Ike

I’m assuming I’m spelling his name correctly. You know, the CEO who just got fired from Mozilla because someone dug up a smallish donation he made in support of putting Proposition 8 on the ballot in California six years ago? Well, being the news whore I sometimes am, I gots to opine.

I’m generally of the opinion that people should leave each other alone. I don’t support a ban on gay marriage any more than I support government control of who can or cannot marry. So when this guy Ike gets fired for having, not even expressing, just having, a belief on a political issue, you know political correctness has turned from annoying to dangerous. I’ve lived in a country where people are afraid to say certain things lest they be turned over to the authorities. I felt a lot of anger and pity over that. To be here, the so-called land of the free, and see a man hunted and dragged down for the legal thing he did in private, that puts me into a more dangerous mood.

If Ike had come out saying he thought homosexuals were disgusting animals, I’d understand. If he had come out and said that gay marriage was a blasphemy against God, I could still understand his firing. As a CEO you have to consider yourself as the symbol of the company at all times, and a business doesn’t owe it to you to carry the burden of your beliefs. If Ike had made any of this mess public himself, I’d be able to find a rationale to agree with his firing.

The reality of this case is more like an Inquisition, though. Ike has been made an example to the rest for something he did in private. Mozilla was too cowardly to tell its critics to leave private politics aside, and I don’t support companies like that.

Sorry, Mozilla, but I’ve uninstalled Firefox from 3 devices, as well as Thunderbird and Filezilla. If you can find the courage to let your employees’ beliefs alone, rather than dump them in pursuit of ideological purity, I’ll think of coming back. It doesn’t look pretty, though; Chrome is a lot nicer and more stable than the beta version I tried last…

BBI3 Coming Very Soon

This book is killing me. I’ve spent way too much time getting it out, and honestly I’m dragging a bit here at the end. Hugh Howey’s www.authorearnings.com put a lot of wind back into my sails, though, so I’m expecting to release before the end of the month. All that’s left is to finish doing revisions on scenes, get a cover and sales copy done, and upload. Huzzah!

Updates and Such

I still live. I’m almost done with the next book and already have three ideas for a next one. 2013 probably will end up being my least productive year so far, so I’m determined to stomp that trend with boots on.

Much like our buddy Mary Sisson, I’m considering making a slight genre change. It won’t be so different that readers of both won’t be able to cross over, and it will let me play in the real world a bit. Yup, I’m considering taking the plunge into dark YA fantasy! I feel that I am more than broody enough for the task, and I’ve always wanted to write about obscure towns in my area. Mary Sue and I will get along famously, I’m sure.

So the year is looking to be a good one.

BBI3 Phase One, Year’s Schedule

Dear Readers,

So the next Bloodbound Iron book is nearly out of the outlining phase. I have a few parts to smooth, and then it’s into the writing. Depending on events IRL, it could be out of first draft a month after the outline is done. Totally finishing it after that would take perhaps another month.

I’m behind my two short stories a month idea, and I’m thinking of switching it to a monthly thing. It’s hard for me to sweep up good short story ideas when I’m sunk in the world of a novel. I have one I think will be good for this month, another humorous story, but I just don’t see me getting two into February.

I’m planning to release three more books this year. BBI3 is the first of those, and it will be #2 of the series (I know, I know). After that, I’ll either write #3 or switch to another story. I’d like to see what effect a change would have on sales, for one, and I’m also not sure where BBI4 will be going. I have to finish BBI3 before I’ll know that.

I’ve also been doing a lot of deep thinking about book promotion. I’m still deciding what that’s going to mean for me. Right now I’m doing Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and recently Google+. Anyone wanting to contact me can use any of those methods, sign up for the mailing list, or, ya know, mail me at jaself@jaself.com. That works too.

Stay Tuned

I haven’t had a lot of posts up on the site in a while. I haven’t even responded to comments (until today). Well, no more. I have a few posts in the pipes right now, and I’ll probably start releasing one well-considered post a week on a regular schedule. Ya know, because saying “probably” is a good way to ensure that it’ll happen.

I’ve come to a point where I think that the idea of zero promotion for any reason is a bad idea. The logic of it comes from the difference between paper books and ebooks. Ask me about it some time. Or maybe I’ll do one of those I-write-an-article-on-my-weblog thingies.

