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Today I give you Metapunk
Metapunk is a ten-year old European blog covering steam-, cyber-, and all the other punks under one fascinating roof. We have all heard volumes about the GDPR, and seen the endless cookie notifications everywhere we go, but there is more to it than that. Under the new rules, Metapunk (and quite probably many more personal blogs) found itself classified as a business and subject to stringent restrictions and fees. Its last post before the current one announced its impending demise, but before that came to pass, the operator, a brilliant young man named Gilman, thankfully decided to jump through all the hoops necessary to keep his rating as a Personal Blog. This involved removing a decade’s worth of links, and relinquishing his Patreon account, but he did it all for us. As he stated, he has made $5.12 from his blog over the last eight years, so no great harm was done, but he still had to do all the work of cleaning out the links.
The net, the blogosphere, punkdom, whatever you want to call it, is a little richer today for Gilman’s continued presence, and my hope here is to thank him by driving a little extra traffic his way. Anyone care to help? Metapunk!
View from the Blimp
The Darklighters is my current project du jour, though you wouldn’t know it from the lack of progress. The book is envisioned to comprise five linked novellas of about 20,000 words each. The first one is done, and I have finished Part I of the second, which is where I have been most frustratingly stalled for at least a week now. I can point to real-life issues stealing my time, and overcommitment on my part to a number of projects that don’t get words on the page, including this blog, but those are just so many worthless excuses. The bottom line is that it’s on me to create time to write, and I haven’t been doing that. I will.
Then there’s this other issue of where I’m going with this writing gig. In my last article I made it clear that I wasn’t in it for the money, and put my literal money where my mouth is by reducing the price on every book in my catalog to 99¢. I made it clear that what I want as a writer is to be read. A number of people commented favorably on that post, and shared it around the internet, but it hasn’t led to one additional sale. The fact is that despite my relentless marketing on every platform I can access, including Facebook and Goodreads with their tens of millions of subscribers, I haven’t made a sale since April 28th, when the first and so far only copy of The Stone Seekers was purchased.
Here’s what my plan is at this moment; regular readers will know how that goes, but as of this writing: I’m going to finish The Darklighters. It seems to move at its own pace, but I’m thinking by the end of the year it should be done and up on Amazon. Then I’m going to take a vacation, right now I’m thinking 90 days, during which time I will continue to blog and promote as usual. If at the end of the 90 days I’m selling a book a month, just one book a month, I will continue writing. If not, then I’m going to close the book on all of these groups and blogs and sites and pages that I run around servicing like my hair’s on fire, and get on with my retirement as a rather more private citizen. There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to quit doing the same thing over and over, and hoping for different results…
Vicarious View by Brian Barr. With the help of powerful mind-link technology, the bed-ridden Nishiyoka gets another chance at life through the eyes of the attractive actor Tanaka. Women, drinks, and the glamourous life offered by Japan’s film industry are all at Nishiyoka’s fingertips, which allows the old man to forget the cancer that eats away at his own body in a lonely hospital room. Just as Tanaka assumes his roles in popular samurai dramas, Nishiyoka can feel everything Tanaka feels, as he experiences life not only in Tanaka’s mind but his body as well. With such a rewarding second opportunity at life, what could go wrong? Paperback only, $5.99.
SUVI by Prudence MacLeod. Enslaved as a child, her DNA altered until she was barely half human, Jeannie Sorenson still managed to engineer her escape back to the ship that brought her to that deadly planet. Could the humans accept her now that she was half alien? Could she learn to interact with them and still retain her freedom? And why the hell did they keep asking her for answers when they didn’t want to hear them? $5.99 on Kindle.
Pacification and Reeducation by Jason Frahm. For nearly two millennia Humanity has been exploring and colonizing the galaxy. During their explorations the Star Cruiser Verona discovers a rare gem, a near perfect world teeming with life and ideal for colonization. Unfortunately it is already inhabited by primitive and mystical peoples and societies bent on eventual self destruction. A decision is made. $4.99 on Kindle.
William J. Jackson makes the list again; I won’t apologize… he’s very active! After a long hiatus, he has returned with a vengeance to his weekly series Atoms & Shadows, his double helping of sci-fi and noir. This weeks he goes in-depth with 1959’s mysterious sci-fi offering The Cosmic Man starring John Carradine, and 1947’s noir melodrama, Johnny O’Clock, dishing up a healthy helping of noir master Dick Powell. Both movies can be watch in their entirety right from his blog, so grab the popcorn and settle back for an evening’s nostalgia. And while you’re there, check the blog for deals. William is a prolific steam- and dieselpunk author, and always has one sale or another underway.
Jeffrey R. Gund of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Collective, is distributing the info on what looks to be a great gathering for folks of the nerdy persuasion, and really, how can my nerdy self not help to spread the word? Everyone check out the Pre Comic-Con Bash in LA set for Thursday, July 12th, just before the main event. Make yourself present and mingle with producers, creators, executives and stars, and quite possibly enjoy the time of your life!
And that’s 30 for today. See you back here Monday. Until then, read well and write better!