Undead Son

On the hillside you'll hear my roar. . .

5/1/15 04:11 pm - Over The Line

So here we are at the last of our campaign.  We are at a decent 82%, with just $575 to make goal.  That sounds good, but we are also down to just 4 days remaining heading into the weekend.  So could be good, could be bad.  Don't know yet.

I just wrapped the final chapter on Graveyard of Empires, and am taking a few days off before launching into Masks & Madams.  There's another two weeks of posting left in main chapters, and then there will be a week or so of bonus scenes.  So that will be fun.  I am at a place right now where I have no book to write at the moment, and it feels weird.  I have spent the past year and a half working two books at once 90% of the time, so having nothing going is a nice break.  Won't last though.

So head on over and help us over the finish line so we can stop harping on it.

4/17/15 02:35 am - Shit Week

I have had kind of a shit week.  I caught a cold at my mother's memorial service on Sunday, and I have been laid up all week.  A lot of things I hoped and planned for this week have fallen by the wayside in favor of sniffling and sleeping, and I am at that stage where I don't know what goddamned day it is.

Anywayyyy, work proceeds on The Graveyard of Empires, Naamah has juuust about finished the edits for the print version of Throne of the Depths, and we are hip-deep in the campaign for Masks & Madams, the sequel to Pride & Prostitutes.  P&P has long been our most popular work, and I am hoping people enjoy the follow-up as much.

We still need donations!  You can hit up the campaign HERE and help us make our goal and we will love you.  Or you can Paypal us directly because (as mentioned) Indiegog is doing things differently and we need to find a way to eat until the campaign money comes in next month.  We're doing okay so far, with the lights on and the campaign at 37% funded, but every bit helps.  I hate splitting our begging, but there it is: we need to make goal, and we also need to eat until we get that money.  Such is life.  Sooooo, if you want to be personally, directly generous you can paypal us at sargon999AThotmailDOTcom and we will love you just as much.

4/8/15 12:32 am - Everything has to be complicated

So Indiegogo kind of screwed us over without meaning to.  The way they used to work was: Card donations went in a pile and we got them via bank transfer after the campaign closed, while Paypal donations came through as they were made.  This is kind of what kept us afloat, as that $$$ coming in in dribs and drabs nursed us through the really broke period that always comes with a new campaign.

They aren't doing that anymore, and the Paypal will be held until the end of the campaign as well.  Even running a short campaign this time (and assuming we make it) that will mean as much as six weeks before we get paid, and we cant make it that long since we were not planning to have to.

So, stupid as it is, we're going to have to ask for help to make it to the payday we hope we get.  Fuuuuck.  I'm going to maybe set up a Gofundme or something here tomorrow (yes, I know they are terrible).  But as it can take like 7 business days before money can be transferred out of the account even after you get donations, and they take like 8% in fees, I thought I would just throw up the ol Paypal Donation button and see if anyone wants to throw a few bucks our way.  If you want email me when you donate and I will make a note to get you a perk "off the books" if you wnat one.  We really need money, and we need it in, like, the next week.

Paypal address is sargon999@hotmail.com

Anything helps.

3/31/15 02:52 am - Done

20 years ago, about this time of year, I sat down and started the book that would become the first of four in my epic Once On High.  I have talked about it some here.  When I started I had finished exactly one book, and it had been all of 67,000 words, so projecting a million words was pretty damned ambitious.  I ended up around 117,000 before I stopped working on it for almost 12 years.

I finished it last night.  Four books, just over 1.2 million words.  I worked for 504 days, writing an average of 2158 words each day, never missing even one.  In one sense, this story has been in the works for two decades, and in another it was the product of a year and a half of immense, concentrated effort.

I don't know how I feel about it yet.  Accomplished, obviously.  But I feel like I just wrote a finish to the last 20 years of my life, and now I have to see what comes after.

2/22/15 03:56 am - Endgame

Well, I have a lot of moderately-to-very frustrating stuff going on right now, so let's talk about the thing that is not frustrating me - writing.

I'm not as far ahead on the Adventurotica stuff as I would like, though I'm not having a problem keeping up.  It's just that I prefer to be about 12 chapters ahead, and I am instead right at 5.  That's because of this other beast devouring my time and my attention.

I've talked about Once On High here before, the epic I started in like 1996, then shelved, then worked on in 2000, then shelved again for like 12 years.  I haven't talked about it for a while, but that's not because I'm not working on it, in fact I am working on it at an insane pace.

I projected 5 books, way back when I started it 19 years ago.  Then I decided on 4 books.  I kicked back into working on it in November of 2013 with half of the first book - less than half of it.  Now I am in the endgame of the fourth book.  Books two and three were finished last year, and I started the last book on January 1, just after midnight.  Book one came out to just over 306,000 words.  Book 2 at about 275,000, and the immense book 3 racked out at about 345,000.  I am at about 160,000 on the fourth book.  That means I have written about 970,000 words just on this project in the past 16 months, and that's on top of 3 Adventurotica novels in that time.  So I easily wrote maybe a million words in 2013.

