Tuesday, April 28, 2009
103 - Mr. Bubbles
104 - Where I Hang my Hat
I don't watch Kimmel (or anything else anymore), but I see this feature on-line all the time and I love it. This Week in Unnecessary Censorship:
Monday, April 27, 2009
Strangely, another old school chum is working with me this week. Lance (yes, Missy, that Lance) is training in my store before heading back to his regular location. I saw him yesterday after a twenty year hiatus. I like it when mildly interesting things like that happen. I'd like it more if really interesting things would happen, but I take what I can get.
So I've been after the boy to talk with his guidance counselor so he can take those dual enrollment classes (I'm sure I mentioned them here at some point. College classes in high school, earn college credits, absolutely free.). Last Thursday, he brings home his worst report card ever. One B, One C, four Ds and an F. Suddenly I went from dreaming of college to wondering if he's going to be spending a second year in tenth grade. His mother and I assessed the situation and decided that he should live with her at least while class is in session. He spends far too much time with his friends and not nearly enough studying. So now he should get his homework done, study for tests, get more sleep and eat better food (His mother is a great cook). He moved in yesterday and I brought his bed over there today. That leaves one dog and me here. I'll miss the boy while he's gone, but I'll get more sleep and the house will be a lot more quiet.
Birthday. It was nothing spectacular, but I had a great day. Ate some Big Macs, which is sort of a tradition for me. If you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm a man of coarse tastes. Bought some comics, another thing I don't often do, went to the wife's house for cake, ice cream and socks and all in all had a nice day. Even with the worst ever report card the day before and the knowledge that the boy would be moving out, I was determined to have a good day. I turned off my internal misery machine. Why don't I do that more often? To be honest, I hadn't noticed the switch on the back before.
I've purposely not written anything for days now. I wanted a little break and I wanted to get a little bit of reading done, I'll probably start again soon. Let's go to the board now, shall we?
Let's see, current age has rolled over, we're now at 40. Current story count is 101. That means I have ten years left in which to write 899 stories. To be more precise, 3,649 days (I have a little widget that tracks that) or 1 story every 4.0589544 days.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Comes the Sofa:
This week StarShipSofa is pleased to present Aural Delights no. 81. Blast off!
Aural Delights No 81 Marc Laidlaw
Editorial: J G Ballard Remembered by Tony C Smith
Poetry: Black Holes Holed Their Breath by Mike Allen
Flash Fiction: Different by Julio Flávio Meirelles Marchini
Fact: Book Review by The English Assassin
Short Fiction: Not Fade Away by Spider Robinson
Fact: Graphic Novels Review by Stephen Aryan
Main Fiction: Flight Risk by Marc Laidlaw
New Titles: The Space Opera Collection
Narrators: Kate Baker Annette Bowman The Dunesteef Team
What's that, little blog? You need a shot of energy? Well here you go:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thirty was a really hard birthday to me. I had such big plans and I saw thirty as the end of my youth and I had pissed it all away. I don't feel that bad about forty, but I don't feel that I've made a lot of progress in the last ten years. I'm moving in the right direction, but I think I'm going to have to live to about the age of three-thousand years in order to get where I want to go. However, there's a better than good chance I'm past the halfway point of my life.
Sunday night I was really depressed (reading science fiction about the nukes dropping probably didn't help). Why? I'm writing some things that I'm happy with, but the sales aren't happening. I'm tying my self to my work. If it's going nowhere (and I'm strictly talking about popular acceptance and sales here, not the quality of the work) then I'm going nowhere. It seems far too late to do something else with my life and start at square one in a new field, but even if I felt there was plenty of time, there isn't actually something else that I really want to do. On top of this, I decided I wanted to make a living off of my fiction writing about twenty years ago (I don't really see this happening now). I feel like I have to go somewhere with this just to get past it. What I mean is, I want to have some fun, but I have to conquer this writing thing in my life before I can move on, and essentially I drove into the mud as a young man and I've been spinning my wheels ever since. So, the bottom line is my life equals a big screeching halt. This is why I was depressed. I was ready to quit writing Sunday night, but I had nothing else.
I've gone through enough depressions to know where I am in them. I went through the "everything is hopeless" stage and I knew I entered the "I'm going to talk myself out of this, but I don't know how" stage. I can do an entire depressive episode within an hour now, because I've gotten really good at it through years of practice. Finally, I settled on this:
You'll hear people say that they're going to do something or die trying. Often you'll hear this on television rather than real life. I realized that I'm now in the "Die trying" part of my life. I've given up hope of success, but I'm going to carry on, spitting in the face of fate until my last breath goes and I can't spit anymore. It feels very Bran Mak Morn and I think it suits me.
