Welcome to the new year. It is that time again, and 2015 was a pretty good year for me as a writer. Things got published. Things are eligible for awards.
I contributed an essay to Jim Hines’ second annual anthology Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F. He informs me that the collection is eligible for the Best Related Work.
Flash Fiction and Short Stories
“Walk to School”
Dispatches from the Future: B-list: Over the course of the year, I wrote a growing collection of flash fiction. As part of his recovery from kidney surgery and Inktober my friend and Army buddy Jeffrey Witty completed a illustrations for many of them.
- I believe that this collection of stories would qualify for either Best Short Story or Best Fanzine. There are fourteen episodes within the collection, all of them are under 2,000 words (they’ve always been freely available on Wattpad).
- Jeff’s adroit illustrations are also eligible for Best Fan Artist. His ink work is really quite excellent; as the author, I can’t tell you how nice it is to see your words looking back at you.
Tokyo Yakuza #11: Mob Dance (6,027 words) qualifies for Best Short Story. This was a fun little project done as part of an independent tabletop game release.
“Ser Pan Comido”
Galaxy Chronicles: Ser Pan Comido (9,891 words) is arguably my best and most popular published work of 2015. I really enjoyed collaborating with Samuel Peralta and Jeff Seymour and the Amazon sales boost this anthology produced was amazing to witness (my Amazon Author rank peaked at #71 in Science Fiction … Wow!).
- Despite my self-doubt surrounding this story, it has done remarkably well. The collection received some excellent reviews and my contribution was called out more than once.
- Jeff’s approach to editing was a pleasure and I hope to repeat the experience with some longer works that are on the way. If you’re filling out your ballot and need suggestions for Best Editor please consider Jeff and/or Sam.
That’s it for me (and the many people that I collaborated with last year). If you’re running behind and can only nominate one work may I suggest that you consider sending Jeffrey Witty to the vanguard. His work is good, and I’d love to motivate him to do more. He’s been secretly scripting and illustrating The Big Red Buckle and I’d love to light a fire under his can to get this done in 2016.
I am not Bane
It’s not every day a good Army buddy sits down and draws your likeness. Today’s inspiration comes from Jeffrey Witty who is currently recuperating in a Thai hospital bed. Also the same guy who did the cover for Big Red Buckle. Guy has mad skills, he made me look really cool, or evil or something. I love it!
For a limited time only $0.99
That’s right, for a limited time, “The Big Red Buckle” will be available via Amazon for the low, low price of only $0.99. Now is your time to own the first in the series. Top quality cover work by Jeffrey Witty. Excellent words arranged artfully in interesting patterns by Matthew Thyer. You too can be part of the phenomenon. Hang out with the cool kids. Buy “The Big Red Buckle“.
Good grief! I’ve got to pack my bag for Legendary ConFusion this afternoon. The cards look awesome, I’ve already given out a couple and they seem well received. I ended up choosing to go with the Luxe stock from Moo and they color matched the middle layer of red with the cover colors so the whole thing has heft and looks really sweet. You could frame these cards and mount them on your wall they are that nice. Again, a huge thanks and plenty of kudos to Jeffrey Witty, the incomparable artist who did the amazing cover work.
After a little prompting from friends at the Rec Center and elsewhere, yesterday, I started writing a mémoire ostensibly about the rescue of Jim Nee and some of my trail running experiences. My intent is to submit this work to Amazon’s Kindle Singles program when it is done. My intent is to weave together a number of story threads that I have blogged about or talked about in the past, but never really given the treatment they deserved. The outline is coming along, and I knocked off the first 1,000 words yesterday. I need to wind up my time machine and start finding the news articles that aired about that particular event, but much of the research is already done (because I lived that whole thing).
Finally, I have a gear review for BackpackingLight that I need to start working on. The good news is that this is not a long piece, but it is due in April. I need to get these shoes out and up a number of trails so that I can objectively provide some insight into the performance characteristics of these Keens. Right now I’m actually very happy with them, they are waterproof and comfortable.
So one last time, if you’re going to be Legendary ConFusion and want to hook up let me know so that I can keep an eye open for you. I’m planning on learning a lot while I’m there, but none of that should get in the way of meeting new people and having a great time.
The Big Red Buckle
Good news! The amazingly talented Jeffrey Witty sent me the final cover work for The Big Red Buckle this morning. Marco, poised on a cliff edge, waiting for the right wind to launch his paraglider, graces the jacket of the book in high contrast.
The novelette will be available shortly on Amazon as an ebook for your Kindle as well as in printed form (glossy, 12.852 x 19.837 cm (5.06″ x 7.81″)) before the end of the year.
I’m looking into a way to use the first month of sales profits of my first book to donate to a charity, something I believe in, as well, but I have not made any final decisions in that space. If you have suggestions feel free to toss them into a comment and I’ll take them into consideration.
For those of you with a copy of the ARC for The Big Red Buckle in your hands, thanks for giving me an early read. I’m really hoping to see your reviews soon.