My short story collection — WE MISS ALL THE GREAT PARTIES — is now available on Amazon, both paperback and Kindle ebook editions. Support the indie author in your life (that would be me).
You’ll be surprised. Indie authors look and sound like real authors, except they get a larger percentage of the sales revenue! It’s amazing.
Actually, I don’t know if this is true. However, I do know that I’m not handing over a percentage of my book’s revenue to a publisher to tell a distributor that I’m good enough for them to list my book, and I’m not paying an agent 10% to tell the publisher that I’m good enough for them to read. And I’m not paying a publicist to tell readers that my book is worth their time. I’m just giving a huge chunk to Amazon, and they’re selling my book.
Welcome to the outland territories of American literature. I can’t promise you I will ever be legit. But I won’t stop writing, and rudely shoving it in your face. Thus, we’re at an impasse. You will simply have to take a chance on my book. It’s scary. It’s reckless.
The book contains 10 stories about odd encounters and personal exploration. More specifically:
A young man in search of meaning connects with his dead girlfriend’s son. A group of men in Wisconsin start a poetry group while waiting for their favorite bar to be rebuilt. A woman discovers her husband has been hiding a secret. He also wants to rob a bank. A basketball player continually relives the last six seconds of his worst game. An amateur chess player encounters greatness. A girl attempts to leave a small town. But before she goes, she learns the story of one who stayed.
Read more →
I’m looking for an intern. I need someone who can think and write. The writing must be concise, balanced, purposeful, and artful. The thinking can be messy or organized, gut-driven or analytical. As long as you don’t indulge in idiotic behavior or spurn intellectualism, you’re good.
You will be writing for Imaginuity. It’s a great place with great people.
What will you get out of the experience? You’ll get paid. And I’ll pick up the tab on lunch from time to time. Mostly, you will get the benefit of my mentorship. After three months, you will be so damn employable that any creative agency would be crazy to pass on you. It will be hard work, but you’re a writing badass. You can handle it.
Contact me, if you’re interested.
Today is the launch of Comixology’s “Submit” program. ASTRONAUT DAD was included in the beta. For anyone reading this from a computer, tablet, or smart phone (I don’t know how else you would see these words), congratulations! You can click here, and be among the first to purchase ASTRONAUT DAD via Comixology.
Only $5.99 to download our 160 page graphic novel. It’s a story about suburban life for three NASA families during the Cold War–art by Brent Schoonover (also artist for MR. MURDER IS DEAD, HORRORWOOD, and Surly Brewing Company’s Darkness beer) and written by me (also writer for KARMA INCORPORATED, EMILY EDISON, and this blog post).
Why are you still here? Go here! And thank you for your support of independent and local (if you live near the Dallas and/or Saint Paul greater metropolitan region of this country) comics.
What are you doing on Tuesday, November 6th? Voting, yes, yes, of course. But after you vote, are you just going to sit in front of your TV and watch the networks try to predict an outcome for four hours? You deserve better than that. You should go to the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and watch me talk candidly about my divorce, This American Life style. It’s the Oral Fixation Show. I’m really excited to be included and to work with director Nicole Stewart.
This live storytelling series features different takes on a theme. November is “Baby Steps.”
My story is titled: “One Request Before You Leave: How a road trip, the Beatles, and a motel in Missouri made me a better ex-husband.” I promise no ex-wives were harmed in the making of this show. I talked with Melissa about it yesterday and received her full support.
It will be more fun than politics.
Tickets are $15 if you pre-order. Go here. $20 at the door.
I’m part of D Academy. We’re collaborating with the Friends of the Dallas Public Library to host BIG READ DALLAS.
What is the Big Read?
“…a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
The Big Read answers a big need. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. The concerned citizen in search of good news about American literary culture would study the pages of this report in vain.
The Big Read aims to address this crisis squarely and effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. It includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive website providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.
Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.”