Friday will be better. I like carrot cake and accept all manner of gift cards and cash.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
And here's the link to the first ever Sofanauts show. I'm happy to have been a part of it. Tony cleaned it up a bit in editing and Martyn's intro and outro are wonderful. Enjoy:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Feel crappy right now. My one hour walk with the dog was cut to a half-hour due to rain. We got soaked. Now I'm blowing my nose a lot. I don't think I caught a cold or anything, we got back from the walk just twenty-five minutes ago, but the nose-blowing sucks.
Listen up for the first episode of The Sofanauts tomorrow. I'm on the show along with Tony, Jeremiah Tolbert and Damien Walters, yapping about the week in science fiction news. I'll post a link when the show pops up. It felt a bit more like work than I'd expected. maybe that's because I'm not used to working without a script. And Tony asked me about hitting that magical One-Thousand mark at fifty and I basically talked about how slow I've been and how it was a reasonable goal, which doesn't make sense at all. I neglected to mention that I'm picking up speed. But you make screw-ups. That's the fun of what's basically a single take. Anyway, I hope you guys like the show. Tony's already saying that he'd like me back sometime in the future so that's good. Hopefully I'll relax a bit more in the future.
I haven't mentioned stories 100 and 101 so let me do that here and now: Unhappy Day and The Boat are the newest members of the family.
Give a listen the latest Aural Delights on StarShipSofa. At the tail end you'll hear Fiction Crawler No. 6, a special on flash fiction online as suggested by obstinate non-follower Church.
Editorial: Sofanauts by Tony C Smith
Poetry: Epochs In Exile by Mike Allen & Charles Saplack
Fact: Science News by Jim Campanella
Main Fiction: Wings by James Lovegrove
Fact: Fiction Crawler by Matthew Sanborn Smith
This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at audiblepodcast.com/sofa
Links to Fiction Crawler:Colonists by Barry Napier
Homecoming by Jessica Melusine
Prairie Star by Cat Rambo
They Called Her Larry by Steve Duffy
Six Word Stories
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
You've got to hand it to Weird Tales for doing everything they can to get the word out about their mag. They're currently looking for some micro-fiction for video. Check out their guidelines here.
Stories 98 and 99 are in the bag, called Fertile Crescent and Eating You respectively. These are twit-fic and there's no reason to title them for publication but I do have to title them so I can tell them from all the others. Eating You is such a great title to toss out there where no one will see it, but if I ever write a longer story worthy of the title, I will pilfer it and change the title of the twit-fic.
This book sells like hotcakes at our store:
This is cool and hypnotic:
Fluid Sculpture from Charlie Bucket on Vimeo.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I had a couple stories run at Thaumatrope this week. Eastery ones here and here. Turns out the first one was the more original idea. Everyone there was doing egg stories this week. Who would have imagined? On Easter!
The StarShipSofa has been reupholstered! Check out the new look as you download the latest show:
Editorial: The Sofanauts: The New Show… coming soon! by Tony C Smith
Poetry: Galaxy In A Matchbox by G O Clark
Fact: Hyperion II by Fred Himebaugh
Main Fiction: Standing Room Only by Karen Joy Fowler
Fact: The Machine Stops by Amy H Sturgis
New Titles: Madness Of Angles, Escape From Hell, Adamantine Palace, Xenopath
I just found this video. It's fun. But honestly, if I was the guy working the drive-thru that day, I'd be thinking to myself, "I wish this assholes would go somewhere else." He's a better man than I .
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
This isn't what I was trying to remember in that last post, but I did almost forget to put this up today. Gads!
The StarShipSofa is very proud to present every 2008 Nebula short story award nominee on audio! Blast off!
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss by Kij Johnson: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
Mars: A Traveler’s Guide by Ruth Nestvold: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
The Button Bin by Mike Allen: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
Trophy Wives by Nina Kiriki Hoffman: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
Don’t Stop by James Patrick Kelly: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
Tomb Wife by Gwyneth Jones: http://www.starshipsofa.com/
I love Joe Cocker and yet I also love people who make fun of Joe Cocker, so this is a delight.
There was something I wanted to mention. Don't have a clue now. As soon as I close Firefox it will come to me, I'm sure.
I finally, FINALLY, finished Fiction Crawler 6 and shot it off to Tony today. Thanks to Church for his input.
Didn't read any of The Terror today, exercised though, and looked into Dual Enrollment for the boy. That's where he takes college classes while still in high school. The classes are free and he gets college credits for them.
I've been forgetting to post StarShipSofa stuff here. Luckily, I think almost everyone who reads this blog is familiar with the Sofa. Hours from now, Tony will be posting all seven Nebula nominees for best short story 2009. I'll link to them tomorrow.
Gotta go. Morpheus awaits.