Random Musings on Star Trek: Beyond

Nothing serious here, readers. Just some thoughts from this morning that were kicked off by an only tangentially-related internet thread.

But first, gotta pause for the advertisement. That’s how this works, right? Get it out of the way early! And that advertisement is: Don’t forget the Rolling Sale! Colony is 63% off right now, and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t pick up one of the most original Sci-Fi adventures you’ve ever read! Click the banner on the right and grab a copy now!

Otherwise you’re really going to feel left out a few years down the road when everyone else is talking about what’s going on in all the sequels, and you’re just sitting there thinking “Dang it! Why didn’t I read that before it was big?”

Right, aside over, back to the musings! So, Star Trek. Specifically, Star Trek: Beyond. Yes, I’m talking about the new, rebooted Trek movies (not the upcoming show that seems to have a lot of series fans biting their nails and glancing nervously at their communicators).

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Happy Independence Day!

Yup, I’m an American. And that means that once a year, when July 4th rolls around, I freaking love it.

Okay, yes, I know it’s tomorrow. But back home, when I was younger, it was a multi-day celebration (I believe it’s up to a week of events, now).

Anyway, long, roundabout way of saying no Being a Better Writer post today or tomorrow. It’s the 4th! Go light some fireworks, set up some boom. Do not light a forest on fire, though. Play responsibly, people! But if you’re American (or just want to celebrate the date of American Independence since we celebrate with lots of boom), have some fun! Get the grill out! Read a ridiculous pulp adventure! Whatever!

Oh, speaking of reading, though … Did you know that the Nominations for The Dragon Awards close in just 21 days, not counting today? That’s right, three weeks from today, the nomination period will be over! Which means that you’ve only got three weeks to check out all the different nominations you can make, form your own list, and hit submit! Don’t forget, whatever you nominate did have to release during the July 1st 2016 to June 30th, 2017 period though. After all, this award is for the new stuff released in the last year.

So, you’ve got three weeks to finalize your nominations! Get to it!

And enjoy your 4th of July. I’ll see you all later this week.

Happy Memorial Day!

As is the usual, there will not be a Being a Better Writer post today because “Hey! It’s Memorial Day!” Instead of reading on writing, go enjoy the holiday. Though, if reading about writing is one of the things you wanted to do to enjoy said day, there is a solid backlog of old, awesome articles here on the site.

Of course, if you’re just looking to read rather than read about writing, you may be pleased to hear that Dead Silver is now, as of last Saturday, three years published! As a result, it has seen its final price-drop in honor of its heroic status. You can now pick it up for $2.99! New Mexico, silver mines, chupacabras, missing persons … You can’t go wrong!

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Memorial Day, everyone!

Price and Profit

So I learned something rather embarrassing a week ago.

Since the release of Colony, one of the more common questions I’ve received from fans about it has been “How should I purchase your book in order to make sure you get the largest cut of money?” Which is actually a pretty valid—and thoughtfully appreciated—question. This question comes from a reader who isn’t just concerned that they read a book, but that the author of said book is able to support themselves to the next one. Some of you may be scratching your heads even so, though, thinking to yourselves “Wait, I thought it was just an ebook?” Well it is, but there are two ways you can acquire it.

The first is to simply impart money to Amazon.com ($7.99 in this case, unless there’s a sale going) for a digital, DRM-Free copy of Colony. And for many readers, that’s what they do. However, I’m also a fan of putting my books up on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program, which is kind of like a Netflix for books, and that means that it’s also available to those paying for the KU program to read whenever they want. Now, KU pays authors, but the question from these readers is “Which way pays you more?”

And it turns out, in giving my answer, I screwed up.

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Fisking an Anti-Amazon Article From the New Republic

Oh boy. I woke up this morning to see this article on the front page of r/books, and you  know … I’ve never fisked anything … but this piece couldn’t be ignored. For those not in the know, a “fisking” is when someone replies point by point to the salient points of an article, offering a piece by piece rebuttal. I’ll let you read the original article first, so you can get it in your mind, but it’s just part of the continuing—You know what? You be the judge. Read the article, then check this rebuttal.

The quoted article bits are both quoted and italicized. My responses are the normal text.

So, let’s get started.

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Two Years Online: Looking Back and Racing Forward

What’s that? A special event? You’re right!

As of yesterday, Unusual Things has passed its second annual landmark. That’s right, as of March 2nd, 2017, Unusual Things is now two whole years old!

Holy cow. Two whole years. Which means that it’s been over four years since my first book was released. And maybe three, three-and-a-half since I started writing posts about writing that would transform (or evolve, take your pick) into a weekly series called Being a Better Writer.

But the work hasn’t stopped there, either. Since the creation of this site, I’ve released several new books, completed drafts on a few more yet to arrive, started a Patreon account … and who knows what all else. I’m probably forgetting a few things.

It’s been a busy year. Few years, really.

Anyway, my point is that it’s the second anniversary of the site! And you know what that means!

Stats! Oh yes. It’s time to dig in and see how the site has done compared to the first year, and how it’s doing overall! So, to start—

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Happy Halloween!

THE DAY OF TERROR HAS ARRIVED!  IN JUST A FEW SCANT HOURS, HORRORS UNKNOWN SHALL DESCEND UPON US ALL!

CHILDREN ARE COMING!

But they’re really only the prelude. To be honest, the true horror doesn’t arrive for another week (this joke works on multiple levels, actually).

Anyway, today is Halloween, annual day of free candy and terror, and … I’m taking the day as a holiday break. So no Being a Better Writer post today. Why? Well, I’m tired. Colony is done and available for pre-order … and I just want to bask in that for a day or two before I dive back into work again. So I had Sunday, and I’ll have today. Then I’ll get back to work, and we’ll have another Being a Better Writer post Monday—okay, wait, I have a several-hour dental appointment to get a crown fixed next Monday. Maybe Tuesday. I’ll try and get one up Monday, but it’s going to be a long one. Plus, I hate going to the dentist.

That’s the “this joke works on multiple levels” bit.

Anyway, there’s not going to be a BaBW post today. It’s Halloween, I’ve got trick or treaters to prepare for … and like I said, I’m pretty tired in the wake of Colony‘s launch. I’m proud of what I accomplished … but also tired, lol. So today I’m kicking back and relaxing.

In the mean time, however, Colony is still available for Pre-Order! And if you’re a Patreon Supporter, there’s a special surprise waiting for you in this month’s supporter post: A full seven chapters from Colony in ebook format! So if you’re a supporter, you can get a headstart on Colony before it hits!

Anyway, I’m off to relax! Look for a news update Wednesday detailing what’s coming next now that Colony is done!