Monthly Archives: February 2009

More Kindling for the Fire

Those of you who own / are planning on owning an Amazon Kindle e-book reader may be interested to know that you can now download most of my books and novels to your Kindle:

I’m told that all of my titles are priced between $4.00–$5.00. So there you go. One more way to read some books without turning a physical page. I’m still on the fence as to the meaningfulness of the Kindle. At nearly $400, I’m tempted to just grab one of those Acer Aspire One netbooks for ~$300 and gain the ability to listen to music and browse the Web in color—in addition to e-book capabilities.

What say you? Amazon Kindle or netbook with Adobe Reader installed?

Andorian Flu

The new Pepsi logo

My sinuses feel like the new Pepsi logo (interpretation) looks: a bulging sac of snot ready to explode all over some poor pedestrian’s face. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating; I don’t feel that bad. But I don’t exactly feel all that good either. Hence my not updating my blog in a while.

The new Amazon Kindle is out. An optimistic quote from the POD People blog:

Now, with the sale of e-books on the rise, I think it’s worth the effort for authors to get their books to readers in whatever format is available, more options means more readers. Plus, I can offer the book at a cut-rate cost since there are no production dollars associated with the end product. Readers are more willing to take a chance on a new or self-published author if the investment is minimal.

I’ve had several of my books available as Kindle e-books for a while now, but haven’t yet added the proper links to my site. That’ll come later in the week, after I’ve learned to taste and smell again. ;) Anyone have any home remedies for the flu that don’t involve witchcraft or voodoo?

(Not) The Last Starfighter?

The Last Starfighter poster

I recently saw The Last Starfighter again for the first time in 15-20 years, and it was just as awesome as I remembered—better, in fact, now that I’m old enough not to be scared shitless by Beta Alex’s morning face or Centauri’s optical accessories (doesn’t Robert Preston’s voice remind you just a tiny bit of Jean Shepherd?). If you were ever a kid (and it’s likely you probably were at one time or another), a gamer, and/or a sci-fi fanboy or fangirl, this was the movie for you. And now there’s talk of an impending sequel. This somewhat dated announcement leads me to believe the film is either stalled financially or stuck in development hell—but ain’t the possibility a cool one?

Pickup Lines

It’s raining today. Since I don’t get the paper (and if I did, it would be sitting on my doorstep right now, soggy and bleeding ink all over the mat), I’ve been snuggling up with some online comic favorites:

She's my dream girl!

Of course, my pickup lines are only slightly better than this, and almost always involve suggestive references to my USB cable, her USB port, and speeds of up to 480 Mbit/s. Baby.

How about you? Got any smooooth pickup lines?

Life In a Bubble

I like to think of myself as somewhat artistically inclined, though the scope of my creativity lies completely within the realm of text. I did used to doodle, mostly The Simpsons-style stuff—and, apparently, this brief explosion of crayons and psychedelia:

Life In a Bubble—an orgasm of appreciation directed toward The Moody Blues

Life In a Bubble—an orgasm of appreciation directed toward The Moody Blues

Judging by the scribbled description on the back, this thing is titled “Life In a Bubble.” I think I did it late in 1995 or in early 1996 (which was the apex of my The Moody Blues fanboy phase). I remember taking an advertising / design class and using Graeme Edge as the basis for my Gilgamesh character in a fictional movie promo. I doubt I got an “A”. However, it would seem I discovered the blue-pink color scheme long before Flickr. :D

Observation: Is it just me or does the landscape in the upper-left area resemble something from Super Mario Bros?

Another One Bites the Dust

Depressing news from the Locusmag.com site: Realms of Fantasy magazine is ceasing publication. A partial explanation:

The closure is primarily due to plummeting newsstand sales, the problem currently faced by all of the fiction magazines. “We’re shelved in the back of the bookstores. Nobody can even find us.”

Realms of Fantasy was the last full-sized, glossy color SF magazine available at my local Barnes & Noble—before they stopped carrying it about a year ago. Now it truly is gone, over and done with, one more relic to be added to the list. That leaves Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (which is going bi-monthly), and Analog (all of which are, sadly, relegated to black and white digest-sized volumes easily lost at the bottom of any given newsstand). There’s not much else left. Seems everyone is feeling the pressure in these uncertain times. The optimist in me wants to believe there’s something bigger and better down the line, but Mr. Nagging Voice can’t help entertaining his worst fears. Is this an opportunity for the blogosphere to pick up the slack, or is short fiction doomed to haunt an ever smaller niche? With nowhere else to publish, will more authors start turning to their Web sites and / or blogs as a platform for storytelling? Does less print media equal an opportunity for the e-zine community—or is online fiction a wilted flowerbed, a forgotten fad doomed to remain in the shadows of a dying empire?

Your thoughts, please. ;)