The Big Read begins April 2013. In anticipation of this event, we have a blog, a blog destined for greatness. Krista Nightengale and Michael Mooney already posted to it (both amazingly talented writers and both involved in planning Big Read Dallas).
I offer my first contribution today. Check it out:
Bradbury Knew that Being a Nerd Takes Courage
Add the Big Read Dallas blog to your RSS feed, and we’ll try to keep it interesting.
Every night, when my family eats dinner, we play “news and goods.” We go around the table to share what happened that day and what we’re happy about. Here’s my news and goods for Friday:
* I just submitted a feature story to Arlington Magazine about homebrewing. I also wrote a profile on J.R. Bentley’s for the fledgling publication. The two pieces will appear in the September/October issue.
* Tomorrow, I will have a booth at Strip: The Dallas Webcomics Expo. It takes place at the Southfork Hotel in Plano. I’ll be selling copies of ASTRONAUT DAD: THE COMPLETE EDITION and taking subscriptions for the SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH CLUB. (I think) I’m participating in a panel on “Print Media With the Pros” at 1:30 PM. Read more →
A month ago, I had a few beers with Matt Cobb, neighbor and renown writing champ. He suggested that I print some postcards to promote my freelance work.
And whenever I want good ideas to look good, I call Paul Milligan. He designed the postcard. (Thanks Paul! Great work as always.) And I liked the illustration so much that I decided to use it for the site.
In other news: I’m working on two stories for Arlington Magazine. Look for them in September/October issue.
It looks like I’m not the only person with a story-of-the-month club. My friend Jason Rodriguez announced the release of his short story “The Girl Who Could Live In Yesterday” for free on Amazon.com. I just read the story, and it’s great. Here’s all the information:
A couple of months ago I started writing sci-fi and fantasy shorts aimed at 2-4 year-old kids. I was jokingly calling them “Stories I’ll Tell My Future Children.” I recently decided to start distributing them via Amazon on a monthly basis – some illustrated, some not illustrated. Each story will be free for the first week and then go up to ninety-nine cents. I opted out of Digital Rights Management so that they can be passed around and shared by whoever might want to read them. And they will always be free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
The first story, The Girl Who Could Live In Yesterday, is now live and free on Amazon.com at the link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Could-Live-Yesterday-ebook/dp/B008I3I576. Read more →
From the wonderful people at Smart Pop:
We’re excited to share that Smart Pop is exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con again this year—we’ll be front and audience-left-of-center in the exhibit hall at booth #4300 (we’re also listed as either #J5 or #J7 in the guide, but the table there will just direct you to #4300). If you’ll be at the con yourself, please come by, say hello, and get a free Smart Pop pin!
We also wanted to fill you in on everything we have going on. You can check out the more extensive rundown over on our blog (http://www.smartpopbooks.com/san-diego-comic-con-2012/), but here are a few highlights:
• Free copies of our preview volume, featuring essays and excerpts from our 2012 titles (and info on backlist titles)
• 2012 title giveaways, including Ender’s World and Shadowhunters and Downworlders galleys
• Signings with Claudia Christian (Babylon Confidential); Harrison Cheung and Nicola Pittam (Christian Bale); and James Lowder, Myke Cole, and Caroline Spector (Beyond the Wall)
If you’re at San Diego Comic Con, you should visit the Smart Pop booth. Say hi for me. They publish great books for all varieties of geeks.
The past few weeks, I’ve been busy finishing out the school year and getting my classroom cleared. We also had a family road trip. In all the rush, I haven’t had a chance to make an important announcement. Brent beat me to it.
ASTRONAUT DAD: THE COLLECTED EDITION is now available on Amazon. See for yourself.
This paperback graphic novel includes volume 1 and (previously unreleased) volume 2. All 162 pages. If you’ve read my blog, you have followed the ups and downs of getting this story published. Brent and I decided to publish it ourselves through a print-on-demand company and sell it online. We’re very proud of what we created.
If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I’m planning a store signing at Zeus within the next few weeks. I’ll have copies of ASTRONAUT DAD available. More information coming soon.