Friday, April 20, 2018

The John Ringo and ConCarolinas issue

I've been scratching my head for a while about whether or not I was going to do a blog post for the whole ConCarolinas debacle.

You know, how they told John Ringo that they couldn't guarantee his safety, etc. THEN the announcement they released about his not attending seemed ... poorly managed.

To be honest, I'd never heard of them until this fashla happened. So they made a great first impression on me.

So much so that they convinced to never attend their convention, as a guest or even as just an attendee.

And no, it's not necessarily "Oh, look what they did to Ringo."

I am doing something radical. I will take them ENTIRELY AT THEIR WORD that they can't guarantee the safety of one of their own guests against the angry hordes of Social Justice Zombies. 

On THEIR OWN TERMS, I should be concerned to even walk the halls as a regular attendee carrying a John Ringo book. While I have no problem defending myself, I to go conventions to have a good time. I don't want to spend the majority of the con in cuffs because some dickheads decide "You're a Ringo fan, therefore you're [insert cliche lefty insults here]" and therefore I have to beat them senseless.

In the long run, I will be interested to see how this is resolved. Because there are only two options here.

On the one hand, Ringo isn't the only Baen author they have as guests. Dave Webber, Tedd Roberts, etc. These are only a handful of the guests from previous years that I'm aware of. Are the Social Justice douchebags going to stop? No, they're not. They never do, they never will, and they never shall ... unless they meet actual, genuine push back for their stupidity.

So, the question is not "Who boycotts the convention over Ringo?" The real question becomes "Who's next?" The SJWs have tasted blood, and they're never satisfied, and thus they will become hungry for more. The NEXT question after that is "how far does the lefty horde go before the ConCom tells the horde to go screw off?"

The mob have threatened, they have harangued. And that's all well and good. Because there's only two ways for this to go.

Either ConCarolina tells the SJWs to back off, they address the "concerns" they had over Ringo's safety, so he can be invited back next year.

OR, they can continue to pander to the mob and "Go woke, go broke."

Either way, I'll be over here, using DragonCon as my honeymoon. ciao.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The top ten blogs of A Pius Geek, April 2018

The posts that get hits on this blog astound me. They are mind boggling. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but yeesh.

These are the all time most viewed blogs.

Dec 7, 2017

Considering the general use of the internet for porn, I guess I shouldn't be even moderately surprised that this is one of the most popular blogs. But come now, I'm not a consumer, and it boiled down to a rant about how politics murdered a girl.

The thing that confuses me about the popularity of this is there is nothing here that even remotely fits any definition of "sexy" that I can think of. On a blog that boils down to Catholic nerd writer stuff.

.... Unless you subscribe to the position that the newspaper motto "If it bleeds it leads" is "sexy."  That's what floats your boat, then ... nevermind.

Oct 29, 2012

This isn't too shocking. After all, it's 6 years old, going back to the Obama / Romney election. It's accumulated a lot of hits. I this one was probably carried more by Alex Ross art than anything else. But it's still going strong, having beeing bumped to the #2 spot.

This was fun. I was just going over the top and insane.

But here, Captain America punching Hitler in the face.

Can we have one of Captain America punching Osama in the face? Really. Pretty please?

I actually did one of these for 2016, though it wasn't nearly as popular.

Apr 27, 2015
This one has been in the top ten since I posted it.

This is so successful, I made this into a novel. 

Yes, it's a book now. Please, feel free to to buy it.

If you have no idea what SPBB is ... click here. It is a really, really, really long flipping story. It was a one-shot that spiraled so far out of control, I really didn't see the end of it. I was going to make one lousy parody of one insane bit of Facebook hoopla. 

Then it spiraled.

Oct 3, 2011

Ow. My spin hurts just looking at this.
This was a study of DC Comics and their mistreatment of two of their better female characters when the "New 52" came out. It includes, sex, sex, and more sex. And bad writing.  This is another one that shot to the top in short order. Probably because of, well, the sex involved.

The books had some serious issues, warping the character of Starfire to a bland, uninteresting, amnesiac Gumbi slut, and grinding out a Catwoman comic book with little to no plot, and bizarre artwork, written by a fellow whose creds were more LGBT than the Greenwich Village Halloween parade.

Nov 8, 2010

This is back when I thought there was still some slight hope with Marvel comics, before they just decided to go on a full-bore slippery slope of stupid. There were only slight hints of the oncoming train of SJW suck that were to come. Back then, I had just chalked it up to lousy writing and movie tie-in plots. It was when their biggest problems were "Let's make everything dark and stupid" and mindless "Let's have these fights because FIGHTS."

Seriously, WWE has better writing and storylines.

Granted, we're now at a point where we can look back at World War Hulk as Shakespeare compared to some of the current batch of stupid.

Aug 23, 2017

This one was so insanely popular, I don't even know where to start, to be honest. Within a week of being posted, it had already made it into in the top ten posts of all time.

And I did nothing special. At all. The hits all came from the usual sources: social media. That's it. It's like everyone descended on my blog for this one post. It happened so fast, it was like I had a Larry Correia review. And no, it wasn't shared all that often. Or at all. It's almost like people just tripped over it en mass.

I can get used to that.

The post was also nothing special. It was exactly what the title said it was. I took a character from my Live and Let Bite series (starting with Honor at Stake, due to be rereleased from Silver Empire in May of 2018) and sketched out her life, from birth, to death, to her postmortem resume, through World War II, the Vatican, the CIA, the Cold War, to her various and sundry college degrees.

