Happy Veteran’s Day Potpourri Post

So it’s been a bit since I’ve updated the blog.  I figured I’d hit some of the high points of the last couple of weeks:

Attended the Ozark Book Con down in Fayetteville this past weekend as a vendor.  First year event with all that entails, but had good panels and talks with several good authors.  I recommend attending the event for the professional aspects if you’re in the area.  If you’re coming from out of the town, it’s definitely a “Hey rando friend I haven’t talked to in years, mind if I sleep on your couch?” until it grows some.  Which, given the professionalism and drive on display, I think it definitely will.

On the way back, finally got to meet Acts of War‘s editor, Mary, in person.  In addition to being long overdue, the fact it’s been 5+ years since that book went through her able hands made me marvel at what modern technology makes possible.  Although her current work with medical journals precludes her from working on anything else, I’m glad that a mutual acquaintance said “Hey, I know someone who might be able to help you…” many moons ago.

Speaking of the Usurper’s War series, Against the Tide Imperial continues to move along.  Unfortunately, after getting read the riot act by an author mentor, I’ve had to accept that the Phases of Mars anthologies are 100% my “books for the year.”  Combined with the new day job’s obligations (oh, yeah, I got promoted and changed positions), the process of putting out Those In PerilTo Slip the Surly Bonds, and Trouble in the Wind has pretty much sucked up a lot of available time.  So, rather than put out a substandard product or skimp on marketing, Against the Tide Imperial is slipping to the right again.  The manuscript will get done this year (which means preorders will be up), but the actual _book_ is probably going to be out in 1st Quarter 2020.  *angry author noises*

This dovetails to a professional lesson that I am learning again, but in a different dialect:  Projects are rarely as easy as they may initially seem.  At the beginning of the year, with Those In Peril shooting up the charts, “Suuuure, we can do two more of these this year…” seemed like a good plan.  What I now realize is one can do three books in a year, it just means one probably shouldn’t also do cons and other creative projects if there’s also a fourth book one would like done.  So, for 2020, the lesson will be, “No, I think that timeline doesn’t work for me, thank you…” as I get solo projects back in line.  (Feel free to remind me of this in the comments when my hair is on fire again this time next year.)

In addition, having now done editing three times, I cannot emphasize enough that you should always pay your damn editor.   It’s a whole different animal than writing, and I will issue a blanket, heartfelt mea culpa for some of my past sins to my editors.  In addition, as an author, understand that your editor’s job is to polish up your work.  “Polish” implies that you have done a grammatical read through, researched the technical aspects of the work, and are basically giving the editor a complete story that just needs a set of professional eyes to look upon it.  This goes doubly so for an anthology submission.  Indeed, I’m just going to let John G. Hartness take it away…(language alert…NO REALLY!):

Anyway, it’s Nano (and yes, I’m counting these words), and I’m going back to US CVs about to go to guns with an Italian Fleet.  (Yes, that’s a teaser.)

Metal Monday: The Return of Korn & More News

So I didn’t realize it’s been almost three years since Korn graced a Metal Monday.  (Man I wish the sound system had been better for the Topeka concerts.) So, without further ado, we’re going to go back…way back.  😀

Apparently Jonathan Davis wrote the song as an aid to fight against domestic abuse.  It’s lyrics are pretty raw, and I’ve had it on as background music for many scenes dealing with an oppressive boss or overlord.

Great Plain Ren Fest this weekend! If you’re in Wichita swing by to say hello!

 

Music Monday: A Classic Gets the Epic Treatment and Some News

It’s the third Monday, and you know what that means–SCORE DAY!

A big trend in trailer music lately has been to update classic, recognizable songs and give them the “Epic” treatment (i.e., soaring instrumentals and drum tracks).  If you can hear the “Trailer Voice” guy narrating your book trailer to one of these songs, that’s kind of the point.  😀

Speaking of climatic scenes, two bits of info.  First, just a reminder, To Slip the Surly Bonds dropped last Friday (print cover shown to cover the additional cover art awesomeness!):

Print Cover

It has been climbing the charts and was #1 on the Historical Fiction New Release Chart last night (Sunday 15 September 2019 in case you’re reading this much later).

ORANGE TAG

Second, I’ll be at the Cincinnati Comic Expo this week!  I will (thanks to the Amazon gnomes getting it done early) have print copies of To Slip the Surly Bonds as well as the first copies of Anita C. Young’s State of Mind artbook!  Stay tuned during the week for location and maps!

Metal Monday: The Last of the Romanovs [sic]

One of the more romanticized hoaxes of the 20th Century was that of Anastasia Romanov.  Basically, for those who are unfamiliar (and don’t want to click on the link), there were numerous women who claimed to be Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughter.  While their versions of survival differ, all basically rested on the fact that most folks in that basement besides the Romanovs either died shortly thereafter or didn’t want to cop to having helped massacre a bunch of kids.  (Rule Bolshevik:  Make sure you get EVERYBODY in the line of succession if you’re going to hit the Regicide button.)

One sign of how pervasive and popular the tale was Disney made a movie about it in 1997.  I was only recently exposed to the villain’s song from it.  I, of course, immediately set about finding a heavy metal version…and found Jonathan Young again.  Who, as with last week’s post, once again found a way to make a villain seem far more sinister and creepy than the original.

Metal Monday: Exodus and Metal…

So fans of the blog may remember I’ve mentioned how heavy metal lends itself well to certain historical events.  You know, things like Biblical Plagues.

Well today on Metal Monday, we’re going back to the well.  Folks who were around in the 1990s might remember The Prince of Egypt.  One of the musical numbers covered when Moses showed up in the Pharaoh’s throne room and basically dropped the “Hey bro, good to see you.  God says let my people go…” and Egypt’s senior priests were like, “Uh, which god again?”

Given that it was a family show, the original was more “Oh Moses, you silly man…” and less “Listen here, He Who Rides In Basket, we are RELIGIOUS NUTTERS and are about to hurt you.”  Today’s cover?  Well, see for yourself…

Also, the same duo who did this cover also did a version of The Plagues song from the original movie.

 

Music Monday-Sabaton Rides Again

Sorry I let this lapse—things got kind of hectic in editing To Slip The Surly Bonds.  Which, by the way, has completed editing, is with Chris Kennedy Publishing for layout, and is expected to drop on 13 September.

 

Cover Art

 

Which is why I picked today’s song.

“But wait, wasn’t Those In Peril the naval alternate history?”–Peanut Gallery.

In response, I will simply laugh in carrier and you’ll all find out why next month!  Enjoy the Sabaton!

 

 

 

One for the Protoculture Addicts…

Robotech Third Generation had a character called Lancer / Yellow Dancer.  The former was his [male] official name.  The second was his cross-dressing rock star alter ego.  Robotech was a strange time, but it did produce some good music like the in universe song “Look Up (The Sky Is Falling).”  The one below has been reproduced with a more hard rock sound (and the AMV is pretty cool too).