Anyway, to my many subscribers suffering from asphyxiation because you were holding your breath for the next post, the wait is over. Starting Friday. Probably.

Important news: My second book is out soon. You will all go and buy it on release day like one big glob of zombies chasing the last living piece of meat.

Pulling the Staples

So I just fixed a problem with the site that was proving most onerous last week. Is it completely better? No, but at least now I can use custom sidebars on everything aside from the blog page. The addition today was a superfun accountability meter. I’ma posting my progress from now on so that being tracked by my millions of silent fans will spur me to greater productivity.

The numbers on the meter are guaranteed to be entirely infallible. Where can this wondrous meter be witnessed? It’s on the fiction page and its daughter pages. I still want my email list to be on front (and, apparently, that puts it on the blog too).

Consider This Face Lifted

So I just finished switching the site over to having a static front page, and it was fairly pain-free. Eventually. Funny how when you keep getting pulled away, some kinds of problems take forever to solve, but if you tackle it without annoying human fleshbags asking for attention and affection, it’s just a matter of a couple of hours.

I haven’t checked my RSS feed to see if it’s broken, and I want to get my mailing list form on my front page, but other than that I’m happy. Did I have to work any css? No. Yes, sort of. I can actually write basic code, so copy/pasting code into a hand-holding plugin and altering one number was about as challenging as swatting a fly. Except my css alteration didn’t have amazing reflexes and a will to live.

Now to go see if my many millions of stealth fans are being deprived of an RSS feed and a chance to opt-in.

The Energizer Bacteria, A New Face

So this is something like… day 8 of my daughter being sick. You’d think staying up overnight to watch her would give me a ton of writing time, right? Ha ha ha, oh you poor fools.

I’ve been telling myself I was going to change this site into something more professional, something for readers to visit rather than a place to whine about publishing. Seriously, professionals don’t whine, they put out well-produced propaganda videos. Ahem.

So anyway, it’s happening. Now. I’m going to change the site to have a static home page, just like a real professional. I’m going to do it tonight. I am not going to let excuses, nor coughing little girls, stop me. I am not going to think about what this is going to do to my RSS feeds or links. Nope.

The Spirit is Willing

…but I’ve been a little sick. Actually my daughter was sick first (thanks a lot), which kept me up overnight the past several nights. I haven’t been blogging, nor reading and commenting on blogs, nor getting much work done. Luckily for me, I’m in the outlining phase, which means I can more easily spend a small amount of time and actually get something done.

It’s amazing how a story can shift over time. I realized that, nope, that character isn’t going to work for this story, and I needed a new POV character. So you might think that would make things harder. It didn’t. When the right piece of a story slides into place, everything gets easier. That side of the story snapped into focus within the next couple of days. I’m detailing the outline now and getting ready to settle in for the grunt work. Ya know, actually writing the thing.

The Things, They Are Getting Bloody

I’ve been back to writing for a while, and it’s going great. I’m doing the next BBI book. I haven’t decided on a title yet, but it is the one I have listed as Under Wraps. Reggie and Ky are going to get into all sorts of trouble this time around. A few hints: fantastic machinery, magic, and action. I know, I’m really turning the fantasy genre on its head with this one.

I realized earlier today that I needed to make a study of suspense stories to help with one of their plotlines. I generally subscribe to whatever Orson Scott Card says, and he says that tension is what you get when the reader knows something will happen or could happen, but doesn’t have all of the details. That sounds way too simple to base an entire genre of books on, so I’m sure there are things for me to learn.

I’d give myself a deadline for this book, but I don’t have a realistic way to do that. I literally have no idea how long it will take to get this thing out of the concept stage and start making drafts, or how long to get the drafts revised. Alpha and beta reading is going to be more of a process this time, too. We shall see!

I’ve been enjoying David Dalglish’s books recently, and I’m taking a lot of notes on his operations. Two things specifically: his website and his publishing strategy. His The Paladins series is an experiment with writing shorter books that would come out more quickly, and his Shadowdance series books are longer ones that were inspired by the complexity and style of Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Both series are selling well if the Amazon popularity lists are anything to go by (hint: they are).