Aug 12, 2015

Another post that boiled down to "What you see is what you get" when it came to my vampire novels and the mythology I made behind it. It smashed together Bram Stoker, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mass Effect, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas into a blender and hit "liquefy."

Otherwise known as what you get when you take a nerdy philosophy major who likes taking his entire knowledge base and smashing them together to see what he gets as an end result... while also keeping the original Dracula and all of the rules that came with it.

Don't worry if the book links don't work, they will soon enough. Probably within 30 days

Apr 28, 2015

Still going strong. This is another one that's not really going away anytime soon.

Again, it's a parody, but it's a parody that had a lot of various backers.

Again, it's for sale. Sorry.

Jul 14, 2016

This one hit the top ten most popular posts on the blog within 24 hours of being posted.

This is what happens when authors like your reviews.

Who knew?

Apr 4, 2017

This has only recently hit the top ten all time. I don't know why. My best guess is that someone was looking for Hugo award nominees for this year, and tripped over this.

The sad thing is, I think we can safely say that this headline could be posted about this year's Hugos, and nothing would have changed any.

That's it. That's the best of the blog thus far. Again, who knew? Some of these aren't a surprise. And it's nice to see that some of it is stuff I put a lot of effort into.

Still odd.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Moon Anthology is Closed

How many people remember high school group projects?

You know what I mean: when the teacher assigns everyone to work on a bit of homework, to be turned in on a date, and everyone's grade is going to be the same, no matter the effort everyone put into it. It's a great example of why socialism is a failure: one person might put in 100% of the effort, and everyone else would just blow it off and ride the coattails of the smartest person in the group.

Most of my friends just happened to be that one person in the group, and would take over any group project, almost entirely out of self defense. I was like that too.

So, when I handed in a schedule for the Moon anthology to Superversive Press, I said I would have all of the stories collected by April 16th. When I invited authors to join the anthology -- authors like Jody Lyn Nye and Brad Torgersen -- that's the date I gave them.

But you might remember that I publicly posted that the Moon anthology was due in on April 1st. Why the discrepancy? I remembered the group projects, and I knew that several people would turn in a project AFTER the last possible minute.

But now, the last of the stories are in. And have we got an awesome lineup.

Obviously, we're not entirely done with the process. Some stories can be further edited, which will allow us to squeeze in more stories, which will eventually dictate the final lineup.

Right now, the preliminary list looks like seven dragon award finalists with ten nominations and a win between them, as well as two NY Times bestselling authors.

So, not a bad start.

Monday, April 16, 2018

So, this happened

I'm engaged.

Yes, to be married.

.... No, that's about all I have to say on the matter. If you find that my blog posts drop off for a while, well, I'm a little busy.

Between getting married, editing an anthology, editing my books for rerelease, editing a space opera that I've worked on forever, and writing three new novels .... I'm a little busy.

This of course doesn't even begin to cover that I'm going to start a Patreon account -- they seem to be all the rage these days -- and keep up with the edits to the remaining three anthologies I'm going to be in this year.

So, yeah, the blog may not be updated on a daily basis for a while.

If your first response is to say "Good for you, how can we do you a mitzvah?" then it's .... just the usual, really....

I'll have details as they emerge.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cover Reveal: Honor at Stake, evolution

I had thought that my Pius series had gone through a lot of changes over time. I never expected that Honor at Stake would try to catch up. But then again, Honor at Stake is the only book of mine to have two publishers, and be pulled from the shelves twice.

The first time Honor at Stake was released, it was with Damnation Press. It took a while to pound out a cover.

The first Honor at Stake cover they sent me was .... eh.

The image on the left was the first one that had been sent my way from Damnation. I had to ask for some changed. The end result was the one on the right -- which I believe we can all agree is the better cover, if only for the clarity of the title alone.

And, really, the second one was okay. My biggest problem was the lilac colored binding. Yes, really.

Then there was when entirely self-published the series. There were multiple reasons for it -- speed being the first one. The novel had been unpublished, pulled from shelves, and then put back on Amazon within the space of a week.

A large part of the delay on the first rerelease was generating a cover.

I've done posts on covers I've created myself. Had I known that self publishing was this much in my future, I would have minored in computer graphics.

However, Dawn Witzke had already done several cover redesigns on The Pius Trilogy when I self published it (I suspect in part because they were cringe-worthy and she couldn't stand the sight of them). So she was almost eager to do Honor at Stake. I sent her multiple images from the local cemetery, Mount Olivet, which is where the major battle of the novel took place. I took over 700 pictures that day, and barely covered it.

The picture on the left isn't the exact image used for the book cover, but it's in the ball park.

Image may contain: sky, tree, plant, grass and outdoor

On the right ... well, it's amazing what you can do by changing the lighting and adding a few clouds, isn't it?

And then Silver Empire signed on the Love at First Bite series.

And this is the brand new cover.

Not bad, huh.

Personally, though, I think I'd have been happy with just the redhead, but you really can't exclude Marco from the cover. The gist of this is to make Marco look sinister and threatening ... because that's really how he looks for most of the book..

And before anyone tries to critique the book let me show you an image of the current bestsellers in "Thriller / Paranomal suspense / vampires," as of the time of this writing.

So, yeah. I'm good with the Honor at Stake cover from Silver Empire.