Well maybe not completely different, as I do post about music now and then, but kinda different … So I recently somehow became aware* that one of my favorite songs, “Space Song” by Beach House, had been used in the recent miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand, apparently in a scene involving abandoned cars on a bridge or something. I don’t know for sure because said miniseries is only available on Paramount+, apparently, and I have no plans to subscribe to another streaming service, certainly not just to see one scene in yet another miniseries** based on a book I read some thirty-odd years ago. Instead, I went looking to see if I could find a clip of the scene on YouTube. I could not. But I did find a ton of other “Space Song” videos, including this very interesting one, by a cellist who performed all the parts herself and put them together into a Hollywood Squares-style video. Check it out:Continue reading “And Now For Something Completely Different: Hello, Cello!”
I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback
Not to the tune of the original commercial, but to the tune of this scene in Scrubs:Continue reading “I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback I Want My Paperback Paperback Paperback”
“Father’s Books”: The Non-Limited Edition Cover!
So those who have been around here for a while may recall that I published my most recent novel, Father’s Books, with a “temporary limited edition” cover while I was waiting for the final cover artwork from Émilie Léger, who has provided the cover art for each of my books since Shards. For most of those books I selected an existing piece from Émilie‘s oeuvre*, but in the case of Father’s Books I couldn’t find one that seemed quite right, and so Émilie created a new one for me, which can now be revealed:Continue reading ““Father’s Books”: The Non-Limited Edition Cover!”
(Don’t) Cover Me
In keeping with last week’s musical theme … So, those who are very familiar with my wife’s musical tastes, or who have been at the studio when one is played, are likely to know that, for the most part, she hates cover versions of songs. (Covers of Fleetwood Mac songs are the recipients of extra special hate.) I do not share this low opinion of covers; in fact, some of my favorite songs are cover versions.Continue reading “(Don’t) Cover Me”
Limited Edition “Father’s Books” Cover! Get It While It’s Limited! Get It While It’s A Cover!
So remember a while back when I said I was waiting for the artwork for my new novel Father’s Books as well as for my reissue of Night Watchman, which became orphaned after Mundania Press abruptly shut down operations last year? And how I said I wasn’t going to release the books until I had the artwork, so as not to have to bother doing it twice? And how, a little while after that, I said, well, okay, maybe I’ll release the eBook versions with the placeholder covers, but that I wasn’t going to release the paperback versions yet? Wellllll, if I may quote Spike from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”:
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Spike: “I had a plan.”Angel, “In the Dark”
Angel: “You, a plan?”
Spike: “A good plan, smart plan, carefully laid out. But, I got bored.”
[Spike pushes Angel against a wall]
Spike: “All that watching, waiting. My legs started to cramp.”
Proofs of Life. Or Something.
So a few weeks ago, I mentioned that, due to the totally botched rollout of their “upgraded” web site, Lulu.com had managed to hose the three books I’ve had on sale through them since, oh, 2008 or so, that I had contacted their support department, and that if I didn’t hear from them, I was likely to retire the books from Lulu.com and move them to KDP and IngramSpark. Well, the astute reader will probably not be shocked to learn that I never heard from Lulu.com, that I retired the books, and that I moved them to KDP. (IngramSpark will be next.) This week, I got the first set of proofs from KDP of the new and improved—as in, likely to actually be available soon—versions of Dragon Stones, Long Before Dawn, and A Flock of Crow is Called a Murder.Continue reading “Proofs of Life. Or Something.”
Teaser Tuesday: “In The Woods”
So recently, I was reading In The Woods, a mystery/crime novel by Tana French, which is the first in the “Dublin Murder Squad” series:Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “In The Woods””
Teaser Tuesday: “Old Broken Road”
Recently I was reading Old Broken Road, by K.M. Alexander, the second book in “The Bell Forging Cycle”:Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: “Old Broken Road””
Gutterballs; Or, I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Edition Was In
27 8×10 Color Glossy Pictures With Circles And Arrows And A Paragraph On The Back Of Each One
Or at least, one 6×9 glossy book cover and one 6×9 matte book cover, neither with circles or arrows.
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