I'm now hitting the second half of this last book, and I am feeling altogether terrified about it, because I don't know what I will do when I am done.  I don't tend to get post-book depression anymore, because I always have something else I am working on.  But this is different.  This is a story I have been hung up on for almost two decades, and I don't know if I'm going to go to pieces when it is finished.  Probably.

1/14/15 07:12 pm - The Call Came Today

I haven't talked about it here much - in fact I can't remember if I have talked about it at all.  But my mom has been sick for the past few years.  Lung Cancer.  She never smoked, she got a fun variety that only affects people who don't smoke.  Go figure that.  She's been on chemo, off and on.  She lost her hair, then got it back.  She was bad some days, better others.  She was in the hospital a few times, started to have trouble getting around.  But her mind was still sharp, and she was there.

She died this morning.  My dad called and said she was having trouble standing up.  She was supposed to go in for chemo today, but he called to cancel.  Then she started going numb, couldn't feel when he touched her.  She just slipped away.  It was apparently very quick, and as painless as these things get.  We all should be so lucky, I suppose.  Dying painlessly in bed with someone who loves us to hold our hand, even if we can't feel it.

So, we knew she was on the way out, with her illness.  I just expected a different end.  I was expecting a slow decline, hospice care, the whole show.  Instead, she's just gone.  I don't know how I feel about it.

I mean, I am sad, yes.  My mom just died.  I have lost other family members - grandparents, uncles, etc.  But my family is not a very close one.  I see my parents maybe twice a year despite that they live like an hour away.  I see my sister once every decade or so.  We're just not a tight-knit family.  My mom and I were not especially close.  We didn't have issues or fight or anything, we just had little to talk about once we got past the did-you-hear-your-cousin-got-married kind of stuff.

Still, she was my mother.  I have known her literally my whole life, obviously.  I loved her and I will miss her, if not in an everyday kind of way.  I came in about the middle of her story, and now that story is over.  I won't miss her in an everyday way, but rather the way you miss a friendship you once had.  I miss the way we used to be when I was younger, when I thought mom knew everything, when I agreed with her all the time, when mom was safety and comfort.  I miss that, and that was long gone already.

But I'm kind of glad she went this way, that she did not have to go through a long decline and decay, that my dad did not have to deal with that.  Sometimes things we hate are going to happen no matter what we do, the only thing we can hope for is they happen in a way that is a bit less painful.  I suppose we have to be grateful for that.

12/13/14 04:18 am - Dun Dun DUNNNN!

Last chapter of The Forbidden Island has been posted, and now our minds turn to the next Adventurotica work: The Graveyard of Empires.  Lots of fun to be had in this third epic chapter, so I hope everyone can find a way to contribute to our campaign and help us keep the lights on.

TGoE Cover

12/4/14 02:28 am - Halfway Home

Right now the campaign for the Graveyard of Empires is at 52% And that is really good, but we have slowed down after an amazing start, and I don't want us to lose our momentum.  I knew the holidays were going to take a bite out of the time we have to pimp this, as nobody wants to hear about this kind of thing on Turkey Day or Black Friday.  But I am hopeful in this time of year we can still find a way to make our goal.

Been watching the new BBC Musketeers series, and I am really quite liking it.  We're 4 episodes in and all the characters are really starting to gel.  Howard Charles as Porthos, especially, is just awesome and fun.  I read some poor reviews, who seem to be disliking the show because it is a straight-up adaptation, and not some kind of twist on it all.  Me, I'm enjoying what feels like a really definitive adaptation, especially as regards casting, and how the series format allows the expansiveness to really delve into things.  Plus, the show is full-hour episodes, and you'd be surprised how that extra 15 minutes lets them add depth to the plots.  Great fun, and it's making me want to do a sequel to The Golden Mask in the worst way.

So if you can, slide on over and contribute to our campaign, and help us have a holiday.

11/10/14 03:26 am - The Graveyard of Empires!

And our new campaign is live!  I wanted to wait until later in the month, but we are so broke-assed right now it's not an option.  Come check out the trailer and the campaign page!

We really, really need your support now, and I am really looking forward to doing this book.  I will be able to say I have written an erotic wild west steampunk trilogy - I don't think anyone else can say that.

If you can, please, please contribute via Paypal, as we get that money more or less immediately, and we have bills to pay, like, soon.  Credit card payments won't get to us until January, so while we love those too, we need $$$ now to survive.

11/7/14 08:00 pm - Imperial Blood!

Imperial Blood

The Imperial Blood ebook is out!

We had a bitch of a time finding a cover image we liked - seriously, do you know how many vampire-themed images look like either bad cosplay or strippers?  Finding something that was appropriately dark and moody and yet still a little sexy was a real job, but I am very pleased how it came out.  All props to Naamah for the formatting and graphic layout
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