It's Read An eBook Week!
In honor of Read and eBook Week, Smashwords is offering two of my books free! free! free! The Man Who Did Too Much, and Have Gun, Will Play will be free with the coupon code RE100 this week only. (The code is right on the page, so you don't have to write it down.)
A Round of words in 80 Days update for March 4:
Wednesday Day 59 - 0 minutes. Long long day. Instead of drawing OR doing any writing, I did some work formatting/correcting one of the short stories from a 1915 copy of The Strand.
Thursday Day 60 - 120 minutes. I did some formal work on that short story from The Strand, which I think I will post on another blog. (More about that when I do it.) I have ZERO energy, so I'm not too unhappy with doing that, so I counted it.
But as a result, I decided to skip Friday Favorites this week. And though next week is Spring Break, I notice that I have every freaking day booked up with stuff again. Even so they are relatively short/light commitments, so I should be okay.
Friday Day 61 - .... Crap. I didn't record what I did Friday. Maybe it was nothing? Oh, wait. I ended up doing Friday Favorites after all. I re-launched Daring Adventure Stories. I've got some good stuff in line for it coming up too.
Saturday Day 62 - 74 minutes. Mostly brainstorming. One of my favorite business/productivity books has a little essay about not forgetting to look at what is going right, and why. We tend to focus on what is wrong, and that can be a mistake. (But we're hard-wired to do it anyway. That's why politicians and snake-oil salesmen focus on things that are WRONG to get your attention.)
The things that are going well right now are the brainstorming session -- a lot of really good work there. And the other thing is writing sprints. I'm not a social writer, and I don't like taking part in group efforts, but I've taken to doing short, hot writing sessions -- just five minutes here, twenty minutes there. When I do them (and I don't do them often enough) they really work.
I need to find a way to enable these more.
I'm thinking about taking on a pen name. I'm mostly against the idea, because my name is my brand, and my stuff is scattered around, and I'm kind of creating my own genre out of my style/voice.
However, I do feel that if I have one thing that could be split off, it would be Noir. I don't write long Noir stories -- just short fiction. The thing about Noir is that it takes place in a pessimistic world. It isn't just that bad things happen, it's that things don't end well. The gods are not friendly in the world of Noir. They don't relent. If they do, it's in a twisted and ironic way.
That's is something that goes to the audience knowing what they can expect. They should be able to know whether they can trust you to save them from the horrible consequences, or if they should guard their feelings a little more.
And that seems to me to be a good reason to have a pen name for darker fiction.
The next question is: what should the name be? I feel like it needs to be like an old fashioned thug nick name. For some reason the name Vinky Black comes to mind. (Or I could go with Maude Katt.) I'll be thinking....
The Forty Dollar Sandwich Will Be Revisited
I got a whole lot of guff about how I must have calculated the $40 sandwich wrong. Folks: I didn't tell you how I calculated it. And the reason I didn't tell you is because the calculations relate only to me and my life. They don't relate to your life. Your'e not supposed to think they relate to you. You've got to find your own time/money ratios and go by your own goals to figure that out.
The point of that post was not about whether you should pack a lunch or not. But it appears that was what people wanted it to be about. (Both pro and con.) So I'm going to revisit that post -- maybe this week, maybe next -- and do what people seemed to want me to do and explain how a sandwich which might be worth a buck to you is worth $40 to me (sometimes). And we'll see if maybe I can bring that post around to my point, which was about the value of your work.
But I'm not sure if I will do that this week or next. You'll just have to wait and see what my Tuesday Post will be.
In the meantime, it is Spring Break... which appears to mean I am more booked up than ever for my time!
See you in the funny papers.