Monthly Archives: July 2014

Currently Reading?

Despite working many, many hours a week (thankfully that will be getting back to normal here in the next week or so) (please, gods), I have been managing to keep at my stack of books that I’m reading these days. The non-fiction reading has slowed way, way down, but I still managed to finish not only Aphrodite’s Tortoise (which I will be reviewing for Eternal Haunted Summer once I can sit and write the darned thing!) but also managed to wrap up Introduction to Roman Religion finally. Not a very meaty book to have taken me that long, but that’s in part due to the fact that the book is very state-focused and I find state-focused material a tad boring. Normally I can soldier on through — usually wanting to have read a book more than makes up for how sleep-inducing the book may actually be. See above, re: overtime.

I’m also reading Daniel Abraham’s Dagger and Coin series. I’m only on the first book, and I actually forgot I was reading it until someone on my FB feed mentioned it — again, pesky overtime! I’m so very glad they did, because I thoroughly have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I haven’t read any of his material before, yet I slipped seamlessly into the first book of the series. There was none of that awareness that I was reading a new-to-me author that I sometimes get. I love when that happens!

I’m also picking through Aidos: the Psychology and Ethics of Honor and Shame in Ancient Greek Literature and my word, that book! So dense! Such complex sentences! There’s a saturation of word-pretzel-yoga-poses going on, and I simply love it. I’m also about five pages into it . . . I think this one is going to be slow going.

That’s my book pile right now. What are you reading?

So, I still don’t have a name I like for the story subscription project . . .

But that’s not keeping me from continuing with it! This poor neglected blog is really suffering from both my new part time job writing (thanks to YOU!) and my spending way too much time at the day job of late! Hopefully that will be changing soon (there are books I want to talk about, writers I want to talk about, things to talk about!) In the meantime, however, I am going to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for this story subscription project.

A brief rundown: this is a pay what you want, $5 minimum offer, for which you will receive (in either .EPUB, .MOBI, or text) a story or story installment of at least 4,000 words. (This is roughly 8 pages). These are original, previously unpublished stories that you get to see first. The first four installments are part of a novella, primarily because I adore this novella but also because this is a new approach for me and I wanted to give myself some breathing room while I wrote more stories and had dental work done. Which is the entire reason I started this in the first place — a surprise dental bill that I do not have the means to pay otherwise. You can read all about it, as well as learn about the other offers available, here.

What’s important to know right now is even though the first four installments are part of one story, it is not too late to get involved!

I email you the installment on the first of the month, but if you’re just hearing about this or if you’re just deciding you want in, you can still sign up! Simply comment as you pay that you are purchasing the first installment, or send along $10 to receive both the first and the second installment. Please don’t forget to mention which format you prefer!

Remember, you can also pay in advance for a number of installments. Some people have opted to pay for four or six months in advance, and you can, too!

Please tell me what you’re paying for. Because this is a pay what you want offer, some people are opting to pay more for single installments. If you don’t specify what you’re buying, I’m going to assume that you’re opting to pay a bit more for the single installment.

I am blown away by the positive response this project has received. To everyone who has already opted in, thank you so very much. To everyone interested, check out some of my fiction available over at Eternal Haunted Summer and see if my style is to your taste!

Story Subscription is Live!

By now, if you signed up for July’s installment, it should have hit your email. (I sent it out yesterday, because I didn’t think I’d have time to get things all out today. Who knew I’d have a bought of insomnia?) If you haven’t signed up yet and you wanted to, you still can! Just mention that this is for the first installment in the details, and you’ll receive the first installment instead of the second when they go out August 1st. (Or pay $10 and get caught up August 1st!)

Again, thank you to everyone whose opted to participate. Not only have you all helped to take a huge burden off my shoulders, you all have me looking at writing and distribution in new and exciting ways, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this goes.