Being the Ongoing Chronicle of the Anticks, Misadventures, and Odd Deeds of an Overalls-clad Wanderer.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bad Joke Friday

What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?

Make me one with everything.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

At Last! Another book finished!

It is ALWAYS a relief to get to these words. Wow. Final tally: 208175 words. Wow again. Time for bed. #amwriting

Last night I finally finished the first draft of Princesses In Space III: Die Harder. This one was really, really tough, folks. The ending was hard to do, and I imagine I'll have a lot of work to do at editing time. While this book won't hit the world for another year and a half, I am willing to say that I attempted some different things in this book, from a stylistic standpoint. I hope they work! And then there was the epilogue, which presented its own set of difficulties. (I'm a firm believer in epilogues, actually. I like to know at least a little bit of how life has gone on for the people in a story after the main conflicts are resolved. I've seen movies that start the credits rolling while blood is still flowing from the villain's mortal wounds, and that always bugs me.)

By way of statistics, this is the longest Forgotten Stars novel yet. The first draft clocked in at over 208,000 words, which is 28K more words than I had originally set as my upward limit. As I started nearing that total, however, I knew that I was in no way going to be able to bring the book in for less than that. I always strive to eliminate at least ten percent of the total word count at editing time, and then even more when I do my second round of slicing-and-dicing, so I'm sure the book will eventually settle in around the 180K mark. The Forgotten Stars books are generally long epics, but I am hoping to keep them from suddenly exploding in length, the way the Harry Potter books did. (Not that that particularly bothered me; I never really felt that those books were all that bloated, until the last one which did have some pacing issues in the middle. But that's for another day.)

Anyway, what's next? Editing Book II, of course -- I have to get The Wisdomfold Path up to snuff and then in the hands of proofreaders, which I hope to do by July. Then I'll probably do the first round of edits on GhostCop (not the actual title -- huh, I should really figure out what the hell that book is called, anyway), because I'd like to launch that series next year, maybe in summer. Then it should be time to start the first edits on Forgotten Stars III, probably in August; and then after that, as Wisdomfold Path is coming out, I'll start writing the first draft of GhostCop II: Boo! (really, really, really not the actual title).

Always working! By the end of the decade I want to have several books available, in several different series. I'm playing the long game here, folks!

(Oh, and I have an odd idea for a short story that I might attempt soon, too. And I can't forget about The Adventures of Lighthouse Boy, to which I will return at some point, because I love the idea of that story too much to not write it.)

Something for Thursday

I'm feeling rather triumphant this morning, so here's something to fit the mood: the Victory Celebration and End Title from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Top Ten Letterman Moments

I haven't watched David Letterman in a long time, not because I lost my taste for him, but because the realities of my day job forced me to leave late-night teevee behind. However, even though I had an appreciation for Jay Leno, I was always more of a Letterman guy. I personally always thought he was an underrated interviewer, but by and large, I always loved his completely off-kilter humor. You never really knew what was going to happen next with Letterman.

So here is my personal tribute to him and his years of late-night hilarity, in his iconic form of a top-ten list.

10. The Top Ten Words that Sound Better When Said by James Earl Jones. (I couldn't find a video clip.)

9. Dick Assman!

8. The Donut-a-pult. This was an ongoing gag in which Letterman kept revising his concept for a catapult that would shoot donuts into the audience. They eventually came up with one so powerful that it exploded the powdered-sugar donut into a cloud of sugar.

7. The Quiz Machine. This was always fun and goofy.

6. Stupid Pet Tricks was always fun, and this one was my favorite:

5. Let's look for Swedes!

4. Emma Thompson visits and shares her thoughts on pie-throwing.

3. Oprah, Uma.

2. Occasionally Letterman would lower his guard and let his real opinions come out. It was always interesting when this happened. One night, for some reason someone mentioned that President Bush was going to be on The Tonight Show, and Letterman muttered, "Yeah, there's a real summit meeting."

1. Letterman after 9-11-01.

So long, Dave!

A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

Wouldn't it be nice if I could get this frakking book done? Seriously, folks, this is getting out of hand. I honestly believed I'd be done a week ago, and yet here I am, still struggling to get the epilogue to work. It's enormously frustrating.

So, how y'all doin'?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On six months of STARDANCER, and Book II title reveal!

In a new post over at, I briefly reflect on Stardancer at the six-months-since-release point, and I reveal the title of the upcoming second book in The Song of Forgotten Stars. Check it out!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

Haven't done one of these in a while, so I'll break my radio silence (almost done with the book! almost done with the book!) to ask this: Assuming you like rice, what's your favorite rice dish?

Friday, May 08, 2015

Bad Joke Friday

Rick Astley will let you borrow any movie from his Pixar collection, except one.

He’s never gonna give you Up.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Something for Thursday

Actor Nigel Terry, who played King Arthur in the 1981 film Excalibur, died last week. Excalibur is the only thing I ever saw him in, to my knowledge, but he was very good in it. King Arthur is a very difficult part, I would imagine, not just to play but to write. Excalibur is a major event in fantasy film history, but it's also quite an odd film, often times tonally at odds with itself. I chalk that up to the nature of the source material, to be honest. The reason there's never been a truly great Arthurian film is at least partly that the Arthurian 'story' is really a collection of tales, loosely related, that spring from an odd amalgamation of Christian allegory and Welsh myth. Any film of the Arthur story has to do a lot of picking and choosing, and Excalibur is no different. It is, for me, a great film, but it's also a flawed one. Terry, however, did very well at capturing both a human side of Arthur and the 'divinely inspired' side of the Once and Future King.

The film's music was a combination of classical works and original score by Trevor Jones. Here is the music from the film's finale, when Bedevere must throw Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake and then witness as the Three Queens take Arthur to Avalon. It's actually Wagner's Siegfried's Funeral Music.