After a while, it was the only way to sell my books.
Now, the entire Pius trilogy has come out. Books two and three came out last year.
Seriously, what the hell are we still doing here? Especially now that the Puppies have taken over the blog?
You'd think that this would be something obvious. Look above, under the giant blog banner. You'd think I don't get much clearer than that.
So, what's it all about?
It's about stories. How do you create them? How do you shape them? How do you assemble dreams when the world is so busy trying to stomp on them and take them away from you? That's why I dissect political opinions of Superheroes, or examine bad comic book storylines, or try to predict where things are going. That's why I look at faith in fiction, to see just how much of the writer goes into the story, and how much should go into the story. This blog will also address the Catholic faith in particular because, well, I'm Catholic -- it's part of me, and who I am, and part of my stories, so it comes with the package.
But, as fiction is not just about how a story is made, but also about the process of selling it. That's why I look at women in fiction, or the politics of publishing, etc.
(Honor At Stake, from Eternal Press, due September 1st -- subtle plug, subtle plug).
That's why I've allowed my brain to be taken over by a parody universe that won't leave me alone. I mean, it's not like I can make money on Sad Puppies Bite Back, despite how popular it is.
And yes, for the record, I cannot make money on it at this point. Can. Not. Why not? Because I use the real names of real people, like George RR Martin, and Scalzi, and the Haydens, David Gerrod, Moshe Feder, and additional psychos.
Yes, they're parody -- and boy, are these guys parody -- but there are also lawyers, and you don't need to have a leg to stand on to file a lawsuit. And while I would probably win any lawsuit, and any countersuit, the legal fees would probably kill me before we got to the countersuit phase.
If it gets a Hugo Nomination? It's more than likely I will publish it. Why? Because it would be a Hugo nominated work, and I don't think anyone would want to draw attention to the fact that they are so thin-skinned, they can't take a joke.
But, one disaster at a time, folks. One disaster at a time.
However, even though I can't sell it, Sad Puppies Bite Back has brought hundreds of people to my blog, and has improved my sales a lot. It won't get me into the big money territory, but it's a lot more than I've been getting.
It's also gotten me some interesting friends along the way, which is an improvement for an introvert like me.
So, to the trolls who lurk under the bridge at File 770, that's what the blog is about.
As for all you newcomers who want a laugh, or want a book recommendation, or some music to listen to as you pen your destruction of an alien civilization, or comic book trivia, or just want to look into the brain of a deeply deranged writer, welcome, my friends, to The Pius Trilogy.
The party is just warming up.