blog

If you look around the blog, you may have noticed a few new additions to what I have going on here.

For example, the most obvious is the sign up for the mailing list popup every time you come to the page. If you have pop-up blocker, obviously you have not seen it. But it's there. The mailing list will include advanced warnings of bargains, free short stories, materials you won't see anywhere else.  You know how Costco has books with exclusives?  [EG: Brad Thor's?] Same thing.  Only the mailing list will get them.

Also, if you will look to your right, there is a handy sidebar from Amazon.com advertising my novels. However, if you open it by clicking on the image, you will see that it is not just my books I am suggesting for purchase. There is a recommended list. There is a sad puppies list. Obviously, all of these lists will grow periodically. If you shop at the Amazon store here, you will in part be supporting me. And, of course, you will be getting good books-- not just my own.

There is also a blog roll on the right-- this is in part a list for the Silver Empire people I hang with, as well as some friends.

I am also redoing the tabs up top. in fact,  I should probably add onto them even more than I have.

In particular, there are gift sets of my books for sale.  I will autograph them and mail them to you. Even  if it's the complete set. These books come to me with a discount, and they will come to you with a discount. buying the whole set from me is about $80 or so. The complete paperback from Amazon.com is closer to $120. Not a bad deal.

Stuff is afoot. More to come.

More to come sooner if you sign up for the mailing list. Hint. Hint



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Month in Review: November, 2016

This has been the most successful month in the entire history of the blog, with over 18,000 hits.

Granted, I'm relatively certain that a large part of the spike came from the fact that my election day coverage consisted of 12 separate posts -- that garnered my blog a thousand hits alone. And, to no one's surprise, the one where I mentioned who would Deadpool vote for actually garnered enough hits to be in the top ten for the month.

The posts that made it, however, were....

1. #BlackFriday, 2016
Okay. Maybe Dawn had a point
Not too big of a surprise. I posted this around the universe endlessly during the week of Black Friday, as well as Cyber Monday. I even bothered to use Hashtags. They work.

2. Building Catholic Vampire Lore (Honor At Stake)
I still have no idea why this one keeps popping up so high on the blog count. I don't do anything special for it, I don't post it anywhere that often. It just ... shows up.

3. The End of the Pius Trilogy
I took out a Facebook ad for this one, which is probably why it did so well, overall.

4. The Cast of Set To Kill
Wherein I discuss what the cast of Set to Kill looks like, and how they have NO SIMILARITIES WHATSOEVER to any real people. Honest. Also, a photo of Larry Correia.

5. Set To Kill is coming sooner than expected
The announcement that the book was coming to the internet way sooner than anyone thought.

6. Set to Kill is out, and ready to be Best Related at the Hugos...
I confess, the title was clickbait. Mea culpa, mea culpa

7. Election Day: Who would Deadpool vote for?
Discussed above. The answer ... he didn't even get the year right.

8, Attack of the Silver Empire
The announcement that the Pius Trilogy was dead, and why.

9. Casting Codename UnSub
I ... don't quite understand why this went anywhere. Perhaps because I had pictures of good looking people all over the post.


10. Review: Doctor Strange
I saw the film in theater, and posted the review the weekend it came out. I'm not all that surprised that this made it into the top ten. Then again, it's also a Marvel film, and the most popular one yet.

Obviously, other factors when into the popularity. Some of these posts had Castalia House retweet them, which is good for hits -- I think #5 and #6 were retweeted by a few people, if not the publisher itself.

I'm almost certain that Silver Empire retweeted my announcement of #8 a few dozen times ... or if they didn't, someone certainly did.

All in all, it's been an amazing month.

Granted, it's not as many hits as Vox Day gets per DAY, but I'll take it.

Be well, all.

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